Saturday, February 21, 2015

Cate Turns One

Catherine turned 1 year old and we celebrated this weekend. She is such a wonderful addition to our family!! I can remember life without Cate but I cannot imagine my life without her. Pure and true love.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Public recognition is a better motivator than money

I work for the coolest company ever!!! They held a raffle for all those who worked overtime during the first of the year and I won an iPad Mini!!!
I was so shocked!!
It is amazing how wonderful it is to feel valued by your employers and get recognition for your hard work.
Public recognition is a better motivator than money.

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Monday, February 16, 2015

I Need a Kleenex

I spent all day doing laundry and cleaning my apartment.
I washed nearly everything I own.
I am very physically tired and yet I cannot sleep.
I have been lying in bed for hours but the cleaning fumes are keeping me awake.
Plus, I have a cold that will not go away.
I guess I should be happy that at least I can breathe through my nose,
Even if all I smell is Clorox.

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Sunday, February 15, 2015

Spring Chickens

My mom is a backyard farmer and raises chickens. This will be her third summer with the coop and she is adding 8 more chickens to her flock!
First Round Survivors:
Second Round Survivors:
Third Round Chicks:

It is going to be so fun to watch these chicks grow this spring!! There are few things more adorable than baby animals. These pictures are from this afternoon when the chicks are 5 days old.
So soft, so little.

Valentine's Day 2015 Morning

This was a most excellent Saint Valentine's Day.
The day started with my nephew getting baptized and joining the The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. I am so proud of him for choosing to follow the example of our Savior and being baptized by immersion by one who holds the proper authority. I could feel so much love in the chapel when Aaron was confirmed a member and given the gift of the Holy Ghost. I could feel the love of our Heavenly Father for all of His children, and how happy He is when we start on our path back to His presence with the ordinance of Baptism. The Plan of Salvation is true and wonderful, and it is only made possible by our Savior, Jesus Christ who preformed the ultimate act of love by suffering for our sins in Gethsemane and again on the cross at Golgotha. I know my Savior, Jesus Christ lives and because He lives, I know we all will live again and we will have the opportunity to live with our families and our Father in Heaven for all eternity.
Not only could I feel the love of God for His children, I felt the love of my earthly father. I felt like he was there with us, watching over us, and that he was proud of his posterity. The veil is thin, especially in life event days, and I love knowing my dad is still with us in spirit. We will one day be reunited and never separated again. The love of God and the love in our Eternal Family is amazing.
Witnessing Aaron's baptism was the best way to celebrate this day of love, in all its forms. I am lucky to be loved so greatly and that I get to feel love so powerfully.
Hope and love are the greatest feelings in the universe.

Valentine's Day 2015

Lesley and I went to buy ourselves a Valentine treat. We went to Charming Charlie's jewelry and accessory store. I bought these cute earrings but I'm not sure if I love them or not. Are they too weird? Do I love them because they are weird? Yes! I love things that are different.
We stopped at Walgreen's on Thursday night to look for Valentine stuff for our office and I saw these Hello Kitty Valentines. I did not buy them but I thought they were super cute. I love anything Hello Kitty; Always Have and I Always Will.
Happy Valentine's Day!!! ❤️

Saturday, January 31, 2015

I worked 5 weeks in January

I know what you might be thinking, "Alli, there are only 4 weeks in a month so there is no way you worked 5 weeks in January" and you would correct. I worked the equivalent of 5 weeks in the past 4 weeks.
I have worked 5 10 hour days a week since Christmas. My boss asked if I can continue working like this for the next 2 months. I have nothing else to do and I'm so excited to be approved for all of this paid over-time. I'm so grateful to be allowed to work so much!!
I'm saving up for a new used-car and I really hate the idea of a car payment so the more I can save, the better.
My siblings came with me to the car show to look at cars and my top 3 are: Subaru Impreza hatch back, Hyundai Elantra hatch back, and the VW Golf.
Stay Tuned!!

