Tuesday, September 30, 2008
On Saturday Zacks football team, the Patriots, had their 3rd game this season and it was the first one they won. Yeah! They played the Moorpark Saints, who were suppose to be a really good team, but our boys played better. They looked like they really knew what they were doing and they kept up there momentum the whole game. You know when they are losing I always say it is OK as long as you know that you played your best but whose fooling who, it is not OK and it feels really good to WIN! The boys were so jazzed so hopefully they keep their excitement going. Zack had some great tackles unfortunately I never did get a picture of him playing (he did get to play alot though) but here he is looking so cute on the sidelines. He loves when I call him cute in his costume (uniform)....not!
Thursday, September 25, 2008
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
When I got to Utah I was informed by my Dad that his cancer was spreading..so it was not very good news at all. He was checked out of the hospital Friday night so it was nice to have him home and resting comfortably in his own bed. He is such an amazing man and such a man of faith because he knows that whatever may happen is Gods will and Gods will, will be done. He is not giving up hope and neither are the rest of us so we hope that we can find the right treatment that can conquer this cancer. It was nice to have all of my siblings there also and many of the grandkids and great grandkids were able to come by also to visit with my parents. It was nice to have the family rally around in this situation and be able to pray together, laugh together and cry together. It is always a great comfort to know that the family is eternal and to know the plan of salvation. I do not know how people handle trials on this earth without that knowledge and also without the help of the Holy Ghost. I could not handle it, we have definitely felt the Comforter. It will be an emotional few months ahead and a trying one as we find what can be done for my Dad but at least we have the comfort of the Holy Ghost and the knowledge of our Heavenly Father and his son Jesus Christ to help us through. Life is not always meant to be easy.
I am so grateful for the people that I have around me that buoy me up and help support me when times are hard. Thanks to all my friends for being there for me (you know who you are), you don't even realize how much you help me on a day to day basis and thanks for all the well wishes and prayers. Your awesome!
Thursday, September 18, 2008
Monday, September 15, 2008
The situation just came up last week (already) when Zack forgot to take his drumsticks to school. He remembered as I was dropping him off at school....actually he didn't remember on his own I had to ask him if he had them. So he wouldn't get in trouble for not having them, I went home picked them up and took them back to the school office so that he would have them for Band. OK, it really is not a big deal but it is one of my pet peeves and for some reason it really bugs me. I thought that I could just stop taking their forgotten items to them and they would just have to deal with the consequences but I just have a hard time doing that. I don't want it to affect their grade and I don't want them to go hungry for the day. But I have to come up with some kind of consequence so that they learn not to be so forgetful. So I have made the decision that when I need to do this for them they need to pay me $1.00. Maybe this will help them learn. This new consequence just went into effect and I explained it to the kids this weekend so they have been forewarned. Well it is Monday and I am already $1 richer! Zack forgot his drumsticks AGAIN! Luckily he remembered half way to school so we were able just to turn around and get them. I did not want to go back into the office with them again! But Zack knew that even though he remembered earlier he still owed me a dollar because as he ran in to get his drumsticks he told me he would get my dollar! Hope this new consequence helps but at least if it doesn't I can probably go out to lunch with the money I make :)
Thursday, September 11, 2008
Their dark discord destroys us
Their feud is a knife
It slices us apart
It exposes the worst within us
The scars it has left
We will never forget
If only they knew
Their fanciful frays only hurt us
Their selfish needs restrict compromise
Confusing causes boggle the mind
Religion, race, gender, political views
It is an immature squabble
That often involves mature adults
Like a vase that’s broken
A smashed society cannot succeed
We decide the future
Conflict’s counter, unity we may choose
Can we fix shattered shards?
Can we correct corrupt cowards?
Can we douse fiery flames?
Can we reverse century-long conflict?
Can we agree with our environment?
Can we prevent problems?
Can we deal with trials?
Can we accept all people?
Can we refrain from judging?
Can we allow freethinking?
Will we? No one can truly tell
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Zack is taking Beginning Band this year in Middle School. Last week they needed to tell their teacher what their 3 top choices of the instruments they wanted to play. Zack picked percussion, trumpet and saxophone (it might have been trombone). Anyways, you had to try out for the teacher for percussion and if you did not make it then you would do your second choice instrument which would have been trumpet. Matthew plays trumpet, we have a nice trumpet so that would be great! Little did we know that Zack would make it for percussion and he did make it. Now we did get him a drum set a couple of years back for his birthday but I have never seen him play it real seriously but now he will get more use out of it. So we picked him up his new drumsticks and he was excited and I was excited for him. As we are driving home and his friend is in the car with his new drumsticks they start to drum on their football helmets. OK that is cool, it sounds pretty nice. They are following the beat of the song on the radio so I can handle it. I figure I better get used to the sound because I have a feeling he will be drumming everywhere. We get home and his drumming continues. Nice, but Mom is getting a headache but I let him continue because he is doing his homework by practicing. Right? Ha Ha I think the picture below shows that his nice drum roll stuff will more likely turn into head banging stuff. But it is for school and its homework so he has to do it.....Greeeaaat!?!
At least we have a rule in our house that if you play the drums you have to shut the door. The room is over the garage so you can't hear it that bad. But I do think that I will be having to take alot of Tylenol:)
Saturday, September 6, 2008
Wednesday, September 3, 2008
So after dropping the boys off Adam and I spent the day together. It was his last day of vacation so we rode our bikes to the gym, played some tennis and worked out, went out to lunch and then rode home. It was wonderful! When we picked the boys up from school we took them out for an ice cream and talked about their first day (a tradition I started a long time ago). They had a great day but reality has hit and they both had alot of homework. Yuck! It is so hard to get into the swing of things but we really have no choice and I know we will get used to it again.
I, of course, had my homework too because I had those many papers that I had to sign and send back. I hate paper.....it clutters my home!!! And as I was signing the many forms I came across one that really made me laugh. I have probably signed it every year but I never even took the time to read it, I really need to get better at that. Anyways, it was titled the RIGHT TO REFRAIN FROM HARMFUL OR DESTRUCTIVE USE OF ANIMALS stating that any student with a moral objection in dissecting or otherwise harming or destroying animals, or any parts thereof, shall notify his or her teacher regarding this objection. So I realize that this is just allowing my children to perform dissections which I have no objection to and of course my boys don't. But it just seemed weird to check a box that states "My child may participate in an education project involving the harmful or destructive use of animals." That seems to be quite a harsh way to put it but I checked it anyways and gave my OK to harming and destroying animals. Too funny!
Tuesday, September 2, 2008
The boys are excited to get started with school but I hope they don't have alot of work to make up. Yes, we are loser parents and we had them miss the first 3 days of school so that we could enjoy our cruise but it was worth it! I hope that today goes well for them and even though I am not a nap-type of person, I believe that I will be taking a nap today! Yeah for early-early morning seminary!!!!