mothers day

Thursday, February 28, 2008

Another Question Thingey

Another Question Thingy

What were you doing 10 years ago?
Ten years ago - I would have been working for John Wilcox as an administrative assistant - John built custom homes and at first I thought - boy it will make me want to sell my house and get a new one but his homes were so far out of my reach it just made it a dream job. I got to help with Blaser's home in Bountiful that won Home of the year for the northern Utah Homebuilders Association. When Ed wins the lottery I want a house just like this!!

5 things on my "to-do" list today :
1-Go grocery shopping
2- Get my nails done
3- Go for my daily 2 1/2 mile walk
4- Go see Jill.
5- Go up to HAFB to pick up my meds - didn't get that one done!! I'll do it tomorrow.

5 Snacks that I enjoy:
2- a mini bag of popcorn with extra sprays of butter flavoring
3- brown licorice (I can have 3 licorice sticks a day!)
4- mini three musketeers bars
5- banana smoothie with frozen strawberries and flax seed

3 bad habits:
1- Spending way too much time reading.
2- Procrastinating.
3- Being too hard on myself.

Places I've lived:
1-Ft Monroe, VA
2-Roy, UT
3-Kaysville, UT
4- Cedar City, UT
5-Beaver, UT
6-Columbia Missouri
8-Layton, UT

5 Jobs I've had:
1- Clearfield Job Corps
2- Administrative Asst at a furnace repair shop and at Wilcox Construction
3-Bangerter Trucking
4-Grocery Store Clerk
5-Telephone Operator

5 Things people don't know about me:
1- I loved my drama classes that I took in college from Fred Adams who created the Shakespearean Festival in Cedar City. Because of that love of acting, I was both ward and stake drama directors in Missouri, Vernal and SLC.

2- I am actually a very shy person - once people get to know me they can't shut me up, but until then I am very quiet. I was the quiet one in the family growing up!! Then I married a guy that doesn't talk much at all and so I talk my head off when I find someone who will listen!
3- I had a wonderful senior year of high school - I was president of the AFS Club at Davis High, I was Seminary Student Body Secretary, I was on the debate squad, and I was in Pro Schola (the marching team).
4- I love my husband, my kids, my kids in law and my grandkids. They make life so wonderful. I am very blessed (But I think you all know that) but like Jamie -my life is boring too, but I wouldn't trade it for the world.
5- I had my first stomach surgery at age 4 weeks and my last on six weeks ago!

Tag to those of you who haven't done this yet! :)

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Our Soldier is now at Ft Lewis Washington

Well - he has gone - on a big plane in the sky. Actually we left as he was still walking up to the plane with about 150 soldiers ahead of him as they slowly loaded for the flight since Boo needed a diaper change and had been as patient as an 18 month old could be. He was ready to be out of there. Dirk had thought they would be traveling in one of the big green C140's but they had a commercial plane parked out in front of the hanger that we didn't see until they opened the huge doors of the hanger.

Dirk and Da did really well - I think they both have primed themselves for this day and stayed in good spirits knowing that breaking down would only hurt each other. They have so much love for each other and I started to cry a little when Dirk was giving Benji this huge hug before he headed out the to tarmac. Of course Benji didn't have any idea as to why he was being squoze (is that a word?) to death but his daddy is going to miss him so very much.

They had all 319 soldiers plus their families in a huge hanger - thank heavens they had the doors closed and it was actually warm! Da said that when they got there at 7:30 the place was still cold but when we got there about 8:15 it was warm enough to take off the coats. Benji had a great time running around in a corner of the hanger where there weren't many people. He had found some moveable steps when Grandma Porter was chasing him and when he headed back 15 minutes later a couple were sitting on them...he gave them the strangest look - like "what are you doing sitting on my toy?"
There was a little girl about 3 years old all dressed in desert cammo's like her daddy, right down to the boots!! She had a cuddly teddy bear that Boo thought should be his...finally he decided he would be happy with his fish. As you can see in this picture there were lots and lots of people there.

Dirk and Da and Benji were there of course. I rode down with Da's parents, Marilyn and Orson. We stopped at the Fairgrounds on 10th West and picked up Da's brother Mike. Kelly was going to come but couldn't make it. I felt bad later when I realized we went to Denny's after we left the airport and I bet Kelly could have met us by then. Of course, Dirk was not with us by then. Da's sister Michelle and her husband Mike came with their three kids to be family for Mike's cousin Kidsy who has been living with them for several months. She was flying out with the 3pm group so they all came to lunch with us and her mom and two sisters joined us at Denny's.

There was a huge gorgeous flag hanging in the hanger - with a podium in front for several speakers - they all kept their remarks short. The Commander of the 319th was there and talked about how thankful he was for our MI Battalion when his soldiers were sent to Iraq and Bosnia. It was the MI battalions job to make life safer for his soldiers and he just wanted to say thanks. The governor even showed up and talked about how special these soldiers were and what a great job thing they were doing. He said that he had been in Washington DC yesterday and had talked to the Admiral in charge of all our troops over there and told him what a special bunch we were sending to them and that he wanted to make sure that their leaders would be watchful of them and make sure they appreciated the caliber of men and women we were sending. The dignitaries all went out to the plane so that they could shake hands with each soldier as he departed. That makes two governors that Dirk has shook hands with as a soldier.

Marilyn called me abut 6:15 and said that they had just seen Dirk on channel two. I guess they were interviewing the chaplain and his family and then scanned the group and got a good pic of Dirk. I am anxious to see if it is on the ten o'clock news.

To end on a happy note - while the dignitaries were talking they called a female soldier up out of the crowd and had her stand next to her CO. Then they called another soldier up and after he saluted the CO he knelt down in front of the female soldier and proposed - ring and all - let me tell you, the TV cameras came running fast and so they will probably highlight that bit of happiness on each of the channels tonight. It was fun and it gave us a chance to have a giggle when we most needed it. She said YES!

To Dirk I want to say I LOVE YOU. I will miss you and I am so very proud of you. I know that grandma Nielson is the one that taught you to love the flag, and your dad is the one that set the example for military service, but hopefully there is a little bit of me in there saying Do your best, do your duty (maybe that is the scoutmaster speaking there!) and COME HOME SAFE AND SOUND TO US ALL! You are a special man, with a special spirit. Be proud of who you are. You have a terrific little family that loves you very much - we will help make the year go by more easily for them.

Monday, February 25, 2008

I'm Back!!

Don't you just love the pout on this girls face?

It seems like it has been forever since I have had a computer to blog its great to be back. Saturday we had a farewell party for Dirk at Jamie and Kelly's and I got some cute pictures. I am also posting the ones from Imperial Valley on the gallery at if you want to see them. I haven't gotten Eds from his camera yet - we both took a bunch of pictures, with him walking down Shank Road and taking pictures from that view and I walked up Hwy 115 taking pictures from that view. But here are some fun pictures from Saturday.

First off is this darling one of Benji boo - He was in fine form that night and was so fun to watch.

Emma had lots to say that night...isn't she adorable?


Dirk and Da


Edward (I really like this picture - Jace asked me to take the picture of him as he rolled down the stairs, but I really think its a great picture of Ed)

Cute picture of Jerod

Here are a couple of cute pictures of Adrie holding Emma - looks like she likes getting kisses from Cousin Adrie!!