30 Days of Gratitude - Day 30

Hooray! I'm done! lol...but on this last day of this seemingly endless project, I am grateful for...


Whether at home, or at the workplace, laughter really is the best medicine. I love hearing people laugh, and I love laughing myself. Nothing beats having a good, long laugh, especially with those you love...

So, go have a good laugh with your loved ones...do it...I dare you! ;)


30 Days of Gratitude - Day 29

Late night cookies with Greg...

Yes, this could be one reason I have gained so much weight, but Greg likes to tempt me with chocolate chip cookies of all sorts late at night, with a glass of milk. I won't tell you how much we eat, because it's a bit embarassing, but after a long day of work...it's nice to relax with my hubby and pig out on junk food!


30 Days of Gratitude - Day 28

a husband who will eat leftovers!

I do NOT like leftovers. I really don't. There are very few things that I will eat re-heated (lasagna...that's about it! lol) so when you have a HUGE Thanksgiving feast all to yourselves (and a sister in law who doesn't eat hardly anything) you end up with a TON of leftovers. Oh I guess I will re-heat stuffing too. But Turkey?!? BLEH!! NASTY! I do NOT like it cold or re-heated, so I am grateful that I have a wonderful hubby who will eat just about anything...(He really does. sometimes I wonder how long something has been in the fridge...he'll just eat it!) But he makes ME feel just a LITTLE less guilty wasting so much food!


30 Days of Gratitude - Day 27

Good Movies!!

I have a few favorite movies, and I am grateful for Saturday and Sunday nights, which usually mean cuddling up with Greg on the couch watching a new movie.

I often tease Greg about our Hastings shopping habits. We go there at least once a week, sometimes twice, and we almost ALWAYS come out with new movieS. Yes, that is plural, since we always get used movies, and they usually have a BOGO for $1 sales. But we have found some really good movies that way, and some not-so-good ones, but it's still nice to have a huge movie selection, even though a lot of the movies we don't watch more than once...lol, maybe one day when we don't have a Hastings to visit, we'll double up on some movies.


30 Days of Gratitude - Day 26

BlAck FrIdaY!!

I think everyone should experience working retail on Black Friday at least once in their life. It is so entertaining, and though I am glad I don't work retail on this day, I still have some pretty funny memories of working on this day.

I don't think I ever want to do the early morning shopping on this day, however. I'd rather sleep in, or order stuff online than try to beat the crowds. But it is still entertaining watching people, and seeing all the lines. Plus there are some pretty sweet sales...if you want to risk your life to get them!


30 Days of Gratitude - Day 25


What a wonderful time of year. I love Thanksgiving, and I love Christmas. Even though we should be grateful all year round, it's great to have a day set aside for us to sit back and reflect on those people and things we're grateful for.

Today, I'm especially grateful for a wonderful husband, a warm house, electricity, NFL football, super delicious food, and great family and friends. All these things make a day like today wonderful, and I couldn't be more happy!


30 Days of Gratitude - Day 24

dIgiTaL ScRapBooKinG!

Seriously...Love...It! I am sooo glad I finally decided to get into it. Even though it takes up a lot of my time (because I'm obsessed!) I love it! I love how creative people are out there, and I'm grateful that I am able to enhance my talents.

Why does it rock?!?

1 - NO CLEAN-UP! Seriously, I have about 500 kits, and guess what, they don't take up my entire living room. They DO take up a few GB of space on my hard drive, but that's nothing. I don't have any huge messes to clean up, and it's awesome!

2 - CHEAPER! You can purchase an entire "kit" (10+papers, a ton of elements) for less than $10, when a pack of paper is often more than that. I have many favorite designers, and they fill the kits full of goodies. Plus, a lot of times they have sales, or you can get freebies, or coupons. Super awesome.

3 - RE-USABLE! With those kits, you can use each of the papers and/or elements as much as you want! Use the same paper 500 times if you want, use the same cute teddy bear element 20 times on just one page! It is so great.

4 - UN-DO! CTRL-Z! Whatever you want to call it. Accidentally put a "sticker" in the wrong spot. CTRL Z and it's undone! The best part of it!

Do I have you convinced yet? lol, I seriously love this, and I'm grateful for this talent. I am more than willing to help you if you have any digi scrapping questions, or want to get started. So just let me know! Seriously..love...it!

