Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Silence is Golden

You can tell my life is really exciting when I have to go to my "positive" journal to find material for my blog. I'm not currently on facebook and feel I can finally relate the experience that happened while there. A friend had left a status that she was looking for support for a 3 day walk. Being the smart alec that I sometimes am typed in the following saying about "support" just to give her a smile:

"Friends are like bras~ close to your heart and always there for support. " I felt so smug after my post because I thought it such a clever response to someone that needed support. After a min or so, I began to really wonder what "3 day walk" she was supporting. I decided to visit her wall and see. Just my luck: breast cancer. Who knew? It didn't sound too appropriate given the circumstances and I immediately deleted the post and realized.... hmmmm....maybe somethings are better left unsaid.

(which is why I'm breaking the silence on my blog????...... go figure)

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Painting and Purses

I just thought I'd take some time and share what I have been doing in John's room while painting. This summer,it was his turn to have his room painted since we did the girls room already. This first picture is the chalkboard I painted on John's wall. It was kind of fun doing it and he really likes it. Notice the chalk holder at the bottom of the chalkboard. I found a small length of moulding in the lumber section of the hardware store. I just used 3 L-shaped brackets to mount it with the small part of the moulding facing the wall to hold the chalk on the board. I got the idea from (although, I don't recall she put a nifty chalk holder under hers ;)

Emily has been busy the last year or so making purses as usual. I mainly made this post to show off her creativity and give credit where it is due. She loves engineering new PURSES. This is her latest purse made out of a book. She removed the pages and added fabric. Isn't it cute? I would have never thought to do this.

Crossword Puzzle Purse W/ puzzle answer key hanging in the front:
This is purse designed to keep you busy on your plane trip or at the doctor's office.

This is a purse made out of poster board and brown paper bags. She had to create this for her art class last semester. If you look closely, she made 4 paper buttons on the upper right front. Too cute! She had classmates all begging to take this one home.

Most of you have seen the purses made out of caprisun pouches. This concept is new to the Reno area and she has had people stop her at the mall for this one.

Emily and her friend found sesame street lunch boxes at a store and decided to make purses out of them. Only the weird thing is, all her coworkers all wonder why she is not eating her lunch from it everyday. Too funny.

This last purse she saw on the internet. She found a wood box and had the whole family drink a 12 pack of Ruby Red Grapefruit flavor soda so she could use the cans for her purse.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

a little bit of this.... a little bit of that

Thanks to everyone that wished me well thoughts and prayers through that small but grueling ordeal. That was one of the most painful experiences and glad to be mostly done. Pleurisy is a swelling of the lining around the lungs. It feels like someone is stabbing your lungs... add breathing to that pain and you get excrutiating breathing pains. I think the doctor thinks I'm very imaginative. ( probably because he is feeling guilty for having me do an ekg for my heart as well as a ct scan on my lung which turned up NOTHING. DuH! I told him I was not having a heart attack, but all I can say is that if he thinks I'm over reacting, he may have my pain.)

A few of you may have noticed that I now require comment moderation. This is due to a man that left a message that was a little creepy. I went to visit his site to see who he was and found that if I went any further, I would be subject to adult and objectionable material. Now most of the time, I think I am an adult. Yet still, I'm a believer that most stuff is too objectionable for even adults and I didn't want to try to find out. So, I have chosen to moderate my comments from now on to help filter these dudes. In the event that I continue to get creepy guys or gals viewing my blog... I may go private. So rule of thumb, don't leave any creepy or radically wierd comments and I shant find you guilty of being one of thems! ha ha ( sheesh! What is our world coming to these days)

