Wednesday, January 19, 2011

The End...

Going to do something different to store memories and photos in 2011.  Much love to all two, maybe three of you that read my blog!  See you in 2012...maybe.  :)

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Super Fun Family Home Evening

Chad was in charge of the lesson this past Monday for FHE and it was an "Emergency Preparedness" week.  He said he knew exactly what he wanted to do!

Carson and I were at home, minding our own business when Chad walked in from work on Monday night.  He stated, "Mock Emergency!  We have 5 minutes to get out of our house!" and set the microwave timer for 5 minutes.

I kind of freaked out and didn't really handle it all that well at first!  But, I got my wits about me and went to the bookshelf and got our handy dandy Emergency Plan binder and turned to the "Evacuation Procedures" page that we made last year.

We were able to follow it and each complete our assignments and get out of the house in 5 minutes and into the Pathfinder, along with the dogs! As we took a short drive, Chad asked us what each of us learned.

Carson learned to not pay attention to Mom when she is freaking out and to just stay calm and take a deep breath and do his assignments.

I learned to not freak out and that I have given myself too many assignements on our Evacuation Procedure list (will be revised soon!)

Chad learned that it is really good for us to practice instead of just talk about it.  He says we are going to do it again when it's warmer, head up in the mountains and actually try out our food in our 72 hour kits.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Temple Square

One of our favorite things to do on Sunday afternoons is go for drives.  We usually end up at Sundance or up Alpine Loop somewhere.

Today, we decided to go a little further.  The plan was to drive up to Heber, then over to Park City, then down to Salt Lake, then home.  As we were driving from Park City to Salt Lake, I asked Carson if he would like to go to Temple Square this year when they turn on the lights.  I was shocked when he said, "What's Temple Square?".  As Chad and I thought about it, it has been a loooooooonnnnnnng time since we've been there.  I bet the last time was at Brett and Shannon's wedding and that was in 2005, which is only five years, but he was 4 years old!

So, we decided on the spot to make a little side trip to Temple Square today.  It was cold and rainy and we were just going to walk around for a few minutes but as Chad put it (after we left), those Sister Missionaries are like white on rice!  We ended up talking to a couple of missionaries and they showed us a presentation about families as "a reminder of what we already know".  The presentation itself was very neat and followed a family through different stages in their life and as it does so, you move from room to room.  Very neat. 

At the end, we talked with them for a long while and they asked Carson what some of the blessings are in his life from being a member of the LDS Church and he, thinking they meant "blessings", told them he got a blessing when he was a baby, once when he was sick and for the start of school this year! 

As we left from their presentation, we wanted to go walk by the Christus statue on our way out.  As we entered into that room, I noticed Carson was wiping and wiping his eyes and I thought he was tired.  I took a good look at his face and he was crying!  I pulled him aside, we didn't go into the Christus room, and sat him on my lap.  I asked him what was wrong and he shook his head, which in Carson world means "I don't want to talk".  So, I just hugged him, he said he was okay and we went through and saw the statue, juked a few more pairs of missionaries and made it to our car!  In the car, I told Carson that I was sorry he felt sad or whatever he was feeling and he said he wasn't sad, he was "too happy".  I left it at that.

When we got home, Carson went to his room.  A little while later, he came out with his journal and had written the following (spelling corrected!):

Today I went to the Temple Square and felt the spirit very well.  I felt like we had walked through a great golden gate and when we got outside the visitor center, I still felt a little warm inside.  I hope that I can remember this experience throughout my life and on my mission and help people join the church and speak about Jesus Christ and teach families of the Holy Ghost and Heavenly Father and that families can be together forever when we are married in the temple and sealed together and in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

I think we will definitely make it up to see the lights turned on this year.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Bear Rank!

Carson was awarded his Bear Patch on
November 10, 2010,
along with a gold arrow point and two silver arrow points.

Handsome in his uniform.

Monday, October 18, 2010

FHE 10/18/2010

Prayer: Chad

Song: I'm Trying to Be Like Jesus

Scripture: 2 Nephi 1:30

Topic: Friends!

Lesson: Carson gave a lesson from For the Strength of Youth on the "Friends" section.  He used baby powder on his hands to show how what our friends do "rubs off" on us.  He then read a story about a boy who had to make a hard choice between being with friends who were making bad choices or not being with those friends.

