Monday, January 31, 2011

My Great White Hunter

A few Saturdays ago,
 Eddie and his bestest buddy
since grade school, Rob went duck hunting.
They've done quite a bit of duck
hunting this year, and thankfully only
bagged one or two a time.
I'm not the biggest fan of "duck".
But, this outing was a little different.
The morning started out foggy-
which forced the birds to fly low.
While waiting for the ducks to appear,
a whole flock of Canadian geese
flew fairly low over their heads.
I guess this is very unusual,
the geese normally stay so high in
the sky that you can't get off a good 
shot at them (so I'm told).
With shaking hands and wobbly guns
Eddie and Rob shot the first 
Canadian geese of their long hunting careers.
As soon as they got home, Eddie ran
into the house and had me take my camera
out to snap a few pictures of them.
They were so excited- retelling the story
of the hunt a few times, getting more
and more animated as they went :)
My mom, on the other hand, wasn't
quite as excited. She served one of her missions
in Canada, and when seeing the geese, shed
a few tears over them. (Which is weird- 
because she is a big hunter herself.
So first thing Monday morning I took
her to get what she calls her "distemper
shot". It helps her emotions even out a bit :)
Now I am not such a fan of hunting.
I do not understand the whole concept of 
the thing. I am grateful for the meat,
which has saved us many a years, and
is dang healthy for you.
But when the sport can make Eddie this giddy
and feel like a kid again-
Hey, I'm all for it! 

Thursday, January 27, 2011

My FFA Adventure

 Just over a week ago Eddie and I set out on a
wonderful adventure to Denver, CO
for a high school FFA trip
- I was scared spitless
and Eddie was, well Eddie, he didn't care.
I imagined a trip from H - E - Double toothpicks.
A 9 hour bus ride with over 50
Thank goodness, I was totally mistaken.
What a great group of kids and what
a luxurious way to travel.
DVD hook ups and I-pods made
travelling light years away from 
back in my day!
The ride was blissful :)
I even got to read a book
Sierra and Stevie sat semi-close to us,
but far enough away that I couldn't slap
them every time they "fell asleep" on each other.
which happened a lot.
Each day we were in Denver our itinerary was
chuck full of "educational" things to see and do.
And we started early every morning and went
until late at night.
The advisors wanted to keep those kids
hoppin' to keep them out of trouble.
I got to take a few pictures before my 
camera battery died on me. :( 
We got to visit the
Here is Summer, Chris (not quite sure what
he is doing to that cowboy poster), Sierra
 and Stevie. It was a fun place to
visit. Thanks to "8 Seconds" I knew
two of the inductees - Lane Frost and Tuff Hedeman.
Eddie enjoyed himself- 
he's an old FFA member at heart.
This is a group shot of the kids from our 
chapter. There was only 12 from our school, 
but we traveled in a caravan of 3 buses with over
140 students total.
In front of the Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame.
We spent quite a bit of time at the
National Western Stock Show.
Picture in your mind the state fair in a BIG
building with cows and such in the basement
and vendors and freaks on the main floor-
now imagine the smells all mixing together-
that's the NW Stock Show.
We spent a part of 2 days at it.
There was a bright spot-
we found the Roy Rogers and Dale Evan's
nudie car there.
Not sure why it's called nudie,
but we liked it, mostly because of it's
name, so snapped this picture. 
Then my camera died.
We went to the Denver Museum of Natural History
We went to the Denver Mint
We went to two, TWO, 2 rodeos
(we had the option to go to the 
stock show again- we picked the rodeo)
We went to the Denver Bass Pro Shop
We also went to eat at 
which looks awesome
but, wasn't so good.
Especially since this was 
the night before our 
long bus trip home with a ton of
kids (boys) who ate Mexican food.
Over all we had an unexpected mini-vacation
and a wonderful time.
I discovered Sierra has great friends
and teachers. 
I also found out that I still have
the energy to out do the teenagers :)

