Monday, December 20, 2010

Why Shelter Your Kids?

Seriously?  That is really a question someone would ask?

On Facebook the other day a friend was talking about letting her preteen get her own Facebook account and was asking for opinions on it.  See, she believes her daughter is too young but was willing to listen to arguments for or against.  One of her friends responded asking "Why shelter your kids?"  I was astounded by that question.  (Now as far as the whole how old is old enough for FB debate my opinion is YOU know YOUR kids and what YOU are willing to do to police their FB use, so YOU know what is right for YOU)

But really?  Why shelter your kids?  Have you seen what is out there in the world?  I want my babies to always be the sweet, innocent, trustful, caring, people they were the day I brought them home from the hospital.  I know that isn't possible but why not do everything I can to make it last as long as I can?  How could you NOT shelter your kids?  There is so much hurt, anger, fear, and danger in the world how can you throw them out there without your protection?

So I am sorry kids but you might as well get used to the idea that I am going to be there.  I will always stand as the goalie trying to block all of the pain, hurt, disappointment, heartbreak, fear, and danger that tries to get in.  And I know I can't possibly block them all but I will also be there to pick up the pieces, to hold you and love you and tell you it will all be ok again.  I will make sure you are where you said you will be, I will demand to know all of your friends, I will check up on you, I will ask your teachers about you, I will give you curfews and demand to know your plans for the evening, I will require you to clean, do homework, be responsible, attend church, and help others who need it.

So I guess the answer I would give to the question "Why shelter your kids?" is "because I love them."

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

I Heart Winslow!

We are a tiny little town, no movie theaters, shopping is Wal-Mart, no big chain restaurants besides fast food and Denny's, we aren't green and lush, we don't have a community center with classes and such and our parks are small at best.  Despite all of these cons, I love living in Winslow.

I grew up here and I had an amazing time doing it.  I went to elementary school, Jr. High, and High School here and was able to go through all of that with the same people and thereby develop friendships that still exist today.  I received a great education, went on to college and did well, graduating with honors from my university.  So did my brothers. One graduated from ASU and the other is a graduate of The United States Air Force Academy.  We are the first generation in our family to go to college.

While growing up in Winslow I learned to play the piano, the violin, the cello, and the bass.  I took voice lessons and dance lessons.  I was involved in several plays and competed in both speech and drama.  I was able to participate in the sports programs in Winslow.  I played soccer, basketball, volleyball, and was on the track team.  I was a cheerleader, THE Bulldog ;), and a photographer for the yearbook thanks to my friend who happened to be the editor.  Every guy and several of the girls I grew up with served honorable missions.  I am still friends with the people I played with in Primary, whose families and mine got together almost every Sunday for games and ice cream.  I still look at their parents and know that if I ever needed anything I could ask Marshall, Curtis, Gary, Loren, Kathy, Charlie, Joe, Gene, Jeff, etc., etc., and they would help me.  Because they are that kind of people.  And that, right there, is why I love Winslow.

Now that I am the parent I am excited for my kids to have the foundation that I was blessed to have growing up here.  Now we are the ones who invite others over for games and food, trying to develop those kinds of life long bonds that are formed in a small town where you have to interact with each other to be entertained.  We have amazing friends here.  We have wonderful family here.

Our kids have had teachers who have gone above and beyond to provide all that they can for my children.  Our kids' school principals know every kid in their school by first name and make a point to interact with each kid daily.

Are there downsides to Winslow?  Absolutely.  But I have yet to find a place that didn't have its cons.  My husband has a job where we could live anywhere in the state and probably make more money there too.  But we will not leave Winslow, by choice.  I love the security of being surrounded by family and friends who feel like family.  That is why I Heart Winslow. :)

Monday, November 22, 2010

I wanna win!!

I have seen the Silhouette SD all over blog land and now one of my favorite blogs is giving one away!  So go to Thrifty Decor Chick and enter, but if you win remember who hooked ya up! ;)

Friday, October 22, 2010

Totally and Completely Plagiarized

Yep I will admit it... I stole this from my favorite blog "Better After".  I have been editing wedding pictures for what seems like an eternity and had to take a break since everything is looking the same now.  I love how a few clicks of the mouse can take an "OK" picture and turn it into WOWZA!  So here you go:

Do you despair when you see makeup ads featuring pore-less faces? Or smirk at the Victoria Secret models splayed across the catalogue, like, do they even NEED push-up bras? Ever wonder why Madonna, at age 51, barely looks a hair over 21? Well, she doesn't.

Seriously, whatever you do, don't let some pretty image in a magazine get you down, because only about 5% of the images we see in print have any sort of basis in reality. I just made that statistic up. But it's probably true.
Tyra: not flawless, but still fierce!

Jessica Alba is so slender and well-lit in the magical land of Photoshop.
Even the wrinkles on her clothes disappear!

If you want to be on the cover of a magazine, prepare to have half of your arm shaved away. Click for a bigger look.
And no, it's not just the ladies!
Oh, Justin, don't be mad at me. You know I love you.
Happy Halloween!

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Things That Are Awesome

It is my birthday and I am a whopping 32 years old! I remember when that was so old! I mean when my mom was 32 she had a son who was already a deacon and a 7 year old and a 4 year old, I had better get cracking!  I have been spoiled rotten today (or as my Grandma Nita used to tell me, "No CJ you are just well loved") and had a lot of fun!

