November 30, 2009

There and Back


I am home. After a quick trip there and back. We are home. All though I can't complain that much about the there. Because the there was in California with the grand pa pa's and grand ma ma's.

I'm sorry no matter how old you get there is nothing like a hug from mom and dad that puts the world to right. They are the very first ones we ran to with our scraped knees and alligator tears and no matter how old I get it just doesn't seem right not to run to them when life reaches the boiling point.

I read this quote today and thought it expressed my point exactly.

"Home is the place you grow up wanting to leave and grow old wanting to get back to"
John Ed Pearce

So with December 1st upon us I am resurrecting theSwimmom question and asking a question.

Hu Hu Humm. . . .

What do you miss most about being a kid during the holidays?

I am going to think about this myself for a little bit and get back to you. The one thing I know for sure the holidays are way different as an adult and it just makes me wonder why I spent all that time hurryin to grow up.

November 28, 2009

November 24, 2009

Dentist and Angels

Sooo. . .

How did it go yesterday? Did you come across an angel or two?

I actually came across one yesterday.

The kids had their six month checkup at the dentist. First of all let me tell you that I hate the dentist. I have some deep seeded squirmy fears about the dentist that rears its head whenever you even say the word dentist.

I'm pretty religious about taking the kids because I know I should and as much as I hate it I put on a brave face and we go every six months.

I do like the dentist office that I take the kids to. It is one of the reasons I can endure these six month checkup. Usually after the x-rays are done 4 different hygienist take the kids and within an hour four kids are done and out of the the office.

Yesterday Al was the first one done with her cleaning.

She jumped out of the seat and said, "Lets go."

"We can't the dentist has to come give the final look over."

"I know I hate that part, lets go now."

"No, we have to stay and see if you have any cavities."

"I don't lets go."

"Al, your being silly we have to wait for the dentist."

At which time she became a champion pouter. I kind of thought that was funny did she really think we were going to leave? Well soon the dentist came in and looked through the kids teeth. Our normal dentist was out and he was a sub dentist.

Child #1, All clear. Child #2 All clear. Child #3 (A. who one day I will list the amount of money I have spent on his 11 year old mouth and you will pass out from shock.) All clear? Holly Cow this may turn out to be the best day at the dentist ever.

Child #4 Al. Dentist takes a quick look around. "We got some wiggley teeth in here Young Lady you need to get to wiggling."

Okay, you all have read about our tooth drama and you and I both know that there is not going to be any wiggling. But I smile and try to figure out if the kids new insurance, starting next month, covers pulling teeth. Big Sigh, I hate the dentist.

Then he says, "Oh, oh mom. (Can I cry I hate oh, oh mom) "Can you come look at this." I get up and come over and he says, "Look at this tooth that is trying to come in." Okay "The tooth can't come in because she hasn't wiggled the other tooth out." "Young Lady, can you promise me that you will get this tooth wiggled out by the end of the week or else we are going to have to pull it out."

Al says, "I'm not going to wiggle it out you can pull it out."

I say, "She isn't going to wiggle it out you are going to have to pull it out."

The dentist says, "Really, most kids hate that."

He and the nurse quickly grab a little tool and a little orajel. I smile as he explains to Al that they are not going to numb the tooth. I am actually smiling from ear to ear because they aren't going to make this cushy for her. No laughing gas. No numbing just a straight up yank the tooth out.

Which he didn't charge me for.

Seriously, he made it a little miserable for her (Note when I say a little miserable I mean he didn't the normal way the tooth was hanging there it was simply hanging there and she wouldn't touch it) so that maybe she will wiggle the last two teeth out. Please, please, please. And he didn't charge me.

Maybe I might like the dentist office after all. This cute little man didn't know about all of our drama. He had no reason to pull the tooth for me and he certainly didn't have to do it for free. I never thought the day would come that I would call a dentist an angel but it has. I told you they are everywhere.

Prayers and Hugs


Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving everyone. It is always nice to take time out and spend time with family and enjoy each others company. I am looking forward more than I can say to our Thanksgiving break.

I wrapped up my diversity class good, bad, or indifferent it is done. YAY!

Reflections is all but done. This year we had 130 projects submitted three years ago when I started as the Reflection chick we had 9 projects submitted. It almost brought me to tears seeing all the kids projects and their creativity. So very awesome and soooo much work.

The economy is looking a tiny bit better and it looks like we may get a little good news in the coming months. That will be a welcome break.

