Thursday, February 28, 2008

Thankful Thursdays - Tithing

Living Area

We live in a very small Condo, which we absolutely love, because it is keeps us cozy, it doesn’t have as much up-keep as a home, and it was a price we could afford. We found this condo after looking for a home to buy that would fit into our budget for nearly 10 months. We were hoping to buy a house and actually put offers on 5, all of which were beat out because of the housing market was crazy at the time. One of the homes had been on the market for less than 24 hours when we made an offer, but the owners had already accepted one before we even got to the punch.

Anyway, I feel very blessed to have this condo because I feel we have the best of two worlds: I have always wanted to live in an apartment downtown and I wanted to stop throwing my money away by renting. So why not own a condo downtown! Great idea! This has worked out great not only because of my personal desires but it is also close to work for both of us and close to the U for Mason. The only downside to a condo is the HOA fees that going along with it. Basically we pay a company for the upkeep of the general building and parking lot.

Well, unbeknownst to us there was an agreement made before we moved in that everyone in our building would pay an additional large sum of money in August 2007 for fixing potholes in the parking lot and other maintenance problems. It hit at a terrible time for us with Mason going back to school, saving spending money for the cruise, and then getting ready for the Holidays. Then, while we were on our cruise, I totally forgot to pay that month’s HOA payment. Oops! Being that we live more as college students than career people, it has been very hard for Bedroom
us to catch up. Well, needless to say, I received a notice in the
mail the other day that our HOA fees were going to go into
Collections if not paid by March 20, 2008.

Here is where the blessing comes in. Mason gets paid every two weeks on Friday. This month he actually will get 3 pay checks. One of which will cover the amount we owe almost perfectly, with about $30 to spare. I know it will mean some adjustments with his checks coming later next month, but when we needed a large sum right away, it was there. I get chills just thinking about it. Personally, I feel that we are being watched out for and blessed for being faithful Tithe payers. So today, I am thankful for the blessing that Tithing is in our lives.

Look at the awesome mural my talented little brother painted on our Pantry doors. Isn't that so fun!?!

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

ABC's of my Life

A- Attached or single: Attached

B- Best Friend: Mason Cox Heywood

C-Cake or Pie: I love Cake!

D-Day: Friday

E- Essential Item: Hair Spray

F- Favorite Color: Red

G-Gummy Bears or Worms: Neither! I am not really a fan of any kind of kind other than Chocolate!

H-Home town: Magna and proud of it!!!

I- Indulgences: Getting my Nails done and going to this darling Bakery Down Town, Mrs Backers Bakery. It is decorated so cute and all the bakery items are amazing!

J- January or July?: July, not only is it the month of my birth, but its also the month for camping, family reunions, rodeos, wearing capris and County Fairs! I love it!!!

K-Kids: I love kids and I hope to have my own sooner rather than later

L-Life is incomplete without: Love! I am surrounded by People that I love! I am very blessed!

M- Marriage Date: August 13, 2004

N- Number of Siblings: (2) Robert who is 12.5 months older than me and Chaz who is 5 yrs younger and both are sharp, talented, single and very handsome boys!

O- Oranges or Apples: I love Oranges!

P- Phobias or Fears: Not being able to have children

Q- Quote(s): “Women of God can never be like women of the world. The world has enough women who are tough; we need women who are tender. There are enough women who are coarse; we need women who are kind. There are enough women who are rude; we need women who are refined. We have enough women of fame and fortune; we need more women of faith. We have enough greed; we need more goodness. We have enough vanity; we need more virtue. We have enough popularity; we need more purity.” - Margaret D. Nadauld

R- Reason To Smile: Because mom paid good money for these teeth. (That’s what she tells people whenever they say I have a nice smile, “I paid good money for those teeth!) Thanks Mom I owe it all to you!

S- Season: Fall I love the colors, the chill in the air, the academic spirit, the football games, and the anticipation for the holidays! Spring come in at a very close second!

T- Tag Three (or more): Ashley, Jamie, and Cambra

U- Unknown Fact About Me: I love the Brady Bunch! Mason makes fun of me a lot but I love the wholesomeness of all things Brady Bunch. Not to mention their Orange Green and Brown kitchen resembles the color scheme of my condo, by choice. Isn’t if funny how history and style repeats itself!

V- Vegetarian or Oppressor of Animal: What??? If that means Do I eat Meat? Yes I do!

W- Worst Habit: Watching people during Sacrament Meeting rather than paying attention to the speaker. I think I must be slightly ADD.

X-Rays or Ultrasounds: I have only had X-rays.

Y-Your favorite food: Chocolate, if you couldn’t already guess by the rest of my comments!

