Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Monday, Monday

Last week (23rd) Darin had quite the day. It started with an upper GI scope at the hospital. We got to wake up early (6am) on Darin's day off and head over. The Dr. didn't come in to work until about 8am. Oh man, all I have to say is that Darin is super funny on drugs. He was trying to talk to everyone. He was super complimentary. It embarrasses him so bad when I remind him about the things he did. He cannot remember a thing.

The funniest part (because at least the nurses are used to the goofiness after) was when we were leaving. He stopped at the reception desk and started going on and on to the lady about how she did such a great ob, taking all of his information and yadda yadda. I literally had to drag him out of there.

Then he got to got o the dentist and get some work done. Since he was still druggie, he kept saying things like, "you did such a good job on the shot." Funny. They quickly put something in his mouth so he couldn't talk anymore. He may want to change dentists now. Ha!

But, he was able to get some needed things done in one day, so it was productive. Everything looked fine on his scope. No scarring, polyps or anything. You'd think after 18 years of heart burn there would be, but I am not complaining! That was the day I also had to go and see my Doctor. I will have to post about that another day....

Oh, did I mention that it snowed a couple of inches that day too?

Monday, March 30, 2009

An Amazing Poem

Daddy's Little Girl
On the street where you live
Before I say good-bye
We'll meet again
All through the night
You beling to me
Pretend you don't see her
My gal Sunday
Moonlight becomes you
Silent Night
Let me call you sweetheart
The lottery winner
Remember me
I'll be seeing you
All around the town
Loves music, loves to dance
The Anastasia syndrome and other stories
While my pretty one sleeps
Weep no more, my lady
A cry in the night
The cradle will fall
A stranger is watching
Where are the children?

Now for the story behind it:

While sitting ad book club, my friend Aubrey confessed that when we read Mount Vernon Love Story, she began reading the poem in the front. She thought it started out good, but then got weird and didn't make any sense to her. She thought it was just so deep that she didn't get it. After I don't know how long, a light bulb turned on for her. That wasn't a was a list of works by the author, Mary Higgings Clark. I laughed so dang hard I hurt myself, and probably peed a little. I just had to share. Thanks for the laughs dear friend!

Friday, March 27, 2009

Thank you!

Gregory R. GordonGregory R. Gordon 1951 ~ 2008 Beloved husband, father, son, friend and Doctor Gregory R. Gordon was called home to Heavenly Father November 24, 2008.Born March 9, 1951 to Reed W. and Renee Gordon in Salt Lake City. He attended Olympus High School and the University of Utah. He served an LDS mission to Northern Mexico from 1971-72. Upon his return he met and married his sweetheart Kristin in the Salt Lake Temple on September 13, 1973. After medical school he practiced OB-GYN for 10 years in Las Vegas, and moved to Provo where he has practiced since 1995. He has served on the Stake High Council, as a member of the bishopric, branch president, Gospel Doctrine leader and in the Young Men's organization. He is survived by his wife, parents, brothers Jeff and Drew, eight children Chaston, Carlin Spradlin (Kevin), Cameron (Candice), Cirina Hassler (Matt), Corinne Larsen (Jeff), Calvin (C.J.), Claire, Celeste and six grandchildren; Samantha, Jessica, Cole, Tyler, James and Eli. His joys were his family, his Savior, and being a partner with Heavenly Father in ushering his children into their earthly experience. His incomparable life of love and service cannot be captured in words. He will be missed by so many. A private funeral was held. Friends may express their love and appreciation by contributing to the Gregory R. Gordon Memorial Fund at any Wells Fargo Bank branch.

*Here is a link to Greg's beautiful tribute video*
Dr. Gordon was my Dr. for all four of my kids. I needed to make an appointment over the weekend and discovered that he had passed on. I knew that he had been diagnosed with Lou Gehrig's but he went fast. He delivered Myra less that 18 months ago. I will miss him. My heart goes out to his family and friends.


Seriously!! Last weekend was nuts. That's all I have to say. Friday the Microwave made a strange noise and then ceased to function. Thus the purchase of this:

A new microwave. It is simply the newer modle of what we already had. Let me just say, appliances are pricy! Ouch. Amazingly enough we did survive the stone age not having one for a few days. I know a few of you thought this impossible....but the stove and oven worked people. Come on!

Darin was finally able to put it in on Tuesday evening. After he stood there and stared at it for a few minutes looking confuddled, I picked up the phone and placed a call. Apparently Darin was trying to figure out how to take it out without dropping it on the stove. Hello! I have two hands, but whatever. I called Phil (his wife had graciously volunteered him for the job, unbeknownst to him) and he came running. After a surprisingly short period of time it was in. Yay! Thanks guys!

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Happy Birthday to my Dad

Today is my dad's birthday. He is one year older.....(I'm refraining from many a joke here). So, basically my dad is the best. Growing up my dad would talk to his dad each and every Sunday evening. There was an arranged time. They would talk other times if needed, but knew they would always have a little chat each week. When I moved out of the house, my Dad carried on this tradition with me. I knew at least once a week I could talk to my parents.

