Wednesday, October 29, 2008

They Can Sing....

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My little TJ & Grace, singing Dare To Do Right...

They Can Dance...

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He's watched a few too many episodes of So You Think You Can Dance with his mom. His favorite is the robot, sadly I didn't get him trying to do a jumping split....but it's awesome :)

He Can Say The Pledge...

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TJ has learned to say the Plege in his little preschool class. It makes me tear up a little to hear him say it. Isn't it so humbling to be a parent and to witness the greatness of these amazing little spirits that have been sent to us? He's such and incredible boy....who's very excited about his birthday. He turns 5 on Saturday! :)

Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, and expecting a different result

My Cousin Jen sent this to me in an email. In regard to settling for a candidate that I don't like...to prevent the other guy from winning... If you're feeling similarly conflicted it's worth reading.

"I have never taken this much time or thought into voting. I asked where I could go to find out what will be on the ballot and who my choices were. I was told to go to leaveyourprint.com. Most of you probably already know about the website, but I didn't so I thought I would share. You enter your address and it brings up what you are voting for in your area. I have not yet read through each candidates website or where they stand on certain issues.

I have not chosen who to vote for yet. I am in not endorsing the candidate that I have given quotes from (seen below) but what he said about wasting your vote on a third party candidate and another on our bailout and economy I felt were important to give everyone a morsel to try out.

For those who have not voted yet I hope this info helps. If you already know about this or don't need it, just ignore Love and peace to all-Jen"


When asked why they will not vote for a third party candidate, many people will respond by saying something like, "He cannot win." Or, "I don't want to waste my vote." It is true: America has not elected a third party candidate since 1860. Does that automatically mean, however, that every vote cast for one of the two major party candidates is not a wasted vote? I don't think so.
In the first place, a wasted vote is a vote for someone you know does not represent your own beliefs and principles. A wasted vote is a vote for someone you know will not lead the country in the way it should go. A wasted vote is a vote for the "lesser of two evils." Or, in the case of John McCain and Barack Obama, what we have is a choice between the "evil of two lesser's."
Albert Einstein is credited with saying that insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, and expecting a different result. For years now, Republicans and Democrats have been leading the country in the same basic direction: toward bigger and bigger government; more and more socialism, globalism, corporatism, and foreign interventionism; and the dismantling of constitutional liberties. Yet, voters continue to think that they are voting for "change" when they vote for a Republican or Democrat. This is truly insane!

