Monthly Archives: May 2008

Random Friday Post

Memorial Day (Monday) found us gathered with a few of my old friends from highschool days.  We didn’t all go to the same highschool, we knew each other through church and youth activities.  Three of my best friends back in the day were able to bring their families over and we had a fun BBQ.  It is rather nice to keep in touch with friends from so long ago.  We all live in the greater Portland area, so hopefully we can do this again some time.


Tuesday morning we got word that Paul’s grandfather passed away, which spun us into some hectic planning sessions.  We decided that for such a short speedy trip to Boise it would be hard on the baby and Dorothy would have to miss her school field trip to the Zoo that I would stay with James, Jacob, Lizard, and Dot and Paul would go with Emily.  She has never had the oportunity to have a special outing like this before.  All the family is gathering and I am excited that Paul will be able to attend.  I wish I could attend as well, but I feel this is the right decision.


James officially hit 5 months old on Tuesday – he is growing up way to fast!


I held a piano recital last night for my students – all three of them.  Things have been so chaotic so far this year that I didn’t have my kids ready and tears were shed.  Hopefully I can get my act together for the next one in the fall.  The recital went really well – with only three students I have them all learn 2 songs a piece.  They are all in highschool and two of the three are in sports which can take a lot away from practice time.  They all did so well – I was really pleased.  It was rather nice to have a recital where all three students were at least intermediate (to some degree) – it was a nice change from twinkle little star and chopsticks. 🙂

With only three students I have the recital here in my home. I even managed to get the house ready in time – with help of course. Paul even made a make shift cover for the piano bench as the origianal cover was getting to be an eyesore.


My brother-in-law was also in town and stopped by last night just before the recital.  It was a lot of fun for us all to see him – though we wished we had had more visit time, as the majority of it was taken up with recital.  We love you Uncle David! He even got to meet baby James before my sister – I think he was enjoying having bragging rights. 🙂


Also last night was the school’s writing celebration, which I didn’t find out about until two days before.  Of course there was the conflict of the recital – Paul is my behind the scenes man – I don’t think I would ever have a recital run smoothely without him.  Luckily for us the writing celebration started at 6:30 so Paul was able to take the girls over and see their writing and meet the guest author.  They even made it back  five minutes before the recital began.  Lizard’s story was even chosen to be critiqued by the district – it will be interesting to see what they say. Her teacher has always mentioned what a talented writer she is.


Along with Paul’s sudden trip to Boise comes sudden fixes on the car he will be driving – new tires, new breaks, allignment, tune up, and injection flush.  Wowee! Thank goodness we had some tucked away in savings – though if something else like this hits soon we could be in trouble. 🙂


Too top off Monday’s BBQ I ran into one of my best friends from highschool whose parents now live next door to us.  She was visiting before taking off to Maryland – she has an internship at John Hopkins.  Running into old friends can be really fun.


Paul also started biking this week.  He is hoping to gradually work up to biking to work – mainly to save money on gas because of the crazy prices.  He even got biking shorts…mmmmm…..


Well I think that pretty much covers it.  I need to go help get things ready – Paul leaves after Emily gets home from kindergarten.


Filed under Children, Family, Lizy

My ‘Roly Poly’* Baby

 James Rolling 1

“…He’s a Roly Poly Baby
Pleasin’ as they come
He’s a Roly Poly Baby
A Ton of Fun”

James Rolling 2

“They call him
Ya Ya Roly Poly
Ya Ya Roly Poly
Ya Ya Roly Poly
Ya Ya Roly Poly
Ya Ya Roly
Ya Ya Poly
Ya Ya Roly Poly”

 James Rolling 3

“…Got a Roly Poly Baby
Point to him with pride
He’s my Roly Poly Baby
I’m satisfied”

James Rolling 4

“I call him
Ya Ya Roly Poly
Ya Ya Roly Poly
Ya Ya Roly Poly
Ya Ya Roly Poly
Ya Ya Roly
Ya Ya Poly
Ya Ya Roly Poly”

 James Rolling 5

Yup – my little boy is rolling! And check out this grin: 🙂


Big Grin


*Lyrics are from the song “Roly Poly” as sung in the movie “Pillow Talk”


Filed under Children, James

100 Things About Me

Which is way more than you probably ever wanted to know – but I had never done one of these and thought it would be fun.  I thought it would be really hard. It was hard, but not as hard as I thought it would be – I actually could have written more, but 100 is a nice round number and I don’t want to bore you all to tears. 🙂

1. My nickname all through my childhood was “J” – which my initials spelled too (JAE) – It is still my main nickname in my family, most of my nephews and neices call me “Aunt J”

2. When I married my husband my inittials changed to JAW – at the time Paul was preparing for dental school and we thought it was very funny.