Z: Zodiac Sign: Cancer

I was tagged by my friend Brittney and I have to admit, I really rather like these "Tag" things.

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Thankful Thursday - Green

Although it snowed this morning, I am so happy to finally be seeing some green grass poke through what is now gray, dingy and cold snow. I just love this time of year, feeling the renewal of the warmth and seeing the beautiful pastel colors of Spring.

I am the kind of person who jumps the gun a little when it comes to upcoming occassions. Like when I get so excited for Christmas that I start listening to Christmas music at the beginning of October. Then by the time Christmas rolls around I am tired of it and ready to move on, its so sad. Mason has helped me learn not to do the Christmas music thing until Dec 1, but I have to admit I sneak in a little right after Thanksgiving.
So with Spring approaching, I couldn't resist getting a little too excited about the great sale on Tulips at the darling floral shop next door to my office. I love fresh flowers and am amazed to see the way they brighten up a room by bringing a touch of spring and green. Yea, for the beauty all around us with the changing of each season and at this time, Spring! I can hardly wait!

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

I've been tagged

I have been tagged by my Pine Tree 2 friend, Jamie! This tag is called:

All about my man........

1. Full name: Mason Cox Heywood

2. How long have you been married: 3.5 years

3. How long did we date: Off and on for nearly 5 years

4. Who said I love you first: He did and it totally caught me off guard, so all I could say in response was, “I think I love you too.” Come to find out later that totally traumatized him that I would say “I think…” Oops!

5. Who is taller: Mason is and I love it that way. It makes me feel more feminine and like I am enveloped in him every time he hugs me. He has a good 10” on me.

6. Who sings better: Mason for sure. He is one who singing just comes naturally to. I have had to work my tail off for the smallest bit of progress.

7. Who's smarter: I’ll be honest, I used to think I was, but the longer we are married the more I realize how intelligent Mason really is. Anytime I have a question he seems to know the answer. He thirsts for knowledge and I really admire that about him.

8. Who does the laundry: I do the majority of it, but he is really good about switching it over or starting a new load when I ask him to.

9. Who pays the bills: I do.

10. Who sleeps on the right side of the bed: If you are lying in bed, I do. I have this theory, I don’t know if it is true or not, but I think maybe sub-consciously we girls choose whatever side is furthest from the door. I noticed that I have switched places in place in bed when we have moved and the bed is placed differently in comparison to the door. I think maybe it is a protection thing.

11. Who mows the lawn: Neither, that’s why we live in a condo and pay HOA fees

12. Who cooks dinner: I do, and I love it, Although he is always willing to when I ask for his help. He is actually a really good cook, especially when it comes to meat.

13. Who drives: Mason. He freaks out when I drive and I like putting my feet on the dash board and doing other things while we are traveling like: putting on my make-up, reading, or sewing.

14. Who's more stubborn: I am fore sure.

15. Who kissed who first: Mason kissed me first. I was only 16 and had never kissed anyone. He on the other hand was very experience by that point and knew what he was doing. As a result, he mostly kissed my teeth as I parted my unpuckered lips into what was almost a smile. He caught me before I smiled too big. Needless to say, I definitely needed some practice, and he was always more than willing to assist.

16. Who asked who out first: We hung out a lot (he would come over 3 or 4 nights a week) before we went on our first official “date,” and even then, I didn’t ask I just kidnapped him. I called and got permission from his mom, then my friend Xela and I kidnapped our dates and made them climb up on the roof of my house where we had happy meals by candlelight and watched White Christmas. Although we made some great memories, we should have planned a little better as the roof was too steep to keep our food or even ourselves from sliding all over the place and being that it was the end of November, it was a little too chilly to be outside.

17. Who proposed: Mason did after he had been home from his mission exactly 1 month, although he had the ring in his possession 3 days after he was home.

18. Who has more siblings: Mason does. He has 3 brothers and 3 sisters. I love what good friends they are now, and that there is never a dull moment when they are all together. It makes me hope for a big family of my own someday.

19. Who wears the pants on the family: I think that we wear the pants pretty equally.

That was fun! I just love being married and feel very blessed to have such a good husband and good memories.

Now, I tag Mindy, Alicia, Cambra, and Mandy Brown(Matt pass the word on to her, I want to hear all about you!)!

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

This is a list of some interesting little tidbits as we prepare for the supposedly romantic holiday tomorrow. These appeared in the Salt Lake Tribune Feb. 12, 2008, and I thought it was interesting.

♥ Anthropologists estimate that 90% of the world’s people engage in kissing.

♥ Half of all people have their first kiss before the age of 14, according to Elisa Mello, a clinical assistant professor of dentistry at New York University.