Here is a gallery of some pages I've done.

I do it mostly for the "artistic" part than for the memory keeping part, but whatever your reasons, I think you'll love it too!


30 Days of Gratitude - Day 23

AwEsoMe snOwstOrMs...

that cause people to shut down and go home early...even though my place of work didn't do that! This was supposed to be one of the biggest blizzards EVER! (okay, not really ever, but pretty massive). UDOT was encouraging businesses to shut down early so their employees wouldn't be out on the roads. We at work kept wishing that we shut down early, but no. We had to stay open for those crazies who decided they needed cash out of their account in the middle of a blizzard.

It was crazy watching the storm roll in, and really, it was crazy. The wind was blowing, and it was totally awesome. I love snowstorms (probably because we don't get them very often here!) But yeah. I love winter, and I love cuddling up next to my hubby while the wind is blowing the snow like crazy outside!


30 Days of Gratitude - Day 22

pEopLe Who DoN'T ComPlaiN!

I love when I meet someone, who you know is having a tough time in their lives, but they just DON'T complain about anything. It's so refreshing knowing that if they can make it through their struggles without sharing them with everyone, and can keep a positive attitude, then ANYONE can!

I get really frustrated with people when all they do is complain. Now I, by no means, am perfect, and I do complain a lot, but I do try to keep it between my husband and I (lucky him! lol). But when I do start to complain to others, I just have to think about those people who complain about everything, and I remember that I do NOT want to be "one of those people." Life is tough, we all have to deal with our own circumstances, but remember...we ALL have to deal with our own circumstances. Keep a positive attitude!

It does make me very grateful for those who DON'T complain! ;)


30 Days of Gratitude - Day 21

the TaLenTs oF oTheRs!

I love reading other people's blogs. Yes, I do it in a somewhat stalker-ish ways sometimes, but I just get so fascinated with reading about other people. I have found that I love reading what I like to call "Mommy Blogs" (I'm not the only one who calls them that. Technically that is what they're called. I just wanted a brief moment of credit.) But it's fun to see what other people can find and come up with, and various talents they have that they can share with others. I'm jealous. I want to create a "Mommy Blog" and have people stalk me and think I'm cool. But really, i'm grateful for the talents of others. It makes me think that maybe, just MAYBe I can do something cool too.


30 Days of Gratitude - Day 20

Old CrApPy CaRs...

That don't go up hills very fast. Now, today I'm especially grateful for these, because when you're driving through a TERRIBLY snowy canyon, and the roads are crappy, if you're in an old crappy car that doesn't go fast uphill...you can't possibly go fast, so you don't have to worry about driving slow on the icy roads. It really was nice, because if there were people who wanted to pass me, I could just give them a look like, "sorry, my car is crappy, it won't go faster" and I am therefore much safer! Love my cars!


30 Days of Gratitude - Day 19

I'm grateful for any excuse to ask for work off early.

Today it happened to be because my little sister was in the Cokeville High School musical. She had the lead role, and since I think so totally rocks, I decided I wanted to go watch her. So of course I did.

They performed the musical, "The Pajama Game" and while I'd never heard of it, I thoroughly enjoyed it. Kenz totally rocked it, and I was so proud of her.

I'm going to link you up to my favorite song of the entire musical, of course, Kenz and Beau did a lot better job! ;)

I love being able to ask for time off to enjoy things like this.


30 Days of Gratitude - Day 18

PaY DaY!!
Who doesn't love pay day? I probably work forward to this day a little TOO much, but really, it almost makes working at one's job worth it! ;)


30 Days of Gratitude - Day 17

GoOd BoOKs!

I have always been a big reader. It doesn't really matter what it is. I can read just about anything, but like I've mentioned in previous posts, my favorites are still "Young Adult" books. I have quite a few of that style of books, and I've read just about all of them at least once...a lot of them twice or more. I love finding a good series, and hate when I get a bad one, mostly because if the first one is pretty bad, I usually can't stop reading it still. There are very few that i haven't wanted to get the next book of.

Some recent faves are:

The Summoning by Kelley Armstrong
This one is a series, and I can't wait to get the next one. It kind of scares me (not gonna lie)...It's about a girl who sees ghosts, and if you know me, I'm a total freak about stuff like that. I have major fears about this type of stuff...lol...but it was very interesting, and I look forward to the next ones...

