Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Last 6 Months in Review - Part 1 - June thru July 2011

I have gotten so far behind in my blogging that I lapsed on the last 6 months of 2011.  
I was just going to give up and let it go.  
But my sweet daughter-in-law Samantha urged me to go ahead and catch up.  
Her encouragement gave me the motivation I needed. 
Plus, I knew cousin Alan was still waiting for me to blog again!

So, here goes... June thru July 2011
In mid June we had Brown Family Reunion at the Heaton Ranch.  
It was great, as usual.  Good food, good friends, good visits.  
Same old squabbles, but what would we do without them?  
This year the Tyler's were in charge - namely Duane and Diane.  
They did a fantastic job.  
I sat under a tree one day and took pictures of the kids by and in the pond.

Next big thing, 
while preparing for a wedding and after Girls camp, UREA camp, and Cross Country camp 
we had the William and Mary Tyler Reunion - which my family was in charge of.  
It was held in Greer, AZ in the White Mountains.  

I think it was successful and everyone had a good time.  
It's sometimes hard to tell when you are trying to make sure everything goes smoothly.  
Best thing for me was I got to spend more time with my big (and only) 
brother, Steve, and get better acquainted.  
I also loved getting to see and visit with aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews and siblings.  
Plus we were out of the heat. (smile)
As we headed home, we made a stop (with my cousin Loren's family) at 
Sunrise Ski resort for a ride to the top and some scrumptious Navajo Tacos!  
Got back in time to start working more earnestly on the upcoming wedding of my son Loren and his bride to be, Samantha!

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Two Thoughts for 2012

I have two thoughts (not original) that have been much on my mind and continually reoccurring over the past few weeks.  So much so, in fact, that I want to make these two thoughts the underlying theme (for lack of a better word) for this new year.  Perhaps, if I succeed, I will be able to incorporate these into my life permanently.

First thought:  
I first heard this at General Conference and I've heard it multiple times since in different ways.  All of them have the same meaning, and that is, to a great extent we need to be responsible for how we treat others and what kind of lasting impression we leave them with.  You can say all the right things, but if you say them in an uncaring way, or you ignore them or treat them badly, they will never pay any heed to the words coming out of your mouth.  
I've hurt a lot of people, I'm sure, and I am sorry for that.  My motto used to be, "They'll get over it".  I'm going to pinch myself every time I think that from now on.  Sure, people can choose how they react and feel, but that doesn't absolve me of my effect on others.

Second thought:
Again, not original and often said in many different ways.
Often we are so "heck"-bent on obtaining what our mind is set on, that we are not grateful for what we already have.  I have not only seen this in many people's lives, but also in my own.  And one thing is for sure;  that is if you're always pining away for what you don't have - then you will SURELY be unhappy.  It's a tried and true recipe - tried hundreds of times over by me.  So, I'm going to make this my second mantra and repeat to myself all the things/blessings that I already have and to cherish them.
Here's to a New Year - and new thoughts!!