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I attended the FJH band concert tonight.  It was delightful – there was plenty of John Williams music (Star Wars, Jurrasic Park, E.T., the Cowboys) and I took some nice pictures for the end of year slide show.  But one of the best parts was actually after the concert.

Post Band Concert Fun

May 13, 2009 Posted by | Amusing Anecdote, Flickr Update, Ron's Posts | Leave a comment

Tag – Your One True Love

Insert Catchy Title Here1. Where did you meet?
We actually met on a blind date (amazing that those actually work sometimes.) My sister and brother-in-law set us up about a week and a half after Ron got home from his mission.
2. What was the first thought that went through your head when you met?
This poor guy is going to be so traumatized by being forced on a date so soon after coming home that he is never going to want to date again. The second thought was that he was very handsome.
3. Do you remember what he was wearing?
I’m pretty sure it was his blue and yellow soccer jersey he brought home from Brazil. (A trend I am noticing from Amber and Cassie’s posts.)
4. Where was the first time you kissed this person?
In my brother-in-laws driveway. My sister and my brother-in-law were still dating at that time too and Ron was dropping me off there to meet my sister and he kissed me before we went in.
5. Where did you go on your first date?
I made dinner and we ate at my house (chicken alfredo) then we went bowling and to Baskin Robins for ice cream.
6. How long did you know this person before you became a couple?
It was about three months from the blind date. Although, I didn’t even try to talk to him again for a month because I was a little worried about him adjusting to “normal life” after his mission.
7. How did he ask you out?
Parowan EngagementRon had been driving me to and from school every day because I had a seizure and was restricted from driving for a while. We were pretty much together all of the time anyway, but on the way home from college one day, he asked if it was alright if he told his friends that I was his girlfriend.  It was really cute.
8. Has this person ever proposed to you?
Yes. See the post about Parowan, it’s a great story.
9. Do you and this person have kids together?
Yes, two beautiful little boys.
10. Have you ever broken the law with this person?
Nope. (Ron’s note: I may have pirated some music in her presence, but I take full credit for that.)
11. When was the first time you realized that you liked this person?
It was the first time we went on a “date” that wasn’t my sister’s doing. I asked Ron to go to the temple with me and when he walked me out to my car after the session he gave me a big hug and I knew that I really liked him (I would almost say I loved him at that point.)
12. Do you trust this person?
More than anyone else I know.
13. Do you see him as your partner in your future?
Yes, we plan on being together forever!Rainforest Cafe
14. What is the best gift he gave you?
I would say it is a toss-up between his unending love and our two wonderful boys.
15. What is one thing he does that gets on your nerves?
The only thing I can think of, and it doesn’t even always bug me, is when he chews on ice. I think it only bothers me when I am cold and he is chewing on a huge piece of ice.
16. Where do you see each other 15 years from now?
Happy as can be and absolutely loving each other and our family. (I imagine we will have some more kids by then.)
17. What causes the most arguments? I actually can’t think of a time when we have fought or really argued about anything. There are times we don’t agree on things, but we just talk about it.
18. How long have you been together?
A little over seven years.
19. Are you married?
Yes, the best six and a half years of my life.
Who do you tag? Anyone that hasn’t been tagged and wants to tell about their sweetheart.


The best day ever!

December 7, 2008 Posted by | Amusing Anecdote, Bren's Posts | , | 1 Comment

Being Totally Unprepared

Jack in repose

Jack in repose

As Ron mentioned, he decided to leave the full story of Jack’s delivery to me. So after a few days of contemplation (or just trying to settle into a normal schedule) here is the story.

I’m sure that most of you know that my official due date for Jack was December 12. However, a couple of weeks ago my doctor, concerned that the baby would be too big if we waited until 12/12, decided to schedule me to be induced on December 3. So, this last Saturday I started making a list of the things that I needed to get done before the baby came. Assuming I had another week and a half I wasn’t too stressed out yet. Part of that list included things like packing bags for the hospital, just the basics: hairbrush, shampoo, clothes, etc. I planned on going through the tote of clothes from Luke to pull out some of the newborn clothes and get them ready. And, of course the inevitable cleaning of the house and preparing to bring the baby home.

