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Friday, June 30, 2017

June 2017

There were so many things that happened in June.  Such a fun crazy month.  These are all the pictures that didn’t fit into the other parts of our busy month.  

Dinner out with some friends.  Its so refreshing to get away and be a person sometimes!  (not just a mom that is always needed!)

The first picture is of our family 3 years ago.  (or was it two years ago?). Tyler had his first recital.  Then now with Ella!  They both performed wonderfully!  Lots of hard work!  We enjoy our teacher Marilyn Wilkinson! 

We went for a nice walk/hike up to Rocky mouth trailhead with the LaRivieres.  For a hot day it was just perfect.  I may have taken the kids up a steep ravine that took 4 times longer to get down! 

Darrens work had their annual leadership conference in SLC.  We assembled like 10,000 food kits for kids in Cambodia.  It was amazing what 500 people can do in 3 hours.  The girls and I went back to the hotel our last night and had a girls night.  Then we woke up and swam in the fun inside outside pool. 

We celebrated fathers day and Seths birthday all in one.  And the kids brought home a cute thing from primary for their dad.  (Abby loves to write letters.  The top line is her name and the number 4.  She forgot the Y)
Water fun with friends at the new splash pad in Bluffdale.  Water parties in the backyard.  Ice-cream in the backyard.  

Tyler got to play a special number at Grandma and Grandpa Harstons church.  It was fun to have Chads family there.  

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Darren biking in June

I dont usually see these pictures until they pop up on the computer.  But I am glad Darren usually takes a picture or two of the beautiful places he bikes.  

Draper views

Wasatch Forest

Up by Alta ski area.  Doing reconnaissance for the scout 50 miler backpacking trip.  They needed to find out how much snow was up there.  They even found a ski.  but they hiked about 4 miles carrying the bike over their shoulders.  

Sundance Resort/Alpine

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Rockport Jet skiing

The Allen family has jet skis that we get to go on sometimes.  Its such a special treat.  There is something magical about every time we go.  This time we stayed until the sunset and Tyler and Ella got up water skiing.  Besides a close call when the two jet skis collided going way to fast it was perfect!

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Abby’s tubes out surgery

Abby had tubes put in when she was 1 year old.  (pictured below). We were so relieved to not have her get ear infections anymore.  But then we pretty much forgot about them.  3 years later we realized they were supposed to come out.  … and they never had!  so we got to have a quick and easy surgery in June to get them out.  She was a great patient.  and guess what!  Now she swims and puts her head under the water.  She takes a bath and lays down in the bath tub.  She cant feel water in her ear! We are so grateful!

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Thoughts from Darren

Vol. 4, No. 60
Playing It Out

Overcoming long-standing habits requires concentrated effort, patience and persistence. Those who succeed learn to break their pace down into small increments—taking things not just a day at a time, but sometimes almost a thought at a time. One person shares this insight when the addict inside tries to take over and return him to using drugs: “When I have that thought, I get scared to death. I get scared that I even entertained that thought. It’s then that I know I have to play it out and go to work on myself right then and there.”

The practice of “playing it out” has proven to be a particularly effective way of conquering bad habits and fighting addictive behaviors. One recovering addict describes the hard reality he deals with like this: “I know I am only one thought away from falling back into my old ways. I know myself well enough that, within a day, I could be right back into my ugly life—my past life of drugs and alcohol. Just by acting out on one stupid thought.” 

In those moments when recovering addicts are struck with the urge to give everything up for that one fleeting momentary “high,” they learn to “Play it Out.” In other words, they do not just play the movie up to the “moment of pleasure” and then stop, pretending that the high is the end of the story. They continue on to consider the aftermath, consequences, and fall-out that inevitably result once the high is gone. We’ve all seen the beer commercials that only show the fun moments in the bar when the guy meets the good-looking girl. What they don’t show is the scene an hour later, when the guy turns into a sluggish bore with slurred speech, or the scenes after that—the vomiting, the morning-after hangover, and decline of the guy’s virile physique into the always-attractive beer belly accompanied by the eventual cirrhosis of the liver. 

Recovering addicts know they can fall into the trap of the “short pleasure-trip story,” and they learn to counter that trap by playing their movies out to their full end. “When I am tempted to relapse,” says one man, “I have to stop and think, ‘Okay, this might feel good for an hour or so, but what’s going to happen after? The fear and paranoia will come back. I’m going to feel guilty and like I let everybody down, including myself. Then I am going to have to talk to my wife and admit it, and that’s going to be painful. And, if I don’t do that, then I’ll be hiding out and being a liar again. When I look at all I will have to go through after I binge, it scares me, and I can see that it’s not worth it.” Then, in another classic example of redirection, he adds, “On the other hand, when I picture how great I will feel about myself when I have resisted the temptation, and I can look my wife in the eye without any guilt or deception because I refused to give into the short term high, it gives me the strength I need to stay clean.”

Our ability to step out of our thinking to look back into our thinking to consider the consequences and outcomes of any thought or pattern of thought is a truly remarkable asset. The consummate truth of life is that we alter our destiny by altering our thoughts. 

Dennis R Deaton
"In the end, some of your greatest pains become your greatest strengths."

Drew Barrymore
"Even the helpless victim of a hopeless situation, facing a fate he cannot change, may rise above himself, may grow beyond himself, and by so doing change himself.  He may turn a personal tragedy into a triumph."

Viktor Frankl

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Cousin time with Jackson from Florida

Jackson and his parents were here for a good week.  We loved the time with them.  We had a big water day here at the house.  Lots of good food for the BBQ.  The brothers went on a bike ride and came back to be attacked by water balloons.  We missed Nellie and Jordan.  

We got to steal Jackson away for a sleepover.  Darren took them to the bike park.  I think they all had fun.  Thats why you need a dad and a mom to do fun things that the other wouldn’t do.  (It was too hot for me to go!)

They boys stayed awake to read for a bit.  This is such a happy picture!