Sunday, June 28, 2009

Family Week

It's Stake Family Week and thus the computer will be off this entire week.

See you next week! =)

Oh, as an FYI, Emily called today - she was called as 1st counselor in the RS presidency in her BYU ward. What's funny is that I'm 1st. C as well. =D

David was called as Executive Secretary - his Dad's Stake ES.

'Mazing stuff. =)

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Bert's clone

Every so often, Andrew will go to bed complaining about cold feet. A short while later he'll wake up and cry and cry and cry like he's in pain, saying his feet are cold. We put socks on his feet, I cuddle up to him, all to no avail. His feet feel warm enough, but he cries so hard and says his feet are cold cold cold cold cold.

Just lately, it's morphed into "my legs are cold".

We know we're in trouble when he's really tired and before he's even in bed he starts to complain that his legs are cold.

Tonight was one of those nights. We put pajamas on him and I tried to put socks on him to keep his feet warm, but he refused to wear them. No surprise that about half an hour later he was crying in bed that his legs were so cold.

I guess you have to hear him. He cries like he's in pain but says he's not in pain, he's just cold ohhhh ohhh sooooo cooooold my legs are coooold so cooooold.

Poor little guy.

So up I went to comfort him. I pulled out Bert's heating pad and put it on low on his legs. I covered his legs with extra blankets, I lay next to him and tried to chafe his legs to keep them warm. They felt just fine, not cold at all, but he was crying so hard like he was in pain.

"Are you in pain?"
"Nooooo, my legs are just cold."

I'm thinking "What could this possibly be? Could he actually be in pain but it's a type of pain he's not good at interpreting and so "cold" is the only way of describing how they feel?"

I thought I'd feel along Andrew's legs to see if they were cramped.

Ohhhhh yes, he did indeed have a leg cramp. I started gently massaging his leg and it was like the light switched off for him. He immediately calmed down, closed his eyes, relaxed, and eventually dropped off to sleep.

Ta Da!! He has leg cramps just like his daddy. =) I guess he's going to be eating a banana a day, eh? =) Bert had just appalling leg cramps until he started eating bananas regularly. It would make sense that he started saying his feet were cold, because when Bert gets leg cramps they hurt all the way down to the non-existent arches in his feet, and it helps to massage there as well.

I'm so grateful for the Spirit's inspiration, nudging me to check his legs for cramps. I'm so grateful I could help ease the pain for him. Yay! =)

Okay sooo....

Well, too much has happened so I'm not going to get into it. I dropped Emily off at college and had a WONDERFUL time in Utah. So wonderful, in fact, that I know I want to live there as soon as we possibly can. In the shadow of BYU, in fact. Ideal would be to buy a small apartment building with 2-4 apartments, live in one and rent the others. I doubt it will happen, but it's a dream.

I can't even express to you how wonderful it was at BYU. I went to a devotional with Emily and was so uplifted and inspired. I felt so peaceful.

And it's just occurred to me....what did I not have for those five days? I didn't have a computer and I didn't have a TV. It was soooo peaceful and the Spirit could reach me easier because there were less distractions.

How can I get these things out of the house? I don't think I can, and I'm not very good at limiting my time on them if they ARE in the house. It's like chocolate. If it's in the house, I'll eat it, so I can't have it in the house. If the computer is in the house, I'll use it, so I can't have it in the house - only the rest of the family won't let me get rid of the TV or computer, so what can I do? It's frustrating.

We haven't had Fox News on for a few days. It's been wonderful. Bert's just turned on O'Reilly and Hannity, and my anxiety level just went through the roof. It's AWFUL.

Please pray with me that we'll be able to get these media things out of the house. Please pray that some way we'll be able to shut them down, turn them off, whatever, so that the Spirit can be in our home.

What else is going on? Uhm. Not much really.

Andrew and I reached lesson 70 in Teach your child to read in 100 easy lessons. He could read the lessons just fine, but would cry his eyes out when it was time to read. Not good. So I backed off for a while. When we came back to it I pulled out McGuffey's primer and we started with one lesson a day. The lessons are about 1/8th the size of the ones in 100 Easy Lessons, and they're WAY easier. It's like going back to lesson 10 in 100 Easy Lessons or something like that.

