Happy Birthday Mom!

Before I am off to bed, I just want to say Happy Birthday again to my Mom. I hope you had a great day…I am so extremely blessed to have you as my mother.

I love you, Mom.
Shan

1998 – Picture

Okay, so I spent way too much time looking for the pictures of my 10 year High School Reunion; only to realize that my Mom has them. Well, I found this picture of my Mom & I at my step-brother’s wedding which was very close to the time the reunion was held. So this is what I looked like in September of 1998. My next post will show you pictures of what I looked like my Senior year of high school…1988. There is a huge difference! That doesn’t surprise me, though. I love to have different hair styles, if you know me, you KNOW that to be true! By the way, I was 8 and a half months pregnant with my second child at the time. Now, ten years later since this picture was taken, about the only difference besides the hair would be the dreaded wrinkles! Ugh!!!! I guess we have to age sometime!
Later,

20 Year High School Reunion

This weekend I will be traveling back to my “home town” to celebrate 20 years since High School graduation…Class of ’88. WOW! Doesn’t that make me feel old! I have been out of school now longer than I was in school!

I enjoyed going to my 10 year high school reunion; even though I was 8 months pregnant with my son. I was huge! I will have to search for the pictures and post them here. That will be a good laugh!

I am excited to see everyone again.
Go Colts!
Shan

38 is GREAT!

Today is my birthday and I want to thank everyone who called me to wish me a happy day. It is special that you remembered. It has been a good day. I started out by running 3 miles on the treadmill at the gym. I placed my little card on the scanner like I do every time I enter the gym and the computer all of a sudden said “Happy Birthday!” It totally shocked me! Then everyone in the office said Happy Birthday to me. That was pretty cool!

I then decided I would go see the progress of the house. There was only one framer there. It is very cloudy today with a high chance of rain. He informed me that one of the framers fell off a rafter yesterday working. I was very surprised to find out they worked yesterday. I did not expect that, being Labor Day, & then to find out someone who has been instrumental in building our miracle was hurt doing so. I was sad to hear the news. I think he has shoulder and ribs injured. The one man who was there asked me why I was coming & taking pictures of the house. I was thinking in my mind, “why would I NOT take pictures…it is my dream home you are building.” Anyhow, he continued talking and said out of all the 12 houses he has help build in the last 3 years that only one other owner came to take pictures. I was a little surprised myself and then told him it might be due to people working full time. I think maybe they just came and took pictures at night when they were not there anymore. This was a very nice man and I began to explain to him that I am very grateful for their work. “I want to take pictures and capture this process…it is a miracle to me. I like to see how it has grown. Honestly, I am in awe.” He looked at me and said, “you are the first person to say that, usually everyone takes us for granted.” I can not begin to tell you how humbling it was to hear him say this to me. He continued talking, sharing stories of how rude owners were to them, treating them like second class citizens. My sympathy overflowed as I listened to him. I am very grateful for these men, the framers of our new house. They have a special talent…it really is amazing to watch them work and see their progress.

At the last minute, a friend invited me to lunch and we visited a quaint little “Tea Room” in our small little town. Then before we knew it, it was time to pick up the kids from school. Hubby just got home with a cake for dessert…isn’t that so sweet! He also gave me Stephenie Meyer’s book The Host! Something to look forward to reading. Although, I really can’t imagine it being any better than Twilight. So we are off to have dinner at my favorite Italian Restaurant as a family. I made a birthday mix today and found a song I have been looking for for years: Something Good by Utah Saints. It is such a fun song to dance to!

I hope this finds all of you, my family & friends having a good day too! I am so blessed to have you all in my life. And even though I have wrinkles, grey hair and a slower metabolism I am grateful to be here this day…it is a gift itself!

Adios, Shan

Milestones!

Happy Birthday to my oldest child today. I thank my Heavenly Father for blessing me with you. We had a great day! We were able to go to the photography studio today and had a family portrait as well as some individuals made of each of us. It was the smoothest photo shoot yet with the kids. I can’t wait to see the proofs tomorrow. My 20 year HS reunion is fast approaching. I can’t believe how the time has gone by. So many milestones right now. I am grateful to be here to experience them. Each day is a gift…we don’t know when our time on this earth will be done. If we truly think about this every day – how can we take it for granted? It is because we are human.

Auf Wiedersehn,