Saturday, January 21, 2017

Scary Roads and Iceskating

I woke up early to go to my exercise class. I set my alarm, but rarely am I still asleep when the alarm goes off. I was up really early today and headed to the gym much earlier than I was planning. That was a great idea, because there was a ton of snow outside! I drove in 4 wheel drive the entire way. I still slid turning from 114th to 13th. My gym class was hard. I am not in shape like I used to be. At least I finished, but it wasn't pretty. The jeep was buried in snow when I came out, I couldn't even see my footprints. I was hoping the roads would be okay on the way back. It was now around 8:30, surely the plows had been out. No such luck. I slid turning out of the gym onto 123rd. I slid on 13th. I slid on 106 and I slid the entire way up Pepperwood drive. I fishtailed back and forth. I screamed and screamed, "Help me!" It was so scary. Once I was back home I did not want to leave again. I'm annoyed at myself for not going to the dollar store yesterday. I want a few things for my primary class. Mainly cheep frames so I can give the girls Chelsea's picture. Anyways, once I arrived home I called Jorja a few times hoping to wake her up. She did not wake up. I had to run through deep snow in my exercise clothes to get to the front door. I was hoping Jorja would open the garage door for me.
Stockton's dive meet was cancelled. Stockton is in Idaho anyway. I thought it would be because of the snow, but it was another issue with the pool. I texted Stockton pictures. Even with these pictures it is hard to get an idea of how deep it actually was.
I kept hoping Jorja's ice skating activity would be canceled. I was not going to drive, but it worried me that she was out on the roads. She promised me over and over that she was not going to die. Still, I worried. Natalie's dad drove them. He had a car that looked like it could handle the weather. I told Jorja she should wear her boots to the rink. She didn't listen. I watched her run down the driveway in her Converse. The snow was to the middle of her shins. She slipped right before she got to the car. I laughed. Listen to your mom Porge. Jorja seemed to have fun. Here are a few pictures I managed to convince her to text me.
Jorja, Natalie, Kate, Hailey, Katlyn, Evan, Isaac, Shafer
 Kate, Katlyn, Jorja, Hailey, Natalie
 Shafer, Evan, Hailey, Jorja, Katlyn, Kate, Isaac
They asked this random guy to take their picture. I think it looks like Josh Elsmore, but my brothers disagree. It would have been hilarious if it was him. This is Mike's favorite thing to do, so I wanted to document that it was done to Jorja.
Random guy
I spent the day cleaning bathrooms and being lazy. It was wonderful. When Jorja came home we watched shows. I wanted to show her Veronica Mars, but apparently you have to pay for that on Amazon. We watched Stranger Things, then I showed her an episode of Sherlock. Then more Stranger Things. I could not keep my eyes open one second longer. Jorja kept putting her face inches from mine to make sure I was still awake. It was fun to have Jorja to myself.

Friday, January 20, 2017

Cousin Lunch

I had my cousin lunch today. I was so excited about it. We usually meet at City Creek because Heather and Jordyn can meet us during their lunch break. Jorja has the day off of school, so I asked her if she would like to come with her friends. They love going to the mall, so I thought they would have fun hanging out at this gorgeous place. Jorja invited three friends. This morning it dawned on me that I only have the jeep! There are four seat belts in the jeep and we had potentially five people going. Whoops! I called my dad but he was taking Gayle to the doctors. I called Matt and Sam. They said I could borrow their car. That was so nice of them! After talking to Sam it dawned on me that we could just ride trax. That was my plan. I was worried I would be late, but I didn't know what else to do. Luckily for me, one of the girls couldn't go. I drove Jorja, Hailey and Katlyn up to Salt Lake. We got lunch at Chick-Fil-A. I sat by my cousins and they sat by themselves. Jorja did give Jordyn a clear jelly stamper we had got for her awhile back. I hope she has fun with it!

Meanwhile, at my table was Heather, Jordyn, Derek & Kendra and their two kids - Evelyn and Paisley. Lunch went by way too quickly, as it always does. It was wonderful to have this brief moment with my cousins. I walked Jordyn back to her building then hurried back to the food court. Kendra was still in the play area. I sat and talked with her while Evelyn and Paisley played. I think Paisley and Millie look exactly alike. It is crazy. I had brought my dot-to-dot book to do if I had extra time. I hate shopping so this sounded wonderful. Luckily I didn't need to resort to that and was able to spend time getting to know Kendra better. As we were leaving I ran into Jorja and her friends. Talk about timing! We went and picked up some frozen yogurt at Farr's before we headed home.
Funny I have a picture of yogurt, but nothing of people. Not my cousins, not Jorja or her friends. Oh well. Jorja and I spent the rest of the day watching movies. Well, tv shows. She wanted me to watch Stranger Things with her. Then she watched A Series of Unfortunate Events. I fell asleep while she was watching that. Since Mike was gone, she slept upstairs with me. It was really fun to have one-on-one time with her. Mike had the boys to himself for most of the day. Jeff's kids had school, so they got up there this evening. It sounds like they are having a great time so far. Days off are the best.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Larkin and Rennie

