Saturday, December 31, 2011

Kid History

Thanks to Julie for recommending this. So funny.

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Finally got our family pictures!  I think they turned out pretty great.  We did them in Old Town Albuquerque.  Thanks to my friend for her time and talent.  Thanks DeAnn!

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

My political views

This man speaks the truth, and sums up my views perfectly in easy to understand language. Both parties are full of unsavory people, but I loved how Herman Cain told black people to get off the Democrat plantation.

I would like to add, on a different subject, the difference between collectivism, and individualism. (Or another way of putting that democracy and socialism.)

Quote from Tocqueville: "Democracy extends the sphere of individual freedom. Socialism restricts it. Democracy attaches all possible value to each man; socialism makes each man a mere agent, a mere number. Democracy and socialism have nothing in common but one word: equality. But notice the difference: while democracy seeks equality in liberty, socialism seeks equality in restraint and servitude."

I'd call the redistribution of wealth, the poor state of the economy, the government restrictions, and the enormous tax burden on little more than half of the country (because almost half pay no taxes), and the unfathomable debt the country is in, restraint and servitude.

Quotes from The Road to Serfdom, by F.A. Hayek

I yust go nuts at Christmas- Yogi Yogerson

Oh, I yust go nuts at Christmas,
On that yolly holiday,
I'll go in the red, like a knucklehead
Cause I squander all my pay.

Yust befor Christmas dinner, I relax to a point,
Den relatives start svarming, all over da yoint.
On Christmas, I hug and I kiss my vifes mother,
Da rest of da year, ve don't speak to each other.
After dinner, my aunt, and my vifes uncle Louie,
Get into a arguement; dere both awful screwy.
Den all of my vifes family, say Louie is right,
And my goofy relations, day yoin in da fight.
Back in da corner, da radio is playing,
And over da racket, Gabriel Heater is saying,
Peace on earth everybody, and good vill toward men
and yust at dat moment, someone slugs uncle Ben.
Dey all run outside vhooping for da neighbors will hear,
Ohhhh, I'm so glad Merry Christmas,
Comes yus once a year.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Christmas 2011

Waking up early to open presents and get to 9am church on time.  It didn't occur to me until later that we could have just opened presents after church.  It was only 1 meeting.  Silly me.   And I felt weird this Christmas, because I couldn't find any of our Christmas music, or our Christmas book with stories and scriptures for each day.   I don't know where they could be.  Frustrating.  I did get my blessed scripture journal, some cut socks and a ring!  And Pat got a new sweater, book, and reading light, for which he was very excited until his sister made fun of him for getting old people gifts. :)  We all got some cute socks and family games, homemade jam and a new camera.  I have the best kids, who are happy with their gifts.  They are so fun and so happy and I am so blessed to have them.   I love you guys so much!
Waking up is hard to do.

She laughed so hard when I tried to do this and they kept falling off.

She loves this stroller and the necklaces she got!

Keeping the Wiggles tradition alive.
Fancy new clothes!

I'm not a huge fan of these movies- we don't own any of them, but I LOVE Buzz Lightyear.  He says the funniest things.

K'Nex Mario Cart tracks- took all day to put together but it is very cool.

The kids and all their loot.  Their holding the things they loved the most.  Swords and Buzz.  Although Dallas and Sam really loved their books.  Notice the jammy pants on all four courtesy of Bren'mama, and they're all wearing their special socks.  And Ln got the cutest dollhouse, dress and coat, and other girly stuff that I just LOVED.   Dallas was sweet and bought her her own crayons and coloring books- all princess ones.

