Thursday, March 31, 2011

Well I'll Be Et Fer A Tater.

I have been answering the baby goat question like this:

"Oreo still hasn't had her kid. We think she maybe lost the baby."

And then sadness ensues.

And then today after school this little thang came screaming into the house saying that there was something under the deck.

And here it is!!!

Oreo finally kidded out.

And this is her kid.

It is definitely the cutest kid I have ever seen in my entire life.

And I am totally unbiased.

I mean, look at his ears. One stays straight up and the other is bent down.


He has a black stripe right down his back and each of his legs is black in front.

The name Stripey came to mind. But that reminds me of Stripe on Gremlins.

The bad Gremlin.

Then we thought naming the goat after our neighbor Charlie would be cool.

I kinda like the sound of it.

It got confusing when we started talking about Charlie and we weren't talking about our neighbor. Or the goat.

We are now thinking Vegeta.

The little guy went right up to the kids. My kids. And loved the attention.

Blackjack and Cass are staying far away. They know somethin's up and don't want any part of it. He goes right through Sam's legs. It's just the cutest thing! When the baby baas, the mama baas and comes right to him. We love how they communicate. Congratulations and good job Oreo.

Ruthie called Grandma and Grandpa and Abbie and Poppy and Dad.

Such big news.

We showed off a bit to anyone who wanted to see the cuteness.

If you'd like to see the cuteness, come on over. Just keep in mind that we live in the land of poo!

Now, if I can just get my kids to come back in the house.

A Thought For Thursday.

Today's thought comes because my temple is closing.

It's only for 3 years or so. But think of all that can happen in one's life in 3 years!!

This morning Mandy and I went one last time for Temple Thursday. Alison, we missed you.

On Tuesday I went and it was so cute to see all the older couples there getting their pictures taken in front of the temple.

Ruthie was sealed to us for time and all eternity in the Ogden Temple.

I will miss it.

And I look forward to the renovations that will make it beautiful, safe and ready for use for many more years.


“The temple is a great school. It is a house of learning.”

—President Boyd K. Packer


I am hoping to go and take pictures over the many months ahead.

And, look out Bountiful Temple! Temple Thursday is still a force to be reckoned with!

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

If Ye Are Prepared...

Guess what was in our 72 hour kits? C'mon. Go ahead....

Did you say diapers?

Well. No, there weren't diapers.

But close enough.

So my job these past couple of weeks has been to update the 72 hour kits.

Japan had a little to do with that.

It's also almost Conference weekend. And General Conference is a great marker to update 72 hour kits. Every 6 months.

So here is one backpack.

$15.88 at Walm*rt and great to get all you need in.

In the very front pocket I put a notebook, a book, a card game in each of the kids', 2 pens and 2 pencils, a house key, a family picture, a card with my full name, date of birth and then medical/allergy info. A list of everything in the pack, another family pic, a map of the area, a list of phone numbers and names of important people (family and doctors) and in my pack and Isaac's pack, medical needs (I am a diabetic, Isaac has allergies and asthma). In one side small pocket, a bag of tissue, hand sanitizer wipes, chap stick, sunscreen, a mirror, a comb and in the kids' packs, a stack of band aids.
In the other side pocket, a pocket size Book of Mormon ($5.25 at Deseret book!! Perfect 72 hour kit size), hard candy and gum. I call this the "relief pack".
In the main part of the bag we put cash (small bills and coins) in a hidden pocket, we also have our 3 days food supply, a change of clothes, underwear and socks, a bag of toiletries and large trash bags. The red box is a first aid kit and Daniel and I each have one in our packs.
I forgot to take a picture of it, but that small pocket at the top of the front has the following...

Flashlight, extra batteries, rain poncho, 3-N96 mask (2 in Isaac's due to asthma), a light stick on a lanyard, a whistle on a lanyard (blow if you are lost or need immediate help!) a reflective space blanket, and waterproof matches. Those are the things needed almost immediately in a crisis. Keep those items easily accessible and make sure every family member knows what they are for.

This is my Day 1 food. 72 hours=3 days. Food is essential. This is somewhat high calorie and not what you would normally eat food. But it will help you survive.

