Sunday, July 12, 2009

In which there was a pillow fight and a glass of Diet Dr. Pepper...

Just thought I would do a little post and let all 5 of you know that I am still alive, just a little busy.

My Dad is holding his own, still on oxygen but his depression has lifted and he is up and around a lot more.

Natty is still engaged and the wedding is still on for December and her Mono is getting better all the time. She still tires easily but the worst of it is hopefully behind her.

Phil is working for 6 weeks straight, Kelly has girl’s camp, Tae still lives too far away, Bean has dance and soccer camp and Milan is mowing yards and going to scout camp.

My Mom has NOT been eating those specially frosted flakes so …well…just so.

There is a nasty rumor going around that I may have ingested the flakes myself but I know a buzz when I see one and I definitely haven’t seen one. Felt one, whatever.

All this pales in comparison to the stress and deep sadness I have been experiencing at the loss of my lap top. Let’s just say it involved a glass of Diet Dr. Pepper and a pillow fight. Although it still turns on, it makes random burping noises, shuts off unexpectedly and worst of all some of the keys won’t work, which brings me to the 4th of July post below. I was half way through it when IT happened. I have had to turn on the speech recognition—which is a whole other post—kind of she said, computer said kind of thing. Every time I hit one it just starts making lines and lines of one’s until I shut off the computer. And forget exclamation points or question marks. Wish I could post a video of me talking to my computer—not. So finishing the post was painful and so I am still going to post my valiant efforts, dang it. I still have the Apple but I have to fight my kids for it so we shall see. And just in case—Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night.

Happy Independence Day everyone! I love the 4th of July—it’s one of the few holidays that causes me no angst or guilt, Happy Independence Day to me! First of all I just wanted to take a moment to say that I LOVE my country and am so grateful to the men and women who serve in the armed forces who work so hard to keep our nation free. I have deep concerns as to the direction our country is headed but I try to balance that with the knowledge that I am free to help make a change and I am appreciative of all those here in blogland that keep track of the issues and take the time to share the information with all of us.
I have decided that I am not very good at holiday photography. I’m not sure if it’s because I get caught up in the happenings and just click some quick pics or if I just stink at it in general….
{deep sigh}
Either way, as I was going through my 4th of July pictures this afternoon, I came across a lot of photos like this one:

The only reason I know it is the 4th of July, 1995 is because that is where I had it filed.

If anything, it looks like a Halloween picture—kinda looks like she’s got a little ghostie by the tail. I have no idea why I chose to hang on to this picture, none.

Even more important, will I throw it out now?

Obviously, there are deeper issues here.
Does anyone else have 4th of July pictures like this?

Anyhoo, for the sake of my journaling project, (obviously not for the picture quality) I am now going to share with you a random selection of our 4th of July memories. Please, try to curb your enthusiasm.

Some years we find a parade to watch. I use the term “we” loosely. I am an adamant NON parade person.
This is in American Fork, Utah, 1992. That’s my #2 daughter on the far left, holding the chair my #1 daughter in her father’s lap in the second row on the far right. The only reason I mention it is this would be the only time I had the presence of mind and wallet to dress my girls in coordinating 4th of July colors, so Soak. It. All. In. people.

Is it okay that I am soooo glad my husband no longer has that caterpillar on his lip?!

Sometimes we float the river with friends….

1998 with our friends and taking a lunch break. This is the Bitterroot River; it is about 5 miles from our home. Do you like our white sandy beaches?

This one was taken in 1994 on our first trip down the river. We were so completely hooked!

Sometimes, even though it is July 4th, we freeze to death.

Aahhh, the teeth-chattering, subzero temperatures of 1999!

Sometimes, it seems that in no time and all, we go from this


To this…


To this……..


Who ordered the puffy little Russian with no teeth?

Just ignore him, maybe he’ll just go away.

Oh dear...maybe I’ll just be back after a brief station break so I can wander down memory lane for awhile and get my ---children grows to fast--- heartache under control.

Oh wait, I can hear him, making his sister’s scream again,
reality check please!

So back to……….


{Hey Sparky!}

Which was a souvenir of this………..

Sure, everybody is having fun till someone gets their eye poked out...

.....or mountain burned.

Before anyone gets their panties in a bunch…
Yes, that is a forest behind Milan. Yes, that is part of the 20 acres that we live on. Yes, smart, environmentally conscious people would never knowingly strike a match within 500 feet of a tree. So, I guess we all know where that puts me, {sigh}… a b-a-a-a-a-d parent and person.
Does it count that right after this I went out and bought 5 new hoses to hook end to end and that I try to hug a tree every day?
I didn’t think so.
Please, no hate mail.