No Amnesty For Wall Street by Chuck Baldwin September 26, 2008
At the time of this writing, the U.S. House and Senate are poised to pass a $700 billion bailout to Wall Street. At the behest of President George W. Bush, the U.S. taxpayers are going to be on the hook for what can only be referred to as the biggest fraud in U.S. history.
Virtually our entire financial system is based on an illusion. We spend more than we earn, we consume more than we produce, we borrow more than we save, and we cling to the fantasy that this can go on forever. The glue that holds this crumbling scheme together is a fiat currency known as the Federal Reserve Note, which was created out of thin air by an international banking cartel called the Federal Reserve.
According to Congressman Ron Paul, in the last three years, the Federal Reserve has created over $4 trillion in new money. The result of all this "money-out-of-thin-air" fraud is never-ending inflation. And the more prices rise, the more the dollar collapses. Folks, this is not sustainable.
Already, Bear Stearns was awarded a $29 billion bailout, followed quickly by the bailout of Freddie and Fannie that will cost the taxpayers up to $200 billion. Then the Fed announced the bailout of AIG to the tune of $85 billion. Mind you, AIG is an enormous global entity with assets totaling more than $1.1 trillion. Moreover, the Feds agreed to pump $180 billion into global money markets. And the Treasury Department promised $50 billion to insure the holdings of money market mutual funds for a year. Now, taxpayers are being asked to provide $700 billion to Wall Street. (I hope readers are aware that, not only will American banks be bailed out, but foreign banks will also be bailed out. Then again, at least half of the Federal Reserve is comprised of foreign banks, anyway.) In other words, the Federal Reserve is preparing to spend upwards of $1 trillion or more. Remember again, this is fiat money, meaning it is money printed out of thin air.
All of this began when the U.S. Congress abrogated its responsibility to maintain sound money principles on behalf of the American people (as required by the Constitution) and created the Federal Reserve. This took place in 1913. The President was Woodrow Wilson. (I strongly encourage readers to buy G. Edward Griffin's book, The Creature from Jekyll Island.) Since then, the U.S. economy has suffered through one Great Depression and several recessions--all of which have been orchestrated by this international banking cartel. Now, we are facing total economic collapse.
But don't worry: the international bankers will lose nothing--not even their bonuses. They will maintain their mansions, yachts, private jets, and Swiss bank accounts. No matter how bad it gets on Main Street, the banksters on Wall Street will still have the best of it--President Bush and the Congress will make sure of that. This is one thing Republicans and Democrats can agree on.
America's founders were rightfully skeptical of granting too much power to bankers. Thomas Jefferson said, "If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issuance of their currency, first by inflation and then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around them will deprive the people of all their property until their children will wake up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered."
Jefferson also believed that "banking establishments are more dangerous than standing armies; and that the principle of spending money to be paid by posterity, under the name of funding, is but swindling futurity on a large scale."
Daniel Webster warned, "Of all the contrivances for cheating the laboring classes of mankind, none has been more effectual than that which deludes them with paper money."
Webster also said, "We are in danger of being overwhelmed with irredeemable paper, mere paper, representing not gold nor silver; no, Sir, representing nothing but broken promises, bad faith, bankrupt corporations, cheated creditors, and a ruined people."
Our first and greatest President George Washington said, "Paper money has had the effect in your State [Rhode Island] that it ever will have, to ruin commerce--oppress the honest, and open the door to every species of fraud and injustice."
If George W. Bush, John McCain, or Barack Obama had any honesty and integrity, they would approach the current banking malady in much the same way that President Andrew Jackson did. In discussing the Bank Renewal bill with a delegation of bankers in 1832, Jackson said, "Gentlemen, I have had men watching you for a long time, and I am convinced that you have used the funds of the bank to speculate in the breadstuffs of the country. When you won, you divided the profits amongst you, and when you lost, you charged it to the bank. You tell me that if I take the deposits from the bank and annul its charter, I shall ruin ten thousand families. That may be true, gentlemen, but that is your sin! Should I let you go on, you will ruin fifty thousand families, and that would be my sin! You are a den of vipers and thieves. I intend to rout you out, and by the eternal God, I will rout you out."
What President Andrew Jackson said to the bankers in 1832 is exactly what an American President should say to these criminal international bankers today. But what George Bush, John McCain, and Barack Obama want to do is provide amnesty for the international bankers, just as they want to provide amnesty for illegal aliens. I say, No amnesty for Wall Street, and no amnesty for illegal aliens, either. Instead of sending these banksters on extended vacations to the Bahamas with millions of taxpayer dollars in their pockets, we should be sending them straight to jail!
The only way to fix this economic mess that the international bankers have created is to return America to sound money principles, as prescribed in the U.S. Constitution. This means dismantling the Federal Reserve and the Internal Revenue Service, overturning the 16th Amendment and the personal income tax, and returning the American monetary system to hard assets: gold and silver. Anything short of this will only delay and worsen the inevitable collapse that has already begun.
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Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Tired of voting the lesser of two evils....

I think like many American's I'm yearning for a better option. I love this country, I'm proud to be an American. I want to protect and preserve our rights and liberties. I think I could really vote for Bill....


