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My favorite joke

As told to me by a cute ESL boy last Thursday:

"I have a joke for you."
"Ok, tell me"
"I want to tell you a joke."
"Please, I'd love to hear it."
"OK. Why six scared seven. Hehehehehe."
"Oh, I love this joke!!! It's my favorite! -Because seven, eight, nine! Hahahahaha."
"You get it? Seven, ate (making food towards mouth gestures), eight - the number, nine. Six, Seven, Nine, Eight. You get it?"
"Yes and that is my favorite joke in the whole world and I'm glad you get it."
"It's so funny."
"Yes, yes it is."

I think I'm going to through a few of these out to him:
1) The bandage was wound around the wound.
2) The garden was used to produce produce.
3) The dump was so full that it had to refuse more refuse.
4) We must polish the Polish furniture.
5) He could lead if he would get the lead out.
6) The soldier decided to desert his post in the desert.
7) Santa is…

Lot not for sale - house post #1

August 2012

This is the lot
that was recently bought.
 (well not really recently, but with all we've had on our plates and for the sake of rhyme and because I want to, I'm saying recently)

So now you can see
where we'll hopefully be
next year when the weather turns ugly.
(ok, I probably shouldn't say that because the weather can turn ugly pretty much anytime here in Oklahoma- here's the change...)

So now you can see
where we'll hopefully be
next year when the weather turns cold
or before we get more old
or that will not be sold (again)
or ...
let's just stop with cold.
It sounds better that way.

So now you can see
where we'll hopefully be
next year when the weather turns cold.


We purchased this land from a brother and sister who's mother had left it to them. For them, it had originally been a 10 acre plot where their family had horse fields and a very funky, awesome house (that is currently being renovated & looks very modern and awesome…

Turkey Update 2013

Yum Yum Yum  Meaningful art experience  Au natural Maybe my favorite
Tradition again this year as we attended our little school's annual Thanksgiving feast for 1500. Phew.
Have to share my favorite disguised turkey or art turkey center pieces. Good thing there's so many first grade artists to decorate the tables!

And, FYI, our own turkey rocked this year! I followed this recipe and people - we have a winner!
Unless we get brave and decide to start frying, it will be our family's favorite.


You can't see it, but there is a little silver boat inside a bowl of water inside the sink he is leaning on. He has a wet paper towel and a green cup. "I made a whirlpool and now here comes the rain" he says as he squeezes the wet towel over the little silver boat that's not supposed to sink but happily is because of his efforts.

Last Saturday, we had no "have to dos."
Tonight's were light.

It's nice to feel the freshness of choosing what to do instead of the stale "have to," even when the "have to" is a great thing.

It's nice to just be able to lean up by the sink and play in the water.
Or- hit the keyboard.

I believe- as far as my "have to" might constrain me- I am back.

Word - I got versed.

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Please don't spend hours like me trying to figure it out - 

Get past that stinking "admin console invalid request" problem. Here's what worked for me... and finally got me past the awful "invalid request" message. Be sure to follow the directions. Where it says 'REPLACETHISWITHYOURDOMAIN.' you need to do just that. Replace it.

(Once I did the "Reset  Password" option, I found my eyeballs getting all blurry and it took about 10 more nervous minutes to complete.) Found at this link.

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Sep 3

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You will have to reset your Google apps Password now as Now when you purchase a domain through Blogger it will now automatic create a Admin account called BloggerAdmin  and once you reset your G…

It's time

It's time for me to start writing again.
Just been stuck at a rest stop for a very long time trying to determine whether the hard lessons I've been learning are ok to share or not.
I feel like today is the day to decide if I just stop or go on.

Last night I ran into an acquaintance & in our short visit I told her how I wished I could just have three uninterrupted hours to really work on a house plan. It's killing me that we haven't even got that far with the new house.

Last night, my car started having trouble. This morning it decided to get stuck in park - until the tow truck driver tried backing it out of the garage. Then it changed gears just fine. I took it in and hopefully it can be fixed - for not too much $.

The teacher I work with texted that she had a fever today and would not be coming in.
So, I asked if I she would mind if I just worked on getting my issues fixed today & she said that was fine.

I didn't realize I had so many issues.
The last year…

When we're helping we're happy

From my Facebook archives of January 2013:"Our boys were great helpers cleaning up the yard yesterday. It was especially fun watching little J follow his dad's instructions to 'run and put the bags over by the garbage cans.' (We were working on the other side of the house.) He literally ran each one over and this is what we saw when we finished." Parenting makes great entertainment 

The List

(my very cute next door neighbor, L, took this incredible picture- she was standing at the end of our driveways-this was the Sunday of S's graduation & the weekend we met D)
I had been saying how much I loved my boring life. I shouldn't have tempted fate in such a large fashion. For more my sake than yours, here's a list of life events since August 2012. I'm sure I've missed something. Pretty much every item on the list could have three or four sub-items listed. It really seemed to amp up right before spring break. That's when we hired a new realtor and she hired a "stager"who wore stilettos on our wood floor and made a mile long list for us to accomplish in two days. It seemed like every time I thought we were getting a handle on things, there'd be a phone call or someone would come to the door or something would happen and we would not have a handle on things. So I'm going to take a big risk and say that life seems to be coming back to…

The Big Picture

This came home from first grade sometime this winter. Shows us how this child sees the world. I displayed it in a frame in the hall and told him to be proud he sees the world differently than a lot of other people.  I hope I can always see the big picture like him.

