Sunday, March 30, 2008


Gotta have an Easter Hat!! These pictures are from the Easter Egg Hunt and from Easter Day.

Saturday, March 29, 2008

It had to happen

As a parent, you always dread those unexpected, totally embarrassing moments that your children provide. You hear all the stories. Violet is famous for passing gas in public (and she is super stinky!) and stuff like that. We have the occasional (oh wait, scratch that) frequent outburst in church. It always feels like your child is the only noisy know what I'm talking about.

So Easter Sunday in California, we went to my parent's ward. Low and behold, while the sacrament is being passed, Ashton started talking (it felt like he was yelling) about penis'. Yep, that's right, you read correctly. I pretended I didn't hear, but his dad and a few others began to snicker. So much for avoiding embarrassment.....Motherhood is so fun. I truly enjoy all the amazing things my children say. I love them so much and am thankful for the gospel and the plan of Salvation. It keeps me going everyday. I hope your Easter wasn't as embarrassing as mine!!

ps- I'm still waiting for my pictures so I can post them. Take it up with Darin!~

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Stairs, teeth and other nonsense

Man oh man. I feel like I haven't had two seconds to put together these past few days. We are having a "How to host a murder" dinner party at our home tomorrow night. I am excited, I wish I had time to clean...I have been doing laundry trying to recover from vacation. It was fun and I'll post more once I get the pictures off of Darin's computer.

While we were in Cloverdale, Violet was drinking out of a water bottle in the car and knocked out the filling on her front tooth. Again! I can't believe it! We don;t have insurance. I might call the dentist and see if he'll fix it for free since it's supposed to last longer. We shall see. I looks a little funny, and since it is her front tooth, it is noticeable. UGhhh!!!

Ashton was wandering around with a box on his head yesterday. Not an unusual past time, but he walk but the stairs to the basements and tumbled all the way down. He was more scared than hurt. There was a pile of blankets at the bottom, and the stairs are carpeted wasn't that bad. Plus it is the first time he has fallen down the stairs and he is 2 1/2. Pretty good, I'd say.

I was released from my Primary calling on Sunday while I was out of town and put in as the 2nd Counselor in Young Women's. I am very apprehensive and nervous. We have our first presidency meeting tonight. I am really going to miss Primary and the amazing Sisters that I was able to serve with. We have developed good friendships though, so I know I'll still be seeing them. Primary doesn't have a replacement for the Secretary yet, so I get to pull double duty on Sunday, as much as I can.

My mom was rear ended yesterday, she is sore but not really hurt. The damage to the truck isn't too bad. I hope that all gets figured out soon.

There are a lot of little heart friends in the hospital. Please keep them in your prayers. Check out the blogs, they are listed on the right under heart hero's.

Happy Birthday tomorrow to my friend Tina who is in Germany!

Sunday, March 23, 2008

Mock Funeral

I will post about the rest of our vacation another day, but I thought everyone would like to hear about how my dad's surprise party turned out.

It was a challenge to not write anything about it on my blog these past few months. I knew I had to be careful since my dad reads it...

My mom, brother and I threw my dad a mock funeral for his 50th birthday. Here is copy of the "obituary" that I put in a fake newspaper.

Paul Reed Crook born March 24th, 1958 in Moscow, Idaho to Wayne Reed Crook
and Ruth Knighton. Paul spent most of his growing up years in Beaver,
Utah. He graduated from Beaver High School in 1976. He then served
in the New York Rochester Mission from 1977-1979. He met his wife a couple
of weeks after his mission. After an interesting courtship (see me for
details) Paul was sealed to Joanne Olsen on May 16th, 1980 in Idaho Falls,
Idaho. They moved to Utah where their honeymoon baby Melissa was
born. Two years later a son was born. Paul graduated in 1985 from
Utah Technical College with an Associates in Lineman Training.

