Thursday, January 29, 2015

# Throw back Thursday....Remembering My Library Job.....

It has been 5 years now since I learned I was Losing My Job in New Jersey.... My beloved Library Assistant Job.  I have been thinking about the Library this week.  I loved making bulletin boards.  I actually make bulletin boards for my job now, but it is more to motivate the team to reach their goals.
I had a desk, where I kept a fun stuffed animal for the kids to see...He got dressed for the seasons and holidays.  I also made book marks for the kids.  I have a desk at my new job, but I try my best to keep it very clean....Sometimes I think it a little sterile.....
The Library was about order, everything had it's place and always went back to that place.... You learn the Dewey Decimal system and you are set......My new job, everything is about change....Every week something is being moved, I can't keep up with it and have a hard time putting things away....I liked the order of the library...
At the Library I fixed books, and Magazines, with tape, and glue and rubber bands....At the store I fix computers with a tool kit...I liked fixing books, so they could be read again and again...I also like fixing computers....I liked helping students find the perfect book, and often times took books home to read...I also liked to sit and listen to the story times.... I sat a lot at the Library...I walk a lot at my new job...
Here are a few of the book marks I made.  The kids loved them.
I also helped with the different craft projects.  The Library was quiet and stress free.... and I think at some point I'd have gotten bored.... Perhaps I left at just the right time, where I still loved it...but knew that at some point I'd need a challenge..... It was a perfect first job after being a stay at home mom though.  And perhaps someday I'll be able to work at a library again...or a book store....or maybe a Family History company...Who knows...Right now I'm happy where I am and grateful for a job...
Happy Thursday to you!
G.G.



Wednesday, January 21, 2015

# Throw Back Thursday....Remembering walks at Dukes Park in Somerset New Jersey

I've been going through my photo's on my computer and organizing them and came across all the photo's I took while taking walks with my family at Dukes Park.  If you are ever in Somerset County New Jersey this is a park to visit.
Dukes park has lots of trails that you can walk on or bike on.  We loved to go early in the morning and walk around and see all the wild life and plants.  We spent many summer mornings walking down this path...
watching squirrels..


Feeding fish and turtles.  I loved to see the real big turtles.  This one is having a nice time sunbathing.
My husband and children liked to find snakes...I'm surprised that I even have a photo of one, as I would much rather run from something like this.
We took time to learn about the plants that grew in the park.  We passed off many a scout activity out at Dukes park.
I loved all the wild life you could see at this park, and the fact that this bird also ate snakes!  I have a photo of one with a snake wrapped around it's bill.

You never knew what would be around the next bend in the path.  Every walk had special memories.
When we took these walks my daughter read a lot of "Warrior Cat" books so when we saw this cat out in the woods we thought he was probably a "Warrior Cat".  My daughter had so much fun thinking about what this cat's life in the woods was like...All the adventures he had...
We look forward to walking these paths again this summer. 

I enjoyed looking at these photos.  Hope you did too.
G.G.



Thursday, January 15, 2015

# Throw Back Thursday....The Kiss Photo's....

As I was cleaning my office and organizing photo's I came across our almost yearly Christmas photos.  We typically go to the Target Photo center to have these taken.  I haven't gone the last two years as I always spend too much and I'm really focusing on cutting back on spending.  In each packet I found "The Kiss"  photo.  My husband to the embarrassment of our children always wants a photo of him kissing me.  I'm usually a bit red in the face too.  But today it just made me laugh to look at all these "Kiss" photos.

I love the faces the kids make.
Oh how embarrassing Mom and Dad....Really Do we have to do this every year??
I'm never sure who I'm more embarrassed for myself, the kids or the photographer.....and yet we get a lot of laughs out of it....My husband if he had his way would have these be our Christmas letter photos.
This is an after "the kiss" photo.....
place the husband in a spot where he can't be kissing her photo...
I have to say as I've gone through our photo's there are a lot of Kissing Photo's...I'm always saying, people would like to see your face too...
The will you please behave photo....
I am not sure if the kissing photo is punishment for dragging him out for family photo's or if he just always wants to kiss me....


Or perhaps he is just remembering our wedding day....Anyways it was fun to look at all these photo's today.
G.G.




Thursday, January 1, 2015

# Throw Back Thursday...Photo's from last year.....

Sunset on December 31st 2013......
Sunrise on January 1st 2014....

spring 2014.....

