Saturday, December 29, 2007
So here are seven random things about me:
1. I am a twin. Yep, I have a twin brother. He is a great guy and I miss him. We haven't seen too much of each other for the last 8 years after I moved away from California. He has yet to come out to visit. I have been back to CA several times. Let's go fishing, Pat!
2. I am learning the bagpipes! I go up to Billings once a week for free lessons. Once I am good enough, I can join the bagpipe band and perform with them. Yes, I get to wear a kilt. And yes, I do know what goes or does not go under a kilt.
3. I have run in a 10k race before. Always wanted to do it and got in shape and ran in the Long Beach Grand Prix 10k run. Ok, I was in my 20's at the time, but I felt it was a great victory for me, especially since I have always battled my weight my adult life.
4. I love to stop at historical markers. I have the urge to stop at every one. I usually stop now only if I am alone in the car. My family wants to kill me when I do that. But when we are driving somewhere, I think the journey is just as fun as the destination. One of the coolest markers I've seen is the spot where Bonnie and Clyde were shot dead in Louisiana.
5. I have seen and touched all the oceans around the USA. Pacific, Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico. In fact I have been in 33 states. I only have 17 more to go. AL, AK, CT, GA, HI, IN, KY, ME, MA, NC, ND, NH, OH, RI, SC, VT, and WV. I will be in MA in March, so one more down
soon. Also been in 3 different countries: Canada, Mexico and Spain.
6. I've been skinny dipping before. Yep, there were lots of fish traumatized on the Colorado River. We had a cabin on the River and I would spend all my summers down there growing up. Still one of my favorites spots on earth.
7. I have been married to Page for almost 24 years. First real girlfriend I ever had and only girl I kissed more than twice, and only kissed three of them. Third time was the charm. 3 is our special number. We were sealed in sealing room #3 in the Los Angeles Temple. She is a great wife and mother to our children. She wants to go to Hawaii for our 25th. Hmmmm, that would mean one more state......
ok- I'm supposed to tag 7 more people. I think most that I know have already been tagged, so if you are reading this and want to be tagged, I tag YOU!
Tuesday, December 25, 2007
This morning, get up early and prepare a Christmas breakfast (see photo below). Clean up, open presents, clean up wrapping paper, then must go take a nap for a couple hours.
Get up at 3 p.m. Put ham in the oven. Cook for 3 hours, basting it with cola (tried something new), make cherry/orange glaze, glaze ham last half hours. In the mean time, make homemade apple sauce (thanks Sean for peeling all those apples for me!), make funeral potatoes, make apple cider green beans, set table (thanks Lacey for helping!), stuff celery and put olives in glass platter (which I forgot to serve at dinner- as they sat in the refrigerator), pour the sparkling cider, set out the rolls, and we are good to go.
Dinner was delicious, and it was nice to have us all sit together at the table. Lacey's friend Stephen also was at our table tonight. Then it was time to clean the kitchen (lots of cleaning along the way too), and then watch a couple Indiana Jones movies. I had a slice of chocolate silk pie and Sean had the pumpkin. So much of the holidays is surrounded by food! That's the real hard part. It took over 3 hours to get everything ready, and then another hour to clean it all up. Is it worth it? Oh yeah. It is so good to have the whole family together for Christmas. We also got to talk to family back in California on the phone today.
So how was your Christmas? Hope it was a Merry one!
Monday, December 24, 2007
I took Lacey and Sean over to Cody tonight for a Christmas Eve dinner at the Rib and Chop House. We love the Rib and Chop in Livingston, so we thought we would try the one in Cody. Same menu and just as delicious! Page is still not feeling well so she wanted to stay home in bed. Hope she feels better for Christmas tomorrow.
It was snowing in Cody. So we got to see some of the white stuff for Christmas.
Here is a picture of the Crazy Mountains as we are leaving Livingston.
Page, Sean and I went to Livingston last weekend. Sant is leaving for Germany in the Air Force on Wed. so Sean wanted to see him. This also gave us an opportunity to go to church at the Livingston Ward. It was good to see old friends. I also loved singing the Christmas hymns in Sacrament Meeting. We headed back a little earlier than expected because Page was feeling really ill. She had hand surgery on Thursday and we may have pushed a little to hard, having her come on the trip. Thanks Jenn for the nice room and letting us have a late departure. Hope you didn't get in too much trouble....
Friday, December 21, 2007
Monday, December 17, 2007
Got t his picture of Sean and his friend Natalie. She is in Sean's ward at BYU. They went to the winter dance together last week and had a good time. Nice how the tie matches the dress!
Sean comes home on Thursday night. We are so excited. Now he just has to get through the next four days of finals. Good luck Sean. Study like crazy!
