Monday, September 29, 2008

Is your grill filled with bugs?

We went to a wedding reception on Sat. night and a little girl came up to Summer and said, "You have bugs on your teeth." HAHAHA!! Soo funny. She smiled and said, "No I have braces." Then she came over to me snickering to tell me what happened. It's like the front of your car all filled up with bugs!! Too funny.

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Connell wins again

Connell won another game. They are 2-0 in league and 2-2 for the year. Colton Riner made a 47 yard touchdown catch. That must have been really exciting to see. We didn't get to go because it was away. Lexi has also gone to the temple this morning. I totally forgot about it. Good thing she remembered. It is Women's General Boardcast meeting this afternoon. If you want to watch it, you can go here,6220,285,00.html I'm supposed to go to the Stake Center and set up a display of the quilts that were made by our ward to give to donation. Busy day today!!

Friday, September 26, 2008

This is long-SOAP BOX TIME

The author of this email is said to be Dr. Emanuel Tanay, a well known and well respected psychiatrist.

A German's View on Islam

A man, whose family was German aristocracy prior to World War II, owned a number of large industries and estates. When asked how many German people were true Nazis, the answer he gave can guide our attitude toward fanaticism. 'Very few people were true Nazis,' he said, 'but many enjoyed the return of German pride, and many more were too busy to care. I was one of those who just thought the Nazis were a bunch of fools. So, the majority just sat back and le> it all happen. Then, before we knew it, they owned us, and we had lost control, and the end of the world had come. My family lost everything. I ended up in a concentration camp and the Allies destroyed my factories.'We are told again and again by 'experts' and 'talking heads' that Islam is the religion of peace, and that the vast majority of Muslims just want to live in peace. Although this unqualified assertion may be true, it is entirely irrelevant. It is meaningless fluff, meant to make us feel better, and meant to somehow diminish the spectra of fanatics rampaging across the globe in the name of Islam.The fact is that the fanatics rule Islam at this moment in history. It is the fanatics who march. It is the fanatics who wage any one of 50 shooting wars worldwide. It is the fanatics who systematically slaughter Christian or tribal groups throughout Africa and are gradually taking over the entire continent in an Islamic wave. It is the fanatics who bomb, behead, murder, or honor-kill. It is the fanatics who take over mosque after mosque. It is the fanatics who teach their young to kill and to become suicide bombers. The hard quantifiable fact is that the peaceful majority, the 'silent majority,' is cowed and extraneous.Communist Russia was comprised of Russians who just wanted to live in peace, yet the Russian Communists were responsible for the murder of about 20 million people. The peaceful majority were irrelevant.China's huge population was peaceful as well, but Chinese Communists managed to kill a> staggering 70 million people.The average Japanese individual prior to World War II was not a warmongering sadist. Yet, Japan murdered and slaughtered its way across South East Asia in an orgy of killing that included the systematic murder of 12 million Chinese civilians; most killed by sword, shovel, and bayonet.And, who can forget Rwanda , which collapsed into butchery. Could it not be said that the majority of Rwandans were 'peace loving'? History lessons are often incredibly simple and blunt, yet for all our powers of reason we often miss the most basic and uncomplicated of points: Peace-loving Muslims have been made irrelevant by their silence. Peace-loving Muslims will become our enemy if they don't speak up, because like my friend from Germany , they will awaken one day and find that the fanatics own them, and the end of their world will have begun. Peace-loving Germans,Japanese,Chinese,Russians, Rwandans, Serbs, Afghans, Iraqis, Palestinians, Somalis, Nigerians, Algerians, and many others have died because the peaceful majority did not speak up until it was too late. As for us who watch it all unfold, we must pay attention to the only group that counts; the fanatics who threaten our way of life
Emanuel Tanay, M.D.
2980 Provincial St.
Ann Arbor, MI 48104

Now for my two bits. This is true in any case of extremism. Right now we are going into an important election. There is a commerial on our TV in support of the a candidate who feels that abortion is right. She has a dr. speaking about how she sees women who have been raped, etc and how Rossi (the conservative voice for Governor in WA) doesn't want a pharmisist to be able to give a abortion pill without a prescription. Of course, our present Gov. Chris G. wants this to be possible. The ending line is something like Dino Rossi I don't want you to force your opinion on me. And yet, here I am having this dr and Gov force their opinion on me and then all the sudden I see "my world has ended" as stated above. We have to stand up to extremism where ever it is because 70-80% of our nation may be conservative or whatever the issue may be but if we don't VOTE or voice our opinion by having our senator, congressman, etc on speed dial or email, we aren't doing our part. I have received SEVERAL rejection letters from my Senators as I live in a pretty liberal state but I keep trying, keep letting my voice be heard. We all need to do this, so that our government knows that the most important thing to us is our families.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

I forgot to tell you...

