Wednesday, July 30, 2008

What a Week!

For any of you who have been checking in for an updated post, I apologize for being so slothful. It has been a very busy, yet fun-filled week.
We had lots of company. On Tuesday, Kerri & Robert came with Emily & Nikolas. They were soon followed by Grandma & Grandpa B. A couple of hours later David & Vera arrived with Brett, Kiersten and Dylan. It was a houseful! But it was really nice to have everyone there. However, they did not all sleep at our house, thank goodness. As fun as that might have been, we're not really equipped for such a load.
The next day, my good friend Karen (from Camas, WA) and her daughter, Malia arrived. We hadn't seen them since we left Camas two years ago. That evening was the Rodeo, which was awesome! I hadn't been to one since I was a kid, and my kids had never seen one. We had a great time.
The next morning (the 24th) was the Big Parade. We had great front-row seats on Paul & MaryEllen's front yard. The weather was perfect. Everyone had a great time and the kids collected a nearly Halloween-sized stash of candy off the street. A parade is great because it's the only time that we allow our children to pick up candy off the ground and eat it. Who doesn't love doing that, huh?
The parade was followed by a huge gathering of Beckstroms, some I don't think I've met yet. And when you have that many Beckstroms, you also have a huge amount of wonderful food. Even though it was still early in the day, I managed to make room for more than I needed.
All of the morning fun was followed by a fun swim for all the kids (and most of the adults), a big, delicious dinner at Outback Steakhouse, and awesome ice cream at SubZero.
That was all followed by fireworks, sparklers and flying potato at our house, along with an amusing game of Props. Everyone stayed till almost midnight.
The next day I had to work, so I missed out on another fun day of swimming, but everyone else had a great time.
By Saturday, all the Beckstroms had left except for Mark & Anita who stayed till Monday.
On Saturday, I took Karen & Malia up to see Temple Square. They really enjoyed seeing everything there, although we wore ourselves out at the end by searching for the See's Candy store that was no longer where it used to be.
Sunday was Church. I really enjoyed having Karen with me. You really see things differently at church when you have a non-member with you.
Monday was spent at the Dinosaur Museum at Thanksgiving Point. Had another fun-filled day.
Karen and Malia went home on Tuesday, and now all is quiet here. And, it may be my imagination, but my house seems to have grown bigger overnight. We suddenly seem to have a lot of space.
I will (hopefully) post some pictures from this busy week soon. I now have a working camera, but seem to no longer have a cable to connect it to the computer to download the pictures. So please keep checking back.

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Andre & Ivan


Ten years old today!

(Updated photos to follow.)

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

What To Do When You Have a Flat Tire

If you find yourself with a flat tire on your vehicle, this is what you should do:
1 - Notice the flat tire before you get into your vehicle so you don't have to drive out of the driveway, notice something is wrong, and say: "Oh CRAP!" in front of your children, and have to drive backwards down the street and back into the parking lot that you just pulled out of.
2 - Be immediately thankful that you have a cell phone (if you have one) and use it to call your brother who works with your husband (who is otherwise unreachable) over and over and over and over and over until he finally answers.
3 - Ask said brother to deliver your husband (who otherwise would be waiting for you to pick him up) to you so he can help change the tire because you can't figure out how to get the spare out from under the car. (You are otherwise very capable of changing the tire as you've done it several times before - all by yourself).
4 - Remind your bored and cranky children how lucky they are that they are standed at a park and not alongside the freeway as you easily could have been.
5 - Do NOT allow your teenage son to sit in the car and listen to his CD while he waits because he is so bored and too big to play on the equipment at the park.
6 - Be as helpful and cheerful as you can to your husband when he arrives as he is very, very tired and sore from a very long day on his feet at work, but also try to allow your teenage son to watch closely so that one day he will know how to fix a flat tire.
7 - Also remain cheerful and positive when your husband becomes angry at you because the car won't start because the battery is dead because you didn't follow instruction #5.
8 - Be a good backer-upper and steerer when your teenage son and your husband push your car across the parking lot to a space where there would be room for another car to pull up and give you a jump start.
9 - After the car has been jump-started by a kind stranger and you are finally on your way home, remind everybody how wonderful it is that everything turned out so nicely, when it all could have been so much worse.
10 - Post the entire incident on your blog for all your friends and family to read so that they may know that these kinds of things happen to everyone and it always makes for a good story to share when there would otherwise be nothing of interest to blog about, and hope that it garners a good batch of comments because you really don't get very many otherwise.