For family and friends far away, here are a few videos:
I went to Walmart the other day and did the family grocery shopping. Wow. My cart was a little bit full - okay, a lot bit full, and when I got home, my mom complained I didn't get enough stuff. Holy crap woman! So I think I'm bringing my mom next time I go.
Bella had a ball, and she was definitely the belle of the ball! She chilled in the cart like a big girl and with that giant flower on her head, she had people doing double takes like they'd never seen such a sight! I must not be in Utah anymore!
We recently battled the crowds at Universal Studios and despite the crowds, had a blast. Our dear friends from Alabama came down to visit, which made our weekend so much fun! We went to church together, painted our toenails, ate lots of food, and enjoyed their company! Thanks to the Fredericks and Westenhofers for stopping by!!
After a few rides, we were in the Mardi Gras parade and threw beads out to our adoring fans. My right bicep was really sore the next day. And the next day. And...Sad.
In other news, this computer's connection is really slow and that frustrates me.
Our craft club clothing swap last week was a success! 8 women chatting, 11 children running rampant, and 1 pile of clothes/house decor. Fabulous! I walked away with some really great free stuff!! Thanks to Lindsay for letting us use her house for craft club! :0)
Tax rebate - here we come! It's looking hopeful people. Where there's hope...there's a rebate check, right? Man, I can't wait to be out of debt. I'm a slave and I hate it. Don't ever get sucked into a timeshare without giving it some TIME. That's why it's called a timeshare. Or something.
Anyway. I taught my first official guitar lesson today! In exchange, I am getting piano lessons, and I love it. My 'student' is 12 years old and he's a fast learner!! I am taking on "One Man's Dream" by Yanni. Excellent. Music is so liberating. I have missed this friend I call Music.
My Aunt Tracy and her family are coming down from Chicago next week, and I am excited out of my mind!!! Then a week after that I'll be visiting my mom's family in Vegas, and I'm equally excited out of my mind!!!
Something I have been thinking about a lot lately is the subject of judging. Any and all kinds. When is it okay to judge, or is there ever a time when it's okay? What about if I'm just 'warning' my friend that the person they are about to meet is kind of "chatty" or "shy". Why is it that we need to give people a heads up about others' imperfections? If I was the "chatty" one, I think I'd rather start with a clean slate when meeting someone new.
Or what about that person having a bad day? How about asking "How can I help this person?" instead of "Wow. What a grump." I want to do a better job of giving people the benefit of the doubt, and seeing each situation as if it were me in their shoes.
Through some thought and discussion, I have realized I am rather judgmental. I don't think I mean to be. I'm just lazy about noticing. Really, I have no one to blame, but myself. After watching my guilty pleasure show "The Bachelor", I realized I was encouraging and feeding that judgmental side of me. I am no better than a tabloid, really!
So off with being lazy. I'm aware of it now, and I feel this responsibility to share what I've learned. Any thoughts or experiences with this? Please share!
My butt is numb from sitting. So I think that's my cue. BED TIME. G'night to all.