Showing posts from June, 2011

As promised..... a picture

I love freaked out first lost tooth photos, don't you?
This photo taken last night by my brother-in-law in Boise of my youngest born going through that milestone event without his parents in even the same state.
I was told, "It's a little tooth. It's small, like a fruit fly, no like a house fly. It's small." by little mr. j. He told me that again today when I spoke with him on the telephone. He also told me something else.
Apparently the tooth fairy that covers the territory that includes my parent's home (where the boys were sleeping last night) is really on the ball.
He told me that the tooth fairy brought two $1 coins that grandpa told him are collector's items. Great.
Not only do we miss the first tooth lost, but now grandpa's tooth fairy is setting very high expectations. First night service & "collector's items" Sheesh.
Are you reading this tooth fairy? Your counterpart up in the Northwestern USA is excelling in his/her position. It's tim…

Home Safe

I am home safe.
Arrived home about 8:30pm, Saturday night, fully in caffeinated mode.
miss s enjoyed mocking me.
No more doctor for me until my next road trip.
(And I am fully confident that I can do road trips on my own after this past ten or so days. Yay me.
Ok, maybe not fully on my own-the doctor will come along, but I only will use him for his caffeine.)

And there are only two heads under this roof tonight.
(Well, three if you count the dog, who is under the patio roof, which technically is part of the house roof, but she dug another hole today-a very neat hole this time, yay, I was very impressed by her pawdiwork {handiwork-in dog terms}. Rectangular, about a foot and a half long, five inches wide and six inches deep. I think she's lonely.)

my mr. is off at a meeting.
We had a lunch date/family reunion planning meeting today at the Shartel Cafe.
He flew with his friend in a plane this evening and had dinner at the same restaurant as miss s and I did tonight, only …

Rocky Mountain High

miss h and miss s make fun of me when I drink something that has caffeine in it.
They tell me I am a spazz and make fun of the cool thing I can do with my arms.
"Look what I can do."
They're just jealous because they can't do the arm thing.

I drove through the Rocky Mountains today.
I thought my brain was going to explode when I got to the top.
That and my bladder.
There were construction delays all the way up the mountain to Vail, Colorado.
Does it irk you when driver's ignore the "left lane closing ahead" signs and just power past you?
Does me.
A nice red semi let me in right when the first sign of that nature appeared.
We were an awesome team of honery drivers and didn't let any of those pushy people in until I caved at the very end of that left lane ending and let a stupid smelly oil burning jeep in front of me.
I probably disappointed that semi driver.

There was a beautiful rest top at the top, so I stopped but there was a sign on the stairs…

Little Travel Update

I'll give you a full report when I'm back at a full keyboard, but just wanted to check in.

miss h is officially at 'college.'
She's not on Facebook much or texting her family much, so I'm thinking she's not lonely.
But wait, my phone just buzzed-
She just texted me goodnight and did not reply to my 'I am driving past Provo tomorrow morning, do you need anything' question.
I think she's going to be alright.

We had a blog celebrity sighting yesterday when we walked into the Target in Orem, UT to get the rest of h's supplies. I had eye contact with one of her children and smiled.

(This next sentence is the lesson for me- Hey, listen to yourself when you know something's going to happen. Quit saying 'yeah, yeah, you're silly.' You are usually right.)

I go to Colorado tomorrow.
The drive won't be as fun as the last ones with the kids, but I've got books on tape (well, CDs really) and I've got some chocolate. I get to d…

Sunday School - Happy Father's Day

It's 101 degrees in Oklahoma City.
It's 55 degrees in the Salt Lake Valley.
I am not in OKC right now.
I'm in that other place and I did not check the weather before I packed,
But that's another lesson for another post.

(That and how I thought I put a time delayed post up for the past week, but it went to drafts instead. Sorry.)

Happy Father's Day to my mr.

And to other mr.s and to my little mr.s and to all other little mr.s out there.

I went to church with my aunt and uncle today and in the Relief Society lesson, the importance of fathers was a little bit of the discussion. The teacher talked about how our society disparages fathers so prevently and about how sad and wrong that is. I agree.

If everyone could have a father like my childen's father, the world would be such a better place. While we have our not so good moments like every other family, he's really taught them so much about how to be good people.

So, for a Father's Day treat, I am going to…

Shari- This is for you.