3. I am the youngest of 5 children.

4. When people asked my parents how many children they had they would say, “2 girls, 2 boys, and Julia.”

5. It always made me feel imporant because I was the only one they named.

6. I have 5 children – three girls (Elizabeth, Dorothy, Emily) and two boys (Jacob, James) – in that order.

7. My oldest son, Jacob, was born with a heart defect – TGA (Transposition of the Great Arteries)

8. I am a stay at home mom.

9. I am a piano teacher.

10. I have played the piano since I was about 4 or 5 years old.

11. I play the French Horn too (and organ and trombone)

12. I belong to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

13. I served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Chile – I was in the Chile Antofagasta mission.

14. I met my husband in the French horn section in band at Ricks College.

15. I married him one month before I turned 23.

16. I was born on July 19 – I was early – which was a huge surprise to my mom.

17. My fifth child was early too – kind of a fun coincidence. 🙂

18. 4 of my 5 children were water births – one of those was born at home.

19. I like to write stories and poetry – especially for children.

20.  I cut off part of my big toe on my left foot with the lawn mower when I was a senior in highschool.

21. Yes, I was wearing shoes.

22. Because it still hurt to walk normally, I attended my highschool graduation with a cane.

23. I have never broken a bone.

24. I must have hard bones because I am a major tomboy and have fallen numerous times from trees – or maybe just jumped.

25. I grew up on a small hobby farm in Pennsylvania.

26. I used to jump out of our hayloft window into the well limed manuar pile.

27.  I had short hair as a kid and was commonly mistaken as a boy.

28. I love thunderstorms.

29. I love lightening bugs.

30. My mom made us a teepee when we were kids. We used lightening bugs in jars as lamps when we slept in it.

31. When we slept in it my sisters would tell me scary stories so I would get scared and go back inside.

32. Maybe that is why I was such a pesky little sister – it was retaliation. 🙂

33. I used to play rafter tag with my siblings on the rafters of our corn crib.

34. I love frogs, snakes, and lizards.

35. My favorite animal as a kid was the raccoon.

36. I don’t really have a favorite color – they are all pretty, but if forced to choose I will choose green or purple.

37.  I can sew.

38. I love to read.

39. I like to scrapbook.

40. I got rammed by one of our sheep once – it was funny, but knocked the wind out of me.

41. My brother, Paul, hit me in the head with a baseball bat once – he had a habbit of throwing the bat after hitting the ball.

42. He also jumped on my jaw once – it was an accident… sort of.

43. My brother kimball was swinging me around the living room when my hand collided with a cactus.

44. I tried not to squirm too much as he pulled out every spine from my hand.

45. Cough syrup makes me nautious.

46.  I hate brussel sprouts and ocra. 

47. When I was in highschool I was dubbed Goofy.

48. It was mostly because I was a klutz and had a habbit of doing rather stupid things.

49. I got blood poisoning in my leg when I was in highschool.

50. Luckily my mom got it taken care of without having to take me to the hospital.

51. One of the reasons I am a klutz is because I have weak ankles – I could be walking down a sidewalk and it would turn and I would totally biff it.

52. Because of this I learned to have a good sense of humor and to laugh at myself – a lot. 🙂

53.  In college I bruised cartilage in my ankle and was on crutches from the end of January to the beginning of March – crutches in Rexburg, Idaho in the middle of winter is NOT fun.

54.  I didn’t get my drives liscene until a month after I turned 20 – not because I was scared to drive or anything, that just was the way it worked out.

