Thursday, November 22, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving

I was going to add to my Thankful list, but i saw this on a friend's facebook wall and I loved it.  As I write my list, please know that none of them are in order of importance.

Write 10 physical abilities you are grateful for:
  1. Ability to run
  2. That even though I'm old, my body works pretty good
  3. Sight--this world is amazing and I'm so glad I can see everything
  4. Hearing--as I get older I notice my hearing is not as good as it used to be, but I am so grateful I can hear
  5. Smell--no, not that I'm grateful that I smell, but yes, I'm grateful for the sense of smell
  6. Feel--Not only the touching part of feeling, but also the things I can feel in my heart
  7. Speak--I would not be very good if I had to write everything down
  8. Service--I am grateful that I can get out there and serve others
  9. Hair--I have always said I hate doing my hair, but at the same time I know I wouldn't look very good without hair
  10. Sleep--I don't always sleep well, but I sure love it when I do
Write 10 material possessions you are grateful for:
  1. My computer
  2. My Tivo
  3. My cell phone
  4. My camera
  5. My home
  6. My car
  7. My TV
  8. Photos--I would hate to try and tell you how many photos I have, but I treasure them.
  9. DVD's
  10. My glasses--I said I'm grateful that I can see, but I'm sure glad that I have glasses so I can see more clearly
Write 10 living people you are grateful for:
  1. Allan
  2. Each of my children
  3. Allan's children
  4. My children in-law
  5. My sisters, their spouses and their children
  6. My grandchildren and their spouses
  7. Janice L. who was brave enough to share the Gospel with me many years ago
  8. I can't specifically name friends, but I am truly grateful for my friends
  9. President Monson and all the "watchmen on the tower"
  10. All the missionaries who are so willing to sacrifice and serve
Write 10 deceased people you are grateful for:
  1. Jesus Christ--although really I don't think I can put him here as someone who is deceased, but I am grateful He "died" for me
  2. My Dad
  3. My Mom
  4. Helen and Les--the people who took my sisters and me in when our parents died
  5. My mother-in-law and father-in-law--not only because they raised a fabulous son but they were always so good to me
  6. Joseph Smith
  7. My Uncle Stan--when I was a little girl he was my favorite uncle.  We shared our birthday and every year he would send me a dollar
  8. My grandparents--I may not have known them, but I am grateful for the children they raised
  9. Allan's grandparents--I have heard all the stories 
  10. President Spencer W. Kimball--he will always be my Prophet
Write 10 things about nature you are grateful for:
  1. Sunrises and sunsets
  2. Flowers--there are so many different varieties that are beautiful and smell beautiful
  3. Butterflies
  4. Oceans--I have a great respect for the ocean.  I love sitting and watching the waves.
  5. Seasons--I love that I live in a place where we are able to enjoy the four seasons
  6. Fall colors--now you may say that is "seasons" but I don't care!!!!
  7. Waterfalls--always so beautiful
  8. Fresh snowfall (as long as I don't have to drive in it)
  9. Mountains--I love the mountains and wow do I miss them living here in Winnipeg
  10. Sunshine--no I don't like it when it is really hot, but I love blue skies and sunshine
Write 10 places on Earth you are grateful for:
  1. I'm not sure if this is supposed to be a specific place, but I am so grateful for temples
  2. I love Hawaii
  3. France--I still have such wonderful memories of a trip there with Allan in 1983
  4. Anywhere I can gather with my kids and grandkids
  5. Disneyland/Disneyworld--so great to go with little children and see the look of wonderment on their faces
  6. The beach--I love what the sand can do to the dry and rough skin on the bottom of my feet
  7. Restaurants--I love eating out
  8. Movie Theaters--I enjoy going to the movies, for me it is an escape
  9. Winnipeg--because I am so grateful for my home
  10. Banff--Oh such a beautiful place.
Write 10 modern inventions you are grateful for:
  1. My Tivo
  2. Airplanes--it is so wonderful to not have to drive everywhere ; )
  3. The internet.  I sure wish they had it when I went to high school ; )
  4. GPS--even though she seems to say "recalculating" far too often
  5. Microwaves
  6. Cell phones--makes those drives when I'm by myself much easier
  7. Skyping/iChatting
  8. Advancements in medicine--I just returned from visiting my friend C in Ottawa.  As I watch her deal with cancer, I am so grateful for all the research and advancements that have taken place through the years
  9. Digital cameras--so glad I don't have to use film any more
  10. My iPod--I enjoy music
Write 10 foods you are grateful for:
  1. Chocolate--I guess I shouldn't repeat it for all ten ; )
  2. Prime rib
  3. My mother-in-law's orange rolls
  4. Nutella
  5. Dehydrated mangoes
  6. Mint chocolate chip Ice Cream
  7. Dairy Queen Pecan Mudslide
  8. Chocolate covered cherries
  9. Red vines
  10. Steak and baked potato--yeah, to me they go together
Write 10 things about the Gospel you are grateful for:
  1. The Atonement
  2. Book of Mormon--I love reading and studying it
  3. Eternal Marriage
  4. Repentance
  5. The knowledge that families can be together forever
  6. The Priesthood 
  7. Temples
  8. Hymns--They really touch my heart
  9. Temple work for our ancestors
  10. Prayer
And, if you are reading this, I'm pretty sure I'm grateful for you ; )

