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Does anyone know how this works?

My Dad gave this to me and I and it's the strangest thing ever.
Would you mind going to this link and justdo this little game.
Takes less than a minute. 

It's like the computer is reading your mind. 
Really, there's got to be a reason and I want to know what it is. 

Just 2 simple steps, and then tell me what you think. 

LATER: The comment section will give the answer, so don't look until you see if you can figure it out.  
I sure couldn't!

A Day in Provo

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If you ever wonder what McKay and McKenna, and also Tyler and Karen do each day, take a look.
Or I should say, as of last month.

6 years since the beginning of my empty nest.

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"If you can find a path with no obstacles, it probably doesn't lead anywhere. " ~Frank A. Clark

An exciting day, and a hard day. Something a boy in our church looks forward to all his life, as do his parents. The day he leaves home headed out for his 2 year mission. There is nothing more we wanted for him, and for all our sons, at age 19.


The goodbye is the hard part.


When Tyler left 6 years ago, Dennis went with him. He wanted to be there to take him to the Missionary Training Center, and then fly home a day or so after. Which he did. I wanted it this way. It was also Dennis' birthday, by the way.


Unlike when my first 3 sons left, this time was a little harder because I left the airport by myself. As soon as Tyler (and Dennis) left, my son Logan put his arm around me and walked me out to my car. He was so cute. He kept patting me on the arm while we walked and saying, "It's okay Mom. I know this is hard for you."


So I get in my car and proceed to get out o…

Another broken bone

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Remember how our grandson Robbie crashed his bike and broke his leg last September?



Well 2 days ago he was jumping off a swivel chair and broke his ARM. 
His Mom (Kim) actually HEARD IT BREAK!
The little patient on Sunday night.

 A slam dunk diagnosis wouldn't you say?
Robbie is having quite the eventful year of Kindergarten.  (And don't forget he had surgery between both accidents to have his tonsils and adenoids out.) And it's only January. 
And he's only 6. 


Something tells me Robbie didn't get to go skating with Aunt Kris and cousin Rachel today!

Miracle of Life

I love how this shows a baby actually developing in the womb. 
I'm not Catholic, so I hope they don't mind my sharing their video.


The Miracle Of Life from Catholic Media House on Vimeo.


Thank you Ronnell for directing me to this.
(McKay knew her, and her great family, from his mission in Tallahassee. I consider her a dear friend of mine even all these years later. )

Apparently I read it wrong

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Sometimes as much as a Grandma wants to make her little Cami happy...




A big sister is better at it.  I can't exactly climb under the table and pop up, like Elora can.
 Or say things like, "So Cami are you ready to become the middle sister?" (Violet will be here in just 4 weeks!)



And I don't notice cars in the parking lot like Elora does.  Giggling she says, "Grandma Honey look at that 2 person car!"
 Grandma Honey is amazed!  "Are you kidding me??  What's the name of this car? Can you read the name on it Elora?" I squint with my Grandma eyes and read what I think I see on the back of it,  "I think it's a SNORT."
Dennis looks closer, "No, it's not a SNORT! It's called a SMART." (I then heard Elora say in a sing-songie voice from the back seat, "Introducing the 2011 Toyota Corolla SNORTS!" ....not that Toyoto makes these, she just came up with that.)


We sing on the way back to our house. Elora loved the song so …

Is boredom good for children?

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We had an interesting conversation about this last night during Book Club. 
Not sure how we got on this subject, but it went something like this:


"Boredom is good for children. It's the prelude to curiosity, and curiosity brings on creativity."





Then someone else added:
"I've read a study about how children are not learning 'problem solving skills' because with watching movies, video games, texting, Facebook.....They have little down time to get bored and figure things out for themselves."




I'm not quoting the two above perfectly, but that was the gist of it.
What do you think? 

They don't have babies like they use to

I grew up watching I Love Lucy. I especially remember the episode about the night Little Ricky was born. 
All were reruns to me, but still, this is how I thought it would be.

And it sort of was. 


58 years ago TODAY! 
Jan. 19th, 1953 "Little Ricky" was born.
(It was also the same day she gave birth in real life.) 


Nowadays many women schedule their baby's birth date. 
But whenever or however it comes, it is ALWAYS EXCITING.  

Lots of family time in Logan, Utah

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Amy and Kylie, along with the babies, spent last weekend with Dennis' daughters and family.
We loved getting updates, texts, and pictures! It was almost like being there. 
Okay not quite, but it was still fun for us, too. 



Lots of Wii dancing time

What is with Jonas and his tackling adventures?  He's such a mellow little guy that it seems to come out of nowhere.

Looks like Jonas was feeling comfortable with Uncle Ryan.




He just wants to be like his cousins...


After Amy and the kids left there, 
they drove to Provo to spend the day with McKay and McKenna, and Tyler and Karen. 
The 'weary-I'm-sure' travelers are almost home.


I wish I had done this

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Below is a post from a blog I love. I just had to share because I so wish I had done this...and since my kids are all grown and gone, I can't. But if you can, you might be interested. 
Read on... "quotes

Growing up we memorized quotes.

