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Tuesday, April 29, 2008

It's a hard knock life....

Poor Ashton. I think that he mush be growing. He has been extra clumsy lately. In the past week he has sustained 2 bloody lips, 2 scraped knees, 3 goose eggs to the head, pinched fingers and numerous other falls. He got new sandals yesterday. They fit pretty good, so I can't blame today's falls on him. It seems like his body gets going faster than his little legs. Poor man.

Myra has a funny little thing that she does. If you tickle her, especially on the back, she tilt her head to the side. Soooo cute.

Sunday, April 27, 2008

Holy Smoke!

So, our next door neighbors had a bon fire last night. They were out side until about midnight. No biggie. We enjoy doing that at our friends' houses. Good times.... They horrid thing is that when I went to get in bed, my sheets reeked of smoke. My clothes probably smell too. Gross! I woke up with a huge headache. I think they might be connected.

Well, I spoke in church today, for the first time in this ward. I'm amazed I slid by for 3 years without having to speak! I think that it went pretty well. I feel like it did. I know it was a lot better than the lesson that I gave in Young Women's today. First time speaking in the ward, first time teaching young women's...I was busy, busy, busy all week.

I also attended the funeral for my neighbor. He had been sick for a number of years and had recently been diagnosed with an aggressive cancer. He was a very nice man. He gave us our pet fish. We always enjoy visiting with him and his wife. He will be missed.

Friday night was our ward talent show. Darin and I signed up to swing dance. We had fun. We were both tired by the end of the song...I think people were impressed. ;)
There were a lot of fun skits and displays. Unicycles, tapping, lip syncs, slide shows. We have a creative ward. We even had a kid who stood on his head. And then there were the edible talent. Yummy! Afterwards we played D & D. A couple in our ward came and played with us. It was fun to have new people. He had displayed his homemade chain mail and swords, so we figured he played. The only bad thing about the evening was I forgot to record Moonlight. :( Good thing it is online for my viewing pleasure. Whew. It's a good show.

My kids have been pretty silly this week. I think Myra is cutting teeth. Every time I put my finger in her mouth to rub her gums, she sticks out her tongue, and leave it out for a while. It's darling. Ashton looks like he is growing horns because he has two or three bumps on his forehead. He has had a clumsy week. I think he is growing.

Yesterday I asked Violet to run upstairs and get a diaper for me. She looked at me and smartly replied, "why? You have legs." Great, she already has an attitude and she's only 5. Ashton says stuff like, "that is so totally not wicked." Silly boy. I need to buy him some sandals before next weekend. All he has are tennies. On Friday I had Vi & Ashton stay downstairs and watch a movie (I know, I'm the best mom ever!) while I took a shower. I over heard Violet explaining to Ashton that he couldn't go up and see me because the door was broken and wouldn't open. Should I be worried that she might be a pathological liar?

Happy Birthday (on Monday) to my friend Liz, and on Thursday to my great-niece Samantha.

And it looks like twice as many people have the male dirve, than the women. Interesting....

