Tuesday, March 30, 2010

To all my Easter Egging Friends

 I found this on Lori Tanner's blog and thought it was too good not to share!
I haven't tried this, but I don't see why it wouldn't work. 

 Here it is: 
"I love my Family Fun magazine. This months issue had a great idea in it to help little ones color their Easter eggs without having to use a spoon or those little wire dipping tools that comes with the kit. Use a wire whisk instead! Just slip the egg between the wires, and your egg is nestled in a safe basket of wires! Less chance of breaking the egg as you dip it into your cup!"

Monday, March 29, 2010

Lee Mach

 In the hospital, during his final days, Lee Mach told a family friend:   
"I want to go home."  
"I understand."
"No you don't."
She then said,  "I was hoping when you go to heaven that you could talk to my Dad."
"You do understand," he said. 

She said Lee's motto in life was:
"How can I be of help to you?"
Then she added, "His neighbor was anyone who needed his help."

Our family knew him since 1958 when he first came to Fresno to be a professor at Fresno State.  One day when I was visiting my parents, several months after my mother's Alzheimer's diagnosis, I saw a little something he had brought by in hopes of cheering her up.  Some figurine or flower, I don't even remember what it was, but I thought it so sweet he brought it by just for her.  He was already in his late 80s by this time.

The service lasted nearly 2 hours but we were all captivated by the words and the spirit the entire time.
Den and I didn't even turn to each other to give comments, like we usually do...we didn't want to miss a word. 

There were a few stories about his sense of humor, especially during his final days at the hospital.  
After one long shift ended, the new nurse came in his room to introduce herself.  
She said her name was Melba.
After she left he turned to a friend and said,  "Melba toast sounds really good right now."

On one particular day it was obvious many babies were born since a lullaby was played over the hospital intercom system after each birth. 
Finally Lee said,  "My goodness gracious, there were sure lots of busy people 9 months ago!"

Someone asked him towards the end what he would like to say to Gladys if he could tell her anything.
He said,  "I love her.  I had to marry her because no one would treat her as well as I could."

He treated her like a queen for 64 years.  

Sunday, March 28, 2010

One woman can change generations

A little silhouette of my maternal grandmother,  Lella LeMaster Slinkard, made in 1904!
Wow, over 100 years ago and we still have it.

My grandmother's mother, Lella Edith LeMaster

Her Dad pictured below at his office in the bank where he worked for awhile.
Grandma said he was hard working and very ambitious.

Grandma told me once that her mom would introduce her 2 daughters  like this,
"Gladys is the pretty one and Lella is the homely one."

Grandma said her Mom just didn't know any better.
Her Mom made lots of mistakes, probably raising her children as she was raised.
Grandma Lella on the left, her sister Gladys on the right.  

They sure did wear lots of clothing back then.  My grandma is the one marked "ME"
They lived in nice homes like the one below.  However....

They also lived in very challenging places.  The way I understand it, they were either riding high, or very low.

Grandma's parents even went to Hollywood for awhile, placing their youngest son in foster care, with the hopes of selling movie scripts that she had written. 

Grandma's Dad
I think he's a very nice looking man.

Grandma's parents ended up divorcing in 1916, the same year she graduated from high school.  Her mother eventually married Burton Willis, a teenager,  who had been dating her daughter.  But how strange for a mother to marry the friend of her daughter!  And about 20 years younger than her.

My Mom wrote this about Grandma:

Several years later in 1953, with her 2 first grandchildren, Lori and Richard.

The only one who looks happy in this picture is Richard.
Lot r: Grandma with me, Grandpa, Mom, Dad with Richard

Garndma with us in 1963...don't know where I was, but there's Robin with Dad.
 This is how I remember my Grandparents living.  I thought all Grandparents lived in trailers.

 I remember sitting at my Mom's funeral nearly 3 years ago, and thinking how grateful I am to my Grandma for having such determination to learn from her childhood.  She wanted better for her children.  In turn, because of her, my Mom had a better childhood.  Here we are generations later and we have all benefited.  My Grandma is proof that history does not have to repeat itself. 

Grandma Lella Slinkard passed away nearly 26 years ago... she was born 113 years ago today! 

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Colt's missionary homecoming!

Parking right next to me at the airport...
Here is the wonder Mom, my niece Carly, and her 4.  Enoch was working at his new job in Visalia.

 The waited anticipation at the airport
(I know, we have a funny looking airport.  
With all the fake trees suddenly growing there, it reminds me of a 4th grade science project.) 

 Dad says he remembers these tress when they were just a foot tall!
(no one makes me laugh like he does, well, except Dennis :)

Dad and Susan got in the fun of holding one of Colt's head shots.
Do you know that they are talking about going to Thailand soon??
No one seems to know why.  I mean, I'm sure they do, but I didn't ask them.

 Colt's brother Jake with his girlfriend, Katie Cleveland
I told Katie to be in the family picture and she said, "No, not yet."

