Monday, September 30, 2013

Furniture for SALE!!!!

I am trying to sell a bunch of furniture and open up space in my garage so Scott can park his car there again!  If you're interested in anything, please let me know asap. I have already sold some on KSL and then thought I would share with friends before selling it to strangers! If you have any questions about any of these items, let me know by texting or calling me! I'll be posting them on KSL this weekend!!

Sunday, September 29, 2013

I thought he was just a Loser...

A few weeks ago, I was watching this television show where two police detectives asked a husband and wife into their office to question them regarding their son. At first the parents were like, "what did he do now?" Asking more questions about the wrongs their son had probably done. A robbery, drug related...what?

After a few moments of asking the parents some questions, they revealed to them their son had been murdered. Of course they both wept and were incredible sad about their boy.  After a short time, the detectives uncovered that the son had endured some major trials. The parents were both shocked and stunned. They had no idea about these experiences. The dad wept and said, "I thought my son was just a loser".  In the context of the tragic situations that this boy had been required to endure, it became evident why the boy had made some unfortunate choice. 

There have been many times I thought my brother was a loser for the choices he made; being a drug addict and all the things that comes with that. Of course I loved my brother very much, but a lot of times it was hard not to think of him as anything else.

Regardless of being a drug addict, or any other life altering patterns, there is always a reason why. There is always a reason why someone goes from making straight A's to failing every class. There is always a reason why someone tries drugs. There is always a reason why someone leaves the church.

I need to be better at not judging someone on how they are acting and/or living in this moment. I need to take into account their life, their history, their trials and their choices.

It really hit home for me today during fast and testimony meeting. So many adorable children willingly went up to the pulpit and bore their testimonies.  Most of those innocent testimonies shared the same belief; that we will live again with God and with Jesus Christ again. I am especially thankful for this knowledge, knowing I will see my brother again. I can't wait for that moment!

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Jenny Lake, Wyoming

On Wednesday, Scott told me that he didn't work Friday, Saturday, Sunday or Monday. Say Wha? I had (another) great idea of heading to Jackson Hole, Wyoming for the weekend. Being the wonderful husband, that he is, he said YES!! Our main stop was Jenny Lake. We hiked around this beautiful lake. We all enjoyed ourselves. It was perfect weather and oh, so beautiful. We took our time and enjoyed every moment.
What a cool kid Will is. He offered to hold Preston for part of the hike. THANKS!!!

We rode the boat back to the ranger station and headed to the next lake, String Lake. We spent the afternoon playing in the water. Will is half way out in the lake and it only went up to his waist! It's a very shallow lake, which makes it a little warmer. It was so fun to swim and play!

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

The car is totalled!

On Saturday, September 14th, Scott was driving Tyler home after a football game. It started pouring rain. Tyler said, "This weather is so bad, I think someone is going to get into a car accident." Then, he put on his seat belt. Scott agreed and slowed down to about 50mph. Within a minute, a white truck pulled in front of them and Scott had to tap on his brakes. This caused the car to hydroplane and swerve in and out of the fast lane on the I-80 freeway.  Scott turned the wheel to straighten the car out correctly, but the freeway made a slight bend in the road. This made the Cobalt spin further out of control and smash into the median concrete divider. Scott was sure that the car would flip over into oncoming traffic. Thank goodness that did not happen. After the car slammed into the medium, it slid a few hundred yards. 

Scott called and with a strange voice and said, "Lori, Tyler and I are fine, okay?" Weird, but okay. Then he continued, "We were in a car accident, nobody else was hit or hurt."

Both boys are fine. The car, not so much. You can't really tell from the pictures, but the back passenger's tire is bent up and undrivable. Their backs were sore and Tyler had a big goose egg on the side of his head, but they are fine. They walked away from the accident. Thank Goodness.

When I drove up, Tyler began walking to me, and started to cry. He was shaken up and a bit scared.  He told me it was his fault because he had said someone is about to be in an accident because of the bad weather. Poor guy! We immediately told him it was NOT his fault. Actually, he was a brave hero. He listened to the spirit and buckled his seatbelt! That was a true miracle!

Saturday, September 7, 2013


Late in the summer, Jackson started playing tennis. Here he is on his first day. He had a lot of fun, made new friends and learned a lot about the sport. There are 8 kids in the class together with different skill levels. We will move Jackson to more of an advance class as soon as he's ready. Jackson attends his weekly lesson and practices as often as he can. He has kept with it and is playing better everyday. Way to go Jack!!


Friday, September 6, 2013

More than a 1% chance

Tyler loves football. Right now he lives, eats and breathes anything and everything that is football. And he's good at it! Really good. Tyler wears the #2 Olympus jersey with pride!

The other day he was telling me that he wants to play for the NFL but after that, he will be a doctor. Umm, actually bud, you will be a doctor first and maybe play in the NFL. Tyler thought I was crazy because I said that he "may" play in the NFL.

I explained to him that a kid his age has about a 50% chance to play in High School. IF a kid is lucky enough to play in High School, he has about a 20% chance to play for a College team. IF that kid plays in college, it's about a 1% chance he'll actually end up in the NFL.

He was bummed to say the least.


Then came last Saturday's game. In the first play of the game, Tyler gets handed the ball and he runs. And runs. And scores a touchdown! Another great play was next while Tyler was playing defense. He stripped the ball from the opposing team's quarterback on the 20 yard line and runs. And runs. TOUCHDOWN!! In Saturday's game he scored 3 of the 4 touchdowns, had numerous sacks and tackles and played his guts out. Here is a video of his 2nd TD run and the long 40 yard run that he made to set up the team's other TD that he did not score.

The final touchdown that he scored was in the last minute of the game.  The game was tied 19-19.  Tyler's team was on the 30 yard line, and the ball was snapped directly to Tyler.  But the ball was hiked too far to his right, so it fumbled to the ground.  With FIVE players from the other team pursuing him in the backfield, he stiff-armed one of them to pick up the ball, and then outran all five of them to score the game winning TOUCHDOWN!!!

After the game, I told him if he continues to play like that, it'll be more than a 1% chance to make it to the NFL. He was jazzed!

These other pictures are from the week before for their Pre-season game against Riverton.

Kindergarten for Brigs

On Wednesday, August 28th, sweet Brigs started kindergarten. Since May, about 5 minutes after his preschool graduation, he's been asking when Kindergarten will start! The day, FINALLY, arrived.

He knew exactly where to go and what to do. Brigham had a fantastic days with lots of his good friends in the same class with him!

After school he did seem a little bummed. I asked him what was wrong and he was a little upset the teacher didn't assign him any homework! On Monday he was super thrilled to announce he had homework. Mrs. Mills sent home a packet of work to do everyday and bring back on Friday. Brig's sat at the bar and completed the entire packet in one sitting. Such a silly kid!