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Yawlin text to Huh:  “Earthquake! I broke my leg.”

Hub text to Huh:  “Earthquake! Me and the dog are fine under my desk. Your mom is upstairs naked and screaming.”

My text to Huh:  “Earthquake! Hub and I are at home.  Hub and Max are both safe under his desk. I stubbed my toe.”

Huh text to me:  “Hub mentioned you were naked mom.”

Huh text to me:  “And screaming.”

My text to Huh:  “Well…ya know…”

Squid text to Huh:  “AAAAAAAHHHHHHH!!!!!! I got my leg broken by a pissed off 40 pound swan after a fallen tree crushed its crib!!”

Mack text to Huh:  “Earthquake. I’m fine. In an outhouse in the woods.”

Shroom text to Huh: “Earthquake. I’m at school. I tore some ligaments in my shoulder but I can still walk.”

Momo text to Huh: “At school. I’m okay.”

My text to Huh:  “K, what you are supposed to do now is send me a text letting me know the status of everyone you have heard from.”

Huh text to me:  Yawlin and Squid both suffered broken legs. Squid’s leg got broken by a pissed off swan. Shroom has torn ligaments in his shoulder and can still walk (why would an injured shoulder make it so he can’t walk?).  Mack is okay in an outhouse in the woods.”

Hoob text to Huh: “Earthquake.  Actually, I died.”

Huh text to me:  “And Hoob just text me saying, ‘Actually, I died.’ So there you go.  Have not heard from Juju.”

My text to Huh:  “OK.  Maybe we assume Juju died??  Did you hear from Momo?”

Huh text to me:  “Yes. She is at school and okay.”

Juju text to Huh: “Earthquake. I died, but then I got better.”

Hut text to me: “Juju died, but then she got better.”

And so went our very first family emergency drill.  Our state held a statewide “Shake-out” a week and a half ago to see how prepared we all would be if the “big one” hit.  Because I had read that it is good to have a contact person out-of-state to contact in case land lines get tied up in an emergency, we chose Huh to be our contact person since she goes to school out-of-state.  We also chose to text her rather than call her because I also read that sometimes cell towers get jammed with all the emergency calls coming in but that texts sometimes can get through easier.  The shake-out was set for 10:15 a.m. on April 17.  Schools, places of work, churches, emergency services personnel all participated.  We instructed our kids that as soon as the drill started at their school it was time to text Huh.  They could choose to make up an injury if they wanted.  As you can see from the above text exchanges, our family members personalities shone through loud and clear in their texts.

There are two purposes to this post.  The first, and most important one, is to get families thinking about emergency preparedness and perhaps about having a similar drill.  It IS wise to have a contact person out-of-state who can get details from your family members if you all happen to be away from home in various places when a natural disaster hits.

The second purpose is to announce that I have a break from school until June 5 and so I might be able to visit Blogland a few times during my break.

Maybe.

There are carpets to scrub.  And windows to clean.  And baseboards to wipe down.  There is a youth conference to plan for my calling in my church.  There is a girls camp to plan for my calling in my church.  There is laundry to do…daily.  Dishes.  The dreaded grocery shopping.  And the typical mommy and wifey things I do each day.

So, maybe I will be able to post a few times during my break.

Maybe.

I’ve missed Blogland.

 

 

 

 

Just one of those random activities you do when you read about it in the newspaper.

And our family likes random!

Our 4th of July weekend included SNOW…

The snow was a short 20 minute drive from the cabin.  Lest you think the snow was the only sight at the cabin…

It was a great weekend!  And we made sure to remember the reason for the holiday…

We are heading to the cabin for the holiday weekend.  Here is what I hope to accomplish:

*RELAX!

*Games with my family

*Get some great pictures

*Work on the second paper that is due for my Language Acquisitions class

*RELAX!

*Take a walk with my husband, hand in hand

*Ride the atvs

*Enjoy the stars

*Make s’mores

*Make dutch oven peach cobbler

*Roast hot dogs

*Snooze in the hammock

*Introduce my parents to the tv show Psych (we got my dad the first two seasons for Father’s Day)

*Did I mention RELAX?

*Picnic lunch in the woods

*Read (school assignments and for relaxation)

*See the fireworks in Evanston, WY

*Enjoy an ice cream cone while watching the fireworks

*Oh, and I can’t forget–RELAX!

Enjoy your Independence Day!

The rush to get our St. George condo ready for renters next weekend is finally over.  It has taken a great deal of my time, hence the reason for not blogging, but it was worth the time to get it finished quickly rather than dragging it out over a period of months.  We used the Memorial Weekend to finish it up and now we can relax…sort of.  There is the matter of the ancient, cranky, and ugly washing machine that decided to quit working over the weekend, and the matter of a deck that needs to be refinished, and Hub’s desire to two-tone the walls, but all of those things will come in time (with the washing machine being the first priority, of course).

Next week begins my graduate studies.  It also holds Mack’s high school graduation.  She will leave two days later on her senior trip to Lake Powell and Yawlin will leave at the same time to spend 2 1/2 weeks with his dad.  Huh, Shroom, and Juju will be working and Hoob plans to look for a job.  Yes, life is coming at us fast!

I end the post with a few pics of our St. George condo.  It is only a one bedroom so we will market to couples instead of to families like we do with our Moab condo.   It is small, but comfy, and will be the perfect getaway for Hub and I if we ever choose.  😉

The bedroom

 

Bathroom

 

Kitchen

 

Kitchen

 

Living Room

 

One end of deck

 

Other end of deck

 

View from deck

 

Family pool

 

Adult pool

 

🙂

 

We were running out of time.  Hub had been expressing his desire to see the ice castles in Midway for about a month, ever since he read an article in the newspaper about them.  Another article, and Hub made an executive decision that this family was going to drive to Midway for Family Home Evening this week because it is the final week for the display.  So, even though the drive is two hours round-trip, and even though it is cold, and even though the kids had homework, we went.

And everyone decided it was worth it.

Yes, we did have hot chocolate afterwards.

****Ice Castles were made using pvc pipe and sprinkler heads.

Because it was a three-day weekend, and because we needed to make some necessary furniture decisions on the condo we are purchasing in St. George, Utah, we spent this past weekend in St. George. 

St. George is typically about 15 – 20 degrees warmer than where we live.  The first day we were there the temps were in the 50’s and gradually warmed up from there.  In other words, it was a nice break from winter for us, and for my brother and his family who were also visiting St. George.  Even though the main focus of the weekend was to decide on furniture, we also made time to relax.  We went to dinner with my brother and his family, visited a park, went to church, and visited Snow canyon. 

Here are a few images from our weekend away from winter…

Maybe he forgot to pay his bill at Pirate Island?

Heading towards Jenny's Canyon

Entering Jenny's Canyon (a small slot canyon)

Looking up from Jenny's Canyon

Yawlin jumps the water at Petrified Sand Dunes

Juju chickens out on jumping the water at Petrified Sand Dunes

Hoob catches my reflection in the water

More reflections

And some scenery…

On our last day there Hoob and Yawlin went swimming in the outdoor pool at the clubhouse…in January!  Yes, it was hard to come back to winter…

…it was a break that we don’t take for granted.

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