I watched Jeff for a lot of the day today. Well, not a lot of the day, but a couple of hours while the kids were gone. He was great. We played legos and watched some Leapfrog shows. I was hoping to find the Letter Factory, but I could only find the updated ones. They just aren't as cool as the old ones. Matt picked up Jeff and I headed to the school to pick up Stockton. I dropped off Stockton at diving and went to the Chick-Fil-A down the street. I met Larkin and Rennie there. We talked and watched Rennie come in and out of the play place for about an hour. I was glad I could see Larkin. She can't make it to the lunch tomorrow, so it was nice for me to snag her. Poor Rennie was so sick over Christmas. She was in the hospital twice with the croup. I don't miss those scary times of wondering if your child can breathe. Stockton liked to pull that trick the most. We haven't had to rush him to the emergency room for breathing issues for about twelve years.

Mike brought Preston to diving and picked up Stockton. We hurried home as soon as Preston was done. Mike took the boys to the cabin tonight. I was really nervous about them leaving so late. Mike texted me in Evanston, Cokeville and when they arrived at one in the morning. He promised me he would, even though he knew I would be asleep. It was perfect though because when I woke up early I saw the message that they were safe. That's all I needed to know.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Oh Tacos

I laughed so hard when I saw this sign. I stopped the car, rolled down the window and made Jorja take a picture of it. Classic Jordyn.
I survived my first exercise class. Barely. This class is crowded. I'm not a fan of that.

I dropped Stockton off at diving. Mike took him home after Preston's class. I went to the Advanced Academic's Night at the high school. My main purpose was to find out if the Chinese program will be here. I talked to the vice principal and then the principal. Both think it is coming but are not 100% sure. I guess we will go forward assuming Jorja will go here. New freshman orientation is next week. That will be Jorja. Bizarre.

Maysen called and we were able to get her signed up for a writing conference this summer. I think she is excited about going. We are going to sign her up for another one next week. Hope she loves them! Jorja's hopefully going to EFY with Ebony. We have never done EFY before. We missed early sign ups, so fingers crossed there is still a spot when we are allowed to sign up. Josh's mom called to see if Stockton wanted to go to EFY with Josh and Josh. He really does, especially since there will be no dive camp this year. The only problem is he wants to apply for The Step to the U, which will be summer college classes. I think they start the same week as EFY. Who knows if Stockton will be accepted, they would be crazy to not take him though.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017


I spent the day doing laundry, of course. That is how the day after the cabin always goes. I thought I would be able to get it all done. That did not happen. Preston came home from school and told me I needed to go to a Chinese meeting at his school. I had totally forgotten about it. They wanted to talk to us about the AAPPL results, which is basically the foreign language standardized test. The person in charge of the Chinese program for the district was there. When they opened up the floor for questions several parents started asking her about where the Chinese program will be for the high school. She told us they were having a board meeting right now to decide. (What?) It is being recommended that the Chinese program be at both high schools. Wow! This is news to me. I have heard several things from the schools and from other parents who have called the superintendent. I even talked to this lady back in December. I think I was one of the first, if not the first person to call. She was surprised and didn't have any answers when I talked to her. The plan keeps changing. Parents are upset. Especially to put your child in a program in first grade and have it taken away after investing eight years. Anyway, we will be so happy if the program is at both schools! Jorja is funny. I picked her up at Hailey's house after the meeting. I told her Chinese might be at Alta and they are deciding right now. Jorja threw up her arms in celebration and then turned to Hailey and said, "Let us pray." Hailey's mom had no idea Jorja might go to another high school. She didn't like that idea at all.

Matt and Sam came over for a bit tonight. Stockton and Jorja were at their YM/YW activities. Stockton had pizza and planning. Jorja had a get to know you activity with the new presidency member over the mia maids. (She seems awesome!) Jorja had to bring three things that represented herself. She brought the Chinese wall hanging Willy's family gave us, a catchers mitt and nail stamps. Stockton came home early and Anne was so surprised. She smiled so big and said to Sam, "Mom, look behind you!" Stockton and Preston played with Anne for a bit. Mike helped Matt to cut off the legs of his crib. Anne now has a bunk bed and they want to put the crib under the bunk. Hope it works out for them. I haven't seen the final result left.

I start my crazy hard exercise class tomorrow. I'm nervous. I'm more out of shape than I usually am. I missed the first two classes, so tomorrow might be harder. Yikes!

Monday, January 16, 2017

Back to the Stress

Stockton finally felt well enough to sled! Mike took a group of kids to the springs. Steve took Erica out snowmobiling on the reservoir. Erica ended up walking back after Steve had gotten the snowmobile stuck. Taylor went with Erica to try and help him. Shannon took a 4-wheeler up to the springs to get Mike. Steve ended up getting the snowmobile unstuck by himself and the kids were able to continue their demolition derby at the springs. Jorja hurt her leg pretty bad. She crashed in front of Jacob and he had no way to avoid her. Brandon crashed into Preston, but Mike did penguin racing a couple of runs with Preston and that fixed everything.