Activity: Not related to the lesson, but we did the very last section of our Emergency Plan Binder: Our Grab and Go Lists

Treat: Apple Pie! 

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Tuesday Deals

It's been a while since my friend Aynn and I went out on the town to get all the good deals! 
 Last night was so much fun and a great success! 
The total that I paid for everything in the photo above is $1.15. 
Yep, one dollar and fifteen cents. 

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

FHE 9/20/2010

Tonight's FHE was an Emergency Preparedness one.  We talked about what to do in case of a fire, such as feel your bedroom door to see if it's hot, etc.

We did a practice fire drill as if our house caught fire while we were sleeping.  Carson climbed up in his bed and pretended to be asleep while Chad set off the alarm.  Carson did really well and loved jumping out of his bedroom window (Chad removed the screen beforehand).  I'm not sure who had more fun...Carson, or the dogs!  They thought it was pretty funny that Carson was jumping out of his window and we were all running across the yard. 

Our goal for this weekend is to get our "bed bags" made, then we will move on to our 72 hour bags and 72 hour food.

Last Week...

...was a blur!  It was a very busy week at work for both Chad and me.  However, Carson's school did go to school the full schedule (4 whole days and 1 early out day) and as far as I know, none of the children died from it.

Carson had Cub Scouts on Tuesday and they completed almost all of one requirement, which was great for his progress towards his Bear Acheivement.  Wednesday afternoon was a checkup at the pediatrician.  We are going to a new pediatrician and really, it's about time.  We've lived in Provo for over 4 years now and we've still been going down to Springville as if there aren't any pediatricians in Provo/Orem.  So, we went to see Dr. Greg Nielsen and absolutely loved him.  Thanks to our friend Rachel, an MA in his office, for the recommendation.

Thursday, Chad went to his second week of CERT training and of course, he absolutely loves it.  I had my monthly Relief Society activity that I am in charge of (joy!) the same night so Carson went to the church with me and helped in the nursery.  I asked him if he was a helper or a nursery attendee and he replied, "Well, I did have a snack".  Guess he's not sure what side of the fence that lands him on.  Relief Society was a success and I'm always thankful when it's over!

The weekend was spent deep cleaning the house (it needed it SO badly) and grocery shopping.  We were hoping to get the Bama game on TV, but no such luck.  We decided to cook ribs anyway, though!  ;)

Saturday evening, Carson's friend Jessica came over and they watched Percy Jackson The Lightning Thief, ate popcorn and roasted marshmallows in our fire pit. 

Sunday brought it's usual busy-ness (day of rest? as if!) of 3 hours of church, followed by a quick lunch, Chad going home teaching at 1, me go visiting teaching at 2 and then having to follow that up with working on Carson's spotlight poster that we found out about on Friday.  His spotlight was supposed to be in March, but's this week!

The Call's Cabin

Post and photos coming soon

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

This, to me, is so sad...

I'm not going to post any links to any stories about this because I am so bothered by what is happening.

There is a pastor/preacher/etc.  in Florida that has organized an event at which copies of the Quran will be burned.  This event is to take place on this Saturday, the 9th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on the U.S.

I am really, really saddened by this.  When evaluating how I feel about issues that are very peripheral for me, I try to put myself in the story.  So, to me, this would be like a church/pastor deciding to burn copies of the Book of Mormon because a member of the LDS church went a little extreme and did something horrible.  That one person, or small group of persons, does not represent the whole.  I do not believe that the small group of persons that planned and carried out the events on 9/11/2001 truly represent the Muslim population. 

I have read much of the Quran and find that it is relevant in my life.  Do I believe it to be holy scripture, as I do the Bible and Book of Mormon?  No, I don't.  Does that mean that it can't still be a valuable book?  Of course not!

This pastor says he is planning to burn the Quran becase it is "not holy".  To who?  Obviously not to him.  But it certainly is to millions worldwide.  Has he stopped to think about how he would feel if a group decided to burn copies of the Bible because, in their view, it's "not holy"?

To commemerate the anniversary of 9/11 with such hate seems like such a step backward to me.  Wasn't America founded on freedom of religion?  Doesn't even the Statue of Liberty, a symbol of acceptance and welcome, invite all?  On the plaque at the Statue of Liberty, she calls herself the "Mother of Exiles" and the plaque also states, "From her beacon-hand glows world-wide welcome".

