Monday, June 30, 2008
You never really realize how dependent you are upon electricity until it is taken away. Friday afternoon, around 4:45, a storm blew in from nowhere (at least to me who was not watching t.v. it was from no where). We instantly lost power and ran to the basement because I noticed two different sirens were blaring outside...was a tornado coming?. I have never heard a storm so loud. Hail pelted the ground, wind ripped trees from the ground, and rain flooded many streets and basements. The boys and I sat in the basement, them under a heavy desk, as we read stories and sang songs to keep them distracted from the terrifying noises going on right outside our home.
Once the nose died down and the rain stopped, we ventured outside. In less than 1/2 an hour, huge limbs were ripped from their trees, gardens were ruined, and life became a little more exciting for a few days.
Clean up is still underway. Lucky for us we lost no trees (the peach tree lives on Lexi!), but that could be because we only have a few small trees in our yard. Many, many, many of our neighbors are not so lucky. Trees knocked holes in roofs, littered the streets, and knocked out power. The boys and I started picking up limbs and Bart joined us when he finally made it home from work. When a town this size loses almost all electricity, it makes for very slow going on the surface streets and it took Bart longer then usual to get home.
Thankfully we are safe and unharmed. Next time...who knows. I do know we were protected by Heavenly Father. I know I am thankful our neighbor's huge tree decided it was stronger then the winds and didn't blow over onto our home...some aren't that lucky. And most importantly...I am thankful for electricity, because without it, life is rather expensive.
by: Jessica at 6/30/2008 08:21:00 AM
Friday, June 27, 2008
Brennan's cookies...and this is what a FIVE YEAR OLD looks like.
What is so great about this place? Why, free balloons and the game machines of course. And then there were those great hats...I mean ads for new meals!
Happy Birthday Sundae (though I did let the wait staff off the hook and requested no B.day Songs!)
Us At Red Robin...before our "adventure" began
He already knew he was getting this gift...he used his money from LA presents to buy it and I wrapped it up...but you would not have guessed he had a clue about it by his extreme reaction.
Cheesy to put candles on sugar cookies? Yes...but he just couldn't wait until his "big" party Saturday to blow out candles.
We baked cookies, which he decorated all by himself, ate at Red Robin...boy was that an adventure!, and opened presents at home.
When he started opening presents he started to say the funniest things, so of course we wrote them down...prepare yourself for greatness...
"It's the happiest, best birthday ever, ever, ever, ever, ever!"
"Thanks Daddy for all of these wonderful great presents."
"You're a fantastic present getter Dad."
(FYI, Bart bought presents while we were in LA)
Thursday, June 26, 2008
It's hard to believe that THIS...
Turned into THIS!
We had a mini-circus in the room as Brennan was born, with the doctor, a nurse, a nurse in training, me, Bart, Grandma Linda, Aunt Jeni (on her cell phone with my dad in Kuwait), and Aunt Jamie all there to welcome this handsome boy into our family. Looking back, I wouldn't have it any other way (except less phone calls to Kuwait!)
Brennan was a very easy baby to deal with, other then never wanting to take a bottle! We have been extremely blessed to have him in our lives and I have been blessed to be able to stay home with him. (Who really needs a cell phone, cable, or two cars, anyways???) I can hardly believe that in a few short weeks he will enter the world of kindergarten and start to lose a little more of that sweet innocent charm that he has. I am grateful to have been given these past five years to share with him, and I can't wait for the next bit of forever.
Brennan, Happy Birthday and I Love You!!!!
by: Jessica at 6/26/2008 08:57:00 AM
Yesterday we went to the Orchard Splash Park with some of our friends, D, E, and R A. We had a great time, though the boys liked the flood waters around the slide (due to rain) more then the actual sprinkler area.
by: Jessica at 6/26/2008 08:46:00 AM
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
I received the following as a forward. I'll be honest, I often don't take the time to read forwards, but I did read this one and thought I would share it with all of you. In a recent church meeting, Latter Day Saints were apparently encouraged to share our religion and our testimony through blogs and such (I say apparently because I read about it on a blog and didn't actually hear/read the quote.). So, here is one way that I can share my religion with all of you.
Not because I want you to become LDS, though that would be cool, because then we could make fun of church people together, but because I think this non-LDS point of view really lets you know Mormons really aren't that bad. :-)
Editoral written by a Paul Allen in Santa Clara Valley, CA
> I have heard and seen enough! I have lived in the West all
> my life. I have
> worked around them. They have worked for me and I for them.
> When I was
> young, I dated their daughters. When I got married they
> came to my wedding.
> Now that I have daughters of my own, some of their boys
> have dated my
> daughters. I would be privileged if one of them were to be
> my son-in-law.
> I'm talking about the Mormons.
