Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Air Show

Since moving back to Utah, John and I have decided to do less shopping on the weekends (yes, we don't have much money - but we didn't before but we still tended to spend our weekends browsing stores for HOURS!) And to DO more. When we moved to Burley, we were in awe of what people drove to Utah to do - stuff we didn't even do when we had lived there for years! So when Steve told us about an air show that was going on at Hill Air Force Base, we literally hopped in the car and went! And much to our wonderful surprise - Gary and Kathy let Abbey come with us!

The kids got to climb in airplanes and helicopters, it was great! The air show was awesome but very loud - so Jacee and Maddie didn't like it so much.

It was hot but not scorching so overall we had a a great time, we even met up with Kimble and Carter for a while.

Jackson just loved the spiderweb on this one - he thought it was probably spiderman's airplane.

This was a very old plane that had a little door in the back. When Jackson asked the pilot what it was, he said a latrine. Once I explained that it was a bathroom, Jackson decided he had to go to the bathroom - and he wanted to use that one - not the porta-potty.

It was a great day. And so far we are doing pretty well at DOING stuff on the weekends - instead of looking at stuff. (Ok, so last Saturday we do go to Walmart and Target to buy Jacee a bike and to price bike's for me - but then we did go home and ride bikes - so that counts right?)

Anyway, just more stuff for the blog!

Monday, June 29, 2009

Provident Living Fair

Our Stake had a provident living fair and I learned some interesting things. I copied the information from Laura Ross - who typed it all out on her blog - thanks for that Laura! I have used the homemade laundry soap and so far it seems to be working! I haven't gotten any peroxide yet, but will soon.

PS - I've finally added some text to the pictures of my dad so after you read this - go to my previous post for the added words of adoration!

(Safer and Healthier than Bleach)

This was written by Becky Ransey of Indiana (a doctor's wife).

Peroxide/ Bleach history: Bleach was invented in the late 40's, it 's chlorine and it was used to kill troops. Peroxide was invented during WWI in the 20"s. It was used to save and help cleanse the needs of troops in hospitals.

  1. Take one capful (the little white cap that comes with the bottle) and hold in your mouth for 10 minutes daily, then spit it out. No more canker sores and your teeth will be whiter without the expensive pastes. Use it instead of mouthwash.
  2. Let your toothbrushes soak in a cup of peroxide to keep them free of germs.
  3. Clean your counter and table tops with peroxide to kill germs and leave a fresh smell. Simple put a little on your dishrag when you wipe or spray it on counters
  4. After rinsing off your wooden cutting board, pour peroxide on it to kill salmonella and other bacteria.
  5. I had fungus on my feet for years until I sprayed a 50/50 mixture of peroxide and water on them every night and let dry.
  6. Soak any infections or cuts in peroxide for 5 to 10 minutes several times a day. My husband has seen gangrene that would not heal with any medicine but was healed by soaking in peroxide.
  7. Fill a spray bottle with 50/50 mixture of peroxide and water and keep it in every bathroom to disinfect without harming your septic system like bleach or like most other disinfectants will.
  8. Tilt your head back and spray into nostrils with your 50/50 mixture whenever you have a cold, plugged sinus. It will bubble and help to kill the bacteria. Hold for a few minutes, and then blow your nose into a tissue.
  9. If you have a toothache and cannot get to a dentist right away, put a capful of peroxide into your mouth and hold it for 10 minutes several times a day. The pain will lessen greatly.
  10. If you like a natural look to your hair, spray the 50/50 solution on your wet hair after a shower and comb it through. You will not have the peroxide-burnt blonde hair dye packages but more natural highlights if your hair is a light brown, faddish or dirty blonde. It also lightens gradually so it's not a drastic change
  11. Put half a bottle of peroxide in your bath to help rid boils, fungus or other skin infections.
  12. You can also add a cup of peroxide instead of bleach to a load of whites in your laundry to whiten them. If there is blood on clothing, pour it directly on the soil spot. Let it sit for a minute, then rub it and rinse with cold water.
  13. I use peroxide to clean my mirrors. There is no smearing.