Friday, December 14, 2007
I'm right in the middle of torture. Packing the house for an 8 a.m. move tomorrow and we are not anywhere near ready. It snowed this morning too. We got to get everything over to the new house, clean up the old house, unpack boxes at the new house before Thursday (when Page has surgery and Sean comes home from BYU), and get Christmas tree, decorations up before Sean gets home. I'm not a happy camper.
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
The LDS church came out with a statement that Huckabee mis-represented the LDS belief of the nature of the savior and the devil. What else is new? I was glad to hear the church say that this is a tactic used by people who want to slam the Church. YES! I guess this is backfiring on old Huck. After the Republican debate in Iowa today he tells CNN that he went up to Romney and apologized. Of course Romney accepted.
Interesting that he couldn't wait to report to the press that he apologized. Shouldn't Romney be the one to tell the press that? And if he was so sorry, why didn't he apologize on camera when he had the chance in his closing statement? I have lost all respect for Huckabee. I wonder when he talks to that reporter again if he is going to whisper "Did the Jews really kill Jesus?" or "is it true Catholics pray to the virgin Mary?"
Well, a focus group said Romney looked the most presidential and won the debate. Let's see if that has any impact on the polls. I know I am helping contribute to the religion debate with this blog entry, but wouldn't it be nice to choose a candidate based on their views, character and plan for the country?
Friday, December 07, 2007
Thursday, December 06, 2007
Wednesday, December 05, 2007
Sunday, December 02, 2007
Now the Christmas Season is in full swing. For me, the First Presidency's Christmas Devotional kicks off Christmas. It is always on the first Sunday of December. The Mormon Tabernacle Choir always does a great job. This year my favorite was "Still, Still, Still". President Eyring spoke as the new second counselor. I have to admit I missed President Faust. He always shared a wonderful Christmas memory with us every year. I love hearing from our dear Prophet, Gordon B. Hinkley as well. I know we won't have him forever, so I enjoy every chance I get to hear from that great man, and having him share his wish for us during the Christmas season.
Merry Christmas everyone!
Saturday, December 01, 2007
USC beats it's cross-town rivals today and propels them into the Rose Bowl!!! We win our unprecedented 6th straight Pac-10 championship, it will be our 6th straight BCS Bowl and third straight Rose Bowl. This team has been on fire for several years. I wonder how long it can last? I'm not complaining, mind you. I am enjoying the ride. We will find out tomorrow who we will be playing against on New Year's Day. How sweet it is!
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
Anyway, back to Charlie. Best line of the whole movie is after Charlie yells "Does anybody know what Christmas is all about!?!":
"And there were in the same country shepherds, abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them! And they were sore afraid ... And the angel said unto them, "Fear not! For, behold, I bring you tidings o great joy, which shall be to all my people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ, the Lord."
"And this shall be a sign unto you: Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger." And suddenly, there was with the angel a multitude of the Heavenly Host praising God, and saying, "Glory to God in the Highest, and on Earth peace, and good will toward men."
"That's what Christmas is all about, Charlie Brown." - Linus Van Pelt
Sunday, November 25, 2007
Friday, November 23, 2007
USC knocks Arizona State out of the Rose Bowl hunt. USC wins the Thanksgiving Day battle 44-24. USC looked like the USC I know and love. Booty was awesome. Everything was clicking. Arizona State was higher ranked and had the inside track to the Rose Bowl. We have a chance for the Rose Bowl if we beat UCLA next week and Oregon loses one of there last two games. If we win and Oregon wins, they go to the Rose Bowl, but we might get a Fiesta Bowl bid. I really enjoyed watching this game. First game we have played on Turkey Day since 1938. Since Carrol has been our coach we are 23-0 in November. Carrol has never lost a game in November. How unbelievable is that?
We also had a very nice Thanksgiving dinner. Had all the traditionals: turkey, stuffing, sweet potatoes, mashed taters and gravy, green bean casserole, stuffed celery, olives, pickles, pumpkin pie.... Lacey, Page and I then played a fun game, then it was USC football! Sean called around midnight and kept Page on the phone until 2:30 a.m.
Thursday, November 22, 2007
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
Marie had enough votes tonight to make it to the finals next week in Dancing with the Stars. Her fan base is huge. I have voted for her week after week. She has really improved over the last few weeks. If you saw the show Monday night, did you feel Bruno was trying to keep her score down on her quick step? Marie and Jonathan were wonderful. She got 10s from the other two judges. I think the crowd was correct to boo Bruno's 9. Well they haven't been able to keep Marie out of it. Even thought she had the lowest judge scores, she was safe this week and Garth went home tonight. I was a little irritated at Len tonight when he slammed Marie with his comment saying the best dancers didn't make it to the finals. Next week Marie, Helio and Mel all dance for the mirror ball trophy. Go Marie!