> They are some of the most honest, hardworking people I have
> ever known. They
> are spiritual, probably more than most other so-called
> religious people I
> have encountered. They study the Bible and teach from it as
> much as any
> Christian church ever has. They serve their religion
> without pay in every
> conceivable capacity. Not one of their leaders, teachers,
> Bishops or music directors receive one dime for the hours
> of labor they put
> The Mormons have a non-paid ministry - a fact that is not
> generally known. I
> have heard many times from the pulpits of others how evil
> and non-Christian
> they are and that they will not go to heaven. I decided
> recently to attend
> one of their services near my home to see for myself.
> What a surprise!
> What I heard and saw was just the opposite from what the
> religious ministers
> of the day were telling me. I found a very simple service
> with no fanfare.
> .I found a people with a great sense of humor and a
> well-balanced spiritual
> side. There was no loud music. Just a simple service, with
> the members
> themselves giving the several short sermons.
> They urge their youth to be morally clean and live a good
> life. They teach
> the gospel of Christ, as they understand it. The name of
> their church is
> 'The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day-Saints. Does
> that sound like a
> non-Christian church to you? I asked them many questions
> about what they
> teach and why. I got answers that in most cases were from
> the New Testament.
> Their ideas and doctrines did not seem too far fetched for
> my understanding.
> When I read their 'Book of Mormon' I was also very
> surprised to find just
> the opposite from what I had been told I would find.
> Then I went to another church's pastor to ask him some
> of the same questions
> about doctrine. To my surprise, when he found out that I
> was in some way
> investigating the Mormons, he became hostile. He referred
> to them as a
> non-Christian cult. I received what sounded to me like evil
> against those people. He stated bluntly that they were not
> Christian and
> that they did not fit into the Christian mold. He also told
> me that they
> don't really believe the Bible. He gave me a pile of
> anti-Mormon literature.
> He began to rant that the Mormons were not telling me the
> truth about what
> they stand for. He didn't want to hear anything good
> about them. At first I
> was surprised and then again, I wasn't. I began to
> I have never known of a cult that supports the Boy Scouts
> of America.
> According to the Boy Scouts, over a third of all the Boy
> Scout troops in the
> United States are Mormon. What cult do you know of that has
> a welfare system
> second to none in this country? They have farms, canneries
> and cattle
> ranches to help take care of the unfortunate ones who might
> be down and out
> and in need of a little help. The Mormon Church has donated
> millions to
> welfare causes around the world without a word of credit.
> They have donated
> thousands to help rebuild Baptist churches that were burned
> a few years ago.
> They have donated tons of medical supplies to countries
> ravaged by
> You never see them on TV begging for money. What cult do
> you know that
> instills in its members to obey the law, pay their taxes,
> serve in the
> military if asked and be a good Christian by living high
> moral standards?
> Did you know that hundreds of thousands of Mormon youth get
> up before high
> school starts in the morning to attend a religious training
> class? They have
> basketball and softball leagues and supervised youth dances
> every month.
> They are recruited by the FBI, the State Department and
> every police
> department in the country, because they are trustworthy.
> They are taught not
> to drink nor take drugs. They are in the Secret Service -
> those who protect
> the President. They serve in high leadership positions from
> both parties in
> Congress and in the US Senate, and have been governors of
> several states
> other than Utah. They serve with distinction and honor.
> If you have Mormons living near, you will probably find
> them to be your best
> friends and neighbors. They are Christians who try to live
> what they preach.
> They are not perfect and they are the first to admit this.
> I have known some
> of them who could not live their religion, just like many
> of us. The
> rhetoric which is spread around against them is nothing
> more than evil
> propaganda founded in untruths. (Others) had successfully
> demonized them to
> the point that the general public has no idea what they
> actually believe and
> teach. If you really want to know the truth, go see for
> yourself. You also
> will be surprised.
> When I first moved here some 25 years ago there were five
> Mormon wards in
> Santa Clarita. Now there are 15. They must be doing
> something right.
by: Jessica at 6/25/2008 08:28:00 PM
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
by: Jessica at 6/24/2008 01:12:00 PM
I had brought a snack to share, but let's just say you should not put a glass bowl on top of a non flat surface in the parking lot...thanks to all the ladies who DID manage to get into the store with their snacks safely. Fat Baby and I really enjoyed them (especially the Butterfingers and cherry Dum-Dum)
If you are wondering who is who in the picture, I am on the far top left side, in the striped gray shirt (thanks Jamie!) and the pink boa. Diana (how I know Linda) is on the far top right side, second from the end in the flamingo hat. And Linda, the birthday girl, is in the middle on the bottom row, in the orange and black boa. The store, Precious Treasures, has decorated its crop room as a DIVA room, with tons of dress up stuff for fun pictures!
by: Jessica at 6/24/2008 12:41:00 PM
Monday, June 23, 2008
So, Bart bought me the book and now I seriously can't put it down...as in I read 300 pages yesterday and am almost finished!
Here's a good review (in my opinion) because his feelings before the book were the same as mine...but now I can't wait to go to Emily's and get the next two.
Updated at 2:40 p.m.