We have had a wonderful Thanksgiving.  I didn't have to cook and was able to enjoy a delicious dinner with friends.

Hard to believe it will be Christmas in a little over a month.  I am so looking forward to having Brent and Kyle home.

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Halloween Week and Some Randomness

It was a very quiet week at our house.  I did have fun decorating for Halloween.  I have to admit some of the decorations are looking a little old and may have to be replaced.

Finally got proof that I am not the one who eats all the candy ; )

Had fun decorating the pumpkins.

In spite of our nice weather, (seriously, no snow on the ground) we had less trick or treaters than in years past.  At least this year we were a little smarter and bought candy that I'm not so apt to eat--skittles, starburst and red licorice ; )

But now it's time to start thinking about decorating for Christmas--the big question is do I start before I leave for Ottawa or do I wait until I come home???  I keep worrying because I come home right before Thanksgiving, but then I have to remember Thanksgiving is early this year.  I so wish I could have found a cheap ticket to go to California for Thanksgiving to be with the gang that is going to gather there ; (

I did enjoy watching the Giants win the World Series--well, I didn't see the last game, but I sure enjoyed the others.  Like I said three years ago when they won last time, the only thing that would have made it better would have been if my dad was watching it with me ; )

I continue to enjoy my 365 project.  It's been fun and I've captured some fun shots.  It is hard to come up with a shot every day, but as of today I am 62% complete.

Awhile ago, I went to the zoo, and I loved seeing this red panda--isn't he cute.

And in contrast, isn't this little Capybara about the ugliest thing--reminds me of the animals in the fire swamp in The Princess Bride!!!

I so wanted to a THANKFUL POST to remind me to stay grateful, but EVERY DAY just seemed a little too much right now.

So whenever I do a post between now and the end of November,  I'll add things I'm thankful for, based on the date.  Since this is November 3rd, I'll list three things that I am grateful for:

1)  We get to turn the clock back:  Yes, I look forward to that extra hour sleep, but I am really looking forward to it being lighter earlier in the morning.  Oh, I understand it will be darker earlier, too, but it has been so hard for me to get out of bed.

2)  Lovely weather:  Yeah, it is a little cold, but I haven't had to worry about driving in the snow, YET.  Had a little dusting this morning, but nothing that should cause any worries.

3)  Telephones:  For whatever reason, I have really been missing my family lately. I am so grateful for the phone so I can hear their voices.  We really should skype more often.