Sunday, November 18, 2007
Mitt Romney, Republican candidate for President, was in Wyoming today. This is such a small state, electorally speaking. We only have 3 electoral college votes, but we have our nomination process on Jan. 5th which is giving us a little more influence. Mitt made three stops in the state today and I went and saw him this afternoon.
The man is amazing. He is such a good communicator. He had three main points to his message,
1. Strong Families 2. Strong Economy 3. Strong Military
I agreed with everything he said and I have cemented my support for him. I even accepted a bumper sticker and put it on my car as I left the event. Mitt Romney would be a great President. After his stump speech he opened the floor for questions. I was happy to see nobody asked about his religion. Another thing I liked about his speech was he was totally positive the whole time. No doom or gloom, no bashing other candidates, just told us what he would do if he were President.
Saturday, November 17, 2007
This is a photo of the royal couple, King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia of Spain.
Chavez was on one of his rants again calling the former Prime Minister of Spain a facist. The current Prime Minister was asking Chavez to show some respect for a democratically elected Prime Minister (you may recall Aznar, the former PM, was a big supporter of the USA and the War on Terror, and was leading big in the polls just days before the Spanish election, when Al Queda bombed the subways of Madrid, and the Spanish people freaked out and voted the oppostition party into power because they were campaigning to pull out of Iraq- in that case terrorism worked.....) Anyway, Chavez was bashin Aznar when the King leaned forward and said "Why don't you shut up". I love it! I really like Juan Carlos, I liked him a lot, when I was a missionary in Spain too, back in the 1980's. Now Chavez is demanding an apology. Yeah, right, when Venezuela freezes over.... I wonder when Chavez is going to apologize to our President for the aweful things he has said.
Friday, November 16, 2007
In an apparent push poll, a research firm has called Iowa Republicans this week praising John McCain and critcizing Mitt Romney and his Mormon faith. An individual in Manchester, Iowa, contacted me on Wednesday night saying he received a call with information about McCain's military service and anti-spending record.Then there were "lots of negatives on Romney," said the recepient of the call in an e-mail, including mentions of his "flip-flops," hiring illegal immigrants as landscapers and extensive discussion of Mormonism."Statements were on baptizing the dead, the Book of Mormon being on the level of the Bible, and one about equating it to a cult," said the Iowan, deeming them "common criticisms of Mormonism." "I think they asked twice if being a Mormon would be an issue," this person added.The person conducting the call said he didn't know who they were polling for, said the source. McCain's campaign, which has fielded calls into their Iowa headquarters complaining of similar such calls, emphatically denies responsibility."Sen. McCain strongly rejects this style of campaigning and we have absolutely no involvement whatsover," said Jon Seaton, McCain's top aide in Iowa.Another McCain source, however, said tonight that the calls had been traced back to a number linked to the Tarrance Group — Rudy Giuliani's pollster.Giuliani spokeswoman Maria Comella said their campaign has "absolutely nothing to do with this."Calls to Ed Goeas, Giuliani's pollster and a principal at the Tarrance Group, and Mitt Romney's campaign were not immediately returned. UPDATE: Romney communications director Matt Rhoades offers the following statement:"Whatever campaign is engaging in this type of awful religious bigotry as a line of political attack, it is repulsive and, to put it bluntly, un-American. There is no excuse for these attacks. Gov. Romney is campaigning as an optimist who wants to lead the nation. These attacks are just the opposite. It's ugly and divisive."
Ok- This is just disgusting! Romney is a good man, Mormons are fine people. McCain's Mom blasted Mormons on Hardball on MSNBC last week too. They can't attack Mitt's views for the country? They have to go after his religious beliefs? Nice to know there is still religious tolerance in the country. This really makes me see red!
Monday, November 12, 2007
Today we honor all those who have served our country in uniform. We have brave men and women today risking their lives for our freedoms. We can never repay them for their service, and for some the ultimate sacrifice of their lives.
My grandfather fought in World War I and my father-in-law in WWII. My dad also served 20 years in the US Military. I thank them for all they have done for us.
Sunday, November 11, 2007
I thought this was going to be the biggest game of our season this year. Turned out both teams have stumbled and out of the national championship hunt, but today was still a big game. We had to play in Berkley. It rained most of the game, but we pulled it out 24-17 and our slim Rose Bowl chances are still alive. Chauncey Washington had one of his best nights and pulled out the win for the Trojans. Fight On, beat Arizona State!
Saturday, November 10, 2007
Here is a picture taken on the Smith Farm looking towards the Sacred Grove.