Lots and lots of quotes.

If we memorized them, we could earn more "points" toward getting our money doubled for our allowance at the end of the week (learn more about the money system here). And because I was a "saver" boy you can bet I wanted that money doubled. So I slaved away to learn those quotes.

Man alive am I ever glad.

They come to my mind all the time and they are powerful.

So after much contemplation on what in the world to put in the alcove at the top of my stairs (I'm very particular about what I put on my walls as I explained here) I came across this chalkboard at Pottery Barn I HAD to have. (It helped that my dear sis-in-law worked there so I could get myself a hefty discount on it...thank…

Try this squash in the crockpot!

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Do you ever see these in the grocery store and wonder what to do with them?
I tried a great recipe for this in my crockpot a few nights ago.

1 acorn squash 2 apples: peeled, cored, and diced (I left the peel on mine) 1 tablespoon butter, melted 2 tablespoons brown sugar 1 tablespoon chopped walnuts (I like a little more than this.) 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

The Directions. Use a 4-quart slow cooker. Cut the acorn squash in half. This is hard! The author found the easiest way is to microwave the squash for a minute on high to soften the skin. Then use a knife to cut it right down the middle. Scoop out the seeds and discard. Put the squash into an empty slow cooker, skin side down.  In a small mixing bowl, combine the cut up apple, melted butter, brown sugar, walnuts, salt, and cinnamon. Scoop this concoction into the acorn halves. Cover and cook on low for 5 hours, or on high for 2 to 3.

Mine didn't look exactly like this photo, but it was SO GOOD.

Acorn squash is…

Update on Amy's Utah trip

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Today Amy, Kylie and the twins went to Studio 5 to watch Kris live!


But Jonas had a little problem. He spontaneously likes to tackle his sister.  
It wouldn't be so bad, but look how close he was to the camera man!  Personally, I wish he would have tackled her in front of the camera and on TV!
(So off to the Green room they were sent...with Amy of course.
The producer of the show has 2 sets of twins, so she was very understanding.)


Kris did an excellent job, as always. (I know because I watched it HERE.)
Isn't she so pretty?

Tired Jonas with beautiful Aunt Kim
Téa, Amy, and Kim
What memories they were able to make today! Dennis and I were having so much fun just knowing they were all together.
Kim, Kylie, Amy, Jonas, Téa, Kris, and Karen (Amy's mom) 

Thank you Kris for sending me all these pictures!

Best Seller List -the week of your birth

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My mom pregnant with her first in 1952 (which was not me)

Ever wonder what your mother may have read when she was pregnant with you?

Go here and just punch in a date.



Want to see some happiness?

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I am home from Jury Duty, and I just had to share this picture!

A sweet friend who is in the blogworld,  just gave birth to her FIFTH SON.
Gotta love the numbered shirts! If you would like to see more pictures go here

Would you wear makeup on just one eye?

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Yesterday morning I woke up with one swollen, red, and painful eye. As the morning progressed, so did the pain. Den said it looked like someone had punched me.I couldn't figure out what was going on.  So this morning I went to have it checked.
Kasier is so slick...just down the road, and I can always get in within hours of a phone call.
I figure I may as well just go in and see what she thinks.

Turns out I have eye eczema caused by some sort of allergy. My Dr told me to keep Cetaphil on my eye and go without makeup.

At least this is keeping my mind off the fact that I have jury duty tomorrow. 
I think I will just forget about it for now and go pack our lunches for tomorrow. Dennis is going with me!

But first, have to share something that made us happy today. Den got a text from our granddaughter Kylie.

"Hey just want to let u and gma no that we r doin very good and so r the twins! We r almost Barstow! " 

(Amy, Kylie, and the babies are on their way to Utah!)
And, her text …

I attended a funeral yesterday

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I didn't take any notes except for one quote at the end.
Still, since yesterday morning I keep thinking about this exemplary woman.


Some things I remember from her service yesterday:

*She sold Avon for over 50 years
*She made excellent pies
*She would often give a loaf of bread or pie, or whatever she was making that day to someone in need. 
She taught her children to share what they had.
*She LOVED being a visiting teacher and took this calling very seriously. Even visiting her assigned sisters till the end. (I heard she would drive herself there, and then get her walker out of the trunk.)
*She would often have a puzzle going, and share doing it with her children and grandchildren.
*She took all her church responsibilities very seriously. (I even remember my Mom saying this about her.)




I had known Caroline Marshall growing up, yet, really didn't know her very well at all. She was 94 when she died this week, so to me, I have always known her as a Grandma.

She lived in the ward I grew up …

I didn't get the adventure gene.

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Not the physical adventure gene.
Not like my niece Lindsay has (shown here with her boyfriend Gard) in Colorado

I can't blame it on age, because look what my 80 year old father and his wife did recently:
Getting ready for the Zipline!

Oh yes, I kid you not. 


I even went through a period of time when I was growing up thinking I must have been adopted.
I'm definitely related to Téa. Or maybe I just feel a kinship with her style.