All in all I have to say things are looking up. Which brings me to my thought for the day

"As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them." ~John Fitzgerald Kennedy

My greatest hope for this holiday season is that I can live by the spirit of the season.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone.

Hugs and Prayers

November 23, 2009

Enough Allready

All of this complaining is downright annoying. In one breath I am telling you my beliefs and in the next 2, 3, 4, I am whining.

The two obviously do not go hand in hand.

I told you I make mistakes I make them all (add about 100 l's) the time.

Truthfully, I am annoying myself and it is time for an attitude adjustment.

I will never survive the holidays without one.

Which is why I have decided to start the countdown to Christmas with a daily, this world aint so bad, thought.

Each day I'm going to seek out a thought or idea that reminds me why we celebrate the holidays and why this here life is to be celebrated and not spent whining and complaining.

I will end somewhere around the end of the year with "The Best of 2009" post. Yes I will be tagging you my fellow readers so get to thinking. I loved reading your post last year and can't wait to read them again this year.

So here is my thought for to day. I recently picked up a book that is a story centered around the holidays. Inside the cover there was a note from the author and she said,

"Have a wonderful Christmas. Remember there are angels among us. . . and sometimes we don't even know it." Debbie Macomber

My goal for today is to think of all the angels in my life and remember what a blessing this life is.

Prayers and Hugs


November 22, 2009


The past five weeks I have been in a diversity class. I have to be honest and say this class has been pretty much torture. I thought it would get better but it didn't. In fact it pretty much drove me crazy and I have never spent so much time and energy dealing with the obvious. In fact this class was pretty much like this:

Everything, we studied was glaringly obvious. People are different, different cultures have different values, everyone has a different perspective. Add to this a text book that not once expressed a single opinion. Then write papers in which you don't express opinion.


Hello, I have opinions lots and lots of opinions. Starting with the fact that this class was.

Which is why I am doing the happy dance that tomorrow night is the last night. YAY!

November 17, 2009

Laundry and Stress

I have decided the amount of laundry I have to do

is a direct indication of my stress levels.

lots of laundry

means lots of stress.

There is just something about digging around in a dirty laundry basket hoping to find something that isn't too wrinkled, too smelly, or too dirty that indicates things are not right in the world.

However, there is something about opening a drawer full of clean folded clothes that indicates things are ok.

So next time you see me take a good look at what I am wearing does it look like it has been dug out of the bottom of a laundry basket? Well then we both know things could be better.

November 13, 2009


I can handle it. Yup, I can handle anything.

I got it all under control.

Nothing to worry about here.

Life is grand. Ignore the SOS signals.

Everything is A. O. K!

November 11, 2009

What Religion Am I?

Over the past three days I have had nearly 500 people trip across this blog.

When those stats showed up in my email this morning my jaw hit the floor. Holly Cow!

I don't really pay much attention to the stats, I just find them interesting, this morning I found them very interesting.

I'm not entirely sure what caused the surge of visitors to my blog. I'm sure it had something to do with Blogher adds and something to do with my post about Grandpa Wayne.

What really threw me was the "most searched," stat. Visitors were searching for my religion.

Which I thought was curious. So I went searching for my religion and found out that no where on this blog have I said what religion I am.

When I told my husband about the stats his first question was, "What kind of pictures did you post?" When I told my husband about the religion search he asked, "Are you hiding something?"

I'm not hiding anything so next time you search, "religion" it will come back with the following sentence. My religion is "The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints" or Mormon.

It has not been intentional that I have not spoke about my religion more like, "I am what I believe, I am what I am."

Being a member of my church is a big part of my life. I believe in the teachings of my church and I try to live the gospel the best I can. I do not always succeed. In fact I probably fall short more than I measure up. I struggle every day to do better, to be kinder, to live what I know.

Most of all I believe we are all children of God. He loves us equally and offers us more love than we can comprehend. I love blogging because when I sit down and share my life the ups the downs, the successes the losses, I feel like I am acknowledging what a wonderful gift this life is.

I guess more than anything this particular stat has taught me to share the gift of belief more. So I guess I will sign off with my most favorite sign off that I ever read.

Prayers and Hugs,

November 10, 2009

Time Out!

I use to wonder why we couldn't have a time out button. A button we could push when life was out of control and we just needed a day or two off. No deadlines, no demands, just a time out.

Honestly, I still want a time out button I've just accepted that we don't get one. All though, I would be willing to pay a pretty penny to anyone who invented one.

