Friday, April 30, 2010

Family Pictures

I wanted to share some of our family pictures that we had taken last fall. Jerrah's brother-in-law took them. I think he did a really good job. We are hoping he will come back this summer to take some with Paycee in them.

























I hope you all have a wonderful weekend. Don't forget to take some time to relax and spend some time with the people you love the most.

My Best to You Always,
~Dan~

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Paycee McLaine

Paycee McLaine
DOB: 2/19/10
Sister: Parker McKenzie
Brother: Peyton McEntire




So many of you have been asking about Paycee, so I thought I would let you know how she is doing. Unfortunately, my camera is not working right now so I can not share any new pictures with you. I got the above picture off of the website that we found Paycee on.

Paycee weighs a little over 5lbs. She is doing really well. She is a bundle of love and energy. She loves to chew. Fortunately, we have plenty of toys for her to chew on. Everyone is adjusting nicely. Paycee and Peyton have become good friends. She follows him around and watches his every move. Peyton is being so gentle with her! When they play he is careful not to hurt her. Paycee loves to sneak up on Peyton and bite him on his bottom. She also loves to chew on his legs and ears. Peyton takes all of this in stride and never gets aggrivated with her.

Parker is a little indifferent to Paycee. She was like this when we got Peyton and soon warmed up to him, so hopefully she will warm up to Paycee too. They all love to go out in the backyard and run around. Anything to burn Paycee's energy is a good thing!

Paycee is eating really well, and the potty training is going pretty well too. I had forgotten how closely puppies have to be watched. We take her out many, many times during the day. Hopefully she will be as easy to train as Parker and Peyton were.

During the day and at night she stays in her crate. She doesn't cry at night any more. When we get home from school she is always happy to see us and wags her little tail with all her might.

She has already stolen our hearts and has been a wonderful edition to our little family. There is nothing like a Miniature Schnauzer!

I do want to apologize for not being able to visit some of your blogs as often as I would like. The last two months of school are very busy and I don't seem to have as much time as I did before. When school gets out on June 1st, I will have more time to visit your blogs regularly.

I hope all of you had a terrific Thursday and that you are getting a chance to relax and do something you enjoy tonight. Never forget how important you are, and never stop trying to make this world a better place.

My Best to You Always,
~Dan~

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Promise Yourself

I found this poem on optimism and wanted to share it with all of you. It is so important to be optimistic. Especially, in the times we are living in. There is so much negativity in the world. There is so much sadness, poverty, and destruction. Each of us can make a difference by following the words of this poem.




Promise Yourself

Promise yourself to be strong that nothing can
disturb your peace of mind.

To talk health, happiness, and prosperity to
every person you meet.

To make all your friends feel like there is
something in them.

To look at the sunny side of everything and make your
optimism come true,

To think only of the best, to work only for the best,
and expect only the best.

To be just as enthusiastic about the success of others
as you are about your own.

To forget the mistakes of the past and press on the
greater achievements of the future.

To wear a cheerful countenance at all times and give
every living person you meet a smile.

To give so much time to the improvement of yourself
that you have no time to criticize others.

To be too large for worry, too noble for anger, and too
strong for fear, and too happy to permit the
presence of trouble.

~The Optimist Creed~
~From The Optimist International~

I hope that all of you are having a wonderful week. I hope that all of you will strive to be optimistic in the face of the struggles that life presents us with. I hope that you will find peace in yourself and draw strength from the people who love you. Together, we can make a difference in this world!

My Best to You Always,
~Dan~


Monday, April 26, 2010

Instead

I read this poem today and I really liked what it said. I thought you might enjoy it too!




Instead

Do not think of what you do not have;
Instead, appreciate what you have and can still have.

Do not thing of things lost;
Instead, value what you still have and my yet find.

Do not cry over spilled milk;
Instead, rejoice in what was left.

Do not think of what you are not;
Instead, be humble with what you are and can still become.

Do not think of what other say you are;
Instead, concern yourself with what you affirm to be.

Do not think of the hours and days past;
Instead, look eagerly to times that are yet to come.

Do not think of what you failed to do;
Instead, think of those that you were able to do and can still do.

Do not think of mistakes committed;
Instead, count the things you did right.

Do not think much of the pain you have caused;
Instead, plan for ways to make amends.

Do not think of the suffering you now bear;
Instead, look to the comfort when relief draws near.

Do not consume yourself with thoughts of what could have been;
Instead, marvel at what has become and will become.

Do not be anxious to attain greater happiness;
Instead, content yourself with the little things which bring you bliss.

Do not aspire to fill your cup at once;
Instead, have the patience to do it little by little.

And if by chance you fail, do not fret over the empty part on top;
Instead, celebrate the space filled up.

Do not condemn nature when it is at its worst;
Instead, think of the times when it was at its best.