The Private Series by Kate Brian
I've mentioned this series before, but it is definitely my favorite. Granted the last book took a STUPID twist that I'm not very happy about, I will still read it, and can't wait until the 21st of December for this one to come out!

And of course my ALL TIME FAVORITE...

Vampire Academy Series

I started this series when I was visiting Shari in Georgia. She had it, and let me borrow the series, and I am HOOKED! Holy moly, I have read them AT LEAST 4 times since March (there are 5) Soon to be 6.....MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ME!!! I'm super excited....

but I love books, and I"m always up for any good suggestions! :D


30 Days of Gratitude - Day 16

Fuzzy socks, fuzzy pants, and fuzzy blankets.

Nothing beats putting on my fuzzy sock, pants and wrapping up in a warm fuzzy blanket. I always have to have a blanket with me. Even in the summer...I love my blankets! They get some pretty good use, probably too much sometimes.

I had a favorite blanket in HS. I got it for Christmas when I was..mmm...maybe 10? It had teddy bears on it, and I took it EVERYWHERE...sleepovers, camping, ball trips. I always had to have my blanket with me. I still have it. It's still in pretty good shape. Maybe it isn't as soft as it once was, but It's still in one piece.

I also recently purchased a pair of super soft, fuzzy pajama pants. Yeah, they're my new favorite. If they weren't BRIGHT purple, pink, green and blue striped, I'd probably where them everywhere. It's nice to come home from work, wearing a skirt, or dress pants, and jumping into my cozy pants, and slipping on a pair of my fuzzy socks. So comforting! What would I do with out fuzzy!?


30 Days of Gratitude - Day 15

I am grateful for my HEALTHY hair. (totally vain post ahead....I'm sorry, but I am grateful for this!)

I almost always had short hair when I was growing up, (I think I was in 5th grade when I had my shortest...mushroom shaped haircut. and yes, I realize that it was totally ugly, but at the time it wasn't!) go ahead, laugh!
Then my junior year I decided to keep my hair long. And it got REALLY long. probably about to the middle of my back. (for those who know me now, it was even longer than this) I loved it! I dyed it a chocolate brown that was so pretty, then I chopped it to above my shoulders...then it just kept getting shorter from there...
I think I'm really lucky to be able to pull of both long and short cuts. (as well as different colors, which trust me, I tried! Brown, blonde, black, purple, red, etc... ;) And even though everyone told me my hair would fall out if I kept dying it, it's healthy (and THICK) as ever, and I am grateful for it. It's not too thick that it's unmanageable (most days), and I am able to style it how I want. So even though sometimes I get annoyed with the split ends, I am grateful that I do have hair, and that it's healthy!


30 Days of Gratitude - Day 14

I'm grateful for humbling experiences like my one today.

I am good at playing the piano. I can honestly say that I believe that. I have a talent, and I am grateful for this talent, but every now and then the Lord thinks he needs to keep those of us with these talents humble.

I was accompanying the Young Women in sacrament meeting today, and one of my BIGGEST fears when accompanying people is that my music will fall of the piano, or I won't be able to change pages fast enough....well...My biggest fear came true today. The song they were singing is like 8 pages long, so I had my sheet music stacked the way I needed it, and I had practiced doing it this way a million times, so I wouldn't have to have anyone change my music for me. Well...something went wrong and I took down the wrong pages, and so when the time came for the big key change.....yeah, I didn't have the right pages. I had to stop completely while I found the right page, and we were able to end the song pretty well. Ugh! I think I totally psyched myself out! Such a frustrating thing for sure...lol, but this made be grateful for these humbling experiences...Even those who have better talens than I do in certain areas can make mistakes! ;)


30 Days of Gratitude - Day 13

Not gonna lie...I'm kinda obsessed with her. She is a little odd, and she can't dance worth crap, but she is different, and I kind alike her (Kinda like Lady GaGa...freaky as all heck, but ya have to kinda like her...)

Anyway...I love all of Katy Perry's hits - Hot 'n' Cold, Waking up in Vegas, Teenage Dream, etc. etc.

Everytime I hear her songs, I can't help but bust out in song and sing along. Her music makes me happy, and even though, like I said, she is kind of strange, I'm grateful for her music!