I did make treats for all our neighbors, and took them out on Christmas Eve Eve.  I said I'd never do that again, and I may not, because it was a whole day's work, and they kept turning out wrong, but I felt so much love in return from them, that it was worth it.  W gave us some sand dollar ornaments, P came over to thank us in person on Christmas day and gave us the nicest card, and our two new neighbors have been wanting to get to know everyone, and thought it was great.  One's the fire chief, and one is a younger couple who seem really nice.  One house we sent Dallas to with Evan and I don't really know how it went because the only thing Dallas would say was he couldn't understand them.  Oops.  And Pat's carpool friend/neighbor left the nicest message on our phone of thanks.
I know that everyone had a great Christmas in my family, but I felt sad and unhappy and I don't know why, and I didn't know how to turn it off either.  I had a really hard time going to church, and just couldn't shake the sadness.  What got me through was that I had some gifts for some families we home/visit teach and we gave them those, and I got the strongest hug from sweet Sister Potter who visits me for no reason at all except she is just full of love, and then going to the Colson's for dinner is always relaxed and fun and even though I didn't want to go (not because of them, but because I was grumpy), I was glad I did.  It finally broke the mood I was in.  Poor Pat.   Every now and then his wife turns psycho.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Can you tell we're on break?

Cuz, I can't stop blogging.  I'm still trying to catch up, but also, the kids get to play Wii for a while everyday, and therefore I blog.

1)Scripture Journal (Oh, and if you could just throw in food storage for 6 with that!)

2)Someone I'm excited to vote for.  I guess it'll be Romney and he's okay.  He certainly could get this economy going and is a million times better than Obama.  I just wish there was someone to articulate conservative values well and fight for them.  Someone like Chris Christie, or Ronald Reagan.  

3)Running shoes.  After visiting the doctor about my foot, he told me not to run on my rocky road and that I needed new shoes.  I hadn't realized that my shoes are already 8 years old.  I am still in daily pain, and my foot just doesn't seem to want to heal.  He did and ultrasound and saw a lot of fluid in there and gave me a Rx of something like Ibuprofin, but I keep forgetting to take it.

 4)Instruments such as the: yukelele, acoustic guitar that you can plug in, bass guitar, voilin, drums, celtic flutes, or Native american flutes. 

5)Make-up stuff.  Anti-aging make up stuff.  I don't have clue what to buy, but I seem to be getting spots on my face and I wish they would go away!  (Oh yea, and there might be a wrinkle or two.)

6)Someone to go with me to buy make up stuff, since all those make up counters at the mall intimidate me.

7)Michael Jackson's dance thing for Wii.  I will not rest until I can moonwalk.

8)Oh, and I've really been good, so feel free to throw in any pea coats, jewelry or boots you like.   That's all for now.  Thanks Santa.  You're a pal.

Now back to reality. Got to feed the kids and go decorate the church for the winter ball.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Leia and Snow

It took five minutes to get her all dressed up and she stayed out in the snow for less than a minute. Then it was a several minute process to get her undressed.

Let it Snow!

We got lots of snow yesterday!  I couldn't get out at all yesterday and had to cancel my plans.  Today I want to go to the temple (and shop and get groceries) so we'll give it a try.

Try finding wood for the fireplace under all this!

Pat's been shoveling all morning

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Can you tell I'm catching up?

These two knuckleheads each lost a tooth in the same day!!  It was the second tooth for Sam this week so now he's missing his two front teeth, and it was Evan's first tooth!  It was hilarious, because after Sam lost his tooth in the morning Evan started saying he had a loose tooth, and I thought he was just making it up.  But then I saw that it could lay down flat, and he let Pat pull on it and all he said was,"Ow", like he was completely bored.  Then it was out!   I could not stop laughing!  I still can't believe it!  Luckily Pat is on top of the tooth fairy duty, since I never remember in the night to do that!

That Halloween candy never did make it into the garbage.  But I found a use for it.  Gingerbread houses!  Or in our case, sugar cube houses, glued together with corn syrup.  Kind of a fun twist on the gingerbread house. 

Happy Birthday Dallas!

It was fun being with family at Thanksgiving, since it was right before D's birthday and so he got to celebrate a bit with them and get some cool presents.   Below is a video of a treasure hunt D had to do to find his present from us.  It lasted about 10 minutes so we cut the video down to about a minute.  What was funny, was that Evan and Sam figured out the clues sometimes when D couldn't.  No wonder he thanks his trusty brothers at the end.  Evan and Sam chose some of their favorite things to wrap up for him and even the things that D didn't care about, he earnestly thanked them for and they were all hugging and it warmed my heart, and not a little.  I love my boys!  (And girl!)  Sam wrapped one of his presents 8 times, so it started out big, and we just kept laughing harder and harder when we saw that we still hadn't gotten to it.  In the end it was a special shell.  It was soooooooooo funny.  None of us has ever done that so he just came up with it on his own!