Do not blame luck for things you miss;
Instead, learn from things in which you have been remiss.

Nor should your curse luck or others for life's misfortunes;
Instead, accept them as part of life.

I say then, Live fully, die a little,
Learn much but question less.

Have just enough but give much more,
Be contented each time to crave much less.

Doubt less and affirm a lot,
Understand more, and be understood less.

Worry a little but hope you must,
Accept all, resist the least.

For all things happen,
In due time they must.

By:
~P.E. Calleja~

I hope all of you are having a wonderful week and that you are taking time to enjoy the little things in life.

My Best to You Always,
~Dan~


Sunday, April 25, 2010

What Does Love Mean?

A group of 4 to 8 year old children were asked the question, "What does love mean?". These are some of their answers. I hope you enjoy reading them as much as I did.




"When my grandmother got arthritis, she couldn't bend over and paint
her toenails anymore. So my grandfather does it for her all the time,
even when his hands got arthritis too. That's love."

Rebecca - age 8


"When someone love you, the way they say your name is different.
You just know that your name is safe in their mouth."

Billy - age 4


"Love is when a girls puts on perfume and a boy puts on shaving cologne
and they go out and smell each other."

Karl - age 5


"Love is what makes you smile when you are tired."

Terri - age 4


"love is when my mommy makes coffee for my daddy and she takes a
sip before giving it to him to make sure the taste is OK."

Danny - age 7


"Love is when you kiss all the time. The when you get tired of kissing,
you still want to be together and you talk more. My mommy and daddy
are like that.
They look gross when they kiss."

Emily - age 8


"Love is what's in the room with you at Christmas if you stop opening
presents
and listen."

Bobby - age 7


"If you want to learn to love better, you should start with a friend who you
hate."

Nikka - age 6


"Love is when you tell a guy you like his shirt, then he wears it
everyday."

Noella - age 7


"Love is like a little old woman and a little old man who are still friends
even after they know each other so well."

Tommy - age 6


"During my piano recital, I was on a stage and I was scared. I looked at
all the people watching me and saw my daddy waving and smiling.
He was the only one doing that. I wasn't scared anymore."

Cindy - age 8


"My mommy loves me more than anybody.
You don't see anyone else kissing me to sleep at night."

Clare - age 6


"Love is when mommy sees daddy smelly and sweaty and still says he
is handsomer than
Robert Redford."

Chris - age 7


"Love is when your puppy licks your face even after you left him alone all
day."

Mary Ann - age 4


"I know my older sister loves me because she gives me all her old
clothes and has to go out and buy new ones."

Lauren - age 4


"When you love somebody, your eyelashes go up and down and little
stars come out of you."

Karen - age 7


"You really shouldn't say "I love you" unless you mean it. But if you
mean it. You should say it a lot. People forget."

Jessica - age 8


The last one is a four year old child whose next door
neighbor was an elderly gentleman who
had recently lost his wife.

Upon seeing the man cry, the little boy went into the old gentleman's
yard, climbed onto his lap, and just sat there.

When his mother asked what he had said to the neighbor,
the little boy said,
"Nothing, I just helped him cry."


Whatever love means to you, I hope your life is full of it!

My Best to You Always & Love,
~Dan~

Friday, April 23, 2010

A Primitive Place Magazine

Tonight A Primitive Place Magazine unveiled
the first cover of the very first issue!
Here it is....


Photo by: Margo Gracia
Layout by: Ashley Lucente


I think it is a wonderful cover! Margo and Ashley did a
fantastic job on it!

There is still time to order your subscription.
To order your subscription, click here.





I feel so very blessed and fortunate to be part of this wonderful
new magazine. I can not wait to get my hands
on the very first issue.
I am confident that it will be around for a very long time!

I hope all of you have a restful weekend!
Never forget to follow your heart. If you do,
it will never lead you in the wrong direction.

My Best to You Always,
~Dan~

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Only You

A person can make you feel high,
A person can make you feel low.
But only you can decide
Which way you want to go.

A person can hurt you mentally,
A person can hurt you physically.
But only you can place
A limit on your abilities.

A person can cause drama,
A person can cause a situation.
But only you can create
Your own reputation.

A person can make you laugh,
A person can make you cry.
But only you can make decisions for your life.

I guess what I'm trying to say,
That when your living day to day.
Don't live by what people do,
But live by what you know is true.

~Anonymous~


Always be true to yourself, never doubt your worth, and always remember that only you can decide how you react to a situation. Life may throw us a curve, but we can overcome anything with the right attitude. Never give up!

My Best to You Always,
~Dan~

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Hi handsome. My name is Rose.

I received this in an e-mail a few days ago and I thought it had a very important message for all of us. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.


The first day of school our
professor introduced himself
and challenged us to get to know
someone we didn't already know.
I stood up to look around when a
gentle hand touched my shoulder.

