Tuesday, December 15, 2009

A Different Christmas Poem

As you read it, ponder the fate of our troops that are doing our bidding in those far away places.
"A Different Christmas Poem"

The embers glowed softly, and in their dim light,
I gazed round the room and I cherished the sight.
My wife was asleep, her head on my chest,
My daughter beside me, angelic in rest.

Outside the snow fell, a blanket of white,
Transforming the yard to a winter delight.
The sparkling lights in the tree I believe,
Completed the magic that was Christmas Eve.

My eyelids were heavy, my breathing was deep,
Secure and surrounded by love I would sleep.
In perfect contentment, or so it would seem,
So I slumbered, perhaps I started to dream.

The sound wasn't loud, and it wasn't too near,
But I opened my eyes when it tickled my ear.
Perhaps just a cough, I didn't quite know,
Then the sure sound of footsteps outside in the snow.

My soul gave a tremble, I struggled to hear,
And I crept to the door just to see who was near.
Standing out in the cold and the dark of the night,
A lone figure stood, his face weary and tight.

A soldier, I puzzled, some twenty years old,
Perhaps a Marine, huddled here in the cold.
Alone in the dark, he looked up and smiled,
Standing watch over me, and my wife and my child.

"What are you doing?" I asked without fear,
"Come in this moment, it's freezing out here!
Put down your pack, brush the snow from your sleeve,
You should be at home on a cold Christmas Eve!"

For barely a moment I saw his eyes shift,
Away from the cold and the snow blown in drifts..
To the window that danced with a warm fire's light
Then he sighed and he said "It's really all right,
I'm out here by choice. I'm here every night."

"It's my duty to stand at the front of the line,
That separates you from the darkest of times.
No one had to ask or beg or implore me,
I'm proud to stand here like my fathers before me.

My Gramps died at ' Pearl on a day in December,"
Then he sighed, "That's a Christmas 'Gram always remembers."
My dad stood his watch in the jungles of ' Nam ',
And now it is my turn and so, here I am.

I've not seen my own son in more than a while,
But my wife sends me pictures, he's sure got her smile.
Then he bent and he carefully pulled from his bag,
The red, white, and blue... an American flag.

I can live through the cold and the being alone,
Away from my family, my house and my home.
I can stand at my post through the rain and the sleet,
I can sleep in a foxhole with little to eat.

I can carry the weight of killing another,
Or lay down my life with my sister and brother..
Who stand at the front against any and all,
To ensure for all time that this flag will not fall."

"So go back inside," he said, "harbor no fright,
Your family is waiting and I'll be all right."
"But isn't there something I can do, at the least,
"Give you money," I asked, "or prepare you a feast?

It seems all too little for all that you've done,
For being away from your wife and your son."
Then his eye welled a tear that held no regret,
"Just tell us you love us, and never forget.

To fight for our rights back at home while we're gone,
To stand your own watch, no matter how long.
For when we come home, either standing or dead,
To know you remember we fought and we bled.
Is payment enough, and with that we will trust,
That we mattered to you as you mattered to us."

Christmas will be coming soon and some credit is due to our
U.S. service men and women for our being able to celebrate these
festivities. Let's try in this small way to pay a tiny bit of what we owe. Make people
stop and think of our heroes, living and dead, who sacrificed themselves for us.

"Real Integrity is doing the right thing, knowing that
no body's going to know whether you did it or not."

Monday, December 7, 2009

Getting in the Christmas Spirit

Tifani and I were invited over to our friends house yesterday to do these miniature
gingerbread houses. What fun this was! It really helped me get into the Christmas Spirit.

When Dawn called, she asked if Tifani and I would like to come over and do gingerbread houses and Tifani about jumped through the phone! "Oh heck ya!", Tif said as she jumped out of the love sac! Needless to say we had a great time!
The one with all the Mickey heads on the top is mine.
This one is Tifani's. She REALLY went all out! There's a full size skating rink behind the house with a whole line of gingerbread men skating around. The detail she put into hers is really cool!
Now I need to get more candy and put our big one together that we normally do
every year.
Welcome Christmas!!!!

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

California Here We Come....

I needed this! Unfortunately our car broke down, so we are using a rental while the car is in the condo's garage waiting to decide where I need to try and take it or have it towed. Not fun!

But Disneyland is worth it! I love it there!

The Haunted Mansion is really awesome right now!!! It's all about Jack Skelington and Nightmare Before Christmas!! Very cool!!!

