Wednesday, December 10, 2008

SCARE FACTOR!

Check out these photos taken on rides at DisneyWorld. Andrew was doing the same thing in both of the Dinosaur pics. I thought he was just kidding to make a good picture, but he assured me that he was terrified. Do you believe him?






Tuesday, December 9, 2008

It's the best Season of the Year. We are counting our blessings and are still counting as we prepare for our whole family to move "home" to Utah. It's been about 13 years since we all lived in the same state so this is a momentous milestone. I'm filled with joy and tears to think of it.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

For a great graphic go here http://www.livescience.com/php/multimedia/imagedisplay/img_display.php?pic=071217-frozen-tongue-02.jpg&cap=How+a+tongue+can+become+frozen+to+a+flagpole+(beyond+the+sheer+stupidity+of+someone+trying).

Basically:

“It’s because of the high thermal conductivity of the pole,” explains Frank J. DiSalvo, director of the Cornell Center for a Sustainable Future and co-director of the Cornell Fuel Cell Institute. “The metal is a much better conductor than your tongue (up to 400 times more powerful). The metal takes heat faster than your body can replenish it.”

The atoms in solid metals are packed tightly and transfer thermal energy more readily. They also have free electrons that boost conductivity. Free electrons are free to move from atom to atom. The electrons absorb heat energy and move through the flagpole, stirring up other atoms.

As your tongue touches the flagpole, the moisture on your tongue is robbed of heat. The temperature of the moisture drops. Water freezes inside tiny pores and surface irregularities on your tongue and the pole. You’re stuck.

So now your thinking, “Maybe if I just pull hard it will come off.” Yes, it will — a piece of your tongue, that is.

What would happen . . .

What would happen if you stuck a knife in an electric socket? Answer will appear tomorrow.

Monday, November 17, 2008
















I'm a bit late in posting this but my mind is STILL in Disney World every day. It's a place that keeps you reaching back to all the memories made there. It was and always is the best way (besides cruising) to vacation and the very best way to spend time with family and get to know grandkids that live far away.
We had a complete blast and ran from morning til night onto every ride or adventure we could. We must have walked 50 miles and shared more laughter than we can count. It was an absolutely great time!

CHRISTMAS IS COMING

I don't know why, but sometimes the holidays are stressful. That in the midst of everything we love about Christmas, about Christ, and about His birth. I was reading in a magazine about things to say that UN-STRESS holiday gatherings. I have added a few of my own to theirs. Enjoy:

“It makes me happy to see you so happy” --- When Aunt Eva tells you about her newest boyfriend after a chain of 4 husbands and divorces. This give you a chance to express your joy at their happiness. You aren’t saying anything about the relationship, only about her feelings.

“Let’s straighten up a bit before we get out the …..” --- Works well when you can no longer see the carpeting for the clutter and someone wants to start something new.

“Thank you for your opinion (viewpoint). I’ll think about that” --- Works well when family or friends offer an opinion and you may not agree but don’t think the timing is right for a debate.

“Is this a good time for you?” --- Works well when someone is distracted like watching a holiday football game but you need all their attention.

“Would you like my thoughts?” --- Works well when people are worrying about something or in trouble or frustrated with a situation. Gives them a chance to say if they want to hear your take on it or they just need to vent.

“I need your help. Could you….?” --- Works well when family is all around and everyone except the master host feels like they are on vacation from tasks to get the dinner on. This gives you a chance to tell them that you need their help and how they can help.

“Let’s get the facts or another viewpoint on this” --- This works when a problem is perplexing or maybe you feel like their needs to be consensus on the true facts before delving into the problem or solution.

“Let’s wait on this until we get more information” --- Stops gossiping most of the time.
“I don’t understand. Can you explain it again or in a different way?” --- Gives the person speaking a way to express themselves differently and may take on a different tone the second time around.

“I don’t like that idea. How about we…….” If you need to say NO it helps to have an alternative.

