Saturday, October 14, 2017

Apple Press

Preston and I had the primary program practice this morning. As we were walking there we saw Issac Bingham drive by. Mike had asked him what he was going to do with all the leftover apples from his cider party. He was looking for a way to get rid of them. Mike volunteered our house. This year was supposed to be an apple year for our trees, but we didn't get many. I don't know if that is because of the early frost or from the trimming we had done in the spring. Anyway, Isaac gave us plenty this year.
Apples from the Bingham's
We spent most of the day making apple cider. Preston LOVES it. He loves everything about apples. I have never been an apple juice fan, but pure apple juice with nothing added to it is just delicious. I have boring pictures to document how we spent our day.
First, rinse the apples ~ we figured one sinkful makes 14 jars of cider
 Second, cut apples and get rid of gross parts. No picture of that.
Third, put apples through the garbage disposal station ~ loud, but Preston loves it.
 The apples come out like this.
 Mike has some kind of mesh bag catching the apple goop.
 Fourth, tie up the bag.
 Fifth, put the bag on the press station with a wood circle thing on top.
 Sixth, have a bowl to catch the deliciousness.
 Mike stacks about five mesh bags with wood circles in-between them.
He uses a car jack to really get the juice pressed out.
 Preston loves catching the juice as it is running down.
Stockton, Preston, Mike and I went outside to pick whatever apples we could find from our tree. We were out there longer than we anticipated. Mike had jars of apple cider boiling on the stove to can them. When we came inside the smoke detector was going off. The smoke was everywhere. At least we didn't burn down our house.
Preston pretending he is Joseph Smith seeing a vision.
You can't see all the smoke here, but he made us all laugh.
 Burnt jars. Boo.
My dad came over today. Mike and I are going to Australia in a few weeks. My dad was going to sleep at our house so the kids wouldn't be alone. He came up to tell me he didn't want to do that. He will be close to his phone and the kids can text him if there was a problem, but he wanted to sleep in his own house. I don't feel good at all at leaving Jorja home alone. I'm not worried about the boys, but Jorja has never done well if I'm gone for a long time. Mike and I were talking about what to do. Mike came up with the idea of asking Hailey's mom if Jorja could stay with Hailey. I love that idea. Not only does Jorja adore Hailey, but Hailey has such a calming influence on Jorja. I really hope Melanie (Hailey's mom) says yes. I'm not sure what to do if she says no.

Speaking of Hailey, Jorja spent the day at a DFY conference. Day for Youth. She has been excited about this for a long time. It was a conference with all the stakes in our area and the Lone Peak stake. There were speakers, musical guests, a service project, dinner and a dance. Jorja went with Hailey. They didn't get back until midnight, but Jorja was pretty happy when I picked her up from Hailey's house.
Hailey and Jorja
I talked with Jorja until about 2:30 in the morning. She seems to be the most talkative late at night. Usually I am sound asleep at this time. I went to bed early today and had a few hours of sleep before I picked her up, so I was able to stay awake with her tonight. We talked about lots of different things. I told her that I thought it was important for her to date lots of different people when she turns 16. She said, "I know, it's just that that means Isaac will date other people and that makes me sad." I told her that she needed to let him do that. She said, "I just hope that he doesn't ask (girl's name that I don't want to say), she is so pretty. Sometimes I wonder why he even likes me." Really Jorja? It's not like you are some charity case. Another example of how oblivious Jorja is.

I actually talked to Mike a lot today about sending Jorja to Holly. Holly was Maysen's therapist, and I love her. I think Holly would be able to help Jorja a lot with her anxiety. The sad thing is Holly is no longer at the same place I took Maysen. She has started her own clinic in Bountiful. Great for her, sad for us. I don't think I want to commit to driving up to Bountiful, even though I would love for Jorja to meet with her. 

Short side note. A few weeks ago I was walking with Becky and she was talking about Isaac (her son) and his girlfriend named Lauren. I asked if it was Lauren Mitchell. It was. The name just seemed so familiar. I had no idea why I knew it or where I heard it from. It wasn't until a week later that it dawned on me. Loren Mitchell was my best friend my first year at college. That made me laugh so hard. I haven't thought about him in years. I remembered he was studying psychology, so I looked him up. He practices in Utah. Mike thinks it would be weird to have Jorja go talk to Loren. I go back and forth. He was so nice to me in college and I know how kind and understanding he is, I think he could be great for her. Mike thinks it would be better for her to talk with a girl. Maybe, but Jorja feels more comfortable around boys. Anyway, not sure what I'm going to do. I think Jorja would benefit greatly with having someone trained help with her anxiety and panic attacks. She doesn't get many, but wouldn't it be great to not get them at all?

(I just realized that I talked about three different Isaacs in this post. Who knew that name was so popular?)

Friday, October 13, 2017

Brett's Deployed

Brett left this morning on a long flight to UAE. UAE stands for United Arab Emirates. It is located in the Persian Gulf, kind of near Dubai. He will be gone for six months. There is a chance I might be able to watch their kids while Rachel goes over and visits him. That would be awesome! Rachel is going to come back to Idaho for a few months. Hopefully we'll be able to see her lots during this time. She is going to homeschool Marie and Mina. Mina is excited to leave. She hasn't liked school there. I've been working on a stocking for Eve. I was itching to do cross stitch again. When Rachel and I were talking about stockings I asked if simple cross stitch ones would be okay, and if she could do the final sewing of them. The felt ones have gotten so detailed that they take me almost as long as the simple cross stitch ones. Rachel has been making felt ones for her girls, so this should work out well. I like watching the boys at diving. This is what I do while I'm there.
Stockton watched Matt and Sam's kids today so they could go to a play. Matt had given Sam tickets to a play at Hale Theater in Orem for Christmas. He just forgot to get a babysitter. Stockton took care of all three kids, got them to bed and all that other stuff. Not super easy. I love him.

Mike and I went to Isaac and Becky's house for their cider party. Isaac was talking to us, asking about our kids. He said, "Jorja is beautiful, I mean she's stunning. I love watching everyone turn their heads when she walks by." Haha. Jorja is oblivious when other people notice her. It is really quite funny.

Jorja was hoping to go to a haunted house or something like that with friends. It didn't work out. She was disappointed. Instead she watched some episodes of Veronica Mars with me. I need to see if there is a VidAngel version of that show. I would add my commentary. Things like, "NOT APPROPRIATE!" or "CLOSE YOUR EYES!" Jorja ended up falling asleep in the movie room. She had told me if that happened to just let her stay asleep. So, tonight she slept on the couch.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

The Wall

I had Jorja's CCR this morning. The counselors take the kids during their biology class and talk to them about what they need for graduation and different pathways they can explore. They send a letter inviting the parents, but not many usually show up. I got there a bit early. Kelsey Court was the only other person in the room. She used to be our counselor, but the names got moved and we have a different one now. I was talking to her and asked her if they were still doing the Sons of the Pioneers scholarship. Maysen received that one, so I assumed Stockton would be able to as well. Kelsey said that each counselor gets to pick one student to receive that scholarship. That made my eyes bulge. "And you picked Maysen?" Kelsey said, "I think she's amazing." That made me so happy. It doesn't surprise me that Stockton didn't get picked. The new counselor doesn't even know him.

Evan's mom came in a bit later and we found a seat together. Soon all the kids filed in, but I didn't see Jorja. There were a lot of kids. I was looking around and saw Isaac in the back of the classroom. I then noticed Jorja sitting next to him hiding behind her backpack. I motioned for her to come sit by me, she ignored me. I stood up and called out to her. Ignored again. I said, "I will keep standing up until you come up here." I heard the counselors laugh saying, "I love that mom." Jorja, Evan, Shafer and Isaac then came to sit by us. Jorja got off easy, I could have been a lot more embarrassing.