Saturday, April 26, 2008

Religions Speak Up for Organ Donation

Religions Speak Up For Saving Lives
by Heather May, SL Tribune, www.sltrib.com
May - When deciding whether to donate their or their loved ones' organs, many will turn to their faith to find the answer.
In an effort to encourage more donation, Intermountain Donor Services this week reminded Utahns that most mainstream religions encourage donation or leave it to the individual to decide.
''One of the biggest questions people have from time to time is, 'What does my religion feel about donation?' '' said Alex McDonald, Intermountain Donor Services spokesman.
Leaders from four religions - the LDS Church, United Church of Christ, Congregation Kol Ami and Quaker - held a news conference Tuesday to explain their faith's teachings.
The LDS Church recently changed its statement on organ donation from one of neutrality to calling the giving of organs and tissues a "selfless act that often results in great benefit to individuals with medical conditions."
Scott Parker, who represents the LDS Church on the Salt Lake Interfaith Roundtable, cautioned that the decision is still an individual one.
Rabbi Tracee Rosen said there is a misconception that donation is considered a "mutilation" by Jews because of the sanctity the Jewish tradition places on the ritual cleansing of the body and the teaching that all body parts should be buried.
"The opportunity to use a part of the body in order to save somebody's life is in fact encouraged," she said, recalling one of her congregant's daughters who received a heart transplant over the weekend.
The donor "gave a 38-year-old woman a chance to have a normal life," Rosen said.
Russell Baker, pastor of a United Church of Christ in Bountiful, said his denomination "strongly" encourages donation. He is signed up to give.
"I want to continue an act of grace even in my death," he said.
Elaine Emmi, a Quaker and chairwoman of the Salt Lake Interfaith Roundtable, said she plans to donate her body to science, though her church has no set doctrine on donation. She encouraged religious leaders to ponder donation, because they may be asked by their members what to do.
Matt Robinson, who attended the news conference with his 2-year-old son Brick, hopes such statements will help the boy get a kidney. Brick was born with just one that wasn't fully developed, and he has been on the waiting list since January.
"It may put to rest any preconceptions," said Robinson, a member of the LDS Church who lives in Eagle Mountain. "When the name Christ is used, people are more willing to open their hearts."
* HEATHER MAY can be reached at hmay@sltrib.com or 801-257-8723. Send comments about this story to religioneditor@sltrib.com.

Organ and tissue donation by religion
Baptists: Donation is a compassionate and personal choice.

Buddhism: Donation is a matter of individual conscience.
Catholicism: Donation is an act of charity and love.
Christian Science: Donation is an individual decision.
Episcopal: Donation emulates Christ's sacrifice for mankind.
Hinduism: Donation is an individual decision.
Islam:Donation fulfills the priority of saving human life.
Jehovah's Witness: Donation is an individual decision.
Judaism: Four major branches encourage donation.
Lutheran: Donation contributes to the well-being of humanity.
LDS: Donation is a selfless act to be considered on an individual basis.
Pentecostal: Donation is a personal choice.
Presbyterian: Donation is encouraged.
Quakers: Donation is an individual decision.
Seventh-Day Adventist: Donation is strongly encouraged.
Shinto: Expresses concern about "injuring" a dead body.
Unitarian Universalist: Donation is an act of love.
United Church of Christ: Donation is strongly encouraged.
United Methodist: Donation is encouraged.

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Happy 8th Birthday Hope!



Your family love you so much! They can't wait to see you again. Read more about Hope and her AMAZING family here.

Her family has come to mean a lot to me. I'm so glad that we met. Too bad it had to be through these hard circumstances. We love you!

Idaho

Ok, so I know these posts are a little out of order, just deal with it! :)

Friday I got to drive to Idaho to be fitted for my brides maids dress. I went alone with my kiddos. We got all packed up and I set up the DVD player so both kids could see it. About half way there, Ashton barfs. Great! No I have to stop and "clean" it up. Thankfully I was prepared for his weak stomach and had a change of clothes. He still had to ride in a wet and stinky car seat the rest of the way. No more DVD player. I think it contributed to the motion sickness. I really need to get that kid some Dramamine!

So, we got up there without getting too lost. The kids ate and then mostly played in the backyard. They were really pretty good. Myra just chilled with me. My friend's grandma is the one altering the dress. We had to add sleeves, and a back panel and some in the front. I might still have to do a little finagling to make it work, but in the end I'm sure it will be great. The fabric was a lot different than I was expecting for some reason. The color is lovely.

We were done in about two hours. Then I got to drive home and play D&D with Darin and some of the others. It was a long day, but the kids were pretty good in the car. There was the usually "how much farther?" and the dreaded, "are we there yet?" comments, but I survived. The drive back was hard. Our CD player in the car is broken so not much radio, and no CD player. I could have used the DVD player for CD's, but I wanted the kids to sleep. Myra slept on the way up, but not on the way home. Silly baby.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Saturday at the Zoo


Poor Becky was such a good
sport about pushing both girls in
the stroller. She sure got a workout!

We had a good time at the zoo on Saturday. For those of you that may not know, we go every 19th of April. That is Elaine's angel day. She enjoyed the zoo, so we go that day to remember her, and to give us something to do, more than sit around and be glum.

