Monday, December 29, 2008

Just Curious........

Would you rather...........

Have someone cook for you (personal chef)

OR

Have someone clean the house for you (maid)?


The rules are that you cannot just say "both", although that would be very nice.

If I had to choose one or the other, I would most definitely choose having a maid. It seems like I just run in circles all day picking up. I think that is the life of a mom with kids. You should see my house the last couple of days with the kids out of school! It looks like a bomb has gone off. I guess that is why in the song "It's beginning to look alot like Christmas" it says, "and Mom and Dad can hardly wait for school to start again!"

Thursday, December 18, 2008

26 Years Ago


This December marks 26 years ago that my brother Brian was killed in a snowmobile accident. It is so hard to believe that it happened 26 years ago. Brian was 12 when he was killed and I was 11. It just blows my mind that I have a child that is as old as Brian was when he died.

Christmas is such an exciting time of year, but always holds a little sadness for me too. I remember that day just like it was yesterday...

My Dad bought a snowmobile for Christmas that year. We were absolutely shocked and excited!! We lived out in the country with farm land all around us. We could drive the snowmobile off our property and onto the farmland that was owned by our neighbor.

December 28th -- That day as we ate lunch, we reminisced about fun things we used to do or places we had been. It was fun to sit around and talk and laugh. It seems like we laughed so much during lunch that day.

After lunch my sister Monica and I went and got on the snowmobile. (Brian was right between Monica and I in age order.) I remember that Brian wanted a turn after we had been on it for a little while. He came out to the field and asked if we would get off and let him have a turn. Every time he would get close to us we would drive up a little. Then we would say, "Okay, come here and you can have it". As soon as he would get close we would drive up a little more. I think that we eventually frustrated him to tears. That is one thing that I regret about that day.

Later that day, around 5:00 p.m., my mom poked her head out the door and told Brian that it was getting dark and that he should put the snowmobile away for the day. He told her that he wanted to take just one more ride. My cousin Daniel was on the back with him. They drove out into the field. A little later Daniel walked in the front door and said that they had been in a wreck. He said that they had just knocked the windshield off the machine.

Monica said she would go down and help Brian get the windshield back on. She left the house toward Brian and the machine. Brian was less than a 1/2 mile away. As she got close to Brian she could see that he was face down in the snow. She knew that he was seriously hurt and started running back up to the house. As she was running she was pulling off her coat and boots because they were slowing her down. She came in the house and told my mom. My mom and sister Lisa quickly got dressed and I followed right along. I wanted to go so badly that I remember putting on boots that were way too small, because they were the closest thing I could find. We hopped in the car and drove down the road and into a neighbors driveway. From there we had to run into the field. Every step we would take in the snow would cause us to sink up to our knee.

When we finally reached Brian, my Mom and Lisa immediately started CPR on him. As they did CPR, blood was coming out of Brian's mouth. My Mom had a yellow work glove that she would wipe his mouth off with. Every time they would push on his chest it would make gurgling sounds. I will never forget that sound. I remember my Mom saying over and over, "Come on Brian".

My mom quickly sent me to call the ambulance. I ran to the Reed's house (praying out loud all the way) and told them what had happened. I remember that Bro. Reed ran to get his coat and flashlight. He had to go downstairs and he only touched about 2 stairs on the way down. His wife called the ambulance and her mother-in-law to come help.

It seems like it took forever for the ambulance to get there. I remember my sister Lynette showing up to see what had happened. I will never forget the way her faced looked with the ambulance lights reflecting on it. By now my Dad was there. I tried to get in the ambulance with my Mom, Dad, and Brian and they wouldn't let me.

We went home and prayed and waited. When we received the dreaded call from the hospital that Brian had died, I was so angry. I tipped over an orange chair sitting near the phone. Both my sister Pauline and I were pushing things over.

I will never forget the sad looks on my parents faces when they came home from the hospital.

In the accident, Brian and Daniel hit a sprinkler pipe on wheels. Brian was on the front and hit the pipe with his neck. The force broke his trachea (wind pipe).

Here is a picture of the type of sprinkler pipe.

Here is a picture of the location where it all took place.

Daniel said that after they were in the accident he saw Brian standing there and he asked him if he was okay. Brian told him that we was fine. The doctors told my parents that Brian was killed instantly when he hit the pipe. We know that Daniel witnessed something special that night.

I am grateful to know that I will be able to see and be with my brother Brian again.


Last year my sister received a phone call from a girl that she went to High School with. Long story short, the girl had purchased a used Book of Mormon from the D.I. for her daughter. When she opened the front cover there was a testimony written in it. It just so happened to be a testimony written by my brother Brian around the time he was killed. She gave the Book of Mormon to my sister, who gave it to my parents. In the special testimony that he had written it says that he loves his family along with some other wonderful things. We all cried when we saw it and read it. What a special gift.