30 Days of Gratitude - Day 12

tHe OfFicE!

I have to admit...when the office was first HUGE, I didn't see what the big deal was. granted, I didn't ever really sit down and watch it, but once Greg and I sat down and really watched it, we were hooked! Holy moly this show is hilarious! We could watch the same episodes over and over, and they are still funny. Kinda makes me wish my "office" had a Dwight...

Greg and I watch it almost every night night 10-11. They are all repeats, but that's okay. That way we don't have to wait all week for a new episode. If you have your doubts about this show..just sit down and watch an entire episode. You have to actually watch (not just play it in the background while you're doing something else), because it is quite funny! Love it!


30 Days of Gratitude - Day 11

I don't think that needs any more explanation! How wonderful it is that we get to live in such an amazing and beautiful country!

And because today is Veteran's day, I'm grateful for the many men and woman who serve our country. Who risk their lives for the freedoms that we enjoy everyday. I have many family members and friends who have served, and I am so grateful for each of you....

especially my bro-in-law Ben!
What an amazing brother, husband (to my sis, of course), father (to my adorable niece and nephews...as if that needed explaining). He has been serving in the military for at least the past 6 years (pretty sure it was before he and Shari got married). He recently spent some time over in Afghanistan, and while it was a long 6 months (probably longer for Shari), I'm grateful for the time he has spent serving our country. I am proud to call him my brother.

His little girl is so proud of her daddy too. When I was visiting my sis in Georgia, one of the nights we went out to eat the manager came to our table and Lilli proudly told him that her daddy was an Airman. (pretty much random, out of the blue! love her!) But we are all so proud of him, and grateful to have him in our family. We love you Ben! Thanks for all you do.

And because I love this picture......


30 Days of Gratitude - Day 10

I'm grateful for my job as a teller. I am not going to lie, I complain about my job a LOT. But let's be honest...who DOESN'T complain about their job every now and then? Being a teller is nothing like I imagined. (except for the "deposit and withdrawal" part). There really is a lot of stress involved, and there is a LOT more to it that simple "deposits and withdrawals." You've got about a billion federal regulations, loans, IRAs, check holds, etc. etc.

BUT...it is a good job. I love my co-workers (90% of the time)...the other 10% I just like them. And for the most part, the members rock as well. But I have a learned a lot from this job, and while I can honestly say I don't want to be a teller for the rest of my life, I am grateful that I was the one who got this job.

And for your enjoyment....If you have EVER been a Teller...you will find that all of these are SO TRUE! lol..(really people, you'd be surprised!) So, next time you go in the bank...please be nice to your teller. Chances are he/she really DOES know what he/she is doing!

50 Things I have learned by being a bank teller

1. I know everyone in the world, so I never need to ask for ID.

2. 'I'll be with you in one moment,' means 'Come right up here into my business and breathe your popcorn breath in my face for a while.'

3. Every bank in the world steals money from its customers, particularly the ones that don't keep a register.

4. I'm always kidding when I tell people a check is not any good. I'm a good kidder.

5. I know the balance of every account at the bank.

6. I am at the bank just because I feel like it; my window isn't actually open when I say, 'May I help you?'

7. I know everyone's account number.

8. I know everyone's address.

9. I don't understand how banking works..

10. I have to do whatever the person who gave my customer the check said.

11. I don't know how to count.

12. I don't know how to add.

13. I don't know what the date is.

14. I can read everyone's mind.

15. If I ask for your social, Im trying to steal your identity.

16. I know when every new coin will be arriving.

17. I know how much everyones bills are for the month.

18. We dont sell stamps.

19. We are just here for fun on most holidays, were not really open. We love when you rub it in.

20. When someone asks how you want your cash back, you are supposed to tell them after you get your money back.

21. Apparently people have different definitions of commercial.

22. Your time is more important than mine. I have no life. When you show up 5 minutes before we close to make 10 deposits or open a new account, we dont mind.

23. Everyone with the Bank name tag is related.

24. I am also your secretary.

25. We love to place holds on your checks for fun, we are the only bank that does it.

26. 13 hours and 10 minutes is not enough time for people to do their business.

