Fantastic long weekend! A little running, a little resting, a lot of eating (Thanksgiving on Thursday at Nick's mom's and then again Saturday at my mom's), a Jazz game, a lot of shopping, a little crafting, a little decorating - all crammed into 5 days.
I'm grateful just for life itself, although difficult times are hard to bear with...
lov e this ella book! i am grateful we have yet to get snow or cold or winter like weather, as my house is completely gutted on the lower level! i am also grateful the contractors are able to solve this fiirst problem and we can move forward! i am so excited to be able to renovate after nine long years of waiting. i would also be grateful for journal prompts via ella's new book!
Congratulations ladies! Check your email!
I thought I'd post one of the layouts I did for the book, the journaling prompt was to record a conversation.
Mom: Really? You're going to wear THAT out to dinner?
Sam: Yah mom, you've got to STAND OUT if you want to get NOTICED.
Mom: Yep, you're sure to get noticed allright!
Gotta love the kid. Outfit complete with his cuban 'Alejandro hat', hooded skater t-shirt I brought back from Amsterdam a few years ago, plaid board shorts, argyle socks and Chuck Converse high tops with skulls all over them.
And that's what journaling CAN be. Not a novel. Not a long, drawn out, mushy gushy outpouring. Just a quick story. Not that there's anything wrong with a long, drawn out, mushy gushy outpouring of a novel, mind you. But that's not for everyone. And I happen to think that's what scares a lot of people away from journaling.
And this one's a story I'll be sure to remember for quite a while!
Howdy friends! We're hunkering down here in Utah, preparing for what's rumored to be a HUGE blizzard this afternoon. Nothing like a white Christmas Thanksgiving I always say. ;)
And hey, Thursday morning you'll find Nick and I at the starting line of a 5k race at 8:30 a.m. in 15 degree weather - that's Farenheit friends - and apparently a huge amount of snow! No need to fear, the weather forecast says partly sunny, so at least we have that going for us...
Wanted to share a quick post about a fabulous Ella Publishing e-book I had the pleasure of participating in a few months ago -
Journaling that Matters is packed with 51 easy tips to help you write from the heart without breaking a sweat. You'll love the expert advice, inspirational layouts, practical tips, and timeless suggestions that are suitable for writers of all levels—from the most experienced journalers to the most insecure. Kelly, Angie, and their eight talented contributors will help you unlock important stories and tell them with confidence. Also featuring the work of: Linda Barber, Moon Ko, Donna Jannuzzi, Layle Koncar, Audrey Neal, Keshet Shenkar, Wendy Smedley, and Stephanie Wheeler.
I'm a big proponent of journaling. Have been for a long time. But not the preachy type - I figure 'to each his her own'. If journaling isn't your thing, no biggie. BUT, if you've struggled with journaling or even if you're like me and a HUGE fan of journaling, this book is worth checking out.
One of the coolest things about the book is the journaling prompts - great ideas to jump-start your journaling. No one ever said your journaling has to be a long, drawn out essay. There are quite a few layouts in the book where the journaling is short and sweet. And tells a story. And that's all journaling is - telling a story.
WIth that said, who's interested in a giveaway?!
The fine folks at Ella Publishing have graciously offered me 2 downloadable copies of the book to share with you guys. So here goes - leave me a comment by midnight, Thursday November 25th and tell me what you're grateful for. I'll pick 2 random winners on Friday afternoon, November 26th.
Me? I'm grateful for a partly sunny forecast for what's scheduled to be a super duper chilly Thanksgiving morning race. And for a fantastic husband that's willing to run it with me. And if you ask me a little after 9 am that same day, I bet I'll say heated seats in the car.... (pictures and more to come Thursday afternoon - yes, I will be running with a little camera!)
After a completely jam packed, little time for literally anything else, 14 weeks of football for both Jack and Sam, the season ended yesterday with Jack's team winning the championships for their age division!
The boys won 14 to 8, after being down 6 to 8 at the start of the 2nd half. Let me tell you, if I bit my nails, I would be down to bloody stubs! My voice is hoarse from all the yelling and cheering, I sound like I used to after coming home from CHA or a long weekend of back to back teaching.
I can't begin to tell you what a fabulous experience this season has been for us. Nick and I were a little shocked when both boys decided they wanted to play tackle football. They've played organized sports since they could - starting with t-ball and soccer and growing into flag football, baseball and lacrosse. But neither had the tackle football personality, or so we thought.
The last 14 weeks have been crazy. 2+ hour a day, 6 day a week practices for the first month followed by 2+ hour a day, 3 day a week practices the rest of the time after school started and a full game day Saturday each weekend between them both. If you wonder where I've been and why my poor blog has been so neglected, well there you go!
Jack had 4 amazing coaches. Coaches that understood it was his first year playing. Coaches that pushed and pushed and challenged him to give it his all. And he did. He played offensive left guard. He's a different kid after these last 14 weeks. He's stronger (both physically and mentally), he's more confident both physically and socially (he didn't know a soul the first week of tryouts) and he's slimmed down quite a bit after all of the conditioning - a side bonus!
(Jack on the far right)
Then there's the fact that our 12 year old is pushing 5'10", 170 pounds and a size 11.5 shoe!
He had great teammates. Most of the boys had been playing at least 3 years prior to this season. And most of the boys knew each other. And they welcomed Jack with open arms. We had a great team of parents - everyone willing to pitch in and volunteer to do whatever it took to help these boys suceed - including dinner, fun activities and treats for the boys as part of Psyche Night every Friday night after practice, painting banners for the boys to run through at halftime, halftime treats, post game treats, lanyards for the parents, shifts in the Brighton Snack Shack, shifts in the Clothing Wagon and an end of season banquet and video (nobody said football doesn't require a lot of time and commitment - for both the kids AND the parents!!).
We couldn't be more thankful for such a great first year football experience for both boys and we couldn't be happier for Jack and his team and more proud of Jack!
(only 38 weeks until the season starts again and we can't wait!)
Ahh, December Daily! So excited to participate again this year. Hard to believe this is year number 4 for me. I've really enjoyed looking back at the past 3 years books to get motivated to jump in again this year!
2010 December Daily Mini Book
On Day 2 of this year's book, Jack, my 13 year old son, said to me "I'm glad you're making one of those books again this year mom, they're really cool". Makes it totally worth it when all is said and done!