I had to stop the game in the middle of it to tell my babysitter (Summer) to give Brek a bottle. He was crying and hungry and she couldn't quite figure out what to do for him. Everyone in the audience laughed. Yeah, reffing a game is a family affair!!

The official ref

Ok, I got to ref another game today. They didn't plan on playing C team games at home so they didn't have refs for them so I volunteered my services as a ref. No controversal calls today. Just a straight forward game. Lex did pretty well. I think she only shanked on ball off her arms. They won all 3 games again a small (6 players) Wahluke(Mattawa) team. They play at Burbank on Tues. No reffing for me there. Yeah, just get to take stats.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Check out the new grill!!

Yes, yes I know you are all thinking. Not the best time of year to buy a grill but grills do get cheaper out of season. Well, this grill isn't out of season and will be used for several years to come.

This is what it looks like to have a ton of metal in your mouth. Summer has a bracket on every tooth but one because it is too far behind the other 2 to have a bracket on it and she still has in her palette spreader (roof of her mouth). We are so excited for this change because hopefully it will help her teeth start to straighten up. She wouldn't smile because her teeth are soooo croocked so we are working on that million dollar smile. She likes having braces. Do you remember siblings of mine, putting tin foil on our teeth and pretending to have braces (Was that just Erica and myself who did that). We thought it would be so cool to have braces. Anyway, she still thinks it's cool. However, as of right now I don't think there is a tooth that is touching another tooth in the top or bottom row because she can't chew food. They put a spacer behind the bottom front tooth so the top front tooth that was coming over it wouldn't knock off the bracket. You might be able to tell what I'm talking about in the pic but maybe not. Anyway, she's adjusting to having the front of a car in her face. Good luck, Summer!!

I heart VB

Ok, so Lex is on C team which apparently they haven't had for a few years. And they scheduled NO C Team games for home. So I stirred the pot a bit and got at least one game at home (so Eric could come watch). And that required me to be the ref!! OK, rules have changed ALOT since I coached let alone played. Apparently (maybe just in WA, I don't know) you can double hit on the first ball over the net. Meaning, the girls can now hit the ball so hard (either serving or spiking) and in order to have a more competitive game they are allowing girls to double hit on the first ball over the net. That means you can set a serve!! WHOOO!! Talk about totally different from my learnin'. They also play rally scoring which means every serve is a point. The team that messes up doesn't get a point!! I like that except, I don't like a team winning on a missed serve. But hey, what can I do about it-especially at JR High when there are alot of missed serves. So I'm learning a little about VB. I do have to say that our cute neighbor girl is also on Lexi's team. We were losing the game 13-23 (to win you have to make 25 point or win by two if it's above 25 points, at least that's still the same??!!) Anyway, the cute Neighbor got up to serve and she served 12 points, that means that the ball landed on Ki-Be's (that's who we were playing) side of the court or came back over the net and went out) 12 times!! It was incredible to see. She did an excellent job!! Huge SHOUT OUT to Olivia for a great job and hanging in there!!

I'm coming up to...

my 200th blog and will be doing a little give away of some of my vinyl/crafts. Let everyone know that I will be giving away some great stuff!!

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Tough Love vs Spanking!!

Tough Love vs. Spanking - Good Argument Most of the American populace thinks it improper to spank children, so I have tried other methods to control my kids when they have one of 'those moments.'One that I found effective is for me to just take the child for a car ride and talk.Some say it's the vibration from the car, others say it's the time away from any distractions such as TV, video games, computer, IPod, etc.Either way, my kids usually calm down and stop misbehaving after our car ride together. Eye to eye contact helps a lot too.I've included a photo below of one of my sessions with my son, in case you would like to use the technique.

PS This works with grandchildren,nieces and nephews as well.

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Straight from Heaven

Ok, we are proud to announce Preston Ty Freeman's arrival from heaven. Here is the email that I received from his mama about him...

Preston Ty Freeman was born Friday, September 12, 2008 at 6:27 AM. He was 5 lbs. 5 oz. and 18 3/4 inches long. Tyson is very excited to have his first son! We are all doing very well! For those of you who don't know, Preston was born 5 weeks early, at 35 weeks. We still can't believe we have him here already. It was such a surprise!! as well as a little scary. Just not knowing is he was going to be okay or not, being born that early. Things could have been scary, but Preston ended up doing amazing! They supplemented him with oxygen for just a couple minutes at first, and then he started breathing just fine on his own. Everything was developed, and he is a healthy and beautiful baby. He is doing wonderful. The dr.s were all amazed. He's doing as well as a term baby it seems, he's just a little smaller, with less fat:) and may be more susceptible to catching something. We feel we have been truly blessed. And we are so very thankful for our healthy and beautiful baby boy. Cambry and Macey are loving their baby brother. Macey, especially won't stop touching him. She is constantly trying to pick him up, rock him, and cover him with blankets, etc. She's pretty funny. We are all happy and doing well.