27. I am in charge of the never ending popcorn, smarties, and coffee.

28. It is polite to ignore someone when they say hello.

29. It is my fault when someone cuts you in line. I should have been paying attention to you and not your money.

30. I know what a checkingdepositwithdrawal for savings is.

31. Being rude should make me want to help you more.

32. I am not really human, I should not make mistakes.

33. It is okay to go into someones office when their door is shut.

34. I have a secret collection of licenses in my cubby.

35. I cant hear. I need you to ding the bell 5 times in a row.

36. The sign that says Next Window Please is just for decoration.

37. I make people wait on purpose, its fun to make them mad.

38. I know everyones pin number to their ATM card.

38. Fraud isnt real, I should give customers exactly what they want.

39. The coin machine is my favorite thing to do.

40. The bank gives out free poinsettias at Christmas, we order them for you, not the bank. Display only means whatever you want it to mean.

41. Please and Thank You are forbidden words at the bank. We hate to hear them.

42. Checking and Savings deposit slips are EXACTLY the same, we just like the color pink and wanted to make them more colorful. Marking through the word savings changes the deposit slip completely!

43. When I tell someone the same thing over and over, Im just doing it for fun. I like to waste my breath.

44. We will break the rules for anybody as long as you gripe for more than 10 minutes.

45. I am a professional coin counter. Even when the machine is broken, I will count the coin for you by hand!

46. I am psychic; when you call I can recognize your voice and pull up your information. My computer is voice activated. Its that fancy technology we have.

47. You dont have to tell me that youve been with the bank for 50 years… I can tell.

48. Even after 5 years, I am a new teller to anyone who has never seen me before. If Ive never met you, I have no idea what Im doing.

49. I make the rules for the banking industry. You can blame everything on me!

50. I'm an idiot.


30 Days of Gratitude - Day 9


For reals! Even though I have to use contacts or glasses to see clearly, I'm grateful that I can see at all. I can't imagine a world where I had NO SIGHT! I don't think I could handle it, especially knowing all the beauty that this world really does have.

So, thank you dad's side for giving me your poor eyesight...at least I have some..

and I'll take this "day of gratitude" one step further to say how grateful I am for stylish glasses. Thank you Candies for making this super cute glasses, that look better in person than in this picture.
So what if I copied my then-16-year-old-sister, and had to get the same glasses as hers (only in brown instead of black!) At least now I'm totally stylish! (I really do get a lot of compliments on my glasses, and I ALWAYS tell them I copied my baby sister! ;)

I think my next glasses will be these....(also by Candies) maybe in pink, maybe not! Who knows.


30 Days of Gratitude - Day 8


I think a lot of times, living in this area we sometimes don't get to enjoy fall. It's almost as if the snow hits as soon as summer is over and so everything is already covered in snow, but this year has been awesome for fall. We haven't had the sudden snow, so the trees have been able to take their precious time changing their leaves and falling to the ground. So pretty! I think fall has some of the prettiest colors!

Greg has to drive to Kaysville every Thursday for class, and he always talks about how cool the trees are, so we decided to take a little trip to get some pictures. Enjoy!

This one was Greg's favorite. It was this bright orange tree in the middle of all these grey ones. Pretty sweet I must say.

my fave...


30 Days of Gratitude - Day 7

Daylight Savings!

Seriously! I know it kinda sucks when it's spring and we have to "spring forward" but come fall, it's totally awesome! Who doesn't love an extra hour of sleep! I know I sure do! So that is what I choose to be grateful for today!
(c'mon...it's funny!)


30 Days of Gratitude - Day 6

I'm grateful for the time I get to spend playing XBox games with my hubby.

I never thought I would be a big gamer, but I gotta admit, my husband got me hooked. I always thought HALO was a lame game, but now it pretty much rocks. Gears of War - totally awesome!

Now, it kinda sucks that we don't have as much time to play, but there have been times in the past where we've played until 4-5 in the a.m. (but now we're grown-ups and have to go to work before noon! BOOO!)

But I always look forward to Christmas time where we try to find some super cool games for us to play, and I'm particularly looking forward to this Christmas because we MAY (or may not) get a new cool toy to go along with our XBox...We'll see how gracious Santa is feeling...