I am saddened for all of the Muslims in America who are living faithful, quiet lives yet being overshadowed by extremists.  I fear that the decision and this action of this one pastor are going to have huge consequences.  I pray not.

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

FHE 8/30/2010

Opening Prayer: Chad

Song: Brooke: Give Said the Little Stream

Scripture:  Carson; I'm going to be honest, I don't have the scripture reference.  Somewhere in 2 Nephi.  However, I do know that the scripture was about "likening" the scriptures to ourselves and our lives to make them more meaningful.

Lesson: Chad: Chad's lesson was on studying scriptures as a family.  We looked up some scriptures together and talked about how the scriptures can help us in our daily lives and can also help us get to know Christ personally.  We talked about why the scriptures are important even though they were written long ago.

Chad also instituted Family Scripture Study for our family and we decided on 8:30pm in Mom & Dad's bedroom for 1 chapter or 15 minutes, whichever comes first.  That way, Carson can be all showered and jammied when we read, then we can have family prayer and off to bed he goes!

Activity:  UNO - Chad won!

Treat: Carson: Chocolate Malts.

Monday, August 30, 2010

Fire Pit!

Chad built our firepit this weekend.  Last night, when we went to bed, my belly was full of marshmallows and we both smelt like campfire.  Pretty much heaven on earth.

The construction begins
Chad used rocks from our yard to build the firepit. 
I kept telling him Bob would be proud of him for using the natural elements available in our area!

Our beautiful boy.  He is carrying a shovel full of dirt, but I had to get a close up of his face
These two aren't much help.

Finished product!

One day, there might be a swing here; a porch swing like this:

Carson June 2005 on the swing at the house where I grew up in Cottondale, Alabama.
But for now, our comfy chairs will do *just* fine!

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Don't Suffer Like My Mom Did

I am pleased today with a report that came out yesterday about a new, HUGE advance in Melanoma treatment.  This new treatment has been proven effective in clinical trials for advanced stage melanoma.  It is my prayer that this science will continue to progress, so that others don't have to suffer like my Mom did.  Melanoma took her when she was too young, when I was too young and when Carson was too young.  Yes, this is a selfish list as I know I could list a lot more people who her death affected, but today, I'm just feeling sorry for myself.  I'm 34.  I should have a Mom alive.  I hope this new treatment will help this awful disease not take so many young people.

About this new treatment, a physician says:
"This therapy results in dramatic responses for patients -- it's phenomenal. I've been taking care of patients with advanced melanoma for 25 years and this is one of the most important breakthroughs we've seen," says Dr. Lynn Schuchter, professor of medicine at the Abramson Cancer Center at the University of Pennsylvania.

Here is the link to an article on

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

1st Day of School Quiz

(Another great idea from my smart Mom friend Alisa)
Carson's First Day of 4th Grade Quiz(including original spelling):
1.  Name: Carson
2.  Grade this year: 4th
3.  Teacher's Name: Mrs. Meyer
4.  Today to school I wore: ornge shirt and blue shorts
5.  For lunch I had: PB and J sanwitch
6.  Lunch was actually pretty: good
7.  I think my favorite subject will be: Math
8.  The subject I am NOT looking forward to is: Nothing
9.  I am happy to be in the same classwith these friends this year: Hunter and AJ
10.  One goal I am setting for myself this year is to: get circels
11.  One thing I am really looking forward to this year: partys
12.  If I could change anything about my first day, it would be: Nothing
13.  My favorite part of last summer was: Evrything
14.  Overall, I think school this year will be: relly great
15.  Because: I have a nice teacher and frends
16.  When I grow up, I really want t: Paint a famos pciture
17.  I think this quiz mom makes me do is: for fun

Back to School! 4th Grade!

Today, Carson started 4th grade.  Amazing.  It's unreal to me that my child is now the age of the kids that my Mother taught for years and years.

He has always loved school and this year is certainly no exception.  He was ready to go at 7:25am!

First Day of 4th grade
Classic Back to School Photo

Carson, we are so very proud of you and of your love of learning.
We are also proud of the fine young man you are becoming.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Family Fun, here we come!

The coolest thing happened at my in-laws last night:  They gave us all "activity passes"!  These activity passes are good from whenever we get them (Tiff is waiting for them to come in the mail) until next Labor Day.