Thus, Andrew's happier. I get a hug and a kiss and an "I love you!" when our lessons are done rather than tears. =)

That's about it really.

So. How's everyone else been doing the past couple of months? =)

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

The good stuff is tough
The easy stuff isn't good.
Todd Wilson

Monday, June 22, 2009

All is well

I'm back! Emily is not. Had a WONDERFUL trip, it went SO smoothly, very blessed of the Lord - want to move to Provo and attend BYU. =)

More later. Attempting to sort out the bachelor house at the moment.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

I'm leaving on a jet plane....

...but I'm coming back on Sunday. Emily, however, is not.

I'm nervous. What if I mess up the gate and we get on the wrong plane or miss it? What if I crash the rental car? What if I don't know how to find the rental car? Wait!!! What is my rental car???? I don't think I have the information for that. Yikes. Better get it.

I'd also better finish packing, because I've been kind of putting it off. =Þ

For your delectation:

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Sunday Scripture

Isaiah 5:20-21, 2 Nephi 15:20-21
Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!
Woe unto them that are wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight!

Ritsumei has an interesting post, with someone calling Obama God - and the comments are very insightful.

Friday, June 12, 2009

Some Nifty Pictures

Yes, I'm still alive

Well, it's fairly busy here. We're coming to crunch time though as next Weds I'm off to take Emily to college. That should be interesting as I have no idea what I'm doing. HA! =D Other than scarring my child for life because of that, should be fun. =D

Here's a couple of things I came across that I thought were interesting/funny.

At Let The Truth Be Known there was this funny thing:


In honor of Barack Obama, Baskin-Robbins Ice Cream has introduced a brand new flavor called: "BAROCKY ROAD."

"BAROCKY ROAD" is a blend of half vanilla and half chocolate, surrounded by nuts and flakes. The vanilla portion of this concoction is not openly advertised and is usually denied as an ingredient. The nuts and flakes are very bitter and hard to swallow. The cost for this culinary masterpiece is $100.00 per scoop.

When purchased, it will be presented to you in a beautiful and delicious cone, but the ice cream is taken away and given to the next person in line. You are left with an empty wallet and no change, holding an empty cone with no hope of getting any ice cream.

Aren't you stimulated?

Then there's "Get Ready for HyperInflation" by Stanislav Mishin It's a sad, sad day when a Russian is looking at us going "What the HECK are you DOING?"

Then there's the AWESOME Open letter to Barak Obama by Lou Pritchett who was the VP of Procter and Gamble.

Dear President Obama:

You are the thirteenth President under whom I have lived and unlike any of the others, you truly scare me.

You scare me because after months of exposure, I know nothing about you.

You scare me because I do not know how you paid for your expensive Ivy League education and your upscale lifestyle and housing with no visible signs of support.

You scare me because you did not spend the formative years of youth growing up in America and culturally you are not an American.

You scare me because you have never run a company or met a payroll.

You scare me because you have never had military experience, thus don't understand it at its core.

You scare me because you lack humility and 'class', always blaming others.

You scare me because for over half your life you have aligned yourself with radical extremists who hate America and you refuse to publicly denounce these radicals who wish to see America fail.

You scare me because you are a cheerleader for the 'blame America' crowd and deliver this message abroad.

You scare me because you want to change America to a European style country where the government sector dominates instead of the private sector.

You scare me because you want to replace our health care system with a government controlled one.

You scare me because you prefer 'wind mills' to responsibly capitalizing on our own vast oil, coal and shale reserves.

You scare me because you want to kill the American capitalist goose that lays the golden egg which provides the highest standard of living in the world.

You scare me because you have begun to use 'extortion' tactics against certain banks and corporations.

You scare me because your own political party shrinks from challenging you on your wild and irresponsible spending proposals.

You scare me because you will not openly listen to or even consider opposing points of view from intelligent people.

You scare me because you falsely believe that you are both omnipotent and omniscient.

You scare me because the media gives you a free pass on everything you do.

You scare me because you demonize and want to silence the Limbaughs, Hannitys, O'Relllys and Becks who offer opposing, conservative points of view.

You scare me because you prefer controlling over governing.

Finally, you scare me because if you serve a second term I will probably not feel safe in writing a similar letter in 8 years.

Lou Pritchett

And finally, How's that "hope" and "change" workin' out for ya?