Friday, December 12, 2008

Funny little bug

Haley always says such funny things. She gets really embarrassed when I laugh hard at what she says. She thinks I am laughing at her like she has done something stupid. I have to be careful not to make her feel that way. Here are three of her latest "funnies"...

"Mom, why did Heavenly Father make dad and Jace with tails?" Now how in the world am I supposed to respond to that? I just about laughed my head right off!

"Mom you are getting older. Pretty soon you are going to be my grandma." I must look like quite the "old bag" to her.

A couple of nights ago I told Haley that dad was on his way home from work. She was so excited and went to the front window to watch for him. Cars kept driving by and she was mumbling under her breath, "No, not dad". She was getting more frustrated as cars kept going by and it wasn't dad. Soon, another car went by and she said, "No, not dad.....Damn it!" Once again how am I supposed to respond to that when she has clearly heard me say it. I explained to her that it was not a nice word and she should not say it. I'm surprised she didn't call me on it.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Decorate and then redecorate

Every year when we pull out our Christmas tree we just have to laugh at it. It is a "special" tree. I don't mean "special" in a good way. I bought our tree 12 years ago at a garage sell for 5 bucks (they just about gave it to me for free). Each year I threaten to throw it out after Christmas and buy a new one for next year. I know that you can get an artificial tree for pretty cheap after Christmas. The only problem is after Christmas we are just plan out of dough. The tree is definitely a kids tree. The ornaments are either homemade or inherited. Let's talk about how I inherited some of them. My parents used to own apartments. One year a tenant moved out and left some things behind. Yep, you guessed it...some Christmas decorations and they are now mine.(ugly Christmas ball ornaments and a few other uglies). My mom gave them to me (thanks mom). So, if the tree gets tipped over or if a ball falls off and gets crushed, I'm not shedding a single tear. I guess when you have little kids, that's the way it should be. It is their tree.

I have such a helpful little daughter. She is constantly rearranging the Christmas tree for me. Here is a picture of her latest creation. Nicely done Haley!

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Fun outing

John took Haley to the river to feed the ducks recently. She had a blast with him, as you can tell. He is a great dad!!

The chase is ON!


Haley is a brave little toot!

Monday, December 8, 2008

I have a question...

I have noticed on some blogs that it shows the blogger when their friends or family posted a message last. I would like to see when people have posted their last message so I don't have to go into their blog if I have already read it. Does anyone know how to add that? Or does anyone know what the crap I am talking about?

Monday, December 1, 2008

Old, Ancient, Antique

Well, I am officially one year older. I turned the big 3-7 yesterday. YIKES! My kids look at me and think that I am just ancient. There are days that I feel ancient.

Time just seems to tick on by at a high rate of speed these days. It seems like we just celebrated my birthday and here it is again!!

I was teasing my mom the other day about the day that I was born. It just so happens that my mom is a total saint which makes this story even more funny. Well, when my mom went into labor with me, my dad was out of town. She had a neighbor lady drive her to the hospital. On the way there, they stopped off at my Grandma A's house, because she wanted to go with them. They knocked on her door for several minutes and she never answered. They finally decided they better just go without her. I was just about born in the neighbor's car. When they got to the hospital the nurse gave my mom some medicine that made her completely loopy. Here's the good part...my mom kept letting "swear words" fly off her lips. I guess the words she was saying are the two favorites, "Damn it and Hell". Who hasn't said those words a time or two or fifty? Okay, in my case maybe a lot more. I think I lost count. I think that having kids does that to you. So, I like to give my mom a hard time and tell her that is why I turned out the way I did. I tease her that the first words I heard her say were "swear words". She never comments, she just laughs.


I was bald for a long long time. It reminds me of Brynn when she was a little baby.

I think I had this lovely hair-do thanks to my sister Monica who cut it for me. She was always cutting people's hair. I think she should have gone to beauty school.

I remember when I was in Primary and they would sing to you for your birthday. I was always mortified when they would sing..."This month is such a special one it's birthday time for you. We'd really like to celebrate your happy day with you. (Here comes the bad part) Zip-a-dee-ay and HEIDI-ho there's something we can do. We'll sing a song that we all know, Happy Birthday to you!" One time while they were singing it, my friends were kind of teasing me about having my name in the song. They would point to me during that part of the song. I could not stop laughing and my face felt so red. Finally one of the primary leaders had to ask us to be quiet and then I was even more embarrassed.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

YO-YO!

Okay we have had a ball creating the following videos on jibjab.com. We have laughed so hard the last few days watching these. We took silly pictures for the "Elf Yourself" viedo. That is why John looks like a crazy man in these videos. John is a good sport letting us put his picture on everything.

