15 September 2014

Those Darn Signs...

School's back in.

Those signs that irritate me are going up.

You know...those ones that say: Fill-in-the-blank Football player #?? lives here...

Or the one that ticked me off:  Fill-in-the-blank Cheerleader lives here...

Really?

Let's just advertise where kids live.

Keep in mind, I'm also the momma that told her children to not get vanity license plates that have their name on them...why just hand out that information to all the creepers out there?

(i may have read too many things on ted bundy...)

(and yes, i realize i blog...hush now...)

I don't want the sign out in front of my house giving my name and how many people live here.

Heck...I don't even like the family vinyl things on the back of cars...showing the creepers exactly where little people live...

I'm a bundle of joy and trust I tell you.

I just keep seeing those signs and I want to go pull them out, walk to the front door, hand the sign to the momma and say, "Here.  Let's keep that child just a little bit safer, eh?  You are welcome."

That's all.

13 September 2014

Family Time This n That

While in Utah, I was able to be there when Michael opened his mission call...I love that Michael of mine...

So here is my niece, two nephews and my sister-in-law...


And here is Julia and her family...minus Tony...who was still on his mission...


Love this nice and calm picture of Julia with her son...with the tackle in the background...



Got a snippet of Michael playing...I remember when he couldn't play the piano at all...

video

Was able to go hang out with Evelyn and go shopping with her...she's a great little shopper...and she smiles FAR more than her pictures suggest...


Brittany got out her acrylics and we painted...I hadn't done that before...I will be doing more of that stuff...I liked the knife thing...


Went to the Ogden Temple Open House with Eddie, Kim & Jaycey.  We met up with Dan, Barbara, and her mom after...and saw Susan and her crew just before we left...


At my last family picnic for this trip, Rich did a terrific thing with the sidewalk chalk and started some family brain teasers fun...







Don't you just love rubber band wrists?  And dimpled knuckles? 


Snitched this picture...I love it...it's my aunt's family.  Well, probably most of them.  Pretty good legacy a pretty great lady is leaving behind her here... 



12 September 2014

Flashback Friday


October 1994

Mom, LaDawn, & Dad

11 September 2014

Timehop

snitched from my daughter...

i miss him and his off the wall phone call requests that drove me crazy...


I Remember...

My alarm would go off to a morning radio show.

That morning, instead of the normal bantering...instead of hearing "fun" coming out of the radio and help get my day started...there was serious talking...  He had a friend on the phone and they were telling him what they were seeing...  It was a serious frantic conversation... And we went, "What's going on?"

I went upstairs and turned on the tv and everything changed.  How much, I didn't know yet.

One of the twin towers was burning.

There was talk about a plane.  There was talk about not knowing what was going on.  I thought, "Well, that's not an accident...it's not like you can't see the building..."

Time passed and I had to get my girls up and ready.

The former spouse went to work...a government job...that was eerie...

I did the girls' hair right there in front of the tv...sending them to .school was one of the most difficult moments of raising my children.  I didn't know what was going on in the world.  I didn't know how safe it was out there.  I remember the helpless feeling I had watching them walk to school...just a few minutes walk...but still...they weren't with me...I didn't know...

I sat back down in front of the tv.  I couldn't walk away.

And they're filming the towers and talking and HOLY COW!!!  A plane just flew into the other tower!!!  What was going on?

I remember the cutting in with news that there was a plane crash in Pennsylvania...an unknown place that sounded so far away and now is my home...

I remember the cutting in with news that a plane had flown into the Pentagon...

Each crash was another: WHAT?!?

Each crash was another security taken away.

I remember watching my fellow humans running in the streets in NYC.  The absolute fear on their faces...

I remember watching the towers fall...

I remember watching the people running from the clouds o' stuff that was taking over their entire world...

I remember watching the people walk.  Covered with all that ash-stuff.  Coughing.  Carrying strangers.  Sitting.  Stunned.  Helpless.

I remember dreading finding out how many had been killed.  I remember the disbelief and wonder at finding out it was thousands less than I was expecting to hear.

I have felt fear and horror before in my life...but this was a new kind of fear and horror.  And it was nothing like what those people were experiencing.

Always remember.

Never forget.



