Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Good news and bad news.

Remember this amazing door knob 
from Sheyla's cute apartment?
Yeah, me too.

What a crazy week!

If I had time to cry,
I would!
If I had time to explain,
 I would!

On the bright side:
The house is looking fabulous
but why do I pick such 
times to work on crazy projects.
The painting is almost done.

 Good news:
Davis's appointment went well.
He doesn't have to wear his neck brace
as much. 
Only when his head gets tired
(I don't know if he'll ever admit to that again).
He can't run or jump,
but he can ride a bike.
No jumps.
No dirt.
No tricks.
I don't think that doctor
realizes where we live
(although I tried to explain).
No PE till January
and he's hoping he
can snow board in February.

Give me strength!

Thursday, September 23, 2010

What's up with you?

These pictures were taken at Anthropologie.
I love that store.
Amazing little trinkets.
Dreamy smells.
Beautiful clothes.
Interesting displays.
Beautiful housewares and other kinds of stuff.
But very, very expensive.
I have never bought anything from that store.
Oh, but I would love too.
I was smitten by this little structure.
It's made out of wood pallets,
long pieces of wood
and old windows.
I want one in my side yard.
It's adorable.

We strolled the outside mall,
after I picked up Sheyla,
and checked out a few stores.
Soaking in the sun and sights.

Now, for the rest of the story.

I went up to the city to pick up Sheyla.
Sheyla had been sitting out on her porch at 7:00 am.
and then she walked to Temple Square
and a nearby store 
to wait for me
to pick her up.
Her room-mate had gotten very mad at her
(Sheyla asked her not to have alchohol 
on our table the other day).
Last night this room-mate had a party
with some of her friends
and had lots of alchohol.
She got very drunk.
While Sheyla was holed up in her room,
this room-mate told some of her friends that she 
was going to 
kill Sheyla.

That's right.

This room-mate 
also went into the room several times 
to get to their bathroom
(or just to yell at Sheyla)
and on the way
berated Sheyla
by calling her
an F.....B......
to her face.
I called the police
but he said that there
is nothing they can do about it.
Other than us getting her out of there.
Then the room-mate called a friend 
at 2:30 am
and complained and complained
about Sheyla,
while Sheyla was trying to sleep
in the bed
just a few feet away.
Sheyla didn't sleep at all last night.
She was scared to go to sleep.
Oh, it's a long, long story
and it's not over yet.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

New book.

I have to go to the Shopko Pharmacy
2 or 3 times a month.
Some times,
I look at books.
I rarely buy them
at Shopko.
But a couple of weeks ago
I splurged and bought
this book.
I didn't even know I wanted it.
It's very expensive.
I almost didn't buy it.
It has a collection
of recipes.
With pictures.
It shows exactly how to make
each recipe.
This is one of the biggest 
reasons I bought the book.
And one of the biggest
I am so lame in the kitchen.
I don't even follow her blog.
Great story.
Great pictures.
She's a good writer, witty and charming.
One of my new best friends.
I made the Creamy Rosemary Potatoes.
It smelled heavenly.
It's a heart attack ready to happen
so one cannot make this frequently.
It was so easy to make.
Like I said.
There were pictures.
You would think I was a new homemaker.
Married for 24 years.
Like I said.
Lame in the kitchen.
Yummy, easy and decadent!

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

I told you I liked that song.

$5.00 flowers from Walmart.

Right before
we left this morning
(while we were getting situated
in the truck and
getting ready
to take Davis to school)
I plugged in my i-pod
and first played 
"Just the way you are".
Davis said,
"Not that song again,
it's getting a little annoying."
I ignored him and played it anyway.
We were both quiet
throughout the song.
Right after it was over
he said,
"That is really sweet".
And smiled.

I told you.

Monday, September 20, 2010


I know.
I talked about painting
months and months and months
I never finished.

I realized two things:
I needed a different ladder.
I'm afraid of heights
(mostly from a really tall ladder).

I have many, many other excuses
but that's not the point.