SIDENOTE:  My heart goes out to those who are struggling with the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Grandchildren--Pride and Joy #8, Hannah

I really need to get these done before the end of the year--although my big problem is when I start working on them I find myself spending a lot of time looking at old pictures and reminiscing.  Oh time passes much too quickly.  And getting ready for Christmas, going to see my friend, C, in Ottawa, will not give me much time, to do another 4 posts.  So maybe I'll end in January ; )

But let's move on to Miss Hannah.  Oh how I love this beautiful little girl

...I should say young woman.

This was taken at the hospital with her three older siblings:

August 2000, Allan and I had been in California to attend the wedding of one of my nephews.  I had great hopes that Miss Hannah would be born before we flew back to Utah to pick up the kids and start our drive to Winnipeg.  I wanted to see her and hold her.   But we flew out of Oakland early Sunday morning--and Daphne went into labor shortly after we landed and got on the road.  There was no flying back for me, just a miserable me once I knew I had missed her birth. Poor Allan had to listen to me for several hours.  AND IT WAS HIS BIRTHDAY!!!!

We were so happy to go back to Cali and be there on her blessing day:

I just love this picture of her--the ice cream is almost bigger than she is ; )  It's funny because she is really not much of a sweet eater.

It was great to have a little one in the family again--it had been 6 years since B was born and we were all ready for a little one again.

She shares a birthday with her grandpa and I think they both love it.  This picture of the two of them was taken at his 60th birthday celebration--wow, that was almost 10 years ago!!! 

I have to say she gives the best hugs.  Each of the kids in that family have always done something that I love--while they hug you they pat you on the back.  I LOVE IT.

She loves her daddy.

With their cat, Sammy.

A favorite shot from Dance.

I love this picture of her and her older sister, Ki, taken one Christmas at the Oakland Temple.

With her brother, B, at her birthday celebration.

She is incredibly athletic.  

She has had a great time doing cheer with her big sister.

With her Uncle Kyle--yes, that's right ; )

On her brother, Jason's high school graduation day.

She was so excited to be baptized

With her very proud Grandma and Grandpa

She is a great big sister--Here she is with little brother, Drew

So excited to hold little sister, Gerogia

A couple of weeks ago she was very excited to go see the Bieber with her Mom and older sister.  In fact, her songs on my playlist for my marathon were Never Say Never and Somebody to Love.

I just love spending time with her and so want to bring her up to Winnipeg to have some grandma time with me.  

She recently graduated from Primary and I can hardly believe it.  She is growing up WAY TOO FAST!!!

Sure do love you, Miss Hannah.

Sidenote:  Just a couple of fun pics from the last few days.

#1:  On Sunday we had our semi-annual after Stake Conference dinner.  One of our guests gave me this to say Congratulations on doing the Marathon.  So made me smile.  And, no, I haven't eaten all the candy bars YET.

#2:  Last night Allan and I went out to our favorite restaurant to celebrate our 30th.  I needed a shot for my 365 and decided to do this one titled "Still Excited for Date Night".

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

A Day Late, But That's Okay

In the 5 years I've had this blog, I have NEVER missed our anniversary, UNTIL THIS YEAR.  I'm turning the comments off because honestly, this is not about people telling me HAPPY ANNIVERSARY ; )  Obviously, I love it when my husband says it to me.  It's fun to have the kids call to say Happy Anniversary because they know if it wasn't for our getting married 30 years ago,  they wouldn't be here--or in the case of Stephen, he wouldn't be part of Allan's family, and he is always quick to say how grateful he is for our marriage.  And what would I DO if I didn't have Allan's kids and grandkids as part of my family???

The point of this is to tell you some of the things I love about this man.  It's funny because as the years go on, I find I just love him more and more.  You'd think we'd get tired of being together, or talking to one another or even run out of things to say--NO WAY.

I am stealing this idea from Heidi.  I won't post 30 pictures, but will obviously post a few, but instead here are 30 words that describe Allan--in no particular order.   Now some may seem repetitious, but...I am going to do it anyway:

1.  Handsome:  Now that goes without saying ; )

2.  Caring:  Not just for me, but he is just a caring guy.  I think the thing I will always appreciate is the love he showed to his mom.  It still makes me tear up when I hear him refer to her as his angel mother.