So, what you need to do (before you watch these videos) is, pause the music that is playing right now. Over on the right it says "Good tunes", push pause so that you can hear the music on the videos.

We hope you enjoy these videos as much as we have. We are posting our 5 favorites. We have created so many more (but we will spare you). I think my favorite one is the one with John and Riley dancing. Sorry John!! (I may be in the dog house for this one!)

We think we are pretty funny!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Mature Little Miss

My little Haley is sometimes just a little adult. Lately, in the morning, after watching a little T.V. I will hear the shower running. She will get herself in the shower, turn the water to her favorite temperature (VERY warm), and wash her hair. She knows the right amount of shampoo to pump, she knows to "scritchy scratch, and rubby rub" her shampoo into her hair. Then she just likes to relax in the shower for awhile. When I hear the water, I go in and she is just doing her thing. If she hasn't already washed her hair, she talks me through the process while she does it HERSELF. I can't believe she is only 3. I guess I should be happy about her great hygiene. One of these days she might decide that she doesn't want to shower or bath anymore.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Barf-O-ween

Well, what a Halloween we had this year. I was dreaming peacefully in my bed 3:00 a.m. Oct 31st, when I heard a strange sound. It was one of those familiar sounds that just makes you cringe. Yes, Haley was throwing up in her bed! Hurray!! My favorite thing to do it clean up puke in a bunch of blankets, during the middle of the night. O-O-O-h quick sign me up!!!

Haley continued to throw up all night. The next morning, Jace said he wasn't feeling very good. He said, "Maybe I'm just hungry." So, I filled up a bowl of cereal and set it in front of him. After looking at it for a few minutes he decided he wasn't hungry, but sick. He went and got in bed with his "barf bucket".

Haley and Jace were sick all day, throwing up several times. But, they both deserve a medal for hitting the bucket EVERY single time (with exception to Haley's first out burst). Way to go Jace and Haley!!!!

So, they both had to miss Trick-or-Treating and all the school parties, etc. Jace wasn't able to wear his Mario costume that I actually sewed for him (and I don't even sew) He came up to me and told me he was sorry that I sewed him the costume and he didn't even get to wear it. What a sweet boy!!! Luckily we already had a family Halloween party and he was able to wear it there.

Hopefully next year we will have a better Halloween!

Miss "Sicky"


Mr. "Sicky" (doesn't he look pathetic)


What a cute HIPPY CHIC!


One of Riley's costumes. At the family party, she went as Captin Underpants. When she went trick-or-treating she dressed up as a house wife. I think it looks a little like me. Notice the fly swatter in her hand and rather large behind. LOVELY!


Jace at the family party in his Mario costume.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

What is that smell?

Haley is one of these funny kids that cannot be in a room if something stinks. She also can't handle being close to someone if they have bad breath. I took her visiting teaching a couple of days ago. We walked in the house and it smelled a little funny. I sat on the couch and she came up to me, her eyes were totally watering, her cheeks were red, and she was dry heaving. I knew immediately what she was going to say. Luckily she whispered in my ear, "It totally stinks in here."

Yesterday, a man was at our house cleaning our carpets. Haley went outside to talk to him and show him her new Barbie tooth brush. She walked in the house and said to me really loud, "His voice totally stinks." Leave it to a kid to tell you the truth. She will always call you on it when you have bad breath.

Monday, October 27, 2008

Halloween Shin-Dig

My family just got together for our annual Halloween shin-dig. The kids played several different games. One of the games that we all had a blast watching was the game where you eat a doughnut off a string without using your hands. Even the little kids were good at it. Everyone was dressed up and ready to party! By the way, Riley is Captin Underpants. Ya gotta love it!

Picture Slide Show - Halloween

Friday, October 10, 2008

Changing Seasons

It's hard to believe that fall is here and it will soon be snowing. Last week we had our outdoor swim get together, and it was totally warm. This week we are pulling out hats, gloves, and coats. I do enjoy the change of seasons, but I don't love being freezing cold.

The changing of the seasons makes me miss Indiana. We always enjoyed going to the pumpkin patch and the apple orchards. We have so many great memories of Indiana.

I have a tree in the front of my house that is my favorite tree in my yard. It sits near a great big window in my living room. This is my favorite time of year to look out at that tree. It's so pretty that it is almost like looking at a picture.