Friday, September 19, 2008

Connell finally wins a game!!

Connell won tonight at FB but I was sad at all the mistakes they made. Obviously, it's looking like that great rivalry between Royal and C just isn't going to happened this year. The team is just too young and inexperiences. They beat Ki-Be 38-0. Jv played the whole 4th Q and half of the 3rd. I heard that the 8th G team lost to Royal 58-0!! Yikes! but that the 7th G team stayed with Royal and only lost but 1 or 3 or something like that. Also Kollin was in the Tri-City Herald. They are putting cameras at construction zones and then mailing tickets to speeders and they talked about how he was killed and that KW was serving 3 1/2 years in prison. Here's a link to it

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Lexi's first VB Game

Here is a pic of Lexi's first VB at Othello. They won! Yeh for them. She's on the C Squad team and is learning alot about VB and relationships. I was on the other side of the gym and moving Brek, Bode, Sum and ALL the junk-ee just wasn't appetizing to me so I sat where I sat and took pics from where I was sitting.

What's with the hair

Brek's hair is just wild!! I can't do anything with it. I'm thinking about cutting it except EVERYONE tells me how cute his hair is. People stop me in stores (I guess only Walmart, cuz that's the only store I go to) and tell me how cute his hair is. What do you think I should do?

Preston Ty Freeman

I think this is true although, we haven't heard from the horse's mouth. But I think that Tyson and Shannon have named their baby Preston Ty Freeman. I have yet to see pics of him. Maybe Ty will post some soon.

Some pics

Here are some of Lexi's posters from her campaigning. We tried to do some different things, guess that didn't work!! We copied from Jill and Kurt too. Thanks for sharing your ideas!! These posters were hanging fromt he ceiling. They survived the 280+ kids pretty well.

It's how far?

Ok, I was talking to my sis-in-law who lives about 5 (maybe 7 miles) from her kids' school and she was saying that in one day she had driven past or to the school 5 times. That's alot of driving in the car. Well, today I drove to Connell which is 30 (yeh, count them!!) miles one way-twice today. I actually needed to go one more time today to take down posters but I just decided that I couldn't do it. I would have driven 180 miles! Yikes!! And with the price of gas, what is going on?? It's so hard having a kid in Jr High all the way in Connell. It takes time to get there and just do anything at all. I suppose I will be spending alot of time in my car!!

The elections are over!

Well, the elections are over. Lexi didn't get out of the Primaries but I think that she learned alot. She was the only student to have her speech memorized and the only student to dress up. SAD. It makes me feel bad that we don't demand more of our youth and expect them to put their best foot forward. I think in ways it will be a relief to be done with all so that will be nice. We have to take down all the campaign stuff though. That will take a little time as I think we will save them for next year.

Monday, September 15, 2008

New Baby Boy Freeman

Tyson and Shannon Freeman welcomes a new baby boy on Friday morning (not sure of time, because they were VERY mysterious about the whole thing). He weighed in at 5 lb 5 oz. He was a month early. Also he is unnamed. I think (last I heard) he gets to come home today from the hospital. Congrats to you!! Now Ty has a boy to keep him company with his harem of girls!!

Husband Tag

1. Where did you first meet? At his parents farm. Our fams had a picnic together.
2. How long did you date before you got married? Not much dating, I mean we knew each other for 1 1/2 years but we didn't date that whole time. Fighting that's what we did.
3. How long have you been married? In November 17 years!
4. What does he do that surprises you? When I'm gone somewhere at night and come home to clean dishes, NICE!! However, I'm not sure if he does them or makes the girls, but who cares, there done
5. What is your favorite feature of his? His smile, laugh, always thinks everything is funny.
6. What is your favorite quality of his? So glad that he likes to work! I don't think I could handle someone who didn't like his job.
7. Does he have a nickname for you? Babe, Lel
8. What is his favorite color? Red
9. What is his favorite food? Mexican, chinese, anything that I can't cook well.
10. What is his favorite sport? To do wrestling, to watch football
11. When and where was your first kiss? Two summers before we got married on my parent's front lawn with ALL our little bros and sis around but it was dark and we were all looking at the stars. I was laying at one end of the blanket and he was laying at the other. Wonder what he was thinking when he grabbed my arm and drug me across all the little bodies that were between us so that he could kiss me.
12. What is your favorite thing to do as a couple? Check water, go to the temple, dates (which most of them are to the temple), go to ball games
13. Do you have any children? 6 babies, 1 adopted, 2 in heaven
14. Does he have a hidden talent? He thinks that he's shy but he's not. He can talk to anyone.
15. How old is he? 41.
16. Who said "I love you" first? He did. I told him not to say it unless he meant it and he didn't say it again for a year and a half until the night he proposed and then I had to say it first and then he said it back
17. What is his favorite type of music? I think he would like it to be country but when we're together we listen to talk radio or rock.
18. What do you admire most about him? His strong testimony in the gospel, the loving way he watches over and protects our family, his strong sense of morals, his work ethics.
19. Do you think he will read this? Does he even know how to find my blog?? Naw, he won't read this.