Today I got a 
On Saturday
Jeff bought a new ladder.

I'm still afraid of heights.
But I painted anyway.
Fast heart beat,
sweat and all.

My goal was one wall area.
I did a little more than that!
My plan is to make an attainable and modest goal each day
and if I do more, 
Hip Hip Hoorray!

I really can see me finishing soon.
Even up high on that ladder.

A shout out 
and you know who
you are,
for going 
to you know where,
  Hip Hip Hoorray!

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Pattern Giveaway on LiliPopo.

I saw these pictures on Flickr 
awhile ago.
Instantly, I was fascinated.
I thought they were amazing.
I just found out that she has a blog called LiliPopo.
She is having a giveaway.
These are so sweet.
One day I hope to be as clever.

I really want to win this contest.
She has an intriguing "about me" on her blog.
With a silly but undercover-like picture.
These are simply brilliant.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Look what I got!

I couldn't resist.
Luckily, it was 30% off!
I got it at Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft store.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Just the way you are.

I LOVE the song 
"Just the way you are" 
by Bruno Mars.

Oh her eyes, her eyes 
Make the stars look like they're not shining
Her hair, her hair
Falls perfectly without her trying
She's so beautiful
And I tell her every day
Yeah I know, I know
When I compliment her
She won't believe me
And it's so, it's so
Sad to think she don't see what I see
But every time she asks me, "Do I look okay?"
I say,
When I see your face 
There's not a thing that I won't change
Cause  you're amazing
Just the way you are
And when you smile,
The whole world stops and stares for awhile
Cause girl you're amazing
Just the way you are.
Her lips, her lips,
I could kiss them all day if she'd let me.
Her laugh, her laugh
She hates but I think its so sexy.
She's so beautiful
And I tell her every day.
Oh you know, you know, you know
I'd never ask you to change
If perfect is what you're searching
Then just stay the same.
So don't even bother asking
If you look okay
You know I say

When I see your face
There's not a thing that I would change
Cause you're amazing
Just the way you are
And when you smile,
The whole world stops and stares for awhile
Cause girl you're amazing
Just the way you are

The way you are
The way you are
Girl you're amazing
Just the way you are

When I see your face
There's not a thing that I would change
Cause you're amazing
Just the way you are
And when you smile,
The whole world stops and stares for awhile
Cause girl you're amazing
Just the way you are.

I love that song.
I love everything about it.
I even love that drum beat.
I think love should be just like that.
I would love Jeff to talk to me like that.
But it doesn't always play out like that
in real life.
How it does play out, is like this:

Jeff occasionally doing the dishes, even when not asked.
Jeff going to work every day 
and working hard
even when it's not easy
or he doesn't feel well.
The other night,
as we were in the car driving,
I was stressing about something 
and Jeff scooped up my hand 
in his large hand.
He gently laughed,
and said,
"It's really ok,
It's ok."
My heart melted. 

It's just what I needed.

This just cracks me up.

Good thing I had my camera at the ready.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Monday, September 13, 2010

Saturday, September 11, 2010


Just a little over 17 years ago,
in one of the coldest February's,
I was able to go to Washington D.C.
for my first and only time.
We went to many
different important sites around 
the area
in the few short days that we had.
On one of those cold, cold days,
we were able to see the Vietnam Wall.

Spanish Fork, Utah
has had a half-size replica
of that massive wall
for just a few short days.
I took Davis on Friday.
It's just as powerful
and moving.
58,253 names.

It's sobering and necessary
to remember
that freedom 
has a price.

On this day too
"We shall never forget".

"Now, we have inscribed a new memory
alongside those others.
It's a memory of tragedy and shock,
of loss and mourning.
But not only of loss and mourning.
It's also a memory of bravery
and self-sacrifice,
and the love that lays down it's life for a friend---
even a friend whose name it never knew."
~President George W. Bush,
December 11, 2001

Friday, September 10, 2010

flowers and puppies.