Paul then moved his family to Santa Rosa, California when he took
a job with PG&E. We continued working for them for 20 years.
Paul worked in San Francisco for most of that time, and enjoyed the colorful
people there, and the California sushi. Paul has held many callings in his
various wards and has been active in the Church of Jesus Christ of latter day
saints. The calling he has most enjoyed has been teaching in
Primary. He was also the unofficial VP of the Relief Society (aka the male
version of the Relief Society). He now works as an assistant to the
President of Suspended in Time of Santa Rosa.

include but are not limited to: Reading (westerns, Clive Cussler, war),
Golf, Boots, collecting coins & guns, Westerns, hogging all the babies at
church to rock to sleep, and of course playing with the four cutest grand kids in
the world.

These people have survived the first half
of his life: His wife, Joanne, daughter Melissa (Darin) Andrew and their
children Elaine, Violet, Ashton & Myra; Son Joshua (Renee); Parents
Wayne & Ruth Crook, Sister Susan (John) Smith; and many other extended
family members and friends.

In lieu of flower, donations may be
made to Intermountain Healing Hearts. Contact family for details.

Most of the guest arrived in black attire to celebrate the death of his youth. He got some great gifts, depends, denture cream, magnifying favorite was a super large print edition of this years Relief Society/ Priesthood Manual. It has been categorized as "Ginormous" and "extra old". The Joseph Smith manual is put out through distribution for the blind. It probably has about size 45 font. It was a great gift.

He knew something was up about an hour before the party when we busily started cleaning up after dinner. But, it was still a lot of fun. Happy 50th Birthday, Dad!!! We love you. I also enjoyed your talk today in church. It is always nice to hear you share your testimony.

Friday, March 21, 2008

Patriotic Hats

Intermountain Healing Hearts is doing a fundraiser for our Heart Camp in 2009. One of the things that we are doing is selling these patriotic hats and Visors. I have the site where you can look at them. They are really nice. I have the item number listed below. Both items will be only available in the Navy Blue (which I prefer) and are $8. Not bad for a high quality hat or visor. Take a look and let me know how many I can get for you! Thanks in advance!

Hats #9001
Visors # 3025

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

What's in a name?

Have you ever found that people who are named after someone, somehow naturally take on some of their traits?

Myra has officially become a tummy dweller. She sleeps on her belly for naps and night. Since she can do it herself, there's not much I can to to deter her. I lay her down on her back, but every time I check on her, she is on the belly. Funny that she doesn't roll off of her belly often though.

My mom grew up always hearing from her mom that she would also only sleep on her tummy. I suppose since Myra Joanne is named after my mom, it is only fitting! :)

Myra has been my only child to do this at such a young age. Usually at about a year my kids would flip to the stomachs, but not 5 months old. Myra also only take one nap during the day. It's nice and long (3-4 hours) but only happens once. She doesn't really wake up until 9am since she eats between 5 and 6 and then goes back to bed. I know she is getting enough sleep, it just amazes me how kids can be their own person from the start. We love her.

I'll have to watch out for any other personality traits that I see in my kids that are the same as who they are named after.

Monday, March 17, 2008


Look, there we are on the bottom corner. Thanks for the pic's Brynn!

Wow, who knew!

What American accent do you have?
Your Result: The West

Your accent is the lowest common denominator of American speech. Unless you're a SoCal surfer, no one thinks you have an accent. And really, you may not even be from the West at all, you could easily be from Florida or one of those big Southern cities like Dallas or Atlanta.

The Midland
North Central
The Inland North
The South
The Northeast
What American accent do you have?
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Saturday, March 15, 2008

I don't want it to be over!

That is what Violet said as she started to cry at the end of Disney on ice Princess Wishes. It was so cute. So, it was the first time that I've left Myra for longer than a couple of hours. It was a total of 7 hours, and she did great! I pumped a bottle, and she had cereal and sweet potatoes. She napped too. When I got home I had to wake her up to feed her, and she went right back to sleep. Now, if only I could get her to sleep today.

We drove to Sandy and rode Trax right to the Energy Solutions Arena. It saved a lot of money and time. I'm so glad we didn't have to deal with parking and such. Woo Hoo. It was Violet's (and my) first time to ride Trax. It was good as long as I didn't sit backwards! Skylar (Vi's friend and her mom came with us) dressed up as Snow White, and Vi was Cinderella. She made me put her hair in a bun because Cinderella has a bun. They were so cute and excited the entire time. they were a little bouncy....

