Friday, July 31, 2009

Ainsley Gets Green Light to be on CCL Swim Team

Ainsley has been taking swim lessons this week with Ashlynn's swim coach and did so well that she was approved to be on the Country Club of Lexington's swim team beginning in the spring. We are so excited. Ainsley was very patient every morning this summer watching the swim team and obviously taking notes. Her swim coach said that she had never seen someone this age that really enjoyed swimming and was even trying to dive. She was also impressed with Ainsley's attention span. We still have to practice throughout the summer. Ashlynn was also excited to hear the news. Look out Ashlynn she just may pass you in the water.
The "serious swimmer." Love those goggles.

Ainsley swimming like a pro . . . or at least trying.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

I Love School Supplies

Don't you just love school supplies? Ever since I was a little girl, I loved school supplies. This week we went and bought school supplies for Ashlynn to go to 5th grade and Ainsley to go to Preschool but somehow my cart did not consist of just things that were on their lists. Who can resist Crayons for .25 and Markers for $1.00 not to mention glue sticks -- can you really have enough glue sticks??? What about notepads, pencils and and then don't forget the colored pencils. This year I did a little better (I still have a stock of crayons, pencils and markers from last years shopping trip). Last year as I was checking out the lady in front of me looked at my basket and asked if I was a teacher. I giggled a little bit and said no, but thank you for the compliment. I have lots of good friends who are teachers.

I remember going to visit my dad at work and sitting at his secretary's desk and looking at the pens, highlighters, post-it-notes and liquid paper (do they even sell liquid paper anymore -- they used to have all kinds of colors). I thought how wonderful it would be to be a secretary and use all of these neat office supplies. One of the greatest presents I remember receiving (not the greatest but you get my drift) was when my dad brought home a huge box of colored pencils and markers. I had every color you could imagine. I thought that the most wonderful jobs I could ever have would be to work at a stationery/office supply store or at a Hallmark store (I also have a love for stationery and note cards but that is another entirely different blog note).

I love the season fall and one of my favorite movies is YOU'VE GOT MAIL. Do you remember Meg Ryan walking along the streets of New York in late September going to her book store and saying that she loved the fall with school supplies and freshly sharpened pencils. That is me to the tee. I hope you fellow "school supply lovers" will enjoy this time of year with me.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Menopausal Moments

Okay, so I was blessed with a great generation of ladies (my mother, grandmother and great-grandmother) who go through menopause at an early age. Yes, I am only 40 going through the early stages of menopause. Night sweats (we have clean sheets almost every morning due to me), hot flashes which are now starting during the day not to mention that I can go from the "fairy godmother" to the "wicked witch" in about 2 min or less. On those days I just pray continually for patience and good thoughts. It is amazing what prayer can do.

Recently, I was in an interview with my bishop talking about primary things and then all of the sudden, here they come. HOT FLASHES. I started fanning myself and told him to not worry, it was just hot flashes. He didn't skip a beat and continued on. I think I will keep a fan close by for those times. Yes, I am taking estroven and calcium and magnesium. It does help but let me just tell you what happened recently. I received a letter from the preschool that Ainsley will be attending in the fall and it was addressed to: The Parents of Ashlynn Waters. I signed my 5th grader up for PRESCHOOL. When I told Ashlynn what I had done, Ainsley said "Hey that is not fair, preschool is for me not her!!!" We all had a good laugh and I called the preschool office and explained to them what had happened. They laughed as well.

The other day we couldn't find my cell phone anywhere. We tried calling it and going all over the house trying to listen for it. Doug came home and opened the refrigerator. He said, "is this the new way of charging your cell phone?" Okay, but the next one tops the list.

I went grocery shopping by myself. What a treat. I went to two grocery stores (loving this new program where you save tons of money by cutting coupons and seeing who has the best deals -- check it out: .) Anyway, as I was putting the groceries away at the last store I was so interested in getting my grocery cart back to the proper place that I left my purse in the smaller section in the cart. I drove home (only abt. 2 min. away) and then discovered that my purse was not in the van. I panicked. I drove back to the store as fast as I could and saw one of the grocery guys collecting the carts. I quickly got out and explained what I had done. We looked but there was no purse. My heart dropped. All I could think about was how much money I had saved that day but how much money I was going to spend or lose by leaving my purse in that cart. I prayed as fervently as I could and as fast as I could. He went inside and came back out without my purse. I decided to go inside the store to call home and hoping that someone had taken it home with them and was calling my home number to let me know they had it. I know, but that was all I could hope for at the moment. I went inside and the same grocery guy came out of the manager's office with my purse. Wallet, credit cards and cell phone still where they were 10 min. ago. (I never carry cash so that wasn't even a consideration.) I can't tell you how grateful I was and am for honest people. I went home and got down on my knees and thanked my Heavenly Father for once again watching over me. Now I will have a pattern of putting my purse in the car and locking it (with keys in hand) before taking the cart back to the cart area. I just saw a cute quote: "Yes, I am hot . . . it just comes in flashes." Here's to all of you who are "flashing." Thank you again Heavenly Father and please bless me with a better memory . . . soon!!!