In the past 5 years I have talked to my dad everyday. I know that to some people this seems weird. Let me explain. Almost 5 years ago my daughter Elaine died. At first my dad called everyday to "check" on me. It was good, for both of us. My dad has a long commute home from work and calls on his drive. It provides a distraction for me during the late afternoon and helps keep my dad awake while he drives.
5 years later and we are still on the phone everyday. Some days it's no longer than a couple of minutes to say Hi. I know that he loves me and that is why he calls (or I call him). What else can you do when you live so far away and your daughter is sad that her daughter is in heaven? I'm thankful for my phone's ok if people (aka mom & Josh) don't think it's normal, but it's what we needed 5 years ago.

Happy Birthday Dad. We Love you lots and lots!

PS - you will notice that the term father is not used when referring to my dad. That is like a derogatory term to him...a terrible insult to be called father and not dad.

This is a cute idea. Copy this note, ask your kid the questions and write them down exactly how they respond. Tag me back if you haven't done this, I'd love to hear the answers. Answers from Violet age 6.

1.What is something mom always says to you? No

2. What makes mom happy? Me giving her cards and kisses

3. What makes mom sad? When I do naughty things

4. How does your mom make you laugh? Tickling me

5. What was your mom like as a child? she had sort of curly hair

6. How old is your mom? I don't know

7. How tall is your mom? Not as tall as my dad

8. What is her favorite thing to do? Play with us

9. What does your mom do when you're not around? cleans

10. If your mom becomes famous, what will it be for? dancing and singing

11. What is your mom really good at? cleaning

12. What is your mom not very good at? drawing

13. What does your mom do for her job? looks after us

14. What is your mom's favorite food? pizza

15. What makes you proud of your mom? taking care of us

16. If your mom were a cartoon character, who would she be? Wonder Woman

17. What do you and your mom do together? play

18. How are you and your mom the same? we have the same color hair

19. How are you and your mom different? we wear different clothes

20. How do you know your mom loves you? she gives me kisses and hugs

21. Where is your mom's favorite place to go? volleyball

Thursday, March 19, 2009

It was bound to happen!

It is one of life inevitability's. For men, usually it's the fear of the lengthening forehead, or the receding hair line. And the thinning elsewhere and eventually totally and complete baldness. Women usually dread the color change. On men it is distinguished, elegant or even sexy to go grey. Women do their very best to hide it. I know several gals who are religious with their hair coloring treatments as they are ashamed of their incoming greys.

Yes, it does mean we are not immortal, maybe even aging, but it is a part of life for most. It happens at different times in ones life than it does for someone else. It is unfortunate that it is not considered so flattering on women.

While I was having my hair cut on Monday, it was discovered that my birthday did more than move me along another year, it also included a grey hair. Now, t his hair was not the same length as the others, so one could assume that it would be considered "newer" growth. Yes, I have officially gotten my first grey hair. At 28 - that's not bad. I am pleased as peach that (I don't think) hair greying and balding runs through the mothers side. Maybe it's only a pipe dream...but if I did take after my dad I should be about 50% grey by now.

My mom has fared well, and still has ample color. Yes, I did pull the hair out. It needed closer attention. As for stress being a contributor, I don't know if I buy into all of that. If that was the case I should have had no pigment left after 2004. And in the 10-12 inches that was hacked off off my head (3 heaping dustpans full of hair) no others were detected. I'm convinced it was a fluke of nature.

Sunday, March 15, 2009


Another amazing and special child in Intermountain Healing Hearts returned to our Father in Heaven. Mercydez was a strong fighter, who endured far more than her share of trials. Her life is such an inspiration to us all. Our hearts go out to her parents. Nic & Ashley, we love you. Our hearts are broken too. You will be in our thoughts.


I feel like posting right now, but don't really know what to right about. The last 4 or 5 days I have been out of commission with a head cold. I think it must be getting better a little bit. I feel less sinus pressure. It only feels like I have a huge headache now. It is always depressing to be sick and put life on hold. None of my plans for the weekend happened. Poor Darin's plans were ruined too. Being sick is no good for anyone.

Darin is at church without me & Myra. He gets to teach Vi's class today as well. One of the worst parts of being sick is not being able to taste one's food. I have decided that is I could figure out a way to cause this, without the congestion and pain, I should market it. I would be rich. It would be the best dieting tool ever. Who would care if what they were eating tasted like cardboard, if they couldn't taste it. It wold work for me!