My nephew, Colt Kennington, just freshly returned from the Georgia Atlanta mission.
Oh the sweet arrival.  Back with his Mom again after not seeing her for 2 years!

Hard to believe Peggy is a grandmother of FOUR!

Colt and his family back together again.

Just a few family members at the airport!

Then on to Peggy and Jeff's house. (Wish I had taken pictures of the fabulous food!)

So why did my picture of Scott & Kim turn out the best when he is the one who calls me annoying?
I'm not worried, he never reads my blog. :)

Wasn't this such a cute gift cousin McKenzie made for Colt's homecoming?


Thursday, March 25, 2010

Watch McKay teach

As a grad student, McKay teaches math every Tuesday and Thursday mornings at BYU.

As I watch this video I keep asking myself how McKay came out of my body.
Algebra is the only subject I actually had to repeat in summer school. And even then I think I barely passed.

 When I showed this video to Elora yesterday (my 7 year old granddaughter) she said,  "His class must have  lots of questions!"

Thank you McKenna for taping this for me!!!!!

I think I can relate better to this cartoon:

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Tyler got published in the Ensign!

My youngest son, Tyler, has an article in April's Ensign.

It's on Page 20

Of course being his mom and all I like what he wrote.  But really, I DO like what he wrote.
How do you like it?
It's okay, you can disagree.

I like how he explains that it took him a year to get his complete answer.  Love the filling the glass analogy.  I've always encouraged my boys to know a girl a year before marrying her.  They say it takes 6-8 months for a person to start really being themselves.  It's just human nature.  

Oh, and The Ensign is our monthly church publication.  I have been reading it every month since I was a little girl.  Even back in the days when it was called The Era.
I have never known personally anyone who had an article in it, until now. :)

Monday, March 22, 2010

Adorable 911 call

 A 911 call from a 5 year old.
My favorite part is her worrying about what to wear for the firemen!

Speed Friendshipping

This was my kind of game!  Loved it!

We played this at our Young Womens stake meeting last Thursday evening.  
(This is a semi-annual gathering we have as leaders of the YW in our church, to give us support and insight and help. For more info, go here.)

Picture 2 rows of chairs facing each other.  We each had one minute to ask anything we wanted to the woman across from us.  After one minute, all of us on the first row shifted to the next chair.  Then proceeded to interview the next one.  In about 15 minutes I got to know 15 different women (or was it 10 women, I didn't count)....I really did feel as though I knew them a little after that short amount of time.  

I don't usually like games, but this one was for me.  
Because like I always say, there is nothing more interesting than people.

I could have done this for hours.  

I think this would make a great game for any party.  Perhaps even a combined Young Women/Young Mens combined activity?  
No?  You don't think teenage boys would like this?

We were given this list of questions, just to give us ideas of what to ask:

In my next life, I think I would like to have a career as an interviewer.  
I love asking questions and listening to responses. 

Which brings me to a dream I have, that I would like to bring to life...more on that in a few days or so.   

Saturday, March 20, 2010

McKay's hair cut by McKenna

First the "before"

See what a great job she did!

Friday, March 19, 2010

Bronson's Miracle

I have no words for this one.  Just watch it. 

If you are not hooked after 20 seconds, then this is not the video for you. 

Go here if you want to see them on the Today show. 

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Kim and Kris' first episode!

Remember how I did a blog not too long ago about my husband's' twin daughters and their new website, DIY Dish?
They posted their first weekly episode yesterday and I didn't want you to miss out,  so here it is.

Last I checked, they had 1,323 comments!!!!!!  

They even answer the question,  "Are you related to the Osmonds?"  

If you are interested, sign up for their email notices of new episodes.

Dennis says they were so fun to raise!

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

A surprise phone call

Dennis called me yesterday from work, as he often does and said,  "Jonas called me today."

I'm thinking, Jonas, Jonas who?  The only Jonas I know is our 11 month old grandson.


"Yes", he said,  "Jonas."

Den said he looked at his phone and saw it was Amy.  But all he heard was,  "AHH.  uhhh,  OHH"

Those are Jonas' words.  Definitely not Téa.

I think Jonas was calling to say that he misses his Daddy and wishes he would come home from his 4 day motorcycle adventure.  He doesn't want his Grandma Honey to worry any more.  He wants her to be able to sleep at night.  That would be nice.

Life was sure easier when Jonas' Daddy looked like this:

1985...Do they do even do photos like this anymore?

When I emailed Amy to tell her Jonas called, here was her response,
"What time did he call? And was it Dad's cell number? Did Jonas talk to him? I had no idea he did that. How funny..."
Gotta love one touch dial! 

Monday, March 15, 2010

When Times are Tough

When I heard that McKenna's parents gave this book to their 6 adult children for Christmas, I became very interested to learn what was so special about it. 

So I got myself a copy a read a chapter each evening for 5 days...to make it last, because it was that good. 

John Bytheway has a gift of saying things that make sense.  Phrases that make one think.  