We made it right at the end of the Halloween spectacle, so there are still some things up regarding Halloween, like this Mickey (my hero!)
Back to Disneyland we go again! So, there's more to come.......

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Oh Those Summer Days....

Where has Summer gone? To the archives of my memories. There to stay until once again the melting snow nourishes the earth beneath and the flowers and grass begin to grow.

Friday, August 28, 2009

Trouble Begins with T and Rhymes with P....

Have you ever wondered why things happen the way they do? How you try to do something good and it turns bad? Even though the original problem wasn't even your fault but the perpetrator turns the tables and makes you the bad guy? I have come to the conclusion that I am "the bad guy" and nothing is going to change that.

So, I guess this means a wardrobe change! Can you say shopping trip?!!! I'll have to start wearing black and a mask and when I'm not totally in bad guy mode, I can wear a disguise! This means Halloween every day for me! WOOHOO!
I think this look totally works for me! Tan, always on the road, or sea depending on how you look at it, comfortable clothing. Ya...I like it!
And maybe I'll follow the next rainbow and see if there's a pot of gold at the end! That should do the trick!

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Anyone know the time?

Does anybody really know what time it is? Does anybody really care? Hmmm...reminds me of a song! So Samuel is home safe and sound. Life has resumed and time has once again escaped me! Tifani has started Jr. High! Jake is preparing for his mission! I'm still a newlywed, right? Life has a funny way of going on without me.....

Friday, June 19, 2009


Ok, we're within the 30 day mark! 27 days until Samuel comes home!!! WOW!!! Where has the time gone! The scary part is, his room isn't even part way finished yet! Poor kid. He'll have to sleep on a cot in the garage I guess.
So, the big thing to do in his particular mission is tie collecting! He has a whole bag full he says, about 80 to be exact! CRAZY! So I thought about making a quilt out of them when he gets home, if he'll let me.
Needless to say we are excited and looking forward to him coming home. I don't know who's more trunky, Sam or us!

Monday, June 8, 2009

Then and Now


I GRADUATED!!! (by the skin of my teeth) I'M READY TO TAKE ON THE WORLD!

YES!!! Graduation is complete and Jake is happy! So are we!!! We are very proud of you Jake!

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Memorial Day...

We had a wonderful Memorial Day this year. We took some flowers up to my Dad's grave and noticed that the Vietnam Veteran's Moving Wall was at the cemetary also. So we went and took a look.

Very nice. Many people were looking for family names. Some were just contemplating, remembering.

And then there was the crowd of about 8 to 10 people that thought they were at a church social or something. They were laughing, talking loud, and not being respectful of their surroundings. It was maddening! But for the most part, the trip was worth it.

We also went to Layton park and fed the ducks, geese, swans, rats... ya.... well none of them were hungry, but we had a nice time at the park anyways. So I guess it's official.....LET SUMMER BEGIN!!

Friday, April 24, 2009

Two Down, One To Go!

Jake is officially an Eagle! The Eagle Court of Honor was Tuesday night. It was a really great night! Alot of people turned out, we had great food, and Jake was smiling ear to ear! He should be smiling! It's a great accomplishment! Of course, my mouth wasn't exactly straight either, nor was Randy's. We are very proud of Jake!

As you can see, Jake and his friend Ben really enjoyed the food! Good times!! And Mom and Dad are pretty proud of their Eagle!

The program was short, sweet and to the point. We had some leaders from Jake's past, who helped him through the Scouting ranks, take part in the program. It was a fun evening.

Next......Graduation! If I survive the next 4 months....................

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Easter Snow!

As I sit here contemplating my next blog subject, the weather outside is bleak. SNOW! And it's past Easter! But in the background I have hope. I am listening to my favorite Hawaiian, IZ. I thought by playing this CD it might change the weather to be more Hawaii like!! (picture palm trees, sunshine, ocean waves lapping at the beach..... ya......now that's more like it......) It's not working to change the weather here. :( Oh well....Ok, movin' on.

OK, so at the end of this month I have signed up for a huge yard sale to take place down in Salt Lake. I have alot of stuff that I want to get rid of, but don't want to give to DI just yet. So on the radio station I listen to, they are planning this huge yard sale that will bring in about 4,000 people. I'm looking forward to seeing if it will work to sell off as much stuff as I can.

Preparation for this yard sale began about two weeks ago. I was so excited! So I started grabbing anything I could find. I have quite a nice stash of stuff out in the garage.

Yes, I will be glad to have the garage back. It's alot of stuff! I keep adding to it too! I'm just thinking positive. In case we move, don't want to tote all this stuff around!