I turned around to find a
wrinkled, little old lady beaming
up at me with a big smile that lit up
her entire being.

She said, "Hi handsome. My
name is Rose. I'm eighty-seven
years old. Can I give you a hug?"

I laughed and enthusiastically
responded, "Of course you may!"
And she gave me a giant squeeze.

"Why are you in college at such a
young, innocent age?" I asked.

She jokingly replied, "I'm here
to meet a rich husband, get
married, and have a couple of kids..."

"No seriously," I asked. I was
curious what may have
motivated her to be taking on
this challenge at her age.

"I always dreamed of having a
college education and nor I'm
getting one!" she told me.

After class, we walked to the
student union building and
shared a chocolate milkshake.

We became instant friends.
Every day for the next three
months we would leave class
together and talk nonstop. I was
always mesmerized listing to
this "time machine" as she
shared her wisdom and
experience with me...

Over the course of the year,
Rose became a campus icon and
she easily made friends
wherever she went. She loved to
dress up and she reveled in the
attention bestowed upon her
from the other students. She
was living it up.

At the end of the semester, we
invited Rose to speak at our
football banquet. I'll never
forget what she taught us. She
was introduced and stepped up
to the podium. As she began to
deliver her prepared speech, she
dropped her three by five cards
on the floor.

Frustrated and a little
embarrassed she leaned into the
microphone and simply said, "I'm
sorry I'm so jittery. I have up
beer for Lent and this whiskey is
killing me! I'll never get my
speech back in order so let me
just tell you what I know."

As we laughed she cleared her
throat and began, "We do not
stop playing because we are old;
we grow old because we stop
playing.

There are only four secrets to
staying young, being happy, and
achieving success. You have to
laugh and find humor every day.
You've got to have a dream.
When you lose your dreams, you die.

We have so many people walking
around who are dead and don't
even know it!

There is a huge difference
between growing older and
growing up.

If you are nineteen years old
and lie in bed for one full year
and don't do one productive
thing, you will turn twenty years
old. If I am eighty-seven years
old and stay in bed for a year
and never do anything I will turn
eighty-eight.

Anybody! Can grow older. That
doesn't take any talent or
ability. The idea is to grow up by
always finding opportunity in
change. Have no regrets.

The elderly usually don't have
regrets for what we did, but
rather for things we did not do.
The only person who dear death
are those with regrets..."

She concluded her speech by
courageously singing "The Rose."

She challenged each of us to
study the lyrics and live them
out in our daily lives. At the
year's end, Rose finished the
college degree she had begun all
those months ago.

One week after graduation Rose
died peacefully in her sleep.

Over two thousand college
students attended her funeral in
tribute to the wonderful woman
who taught by example that it's
never too late to be all you can
possibly be.

Remember, Growing older
is mandatory. Growing
up is optional. We make a
living by what we get. We make
a life by what we give.

God promises a safe landing, not
a calm passage. If God brings
you to it, He will bring you
through it.

"Good friends are like stars...
...You don't always see them,
but you know they are always there."

My Best to You Always...My Good Friends,
~Dan~



Monday, April 19, 2010

And Then There Were Three

I thought I would take a break from the house tour to make a very special announcement. Jeff won the battle of the new baby. Most of you thought he would, and you were right.

I would like to introduce you all to Paycee McLaine. She is an 8 week old black Miniature Schnauzer. Her brother and sister Peyton and Parker don't know what to think of her yet, but they are being very gentle with her. I am sure in no time at all they will be running all over the backyard together. Here are some pictures of our new addition.












Thank you for visiting Yesterday Once More. I appreciate you visit very much. I hope all of you had a great Monday. Never forget that life is short so do something that makes you happy at least once a day.

My Best to You Always,
~Dan~

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Master Bedroom & Master Bathroom

Today I am giving you a tour of our Master Bedroom and Master Bathroom. The bedroom furniture is my Keller. The color of the walls is American Know How by Dutch Boy. The bedding is by Chaps. The typewriter belonged to my grandpa. I hope you enjoy your tour!
























































































Thank you for visiting Yesterday Once More. I hope that you have had a wonderful weekend, and that you are ready for the week ahead. Never forget how loved you are by so many people. Most importantly, never forget to love yourself.

My best to You Always,
~Dan~

Friday, April 16, 2010

Kitchen

Today I am giving you a tour of our kitchen. As you know, I love collecting kitchen items. Our house has 9 foot ceilings, so I have been able to display some bigger items on top of the cabinets. The old window came from our chicken coop. The color of the kitchen is Yellowtail Dam. I hope you enjoy your tour!















































































Thank you for visiting Yesterday Once More! I really appreciate you making my blog part of your life. Never forget that any dream worth dreaming is worth working hard to achieve. I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

My Best to You Always,
~Dan~