Selfies with Cate

After dinner a few weeks ago, I was helping Baby Cate pet GiGi's cat Bernice. We got one swipe down Bernie's back before she ran off. I had put my phone down next to us and Cate (11 months old) grabbed it first thing. They sure learn young!! I let her hold the phone and push the button on my camera app. Here is the result. I love this little girl and she owns my heart. All of my nieces and nephews own my heart. Being an Auntie is the best part of my life.

Hello Kitty Super Heros

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Post 104 in 2014

We did it!!! I made my goal of posting 104 blog posts in 2014!!
So that means I posted 100 times in 2010, 101 times in 2011, 102 times 2012, 103 times in 2013, and (drum roll please...) 104 times in 2014. Hooray!!!!
As you can tell from this picture, Millie, Fiona, and Lesley are all really happy for me and my progress on Art History Alli. I am fully aware I'm the only one that reads my blog but I post for myself more than for any potential readers.
All I have left to say is, "Bring it on, 2015!! I am expecting the unexpected from you."

Happy New Year!!!


Ready for Bed

Millie and Fiona are ready for bed time.

Last Meal of 2014

I learned how to cook almost a whole weeks worth of meals this year. My favorite dish to make and eat is corn chowder. It's awesome!!! We had left over ham from Sunday dinner so we used it instead of bacon tonight. It is delicious.
It is way fun to end the year in my jammies, eating my favorite soup, and watching Doctor Who Christmas Special. Farewell 2014!!!

100th post of 2014!!

Only 4 more posts to go until I hit my goal of 104 posts in 2014!!!!!

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Highlights of 2014

1. Baby Cate was born
2. I turned 30
3. I went to Hawaii
4. #afternoonswithauntiealli
5. Being with my family in Walt Disney World

It has been a good year!!

My Favorite Album of the Year (and maybe ever)

Lesley bought me this as a Christmas gift and we are obsessed!! Our favorite songs are "Wildest Dreams" and "Style" but the entire album is amazing and worth the hype!!

The Last Peppermint Milk Shakes of the Season

Monday, December 29, 2014

9 posts to go

9 posts in 2 days--- Let's Do This!!

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I am NOT making resolutions this year. Goals are for losers! Just Kidding :)

Change 2014

I didn't do any of my new year resolutions this year (except I'm almost close to keeping my goal of posting 104 blog posts in 2014); I didn't read 12 books, nor was I a vegetarian for a month. I did read some management books like From Good to Great, The Nordstrom Way of Doing Business, Crucial Conversations, and the Perfect Phrase book. My favorite management book that I read this years is Who Moved My Cheese. It has been out for a while and I have seen it sitting in the library at my parents house but I never actually read it until this past Spring.
I was an hour early to work and I had been carrying around this book just waiting for a time when I could read it. For those of you that have not read it, it is basically about change and the different ways people handle it. There is the person who chases after change, the one who sits there and refuses to recognize that change has happened, the one who wants to change but doesn't know how, and the who reluctantly changes because what they are doing now is not working. I think most people fall into the last category. I want to be someone who chased after change because we learned grow so much from change.
This year has been a year of change for me professionally. Actually the past two years have been full of change. I changed my career, I got promoted, I got several new managers, I got to travel, I got mono, I got a new job, etc... and I have never been happier.
Mono has been a catalyst of change for me. I physically could not continue on in my physically demanding job so I changed jobs (yay for promotions!!!). I had to drink more water since juice and soda pop burned my throat and now I no longer drink soda every day. I had to realize that it is okay to say no and to limit myself so I could recuperate. Now granted, I never took a sick day and worked 40-50 hours a week the entire time I felt ill and all I really wanted to do was lay on the couch and sleep, or lay in my car and sleep, or at the dinner table and sleep (I'm seeing a pattern here). What I'm trying to say is change is scary but it has brought so much good in to my life. I want to be a person that is ready for change and is willing to chase after my "cheese" or motivation.
Here is to more change in 2015!!

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