But really, I am grateful for the time (what little it is) that I get to spend cuddled up with the hubby, playing shooting games, and getting mad that I suck and can never hit the dudes (and even sucks more when we have to split up on missions, and I'm expected to do some wicked killing!) SUPER FUN!

(FYI -- we finally passed of Gears of War 2! yeah we're pretty much the best ever!)


30 Days of Gratitude - Day 5

I'm grateful for....

Without Fridays, what would we have to look forward to ALL WEEK LONG?!?

Fridays are always the best, because even though one may have
to work, it still means that it's the beginning of the weekend!

Friday nights are for shopping, eating super delicious foods,
and cuddling up with the hubby on the couch, watching a movie,
some game, or the Office.

For sure Thankful for Fridays!


30 Days of Gratitude - Day 4

I've decided today that I am very grateful for my mom's crab dip recipe. (well, it may not really be hers. I don't know...but I will call it hers since that is where I got it.)

The only time she ever really made it was around Christmas time. Which is fine, I suppose since it made it all the more enjoyable. But I was able to make some the other day, and boy oh boy is it delish! If you are my friend, maybe I will make some for you for Christmas, unless, of course...you don't like crab...then I guess you're out of luck!

I'm grateful that I was able to pig out on this today for "lunch." Super deelish!
(this isn't really it. there aren't huge chunks in it like that...lol, just needed a picture!)

And if you wanted the recipe, here ya goes!

Crab Dip
2 - 8oz packages of cream cheese
1 jar cheddar cheese spread
1 1/2 lbs imitation crab
1/2 t accent
1/4 t garlic
1 t lemon juice
1 t. lemon herb
chives (optional)

Mix them all together & refrigerate.

I eat them with Ritz, but you can use it with whatever you'd like!
(so you don't get a huge jar of cheese spread...this is what I use, just not that flavor. just wanted to clarify since that ingredient wasn't very specific!)


30 Days of Gratitude - Day 3

Today I'm grateful to know that I am a "Daughter of a King."

Tonight we had our Young Women in Excellence, and our theme was "Daughter of a King." I gave a talk on the topic, and as I was preparing for it, it made me grateful to know that I really am a daughter of God, and he loves me. He loves me for who I am, and I need to learn to accept myself for who I am because, let's face it. I pretty much rock!

Our YWIE turned out really well though. After my talk, we had the girls present their projects that they've been working on, and then we called all the girls up on stage and gave them a sash that said "Daughter of a King" and had our bishop go to each of them and "crown them" and give them a rose. It was awesome. We had some background music playing and it was a really neat experience. I hope it was for the girls as well. I hope they all know that they are Daughters of a King!

And PS....so are you! :D


30 Days of Gratitude - Day 2

Don't judge me on this one...it's been a long day, and I'm kind of tired!

but after many years of my sisters making fun of me and telling me I had HUGE lips, I've decided today that I am actually very grateful for my "voluptuous lips".

I was looking at pictures I took of myself, and recalling a Rachael Ray episode where I learned how to tell if someone has had lip injections....

Your bottom lip should be 1.5x bigger than your top lip.

When I heard this, I got a little self conscious and started looking at my lips to make sure they didn't look fake. Well, everytime I looked I felt like my top lip was just as big as my bottom lip, but after looking at these pictures, I realized that it isn't entirely true. (haha...sorry, just thought I'd share!)

But I really do love my lips, and I am grateful that they are "HUGE"! (enjoy this random picture of myself! I was trying to get my hair in it...but it didn't work so well....)


30 Days of Gratitude - Day 1

My fabulous friend & amazing scrapbook designer, Suzy, has presented a challenge to readers of her blog. Because I think it's a fabulous challenge, I'm going to pass it on to you.

And of course, I'm going to do it too....(at least I'll try to! ;)


Today, I'm grateful for a husband who loves to decorate for the "big" holidays (Halloween & Christmas!) Even though sometimes he chooses the coldest nights of the year to set up the lights, and sometimes I get frustrated with the amount of lights that we have, I really do enjoy decorating with him and seeing the final project. I think his favorite is Halloween. We have some pretty creepy things that have scared some cute little kiddos. (I'll post more pictures and write more about our Halloween later...maybe...)

But here is one of the faves....Marcus the Carcass...this year he chilled on our porch swing (so I wouldn't trip over him all the time this year!)

What are you grateful for?!?
Maira Gall