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

And our family likes random!


Yesterday after church Yawlin went upstairs to his room to change his clothes.  He soon came downstairs with a filled water balloon and his air-soft pistol.

“I’m going to shoot this balloon,” he announced.

He went outside, gingerly set the balloon on the patio, stepped back a few feet, took aim, and shot the balloon with one shot.

It made us all chuckle because it was so totally “random” as the teens here called it. 

Makes ME wonder what he learned at church…


Reasons I haven’t posted for a while (in random order)

*Fall recess.

*A desire to spend time with my kids during fall recess, instead of sitting in front of a computer.

*A three -day trip to St. George, Utah to check out a condo we want to buy.  Unlike my dream from an earlier post, we drove to St. George.  No commuter flights for us!

*Enjoyed the summer-like weather in St. George.  Who wants to be in front of a computer when there are palm trees around?

*The cream being used to treat my small patch of skin cancer has side-effects.

*My skin became inflamed, sore and unsightly.

*Sometimes the pain made me nauseated.

*Another side-effect–sore back.

*Another side-effect–feeling tired.

*Feeling tired a lot.

*Spent a couple of days in bed.

*Husband, kids, and parents urged me to see my doctor, because the nastiness of my inflamed skin worried them.

*I finally listened and saw my doctor.

*Here’s news…the medicine is doing what it is supposed to do.  The skin is supposed to look and feel that way.


*The doctor let me cut the treatment short one week and begin applying “healing cream.”  This gives me a little relief during the day.  I am functioning again.

*My calling as Young Women President keeps me busy.

*Housework keeps me busy.

*Kids keep me busy.

*No amazingly exciting topics to write about.

*Or, maybe, I’ve been too busy to think about amazingly exciting topics to write about.

Here’s to hoping I can get back to a regular blogging schedule soon…

I usually let my kids figure out how to fight boredom.  They can be quite creative at times.  Here are pics of their latest boredom buster.  It was a Sunday Evening.  The tool being used…a leaf blower.

Juju wasn’t home at the time, and Hub’s and Shroom’s pics didn’t turn out. 

Yes, I tried it too.  Will I be posting my picture?

Not a chance!

As I was driving Mack to school one morning last week, she asked, “Mom, Snow White…is Snow her first name?”  The question was so out of the blue that it made me laugh out loud.  I had no answer for her.  I don’t know if Snow is her first name or not, but the question made me think about and begin to notice other times my family members have done or said something “out of the blue.”  The teens in our family have named off the wall comments and spontaneity “random” or “randomness.”  Is our family more “random” or spontaneous than others?  I think we are probably quite normal, but it is fun to take notice of some of the quirky randomness that does go on in a family.  Here is what I noticed in the week since Mack asked about Snow’s first name:

*After school one day, Yawlin walked backward all the way to my crossing.

*Juju and her boyfriend wanted to freeze her goldfish to see if it would survive.  (I put a quick stop to this activity)

*Mack decided to make chocolate chip cookies for everyone in one of her classes at school.

*Hub took Juju and Shroom to our condo in Moab for a quick weekend trip because the condo wasn’t rented.  My kids had a family baptism on their father’s side of the family, so we stayed behind.    Those who went to Moab decided to try “sledding” down a sand hill.  Shroom came home with a nice scrape on his chin.

*Unknown to me, Mack requested information about a fashion workshop in California this summer (“It’s only $600.00 Mom!”) and she began begging me to let her go after the requested information arrived in the mail. 

No.  She’s not going.  Not this year, anyway.

*Hoob has requested whole grain bread on this week’s grocery list.

*One evening the entire family played three rounds of a basketball game the kids call “Lightning.”  We were quite loud.  Hopefully the neighbors didn’t mind too much.

*Hub plopped the community education catalog in front of me and told me to choose a class the two of us can take together.  I’m leaning toward Dutch Oven Cooking, but there are other classes I’m interested in too.

*Huh has started watching old 80’s movies.

Everything mentioned above was “out of the blue” and not expected.  Spontaneous.  Random. 

And, they all made me smile.

A quick post for a busy day:

*Cooper, the cute puppy, has a new home.  We were firm with the kids about only having one dog.  Mack solved the problem by posting information about the dog in the online classifieds section of a local tv station and sold the puppy the very same day–at a $60.00 profit!  I guess if she couldn’t keep the puppy, extra money was the next best thing.  She went shopping the next day and came home with a new skirt, new tights, and new boots.  I just hope she doesn’t start buying and selling puppies on a regular basis!

*Game recommendation:  “Blink” by Mattel.  Two to four people can play it.  Each round lasts 2 minutes or less.  You simply match cards as quickly as possible using color, number, or shape.  It’s quick, makes us laugh, and is perfect for a lazy Sunday afternoon.  Yawlin and I played it yesterday after church and kept tying each other.   After awhile I decided to snooze by the fire (my favorite place to nap this time of year) and Yawlin and Hoob played the game together.  Buy it if you can find it, your family will love it!

*A great quote I recently found:  “A successful marriage requires falling in love many times, always with the same person.”  –Mignon McLaughlin


 1.  School started! 

2.  And because school started I baked cookies according to tradition.  The home baked scent of applesauce chocolate chip cookies was heavenly.

3.  Mack informed me that we needed to pick up one of the girls from the neighborhood at exactly 6:55 a.m.  When I asked why we were picking her up, and especially that early, Mack told me that she’d promised to help the girl learn her way around the high school.  [A bit of history here:  The girl is extremely shy, is new to the school, and lost her father 18 months ago to cancer.]  Yes, I am proud of my daughter for reaching out and helping another.

4.  Remember Ryan?  We met him on our trip to Florida last summer.  We have kept in touch with him for the past year, continually inviting him out to Utah.  He finally took us up on our offer and is flying out today to spend the weekend with us in Moab. 

Yesterday Hub shot Ryan an email telling him that we were sorry, but would have to cancel the trip because we didn’t think Ryan was going to have enough fun.  He ended with a smiley face [ 🙂 ].  The first part of Hub’s statement startled Ryan–picture him thinking about his air fare and hotel cost for tonight–and then he finished reading the statement and realized Hub was teasing him.  🙂  Ryan gets in this afternoon, plans on seeing a little of SLC on his own, and then will join us tomorrow morning as we get ready to head to Moab as soon as the kids get out of school.  Everyone is looking forward to seeing our Florida friend again.

5.  Have you ever discovered a random picture saved on your camera?  A picture that you didn’t take?  That happened to me yesterday.  Obviously the picture was taken by one of the kids, though I have no idea which one. 

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Yeah, yesterday was a pretty good day. 

I have a gazillion things to accomplish before we head to Moab.  Enjoy your weekend!