We met the Patton's at the zoo around 12:15. We had our friend Gerran with us. Later we met up with our friends the Coulson's. It was a warm but windy day. The zoo was packed. We ran into the Westmorlands while we were there. Come to find out, there were a whole bunch of gals from volleyball and church too, but we didn't see any of them.

Ashton has a bad habit of wandering off. Once we had to retrieve him from park officials. He had gone over to a neighboring picnic bench while we were eating. I had take Vi to the bathroom and Darin was changing a diaper. So, Ashton kept telling this other family that he couldn't find his mom. We were at the table next to them, but they just took him up to the front to security. When I got out of the bathroom and couldn't see him, I asked Darin and the man next to me overheard and said his wife had taken him to security. So, I wasn't worried, I just had to go and get him. Why is it so hard to keep track of him? Everyone tells me I need to invest in one of those leash/harness things.

Myra did pretty well. Violet had a blast with all of the kids. Thanks so much to everyone who thought about Elaine this weekend. Thank you also to whomever left the beautiful geranium plant at my house. I wish I knew who it was from...but thank you.

On the way home from the zoo we stopped to eat at the Pizza Factory. It was yummy. Plus, I didn't have to cook dinner. Yippie!



Daddy and Myra being cute.

Ashton being sad because he couldn't climb the fence.

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Sewing Tips

My dad sent this to me and I thought it was good for a laugh!

Someone posted this "tip" from a Singer Sewing Machine
Manual from 1949:"Prepare yourself mentally for sewing. Think about what you are
going to do...never approach sewing with a sigh or lackadaisically. Good results
are difficult when indifference predominates. Never try to sew with a sink full
of dirty dishes or beds unmade. When there are urgent housekeeping chores, do
these first so your mind is free to enjoy your sewing.When you sew, make
yourself as attractive as possible. Put on a clean dress. Keep a little bag full
of French chalk near your machine to dust your fingers at intervals. Have your
hair in order, powder and lipstick put on. If you are constantly fearful that a
visitor will drop in or your husband will come home and you will not look neatly
put together, you will not enjoy your sewing as you should."

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Happy Birthday, Elaine!



Elaine would be 7 today. We are going out to the cemetery, and sing and watch Elaine's movies. Then we have church and all that jazz.

Saturday, April 19, 2008

4 years ago today.....

Was the hardest day of my life.




We miss you Elaine. Thank you to the friends who have brought flowers or sent cards. Your thoughtfulness is appreciated. My greatest fear (ok one of them) is that she will be forgotten......

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Something to Blog about

Like I am ever at a lack of ides, with my kids. Today has been no exception. Myra slept through he night (yippie) and got up about 7am. My fabulous hubby changed her diaper and got her settled while I got dressed. After he left for work I did some Pilate's. I usually have to drag myself to exercises alone. We aren't playing volleyball this week since it is spring break, so I needed something.

Anyway, I work out, shower, feed kids and decide that they too need baths. Violet has Mulloscum so she can't bathe with the other kids. I wash Myra, put Ashton in the bath. Get him out as Vi gets in. I get Ashton all lotioned and dressed. Myra is in her crib crying. I go in her room and pick her up. As I do, Violet tells me Ashton got back in the bath tub. Great. In two seconds he went back into the bathroom. Undressing a drenched, fully clothed almost three year old is quite the work out. His diaper was HUGE.

I must say I did laugh seeing him in the tub with all his clothes, next to a naked Vi. Crazy boy. I have a lot of extra laundry today....

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

How many of me?


HowManyOfMe.com
LogoThere are
35
people with my name
in the U.S.A.

http://howmanyofme.com">How many have your name?



I saw this on a friends site and thought it was fun. There are only 2 Darin's, 13 Elaine's, 5 Violet's, 0 Ashton's, and 3 Myra's. Surprising!

Myra's First Cereal





Here are pictures of Myra eating for the first time. She didn't enjoy it much! We eventually learned which spoons she prefers.

Halloween pics



Here we are. Violet was a good witch, like Glenda, Ashton was Sully from Monster's inc., Myra wasn't anything, I was a witch and Darin was a guy in a beard with a Chevy's hat....