55. I painted my toe nails for the first time when I was 27 years old.  (maybe that shows just how much of a tomboy I am)

56. I’ve been to Japan.

57. I love to hike.

58. I went on my first 10 mile hike when I was 7 (almost 8 ) years old.

59. I went on my first backpacking trip with the young women in our stake when I was 15 or 16.

60. The Stake President went with us (along with numerous other leaders) and I nailed him where it counts with a snowball.

61. I liked to turn food green when I was in highschool. Once for a picnic I made green eggsalad sandwhiches, green snickerdoodles, and green lemonade.

62. I still dye food fun colors sometimes – the kids really like it.

63.  I climbed Mt. Fuji in the middle of the night so I could see the sunrise – it was amazing.

64. My favorite flower is the Black eyed Susan – though I love all flowers.

65. I have been to all but 2 or 3 of the connected United States (still haven’t made it to Alaska or Hawii).

66. My favorite nickname my Mom gave me was Juliana Hosen-pheffer Jingle-heimer Schmidt.

67.  Paul and I were married in the Portland Oregon Temple.

68. All but out oldest children were born in Oregon.

69. Our oldest was born in Utah.

70. When we got married we exchanged rings in the atrium – beside the lobby of the temple.

71. I couldn’t get the ring on his finger so he had to do it himself.

72. I still get nervous in the dark – I think I can blame the movie “Gremlins” for this because it terrified me as a kid.

73. I am horribly scared of spiders.

74. I bite my nails – it annoys me and I would like to stop.

75. Paul and my “song” is “Jupiter” by Gustav Holst – we played it together the term we met in college, before I left on my mission.

76. People thought it was really weird that we had a classical song, so we chose a secondary song “You’re My Inspiration” by Chicago.

77. I love to dance – by myself, with my kids, with my husband – and especially in the kitchen.

78. I love to make of corny lyrics to songs I know that go along with whatever I am doing at the moment.

79. I love to tease and be teased – nicely of course.

80.  I am usually a positive person – hey, every one has their moments 🙂

81. I used to read with a flashlight under my covers when I was supposed to be sleeping.

82. Somehow my Dad always knew and would stomp on the floor (his room was above mine) telling me to turn it off and go to sleep.

83.  My favorite icecream is Bryer’s Mint Chocolate chip.

84. It is my favorite because it was my Dad’s – he would get it out after we went to bed and I would often go up because I “couldn’t sleep” and he would let me sit on his lap and feed me a spoon or two before sending me back to bed.

85. My mom taught me to play the piano, and do most everything else I do – she taught me to believe in myself.

86. I really dislike doing dishes.

87. I dislike doing laundry even more.

88. I like to goof off with my kids.

89. I like to dance in the sprinklers or under a hose with them.

90. I have always loved the water and swimming.

91.  We burned our trash in a burn pile when I was a kid.

92. My brothers and I loved throwing old aerosal cans in it and then running for cover as they exploded.

93. I love the ocean – especially swimming in it.

94. Someday I want to go to Europe.

95. Negatism bothers me.

96. I look forward to ‘dating’ my husband every week.

97. We do fun corny stuff together.

98. One of our favorite things to do is people watch – we make up entire conversations for them.  It gets pretty hilarious.

99.  I am usually willing to do stupid things for a quarter – such as lay in the middle of the road, or do jumping jacks in a parking garage entrance – I earned a lot of quarters from my Mom.

100. I love my life.


Filed under Meme

Not the Answer I Expected

It was bedtime, I was tired, and from the dark recesses of the bedrooms a howl from Dot came floating down the hallway.  I sighed, knowing that the howl would be followed by Dorothy herself, and sure enough she quickly emerged from the darkness of the hall way into the light.

“Emily bit my finger.”

“Why were you with biting distance of Emily? Aren’t you supposed to be on the top bunk asleep.”

“Uhh, yeah.” She looked at me sheepishly.

“Then, you should have stayed there, and you wouldn’t have gotten bit.”


“Now to bed, and send Emily out.”

I heard the reluctantly shuffling long before I saw her, but eventually she came into view, holding back knowing she was in trouble.

“You bit Dorothy’s finger?” I asked.  I was not prepared for her answer in the slightest, and it was all I could do to keep from busting up laughing.  She still got in trouble, but i thought her answer was a pretty funny one.

“I thought it was a carrot,” Emily said.