I so far have learned a little about life, a lot about myself, my kids, and my strengths and not-so-strengths. I am usually a pretty positive person but I have my moments and the other day was one of those. I asked all of my friends on Facebook to help me make a list of "Things That Are Awesome" so that I can reread it anytime I need to be reminded just how good life is! This is what you guys came up with, if you want to add to the list just post a comment below. :)  My dad used to tell me, "The scripture says 'men are that they might have joy' not 'men are that they might wade through it all and endure'" So here is to at least another 32+ years of joy! :)

    • Corie DeWitt Green I will start: Clean Sheets, Dr. Pepper, Watching Funny Movies With My Bothers, My family, Hot Showers. . .
      September 21 at 3:45pm · 

    • Yvette Weisheit Nightly baths, REM sleep, hearing your favorite song on the radio when you requested it in your head, getting flowers from my husband, when my kids say something funny and I can brag about it to friends and family....
      September 21 at 3:59pm ·  ·  1 person

    • Heather Ely Carrell A husband that does laundry=AWESOME :)
      September 21 at 4:13pm · 

    • Brooke Greenstreet The moment your kids are in bed- awesome. Cheesecake Factory- awesome. Cool fall evenings- awsome. Bubble breaker app for the blackberry- way awesome.
      September 21 at 4:14pm · 

    • Chelsea McKinney You are awesome.
      September 21 at 4:17pm ·  ·  1 person

    • Ashby Stringham Hatch The beach, autumn weather, newborn babies lathered in Baby Magic lotion, sleeping in....
      September 21 at 4:32pm · 

    • Michelle Simmons Having movies memorized and someone who knows the reference immediately, game nights, making me laugh so hard I double over and want to cry, picking on Tom, playing Rook with your brothers and Dad.
      September 21 at 4:38pm · 

    • Michelle Simmons Ooh and my personal favorite today....being able to take a shower!
      September 21 at 4:38pm · 

    • Sheri Sadler Giles Desert rain. Clean babies. Cherry limeaids on a hot day. Cookie dough on a bad day. Kids laughter. Home. Naps. Music.
      September 21 at 4:40pm · 

    • Trisha Hardy The church, ME!!, your children, not having homework, chocolate cake, pools, having you in my life as a role model,the next harry potter comes out next month. hope that helps.
      September 21 at 4:53pm ·  ·  1 person

    • Jason Neenos Your cake, Me, Agricola, Glee, The smell right before it rains, Greg strutting around like a Peacock, Bleach (for you), the smell of a freshly struck match, tomato soup, deep-fried turkey, 5 player ticket to ride, Android phones, Your friends.
      September 21 at 5:10pm · 

    • Susie Brown I think your freaking awesome!
      September 21 at 5:20pm · 

    • Kelli Smithson Vogt Anything that makes me smile, my kids, family, and friends!
      September 21 at 5:57pm · 

    • Karl Kauffman Kittens, flowers, the smell of fresh cut grass, sunsets, the company family and good friends.
      September 21 at 6:13pm · 

    • Amber Eilertsen Jarvis Long hot showers, getting new clothes that look fab, hilarious movies, your amazing cake and crack... love you!
      September 21 at 6:32pm · 

    • Mike JoAnn DeWitt You, cuz you are such a good example to others!! Luv ya Corie Jo !!!
      September 21 at 6:46pm · 

    • Chantel Fleming Family, friends, deep fried turkey, Burn Notice, Glee, Music, Baseball, Ultimate Frisbee, authentic Mexican food, Chuck, Curling up in front of a fire on a cold day while drinking hot chocolate and reading a book, llamas, the smell of campfire and pinetrees, games. :)
      September 21 at 7:13pm · 

    • Greg Green tacos, kids, ice cream, cloudy days, snow days, not windy days, fast cars, 4-wheelers, the 4th quarter of a close football game, that moment when the kids are in bed and don't get up, having the laundry done, not having to change any more diapers, ceiling fans, Dr. Pepper, putting on lotion, not being short, fishing, that time my mom couldn't get back in the boat, new teeth, air conditioning . . .
      September 21 at 7:56pm · 

    • Hazem H. Qawasmeh a family reunion that is not planned, camping overnight in dreamland aqua park, waking up next to my wife, my kids, my Mom and a really funny joke you pull outta the air
      September 21 at 8:18pm · 

    • Lacy Range Phones, electricity, indoor plumbing, the gospel, kids because they are funny and some even like to eat dirt (my nephew) :)
      September 21 at 11:01pm · 

    • Michael Shumway I am awesome!!
      September 21 at 11:13pm · 

    • Michael Shumway And you are awesome too!! And your kids are awesome, and your hubby, and the rest of your family! And your friends, and watching movies, and playing games, and watching the Cats beat Iowa, and watching the Cats beat Cal this week, and being healthy, and .....
      September 21 at 11:14pm · 

    • Kim Bratt Henling Your photographs, El Rancho, a good run, Ohio State football
      September 22 at 8:23am · 

    • Rachel Larsen White A clean house, quiet, working out so hard you can't move anymore, a baby moving in my tummy, kids that are too cute and melt my heart, spring, fall, beauty in nature.
      September 22 at 8:32am · 

    • Jamie Hays The kids falling asleep in the stroller while you are on a jog, eating pizza, eating cookies...okay who am i kidding...eating just about anything, finishing a good book and listening to MoTab on Pandora.
      September 22 at 11:15am · 

    • Tracy Hardy Turley Being married to your best friend, having a forever marriage, knowing your children are your forever.
      September 22 at 6:35pm ·