I walked by this wall of pictures as I was leaving school. This wall is in the main part of school, in between the theater room and the counselors' office. I have never looked closely at it before. I looked at it today and was shocked to see a picture of Mike! I ended up finding three different pictures of him. Didn't expect that!
Wall of pictures
 1992 Student body officers
Mike, Bryce, Heath, Shandon, Matt
Sheena, Emily
 The first colored picture is Shandon, the second one is Mike
 1992 officers again
Shandon, Heath, Bryce
Mike, Emily, Sheena, Matt
I took Stockton, Preston and Gavin to diving today. While I was there Sam called me. She said she had been thinking of Jorja and how much she likes Hank Smith. She asked me if she thought our stake would be interested in having a fireside by Hank Smith. Jorja was thrilled when I told her about this conversation. Sam said that Covenant was wanting to ask Hank Smith to do a fireside based on the topic dating. They want to record it so it can be distributed. (Sam is Hank Smith's editor.) I hope this works out. I tried calling Julie Valentine, the stake young womens president, but I haven't heard back. Anyway, that was all during diving. I will end the diving segment with a video of Stockton doing a standing front 2 1/2.
Jorja was gone most of the evening. The Alta/Corner Canyon game was tonight. There was a Love Not Hate pep rally before. Hailey came up and got Jorja. The football game didn't start until 7:00, on a school night. I spent the time texting my brothers during the Washington/Cubs game. We texted a lot, especially during the 5th inning. That was awful. Alta also lost. Jorja texted me to pick her up. This is how much I love her. I went to pick up Jorja when the bottom of the 9th inning in game five of the playoffs was starting. By the time I got to Alta the Nationals had lost. That stinks. Here are some pictures I begged Jorja to send me.
Drew, Jorja, Isaac, Hailey
 Drew, Jorja, Hailey and poor kid with black hands
 Drew and Jorja
Jorja was so cold during the game. She had only brought a sweatshirt. She didn't want to bring her coat because it is white and today was a black or red out, or something like that. Drew ran home and brought Jorja a blanket. I love how Jorja's friends watch out for her.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Bowling and Missionaries

Mike took the day off of work today, although he was on call and worked most of the day. Stockton had his first bowling meet today. When we were at Angie's yesterday I got a text from Johny. (He is the down syndrome boy Stockton's age that lives on our street.) The text said, "Hi. John. I. Stockton. Take. Me bowling. Club. John." Haha. He makes me laugh. Stockton texted me after school to say he couldn't find Johny. I told him to leave and I would let Stephanie (Johny's mom) know. When Stockton and Jorja walked out to the jeep there were lots of people around it. Johny was trying to get into the jeep. Stockton was so funny when he was telling the story. I wish I could write it like he tells it. That kid makes boring things hilarious. Although it drives him nuts when I take him too literally with his stories. Stockton had fun and did decent at the bowling competition, but the kids from the other school were crazy good. I know one kid got a 236. My goal is just to break 100.

The missionaries came over tonight. Sister Hutchinson's companion left for home yesterday. Her new companion is straight from the MTC. We talked with them for a bit. Sister Hutchinson was introducing Jorja and telling her companion how much she likes Jorja. Preston started telling a story and Sister Hutchinson was laughing so hard. She said, "I'm sorry Jorja, but Preston might be my favorite." Then Stockton started telling a story and made them laugh again. Sister Hutchinson said, "You are funny. I've never talked to you before, but your mom kept telling me how funny you are. She was right."

While the missionaries were over I got a text from Stephanie asking if Johny was here. Stockton dropped Johny off at his house and watching him walk into the garage. Later I texted Stephanie and asked if she found him. Yep. He was at the Valentines. Whew.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Maysen's TWENTY!

My little baby girl is twenty today. I can hardly believe it. Maysen has brought such joy into my life. She helped heal my heart when it was broken from the death of my mom. I remember Grandma Parry coming to Washington to meet her for the first time. She mentioned how it made her so happy when I walked outside to meet them. She said I was holding Maysen like she was the most precious thing in the world. Which she was. I took pictures of pictures that I randomly found. I love this little girl more than words can say.
Mike & Maysen
 Stephanie & Maysen
 Maysen at the tulip festival in Washington
 Jorja & Maysen
 Grandma Honey & Maysen
This picture was taken right before we left on our flight back to Georgia. Grandma Honey died before we came back.
Stockton had his sterling scholar interview for math after school today. It went really well. He looked handsome in his suit. Stockton said that after he told the judges all the reasons why he would make a great candidate for math, he had to do two math problems right in front of them. They told him to speak through his thought process. They had him write the first problem on the board as they said it. Stockton said he just stood there not saying anything. Then he said, "Well, I'm stumped. I don't think this is possible." VanOrden yelled, "You aced that!" Yikes! They actually gave him an impossible problem. Stockton was so relieved he didn't try to solve it. Anyway, he did great. I have no idea if he will get this, there are a lot of smart math kids at Alta. Josh also went for math. Stockton and Josh were together in all their math classes from middle school on. They carpooled to the different schools and both took calculus as sophomores. Should be interesting. Stockton did come home before I left to Logan, so he decided to come with us. I wasn't expecting he would be able to, so this was a nice surprise. Jorja was at a soccer game and I couldn't get to her, so we left her behind.

I really wanted to be with Maysen on her birthday this year. She does not have a room mate, and she doesn't have many friends. Especially ones who would know it was her birthday. I couldn't stand the thought of her going through her entire birthday without anyone saying happy birthday to her. She did get birthday cards from both her grandpas and texts from several people. Rachel, Becky, Holly (my roommate from college) and even Isaac. I can't remember if she said anyone else. We had a great time though, I'm so glad we went up there.
Stockton & Preston
 Mike & Maysen
 Maysen just opened her present from Stockton
Stockton was so excited to get her this. He has been planning it for months. This is a remake of one of Maysen's favorite games from years ago. Maysen loves anything that reminds her of her childhood. (I love that!) Not only did they remake this game, but they added a new storyline. One with Fawful. Stockton has been hoping and hoping that Maysen wouldn't hear about this game. It was just released a few days ago. She was totally surprised and she loved it. Her favorite present for sure. Granted that the only other things she asked for (and received) was candy legos, finding her long charging cord and some face cream. ~ She's very low maintenance. Preston also gave her some tentacles (from Day of the Tentacle) that he 3D printed, along with super glue for her to put them together.
I should have kept this video running. Maysen was so funny. She told Stockton, "What are you doing to me?" (College has been intensive this semester, now she is going to be tempted with other things.)
We took Maysen out to Angie's. They sang Happy Birthday to her and brought her a birthday cinnamon roll. I took Maysen grocery shopping to fill up her fridge for a few weeks, then we stopped by Cold Stone. I was planning on getting Maysen a cupcake for her birthday, but that didn't work out. Maysen convinced me to get her a tub of Cold Stone's cake batter ice-cream and count that as her cake. She had it mixed with Aggie sprinkles. She said she really didn't like cake much that this would be better. We went back to Maysen's apartment and hung out until about 10:00, then made the long drive home.
Maysen, Stockton, Mike
 Preston clicked the picture button with his toe.
Preston, Stockton, Maysen, Stephanie, Mike
 Maysen & Stephanie
 Maysen & Stockton
 Maysen & Preston
 Maysen & Mike
Stockton and Preston slept the entire way home. Mike and I were so tired. We switched drivers three times, but made it home safe and sound. I am so glad we did this. It was nice to be with Maysen today. She is an incredible person and makes me very happy.

Monday, October 9, 2017

Driving and Talking

I left this morning to drive down to American Fork to pick up a present I ordered for Maysen a week ago. Everything was fine at the register, but when I went to pick it up I was told it was out of stock. That would have been nice to know before I drove up there. They are going to ship it to Maysen, it just won't be there in time for her birthday. That's annoying.

Sister Heaton (the Relief Society president) called me on my way home. She wanted to thank me for being nice to my neighbors. That made me laugh. She is funny, and it was nice to talk to her. She said, "I just realized I haven't talked to you since I've had this new calling." I said, "Yep, I'm in the primary hole." That made me laugh, but I don't think she thought it was that funny.

Isaac texted me a lot today. I gave him my opinion on things relating to him and Jorja. Manly encouraging them to be great friends for a long time and to not wish their lives away by being too much in a hurry to grow up. Jorja asked me today why I don't ever write anything nice about Isaac on the blog. I didn't realize that was the case. I guess the reason is, Jorja doesn't tell me all the good things Isaac does, but it is obvious when she is upset. So, to make Jorja happy I will write that Isaac is a great kid and super nice to Jorja. Although by writing this I will make Stockton unhappy. He misses the Jorja that wasn't into boys.

I took Stockton, Preston, Gavin and Janelle to diving today. When we got there they were in the middle of a college diving meet between the U and Southern California. It was a girls meet. I was expecting the divers to be a lot better than they were. I guess I was expecting all college divers to be able to compete at olympic level.

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Jorja's Hard Day

So....Jorja had a hard day today. She sent Isaac a text last night, then immediately regretted it. I can't remember what she said exactly, but something about just being friends for now and hopefully having a future later. I think. I can't really remember and she has her phone with her at school so I can't spy on her messages right now. Anyway, I think it caught Isaac off guard. Jorja cried most of the day today. She said she ruined things with Isaac. Evan calmed her down enough for her to go to church. Jorja said she was worried Isaac would never talk to her again. Evan assured her that there was no way Isaac would stop talking to her. Jorja did great during church, but cried a lot when she came home. I was just making her angry because I was getting kind of frustrated with her. Mike had her make lasagna with him and was able to talk to her and get her to calm down. She only started hyperventilating once, and Mike was able to get her to calm down right away.