Now we are preparing for Jake to receive his Eagle. His Court of Honor is scheduled for next Tuesday. We are so proud of him! It's been an uphill struggle.

This picture isn't of his Eagle uniform. It is a picture of him a few months ago though. We need to update his uniform, but at least you can see he is a scout! He earned the Baden-Powell award in this picture. So, he's done well!

Next comes High School graduation! YES! I'M sick of school. I can't WAIT for graduation!!! The next four months are crazy! Prom, Eagle Court of Honor, High School Graduation, Samuel comes home from his mission, and Tifani goes in to Young Women's! I'm tired already!

Yes, this is my Tifani. Quite the young lady already! She's very excited to be "graduating" from 6th grade. I'm not! That means my kids are growing up!! Actually, I am excited. I have always found it fun to watch them grow to the next level of their lives. My youngest is no exception.

Just a side note. The Hawaii music is working! It's back to just rain with a FEW snow flakes here and there. I think I'll push repeat!

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Time For a Change!

Do you ever feel that you are in the wrong place and yet part of you feels it's the right place in certain ways? Confusing isn't it. Well I've come up with 5 ways you can tell if you are in the wrong place and 5 ways you can tell if you are in the right place.


1. You wake up, look in the mirror, and find you are doing to exact same thing you did yesterday. The only thing that has changed is the weather!

2. Your desire to leave is FAR greater than your desire to stay and you are willing to try anything to move.

3. You are stuck! Nothing you try works to improve your situation.

4. You dread knowing that tomorrow is another day in the same place.

5. You are tired of fighting it and ready to scream!


1. You wake up, look in the mirror, and remember you have your family counting on you and you love them so much you will do anything for them! Even stay in the same place.

2. Your kids have good friends in the area! And you have good friends, even if some are far away.

3. You just keep smiling because you know "The Show Must Go On"

4. Um....

5. See #3.

These are what work for me. Not saying this is everyone's impressions, but this is my life at the moment. Exciting, no?
P.S. If you know me you know I hate the snow!

Pay it Forward!

Ok, so here's another fun thing. It's called "Pay it Forward". Each person that responds to this is supposed to do their own Pay it Forward blog. The first three people to blog a response will receive something from me. Considering I only have maybe three people that respond, it should be pretty easy. So, here goes! Who will the lucky ones be?

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Sympathy Pain

I couldn't handle Krista having all the fun! My left arm, luckily, has been hurting for about a month or more. So I went to the Dr. and found out that I have badly pulled or torn my lateral tri-cep! I have had to wear a sling now for the past two weeks and I have to wear it for another week then go back in so he can check it. If it's not improved, then possible surgery! Fun! So I have been being obedient, as hard as that is for me, and I've been wearing that stupid sling every day, until today. I need to put it on, but my arm is feeling better, so I thought I would try without it for a while.

I went the whole weekend without my sling and guess what! Yep, back in the sling on Monday. Pain! That's what I get for not being obedient.

Monday, February 16, 2009

Love is in the Air!

This will be a quick post, but I need to share a thought. I just read a couple of my friend's blogs and both of them mentioned how wonderful it is to be loved by the love of their life. I found it interesting that one lives here and the other in Italy and yet, the thoughts were so similar. The first brought tears to my eyes to the point I couldn't see to type.

This brings me to my blog, because if I don't share how wonderful the love of my life is, I would be letting the meaning of love down. I don't know if that makes sense, but without my husband, I wouldn't be where I am today. It's not everyone who loves you no matter what you look like in the morning, no matter how much you rant and rave about insignificant things, no matter how they are feeling. It's not everyone who will support your passion with gusto and fervor when others put you down for even thinking of doing it.

I'm not sure if he even reads my blogs, but if you read this Randy, I love you! And I want everyone to know it! And thank you to my friends! Love truly is eternal. May we always remember.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Do you REALLY want to know?

I'm not sure about this, but ok, here goes. The meme awards? Ten "juicy" things about me? Well, the juice will probably ferment, but, who doesn't enjoy a good "whine" with their cheese.

1. I LOVE to travel! If I had my way, I would NEVER be home and would travel the world!

2. I love my family!! Without them, I am nothing!!

3. My passion is acting/directing! I would love to be on screen or behind the camera. That is where I am most comfortable and feel the best. I never have belonged in a church setting. I am my own person and no one understands that. They want me to be the cookie cutter person, and I am not that at all!