Pre-wash (I haven't tried this yet)
1 c ammonia
1 c liquid Ivory
6 c water

Liquid Laundry Detergent
(I have tried this and like it crazy cheap you get everything to begin with for under 10 and can make so much from it.)
1/3 bar grated Fels Naptha Soap (you find it in the laundry isle but not at Wal-mart)
1/3 cup Washing Soda (again in the laundry isle but not at Wal-mart)
1/2 cup Borax (I did find this at Wal-mart in the laundry isle)

You will need a small bucket (2 gallon size).
Put grated Fels Naptha into a large sauce pan.
Add 6 cups water and heat, until soap melts (slowly)
Add washing soda and borax
Stir until dissolved and remove from heat
Pour 4 cups hot water into the bucket.
Add soap mixture and stir.
Now add 1 gallon plus 6 cups of water and stir.
Let the soap sit for about 24 hours. It will gel. Use 1/2 cup per load
(I also add 2 scoops of oxyclean when I add the soda and borax but not necessary)

Thursday, June 25, 2009

My Dad

I know I'm always late on these things -but better late than never! Just a few words about my wonderful father. First - he picked one heck of a wife!

All the grandchildren love him dearly. My little Maddie seemed to bond with him right away. It sure was a wonderful time living with them and having my children create a special bond with Grampa Mission.

He was willing to do projects for my kids that were fun and dirty. We cleared out the sandbox and got all new sand. I'm not sure what he was thinking everytime I suggested a new project - but he never said no! (New sand, pumpkin patch, paint the laundry room, new floors for the bathrooms, paint the swingset...the list goes on!)

He was there for the birth of all three of my children. It was very comforting to have my dad and my doctor there for all the questions that arise when a newborn is in the house.

We love traditions and my parents seem to have a lot of them. One is the Cassia County Fair and Rodeo parade. Jacee can't wait until they get back so she can go with them again.

I couldn't believe how hard it was to say goodbye to them. We have been living with them for eight months, and when the time came for them to leave - it didn't seem like we had been together long enough.

My dad has always been game to do anything and everything. Growing up we were always water or snow skiing or playing basketball or just having fun together.

All I can say is "Ewww Grosss!" (as Maddie says). but I'm glad he was willing to work hard to provide for his family.

Some people didn't get to see the silly side of him - we did and I'm glad!

My mom may have been queen of the kitchen, but during canning season my dad was right there by her side helping can all those yummy peaches. I did find out however, that he ate almost as many fresh peaches during the process as we canned!

This is Abbey, my niece, and this just shows my dad is always there for the important days in our families lives. Baptisms, blessings, hard days, whatever - he's there.

I have been able to watch three of my brothers raise their families, and I am glad to report they are following in their wonderful father's footsteps. I feel grateful and just plain happy I have the dad I have - thanks for everything dad!!!!

Tuesday, June 23, 2009


I just love the summertime. Yesterday we went on a bike ride, played at the park, at spent 3 hours at the pool. Great summer day!

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Girl's Just Wanna Have Fu-un!

The other day I had an 80's flashback. Jacee got herself dressed in her favorite pair of leggings and oversized shirt and then asked if I would put her hair in a side ponytail - what the????
I had some serious flashbacks into my jr. high/high school days. Boy - things really do come back around. She does look pretty cute though.

And to top it all off - she had a kidz bop cd and one of the songs is Girls Just Wanna Have Fun. When she is decked out in her 80's gear singing this at the top of her lungs I'm not quite sure what to do - laugh or join in or both! Isn't life great?

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

What a Week

I absolutely love this picture of Maddie. Our nursery leaders take pictures of the kids and hang them on the wall so they remember all the little one's names. This is just so...Maddie. And it perfectly describes how I have been feeling this past week...for no real reason.

