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Halloween has already come and gone in Utah!

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Kris just wrote to us and said, "We were in the other room talking when we heard this "auction" kind of talk going on. Here is what we found..." 

Look at those intense little faces.  Such serious stuff.




Little Rachel, taken just a few hours ago.

For the Rich and Lonely

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Apparently this is true.
Mrs. Sun told us all about this in our retirement class last night. I had never heard of such a thing and it sounds so sad to me.


For people who live alone, particularly elderly people I suppose, they can sign up to have a TELE CAREGIVER for about $600-1000. a month.  This is where a person is always watching them, whenever they want, through SKYPE.  So apparently the lonely person carries their laptop room to room, having this companion all day or night. There are centers all throughout the world so there is always a live person to talk to. (As Mrs. Sun mentioned, Australia is having daytime when we are asleep, so perhaps during the night you would have an Australian friend. )


These lonely people actually bring their little laptop to the table when they are eating, so this live person on SKYPE is always there, ready to talk to them. I realize this is a way to provide companionship to those who have none, and can afford this....however, it sounds like such a fake…

Message from my son Brock

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And some pictures at the end :)Written by Brock: "Since it's a question on so many of your minds and some of you have even been bold enough to ask, I'll just go ahead and say it: as far as we know, the new baby is Normal. The word "normal" is a funny thing. Some people really get offended by it, as though there never could be any such thing and any suggestion otherwise is to set up unjustified, unfair classes of people--have and havenots of the worst possible kind. But, as any parent of a special needs kid who has sat down with countless doctors, therapists and teachers to review skills progress can tell you, there most definitely is a Normal. There are even charts breaking down child development into the most minute of detail. Ask Erin at exactly which month a child should be able to scoop food with a spoon and I'll bet she could tell you off the top of her head. Bear in mind, this is not knowledge she actually wants. It's a consequence of …

Did anyone see them?

Let me just say that Dennis was a very restless sleeper last night. He was just so excited about seeing his baby girls on National TV. So was I. We loved every minute of it. And what you saw was not acting. Those 2 girls are always THAT animated and THAT much fun. 

Studio 5 in Utah, did a phone interview with Kim and Kris, live on their show today...before the Nate Berkus show aired.
Just get past this 15 second commercial.






Don't forget The Nate Show on Wednesday!

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Dennis' twin daughters will be on The Nate Berkus show this Wednesday.

See them on the advertisement HERE!



While I'm at it, here's the update of Robbie's broken leg.  (Robbie is Kim's youngest son, in case you are new here.)
Looks like his cousins are taking good care of him!
And a few more New York pictures.
If you don't know what time The Nate Show is on in your area, GO HERE.


The video below tells a little about them, plus I really really like the 30 second craft at the end.

Oh what to name the baby!

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I found the following article very interesting from The Wall Street Journal. Baby Names Q&A: Why Jayden Rules the CribBy Melanie West
Getty Images New York City revealed the most popular baby names for 2009 earlier this week: Jayden remained king among boys for the second year, and Isabella rose to the top after a second place finish in 2008. That made us wonder what’s in a baby name. How has Jayden reached this level of popularity? Why is Isabella on the rise?

We posed our questions to expert Laura Wattenberg, author of “The Baby Name Wizard” and creator of the popular website with the same title. It turns out we have Britney Spears to thank for the triumph of Jayden, and Utah could teach New York City a thing or two about creative names.

Metropolis:Give me a sense, nationally, of the baby naming scene. What are the trends?

Wattenberg: It’s easy to look at a list of the top baby names and find familiar names, like Matthew, and say: “Oh, names are traditional.” The names that …

Spring and Peck

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Retirement Class #6

This was the best one yet. Our teacher, Spring Sun, had her husband, Dr. Peck Ung came talk to us about all the ailments we can possibly expect to come down with as we age. Well that was not exactly relaxing, but I did really enjoy learning about some of the new case studies.



Like this one that came out just last week.
They put 10 people on the same diet to lose weight. Only thing they varied was their sleep. Half slept 5 hours
a night, the other half a full 8 hours a night. Both groups lost the same amount of weight. However, the ones who only slept 5 hours a night lost muscle mass. Very interesting that lack of sleep can do this to a person.

Oh, and check out this one on being criticized:
They put people in 3 groups: friends, friendenemies, and enemies. (friendenemies are 'friends' who criticize us.) She said they are more harmful to us than we think we are.
So several people were monitored (heart monitors, etc) while talking on the phone to those 3 diff…

Update on climbing on the table

We found something that really works! 
I hesitate showing this video because I sound like an old whiny woman.So turn down your volume.
But I just had to share our solution.
It works like a charm! (My mom use to say that.)

Oh, and when the babies come over I usually have music on for them to help make them feel more at home.

Mourn with Those Who Mourn

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In case you missed this from my niece Carly's blog last week,
She wrote:


"This is the greatest lesson I learned this summer-
When your preschooler drops her ice-cream cone on the pavement after you've just told her to be careful and taught her the proper method of licking you should A) NOT say I told you so and B) hold her for a minute while she quietly sobs into your shoulder."
Love it!

This gives me an excuse to share a few pictures I took recently of Carly and Enoch's adorable children.  These were taken 2 months ago when Carly's brother Jake, married Katie Cleveland.  Carly's oldest, Rivka.

 Rivy with Zion (or as Elora calls him "Tennis Ball") click here for that.


Carly and Jude

And to get you all in the mood for Halloween next week...
Has it really been a YEAR AGO?!

Kim and Kris on National TV

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The cat is out of the bag!


