Tuesday, April 23, 2013


I am shocked, maybe I should not be but I am.  When someone makes a comment/opinion about an article, the backlash there is.  I am not going into specifics just venting about how unforgiving our society/world has become.  Since when can we not agree to disagree, or why are we so quick to point out others short comings when we have plenty of our own?

It reminds me of the scripture in Matthew 7:3-4.  Well ok really that entire chapter.  I am guilty of it, but than I am gently reminded that we do not know everyone's background and we should be accepting.  If we have unkind thoughts or if we want to make ourselves better.  We need to stop, think, and be understanding of the person and not judge according to what we hear.

Even though I am guilty of it.  This is something that I have been trying very hard to work on lately.  I do battle with depression and it is easy for me to see all the negatives in people, all their problems, all their short comings.  I have been trying very very hard to stop my thoughts and view them form the Lords eyes, to try and love them, to find positive things in people even if it is something as simple as, they have on a nice shirt today.  Somedays are easier than others, but again as it is a weakness that I am working on for myself.  I can see a change in the way I view people.

Anyways back to today.  I made a post on an article and I was surprised at how quickly people were to tell me how wrong I was with my point of view, with how I am a bad person, how I should not respect a certain group of people.  Yes I know you are dying to know what this is all about.  All I have to say is it does not matter.  But, my respect for Joseph Smith grew ten fold today.  It is hard to stand up for what you believe, to receive persecution daily and to not give up.  I respect him for not hiding, giving up or questioning his faith.  Today I caught a glimpse of what he went through on a daily basis, and after a few negative comments made to me I was down in the dumps, and decided I will not make a comment on a news article again.  He was truly a courageous, strong man that in the depths of his trials, and persecution he continued to push on.

Ok off my soap box and I feel better about venting.  I am just disgusted at how cruel, mean, terrible, awful, unforgiving our world has become.  I just hope and pray that I am not part of that and that I can bring forgiveness, light, happiness to those around me and build them up and not tear them down.

No I am going to sew and work on a service project for church, to help those that are in greater need than I am.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Photo Update

Ok so it has been a while since I have updated my pictures on my blog so here is a good ol' photo dump everything form Melissa visiting us to cooking dinner General Conference weekend for some friends.  I hope you enjoy the fun!

Jeff's little sister, Melissa, was in town for a few days and she stayed at our house.  The girls had a blast putting tattoos on her and coloring them.  They love it when she comes and visits the give her a lot of cuddles and snuggles.  I need to find the one of the pictures with all of them chillin' with wet nails.
Payeton Loves her Aunt Mina 
I am part of a quilt club we meet once a month for about an hour and there is theme to the club.  In other words it a time for mostly the women (there is one young man) to get together and laugh and have fun and relax.  Anyways here is a couple of the finished blocks. 

Now on the Easter.  This past year I have been very bah-hum-bug ish when it comes to holidays.  I am depressed about how commercialized spiritual holidays have come and how media has made us think we need to be happy.  If it was not for the girls I probably would have skipped over Christmas and Easter and everything in between.  But we did not.  I think once we are more settled and in a more permanent place it will be better. 

Back to Easter.  I was on line looking at different ways to dye eggs instead of doing the different cups and dyes.  I liked this one a lot.  You take a paper towel and drop food coloring all over it and then use a squirt bottle and spray the paper towel with vinegar water and roll the egg up in the paper towel and put it in a bag.  The longer it is wrapped up the brighter the eggs come out looking tie dyed.  It was a lot of fun, minimal mess, and super easy.  I let mine sit over night in the fridge.  I wish I took after pictures because it turned out AWESOME!!!

                                               We are all done dyeing eggs......or our hands.......
                                        whatever we had fun

Easter Morning the girls came out to find the Easter Bunny had left them some presents.   Jasmin had some die on her face from her hands from sleeping I wish I had gotten a picture of it because I scrubbed and scrubbed and could not get it off so she went to church with some dye on her face!     


The Easter bunny went Grandma's house to hide the eggs.  The girls had a blast.  After they found all their eggs they hid them for each other.  It was great!  They now have Hello Kitty hats.  I have some fashionistas on my hands!

They are discussing where more eggs could be.

I have been working hard on letting the girls help me clean the house.  The new founded joy is they love to help me vacuum.  They run away from it unless they are pushing it.

About every 3 months or so Jeff makes a big batch of spaghetti sauce and I can it.  It is a staple in our house and homemade sauce taste sooooooo much better than store bought and it is a lot cheaper too.  Anyways, here is Jeff making spaghetti sauce, and fajitas, and a brown sauce for dinner the next night.  We invited some friends over because they have been helping Jeff and I and we owed them a thank you for their awesomeness and help.

He has on my moms apron that I borrowed to make a pattern

This is our dinner

This is the brown sauce for steaks simmering and reducing

Here is our spaghetti sauce cooking away

Yup this is what the stove top looked like

If you know me I do not belong in the kitchen.
 I asked Jeff what I could do to help and he
 said stand their and look pretty........no open
the different cans of tomatoes to use.

I also got all the fresh herbs ready for him to cut.
He will not let me touch sharp objects either.
The girls have rediscovered the WII.  We stopped playing for a while only because they were too young and would get frustrated easily. Here they are playing a WII ski game and they love it.