And, to end this very long story….
Most of the time we buy way too many of these…

Do lots of this….

And deal with this the morning after…

Thus ends my 4th of July post and gosh, it’s only July 12th.
Can’t wait to see what I accomplish tomorrow…..


♥ Braja said...

Merry Christmas, love....the other 4 will turn up soon...put the Dr Peppers in the fridge, ok? :))

annie said...

I knew that first picture was 1995 cause that was the summer I was there!! :o) I'm glad you didn't post the picture of the horrible perm I got right before the 4th of July... thanks-preciate'cha!

Karen Sue said...

I can sympathize about the laptop. I am wired and have been working on upgrading the wireless at home since last fall. I recently spent MANY, MANY hours on the phone with tech support of linksys to get the modem and the router and the range expander all connected and talking the same language and then everthing crashed, so I started over and now, before leavin for out vacation the old laptop, which I would have had online for the first time and been able to use as mine, since hubby got a better replacement, won't come up and I didn'e even want to try it and AARGH! the frustration in a very happy world.

Anonymous said...

Oh say it isn't so! Diet Dr. Pepper cannot be the source of unhappiness..can it?

Sorry to hear about the computer woes!

Fun post!

tammy said...

You are so funny. I may have to bribe you to send some fireworks my way since our state sells none. How un-American. I had to special order sparklers so my 7 yr old would know what they are.

I am totally impressed by your 4th apparel on your girls in that one pic.

Sorry you laptop died.....a sad day for sure.

Sue said...

It's good to see you posting again...I've missed you, but you did a great job of catching us up on your news...

(You are also one heck of a funny person.)


PS. Sorry about your laptop. =(

(See, reading one of your posts makes me run the full gamut of emotions!)

The Garden of Egan said...

Great pictures! Thanks for the trip down your memory lane. Ya, about the fireworks....we totally do the illegal kind from Wyoming. I'm a pyro of the worst kind. I just called the fire department that day and told them we were having a controlled burn and not to worry about it.

Cute toothless fat little ghost!

DeNae said...

Great to see you back in the game. I'm sorry about your laptop. It sounds like a teenager; turns on but doesn't do much more besides whine a little.

Your pix were great, and you're right, they grow up waaaaay too fast.

imbeingheldhostage said...

What a great post, even if it did cause you such anxiety. :-)
1. Uh, we're supposed to throw pictures out? Seriously?
2. Avideo of you speaking to your computer would be very entertaining.
3. Glad Dad's not as depressed, still wish he were doing better-- and your mom-- so that your burden was lighter :-(
4. Oooooh, mono lasts a loooong time, I'm impressed that she's still trudging forward with wedding planning-- that's enough to kill a healthy person.

5. Camp? she could camp here! Sure she'd be without all of the other young women, and no spiritual firesides but surrounded by stinking loud little boys and a terror of a toddler... what was my point again?

6. My hubby grew a caterpillar for some reason in March and I kept begging him to shave it off-- would've been different if he hadn't trimmed it up to look like Adolf Hitler.

7. Yes, I'll go away soon (but you've been gone so looooong). I'm there for that river trip, just give me my dates... (crickets)

ok leaving now.
Hang in there and have the kids organize a carwash to buy you a new keyboard (or was it you pillow fighting?).

Blog Buddy said...

Very cool post and with so much detail, I had to read it twice:) But, I will say-"If ya' gotta go, let it be with a Dr. Pepper!"...and fireworks!!!!!

Anonymous said...

WOW! Great update :) and i love all the pictures... and the coordinating clothing :)

Cherie said...

You crack me up! Merry Christmas!

You have been super busy and the loss of the laptop is so sad.

All because of a Dr. Pepper! Hope you are enjoying your summer anyway!!

Mikki said...

Crummy computer problems!!! Just got ours back in action, so I'm trying to catch up. I love all the pictures. I don't think I will ever be able to bring myself to delete a picture of my kids, no matter how crappy it is. Pretty sad.
Hope this finds you well. Keeping your pop in my prayers, now mono girl too. :P
Oh, and I'll keep my eyes open for some of those special frosted flakes. I think I could probalby use some.

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Kado! said...

Who knew lap-tops do not crave Diet Dr. Pepper.....You must have the model that loves Diet Coke with lemon! ;)