Welcome to my digital writing journal, or mydigitalclutter. What started as a family blog almost two years ago has morphed into my writing therapy. This is where I do a lot of free writing, mostly about my life with my family and the things that catch my interest. While nowhere even close to perfect, in each post I like to see how my writing is changing with time and practice. Most posts are left unedited for this reason, so if you don't mind, take the journey with me.

Monday, September 29, 2008

Two Posts..two days!

Just a quick post to share a couple of scrapbook pages that I've been working on tonight.  Dan is at class and the kids are doing baths before bed.  I had little scrapbook time for me!
This is a layout of our day at the park on Saturday.  I think that it was something that we all needed, to get the blood flowing and laugh a lot.  It is said that laughter is the best medicine.  I truly agree.  Dan and I weren't fighting per se, but we were miffed with each other for no apparent reason...but after this, all was good with the world!

Okay, I in no way profess to be a cowgirl cutie, but after my mom saw this picture from my iPhone, she told me that it was cute and I needed to do a scrapbook page with it; so I made a page!  It was me trying to take a picture of us, but it was so much fun at the fair this year.  We all got hats, and mine is a little more fashion forward than everyone else's.  In fact I'm sure that I've seen a hat like this on my sister-in-law Cheyla, and she is very fashionable!  This is my sore attempt of looking chic!

I hope that everyone has had a good start to the week.  Take it easy and love to all!!!

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Wasn't Women's Conference fantastic???

Last night I went with my Mom and my aunt to Women's Conference.  It was so good!!!  Last year I went with my friend Mary Ann to the conference center because our stake was lucky enough to get tickets.  This year we went to Farr West and had a salad dinner at my Aunt Narlene's stake center.  It was so nice!!  I love the talks and felt that President Uchdorf's talk was so wonderful and it spoke to me to become more creative in ways that aren't traditional.

Yesterday we spent some time at the city park, just enjoying the nice weather and playing with the kids.  Abbie and Nigel love going to the park with Grandpa and Grandma Tureson and they love going on the merry go round.  Here are some pics of our outing:
Cute Daniel playing with the kids!  He was so good at taking time and making the merry go round go so fast.

On Friday, I spent the day at the "Major's Meetings" at Salt Lake Community College.  It was such an interesting venture.  I went to a couple of meetings for Elementary Education and Developmental Math.  It was interesting to see how higher education works at times.  I was glad to be there, but didn't feel like there was a whole lot to do.

I'm teaching Relief Society today, so I guess I should get preparing my lesson.  It is Testimony by Elder Oaks' talk from April Conference.  It is so good.

Have a great day!

Monday, September 22, 2008

New look for a day or so!

I seem to enjoy changing the backgrounds on my blog a little too much!  Yesterday I was playing around with a Halloween layout and today, I found another layout that I loved.  You can see Allie Brown's Layouts by clicking on her link on my right hand links list.  So much fun!

I also updated my photo blog with some pictures of our trip up the canyon.  I think I may need to play with the exposure a little bit because some of the pictures are a little bright, like they were overexposed.  

More later!  Love to all!!

Sunday, September 21, 2008

A Drive to Bear Lake

It has been a very busy week as usual.  We decided to take some time yesterday to enjoy each other and the scenery.  We took a drive up to Bear Lake and had a blast looking at all the changes in the canyons.  We stopped a couple of times for pictures in Logan Canyon, and basically reminiscing about the times we spent up the canyon when we were first together.  I loved it.  Here are a couple of pictures we took at the visitor center at the summitt.

This is one that we took in the canyon on the way back down.  It was the "magic" hour for light.  I loved it.  The trees were starting to change and the colors were absolutely amazing.

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Holy Neglected Blog!

Wow!   A whole week since I last posted.  I can't believe how busy we have all been.  It just seems with Dan back in school on Monday and Tuesday nights, we are busier than usual. 

Abbie and Nigel love school.  Nigel is coming home with a new song or two every day.  He thinks that he is so cool because he spells the colors and is reading a few words.  I think that he is adjusting better now that it is routine.  Abbie is doing well too.  Of course our little math genius isn't too sure about reading, but we are working on that aspect of her education.

Last night was the school carnival.  I completely forgot about it until my mom reminded me
 after dropping Abbie off at a friends house.  Nigel and I went, met up with Abbie, and then Dan joined us after we had been there for an hour or so.  They seemed to have a great time and won some "fantastic" prizes like pencils and whistles.  The highlight was the inflated bouncy slide toys.  They had one called King of the Mountain, and it was hit.  I tried taking pictures with my iPhone, and it wasn't as good as my regular camera, but it really did a good job!  I guess the light was good and that helped!

Speaking of the iPhone...have you tried the new iTunes???  I love it!  Of course we are a Mac addicted family, so everything we have is Mac.  I downloaded the new iTunes update on my MacBook and am in love with it!  It has a great new "Genius Tool" to make playlists with your music.  I have had fun with it already!