4. I would love to go back to school and finish my degree.

5. Reading a book or sitting by a fire are my favorite things to do, next to traveling.

6. I would love to live in Germany again! Beautiful country, tons of history to explore, and very nice people!

7. I love art! I like to go up to Park City during the Arts Festival. It's fun for me!

8. Mickey Mouse and I have a thing! He's my favorite character!! I could easily live at Disneyland. It wouldn't bother me one bit to be there every day! It's the only place I know of that once you pass through the gates, you don't have to worry about feeling stupid for acting like a kid again!!

9. I love the beach and sunshine! I'm not a sun worshipper, but to sit on the beach and listen to the waves lap against the shore, or to just look out over the ocean......now THAT is heaven!!

10. My friends. What can I say about them? Without them, I couldn't have lasted here as long as I have. They have lifted my spirits more than I can even tell. I love you all!

Ok now, speaking of friends, you know who you are! The ball has been passed to your court! Let the MEME AWARDS continue!!!

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Don't Speak Too Soon...

I made the mistake on Saturday of saying that I have been very lucky lately not to have a "crash day" because of my fibro-myalgia. With all the stress lately, I have been thanking the Lord daily that I haven't had a problem! So I guess Sunday was His was of humbling me. Sitting in church and all of a sudden I can't feel my arms and hands and pain is THROBBING down from my shoulders! So I came home from church and went to bed.

Then today I woke up, good thing huh? I was getting ready for the day when my nephew came with his baby for me to watch today. As I'm looking at him, I notice half his face is disappearing and there are funny, squiggly lines.... Yes, you guessed it.... MIGRAINE! So, I called Randy and he came home just in time. The squiggly lines were gone, but the pain was hitting. So once again I was in bed.

I wouldn't mind being in bed so often, but the circumstances have been all wrong! I would much rather be in bed with a good book, sitting by a nice roaring fire, drinking a cup of hot chocolate! OR....sitting on the beach, listening to the waves lap against the beach, relaxing, while I am being SERVED a nice cool drink! Now that's more like it! Oh, the things I could do, if I had a little money....it's a rich man's world!!

SCREEEECH!!!! That was the sound of the needle being scratched across the record. REALITY CHECK! Oh, and just FYI, I am feeling better tonight. Just in case you were wondering.

Friday, January 23, 2009

Don't Cry Over Spilled Milk!

So Tif and I are bringing in groceries last night. Not a hard task, right? Until it comes to handing over the milk. I decided to grab the gallons by holding them in my arms instead of by the handles. Not usually a problem. But then, try to lift it from chest height to the top shelf of the fridge. Since my chest is not that high, it was immediately a problem! I'm a mom though, right, and woman, hear me roar! So it's all under control, until...........(dramatic pause)............the gallon of CHOCOLATE milk slipped out of my arm and down to the floor, hitting the bottom of the fridge first, then CRASHING to the floor, spraying milk all over, including all over me! I just stood there in disbelief for about 10-15 seconds, then reality smacked me in the head and I realized, "Oh, someone needs to clean this up!" Guess who gets to clean up messes? ME! Randy was at work, Jake, who had been sick all day, was in the process of getting sick again downstairs, and Tif was helping bring groceries in still.

So as Tif got towels, I got the mop and started the cleanup effort, while slipping between the fridge and the sink. Almost like an ice skating rink, only chocolate. HMMMM, now there's an idea! I'd even start ice skating if the rink were chocolate! After 2 1/2 hours, the floor, cupboards, walls, the blind above the sink, the inside of my refrigerator, and my shoes and clothes were all clean. I hadn't planned on Spring cleaning my kitchen until about April, but, when the opportunity presents itself, take advantage of it, right?! I still need to clean UNDER the fridge, but had to wait for Randy to help pull it out for me today.

Needless to say, after helping Jake all day, babysitting my little Grand-Niece, shopping, and cleaning, I was exhausted and fell into bed and crashed. I don't remember even kissing Randy good-night! I think I did. Guess I need to make those more memorable!

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Apron Strings

Remember when our mom's used to cook Sunday dinner wearing their aprons and the house smelled soooo good? I wear an apron occasionally, but my house doesn't smell nearly as good...I don't get it. The point is, when do I cut them? With my son on his mission in Canada, I have learned just how fast time goes. He sent his weekly email today. I always try to be online when he is on so I can maybe email back and forth with him, at least for a little bit. It makes me feel happy. Today was no exception. We emailed back and forth three times before my last email I sent him didn't get a response. It was sad in a way. It's like you are close enough to touch, but not. Don't get me wrong. I am so proud of him and would never want him to be anywhere else at this time of his life. It's hard when they are on a mission because you can't just pick up the phone any time and talk or text. He comes home in 6 months and I find that apron string is still attached! I had better find some sharper scissors!

