Sunday, October 26, 2008

Blog Book

A fellow blogger told me about a book you can make from your blog.

The website It is a program that will take your blog and turn it into a hard back book! They did 112 pages, 2 years worth and was very happy with the results. I am not sure of the cost because I haven't been on the website yet. I thought I would share the good news!!

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Great Start to A Weekend With Friends.......NOT!!!

Well, had an great turn out at the Girl's Night Out Dinner Group @ Boston's last night. A lot of laughter and talking and laughter and eating.....I had 5 girls crammed into my Explorer, and we laughed alot more and told stories we probably should of kept to ourselves. Okay I told stories I should of probably kept to myself...HE HE HE HE HE HE HE!!!!!!!
{It is the little devil sitting on my shoulder!}
Anyway, we had our weekend planned out to do things with our friends the Ridl's at around 11am in Salt Lake. We received a call from the church, thinking it was Nettie to come pick her up from her Stake Young Women's Presidency meeting...but when Craig got there to get her she was crying and couldn't hardly walk. She had just gotten done saying the closing prayer and was walking to the back of the room to say hello to a friend and come home and she felt a sharp pain in her knee and it gave out on her and she fell. Well we take her to the emergency room and she has a torn medial meniscus. So after 2 1/2 hours in the ER she now has a knee brace and crutches until we can get ahold of our orthopedic surgeon on Monday. Nettie was in so much pain. Don't you just hate it when you can't take your children's pain away. I think my heart was beaten with a sledge hammer this morning. Well she is home now and resting and already driving me NUTS!!!!! But I really enjoy taking care of her....don't tell her that....she is so independent!!!
Well our evening is still planned.....we will be going out with the Christensen family, but poor Nettie will have to stay home. Chris will probably want to stay home with her now. He tries to act so tough, but he is just a big teddybear underneath. He is so cute with his sister. I love my kids!!!

Monday, October 20, 2008

4th File.....4th Picture in Tagged Again!

Okay this is to funny!!!

This is Nettie after she bought a new pair of shoes for $5.00 at Payless. She love's to dress up and sing and dance in front of the mirror. She is my drama queen. Anyway, this is a picture she took of herself down in her new room (with no carpet). Tell me why a 5' 10 1/2" tall girl {who is only 14} needs to wear 3 inch high heels. She is going to break her neck. But she is so dang cute!!! I really do love to hear her in the bathroom singing and acting out scenes from movies....most of the time when she sings it moves me so much it brings me to tears. So now if you would like to follow along it is your turn go to your picture files: 4th file in, 4th picture in the file. Post it and tell about it.....I tag Nettie and whoever else wants to join in.

Saturday, October 18, 2008


Oh my gosh, I feel so much relief and like a heavy weight has been lifted off my shoulders!!!

Craig and I called the Junk Guys and rented a trailer to clean out our basement (which was filled with 20 years of CRAP) that we have collected. Which the kids had gone through several times and scattered everywhere. We hated to go down there, for fear of it eating us alive, getting swallowed up and never getting out of it, twisting an ankle, breaking a leg....

Well we started a 7:30 am and finished at 3 pm. We filled that baby to the rim. {4 feet high, 7 feet wide, 14 feet long} 1 ton worth of junk! Okay maybe it wasn't all junk, but by the time the kids stepped on most of it several times, it was smashed, broken, cracked or in someway ruined.

I had 43 years of pictures organized by year and occasion to scrapbook. I can't even tell you all the different places I found my pictures. Well they are all in one place now, but that will take me a good month or two to get in order again. I had a large plastic bin full of my materials for quilting scattered everywhere. I had 6 boxes of scrap booking supplies: papers, 2 boxes are Stampin Up stamps and pads, paper cutters, paper punches, all different scissor shapes, very expensive Stampin Up markers, embellishments, brads, etc, etc, etc.....scattered everywhere. I THINK THESE THREE THINGS SENT ME OVER THE EDGE YESTERDAY!!!!!

However, I didn't yell or scream or lose my temper. I just kept on working and gathered everything and put it away and then when I was done........I told both kids if anyone touches these things without my permission, well I won't repeat what I told them on the Internet, but I am pretty sure we would need to call child services.