I have also been thinking a lot about something else lately. I heard a few weeks back that Primary Children's will no longer be putting the cute, original donated blankets on the kids' beds. The hospital gets thousands donated every year. It is nice to see something colorful and homey for these babies and children (and some adults). It is the one thing that has set them apart. The rumor is that they will no longer be doing this. They will have the same blankets on all beds. They claim it is to cut costs in the laundry department. The hospital will still have to pay to wash the same amount of linens. The children's blankets are donated, free of cost tot he hospital. So, how is purchasing millions of new linens going to save any money? Your guess is as good as mine. I hope this is a rumor that will not come into fruition. It will be a sad day indeed!
Speaking of Primary's, I always loved the Sacrament service there. It was always so touching and spiritual. I am so glad people serve those at the hospital and provide that for patients and employees.

Friday, March 13, 2009

Living For Eden

Living for Eden
A lot of people have already posted about this wonderful event for one of our Intermountain Healing Hearts members, Paul Cardall. It will be one amazing night!

This is from the official website:

Living for Eden Concert benefiting Paul Cardall
It’s a wonderful thing to have good friends. Internationally acclaimed musician Paul Cardall has been blessed with great friends over the years, including other artists who are coming together to help their friend through a difficult time.
Kurt Bestor,Peter Breinholt, and Ryan Shupe and the Rubberband, along with other talented artists will perform a benefit concert for Cardall on Monday, April 6 at
Cottonwood High School. The “Living for Eden Concert,” so named in honor of Cardall’s 3-year-old daughter, will get underway at 7:30 p.m. A silent auction will precede the concert beginning at 6:30 p.m.

“It is a rare opportunity to see these three popular artists on a single stage,” said Jeremy Barron of the Baron Group, another friend of Cardall’s who is producing the concert. “I have produced a lot of concerts, some of which have been benefits. Never has a concert hit so closely to home as this benefit concert. Paul has helped a lot of people through his music, benefit events and work with other musicians. I think I
can speak for all of us involved when I say that we are honored and excited to
help one of our own."

Cardall, who was born 35 years ago with a severe congenital heart defect, has been on the waiting list for a heart transplant since last August. He has been limited in his ability to support his family and to meet escalating medical expenses during his prolonged illness. Seeing their friend’s condition, Cardall’s colleagues
decided to do what they do best – make music and use their talents to benefit
Paul, his wife Lynnette and their daughter Eden.

“Each of us wanted to do something to benefit Paul,” said Peter Breinholt. “Coming together as we are is our way of paying tribute to, as well as helping, one of our own. A hundred percent of the proceeds will go to help Paul with his mounting

"I’ve known Paul for many years,” said Ryan Shupe, “and we are honored and excited to help him in his time of need, not to mention we get to share the stage with some other incredible musicians. It’s going to be a great night!"

Tickets for the concert are available online at beginning
Wednesday, March 11th and they can also be purchased at the door the day of the
concert. The cost will be $12.00 per person, while those buying groups of five or more tickets can get them at $10.00 each.

Thursday, March 12, 2009


There is a sweet family that is part of Intermountain Healing Hearts that in one day welcomed their baby girl into the world, and also had to say good-bye. Avery was prediagnosed, but once she was born, she had several more problems than were expected. There is a beautiful picture of this darling girl on her blog. My heart goes out to Avery's family. I hope they know how many people are thinking about them and crying with them.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

What did you do, Richard?!

My cat got locked in the bathroom while I was out for a couple of hours today. Now, the cat occasionally stays int he house for hours at a time. Well today the cat decided to crap in my house. Gross. Cat poop is the worst. It is sooooooooo stinky. I was glad that it was in the bathroom, on tile. So much easier to clean than on carpet. Well, besides the nasty smell, the poop was cemented onto the tile and took way too much elbow grease to get off.

The cat was not happy about getting his nose shoved in it and then thrown outside into half a foot of fresh snow. Ha! He's been at the sliding glass door all afternoon peering in. Too bad, sucker!

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Violet's dreams

She's been waking up with some doozies lately. There have been several which involved food, and when she awoke she could still taste how delicious it was. One this week was about being in California with Grandma & Grandpa. They were on a farm with some kind of big machine. Then they bought corn on the cob. She went on and on about how yummy it was. Then they were on a train to Madagascar. Melman (from the movie) was there and he was driving. Grandma didn't like to call him by his name and called him freckles instead.
OK....interesting but what does it mean? Leave ideas below.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

A world void of "L"


Weird thing over the weekend. Darin and I printed out our copy of our taxes. All pages were printed without the letter "l". It was no where to be found. There was an empty space where ever it was supposed to be. Further more, capital I's had also been removed. It was very difficult to read. Words need those letters! Please bring them back and no legal action will be taken!

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Happy B-day!

Typical Picture!
Trying to look cute with her daughter Judy Elaine

And here she is probably yelling at me. ;) I mean talking.

Happy Birthday to you!

Happy Birthday to you!

Happy Birthday dear Deann.

Happy Birthday to you!!
Deann, thank you for being a wonderful friend. I know I can always count on you. You have been my strength when I'm weak. All who meet you are better for having known you. I couldn't have done it without you. Plus, you are my 'significant other' after all! Thanks for all the laughs! I hope your Birthday is fabulous! You deserve to be spoiled!