I HAVE DECIDED TO BECOME A WRITE-IN CANDIDATE. HERE IS MY PLATFORM:
(1) "Press 1 for English" is immediately banned. English is the official language; speak it or wait at the border until you can.
(2) We will immediately go into a two year isolationist posture to straighten out the country's attitude. NO imports, no exports. We will use the 'Wal-Mart's policy, 'If we ain't got it, you don't need it.'
(3) When imports are allowed, there will be a 100% import tax on it.
(4) All retired military personnel will be required to man one of our many observation towers on the southern border. (six month tour) They will be under strict orders not to fire on SOUTHBOUND aliens.
(5) Social security will immediately return to its original state. If you didn't put nuttin in, you ain't gettin nuttin out. The president nor any other politician will not be able to touch it.
(6) Welfare - Checks will be handed out on Fridays at the end of the 40 hour school week and the successful completion of urinalysis and a passing grade.
(7) Professional Athletes --Steroids - The FIRST time you check positive you're banned for life.
(8) Crime - We will adopt the Turkish method, the first time you steal, you lose your right hand. There is no more life sentences. If convicted, you will be put to death by the same method you chose for your victim; gun, knife, strangulation, etc.
(9) One export will be allowed; Wheat, The world needs to eat. A bushel of wheat will be the exact price of a barrel of oil.
(10) All foreign aid using American taxpayer money will immediately cease, and the saved money will pay off the national debt and ultimately lower taxes. When disasters occur around the world, we'll ask the American people if they want to donate to a disaster fund, and each citizen can make the decision whether it's a worthy cause.
(11) The Pledge of Allegiance will be said every day at school and every day in Congress.
(12) The National Anthem will be played at all appropriate ceremonies, sporting events, outings, etc.
Sorry if I stepped on anyone's toes but a vote for me will get you better than what you have, and better than what you're gonna get. Thanks for listening, and remember to write in my name on the ballot in November. God Bless America !!!!!!!!!!! Bill Cosby!!!!!!!!

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Gracie's Bad Hair Day...


If you know my little Gracie, then you're not surprised that this finally happened. I've probably told her a hundred times that only mama cuts hair, and that she shouldn't do it....Well yesterday the inevitable occured.
I'm just glad she didn't give Faith a hair cut too. Look at all that hair....!

She gave herself spikes on top and buzz length bangs...awesome hair Grace.
It was sad when she almost started to cry and said she still wanted to be pretty. I assured her she would be pretty even with short hair and that mom would fix it.
I'm no professional, but I did the best I could. Look at how much hair she ended up loosing.
See she's still pretty. And if I comb her bangs over just so, you can't even see the spike :)
I saved this much in the back...not too boyish.
She was able to smile afterward. All is well that ends well. That's my little Grace.

The funny thing in a sad kind of way is that I got a book from the library called "Bad Hare Day" in this book a little bunny "hare" goes to her Uncle Bunnies Salon and give's everyone bad haircuts...do you see where I'm going with this? If you have a scissor prone child I recommend avoiding this book at all costs. It is amusing...but you know they're going to have to try it out!

Gracie + Scissors = Mullet

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The Most Important Things in Life, Aren't Things...