"God loved the flowers 
and invented soil.
Man loved the flowers 
and invented
~variation of a saying by Jacques Deval
"Happiness is a warm puppy"
~Charles M. Schulz

That was a great game.

He was happy with what he got
even though the sluice box
hasn't arrived yet. 

"Your birthday is a special time
to celebrate the gift of 'you'
to the world".

We celebrate again
on Saturday
(with gold panning
and family)!

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Happy Birthday!

Davis has been so excited about his birthday.
We have been talking about his birthday for weeks
(really, months and months).
We've talked and talked about our gold panning trip on Saturday.
We've talked and talked about who is coming
and what we are doing to celebrate his birthday.
We've talked and talked about presents.
We've talked about the day he was born
and even the time of day he was born.

I went in the classroom with Davis today
 and presented two boxes of donuts
in celebration of his birthday.
His teacher knew it was his birthday today
(of course he's talked and talked
to her about it too).
As soon as we walked in,
she said,
"Happy Birthday Davis!
How does it feel to be
one year older
and one year wiser?"
He quickly replied,
"It's not
9:30 yet."

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

This is mud.

Is this every man's/boy's dream?

This is a nightmare.
We have a leak (confirmed by a city engineer)
and dear husband is trying to get to it
before we have the plumber 
come and (hopefully) fix it.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Panning practice.

It's his birthday this week
and all he wants to do is go 
gold panning.
We have it all planned.
He is so excited that he has invited
as much family
as he can get away with
(we alternate birthday parties
every year 
with family and friend
He is so excited that he calls family every day to talk 
about the panning for gold/picnic birthday party.
Not your average 17 year old birthday party.
He's not your average kid.
He's been so limited in what he can do
for so long
that all he 
wanted to do for Labor Day break
was to go
gold panning.
We talked to the doctors about gold panning
and they said for him to
wear his neck brace if he goes panning.
He already has to wear it in the car.
He is so happy when he can take that thing off.
The other night he was able to sleep
on a pillow for the first time in over a month
and he just sunk into that pillow,
closed his eyes
and smiled.
He was one happy gold panner yesterday.
So happy.
Even if he didn't find any gold.

A pretty great day.

Friday, September 3, 2010


This is a previous picture of Davis's room.
This is a current picture of Davis's room.
We moved the queen bed in here.
He is a tall kid.
Almost 6 ft 3 in.
He is still sleeping in a hospital bed
He really is getting better and better.
He just can't get out of bed when he doesn't wear the neck brace
and he is continuing to heal.
We don't want him walking up and down
the stairs frequently.
So, for now he is still in the hospital bed upstairs.
(I know the picture is too low---I am waiting for brackets to be put up.
I love that picture from Ikea.
We had it in another room).
Son and cute daughter-in-law
are moving in for a short while.
They will stay in Davis's room
while we fix some things 
in another room.
Then, they can move into 
the other room when it's ready
or move to their own place
when they are ready.
Sheyla is home for the weekend
and is sick
(she stays in the craft room
when she is home
and sleeps in the adorable day bed).

"If it's not one thing, it's another".
Isn't that what they say?
Well, I do!

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

I have something to say...

Don't be so hard on yourself.

"There comes a time when you have to stand up and shout:
This is me damn it! I look the way I look,
think the way I think,
feel the way I feel,
love the way I love!
I am a whole complex package.
Take me...
or leave me.
Accept me---or walk away!
Do not try to make me feel like less of a person,
just because I don't fit your idea of who I should be
and don't try to change me to fit your mold.
If I need to change,
I alone will make that decision.
When you are strong enough to love yourself 100%,
good and bad----you will be amazed
at the opportunities that life present you."
~Stacey Charter

I secretly love saying the world Dam(?)
(not really a secret when I blog about it to the world).
But I don't like to swear.
So I never say it enough.
It makes me giggle to say, 
"Deer Creek Dam"
"Hoover Dam"
"the dam elevator"
"the dam ranger"
"the dam water".
 I couldn't resist this great quote.
he he he he he


Look what I got!

It's just a little over a month away!

I just couldn't resist!