Wednesday, December 31, 2008
After thinking and pondering and listening to my stake president, I've decided to make some blogging changes.
No, I'm not going private. I thought about it for about two seconds and decided that's not for me.
What I have decided is to go incognito. On this blog and my previous blog (on MSN) I used my own name and friend's and family's names. Also I haven't been exactly secret about the town where we live. Oh, I thought I was tricky enough about not fully disclosing my location, but it wasn't too difficult to figure out...
And that's not safe.
What I decided to do is create a new blog. This new blog has nicknames for all of us. I won't tell you here, what those names are. I'll save that little surprise for when you clicky over there. Also, I won't put the link to that new blog here. That would be counterproductive to my little plan to become "faces in the crowd." Eventually (soon), I will close down this blog and make it private, with only myself having access so I can print what I've written as a family journal.
Here's my plan to let you know the new address: Please leave me a comment here with an email address and I will email you the link. I will also ask, if you have a link to me on your own blog, please remove my last name. (All my former YW, please feel free to call me by my new nickname on the new blog. It's okay if you don't call me Sister ______ .)
I'm sure there is an easier way to do this, but my brain doesn't function on "easy". And I know that the only way to be perfectly safe is to go private. But let's give this a try.... it just might work!!!
P.S. I will make the change and close this site down in about two weeks.
Saturday, December 27, 2008
Friday, December 26, 2008
Here's the story:
Christmas morning, Aly actually waited until after 7 am to get us up (we always try to get her to wait until 8:30 or 9, but she persists until we find a 7:30 compromise). Adam was pretty tired due to the lateness of the night before and we had to go into his room to wake him up (no sneaking out to peek this year!)
Aly and I walked into his bedroom and I gently whisper, "Adam, let's go see what Santa brought you."
No response from him but the heavy breathing of a child deep in sleep.
I lean in a little closer and say, "Come on Adam! I think Santa came. Do you want to go see?"
This time he wiggles a little.
"Adam, darling, it's time to get up! Let's go downstairs!"
And this time a little boy's voice sternly says, "You're annoying me!"
Aly and I had to bust up laughing. What 6 year old yells at his mom for trying to wake up and tell him that Santa came?!?! It would have to be the same boy that doesn't like M -n- M's, or Oreos and prefers carrots and celery... THAT boy!
It doesn't end there. It gets better.
Through our snickers and giggles, I say, "Adam, don't you want to get up and go look at presents?"
He is still completely irritated and he says, "I AM SLEEPING!!! LOOK AT MY EYES! CAN YOU SEE THAT THEY ARE CLOSED?"
It was too much. We were just dying with laughter. Obviously we had to try a different tactic, so we used that reverse psychology stuff and walked out of his room saying, "That's okay. Just come down when you're ready. We'll go ahead without you."
One point two seconds is all it took... he jumped out of bed and was running down the hall, his eyes only half open. I had to grab him and reign him in before he fell down the stairs and hurt himself.
This kid is a nut!!!
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
Monday, December 22, 2008
Oh yeah, it will be a white Christmas.
We love the snow plows, but I wish they wouldn't bury my driveway! My little snow blower couldn't cut through this. I had to do it with brute strength and a shovel (and some help from my cutie-patootie neighbor boy).
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
The second house was in a neighborhood where an Osmond lives.
The biggest thrill of the evening was driving to the hills and seeing the house that is programmed to music. Watching the trees and decorations light up to the pulsing beat of music was dang cool.
Clark would have been proud.
Monday, December 15, 2008
I'm Dreaming of a White Christmas....
Think of any Christmas song that mentions the weather outside and how it should be at Christmas time (except the Hawaiian Christmas songs).
Have you thought of any that I haven't listed? I'm sure you have. Did you think of "a picture print by Curier and Ives?" Did you think of "in the lane, snow is glistenin?" I could go on and on, but I won't. Let's just say that when I look out my window, that's what I see.
I can get into the Christmas spirit? Why does it take snow for that to happen? I guess I'm an Idaho girl at heart. (Just looked out my window and there is more coming down!! Yipee!!)
Had a great weekend in Utah. Aly's choir got to sing at Temple Square in Salt Lake. It was very cool seeing my daughter on the stage in the Assembly Hall (and Joseph Smith Bldg.). They sounded great. What a great choir and director.
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
Like I said, I'm a music idiot.
However, I bought some new Christmas CD's this year and I'm really excited about them. My first and favorite CD is Kristin Chenoweth. You know, she plays Olive Snook on Pushing Daisies (stupid network that cancelled it), and Mrs. Gornicke on RV as well as a gazillion other wonderful parts. (I'm a fan.) I listen to this CD 20 times a day and it hasn't gotten old yet. L.O.V.E it.
I finally broke down and bought Josh Groban's Noel this year. I've wanted it for a couple years and I thought with the economy in the tank, I might as well do my part to give it a boost. After all, my favorite Christmas song of all time is his version of O Holy Night. Sure, that song isn't on this CD, but there are many songs on this CD I enjoy and he sings with MoTab. Can't beat that!
The third new CD I got this year is Christmas Number Ones. I got it as the music selection from BMG. It's just a collection of popular Christmas songs by popular artists -- both new and old. Gene Autry is the best....
And that's what I'm listening to this Christmas.
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
Juvenile Fakes Kidnapping To See Movie
Published: Wednesday, December 3, 2008
Police say a reported kidnapping of a young man Monday evening, which turned out to be fabricated by him, interfered with responders' duties.
Because the person who made the false report is a juvenile, the information about it has been referred to the county prosecutor.
The incident occurred around 9 p.m. when police and ambulance crews responded to a 911 cell phone call from a young man who said he had been kidnapped and then locked in the trunk of his car.
(Police) said the teenager said he had been hit on the head before he was put into the trunk.
The boy told police that he initially didn't know where he was, but after officers told him how to manipulate the trunk latch from the inside, the boy was able to get out and let them know his location behind the (local) Kmart store.
When police arrived at the car, they found him sitting on its bumper.
(Police officer) said ambulance personnel who checked him over could not find anything wrong with the boy.
And under further investigation, the police determined that the story didn't appear credible and the "victim" then admitted the story was untrue.
(Police officer) said after police interviewed the boy, they concluded that he had fabricated the story as an explanation for not being at a family event at his home, when he was actually at a movie with a friend.
"What we found was that he had left a family home evening and went to a vampire movie without permission," (police officer) said, "This fabrication of being kidnapped tied up six officers, the dispatcher and a number of medical personnel who had other duties to fulfill."
Only in this town (and possibly Provo/Orem) can the newspaper print "Family Home Evening" and not have to explain what it is.