“I’m sorry you’re upset” --- Validates a person’s feelings even though the reasons for those feelings may NOT be valid. It gives you some time to let them cool down and give you better facts.

“Let me get back to you” --- Don’t feel like you have to answer everyone’s inquiries on the spot. If it’s an inappropriate question, just tell them that you may not be prepared to disclose and will have to get back to them.

“I love your (pumpkin pie) so much that I already had too many servings, but thanks so much for making that” --- Works well when grandma is pestering you to have ANOTHER serving of anything. She wants to show her love by you enjoying her culinary creations. Reaffirm to everyone within earshot how much you loved it but now you are full up to your eyeballs.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Monday, September 29, 2008

I'm using a new program in Microsoft Word 2007 to see if blogging from a Word document works on Blogger. What do ya think?

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Free Hugs Campaign. (music by Sick Puppies.net album out)

I cried a lot when I saw this video. How sweet hugs can be and how much they mean to all of us.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Amazing Thai Elephants & their Play

Good Lesson for us all

Symptomatic behavior of PRIDE :

Critical of others’ efforts

Stingy with compliments

Unhealthy devotion to worldly music, dress, styles

Dominates Sunday school/church classes

Asks questions or makes comments to get attention

Bucks authority of others—parents/employers/teachers

Poor loser/winner

Bossy, likes to control othersSelf esteem tied to things or appearances

Interrupts others for trivial corrections, must be right

Becomes irritated when given counsel

Poor listener—dominates conversations

Leaves clothes in dressing rooms/shopping carts in parking lot

Litters, doesn’t respect others’ property

Has to be in control of TV remote

Has a hard time saving money, wants instant gratification

Doesn’t help with housework, group projects

Unforgiving, holds grudges

Gets back at others with silent treatment

Late to meetings/classes

Classifies others into social groups, then criticizes them

Won’t respect during pledge of allegiance, national anthem

Looks for the easy way out of everything

Boasts of personal accomplishments

Consistently tries to “one-up” others

Doesn’t respect other gender—open door, wait for

Must be the first in line

Road rage, won’t let someone in lane, honking

Boos” at athletic events, yells at referees

Friday, August 15, 2008

The Corn Dog Song

Primary Jams

This is an awesome song....so fun. If you love kids, Primary, folk music....you'll love this.

Monday, August 11, 2008

A Story from a Brave and Faithful Man - Jack Rushton

With hope in my heart, I have been praying for Jennifer and Jon's sweet Jacob and Joanna's friend who just lost her husband to a senseless disease. I've also been wondering why bad things happen to good people. This article by Jack Rushton really hit me and if you haven't read it, I think you'll be uplifted by his perfect attitude of gratitude for all he has instead of all he lost.
Does God feel our pain?

At age 50 I was body surfing with my 16-year-old son and his friend at Laguna Beach, California. I took one "last wave" and accidentally hit by forehead on a submerged rock, my neck was broken, and my spinal cords severed between the second and third cervical vertebrae. I was instantly paralyzed, lost consciousness, and woke up two hours later in the Laguna hospital surrounded by doctors and nurses. One of the nurses noticed my eyes were opened and said to me, "Jack, if you can understand what I am saying, blink your eyes once." I blinked and there was a collective sigh of relief in the room. That began for me a new way of life that has continued on for the past 19 years.

Because of my faith in a personal God and his goodness I never was angry at Him, nor did I go around saying, with an attitude of self-pity, "Why me?" However, it did take time for me to realize that God and Christ felt my pain and suffering as much, if not more, than I did.

Although not angry about by accident and resulting paralysis, I was devastated and heartbroken for some time. It just seemed that I had lost so much and I could not conceive of living for any extended period of time completely paralyzed from the neck down and on life support.

I slid into a deep, dark, depression and there were those days I would have welcomed an early exit from mortality. I continued to pray however, and finally after a long period of preparation I was given a wonderful experience that made me know forever that God does feel our pain and is anxious to help us.