Life keeps marching on and as sad as it is to say goodbye to a loved one the world does not stop and give you a time out. So unfair.

Here we are back into the thick of things with deadlines, school work, church callings, kids schedules, etc....



I'm not complaining. No, not me, not at all.

November 07, 2009


The sun is coming up and it is one of those times that pink wispy clouds, float across the sky, seemingly, chasing the night away and welcoming the day. It is going to be a beautiful fall day.

Today is also the funeral for my Grandpa Wayne. Grandpa Wayne came into my life almost 15 years ago. I was recently engaged and as it turns out so was my Grandma who had been a widow for more than 10 years. I wasn't quite sure what to make of this Wayne person, my memories of my grandpa were so strong in my heart, I wasn't sure that I wanted a Grandpa Wayne.

Well time passed and the more I saw my grandma and Grandpa Wayne I began to realize how lucky my grandma was. She found a person who loved to do the things she loved to do. They traveled together, taking trips all over the country and one or two out of the country. They went on cruises and for the first time in a very long time she had a golfing partner.

When she married Wayne he was not a member of our religion. However, not even a half a year in to the marriage he became a member. The transition was so smooth that I think he had always been a member. He was one of the kindest people you ever met. He didn't like my grandma gossiping or saying mean things. Even when she would get going, as you know us women are prone to do, he would cut her off and say something nice. Of course, this would make us all fill ashamed and want to be better.

Together grandma and Grandpa Wayne worked in the temple and did volunteer work. One of the places you could always find them was at the air force Museum. Wayne had been a fighter pilot in another life and he loved giving tours. He worked there almost until the end.

I had children and he welcomed them into his life with open arms. They traveled to California to help bless our babies. You never saw a grandpa who would chuckle and cuddle little ones like Grandpa Wayne. When we moved to Utah and were short on family grandma and grandpa would show up to programs and laugh and be the best grandparents. Afterward, big hugs for the kids and tell them they were the best ones. Grandpa was always smiling. He always admired my children and loved them as a grandpa should.

It was probably about 5 years ago that one of my children talking to Grandpa Wayne started the conversation by saying, “Wayne,” that I realized that my long habit of calling him Wayne had rubbed off on to them. That night when we came home I decided that if anyone deserved to be called grandpa it was Wayne. So to my family he became Grandpa Wayne.

It is sad that we have to say goodbye to Wayne today and I am blessed with a religion that has taught me that today is not goodbye forever. Today is a celebration of a wonderful person with a wonderful heart. I hope that I as I remember Grandpa Wayne I can be a better person and an example of the kindness he lived daily.

Goodbye Grandpa, say hi to everyone for me.

November 03, 2009

Need Me Some WWW

Did you know that author's have blogs? Did you know that FAMOUS authors have blogs? Did you know that they update their blogs? They are like real people who have typos and everything. Which is really awesome.

I'm acting like a nerd ain't I?

I can't help it. I'm really excited to find out that there are author's who have blogs. I haven't tracked down all my favorites yet but I have tracked down a couple. Such as Meg Cabot and Sarah Dessen. Who I love!

I'm sounding like a total stalker right now.

Well it is just one of those little things that makes me happy. Author's with blogs.

Moving on to the not so happy news. The radio stations that have always given me lots of holiday cheer are being total Scrooges this year. We are almost four days into November and they are NOT playing Christmas music. I was so confused and sad that I tracked down the website of one and they are only going to start playing Christmas music full time 100 hours before Christmas. WHAT???


I need me some Christmas music people!

Thank goodness for Pandora Radio. If you haven't ever tried Pandora Radio you should. You get to make your own stations that play music you want to listen to. Awesome. My dependency on the Internet grows.

Need some author blogs go to the Internet.
Need some Christmas music go to the Internet.
Need some Nanny to come help me figure out the teenage thingy. Time to see what the Internet has on that subject.

November 01, 2009

Fa La La La La La La La.....

Halloween night was lots of fun the kids bags were filled to the brim with candy.

The weather that has been more than a little chilly warmed up to make for a perfect night of trick or treating.

Sometimes things align just right to make for a perfect night. I can't wait to go through the pictures I took.

Meanwhile, my heart is a flutter since today marks the first day of the holiday season. Don't believe me well there are two local radio stations that are playing nothing but Christmas music. So I guess them and I are ready for the holidays to begin.

Anyway, hope you are enjoying the first day of the holiday season and the extra hour of sleep. Got to love when the clocks fall back an hour.