Jack

He has more hair than Luke!

Well, Saturday we had a great day. Ron helped do the typical house work (he always does the laundry and is so awesome!) and we got the house basically clean. There were still a few rooms to clean, but we figured they could wait. Sunday started out as the typical Sunday for us. Ron did some stake stuff while I got Luke and myself ready. Ron did take over on Luke when he got home so that I could finish getting ready. We got to church and everything just went like usual, except that Luke actually took a nap during sacrament meeting, usually he just gets fussy and refuses to sleep. After church we came home for a ritual Sunday afternoon nap. However, I wasn’t really tired so I decided to make cookies to take to the ladies that I visit teach. So, after making 6 dozen cookies, putting them all on plates and getting them plastic wrapped to deliver, we headed up the street. I decided that we would all go to the first place to deliver cookies, our good friends, the Moffetts. Fortunately for me, I am Melanie’s visiting teacher so I figured that would be a good place to start. So, we gathered a plate of cookies and headed to the Moffetts.

Luke was having a great time playing and we ended up starting a game called “Druthers”. It was going really well and we were having a good time and as we were nearing the end of the first round, the youngest Moffett, Maisy asked me to help her get a cup so that she could get a drink. I gladly got up to help her get a cup from the kitchen, but on the way back to the front room my water broke. There I was, standing in the entry way of the front room, trying to figure out what was going on and what to do when sweet little Maisy walked back in, looked at the floor and said “What spilled?” As we all laughed a little at Maisy’s question, Ron and I realized that we were not prepared at all to head to the hospital. So, like always, the Moffetts came to the rescue by keeping Luke so that Ron and I could run home, pack a bag and get ready to go.

Jack 006On the walk home Ron called both of our moms and got everything worked out for where Luke would go and how we were going to handle everything. We ran in the house, started throwing together bags, and trying to figure out what necessities had to be taken care of. My mom showed up quickly and took Luke so that we could head to the hospital. So as we headed out, Ron realized that we had one more necessity that we hadn’t taken care of, Taffy. The realization that we had a dog at home was almost a shock. So, again we called the Moffetts and the girls were happy to help. They came and got Taffy and took her home. Ron’s mom came down and got Luke so that he could have a sleepover at Grandma’s while we were at the hospital. Ron and I are really grateful for all of the help from everyone on a minutes notice.

After getting to the hospital, they got me admitted and started the wonderful labor and delivery process. I had a great nurse that really made me comfortable. Not too long after being admitted, I was having pretty good contractions about every three minutes so I asked for an epidural. (My thankful list would definitely have to include epidurals.) They got everything set and I was feeling great for a few minutes, then my blood pressure dropped and I felt like I was going to pass out. Ron did a great job of helping to cool me down while the nurse took care of getting my pressure back up. It was a bit tense for about a half an hour, but then I got feeling much better. Although, I think one of the best things during that, was that Ron had brought Annie for me to watch and it was playing in the background entertaining everyone. He really is the best!

After getting everything settled down, we just sat back and waited for things to happen. At about midnight my doctor came in to check on everything and said he would probably be back at 3:00. So we waited; however, it was barely past 1:00 when the nurse came in and decided to call him back because the baby was almost ready. So as the nurse and the technician got the room set, the doctor headed back to the hospital. He arrived, joked with Ron for a minute (something he always does) and then delivered the baby. Little Jack arrived at 2:12 am weighing 8 lbs 2 oz and measuring 19 ½ inches long. I thought I had a good delivery with Luke (and I did), but Jack was even easier. More blessings to be thankful for, my wonderful family!

The recently expanded family

The recently expanded family

November 28, 2008 Posted by | Amusing Anecdote, Bren's Posts | , , | 3 Comments

Dia de Acão Gracias (loosely translated from Portuguese: Day of Thankful ACTION!)