On October 27th Kim and Kris will be on the Nate Berkus Show!
If you ever watched Oprah, you will remember he was a regular on her show,  until just last month when he got his own syndicated program!



Waiting to go on...
Jessica (Kris' daughter) having too much fun in the green room



Here in Fresno, Nate Berkus is on every weekday morning at 10am on FOX, or channel 26.
To find where he is shown in your area,GO HERE



Quite the adventure taking their girls with them last week for the taping. What a view from their hotel!

Don't miss Den's girls on the 27th!

One of our churches burned down early this morning

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It happened in Mukilteo, Washington, near Seattle. 
Some friends of Dennis attend church in that building.  
When they lived in Corona, Kim and Kris use to babysit their children.

About 800 people attended this church building every Sunday.

 From the news report:

"A two-alarm fire destroyed a church on Harbour Pointe Boulevard early Saturday.

Mukilteo fire crews were called to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints around 3 a.m. They arrived soon after to see flames through the windows in the center of the church. Soon after, the fire shot through the roof and started spreading to the rest of the building. Five minutes later, the call for a second alarm was sent out.

Crews from Everett, Lynnwood and Snohomish County Fire District #1 came to help fight the fire. They quickly went into a defensive stance because of the intensity of the fire. The flames consumed the entire church, and eventually the building collapsed.

There was no one inside the church when the fire…

Am I the only other person who stil does this??

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I would have never known I had this problem had I not read the paragraph (below) in a blog this week:


"Apparently, I am behind the times. I was taught to, and have till this moment, always follow periods and colons with a double space. I was just researching this online, however, and have found that it is now proper and acceptable to have only one space after any kind of punctuation mark, that to do anything else is old fashioned. I'm going to have a hard time putting this into practice as I've spent years typing and have always pushed the space bar twice after a period!"
So I promptly emailed my darling daughter in law Karen, who Dennis endearingly calls "the editing nazi" (she has a degree in this sort of thing) and asked her if this were true. Here's some excerpts from what she wrote back:


"Yep. This is accurate!.... From what I understand, the double spacing is left over from the days of the typewriter (and possibly early days of the comput…

When my sons looked like this....

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I would often wonder who they would marry. I prayed often for their wives, even way back when they looked that small.  



My prayers were answered. Aren't they beautiful?
But far more important than that...they are sweet and bright and good. 
The list goes on and on.
I love them.


***Side note:  Of all the pictures I have of my sons, the one here is my favorite.  I took it when Tyler was just a week old.  The boys wanted to play detective with "newborn baby" as they called him.  Brock and Logan put their Dad's jammies over their own (I guess to seem more grown up being they were detectives and all).   I remember the pure joy I felt that day watching my 4 sons together.
I don't think we ever got dressed that day.

Our Valentine will be here in February!

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Guess who is having a Baby!!!!!!!!!!

And it's a PINK one.


Look who will soon be big sisters!


YES, come February, this family of 4, will be a family of FIVE.
We just never know what blessings each year will bring...

I tear up just thinking about it.

Highlights of our weekend

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This display at Trader Joes just made me happy. 
And who should we run into just as we were leaving?   Once again, my brother Scott and his wife Kim!
Our granddaughter Jessica sent us this picture from her phone.  
She was in NYC!

Den and I sat through this movie on Furlough Friday. I know it is getting good reviews, but to us, the acting was flat, the story line flat.   We also did not like the subtle implications of the shallow role of being a wife and mother.
But it is very clean, and many love it, so don't listen to us.
Elora turned EIGHT!
Farmers Market! Love it.
Went to Penneys to buy 2 birthday gifts. I always think of Vice President Spiro Agnew when I shop at this one. Back in 1973, I learned of his resignation while working the evening shift.

 Elora was baptized by her Dad

 Cami, Elora and my niece Carly's little girls, Rivka and Hosanna.


My Dad with his great granddaughter right after the baptism.
(Susan was in Chico for her grandchild's baptism the same day!)
And then the …

Courageous Parenting

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I never felt right about sleepovers when my sons were growing up.  I just didn't.  But it was such a common thing to do, part of a "normal" childhood, right?

I was accused often of being overprotective.  Because of this,  I feared that my sons might "turn out" like the 2 'boys' down the street from us.  They never ventured out on their own, and still shared a wagon wheeled bedroom set, when they were in their 40s. If one of them came to see us, 5 houses down, their Mom would often call them within 15 minutes to make sure they were okay.

So no, I did not want my boys to be like them. 

I wanted them to be men, and move out, and have families of their own, and be happy.

So I suffered through the many sleepovers.  As the years went on, and the world got crazier, I started deleting more of their friend-sleepover ideas.  But I often felt like a Mom all on her own....no other Mothers I knew seemed to have a problem with it.

So can you imagine how happy I was …

My niece's cooking blog

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My niece Julie... has started a cooking blog! 
Check it out here.

Our DIY DISH girls

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Den was so excited to see his baby girls film a DIY DISH episode, that I just had to include this.
The clip is only seconds long.  He had my old camera with him so it's not the best quality. 




We hope to let the cat out of the bag soon.

(This expression is from my Mom's day, so I'm not sure the younger generation knows what this means....or do they?)

Kris' Black Bean Burgers

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While in Utah, Den got to watch his daughter Kris make Black Bean Burgers, or maybe she calls them Veggie Burgers. Whatever. 
But she is so cute, I like watching her make anything.

So she took a pause from DIY filming, to make these:



One more little clip of her:
I have not tried these but Dennis says they are very good.
I think it's time for me to get out my grill!


And her recipe, in case you are interested: