Thursday, December 27, 2007
Just a cute a picture.
We were all waiting for this momma deer to bite someone, but instead she waited for the boys to pose.
Wednesday, December 26, 2007
If you you were to be looking through old boxes of pictures at your grandparents house from way back when, I bet you would all come across a picture just like this. I think this is a pretty cool picture. The black and white finish screams "old time"!
But no, these pictures were taken just last week in Waterton. Clark and some friends went cross country skiing and it looks as though they had a great time. Clarks motto these days, "I like the snow, but I don't like the temperature". I think that sums it up quite nicely.
Saturday, December 22, 2007
I am always so amazed at Laurel's singing and performing talents because this is so not me, it totally skipped a generation. The Cardston Theater put on a Christmas program tonight starring alot of the kids from the summer theater and you are in luck because I remembered my camera AND remembered how to use it!
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
Let me think, where was I and what was I doing when I turned 17..........hmmmm...living in Hawaii going to Kaiser High School, going to the beach in Waikiki or Bellows in Waimanalo, oh and a bat girl for the high school boys baseball team. Yah that was me walking out to the home plate area picking up the bat after the hit. Sorry I don't have the picture for you. Maybe a bit weird but I did get to go to Maui for a tournament, can't beat that!
Monday, December 17, 2007
This is the burial place of the famous Rubén Darío:
Nicaragua's Bohemian Poet
The most famous of Nicaragua's sons, Rubén Darío remains relatively obscure in the English-speaking world. Renowned as the Spanish language's greatest poet and as a father of modernist verse and prose.
Born January 18, 1867 in a humble dwelling in Metapa, Matagalpa (today Ciudad Darío), Rubén Darío showed signs of talent at an early age. Although the child resisted a formal education, he began reading at the age of three and was composing verse by the age of 10. This attribute earned him the title of El Niño Poeta --the boy poet.
Since most efforts to school Rubén ended in failure, he was sent to Managua, where he was given a position in the National Library. Here he continued his studies of both classical and contemporary literature and was able to virtually memorize the dictionary.
Darío's first published poem appeared in a Rivas newspaper when he was 13. At 14, Darío was received by President Zaldivar of El Salvador and awarded an attractive 500-peso grant to support his talents.
The young poet squandered the money in one night of champagne revelry at a San Salvador hotel with newly found friends. On hearing of this antic, President Zaldivar sentenced the intemperate young visitor to nine months at a strict boarding school. Here Darío not only studied French, but also became acquainted with Parisian poetry.
Upon his release, young Rubén was again brought to the Presidential Palace, this time for a celebration of in honor of Latin American liberator Simon Bolívar. Darío presented his "Ode to Bolívar," considered the literary event of the year in Central America. Again the teenage poet was awarded 500 pesos, which he disposed of in much the same way as the previous. This time he didn't allow his hangover to detain him and he fled the country the next morning.
Darío was to spend much of his life away from Nicaragua, mostly in situations of financial uncertainty. It was in Chile in the mid-1880s where his first full-length collection, Azul… (Blue…) was published.
This work's importance was recognized immediately in Spain and Latin America. Azul… was a gust of fresh wind when compared to the repetitive, monotonous poetry of the time. Darío was proclaimed the spokesman of the "new school" --modernism-- and Azul… started a literary revolution.
During his turbulent lifetime, Rubén Darío visited many countries, including France, Italy, England, Morocco, Hungary, Germany, Brazil, and Argentina. He made many his home, working as a correspondent in Chile and Spain and serving as Nicaragua's diplomatic representative in Paris and Madrid.
Darío was one of Nicaragua's most notorious drunks. Over the years, he developed a taste for high living, champagne, and exquisite dining. However, he was known to often steal away from the most formal official banquet to share a bottle of cheap Nicaraguan cane liquor, guaro, with old friends. No doubt this overindulgence helped lead to the early death of the nation's greatest poet. Darío passed away on February 6, 1916 in a humble abode in his mother country. His remains were laid to rest in the León Cathedral, in the city where his poetic voyage began.
"My pick is working deep in the soil of this unknown America, turning out gold and opals and precious stones, an altar, a broken statue. And the Muse divines the meaning of the hieroglyphics. The strange life of a vanished people emerges from the mist of time." --Rubén Darío
The inside of the cathedral is known to be a replica of the vatican. It was very ornate. When we approached the cathedral there was music playing, we walked in and felt the "awe" of it and then it stopped. A graduation ceremony had just ended, darn!
Friday, December 14, 2007
This may seem like a funny post, but I found these signs different and interesting and afterall, isn't that what we do on vacations? Take different and interesting pictures? Inside MacDonalds it looked exaclty like ours, they even had the play area for kids which Neal enjoyed....you go for it Neal, we'll see you after we eat.