Just for fun! Todd and I have been driving to a country road in town to enjoy the cool evenings. If we go at night around 8:45, we have the privilege of watching a horned owl perched on the telephone lines of this country road. This has been much fun. We have pulled up to him with our head lights off and sat across the street from him about 25 ft away. Mostly we see his silhoutte, but one night a car drove by from the East of us and we could see lots of brown and white peppered colors. So cool! In our last excursion, we didn't see the owl but spotted a small coyote running up and down the road. he couldn't run from us because there are fences on either side of the road. He was a small guy. At one point, we cornered him in an opening to the field. He kept pacing back and forth trying to find a hole to get through but couldn't. He wouldn't run in front of our car lights because he was afraid, so he was trapped standing to the side of our car for about 5 min. ( I know, doesn't seem that long, but if you know coyotes, you rarely even get a glimpse of them, let a lone for five whole minutes and at 10 feet away.) He finally got desperate and found a small opening in the fence and high tailed it out of there. After running about 50 yards, turned and looked at us and crouched down in the alfalfa to stare at us. total coolness! So far, we have spotted 2 red tail hawks that hang out in the radio antenna beacons, a crane, about 65 deer at various times, lots of rabbits, coyote, owl, sheep, and cows. That is our excitement these days... what is yours?

Friday, July 17, 2009

Stay tuned

Today I feel yucky! I have pleurisy and I cannot breathe... I can't do much. (except blog :) So, nothing much to say except stay tuned...

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Reading the Book of Mormon at 7

Kate got in the car after the three hour block of church. She was lamenting that of all her classmates, she was the only one without scriptures. She asked when she would get them. Not thinking a seven year old would even want them, I hadn't given it much thought... at all. I told her that as soon as we could get some, I would definitely get some for her.

When I got home, she immediately went about looking around the house for extra scriptures. She found a triple combination that I had bought in Utah a couple of weeks ago at a discount because they had been embossed and then unembossed leaving only type marks on the leather. She asked if she could have them and I told her she could. Amazingly, she sat down right then and there and started reading the Book of Mormon. Thinking it would get old, I went about my sunday routine.

A few hours later, she announced she had read the title page as well as the Joseph Smith story. (You know, where the angel visits Joseph Smith)

She looked up at me as only a seven year old could, and asked, "mom,... are these only my scriptures after I read the whole book?"

I assured her no. It was her book regardless.

She literally has not let that book out of her sight. We have been asking her if she knows what she is reading. She replies, "no". But every now and then she is starting to tell us that she's "at the part where..... ." She is a great example to me that even if we don't understand what we are reading, it is more important to be reading it.

Way to go Kate!!

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Eight cow wife

I had to update my anniversary weekend. Friday night, Todd came home and announced that he made reservations at the Melting Pot. I was quite astonished as that is something that I only thought my friends got to do. I remember being quite jealous when my good friend Dalyn announced that her husband was taking her there for their anniversary. I did the usual hinting to Todd that someday it might be fun to do that. I had resigned myself that the Melting Pot at approx. $100 a couple was not a frugal choice for an accountant who could not conceive of the idea when you could buy a whole weeks worth of groceries with that same amount. My advice is never judge a man by his accounting principles. I knew deep down inside there was a soft spot in his pocketbook.

We started out with a cheese fondue mixed with light amounts of pesto sauce. We had some veggies, apples and small squares of bread for dipping. It was extraordinary! Next we were brought fresh garden salads. Mine had some really lacy lettuce stuff that I'm sure Martha Stewart puts in her salads. I don't think I would ever buy the stuff myself, however,I'm sure chipmunks or goats would eat it. The next course was a broth with lemon and other spices. The waitress heated the broth till it boiled and then brought us a tray of 4-5 different raw meats, marinated in different sauces. (Chicken in sun dried tomato pesto, Shrimp tails, two different beef, and Pork) She also brought out a bowl of veggies that you add immediately so that by the time your meat is ready you will have fresh cooked veggies. I learned the trick to fondue is to put 2 scewers of meat in the broth at all times. By the time you are finished with one meat, the other will be done. They had about six different sauces to dip your meats. Curry, Bell pepper sweet sauce, horsradish, teriyaki, spinach dip, and blue cheese dip,... only they had more sophisticated names. Too bad I don't remember them all.

The fourth course was a dark and white chocolate swirled fondue. We dipped strawberries, rice krispies treats, cheesecake, brownie, pound cake and dipped marshmallows.

What usually takes 1 hour to do, took 2.5 hours to dip and cook the meats one by one. It was great and very romantic!!! I even got two after dinner mints specially packed by the Melting Pot. ( I know,... cool, huh?)

Needless to say we were stuffed. I know this may have been a hard thing for Todd to give up... you know... eating a weeks worth of groceries in one night... but it was one of the best investments he made in our 22 years of marriage. And,...for two and a half hours on my anniversary night, I felt like an eight cow wife.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

22nd anniversary

Our engagement picture.