Shari wants the recipe for the scones.
I tried one from a blog yesterday because I couldn't remember where I put the recipe that my at-one-time-a friend gave me in Texas. I didn't want to go digging all that up again & the wonderful blogger at Make It Do posted a link to a recipe on her blog & I said, "Oh, Happy Day!"
miss h rolled her eyes and gave a beautiful disgruntled grunt when I told her that I was going to be using a new recipe.
classic miss h.
This is the link to the recipe to the scones. Beware. They are very good and wayyyyyy better than my at-one-time-a friend's recipe.
In fact, after I made one recipe's worth, I began to worry that my piggy hungry family would not have enough, so I made another batch of dough.
Lesson: one batch of this scone recipe is enough for 6 people to feel sufficiently stuffed and nutella (not an ad- although there is one young lady-who is leaving for college this week-who almost got busted eating it and decided to hide …

Sunday School

miss s sang in sacrament meeting with a young man in our ward.
Their voices blended beautifully.
I wish it could have been recorded and played back for you to hear.

I hope they sing again.
I'm glad they shared their talent.

Matthew 25:14-30

The kids chose to watch 'Toy Story 3' today. 
I couldn't stand to watch it.

I spied miss h's little madeline doll packed in one of miss h's suitcases.
I wonder if madeline is ready for college?

We had scones for dinner,
per her last Sunday dinner at home meal request.

That girl and I begin our drive west in two days.
Life will never be the same at our house.


PS - little mr b stayed home from church because he came home from scout camp with a wicked cold. He drank a gallon of blue gatorade.

little mr j couldn't remember what scones were and asked if he needed a spoon to eat them with.
Then, after eating a few, he told us that actually he did remember scones …

Black Frosting

Sometimes I get these really brilliant ideas like when I walked into the dreaded WM (by the way- I heard a friend use that exact term yesterday-woo hoo me to start a word fad) and found a cookie cutter on clearance and big ideas began to float in my non crafty head.

The idea involved black frosting.

Do you know how much food coloring you have to add to make black frosting?


Got it. Finally. (My finger stayed purple for about a week.) (Apparently there is a lot of purple in black.)

First attempt at flooding. Ever. Where I began to question my brilliant idea (again).

There are no pictures of the process after this point because our lovely photographer had to take over the piping reigns because her mother was about to have a royal frosting meltdown. I eventually figured out that I made the white too thick. But only after miss h saved the day.

Note: You probably wouldn't want to eat these cookies. They will turn your tongue black. And your lips. And the frosting tastes like straight up food colori…

I Survived

Just wanted to let you know that I survived and had a great time! 32 Young Women and 5 awesome leaders-we were probably 1/3 of the entire group. Lessons of mine from the "week" and I type "week" because really it was only three days (but wooee baby, it took a lot out of me). -asking teenagers to give up their cell phones and other electronics for camp is L-A-M-E (in said teenager's opinion-but not in mine) -we all just want to feel included (I felt like I was back in my junior high days-for a little while, then I got over it.) -food is always better when someone else cooks (our cook has a sneaky secret recipe for french toast) -I need to remember to pack earplugs next year (there's a dreaded WM a few miles down the road where you can pick some up) -pack extra feminine hygiene products (the girls will not-see above parentheses) -spending uninterrupted time with these beautiful young women and other leaders is an incredible way to get to know their souls. (that was the best…

Memorial Day Update, One YAY, & Why I'll be incommunicato this week

My dad tipped over my great, great grandfather's headstone last Saturday.
Wished I had enough time to tell you the story that my mom told me.
I guess he did an "egg roll" because he didn't want it to hit him.
If you knew my dad, you would find this very comical.

And, because of of time constraints, they could only get to my grandmother's cemetary after it was dark.
That's not good.

Lesson: Don't lean on old headstones & get to the cemetary on time.
(My mom just told me that there are laws against the both. If you knew my dad, you would also find this very comical.)

They did get to go to one funeral, decorate many of our folks' gravesites, and see lots of relatives. Even one of my cousins in a restaurant-that was a surprise.

My mr. and the three older kids went to Chickasa and helped with tornado cleanup.
He's a good man. And -----I have had his last name longer than I've had my maiden name.
Happy Anniversary to us!!!!! And yay us, for all…