I plan to write often and then I don’t. It used to be so easy to get on the computer. Funny how things change like that. I guess I’m spending more time drawing than writing.

It seems like this winter is never going to end and yet, the kids will be out of school again in three months. I can’t believe how drastically life has changed from last summer. We have a lot of travel scheduled this summer. Something we would never have been able to do last year. Our biggest is to celebrate our 22nd anniversary by going to Jamaica. Brittany is coming out to stay with the kids for a week while Daniel and I go to an all-inclusive resort in Montego Bay.

We’re going to Salt Lake City at the end of the month for General Conference. I’m really looking forward to it. If you’re a church member, especially one in the United States,  you’ve been to conference live at least once and probably many times. I’ve never been to one and have only been to Salt Lake City once. We did the temple square tour but I don’t remember going into the conference center…. Anyway, we’re going this time! We rented a house off of Air BNB. It’s cheaper than a hotel and much more comfortable with all eight of us. (Brittany and Jerek are going to meet us there for the weekend.)

Today was a quiet Sunday. We went to church and then had a day of relaxing without the phones and TV and computers. Just quiet!

Tomorrow, Evelyn has a dermatologist appointment because her eczema has flared up again and people are teasing her about it. Ugh….middle schoolers…


Titanic and green juice

Isaiah has been wanting to go to the Titanic Museum for about 2 years now.  This weekend he finally got to go. They stopped at Lamberts Restaurant for barbecue and famous thrown rolls. Literally. They throw the rolls at you from across the room. It’s a guy thing, I guess.

Here he is in front of the museum. There is no photography inside but their website has more info. Click here. Isaiah called me almost hyperventilating he was so excited. He was screaming, “Our hotel is right across the street! It’s right there! The titanic museum is right there!” Isaiah gets excited easily but I’ve never heard him quite so over-the-top ecstatic.

So that took most of the morning. He spent the rest of the day swimming at the hotel and going to a show. I don’t have details on what show they’re seeing yet.

On the homefront, I have these two hanging out having a typical Saturday. They did a lot of sitting around playing games on their phones and then I took them to Trevor’s house to visit the dogs. Chance had a detour on the way home. He met a couple friends at the mall. Savannah has been sick with flu-like symptoms for a couple days. So, she’s spending her five days off school on the couch and in her bed surrounded by water and tissues.

Another person I know has been diagnosed with cancer. This is the 8th person I know personally who has cancer. It’s starting to be a theme in my life right now. Barb is getting treatment in a facility in Arizona. The facility sounds amazing. They’re niche’ is attack the cancer from a holistic standpoint. I tried one of the juices on their website. I’m not a vegetable juice person. AT ALL and this juice was plain nasty. Can’t do it.

The dark green color should have warned me but it didn’t. Yuck. I am not a quitter though! I googled “juicing for beginners” and found some juices that have more fruit than vegetables in them. I also found a juicer at Goodwill yesterday. So for $10 including supplies, I made the “Kale Kickstart” from HERE with oranges, strawberries, kale, carrots, and bananas. Frankly, juicing a banana is just silly. So, my second batch with the banana added afterwards was much better. I’m not sold on the whole juicing idea but I’ll make a few more recipes before I give it up.




My new brown belt in her new brown belt uniform. She’s not too happy with this picture. She had been awake less than fifteen minutes. Her friend, Julia, is going to join her karate class. Julia is also a brown belt. Her class shut down. I’m not sure if it was funding or lack of students or what.

I did some doodling today. It’s been too long. I’m not very good anymore.

But the longer I sit at the table, the more stuff I find to do. Important stuff like watching Netflix and eating chocolate chips. I’ve watch three rather stupid movies. Well, parts of three movies.

Daniel’s client has been sick for five days. We thought it was the flu. He took him to the ER last night and, turns out, he has been bleeding internally. They’re not sure why. They’ll do an upper endoscopy and then a lower GI Monday. So, he’ll be in the hospital at least through Tuesday. He had a couple units of blood last night but I don’t have any more details on where the bleeding is or how serious it is.

The kids’s report cards are in. Savannah is our A and B student, Chance is holding on to his Bs and Cs, and Evelyn couldn’t care less about her grades. That girl!

Isaiah at the pond


The kids were home the whole time Brittany was here because of Martin Luther King Day and cold weather. I swear, these kids have it so much easier than when I was a kid. Too cold to go to school?! I read on the Internet last night that the coldest place in the world is 88° below zero. It’s so cold there that your eyelashes freeze. Those kids go to school

My Dave Ramsey podcast, website, and audiobook have already paid off. His first baby step is get an emergency fund together in case of an emergency. I wouldn’t call it a life altering emergency but yesterday when I was taking the kids to school, I hit a bump and something under my car broke. I was able to take my car to the shop and not stress out about the bill. That’s a first in my life!

I ended up needing two tires, brakes, a transmission flush, and oil leak fixed, and new swaybar bushings.(never heard of the sway bar bushing but mechanic showed me what broken ones look like) This morning, my car drives like a dream.

Savannah is training for her second karate tournament. It’s in a couple weeks and I can’t wait to watch! She’s a brown belt this time. So the competition is a little harder. Her seizures started up again a couple weeks ago. The neurologist started her on a pill that, so far, is working. Seizures don’t hurt anyone so I’m not real concerned.

Evelyn is doing karate too. She’s content not moving up in rank. I’m just happy she goes and gets exercise three times a week.

Brittany left yesterday. We had a nice visit. We went to the “At Home” store on Center and I found some sheets, a new comforter, and a blanket that’s too soft for words. (Daniel has always hated my Walmart sheets) Now I have trouble getting out of bed in the morning and midday naps are SO appealing! (As if they weren’t before)


Happy Martin Luther King Day! The kids are off school. I’ve never understood why they’d get that day off. They should be in school learning about MLK. It does work out for me this year because I scheduled family photos for today while Brittany is here

A sneak peak of us on the way to get pictures taken. I think we got some good ones. I’m excited to see the ones of Trevor and Moe.

Happy New Year

Good-bye 2017

It was a year filled with ups and downs. Mostly ups. It was a year we really saw Gods hands in our lives.  It looks like 2018 will be our family’s best year ever.

The biggest downer was Sandy’s cancer fight.  Her funeral was yesterday. It was nice. Sad but nice.


I’m glad the pain is done for her. We lose too many people to cancer. Sam Taylor passed away within days of Sandy.

Brittany will be here this morning. She was supposed to get in last night but her plane was grounded in Denver overnight. Right now, she’s sitting on the plane (it’s 8 am) waiting for them to load the bags (I guess 13 hours wasn’t enough time?)  I should’ve driven to Denver last night and picked her up. We’d be almost home by now. How irritating Is that?! Moe’s dad is in town too. Dinner is going to be big and loud and fun with a full house of family. I love our Sunday dinners anyway.

I’ve had an annoying cough and congestion since October. Vertigo set in a couple days ago so, I finally went to the doctor. I’m too busy for dizziness. The congestion and cough seem to be an indoor allergy. That makes complete sense since we moved in October when my symptoms started.  She put me on a steroid and a nasal spray and a medicine for dizziness. The doctor said I should be feeling better in a week. It’s been a long time since I felt normal!