I came to the end of the rope. I hit the wall. I came to realize that no doctor or any man on this earth could do for me what I needed the most. I knew because of the nature of the injury I would never "get anything back." What I needed and longed for was hope, peace, and the sense of well-being I had lost because of my accident. Finally I turned to God with all my heart and soul in prayer as I never had prayed before. I eventually came to understand how much I was loved by the Savior and a loving, kind, merciful, Heavenly Father. I didn't see a vision but I was given a new heart and was filled with peace, joy, hope, and a sense of wellbeing I never thought I would ever feel again.

Those feelings have never gone away but have only intensified during the past 19 years; I came to understand then, and know now, that God and Christ do know what we feel and share our pain. I am convinced through my personal experience that they will take our pain and suffering upon themselves through their infinite grace and love if we will but trust them and come unto them with all our hearts.

Believing in the Scriptures I have a feeling for how sensitive deity is to our suffering and pain in mortality. When his good friend Lazarus died and Jesus came to his aid and to comfort his sisters Mary, and Martha, the scripture says: "Jesus wept." [John 11: 35] There are almost countless accounts in the Gospels of Jesus healing the sick, restoring the dead to their loved ones, and manifesting incredible compassion to all about him.

As a resurrected being we read this moving account about Him from the Scriptures: "Have ye any that are asick among you? Bring them hither. Have ye any that are lame, or blind, or halt, or maimed, or bleprous, or that are withered, or that are deaf, or that are afflicted in any manner? Bring them hither and I will cheal them, for I have compassion upon you; my bowels are filled with mercy...And it came to pass that he commanded that their alittle children should be brought. So they brought their little children and set them down upon the ground round about him, and Jesus stood in the midst; and the multitude gave way till they had all been brought unto him... [then] he awept, and the multitude bare record of it, and he took their little children, one by one, and bblessed them, and prayed unto the Father for them. And when he had done this he wept again..." [3 Nephi 17:7-22]

In a vision given to the Prophet Enoch the following tender scene has been preserved for us as God looked upon the wickedness of his people and the resulting pain and agony they were experiencing and would yet experience:

"And it came to pass that the God of heaven looked upon the... people, and he wept; and Enoch bore record of it, saying: How is it that the heavens weep, and shed forth their tears as the rain upon the mountains? And Enoch said unto the Lord: How is it that thou canst aweep, seeing thou art holy, and from all eternity to all eternity?" [Moses 7:28-29]

Yes, God does feel our pain! He is a God of love and compassion. I wish everyone who ever had a serious problem or challenge in their lives could have my experience. I know they can, but it takes faith, trust, and turning to God with all our hearts.

Jack Rushton

Sunday, August 10, 2008

WHAT HAPPENED?

For some reason, I opened my blog today and half of it has disappeared. I apologize for now being under construction for the next few days.

Thursday, July 31, 2008

Read "Pioneers All" post before this one

Ok, so this is a continuation of my former post earlier today. So after all our morning fun and naps on Wednesday we headed to the backyard to see some sun and see if the pressurized irrigation water that comes out of the outside taps is truly clean enough to get us thoroughly wet. Well, what do you think, given my history with the hose in our yard? We set up the sprinkler first just thinking that we'd run through it a couple of times to cool off so we didn't get our actual bathing suits on. What was I thinking?


Well, I'll tell you one thing, as much as we all enjoyed the water, the dog (Jackie) enjoyed it even more. She would go to the sprinkler head and just bit at it. We were all laughing so hard. And while that was going on, little Mia ran through the middle of it about 8 times in her play dress. She was completely soaked but having so much fun. The other kids went and got on their suits and everyone was about ready to call it a day (in the water that is) until Mia wanted to swing on the swing set. She kept running over there, but the rocks and the swing was burning hot so then she would run back really fast,.......I just lost the end of this post which went on for about a page more.....don't have time to rewrite it now. Keep tuned in!!!

