Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Welcome Fall!

Fun new wreath I found at RodWorks!

I absolutely LOVE the Fall...such a great time of year. The weather has been great this year so it's been an especially great! We've had so much going on...but in the end that's really what makes it so fun...but I have had a chance to decorate which is one of my favorite things to do during the holidays. I love the fall colors...rust, olive, brown...all of the colors that we hated about the 70's (still that shag carpet is just yuck!)

We're getting the house all ready for trick-or-treaters....just 2 nights away!!

Tommorrow morning we have our kids first-ever Halloween excited! Kevin and I will be going in the morning together. Katelyn will be dressing up as a Glamorous Glitter Witch while Ashlyn will be dressing up as a Princess Fairy Witch.....really it's the same thing just mom's way of making them seem completely different. Brock will be dressing up as Batman....not evil Batman, but the nice Batman....(he reminds us that constantly). The kids will get out of school early and tommorrow night we have our ward Halloween Carnival, Crock-Pot dinner and trunk-or-treat! Totally Fun....

Getting ready for the mad rush of Halloween fun in the morning!

Can never have too much glitter make-up and glitter hair
spray when your dealing with two glitter witches!

Even Mr. Bones, our resident Halloween skelleton, is excited for Halloween!

Hope you all have a great Halloween....I'll post photos of ours and can't wait to see yours too!

Monday, October 13, 2008

Check it out...I Yearbooked myself!!

I found this website on one of my friend's blogs - totally funny...I couldn't resist trying it out myself:

Amber @ 1960

Amber @ 1962

Amber @ 1966

Amber @ 1972

Amber @ 1974 (the year I was born :))

Amber @ 1978 (ewww....what a bad year)

Amber @ 1990 (Totally my year!)

Amber @ 1994

Go ahead...I know you want to try it!!

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Big News....!!

CRAZY!!! That's all I can's 4:00 am and I'm up becuase I can't I'm blogging!

So, I've got some pretty BIG NEWS that I have to share (no, I'm not pregnant!!) It's big news for us as it's something I never thought would happen at this stage in our lives....just when you think life is crazy enough and there's already too much to handle Heavenly Father always throws you a curve ball!!

Two weeks ago our ward split....there were over 800 people in the ward and a huge primary (200) children, so it was definately time for a change. I was perfectly content in my easy Primary Pianist position - it fit in so nicely with my life, not too much stress and work, just a Sunday calling that I could easily do each week! Well....2 days after the announcement of the new ward boundries Kevin and I got a call from the bishopric that they'd like to come over and meet with us. I just knew it was another big calling for Kevin becuase I assumed Heavnely Father just knew there wasn't much more I could add to my plate....but when the bishop extended the of PRIMARY PRESIDENT to me I was blown away. I seriously had to have him repeat it becuase I thought I misunderstood him!!

So.....I am officially the new Primary President!! I jokingly asked the bishop if he was sure he prayed about it....and he said that all of the bishopric members had a definate spiritual experience when coming up with my name. I really needed to hear that as it helped confirm that if my Heavenly Father beleives I can do it at this time and trusts me with this calling...than I know I can do it (of course, with a lot of guidance and support from Him...)

I'm actually really excited (I know I'm crazy)....we had our first presidency meeting on Tuesday. We met at 6:30 pm and didn't finish until 11:45 pm - REALLY! Where the ward split - we lost half of the primary and almost all of our primary workers - no nursery workers, no music leader, no pianist, no scout leaders, and literally no teachers. So we are really starting from the ground up....learning and working alot, but I have already felt His inspiration and blessings. Kevin used to say when he was in the bishopric that somehow he was just blessed with peace and patience - he wouldn't get annoyed with phone calls, questions, visiting or when his position called for him to be away from home and family. It's amazing how I feel that too...not resentment that I have to spend time doing primary work, but instead contentment and happiness that I'm able to serve....and I so need that in my life right now! So really I'm the one being blessed....

Catching Up...

Last time I posted was right before the "Just for Her" Women's Fair - so glad that's done! Things went great for the most part - except in my first presentation I got a little ahead of myself with my notes and powerpoint...but it's all good!

Here's an article that was published in the Standard right before the show...kind of cool how they highlighted MemoryWorks. They came to our warehouse and took photos of my projects, our products and me...the article was in the "Hers" section and it doesn't show it all online, but here's just a glimpse:

This is huge for us, as it was one of the first times we've been in the local newspaper (after 6 years in busines and several press releases!) in typical blog fashion I am assuming all bragging privlages!! The photo at the top of the blog is one of the photos that was included in the article - thats my Ashlyn and projects I did for the September MemoryWorks Express kit!!

October 2008 MemoryWorks Express Kit

Here's some more projects I've worked on for our October kit (soon to be updated on our website....)