We got a huge tub of popcorn and Violet was so into the show, that at one piont, she bit her finger really bad. Ouch! We were able to meet a lot of people from IHH (Westmoreland's, Pearson's, Snell's, Brimley's, Wiley's, Homers, I missing anyone?). I didn't see the Giles' or the Bartholoma's. Were you there and we somehow missed you? If so SORRY!!!!! It was great to put faces and names together. I was able to talk to Jen about the project going on for Ian. If anyone is interested in participating, please refer to their BLOG.

The show was so cute. I loved the sailors on the little Mermaid part that did tricks. AMAZING! and the Dragon that blew fire on Sleeping Beauty. Violet was worried that all of the ice would melt from the fire and the ice skaters would fall through the floor. Funny. I don't get how Mulan was a princess. the had a Mulan segment, which was either from Mulan 2 or something they made up. I didn't recognize the song. I love Mulan, but she isn't a Princess. Sorry!

When the show was over, it was still light out. We rode trax back, grabbed some dinner and were home by 8 ish. Skylar crashed in the car on the way back. If anyone has a chance to go, do it! It was great.

We woke up to about 3 inches of snow this morning. BLAH! I am so done with snow. I hope that my bulbs don't die since they are already up.

Friday, March 14, 2008

My Cousin

Here is a link to my dad's cousin's (so my first cousin once removed) Obituary. He died on my Birthday.

My Aunt Greta I did know and got to visit with while she was alive. Our thoughts are with his grieving family.

Wednesday, March 12, 2008


Well, he seems to be progressing. He is being moved today from the hospital to a rehabilitation center. He will most likely stay only a week before he is home. He will be in a wheelchair/bed for 6-8 weeks. Not fun. He is being stubborn I guess about using breathing helps and is on the verge of pneumonia and has some blood clots in his legs. I think that his spirits are a little better and he has been able to talk on the phone to his kids a lot. We will keep praying for him and his family.


I think that as a mom, we come to expect less for our birthdays. I'm not meaning by way of gifts, just recognition. Yesterday was a pretty mellow day. We are still down one car. I get to try and coordinate a pick up but I can't take the kids because all their car seats are in the van which Darin has at work.

Since we couldn't go anywhere unless we walked, our day was, slow. Violet was having a tough time minding yesterday. I don't know what is up with that. We walked to Volleyball in the morning. Played. Walked home. I got Myra fed and then we had a picnic in the back yard since the sun was out. Ashton didn't eat anything, but managed to get a nice scratch on his eye. :(

I did dishes and cleaned my house, did laundry. My visiting teachers came over and visited with me. They called a few minutes before they were coming over.

I had told Darin the day before that I would like Nachos for dinner. We had bought a Birthday Ice cream cake the day before, so that was taken care of. I got a couple of phone calls and some e-cards. I got a card from my parents, in-laws and Charlene in the mail. Thanks guys! The best thing that I got in the mail was two of my rebates! Woo Hoo! $35 is always nice! If anyone is interested in more info about these rebates, let me know!

Anyway, Darin had called me while I was at volleyball and kind of bummed me out (you must know that he has completely forgotten my birthday before, and he is making improvements every year). I had to remind him to tell me Happy Birthday before he left. He said, "I almost remembered." Then he called at volleyball and said that he had to work late either that night or Wednesday and was calling to see which one was better. I was floored that he even had to call and ask. It made me sad that in a few hours he had forgotten. But he surprised me with roses and chocolate bars when he came home from work, along with dinner. Thanks Darin!

Deann came over with a peanut butter and chocolate pie. Yummmmm. I also had a visit from Melissa. After we ate and did cake I left for my Primary Meeting. There was cake and Ice cream there. Then I watched a movie when I got home. Darin was sleeping. It was a pretty good day.

I'm looking forward to Disney on Ice on Friday. Myra ate sweet potatoes yesterday and loved them. Too bad she pooped twice last night and woke up. I let her cry back to sleep once during the night....Maybe that's progress?

Happy Birthday to Jacki! We had a lot of fun when we went out on Saturday!

