Thursday, July 31, 2008
p.s. My in-laws--ALL OF THEM--always monitor and check gas prices all the time. Seriously, it's like a hobby for them. If you ever need to know gas prices, they can tell you and where the cheapest ones are. One time I mentioned the price of gas and Megi said something like, "Mille, you know what the gas prices are? Wow." Now I totally feel like one of them. :)
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Monday, July 28, 2008
Then a couple days later, Chase texts me and asks, "Did you get the pictures?" I called him back and asked what pictures he was talking about. He proceeds to tell me that they were doing a "brutal" towel fighting drill where two kids hold on to each end of a towel and the goal is to get the other person to let go by doing anything you want (except headbutt and groin shots.) Oh, good, I'm glad there's safety rules. lol Yeah right. Apparently Chase beat this one kid in like two seconds, and so they did a rematch. The second time the kid accidentally headbutted Chase in the face and gave him a HUGE black eye. (Chase made a point to tell me that he beat the kid the second time too.) My friend Cyndi was up there visiting for the day and saw this happen and took pictures with her phone. A few hours later I get a phone call from her. She says, "If I send you a picture on your phone, you have to promise not to whack out." I told her that I had heard from Chase about it and that he said it wasn't too bad. She then told me that his eye was swollen shut, AND that his cheek swelled up so big that they thought he might have broken his cheek bone. Here's the picture she sent; you can kind of see how big his cheek is.
After hearing how bad it was from Cyndi, I called Chase and told him that we thought he was a pretty tough kid to feel and look like that and not really complain. This is how he looked when he got home. Not so bad anymore. It sure got a lot of comments when we showed up at church. I told him that every time someone asked "What happened?" that he should make up a different story. He could say he fell down the stairs during an earthquake, got in a fight with circus clowns, was capturing a wild cougar and got hit by a tree branch, you know, stuff like that.
As a 1930s wife, I am
Monday, July 21, 2008
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
I miss him!
p.s. I think I will watch cartoons all day in honor of him!
Or I was thinking I might make a cartoon character cake
for my family each year on his birthday--bugs, popeye, etc.
Monday, July 14, 2008
Some of my greatest, greatest friends don't live nearby anymore, but every time we talk, we pick right up where we left off. My friends don't judge and just console, or laugh right along with me or cry with me. They know a lot about me and still love me despite it all. They don't always know the right answers, but they still know the exact right thing to say. They will have places in my heart for forever. (See, I told you I was all emotional and reflective.) They all have attributes that I want to emulate and help me become a better person. I'm going to do a little tribute to some of them, because they are great and deserve to be thanked.
I have many great friends in my ward. A few of them LOVE to play games--just like me--and so I love that about them. Some of them are FABULOUS cooks (or should I say chefs). I love it when I benefit from those talents. We have so much fun together too as I see them the most often. I have had many spiritual moments with these guys and appreciate that. They are the greatest. (And hey, thanks for helping me raise my kids, as they are at your houses a lot too.)
My Bunko friends are the best. We discuss everything and have so much fun together. Sometimes we get talking and talking and never play the game. There are times we just can't stop laughing. I love my Bookclub gals. These are some women that are older than me and so we never would have crossed paths otherwise--we don't sit together watching our kids at school events or ball games, etc. I'm so glad I found them and I always think "what would I do without them?"
I have always wished I had sisters and so I am grateful for my sisters-in-law. They are the greatest. Some of them I have known since they were 7 years old, and I have seen them grow up. Others are just new to the family. But I love, love, love how you have made me feel like I was a "real sister."
Julie is one of the greatest friends ever! I don't get to see her very often since she moved to Utah, but I love that we can still talk all the time. She has been my friend for a long time and we just never have lost touch. She's known me since my kids were tiny and has helped me raise my kids as they are growing up. Every thing I mentioned above about my great friends, and things we have done together or they have done for me--well, she's been a part of it all. She is one of the most true, genuine and best people I know.
Allyson has been my friend for forever! We've been friends since 5th grade--so that's 28 years!! She's the friend who ALWAYS calls at just the right time. She will just "get a feeling" that I need to talk, and she'll call. She now lives in Glendale, and even though she's semi-close, we don't get together enough. She's the one who took me to the temple after my first miscarriage. Her mom is like a second mom to me. She is one of the most caring and selfless people I know.
