Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Who is Beautiful? or Weebles Wobble But They Don't Fall Down

Someone started a status chain on facebook today.
And I was just bored enough to eagerly respond.
It said:

It's DOPPLEGANGER WEEK! During this week, change your profile picture to someone famous (actor / musician / athlete) you have been told you look like....

and so I posted this.


I added this line myself to the end of it.
(I WISH!! But that is what someone said....I now question their sanity/sobriety)

There have been two people who have recently said that I resemble her.

I swear....they did....and I am willing to take a polygraph test to prove it.

I almost chickened out because I did not want to compare myself to such an icon of beauty when I felt more like I looked like this:

I suddenly began to question if I should even participate in this ultra cool face book game.
What if people made fun of me and said,
"Oh how sad that she thinks that" or
"Wow she thinks pretty highly of herself" or
"Boy has she lost touch with reality" or the worst
"HAHAHAHAHAHAHA snort snort chortle chortle"
As soon as I had posted it I wanted to take it down.
Not risk the possibility of public humiliation

My grandma always told me,
"Pretty is as pretty does"
And I have tried to live by that credo.
I have taught my children those words
and I hope that they replay over and over
in their heads as it does in mine.

Why as women do we question our beauty?
I believe it is a learned behavior.
and here is why I think that....

(The following humiliating story is true and actually did indeed happen. The names have been changed to protect the guilty party.)

Once upon a time there was a girl named Shell SuzyQ and she had two friends. Now these two friends were great fun and sweet girls but they were not as pretty as SuzyQ (or at least SuzyQ thought). One day they were all three in the bathroom at church looking in the mirror. SuzyQ used this opportunity to test out her theory by standing in between then and looking into the mirror asking, "Who do you think is the prettiest between the three of us? They both agreed, "You are SuzyQ!"  SuzyQ in her mind simply thought to herself.......I knew it.
The End

Moral of the story: Believe in yourself and your own beauty but keep your mouth shut about it or you will someday resemble a Weeble.

And to you my reader...
I see you....
And you ARE beautiful.


Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Shame on me...2009 part 2.

Sorry teacher....
I didn't finish my homework in time.
My dog ate my wait that would be the perimenopause.
Can I turn it in late?
Thanks for grading on a curve.

2009 continued.........

The month of July brought our family trip. We called it out Hillbilly Hoedown. We went to Memphis, Nashville, Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg and all stops in between. I wasn't even sure if we would do a trip. You see with only one chick in the nest I wasn't sure that our annual tradition of a road trip would even feel right. Oh boy I am glad that we decided to go ahead. I took 707 pictures of the trip...some amazing shots if I do say so myself but do you know why I picked this one? Quite simply because this was the best part of the trip. Spending time with my daughter. Cherishing every minute that she is still in the nest. Talking to her, laughing with her, playing silly car games, watching her sleep in the car...and this picture....texting boys as we crossed state after state....grateful for the beautiful young woman she has become but remembering the sweet baby she will always be in my heart. I love you peanut.


My toenail fell off....
It was an omen of things to come
Healthwise that is....
Oh yea and my birthday.
I turned.....
Yeah right like i would tell you my age.
Geezz have some respect will ya
I am starting to decay from the bottom up.


I was able to attend my nephew's beautiful wedding in Salt Lake City and enjoy being reunited with my 3 siblings. parents and Raar and Ninja. It was a rocking good party and I got to play photographer. Found out that wedding photography is too hard. Decided to stick with portrait and outdoor stuff. Still had so much fun capturing special moments like this on the big day.
Oh yea,
Elder Nerent hit his one year mark and so did I.

I dare you to find a prouder mother....
I double dog dare you.


Oh Halloween Oh Halloween
Thou art my favorite holiday,
No gifts to wrap, no carols to sing
No extra work to slave away.
Only witches, pumpkins and spooks galore
And candy purchased from the store,
And if I wake up and look real bad
I can say it is the only costume that I had.


Just one of the many things I was thankful for in November.

And no year would be complete without a picture of family.  Although this isn't everyone it is a symbol...
A small portion of the people that make me complete...
Some in Utah
and Texas
and in places outside both the country and my comfort zone....
but always close
in my heart.
Thanks for letting me do a little 2009 show and tell....
You really are good company.
Here's to 2010 and all the blessings it brings.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

2009 was mighty fine.....A pictorial look back.

This is a picture of me on the first day of the year taken with my Christmas gift lap top from the handsome Mr. T.

Since imitation is the sincerest form of flattery...
And since I have a severe cramp in my blogging brain...
I am going to steal my bloggy friend Kristin's idea to review highlights of the year through pictures.
Kristin is the sweetest person I have never met.
If blogging does nothing more than connect me to people like her then ...done!
Go say hi to her at
Tell her Shelley sent you ;)
So with her permission or possible goes


No doubt about it this was one of the best days of 2009
Ninja and Raar were sealed for time and all eternity.
It was simply an amazing day.


Flowers from my boyfriend who on Valentines Day 26 years ago asked me to be his girlfriend....for forever.


I received an email with the subject line, "Having been commissioned of Jesus Christ" and this picture attached. It made my heart skip a beat and tears fill my eyes.


New Easter dresses and the proud parents of a BYU graduate.  April was filled with beautiful things.


My Moms 75th Birthday...she is serving a mission here in the Houston Texas South Mission and we surprised her with roses and lunch. Doesn't she look great!


My sister Precious and her daughter Miss Leesie came to pay a visit to the lone star state. We had so much fun with some much needed girls time. The highlight was our day in Galveston. The weather was beautiful second only to the beauty of our girls. What proud mama bears we were. There is just nothing like having a sister.

Boy I am kinda tired from traveling down memory lane.
I will have to finish out the year tomorrow.
So dear readers...
I bid you adieu
Thanks for being such a wonderful traveling companion.

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