Family traditions

Family traditions

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

who am i?

not easily offended
patient with children
not so patient with adults
have a funky, yet acceptable, pencil grip
likes a challenge
willing to run away from conflict
big talker
fast walker
super funny
loud contagious laugh
full of pride
a worrier
a talker
a writer
a reader
a chocoholic
a thinker
a dancer
a lover
a hugger
would love to go running
hates running
a walker
a giver
a fighter
a trier
great work ethic
sucks at saying no
getter better at saying no, or at least not right now!
a quitter
totally predictable

and that's just the beginning!

Who are you???

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

a girl in a whirl

This makes me laugh!!

By “Dr. Sue” aka Vickie Gunther

Look at me, look at me, look at me now!
You could do what I do if you only knew how.
I study the scriptures one hour each day;
I bake, I upholster, I scrub, and I pray.
I always keep all the commandments completely;
I speak to my little ones gently and sweetly.
I help in their classrooms! I sew all they wear!
I drive them to practice! I cut all their hair!
I memorize names of the General Authorities;
I focus on things to be done by priorities.
I play the piano! I bless with my talents!
My toilets all sparkle! My checkbooks all balance!
Each week every child gets a one-on-one date;
I attend all my meetings (on time! Never late!)
I’m taking a class on the teachings of Paul,
But that is not all! Oh, no. That is not all.
I track my bad habits ’til each is abolished;
Our t-shirts are ironed! My toenails are polished!
Our family home evenings are always delightful;
The lessons I give are both fun and insightful.
I do genealogy faithfully, too. It’s easy to do all the things that I do!
I rise each day early, refreshed and awake;
I know all the names of each youth in my stake!
I read to my children! I help all my neighbors!
I bless the community, too, with my labors.
I exercise and I cook menus gourmet;
My visiting teaching is done the first day!
(I also go do it for someone who missed hers.
It’s the least I can do for my cherished ward sisters.)
I chart resolutions and check off each goal;
I seek each “lost lamb” on my Primary roll.
I can home-grown produce each summer and fall.
But that is not all! Oh, no. That is not all.
I write in my journal! I sing in the choir!
Each day, I write “thank you’s” to those I admire.
My sons were all Eagles when they were fourteen!
My kids get straight A’s! And their bedrooms are clean!
I have a home business to help make some money;
I always look beautifully groomed for my honey.
I go to the temple at least once a week;
I change the car’s tires! I fix the sink’s leak!
I grind my own wheat and I bake all our bread;
I have all our meals planned out six months ahead.
I make sure I rotate our two-years’ supply;
My shopping for Christmas is done by July!
These things are not hard; It’s good if you do them;
You can if you try! Just set goals and pursue them!
It’s easy to do all the things that I do!
If you plan and work smart, you can do them all, too!
It’s easy!” she said…and then she dropped dead.

crimped photo shoot!

Saturday, March 27, 2010

blast from the past

This squirt gun talk got me thinking

I love this picture!! that squirt gun gave me nightmares, and it's impossible to find one of those in Rexburg in November, i wonder why? what a blast we had that year!!

love ya girlies!!


little brother does listen to what we teach him here is some proof

today was payday, which in our family is like allowance but it's earned throughout the month, 25 cents per chore, then payed out on payday, which is the day that do my grocery shopping for the month. so today little brother bought a squirt gun with his hard earned money

after dinner he filled it up and went outside to play with it. when i walked out to check on him he was watering the empty flower beds and the sidewalk

then he points it up at the sky and says "i'm going to squirt Jesus " but then changes his mind and points it right beside him and says 'this is where He is, beside me all the time"

it's squirt gun, i thought it was cute

Thursday, March 25, 2010

school closed

yesterday our school had an emergency closure


big sister said "because someone dropped a monitor and i broke" "no wait there was a murmury spell"

little brother said "i know why because there was a fire yesterday"

big sister said "no it was because of necklace broke that had poisonous stuff in it. it way a murmury spell"

little brother "the memory spell was inside the necklace so they had to get everyone out"

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

reoccurring? maybe?

dreams are so weird

-river for wading in
-very friendly neighbor, who left his child wading in the river(crazy) to take me some place i really didn't want to go without my husband
-old rickety truck
-winding dirt road with old bridges
-tunnels dug though mountains (that was scary)
-a mansion, that was more like a city all in one huge building
-what seemed to be an enormous flea market, with cloths, knick knacks, and everything you could imagine
-a mysterious phone call
-my husband somehow shows up (for which i was quite relieved)
-a water slide
-amazing art work
-finally we could get out of this crazy, mysterious, wondrous place

Monday, March 22, 2010

well duh

yesterday little brother destroyed two bug chunks of Styrofoam. the little white pieces were everywhere. so today we gave him the vacuum so he could clean it up. and he did along with 6 or 7 socks.
when i went upstairs to check the progress and saw the socks i couldn't help but laugh

then i asked the obvious question
"Why did you vacuum your socks?

