Saturday, October 18, 2008


Just checked my account online and the money has been returned to us!!! Yeah. I get a date tonight!!! Now it's just the inconvenience of Tom not having a debit card for a week or that such a bad thing? Hmmmm. Tom not having ability to get money except through me....this is good news!!!!

Theme of the week..."Stealing"

My goodness. What a week. It all began when the seven-year-old girl, who lives behind us, stole Caroline's ipod. It was an old Shuffle that Braeden gave her when he upgraded. She had her Disney songs on there. The ipod was in her bag, which was in the back yard. Isabelle is always climbing the wall to play with Caroline. So she told Caroline that she sold the ipod to her brother. When Caroline asked for it back, she said her brother wouldn't let her have it back. So, last Saturday I had to go to the front door and ask for the ipod that Isabelle sold to her brother for $20. They said they would return it when they found it. The ipod was returned by tossing over the back wall. We found it on Sunday in the grass of our backyard. This was, of course, after the sprinklers had washed it and there were no headphones. The real kicker is when one of the other neighbor kids said, "Well, she found it" to which I replied, "When you find it in Caroline's bag and in her backyard, it's stealing".

Let's go to Monday when Collin went to basketball practice after school and someone broke into his gym locker and stole his cell phone. I deactivated the phone and then looked up his records to see a call was made at 2:50, which was right in the middle of practice. Every time Icall the number it goes straight to voicemail. So I will continue to call 702-205-0263 everyday until somebody answers.

Okay. Wednesday is the worst because a child was stolen. Caroline's friend, Cole Puffinburger, was taken from his home because, it appears, his grandfather stole millions from a Mexican Drug Cartel. The police found gramps in California this morning, but still no sign of Cole. How do you explain this to a six-year-old child?

Just when you think things can't get worse in a single week the bank calls. "Did Thomas spend $466 in clothing at a store in Texas? And did he attempt to buy another $600 in clothes in NYC?" Tom hasn't spend that much on clothing in the past twenty years combined!!!! Shut down his card!!!! Luckily the bank became suspicious and didn't allow the $600 purchase, but we are out $466 for at least 10 days while they conduct a fraud investigation. Ugh!

At the end of the week I begin to wonder where I can find a cave to move my family for the rest of our lives, but then I remind myself of my many blessings. The person from the bank apologized for the money that was stolen from my account to which I replied, "That's okay because tonight all of my children are home and safe." I hung up the phone, read scriptures with my family and in our family prayers we expressed gratitude and prayed the Lord would bless and comfort Cole and his family. As this world becomes increasingly wicked I find peace in knowing I have the Gospel of Jesus Christ; I have the Priesthood; I have the Holy Ghost to comfort and guide my family. I am so richly blessed.

Thursday, October 16, 2008


Braeden's first Homecoming was October 4th. He asked a very cute girl named Danica. They do Homecoming a bit different nowadays. It's an all day event. They started with an early morning breakfast. They all met at Jared's house and the guys cooked breakfast for the girls. Then they went riding ATV's. Which almost turned out to be disastrous when Braeden and Danica rolled theirs. That evening they all met at Melissa's house for pictures and the limo picked them up and drove them to the Venetion for dinner. The limo was a Cadillac Escalade....very fancy! After dinner was a gondola ride then back to Braxton's house for dessert and a movie. Did they actually go to the high school and dance???? Apparently that's not cool.

The kids had a great time! This was Braeden's third date. I can't believe my child is dating now!!! I'm too young for this. Tom's not.....but I am!

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Happy Birthday Tom!!!

Tom's birthday with Mom! Cute baby! I've always loved the picture on the left and the one on the right is because of the shirt he's wearing!!
This picture is for grama and grampa who just sent Tom a Red Sox hat from Boston!!!
February 1986!

It's Tom's big 42nd birthday today! At breakfast, this morn, I mentioned to the kids that 42 years ago today, dad was in Germany! He was at Mt. Potosi from Thursday morning until 6:30 Saturday night with a bunch of Scouters for Wood Badge. So, by the time he arrived home he was too tired to do anything. Today has been a day of church service. So when he arrives home from meetings tonight, we'll have dinner, cake and ice cream to celebrate his day.

The kids and I made a birthday card which mentions 42 things we love about dad. I won't list them all, but here's a few:

2. Nobody knows music like you!

3. You Rock at Rock Band!

6. You patiently help us with our homework.

10. You take up too much time in the bathroom when you take the DS or Game Boy with you. 13. You're a great example to us and show us how to serve the Lord and others.

16. You would rather be with your family than anywhere else in the world!

19. You are the best snowman maker.

21. You're the most fun dad in the swimming pool.

22. You freak out when Katelynn grabs your big toe!!!

28. You give the best back rubs and foot massages. Mom loves that!!!

32. You try not to get mad when fixing broken things around the house!!

40. You work very hard for us.

42. You are the best husband and dad a family could ever have!