My dishes aren't washed and there are toys everywhere, but I finished book one...now I hope Emily has ESP and brings the next one tomorrow...that is IF she said I could borrow it...maybe she was just saying she had the whole set???
by: Jessica at 6/23/2008 11:29:00 AM
Sunday, June 22, 2008
Bart on Thursday night in the VIP suites while it rained.
The officials finally cancel the game.
Brennan at the game Friday Night.
Brennan on the BIG SCREEN (though Bart had to tell me that is what the picture was)
It is with a heavy heart that I announce that Bart has officially been banned from the College World Series.
As many of you know, any time that Bart has attended an AWAY game for LSU, they have lost, even if they had won every single game before it. Bart thought since LSU was considered the "home" team in the CWS game, he would be safe, but it was not to be.
So, an official decree has gone out, banning Bart from attending away LSU games for life.
by: Jessica at 6/22/2008 08:15:00 AM
Friday, June 20, 2008
Hi all you LSU fans. Just thought you'd like to know Bart and Brennan are at the CWS right now, by the 1st baseline, 8th row...free tickets (and VIP parking right by the stadium...a rare treat for the games)!!!! Bart and his friend went yesterday(with VIP passes to the box seats, too, complete with free food and drinks and a cool, dry place to pass the time while the game was delayed), but the rain delay caused the cancellation and Chad couldn't go tonight, thus allowing Brennan to go. He was so excited when he found out he could hardly wait for Bart to change out of his work clothes!
So, if you thought you saw them on ESPN, maybe you did!
Let's hope the thunder I keep hearing is just my imagination...
by: Jessica at 6/20/2008 06:49:00 PM
Thursday, June 19, 2008
So, I am wondering who all reads my blog.
Leave me a comment if you aren't a "regular" who leaves them all the time. You don't have to have an account, just click on "Name/URL" and enter just your name, or "" and make sure you sign your name.
I am really wondering because I want to know who I CAN and CAN'T talk nasty about on here.
by: Jessica at 6/19/2008 07:01:00 PM
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
Overheard in play today...
Brennan to Jackson (who is wearing firemen's costume): "Go and fight the fire like a TIGER."
And Jackson proudly displayed his devotion by pointing to his Nat'l Champs shirt and telling everyone he saw: "L-shu Tiga's shirt" (Hey, we gotta support the purple and gold, esp. since they are in our own backyard right now and we had to give up two FREE tickets to see them play yesterday afternoon...)
by: Jessica at 6/18/2008 04:02:00 PM
by: Jessica at 6/18/2008 03:51:00 PM
This is a picture taken recently by Bart at Joss's Birthday party...poor Bart, as he got out of the car, he looked around the park, saw only women, turns to me and asks, "Is this a MOM's birthday party?"
Boy, he knows me too well.
Thanks for going Bart. It's nice to have another set of ears and eyes to round up the boys.
by: Jessica at 6/18/2008 03:37:00 PM
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
You're on the phone setting up a new phone server (Vonage) and there is a knock on the door...
A great friend brings by dinner because she knows you've had a rough day, but you can't talk because you are on the phone while your significant other runs to put on some shorts.
by: Jessica at 6/17/2008 08:23:00 PM
Monday, June 16, 2008
So, we are home. But right now, I am thinking that isn't all it is cracked up to be. We were only slightly delayed in Chicago, so we arrived in Omaha around 2 a.m. instead of 11 p.m. (hey, it could be worse...our flight could have been cancelled!) Wednesday morning the boys go to play in the basement while Bart let me sleep in...oops, Bart discovers a slightly soggy basement due to a gutter drainage issue. So, now our house stinks and we have finally decided as crappy as it is, we are going to have to cut out the carpet.
At least Bart got a job offer.
By the way, does anyone out there know how to change my camera's language back to English???
by: Jessica at 6/16/2008 10:13:00 PM
Friday, June 13, 2008
I am so grateful for the blessings I have. Lately I have been ignoring the good and focusing on the bad, but life isn't all bad. There is good, and there are good people who help me see this.
I am grateful I found myomahamommies.com, and if any of you need mommy friends, see if you can find a great group like this one. Last night, one of my friends from the group, Kris, brought over a "welcome home" gift from a few of the ladies...a big box of diapers and a $50 Wal-Mart gift card! Talk about a blessing. We had about ten diapers and we are going to be missing an entire paycheck, because of the way Bart was hired.
I am grateful that I have friends who care about me enough to try and help me feel better and help me have a few of the things I need...because even shampoo and toilet paper are important in the scheme of things.
This may sound silly, but I am grateful for all of you guys blogs, too. They help me stay connected with each of you, even if we don't actually talk or email that often. I may like Omaha, but sure do miss all my friends, whether you be in Florida or Utah or Louisiana. I am so grateful to have kind and loving friends, people who really care about me and my family, or at least do a great job pretending.
by: Jessica at 6/13/2008 08:28:00 AM
Wednesday, June 4, 2008
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