Pioneers All

Tuesday I stayed overnight at Hawkins so I could be there in the morning when they left for their Pioneer Trek at 5:30 a.m. I slept great on the couch but nothing could prepare me for all the kisses, owees, mischief, funny sayings, giggles and tears that I was to experience on a little "pioneer trek" of my own. So, what can be difficult about spending 24 hours a day with four of the smartest, most adorable, and well behaved kids in Utah Valley?
Maybe my first clue should have been that it's been 20 some years since I had tots of my own and that means that I'm 20 years behind on energy and tricks for the trade. Joanna woke me as they went out the door before dawn. She was tearful and afraid that she was going to fold without her kiddos. At the time, I didn't doubt that I could entertain, nourish, and keep alive those beautiful "pioneer" children that she was entrusting me with. That was a GOOD thing at that crucial juncture in time. I profusely reassured her that "I had 4 little ones" once and they all grew to adulthood and turned into pillars of their community.
With Jo and Laren out the door, I thought it would be a good idea to get a start on the day by getting dressed and cleaning up the house before the kids awakened. I did barely get dressed and precious little 3 year old BJ appeared in the livingroom wondering where the "real" leaders of the house were. It was fun to have a few minutes with him to talk about some of the struggles in his life, namely potty training and crying. I felt like my teachings fell on very attentive ears and that I was going to be able to overcome these two difficulties that his parents have been working on for-ev-er. I felt kind of smug in the knowledge that I was, afterall, a sort of expert on raising amazing kids.
Everything was going great. Abbie, Mia, and Christian awoke and we held a "family council" meeting to outline our course of action, rewards, and fun for the four days the other pioneers (Jo and Laren) would be gone. We talked about the day's shooting schedule (we were making a movie for their Mom and Dad and posterity to enjoy later) and plans for water sports, animal rescue, and creative sculpting.
Breakfast was amazing (we had Lucky Charms and I can tell you that there were plenty, if not in the pantry then down in the storage - 14 boxes to be exact, wow, coupon shopping!) The kids already knew that I was a fantastic cook with breakfast vitamins so cleverly disguised as little charms suitable for a cheerio necklace - if they only had some holes in them for stringing. I was sure that each little tummy was stuffed full before they left the table...then came back saying "what's for snack" by 9:30 a.m.
We "shot" the intro to our movie "So, Who's in Charge Now!" which showed them being real sad about saying goodbye to their pioneer parents and very jubilant at our plans for the day. They each created a character with some props I'd brought and some dress ups from their rooms. With the four of them, it was kind of a cross between glam queen and Mario Andretti meet Eskimo Power ranger and soda pop Sally. I'd post a picture of this hilarity EXCEPT we didn't take pictures....this was an action movie, not a photo shoot. But maybe I can figure out a way to get it off my 8mm camcorder and onto a disc....yikes! Anybody have ideas on that?
Time flew by quickly as we rehearsed our lines and played with some new rocket toys and a jump skipper. I don't really expect you to know what I'm talking about during most of this so don't overtax your brain trying to understand. I'm writing this on DAY 2 which is good news and bad news - good because that means we all survived DAY 1 and bad news because although my body survived, my brain is another thing entirely. I may sound a bit delirious so bear with me.
Oh, oh! BJ and Mia now are awake and as you parents know, nap times is the only time you can possibly sneak a few seconds to do anything except just play and play and play. I'll go ahead and post this now and you can just anticipate our next adventures.

Friday, July 18, 2008

Just for kicks!