Filed under Dot, Em, Humor, Things Kids Say

A Sweet Boy

I have such a sweet little boy, and on Monday last week I found out just how sweet Jacob really is.  I was nursing James and Jacob climbed up to the counter. I wasn’t worried when I saw him eating there out of the corner of my eye, after all he hadn’t quite finished his ceral from breakfast.  Once I finished feeding the baby and saw Jacob was STILL at the counter I got a bit concerned – “Exactly what is that boy up to?” I thought to myself as I walked over to where he was perched on a bar stool at the counter.

My foot landed in a mess of grainy sticky stuff before I saw what he was doing.  That spurred me to his side at top speed, and this is what I saw:

Jacob, spoon in hand over a giant tupperware of sugar and cornflakes. He had sugar all through his hair, all over his face, all over his clothes, all over the counter, and all over the floor.  With the sugariest grin I have ever seen he pointed to the sugar conatiner and proudly proclaimed, “I did it mommy!” 

He had indeed done it.  He had gotten my sugar container out of the cupboard, confiscated the cornflakes and dumped all of the cornflakes into the sugar container.  Mixed it up with his spoon and was sitting there happily chowing down.  He was the happiest, stickiest boy I had ever seen.

I was the unhappiest, stickiest Mom – though I did find it quite humerous, trying to clean up the mess was NOT humerous – I swear that floor is STILL sticky.  I went to clean him up and ended up just dumping him in the bathtub – he even had sugar in his pull-up and coating his skin under his shirt – it was almost as him he had played in a vast of white sticky sweetness.  What a sweet silly boy 🙂


Filed under Children, Humor, Jacob

Dorothy’s Baptism

One of the reasons this last week was sooooo busy and crazy was because we were getting ready for Dorothy’s baptism, and for Paul’s parents who were coming for the weekend.  I did a lot of cleaning – not that I wouldn’t have done it anyway, but it takes A LOT more to get things in order when you are interrupted consistently by a little baby who wants to eat and demands your attention with adorable smiles.  And there were many other things demanding my attention as well, such as grocery shopping, and numerous errands to run.  It was a never-ending flow of stuff and by the time the weekend hit I was stretched thin, and very tired.  The sudden heat wave didn’t help as temperatures rocketed to over 100 degrees. 

Friday night we ended up pulling out the hose and spraying everyone down, myself and Paul included, as we danced about in the yard with many squeals of delight. There wasn’t a dry spot on us by the time we were done. 🙂

We made it through the weekend, and it was all worth it, as Dorothy was baptized on Sunday. It was the sweetest experience. She planned the whole program – Grandma W gave a talk on baptism, Auntie Tara (an honorary aunt) gave a talk on the Gift of the Holy Ghost, Grandpa W baptized her, she sang a musical number and Dad confirmed her a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She had Uncle Paul lead the music, my student and her baby sitter play the piano, and myself and Aunt Pamala do prayers. She had so much fun choosing songs and arranging everything just how she wanted it.

We all were amazed with how many people came, and it was so wonderful for her to have the support of our ward – though it made her a lot more nervous to sing. Most importantly the spirit was there so strong, testifying to us of the correctness of her decision. After she was baptized and we were in the changing room she told me, “I feel so happy mom,” then she grinned even bigger, “I feel the spirit.” I gave her the biggest squeeze and almost started crying. 🙂

She was beaming from ear to ear, and there has been quite the distinct difference in our little Dorothy. Oh how we love her – especially those sweet, sweet smiles. We recorded Dorothy singing her song, “If the Savior Stood Beside Me”. (The video isn’t the best quality, but it is the best I could manage, I have never tried to upload a video before…)

Dorothy before the baptism with Grandpa W and Dad (I changed the photo to black and white because the flourescent lighting in the hall cast a funky yellow hue over everything.)

Dot Baptism


Filed under Children, Dot, Family, Parenting, Religion


The Friday before Mother’s Day was an amazing night.  A week before Paul recieved a company email from his company owners that they had opera tickets they would not be able to use and they would give them away to who ever contacted them first.  Paul fired back a swift reply and that was why that amazing Friday night found us walking into the Keller in downtown Portland for Aida! 

