Wednesday, September 24, 2008


I am so sick of NOT funny humor lately on certain shows…ahem….

*cough while saying SNL in their horrible skit last week about Scott Palin*

That I am ready for some well WRITTEN humor. And if Dwight Shrewt, among other can’t fix that, I don’t know what can.

My latest giggles to myself when I think of the office – are of that new girl they brought in that thinks that Kevin is mentally handicapped.

I specifically giggle to myself when I think of how Kevin told the new girl that he went to the grocery store and she remarked in a lively way, “You HAVE had a big day, haven’t you?!?!” And of course, he takes this attention to mean that she is VERY interested in him. What a funny dynamic – I love it!!! I can’t wait to see what they will do with that.


Is there such a thing as a PERFECT BABY?!?

Some people ask me “Is she always this good?” “Is she always so quiet?” “Does she always nap this well.”

YES – it is apparently possible to have a PERFECT BABY!!!!!

Literally – I could have a few more if they are like this. The girl sleeps 12 hours a night – TOTALLY uninterrupted.

She falls asleep on her own - be it in the crib, car seat, blanket with toys – even in the midst of her siblings very loud version of love.

And what a sweetheart – she smiles so lovingly – at anything and everything!

NOW the whole “be like a child” thing in the scriptures make sense to me....


NAET – has it continued to work to eradicate Tyler’s Asthma??????????????

The answer so far is an astounding YES!! I really could not have even imagined it was possible. Tyler was having symptoms every 3 days with 7 different meds – runny nose, water eyes, labored breathing, fever – he was not a happy camper. I was totally a stressed out mom.

So now it is 2 months later and it is NIGHT AND DAY!! Tyler is off ALL of his meds – which is unbelievable. He has no symptoms.

His allergies to wheat, yeast, gluten, eggs, sugars, some compenents of Vitamin C, and corn are all totally gone. He can have those just fine and he no longer shows any allergic reactions.

This has totally changed the way we live. In fact last week we went apple picking at a cute little orchard. Normally I would have had to find a sitter for Tyler because his asthma would normally TOTALLY flare up in that kind of environment. Now his immune system is so much stronger after finding and eliminating just SOME of his allergies – and we had absolutely no problems. Not even a fever – which was usually how it would start.

So on a weird side note, at the dr.s office, I saw a picture of Will Smith autographed “Thanks for putting me back together again” - I was dying of curiosity so I asked if Will Smith was really his patient. After he said yes – I asked if he went for NAET. He said yes and some other issues. I asked what his allergies and issues were. And, of course, he didn’t tell me, DARN IT!

Monday, September 22, 2008

My heart is melted!!

So Tyler has been so loving and cute lately. He has probably told me about 12 times in the past 24 hours out of the blue while one a walk, on the way home from church, right before his nap, when I was repainting the white trim on the walls, when we were reading a story, while making breakfast, " Mommy, you're my sweetheart.

"My heart is so melted! How do kids just know how to say the sweetest things?

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Building A HOUSE....

So we have been on an emotional roller coaster ride the past week.

We had been feeling for an unknown reason that we needed to move soon. I have not wanted to because I really do love it here. I have lived in this town many different times in my life and its a part of me.

I have family here - my in laws are here - Brian's parents. They are the BEST In Laws imaginable. We walk there about once a week.

My sister Tami and her husband are here - well within a 20 minute drive.

Brian's brother Chris and his wife Kami are a few blocks west inside our subdivision.

We all go to the same ward.

I love "the girls" in the ward. We are all tight.

I love love love my neighbors;

I teach classes here;

The schools are in the top 1% of the nation, the Park District is #1 in the nation....

So why the heck would we move?!?!?!?!? We MUST be crazy!!!!!

The answer is I don't know - but we found an opportunity we couldn't pass up that pushed us to seal the deal, so to speak.

A home builder about an hour west of here in a smaller town - an ex-burb if you will - MAJORLY plummeted their prices in 1 week (60K) because September is the end of their fiscal year. To show they bank and stockholders etc that they were meeting their needed volume they flushed prices to rock bottom so they weren't making money on the sale - but they DID move volume.

Here is the house: When you get there - click on "B" - or just look at the picture I posted.

Since we purchased the house 4 days ago - they already re raised the prices 20K. It should go back up 3X that amount by October where their new fiscal year begins. That coupled with other events, AND interest rates going down below 5.75% (and our builder buys 2 points to be .5 below that) - we JUST couldn't pass it up.

