Monday, November 30, 2009

If My Mom Had a Blog...

I am pleased to introduce to you my very first Guest Blogger... the talented and lovely and wonderful Sandy Kucera.  Read on my friends, read on.

I wish I had the “real” picture, but this is the story:

Jana and James and Grandma K took Jacob and Chloe and Anna to the Mall of America on Black Friday (aptly named). One of the rides was Swiper’s Cars (from Dora the Explorer) and the kids had to be 42 inches to go by themselves. So Jacob and Anna go hand in hand over to their car of choice. The guy running the ride very kindly told Chloe she was too short and had her walk back to me. When James realized that she was not going to be able to ride without an adult (we’re talking Junior rides here folks), he came around the corner, scooped her up, put her in a car, then lowed his 6’6” frame into the seat next to her. She just beamed. I’m sure James’ knees got thrown - hard - against the front of the seat every time they flew around the corner, but he just smiled. 

Love doesn’t get more compassionate than that.

PS James, Marla here....
which Dora ride are you gonna take ME on? 
I want cotton candy too!

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Pure Genius.

This other one had me cracking up even more... not sure why.  It's not as popular as the other one, but Oh Danny Boy! I will never think of you the same.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Going West. Again.

Highlights:  holding my baby, eating breakfast at the Riter Mansion (apple pancakes with carmel sauce, bacon and orange flavored apples), celebrating Emily's birthday on her bed with a box of cupcakes from the Sweet Tooth Fairy, running all. the. way. for the First Dam 5k in Logan, walking across the campus I loved so much and being flooded with memories and a grateful heart, having dinner with forever kind of friends, eating Farrs icecream near the Ogden temple, visiting the Logan temple and taking crazy pictures, seeing Grandma hold Eva, shishkabobs by Dan and so. much. more.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Have a Heart

Female roles did not begin on earth, and they do not end here. A woman who treasures motherhood on earth will treasure motherhood in the world to come, and “where [her] treasure is, there will [her] heart be also” (Matt. 6:21). By developing a mother heart, each girl and woman prepares for her divine, eternal mission of motherhood. “Whatever principle of intelligence [she] attain[s] unto in this life, it will rise with [her] in the resurrection. And if a person gains more knowledge and intelligence in this life through [her] diligence and obedience than another, [she] will have so much the advantage in the world to come” (D&C 130:18–19).
Every girl and woman who makes and keeps sacred covenants can have a mother heart. There is no limit to what a woman with a mother heart can accomplish. Righteous women have changed the course of history and will continue to do so, and their influence will spread and grow exponentially throughout the eternities.

Excerpt taken from Julie B. Beck, talk entitled: A Mother Heart.

I am grateful for my sisters and mother who have shown me what this looks like, in every way, and who have helped me to develop my own mother heart.  They are good, kind and true.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Sesame Street: How I Love Thee!

Now if I could only find
Kermit, Miss Piggy and Animal....
would be

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

REWRITE**: Grand Opening

My joy is almost* full.

* Em, Dan & Eva:  See you sometime
during "Coming Soon"...
at the location
nearest you.

**This just in:

Dear Ms. Marla Kucera:
Thank you for taking the time to contact us.
In response to your question, we have tentative plans to open our West Jordan location by the end of December. For updated information, please feel free to contact our toll-free Customer Service line at (800) 786-1000.

Heather Ocello
Customer Service Representative

PS Heather, I love you!

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

My new favorite cartoon (we tweaked the above cartoon just a wee bit)

My favorite cube neighbor and I had a good laugh/cry about this cartoon.  It must've been a tough day.  But I still stand by it's funniness and even uploaded it as my picture on my free luggage tag (click here for your free tags).

Monday, November 16, 2009

All I Want For Christmas

Who cares
about having 
two front teeth
when you see

Friday, November 13, 2009

My Little Sweet Peas

Some people,
no matter how old they get,
never lose their beauty -
they merely move it from
their faces into their hearts.

~Martin Buxbaum

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Yoda One For Me

Halloween, October 31, 2009. 
Leaving a Star Wars Legacy
for generations to come.

Yoda ate too much candy,
Princess Leia wouldn't keep her wig on
because it was too hot & itchy
and Darth Vader got a little giddy.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

My Home

Minneapolis has two seasons:
Road Removal and Snow Repair.
~Steven Brust

But oh the beauty in between!

*Picture taken from the amazing & incredible

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Little Peanut

See you soon!

Pictures That Freak Me Out

Click here to check it out.  It's for real, and you can buy them.
This next one isn't creepy, it's just plain awesome. 

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Shakopee's 1st Halloween 5k

Very cold.
Very fun.
Very Halloweenie.
In no particular order of course.