♥ Humans aren’t the only species to exhibit kissing behavior. Bonobo apes kiss one another frequently and many mammals nuzzle and lick each other’s faces. Many species of birds also exhibit beak-to-beak behavior sometimes interpreted as kissing.

♥ The average woman will kiss 79 guys before she’s married, again according to Mello.

♥ A man who kisses his woman goodbye every morning averages a higher income than a guy who doesn’t, reports Andrea Demirilian in Kissing: Everything You Ever wanted to know about One of Life’s Sweetest Pleasures.

♥ The average one-minute kiss burns 26 calories.

♥ Until Recently in Eastern European countries kissing between two men on the lips as a greeting or a farewell was as normal as the modern Western handshake.

♥ Kissing is a complex behavior that requires the use of 34 muscles.

♥ In December 2007, the South African government banned public kissing between anyone under the age of 16, regardless of consent.

No one can resist a great kiss!

Thursday, February 7, 2008

Thankful Thursdays - Music

I always say “I wish life were a musical.” That way everyone would be in harmony with one another, making beautiful sounds; and everyone would know the choreography (we would burn more calories that way too). Wouldn’t that be awesome if people really did just break out into song and dance? My husband likes to help bring my wish to life by tricking me into singing. He knows that if he uses a line from a song in casual conversation that I can’t help but burst out in song.

I have always loved to sing, but I am far from being great. In fact, my dad used to have to ask me to stop singing because it hurt his ears (he would always do it sweetly) and because I would sing ALL THE TIME. I still have the same passion for it and have had some opportunities for my appreciation for music to grow lately.

First of all, I have been called as the Primary Secretary and Chorister. It is a lot of work doing both but it has also been a lot of fun. I have appreciated reviewing some of the primary songs and the sweet gospel truths taught in them. It has helped me remember 2 things: how much music can set the mood and how much music helps people learn.

I am also honored to have been asked by my dear friend Ashley to put together some Valentines songs for an upcoming dinner. We get to be the entertainment, isn’t that fun! My in-laws Kris and Mindy will be singing with Mason and me to set the mood for a nice Valentines dinner. It has taken me to a whole new level trying to piece together this short program. I have never really had to come up the music to sing and who would sing what, but I have had a great time doing it. My favorite part has been working on this with my family. I love that we can share a passion for music and singing. I feel very fortunate to have a husband who is as talented as he is!

Finally, I have found some great resources online; music sites I am obsessed with. I know there are so many out there but some of my favorites are:

Pandora “The Genome Project” is so much fun! I had to ask my husband what a “genome” was because I knew he would know that kind of sciencey info. He explained it was an identifying piece of your DNA. So that means this online radio system can be uniquely yours. You pick a song or Artist you would like to hear and they start creating your own radio station by playing songs similar to that type of music using the genre, the format of the music, the type of singer, etc. You then get to tell them if you like the song they are playing, so they know to play more of that same kind, or if you don’t like the song, you can skip it. The system tracks it all so it can create the best radio station for you. Isn’t that awesome!!

"Tropical Glen" is where I get my oldies fix because you it is very rare to find 40’s and 50’s music on the radio. You can pick which years you want to hear music from and they will play all the top songs from those years. They offer a century of music, but my favorites are what you would think of as the “malt shop memories."

"Playlists" was introduced to me by my sister-in-law (thanks Mindy) and is awesome because you can look up any song you want and create your own playlist. That is how I added the music to this blog. I am having way too much fun with this one.

I love that we can have music right at our fingertips like this. It simply amazes me. I think we, as a society, are getting closer and closer to my dream of making life a musical. Now we just need to make it a wholesome one, but that is a whole other can of worms!

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Upcoming Shows

Two of my greatest loves are musicals and my family. I will soon get to enjoy both experiences combined, as my two cute brothers will be performing in two of the greatest Musicals of all time.

Opening Feb 8 is “Singing in the Rain” at Draper Historic Theatre. My little brother Chaz is playing Don Lockwood (the Gene Kelly character and lead in this show.) I am so excited to get to see him perform. He gets to sing some of my favorite songs like “Singing in the Rain” and “Good Morning.” He has also been able to expand his repertoire of talents, adding tap dancing to the list. Yahoo Chaz!

I have never been to Draper Historic Theatre and am looking forward to checking it out!
For more info on this and other shows at Draper check out their website

My older brother will be performing as one of the brothers in “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat” at the Empress Theatre March 7 - April 14. He is excited to be on stage with a cast of very talented performers. As most people know this is my family’s second home. So I hold it very dear to my heart. I am so proud of him for getting involved with another show. His big number will be “One more Angel in Heaven” complete with his own angelic gospel choir! I can hardly wait to see him! We have a lot of other great shows coming up check out the season @

I am so proud of both my brothers for their hard work! Great job guys!!!