I sound like I am trying to convince myself. We really LOVE it here now. We have fixed up our house with the help of Brian's dad - who knows everything about everything about fixing up houses - so that I just think its so cute and quaint.(BUT having 3 kids in a small bedroom does help make the decision slightly easier).

AND, there is a catch - we have to sell our house. We have 7 1/2 months - given the market - I think we will need ALL of it. We can even push it to 8 months if we need to. We have luncheons scheduled, ads, and we have the option to put a tenant worst case scenario which our realator will find as part of our contract. What if we sell too early??? Brian's parents have kindly offered for us to live with them - again!

Our ward will be so mad at us - Brian and I are both presidents of two different auxiliaries - and believe me there is a reason for that. Our ward is on the brink of branch-hood.

So while I am SOOOOO excited - I also have MAJOR mixed emotions. I guess part of it is that leap of faith!

Monday, September 08, 2008

The smartest of them all - I especially like the 2nd one:

Political axioms

"If you don't read the newspaper you are uninformed; if you do read the newspaper you are misinformed." -Mark Twain
Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress.... But then I repeat myself. -Mark Twain
I contend that for a nation to try to tax itself into prosperity is like a man standing in a bucket and trying to lift himself up by the handle. -Winston Churchill
A government which robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul. - George Bernard Shaw
A liberal is someone who feels a great debt to his fellow man, which debt he proposes to pay off with your money. -G Gordon Liddy
Democracy must be something more than two wolves and a sheep voting on what to have for dinner. -James Bovard, Civil Libertarian (1994)
Foreign aid might be defined as a transfer of money from poor people in rich countries to rich people in poor countries. -Douglas Casey, Classmate of Bill Clinton at Georgetown University
Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys. -P.J. O'Rourke, Civil Libertarian
Government is the great fiction, through which everybody endeavors to live at the expense of everybody else. -Frederic Bastiat, French Economist (1801-1850)
Government's view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it. -Ronald Reagan (1986)

I don't make jokes I just watch the government and report the facts. -Will Rogers
If you think health care is expensive now, wait until you see what it costs when it's free! -P.J. O'Rourke
In general, the art of government consists of taking as much money as possible from one party of the citizens to give to the other. -Voltaire (1764)
Just because you do not take an interest in politics doesn't mean politics won't take an interest in you! -Pericles (430 B.C.)
No man's life, liberty, or property is safe while the legislature is in session. -Mark Twain (1866 )
Talk is cheap...except when Congress does it. -Unknown
The government is like a baby's alimentary canal, with a happy appetite at one end and no responsibility at the other. -Ronald Reagan
The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of the blessings. The inherent blessing of socialism is the equal sharing of misery. -Winston Churchill
The only difference between a tax man and a taxidermist is that the taxidermist leaves the skin. -Mark Twain
The ultimate result of shielding men from the effects of folly is to fill the world with fools. -Herbert Spencer, English Philosopher (1820-1903)
There is no distinctly Native American criminal Congress. -Mark Twain
What this country needs are more unemployed politicians. -Edward Langley, Artist (1928 - 1995)
A government big enough to give you everything you want, is strong enough to take everything you have. -Thomas Jefferson

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Kousins Kylianne and Kaiya

This is my sister Tami's baby and Kylianne - they are 8 weeks apart. Kyli is fascinated with her cousin.

Sun dried tomatoes baby!

Since I have this abundant garden of mine, I decided it was time to grow up and create something with the extras instead of dumping my glut on all my neighbors and ward members.

So *GASP* I actually canned enchilada sauce, bruschetta, and beans.

Here is my latest with tomatoes - SUN DRIED TOMATOES.

!) set oven at 195 degrees - slice tomatoes in half and salt - put in for 6 1/2 hours

2) take out of oven, pour boiling water over to rehydrate

3) put in a jar (I use a jar garlic has previously been in) and drizzle with olive oil.


First day of school


Well - somehow Brooke is in kindergarten. I am more excited than melancholy about the transition. I can't wait til she gets home to ask her if she got a green card ( good job) that day, look in her little lunch box and see what she ate (they have extended day kindergarten) and to see what activities they did.

She always tells me who got the blue card (call your parents) or a yellow card (stop) or as red card (time out). I think its so fun to relive kindergarten.

I am one of those people who loved the first day of school - the colors, the textures, the smell of new notebooks, seeing who is in the class, the new teachers, the new school clothes, the sound of the school bus, the shavings of pencils, the smell of the school desks - I love it all. I guess this is the start of reliving that for the next who knows how many years!