Showing posts from September, 2008

Random happenings

Here are some random things going on in our life.
Dad and Susan went to a...what is this?...a 60s dance? Looks more like a 70s dance.
Do they look cool or what?

Cami always wants to go right to Great Grandpa Rozier
Don' t you just love Elora's natural highlights.

I picked up Elora from school today. As the kids go out the door their teacher shows them a word and they have to read it. So I heard one word from each, set, let,
But when Elora came out she had her read, "better", since she is in a reading group by herself :)
What I thought was interesting too is this little boy in the red. He stood by the door until Elora came out and then gave her a big long hug, and then walked away. I asked her who he was and she said, "Oh he stands there every day and gives me a hug." I asked if he hugs anyone else and she said, no. I asked if he hugged her on the playground. She said very matter of fact, "No, just at the end of each day."


Don' t want to forget these...

Our annual Relief Society Broadcast was very nice last Saturday, but also somewhat "generic" as some have said. It was good to be reminded of what we know. And I have listened to President Uchtdorf's talk twice since the first time. He had some excellent quotes I do not want to forget, so here they are:

"In the end, the number of prayers we say may contribute to our happiness, but the number of prayers we answer may be of even greater importance. Let us open our eyes and see the heavy hearts, notice the loneliness and despair. Let us feel the silent prayers of those around us and let us be instruments in the hands of the Lord to answer those prayers."

"As we lift others, we rise a little higher ourselves."

And he quoted Spencer W. Kimball:
"The more we serve others in appropriate ways, the more there is to our souls. As we lose ourselves in the service of others, we discover our own lives and our own happiness."

He also quoted Lorenzo Snow:

While I was gone...

I just left him alone for 5 hours.

I went out to dinner with my daughter in law Amy and her mom Karen.
We wanted Erin to go with us but she was working at the temple.
After dinner we all sat together for our annual Relief Society Broadcast at the stake center.

Then I called Dennis and asked if he would like to go grocery shopping with me. He said no, his leg was hurting and he better not go this time. He always goes with me when I ask, so I thought that was a bit odd. Oh well. So I went by myself.

I came home to this:
What did that mean??

Then he showed me his leg:
He accidentally fell in the pool, scraping his leg on the edge as he went in.
His back was sore from working at the grape vineyard earlier that morning...which caused him to lose his balance while fixing something out by the pool...causing him to fall in.

His cell phone was in his pocket at the time, so that is a goner.
Luckily he was able to save his watch by keeping his arm straight up when he fell in.
Must be his cop th…

Can you spare 43 seconds?

My little granddaughter Campbell has recently learned to take tissues out of the box and blow her nose. She will sit there and have the best time with a box of Kleenexes.
Of course, not quite as cooperative once I turn my camera on.

The Mommy of his boyhood

I had been reading the book above, and then stopped. Dennis had been curious about it, so he was reading it also. He gave it up, too. Was it really NECESSARY for the author to use the language she did?? Granted, it could have been a lot worse, and there were probably only a handful of ugly words, but I've lost my tolerance for them.

Life is too short for words like that to be swimming around in my brain.

HOW DID WE ALL SURVIVE HIGH SCHOOL?! Profanity was going off all around us, all the time. Same, or probably worse, when my sons were attending high school.

Before I ditched the book, aside from some of the language however, I was enjoying it, and relating to much of it. The subtitle above the title reads:

"An Almost Completely Honest Account of What Happened to Our Family When Our Youngest Son, His Wife, Their Baby, Their Toddler, and Their Five Year Old Came to Live With Us for Three Months."

So much of this I could relate to. When they are back under our roof, I …


I grew up in the same ward with Mary Butler. When it came time to start going to early morning seminary, our moms use to carpool together, so I was able to get to know her better. Then, sometime in our later teenage years, she and her family moved to Southern California. Mary and I corresponded through the mail for years and years.

So where am I going with this?

On Sept. 8th, Mary's 20 month old niece, Callie, was run over in her parents' driveway by a close family friend driving an SUV. Callie is the 13th and youngest child of Mary's brother Jeff and his wife Dana. She still has not woken up completely but they expect her to.

Callie before the accident.
"Callie-fornia" as her sister Ashley calls her. Callie with her parents, Jeff and Dana.

