Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Have A Cute Day!

I have been watching this blog for a while now. I love the principle that some days we just feel "cute" and need to celebrate :)
I also love how people take "vintage" and wear it.(vintage= code for old stuff)
I think we could all drum up a little more color and frill from our closets.

Oh and there's a prize!!!!

Thursday, September 24, 2009


In the last 2 1/2 years I have put 63,000 miles on my little Honda. Mostly driving back and forth from school. Don't forget we get 3 months off in the summer too.
Well it leads for much boredom for me and my kids.
This will help you discover why these pictures are amusing to me.
"Somebody discover me trapped in this car"

"a magic carpet"

"A really cool car that went by too fast and he missed it"

"Asha still thinks homework is fun" and no we weren't moving without a seat belt.

Of course the great discovery that a picture of your bent elbow looks like a butt/bum!!!

These kids amuse me even if the drive makes me want to pluck my own toe nails off. You should see some of the cool video footage I have of them acting for the camera, thinking no one will see it. Well they won't......unless I need to share it at an appropriate time, know what I mean?

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Grooming your Dude.

When ever people ask me what kind of dog I have, I cringe.
What the heck kind of name is Golden Doodle, so GAY!!
Hobbs is considered a Hybrid, man made. I think we used to call them mutts or cross's or some English word I can't remember. Goodness gracious I'm loosing it.
Anyway, Hybrid suggests he's environmentally friendly or runs on low fuel which of course he doesn't. He has happily chewed everything his environment has to offer including lately, the electrical hook up on the trailer, the extension cord and Summers heating pad cable which she'll be needing soon, (Brrr, does anyone else think it's cold today?)
So the Golden is, as in Golden Retriever, nice temperament but sheds badly, no good for allergies or clean freak type people. Doodle as in poodle, Non shedding but a bit snotty character wise. Mix them together and you get a Hybrid you can charge too much for :)
MONGREL!!! I remembered the word, I am still English.

So we love how Hobbs is all shaggy and furry and last time we took him to the groomer they shaved him and he looked naked and more like a poodle than anything. I was personally traumatized and so after some research was told a hand cut was the way to go.
HA HA, that is like trimming 10 toddlers hair in the same chair with large teeth and a paw that could knock you out.
Anyway, I took a chance and found a wonderful place although the girl did chew me out for not brushing him good enough. I have one of those metal claw type brushes that look viscous but apparently your meant to comb right to the roots with a metal comb like when a kid has knits, EVERYDAY!!!

Well $130 (I'm not joking) My guy looks all handsome. He may have to deal with his nakedness next time although Dog therapy could cost more money :) And it is his birthday this week.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Who am I?

I have a friend, I know shocking, actually I have many but anyway, I was thinking about the subject of friends and why some go the distance and others don't and I wanted to share this story.
So my friend, I've known for over 13 years, one of the first people I met in Utah actually. She has this couch, you know the oldest/ugliest, sorry girlfriend but you know how I roll :) couch. You may have had one like it back in college and I mean way back in college.

I actually found this image when I googled "ugly couch"
Anyway, I have come to admire my friend because most of what she has in her home is old and in the same place as it's been for years. It shows a sign of contentment, that she isn't looking for the next new thing. So the subject came up when she told me how badly she wanted a new couch but was concerned what the neighbors would think seeing furniture trucks pull up outside her home.
The funny thing is she prefaced her comment with "this will make you sick but.." she knows me well. It does make me sick to think that we need to justify our actions.
You see my cute friend was a stay home Mum for about 12 years, the kind who volunteered at the school, was at every kids activity, with the most creative neighbor gifts. She never missed a visiting teaching assignment. Well her hard working husband was laid off of work. He was able to find another job but with quite a pay cut and with no medical benefits and whats a girl to do. Her youngest was at school so she went back to work and trust me it tore at her heart strings. Then, after a failed V-chop (ya know what I mean) a new little angel came to there family and unfortunately has had to spend time with a child minder. So her guilt goes from there.

How will she be judged when buying new (needed)) things when her little one who is now in school also had to be cared for by someone else.

Fortunately this is a subject I have an answer to.
I don't give a flying hoot what other people think of me or what I do ( I know another shocker) This doesn't mean I walk around, a law unto myself, I just know in the end who I am.
WHO AM I? well I'm not Jean val Jean, although that comes to my mind every time I say who am I.

I AM a beloved daughter of God who loves me and knows me personally. He KNOWS ALL my faults and loves me anyway, just as any parent would. I also KNOW I am only accountable to him for MY actions and not for those of anyone else, even my own kids, family and neighbors. (although some of them will have my name brought up in there judgments :-)

So I say to my good friend:
and to my neighbor who just called the cops on us for a parking violation (NO I"M NOT KIDDING) the brakes are frozen, we will move it as soon as the part and mechanic arrives.

As for why friends go the distance, I believe they are those, who know all about you and still love you. Just like the Savior would do. I see him when I look at my good friends. You know who you are.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Mind the Gap.

It seems there's been a lull in my blog entries of late.
Does this mean nothing has happened around here?
Quite the contrary, wow that sounded all English, must be the book I'm reading which requires my best proper English accent for it to make sense.
So the truth is, tons has happened and I'm afraid some of it is the news you just don't want to think about let alone blog about. CHANGE.
The awesome son I've bragged allot about lately went and got a tattoo this summer GASP!! It's his last name, not very big and on his back. I haven't actually seen it on principle since I begged him to wait but one of the benefits of having divorced parents means one is the loving, caring disciplinarian who watches out for you, out of love and the other can be an irresponsible !@#$%^&**() who lets you do whatever you choose weather it's illegal or immoral, heck he'll even encourage it, get it and pay for it for you. So yes despite a conversation with he who's last name is now permanently on my sons back, they went ahead and got the tattoo.
This wonderful decision has changed the course of Jordan's life drastically since he was kicked out of his school. Oh I know, even BYU students have tat's but there administration also have principles that don't dishonor someone for a personal choice affecting no one but themselves.

Sooooo the National honor society, student government, is no more. He is back at Riverton, texting all day and making paper airplanes in a class called "tech lab" I kid you not!! Fortunately his 2 years in a school that teaches at High school level instead of the governments "no kid left behind "level has taught Jordan that this is a waste of time and he's gone and figured out he can graduate by January with 4 college classes under his belt.

TRUST ME this whole thing has been ugly and very expensive and is not over yet. My 2 littluns are still at the school which does have wonderful teachers and has served my kids well.

On top of this turmoil, our ward split. Translate for my non LDS friends, we had too many people attending church so they split the group into 2 and we start from scratch filling in all the responsibilities.

This is hard because it's the 5th time in 4 years I have done this and each time it takes forever to get acquainted with your new roles and people. I have been serving for 2 years with the women s group, looking out for 200+ ladies, organizing lessons, music, activities and just like that your done with no thanks. Likewise my kids have gained trust with there mentors and now have a whole new group of young bucks who need to learn the ropes.

So I'm feeling a bit up in the air.

On the good news side I am happy to report my surgery went well and I am back at the gym, although with a little restriction.

The weather has taken a turn and it seems Autumn is on the horizon. Time to dig out the woolies and start eating soup.
Unfortunately this weather messes with the new boat sitting outside but we new that. The drawback of buying end of season means you have to stare lovingly at your new toy all winter.