Best lemon cake I've ever had.  I highly recommend the pastry chef. 

Can't believe he's so big!

Christmas Caroling

Since the houses where we live are so spread apart, and since it's so cold, the only place to carol to our neighbors is at Walmart.   And they were kind enough to let us!  I'm the one in the white shirt who somehow ended up leading.

What would we do without Santa, Mrs. Claus and the accordion.  Best instrument ever!

Our Santa is a total showman.  What a ham!  He really gets the crowds going.

Walmart dancers.  Everyone LOVED us.
Sometimes it gets depressing when you are so busy raising a family and fulfilling your many responsibilities and you start to not even know who you are anymore. I wanted my kids to see me having a hobby that I love, and friends. I hoped this would make me come home a better mother and be a good example for them in their own lives. I thought, what are my hobbies? Interests? Well music, of course! I have always loved music, and wished I could sing like I used to with my friends.  Our community could really use a music group.  We could perform all sorts of music! I've just got to find people who are interested in joining... (harder than it sounds).

I got started contacting families in my home-school group, church people in several congregations in the community, and I found a great accordion player from an accordion club in Albuquerque! It has turned out to take 10 times the effort to gather good musicians, and time than I thought it would, so I can't say that it fell together, but I actually got people to come, so that was a start. Right away they told me I needed to be a stronger leader, and I forced myself to do the best I could at that. I have NEVER lead a choir (besides primary), nor have I ever been in a school music group of any kind, so I was intimidated a bit by others in the group who are obviously more experienced than I, but hey, I started this thing, and they had a point... I needed to lead it!

We decided to choose some Christmas music (enough for a two hour program), and get our feet wet by caroling during December. We sincerely hoped to bring joy to people and lift their spirits with this gift of music.  I prayed much during this whole process that I would do the right things as the leader, and that everyone in the group would have fun, and be glad that they joined and want to come again, since I know what a sacrifice of time it is.   

I hope we continue to play together, and that we can draw in more people from different faiths and backgrounds, and that the group can just keep growing and improving.  I personally have always wanted to be in a Mariachi/Latin band, or a kids music band like the Wiggles, or Rock, Country, Celtic, Polka... it never ends!  I love it all!

These two pictures below are at the hospital.

Rebecca taking us around to the different floors.  There was a mom who just had a stroke and was paralyzed from the neck down, who has twin 11 month old babies at home, along with a 5 year old and 15 year old.  What words are there for that?  I can't even think about it.
I loved the songs we sang.  Here they are:
O Come All Ye Faithful
Away in a Manger
We Wish You a Merry Christmas
Coventry Carol
Pat-a-Pan (flutes)
Twas in the Moon of Wintertime
What Child is This
God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
Jingle Bells (with bells to pass out to the kids)
The First Noel
Rudolf the Red Nosed Reindeer
In the Bleak Midwinter
Accordion's choice-don't remember what he played here
O, ce veste minunata (Romanian carol)
Angels We Have Heard on High
Heigh Ho (Round)
Silent Night (German, Spanish, English w/sign language)
Sleigh Ride (with bells)
Violin's choice
Hark the Herald Angels Sing
Joy to the World
O Holy Night (absolutely stunning)
Winter Wonderland
Chipmunk song (hula hoop)

We totally nailed all but two songs and even those weren't so bad.  It was our best performance yet, and everyone just loved it.  It was so fun!

80th Birthday!

We were so excited to be able to go to Grandma Dixie's 80th birthday party while we were home for Thanksgiving.  She doesn't seem 80, but those good genes run in Pat's family.
She's in front in blue, and I'm in front in white holding my niece Alice, and Pat and the boys are up at the top.  It was good to visit with all of Pat's cousins, aunts and uncles we never get to see.  Unfortunately, my foot was hurting so much from the race the day before, and my throat suddenly got really painful (I was coming down with a cold) so we left before it was over so I could put my foot up and go to bed.  Talking hurt a lot, so we didn't even get to say good-bye.  I'm still getting over that cold!

