27 July, 2009


Take a watermelon and cut it into wedges.
Load the wedges into a blender and liquify them.
Pour the liquid into a shallow dish and put into the freezer
Stir every half hour until slushie consistensy.

Pour the liquid into ice cube trays and let freeze solidly.
Put "ice" cubes into a tall glass to about 3/4 full.
Pour Sprite onto the cubes to about 3/4 full.
Put cream, Cool Whip or even yogurt on top and CAREFULLY stir into the drink.
YUM!!! Redux


I am sooooo bad at this!

I never know what to say on here! It is crazy! Before I had my blog I was telling Leahona things to put on hers all the time and now I can never think of anything!
We'll just have to start again. Arrivederci!

01 June, 2009

Some Thoughts on Repentance

The five R's of repentance: recognition, regret, relinquishment of sin (including confession), restitution and resolution.
I might add righteous living (as the action part of resolution-i.e. enduring to the end with the resolution not to commit that sin again).
And rejoicing (rejoice in the atonement and the opportunity we have to repent and be made clean again).

In second Nephi chapter two it says:
"25. Adam fell that men might be; and men are, that they might have joy."

Out of Adam's fall came sin into this world. But from that fall man came to be and we are meant to have joy. (Some people out there think this only applies to this life or the trials we go through. Others think that it means that it is our goal. I say why can't it be both? And more. Heavenly Father is the author of all things so of course He is most excellent at putting layers of meaning in His words. We "hear" them spiritually as we are ready. That is the way all things are learned and accomplished. Line upon line, Precept upon precept.) Can joy be born out of sin? That was a strange thought when it first occurred to me. Wickedness never was happiness you know. And then it hit me- The sin doesn't bring joy. True repentance from sin does.

In fact in the very next verse it states:
"26. And the Messiah cometh in the fulness of time, that he may redeem the children of men from the fall."

In verse 14 of the same chapter it says:
"14. And now, my sons, I speak unto you these things for your profit and learning; for there is a God, and he hath created all things, both the heavens and the earth, and all things that in them are, both things to act and things to be acted upon."

We are given free agency to act. Everyone else also has the agency to act as well so sometimes we will be "acted upon". This can mean trials, which we should go through with as cheerful hearts as possible, but it can also mean when somebody else does something nice for us. (and vice versa)

So add rejoice to your repentance process. Rejoice that the Savior loved us enough to give His body and blood for us. We are beloved by Him. Our salvation is His work and His glory. He wants us to return. The dark times preceding repentance are not when He turns His light from us, but when we turn our backs on Him. He is always there for us. He understands that we will sin, so He provided a Redeemer for us. May we use this Atonement and rejoice as we repent.

10 May, 2009

Being a parent is...

1. being tired

2. being loved unconditionally

3. always picking something up

4. answering the same question several times

5. feeling joy

6. reminders not to run around "nakee"

7. having time to read a book but not time to do dishes

8. running out of laundry detergent

9. finding lost items under your child's bed

10. trying not to be late

11. slobbery cracker kisses

12. clipping fingernails

13. waiting for bed time

14. loving the feeling of holding a little hand

15. one more goodnight kiss
I would love if everybody would fill this out. I can't wait to read your answers.

01 May, 2009

The Run for the Roses!

I am sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo excited for the Kentucky Derby! Growing up in Kentucky meant learning that it was a very big deal. One of the favorite things that we did was to make derby hats. For those of you who don't know the Kentucky Derby is a time for the elite ladies to wear these elaborate hats. Thousands of dollars per hat and they will only be worn once. I Know! Though lately the hats have been more toned down from the ones they wore when I was growing up. (For the gentlemen you try to have the winning horse and the best multi-million dollar party. But that is a horse of a different color.) It is only two minutes but entire fortunes are made or lost every year, so it can be very exciting. Anyway- We would always get out hats or make them from newspaper and stick everything imaginable on them. We tried to be done by the time the race started so that we could wear our hats and cheer on our favorite horse. It was so much fun growing up. And now I get to do it with my own family. My wife thinks I'm nuts, but the girls seem to like it.

25 April, 2009

Take your children to work day

This is not Isabella, but it is too early to have picture of her in the garden this year.
Thursday was take your children to work day. Unfortunately ShopKo does not participate in this, but I do. After I got off of work i had to go and do some gardening. Isabella was wearing Mommy's nerves very thin so she ended up coming with me to learn how to pull weeds. We had fun. Isabella did actually help pull some weeds but then ended up 'making buttons" and "teaching the bears about flowers". But the sun was out, and we didn't get rained on so I would say it was a success.

22 April, 2009


I love magnolias! they have always been some of my favorite spring blossoms. When they start they look like tubes of lipstick. Then they pop open and have such lovely colors and big flowers. and then the petals fall to the ground and the are so soft. They make the best blankets for you fairy house. Oh Magnolias! You are the embodiment of spring!