Just married! Coming out of the Arizona Temple.

Temple ground pictures



Happy 22nd Anniversary!!!

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Socialism Concept - An effective explanation

A friend sent me this e-mail this morning. It sums up why we should all get out of bed this morning and go to work!

An economics professor at a local college made a statement that he had never failed a single student before but had once failed an entire class.

That class had insisted that Obama's socialism worked and that no one would be poor and no one would be rich, a great equalizer.

The professor then said, "OK, we will have an experiment in this class on Obama's plan". All grades would be averaged and everyone would receive the same grade so no one would fail and no one would receive an A.

After the first test, the grades were averaged and everyone got a B.

The students who studied hard were upset and the students who studied little were happy.

As the second test rolled around, the students who studied little had studied even less and the ones who studied hard decided they wanted a free ride too so they studied little.

The second test average was a D! No one was happy.

When the 3rd test rolled around, the average was an F.

The scores never increased as bickering, blame and name-calling all resulted in hard feelings and no one would study for the benefit of anyone else.

All failed, to their great surprise, and the professor told them that socialism would also ultimately fail because when the reward is great, the effort to succeed is great but when government takes all the reward away, no one will try or want to succeed.

Could not be any simpler than that.


Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Todd had a birthday this week!

Todd rarely reads my blog... but in the event that I die and he figures out where I keep my thoughts these days... Happy Birthday, Todd! "48 is great!" Stay tuned for my 22nd anniversary post and pictures....

Sunday, July 5, 2009

4th of July vacation

This 4th of July holiday was spent up at a cabin at Lake Tahoe. It was very relaxing and the kids enjoyed playing games as a family, eating, and spending time at the beaches of the Lake. This was better entertainment than the cable t.v's relentless coverage of the death of Michael Jackson, Oxyclean infomercials, and the Starwars marathon that played all weekend. Wendy announced that she was sleeping outside on the deck balcony until we saw the bear scat all over the road leading up to the cabin. (darn,.... didn't think to get a picture of that! The family had never seen bear scat and we had to stop each trip up and down to let the kids see what it looked like. Suffice to say, it was black and hairy.... :)

This was our home for the fourth of July holiday. It was small and reminded me of the "Little house on the Prairie" home, but it met our needs and was a cozy place to relax from our cares of the world.

The path to one of the beaches was covered with Lupine up to our shoulders.

(Okay, maybe "my" shoulders!)

John enjoyed the sand so much he buried himself like a little merman in the sea.

Who knows who this little cowboy was, but he captured our hearts as it made us feel youthful to see a little guy running around enjoying life with his little tonka truck.

Even Wendy found lots to do at the beach. We couldn't drag her away for nothin'.

Kate waking up like one of the three bears, "who's been sleeping in my bed?", turned into some great jokes and laughs among the girls.

John and Kate enjoying some sand on the beach.

The kids on the beach... combing the rocks.

My proof that I enjoyed some "me" time on the beach: Ipod, word search, and some shade.

Todd makes fun of me many times for calling things, "cute". Ironically, when Todd lathered up to go to the beach... the girls told him how "cute" he looked in his beach flip flops.

The Lake was gorgeous as always, but especially with all the flowers in bloom.

Thoughts we had while at the beach:
We caught a shot of an older couple in their bathing suits getting ready for a dip in the lake. I was telling Todd, "Do you think we look like them? ...Cuz we are getting old too, and old people in swimming attire that look like that is just wrong!" He agreed.

Shortly after... we managed to get a picture of a young couple that brought their young infant to get pictures at Lake Tahoe. I couldn't help but reminisce of the days when Jeremy was barely born. I suddenly wished I was young again and could spend awhile in the days like this couple were. The memories are sweet.

Fireworks were shot off across the lake on the North shore and a few of us went to them just to find out that you could see them from the balcony of our cabin. (with a few trees in front of them. This was on Thursday. On Friday, we stood on the balcony and watched several different towns along the South Lake shore shoot off their fireworks. They were pretty far away, but it was still beautiful.

All in all, we had a wonderful time. We look forward until the time we can do it again.