I had a very vivid reminder on Wednesday of how grateful I am of the many, many good things in my life.  Brenda and Jack were taking a quick nap and Luke was tottering around perfecting his graceful walk.  I was momentarily distracted from my fatherly duties by a call from my mother, informing me of the chance to be had next month to attend a Sound of Music play/sing-a-long/vomit fest.  Anyway, my dear, sweet mother called and I was distracted from my son for a moment.  After talking with her and Britt for a moment, I realized the bathroom door is open.  This is bad news in my house (Luke blogged about this, remember?)  I was so grateful when I walked in and realized that Luke hadn’t made it in to the toilet yet.

Luke and his friend John

So as the “Day of Thankful Action” is upon us, the time seems right to list the many things for which I am grateful!  The list has been posted in alphabetical order to spread out the humorous filler, making it more tolerable to be read by the average human being.  I promise there’s a pay-off at the end of the list if you’re willing to stick around!

  1. A comfortable floor to roll around on with my older son (and Jack-Jack too someday)
  2. A great job that I love
  3. Anti-biotics
  4. Awesome friends (who throw Diet Coke bottles in the air for me to take pictures of)
  5. Batteries (they make life so portable and convenient)
  6. Birth mothers who place their babies with adoptive parents
  7. Bren’s caring family that take care of us (and our kids) when we need help
  8. DVRs
  9. Epidurals (without them Sunday night would have been a lot less pleasant)
  10. Japan (Hello? Nintendo and Playstation both come from there, duh)
  11. Luigi
  12. Mario
  13. My calling (how many people get to crawl around in church attics pulling cable and get to call it church work?)
  14. My caring family that take care of us (and our kids) when we need help
  15. My digital camera that allows me to take as many stupid pictures as I want (and the ability to put them on the Internet for the whole world to see!)
  16. My neighborhood friends who make Clearfield such a nice place to live
  17. My Nintendo DS Lite
  18. My Playstation 2
  19. My Wii
  20. My X-Box 360
  21. Pacificiers
  22. Pac-Man
  23. Paper clips (What? Can you imagine life without paperclips? We’d have to staple everything!)
  24. People who serve our country and protect our freedoms (way to go Lindsie!)
  25. Shigeru Miyamoto
  26. Slobbery kisses
  27. Smoked turkey
  28. Star Wars
  29. That refrigerator box that withstood months of abuse in our basement that we had so much fun in (you are missed Fort Baiffett)
  30. The ability to name my children after cool fictional characters
  31. The creation of digital aliens for me to shoot to keep my real aggression in check
  32. The good news of the Gospel
  33. The knowledge that God loves me
  34. The noise a zombie makes when you shoot it in Left 4 Dead (my current game of choice)
  35. Way too many games to play on my various and sundry video game systems

There you have it, my top 35 things to be thankful for! Oh wait, I forgot my real top 3:

Bren, Luke, and Jack

Brenda, Jack and Luke

And here’s something you should be grateful for: You weren’t me faced with what to do when you realized that Luke actually HAD gotten to the toilet already and you had to deal with this:

Spider-Man is down!

November 27, 2008 Posted by | Amusing Anecdote, Ron's Posts | , , | 4 Comments

Crap Fair for everyone!

There’s a sign hanging on the fence outside Clearfield High School that I see every morning as I drive by on my way to work and on my way home:

Those of you who know my feelings on so called “Craft” Fairs might not be surprised to know that I did a little editing to the sign to make it more “honest.”

Now that's more like it!

October 23, 2008 Posted by | Amusing Anecdote, Ron's Posts | | 6 Comments

Oscar the Grouch’s Domain

The garbage men make their rounds on Tuesdays round these parts.  On Monday night, I noticed something a little interesting.  After mentioning it to Brenda, I said aloud (in a decidedly non-inside voice), “I’ve got to get a picture of that for the blog!”  So, across the street I went to document the beautiful scene of Clearfield at its best.

Neighbor gone

Holy crap!