Have you thought about water?? I did. It's up there with the packs.
Right there on the end. You need a gallon of water per person per day. Uhhhhh. I can't carry that just for me, plus my pack, much less my family. We keep the water separate for now.
This is my plan. Every General Conference weekend we will revisit the packs. We will update clothes, replace food, and go through all the items as a review.

I also plan to have all my family right here in my house with me in the case of emergency, evacuation or disaster.

Because that is highly unlikely, I am putting together packs for each vehicle and remind my kids that when they are at school in an emergency THEY ARE SAFE!

And I will get to them immediately.

The most important thing to remember in a disaster is to REMAIN CALM.

When you get all funky and screamy and hysterical, you waste needed energy and cause problems for everyone else.



Words to live by.

**I got my information for my packs from this blog **

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

The "Other" Do.

But...The role of Annie was taken.

So, I think I'll go straight today.

It's the lovely beauty of having natural curl.

And a straightening iron.


Monday, March 28, 2011

A New Do.

Did you hear that the musical Annie is coming to town??

I'm going for the lead!

Friday, March 25, 2011

Life Is Too Short.

My friend Natalee and I worked together for many years.
We were close friends.
We traveled together, too.
San Francisco to see Phantom of the Opera.
Puerto Vallarta.
She married her sweetheart a month before I married mine.
She had a son. Then a daughter.
They are Sam and Ruthie's age.
Yesterday Natalee lost her sweetheart in a tragic accident.
I didn't know Jeremiah well.
But the fact that he was Natalee's husband makes this loss very real.
Today, hug your sweetie.
Today, hug your kiddos.
Take each moment you can to tell them you love them.
Life is too short to wait.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

A Thought For Thursday.

I LOVE to read!
This is my fave!
I love the feel of it in my hands.
I love the content.
I love the leather.
I love the truth.
My current reading material.
From the Mitford series.
It's light and fun.

Here is today's thought
There is something wonderful about a book.
We can pick it up.
We can heft it.
We can read it.
We can set it down.
We can think of what we have read.
It does something for us.
We can share minds, great actions and great undertakings in the pages of a book.
Gordon B. Hinkley
Have you read a book recently?
And, yes, I wear reading glasses. Otherwise I can't see that close! It's sad, but true.

Monday, March 21, 2011

A Day In The Life.

In our life today.
No school.
I made Cafe Rio pork, black beans, rice and dressing this weekend.
At this point, the lettuce is just a vehicle to get the dressing to my mouth.
Sam made a fort.
A house, actually.
He decorated the interior even.
Then I got this...

He had chocolate pudding, chips, jerky and a joke book.
Then Ruthie made a quick fort and sent this...
Candy and chips.
Can't go wrong there.
The time was actually changed to 3:40 so we could all attend Sam's party at his house first.
We got gummy worms and read a book at Ruthie's party.
Last week in Wolf Den we made terreriums.
Look at those little seedlings coming up!
How was your day?

Sunday, March 20, 2011

A Little Bit Of Green.

Look At That!
It's starting to turn green.
I've been looking too much at the icky grass all around.
And on St Patty's day I saw it.
Soon it will all be green.
And lush.
And Pretty!
Happy first day of Spring!

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

She Does The Damage. He Fixes It.

At least that's how we do things. I was leaving a parking lot and rear ended a very nice young lady with her small niece and baby boy in the car. Guilt? U-huh. My right (your left) fog light left a nice white mark on her pretty red bumper. But I'm sure it will wash off. My car?? Oh. My poor Durango. See that guy under there? Daniel left work so he could come save me. And let me get home in time to get my kids from school. And because we don't want to pay the many many dollars it could take to fix said bumper, he is working on it.
I had to get out of the parking lot exit and on to the side of the road. So I drove it. And that corner of the bumper curled up against the tire. Luckily the tire didn't explode. I would have had to have a tow truck come get it. Luckily Daniel knows how to get things done.
I got to pick up my kiddos in this.
Oh yes. The special car.
He had just made a really good "She does the damage and I have to fix it. That's how we do things" face. But I captured the look after that for all posterity.
And no one was hurt!

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Sunday Treat.