I talked my family into going on a hike this afternoon. I wanted to be in the mountains with the pretty leaves. Jorja got upset because the hike starts by Isaac's church, which is near his house. I kind of mocked her for that because that was weird. Am I never going to be allowed to turn right when I leave my neighborhood? Anyway, I was hoping to make it to the suspension bridge. Except I messed up. I wasn't paying too much attention when I went there with Jacqui. I saw a sign that said Bonneville Trail, or something like that. It looked familiar, so we went that way. That was the wrong way. I think I see that name so much on the different Bradley instagram accounts that it seemed what I was looking for. So, we hiked along a bike path. I ran along it, which felt amazing. We were able to eventually find the right path and the first little bridge, but it was getting dark and Mike didn't want to be in the mountains with no light when it was dark for some reason. We will have to try again soon. It is so pretty up there. It was nice to get out of the house.

Isaac ended up calling Jorja tonight. I'm not sure what they talked about, but Jorja was a lot happier when she went to bed. I'm so glad he called her. I think she feels things are going to be okay. At least she isn't scared of him ignoring her. I hope they can get back to being the best of friends. Fourteen is so young to like someone so much. Jorja is A LOT different than Maysen.

One quick memory from today. We had the primary program practice, so everyone was just finding a seat in the chapel at the beginning of primary. I grabbed Dane's hand and was looking for others in my class. I saw a row stuffed with girls. Alex was against the wall and was crying. I sat Dane somewhere and then held out my arms to her. She came toward me and let me pick her up. I squeezed her so hard and she squeezed me right back. I stood there holding her, rocking her back and forth for a long time, both of us squeezing the guts out of each other. I never did ask her why she was crying, but I was just so full of love for that little girl. Ron Henderson walked by while I was holding Alex and said, "Rough gig you have there." He could tell I was loving every second of it.

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Kristin Chenoweth

Jorja had a long day today. She finished her softball tournament, and her softball season. Her first game was pretty early and it was cold! Mike and I took Jorja to Dunkin Donuts during her break between games. The temperature was much better for her second game. I love how much Jorja has improved. Her catchers stance is amazing. Look how flat footed she is. I can't believe she finds this comfortable. She can stay like that for a long time. Her legs are pretty strong.
I like this one. Jorja's catcher stance and lovely catch by Raina in left field.
Evan and Hailey came over this afternoon. Evan was here first, then the other people they invited said they could not come. I made Jorja, Evan and Preston watch a Chinese soap opera while they waited for Hailey. I watched it with them. I had no idea what was going on, but I did not fall asleep. How can I stay awake through this and not be able to stay awake during any other movie in existence? Just kidding . . . but I do fall asleep a lot. The show was about 45 minutes, and Hailey watched the last bit with them. Mike and I went to see Kristin Chenoweth down in Provo. I let Evan and Hailey stay here. After talking to all three of them and getting them to promise me that I wouldn't regret this. The line was so long to get into the Marriott Center. The phone rang right as I was sitting down. Luckily because of the lines they started the show late. Jorja was on the phone asking if Isaac could come over. I wasn't sure what to do. I told her it would be okay as long as his parents were aware that we weren't home. Stockton and Preston were both home. I asked to talk to Evan and made him promise me to keep Jorja and Isaac in line. I told him to be as annoying as I would be if I were there. He promised me he would do his best. I regretted not talking to Hailey and asking her the same thing. Jorja said Hailey did a good job helping Evan out. The kids were gone by the time Mike and I got home.

Kristin Chenoweth was amazing! Her voice was incredible, she was so kind and gracious. And funny! So funny. We were laughing and cheering all night. I can't believe someone that small can sing like that. Her voice is powerful, and she has such control. It's funny that a lot of popular singers now use computer generated software to make them sound amazing. Then you hear someone like Chenoweth. I loved it. Plus, she is 'Itty Bitty'. I loved that character on Pushing Daisies. I loved Kristin Chenoweth before this, but I really love her now. I'm so glad Mike got us tickets to see her.