Mothers day 2014
Elle's Brown Belt Test....
Mom and Dad came to visit...

cooking lessons....
Blue kitty....
The Bowlby Men July 2014
Back to school time... Junior and Freshman....Ugh where did the little kids go??
A driving teen.....I'm so not ready!
Karate Challenge....
18 years of Marriage...
Christmas 2014.....
December 31st 2014...



Hoping to have another great year, with photo's of special events to share....Happy New Year!





Wednesday, December 31, 2014

My Retail Reality....By Thinking of My Favorite Things I Kept from becoming the Grinch this Christmas....

My son made this for me for Christmas....It's has a few of my favorite things....My Cat...Flowers from my garden...The snow covered mountains...A soft blanket....And my daughters buttery popcorn.
I love it, and it made me think....I did it, I did not become a grumpy Grinch at Christmas.  I enjoyed the season despite the stress of working in a retail store. I survived lines that were too long, multiple call outs, being pulled in 5 different directions, shifts changes that are crazy, working without breaks or lunches, and computers breaking down.. without coming home and being grumpy and cranky with my family.
Christmas came and I had a wonderful day with my family and got this beautiful present.
I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas too.
G.G

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

# I'm not ready for Christmas....But I'm ready for Christ.....

The question of the week is "Are you ready for Christmas?"  And I am totally not ready for Christmas this year.  Here is our tree that finally had lights put on it late Sunday night.   It has been up since December 12th, but my husband had to go to New Jersey to visit his father who has been ill, and so nothing got done with it since then.  Basically because I know my husband has to put the lights on himself or he gets all stressed out. I left the tree for him.  I think visiting a sick family member and keeping the peace with decorating are more important than a decorated tree.  I did tell the kids who are teens that they could decorate the tree yesterday and they chose not too.
We do have one ornament on the tree...This little owl I bought to tease the cat.  She has tried to attack it a few times.


The stockings are hung, but I have yet to wrap any presents.  Christmas eve I think my job will be to wrap things,  I'm hoping I'll have the energy and enough wrapping paper.
I have not sent all my Christmas cards out...I have not baked the cookies, I did eat all the peanut butter cups that were supposed be part of the cookies...
So if you ask if I'm ready for Christmas....The answer is no....But in thinking about it...I am ready for Christ.
If Christ knocked on my door....I would be able to stop and visit...I would be ready to listen to him and not worry if my house looked good enough or not.
I'm ready to begin a new year, to focus on learning more about my Savior and becoming closer to him...I am ready to be a "Mary" instead of a busy "Martha".  I'm looking forward to building up the people I work with, and caring for my family and friends.  I'm ready to go to the Temple often and to find ways to spread peace and Joy.
So I may not be ready for Christmas this year....But I know I'm ready for Christ....And isn't that really what matters?
G.G.
He Is The Gift  #Share the Gift

Monday, December 22, 2014

Christmas Days 10,11,12,13,14,15,16,17,18,19,20..... Boy I've been busy this week

I can say even with my crazy retail job, I have not become the Grinch yet!  Sorry to not have posted for a whole week, but I'm in the midst of crazy shift work, plus I have a horrible head cold on top of it all. But I've been thinking of my favorite Christmas things each day.
Day 10....I like looking at decorated Christmas trees....Mine is still not decorated.
Day 11...I like the colors red and white for Christmas....I actually have a lot of red and white decorations around the house this year.  I like this Penguin tree.
Day 12...I love listening to funny Christmas Songs...our favorite ones this year are "The Straight No Chasers"  12 days of Christmas and the Nutcracker


Day 13....I like wrapping Christmas presents with my helper.

Day 14...I like sending and receiving Christmas cards...Though haven't received many this year and mine are going out a little late due to my helper.

Day 15...Going to the city and seeing the lights with my family...even with moody teenagers!
Day 16...I like shopping for Christmas presents...though this year some won't be getting here on time!
Day 17...I like all the special meals that they make for us at work, baked potato bar, pizza night....
Day 18....I like being able to help people find the special gift they are looking for...I found something that one of the employees was looking for and that was great.
Day 19...I was happy I had the Christmas program Sunday off, I got to hear lots of great Christmas music and my son sang in the choir too!
Day 20...I love getting homemade goodies...We got lots of yummy bread this year!
The Christmas lights were beautiful this year in down town Salt Lake City.... The Macy's store had window displays made all of candy too.
Hope you are all surviving that last few days of Christmas shopping !
G.G.