Daniel Ortega, he won the election again. His billboards were everywhere and he even had a campaign song for his election. Brad has explained why he won, and if the other two candidates (which were basically on the same page) had been united Ortega would not be in power. Hope the church survives, he tends to not be very nice.
Neal was so excited to use the pool and Michelle (ok, me too) was dying to lay out and get a tan so when we woke up one morning to see this sign the kids (ok, me too) were not too happy about this sign outside the elevators. We had a little trouble figuring it out though, but we did. "No swimming after 1:00pm". We comprehended that just fine. Thank you very much.
Thursday, December 13, 2007
The roads were great leaving Managua but the closer we got to our destination(3 hours away)the roads got progressivly worse. The potholes were so deep and so frequent and so all over the place it was ridiculous. I really thought we were going to get a flat tire in our nifty Suzuki mini-van. We later turned in that silly van for a Toyota Prado which is equivalent to a Land Cruiser. Brad had warned us not to get the mini-van because it screams tourist and he was right. On our way out of Managua we were pulled over by the police probably because of our huge stickers on the front. Anyway, we could not understand him and he could not understand us but after all was said and done he made about 22 bucks that I bet he pocketed. Whatever, we were free to go. Whew! The next time we were told to pull over we just kept on going. No police car to follow us, no stop for them.
How do you like that fish Mark ordered? It is white snapper and it was delicious. Eskimo ice cream is huge in Nicaragua. These little carts are everywhere and we took advantage of them a few times. Food was the last thing on Brad's mind durng the trip so sometimes the ice cream was our meal.
San Juan was very pretty and we enjoyed the beach for a short time.
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
Seeing your son for the first time after completing a mission is one of the best moments ever!
Brad met us at the hotel after a 3 hour bus ride and 1/2 hour taxi ride. We were all waiting with cameras in hand to capture "the moment" and here it is. It was the most wonderful moment ever. That evening was a devotional and dinner for all Elders and Sisters who were completing their mission. This is Brad with his mission president and wife, President and Sister Fraatz from Guatemala.
I have so many pictures to share so I think I will try and post a few everyday. Nicaragua is very beautiful and tropical when you get out of Managua and into the small towns. It is a very poor country but the people are happy. The living conditions are very minimal which makes you realize we all have "too much stuff".
Monday, November 26, 2007
San Juan del Sur is a famous surfing and tourist hot spot in Nicaragua and we're going to be there on Saturday, yea! We take off tomorrow morning to fly out of SLC early Friday to spend the week in Nicaragua. We are all so excited to pick up Bradley from his mission that we can hardly stand it. Two years can go by pretty fast. He says it is the cool season with rain and temps being in the 80's. Ummm, right now at 9am it is -7C. I think we can handle some "coolness". We will be back December 12th with our boy along with some fun photos to share and a tan. That reminds me, I need to find my Maui Babe suntan lotion, now where can that be?
Hold on, before you go I need to comment on Dancing last night. I liked the results. Marie was destined to go with that last dance she did, what was she thinking? I kept waiting for "the doll" to really get in the groove and after it was over I wondered what I had just seen. I thought it was just weird. Mel B was the best, but I was very happy about Helio and Julliann, they're just so cute. Now on to Dance Wars in Jan. Still don't know what to think about it, but if it reality TV I'm there. I love watching people, airports are the best.
Thursday, November 22, 2007
I have the best husband in the whole world! Let me explain.....or maybe i don't even need to. I think you have all figured out by now that we are living our lives in a manner that we were not expecting. Does that make sense? " yah, let's to move to Canada and live in the basement of the house you grew up in with your mom upstairs, it will only be only for 6-9 months and then we will be in our new home". "Oh, and one more thing...I want all the baseboards and trim done and every single light switch cover in place". I know, you are all laughing, but that's ok, I think it is pretty ridiculous too looking back. So to my point.............I have not been on my best behavior at all times. After 26 years of marriage which means running the show of my own home pretty much, I have had difficulty living in someone elses home with someone else in it. I was telling Mark this morning that no woman should ever have to share a kitchen with another woman unless they are polygamists. Am I right? So I have had crying spells, complaining moments, and guilty feelings. And you know what? Mark still loves me! He feels bad and thinks it is all his fault. How is that for a great husband. It is not his fault, he does not need to feel bad or guilty or anything. We are in this together and that is the best part of this whole experience. What if one of us was were not on the same page? Ewe, let's not even think about it. I know he is doing everything he can and working so hard to make it happen as soon as possible. He is the hardest worker I know. Patience is a virtue? Can we just skip that virtue all together? Who thought of that word anyway? If we all cross it off "the list" then can it just go away and then we won't have to learn patience, it's just way too hard!