10 September 2014

A Few Days in Utah

So...for my second Sunday in Utah, this go-arond...we went to LaDawn's ward...it was Bryce's first time blessing the Sacrament and that was something I didn't want to miss...

Tara was there with her kiddos...so we got a little more Jakob/Aidan/Evelyn time...and Aidan got me past a level on Plants vs Zombies 2 that I had been stuck on for quite some time...he was quite pleased that he could do something I couldn't...


The four Hart girls got together at Brittany's to go through some of their father's things...


Then... my birthday dinner (since my girls had conflicting work schedules on the next day...).  Eddie brought me birthday flowers...brownie points for Miss Kim's beau!


The knife game results...





Kim got me birthday cupcakes...which were part of the cupcake testing... 


The day after my birthday, Susan and I went to the Salt Lake Temple...


After eating at The Garden...


07 September 2014

Quick Turnaround

Quite awhile ago...a little after paying for our place in Alaska entered our monthly budget...and when we knew we'd be getting a new vehicle...we decided we would not be renewing our current lease.

Not that we don't love our place.

We love it.

But we pay far too much in rent for two people.

And somehow, I'm missing out on that phase of life where adult children come back home and you can't get rid of them...

So, to justify what we've been paying...with two additions to the budget...when we don't like debt at all...it made the decision to not renew fairly simple.

But then...came the hunt.

I have a few snobbish things about me.

Where I live is one of them.

I don't want big and fancy.

But...I'm in my 40's...I've done the ... well... just read between the lines there.

And we had a few things on our list...

Like, let's pay under a grand a month this time around!

And...I do not want to fight for a parking spot on the street.  I'd rather not have to deal with street parking at all.  Like.  At.  All.  Like...I wasn't even entertaining that idea.

And...well, we'd really prefer a 2 car garage...he has a lot mechanic-tooling-around-stuff...and the motorcycle...and someday the other one will be restored...so, there's that.

And...please let me continue having central air.  It saves me from the humidity and warmth.

And we'd prefer gas heat over oil heat (we didn't end up with that one...many around here cope, we will too...)

And Doug did NOT want a double house.  There are a lot of those around here.

And then, Texas put itself on the table.  So we were looking all over here...and all over the Texas option also.  And it was NOT looking good.

And a lot of talking the options.  How far from his office was he willing to travel...  How far out in the wilds were we willing to live...  Texas?  Here?

Turned in our notice.  Not looking to buy because...well, it's not Alaska.  So why would he want to buy here?  He likes it here, but...

Our landlord offered to take $75 off our rent each month if we'd stay.  I refrained from laughing.  I told his Girl Friday that we were aiming to get under a thousand.  She said, "Oh.  Ok."  I thought, "Yeah...bet he won't come down that much..."

And we kept looking.

I prefer zillow over craigslist...in case you're curious...

A few weeks ago, part of my prayer before going to sleep was, "...and that husband of mine that has already fallen asleep... I need help here figuring out what we're doing...so, I need you to give him an answer he cannot miss..."

I didn't even ask.  I just said, I need "this".

The next day...a few things happened... It was an emotional day.  I was texting with Britt.  I was texting with Tara.  I was texting with LaNae.  I think that's who I was texting that day.  Talked with Britt and Tara.  Other stuff.  And when Doug got home, the normal routine was out the window.

I usually am asking him questions.  Not this day.  I was off.  I was going.  And when I thought I was finished, I wasn't.  And then I thought for I was finished for real...and I wasn't.

Finally, he smiles and asks me when I'm going to ask if anything happened in his day.

I looked at him and knew there was an answer for that question.

Did one more mini-vent...then said, okay...tell me...

Short story shorter:  a home fell into our lives.

I looked at him after he told me the story and did I want to go look at it?  Well yeah!  Let's go right now!  But first, let me tell you about my prayer last night.

...

Then, I've spent two weeks thinking, "Really?  That easy?  I said I need and you gave...hours later?"

And I think back to my drive out west...when Britt got an answer to my prayer and I thought...why not?  If it's possible, it's possible (did i blog that story?).

So then I just say...well...now I just need to trust the answer...

We have signed the lease.  No Texas...we'll stay in this gorgeous area.

Now the moving begins...

(i still have room in case i have that adult child thing happen...i'm not holding out hope for that, i'm afraid i taught them to stand on their own two feet...however...there's room for visits!)