The tickets were amazing tickets, as the owners of Paul’s company are huge contributers. It was opening night and we were only about 19 rows or so from the front with a clear view of everything – there were even compimentory chocolates on the seats we were to take.  Free chocolate, especially good ones, are always a major bonus. 🙂

The opera was absolutely amazing, they did a fine job with it.  Usually I am a lover of the deep male voices as they belt out their songs, but this night had me entranced with the lead Soprano playing Aida.  Her voice was amazing. It wasn’t heavy with vibrato and shrieky, it was sweet and clear, a pristine voice that I could have listened to for days on end.  Her highest notes were exquisite and she was so expressive in her facial expressions and acting, she really made you believe that she was Aida torn between the love of her father and country and the man she loved and his country.

I her voice singing in my head all the way home. 

One of the other really neat things was that I had helped our babysitter’s mom with some things and in return she insisted on covering the babysitting bill for the night, so the night was totally free!! 


Filed under Music

Thoughts of a Mom

A Collection of Poems

Toddler Treasures

my hand
he places
One Plastic Glow
In The Dark lizard,
Three Snail shells, a piece of
String on a stick – I think he
went fishing today – nine pebbles,
a bent paper clip, and a shriveled
white daisy. “Because I love you,” he says.



A Mother’s Moment

Rock back, rock forward, forward and back,
Our eyes droop together, my
Child’s and mine. His sweet baby’s breath
Keeps tickling my cheek.
Into dreams we sail. Just us,
No one and nothing else but the
Gentle lilting creak as we move, back and forward, forward and back.

Calling to me are piles of dishes and
Heaps of laundry, but with my wee one
Asleep in my arms, all I can think of
Is how little time I have before he is grown and gone. So I keep
Rocking, back and forward, forward and back.



A delicate arch glowing
Red in the evening sun
Lovingly chiseled and shaped by
The hands of God.
Graceful, yet strong enough
To withstand the tests of time
And the storms of nature;
An example of steadfastness
Courage, and faith.
A witness to time, ages,
Laughter, tears, a monument
To which we aspire.
Beauty internal and eternal;
A masterpiece in the making.


A Mother’s Prayer

I feel the rhythmic creaking of my rocking chair
And press my cheek, so soft, against your downy hair.
I drop a kiss upon each peaceful slumbering eye
And utter in my heart a silent hopeful prayer.

I want to nurture you and teach you to reach high,
I want you to understand that it’s okay to cry.
I’ll teach you to catch snowflakes on your tiny tongue
And marvel at the rainbows in the glistening sky.

I’ll show you nature’s miracles, after spring has sprung
And show you all the little creatures hiding among
The rocks and crevices. I want to teach you
How to sing the song that’s left unsung.

I want to show you lions, roaring at the zoo,
And be your secret confidant when you’re feeling blue.
You are my precious child. None can compare.
Remember always who you are, my darling, I love you.


Happy Mother’s Day!!!


Filed under Parenting, Poetry, Writing

The Party

We had a mini party for Dot’s 8th birthday on Tuesday, and today we had the big shindig. 

Every time I look at this photo I bust up laughing at the look on her face – it was taken on Tuesday.


Today we did a sort of carnival theme with lots of crazy and fun games. We started off with a dress up relay. We had two teams and they took turns running to the duffle bag putting on all their clothes and clown faces, and posing for a picture.

The Birthday Girl…. er clown
Dress up Relay 2

One of the fabulous friends

Dress-up Relay

Every cool carnival needs a parade. So we had them put on their faces, grab an instrument and march up and down the sidewalk in front of the house.


Then a balloon sit, bubbles, and musical chairs were in order.


Musical Chairs

We wrapped things up with a carnival cake – it’s not quite the “coolest cake in the world” – Sariah has that title, but is was pretty cool. 🙂

Carnival Cake

Blow Dot, Blow!

A mouth full of birthday cake 🙂

Big Bite


Filed under Cakes, Children, Dot

14 Feet Trekking Through Portland

*I am going to attempt to keep this post at the top of the blog – so for any new posts I write, look just below this post. 🙂 *

AHA Heart Walk

Just go to that link to join, donate, or get more information.


Filed under CHD, Heart, TGA