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

My Clothing Declaration

A few days ago I was watching a home
makeover program on HGTV
(my favorite go to channel
when there is nothing on TV).
The expert designer asked the lady
homeowner to go to her closet and
get some of her
clothes so she could 
sneakily view them and get a sense
of the homeowners style. She would
then design that home into a beautiful
custom look that would fit the owner perfectly!
That set my mind to thinking :)
If I were asked to get some of my
clothes, what would my
home makeover turn into?
Right now- my favorite clothes are those
that are cuddly, warm, cozy,
loose fitting, and comforting.
In fact my favorite article
of clothing right now is the ugliest thing
I own. It's a tan wooly-like shirt
with teddy bears on the front my 
mom got me at the Cracker Barrel.
(I hate teddy bears- lol)
It's not quite as ugly as this one- but close :)
you know the one....
So- would my make over be all DI rejected stuff?
A bear den?
Trailer trash decor?
Maybe the expert decorator would
look at my shirt choice and then look
around my house and say, "I think your good!
No need to change a thing!"
On a more serious note-
It did make me really
look at my clothes and think-
What would I take to show this decorator?
I think I own 2, maybe 3 things I LOVE.
And I have a closet full of clothes.
All my married life, I have had to be frugal,
and penny pinch.
So usually my shopping trips have been
at the clearance racks, DI, or
ward clothing swaps.
I'm not complaining- that's how I've
made my money stretch so I could stay home :)
Rarely have I purchased something I LOVE.
It's usually the right price, size, length,
color, it was available, on sale,
or free.
But then I'll get it home, wear it a few times,
and hate it. So I have a closet of
clothes that belong on the "Island of 
Misfit Toys/clothes".
I am probably not even saving money 
at this rate.
So as of this moment-
I declare (with my fist raised to the sky!)
to never buy or take anything I 
don't LOVE again!
I'm sure my kids are thinking to themselves-
that's what you ALWAYS told us when we went school
shopping- if you don't love it, don't buy it.
I guess I've been living a double standard :)
Think I'll have a clothes purging party!
Anybody need some gently used clothes?
 I am keeping my teddy bear shirt- 
it's too stinking cold to be without it.

Friday, January 7, 2011

My Girls

This is my blog and I can say what is
on my mind :)
On my mind right now is 
how proud I am of my girls.
(my boys too, but today let's 
discuss the girls)
I just read Lisa's blog-
what a great mom she is.
So tender with her kids.
She has taken the talents she
has been blessed with and magnified
them 100 percent.
Log onto 
to see for yourself.
She can make or do anything
she puts her mind to-
she is fearless.
Kira's blog is amazing too.
She too is a wonderful mother.
She has three little kids,
lives far from home,
and yet makes her home for her
family a bit of heaven.
She has the strongest testimony
of anyone I know-
it's scary how spiritually strong and wise she is.
Sierra doesn't blog, yet,
and she's not a mom yet either,
but she is everything you wish your
 17 year old 
daughter would be.
Did you know she reads 5 pages
of the Book of Mormon every night
with her parents?
She does it because I have a RS challenge
to read the BofMormon before
April 19th and because the Bishop
challenged us to read everyday as a family.
He also challenged us to pray as a family
twice a day.
(we've tried to do this before, off and on as a family,
 but this kid really
So she gets up early to pray and to still
have time to get ready for school.
That is amazing.
She is so obedient.
I am always in awe of my girls
and what they have accomplished with their
lives. How creative they are, what good
cooks and housekeepers they are.
How wonderfully spiritual and temple
attending they are.
They each take their callings
seriously and fulfill them with dedication.
I count my blessings everyday that
Heavenly Father sent me these
sweet spirits who I am so
proud to call my

Monday, January 3, 2011

I Think I'm Losing It

      So I just got a phone call from my sister asking what time my mom will fly into Long Beach. I, very nonchalantly NONCHALANTLY,  say "Oh, it's about noonish- let me look it up. blah, blah, blah" I knew, knew, KNEW she flew out on Thursday around noon. Ummmmm, no, let me look at the itinerary again- 
"she'll fly out at 6:10 pm.........
oh my heck. 
Talk about PANIC!! 
We are not even close to being ready for her to leave. Things take time, time when dealing with her. 
     My stomach hurts. I would have received a phone call tomorrow evening from my sister, "did everything go okay getting mom on her flight?" And I would have been sitting at home thinking, huh? 
    Thank goodness my sister called. Thank goodness mom got to hang out with her siblings tonight, that their get-together wasn't planned for tomorrow night. Thank goodness mom was WITH her sibs when I gave her the news, or I might be typing this with only one arm or without my teeth :) She took it like a man with her sibs there :) 
   I really think I am losing my marbles. I am just so grateful that someone is watching out for me. I really need a break.