Thursday, July 26, 2012


Every time I ask Kaleb to go ride bikes with me he declines.  I think he should learn to ride his bike and we fixed his training wheels.  I just don't know what to do.  This was our conversation yesterday:

I was driving Kaleb to his friend's house to play, and I said to him, “You know, if you learned to ride your bike, you could ride it to X’s house.”
“I think I would get lost and not know the way.”
“I would ride with you the first time.  I have a bike now.”
“I need to learn to ride my bike before I ride my bike.”
“You need to ride your bike in order to learn how to ride your bike.”
Aye-aye-aye!  What's a mom to do?

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Two Posts For the Price Of One!

So ever since my basement had to be redone, I've been putting off putting it back together.  It's a big project because it's my computer/scrap booking room.  I have a lot of scrap booking stuff and not a lot of organizing things to organize my scrap booking stuff in.
Well, in a previous post I mentioned that Kurtis' motorcycle was having an issue.  It was just one sentence, not really worth going back and finding again unless you really want to.  Any way, it was leaking gas.  It would drip in the morning and then when he got to work, it would not be leaking any more and when he came home, it was fine.  But I did see it dripping, so I know he's not crazy.  Well, he took it to the dealer to have their mechanics look at it, and they couldn't find anything wrong with it.  There were some loose cables that they tightened up, but they couldn't find the leak.  Monday morning, Kurtis wakes me up and says, "Do you mind if I take the car to work today?  Now my motorcycle is spraying gas."  Holy crap!  Of course I let him take it.  I'm actually a pretty nice person contrary to what some people might say.
I told my brother (the airplane mechanic AKA Rodney) that his motorcycle was leaking gas, and he told me he could come and look at it the next day.
Kurtis turns to me and says, "We should clean out the garage a bit so we have more room to work on it tomorrow."  The garage is where all my scrap booking stuff is being stored and getting very dirty.  By "we", I knew he meant "me", and so I told him he needed to help me with the basement then because that's where it all belongs and he's the one who just recently moved a whole bunch of stuff that doesn't belong down there down there making it impossible to move around that room very well.
I grumpily went down there and started moving stuff around so I could at least start on it and move my craft table back  into the room and get it set up.  I also made him help me hang up my racks for my punches.  I've been waiting to do that for awhile now.  We have a tendency to put things off.  So Monday night, we did this:

 Kurtis said, "Please don't take my picture."  I'm not a very good listener.  Muwahahahahaha! :)

 The battery was dying on our drill, so we used it a little and used the hand screwdriver a little, too.  I helped with the hand screw-driving a little when Kurtis' carpel tunnel started acting up.

I've seen this done before, so this was by no means an original idea of mine, but I love it!  It's right above my crafting table and it's exactly what I wanted.  Now, I need to work on my table.  I need to get some paper holders and stuff.  It's just the beginning, but it will be awesome when it is all done and I will post pictures when I finally get everything off the floor and out of the garage.  I can't wait.

Tuesday was Pioneer Day.  It's a state holiday here, but we don't really celebrate it that much because Kurtis doesn't get the day off.  I guess international companies don't really care about holidays that are only celebrated in one state.  He gets the national holidays off though.  
Rodney came over around 4:30 and played with the kids for a few minutes.  Then he went to work on Kurtis's bike.  Kurtis did get to leave work a whole hour early, so he wasn't too long behind Rodney.  The fixed his bike!  Woo hoo!  Then we celebrated our Pioneer Heritage by eating enchiladas for dinner.  When it got dark, we lit the four sparklers we had left over from the fourth of July last year.  It was really exciting.  But we all had fun being together.

They dosed their sparklers in the sprinklers before throwing them away.  They turned on right when we walked outside.  I think the kids had fun.  Riley didn't obey me though and was running up the sidewalk with his sparkler and he stepped on a spark that hit the ground.  I gave them a designated area to be with their sparklers, but they didn't want to listen.  Except Rodney.  He's a pretty good listener. ;)

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Let Them Eat Cake!

Saturday was my mom's birthday.  I called to tell her we were coming to visit and she said that we should come on Sunday because she was busy with wedding things.  So we did.  But Mr. Jones didn't come because he wasn't feeling well.  He said his throat felt scratchy and he didn't want to give it to anybody else.  How nice.  He's perfectly willing to make out with me and give it to me, though.  ;)
My mom made chicken cacciatore for dinner and Jeremy made the ice cream cake.  Apparently, Rodney made himself an ice cream cake for his birthday, too, so it was the month of ice cream cakes in our family.  He he.  The whole meal was delicious.  Kaleb was Mr. Tricky though.  He said his tummy hurt and would eat, then go lay down, then come back and eat.  Needless to say, he didn't finish his dinner, but as soon as the cake came out of the freezer, he was all over that.  What a butt-head.

 I saw this bag in the store and told Kurtis that it was perfect for my mom because she used to be a hippy.  "What?  I can't imagine your mom ever being a hippy."  "Yeah, she had a fortune telling booth once when she was a kid.  She even has a picture.  You will have to see it."  I told my mom that story and she said, "I was not a hippy!  That fortune telling booth was at girls' camp!"  Hee hee!

 Zach and I went looking through mom's candle stash and found these.  We thought they were perfect.  Mom said, "I used to look like Barbie!"  It's true, too.  She was super tiny and had long blonde hair when she got married.

 She's flipping her hair to get ready for her picture.  It was silly.

 She looks far too young to be 60.

 When she blew out her candles, she excitedly yelled, "I did it!"  And my boys all cheered and said, "Yay!"

 I want the biggest piece.

 Yum!  Good job, Jeremy!

Michael told me my mom needed new pots and pans.  When she opened them, she said, "Where am I going to put these?"  I looked at her and said, "Um.  Throw out your old pots and you will have room."  But no.  She just can't do that for some reason.  She went searching through her cupboards and found a spot for them, though.  I'm glad she had a great day. :)

Monday, July 23, 2012

Wonderful Works

Last week, on Tuesday, I went to the LDS Church History Museum downtown with a group of women I go to church with.  Mormons call this organization the Relief Society.  Our Relief Society president is a volunteer at the museum and she wanted to show us their new exhibit.  The LDS Church History Museum sponsored an international art competition for members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.  Those works are on display right now for your viewing pleasure.  The theme this year was, "Make Known His Wonderful Works".  It's not a big museum, but the display is beautiful and I would definitely recommend checking it out.  There is also a display of some of the things that were in the Logan temple before they gutted it in the late 70s or early 80s.

The Church History Museum is located at 45 North West Temple Street in downtown Salt Lake City.  It's open from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm Monday through Friday and 10:00 am to 5:00 pm on Saturday and Sunday.  Admission is free.