Thursday, July 06, 2017

My Other Platform

I have been writing.
Not as much as I used to and not about the same kind of things. But it is nice to be writing again, doing it on a timeline, and getting paid!

I've been writing for Grays Harbor Talk and Thurston Talk. Check out my articles and tell me what you think.

And there's more on the way!

Saturday, March 04, 2017


I am trying really hard to not complain but I am really sick of being cold all the time.

That is all.

Monday, February 27, 2017

What a month

Can you believe all that the last 5 weeks have held? Heath came home from his mission. We had a big gathering of family and friends come out to church and the house. The boys have been job hunting and helping around the house. Heath landed a full time job but it doesn't start until March 5th. We all took turns getting very very sick. We went to Disneyland! and now we are home and back to life again.

The Boys

It has been a blast having the boys home together. They are so cute together. Can I call them cute even though they are adults? (Kirkham says he is not an adult though he is 18. He says the government only classifies him as an adult for its own benefit: taxes) Its nice to see how grown up Heath is and how his good attitude is wearing off on everyone. He is a hard worker and has been very helpful. He fixed the broken clutch in the truck and has been tinkering with tons of other things. His sisters love having him around too and are constantly teasing him and trying to wrestle him. He plans to go back to school in August and until then will be working at Westport LLC, a yachtbuilding company here in Westport.

Disneyland was a blast

We were last there 10 years ago and the kids enjoyed reminiscing about what they could remember from before and enjoying the big rides they couldn't do before. Cora's favorite was the California Screaming Roller Coaster. I think my favorite was Space Mountain.

It was a memorable trip for two reasons. First, we were sick. Afton threw up for the first 3 hours of the car ride. We almost turned around in Portland but she refused. We had stopped at VooDoo donuts in Portland because Dave had promised Cora. Afton couldn't even go in the shop because she was so sick. She puked in the street. She fit right in with the midnight downtown crowd. We had a good laugh about that.

She wasn't the only one to get sick. I pretty much couldn't eat the whole time. I was still having stomach trouble from being sick the days before we left. I was able to go on the rides without any trouble though. Heath got sick the first night we were in the hotel. High fever and throwing up all night. He felt great the next day though!

The second reason the trip was memorable was because of the torrential rain. Record breaking rain. Disneyland flooded! But we had paid good money so we stayed. We were soaked to the bone even though we had ponchos. But we kept riding rides up until the last ones were closed. It was fun and we got on a lot of rides because most people left the park. For instance, we made it onto the Peter Pan ride! In all his years of going to Disney as a kid and with school groups Dave has never been able to get on that ride. We did. It was cool.

We really liked all the usual rides like Indiana Jones and Splash Mountain and Soaring over the World. That's to be expected. An unexpected ride that we loved was Woody's arcade in California Adventure park. It was one of our last rides sadly. I wish I had had an opportunity to do it a few times. In the end though we were tired. Very tired and satisfied with the rides we got. In fact we left after the electrical parade instead of staying until closing (the second day the rains had slowed and the park resumed all normal activities). The kids said they couldn't imagine spending a whole week at Disney, 2 days was enough. I agree.

The only thing that was disappointing is that it wasn't warmer. I was really hoping to have some hot sun. The cold days here in Westport are wearing on me. I'm glad that we have had a lot of clear sunny days but its so deceptive to go outside and be greeted by 35 degrees and wind. UGH.

Wanna Get Away

To combat the I'm-too-cold blues I think I will be planning a trip to Oklahoma/Arkansas this May. I graduate from University of Arkansas then. I'm thinking of flying into OKC to visit my sister and then dragging her along to my graduation. It's just a 3 hour drive. It will give us some time together, give me some southern warmth and sunshine, and the opportunity to go to my graduation. Woohoo.

Other Tidbits

I have begun writing for an online newsmagazine called It has been fun and a little stressful. It makes me so happy to see my stuff in print for reals, and not just this silly blog stuff :-)
Dave's dissertation was published and so he is officially, officially done. Finally.

The girls start fast pitch in the upcoming weeks. Afton starts today and Cora in a couple weeks. This is another new sport for them so I am excited to see them learn new skills. Volleyball was their first successful transition. Lets hope fastpitch is more of the same.