Monday, March 10, 2008

Myra Update

For those interested in the baby, she has fun with her feet now that she has discovered them. She still babbles Mamamamama! She has gotten the hang of eating cereal now. Wonderful!! She squirms around on the floor and moves her self a lot. She also tries to sit up. She is still bald.

Darin and I watched the new "Hairspray" movie for the first time last night. It was great. I highly recommend it!

Well, I guess I had better go and feed my kids. Then I think I have to make my own Birthday Cake, or buy one.

Golden Sun!

It's a miracle, I think that "spring" may have actually arrived. I know that Utah is very changeable and that we will probably still get some snow, but it has been so nice. I can actually take my kids out for walks! We haven't gone to the park yet since there is still some snow. I hope it will be gone soon.

I made Violet help me in the front yard this afternoon. I wanted to clear out the flower beds so the bulbs can grow. Most are up already. I actually had one that came up in October or November. I think it got confused when we had some snow and them it warmed up a lot. I thought for sure the plant would die over the winter, (it looked funny when there was green poking out through the snow!) but the snow is gone now and it is still green. Only time will tell.

I was able to substantially cut back the rose bushes in front of the living room window. It is always an over grown part of the yard. There are also several annoying Chinese Elm trees that have begun to grow there. It looks better. Now I'll be able to decide if we should just pull everything out or not. Violet was a good little helper! She is growing up. It amazes me.

Happy Birthday to my friend Emily!! I'm so glad you have finally posted something new. Fabulous!! I hope you have a great Birthday!

Happy early Birthday to Amanda and Thomas & James, and Zoe and Mara and, I'm forgetting someone......Me! That's a lot of Birthday's on one day! Violet was helping me with a card for the twins. She asked me what their names were so I told her. She said, "Oh, like on Thomas & Friends." I guess they must get that a lot! :)

Saturday, March 8, 2008

The tieing of the shoes.

Violet walked over to me a couple of days ago and informed me that she knew how to tie her shoes now. Fearing the worst (about twenty knots all in a row) I looked at her shoes. Sure enough they were tied in two neat little bows. Apparently my mom had shown her how to tie a bow either in October or during the summer. Somehow Vi had managed to remember and had decided to learn to tie her own shoes. She is such a smart little girl. I had her show me and she explained, " you do it like this, mom." I was impressed and pleased that I didn't have to teacher her!

Darin and I went to dinner tonight with Ryan & Jacki. We met at Carabbas (super yummy!) and then went to Baskin Robbins for ice cream. we talked a lot and it was so nice to visit. Plus, they gave me the first two books in the Twilight series, so now I can start them. I'm looking forward to that! Thanks so much guys! Happy Birthday to my Cousin Amy tomorrow! You are sooooooo OLD!!! ;)

Thursday, March 6, 2008

What's in your Wallet? (I mean bag?)

I am finally getting around to this tag. Yippie. It is my lame attempt to avoid making dinner, so here goes....

In no particular order except how I am pulling things out...

Size 2 diaper, yellow pajamas, container of diaper wipes, Orange goofy onesie, Pink flowered baby hat, Size 6 diaper, burp cloth, Changing pad (that matches the bag), Bunny rattle, piggy toy, another burp cloth, green socks, hand sanitizer, note pad, Strawberry shortcake friend doll, book, Pink pants (which are too small for Myra now), package of fruit snacks, small magnifying glass, my little pony toy, package of fruit snacks and Halloween candy, another package of fruit snacks, half of a candy cane, 2 more packages of fruit snacks (sheesh, i think I have enough!), pair of white socks, Strawberry shortcake toy, miniature buzz lightyear, toy camera, Halloween candy, bear toy, my little pony, 2 more pieces of Halloween candy, two empty wrappers, and hair for a snow white toy. Now for all the pockets: 8 empty plastic diaper baggies (to eliminate odor etc.), tube of A & D ointment, pen, binky, a min t, an orange dinosaur, another binky, chap stick, another chap stick, lotion, Eucerin, Elvis mints from Tennessee (thanks Donna!), mouth spray, infants Tylenol, 1 pampers disposable wash cloth, gas drops, mini mag light (flash light), teething tablets, Barbie sunblock, tampon, clorox disinfectant wipe sample, diaper rash creme, 2 adult Tylenol and a prilosec in a pill case, sample of desitin, bottle of Pancof- PD (cough suppressant), lotion, 3 panty liners, first aide kit (bandages, wipes, and so forth), pen, Olay sun block, case of cinnamon Altoids (gross!), pad of blue post it notes, pen, and empty wrapper & a bow off of something. Whew! That was a lot of crap!
Okay, I'm taggin' Brynn A & Mike. I bet you have a murse, Mike. If not, you can make Becky do it!