I didn't take any pictures because I was to ashamed to let anyone see. Although I did let my friend Lisa down there to see Nettie's red bedroom a month or so ago. EMBARRASSING!!!

Really it was fun to get it all cleaned out and get rid of all that stuff, it really is freeing. I am a pack rat, I will admit it....but the older I get the more I feel less is more. I get really irritable when things are piling up. It makes me very frustrated now.

It was the best $150 we have spent in along time.

A lot cheaper than a visit to the psychiatrist....he he he he! okay I still have to go see him every two months too!

Now onto painting my new office/craft room upstairs and fixing up the spare room. My favorite things to do painting and decorating.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Poor Little Princess

My sweet little girl had the day from hell today. Poor thing! I felt so bad for her. Her iPod wouldn't work for the last week so I restored it night before last and she was so excited to be able to use it again. However, on the way to school it wigged out again and stopped working. So when she got home from school she thought she would turn on her laptop and plug in her iPod and see if recharging would fix it. Can you believe it....her laptop crashed!!!

Then she needed to make a dessert to take to Young Women's for a recipe exchange and she was making a cake and changing it up a little bit to make it her own (cause it was out of a box) and it was really good, but when she put it into the pan, I said something doesn't look right Nettie...did you put in the eggs she looked at me like eggs were suppose to go in it.....her dad just came home from work and said Hi!....and she burst into tears....sobbing trying to tell him about her day...(by now I was on the phone with the computer guy getting info to send Nettie's laptop in to be repaired and I couldn't console her, which made me feel horrible) so there is Craig with a 14 year old hysterical girl looking at me like what do I do, and while I was on hold I said fix the cake mix and hug her and tell her everything will be alright, daddy and mommy will fix everything.

So Craig fixed the cake and put it in the oven for her and made her sit down at the table next to me and I hung up after getting the computer taken care of and told her that they could fix it and they would try to save her memory for her, but no promises. Craig is letting her use his iPod until her birthday next month when we will buy her a new one, because of course the warranty on hers just expired.
The cake turned out perfectly.

So we got her all calmed down and situated and off to parent teacher conferences we went. Well she was waiting at the top of the stairs in the garage when we got home anxiously waiting to see if she was in any trouble from her grades. She figured with the way her day was going that would top it off getting in trouble for a bad grade. Then we told her nope, one teacher in Theatre wants Nettie to be the Student Director for the class. another teacher wants her to sign up for Honors Choir. She has almost all A's and a few B+'s. So before we sent her down to bed tonight we had her laughing and giggling and back to her normal (abnormal) self. I took the cutest picture of her with what was left of the cake after Young Women's and they had eaten half of it, so it must of been pretty good.

Don't you just hate it when your kids go through these times and you feel helpless and also trying to help them understand that this is life. This is how things go sometimes and it is okay. You just need to be able to handle it and ride it out. Because it seems no matter how well you live your life there will always be something to stumble on in certains times in your life. And you need to decide how you want to handle these things.

Nettie is so smart and wise and mature for her age that I forget she is so young still. So when I see our little Princess stubble I want to pick her up! And then say get back on the horse. You can do it! I love you Princess!

Friday, October 3, 2008

I Still Can't Believe You're Gone!

Robert Clinton Graham
October 9, 1957 to October 6, 2006

This post is a memorial to my brother Robert Clinton Graham, who was murdered in Phoenix on October 6th, 2006. We miss you so much Clint, but we are so glad you are no longer suffering and hopefully you are now with your dad, Granny Bell, Uncle Ned, Uncle Ted, and Uncle Jay. I can see you all playing cards. I would give anything to be able to fight with you one more time, after all I am your little BRAT! I remember so vividly going 4 wheeling with you in Uncle Ned's jeep and almost rolling it, so I got out and walked home, with you following behind me. I also remember always sneaking around in your bedroom and finding your special stash and telling mom so you would get in trouble. It was so worth getting beat up! I loved it when Reed, you and I would try out all the wrestling moves we saw on TV. I remember learning about love for the first time when you wrecked on your motorcycle on the dirt road behind our house and broke your ankle and I thought you were doing to die, and I remember thinking I love my brother. I was 7 and you were 16. I have so many good memories that I will cherish forever. I hope and pray you have found peace and happiness and your dad. My brother, I love you!