"so i would be all out of socks so i could wear my shoes with no socks"

Sunday, March 21, 2010

living without


  • failure
  • future
  • unknown
  • disappointment
  • criticism
  • loss
  • things undone
  • words unsaid
  • words said
  • things done
  • things out of my control
  • others lack of integrity
  • what's for dinner
I'm going to strive to live without so that i have more time to LIVE!

Friday, March 19, 2010


i have been looking at the month of march all wrong for too long, i have become bitter, selfish and ungrateful. for a week now i've been thinking about this and the need to set things straight.
some great things and some sad things have happened to me in the month of march. but nothing that wasn't first proceeded by great joy and later gave me an opportunity to become the person i am today.

march 20th, 1996- I was baptized a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints, blessings don't get much bigger than that, what a great impact that day has had on my life and the lives of those i love

march '99- i was excepted to Ricks College, that's big and life changing

march 2006- i spent the last 13 days of my grandfathers life with him, grandpa thale is still my inspiration in a lot of what i do. he taught me work hard, to play hard, to take what life gives and make the best of it, he taught me about sacrifice, love, selflessness, pain, joy, laughter. He reminded me that the most important things in life, i learned from my grandpa. He taught me to never give up no matter how impossible things might seem. all of these lessons didn't happen in march '06 but through out my life. he was an amazing grandfather and like a father to me in so many ways. I made him is last meal, he was too sick and weak to talk then but we sat together in silence as he ate a few bites of a sandwich made the way he likes it. i kissed him good night. words really can't express how grateful i am for those precious days with my grandpa and hero

March 2007- the love of my life told me he LOVED me for the very first time!!

march 8, 2008- the perfect day with a great friend, it was wonderful, powerful and still vivid in my memory. blessings of that day keep me going when i'm feeling sad, or lonely. I remember her smile when i'm feeling down and it picks me up. what a great blessing that day is.

march 2009- this is the month that my baby boy was to be born. how excited i was when i learned that we had become pregnant in such a short time. the love of my life was so thrilled, we talked of names, and moved furniture to fit a baby things, we went to dr. appointments and listen to heartbeats, i love to watch my love squirm as the nurse drew blood for test (not my favorite thing, but it helped to not be alone) i showed forth my true stubbornness as i demanded that i would eat ice cream for the next 9 months if i wanted to, and NO dr was going to tell me different. I loved being pregnant with Quincey, yeah there was heartburn and no chocolate, but the joy filled our home just knowing another spirit was on the way. He has already blessed our family in so many ways. our love has grown and we have grown, we are closer, and stronger, i hope that i am those things as well. I miss him, but the comfort and peace that comes to me when i think of him is a blessing i don't have the word to express.

march 2010- this is the year my thoughts are changing, i'm going to be a little less prideful, i'm going to give more of myself to the Lord, i'm going to be a better listener, i'm going to be find the joy in the journey, i'm going to remember to smile, i'm going to not feel sorry for myself, i'm going to help a neighbor, i'm going to be a better mom, i'm going to not be so hard on myself, i'm going to look at life through grateful eyes.


Last night little brother had a fever over 102!! not a good thing at anytime but the fact that we weren't at home always adds a little extra stress. so i had him camp out on the floor next to me and gave him a few children's Tylenol, to which he said he didn't like medicine and would save them for later. of course that was not a viable answer so i resorted to bribing

"eat them dude, they taste just like candy"

"mom, i'm allergic to candy"

"Dude, you eat candy all day, just eat these"

"i can't i'm allergic"

"it tastes like bubble gum "

"i'm allergic to bubble gum"

"what about ice cream?"

"i'm not allergic to ice cream but that doesn't taste like ice cream"

"Okay, i'll take you to ice cream tomorrow if you eat this right now"

"it's disgusting"

finally he ate it and within an hour his fever was pretty much gone!

moral of the story:
they weren't kidding when they said
a spoonful of Sugar (or Ice Cream) makes the medicine go down

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Happy St. Patty's Day

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

ode to my phone

how dependent i have become...i truly am lost without it
this morning when i woke up it went crazy, like most things the craziness did not just come on all at once, for a while it has been extremely slow to respond to any kind of interaction. it often forgets where it is or where it was going. sometimes it even ends up in totally unfamiliar territory. it cannot make it though the day without some from of "pick-up", it is constantly crying for attention. so i should not be surprised that today it's life is coming to an end, no longer can it retrieve the precious information that it contains, it can't remember its own name or number. it can't find a network to talk to or make a call. it's breathing is shallow, and it is blacking out several times a minute.
we will be holding services for my dear sweet phone Friday morning! hopefully it can hang on long enough for me to write down a few precious moments (and numbers) we've shared together.