I took my kids and Erica home around lunchtime. I was hoping we would leave in enough time to stop by the square ice-cream store, but we didn't make it. I got Erica home ten minutes before six o'clock. She had a reunion thing in Provo with her Nauvoo group at seven that she wanted to attend. We stopped at JCW on the way home and got milkshakes. Mike left the cabin about the time we arrived home. He got home while I was talking to Maysen. I think it was around 11:00, but I'm not sure.

Jorja's leg was hurting her pretty bad by the time we made it home. I called Brother Bingham to see if he was home and could look at it. He was working all night long. Jorja decided to try just icing her leg all night and see how she feels in the morning. We wondered if it was broken for awhile, but now we are leaning toward it being a sprain. Hopefully she'll feel better in the morning.

I got on Skyward tonight. Stockton's physics teacher still hasn't updated anything, and it still shows his grade as an F. I know it is not an F, just like I knew when it said he had 100% at this point last quarter that it wasn't correct. This teacher is frustrating on so many levels. I am glad I got on Skyward, because I noticed Stockton's physics homework was due today. He always has online assignments and they are all due at the end of the quarter. Stockton had them all finished except one. He stayed up until 10:30 to get that one finished. I hope he at least pulls a B in this class. We have no idea where he stands.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

A Cold, Cold Drive

Mike made French toast and I woke the kids up so we could make it to 9:00 church. Jorja was not happy about that, but she knew it was coming. The 9:00 ward is the closest, and we figured it would be better to start the day with church than have it break up the day. Mike took people down on 4-wheelers. We were the last family to leave the parking lot. Mike rolled down the window so he could see better as he was backing up. The problem was, the window got stuck. Yes, that's right. It was STUCK open. We drove in the freezing cold with the drivers side window rolled down the entire way to church. It was so cold! We were laughing so hard. The wind started blowing snow into our car. Then we passed a skunk! It just kept getting better and better. I had tears streaming down my face, it was so funny. Luckily Mike was able to get it back up after we arrived at church. I was not looking forward to driving home with the window down.

The rest of the day was spent eating and playing games. We had such a great time. Stockton felt better today. He went to church with us and managed to do some homework. He still slept most of the day, but at least he stopped throwing up. That's progress. We played many, many games. Cover Your Assets was fun. Mike did awesome the first round and got almost half of the points he needed to win. It was a crazy good hand for him. Too bad Nathan and Steve declared it a practice round and started over. Nathan had said it was a practice round when he wasn't doing well, but it was obvious he was kidding. I argued that there was no way Nathan would have restarted the game if he had done as well as Mike. (I also had a great round, but nothing close to Mike.) Anyways, we started over. Mike would have won the entire game if we didn't start over. Instead Preston ended up winning. We had ten people playing, so that was impressive. Another game we like was Code Word, or something like that. Taylor also taught us this weird train robbery game. Steve (and Jacob) and I destroyed Nathan and Lisa in Canasta, or as they like to call it, 'Hand and Foot'. One game we didn't play was Dominion, that was weird. Matt would find that unacceptable.
Taylor, Jorja
Shannon, Sherry, Miah
 Cover Your Assets
Matt, Steve, Lisa, Nathan
Xander, Mike, Preston
(Connor, Jacob and I also played)
 Jorja painted Lisa's nails ~ butterfly wings
 Jorja being a Porge playing Code Word
Sherry's family left a little before dinner. Matt has to work tomorrow, they need to feed their horses, Connor is going skiing with his friends and Tage was coming home. All those reasons. I'm so glad they came up here. I think Miah and Jorja had a lot of fun together. Everyone seemed to have fun together. We don't have many opportunities to hang out together. We have quick dinners and things once in awhile. We were trying to think of the last time we went on a vacation together. Steve thought it was the Disney Cruise when Maysen was a baby. It wasn't. There were several winters we went to Daniels Summit. That was fun. The great thing about the cabin though is there is a meeting place where we can hang out together. Seriously, we played games all day long today. It went by so fast. I hope we can do this more often. We missed Maysen, Tage, Spencer, Michael, Aimee and Jessica. They were definitely not forgotten.

Jorja, Preston and Weston were the last kids standing. They were playing a game, but I can't remember what one. Maybe Exploding Kittens? Anyways, I finally had to tell them they needed to go to bed. It was about 12:30. I had a hard time sending them to bed because they were having so much fun. I just couldn't keep my eyes open any longer.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Poor Stockton

It's cold up here. Cold and beautiful. Mike took this screenshot last night. We were up pretty late.
Most of us had a fun day. Stockton did not. He threw up and slept all day long. He looked pretty miserable. It was so sad. He would have had a great time today. Mike went sledding with the kids for a long time. I stayed inside with Stockton. Lisa and Nathan stayed inside as well. Preston came in before they went to the springs. He had snow all down his boots. Preston played with Lisa for a long time. She taught him different strategies for 2048. About one minute after everyone came back from the springs, Stockton threw up again. A lot. Later he told me that he thought he was fine, but then everyone was talking about lunch and the food they were going to eat. They were saying words like 'taco' and 'cheese'. That did not sit well with his stomach.

Lisa and Nathan taught me a game called Cover Your Assets. It was pretty fun. When everyone came back we played a game called Code Name or something like that. Lots of fooseball was played and Mike was pretty happy he decided to bring it upstairs.

Shannon, Erica and I took a 4-wheel drive to see Steve and Sharon. Mike thought he saw lights at their house last night. I texted them this morning and asked if they were there. They weren't and no one was supposed to be there. Mike said, "Maybe I was looking at the wrong cabin?" Whoops. We probably made them paranoid. Mike drove by and it didn't look like anyone was there. I texted Sharon and let her know. They came up tonight so I stopped by and said hi. I hope they didn't come up because I freaked them out that someone might be up there. Sharon told me there was a hall light left on. I wonder if that was what Mike saw. We were just really excited that they might be here. We stayed and chatted with them. It was really nice.

The rest of the day was spent playing games, figuring out when/where to go to church and talking. Stockton went to sleep early. I hope he is feeling better tomorrow. Sometimes after a lot of stress his body just shuts down when it is over. We have a few days left in the quarter, maybe his body couldn't handle it anymore.

I realized towards the end of the day that I hadn't taken any pictures again. I got a few of Taylor playing with Jorja, but Jorja would not cooperate.
Jorja & Taylor
 Weston & Xander
 Xander & Weston
Matt & Connor
Taylor and Preston were arguing who should be able to put their cup in holder number 10. Preston's birthday is on the 10th of November and he is 10 years old. Taylor's birthday is on 10-10 and he is using Maysen's cup whose birthday is also on 10-10. Made me laugh and miss Maysen. I hope she is having fun being alone in her dorm. We had a pretty fun day, minus Stockton. Oh! I almost forgot! It was Spencer's birthday. He is 26. We sent him birthday texts. Both Jorja and Preston wrote happy birthday in Chinese to him. I love that they can do that. He wrote back with a Chinese message to them too. I love my family.

Friday, January 13, 2017

Good Morning from Parrydise

Well, Mike was at Parrydise this morning. We are with him now. These are a few pictures he sent me. So beautiful and peaceful.

There is a lot of snow here. It was up to Mike's thigh when he walked up the hill last night. He had to dig out the garage in order to get the 4-wheelers out.
Mike spent the day working up here. He loved it. He also changed the floor heater in the downstairs double bed room. He made it smaller. It works great. I bet it is a lot more efficient than the 40 year old long heater that used to be there. We want to put a door where the curtain is, so this is the first step. Mike couldn't put a door up because the heater was where the door needed to be. I'm glad he was able to figure it out. He moved the old heater to the downstairs bunkbed room. Hopefully the kids will be warm tonight.
I wanted to leave as soon as the kids came home from school. Jorja would be the last one coming home today. I had the car all packed and ready to go. I was doing dishes and started wondering why Stockton wasn't home. I went looking for my phone which was on silent. He texted me and said he was staying after to finish his CAD final. Whoops. I texted back and said I just saw his message and was leaving to get him. He answered, "Don't." When Stockton didn't hear from me he got the great idea to RUN to Indian Hills. He thought he could catch the bus with Jorja and get a ride home. There were two problems. Stockton didn't have enough time to make it to Indian Hills and he got lost. He ended up at Sprucewood Elementary. That is where I picked him up. At least he passed his CAD final and scored high enough to receive 100% on the test. This is a college class, so that is much appreciated.

We finally pulled out the door at 4:00. After we were on the road Mike texted and said it might be faster to go through Idaho Falls because the Wyoming roads were bumpy so you needed to slow down. I wish he had sent that text earlier. I usually go through Idaho Falls because I like it better. Mike likes Wyoming better so I thought I'd try his way. I wish I didn't. The roads were fine until about Cokeville. Then the roads were so bumpy and it was really foggy. We had to go super slow. We arrived at the cabin at 9:00, just a few minutes before Sherry.
Mike sent us pictures on the way. He replaced the orange rocking chair with my Grandma Millburn's rocking chair. Matt had it and ran out of room because he replaced the chair with children. Mike is taking the orange chair home and hopefully going to fix the bottom.
He sent this picture to Jorja asking if he should pick people up like this. Fancy.
All of Mike's brother and sisters are here now. It was so amazing! We were trying to remember the last time we were on a vacation all together. I know it hasn't happened since we moved back from Georgia six or so years ago. I don't have any pictures of people for some reason, but we played games and talked. Finally about at 1:30 this morning we headed off to bed. I have a feeling this weekend is going to go by way too fast.

Thursday, January 12, 2017


I drove to Provo today and dropped Stockton off at diving. One hour. I drove home. One hour. I drove back to Provo with Jorja and Preston. One hour. I drove them all home. One hour. I could almost be at the cabin right now. We did stop at Pizza Pie Cafe and stuffed ourselves silly. Well, I did. The rest of the kids have more self control. Mike left for the cabin today. He made it there right before midnight. He said it was a rough ride but a fun and pretty drive. He also said, "I don't think I have ever seen this much snow here. Or anywhere." It should be a fun weekend.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017


Laura! Laura! Laura! Laura! Laura!

I had lunch with my childhood best friend. I was pretty excited to see her. We were more like sisters growing up than friends. It has been way too long since we have seen each other. We went to Wild Zucchini and were there for three hours! It felt more like thirty minutes. I didn't even get a picture, but she looks great! We definitely need to do that more often.

I took Jorja and Preston to diving. Preston found Stockton's speedo. We realized Monday he left it in the locker room. I called and they were saving it for us. Good thing to because those are expensive! It is fun to watch Jorja and Preston together.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017


Lisa came over tonight. She brought presents from Scoop and Cori. Socks and gift cards. We will have to get Maysen hers in a few weeks. Lisa stayed and talked with us for awhile. That was nice. We don't get together with Mike's family very often. Lisa and Nathan might be moving out of state soon. I sure hope that doesn't happen. If we have a hard time getting together now when we live next to each other, will we ever see them again? Hopefully Nathan finds an amazing job nearby. Job hunting is the worst.

Monday, January 9, 2017

Monkeys on Beds

It has been so windy today. The top of our light flew off. This light has been here for probably forty years, but it was no match for today's wind. Garbage cans were strewn all over the street. I was glad I could spend most of the day inside.
 Poor light, we probably will never get around to fixing you.
While I waited in the carpool line to pick Stockton up I called various Fresh Market stores hoping for sleds. The store in American Fork said they had nine. I was so excited! I asked them to put all of them on hold for me. I dropped Stockton off at diving in Provo, then turned around and drove to American Fork. Unfortunately they did have the same brand of toboggan sleds, they were just much smaller than the ones I wanted. I bought two to try them out but I was super disappointed. Mike called on the way home from diving. He stopped by Big 5 where they had sleds on hold for me. He ended up buying four of the sleds Preston likes. There was a Harmons nearby, so he stopped there. He asked and was told they didn't have any sleds. Mike decided to look through the store. He wandered down the seasonal isle which was now filled with valentine stuff. In the middle of the valentine paraphernalia he saw FOUR sleds! Yay! Four of the exact sleds we were looking for. Now we have six of the good 'Harmons' sleds and five of the sleds Preston likes, plus two smaller sleds that I bought today. Hopefully that will be good enough for our trip with Mike's family.

Stockton was bugged awhile ago about a quiz he took before Christmas. It was in his statistics class and was about ten monkeys jumping on a bed. When the teacher passed out the paper Stockton raised his hand to ask a question. The teacher said he wouldn't answer any questions. Stockton did the following question, but he did it wrong. Stockton assumed that because there were ten monkeys jumping they would each have a 35% chance of falling off of the bed, the same with the kangaroos. Apparently it is possible for only one monkey and one kangaroo to fall off the bed. Stockton argued his case for a long time, but the teacher wasn't swayed. Stockton told me, "I guess you can just make the problem easier if the way it is written is too hard." Because of this quiz he has an A- in the class. Hopefully with the make up quiz doing it the easy way he will be able to get his grade up. Stockton knows this teacher really well, he is his advisory teacher; at least Stockton feels comfortable around him.
John called me tonight. Their car they had shipped has never made it. Cassie has been dealing with horrible customer service. She finally was able to talk to a manager and they admitted to her that they had no idea where the cars on that truck were. The big company that John and Cassie hired hired a little company that is super sketchy. It looks like they just drove off with all the cars. John and Cassie filled their car with moving things. Their tent and their bikes were stuffed in there. The big moving company gave Cassie the number of the smaller moving company and told her she could try and find them. John and Cassie called the police to ask for help, but were basically told there is nothing they can do. John called me because I had pictures that were texted to me from the neighbor who kept the keys until the guys picked up the car. I also sent him a text of the invoice. Hopefully they can find the car. They wanted to sell the car, but ran out of time.
Guy getting a free car with goodies inside
To make matters worse, John and Cassie's van has stopped working. They are across the country where they don't know anyone and have a brand new job with no vehicle. Hopefully this will make a funny story one day. I think a lot of time will need to pass before that happens. It will be a funnier story if they can find their car!

I watched the Alabama/Clemson National Championship game. I loved it! Last minute scores from both teams with Clemson pulling ahead with one second on the clock. I was cheering for Clemson, so this was awesome.

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Zebra Nails

I am loving our 1:00 schedule so far. Mike, Preston and I finished our first Seafall game. We are not 100% sure we played it right. We are trying to figure out all of the rules and how the game is played. We didn't want to 'scar' the board. This meant we couldn't see what we were officially supposed to do on a exploration or raid. This game is a lot more confusing than Pandemic. Hopefully we will get the hang of it.

I taught my primary class today. I have three little girls. It was awesome. I pulled the table in the middle of the class and we all sat around it. The topic was My Heavenly Father's Plan. I taught the lesson while the girls colored the crowns I had made. It was great! I ordered them a picture of Chelsea's newest painting. I'm so excited to give it to them. I only had to order two since I have a set of twins. I'm loving this small class.

Mike made me laugh. He was telling me some Elders Quorum stories. The guy teaching said, "When I was in my twenties and made my first million . . . " Haha! We live in a crazy ward. Mike and I are definitely at the bottom of the money pool. We actually love it.

We had family dinner tonight. My dad made lasagna and Mike made spaghetti. The kids loved the dinner train, although all we had on it was Parmesan cheese and paper towels. Jorja painted the girls nails. She is getting really good at it and doing fun things. I only got a picture of Jorja and Ella's nails. They have zebras. Abby got a snake on hers. Anne just got hers pink. I can't remember if Millie had her nails done.
Jorja's zebra nails

 Ella's zebra nails
Matt, Mike and I played a game of Dominion. It ended up being a fast game and Mike won. What? Matt is quite proud of his new Dominion box setup. It is quite impressive. I tried to put a picture here from Matt's blog, but because it is private it won't let me.

That's about it. Maysen starts school tomorrow. I hope she loves this semester. Stockton has two weeks left in his quarter. Hopefully he can pull his physics grade up. I can't stand seeing an F next to his name. His teacher is driving me crazy! Josh's mom and dad are planning on talking to the principal about this physics teacher tomorrow. I wonder if they will and I wonder how it will go. They have an appointment with the counselor, but I told her all my frustrations and she just nodded and looked sympathetically. I wonder if they will have better luck.

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Jorja Leia

I love Saturdays. Even busy Saturdays. It is nice to have a day to try and pull everything together. Mike, Preston and I tried to figure out Preston's new Legacy game, Seafall. It is pretty confusing. Preston is crazy at how he can remember obscure rules. Stockton had a diving competition in Herriman. They changed the time so we arrived thirty minutes early. I wrote down all the times on my calendar. The email that came out on Monday had the new time, but I didn't double check-it. I wish there would have been a note about this being a time change. This made for a long diving day. Oh well. Stockton did great. He took 4th place. His first four dives were the best. He made it through his twist and he over rotated on his 21/2. He was spinning so fast it looks pretty cool.
Stockton 1 1/2 pike  
Laurel told me Stockton's a ninja when it comes to competitions. For example, on his back 1 1/2, he comes out way too early. At one point he is horizontal with the board. That is not supposed to happen. Usually this results in a smack. Stockton's able to somehow "slide it in" as Laurel said. His teammates have teased him with how often he has pulled it off.
Back 11/2
Reverse 11/2
Twist that Stockton hates
Front 2 1/2
We left Stockton's diving bag home. Stockton thought I had it and I thought he had it. We had two towels packed inside. Instead Stockton had to shiver with no towel. This facility doesn't have showers the divers can stand under while they wait. Sometimes they hung out in the pool. Stockton was ready to go by the end.

Mike was given a gift card to The Cheesecake Factory. We were planning on going yesterday, but Mike got home too late from work. Stockton said that sounded good even though we were a ways away from it. I tried to make a reservation while we were driving there. Apparently they only do reservations before five on weekdays. Boo. It was so crowded. The wait was one hour and fifteen minutes to one hour and forty five minutes. I bought a cheesecake slice and we ate at Chuck-A-Rama. It was also super crowded. We ate the cheesecake while we waited.

Jorja held down the fort while we were gone. She fixed macaroni and cheese for Preston and her. I laughed when I saw Jorja. She reminded me of Princess Leia the way she pulled up her hair. I have been talking to her about makeup lately. She loves to put it on. I still want her to look like a fourteen year old. I don't want her to get to the point where she won't go out of the house without makeup. I met several people like that in college and know a lot of people like that now. She said she wants to practice so she will be good at makeup when she goes into high school. Even before my girls' personalities were evident, I have always thought Jorja would want to wear makeup when Maysen might not. Jorja has such light features that she tends to get washed out. She also has dark circles under her eyes that she has had her entire life. She hates them. I just don't want her to hate them so much that she always needs to cover them up. Anyways, make up or no makeup, I sure do love this little girl.
I dropped Jorja off at Katlyn's house and went on a late night sled hunt. I stopped by Big 5 hoping to get another two sleds that Preston liked. They didn't have backs on them. The employee was sure they had them because they had just received a huge shipment. Turns out a manager took all of those sleds up to Logan. Boo! They put the sleds on hold for me at a West Jordan store. I was annoyed that they wouldn't send them down to this store for me to pick up. Oh well. Hopefully Mike will get them after work on Monday. I then went to Fresh Market where the sled distributor told us we could find sleds. I can't remember if I wrote about it, but Mike called the distributor of the 'Harmons' sleds hoping to buy ten or so. The minimum order is $1,000. Too bad. He said we would find them at Fresh Market. I stopped by two today and struck out at both stores. Hopefully we can manage to find enough sleds for the cabin trip with Mike's family.

Friday, January 6, 2017

Dropping Game

I hurried to the temple after the kids were out the door. Jorja was the last one to leave because she has late start on Fridays. I got there right as people were leaving the chapel, so I just snuck in line behind them. I saw Sister Bird working there. Sister Yauney was in the session. I asked her about math. Her older son, David, was in the same situation that Stockton is in now. She was going to ask him what math he took senior year, because she was pretty sure it wasn't Calculus 3. Turns out that David ended up getting his associates degree which gave him the New Century scholarship. He didn't need to take an additional math class. I think in order for Stockton to do that he would have needed to take classes last summer. Frusterating. I also saw Janelle Leatherwood. We talked for a bit. I don't think I have actually talked to her since her wedding. I don't know if I even talked to her then. I see her on social media though; plus Laura has had really good things to say about her. It was nice to connect with her for a bit.

I left the temple and went to Preston's class. Maysen had sent me a text asking me to call her. Actually this morning I sent her a text telling her good luck. She was planning on talking to the English department about a creative writing minor her psychology counselor told her about. Maysen texted back, "It is neg 13 degrees and I'm outside." Haha! That made me laugh! Anyways, I called Maysen when I got home. She had a disappointing meeting with the English department. They told her that there was not a creative writing minor. I guess that was too good to be true.

Preston came home and we hung out for the next several hours. We played games, tried to play games and ended up dropping things into each other's mouths. One of us would lay on the floor with our eyes closed opening and closing our mouth. The other one would try to drop something inside. Once success was reached the person on the floor would try and guess what was dropped. Mostly we did it with sixlets and would try to guess if it was a black or orange one. We were terrible at that game!

Katlyn came over and played with Jorja. Mike and I made ribs in our Instant Pot. Mike loved serving the ribs on the train. I fell asleep early and the kids put themselves to bed.

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Just Stuff

I went downstairs early to exercise. I turned on the lights and noticed Preston was laying on the couch. Yikes! I ended up exercising in the boys room. When I walked back he sat up and asked for a blanket. Later I asked him why he was sleeping there. He said he didn't remember going there. I wonder if he was looking for Stockton.

I was able to see Mike for a few minutes before he left for Matt Burnham's funeral. He called when I had just arrived at BYU with Stockton for diving. He had a few hours. The only problem was he was in Salt Lake and I was in Provo. Too bad it didn't work out, but I'm grateful I was able to see him for a bit. I'm also grateful for the health our family has had recently.

Stockton and I took Lizzie home from diving. That ended up adding an extra hour to our trip. I was surprised it took that long. She lives as far off the freeway as we do, but in the opposite direction. Her dad was planning on meeting us at the freeway exit, but he wasn't able to get there in time. No way was I leaving her in some random spot. We also found out that there is not going to be a dive camp this year. The pool will be under construction starting in March. Too bad because this is Stockton's last year for dive camp. It will be interesting to see what happens. They have no idea where they are going to practice. Hopefully it is closer to us.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Digging Out

I had a hard time sleeping last night with the chirping from the smoke detector. I hope they get that fixed soon. This morning I laughed as I watched students dig out their cars. I was thinking that they must have left their cars over Christmas because they were covered!
It wasn't so funny when I discovered that it was from just one night. Luckily I brought my snow boots, but I didn't have any gloves. Also, my long scraper was missing. I bet Mike has it in the jeep. It took me awhile, but I was able to do it. Maysen and I wanted to go to the pet store to get Maysen fish. Once we started driving there I decided it was a horrible idea, but by then we were committed. Maysen came back with two water frogs and a fish. I was annoyed with the employee that helped us. I am not judging her by her nose ring and various piercings, I'm judging her by her attitude.
 It's hard to see the depth, but I was slightly worried I wouldn't be able to back up.
I dropped Maysen off with her fish, grabbed my things and headed back home. I was worried it would take me twice as long to get home. It was so nice when I finally got to the freeway. It was pretty rough before that. (Maysen's school is at least 45 minutes from the freeway. 45 minutes on a good day.)

Mike has been working on a video game thing with the boys. It's looking pretty good. He has almost every Nintendo game on there and several other games. Should bring fun times.
We found out BYU was having dry land for one more day, so Stockton decided to go to the U with Gage. Too bad Gage stood him up. Gavin wasn't here either because he hurt his hip last night. Ted is a great coach though. Stockton likes that Ted tells him a correction he can make and why he should make it. He will also ask him to do things that are easy to understand and he knows he did them right when he hit the water. Ted was asking him to extend his arms on his inwards. He said, "If you can wiggle your thumbs and see them before you hit the water, you are doing it right." That works for Stockton.
Stockton ~ inward 1 1/2
Jorja has been enjoying her new vanity. She does look cute sitting there. She straightened her hair before bed. I don't know why.
Stockton slept in Maysen's bed. I guess he did last night too. I'm glad those two get along. Actually all my kids get along, it makes life so wonderful!

My dad called me while I was driving Stockton to diving. He asked what I was doing. I told him and asked what he was doing. He said, "Sitting at the kitchen table talking to Matt, Mike and Sam." What?!? Mike is in town? Mike came in town for one of his really good friends funerals. Okay, Mike gets a pass on this one. Funerals are hard to plan in advance. Matt Burnham died of colon cancer. He was in our ward growing up and I'm pretty sure his mom was my beehive leader. I remember being at her house for a sleepover and everybody hated me. Laura had moved up at this point. Sister Burnham was nice, but that night was miserable. Anyways, Mike slept at our house last night. The viewing was far away in Roy. The roads were terrible on the way home. Mike met up with some childhood friends and had dinner with them. I told him I would leave the door unlocked and the guest room ready, that way he wouldn't have to hurry home or worry that he was keeping us awake. I'll get to see him for a few minutes in the morning, but that is probably it. Short time is better than no time. Glad it wasn't Mike's funeral. 37 is way too young. 11 years earlier than my mom and that was horrible. Matt has a wife and three kids. Poor family.

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Sending Maysen Home

I woke up this morning early for Stockton.  Shortly after I woke him up I received a text saying that schools would start two hours late because of the snow.  I hurried back downstairs and told him he could keep sleeping.  About 30 minutes later I got another text that said all schools would start two hours late except Alta.  Whoops.  Back downstairs.  This time you really need to get up and now you are behind schedule.

Maysen and I had planned on leaving for Logan first thing this morning.  We weren't able to leave until after 10:00 because Preston didn't leave until after 10.  Leaving that late made me nervous because I figured there would be no way to do all the things in Logan I wanted to do and get back through the pass before it was dark.  I decided to stay over a night with Maysen.  I knew Demetria wouldn't be back, so it sounded fun.  And it was.

The only problem with my plan was that when we arrived back to Maysen's apartment, her batteries were almost out on her smoke detector.  This made a loud chirping noise that would go off every 45 seconds.  We went and talked to the office lady and she filled out a maintenance report. They were supposed to come between 5-8:30, or something like that.  They didn't come.  All night long that smoke detector went off.  Every 45 seconds.  All night long.

Okay, starting now I'm going to try and single space after my sentences. This is going to be a tough one for me. When I was in typing in 8th grade it was very clear you always double spaced after your sentences. Blogger doesn't like that, so I have to fix my sentences all the time. I'm going to try and retrain myself. Whoops. Just double spaced there and had to fix it. Sam says Covenant doesn't like it either. If an author submits a story with double spaces after the sentences she needs to go back and fix it. Maybe this single spacing thing started to save more book printing money. I don't like it. I like the look of double space. I'll try my best though.

Anyways, back to Maysen. After we got situated a bit we went down to the office and asked for a temporary overnight pass. This morning they started construction on the place where I'm supposed to park. She sent me to the parking office and I was given a pass (for $5) to park across the street in the football stadium. After we finished that we headed up to campus. Luckily parking was free because so few people are here now. You win some, you lose some.

Maysen and I found all of her classes. All the buildings were opened so we were able to find the exact rooms as well. That was nice. We figured out the bus schedule and I'm pretty sure the red bus is going to become her best friend. She only rode that one once last year and immediately regretted it. We'll see how this year goes. After lots of walking, we made it back to the car and headed to the grocery store. I got Maysen all stocked up for a little while. It is always nicer to go with someone who has a car - (and someone who will pay!) Once we were back in Maysen's apartment and my car was parked across the street, neither of us had the desire to go outside again. We were planning on going out to dinner and a few other errands. We skipped that. At least we went to OHOP for breakfast this morning. That place fills you up! We spent the rest of the day talking and relaxing until I couldn't keep my eyes open. Too bad we couldn't find a fun movie to watch on TV. The closest we came was some random Sponge Bob episodes.

It was fun to spend today with Maysen. I'm glad she loves it up here. It will be nice to have a few days off before school starts on Monday. I will end this post of a picture Cassie texted me of Brett with Collin. I'm so jealous! I hope Brett lives next to me next. He finds out his new orders in February. I wish all my family lived next to me. All on the same street. That would be amazing.
Brett & Collin