Saturday, December 12, 2009
Thursday, December 10, 2009
Sunday, December 6, 2009
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
So, the day after Thanksgiving, we went on the "Polar Express" up in Heber and the guy that did the reading while we were on the train told us that Santa's favorite color is red because he is a Ute fan. (as opposed to BYU). Ian came home from school soon afterward and told me that Kyler and Emma did not believe that Santa is a Ute fan. First grade and already the rivalry is heating up!
I had to take the computer in to be fixed and told Ian he would have to carry Tana's car seat in while I carried in the tower. Ian asked why we didn't use a "barbie". Being confused, I asked what a barbie was. When he explained, with much sighing and eye rolling, it was one of those things for carrying heavy stuff I finally realized he meant a "dolly".
Sunday, November 29, 2009
Sunday, November 22, 2009
Thursday, November 5, 2009
Monday, November 2, 2009
Thursday, October 29, 2009
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Thursday, October 15, 2009
Saturday, October 3, 2009
Monday, September 28, 2009
Ian: Is it going to be a sister?
Ian Good. Is she going to be tan?
Me: You mean brown? Like T?
Ian: Yes. Is she going to be like T?
Me: Yes, she'll have brown skin.
Ian: Good. Now you won't be the only girl in the family.
Kids. Ya gotta love their perspectives!
Saturday, September 26, 2009
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Monday, September 21, 2009
Thursday, September 17, 2009
Then on Tuesday we were asked about another situation. We turned it down because we felt there was too much of a chance of fetal alcohol syndrome. The mother had drank heavily for the first trimester of the pregnancy. There were also some other clues that led us to believe this was not the child for us. (I don't want to get too into it because even though she'll never see this I want to protect her privacy. Let's just say I can totally understand her reasons.) Ian was devastated. He was so afraid that because we turned down this child we might never get a baby at all. Poor thing. How is it he worries about so many "grown-up" things at such a young age?
Anyway, we are still waiting and hopeful. God has brought us this far, we just have to wait patiently.
Monday, August 31, 2009
I feel comfortable telling the agency to begin to present you with upcoming situations even though you aren't officially "approved" until the clearances are back, but if a baby comes very quickly, we would have to have the attorney complete a temporary custody order for the courts so you could bring your baby home.... I'll go ahead and let the adoptive family coordinator know you're ready to be shown and she'll give you a call when she has one that looks like it will work.
...So keep those fingers crossed and prayers coming!
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Friday, August 14, 2009
Monday, August 3, 2009
These Pictures may looked posed, but I swear it's true. Ian caught a good three pound trout and mine... well, mine wasn't even three inches. I did not even know I had anything on my line, I was just reeling it in to head back to camp and here I had this tiny little fry in there!
The competition went great too. We took 3rd in chicken and 2nd in ribs. Our pork was a little overdone and our brisket was VERY overdone, but we were happy with the results. I can definitely say we will be going to this competition next year. And if you are ever in need of a RV resort and you are anywhere near Delco Idaho you MUST go to Village of the Trees.
Friday, July 17, 2009
Right now we have started the process to adopt. We always wanted more children, but, frankly, it ain't going to happen for us through childbirth. So we're going to try this. We do not care if the child is male or female, and we do not care what race. We just want another baby.
(Ian does not want me to talk about this right now, he says I must talk abot racecars. Since I have nothing to say about racecars, I will move back to the previous subject.)
We are scared, well, I am anyway. But it will be wonderful at the end. Just keep our eyes on the goal. I will try to keep you abreast of what is happening, but since things are so busy I do not know how well I'll do.
We have talked to a fair few agencies, and have found one we are comfortable with. So we will probably be going through them. In the mean time we are trying to get our finances in order (AAAARRRGGG!), figure out where and how to get fingerprinted to get our FBI clearances (double AAARRRGGG!), and get our home study done (triple AAARRRGGG!). But we'll get through it.
