Wednesday, December 28, 2011


I hope I am not speaking too soon but I am becoming a believer in acupuncture.
I have been dealing with neck pain from bulging discs and migraine headaches for
20 years....the older I get the worse it has been getting. I have tried everything.
Medical doctors, massage therapy, physical therapy, chiropractors, Spine One and a couple
of meds. The meds I don't like at me it is just covering up the symptom and
not getting to the problem. "oh here take this" which I did some just to get relief.
I was advised to get steroid shots too. No thanks. Muscle relaxers just put me to sleep
and also not getting to the root of the problem. I like some chiropractic , physical and
massage therapy. But acupuncture has helped the most. With 4 visits, my muscles
are more relaxed then I can ever remember...still have a tiny bit of pain but only
twinges instead of constant. Headache free for 2 1/2 weeks !! Knock on wood!!
Sure hope it continues!! Hope to visit only once a month soon.. If you have pain
I would recommend at least giving it a try! He is even treating some other issues which
have improved also!!! YYYYeeeeeeeeeaaaaaaaaaa!!! Give me a month or two to know
if I am a total believer!!

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Christmas Day

We celebrated just the 3 of us on Christmas Day! We let Jerid
open one gift ate a cornish hen feast and saw Sherlock Holmes!
Great day but wouldn't recommend the movie!

Jerid wouldn't be in the picture.  He is as stubborn as a mule!
On Friday the 30th we will celebrate all of us!! More family
pictures to come!  Hope you all had a great Holiday!!

Monday, December 05, 2011

Domestic Violence

Came home last night to a woman needing to hide until her friend could pick her up.
Yep. She had been beaten by her husband so she got out of the house and called for help.
In the mean time walking down the street in slippers and no coat in the snow hiding when
ever a car drove by. We hid in my back yard and I just held her till her friends came.
She left with friends and I knew she was safe, but it all happened so fast. We could have
sat in my car where it was warmer....(she didn't want to come in the house). So I just held
her her trembling body tight and prayed for her. I told her she doesn't have to stay with
a man who does that to her (black eye, bloody mouth and bumps on her head) and that
she deserves better than that! And so does her daughter!! I know where she lives and
will follow up with her. Now just praying what my role should be from here. She needs
encouragment to help herself out of a bad situation! Its happen before she told me through
the tears....just not this bad. I went to bed thankful she was safe and that I met her. But also
thinking about how I am in my warm safe home and right up the street and around the corner someone is getting the crap beat out of her. Very disturbing.
You know it is going on in the world but when you are
face to face with someone, who is running for safety it just opened my eyes.

Saturday, December 03, 2011

It's looking like Christmas!!

Dan calls me a scrooge because I am not big into Christmas decorations!
I love to have a tree and to put up Dan's Mom and Dad's nativity. But
that is about it.  So this year I thought: okay we will even put the tree
up on Thanksgiving weekend! I don't think we have done that since the kids
were little! Hey! I am not a scrooge! In fact I secretly think he is a bit of a
scrooge because I can say he hung maybe 10 things on the tree! LOL !
Although I will cut him some slack as he has been VERY busy with
work even on the weekends!!  Which is a blessing and I am very thankful
 for how hard he works for our family.

My 2 year old daycare boy thinks baby Jesus looks like a frog! lol !!

Sentimental value to this Nativity !
It is snowing outside which always gets me in the mood to bake!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011


This is kringla it is a Norwegian sweet bread like cookie. My Grandma always
made them at this time of year. Yesterday my mom and I spent the morning
making them. Yummy!

Not very often we have time to do this because of how busy life gets.
So it was a special fun time.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Smart Dog!

We have some of these kind of jingle bells hanging on our sliding glass door.
Rylee dog knows to ring them with her nose when she wants to go outside!
I know. Smart dog!!
The only thing I don't like is when she does it at 12:30am and 4:25am in the
same night!  A friend of mine talks about her little one not sleeping well on her
blog. Well if it is not your child it will be something else like your pet that will
get you up in the night or too early in the morning! 
I was kinda mad....but really I am super glad!  Getting up 2 times is better
than cleaning up a mess in the morning!!!


Wednesday, November 02, 2011

Tuesday, November 01, 2011

Playing Quelf for Luke's Birthday

Quelf is a funny game where you have to do very random and sometimes
embarrassing things.

Can't remember what Dan had to do here but obviously it was pretty funny!

Luke had to dance like a ballerina for a minute! Not too graceful!

