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Tasha's Baby Shower

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Tasha and Zane flew up for a VERY quick trip, partially to visit all of us who miss them so much, but also so that she could have a couple of baby showers.  She isn’t due until September but we are not sure how well she will be able to travel closer to her due date and her work schedule is much busier in the summer so we decided to celebrate now.

It was the fastest trip ever, I believe!  Tasha and Zane arrived Thursday at 9:30 pm.  Friday Tasha had lunch with Kim, Kalel and I along with Jamie and Amber from work and had a shower from Zane’s family.  Saturday they attended a memorial service for Zane’s uncle, had lunch with some friends and then attended the shower Shandra and I threw for her.  We were able to get in a few games with Cyn and Marilyn after the shower, and then Tasha and Zane headed to Ogden.  They left at 6:00 this morning to drive back to San Diego (in an RV with Zane’s mom, Joyce, and 6 grandkids).  It was so fast, but so very good to see them.  I miss them SO MUCH!

Food 4 Thought Friday

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A little feast without the calories!!

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Food 4 Thought Friday ~ This week's questions:

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HOW DO YOU DO? Breakfast ~ How do you do plan family vacations? I search, and search, and search to try to find the "best" deal I can find.  It is exhausting, and I'm constantly in a panic that there will be something better that I miss.  But, it usually all works out and we have a great time in the end.
Lunch ~How do you stay on top of things? Are you supposed to stay on top of things?  I'm always playing catch up!  I do have my calendar at my fingertips at all times, and everything I have to do is put on the calendar.  If it isn't there, I don't do it. Dinner ~ How do you keep calm in stressful situations? 
Again, I didn't know you were supposed to stay calm!  I'm a panic-ridden idiot who runs…

Birthday Treasure Hunt

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Birthday gifts for Kim are not easy to acquire.  He loves tools - but I could never choose tools for him because he either has what he needs or it is much too expensive.  He loves tee-shirts with funny sayings on them - but he owns a plethora of tee shirts, so much so that there is no more room in his closet, and he buys them himself whenever he sees one he likes.  He isn't into electronics or movies or office supplies.
So this year I researched Pinterest and decided to make him a treasure hunt.  I had visions of planting little gifts (but what?) all over town in places that had meaning to us as we reminisced of years gone by.  Of course plans such as that never seem to come to fruition.  I ran out of time (and energy) and was not able to hide any fun treasures.  However, I did make a fun treasure map with clues of places to go.

Kim does like playing games, so I think he got a little kick out of trying to solve the clues.  I use the treasure map and had all of the clues relate to …

Food 4 Thought Friday

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A little feast without the calories!!

Please visit Jodi's blog!  She posts these for us.   Feel free to play along for some yummy fun! She will post a new one each Thursday night.  JOIN IN!!!


Breakfast ~ What is your recent biggest financial disaster? I booked and paid for a trip that we could use anytime within a year.  I should have known better.  If I don’t book with an absolute plan things never seem to work out.  Now with Tasha expecting I want to spend my vacation time with her when she has her new baby, so the trip will just be wasted.
Lunch ~ How do you deal with things you can't change? After beating myself up about the situation, I then just try to either deal with it or try to forget it.
Dinner ~ When things get stressful, what is your go-to for calming yourself? I wish I could say that I calm myself with something productive and healthy like going for a walk or yoga.  I can’t say that because it isn’t true.  I calm myself by playing mindless games on the computer and eati…

40 Odd Things about Me

Let's have some fun on here. Forty odd things about me. 

1. Do you like blue cheese? A little is nice, but I don’t like it if it is strong. 2. Coke or Pepsi? Neither – Dr. Pepper all the way!  (If there is no Dr. Pepper then I will tolerate Pepsi) 3. Do you own a gun? No 4. What flavor Kool-aid? Fruit Punch 5. What do you think of hot dogs? If they are cooked over a fire I like them a lot, but I always get sick after I eat a hot dog, so I haven’t had one for many years 6. What is your favorite TV show? I love any of the old sitcoms 7. What is your favorite movie? Any musical. 8. What do you prefer to drink in the morning? Milk then water 9. Can you do a push-up? Not anymore
10. What's your favorite piece of jewelry? My new pearl necklace 11. What is your favorite hobby? Scrapbooking/blogging – but I haven’t done much lately 12. O.C.D. or A.D.D.? A.D.D. 13. Do you wear glasses? Yep, getting blinder every day 14. What was your favorite cartoon? Hmmm, can’t remember 15. Name 3 things you did to…

Caught between a rock and a hard place

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My dad's memory has been declining at a rapid pace.  He quite often struggles to remember people that he doesn't see frequently, even my mom,  though he was married to her for over 50 years.  He forgets how to do things, and he forgets events that happened even moments before.  In addition, sometimes he remembers things that didn't even happen.  For example, sometimes he will call me and tell me that he had just gotten home from Salt Lake but he can't remember how he got there or who he was with (but he didn't really go anywhere).  The very hardest thing is that he KNOWS that he can't remember and is extremely frustrated by it.  It is difficult to watch him struggle with trying to tell me something he feels is important when he realizes that he really can't remember what he is trying to tell me.  Sometimes he gets depressed and says things like it would be better if he could just lay down and die because he isn't worth anything anymore.  Frequently he …

San Diego with Tammy

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I literally called Tammy at the last minute and she was able to book the same flight so that we could vacation together.  We had an adventure in the airport while waiting for our plane - it was delayed over 5 hours!  Needless to say we were bored silly waiting, but Alaska Airlines was very kind, they gave us a food voucher ($30 a piece) as well as a credit for our next flight.  I got brave and asked the ticketing personnel if it would be possible to change our return flight since we would be missing most of our first day in San Diego.  They willingly changed it for us and PRESTO our 3 day trip turned into 7 days!