Monday, July 13, 2009
1772 Captain James Cook begins 2nd trip (Resolution) to South Seas
1787 Congress establishes Northwest Territory (excludes slavery)
1836 U.S. patent #1 (after 9,957 unnumbered patents), for locomotive wheels
1865 Horace Greeley advises his readers to "Go west young man"
1868 Oscar J Dunn, former slave, installed as lt governor of Louisiana
1934 Babe Ruth hits HR #700, against Detroit
1939 Frank Sinatra made his recording debut
1943 11th All Star Baseball Game: AL wins 5-3 at Shibe Park, Philadelphia
1960 U.S. Democratic convention nominates John F. Kennedy as presidential candidate
1977 New York City experiences 25 hr black-out
1985 "Live Aid" concert raises over $70 million for African famine relief
1996 Brian Winther and Tara Wetherell were married in Everett WA.
Saturday, July 4, 2009
Your result for The LONG Scientific Personality Test...
INFP - the Healer
You scored 36% I to E, 16% N to S, 10% F to T, and 74% J to P!
As a romantic partner, you are usually supprtive and nuturing, however, you have a high need for individuality. Harmony is extremely important to you as you are very affected by conflict and tension, which also makes you resist confronting your partner directly about problems. When you get angry, you usually blame yourself, rather than your partner. You can also be stubborn and unyielding when you feel you are being criticized or mistreated. You feel the most appreciated when your partner listens to you carefully. You need to be understood. You need to hear your partner express their feelings, the more often, the better.Your group summary: idealists (NF)
Your type summary: INFP
So even though that was yesterday, that was our 4th of July celebration since Brian has to work today. We did get up early and go to a new restaurant called The Red Rooster Waffle Company, (or something like that), it was yummy! And tonight when we pick up Brian from work we are going to look out over the valley and enjoy the fireworks going on all around down there.
HappyFourth To All!
Saturday, June 13, 2009
This is a sign Chris and Doug, one of the BBQ teams asked me to design for them. I did not charge them because Chris and Doug are both very nice guys. However, they ended up taking third place overall, so maybe I should have charged them. Just Kidding!
Then while at the competition another gentleman asked me to make a sign for his team. Since I don't know him I'm going to charge him. (That sounds weird, doesn't it?) These are the ideas I sent him, so we'll see if he's interested.
I like this one the least, but it's the one I spent the most time on.
This one is cute, the cows are all branded with "Richard's Round-Up".
But this one is my favorite, and the one I spent the least amount of time on.
So, we'll see if we make any money off my hobby. It's fun in any case.
P.S. Sorry Richard's Round-Up signs are so small, I have the super large ones I work on and then the thumbnails I send out so my designs won't be stolen, and I had to post the tiny ones.
Thursday, June 11, 2009
Play This Game
I like point and click games and this is a very easy very cute one I enjoyed. Click the link above and try it out!
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
First off, Brian was sick the week before the comp which is when he usually puts his sauces together. So this time the did not have time to "blend" like they usually do. Then Ian came home from school on Friday with a raging temp, so I wasn't able to stay with Brian and help out like we had planned. Then, in the middle of the night, Brian fell asleep and lost one of his fires and it took him 45 minutes to get it started again. While he was trying to recover from that, he thought he was supposed to get his ribs on, but he was an hour and a half early, when he realized what he'd done he took them off again, but they still weren't as good as usual. Then to top it all off I gave him the wrong seasoning for the chicken.
So needless to say we did not do perfectly. There were 19 competitors and overall we took 11th. solidly in the middle. We did get a 5th place call for brisket and a 6th for pork. Which, as I told Brian, for all we had going against us wasn't too bad.
However, look out next time when we're all healthy!
Thursday, June 4, 2009
Wish us luck!
Friday, May 29, 2009
That's where Amy came in, she graciously agreed to take my son for the evening and even offered to bring him home and sit with him at bed time so he could sleep in his own bed.