On the job front, Dan was offered the position he interviewed for last week, and he took it.  I am so excited for him!  He is really happy to leave his current position, and I know that he will do great.  I am happy to report that I did not get the job that interviewed for.  I guess I was second choice, and they were almost going to offer it to me.  Luckily, they decided to go with someone else and he accepted the offer.  I have put my application in for the job in the Registrar's office and feel much better about that one.  I sat and talked to the guy who used to be my supervisor, and we chatted about the state of things.  He knew my heart really wasn't in the other job, as I had told him as much before I even interviewed.  He is the one that tried to get me to apply for the job in the Registrar's office.  Perhaps he has ulterior motives? ;-)

Have a great weekend!

Saturday, September 6, 2008

New Hair!!!!

I'm all brown hair and red highlights.  Yesterday Daniel talked me into changing my hair drastically.  I am so glad he did!  It is very different, but I love it!  It is quite a bit darker than my natural color, so it is taking me some time to get used to it.  This isn't the best picture, but It will have to do until I can get someone to take a better picture.  Gotta love PhotoBooth on my Mac!

For those that have heard my rants about the yellow paint, yes as you can see, it is still here.  My good friend Mary Ann has great contact in the paint world, so I need her to set me up with another 5 gallon bucket.  I've done half of the house, but not too many see the kitchen, so it has been lower on the list.

Daniel is at class today and we have been having  cleaning day.  Nigel's room is done, and part of my bathroom is clean.  I've done tons of laundry and canned more tomatoes!  I just sat down to rest a bit and decided to hop online.  Lunch is next, so I guess I'll have to get back up and work some more.  

The job interviews went really well, and I know that Daniel will get an offer soon.  They said as much in the interview!  As for mine, I was excited about it until I was approached by the Registrar's office about a job that they wanted me to apply for.  It is much more up my alley than the one that I interviewed for yesterday.  I will have to wait and see what transpires.  No wonder my Facebook status was so "unsure" for most of this week!!!!!

Monday, September 1, 2008

Now that the obsession has waned...

Yes, now that the obsession over reading the Twilight series has waned, I think that I need to get caught up on my housework, get ready for a job interview on Friday (Yippee!) and do a couple of digi layouts.  I spent a good portion of the weekend getting caught up on some of the things that I've been putting off while reading.  I still need to scrub the kids bathroom, but that may wait until later this evening.  I have to get the stomach to get all the toothpaste off the cabinets.  Of course no one did it.  I don't go in there very often, unless I'm helping the kids with something, so I didn't notice the blue smears all over the side of the sink cabinet until they were dry.  Yeah me.  I get to clean it up.  I can only think of Nigel, but I can't rule Abbie out either.  No one is 'fessing up, and they are both acting innocent.   Did someone else do it while sleepwalking in our house??? 

I am so excited with the happenings the week in our life!  Dan has a job interview with another department on campus at the U.  He has worked in the office of Information technology for almost 9 years now.  His latest assignment has been with ISO, the Information Security Office.  He has been a little disenchanted with it, as they were one of the last groups to be informed about the loss of information from the hospital a couple of months back.  Shouldn't they have been the first???  Anyway, a guy that he knows on campus, sent him a link to a job he had in his department and Dan applied.  The talk is that he is a shoe-in, but we'll wait and see.  I just want him to be happy and challenged at his job, not ornery about all the issues that they are facing.

Dan isn't the only one with an interview!  I have one too!!!!  Now, I did just get to Weber State last November, but my immediate supervisor left to take on the Associate Registrar position, leaving his position vacant in July.  After Dan and I talked about it, I decided to go ahead and apply, regardless of wether I get the position or not.  First and foremost I need to keep myself out there for other opportunities that come up.  If I get it, great!  It will be nice to keep doing what I'm doing, but have a broader scope. 

Well, I completed a couple of scrapbook pages today while it rained and hailed and was an absolutely fantastic morning for curling up on the sofa.  I am kind of behind on what I have wanted to accomplish.  So I've worked and got a couple of pages done from our annual excursion to the Box Elder County Fair & Rodeo.  We've gone almost every year that I can remember.  They have this hamburger stand that we eat at.  For some reason it is the best and I crave these hamburgers all year.  I'm not much of a meat eater, but for this, I'll make an exception!  I saw them bringing in bushels of tomatoes to put on them, straight from the farm.  No wonder they taste so good!  Yummy!  My mouth is watering just thinking about them!

I should also mention that I did my very first batch of canned tomatoes on Saturday!!  All my tomato plants have produced, but most all the tomatoes are split.  I just chunked them all up, put them in glass jars and processed them.  It totally reminds me of my mom and her canning all the years that I was growing up.  It was actually a lot of fun.  Now, if the wind and hail didn't ruin my peaches......
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