Our trip was PERFECT!  We spent a lot of the time just relaxing and hanging out with Tasha and Zane.  On Saturday we went to the Koby's Swap Meet.  It was fun to see all of the things for sell there, especially the fruit that was really inexpensive.  Tammy and I bought big floppy hats to wear since we had gotten a little sunburned at Sea World.  We certainly looked like f…

The Atonement is not because we are good but because God and Christ are good.

I came upon this quote today by Brad Wilcox, and it really hit home.
The Atonement is not because we are good but because God and Christ are good. They love us not because we are always loveable, but because They are always loving. Understanding this helps us feel Their love even when we don’t see any reason to love ourselves. “I’ll never do it again,” we say. Then we do it. “Now I really mean it. I will never do it again.” And then we do it. At such low moments, it is easy to become discouraged and lose hope. We have such a hard time forgiving ourselves that we mistakenly believe God and Christ must be feeling the same way. We think each setback is devastating, but God and Christ simply recognize them as growing pains.  Brad Wilcox http://www.ldsliving.com/8-Things-the-Atonement-Is-Not/s/78498

A New (Used) Trampoline

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When Shandra was young she used to go to my parent's house every day and jump on the trampoline for hours and hours.  Kalel competes on the tramp as part of his gymnastics.  These two facts have been the basis for the argument that we should get a tramp.  Shandra lives in a condo and has no where to put one, and Kalel is here most of the time while she is work, so she thinks the tramp should be at our house.

Although I see the benefits I still have considerable trepidation about getting one.  Most importantly, there is quite a bit of time each day that there is no adult around or awake to take an accident victim to the hospital.  My argument withstood Shandra's for a long time. . . until the Parrishes decided to move.  They offered the tramp to Shandra who immediately jumped at the chance.  I relented, but only because there is a net around the tramp to help avoid accidents.

Kalel was a good trouper in helping to get it set up.  And true to his word, he goes out and practices…

Nursing Educator's Conference in Las Vegas

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Spring is Coming!

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I think that I am finally climbing out of the deep dark hole of depression and starting to feel the effects of the sun (as well as The Son) again.  Struggling with depression in the winter months is something that I deal with every year, but I'm pretty sure that this year was the worst I have ever experienced.  Not only was I depressed, but I also fought bouts of anxiety.  Needless to say, it was AWFUL!  I have felt the stirrings of peace and happiness now for the last 4 days and it is WONDERFUL!  It probably is not gone entirely, but at least I feel like I can handle it pretty much again.

I have been extremely lax in writing the last couple of months, so here is a summary of my doings.

First, and very most important, I’m going to be a grandma again!  Tasha took a pregnancy test on Christmas morning that was positive – what a great Christmas present!  She let Kim and I see the test but then she proceeded to forbid us from telling anyone for two more months!  It was extremely diffic…

Food 4 Thought Friday

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A little feast without the calories!!

Please visit Jodi's blog!  She posts these for us.   Feel free to play along for some yummy fun! She will post a new one each Thursday night.  JOIN IN!!!



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Food 4 Thought Friday ~ This week's questions:
Breakfast ~ Did your week go as planned?  The first part of the week did go as expected, but the last half of the week just seemed to fall apart.
Lunch ~ What happened this week that was unexpected? Austin Taylor was killed when his car hit ice and he collided with a semi.  I know Austin’s family very well and this news was devastating.  My heart hurts so much for his cute wife, Marissa, and their 2 ½ little girls.
Dinner ~  What is your go to meal when company is over or when you have to take a meal to someone? Since I rarely cook, this is a hard question.  When company comes we often order pizza, or if I’m lucky and if the company is my friend, Cyn, or my son-in-law, Zane, they cook for us!  For New Year’s Cyn made us chimich…

Week in Review 2/19/17

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I haven't had the opportunity to hang out with Kale and Brynnane forever!  We were finally able to co-ordinate our schedules to meet for a great lunch at  Scrud's Gourmet Grub on Ogden's 25th Street.  The burgers were great, although a little expensive.  It was so great to catch up with two of my favorite people.  I never would have made it through nursing school without their help.  I really miss spending time with them, although I don't think I want to study so much again.  They are both very successful nurses, both in home health interestingly enough.  Brynanne has cut her hair very short and looks absolutely gorgeous!  Kale is as crazy as always.  He was sporting a nasty finger injury that requires him to bend his finger hourly with resistance from pins and bands. Of course, a visit with the gang requires ice cream - luckily there was a Cold Stone right down the block so we could continue our traditions.  I love Kale and Brynanne! I spent the day Friday at the VA …