Isaac wanted to make the brownie mix he got from Grandma and Grandpa for his birthday. He made them himself. But when it came to the brownies cooling...
He needed them to cool faster.
And just a few minutes later...
May all your Sunday treats be as delicious!

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

I Can't Believe It!

He's 11.
How did he get to be 11??
While Isaac and his class were at lunch, I dropped off a few boxes of Ding Dongs with a Happy Birthday sign on Isaac's desk. He said the kids were amazed and excited!
Then Isaac got home from school and saw the stack of presents that he knew he'd have to wait for dad to get home before opening.
So I let him open one.
Grandma and Grandpa came by and dropped off a fun gift.
Brownie mix
Cool red pocket knife
He was supposed to call Abbie back and let her know what he wants for Sunday. He chickened out. We'll see if he gets anything.
Here are most of the rest of his gifts from us.
When dad got home the gift opening began.
This is his new Scout book. Being an 11 year old he is officially a Boy Scout.
He earned his Arrow Of Light and will receive that at this month's pack meeting.
And that look on his face?
Yeah. He loves a Scout book for a birthday present.
More gift opening as dinner got cold.
After dinner, of which Isaac ate very little, we had cake.
Then everyone was on a sugar bend and very little else got done.
But for one cool guy, it was a very good day.
Happy Birthday Isaac.
I'm so glad you're mine!

Saturday, March 5, 2011


Have you ever seen a goat waddle?
You should come to my house and watch Oreo.
Because she waddles.
The kid was due last month.
But so far, no kid.
She sits in the grass a lot and sometimes when I see her I think, Ooh this could be it.
But it's not.
She just waddles along.
Hopefully she'll "kid out" soon.
That's what uncle Lewis said. Kid out.
I remember waddling.
But I always kidded out early.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

A Thought For Thursday.

We can all use a little humor in our lives.
Okay. Some need a LOT of humor.
I'd like to share some with you.
To write with a broken pencil is pointless.

When fish are in schools they sometimes take debate.

A thief who stole a calendar got twelve months.

When the smog lifts in Los Angeles, U.C.L.A.

The professor discovered that her theory
of earthquakes was on shaky ground.

The batteries were given out free of charge.

A dentist and a manicurist married.
They fought tooth and nail.

A will is a dead giveaway.

If you don't pay your exorcist you can
get repossessed.

With her marriage, she got a new name and a dress.

Show me a piano falling down a mineshaft
and I'll show you A-flat miner.

You are stuck with your debt if you can't budge it.

A boiled egg is hard to beat.

When you've seen one shopping center
you've seen a mall.

Police were called to a day care where a
three-year-old was resisting a rest.

Did you hear about the fellow whose whole
left side was cut off? He's all right now.

A bicycle can't stand alone; it is two tired.

The guy who fell onto an upholstery
machine was fully recovered.

He had a photographic memory which was
never developed.

Those who get too big for their britches
will be exposed in the end.

When she saw her first strands of gray
hair, she thought she'd dye.

Acupuncture: a jab well done.
Have a great (and humorous) Thursday!

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Make A Meal.

Okay. I need to start with this. Cruise to Alaska. Daniel and I loooooooved the mushroom quesadillas in one of the restaraunts. We would order the mushroom dillas everytime we ate there. One night I think we ordered a couple and just ate that. Mmmmmmmmm.....

So tonight is Sam's night to make dinner. Yep. Slave driver. No. Not really. The kids each have a night during the week that they choose the dinner and help cook it and set the table and clean up and everything. It works well so far. Sam chose Chicken Quesadillas for tonight. But not everyone likes them. In fact, Sam would rather leave the chicken in the freezer and just have a cheese dilla. But enough of that. On to what I made for me and my man.
First, I got the big thing of mushrooms out of the fridge.
And with all the makings...cheese, raw tortillas...
And then sauted the shrooms.
Oh. Yes.
And then cooked the tortilla and put the cheese and the shrooms on and folded it over and let it all melt and and and....
Enjoyed every bite
I wanted another one
But it's Tuesday
TNT night
So I may make one for breakfast tomorrow
Don't bother me, I'm eating.