Everyone brought food, and it was a WONDERFUL potluck Thanksgiving dinner.   Pat's parents were in charge of the food so how could it go wrong?  Awesomeness!

Friday, December 16, 2011

More Thanksgiving

Sam, Ln, Karisa, Steph, Dal, Elle (not pictured Jeremy, Kim, Pat and we'll pretend T was there.
My sister gave me a great present!  We ran (to feed the hungry) on Thanksgiving morning!  It was right in the part of Sacramento where much of my life was spent (CSUS, Institute, Sutter Memorial Hospital where I worked for years, my first job at Baskin Robbins when I was 15, and my college roommate apartment and first married apartment), so it was super fun for me.  I was so happy to be there again.  Unfortunately I really injured my foot, so after we parked at Jeremy's place and walked over to the start, I realized I was already in a lot of pain, and probably shouldn't run it.  But the joy of being back "home" made me just push though the pain (I know bad idea), plus the fact that I wanted to see what going from nearly 7000 feet elevation where I live to basically sea level would do to my running abilities.  It was so fun. I shaved 6 minutes off my time, and that was with a really sore foot, and thousands of people WALKING and being in the way, that I had to weave around constantly, and it was raining on us the whole time.   I feel confident I would easily have shaved off 10 minutes if not for those factors.  And it felt easy.  Still my time was pathetic, since even though I ran the whole thing, some people even walked a bit (Kim), and still came in about 10 minutes faster than me.   But I'm just happy that I actually ran the whole thing and didn't stop!  I ran my first 5k!!  A lot of neighbors were out saying, "Happy Thanksgiving!" as we ran by and there were bands along the way playing for us as we ran by, and I just thought it was so, so fun.   

Things we learned this year:

Steph has bad shoes that make her bleed- she must not be saddled with D next time too
Don't take kids on the race- leave them with Pat and T or at Jeremy's house
Don't run with a sore foot, because now it won't heal
Start the race up at the front so you are in front of all the walkers
Find a meeting point so we can all find each other after the race
Turn off the rain (this is hard for me because I love the rain, but it makes running harder)

Funny thing happened- after the race I ran into one of our cousins on Pat's side (Joseph), and I told him what my time was kind of embarrassed, and his time was the same!  I was starting to think he was pretty lame, when I realized that he was in the 10k race, which joined up with us in the 5k at the end.  Ha.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

TG 2011-Pictures

My favorite parts of Thanksgiving were the fact that Dallas has a new boy cousin, Isaac,  who is actually close to his age (older) and they had fun together.  And G-pa kept playing tricks on them like pretending that a ghost was after them, and they were really freaked out, but simultaneously suspicious of Grandpa.   It was really funny.   We also went to our favorite hiking place, but it was much farther than we had remembered, and it was covered in snow, so everyone had a very cold hike (and illegal since it was closed but we went anyway).   Still we had fun.
Oh, and can I just say that Daddy Pat makes the best candy ever?  Yes, I can.  My blog.  We arrived to find his home-made caramels, caramel covered marshmallows, caramel covered apples, chocolate covered caramels, and turtles, and even more.  It was off the hook good.  Like amazing good.  Did I mention that I gained like 8lbs over Thanksgiving, and I think 5 of those pounds were the homemade candies?  Oh, and did I mention that my FIL needs his own candy shop?
Also despite having three sumptuous Thanksgiving dinners while we were in Sactown, we also enjoyed Leatherbys, and In and Out.   I ate really healthy breakfasts everyday, and then enjoyed myself the rest of the time.  Still paying for it too.

We got to do lots of fun stuff with my sis, Mom, and brother too like the zoo, and train museum which Rick and Sunny and their kids and Bren'mama and Taylor were at.  The kids loved it of course and I loved all the time my kids got to play with cousins.  We had fun singing songs with Elle, and taking turns lighting and blowing out the candles on Grandma's pueblo house.  Also playing Mexican train dominoes, and watching movies and just hanging out.  Good food, and visiting with family.  What could be better?  Evan and Elle became special friends.  Here's some cute pictures my brother sent me of our outings.  I of course never take pictures when I should.  Dork.


Didn't see enough of this sister.

and didn't see enough of this brother.

Saw way too much of this sister.  Ha! Just kidding.