Saturday, March 31, 2012

Love Today

As I have been preparing for General Conference, I took a moment to reflect on some past talks that have impacted me. I love the talk by Thomas S. Monson from April 2003 titled "In Search of Treasure." In it he mentioned that we need to:
  1. Learn from the past
  2. Prepare for the Future
  3. Live in the Present
I think it is so easy to get caught up on all the could haves, should haves, and wished i had dones that it is good to have the reminder to simply learn from the past, but more forward.  As I look forward to having our little one join us soon, I find myself wanting this current time to pass quickly so I can meet baby Heiner.  But, as counseled by our loving prophet, I need to "live in the present,"enjoy now. He later stated that "if you put off everything you could do today, tomorrow you have a lot of empty yesterdays."  How true is that.  Once again, a reminder to make each day count.  Now to me, part of that is learning to enjoy each day and learn to love what happens, good or bad.  Treasure the good.  Learn from the bad.  Enjoy it all. 

As I look back through the day today I realize that it wasn't really a red-letter day by any means, but I find myself really having enjoyed it.

So why did I love today?

It could be one of many things...

I got to sleep in until 9:30.  Forgot to set the alarm.  Oops.  A few extra zzzs probably wasn't a bad thing.

When I woke up I had a great night with great friends to reflect on.

I was in a baking mood so made crumb cake muffins for a pre conference snack/breakfast.

Colby came home from cleaning the church and made crepes filled with fresh strawberries (even after I told him I was fine having cereal)

I got to spend several hours of the day listening to General Conference with the hub.

While watching said conference I got to paint all 20 of my nails with my new favorite polish, SinfulColors in Hazard and one of Colby's who was resting his foot in a dangerous position--right under the polish brush.  Don't worry.  It didn't stay colored very long. Maybe 3 seconds. Ha.

I was in a cleaning mood which meant I wasn't dreading laundry and it was all quickly washed and folded.

Since the baking mood was lingering, I whipped up a batch of homemade wheat bread.

I got to go on a walk through the neighborhood with Colby.  Despite the cramp in my leg and allergies I was suffering from, I loved the walk.

My "I ate too much for lunch" belly is starting to actually look like a baby bump and I am feeling it move around more frequently.  So surreal that there is a child growing in me.

Since said bump is growing, my stomach is seemingly shrinking so I got to slurp down a simple green smoothie for dinner.

I didn't put any make-up on or do my hair.  Hello, when was the last time I could say that?

...but I think it was simply the combination of each little thing all compiled to make a great day.

It is amazing how when you have the right outlook on life, a seemingly mundane day can be a fabulous one.  Here's to learning to live more in the moment and love life.

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Boy or Girl

One of the fun things about working as a buyer, is we see all kinds of new item submissions.  A buyer I work with has had this one below presented a couple times and needed someone to test it.  Seeing as I am pregnant, I was the perfect candidate.  It supposedly will predict what the gender of your baby will be.  So based on this product, I am going to have a...


But, then again, the print after the 10 steps of direction reads "We recommend that you wait until your healthcare provider confirms the gender prior to painting the nursery pink or blue, or making other financial or emotional investments into your gender result."

So there you have it.  Straight from the inside the box.  I will not be putting too much confidence in this result (especially since we were told the default response is Boy).

Rather, we will wait until April 4, 1.5 weeks, until our ultrasound tells us!  We can't wait to know.  

Boy or girl....What do you think??

Sunday, March 11, 2012

On my way home

It has been an amazing week, but an utterly exhausting one- physically and mentally. Pregnancy symptoms are fading away and I am finally starting to feel more myself. I've spent the last 8 days in Florida for work preparing for and presenting at Walmart's annual year beginning meeting. For the meeting we plan and set a floor with merchandise representing our top priority items and projects for the 3800 store managers to come see and interact with the buyers. After they are there a few days, they all head home and several hundred high volume suppliers come for a supplier summit. After being to the meeting, i should edit my comments from saying i was in florida to i was at the orange county convention center. We truely didnt see florida, except for the night we got lost on our way to dinner in a rental car. Days were spent on a cement floor from 6-11 when we got home from dinner. That would be 6 in the morning to 11 at night. Sleep a little. Get up. Walk like a zombie to breakfast and do it again. Because tall departments participated in this show, there were plenty of tasty food samples to make my belly grow. I am officially squeezing into a select few pairs of pants but can't decide if it's the baby or the samples of Cadbury ice cream bars or baked potato skins.

I am flying over Illinois right now ready to land in Chicago and jump on a flight home. I honestly can't wait to get there, see Colby ( and talk him into a nice foot rub), sleep in my own bed, and eat breakfast from my kitchen. Not sure there have been many other moments where I was so glad to be home and so ready for a weekend.