Saturday, April 27, 2013

"Accordion" to My Calendar, It's Somebody's Birthday Today!


Hmm. Let's see. Moving from left to right, we have Farmer Dave (aka birthday boy), the understudy for Kimball,  Aldste Sagers, myself, and Sean.

Dave had no idea that I had spilled the beans to our waitress about our dinner out being in honor of Dave's big day, so he didn't see this coming . . . 

Poor Sean. He said his ears were ringing from the high decibels blasting
 into his eardrums from directly behind his head. All for a good cause, right?
Eh? What's that you say? I can't hear . . . .

I asked our schmoozer if he would do a photo op with Christian, and he was more than happy to oblige. I thought this especially appropriate since Christian had recently taken up the accordion (of all things!) before he left for beautiful Sweden. Do you suppose they have accordions there? 

Ashley, Jordan, and Kimball were also present in spirit! Hop on over to Ashley's blog to see Kimball wishing Papa a very happy birthday!

HEY! Ash and Jordan, howzabout I start carrying a nice 8X10 glossy of each of you around with me too? Wouldn't you simply adore me for doing that? Betcha would! Just betcha that you would. (Ahh. Poor Christian; he has no say in the matter, really. Guess this is what you get for having me as your mom.)

Dave and I just watch the original "The Great Gatsby." He'll get it even if you guys don't :)

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

It's Springtime In the Rockies!

Spring is my most favorite season of the year! I love summer just as much, but because I do love summer so much, the spring season carries an extra bit of cachet in the form of  anticipation for that lovely, hot, sunny, dry, hot, hot, hot summer! (Sometimes the anticipation of going to that big party is almost as fun as being at the big party, yes?)

However, our spring season has been a bit of a grump this year. We have had one looooong winter followed by a spitefully cold and windy spring (what a grump-grump!), so Dave, bless his heart, brought some springtime cheer to our front porch simply because it makes me so happy! 

Ooh, can you see those little pansies struggling with that mean and cruel wind? Shame.

Sweet little things all tucked up in my porch urns. Don't they look so cute!

I shall not complain too loudly or too long about our spring weather because there are other places in this big wide world that have had much, much worse weather than we. I'm looking at you, Naperville. So sorry about all of that! Need an ark, guys?

Monday, April 22, 2013

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Dala Horsey for Me!

 My young elder is simply the sweetest! (Good grief, what did I ever, ever do to deserve the privilege of being his mom? Because I know that Heavenly Father doesn't make mistakes, I'm pretty darn tootin' that the reason I get to be Christian's mom is for my sake and not his. I do not take that blessing for granted, believe you me.)

Anywho, this beyond-adorable Dala horse showed up in the mail a couple of weeks ago along with one of the sweetest handwritten notes I'd ever wish to lay my elder-loving eyes upon. Jeepers, can I tell you how much I love this boy? Just in case you were wondering about that . . . .

(No, he did not send the photo too; that's all my doing #lovinglookingathimeveryday)

Yes, Sean knew very well that he was photo bombing this pic. Please focus on him and not on the kooky, wide, stretchy angle of my weirdo new camera, please. (Can you say, Jay Leno chin? Sheesh.)

Saturday, April 13, 2013

O Captions! My Captions! (Gotta love Walt Whitman)

In response to my whining for a caption for the photo below, I got a couple of winners! (See original post and comments here.) 

My Facebook buddies were also pretty ding-dong hilarious. I was literally busting my gut laughing at some of these (see below)! 

Click on photo to enlarge

Okay, here's the thing. I don't think Christian even knows this photos exists. It showed up one day on my Swedish mish-moms private Facebook page from another mish-mom with a little message saying, "I've got a photo for you, Deon :)" Man, sometimes modern technology is simply stellar, don't you think? 

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

"Uhhh, Elder, I Think We Have a Leeeettle Bit of a Problem"

What is your caption for this marvelous photo? Here's mine:

"Oh, man. You are so busted for texting your needy mom once again, Elder."

Tuesday, April 09, 2013

Amen to That, Mister!

After today's spectacularly horrible weather, a couple of Jeff 
Foxworthy's observations are especially poignant to me and my little sun-loving, heat-seeking, summertime-infatuated heart: 

If someone in a Home Depot store offers you assistance and they don't work there, you live in Utah.

If you've worn shorts and a parka at the same time, you live in Utah.

If you've had a lengthy telephone conversation with someone who dialed the wrong number, you live in Utah.

If 'vacation' means going anywhere south of Salt Lake City for the weekend, you live in Utah.

If you measure distance in hours, you live in Utah.

If you know several people who have hit a deer more than once, you live in Utah.

If you have switched from 'heat' to 'A/C' and back again in the same day, you live in Utah.

If you install security lights on your house and garage but leave both unlocked, you live in Utah.

If you can drive 75 mph through 2 feet of snow during a raging blizzard without flinching, you live in Utah.

If you design your kid's Halloween costume to fit over a snowsuit, you live in Utah.

If the speed limit on the highway is 75 mph -- you're going 80, and everyone is still passing you, you live in Utah.

If driving is better in the winter because the potholes are filled with snow, you live in Utah.

If you know all 4 seasons: almost winter, winter, still winter, and road construction, you live in Utah.

If you find 10 degrees 'a little chilly' you live in Utah.

If you actually understand these jokes and forward them to all your friends, you live in Utah.

Friday, April 05, 2013

For This Very Special Weekend

When I was the primary president of our ward, I would put together some fun little general conference Bingo cards, word searches, coloring pages, etc., etc., for the primary kids in our ward to mess around with as they watched general conference in their homes. 

After the final session of conference was over on those Sunday afternoons, the kids would make a beeline straight for our house, show me their cute little scribbles, and stick their hands out demanding candy. I always delivered. In spades.

I gave those little candy seekers an extra thrill by taping their general conference handiwork to my wall and leaving it there for a good week or so. I bet all of you interior decorators are going gaga over this wall o' art!

Because Dave whines and complains unless we do, just to make watching general conference fun, I still whip out the ol' Bingo cards, pass around a bowl of M&Ms to use as markers, and listen intently for words like,"testimony," "pioneer," and  "Star Trek." JK about that last one. (But, I would bet my bottom dollar that at some point during the conference C.S. Lewis is referenced at least once. Any takers?)

The other day, I came across this blog featuring a general conference activity packet made specifically for teenagers and adults. I think I'll just let you have at it cuz it's pretty doggone funny but brimming with all sorts of truisms. Enjoy your weekend!

Thursday, April 04, 2013

Monday, April 01, 2013

152 Strong

One of Christian's classmates put this video together as a tribute to all of his buddies who graduated from American Fork High School in 2011 and who are currently serving missions. While I wish the girls serving missions from this class were included, this is pretty impressive all the same.

Doesn't Aldste Sagers look fab!