Archive for December 2008

looking back...

on 2008 has been a really terrific thing. i can't say it has been the best year ever seeing as it has had its highs and lows, but overall, it has been a fun and productive year:)

these are only a few of the things that took place in the past 365 days:
-began my last semester of grad school.
-the development of a deeper love, appreciation, and understanding for and of our Father... not to say i have it all figured out.
-became more aware of who i am and the person i am becoming...i am trying to leave that up to the Creator. i am finding out more and more that if we allow Him to mold us, He will.
-gained a deeper understanding of responsibility and leadership through involvement in isp.
-gained wonderful new friendships and developed the old ones into more special ones.
-went to romania and worked alongside my big sister... very special time.
-finished grad school!
-decided to apply for my credential and am nearly finished with the application process.
-found a job at a lovely little coffee shop which also allowed for new friendships to form:)
-continued developing my library/archival knowledge through hands on experience... some of the best moments of this year.
-had the first engagement of the six siblings... that was a pretty big moment.
-experienced the best christmas thus far.
as stated, this is just a glimpse at the wonderful things that took place in 2008. and i can def. say that i am looking forward to the wonderful things that are waiting in 2009.

just a few things i am looking forward to in the year to come:
-growing more in love with the Lord- putting me second and Him first.
-maybe getting a little more involved in music...i'm not 100 percent on this one yet.
-starting and finishing my credential.
-hopefully finding a stable job.
-hopefully a road trip here and there and perhaps a couple plane trips to a couple places.
-meeting my 200 books in a year goal.
-learning new things about myself and others and the world.
-picking up new hobbies... like bird watching:)
-buying a kite...and flying it!

and tons and tons of other wonderful things.
happy new year to you. i hope you experience many terrific things in the year ahead.
ps...i have been watching the rose parade and the floats are sooo neat this year:)


so, it's the day after christmas and a few different people posted this...
so i decided to fill it out myself:)

1. Wrapping paper or gift bags?  
wrapping paper. it allows for creativity.
2. Real tree or Artificial? 
when i was little, it was about real. lately, it is is better for our planet:)
3. When do you put up the tree? 
after thanksgiving.
4. When do you take the tree down? 
after new years.
5. Do you like eggnog? 
soo gross!
6. Favorite gift received as a child? 
easy bake oven and roller skates.
7. Do you have a nativity scene?
8. Easiest person to buy for? 
9. Hardest person to buy for?
everyone else:)
10. Mail or email Christmas cards? 
11. Worst Christmas gift you ever received? 
12. Favorite Christmas Movie? 
charlie brown christmas.
13. When do you start shopping for Christmas?  
14. Have you ever recycled a Christmas present? 
15. Favorite thing to eat at Christmas? 
16. Lights on the tree? 
yes? don't all people have lights on the tree.
17. Favorite Christmas song?
o holy night.
18. Travel for Christmas or stay home?  
19. Can you name all of Santa’s reindeers?  
yes, i think so. rudolph, prancer, dancer, dasher, comet, cupid, vixen, donner, blitzen...i don't know about the spelling but i think that is all of them.
20. Angel on the tree top or a star? 
21. Open presents Christmas Eve or morning? 
2 am.
22. Most annoying thing about this time of the year? 
crazy people on the freeways and in malls.
23. Favorite ornament theme or color?  
24. Favorite Christmas dinner?  
the one that i have with my family:)
25. What do you want for Christmas this year? 
not a whole lot so i was VERY pleased with the lovely gifts i received:)

merry christmas...

to you all. near or far, i hope you have all enjoyed and continue to enjoy today. besides the fun gifts, it is a time for family and friends and love. and the birth of a savior. 

this evening...

i was planning on on my normal wednesday trip to youth group. but as the day continued, i felt pretty certain that was not going to happen. when it gets rainy outside, i tend to not be a fan of makes me nervous. it just reminds me of that crummy accident i was in earlier this year. so when the crazy rain comes, i usually just plant myself at home. anywho, today was one of those crazy rain days until just a little bit ago when it got even began to snow...yay:) it is so lovely. it is an off and on type of thing but i am hoping that by morning it will be a winter can hope:) 

christmas is the only time of year that reindeer are ok:)
these footsteps belong to aura.
more snow.
sooo nice.
my little mouse...i am certain she will not be too happy in the morning.
winter is here. christmas is near. good times ahead.

