There’s a special place in my heart for the ones who were with me at my lowest and still loved me when I wasn’t very loveable.”
The last few months I have really been thinking about my friends and how much they mean to me. I often wonder how I have been blessed with the friends that I have. For me having friends has always been important. It used to make me feel like the more friends I had the more I felt I was worth. What I have found is through the years it is really not about the amount of friends I have but really the quality. I often find myself being puzzled or frustrated at why some friendships work and others don’t, in my teen and early 20’s this was excruciation hard. It’s still something I struggle with (and I think most people struggle with) but is something I have been working on. I have had people who I thought were true friends stab me in the back. I have had more flaky friends then I can count. I have grown apart from friends that I once was inseparable from. Through the years I have grown and change on how I view the world and with that I have grown and changed on the friends I have made. The last few years have really taught me what true friendship is. I have had friends see me at my worst and yet stuck by my side. I have had friends do things for me just to show me they care. I have had friends drop what they are doing just to help me out. I have friends who call me out of the blue to go to lunch or just want to hang out. I have never felt as loved as I do now. In all my ups and all my darkest downs I have seen who my true friends are and I am in awe. My counselor that I saw for the first few years after my divorce would tell me that it was because of who I was,was why I had the friends I do. I still don’t completely buy that. I can be stubborn, moody, closed off, too open, and just a hot mess at times. I am still dealing with pain and my self worth. And yet they stay. Don’t get me wrong I still have my fair share of fake or flaky or friends who only want to be friends when it’s ok to them. But I also have some really incredible friends and I thank God everyday for them. I hope and pray that I am the kind of friend to others as they have been to me.
The first Monday in February I headed up to McCall with my friend Loni to enjoy the McCall Winter Carnival.
This is our third year going up together and it’s always fun to get out of town and catch up. Our first stop was the Pancake House, I LOVE this place! The giant cinnamon roll has to be my favorite; it just melts in your mouth.
After that we headed out to see how many snow sculptures we could find. The weather wasn’t the best but we had fun. Here are some of the sculptures we found.
I have to say, Olaf from Frozen was my favorite!
The year in review is one of my favorite blogs to write because I love looking back on the year. 20114 was a good one! It is full of good memories and a few heartbreaks. Its a year I grew in ways I never thought I needed. It was a year full of friends and family.
(Warning, overload of pictures coming… but if you know me that is how I roll!)
2014 I tried to be as a good aunt and get in as much aunt time as I could. These kids are growing so fast!
It was a year full of good memories made with friends both new and old…
A year where I meet new babies….
A year where my heart broke when a good friends wife passed away all too soon….
A year I struggled with the violence on officers…..
A year full of fun little road trips…
A road trip to Twin Falls with my BFF…
…to McCall with my friend Loni….
…to Pocatello with my sister and niece Emma…..
….to spending time with Jeff in Burley…..
A year I said good-bye to my truck and hello to my new car….
Another year I was able to help out with ISP ATC…
A year in which these 3 young ladies change my life in a way I never thought I needed….
A year full of teaching CPR and loving it!
A year full of fun with my BFF….
A year I made it back on the ambulance for another ride….man to I miss this!
A year reading good books…
A summer making my yard beautiful…
Enjoying time on the lake with my family…
Hours spent at the village…
enjoying time with my puppy…..
working on getting myself in better shape….
BSU beat BYU
I bought my first gun….
I donated blood…
And I just enjoyed life!! Yep 2014 was a great year, thanks to everyone who was a part of it!!
At work we had another fitness Challenge. This year I decided to complete 30 hrs or cardio in 10 weeks. I also want to keep it going so I challenged myself to complete 150 miles by Christmas. If felt good to be doing something again!
The weather change from hot, to perfect, to freezing and had everything from sunny days to rain. I loved watching the leaves change and just being outside.
Molly loved it just as much, if not more. My best day for miles completed in one day was 6.31 miles with 1.8 miles being the least.
(me up to 3 miles)
(me up to 4 miles)
(me at 5 miles!)
My fastest time was 13:59 mins a mile, not bad for a fast walk! At one point I was on the leader board at work for top ten on most miles complete. I completed goal #1 and finished with 31 hrs completed in 10 weeks.
I would love to say that I complete the 150 miles by Christmas but I came up 20 miles short. 130 miles is still really good and I am proud of what I completed!
Not bad for a girl who is over 100 lbs overweight! During the challenge a good friend of my challenged me to complete a half marathon by the fall of 2015! It seems crazy but I know I can do it! I just need to dig down deep and get it done! So my half marathon will be Sept 26! To get ready for it I will be doing a 5k this spring, a 10k this Summer and then the half this fall! I am excited, scared and ready! 2015 is my year.
I love making the house all festive for the holidays. Each year I try and add a little more. Here is how my lights turned out, I loved it!!
Here are some of my favorite things you can find inside.
Christmas cards from family and friends, I even got one from Taiwan!
And me curled up on the couch and watching my favorite Christmas movies.
Christmas Eve I worked until 2 am on Christmas morning. I ran home and got a little sleep before waking up at 6 to get ready and head over to my sisters to watch the kids open gifts. It’s always fun to watch the excitement on the kids faces as they come down the stairs on Christmas morning. I am thankful that I was able to be a part of it.
After my sister and Nick made breakfast and then we headed over to my mom’s for more gifts.
By then I was ready for a nap so I headed home and crashed on the couch. That evening I had to work. The best part of the night was when Dax, one of our ISP drug K9’s came in to wish us a Merry Christmas.
Overall it was a great Christmas and I am thankful for all the family time I was able to get in.
I love Christmas time and the traditions that come with it. Christmas Eve has always been one of my favorites. This Christmas Eve I had to work but for me family time is important and priceless and so I requested to only work a half shift that night.
I started the day by sleeping in, having my best friend stop by with a gift and then dropping by a friend’s house with a gift for her. Next stop was to my mom and Lynn’s house for traditional chili/chowder dinner.
It was SOO good! The chowder she made this year is quickly becoming my favorite.
For dessert my mom made her mouth water hot chocolate fudge to put on peppermint ice-cream.
The kids acted out the nativity…
and later Santa brought them each a book and new PJs.
Before I knew it, it was time to say good night and head into work. While I was at my mom’s it had started to know and while I was a little grumpy about it, it was beautiful and added to the magic of Christmas.
As I pulled into work I had to stop at the police memorial and take a picture of the snow falling around it.
Work was steady and time passed quickly.
Before I knew it Christmas day was here!
Ever since I was little I think one of my favorite traditions of the holidays was my mom making her soft sugar cookies. They are the best sugar cookies I have ever had and just thinking of them makes my mouth water!! On the 22nd she had all the grand-kids come over to help decorate their own, and of course eat one or two.
After everyone curled up to watch a Christmas movie and just enjoy being together.
Austin turned 3 this month! To celebrate my sister had everyone over for dinner and cake at their house. It was fun to see how excited he was to open presents and show everyone the dinosaur on is cake.
Austin still doesn’t speak very much but he is a smart little guy and loves doing puzzles. The one word he loves is “no” and has a very strong little personality.
I love this little guy and I am excited to see who he grows and learns this next year. Happy Birthday Austin!