Wow, that’s quite a stash! Don’t worry, the Supreme Court decided in 1988 in the case of California vs Greenwood that when you voluntarily put your trash out on the curb, it can be searched. Don’t worry, the fourth amendment is still firmly in place. The real question is, were these just from one night, or had he been storing these up to throw them a way all at once to impress the neighbors?

Neighbor gone

Is it any wonder we were happy to see this sign go up? 🙂  Anybody interested in moving across the street from us?

October 1, 2008 Posted by | Amusing Anecdote, Ron's Posts | , | 4 Comments

The Exxon Valdez of our basement

In the nearly six years that we have lived in our house, we have had a lot of fun “projects” to deal with. There was the crazy lady driving through our fence at 1:00 in the morning just after we moved in. Then we had the freak accident of the bathroom faucet blowing off during the day and flooding the entire basement, what a joy that was. Then of course, the two consecutive springs we spent trying to patch holes in the basement walls because we had water leaking in from outside. As if the flood wasn’t enough. Well, we have just finished reclaiming the basement from our latest disaster, the great oil spill of ’08.

About three weeks ago, we purchased a five gallon bottle of vegetable oil to put in our storage. We have a small bottle in the kitchen that I refill for regular use and leave the rest on the basement storage room. So, we brought home this huge bottle, I filled the kitchen bottle and Ron took the remaining 4.8 gallons (just an estimate on my part) to the basement. About a week later, I was in the storage room grabbing something for dinner when I stepped in a wet spot. I looked down trying to figure out what would have made the floor wet when I noticed the oil. The huge five gallon bottle was now only about 1/3 full. Apparently there had been a small hole somewhere in the side of the bottle and the oil had been slowly leaking out, all over the floor. As I walked out of the room and slid on the tile in the laundry room, I realized what a disaster I had. I figured that I wouldn’t let it be a huge ordeal so I grabbed the carpet cleaner and got to work. After the third empty tank of what looked like a disgusting vinaigrette dressing (the oil floating on the top) I realized that floor was still soaking in oil and that it didn’t look like carpet cleaning was the best answer.

So what did I do? I went to the internet for a solution. The funny thing is that most of the places where I found people were talking about getting vegetable oil out of carpet was on blogs. They usually had some cute story about a little baby that managed to get the lid off and they found the kid laughing in the middle of the oil. At one point I wished I had a better story like that. Anyway, there were two answers that were very common; one – to use shampoo on the area then suck it up with a cleaner, two – to sprinkle kitty litter over the area. Since I didn’t have any kitty litter I decided to try the shampoo. By this point I was into the second week of the oil spill and getting sick of trying to get stuff out of storage without tracking oil through the house. So I got out my shampoo and proceeded to scrub the floor. After spending about two hours sucking sudsy shampoo out of the carpet I thought I had it taken care of. However, after it dried, you guessed it, oil slick all over again. Apparently the shampoo hadn’t really worked. So I decided to go get some kitty litter.

By this point I had come to the conclusion that if the kitty litter didn’t work, we would be ripping out the carpet and starting over. So I grabbed a 25 pound bag of kitty litter and poured about half of it on my floor. As I looked at the pile on the floor I realized that I was making a huge mess and felt like singing “The Old Lady that Swallowed the Fly”. After about four hours, I could see the oil soaking into the kitty litter, a pretty promising sign at least. So I let it go for a day or two. Since it looked like the kitty litter was working, spent an entire week putting down the kitty litter, vacuuming up the oil soaked stuff, and spreading out clean litter.