Monday, March 15, 2010

monday morning cartoons!

Saturday, March 13, 2010

questions, answers and potty talk

*dinner tonight was quite entertaining*

first little brother asks "MOM, how does the dentist get the baby out of a mommies tummy?"

"Dentists are special doctors that take care of teeth, there are different doctors that do that."

Mom, how do Doctors get babies out of mommy's tummy's?

*the love of my life is about to roll out of his chair*

"well brother there are two ways a baby can come out, one the Dr. uses a special tool to cut the mommies tummy open to get the baby out."

*i really hoped we could end the conversation there but NO*

big sister shares "or they come out down by the mommy's butt"

*again this is AT the dinner table. *

Little brother says "oh like poop."

Babies are not Poop

big sister screams "DON'T TALK ABOUT POOP AT THE TABLE THAT'S POTTY TALK" "mom how does the baby get in there anyways?"

this time brother has the answer " it's about having the right ingredients, good food makes babies, junk food makes poop"

*change of subject*

where do babies come from?


*let's end on that note, hopefully we don't have to talk about this again soon*

take that to-do list!!

wrestling tournament

Relief Society Presidency meeting
juror questionare
Letters/pictures mailed
file taxes
Husbands haircut

now i need a nap

Thursday, March 11, 2010

should i, do i, dare i

Okay so my cousin introduced me to this song several months ago, a the time i laughed so hard, and debated if i should share it with others, especially on my blog. i mean i know people who read my blog, but i can't help it. this is funny, but for a mature audience! i hope you enjoy! even if you just have to laugh on the inside!

best thinking

I do my best thinking in the Shower
- Big Sister

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

spoiled rotten

"I got spoiled rotten and it didn't even hurt my belly"
- little brother

Monday, March 8, 2010

role reversal


little brother and I went to wrestling practice

big sister and the love of my life stayed home and baked cookies!

Sunday, March 7, 2010


today as i sat in church i thought maybe i need to look at my priorities, i've had this lesson i don't know how many times and yet i'm feeling that i need to think some things, not that what i'm doing is not good it's a matter of good better best. so i'm sorting my rocks, pebbles, and sand.

for those of you who have no idea what i'm talking about

Object Lesson About Priorities of Life

A philosophy professor once greeted his new class with this object lesson:
He had an empty, clean quart mayonnaise jar that he held up to the class. In this he poured some rocks about the size of a half dollar. He poured them in until the jar was full. Then he asked the class was the jar full indeed. They all answered that it was full.

The professor then took a bag of smaller pebbles and poured them into the jar. He shook it so they would fall into the spaces between the larger rocks. The class laughed.

Once again, he asked, "Is the jar full?"

The class all answered again that it was full.

This time he picked up a cup of sand and poured it into the jar. Naturally, it filled up any left spaces as he shook it.

He told his class to recognize that this represented their life. The rocks are the important things such as your family, your partner, your children, your health, or anything so important to you that you would be nearly devastated if you lost it.

The pebbles are the other things in life that matter such as your house, job and car. The sand is everything else. The small stuff in life.

If you put the sand or the pebbles in the jar first, there will be no room for the rocks. Same goes for your life. If you spend all your time and energy on small stuff (material things), you will never have any time for the things that are truly most important. Pay attention to the things that are most critical in your life. Tell your spouse you love them, spend time playing with your children, take your spouse out dancing, take time for medical checkups. There will always be time to go to work, clean the house, give a dinner party, or fix the disposal.

Take care of the rocks first, the things that really matter to you. Set your priorities. The rest is just pebbles and sand!

It should be easy ...Maybe i could get a bigger jar?

Saturday, March 6, 2010

first wrestling meet



first match he was like a dead fish pinned to the ground

by the forth match he go it down


WOOHOO little brother!!!

Friday, March 5, 2010

scripture studies

after reading Alma 43 this morning i asked the question

Why were they fighting?

little brother says "because the lamanites were immodest"

Wednesday, March 3, 2010


i'm not sure what to say about this next comment...

Sen. Jim Hammond, R-Post Falls, has proposed the second motion on the school budget, this one for the division of teachers. It includes a 4 percent base pay cut, plus cutting out raises for additional experience or education next year. “Again I don’t love this motion, I don’t love this budget,” Hammond said. “What’s more likely is that we will not damage schools, because those teachers in the classroom are there, and they want to be paid well, but they’re not there for the pay. They’re there because they love the kids and they love improving their opportunities by providing the best education they can.”

any thoughts?

Monday, March 1, 2010

i did it!!

i held a baby today!!
to some people that might seem like a silly thing to mention
but it was a great thing for me.
i held a baby 6 weeks old,
i didn't cry,
i wasn't sad
i held him
i rocked him
i laughed at how cute his chubby cheeks are

it was a great big "BABY" step