So in a nutshell, I am very thankful for a husband who loves me for me, no matter what because according to my kids, I am a liitle weird on top of everything else.
Sunday, November 18, 2007
Saturday, November 17, 2007
Neal had his first overnight scouting activity without his dad being there and he had a blast! The Deacons Quorum met at the church to load the quads up on the trailer and then drove to the "community pasture" ( back in the day this area was church owned I believe for the use of the ward to use to sustain their cattle and use the land as recreation as well, I think) to unload and get to the campsite before dark. Neal was looking forward to this activity all week and boy was he prepared. He was afraid that the bears might be hungry before hibernation so he brought a whistle, an LED light for the campsite, and a "bear banger", which was a cap gun.......come on, he is only 12! The dollar store was all out of loud horns, darn! He came back muddy and happy, but the best part was the great report I got from his leader. He said Neal obeyed all the rules and showed responsibility with his quad. Whew! Little boys can be wreckless at times. Which reminds me....I bet you were wondering and pondering and thinking how an activity with boys can be without a mishap or two. Wonder no more. Mark went out with the bishop (he has the cute little red cap on. I am trying to get used to men and boys wearing these funny hats that hang down at the ears like girl braids) this morning to meet them all for breakfast and to hang out for awhile. All the boys, at one point were coming up this hill with the leader(a boy)going way too fast. Mark was at the top waiting and watching and was not happy with this boy because he was going way too fast and really got after him when he got to the top. Some of the other kids were then watching from the top, looking to see this double cab truck with this huge trailer, get to the top as well. But this one kid (same one as mentioned above) was still on his quad, going full throttle, backing up and BAM! right into the back side of Marks truck! Mark saw the whole thing and this kid didn't even look behind him, just thought he would go for it . Those of you who know Mark knows he is pretty mild mannered, but I guess he layed in on him good. He didn't even get an apology. So now the bishop has the unpleasant task of approaching his parents about payment and the behavior of their son, I hope he doesn't wear that little red funny looking girl braid hat!
Thursday, November 15, 2007
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
They also let a couple of pigs loose and all the kids went crazy trying to catch them. Who caught one of them? Neal. They also let three chickens out to catch and guess who caught two of them? Neal again. It was fun to watch and Neal had a blast.
His bus driver, Rod, who trains horses for a living, let Neal ride his horse which was great for him. We keep mentioning to Rod that when he finds a "good old horse" that we can handle to let us know. Somehow I think he might be wondering if city folks can take care of a horse. I think we can, don't you?
Wednesday, November 7, 2007
Monday, November 5, 2007
Here is an update though....the guy who borrowed our trailer never picked up the windows, the supplier wasn't ready, of course until the minute the trailer borrower pulled into our yard returning the trailer. So he picked it up this morning AFTER he finished framing out our stairs! YEA!!! Then who else showed up today? The soffit and facia guy, YEA!!!! We are totally on a roll. So to celebrate Mark and I are taking off to Kalispell for another drywall load. He will be at Home Depot and I will be at Costco, TJ Maxx, Target, Barnes and Noble, Best Buy( oh wait, take that back, we don't really like Best Buy....way too hard for returns) and Ross. Michelle has a list of books she wants me to get for her, the ones about the vampire.
Well I gotta go and get my temporary crown put back in. The girl said to stay away from toffee so I did, I chewed gum. Good bye!
Sunday, November 4, 2007
So there are problems with building a house in the middle of nowhere, such as ....getting help to build your house. Let's see, we moved up here to Alberta July 17th, 2006 and broke ground in early September. Ok good. The foundation is dug, the footings are poured, the basement walls are up, the subfloor is on and then we STOPPED! Why you ask? The wind! Yah, the wind never seemed to let up and then our builder guy thought that it was a good time to stop. What? Excuse me? Stop? Did we hear you right? Yah we heard him right. So by April we are 6 months behind. Our builder guy helped for awhile longer with the roof trusses and some of the framing and then POOF! So here we are trying to basically build the house ourselves with help from here and there.
One guy to do the plumbing, one guy to do the electrical, another guy to build the stairs before the electrician can even start, another guy to pour the basement, somebody to do drywall hanging, another guy to mud and tape, another guy to do the soffit, facia and acrylic stucco on the exterior. Oh sure we have people to call, and call again, and call again. Oh yah, they want to help, but the big question is when? Oh next week? That would be great, see you then. No show. Oh can I borrow your trailer to get windows for another job I am doing? and then I will finish your stairs....still have not heard from him. Not even a thankyou. He just dropped off the trailer and vamoosed it outta there.
So when any of you friends and family from our past life ask us how the house is coming, I cringe inside when I hear Mark tell them we almost have the drywall hung. What is that? It has been 16 months and we are only to the drywall stage? Uh, yah.
Ok, a girl who has been living in her mother inlaw's basement can dream a little can't she? And so if I click my green polka dotted rubber boot heals together three times and repeat, "I want to go home" do you think it will work? Don't answer that!!!
Wednesday, October 31, 2007
I don't vote and I have only voted once or twice on AI.
Saturday, October 27, 2007
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Saturday, September 29, 2007
Yep, Mark and I went down to Kalispell on Thursday to get another load of stuff for the house....this trip we picked up a couple of toilets, 2 pedestal sinks ( one exactly like we had in Thousand Oaks, we love it), more drywall, insulation, faucets, shower heads, a whirlpool tub, a bath tub for Michelle, 3 pocket doors....Today we have the plumber, the electrician and labor help!!! Don't ask me when we think we will move in, I am just glad we are moving forward and we are not the only ones working on the house! We are super close with the kitchen cabinets....just looking for oak wood flooring that is on the medium to darkish brown stain. Not so much red, so if any of you out there can help me out, let me know.
Anyway, we thought that if we got an early start on Thursday morning we would be able to "get everything done". I don't think so. Our many carts were pretty much all loaded when we found out about a promotion...10% off your order ( starting the following day) up to $2,000.00, so we decided to stay the night with a savings of 200$, why not. But then we learned that Lowes was having a promotion where if you opened up a credit card you would get 10% off your whole order up to $5,000.00. Well Home depot will match Lowes so I signed up for another HD credit card. Did you know that you can apply for up to 6 (six) credit cards at HD? PLUS, American Standard was having a special, if you spend $1,000.00 you get a $100 HD gift card. OK! Then there was a special with the other bath products with a $250 gift card with a purchase over $2,000.00. OK! PLUS, with the better prices in the US we saved about $3,000.00 with driving to the US. The only downside was that we wore the same clothes for two days. We stopped at Target to get a few personel items like mascara, blush, eye liner, deodorant, a comb, a small shampoo, a hair clip, hairspray and a very cheap foundation, oh and two toothbrushes. I wonder what the check out girl was thinking............?! There are some things a girl cannot live with out.
Wednesday, September 26, 2007
Tuesday, September 25, 2007
Monday, September 24, 2007
Who do you think might go on Wednesday? I'd love to hear what you all think.
Thursday, September 20, 2007
Wednesday, September 19, 2007
The forecast for today called for rain with a few flurries.....whatever!!
Monday, September 17, 2007
Where did you meet your husband?
What was your first date?
Nothing very romantic....BYU 13 Stake Fireside with Mark E Petersen....when he called to ask me to the fireside I really wasn't sure " which Mark" it was....I was glad when I opened the door.
Where was the first kiss?
I don't really remember our first kiss and it bothers me. It might be in my journal but it is packed away. I would imagine it was on the door step of my apartment at The Regency, apartment number 103 I believe.
Where did you get engaged?
In my apartment at BYU! It was Valentines Day 1981. We met in September of 1980 and by November-ish I knew I loved him....a miracle for me because I never dated a boy longer than three months.....I would tire of them or they would do something that bugged me and that was all it took....He came by with two cards...one a typical VDay card and the other was a VDay card with a special question inside. I had a feeling he was going to ask me on Valentines Day so I had previously been thinking and praying about it so I would be ready! He had been looking at rings earlier but didn't get one until we could go together, secretly I wish he had the ring with him at the proposal.
Where did you get married?
We were married in the Hawaii Temple on June 27th, 1981.
How did the reception go?
It was nice.....in the cultural hall of the Hawaii Kai Chapel....it was a luau complete with the kalua pig, lomi salmon, and all the fixings....had musical numbers, hula dancers, and the Hawaiian Wedding Song....I just love that song. Mark's parents, 1 brother , 3 sisters and an Aunt and Uncle came over, along with some of my small extended family. A wedding in Hawaii is a great reason to take a trip...I hope some of my kids get married there! Mark loved getting up at 6am the day of his wedding to get that pig in the ground!
How was the honeymoon?
I tag my niece Stephanie! You're it!
We all try and do our part, big or small. Michelle is stapling a plastic barrier between the garage and house, Mark is up on scaffolding with a huge hose blowing insulation into the attic, Neal and Lou Lou are loading up the machine with the insulation, Chris and Sean are preparing for window installs and I am the official picture taker!! See our vaulted ceiling in the kitchen and great room area? Yep, that was a fun drywall experience.