Monthly Archives: September 2006

Just One More Sip . . . Please?

He has known where the doggie water is for weeks.

He found the straws last night.

Today he was thirsty.

I don’t think I need to worry about his problem solving skills. I caught him sucking water out of the doggie bowl through a straw this morning.


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Phone Call

“Hello?” I asked into the reciever as I placed the phone to my ear.
“Is Edna there?” and older male voice asked.
“No one lives here by that name, you must have the wrong number,” I stated.
“No, wait, I think I have that wrong, is this –‘s residence?”

Instantly my gaurd went up, “Yes,” I said hesitantly trying to judge from the voice who it was and what the intentions were.

“Is this her daughter?”
“Who is this please?” I asked growing slightly alarmed, especially with all the identity theft happening now days.

“This is — –. I found your mother’s purse on the side of the road, in the Payson area, up toward Nebo.”

I was completely confused, my mom was in Utah, getting ready to go into the MTC with Dad and prepare for their next mission in Florida, but how did some guy get her purse?

“She lost her purse?” I asked trying to clarify the jumble of words and thoughts in my head.

“Yes, and we are trying to return it. As soon as we got to where we had cel phone coverage I called. ” He paused and then said, clearly uncomfortable, “I had to open it to find a telephone number, I just looked at her checkbook. Is she staying somewhere here in the area?”

“They are staying with my sister in Payson.”

“– — (name)? She has a list of phone numbers here, is — — the right number?”

“Yes it is. Can I have you name again and number too in case I get a hold of them first?”

He was very obliging. I thanked him time and time again for being so honest and caring. After talking with my sister a few hours later, they (the gentleman who found the purse and his wife) had immediately driven to her house in Payson and left the purse with her (my sister’s) husband, all things in tact. I had told him they were entering the Missionary Training Center (MTC) on Monday and he knew they would need it right away.

My parents and sister and kids had been searching everywhere and praying to find it, not knowing how on earth it would have fallen out of the van. They were still searching when they finally got word that it had been returned to the house.

It’s just good to know that there are people like that in the world.

Miracles still happen. 🙂


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Lookin Up


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Lookin Up to find an amazing sunset in Japan

(I took this from the balcony of my sister’s apartment when I was there in ’96)


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It’s Cookie Time!!

I had a call just as I began to make cookies with Emily from a mom saying that her son desperately wanted to play with Emily.

“We’re just starting cookies, would he like to come over here instead?” I asked. It was agreed upon and the little boy was very excited. As they arrived at our house he came running up to me, “Are we making ninja cookies?”

“Ninja cookies?”

“Yeah, like the ninja bread man! Ninja bread cookies!”

Unfortunately we were only making chocolate chip cookies, but he didn’t seem to mind once they were done. His mom and I sure got a laugh, and I think when I am baking gingerbread men for Christmas this year, I had better create a couple of ninjas just for him. 🙂


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Because it is Autumn I had to put this up

And now 3 of my “crazy cakes” (as my kids call them)

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Random Friday

We went to our first “real” soccer (football) game last night. We got to see the Portland Timbers play Atlanta, and it was so fun. We took the whole family except for Jacob, figuring he was a little to young for that right now. It was a blast to watch them live. Some of the highlights were seeing a bicycle kick (I’ve always wanted to watch someone do that in real life) and watching the goalie of our team slide under an oponent jumping in the air to save the ball. That was really awesome. All in all we loved it, the kids loved it, and we had an awesome time as a family.


When were dropping Jacob off at our friend’s house, before leaving for the game last night, Emily thought she’d be funny and burst out, just as we were pulling into their driveway, “Jacob’s face is blue!” I think both Paul and I got whiplash from turning around so fast before we realized that Emily was doing her silly laugh. She thought she was making an impossible silly comment (how could someone be blue in the mind of a 4 year old?) but it still took a good ten minutes for our hearts to return to a normal pace.


I have officially walked 12 miles (plus a smidgeon extra) this week in my morning walks! Woohoo! And I have stiff muscles to show for it, but I feel really good too. :)Oh, and I have a walking buddy now, my very good friend Tara, which has been sooo much fun. 🙂


My parents leave next week for their second mission. This time they are going to Tampa Florida and will be gone for 18 months. We’ll miss them of course, but at least this time they won’t be impossibly expensive to call. 🙂


bo l n hjghy hy y h t y hhhhhh h7 rrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrdrryuy jjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjj b fdfdfdfdfdrfffhfffnggfgfgfkio’;
(That was Jacob saying hi)

Elizabeth was telling Daddy last night about what she had for lunch, “I had a turkey sandwhich! A real live turkey sandwhich!” (We had had turkey on Sunday and were still using up the meat for sandwhiches) Paul says, “did it say ‘gobble gobble” as we have big goofy grins on our faces. Elizabeth begins to laugh, “Well, not live turkey, just real turkey. It didn’t gobble at me.”