Friday, September 12, 2008

Dear Mr. Obama

I've thought alot about the war in Iraq and whether we should have gone there or not. I think this youtube sums up pretty well how I feel with the bonus that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints can't spend throughout this world without freedom of religion. And that is the most important reason why we are at war. Also Freedom isn't cheap. Even after the war is over and the lives have been lost and changed forever, the people of that country (which ever country it may be) have to remember that they have to practice self control and be able to govern themselves. We didn't have to live through it but our country had to do the same thing of learning how to control themselves. We went through terrible times of killing each other because of religion or color of skin or even being a male or female. The US went through those same growing pains. It is wonderful to live in a free place. Could you image not being able to get into your car and drive down to your children's school or go shopping when you wanted to or buy food or have a job that you want to have. We need to remember Freedom isn't free.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Do's and Don't


1. Put the reverser back where it goes
2. Remember to turn off circle
3. Live by a neighbor who knows how to put circles back up and has a boom truck
1. Forget to turn off the circle
2. Forget to put the stop back up
3. Tell all your neighbors that the circle crashed because the circle road looks like its a highway going through LA at rush hour.

The Campaign

Well, the campaigning has started and Lex is busy being a canidate. She doesn't necessarily have it in her blood. Hopefully it will be a good experience and she will learn alot about relationships. We are gearing up to have the crying talk as she has some stiff competition. She does have a campaign blog Check it out and give suggestions or ideas about improvements for Olds. Other than that we have been doing homework and making posters.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Bode's Germs

Ok, so I go into the bathroom last night and Bode is in there getting a drink. I must look like I'm a little parched because he points at this jar and says, "These are my germs."


"These are Bode germs. I don't want you to dump them or drink them."

I'm thinking you don't have to worry about the drinking part. I sure don't want to drink your nasty looking "germs". But I really do want to dump them. Maybe I will forget not to dump them and just will.

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Family Prayer

Ok, so it's my turn to say Family Prayer tonight. Bode was looking at a magazine that had halloween costumes in it and he is talking about what he wasnts to be. I tell him that he gets to wear it to school for his halloween party. So we move on and everyone gets knelt down to pray. I'm in the middle of my prayer and Bode whispers in my ear, "Don't forget to bless my halloween party." I just stopped speaking as I tried not to laugh. I couldn't even get the words out to bless his party. Please, bless-long pause-Bode's-snicker (Lexi, "What's so funny?) long pause trying to not laugh, halloween party, and then end just as quick as I could because I had to laugh. Totally cracking me up!!

I'm busy

Ok, I'm really busy. I have been the the Jr High twice this last week. Plan on more trips this next week or the following week. Lexi will start have ball games. I have Enrichment meeting on Tues. Will let you know how that goes. We are doing a Price is Right game show with food storage. Lexi's campaigning starts this week. She's got to get some posters done but instead she runnings around with her siblings playing and scrapbooking. Other than that just doing the usual stuff except I think that I'm going to swath the wheat stubble because Kameron Jenks is taking it. Anyway, busy week. I'm sure like everyone else.

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Looking for ideas

Lexi is looking for ideas for her campaign speech. She has some pretty stiff competion so any ideas would be greatly appreciated. It needed to be short and sweet and funny. Something that everyone will remember and like. It's for Jr High VP.

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Easterday barn

I got a new camera and am trying to figure out how to work it. Here is a pic of Easterday's basketball court. Yes, there is a basketball court inside of this cute red barn. Don't you think it would make a GREAT craft place to have a crafting event.

Bode's first day

It was Bode's first day today of Kindergarten. He was VERY excited. And don't you just LOVE the shirt he picked to wear for the first day. He wanted to wear his pirate shirt. Eric asked me why I bought it, because he liked it. He has some tractor shirts and trucks shirts but he chose this one. Funny boy! Here he is with his teacher Mrs. Isom. She has been all of my kids' K teacher. However, her name changed from Evans to Isom when she got married to Mr. Isom!!

Tuesday, September 2, 2008


We are just settling into school, etc. Bode does get to go to school tomorrow. Lexi is getting over being sore from VB. Sum is playing the flute in band and has started making maps again. Here's some random-ees.