What do you remember about me?
1. As a comment on my blog, leave one memory that you and I had together. It doesn't matter if you knew me a little or a lot, or if you just met me, anything you remember!
2. Next, re-post these instructions on your blog and see how many people leave a memory about you. It's actually pretty funny to see the responses. If you leave a memory about me, I'll assume you're playing the game and I'll come to your blog and leave one about you.
Really, don't consider yourself "tagged". I don't like to "tag" people. But, this was on my friend's blog and it was a lot of fun posting my memory of her, so I thought I'd see what people can dig up on me. Play along only if you want to.

Friday, July 11, 2008

Fourth of July Follow-up







Here's my Dad, Wayne W. Ottley in the parade in
Davis County on Independence Day. I'm so proud
of him and think he is still amazingly handsome








after 85 years. When he was released from WWII
the doctor said that he had a bit of a bad heart
(no surprise to Dad) but said "oh, but, you'll live to
be a ripe old age of 65!!! Dad, just keep proving
him wrong.

Friday, July 4, 2008

Humpty Dumpty

It's 11:05 pm and relatively quiet, yet the smell of pyrotechnics hangs heavily in the air. Less than an hour and Independence Day 2008 will be history. Joanna just commented that it seems like "forever" since we were at the balloon launch down by Provo High and indeed all agree this was a long long fun fun day to celebrate America's freedoms and how we as American's benefit from Founding Fathers who had vision and great courage. I am amazed at all they did for us and how their God-directed actions created a nation so unique that people from all parts of the globe want to come here to comprise its citizenry.

Right now I can't imagine the strength it must have taken to gain our independence. I have a hard time just spending a long day celebrating it! Joanna, in her usual wisdom, brought up another fine point when she said (on the way over to the Westridge field to watch the fireworks above the stadium) that Independence Day was one of her favorite holidays. I had to agree. It ranks right up their with Christmas, and everyone knows how nuts I am about Christmas! After pondering why it is a favorite I decided that there are similarities in the two holidays. For instance, they both engender great emotion, devotion and admiration. Our love for our Savior, Jesus Christ, is the reason to celebrate Christmas and the love for our free land is the reason to celebrate Independence Day. And both holidays create feelings of joy that can be celebrated every single day the whole year through; unlike Halloween, which is mighty fun but lacks an overriding emotional theme of ultruism. Just thoughts of memories past Christmases and July 4th holidays can create tears. The only time Halloween could bring me to tears is recalling a scarey memory I would classify more as "fears" and not "tears".

It's been a good one. Joanna and kids were interviewed by Big Buddah from FoxUtah TV at the balloon lift-off and appeared on the local news. The hot air balloons included various shapes like a pig, a strawberry, a flag, Smokey the Bear. They were colorful and amazing as they were propelled skyward. It was thrilling to say the pledge of alligence and then hear some great patriotic tunes. People really get into this holiday! I've never seen so many people dressed to the hilt in the good old red/white/and blue.

Laren and Doug got in some tennis while we stayed home to fill water balloons and later went to the courts to lob them at them from the sidelines. What's a holiday without a water fight?

An interesting thing was happening in down town Provo around 7 pm. Remember the days when we'd go to the booth market down by the courthouse? Well, it was there this year and we didn't want to miss out so, yes, we went to experience the whole darn thing. Well, it has transformed into a huge International (mostly Hispanic) event with most of the vendors, entertainers, and food having a rather "south of the border" overtone. We know that Provo is a big area for Hispanics making a new home in America but we were kind of shocked at how prevalent that theme was. Interesting, no?

It's been a record breaking day...record breaking heat, fun, exhaustion but it was a blessing to have our Hawkins family with us and they kept us completely entertained. From Abbie's grown up conversation, Christian's never-ending antics, BJ's unwavering energy, and Mia's baby babble, we have enjoyed every minute. I hope everyone I love had a similarly enjoyable day. (you can see the Hawkins interview link on Joanna's blogspot)

Thursday, July 3, 2008

HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY EVERYBODY!

I'm just going to burst my buttons with pride at being an American and enjoying the beauty of our plains and mountains. I hope you all have fun fun fun and enjoy being with those you love on America's Birthday!