(As an aside, as Ian and I were walking to Amy's house when Ian saw his friends Lydia and Mikayla. When they asked him where he was going he told them he was going to Miss Amy's house because "Mom has to take dad to the OR at IFA." The IFA is a farmer's co-op. And since the girl's dad was standing there I had to explain I was taking Brian to the ER at IHC.)
Poor Amy! She had to stay in my messy house 'til after 1AM. Aren't I lucky to have such great friends?
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
How about a hamburger? Nice, cheesy, juicy and fresh off the grill? Okay, this one isn't exactly fresh off the grill. Okay, it isn't cheesy or juicy either. It's cake. But boy was it fun to make!
The "sesame" seeds are sunflower seeds, the top "bun" was baked in a metal bowl, and the "lettuce" is rolled out gumdrops. Fun, huh?
Amy needed a cake for a Scout auction, (I presume they auctioned the cakes and not the Scouts), and I had a book with this cake in it and decided it was perfect. I added a few touches of my own, and Viola! a cheeseburger cake!
Sunday, May 24, 2009
If this works as well as I hope it does I plan on buying ladybugs every year since I hate the aphids and the whole soap thing never seems to work for me.
Friday, May 22, 2009
Noticing that I already seemed to have an aphid problem I went to the nursery and bought ladybugs. I bought them at about 1:00pm and brought them home and set the container on my kitchen table to release in the evening so the ladybugs would not fly off but instead make their home in my bushes. That was the theory anyway.
When I went to release them it looked like they were all dead. Now, they hadn't been moving when I got them but I assumed that was because they kept them in a 'fridge and that as they warmed up they would wake up and move around. But eight hours later they were not moving. So I called the nursery. They said to wait 'til morning and see what was what. Guess what? They're still dead. Stupid Bugs. Now I have to take them back and hope the next batch is not a dud too. If they are I'm getting my money back and buying my Ladybugs elsewhere. Humph!
Monday, May 18, 2009
Your result for The Social Persona Test (What kind of man/woman are you?)...
The Rarity (QTAF)
Quirky Traditional Alpha Female
You have an unusual and unbelievably precious combination of traits, especially in a woman. Not only are alpha females extremely rare, but traditional ones with nerdy/geeky interests are even more scarce. Unlike the other types, I can't give you a description because I'm not sure if you actually exist.
PS: I know this is not a compatibility test, but there is a very good chance you are the girl of my dreams. Not to sound desperate or anything, but please, oh please message me! (Assuming, that is, that you are between 20 and 30 and live in New England).
You are more QUIRKY than NORMAL.
You are more TRADITIONAL than LIBERAL.
You are more DOMINANT than PASSIVE.
When picking a date, consider: Lord of the Misfits (QLAM), The Late Bloomer (QTAM), The Snowball's Chance in Hell (QTBM), or The Manga Geek (QLBM).
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
The really good news is I told him I have been sleeping without my CPAP machine and doing well. So he has scheduled a test for a month from now that will test my oxygen levels while I sleep to see if I can get off the thing permanently. I'm pretty confident that it will work out, but keep your fingers crossed!
Thanks again to everyone for all your love and support!
Saturday, May 9, 2009
Now, at six years old, he is bright and intelligent with tons of imagination. He loves Daddy more than anything now but still comes to mom for the scraped knees and bruised elbows. He is affectionate and sweet, and most of the time has pretty good manners. He can still be a little shy, but is starting to get over that a bit.
Sunday, May 3, 2009
For all the dragons you kept at bay, we will miss you Bob!
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
You can kind of see the dark fudgy "tunnel" in this photo. Believe me, it is the best, and richest, chocolate cake I have ever had.