Half way through week two of the ordeal, shortly after starting the kitty litter regimen, the case lot sale started at Maceys and Ron and I agreed that we needed to get some things for our food storage. So, Ron went and bought about 200 pounds of wheat, 40 pounds of lentils (a recommendation by an emergency preparedness expert), and four 5 gallon jugs for water. Ron was kind enough to do this so that I wouldn’t have to try and lift all of the heavy stuff in and out of the store. After he got done, I went and bought the canned stuff that we needed to replenish the storage. After being so proud of ourselves for trying to be on top of our storage, we realized that the storage room was in complete disarray and there was no where to put all of this stuff. So for the rest of the week, the kitchen was cluttered with cans of everything from beans to cream of chicken soup. The family room was holding the wheat, lentils, and water jugs (still empty, hoping that the emergency we were preparing for didn’t happen right away.) By that Saturday, I was so glad to finally have some time to try and finish cleaning the storage room so that we could get the house back in order, that I started vacuuming the floor at 6:00 am after Luke had woken up, eaten, and gone back to bed. So, I cleaned up the rest of the kitty litter on the floor, but put down a little more in the places that had been really bad to make sure that it was all soaked up. That afternoon I vacuumed up the rest of it and proceeded to carpet clean, one more time, to get all of the kitty litter out. As I was just about finished cleaning the floor, Ron came in and said that it would have been really great to have taken a picture of the room with the kitty litter all over for the blog then offered to put some out for me. We had a good laugh and then went back to work. I let the carpets dry and we decided to spend Monday night after our family home evening lesson putting everything in storage. So, Monday we ventured into the storage and were so relieved to touch the floor and not feel the slippery oil feeling. We spent the rest of the night putting everything away, but what a relief to be able to see the kitchen floor again. Although I didn’t get any pictures of the room in its various stages of cleaning, I did at least think to take a picture of the oil jug, sitting on a towel in the laundry room to avoid any more possible spills. So, as a word of advice, if any of you ever have a huge spill of vegetable oil, go straight for the kitty litter, it really is the best way to go.

September 27, 2008 Posted by | Amusing Anecdote, Bren's Posts | , , , , | 5 Comments

YouTube Woes – The Sequel that was Never Meant to Be! (Just like those Direct-to-DVD Disney animated sequels)

So, I totally was ready for a great blog post yesterday.  As some of you know (since I forced a fair few of you to watch the movie in its various states of completion), two weeks ago my Student Body Officers presented a 6 minute movie that we had created to present the theme that they had chosen for this year – “Huskies Pull Together.”  First off, it was amazing.  Secondly, the editing was great!

Yes, you guessed it, I edited it.  I’ve been meaning to put it up for general perusal of my family and friends (as well as the student body of Farmington Junior High), but to comply with district policy (motto: Bureaucracy is the bomb!) I had to remove all mention of the students names from the video (although, that’s one piece of bureaucracy I agree with-there’s a lot I don’t though.)  Well, since I’d spent at least ten hours editing it in the first place, (Bren and I decided that is a conservative estimate) you can imagine that I wasn’t eager to jump back in and start editing again.  So, I’ve let it fester a week or two.  Yesterday, I finally got the names all muted out, exported the movie . . . and guess what?  YouTube was down for site maintenance.  AGAIN.  Why?!?!?!  This just hardly seems fair – how do they know when I’m planning on posting a video?  Heck, I didn’t even know until last night.

Now, you’re probably thinking something like, “Well, Ron, why haven’t you just added it since?”  Well *Ron sheepishly admits* I left the laptop with the video on it at school.  So, here’s some cute pictures to distract you from my inability to get the video up STILL.

Power Up!

This picture is a little old obviously (Luke's head looks dangerously wobbly compared to today.) The other day the Moffetts gave us a CD of all the pictures they've been holding for ransom. We gave them back their stupid weed whacker, so they relented and passed us a bunch of pictures. Be prepared for lots of picture-y posts over the next few days.

Hopefully, I’ll remember to bring my school laptop home tomorrow and I’ll be able to add my magnificent acting skills to our blog. Until then, cheerio!

September 25, 2008 Posted by | Amusing Anecdote, Ron's Posts | , , , | 3 Comments

Bren’s first blog post!

Here goes, I have finally decided to post something to our blog so that Ron doesn’t have to do all of the work. Although, since he has such wit in his writing, I hope to not disappoint anyone that comes to see what amusing story he has for the day.