3.  Honorable:  When I thought about the word honorable, I am reminded of the story of President George Albert Smith "what have you done with my name".  I thought of what it means to him to be a Robison.  He would NEVER do anything to dishonor his name.  As well, as a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, he has taken upon him the name of Jesus Christ and would NEVER want to do anything to dishonor Him.

4.  Thoughtful:  It was so fun to have him there with me when I ran my marathon.  He got in his car and found me every couple of miles.  I was so excited when I would see him up ahead.  And there he was ready to give me some encouraging words.  It was so cute how he told the people at the different stops all about me and they would call me by name and say something positive.

5.  Attentive:  Being single for 31 years made me a little independent.  When we got married and were on our honeymoon, I developed a little infection and he wanted to be right there to take care of me.  I was not used to that and frankly, didn't want him hovering.  He has learned when to hover and when not to ; )

6.  Organized:  Oh, yes, sometimes this drives me a little crazy, but at the same time it is so helpful.  He always knows where things are (unless I put them somewhere).  I still laugh when I move something on his desk and am in his office talking to him and he looks down and sees something a few centimeters to the left or right and he has to move it to where it was ; )

7.  Punctual:  I never have to worry that we'll be late somewhere.  It is another one of those, sometimes drives me crazy things, but if we are to leave to go somewhere at 7:00 pm, I have learned that means we will be leaving BEFORE 7:00 pm.  When I had little ones to get ready, it wasn't always easy, but it has helped me become a punctual person.

8.  Selfless:  I think it drives the kids crazy when they ask what he wants for his birthday, and they get the usual response, "I just want my kids to be happy".  It is never about him.  WHAT A GUY!!!!  He is always ready to serve whenever and wherever he is needed.

9.  Fun:  He is so fun.  He will go along with things the kids want to do--even when they want him to put on a "clip-on" earring for a photo ; )

10.  Funny:  Not the same as fun, but he has a great sense of humor.  I love to hear him laugh and he makes me laugh.

11.  Loyal:  He is definitely loyal to his family, his friends, his employer, Church, and God.  

12.  Honest:  Honesty is so important to him.  He wouldn't even dream about lying about anything. He tells the story of his mom making him go back to the store because he got too much change when he bought a candy bar.  He bragged about the extra money and his mom made him go back to return the extra money.  It is a lesson that has stayed with him all these years.  He will take things back to the grocery store and I think they are amazed at his honesty.

13.  Smart:  There is not much he doesn't know, but he never makes me or anyone else feel dumb.  He is so willing to share his knowledge and help me learn.

14.  Understanding:  With each of my pregnancies he was right there to help me.  I still remember how much the smell of soap after he would shower made me sick and I didn't want him anywhere near me.  I would just look at him and motion to "go away" and HE DID!!!

15.  Helpful:  Goodness he is such a help around the house.  He is a great housekeeper and I never had to worry when I would go away that I would come home to a messy house.  In all his "spare time" he does the grocery shopping--he is a much better shopper than me.  And he is a GREAT cook and helps whenever we have people over for dinner.

16.  Kind:  He is kind to everyone and he makes time for people--which I appreciate so much.  As busy as he is, I don't think people ever feel like he doesn't have time to visit with them.

17.  Hard Working:  I appreciate how hard he works.  He goes to work and while he is there, he works hard.  And an honest days work for an honest days pay: AND THEN SOME MORE!!!!

18.  Exemplary:  I don't think my children could have a better example to follow than him.  I love when they call to ask his advice.  They know he would never steer them wrong and they would never go wrong if they thought "What would dad do?" in any situation--well, in almost any situation ; )
(I really should have put this picture under "fun"

19.  Non-Judgmental:  He just doesn't look for the bad in anyone.  Obviously, he has to make judgments but he is so great and I admire the way he sees people

20.  Gentle:  I used to love to watch him with the kids when they were babies.  Here was this big guy and these tiny little ones, but he was so sweet with them.