Thursday, April 2, 2009
You see I was sick a while back and the doc at the walk-in clinic mentioned my "very prominent" tonsils. (His words, not mine.) So when I went to check back with MY doc for the final results of my sleep study I mentioned this to her. She took a look and agreed that the were "rather large". (Again, her words.) So I went to the ENT to see if the tonsils were a contributing factor to my sleep apnea. He said that I did not have prominent tonsils, but rather "gigantically large tonsils that almost meet in the middle and are certainly contributing in a large part to the sleep apnea." ( His words, I swear)
So at the end of this month I am going to go have my tonsils out. This does NOT sound like fun to me. And the question I have is, am I stupid to have my tonsils out just so I, hopefully, won't have to sleep with a machine any more? It's not a sure thing, but I REALLY hope it works.
Monday, March 16, 2009
This part is my pages. I tried to make it look like books where the pages are all different sizes. I think my coloring is a little too dark, but it doesn't look too bad.
So, Heather, I hope it at least tasted good!
(Edit 3/17/09: So last night I was laying in bed and just before I fell asleep I realized that if you opened this "book" it would have been backwards! I've GOT to pay more attention!)
Friday, March 6, 2009
Does whatever a spider can.
Spins a web, any size.
Catches thieves- just like flies.
Look out! Here comes the Spiderman.
Is he strong? Listen, bud.
He's got radioactive blood.
Can he swing, from a thread?
Take a look overhead.
Hey, there! There goes the Spiderman!
In the chill of night, at the scene of a crime,
like a streak of light,
he arrives, just in time!
friendly neighborhood Spiderman.
Wealth and fame? He's ignored.
Action is his reward.
Look out! There goes the Spiderman!
life is a great big bang-up.
Wherever there's a hang-up,
you'll find the Spiderman!
So, the best thing about having kids is you never have to really grow up. I don't think I ever had my face painted as a kid. Not from any real reason other than the opportunity never presented itself. But look! I get to live vicariously through my son. (I tried convincing the lady Ian REALLY wanted butterflies, you can see how well that went.) The make-up itself did not last long as Ian doesn't like calling attention to himself. Actually, sounds like most superheroes. Also he was afraid he scared Miss Becci! Ah, but now I have the "superhero evidence" forever! Isn't he adorable?
Thursday, February 26, 2009
Simon is a very sweet kitty who weighs about 10 lbs. Denali, our dog weighs close to 80 lbs. Guess which animal is scared of the other? You got it, Denali is scared spitless of a tiny little cat. However, poor Denali has many scratches on his nose, paws and sides to prove why he should be frightened. So on Friday Simon attacked Denali and had him backed into a corner, Thompson, our other kitty decided that the fight was too lopsided for his taste and attacked Simon. The water bottle was nowhere to be found, so we couldn't break up the fight. The end result was Denali, Simon and Thompson were all bleeding and very angry at each other.
So I called the vet to get The Instigator declawed. I am not the kind of person who thinks cats should be declawed. I'm pretty good at getting cats to realize the scratching post is a really good alternative to my couch. But my couch wasn't what whas being beaten all to heck, it was my poor sweet dog who doesn't seem to realize he could probably eat Simon in about three bites.
Simon came home the other day. Poor baby! He can hardly walk and when he goes more than 10 feet, he stops and picks up his front paws and sits like a bunny on his haunches while he gives his toes a rest. He's also a little whacked out on the pain meds, so he sleeps a lot. I feel so sorry for the little baby, but I'm not sure we really had another option. There's no way we could give him up, he and Ian are like glue. They just stick together.
On the up side, Denali is happier!
Saturday, February 21, 2009
Then with a little leftover pork I made funeral potatoes. If you do not live in Utah you may not know what funeral potatoes are. I didn't 'til I moved here. They are creamy and cheesey and baked and apparently someone always brings them to funeral potlucks. Mine are a little different with a "smoke pit" twist. Anyway, I took my potatoes over to T and Becky this morning since they like my recipe so much. They own a restaurant called "Q4U". Big-time BBQers. I am so ready for some competitions. I'm sad Brian and I were not able to get the pit he wanted but it is on schedule for next year. It's fun to see how we do in the competitions but the camaraderie is really the best.
