Sunday, May 31, 2015

Another crazy weekend.

Two Things I am Grateful For:

1)  My time off spent with my family.
2)  Summer time, even though the weather is getting hot.
3)  This diet!  I'm down 29 pounds now.  Loving it!
4)  The fact that this diet has made me drink more water.  Hydration!  It's a good thing.  
5)  My new bed!  I am loving it!

Goals for the Day:

1) Make it to church today.
2)  Collect all the things Lexi will need for camp next week.
3) Pack Lexi for camp.
4) Get Lexi's bags dropped off for camp next week.
5) Get over to the our neighbor's house for their Open House....their son is home from his mission!  Woot!  Woot!
6) Get some things done around the house and get ready for work tomorrow.

From the Camera:

From the Heart:

If you ask most people what makes a good boss, you’d probably get a variety of answers – a good boss is someone with great communication skills, strong ethics and good leadership skills.
It’s also likely that you’ll hear people say that a good boss is someone who shows appreciation and respect for their employees. It's not always easy, but if you're in a management position, do your best to be a kind leader to those who report to you.


Being a good boss is essential to the productivity, performance and attitude of your employees. A 2008 survey from the American Management Association showed that employees who think their bosses are kind are more likely to be hard workers, and go out of their way to benefit the company.

Step It Up

If your employees have showed their commitment to you and the company you stand for, it’s time for you to go the extra mile for them. Take your employees out to a special lunch or throw them an appreciation party – just to show how much you are grateful for their hard work!

Keep It Simple

Make sure your employees know that they are appreciated. Go out of your way to write a hand-written thank you note – not an e-mail – to let them know how they have "wowed" you.

From the Kitchen:

Easy Baked Ravioli


jar (26 to 28 ounces) tomato pasta sauce (any variety)
package (25 to 27 1/2 ounces) frozen cheese-filled ravioli
cups shredded mozzarella cheese (8 ounces)
tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese


  • 1 Heat oven to 350°F. Spray bottom and sides of rectangular baking dish 13x9x2-inches, with cooking spray.
  • 2 Spread 3/4 cup of the pasta sauce in baking dish. Arrange half of the frozen ravioli in single layer over sauce; top with half of the remaining pasta sauce and 1 cup of the mozzarella cheese. Repeat layers once, starting with ravioli. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.
  • 3 Cover with aluminum foil and bake 40 minutes. Remove foil; bake uncovered 15 to 20 minutes longer or until bubbly and hot in center. Let stand 10 minutes before cutting.

  • From the Spirit:
“Our choices have the undeniable power of transforming our lives. This gift is an extraordinary sign of trust in us and simultaneously a cherished personal responsibility to use wisely. Our Father in Heaven respects our freedom to choose and will never force us to do what is right, nor will He impede us from making mediocre choices.  His invitation, however, concerning this important and vital gift is clearly expressed in the scriptures: “But behold, that which is of God inviteth and enticeth to do good continually; wherefore, every thing which inviteth and enticeth to do good, and to love God, and to serve him, is inspired of God”
–José A. Teixeira, “Gifts to Help Us Navigate Our Life”, Ensign, May 2009, 104-6

From the Schmidt's:

This has been a busy weekend.  I still have not had the chance to paint my headboard and it looks like I won't get the chance until at least Tuesday.  I spent yesterday working on getting Lexi ready for Girl's Camp and with a friend who is getting married in a couple of weeks.  That reminds me, I need to call the Wholesale Florist to place my order.  I am super excited to work with fresh flowers for this wedding.  It will be fun.  I'm looking forward to it.

Lexi goes off to Girl's Camp next week.  She always has mixed emotions about going, but always comes home glad she went.  Kevin will give her a Priesthood blessing tomorrow night too.  I think every girl going to camp needs one of those before they leave.  It makes such a huge difference in their time at camp.  What a blessing it is to have the Priesthood in our home.  

Danielle came by yesterday.  We ran off to the store to pick up the things Lexi needed for camp.  Danielle also dropped off this cool letter "A"  for Alexis.  It's two feet tall and two feet wide.   It could use some paint and we will get to that
Check it out....

We also colored Lexi's hair.  She has begged me to let her color her hair since she was in Elementary school.  She has always wanted to go brown.  I told her she had to wait until she was at least 16 hoping she would forget and changer her mind.  Well, that never happened and yesterday we colored it a brown.  It's pretty on her.  Honestly, I think she could have gone a little darker too.  In the photo below it looks a little red, but I promise it's brown.  Take a look.

Last night we ran off to WinCo.  I was craving banana chips.  Not on my diet, but oh so good.  We also picked up a few other things too.  I love that that store is open 24 hours.  It's great!  If there was one closer to my house I could stop there before work if I needed too.  Love that!  

Sorry to cut this short.  I have lots to do to before tomorrow.  Laundry and things.  Fun Fun.  Take care, and we will talk soon.

From the Missionary:

Nothing today.  More next week....

Quote of the Day:

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