The last remains of the summer

Apple trees out back

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Barbie Kitty

For the last several months, Haley likes to pretend that she is a kitty. She started doing this to get our attention. She will crawl into the room, meowing, and rub up against your leg. It's funny how as a mom you get real good at completely tuning your kids out. They can say "mom" 5 or 6 times or more before you even hear them. The way Jace deals with that is just yelling "Heidi" really loud. Haley, on the other hand, turns herself into a kitty to get our attention. When you pick her up and pet her, she attempts to purr. When she has to talk it is something like this, "Meow meow, yes, meow", or she just changes the way her voice sounds. One day I said to her, "What is your name little kitty?" She said, "Meow meow it's Barbie Kitty." It is so funny how everyone reacts to her when she is "Barbie Kitty". She sure gets a lot of attention...and she milks it for ALL it's worth.

Barbie Kitty by daddy's leg

Monday, October 6, 2008

Great Kids!

One last hurrah

Last week we had a get together with some of the cousins. It was in the mid 80's(probably the last time until summer comes around again). We ate pizza and the kids were just busy getting wet.

Haley loves sitting in the hot tub

Wow look at those HUGE muscles!!





Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Husband Tag

I was tagged by my good friend Erin. We go wayyyyyyyyyyy back!!

What is his name? John
NICKNAMES? Johnny Lingo, Juany Lingo, Wendell, Johnny Cat
How long have you been married? Almost 16 1/2 years
How long did you date? 1 year
How old is he? 38
Who eats more sweets? I totally do. NO question. His idea of sweets is potatoes and gravy or Mexican food.
Who said I love you first? I can't remember. I must be getting old.
Who is taller? He is.
Who can sing better? I think he would say that I do. He is a good singer, but pretends like he doesn't know how to sing.
Who is smarter? John is totally smart. I have rocks for brains. He is way smarter than I am.
Who does the laundry? I do, over and over and over and over.
Who pays the bills? I do
Who sleeps on the right side of the bed? If looking at the bed he does.
Who mows the lawn? John does. I think I have only mowed it twice.
Who cooks dinner? I do or we go out. John is a GREAT cook, but is usually not home at dinner time. He cooks some mean Mexican dishes and great breakfasts.
Who drives? He usually does.
Who is more stubborn? I am 100%. I think it runs in my family.
Who kissed who first? No comment. Hee Hee.
Who asked who out first? He called to ask me out and I had a date with someone else that I did NOT want to go with. I wanted to break the date and my mom told me I better not. I was afraid he would not call back.
Who proposed? He did. He froze the ring in an ice cube and put it in my drink. He was afraid that I would swallow it or break a tooth on it.
Who has more siblings? I DO! He married into the "crazy" family. I have 12 siblings and he has one! What the heck! I think he is still trying to adjust to the crazy. I think sometimes he wishes we could "dial the crazy down a notch". He is always amazed about how we can hold three different conversations at once.
Who wears the pants? I completely do. Poor John probably feels like he married my dad!

The Stone Age

Well I feel like I am back to the land of the living. I recently had a computer problem and was unable to use it, and I also had my van in the shop for about 4 days. I felt like a prisoner in my home. The whole van thing was kind of a fiasco and I was definitely starting to lose my patience. We took the van in to be looked at because it would vibrate when you were stopped. They checked it out and told be one of the motor mounts was broken. They had to order a part for it. So, when I went to pick it up I paid about $200 and was told that it was still vibrating a little. Number one-- I was already bugged about the price and Number two-- I just want it to STOP vibrating, that is the reason I brought it in. I paid and went out and started my van. It was vibrating SO bad. I turned off the van and marched right back into the shop. I felt like I was foaming at the mouth I was so mad. I went in to the guy and said, "You didn't even fix it!" I just told him I would talk to my husband and I left. I was so mad on the way home I had to pull over so I could call the company back and complain to a "big wig". After giving him a piece of my mind (I told him that I paid $200 for "crap work") he asked me to bring it back the next day. Long story short, they had to replace the other motor mount and another part. They sold me the parts at cost and free labor on one and half price labor on the other. The last time I went in to pick it up they walked me out to the van to make sure it was perfect and just what I wanted. I'm pretty sure they didn't want to set me off again. I think the reason I was so mad through this whole thing is because they originally just tried to get me out the door with it not being done right. I hate going to mechanics. Half the time I have no clue what they are talking about and they treat you like you are a total idiot. Good Times!! My kids wonder why we just don't get a new van, I have to explain that it is paid for. I'm pretty sure they aren't catching what I am saying. There is a good ending to the story, my van now runs like a dream. I talk nice to it and hope that it will last me many more years.

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Haley




Haley is always saying something that totally cracks me up. This morning I asked her if she was hungry. She told me yes, so I said, "What should I feed you?" She said, "I wanna pick the feed."

The other day I took Haley to ride some rides at park here in town. There are only 5 rides and they are very old. But, to a little kid, it is a total blast. She just kept yelling whoo-hoo!