Brain is over with T right now smoking some chicken. He wants to get T's opinion on his sauce for the chicken. I think it is wonderful and everyone we ask about it says it's great, but we did not do so well in competition with it. I'm wondering weather we're being told one thing and people think another or if there was just a bad batch of chicken that went out last time. T will tell us the truth, we can trust his opinion.
Anyhow, things are better around here and we're all feeling better too.
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
Saturday, January 31, 2009
Monday, January 26, 2009
1. If I was not married, I'd be the "crazy cat lady", though I'd probably have dogs too. And all my money would go tword making sure they were spayed/neutered, had all their shots and were otherwise healthy and spoiled.
2. At the ripe old age of 36, I still cannot bake cookies without burning the first batch.
3. Being a wife and mother is both more fun and more work than I ever thought it would be.
4. Right now, this moment, I have a headache.
5. Red continues to be my favorite color.
6. I HATE laundry!
7. Judges is a very difficult study, but interesting.
8. We just got a new couch that is VERY comfortable.
9. I am an awful bowler, but it's fun.
10. Books are the single best thing man has ever invented.
11. When I was little my mom used to sing bits of songs to my sister and me, dreadfully out of tune, and very embarrassing. I swore I would never do this to any child of mine.
12. I sing bits of songs to Ian, very out of tune and dreadfully embarrassing. It's way fun.
13. I always wanted to find that genie in a bottle that gave out the wishes. I think however, I found him and did not notice. I have a great life I would not trade for anything.
14. Burnt popcorn and spoiled fish are the worst smells ever.
15. If I ever have another child, I hope it is a boy. Boys are way more fun than I ever thought they could be.
16. I would defiantly take a girl though.
17. Someday I hope to have land with cows.
18. Orange blossoms smell beautiful.
19. I always have a faint hope there is something fun in the mail for me. There never is, but that's because I am terrible at writing letters to people.
20. I have more friends than I ever thought I would have.
21. The laundry is beeping. I am ignoring it.
22. I always wondered about those people who wake up with their hair completely white. Where does the color go? Is it all over their pillow? Is it absorbed back into the body?
23. If I ever met anyone that #22 happened to, I would be too embarrassed to ask.
24. My 5 year old son has told me I'm weird. My husband did not disagree.
25. I like riddles. How can you drop an egg from three feet onto a cement floor without having yolk splatter all over?
26. I'm all done now!
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
Friday, January 9, 2009
Yesterday, I counted his spend money and he had a little more than eighty bucks saved. (I did not tell him I was counting it, I was just curious.) EIGHTY BUCKS! And he's five years old! Some was allowance. Some gifts and such, but you have to understand, Ian has a spend jar and a save jar. Half of his money is his to spend as he likes, and half is money he is saving for collage. So that means he has approximately $160. He is FIVE! This kid is dedicated!
Well I had to go to PetSmart to get some light bulbs for the fishtank and Ian fell in love.
Okay, I'll admit this is not a Guinea Pig (Thank Heavens!) This is Simon. The newest addition to our pet family. He is very cute, very sweet. And "talks" more than any cat I've ever met. Yes, Even more than TAC did, if you can believe it. Ian paid for him and I think Simon knows and is grateful. I keep stumbling across the both of them curled up together with Ian petting Simon and Simon telling Ian stories. It's very sweet. I think Simon is a good addition.
My mom does not own any jeans. My mom does not own a pair of pants as far as I know. In my memory, I do not recall ever seeing mom in pants, with the exception of pajamas.
Now, here is why mom is wearing them: On Christmas it REALLY snowed here, so much so I was afraid Brian would not be able to get into the driveway after work. However, a few days prior, I had fallen and messed up my back so I could not shovel it myself so my mom volunteered to do it for me. I went and got her a pair of Brian's old jeans, and she put on his fireman boots and went out with the snow blower and cleaned up the driveway.
This is the picture Ian took with his camera since he thought Nana looked pretty funny.