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Monday, April 27, 2009

Don't Ask, Don't Tell

I have realized something...If you talk to someone on a daily basis, chances are that they will probably end up finding out a lot about you, whether they want to or not. I have learned over the course of my life not to talk badly about people to other people, even legit complaints about the ones you love. The people who don't know these people that you speak of will end up knowing this person as being mostly negative. "He did this", "she did that", they will think oh my gosh, that person sounds like such a jerk! Or oh man, that person does a lot of nasty things, AND THEY DONT EVEN KNOW THEM!
So I have recently been told a lot of negative things about certain people by a person, lets call her Anne, who I come in contact with quite often. I still consider her a friend of mine, so I will not divulge names or even the situation at hand. Merely the thoughts which I had following the situation. Considering that I have been told about a hundred mean and horrible things about Anne's friend, I dont think of them the way they probably really are. So now Anne is mad at me, because I remembered all of the horrible things she had said. But come to think of it, I havent really heard ANY nice things about Anne's friend. So what am I supposed to think about her friend? I would love to throw everything Anne told me about her friend and come up with my own opinion altogether, but I cannot help but let those things creep in my mind every time I see Anne's friend.
So in conclusion, I think everyone should be very conscious about the complaints they voice, and who those complaints are about, myself included. This is one of the reasons I try not to voice my complaints about people, I am definitely needing more practice, and it is a work in progress, but this made me very angry. WHAT ELSE AM I SUPPOSED TO THINK ABOUT YOUR FRIEND ANNE???? So I encourage myself, and my lovely friends to take a lesson from Thumper from Bambi "If you can't say something nice, don't say nothin at all"!

Hope everyone is having a wonderful day! :) I am sure feeling a lot better after letting that all out.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

"I am freakin mad" & "She is freakin crazy!"

Alright, now to explain the title of this post. So Cody and I have had the wonderful opportunities to help our family members out by watching their kids. Which, we love, because seeing them on their own is a lot quieter and more controlled of a situation than when we all get together.
So we got to watch Jordan (the cute little guy pictured above) and Alexis (pictured below) which are the children of Cody's brother Casey and our sister-in-law Becca!
So the story begins. Becca dropped the kids off the Saturday right before Easter, because she had a lunch date with some girlfriends.
So all is well, we pop in some Nemo, give Jordan some fruit snacks, put Lex down for a nap, everything is grand. Jordan is entertained but feels the need to wonder every once in a while, as most curious boys do...So what do we find? PICKLES! So Jordan enjoys some yummy pickles.
While that is all happening, Lex wakes up from her nap. No big deal, she slept for at least an hour, most likely more. So Jordan plays with her on the floor. Jordan also likes to do laundry, so he helps me load the washer, put the soap in, and pushes the buttons for me. Meanwhile, I forgot to let him slam the washer door shut....so I hear this "I am freakin mad!", who the heck would have said that...I bet you didnt think it would come from that angelic looking boy up there....OH BUT IT DID! I was trying really hard to supress my laughter, but I just couldn't resist. Cody looks at me like did he really just pull that phrase? He sure did!
Then, Lexi puts on his sunglasses. So Jordan says "She is freakin crazy!" Again, I try to hide the smile on my face, but I JUST CAN'T! Kids seriously say the funniest things. It wouldnt be so funny coming from an adult's mouth, I know, but from this sweet little 3 year old face, its absolutely hilarious! I can't wait to hear what he comes up with next. (Sorry Becca, but its true. I am sure you are not anxiously awaiting his next fun phrase, but we sure are!)
Needless to say, the moral of the story is, watch what you say when there are children present. I don't care whose kids they are, even if its a complete stranger. You never know what they will hear, and what they will repeat! Cause I know he didnt get that from his parents! ;)
Well, I hope you all enjoyed that, it certainly made my day!

Totally stole these pictures from Becca's blog. SO CUTE!

Friday, April 3, 2009

The Money Train

So with the economy the way it is, I know people have been effected all around us. With Cody's line of work, I thought we would be hurting so bad. Who would buy stuff for parties and other decorations at a time like this? But you know what, its crazy how much their business is not hurting at all. I am so grateful for my husband and his job, he has incredible job security. He basically has a job as long as he feels like working, and that will never be an issue. So with this blessing, we thought we would take advantage of the leg up we have at this point in our lives.

Cody is just about the smartest person I know when it comes to finance, which I am pretty sure he has decided he would get his degree in. Not only is he insanely good at it, but he thinks its fun to do. He has always been good at math, but he has just recently learned how well he does with finance and how much he enjoys it.

We as a family have decided to save a years worth of expenses (basically enough money to live for an entire year with no income) just in case. As we grow the saving will have to increase, but we are really excited to do it. With the signs of the times, theres no telling what will happen to anyone, so I think this is a great way to prepare ourselves for the unknown.

Cody got inspired by his brother-in-law Sean and a conversation they were having not long ago. Yes Angie, we were listening to everything Sean said, and we think he is very smart, you are miles ahead of the curve! But Sean said something that really stuck with us, especially me, something to the extent of Live like no one else, so that later, you can live like no one else.

So we have come up with tight budget so that we can have more than most at our age. I am so excited to begin our lives the right way. To stay out of debt, and to just be ready for whatever comes our way. And after listening to conference this weekend it sounds like we are on the right track. I hope all of us can take the time to sit down, and see where we can spend less and save more, so that when trouble comes, we are more than ready for it. BE PREPARED!