Monday, April 14, 2008

Weekend Update

It was a busy one both here, and at my parent's house. My mom, sister in law and their friend went tot he temple on Saturday. While they were out my Dad, brother and friend worked like mad men trying to finish up my parent's master bath as a birthday surprise for my mom. I don't know what was up with this year and my parent's wanting to surprise each other for their birthdays....Funny. Anyway, my mom had no idea and was glad to see that so much progress was made. It is nearly done except for some painting and finishing touches. They replaced the shower, flooring, and a bunch of other stuff. Darin has been working on our bathroom, but things are slow going due to lack of funds and time.

Also on Friday we went to ward temple night. It's the first time we've done a session since Myra has been born. It's nice to be able to leave her for a bit now. We went out to eat with some others from the ward afterwards. Then bright and early Saturday morning (5:30 am) I got to go with the youth back tot he temple to do baptisms for the dead. We had 33 youth attend that early. I hadn't ever been to the baptismal font in Provo. It was great to see the kids in the temple, especially the ones there for the first time. I hope that they all had a memorable experience.


Friday I had purchased a bed frame for Ashton. I decided it was time for him to have more than just a mattress on the floor. Poor boy! LOL. So Saturday Darin put it together, Ashton was so funny because when it was complete, he wouldn't let anyone sit on it except for himself. He was so excited for it. When Darin got it put together, he thought that it would look better with the headboard, so he got that too. Then he was up late putting that together. It looks so great. Good job Darin. (Ashton has a Lightning McQueen comforter...not this girly one.)

Make 'em Laugh

A few weeks ago I was talking with my mom on the phone. I was telling her about how me and a couple of friends were not pleased with the current volley ball teams for city and decided to put together our own team. I was talking about the reason why we were doing this and she started to laugh. I thought to my self, hmmmm is it really that funny? I asked her why she was laughing and she said basically because whenever I don't like how things are going, then I step and and try to fix t hem and make them better. Like with our previous heart support group that totally fizzled out. So some friends and I got the new group up and going. It is thriving and doing well. My mom just thought that is was a great thing, but had to laugh.

Intermountain Healing Heats is a lot of work, especially for a few of you (you know who you are!!). But I think that it is a service greatly needed and appreciated. We have come so far in 6 months, and can't wait to see what the next six bring. Have a happy day. We are warm and sunny, until Wednesday and then we will be back into the 40's! AGH!

Friday, April 11, 2008

TV with Heart


I don't know what was up with the TV programs tonight. Without a trace was about a teenager who was a heart recipient. She was abducted by the heart donors brother yadda yadda. Then on ER there was a woman who was a year out from her transplant. The heart donors Fiance' was basically convinced that he was in love with the recipient because it was the same heart. Some of the things were very unbelievable. Like a heart recipient would know what an ejection fraction is, and that a biopsy would show that. Hello, you have and echo and they can tell you...not a biopsy. Anyway, it was also weird that both stories revolved around donors loved ones going berserk. I thought it was absurd that the teenage girl's parents wouldn't think it was normal to want to know about the donor. Of course you would. The parents didn't seem like real heart parents to me, because obviously they are actors. The shows were still good, just, I don't know. Ok, I think that I an done venting for the night. Good bye.

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Myra Bug

Well, she is 6 months old now!! Here are her stats for any interested parties.
Weight: 14 lbs 4 oz (16%tile)
Height: 24.5" (15%tile)
Head: 43 cm (65%tile)

She has had a little cold, but no fever. She got shots and is a little cranky today. She's just taking a long nap. :)

I decided to move some things around in my house this afternoon. I moved the train table up to Ashton's room, the play kitchen to the basement and the rocking chair and ottoman out of my room into the living room. I also went through a bunch of clothes and am getting rid of two bags full! Yeah! It always feels good to do a little de-cluttering. Now if I could only get to my desk....

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

California Story

So, I just have to post a little bit on how strange some people are. Darin and I have been married for almost 8 years. Yes, I know that is hard to believe. While we were in California, there was a girl at church who Darin knew from the singles ward. To protect the "innocent" her name has been change to LULU. So, Darin and LuLu had been friends and would go dancing. Her friends always were saying stuff to him like, "don't you want to kiss her, why don't you kiss her?""You make such a cute couple, blah blah blah.."