Last month I had a great day. Julie and Allyson both came to visit. I went to lunch with Julie and dinner with Allyson. It was just the best time ever. I love having good times with great friends. My friends are truly blessings in my life. You all are amazing.
Sunday, July 13, 2008
Jerel's family has a few traditions that they do every 4th of July and so it was fun for our kids to see what Jerel did while he was growing up. They start out the morning with a HUGE breakfast that the Young Men's organization in the ward does as a fundraiser. They had pancakes, biscuits and gravy, aebleskivers (a danish food that I was super excited to eat because my mom made these for me growing up), eggs, hashbrowns, sausage, milk and juice. It was quite the spread and lots of good food ended up becoming a theme for the weekend. Later on that day we went to a family friend's house (the Faulkners) with several other families and had a great celebration. When I walked in there was quite the spread of food set out--and I mean A LOT of food! I ate probably more than I should have, and then when I realized that this was just the "appetizers," and that we were having "dinner" in a little bit--I knew I was in big trouble. How was I going to pass up ribs, pasta and everything else?! lol And we can't forget the 7 containers of homemade ice cream, Texas sheet cake, homemade pies, and sugar cookies for dessert. We spent the night playing volleyball, singing karaoke, playing guitar hero, talking, laughing, eating, and setting off our own fireworks. I lost track of how many boxes of sparklers we went through. In California, you can buy and set off your own mini fireworks. My kids thought this was VERY cool. We ended up buying some of our own and setting them off later that night at Grandma's house too. Granted, they aren't as big and amazing as the ones you see in the sky, but it's cool for a bunch of boys to set their own fireworks off. I mean what boy isn't entranced by fire and things that blow up!
On Saturday we just lounged around, watched movies with Grandpa, talked, swam, sang karaoke, watched home movies (Did you know Jerel had a perm when he was like 12? lol) and of course, went out for ice cream. This is one thing that I LOVE about Bakersfield--they have a great little ice cream parlor that reminds me of Leatherby's in Utah. They make all their own toppings and the servings are HUGE. It's worth every penny. Their caramel sauce is just the best ever. Grandpa grilled steaks for us that night, and it was very delicious! My boys LOVED swimming with their cousins and uncles; it was like wrestle-mania in the pool. And we all figured out, a little too late, that Uncle Paul, is a "pot-stirrer." That means that whenever he would start to get attacked and splashed, he would start the charge for somebody else. If you paid attention, you would hear "Get Uncle Boyce" or "Get Uncle Jonathan." At one point I noticed that some of the kids were biting. I got after them and then they called out, "Uncle Paul just bit me!" Too funny!
Sunday and church in Bakersfield is always entertaining. I will have to blog about that later since this post is getting a little long. After church we left for home. A quick trip, but a good one where we got to see family, share love and make good memories.
p.s. I made a slideshow of some of the pictures of our little trip. There's some real good ones in there--I'm surprised I actually was able to get some good action shots.
Saturday, July 12, 2008
Thursday, July 10, 2008
I know some of you have seen this video, but last night when I was working on the blog and after I had seen SYTYCD, this clip came to mind. It made me laugh so hard that I knew I had to put it on again. Sorry if you've seen it before--but you have to admit, it's funny. My brother-in-law, Shad, was looking at past audition clips from "So You Think You Can Dance" and found this. I'm so glad he found it--and you KNOW I'm such a fan of the show! Shad, thanks so much for just being you! To see, click HERE !
Your personality type:
Warm-hearted, popular and conscientious. Tend to put the needs of others over their own needs. Feel strong sense of responsibility and duty. Value traditions and security. Interested in serving others. Need positive reinforcement to feel good about themselves. Well-developed sense of space and function.
Careers that could fit you includes: Home economics, nursing, teaching, administrators, child care, family practice physician, clergy, office managers, counselors, social workers, bookkeeping, accounting, secretaries, organization leaders, dental assistants, homemakers, radiological technologists, receptionists, religious educators, speech pathologists.
p.s. I was just wondering, isn't a homemaker pretty much already all of the other things listed? (home economics, nursing, teaching, child care, physician, counselor, secretary, etc.)
Tuesday, July 8, 2008
Monday, July 7, 2008
Thursday, July 3, 2008
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