Happy 17th Anniversary and Happy 40th Birthday

For our 17th wedding anniversary and for Doug's 40th birthday we decided to go to Savannah, GA. I was planning to have a surprise birthday party for him but he insisted several times that he just wanted to "get out of town" and have some time together. Well, that is just what we did. Mom and Dad took the girls and we headed for Savannah. It was a great long (but still too short) weekend. We stayed at the Westin Resort which was truly beautiful right on the river.

Doug was pretty good most of the time and promised not to do business while there but I happened to go into a shop and noticed he wasn't behind me. I went outside and found this picture.

This is what we saw every day from our window in our room. Someone had docked their yacht at the hotel during their stay. It was a beautiful site to say the least (at least for Doug). To the right is the water ferry we used each time to go across the river to the shops and restaurants.

We decided to take a carrage ride to see the sites of "old Savannah." (You can tell by my hair the wind had been blowing all day.)

Among the other things we decided to eat at "The Lady and Sons" (Paula Deen's restaurant) the afternoon before we left. We were told that we needed to get in line the morning of for lunch reservations. We were in line a little before 9:00 a.m. and the line was already around the building. Some of the people were there as early as 7:00 a.m. We waited in line a little over an hour for reservations at 1:15 p.m. I have a very patient husband.

The food was worth waiting for. It truly was mouth watering. We now can say that we have eaten at "The Lady and Sons." It was a great weekend and one that we will remember for a long time. It just seems like yesterday we were married in the Washington, DC temple. It has been a wonderful 17 years and we look forward to the future with lots of excitement.

Friday, July 17, 2009

4th of July

This year we went to Charleston for the 4th of July. We had a great time. We let the girls go shopping at the "Market" and they purchased one special item each. We also made our trip to the Omni at Charleston Place which is one of our favorites. The girls love looking at the beautiful chandelier and spiral staircase. There is always someone playing the grand piano and Ashlynn gets a little dream of herself playing like that one day. We walked around the battery and several other South Carolina history sites. It is so much fun for Ashlynn to actually see things that she has studied in school.

(Don't you just love the drink in the picture -- oops)

We were told that there were going to be fireworks at the battery. We decided (like many, many others) to take our chairs and wait. We waited, and waited and waited. During our wait we saw the fireworks at the other islands (Mt. Pleasant, Sullivans Isle, James Island, etc.)

Around 10:15 they finally began on the Battery. This is not one of the better pictures but I forgot my camera and cell phones only do the fireworks so much justice. All in all it was a great day.

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Ainsley and Captain Moroni

So here is the story some of you have heard about Ainsley and Captain Moroni. As many of you know my nephew Spencer went on his mission to Denver, Colorado (Spanish Speaking). We were able to listen in on the conversation Spencer was having with his parents and grandparents as he was leaving the MTC and was waiting to board his plane at the SLC airport. When it came time for my Dad to wish Spencer "Elder Shaw" well, Dad simply reminded Spencer of the story about Captain Moroni and told him to share his "Title of Liberty" with all of those good people in the State of Colorado waiting to hear about the gospel. That night for Family Home Evening I decided to share with the girls what their grandfather had told Spencer and also tell them about the story of Captain Moroni. During the story I showed the girls the gospel art picture of Captain Moroni and about how he took of his coat and made a banner which became "his Title of Liberty." As I was sharing the story Ashlynn was listening and "soaking it in." She thought it was so neat how her grandfather had compared Captain Moroni to their cousin as he was getting ready to share the gospel with the good people of Colordo. I looked on the other side of where I was sitting and Ainsley was not interested in the story at all, just looking through one of her books (or at least, so I thought). That night Ashlynn asked if she could call her grandfather and share with him what she had learned and talk with him about the two comparisions. Ainsley also asked if she could talk with him after Ashlynn. Ainsley got on the phone and said (and just like this . . .) "Grampy (that is what my children call their grandfather) Spencer is going to tear off his coat and make a banner just like Captain Moroni and teach the people in Colorado. It is his title of liberty." I was stunned. I just knew that she was not listening to one word I was saying. It just goes to show you that they do listen . . . even when you don't think they are.

Ashlynn Joins the CCL Swim Team

This year Ashlynn decided to join the Country Club of Lexington Swim Team. It was a major commitment because swim team practice started two weeks before school ended every afternoon for an hour and in the summer every morning in the water by 8:45 a.m. It was amazing to see how well she did even after only two weeks. At first she was a little worried about competing in the swim meets but thankfully for good friends encouraging her she decided that she could do it.

We were not as concerned about her winning ribbons . . . only that she didn't give up and kept going, even when the going got tough. She did exactly that and came in Second Place during one of her meets. She met some wonderful friends and is excited about being on the team again next year. We are hopeful that her little sister will be joining her on the team next year as well. Ainsley has already been diving into the pool and practicing her "streamlining." She will be taking swim lessons from one of Ashlynn's coaches at the end of this month. We will keep our fingers crossed.