Another pot holder/hot pad.  A friend of mine her mother-in-law
 is awesome and gave me some tips on how to do the binding...Finally it looks good.  I still need a lot of practice. 

So this has been our past few weeks.  We have had fun.  We do not have any great stories to tell other than we have managed to squeeze some fun into our busy lives!

Sick City

I have had so much to blog about, but when I get to the point of my day that I have a chance to I am so tired and think.....Tomorrow I will do it......

The beginning of finals week (middle of March) for Jeff he was sick.....very sick.....like ended up in the ER sick.  He woke up in the morning and said..."my entire body is throbbing" I did not think much of it because it was like 5:30am and in a half awake stupor I said "of course your body is throbbing your sick" He went to school and at some point during the day his teachers told him to go home.  He was so out of it and so dizzy that he did not realize it.

Around 3:00 pm I get a phone call at work on the work phone and my boss answers the phone and he hands me the phone (I was running the inserter) and he looks confused and he says "I think it is your husband but I cannot tell" I say hello and I hear this "hang on...here you go" I was really confused and just about hung up, but than another man gets on the line and says "this is.....(I did not catch his name) I am with the Salem EMS and we have your husband on the stretcher, but everything is ok we are taking him into the ER to have him checked out he is not doing good, he is dizzy, complaining of chest pains and woozy". I conversed with him for a few minutes and I told him I would meet them down at the ER.  My boss did not hear the entire conversation, but I think all the color drained from my face because my bossed looked at me and said "you are leaving?  We will see you tomorrow? Maybe? What is going on?"  I told him that the EMS were taking Jeff to the ER. My boss being the amazing boss that he is said.  If you make it tomorrow that is great if not let us know and come back when you can. With that I left.  As I was walking out I told my office manager what was going on....holding back the tears....she gave me a hug and said she would say a prayer that he is ok.  I walked out side called my mom and lost it.  Through the tears I asked her if she could pick up the kids from pre-school and she said yes and asked what was going on.  I told her and hung up.

To say that I was scared is a bit of an understatement.  My mind was going crazy.  I thought he was having a heart attack or a stroke or...........anything bad.  I called my home teacher who just so happens to be an ER doctor and I told him what was going holding back the tears as best as I could.  He told me he would meet me down there.  My mom called me back and said it could just be a simple panic attack.  I do not think I have prayed as hard as I did in a long time waiting for him to show up in the ER.

Once he got there I was able to see him and he looked terrible.  Shortly after they hooked up an IV my home teacher and another brother from our ward showed up. Our home teacher was watching the monitors and checking Jeff out.  They gave him a blessing and said to call if we needed anything at all. After 2 bags of fluid and some blood work results came back as extremely dehydrated and bronchitis.  Not to argue with the doctors, but my gut feeling and my home teachers gut feeling......influenza.  The good ol' fashion influenza.  They sent us home with orders of sleep, water, anti nausea medication (to help with the throwing up) and a heavy duty anti-biotic.

When Jeff showed up at the ER his fever was 102.9 and they got it down to 99.8 and as he was being released it was back up to 101.9.  That night as he slept he was sweating so much in the middle of the night we actually had to change the sheets and the next day we had to change the sheets again.  On Tuesday Jasmin got sent home from school early with a fever and Tuesday night I was sick and on Friday Payeton was getting sick.  It was miserable we could have bought stock in ib-profin and Tylenol.

We are all better now and I hope we never have to relive that one again.  Our bodies hurt so incredible bad, we had the chills, we could not eat it was HORRIBLE.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Silly Things my Girls say

Jasmin was snoring while laying on Jeff's chest....
Payeton "my Jasmin is making a loud noise"

When dropping the girls off at Rachel's house today Jasmin saw moss growing on her drive way.
Jasmin " look her house is growing bigger"

May 12, 2013
Payeton has allergies and I was trying to clean out her nose.  She has what I call super glue buggers.  You know the ones that anchor themselves in your toe nails and they are super sticky...I was trying to get them out and I said "I think one anchored itself in your brain!" Payeton looked at me and said
"mommy I have lots of brains"  I could not help myself so I laughed and said "and I think they are trying to escape" She just looked at me and asked me if I was done yet.


Yesterday I took the girls with me to drop of registration papers for Jasmin for Kindergarten.  When we pulled up to the school Jasmin looked out the window and saw the school and the play ground and was very very very excited.

Jasmin tends to be a little bit dramatic at times, but this was one of those instances where I wish I had my video camera to record her reaction.

As we climb out the car and she is giddy she asks me excitedly "mom is this my new school?'
Me "Yes it sure is"
Jasmin "mom I love it is exactly what I have been dreaming of....ITS ADORABLE"

I had to laugh at how sweet and innocent she was.  She is ready to start kindergarten and is very excited.  She wants to start tomorrow.  I am excited for her because she is excited.  But I am a little saddened that it is already time for her to start.  I feel like I just brought her home from the hospital.

Payeton on the other hand.  Is feeling left out and jealous about this entire situation and she wants to go to school with Jasmin......since they are pretty much twins and do EVERYTHING together.  It will be interesting to see how it all goes in the fall.