Oh-man ! What do we have to do now!?? 

We missed Allison doing her dance!

Isaac had to sing "Take me out to the ball game" with no words.

hahaha...I have to do what?!

put a pot on my head and knock on it saying "hello where am I" or
something like that! lol !

I had to take my shoes off , grab my feet and say "Sasquatch" three times.
Quelf makes for a lot of laughter!
Happy Birthday Luke

( Wow! I just realized my kitchen is a MESS...but hey!, there's a party going on! )

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Colder evenings = movies

Now that the weather is cooler we seem to watch more movies. Here are a few we have seen lately.
For a scary movie this one is pretty good!
One of my favorites!

This movie on the other had was VERY CREEPY! I won't be watching this one again.
Can't say that I like scary movies very much!

Sunday, July 03, 2011

car shows & wish lists

Last night we went to the Golden Car Show.  No, I am not a huge car fan. Just a small car fan. I like the old Muscle cars the best. Like this 1968 Firebird or
 Like this 1968 Camaro. Pretty cool cars right. Seems like the cars now days are pretty dumb compared to these cool cars!!!

 We had one of these 1980's Toyota Pickup. It was a "beater" but we LOVED it. This is not an actual picture of ours. Ours had a bit bigger tires on it ....It was awesome. We brought it in to the shop to get worked on and the next morning I got a call asking me "why did you pick up your truck, it is not here" WHAT !!!!   Yes, someone stole it ! Three weeks later they found it totaly tore apart and trashed. When we saw it you could barely tell it was ours. BUMMER !!!  but it's just a car right.?  Maybe one day we will get another old one to go 4-wheeling in the mountains with.  Or maybe we will get a couple of ......
 These!!  Yamaha ATV's !!  This has been on the wish list for lets say 20 some years. LOL !  Maybe someday when I am a Grandma we will have a couple of these!  How about a Toyota pickup, a couple of these aaaand a nice trailer to haul them on!!????  That would be good!
Life is full of work work work! And it is good and healthy to make time for fun fun FUN !!! But I always remember that you can't take any of these "THINGS" with you..."things" get old and break and cost money to fix....things, really can add even more work!  What really matters in life are that God is first and your family and friends...your relationships, .....People.  People in your life, that is what really matters ! And they are in your life for a reason.   No one will remember how much money I had or what toys I had... but they will remember what kind of person I am!  

I would still like a couple of these toys though!!  LOL !!!

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Daycare kids

The HOT weather is here!! Too hot at the parks unless we go early so I invested in a pool for the kids! The last few years I have had this:
when my guys were little they had a blast in this! 
The last few years I had the same thing for the daycare kids. They were bored! They would play 15 min and be bored!!
I couldn't figure it out! Good-grief !  PLAAAAY!

THis year I tried this! The Hippo head slide was a huge hit!

Todays kids.......need it a little fancier!!!!  LOL !

Sunday, June 26, 2011


Our church puts on a  "prom" for people that have special needs. This year I signed up to be and escort!
What an great experiance! Something I have never done! It was awesome to see all the happy faces! Smiles were everywhere you looked! The best thing was to see the JOY in Ian's Mom's eyes everytime she would come check on him. She was amazed at the Love shown to her son and all the other guests! That alone made made my day. Along with how Ian made me laugh! He scarfed down his Chick-fil-a meal in the fancy dining room, we played all kinds of games, he liked the penny toss into a bowl of water best. In fact I kind of had to distract him to get him to move on! Once we started dancing...He would not stop for anything! LOL ! We danced the night away!  As we were having fun with all the guests, their parents and/or caretakers  got to relax in another room. 
Ian at SHINE 2011 The Big Party !
Video clip coming soon!
to see last years Shine recap 2010 go to and see it!
Soon the new one will be up on the website.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Wedding time! Our Family is Growing and we Love That !

Luke and Allison during the first dance!  They made their entrance to one of  my favorite songs:
Shook me all night long!  AC/DC
This is Allison's family

I love this one because of all the laughing faces!

Our two Daughters-in-law !

The Bride with her mom and I

Me, Jerid, Isaac, Luke and Dan

Good looking guys or what!

What a beautiful Bride!

This one is awesome as he spots her starting up the isle!

Our children......being normal !  I love this one! Dan and I are tying to act as though
we NEVER act like them!  LOL !

grandpa and grandma!

More extended family photos to come.....soon !

some music I get up and shake it ! Click the song you want to hear. Or press pause.

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Had a blast escorting Ian at Shine!