04 April, 2009


I recently joined Facebook and have found a lot of people that I grew up with. These "peers" of mine and I never really saw eye to eye doing teenagerdom and so it has surprised me how easily I have found myself talking to them and actually feeling comfortable with it. And then I realized something. In my teen years I always felt more comfortable around adults than anyone my own age. Give me a middle-aged lady over a teenager any day. Now I feel more at ease talking to the peers of my teens because they are all in about the same situation in life as me and have finally entered the place I've been in for years- Adultland. I am so glad though to be able to reconnect and develope real relationships with those who share memories of those interesting years. It makes me feel... adult.

21 March, 2009


These are our pea and lettuce seedlings. Still waiting on the watermelon and cucumber to sprout.

18 March, 2009


So I discovered this website www.pandora.com just before Christmas. It is a free "radio" music site that you can pick what type of music you want to listen to. You just tell it yes-I like this song or no-I don't like this song. It is way cool! Anyway- you can have up to 100 channels and when I first signed up I thought that there was no way I would ever have more than 15 tops. I Like music, but how many different types can one person like? I am now discovering that there are differences within the same genre. For example-Latin music. I was listening to Ottmar Liebert who plays a lot of guitar. A Desi Arnaz song came on and totally ruined the trance Liebert had put me in. So I had to create a seperate Desi Arnaz channel. I was listening to that and they tried to play a Pearl Django song. Django's softer jazz trio style totally clashed with the big band sound of Desi. I counted them up and I now have 49 seperate channels! And who knows how many more I have to come? They keep slipping in artists that I like, but don't want together. Oh and thanks to my older siblings, and much to my wife's surprise, I have Air Supply and Queen stations. So remember that music is a very diverse thing. Consider yourself forewarned while I go and deside if I want to listen to "Mormon Tabernacle Choir: or "I am a Child of God".

15 March, 2009

Leahona's Birthday!

LeAhona's Birthday is Tuesday. If you could remember that would be great!

Scripture Study

I admit that I am not the most patient of parents at times. I try, but something about preschoolers can be a little grating. We had a sister in our ward give a talk about reading the Book of Moromon. She said that when her children were little one of the brethren gave counsel to read with your children every day out of the scriptures. I felt that I needed to do so with Isabella. Maybe the spirit of the scriptures would help her to listen and obey better. So Leahona and I gave her a copy of her own of the Book of Mormon and we read a couple of verses out of it every night. She plays, she wiggles, and in general makes it a difficult thing. One night we had said goodnight and had turned out the light when Isabella started howling. I gave her a couple of minutes, told her to go to sleep. Finally I asked her what was the matter. "Daddy you didn't read me my scriptures!" I had forgotten. It felt good to know that she had been listening and feeling the spirit. Iyla feels it too. She gets so-o-o-o mad if she doesn't get to come in and read with us. And you know what? Isabella is still learning to be a good girl, and she still behaves pretty much the same, but I am the one with more patience and a better love and understanding for my girl. And I think that is the way it is supposed to be.

07 March, 2009

Are Mormons Christians?

I came across a thing the other day with that title. So I looked at it just to see what they had to say. Considering the fact that I was expecting the answer to be no, I was very impressed. The commenter said that the question is an interesting one. He said "Are Kiwanis clubbers christian? Certainly some are." He went on to say that to be a christian is to have a personal relationship with Christ and a faith and belief in Him and what He did for us. So the answer that he gave was that certainly some mormons are christian, and some are not. It really made me think. Am I a a christian? Do I have a personal relationship with my Savior? And what can I do to make that bond better? Can I improve? I hope so.

23 February, 2009


Kids pick the oddest things to be obedience to. The other day Isabella was running through the house all day as fast as she could. As a result she kept tripping over things and complaining very loudly about it. I suggested that she might want to slow down. A little while later she shouted that she had to go potty. I said lets hurry to the bathroom so you don' t leak. I got to the bathroom first to find that there was no Bella behind me. "Bella, hurry so you don't get your pants wet." In reply from the family room and in the most earnest voice- "Dad, I'm slowing down!"

And yesterday we had Leahona's sister and her family over to dinner. Bella didn't want to go potty before they arrived so we told her that she could tell them hi and then she needed to go potty right away. Leahona and I were in the kitchen when Isabella said hi. Brynn started laughing. We come out to the living room to find Brynn laughing and Jason covering his eyes with his hand. Apparently we had been taken quite seriously because Bella had no sooner said hello than she pulled down her pants and underwear right there in front of them and run of to be obedient!

I hope that Isabella will always be so obediant, just in less of a public fashion! J

19 February, 2009

Here I am!

I decided that it was time to start my own blog. i might not write much at first or very often, but I will write occaisionally- I guess, if I have to. ( Red/Green Show shout-out) I hope that you enjoy whatever I end up writing. Thanks-J