Monday, March 30, 2015

Monday - Let the FUN begin!

Two Things I am Grateful For:

1) The trials we have had...even though they are hard, they have taught me so much.  (I never thought I would be grateful for these things)

2) Our Mailman.  Do you know how many hours these people work?  It was 97 degrees out today.  That's a rough job.  Not to mention the countless dogs they must come across too.  Yikes!

Goals for the Day:

1) Just get through the day....Monday's tend to be that way.
2) A small trip to the grocery store.
3) A trip to SRP
4) Dinner
5) Dishes
6) Spend time with my kids. - Maybe play a game for FHE or a movie.
7) Get my things ready for work tomorrow.
8) And, And, And........

From the Camera:

We spent some time yesterday taking a few photos of Lexi.  She was in one of her many cute dresses and her hair was curled, so why not, right??!!!

She tolerated it for a bit and then we had to show some personality.  

What about Black & White

From the Heart:

Take a few minutes out of your day today to write a note of appreciation to someone you haven't thanked in a while.·You can send it to your spouse, significant other, sibling, parent, child, best friend, coach, teacher—anyone who you feel needs a bit of a pick me up.· You can even make a list for your loved one highlighting all of the different reasons you appreciate him or her. Once you’ve brainstormed your thoughts, write them neatly in card you’ve chosen, or just send an email.· No matter how you decide to share a note of appreciation, be sure to do it today!


Too often in life we take the people we love for granted. This is a wonderful reminder of how lucky we are to have these people in our lives!

Step It Up:

Do this exercise for everyone whom you appreciate in your life. Maybe you sent a note today to your spouse or significant other. Next month, why not write a similar note to your parents? Or your best friend, college roommate, or coach? Make a commitment to write one note of appreciation each month for someone special in your life. Perhaps you could present them with the note over a nice dinner or long walk. Spending quality time with your loved ones is a great way to show appreciation as well.

Keep It Simple:

Go out of your way to tell your loved one how much you appreciate them (and why!) each day this week.
From the Kitchen:

Crock pot Potato Soup - Weight Watchers Style

Only 2 points per cup, easy, and very filling!
Makes 8-10 cup servings
WW Pts+ 3.5 per Cup


1 26-30 ounce bag of frozen hash browns (plain)
2 14 ounce cans non-fat chicken broth
1 10-3/4 can 98% fat free cream of chicken soup
1/4 cup chopped onion
1/4 tsp. pepper
1 - 8 ounce pkg low fat (1/3 less fat) cream cheese
1 cup fat free milk


Add first 5 ingredients to crock pot and cook on high for an hour.
Stir and then turn to low for another hour.  Add cream cheese, and cook another 1/2 hour or until cheese can be stirred into mixture.  Add milk and cook 10 - 15 minutes longer.

Optional:  Garnish with chopped green onion and bacon bits.  (Add 1 pt for garnish)

Variations:  Use California Country Potatoes or Potatoes O'Brien in place of the hash browns.  

From the Spirit:

Being The First That Should Rise

Redemption comes through the Holy Messiah—Freedom of choice (agency) is essential to existence and progression—Adam fell that men might be—Men are free to choose liberty and eternal life. About 588–570 B.C.

Wherefore, how great the importance to make these things known unto the inhabitants of the earth, that they may know that there is no flesh that can dwell in the presence of God, save it be through the merits, and mercy, and grace of the Holy Messiah, who layeth down his life according to the flesh, and taketh it again by the power of the Spirit, that he may bring to pass the resurrection of the dead, being the first that should rise.

From the Schmidt's:

Monday's are always hard.  Especially since I can never get to sleep at a decent hour on Sunday nights which makes waking up on Monday mornings that much harder.  BUT, we do what we gotta do, right?  

We are SUPER excited though!  Curtis leaves the MTC tomorrow AND might be able to call us when he gets to the Salt Lake Airport.  That means another early morning tomorrow.  If he calls it will be between 3-6 a.m.  Yikes!  With the way things go, Curtis will call tomorrow when I am in the shower or something.  Isn't that how it goes some days?  LOL!  We cannot wait to talk to him.  I hope he feels he is ready for New York....Shoot!  What am I saying?!!!  
Let's hope New York is ready for Curtis!

Danielle came over tonight.  She is interviewing for a new job again.  Do not work for Winco if you intend to go to school.  They tell you they will work around your school schedule and you tell them up front what that means, and they go back on their word.  SAD!  Danielle has school and an internship she has to do.  She is upfront with each employer about her schooling and the internship.  Most employers work with school.  Winco is not one of them!  

I've got a few errands to run tonight and then dinner, dishes, and whatever else comes along, as well as some kind of FHE.  I have to sneak it in.  My kids are old enough to realize I am sneaking something in on them.  I tried to have "the talk" about needing their help using the row boat analogy and in unison they all looked at me and said, "Yes, we know Mom, we all need to help out."  Can you believe that?  LOL!  I really can believe it.  Since most of my children are now adults now.  Children!  

My friend at work told me a funny joke today.  She has told me this before, but it came at the perfect moment today.
Here goes....

Why did Abraham agree to sacrifice his son at the age of 12?
Because if his son would have been any older, it wouldn't be called a sacrifice.  

Get it?  

Love it!  


Well, my friends....I must go.  Dinner is done, but the dog thinks the left overs should be his.  NOT!  

Time to put them away.  Gotta go!

Take care, talk to you soon.
I can't wait to share the details of our call with Curtis!  

From the Missionary:

Nothing today.  Soon though....we hope.
He leaves the MTC tomorrow.....for New York!

Quote of the Day:

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