It just seems I am out of sorts and not really myself. Poor John, on Sunday night he finally said to me, "Well aren't you Little Miss Optimist!"

I guess I need an attitude adjustment - especially where he is concerned. He feels so much pressure right now - hoping his job continues, hoping to make extra money at his second job, hoping we can keep our heads above water. And then he comes home to grouchy me.

I just need to remember how hard he is working and try to make him happy to be home, the little time he dos get to be here.

I love you honey. Even if I sometimes look at you with a face like Maddie has in her nursery picture.

Monday, June 8, 2009

Dad's Little Helper

What a sad day when a little boy has a broken bike. He seemed to be a little lost. He would putter around on the scooter, but it's just not the same. Luckily we have a very handy daddy who can fix most anything, so that is what they did!

A new tire tube and some new (Jacee's old ones) training wheels, and we thought the bike was good as new. Well, the new (hand-me-down) training wheels were about as worn out as the ones that were broken. So off to Wal-mart we went. Luckily the bike Jack wanted was the cheapest one they had! Sometimes things just work out like that. Now he has a new, bigger bike and is off and running again.

Friday, June 5, 2009

Our Little Mouse Strikes Again

I walked into my office and found this on the floor. If you can't tell, it's an empty Hershey Bar wrapper. I had to laugh because I knew my little mouse was at it again. I called her name to see if she would come incriminate herself...and sure enough she did!

She walked into the office with a messy face and half a Hershey bar in her hand.

And she just calmly stared at me while she took another bite...

And then got comfy on her blankie to finish it off!

Thursday, June 4, 2009

A Two Year Old!

Yes, Maddie turned two last month. I can't believe my baby is two. This is the first time I have had a two year old and I am not pregnant or have a new baby. I guess we really are done!

We had the traditional birthday breakfast with donuts and chocolate milk and decorations. She figured out very quickly it was all for her! Jack gave her a doll, Jacee gave her a fuzzy pillow, and mommy and daddy gave her a coloring book and crayons and headbands.

She just seemed so grown up, sitting there coloring in her coloring book. She loved to have her very own!

Later that night, Grama Binki and Grampa Brent came over and brought her a darling white eyelet dress and a cute summer outfit. It was a very fun birthday! I can't believe she is two - she still seems like my little baby.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

The Big Move (or rather just another one)

Here our the tough guys loading up a bunch of the heavy stuff on Natalie's trailer. We're lucky Steve came to Burley - it really helped us get the lion's share of the big stuff.

Jack and the Fisher boys. He sure loves his cousins. The were a great help in just entertaining Jack while we were trying to pack things up - thanks Sam and Michael!

Jacee and Ashley - what can I say. They are bonded at the hip. The look like they could be sisters and act like it too - even down to the sharing of clothes! Jacee has loved getting to know Ashley better this past 18 months. We love you Ashee!

And the moving crew. We are so lucky to have family that drops everything and comes when needed. The Fishers also came Friday night. With the extra muscle, the moving truck was loaded by about 10:30am and we just tried to fit in extra stuff until noon. Thanks again to Steve and the Fishers for your help - it sure made move number nine much easier!

And here's our little family in front of 2457 Burton Ave. We sure have loved living there with Grama and Grampa. We will miss it, but we know we can always go "home" to visit. We love Idaho!

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

A Good Day

Maddie's Feet

Jack's Feet

Jacee's Feet

As we were getting ready for bed the other night, I noticed how filthy my children's feet were and I thought, "This has been a good day!" I love it when they come in from a hard day of playing covered in dirt. Sometimes I let Jack's face go dirty for a while because it's just so fun to see him being all boy.

It seems since we moved here they have done nothing but play, play, play. Everytime I turn around there is someone new a the house - and I wouldn't have it any other way. They have also got to spend lots of time with cousins. It's been great!

Now all we need is Grama and Grampa to move here (teehee!)

Go out and have get a little dirty and have a good day!