Friday, September 4, 2009

What We've Learned In This Home

We've been living in this townhouse for exactly 6 1/2 years. Kinley was 3 weeks old when we moved the last time. For all intents and purposes, this is where we became parents. While we are excited for our new adventures and upcoming fresh start, we will dearly miss this beloved little community. In the last 6+ years, we've learned more than we thought possible and have made some treasured life-long friends.

I'd like to think that I'm leaving this area a better person than I was when I came into it, and if that's true, it's because of the people I've been surrounded by. I've been mulling over the things I have learned in the last 6 years, feeling extremely grateful for the opportunity that we have had to be here.

Things I've Learned
  1. We are all more alike than we are different
  2. If you "build a girls night out, they will come".
  3. I'm not weird; I'm "quirky"
  4. Everyone thinks they are the weird one
  5. Women love food. The End.
  6. You don't have to be afraid to bring up someone's loss or struggle. Sometimes they really want/need to talk about it with someone who isn't freaked out by it.
  7. There are all kinds of people that live in Utah (who knew?)
  8. Utah is a great place to raise a family (again, who knew?)
  9. People have struggles and challenges in Utah, just like everywhere else. Drug addiction, divorce, illness, single parenthood, lonliness, depression, etc.
  10. Playdates are really fun
  11. Entertaining children doesn't have to cost a lot of money
  12. Blogs make the world go round
  13. The world doesn't generally play fair
  14. It's ok to be different
  15. Bad things happen to good people
  16. Everyone has baggage
  17. Most people really mean well and would never intentionally hurt or offend anyone
  18. Everyone is looking for understanding and friendship
  19. You can learn to love anybody
  20. First impressions are often misleading. Take another look.
  21. I like juvenile and teen literature. A lot.
  22. Kind words make a huge difference
  23. Chicken soup tastes best when someone else makes it because they add their own love
  24. There is always someone else in a more difficult situation
  25. If someone is on your mind a lot, you should call/email/text them
  26. Nursery callings are not for the faint of heart
  27. You don't have to hide your ambition and eccentricities to fit in
  28. You can find happiness anywhere
  29. Food in general tastes better when someone else makes it
  30. Visiting Teaching is an inspired program
  31. Houseguests should stay no longer than 6 days
  32. Lime Away and CLR are fantastic for removing hard water stains
  33. DVD players are not a passing fad. Neither are cell phones.
  34. We are "mini-van people" after all
  35. I don't hate football
  36. A great stylist and enough product can make your hair do marvelous things
  37. Losing weight is possible
  38. Endorphins rock
  39. The 5 "S"es are sanity-saving
  40. We make super cute kids
  41. People can change
  42. Sometimes people don't change
  43. I wouldn't choose to see my trials in advance, (ie. a crystal ball). They are so much more palatable without anticapatory anxiety.
  44. I would choose my own trials over those of other people. Except wealth. I'd like the trial of wealth. I'd like the burden of being filthy, stinking rich.
  45. Life is short
  46. All women should have a proper bra fitting done by a professional
  47. There are worse things than being up at night with a crying baby; like not being up at night with a crying baby.
  48. What "they" say about making "ass-umptions" really is true
  49. It really is better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all
  50. Women need other women
  51. Bedtime stories make lasting memories
  52. Magic Eraser is, well... magic
  53. PhotoShop Elements is also magic
  54. Speaking of magic, Disneyland is great at any age


Cyndi Hendrickson said...

You are so insightful! Where do you come up with this stuff?!? I wanted to point out which of these I like the most but I'd have to list about 30 of them!

Scrapping Mom of 5 said...

I love those they are wonderful. Especially not being able to see what's coming. After losing Samuel being prenant with Hannah and knowing something terrible could go wrong. And what is worse than getting up to care for a crying baby not having to get up for a crying baby. Can't wait to hear about you new home.

Texasblu said...

Beautiful, although speaking as one who gets inspiration ahead of time (my crystal ball) I must say I find it wonderful to prepare.

I hope all goes well for you in the move. I don't believe in hanging around after a tragedy - movement seems to help. Tell "they" to shush up!

Texasblu said...

PS sorry I haven't been around - internet woes. But Crew is lookin' good. :D