Monday, June 30, 2008

VOTE FOR MY FRIEND KELSY AS THE NEXT BEST FOOD STAR


Vote for Kelsey Nixon at
http://www.foodnetwork.com/food/show_nf/
Kelsey Nixon is my friend from BYU and she is adorable and deserving. She has always dreamed of becoming a Food Network star and even has her own BYU TV show "Kelsy's Kitchen" as well as her website if you are interested. http://www.kelseyskitchen.com/

FREE MOVIE

For Monday only at Redbox enter the promo code W1H6J4 then break out the popcorn and soda. (must be entered at the distributing machine...can not be used online)

HOT HOT HOT

This week is America's Freedom Festival in Provo. It's gotten so big that the events actually start mid June and go for 2-3 weeks. We have taken part in almost every aspect of this festival in years past. We go to look at the hot air balloons. I worked on the committee to elect a Miss Provo. We have gone to the Stadium of Fiyeeeeeeeer! We have hit the market place down town. We have ridden on the little carnival rides and even been in the parade a bunch of times. It is so hot here this year (see link to Utah Hot at http://www.ksl.com/index.php?nid=88 ) that we are NOT going to the parade. We will attend our Ward's Patriotic Program and BBQ on the evening of July 3rd, haul out the kiddie pools and have a BBQ of our own on the 4th. Saturday we will drive to Kaysville to be with the Ottley family at the reunion in the park. Plans for the rest of the summer? Well, they include but aren't limited to these:

1. Hiking in the Uintahs ( it will be cool there)
2. Seeing the sights around Salt Lake and Utah in general (save gas)
3. Keeping our tile clean (elbow grease)
4. Lots of time in the backyard with a few inevitable water fights (Vanessa, eat your heart out)
5. Going to the basement to cool off (25 degrees cooler at times)
6. Playing with grandkids and kids (never enough of that)
7. Camping with the Hawkins and Jesselle at Payson lakes.
7. Planning our next Vacation!!! (DisneyWorld in October with Croshaws)

Sunday, June 29, 2008

Remember and be amazed!

I wish I had a "before" picture to display so you are totally have to trust me on this one - our kitchen floor has never been soooooooo clean. Doug and I got tired of all the build up on our grout and we went to work on it with a hot steamer, elbow grease, and a pile of clean rags. After that we tried scrub brushes and toilet bowl cleaner! 12 hours later we ended up with sore arms, a pile of very dirty rags, a deafening scent of bleach and....voila.....an imaculately clean floor complete with tiles and grout in their original colors. It was cleaner than our bed so we slept on the tiles last night! Anybody believe that part?

Friday, June 27, 2008

AND THE WINNERS ARE . . .


I am happy to announce our winners to the post titled "Is Anyone Out There?." Both Mindy Hillman and Heidi Livingstone Edwards will be awarded a case of soda for replying to my message. Congratulations to these two beautiful women in my life! Thanks for reading my blog.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Is anyone out there?

There are no comments on my blog. I'm thinking that maybe I'm spilling my guts out in cyberspace but no one really reads it. What do you think? Maybe I need to have a contest on my site or something. What would make a good prize? A nice bottle of expensive shampoo? A new toothbrush (not used)? A scrubbing bubbles automatic shower contraption? A box of cereal? A case of soda? A fragrant candle? What do you R E A L L Y think?

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Newlyweds, Grandkids and "Crop" Circles!