This was the day that $8,000 almost washed out to sea. We took over the payment on my father-in-law's 4-wheeler, so he could move back to Vernal. So we had this fun (if pricey) new toy. Brent was riding it out on the beach one day. And was going about 35 mph when he hit a clay mud pit, and stuck. He sunk so fast he almost flew off the front...and he was stuck bad.
He called me and informed me we were probably going to loose the 4-wheeler. He was out too far for me to bring the truck and he had about an hour before the tide came in.
I told him to say a prayer, and I would do the same and try to find someone to help.
I resigned myself to loosing it, and decided I was just thankful that it was the 4 wheeler and not Brent that was stuck.
I knocked on many doors of random strangers in my neighborhood, trying to find someone with a 4-wheeler to help. I found lots of nice people, but no one had immediate access to a machine.
Brent secured the winch to a huge rock up the beach...but only succeeded in sliding the rock down the beach toward him.
Our bishop owns a repair shop, and I had his number in my cell phone because he had called to see if we wanted to go on a group date just that morning. As a last resort, and figuring it couldn't hurt...I called the bishop and asked if he knew anyone who had a 4-wheeler who might also be available to come help us out immediately.
Pause for a minute... One of the bishop's employees who NEVER brings his 4-wheeler to work just happened to have it at the shop that day...and he just happened to be in between jobs and able to get in the truck immediately and help us out.
Brent said they didn't have 5 minutes to spare when the man from the Bishop's shop arrived. Some nice lady in an off road machine had helped him pull it up out of the waves about a foot. So just the back tire was in the water and they were actually able to get it started and pull it out.
There were so many coincidences that helped us save it, that none of them could be considered coincidences at all. I know that a loving Heavenly Father hears and answers prayers, and that Bishop Ellis, and his employee and a stranger on the beach were his way of answering those prayers.
Let me express my thanks to Bishop Ellis, his employee, the stranger on the beach, also to my neighbors who were so kind and worried about our situation, and to my husband who had the courage to kneel when his problems were more than he could handle. But most importantly thanks to Heavenly Father for hearing and answering prayers, and for all of his tender mercies.

Tired, Dirty & Happy.

The 4-Wheeler and Brent both need washed off!

Does Anyone Else Have This Problem?

It doesn't really matter what I dress her in, in the morning. Faith is always going to come trooping out wearing something crazy that she picked herself.
This time she was sporting inside out & backwards Christmas Pajama Pants, Gracie's snow boots, Pajama T-shirt and an upside down tiara.
That's my little princess...she's awfully cute isn't she?

The Fire Pit We Can't Use Anymore....

Last month we bought this awesome fire pit. Brent made some handy little hot dog sticks and we had a cook out just about every night...that was before the snow.
For about 3 weeks it was our new favorite pastime. I'm not sure what we'll come up with next...I figure we've got about 8 mo's of snow to figure something out.
Pretty pretty Faith.
Looks fun doesn't it?

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Uh Oh, Now TJ's sick too.

Sorry to everyone in his pre-school class. I hope no one else get's it.
TJ's sick now too. He was crying after he threw up the first time saying, "Gracie got me sick too!" I explained that it wasn't Gracie's fault. But he's still a little traumatized.
I'm on the 1st watch...it's going to be a long night.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Oh No! Now Faith Has It!!!!

Well, my relief from cleaning up after sick babies was short lived. Faith just threw up...It's going to be another long night.
It's sad, but when you struggle through these long exhausting nights with them...you really do wake up loving them all the more for it. Hi Ho Hi Ho Off to care for spewing babies I go!

Gracie is finally feeling better!

Poor little Grace must have had food poisoning. She was so sick throwing up, unable to keep even a sip of water down. Our little 28lb 3yr old is far to skinny to go for any amount of time without eating and drinking. It took a lot out of her. She's laying quietly on the couch watching Lord of the Rings (yes she got to pick the show...mirror mirror on the wall she is her mother after all.)
She finally kept some liquid down this morning, and she is actually talking and interacting a little bit. She was so sweet yesterday, even as sick as she was she would just look at me with her "I love you" face and smile so sweet. Sick as a dog but sweeter than honey. That's my little Gracie.

I'm so grateful that she's feeling better. It hurts my heart to see her so sick.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

From the Mouth of Babes

Our little TJ is quit a guy. Today he bore his testimony in sacrament meeting. He asked me if he could go up, and I asked him what he was going to say. We talked about it for a minute and I decided to let him go. He walked up and sat patiently and happily on the stand while he waited for his turn to speak. I hadn't talked to him about how to start, and he froze a little because he couldn't remember to say (I'd like to stand and bare my testimony) The bishop whispered in his ear and he said into the microphone "I love Jesus as much as I love my Dad...(shaking his head)...that is all"
Enough said buddy. I'm getting tears in my eyes again just thinking about it.

-Children are a treasure. Where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.-

In case you're thinking Alaska lookes just like Vernal...I took this picture before we moved. Ahh the good old days. :)