We are having so much fun with Luke and all of the new things he is doing, he just keeps us laughing. I am constantly amazed how he finds things that he shouldn’t have. Ron and I go along and think we have the house fairly baby proof and all of a sudden Luke can reach a couple inches higher. He did discover the toilet the other day so we have to make sure to keep the bathroom door closed. If not, as soon as we are not looking, you can hear him crawling as fast as possible down the hall. On Sunday while I was getting ready for church, Luke came in to the bathroom and since the toilet lid was closed, he decided to go for the toilet brush. As soon as I said no and moved it from him, it became a game and he was determined to win. So I ended up wedging it between the toilet and the sink so that he couldn’t get it out. Little did I know that he would learn a great lesson about leverage. When he couldn’t get the brush out, he reached behind to where a plunger was sitting and used the leverage to get both the plunger and the toilet brush out. Of course, as I frantically dropped my makeup to get everything away from him, he just sat and laughed because he knew he had won.

Luke in kitchen

A couple of days ago I was working in the kitchen putting away some groceries and starting to make dinner. Luke, as usual, decided that he wanted to venture in to the kitchen to see what he could get into. Unfortunately for him, I was not loading the dishwasher so he couldn’t climb in there. However, he did manage to find a bag of hamburger helper boxes that he could play with. Since he is always trying to play with the video game controllers and the computer, I was very excited that for once he showed an interest in one of my hobbies, cooking. (Not that I don’t enjoy video games and the computer, but they are much more Ron’s forte than mine.) Now I just have to get him to channel his desire to hit the piano into a desire to play the piano and we will be set.

Although, a little while after playing in the kitchen, he did try to climb up on the computer chair and when I put him there, he went straight for the keyboard. I was glad the camera was right there because he was so cute.

Well there you have it, my first blog post.  Hopefully, I will be better about helping Ron post and keeping everyone updated about our family.

Luke at computer

September 19, 2008 Posted by | Amusing Anecdote, Bren's Posts, Flickr Update | , , , , , | 9 Comments

Reminiscing about Music and White and Nerdy Lego Style

One of the many things I enjoy in life is a good Weird Al song.  He has a penchant for taking a popular song, adding the mundaness (mundanaity?) of real life, and making me laugh.  Truth be told, when I was a young lad, I liked Weird Al a little to much.  For anyone who’s never made a mix tape – trust me – it took a lot longer than a mix CD.  A lot.  And I made a lot of Weird Al mix tapes.  There were my album copies and then my “favorites” tapes with just the best songs.  I remember when I put a new stereo in the van I drove when I was around 18.  The tape player could skip songs on tapes!  I remember thinking how super cool that was, until I realized how it did it.  The stereo would listen for blank spots in the music (you know, the pauses between songs) and it would go to the next pause.  Unfortunately, it rarely worked with my mix tapes because I had not left long enough blank space in between songs – but I still remember how cool it was.

Luckily, when I returned from my intercontinental “vacation” to a world where MP3’s were the norm and burning CDs was fast, easy, and much less time intensive than tapes, I had siblings to show me how it all worked.  I guess where I’m going with this it that those good old days of tapes were good.  I don’t want to go back, but they were fun at the time.

So, back to Weird Al.  Once, on a trip home from Salt lake with my mom and her mom, I asked (ever so politely I’m sure) if we could listen to Weird Al (I guess I carried tapes with me everywhere or something.)  Mom politely refused the offer.  I impolitely took it upon myself to entertain myself in the back seat and decided to sing the Weird Al songs the whole way home.  I’m lucky they didn’t just abandon me somewhere to make my way in the world far out of ear shot.

So, when I came across this video the other day, I thought it was awesome.  Some sort of stop motion project like this would be VERY cool (if time consuming) to attempt some day.

For anyone interested, you can see the original music video (with Donny Osmond cameo!) here.

September 15, 2008 Posted by | Amusing Anecdote, Quality Video gleaned from the 'Net, Ron's Posts | , , , | 4 Comments