Interesting week. When we got home from DC our lawn looked okay but within a few days it started to turn yellow and brown. It was like some alien from outer space had visited our neighborhood and walked around the lawn spreading fire ants or some other kind of fire to take the life of our sweet and very green new summer grasses. We watered it again, then watered it daily, and finally just soaked the pathetic patches to no avail. Day after day, weeping, we would look at it with staunch faith, then hope, then neither that it would gather strength and rebound from whatever curse had befallen it. Day after miserable day, weeping yet more, it took on the look of some finely tuned patterns. Go figure! Maybe the mystery will be solved sometime this week. Meanwhile we are remembering to wear our sunglasses whenever we are outside. For some reason it looks much better when viewed with green tinted lenses. BTW, I thought I'd take a photo as a graphic for this part of my post but when we looked through our camera to snap the shot you couldn't really see the damage only some little very green men with bulging tummies jumping up and down, up and down, up and down in yellow parachute-like jumpsuits with grass stains on the knees.

It's been fun to have Jesse and Danielle around the past couple of weeks. We visited their little honeymoon cottage at Wymount Terrace where they had us over to dinner. They are making improvements on their furniture situation as the opportunity comes along. We are glad that their clothes get dirty every week so they have to come over to wash then. It's a great chance to get them in on a game of Bocce in the back yard. Bocce was Dad's father's day gift from the Hawkins. We will probably do more of that on the 4th of July as a family.

We saw Christian's t-ball game on Friday after work (after our work, not his work) we're happy to report that the kid is EXCELLENT at bat as well as guarding base. Hey, slugger, how about coming standing guard over our lawn. Maybe he could do a little ghost-busting or martian-busting. What ever! His baseball cap with a letter A for his team name "Athletics" is much much much greener than our lawn. Ok Ok enough about the lawn....but it is really very painful.

After Christian's game we visited the Hawkins and were even happy to get the Hawkins women (Jo, Abbie, and Mia) to come overnight to play with us while the men (Laren, Christian, and BJ) went to the Father's and Son's outing at Payson lakes. Saturday we made "coupon" shopping trips to Toys R Us, Walgreen's and Riteaid. (girls just wanna have fun!)
It's been a good week and we are continually blessed with the love of our Heavenly Father and each other. Life is good.....NOT GREEN....but GOOD!

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Shades of Summers Past

Look at this group of kids. Boy have they grown up since this picture....and we've taken away a few neighbor kids and added four more of our own. Wow!
Who is this li'l pumpkin?
Last year Dad took me to this slot canyon in Southern Utah. It was like being on the moon or something. The landscape seemed like we have been transported to a different planet. We hope to do this trip again this year and stay fairly close to home this summer until we do DisneyWorld in October with the Croshaw family. You gotta love it!

BUY AMERICAN GASOLINE AT CONOCO, SINCLAIR, WALMART, PHILLIPS, MAVERICK, FLYING J!

Choose American Gas Stations from the list at the foot of my blog. Go USA!

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Water = Fun!

Most people in Arlington "join" a pool for the summer (which costs hundreds of dollars). Who needs a pool when you have a Slip N Slide??? These kids laughed and slipped all over the place on Thursday.
Faith had the idea to add dish soap to the water, to make it slippery-er, and it certainly worked! They were sliding all over the place and loving every minute!
I figured out how to play with my "fast action" setting on my camera, to capture the water like this - isn't that fun?
Here they are all on the slip n slide at the same time. Funny but John doesn't enjoy the water like these three do. He's perfectly content to stay dry on the sidelines - maybe we'll have to warm him up to it this summer. The 3 big kids start swim lessons in 2 weeks!

We finished our Soccer season this week, and Grant's team won the championship! He's learning to play quite the Goalie, and Faith had a lot of fun this year with her friends on the team. Grant also passed his Karate test and is now a...BLUE BELT! This is his fifth belt (white, gold, green, purple and now blue) and he just really loves it!

School's OUT at the end of this week, so I look forward to working on our Summer Goals in order to win a trip to DISNEY WORLD with Mimi and Papa! The kids keep repeating "If everyone doesn't achieve their goals, noone can go!" So, we're going to work together to achieve it all!
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Wednesday, June 11, 2008

OUR FAMILY IS GROWING!

We are very proud of our beautiful grandchildren. See their pictures below a take a guess who each one is!














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