Monday, April 05, 2010

He made the paper -- in San Antonio!!

This was SO COOL to find in the front section of today's paper.
President Monson's conference address made national headlines! They
put a short blurb about it in the NewsScanner section, with all the
other national headline blurbs. Here's what it says:
"Mormons should cling to their faith to weather the temptations they
face, the church's president said at the close of a two-day church
conference Sunday. "Permissiveness, immorality, pornography,
dishonesty, and a host of other ills cause many to be tossed about on
a sea of sin and crushed on the jagged reefs of lost opportunities,
forfeited blessings and shattered dreams," Thomas Monson said. "My
counsel for all is to look to the lighthouse of the Lord. There is no
fog so dense, no night so dark, no gale so strong, no mariner so lost
but waht his beacon light can rescue," he said."

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Those poor guys

Ladies, have you ever sent a guy to the store for your tampons or
pads? Guys, have you ever been sent on this mission? Have either of
you ever had to help another guy you run into at the store with this
task? Check out this totally hilarious video, about a guy trying to
buy stuff for his girlfriend, and he tries to ask lots of people for
help understanding the wall of packages in front of him.
(btw, Dan NEVER gets stuff for me, unless I write down an EXTREMELY
specific description of what I want, including brand name and style,
what color and size the box is, and what designs are on it. If I plan
ahead, I sometimes just give him an empty box to take with him! :-) )

Monday, January 25, 2010

FHE Activity – Choose the right words

Tonight for Family Home Evening, we talked about using the right words. I read a story from the January 2010 Friend magazine,"Words That Build Up," then we discussed the quiz on the next page about choosing the right words. A couple things on the quiz sounded exactly like what happens in our house – here's a good example:

A younger child shows you a drawing she made. You --
A. say "I can't even tell what that is."
B. say "I like the colors you chose," or," You are good at drawing."

Occasionally, I will hear answer B, when my kids are really paying attention to what they say. But usually, answer A is the normal response around here. So this quiz was good for our family. Then I made a "Choose The Right Words" poster for everyone to color and hang in their room. They liked putting their own designs on them.

Monday, January 04, 2010

Happy birthday to me!

To celebrate this momentous occasion , I have put a new playlist of songs on the blog for the day. Songs that are all about me! I'm missing one important song, though. The Proclaimers have a song called Oh Jean, and Alison and I would always bust a gut listening to that in high school. It's not available on, but if you google the song it comes right up. I played it for Dan this morning, and he likes it :)

Thursday, December 17, 2009

It finally happened

Having such a gorgeous husband, I knew it would happen one day. And now that he has his own business, meeting and helping hundreds of different people, the chances were even greater. Well, this past Saturday, it happened. One of Dan's clients hit on him.
It was meant as a joke (so Dan says) but I still had to take a second and recover when he told me (which, btw, he told me as soon as he got home, so kudos to him!) Dan got an emergency call on Saturday while he was out with the kids at Stephen's soccer game. So after the game he took the brood with him to meet this client. When Dan was done fixing the problem, the lady commented on how large our family is. She told him that since I have already had so many kids with him, she would be willing to have some more for him so I can take a break.


Dan politely turned down her offer.  I wonder if she would have made that offer if I was there too. It is a little funny, but good grief!

Pure genius!

Being raised on the Muppets, I am always excited to hear of new work
the group has put out. Hopefully you have all heard of their recent
endeavors on YouTube. But just in case you haven't, the Muppets have
recently done a performance of Bohemian Rhapsody. I wanted to embed
the video into this blog post, but I don't think the channel will let
me do that. So, to see the video, go to YouTube, search for the
Muppet Studio channel, and you will find Muppets Bohemian Rhapsody in
the side bar.
So completely awesome! Animal and Piggy are my favorite parts of the video.

Sunday, October 04, 2009

The family tradition continues

My neighbor Cathy says we're training our children to be in the circus, and perform on the flying trapeze. Tonight I caught a picture of Jeremy's "training", and I thought I would throw in pictures of the others as well. Unfortunately, we don't have any pictures of Stephen in training. He HATED being thrown in the air until he was around 3, and then he was too heavy for Dan.

April flying -- 2000

Emily flying -- 2004

Jeremy flying -- 2009

Monday, September 14, 2009


The kids are doing their annual Primary presentation this coming Sunday in church. The one time every year ALL the kids get to do present the entire program during church, with lots of songs, and lots of cute little kids getting a prized chance to use a microphone. The kids have been practicing these songs for MONTHS, and the older ones are all saying "ENOUGH already!!" But they're all being good sports about it, patiently waiting for next Sunday.

So today Stephen took a little invitation to his preschool teacher, and told her he was singing on Sunday about families, and he wanted her to come. She graciously turned down his invitation, explaining that she also went to church at the same time somewhere else. OK, Stephen thinks, no big deal. Then the teacher "explains" to me that she is Lutheran, and she has her own church. As we drive out of the parking lot, I'm thinking -- OK, so she's not coming to the program because she also has church at 9am on Sunday? Or is it because she's a Lutheran? And if it's the second reason, why is that a reason for not coming to the program? Are Lutherans not ALLOWED to visit other church buildings?? I don't get it. My son just wanted her to come watch him sing. I didn't tell him he had to invite her, he chose to himself. He likes his teacher a lot and talks about her often. He wanted to share this part of his young life with her. It's a big event, and he's very proud of it.

Well, we're driving home, with these thoughts going through my mind, and I start crying. I feel jilted for Stephen. He, thankfully, is oblivious to the whole political drama in all this, he's just thinking about what he wants to eat for lunch when we get home -- peanut butter & jelly or chicken nuggets? But I'm crying. Stupid mom. Just follow your son's example and get over it! It's not like this is the first time someone has turned down an invitation to this program. Heck, my children and I have been inviting friends and neighbors to this annual event for six years, and every invitation has been turned down every time.

And I cry more.

Why are so many people afraid of walking into a church? Why are so many people afraid of walking into a different church? Can't they see-- it's just a little boy who wants to sing for them, to smile for them, to say, "Look at me! I'm so big!"

Recently, my neighbor (who, btw, has herself turned down these invitations for 5 years running) was talking with me about how my religion gets bashed so much, and she has even noticed people do this to my face. And I just smile and don't say anything. "Doesn't that bother you?? I couldn't stand it if someone said that to me." she said to me. "It doesn't bother me anymore," I told her. I've grown up listening to people bash my religion my entire life. By now I know absolutely what's true about my religion and what's not, and just because someone bashes or spreads lies and rumors or refuses invitations and discussions doesn't change what's true. I've just gotten used to those things.

But today I realized that -- yes -- sometimes it still does hurt.

Does this look familiar?

Today's Marvin comic strip ---- SO hilarious!