Friday, October 6, 2017


I went on a hike with Becky and her little baby Max today. It was a short hike, but it was so nice. I was thankful that Becky thought to ask me. I loved catching up with her. It seems like ages ago since we worked in young womens together.

Mike and I had to divide and conquer today. I checked Jorja out of school. She had a softball tournament. No idea why it started so early today. I dropped Jorja off at the field, watched them warm up for a bit then went home. Stockton and I then went up to the U for the first high school meet of the season. So weird that they are starting this early. Usually the state meet is in March. This year it is in December. What? I wonder why they are doing that? Maybe so the kids can prepare for the USA/ASSU meets better? Oh well. Too bad the next meet is over fall break. Anyway, Stockton had a great meet! He took first! He scored 210.85 points. Nice way to start the season.
Stockton ~ 103B ~ front 1 1/2
403C ~ inward 1 1/2
203C ~ back 1 1/2
303C ~ reverse 1 1/2
5122 D ~ front flip full twist
105C ~ front 2 1/2
Results. Yay Stockton!
Meanwhile Mike was at the ball field with Jorja. He sent me a few videos. I like how the dust comes off Jorja's glove in this one. (Jorja also made a perfect tag at home. Yay Porge!)
Mike said this little kid became obsessed with Jorja. She played with him for a long time. He sent me a video of them playing catch together. The funny thing is, no one knows who the kid is. I think they figured out later that his sister is on one of the other teams. I love Jorja. She knows how to make everyone feel like they belong.
Jorja and random kid
Mike dropped Jorja off at the football game. Stockton went to play ping pong with his Capstone friends. The capstone engineering class Stockton is taking is mostly with people from other schools. They drive to Alta for this class. There are only a handful of Alta students. The kids met at Addy's house for pizza and ping pong. Two of Stockton's favorite things. Jorja seemed to have a fun time at the football game. At least this time she had a sweatshirt on. I went to pick Jorja and Evan up and saw an idiot student almost get run over by a car. This kid laid down in the parking lot, wearing black, at night. A car went to cut through some of the empty stalls and almost hit this kid. Glad that didn't actually happen. Hope my kids aren't that idiotic. Anyway, I'm going to grab some pictures from Jorja's phone.
Jorja & Hailey
 James, Jorja, Hailey
 Evan with all the girls.
Aiyanna, Hallie, Jorja, Evan, Camila, Hailey

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Homecoming Assembly

I snuck down to the high school so I could watch Jorja during the homecoming assembly. I got there a bit early, but that turned out to be good. I was able to go to the top and sit by other parents. I sat by Noni's mom. Noni is one of the head cheerleaders, so she has the same advisory as Jorja. I videoed the cheerleaders for her. Jorja was cute out there. Here is some of the videos.
The Porge
Jorja explaining the game
Drew ~ Essay on canvas due at midnight
That was the hardest one to make up a dance to!
Matt Russell ~ he was a student body officer with Mike
Kissing a manatee
Gavin ~ one of Stockton's friends
This guy was funny, his topic was drying off after a shower
I laughed so hard when I noticed the kid in front of me playing Mario Kart
I got the end of the spirit circle thing they do. Wish I would have caught it earlier.
This is a pretty boring video, but I stuck it on anyway.
Stockton took Preston to diving. I stayed and waited for Jorja to call me so I could pick her up from school. She had to stay after to work on the pep rally. She ended up riding around with Mr. Packer in a golf cart for about an hour, stopping to do stuff on the way. She ended up staying until the pep rally. She was freezing! She didn't have a sweater or a coat or anything. They did feed her though. I think the officers got pizza. I wish I had gone down to the pep rally. It's hard to know what Jorja is okay with me going to or not. She wasn't supposed to be doing anything. I found out later that she got to march in the parade. She also announced the musical chair game with the alumni. This year the alumni got to compete in a lot of games. Both at the homecoming assembly and the pep rally. Mike and I went last year. I was able to get Sherry and Shannon to come too. They just announced our names. We were supposed to play games, so I felt a bit embarrassed that Sherry and Shannon had come just for that. Who knew that a year later Jorja would need to be finding alumni for this. Too bad I didn't wait a year to ask Sherry and Shannon. They would have had more fun this year. At least Jorja had a great time. She was so happy when I came and picked her up. She had Ashley's blanket around her. She is loving student government.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017


I'm totally missing my super hard exercising program that I used to do. Usually Michael Banks will do a program in September or October that lasts until December. I guess he's not doing one this year, and I really need to get back in the game. Today I went to Gavin's house. His mom teaches a core/flexibility class on Wednesdays. That has been fun. I am so inflexible it is ridiculous. I'm hoping that maybe this will help my back. I wake up with back pain every day. I can't remember the last time I didn't wake up because my back was hurting. I wish I knew what to do about it. I hate not being able to sleep.