Sunday School - my mr. the Bishop

That day.

Once in a while there are changes made in our church congregations that kind of rock member’s worlds. Things like changing Sunday meeting times once a year in a shared building, ward boundary changes, and changes in leadership our ward was rocked. 

In July of 2012, our ward was rocked. We got a new Bishop
Early last July, I got to go on a whirlwind road trip with the youth from our ward and stake. We went to Nauvoo, Illinois and other important church historical sights along the way. It was wonderful. I was finally in a comfortable place with those beautiful young women I’d been working with. I felt that now that I was comfortable and close to them, I would really be able to more effectively affect their lives and their testimonies of Christ.
I didn’t know it then, but I would not have much time left serving with those beautiful young women. Shortly after returning from that trip, my mr. and I were asked to visit with our Stake President and he extended the call to my mr. to …

Labor Pains

We are in the process of moving out of our house because it sold. Yay.  A week before close, our buyers/their realtor had some last minute issues and it looked like the deal might not happen. I'd already paid a deposit & first/last months rent on a rental. We were out looking for a fridge when we got the phone call. It was then that I realized that these few weeks I've been feeling like the first time I was in labor and all I wanted to do was stop the whole process, go home and return to normal. Of course I couldn't. And great things came of it. Now I'm telling myself the same about all this mess. I hope this labor is worth it.  PS- I think I packed to much in that big box.  PPS- Maybe someday, like next week (bahaha), when we get settled I can tell you all our awesome news. I can only hope. 

Cleaning List - It's the little things that matter

Here's a change - we've always had weekly "zones" that each family member is responsible for, I was still having to remind the other family members of the details that their "zone" entailed even though it was the same thing each week and each room. I grew weary,so I made a list.

This little list has become dear to my heart.

I especially love the "extra chores" section.
It enables flexibility. A flexibility that is the total opposite of what happens when something long and gooey hardens somewhere where it shouldn't.

Side note- once I broke up with a boy ever a booger. I think that is an important lesson for my young sons know. Their future may depend on it.

My children are pot heads or Playing with change

Something changed in my little home office and I am typing on a much smaller keypad and looking at a much bigger screen, but the most exciting thing for me is that I downloaded the 750+ photos and videos off my phone (which I really shouldn't call a phone- for me it's more a camera that can communicate with the outside world). Well, they are still on my phone because I was too nervous to say yes to the "remove photos from your mobile devise" question. I will get to that later. (Yes, you may call me a virtual hoarder. And you may not look in my bedroom closet.)

So, I'm playing with my new toy and want to share some of the fun.

This has been some of what we've been up to while not being here with you:

I wish I could figure out how to post the video on here. It's much more entertaining. But,  these will just have to do.
And,  if you want, you can imagine them running & spinning around like this in the driveway.
See- way more entertaining.  (Even if the p…

Whoop there it is

Little mr. j's basketball team's really grown a lot this season. They're taller, more coordinated, and a little more mature than last year.
My son, well, he's become versed in the art of drawing fouls.

Last weekend he told me his team lost because he missed two free throws. I told him they probably lost for a lot of other reasons too. I didn't know for sure because I'd only heard the 7 year old's version of the game as I was with miss s in Utah and missed the game. But I was told all about it later-according to my mr. - whom was very fired up about certain aspects of the officiators' using the rules towards the two teams fairly and equally- there were a lot of other reasons they lost the game. Phew. I'm kind of glad I missed it.

So today we went outside to practice shooting (specifically foul shots) and he was having quite a hard time getting the ball into the basket, so I gave him a suggestion.

I told him to hold his breath right before his fou…

Ch - Ch - Ch - Changes 2012

I have been quite absent this past year, but my time's been full of new lessons.

In the next few posts, you get the opportunity to check out some of ways my life has changed over the last 12 months (or 52 weeks or 366 days or 8784 hours or 527,040 minutes or 31,622,400 seconds - because some of these changes I look at in smaller measure to make them seem less big).

First change happened last February.
I started working regularly outside the home.
If you've been a reader for a while, you already know that my mr.'s 'one month non-voluntary vacation' threw me for a loop. I always thought that I would go back to work someday. Someday just came way sooner than expected.

It was a part time job that's turned into a 30 hour a week job this school year.
I'm a tutor that helps out a reading teacher.
I get to play with kids and help them learn.
If I need to be working, I'm blessed to be where I am.

Lessons: children will catch you yawning and don't even try r…

Pictures of the fails

so I can get space back on my phone and they may be documented: