Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Oh My Gosh! Where have I been?
I'll tell you just so you don't think I'm just a total SLACKER...

I've been busy with one of my newest, dearest friends (Amina) and I've been working a lot since July, which is a blessing, and I've been attempting a run at the "best mother and wife" of the year award (I think I was officially out of the running as of Februray 2010)


So things are finally slowing down a bit, which is also a blessing because I'm certain I could not have maintained that pace of life much longer.

I'm still working a good amount at TAC, but I have more time to make my home a HOME and be with my little guy, Peyton, and more energy to spend with Olivia when she gets home from school and more energy to keep my house clean and nice for Steve.

I have met some really wonderful people this past year and I would not change a single thing if given the chance. Every challenge and speed bump, or better said POT HOLE, I've encountered has really made me a better person and a stronger woman/mother.

I'll be up front that this might be the last post for a while, because that's my track record, but maybe I'll surprise myself and post more often. Maybe I'll learn how to add music and pictures and video etc. There have been crazier things I've done, like taking up SEWING! Yes, I did say sewing. I realized recently that sewing, along with cooking, are things I need to do now while I have really great people in my life to help and tutor me. I want my mom to be proud of me and when the day comes that she isn't able to do it for us, that she will feel happy and confident that I can do it; take over for her.

Some really great people that I've known for years have also been a great influence on my year, all in very different ways. So if you have helped me this year, in any way, I hope I've told you THANKS, and I hope you know who you are! Often times we forget to recognize those who touch us so deeply, maybe because we are so busy or because at the time of assistance we are deeply self involved. If I have helped "you" and I hope I have, I know you are thankful for me and what I am able to give you.

Great people come in and out of our lives all the time, and if we are lucky they stay or at least return often to remind us of how LUCKY we are to have them.

My health and abilities are things I have come to cherrish and hold dearly because I've witnessed a lot of heartache and pain since last year. I'm not really afraid to die, but I've seen how death and illness can affect so many people that I'd rather be on the helping end supporting end doing what I can.

My time is valuable to me because it's really the only thing I feel I can give at this point in my life. I have a really bad habit of spreading myself thin, and although I'd love to say "no" to people and events I just don't feel that I can. I have been given so much in my life and I believe that I have the gift of being a "people person" so I can hopefully help people just by being ME!

Hmmm, enough about me! I now need to visit all of your blogs and see what's new with you!

My love to all of you.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Love Bug

February is flying by so quickly and I have to admit I am kind of sad. January got my year off to a RoCkY start but February has more than made up for it!

I, for some unknown reason, feel so much closer to my family. Steve and I are happier than we've been in a long time, my children are happy & healthy and relationships that were just "there", are FLOURISHING.

I have more friends and closer relationships now, than I have in a long time. My freinds are true and my FAMILY is FOREVER...

2010 was suppose to be a "new start"- a new decade, and I questioned it at first but looking back a month I see that God has a plan for our lives. He puts things into play for good reason. Sometimes I cannot see things at first, right in front of my face, but when the sun comes out it is clear why I have the challenges I do...

I LOVE those I have been blessed to know. I feel LOVED by those I know care, really care, for me and my family. As for the other people/relationships, there is a reason and a plan for what is to come.

Basically I have learned that just when I think I have it bad, I learn of someone facing bigger challenges. I know this all the time, but sometimes I throw myself a PITTY PARTY!

I hope the "love bug" has hit you all as it has me.


Monday, January 25, 2010

Catching Up

Boy, it sure has been a while since I've entered an update. Things have been so CrAzY since Christmas, I can hardly believe it has been a month since the big holiday.

Christmas week was full of rush and the usual excitement. Steve and I attended the BYU game in Vegas with those awesome Jensen's once again, and although it was the most cold I've ever been, it was fun and memorable.

We had a great Christmas Eve at the Albrecht home in Salt Lake, and Christmas Day was also nice and relaxing here in Lehi with our little ones and in Sandy with my family. Olivia and Peyton were a JOY to watch open gifts this year. Santa was good to Liv and she was so thankful and has taken a lot of PRIDE in all she received.

Olivia was especially interested in studying different traditions for the Holiday and I enjoyed learning new things and becoming familiar with other cultures and their traditions too. We made our own little Advent wreath, and she was excited to light the different candles each week.

New Year's Eve was fun and exciting as we celebrated and rang in 2010 with the kids and some really great FRIENDS!

A dear friend of mine was badly injured on Christmas Day, with a broken back. Since the last week of December I've been doing my best to visit her daily, help keep her company and just doing little things to make her comfortable. I feel so bad for her and I would never want to be in that position, it has made it more clear to me how lucky we all are to be healthy and able to do daily activities.

This past week has been another test of strength and Faith for those near and dear to me but CELEBRATING Peyton's 2nd birthday was a WONDERFUL way to end the week and begin a new fresh one. Oh, and the COLT's winning the AFC Championship wasn't too bad either... SUPERbowl.

TO ALL MY FAMILY AND STEVE'S, thank you for a nice Christmas celebration and for helping make Peyton's birthday special and memorable.

TO RICH AND AMINA, I am so very sorry about all you have been through since Christmas Day, you are great inspiration for your kids and for all of us in the neighborhood. Rich, I am also sorry for your loss and I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers.

STEVE, thank you for working so hard to make the Holidays so special and for working so hard to make our home more beautiful than ever!


Monday, December 14, 2009

A Day Late

I am a day late in adding my next exercise but here it is:

Pelvic Bowls:

Lie down on a mat or carpeted area facing up (supine) with knees bent and feet flat on the floor-feet and knees are hip distance apart.

Make a triangle with your thumbs and pointer fingers, lay the heels of the hands on your hip bones (asis) and the tips of your fingers on your pubic bone.

Tuck your pelvis and rock back pressing your spine against the mat as you exhale, imprinting the vertebra. Now reverse the movement arching your back and pointing the tailbone to the floor as you inhale.

Keeping the breaths slow and controlled continue to imprint the spine on the exhale and arch the back on the inhale about 8-10 times.

Now, make the movement less dramatic and slowly shrink the range of motion until your hands are parallel to the floor and your asis bones are level with the pubic bone. This will be YOUR "neutral spine" position. This degree of arch will vary in each person, you should be able to slide just the tips of your fingers under the low back.

The importance of this exercise is to get the feeling of YOUR "neutral spine" and be able to move into and out of it as you change exercises and even in the flow and progression of a single exercise.

Please continue to practice the BREATHING and focus into the low ribcage with a lateral (out to sides) and posterior (to the back) opening. Keep the abdominal wall tight, chest and shoulders down/relaxed. Face and neck should be relaxed and the exhale through the mouth is either with pierced lips or a relaxed mouth... JUST BREATHE!!!

Let me know if you are having success with this or just not interested! Share the journey with a friend or family member; doing it with someone else helps keep you motivated and accountable!

Love and Hugs

Tuesday, December 8, 2009


My friend Amanda, without knowing it, has inspired me to try something new. I think this is something that my friends and family and hopefully people I don't know, yet, will be able to benefit from.

I'd like to start with the basics of Pilates, give you one move per week to try and perfect, and hopefully become addicted to the benefits as I have.

If you don't know me, please be aware that I am AFAA certified in primary fitness and PMI certified in Pilates mat and apparatus. I've been instructing group fitness and private lessons since 2002. Also as a disclaimer this is not a replacement for medical treatment.

This week of December 6th (gonna try to do this every Sunday), let's just start with the breathing.

BREATHING: No it's not just breathing, it's specific and serves a purpose in the movements as well as keeping oxygen in the system and the body relaxed.

You can stand, sit or lie down for this and you can do it anytime. It's even gonna be a good little tool to help you through the crazy Holiday Season.

Hold your hand around your low ribcage, if you can wrap your thumbs around the sides you can do that or just lay the hands flat. Now take a slow deep breaths in through your nose and focus the air going into the low ribs and a little into your low back. Keep breathing in through the nose and out through the mouth and now focus a little on your abdomin staying tight and your chest and shoulders relaxed.

This may be easy for you to master, but keep practicing it and as you add movement to it, it may get a little more challenging and then a feeling of great accomplishment to master the breath and master your stress.

Exercise isn't easy or everyone would be doing it. Pilates is like starting a new job, it's a lot to take in at first but then one day it just all comes together. The biggest step in exercise, in my opinion, is just getting your clothes and shoes on and getting into that starting position. (if you go to a gym, I think getting there is the hardest part)

Good luck and just try it! Ask questions and give me feedback.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Please take a LOOK!

Welcome once again to my new little project. I am so thankful you took the time to check out what's new in my little bubble- ha!

I want to invite you to view the link off to the side titled "The Girl Effect". If you have a daughter or a sister or a wife or if you are a woman, you must see this. It was brought to my attention after viewing the Oprah Show today and listening to stories told by co-authors Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn. Their book is titled Half the Sky, and I plan to read it as soon as I can get my hands on it.