Here are some of my favorites from his book:

"While it's true that adults produce children, it's also true that children produce adults. 
For example, nothing will take the selfishness out of a parent  faster than a sick or injured child.  
When a tiny one is hurting, all self-centered desires depart at warp speed

"If God wants us to serve one another in anonymous ways, 
I suspect he may bless us and protect us without our knowledge as well."   (I had never quite thought of it this way before. )

"President Harold B. Lee made a prophetic statement in 1972: "Satan's greatest threat today is to destroy the family, and to make a mockery of the law of chastity and the sanctity of the marriage covenant."  
He said this 38 years ago.  

"If someone were to ask whether communication skills or meekness is most important to a marriage,
I'd answer meekness, hands down.  
You can be a superb communicator but still never have the humility to ask, "Is it I?"

"When meekness is present, miracles can happen.  
One marriage counselor observed, 
"I have learned over the years that if I can ever get a couple to apologize to each other, the other problems seem to melt away."

"Satan is a liar, 
and he teaches that real happiness comes from doing whatever you want to do and in giving in to every desire."  

"A University of Iowa study revealed that the average 2 year old receives 432 negatively oriented statements a day to 32 positive ones." 

"Praise is one thing we shouldn't keep to ourselves.  
In fact, President Benson taught that withholding praise is a sign of pride."

"Children who feel praised and recognized for their efforts as well as their deeds, 
try harder to do even better."

"When something wonderful happens to you,  who is the first person you want to share it with?  
Your answer reveals which relationships are the most important to you."  

"Sometimes I've wondered if the things I pray about are too trivial or too unimportant when compared with everything else going on in the world.  
At least I used to think that until I had my own children. 
Now I think differently.  
If something is important to my 5 year old, it's important to me, no matter what other problems are on my mind."

"Someone once remarked that atheists don't find God for the same reason bank robbers don't find police officers.  
They don't want to see them.  
They work hard not to see them. 
But that doesn't mean they don't exist. "

"Margaret Thatcher observed, "Look at a day when you are supremely satisfied at the end.  
It's not a day when you lounge around doing nothing, 
it's when you've had everything to do, and you've done it."  

Saturday, March 13, 2010

7 year old calls 911

During a home invasion last Wednesday, the 7 year old locks himself and his sister in the bathroom and calls 911.  
Listen  to what happens.

I think this video is a good reminder to teach our children how and why to call 911.  When my sons were growing up, everyone seemed to be more aware of this from the program Rescue 911.  
I'm not so sure it is stressed as much now. Or is it? Would your children feel confident about calling 911?

Friday, March 12, 2010

1955-1957 and 1962

John and Richard 1957
(2 of my brothers)

I found all these pictures together in my files with a rubber band around them.

I guess Richard and I got all dressed up for John's newborn pictures.
Or maybe it was Sunday.

October 29, 1955 Judy Perry's birthday party (whoever that was, I have no idea-just reading off the back of the picture)
Everyone seems to be doing their own thing.  I'm the one to the far left.  Richard is sitting down next to that girl who looks like she is taking something away from him.  Maybe that's Judy Perry. Oh I see Susie Zander to the right, looking on to Richard and Judy.  Hmmm

Richard holding John in 1957.  
Love the wooden playpen on the porch.

That's the neighbor boy, then me, then Richard loading his gun, upside down.
I'll never know why did Richard got to have longer bangs than me.


The picture below is blurry but I like the happy smiles on our faces-

Fast forward for a sec to 1962 in Yosemite.
How did we all fit in that little VW?
Mom, Robin, Richard, John, me. 
(before Peggy, Scott, Heidi, and Chris were born)

Back to 1955, Richard's girlfriend, Susie Zander, again.  
I tried to locate her on Facebook with no success.  

Looks like I'm trying to keep Richard and Susie Zander apart.

Anyone know any tips for finding people on Facebook beyond just putting their name in search?

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Peanut Allergy

Last week my grandson Jonas, had his first and probably last peanut butter sandwich.  Within minutes he broke out in welts and swelling all over his face and arms.  Amy said it was so scary, and they made a mad dash to the store to get some Benedryl.

Jonas had allergy blood work the next day...Can you believe he didn't even cry when he was poked?  
Yesterday morning Amy got the call saying he is allergic to DOGS, CATS, and PEANUTS.  

I heard he looked 20 times worse an hour before these pictures were taken.  (over an hour after the Benedryl.)

So I had Miss Téa, while Amy took Jonas in for more testing this morning.  

 Amy said it was not easy holding him still for 15 minutes while the Dr tested him, but he never did cry.  I thought that was pretty incredible...especially as opinionated as Jonas can be.  

Maybe he just enjoyed having Mommy all to himself.

So, the allergy Dr said they need to get rid of all peanuts.  No more PB&Js for his 6 siblings...at least not at home.  

Everywhere Jonas goes, so goes his Epi-pen, that he was given today.   
It will administer epinephrine should his airways get in trouble.  
He didn't react as badly to dogs, so for now, Boston gets to stay! 

And thankfully Jonas can continue enjoying his usual good life.