tree lighting...

a couple weeks ago my family went to the tree lighting service at their church and my friend zack and i tagged along. it wasn't really about the was more about the tons of fun we had:)

an addition...

to my top twenty...which truly is not my top twenty because i went over by two...which means there really is a great deal of great music in 2008. anywho, this one is an entire album because i have only listened to it a couple times and as of now, i think the whole thing is wonderful.

it is:
welcome to the welcome wagon- the welcome wagon
sufjan stevens plays a role in the making.

it is...

31 degrees in yucaipa this morning...

happy sunday to you:)

three things...

first, james brought us "holiday" cookies...for Hanukah:)

second, johnny drew this picture of the shop:)

third, chocolate made from triceratops is really good:)

just because:)

this lovely lady i know, her name is melinda, she posted this a little while ago and it is just the sweetest thing so i am sharing it:

Angels explained by children-

I only know the names of two angels, Hark and Harold. 
-Gregory, 5

Everybody's got it all wrong. Angels don't wear halos anymore. I forget why, but scientists are working on it 
-Olive, 9

It's not easy to become an angel! First, you die. Then you go to Heaven, and then there's still the flight training to go through. And then you got to agree to wear those angel clothes. 
-Matthew, 9 

Angels work for God and watch over kids when God has to go do something else. 
-Mitchell, 7 

My guardian angel helps me with math, but he's not much good for science. 
-Henry, 8 

Angels don't eat, but they drink milk from Holy Cows!!! 
-Jack, 6

Angels talk all the way while they're flying you up to heaven. The main subject is where you went wrong before you got dead. 
-Daniel, 9 

When an angel gets mad, he takes a deep breath and counts to ten. And when he lets out his breath, somewhere there's a tornado. 
-Reagan, 10

Angels have a lot to do and they keep very busy. If you lose a tooth, an angel comes in through your window and leaves money under your pillow. Then when it gets cold, angels go south for the winter. 
-Sara, 6 

Angels live in cloud houses made by God and his son, who's a very good carpenter. 
-Jared, 8 

All angels are girls because they gotta wear dresses and boys didn't go for it. 
-Antonio, 9 

My angel is my grandma who died last year. She got a big head start on helping me while she was still down here on earth. 
-Scott, 9

Some of the angels are in charge of helping heal sick animals and pets. And if they don't make the animals get better, they help the child get over it. 
-Vicki, 8 

What I don't get about angels is why, when someone is in love, they shoot arrows at them. 
-Sarah, 7

thursday morningish...

it is and i am here at work with gentry and when we have nothing to do we have to get a tad creative. so for today, inspired by my friend dave, i have put together a list of my top 20 of 2008. it is ok if you do not agree with me because we are all different which means that our taste in music is different as well. if you are not familiar with the following, i recommend them.

these are in no specific order:

stranger-angus & julia stone

mykonos- fleet foxes

i believe in you- cat power

strawberry swing- coldplay

jungle drum- emiliana torrini

boy with a coin- iron & wine

kim & jessie- m83

quiet houses- fleet foxes

let it be me- ray lamontagne

ara batur- sigur ros

even in the darkness- rue royale

white winter hymnal- fleet foxes

letters- ketch harbour wolves

so long to the ground- ketch harbour wolves

i stand corrected- vampire weekend

hideaway- the weepies

we own the sky- m83

a falling through- ray lamontagne

tell me when you go- rue royale

all of me- angus & julia stone

letters- ketch harbour wolves

little bird- angus & julia stone

*there are actually 22 songs:)

have a fun day and love music.

happy december!

today is the first day of december and i am having a really hard time believing it. this year started off so slow and now it is just flying by and within a few weeks time, we will be in 2009. i think i just recently adjusted to writing 2008 on my papers, checks, etc. and soon i will have to embrace 2009.
sometimes when i get startled, it leaves me feeling stomach sick. this morning my phone rang and it startled me...i feel sick. it is probably a head thing but it happens every time.
anywho, welcome december...winter is on the way!
it is always winter in the library.