Monday, January 23, 2017

Passion and Purpose

"When the Lord wishes to direct his people, his favorite mode of procedure seems to be not so much to thunder his commands from the mountains of clouds. Far more often some quiet, unknown man or woman is unconsciously attuned into a fit instrument for the work.  An intense desire is in some simple, natural way created in the person to accomplish something. More and more grows the desire and the joy in the labors of pursuit; more and more dawns upon their vision the possibilities until through the fruits of the labors of these inspired persons a people are found to have attained, to a more or less perfect degree, that particular goal and purpose desired by the Lord.”

Evan Stephens, “M.I.A. in Music,” Improvement Era, vol. 28, no. 8 (June 1925), 730

Thursday, January 19, 2017

I'm Thanful For

  • Electricity
  • A handy husband
  • A job for my son that makes him really tired
  • A relatively chill puppy
  • A warmer weather system moving through
  • New tires on my car
  • A car
  • Time 
  • A comfortable mattress
  • Patience
  • Slippers and Sweatshirts
  • That I don't have to go anywhere today and can stay in my pajamas
  • Chapstick
  • Ponytail holders
  • Drinkable water
  • Obedient children
  • Helpful family and friends
  • The sea breeze
  • A computer
  • Internet access
  • The nice lady at the post office

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Catch Up

The power went out last night so I never got around to posting.

Instead I spent the evening making arrangements to be cold and without water for possibly 3 days. We are on a well and so when the power goes out the well pump doesn't work and we don't get water. I was unprepared.

So last night I didn't get around to blogging. I also was unable to submit my article to GraysHarborTalk, which was due by midnight. I also didn't get to work on my new bookcase, nor prep for my presidency meeting.

In the middle of the night I got an emergency call from a family in our ward. The dad had to go to the ER and I needed to bring their teen daughter to the house with us.

This morning I spent more time in emergency mode, both on behalf of the ailing family and on behalf of my family without power or water. School was cancelled so I put my girls to work cleaning.

The power came on and I went to submit my article and it was GONE! When the power went out I guess I lost it. I couldn't retrieve it from anything. Had to rewrite.

It is now 2pm. Article is submitted. Quick blog post. Time to prep for the presidency meeting I have tonight.

I'm sure I'm forgetting something.

Monday, January 16, 2017

For All My Complaining

For a girl with as many complaints as I do lately, I had a really good weekend. It started off a little rough and anxious on Friday and Saturday but it certainly didn't end that way.

It was my uncle Dudley's funeral this weekend which of course is sad. However, it was so fun to see all my aunts, uncles and cousins and to catch up with them all and to remember uncle Dudley and all the good he did.

Thanks to the foresight and generosity of my friends Pam and Bill I also got to bring home my new (to me) piano a week early! The also helped me get an armoire and mattress home which was such a blessing. I'm getting really excited to welcome our missionary home and we needed some bedroom storage and a mattress to be able to do that. I couldn't have done it without Pam and Bill and I am ever so grateful. It was also really nice to be able to spend time with them.

The piano is adjusting to its new environment and is having a few issues with tune and sticky keys. I'll get that fixed soon enough but in the meantime it has not kept any of us from enjoying it. It fills my heart with such happiness to play the piano again. I pulled out a few old favorites and the kids were singing along in no time. Cora decided that she was going to teach herself a new song and is already advancing quickly through it. Such joy it brings a pianist mother's heart!

I mentioned our missionary. Afton was so kind to create and order a Welcome Home banner for him. She ordered it from Staples and I picked it up today. One is laminated and the other is just tough paper that will hang inside the window. I'm so happy to have teens that help me out and create beautiful things for me and each other. Just four more sleeps until we welcome this man home. Can't wait!

Another great thing that happened this weekend is I got to spend the whole day with my honey today. Thanks to the MLK holiday he was able to stay home and spend time with the fam. We spent the morning doing some work around the house. Then he took me out surfing. It was a rough surf day but we were each able to get one great ride and a really good paddling workout. Then we spent the afternoon and evening at Home Depot and Safeway purchasing supplies for the bookcase we are building and the welcome home party we are hosting. When we got home we went straight to work sanding and cutting and constructing. I can't wait to see how it turns out and am anxious to get all my books out of boxes. HOORAY!

Well, it is late. It has been a nice weekend and I am ready to face all that awaits me this week. It will be a busy one. I hope you have a great week too!

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