Every night for the past couple weeks, after I go to bed, when all is quiet, I think of little Callie and what her family must be going through. I think how fragile life is and how quickly it all can change. I think how…

With General Conference coming soon

...I thought you might be interested in what Tyler's girlfriend had to say on her blog this week.
I love her writing style.

First, here's a picture of Tyler and Karen, in case you have forgotten what they look like.
(Who are both coming home to us for Thanksgiving!! Yeah!!!)
Sorry, McKay, we will have to wait till Christmas to see you.
And when will we get to be with Kim and Kris again? We miss you :((

Kim, Tyler, Karen, Kris, McKay

Okay, now on to her blog from yesterday:
(And by the way, she gave me permission to share this)

"I really have the best job ever.

But it is SO much work.

But worth it.

Last week, I was working the BYU football game in the Presidential Loge, and had a really fun experience.

Elder L. Tom Perry came up and talked to me!!!

Now, the rule in Catering, is that we cannot talk to the customers. Especially the high profile ones. We are there for service, not to bug the guests. So, often, we get to work with higher profile guests, but we cannot initiate a co…

The Real Story

I want to tell the truth here. Or rather, clear up some truth. My post on A Bed Away From Home, apparently has become a tad bit controversial, considering the comments left after that post, and the few phone calls about it. Before I sent it Den suggested I take out the part about him being fun in a hotel room. He thought some may get the wrong idea of what I was meaning. I said, no they won't. :)

Now I will tell you what I meant by him being fun in a hotel room. Whenever we spend the night somewhere Dennis brings a crossword puzzle book and I bring a few magazines. We sit side by side on the sofa, him doing this crosswords and me doing my reading. Then we will go out looking in the lobby (me in my jammies and slippers) for some hot water so I can make my CalMax (a drink I found on an infomercial years ago)

We then go to their little inside market and stand there looking at everything they sell. Almost every single time we don't buy anything. Then we ask if they have…

Church Today

A thought provoking speaker today. Edd Kennington. He talked about how we don't usually understand God's ways. His ways are not our ways. He said, "We only have a smattering of ideas" but we need to listen to the Spirit and follow the guidance of our Father in Heaven. To "keep listening to the Spirit."

Interestingly when we were all singing the opening song, Hymn #100 "Nearer My God, to Thee," Merrily, our chorister had kept on leading even after the 3 verses were over. People were closing their books, yet the song kept going on as she had us sing verses 4 and 5 at the bottom of the page.

So of course we were scrambling to open our hymn books back up so we could keep singing.

Brother Kennington ended his talk with, "Don't close the book before the song is over." To me, that means don't pass judgment on your trials before they are over.

Made me think back to trials I have had in my life. Some made absolutely NO SENSE at…

A bed away from home

So we had about decided to purchase a Marriott bed. After calling their website we discovered the beds we usually sleep on at the Marriott are NOT the beds they sell. Only certain selected hotels have the beds they actually sell. So where might those hotels be?? The lady I spoke with said the Courtyard, just 8 miles from our house, does indeed have the bed we are interested in.

So last night, guess where we slept? Just 8 miles from our home. It was more like an extended date night. It's an odd feeling sleeping in a hotel in your own town. Shortly after we woke up we took a walk outside and it felt so "homey". Kind of forces us to view our town from a different angle. And Dennis is always lots of fun in a hotel room.

On our way there we discovered that my son Logan and his wife Amy were hungry so decided to come eat dinner with us. They met us at Black Angus, after we checked in to our hotel.

I asked Amy to stand up so we could see how much the twins have grown.

Boys will be boys

McKay and Tyler seem to get more mature with each passing video.
Just kidding, well sort of.
(I love you guys!!!)

(Their roommate is the one recovering from the nose surgery.
Perhaps they are still trying to cheer him up?)

On the top of the hill

Who in this picture looks like they are having the best time at my 8 year old birthday party?
The second one from the left on the front row, and she is my little sister Robin.

Notice that Robin is the only one with a party favor.
Already snacking on those jelly beans.
My birthday parties were always in April and it was always an Easter theme.
Here I am holding Robin at only 6 weeks old.
It's Robin's birthday today! I won't say her age, but it ends with a "0" and it is an important number. Kind of the age, that makes one feel they have reached the top of the hill and can see both sides now.