Ok here's a P.S. Sam just emailed back. My day is now complete! I am happy. :)

Friday, January 9, 2009

More Ah So!

I finally cleaned out my purse and I found the fortunes from our most recent fortune cookies! I keep them until I clean out my purse. Then I throw them away. Why I don't just leave them at the restaurant I will never know. I think it's because it will be bad luck or something if I don't take it with me! Never-the-less, these fortunes are SURE to come true!

Mine says - You will obtain your goal if you maintain your course. - Now, if you look at it, of course it will come true! Any goal comes true if you stay on the course towards that goal! But this one, as I look at it again, has become more of a reminder for me. With what has been going on lately, it is a good reminder that I am ok with what I am doing and I need to remain on this course because if I alter the course, I won't reach my goal. I have felt like I need to change to match my surroundings and appease people. But after re-reading this fortune, I will not be doing that.

My husband's fortune says - Something on four wheels will soon be a fun investment for you! -He's excited about this one! But he needs to remember to keep it under $20! Just kidding. I'm glad this one can come true at a future time!

These may be general items, but fortune cookies can really be kind of a fun guide to what is happening in your life at the moment. And that is exactly what they are meant for. I'm glad I cleaned out my purse!

Thursday, January 8, 2009

To Be Or Not To Be...

That is a good question! I am currently Directing the play Aladdin, Jr. Being it is a Stake play, there is nothing already in possession, so everything has to be made from scratch. BIG job! So this all began last May I believe. It's a long time ago, and my brain malfunctions from time to time, kind of like Dory in Finding Nemo....what was I saying again? Oh ya. So I accepted the call to be the Director and all that comes with it. I understand "all that comes with it" because I have Directed things before. But this one has me ready for a vacation BEFORE the production is even ready!

Everything was going just fine until.....DRAMA!!!! OMG(osh)!!! Talk about people freaking out all of a sudden! As Director, I am allowed to change whatever I want, whenever I want, and a few people just don't like change, especially when it involves them! So I am on a couple of people's crap list. But know what? I really don't care beause THE SHOW MUST GO ON!!! Then there's more DRAMA because this one and that one used to be going out, but they aren't any more, but now he likes the sister of the other one, and it's he said she said, and..... OH BROTHER! I'm so glad I have my Psychiatrist degree!! It comes along with being a Director you know. Automatic Psychiatrist degrees! Luckily with a play, there's lots of props. So there's usually a couch or something that can be used! Now if I could only get the pay they get. Hmmmm......

But overall, it's a great experience and I will do it again in a heartbeat! To Be Or Not To Be? I say TO BE!

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

I have come to the conclusion that I hate the phone! I have not liked the phone for many years now, but as time goes on, I really don't like it! It only brings bad news, and even with cordless, it's still an appendage attached to your ear. It all began when I worked as a receptionist many years ago and got blamed for swearing at customers on the phone. At that time I didn't even say the word crap! Now I know who was really doing that, but it didn't matter. I was blamed and fired for it. So, I believe since then I have hated the phone. It only causes problems.

Therefore, my solution has been to just turn the home phone off and monitor my cell. I only answer if I recognize the ringtone. It has worked so far, but I get some nasty messages! I had one guy leave a message saying I wasn't an adult because I wouldn't answer my phone and that I needed to grow up. I just laughed.

I can imagine what it was like back when the operator listened in on conversations. I'm sure she heard some doozies! And all those cords to worry about! I know I'm not the first to get the cord tangled on my phone. I used to stand on a chair and get dizzy watching the cord unwind! That was the highlight of my day!! Ok, maybe not, but that was also back when I didn't mind the phone. Now it's just a pain in the ear! I would hope it's not a pain in the butt.... Ok movin' on.

So make sure I have your phone number in my cell with an attached awesome ringtone or I might not answer! Just fyi.....

Sunday, January 4, 2009


I am trying to finalize my New Years Resolutions, not that I have come up with any yet. I either have too many things I want to accomplish this year, or my life is in complete harmony with its surroundings. Ya right. Complete harmony..... I think you can guess which one I am. So with this in mind, now is the time to prioritize and resolve to accomplish at least one thing this year. I think I'll work on my penmanship. Seeing as I mostly type, I should be able to accomplish this.