Friday, February 26, 2010

Snow, Snow, Glorious Snow!

Ithaca has been hit with a good sized snow storm. I was sick, as mentioned before, the first half of the week, so my weekly grocery trip kept getting postponed. Well, the weather is only supposed to get worse in the next 3 to 5 days so Xan and I decided to brave the road conditions and do some shopping. Once we got onto a main road, it wasn't too shabby. They really do a good job keeping the roads clear.

Here's a picture of Xan shoveling snow behind the car so we can back out.


Xan and I. The woods behind us are so beautiful! I love being able to see them from the window.


On a different note, I finally have found a photo frame to put all the family photos. Yeah! Shanda and Tony, and Allen and Crystal have e-mailed me theirs. Mike and Jessica mailed me a copy, as you can see it down there. Everyone else still needs to get me a photo!!!



Thursday, February 25, 2010

Catching up

I was sick the first half of the week and missed 2 and a half days of work. :( The upside, though, is that it gave me time to relax, read, crochet, and catch up on the things I've been meaning to do around the house. I rearranged our bedroom, repotted a couple of plants, did some heavy cleaning (to be finished tomorrow), and was able to up date my blogs. :) I've posted a few pictures of our pets and a new tank Xan has been working on at steppfamilypets.blogspot.com. I've also decided to blog about my Chinese internship on my personal blog ashleystepp.blogspot.com.

Other than that, I'm sitting here copying Chinese characters down over and over again trying to memorize them. Unfortunately, the only way to keep up Chinese reading skills is to use them CONSTANTLY. I've lost most of what I once had so I'm restarting with my Elementary Chinese Reader. Xan is watching Wild Recon, a show about a guy hunting all sorts of animals, mostly reptiles all over the world, while he works on his homework.

Just a quick update. :)

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Lost in Thought

I was looking through our Iceland photos, reminiscing in the past, when I came across this picture that we took on the summer solstice. Being the longest day of the year, a group of us traveled outdoors on a walk to enjoy the wonderful sunlight at around 1:00 in the morning. The days of no darkness...


I like this photo because it makes me wonder exactly what Xan is thinking. Any ideas?

Monday, February 8, 2010

Super Bowl Sunday

This last Sunday was the Super Bowl. Josh and Kim Yost came over to watch with us.

Here's Kim, being an incredibly talented pregnant woman, watching the game, talking on the phone, and looking up a few verse of scripture. (We were discussing a few things from Sunday School's lesson on Noah's ark)



This is Xan and Josh intently watching the game. There were some really good commercials, too. :)

And a picture of us.


I'm also starting an herb garden in my kitchen. Here's what they all look like now. Hopefully at least 30% survive to full growth. I think those would be good odds for my first attempt.





Tuesday, February 2, 2010

New Year's Resolution

Being the 5th Sunday of the month last week, we had a combined Priesthood and Relief Socity meeting. Xan was recently called to the Elders Quorum Presidency as the 2nd Counselor and taught our lesson. He went over our Stakes recent invitation to make 3 individual or family goals. The first a mission plan, the second a temple goal, and the third a service goal.

First of all, let us just say that we LOVE this whole invitation concept and being able to create out own goals suited to our personal situation. Many times in the past when the Stakes have issued out goals and told us how many times to go to the temple or how many service hours or whatever, its kind of rubbed the both of us the wrong way for different reasons. Xan has his own reasons but mine is because then I don't feel like it is my goal. I feel like I'm going to the temple once a month because I was told to. Now, these are my personal faults I'm revealing and not a criticism on stake goal giving. Needless to say, Xan and I loved the invitation.

On with Xan's lesson. He brought up the reason why he doesn't really like goal making. You see, he looks at goals as useless. Instead, he prefers to think about the person he wants to be. He considers the qualities he wants to have. And then, he tries to simply do those things that will bring him there. I know, it honestly is just a different way of making goals, right? :) But, he invited us all to try to figure out who we want to be before we start making these individual or family goals.

I thought it would be interesting to hear what all of you want to be. Xan would add if he was writing this blog to remember not to comment with goals, like "I want to be someone who gives 6 hours of service a week." But rather a more untangible, unquantifyable concept of who you want to be. Some people might refer to this concept as your long term goal. I'll start.

I want to be the type of person who knows good, better, and best in all things but particularly in time management so that I will always be able to get the things that are most important to me done instead of continually getting all the kind-of-important things let alone the completely unimportant things done and never having time for what matters most.