I have memories of Robin when she was 2 or 3 and she would wear these big white shoes. She was always on the run and into everything, especially if it was happening out of doors. I have this one very distinct memory of her lying on the floor with those big white shoes, watching television. Only they were not all that white, they were very banged up and very dirty, and he…

Necessity, the Mother of Invention

All the cousins who are attending BYU from our family get together about once a month for dinner on a Sunday evening. They all have food assignments. This semester the group is small....just my 2 youngest sons, McKay and Tyler, and their cousin Ashley. The rest of the cousins have graduated, or gotten married, or are onto other adventures.

So last Sunday night Tyler and his girlfriend, Karen, made what I heard was a most wonderful pizza out of salmon, spinach, and I don't know what else. Ashley made a fruit salad. McKay suddenly remembered on Sunday morning I guess it was, that he was suppose to bring the dessert. Not wanting to go to the store, being it was Sunday and all....he made do with what he had.

He made Q-tip Popsicles.
Out of Koolaid frozen with a Q-tip swab as the stick.
Not sure he thought through the cotton part.
I actually found this out from my sister Robin, who heard it from her daughter Ashley.

Odd that McKay did not mention this fine dessert when I talked t…

Bed Issues

Do you like your bed?
If so, would you leave me a comment and let me know what brand it is?

We have had bed struggles all my adult life. Never have I found one that is still comfortable a year after we purchase it. A few bed sales people have even welcomed us to take a nap on one of their beds, right there in the store. I could do that but Dennis could not, so we don't.

How else can we know if the bed will feel good to sleep in all night long?

One bed that does appeal to me is the Sleep Number Bed...or what ever you call it. I hear you can make it softer or harder, by pressing a number. I don't like the idea, however, of sleeping on something that is plugged in. That is the reason we don't have an electric blanket either, as much as I would love one.

Last week I learned that Marriott has had so many people ask about their beds, that they have begun selling them! We do love Marriott beds. We do sleep well on them. I had asked a few years ago, but I was told their…

Hurricane Ike, and Keith

Dennis' youngest son, Keith, lives in Houston with his wife, Gioconda. They did not have forced evacuations there so they decided to ride it out. Take a look at back side of his house the night before the storm, with the windows all boarded up.
Then the next morning, what a different story. The eye of the storm hit them about 3am Saturday morning.

Even their meter was pulled out. Guess it doesn't matter this week since they have been without power since Friday night about 10pm. The next morning Keith and Gioconda drove around to look at the neighborhood. He said it looked like a ghost town and a war zone, combined. The gas stations were closed with signs that said the pumps were empty. Basically everything is closed.

My niece Carly who now lives in Panama with her husband and 3 small children, wrote the following on her blog Friday evening:

"Our boat is still there in Clear Lake right off the Galveston Bay, but what about all our friends in the area? Have they all m…

For the Hailey lovers.

I have the Fresno State Bulldogs to thank. Because of their game, we got an overnight visit with Hailey, her dad Jason, and her Uncle Jordan. One call to her second cousin Elora (my granddaughter), and we soon had the girls together for a night of fun.
This video is for Chickie and Papa, Hailey's grandparents in Utah who are suffering major Hailey withdrawals. Thankfully they will get to see her in 2 weeks, but 2 weeks more of withdrawal is not easy.
Brock is asking the questions.

A Happy Surprise

I found out some news on Thursday that made me so happy I had a dream about it that night.
I'll try to explain.

Back in 1995-96 when I was Laurel Advisor in our ward, I had a great group of girls.

Okay, notice the 4th girl from the left on the back row? That is Natalie Moline.

She got married to Luke Jenne back in 2002.
and I think they have pretty much lived in Utah ever since then.

Natalie and Luke suffered through 6 years of infertility, and all the emotions that go with that. Only someone who has suffered similarly would be able to understand completely the overwhelming pain and heart ache, I'm sure.

Imagine my delight when I learned that just this past April they adopted a precious beautiful little baby and named her Whitney Kate!

No, it doesn't stop there.

So yesterday on Natalie's blog,
as soon as I opened it up,
this is what I saw:

I just sat there in shock. Natalie is PREGNANT and due in March!!!!
The babies will be just 11 months apart.

Now I want to say a f…