They are good for Trafalga, Seven Peaks, Trafalga Family Fun Center (used to be Liberty Land), Orem Owlz games and Utah Flash games.  HOW COOL IS THAT?  Trafalga has mini golf, batting cages, roller coasters, laser tag, rock climbing, bumper boats, go-karts and more.

Right now, the line on our budget by entertainment says $0, so I am beyond thrilled about this.  Thank you, thank you, thank you to my in-laws for what is not only a really nice gift, but also a huge blessing!

FHE 08/23/2010

Prayer: Carson

Song: Carson - Come Follow Me

Scripture: Brooke: D&C 88:77-80 (scripture reference in For the Strength of Youth under education)

Lesson: Brooke: We talked about Carson's upcoming school year and went over the "class information" sheet that Mrs. Meyer had given us at Back To School Night tonight.  We then read The Kissing Hand.  Even though Carson has never had trouble with being away from Mom and Dad, and he's much too old for it, he still loved it!

Activity: Chad: Chad gave Carson a Father's Blessing for the school year.

Treat: Chad: Chad got off easy on this one because Carson and I had baked sugar cookies and made frosting earlier today so we had those (no frosting for Chad, of course!)

For a much more extensive and impressive Back to School idea, check out my friend Alisa!

Friday, August 20, 2010

Backyard Campout!

UPDATE 8/21/2010:

Well, as it ends up, I didn't camp in the backyard; Chad and Carson did.  Chad didn't want to set up the big tent and the little one only sleeps two.  I was actually more than happy to sleep in my fluffy king sized bed whilst the men roughed it right outside my sliding glass door.

As the evening wound down, they headed out to the tent with glow sticks, books, magazines and UNO cards.  I finished up the things I needed to do and got the dogs put to bed.  I then climbed into bed to read a magazine and could hear rustling and giggling (Carson) in the tent.  It makes my heart feel full to see them together and having so much fun.  Only a moment after climbing into bed, I hear Carson whispering "Chevy, Chevy, come here".  Chevy had gone out the dog door in the kitchen and was whining by the tent door.  A moment later, I hear "zzzzzzziiiiippppp"; the tent opening up and Chevy climbed in and slept in there with them the whole night. 

I'm super excited today about camping in our backyard with all of my boys (including dogs).  It's a three-fold activity:

1.  Reward for Carson for chores well done
2.  Trial run for camping with the dogs (let's face it; laboradors they're not)
3.  FUN!

I love spending time with my family!

Wednesday, August 18, 2010


Sadly....I must go back to work tomorrow.  I have been off for THREE days with Carson and it has been blissful.  How could you not want to spend just one more day with this boy?

Me and Carson @ Sundance 08.14.2010
We went to Stacy's (or as Carson calls it, "Abby's") Monday and Tuesday and as always, that is a good time.  It's so fun to visit with Stacy and of course the kids have a great time.  We talked about a lot of good topics; finances, church, FHE, school (for the kids, not us!), diets, coupons, groceries, and last but not least...canning!  I'm so excited to learn to can this year and am especially looking forward to going to Stacy's house in about 6 weeks to learn.  She sent me home with some "samples" of things she has canned and they are all so delicious.  I talked to Chad today about planting a peach tree in our yard and it's a go!  Just gotta get the tree...

Today (8/18), Carson and I spent a little bit of time at my work, some time at home, went to Toys R Us, Wal-Mart (for some medicine for Carson; he wasn't feeling good today).  We played some UNO, cleaned some stuff out of his room, had good chats, talked about the upcoming school year.  I can't believe he is in 4th grade...the grade my Mom taught.  It's crazy that my kid is the age of the students she taught. 
Gosh, I miss her so much....

Today, I also cleaned out the pantry, dealt with a "to be dealt with later" pile, talked to my family about the fact that FHE assignments are going to be shared from this point forward, stuck to my diet, read my scriptures and repaved the driveway. Okay, I made that last one up but I was on a roll!

Also, last night, Aynn and I went to Smith's and I got 15 boxes of cereal, 6 boxes of Hamburger Helper, 1 bag of Tostitos, 4 jars of peanut butter & 2 bags of Quaker Rice cakes for $28.88!  Happy!

Now...onto bed due to the fact that my happy little three days off ends with a 6:00am meeting - yuck!  Happy to have a job...happy to have a job...happy to have a job...just keep swimming!