6.06.2007

Here we go!

Well, this is already very uncomfortable! I have been convinced (compelled?) by my daughter Natalie that I 'need' to have a blog and she got me all set up. I tried to tell her that I don't have anything interesting to say or to share and she (who is a strong-minded girl) didn't agree so here we are.

Her suggestions were to share things that I love and things about myself and my family. Well, OK, I'm a mom to 3 grown kids (kids? adults? people?) who include Chris, living in Dallas with his family (wife and 2 beautiful boys), Natalie (the above-mentioned strong-minded daughter), who lives 5 minutes from us in Austin, with her husband and 2 beautiful children, and Matt, our single son who is living here at the moment but is condo-hunting and inevitably will find a place and move on. I have a great husband, Mark, who is always busy with projects, the current one being pretty much a complete back-yard renovation, the focus of which is a large, new brick patio. That's us.

The parts of my life that are my favorite would have to be the grandkids -- I LOVE being a Grandma. People told me it would be that way and I didn't get it -- but now I do. Grandma-hood is the best and is the greatest gift I've ever been given. Even better than mom-hood. Really. Just wait and see. My next favorite thing is that I get to be part of the Primary organization in our church. If you don't know what that is, I'll explain. It's the organization specifically for the children. I love the little ones (the bigger ones too) and I love being able to be with them, to teach them, to learn with them and from them, and to be able to love them. It's a real gift. I love reading. I will read pretty much anything and everything although I couldn't tell you the name of a specific 'favorite' book. I just love reading. I love music. I love to accompany singers and instrumentalists. I don't love to perform as a soloist but I love to make the performer look good. I especially love children and music together. (big surprise there, right?)

This is probably way too long so I'll stop for now. Look for more things I love soon.

15 comments:

Chris * Natalie * Maya * Mason said...

yay! this is very cute. it's about time. i'm adding you to my favorites now. also, put up some pics along the side. it's very easy, under "customize". pics of you & dad, the whole fam, the kids. favorite links, lists, etc. just mess around with it! i will work on a cute pink banner for you! :)

Jori said...

I am so excited you are blogging. Your relationship with Natalie, sounds like my relationship with my mom. I love it when daughters and mom's are best friends. My mom says that being a grandma is funner than motherhood because you get to have all of the fun without any of the discipling and hard work. welcome to blog land. Your little Natalie has gotten us all into this. what fun!

Jan said...

Wow. Thanks, guys. I didn't figure anyone would read this!

Holly O'Keefe said...

Oh beware, we are reading! And you'll get lots of comments too.

Jan said...

I love it that Holly is reading too -- like she said, we are swap partners and I"m getting a pkg. ready to be mailed that I hope she loves.

Miss Jones said...

yay jan. i'm holly's sister. and natalie's new friend. haha. this is exciting that you're blogging. grandma hood is the best. i am not a grandma, but an auntie. i think its along the same lines of greatness. i love my sister's kids. they're the highlight of my life! have fun & enjoy the blogging world, its very addicting!

Chris * Natalie * Maya * Mason said...

hayley said she's going to have to watch her mouth on your blog, mama! little does she know that you guys are 2 peas in a pod as far as that goes! i will have to remind YOU to watch your mouth! :) just remember - anyone could be reading!

Mel said...

Great blog. I'm a friend of Hayley's, who is Holly's sister, and Natalie's friend. Quite a long explanation.

Kristi said...

Hooray! I'm so excited you're blogging! You are an aweomse Grandma (I can tell! ;) I'm glad you're a reader, too, so maybe we can swap book suggestions. I'm always on the hunt! Also, you're an amazing piano player--Naomi and I were just discussing how amazing you played (by memory) on Sunday! Whew!

Heather said...

I'm Heather, Holly and Hayley's sister! All kinds of people will know all your business! But it's sooo fun.

Jan said...

I think it's fun that you are all checking out everyone else's postings -- a bunch of new friends! I love it.

Nat Lud said...

Hey, don't know if you remember me or not but we were in Nat and Chris's ward in Vegas. I was the 'other Nat' there. Anyway, I am excited you started a blog so now I can keep in touch with you too! glad to hear you're doing well. Take care!

Jan said...

I do remember you! You took care of Maya while I took Natalie to get her wisdom teeth out -- we were just talking about my dragging her up the stairs in her house while she was still semi-conscious. Fun times!

The Duenas Fam said...

Hey Jan! Its the other Holly:) I love that you have a blog now too! You'll see, it will get a little addictive. I love to add to my own and I love to meddle into everyone else's lives too:)

Jan said...

Yay for both Hollys!! Holly D., we still miss you here. I wish you and Joey and your girls would just move back!