21.  Patient:  Honestly he is the most patient man I know.  I lose my patience rather quickly, but some how he just stays calm--and I don't have a clue how he does it.

22.  Courageous:  Because of his great faith he never seems to be afraid.

23.  Disciplined:  I think that is a great word to describe him.  He is routine oriented.  He is a list maker and checks things off his list.  He awakes like clockwork at a certain time each morning and I know about how long it will take him to get ready.  

24.  Humble:  I look at everything he has accomplished in his life, and am amazed that he can remain humble, but he truly understands why he has been able to achieve the things he has achieved--he knows where the strength and ability has come from.  I so love that about him.

25.  Generous:  He is generous with his time and with his means.

26.  Devoted:  He is willing to do whatever he needs to for his family.  He is devoted to all of us and I love him for that.  In fact, even when it's freezing cold, he braves the temperatures to barbeque me a steak!!!

27.  Loving:  I will forever cherish each and every note, letter, and card he has given me throughout these years.  I have been the recipient of so much love.

28.  Athletic:  I have been typing his personal history and it has been so fun to read about all his athletic experiences when he was young.  I know he misses playing basketball (something he did for years), but I love that he stays active.  He goes out and walks whenever he can--he is not a sit around kind of guy.

29.  Positive:  I love how incredibly positive he is.  He always sees the bright side of everything.  He tells me it doesn't do any good to worry, and one day I will be able to do that!!!!  He doesn't let things bother him at all--oh how I wish I could do that.

30.  Faithful:  Oh, how I love being on this journey with him.  He demonstrates such faithfulness each and every day of his life being obedient and striving to have the Spirit.  He always helps me to remember where we need to turn for answers and direction.

I truly am blessed to have him as my eternal companion.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Interesting Place for a Reminder or a Lesson

I do not enjoy shows like American Idol because I do not like watching people get critiqued.  I imagine those that were told IN FRONT OF THE WORLD what was wrong with their performance and then sent home, crying into their pillows, and it makes me very sad.

For the past few weeks I have watched a show on Canadian Television entitled "Over the Rainbow".  The reason I have been watching is because the girlfriend of one of Kyle's friends has been a contestant--in fact she is one of the last 5 contestants.  I have enjoyed watching her perform and have been excited for her.  Monday night, I watched the results show, and as is the case each week, the girls who were the bottom two had to participate in a sing-off, for the judge to decide which one of them she would "save from elimination".   The judge explained that what they must all understand is that they are being judged as a future Dorothy from the moment they come on the stage on Sunday night.  Everything is taken into account.  During the sing-off, it is their chance to deliver the story so well, so powerfully, that the judges would listen and have to conclude, "You have to stay!"

After they both sang, the judge announced which one she would save.  First she told one of the girls that she knew this was the 3rd time she had been in this situation.  She told her she had such a fabulous ability to sing and tell a story, but that tonight she didn't do that and the judge wondered if that was because this was the 3rd time she had been there, and she was giving what she had, and she didn't have the feeling of hope!  And because of that she was the one who was going home.

She then turned to the other contestant and said she told all the other girls she wanted all of them to listen to what she had to say.  And what she said really hit me.  She told this girl who was staying that that particular performance she delivered something she had not delivered in the past.  The judge didn't think she could sing to that level and that depth because they had not seen her sing like that before--the difference:   she was singing for her life (so to speak).  She told all of them, if they want to play Dorothy, they need to give it everything they have.

So why did this effect me?  Simple because if I learned nothing else during my marathon, I learned you have to believe in yourself and hope is everything.  We really have to have hope.  I thought about the things we do and how important it is that we have hope that we can accomplish them, make a difference, whatever it is--even FINISHING A MARATHON!!!!  HOPE IS POWERFUL.