I love my kids, they make me giggle 🙂


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You’re Flat!!!

Autumn had settled in and leaves had been drifting to the ground for quite some time. The school year was well in progress and our band director had begun to prepare us for our first concert of the year. We warmed up on scales and began to rehearse one of our concert pieces. I was a junior and first chair horn player so the solo in the piece had come to me.

The horn is a tricky instrument. If you have ever wondered why they stick their hand in the bell, it is to keep the instrument in tune. The slightest fluctuation of your hand can send the horn careening off course into harmony horror. This particular day just wasn’t my best. The solo was plaintive and gorgeous, a favorite and I could play it with my eyes shut (but I didn’t as my director would have shot me, heh).

I was midway through when, “You’re flat!” I heard my director holler. I adjusted my hand a bit. “You’re flat!” he hollered again, and again, “You’re flat!” I was reaching the point of exasperation, (he wasn’t being mean, just trying to get me in tune) as I heard him yell again, “You’re flat!” Suddenly from across the room in the trumpet section a voice pops up, “No she’s not!”

The entire band burst into riotous laughter as I turned beet-red from laughing tinged with embarrassment and looked for a chair to crawl under. My band director was so surprised and started laughing so hard that his baton nearly skewered one of the poor flutists on the front row.

I was not necessarily well endowed, but I most definitely was not flat.


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Do You Hear What I Hear?

Do you hear that? There. Listen. Shhhh. Just a minute . . . . ooohhhh, silence. Blissful silence (except for the quiet fan of the computer). That is the sound of two kids at school all day and two kids in quiet time. I didn’t even put any music on; I just wanted to hear the quiet silence.

Elizabeth started 2nd grade today and Dot is in 1st. I walked them to school this morning and got my 3-mile walk in after. It felt sooooo good to get walking again. 🙂
My house is actually clean for longer than 5 minutes, and I don’t have to drag everyone with me to the store anymore. Celebration!! 🙂 Though I do miss having my kids around all the time, it is nice to have a break and be back on schedule. I feel so much more together. 🙂

While I would love to use more of this time to write, I need to straighten up my office. So in parting I leave you with one of Dorothy’s latest epiphanies:

I was sitting in my room folding laundry on the bed while the kids watched Sesame Street in the family room. Apparently they were talking about dinosaurs. I heard little feet coming down the hall and I looked up as she came into my room.

“Mommy, I know what extinct means,” she declares.
“What’s that?” I ask.
“It means there aren’t any more dinosaurs alive in this world anymore.”
“That’s right!” I exclaim.
“But mom,” she looks at me quizzically, “were there dinosaurs on earth when Adam and Eve were here? Because, they didn’t eat Adam and Eve!”

That girl will always keep me on my toes! 🙂


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On The Road


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Well here we are litterally on the road, or what was left of it after major flash flooding in Chile. This picture was taken in a town called Copiapo which is located in the northen region in the Atacama Desert. It was the first time it had rained in 30 years or so. All that was left of this road were the manholes. If you want to read more of the story you can read it here.


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That Golden Mommy Moment

Jacob has been slowly learning how to form his babble into words. Over the last few weeks it has started to become especially intelligible. We have realized that as he points and says “uts ahh”, he is really saying, “what’s that?” His “puh” (in a high tone, that scoops up at the end, it’s simply adorable) really means, “please”. Not only does he say mamma now, but he will say dadda, and hi and bye are second nature to him. Occasionally we will pick out different words that we can understand. It is really exciting, and I love this stage of toddler/babyhood.

The other night was a golden mommy moment as I tucked him in and sang him our family lullabye. When I finished, just as I leaned over to kiss him goodnight, he pipes up, “I ya u!” Surprise played across my face as I realized my baby boy just told me that he loved me and I answered quickly back, “I love you too!” with and extra big happy squeeze of a hug.

The next day I tested the theory as he talked on the phone to Daddy. “Tell daddy ‘I love you'” I whispered in his ear.

“I yuv you” he said, his clearest phrase yet. Paul was astounded. Jacob told me again last night before going to bed.

It is a special moment when you first hear that phrase coming from your kids, but when it is coming from one that you are just thrilled to have alive at all it becomes a magical golden moment. My heart just swelled, and if I wasn’t such a tough old cookie (or if I was pregnant, heh), I would have burst into tears. I can never say enough how grateful we are for the doctors and nurses and friends, and everyone who has been such a support over the last year and a half. You all are a huge part of our miracle that grows everyday.

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