Jorja had to miss her softball scrimmage tonight. While she was at school she found out she had to practice for the assembly tomorrow. Jorja is announcing something, and she was put on the assembly committee as her homecoming week assignment. I felt bad she had to miss her scrimmage, especially since I told her coach last night that she would be there. I hope Jorja let them know. Jorja had fun at the practice, except they didn't end up working on the speaking parts. They decided they would work on them in class the next day. Problem is, Jorja isn't in the student government class because she is a freshman. So . . . fingers crossed and hoping for the best.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Diving to Scouts

I took Stockton and Preston to diving today. I also found out that Stockton's first high school meet is on Friday. That is the earliest high school diving has ever started. Jorja has two softball games that day and it is the homecoming game, so that is a bummer. Especially since Gavin can't come because he is performing at halftime in the homecoming game.

It took me longer to get home then normal because Wasatch is closed for some reason. That made Preston ten minutes late for his first scouts with the 11 year olds. He came straight from diving and still had his suit under his pants. I watched him ring the doorbell and his entire bottom was soaking wet. Yep. I'm a good mom. At least I got there to pick him up right as he started walking home. Lucky I did because he wasn't sure of the way. He thought he could find it, but it was so dark outside. And cold. And he didn't have a jacket. And he was wet. Again, good mom.

Monday, October 2, 2017

Orange Pen

Today was college day at the high school. Parents were invited, but not many came. I'm glad Stockton let me hang around with him. He was able to pick three schools to listen to. We went to BYU, Utah State and University of Utah. We did find out that the University of Utah has a video game program. It is under the Engineering and Entertainment major. That's cool!

Stockton stayed after school today to take another physics pretest. He scored 95% on it, but the computer didn't take any of his assignments away. The lady in the lab said if you score over 65% assignments are supposed to be taken off. He has to call the district tomorrow. When he was leaving from his physics test he saw a napkin on the car. It said, "U R DUM". Literally every word is spelled wrong on the note calling Stockton dumb. Nice. I'm annoyed because when I was leaving school from college day I noticed that napkin, but thought Stockton put it there for some unknown reason. I should have looked closer.
While Stockton was waiting for the testing center to open he heard a group of girls talking about Jorja. One of the girls said something like, "Her family is in my stake. When they were signing up for swimming Jorja's mom told the lady she liked the pen. She said, 'You don't need it? Can I have it?' " Stockton said he was so mad. He wanted to go up to them and said, "Seriously? Those are the skeletons in my family's closet?" This happened two or three years ago. I was talking to someone I knew from high school and mentioned I liked the pen. She told me I could keep it. I said, "You don't need it? I can have it?" Or something like that. Weird that someone would remember that conversation. Of all my awkward conversations that I worry about afterwords, that one didn't even register. The pen was orange by the way and I used it until the ink ran out.

Mike and I were asked to judge the homecoming pageant tonight. I was really worried about this. I didn't know what to expect. I didn't want to have to come up with witty comments. Mike was also asked to judge along with another girl that graduated about five years ago. The pageant ended up being really fun. We just needed to put our score on a paper. There were three girls and three boys. We judged on the catwalk, the lip sync, minute to win it games and questions. My favorite girl lip sync was this girl that did it to the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air theme song. She was so funny. My favorite boy lip sync was this kid that did his to I Just Can't Wait to be King. His answers were also the best to the questions. Anyway, it was pretty fun.

Jorja came to my bedroom tonight and asked if I could sleep with her in the guest room again. She cried and cried. She is so confused. Isaac wants to get back together. I was so frustrated. I told her not to do it. I told her he will break her heart in two weeks. Just be friends. Jorja didn't like hearing what I had to say. I wish he didn't have such a hold on her. It is driving me crazy. He is not mean to her at all, but I wish they would just be friends for several more years. Jorja actually has no idea if they are back together. It is going to be a long four years.