In an effort not to jinx things, I an officially not telling anyone that Myra only woke up once last night and the night before. this morning it wasn't until 5am! So remember, I didn't tell you!

I received my first birthday card in the mail today from my sister in law Leslie. Thanks!

I got to see John yesterday and visit with my aunt. He had surgery to repair his "plumbing" and his hips. He is all plated and pinned together now. He has to stay off them for 6 - 8 weeks. He doesn't look too bad considering. He is the sweetest guy and I hope he is out of pain today. He may be going home as early as Monday or Tuesday.

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Right up my Alley

We had Enrichment last night, and I got to dress up! We had a woman come and speak to us about fashions from the past. It was so much fun to learn about the old underwear and different things that were done in those days. She kind of did a 100 years of fashion show. She also shared a lot of stories from her families past. There were old love letters, and dance cards and purses. The announcement for the meeting said to dress up vintage, so I did. I wore (barely) one of my vintage 50's dresses, along with a vintage 50's pink hat and some vintage gloves. I also wore my saddle shoes which were not vintage, but will worked. I had lent some stuff to a friend of mine, so she dressed up too.
I think one oft he most interesting things that I learned was about how beauty parlors used to give permanents. The would use electricity! Scary! If you moved (like in a story she shared of a 5 yr old girl) all your hair would come off. Crazy! And so dangerous! Anyway, I loved it and was in seventh heaven. It was great to visit with her and look at all of her dresses. She had from Betsy Ross era up through the 70's. So fun. And dinner was great too!

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Lame poll

Man, how did everyone know that it was lobster? Because it was the only non obvious answer? I don't know how to have a goo poll I guess. Oh well. Yes lobster was correct. Good going.
John is expected to have surgery on Thursday, so we will wait and see how that goes!

Pray for John

I don't have many details yet, but my uncle John was in a bad farming accident yesterday afternoon. He was run over (head to toe) by his tractor. He was life flighted from Beaver, up to the new Intermountain Medical Center in Murray. I will keep you posted when I find out more info.

Monday, March 3, 2008

Old Gas Man

Just a little funny:

I was filling up my van with gas, which is a very painful experience. I don't know why the stations think that if they set the pump slower, it wont seem like you are spending as much. Anyway, I'm standing there, waiting eons for my tank to fill. There is an elderly man across the pump from me filling up his car while his wife sat inside (in the warmth). He turns to me and says, "It sure is a hell of a day when one has to take out a bank loan, just to fuel up his vehicle!" I agree and we talk a bit about the outrageous prices, oil industry and greed. He was just getting so worked up about it while he waited for his gas. He had to talk to someone about it, and I was there I guess. It was pretty funny. I still laugh thinking about it!

Happy Birthday Deann, you old fart!

Saturday, March 1, 2008

New Pics

Here are a few of the cute pictures that we got taken today. Unfortunately Myra had to be woken up from a nap after falling asleep in the car. We couldn't get her to smile much. Darin ended up being in an impromptu picture with her and it's cute!
Ashton was jumpy and a little uncooperative. Violet was awesome! Ashton tried to hold buzz int heir pictures to kind of represent Elaine, but you can't really see it some of the time. :( It was my way of trying to include her....
Grandparents, I have 48 hours to order more pictures for $2.99 a sheet. I got a bunch, but if you want more (there were a lot more pictures too) let me know and we can get them.
Happy Birthday yesterday to Karina, a friend from High School. Congrats to Becky & Alex who had their baby girl yesterday - the only day Becky did NOT want to have her baby on. Murphy's Law I guess. Sorry Becky!