Darin never had feelings for her in that way. She on the other hand, didn't hide the fact that she was head over heals for him. She would constantly call him, ask him out, and even wrote him different songs that she would perform. They were always about him....

Fast Forward to Easter Sunday when she was at church in the same ward that we were. She is not married and basically stalked Darin the entire Sunday. She would come up to me and say, "Hi Melissa, where's Darin?" "I think he is in the bathroom changing Ashton's diaper." "Oh, okay, I'll wait (by the men's bathroom door) til he comes out." Weird, right?! So after church she talks to him for like 20 minutes while my kids are going nuts, wanting to go and eat. I don't know what she thought she was accomplishing...He's already Married!! She had a male friend with her who she said she had, "rescued from the wilderness. Saved from the evil world..." You get the point. Come to find out it was her parents who had befriended the guy, she hardly knew him. Was she trying to make Darin jealous? I asked him later if she had written him another song.....

She is a nice girl, but a little off. The whole experience was strange. Like I said, the entire time at church she was trying to hunt down Darin. She talked to each of my parents too. I should have explained to her that Darin was married but that there was another model of him (his twin) that is available (single). He he he. The clever things we come up with afterwards. Darin was so bugged by it. He doesn't think it is as funny as I do. Ah the joys... I just told him to expect those things to happen because he is so darn good looking. So LuLu, you need to get over my husband (who has 4 kids) and find a man of your own!

Myra has her 6 month check up today. Yay.

Saturday, April 5, 2008

Desert Star Quotes!

That's right, we went to yet another HILARIOUS play at the Desert Star Theater. It was fabulous. It was The Wizard of Odd, a Wicked Comedy. As you can tell it followed the basic plot line of The Wizard of Oz. Dorothy was not from Kansas, but Kamas. The Scarecrow was Keanu Reeves in Wayne's World mode, Tin Man was Simon from American Idol, and the Cowardly Lion was Richard Simmons.

Here are some of my fav quotes from the night. Sorry if you don't think they are funny, but I sure laughed!

"What do Tom Cruise's mother and a Pine tree have in common?
They both produce NUTS!!" - Enchanted Tree

"To the Emerald City, and Beyond!" - Wicked Witch of the East AKA Algebra

No one has guessed correctly yet on what is in the picture on the previous post. Keep the guesses rollin' in!

"My chestnuts are roasting on an open fire" - Scarecrow

"You are the best middle aged men friends a ten year old girl could ask for." - Dorothy

Other highlights included, Butt Munch land, the High Counselor speaker that put them all to sleep in the poppy field, guitar hero, and the uncanny romance.

Before the show we ate at Carabbas and ran into our friends who introduced us tot he restaurant. Funny! We actually sat in the booth right next to them. And for some reason all the crazy drivers were out and we narrowly escaped a half dozen accidents. Utards!

PS- Myra is 6 months old!!

Friday, April 4, 2008

What is that thing?!?!?!



My friend found this thing swimming around in her backyard. They have wetlands in the back, so it's kind of like a swamp. If you can tell me what it is, you win. Put your guess in the comments. We figured it out. Her kids caught it by having it swim into the bucket. The thing is nasty!

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Rolllin', Rollin', Rollin',

Myra sure gets around these days. She is rolling all over the place. She sleeps on her belly still, and is currently rolled over next to the book case pulling at my scrap books. Silly girl. She hasn't begun putting stuff in her mouth yet, which is good. She is almost sitting up. She does good for a while but still has a round bottom. She is looking more like herself everyday. Babies are fun.

I went to a great presentation last night called "20 items I wouldn't want to be without." It was fantastic. Sister Lee talked a lot about being spiritually prepared, and how that is more important than being temporally prepared. She also talked a lot about the book Left to Tell. I have heard many great things and can't wait to read it for myself. She had many great ideas for life sustaining foods. There is one that you can live up to 8 days on a tablespoon, if you can believe it! I'm so glad that I went.

We have our first Mutual tonight. Wish me luck! Oh, and check out my new survey!! Any ideas on how to keep my neighbors wiener dog out of my yard?