Saturday, September 26, 2009

Busy day

Today was a busy day. We started out getting on Trax to Spring Mobile Ballpark for NAMIWalks for the Mind of America. Steve, Hunter and some other members of my family walked the 5K today. I was not able to because of my sprained ankle (I need to go to physical therapy but.....I don't go). It was a lot of fun and it was awesome seeing so many people there who wanted to help out NAMI's yearly fundraiser. After Steve and Hunter got back we left and got back onto Trax for the ride home, well the ride to the Trax station where we left the car. Steve had heard about Granite Furniture having a sale on Microfiber couches for $299! We went and looked and ended up buying one! We haven't had a couch since we moved out of our place in Ogden. Steve put it out on the front curb with a sign saying "Free" on it. It was gone within 18 hours!

It has been a difficult time living here without a couch. Whenever we have guests over we had to use the kitchen chairs and the computer chair. Not the best for when we had more than just us here. I never thought I would be so excited about having a couch! Granite told us that they could deliver it by 5 pm TODAY!!! Well they got here about 4 and we now have a couch!!!!!! It's sad that something like a couch would make me so happy, but then again getting a new Barbie doll when I was little was something really exciting. Because of the protectant they put on the couch for us we can't sit on it for a few hours so we're going to go see "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs"! What a fun day today has been!

Monday, September 21, 2009

Anniversary weekend

This past weekend was wonderful. First, Steve and I went to Sizzler on Friday night, as the beginning of our Anniversary weekend. It was a good dinner, but we were both stuffed. Steve kept trying to get me to open my anniversary gifts from him and amazingly enough I resisted! Normally I'm the same, trying to give people their gifts early, but I was able to resist.

We woke up early Saturday morning (Steve woke up and he kind of woke me up) and exchanged gifts. Steve didn't like the $1 Spiderman watch that I gave him. At least he loved the (much nicer) Coleman watch I also got for him. I guess Hunter will have a new watch now ;) Steve loved the photo book I made for him at It was really cool.

Steve gave me a new backpack, a really nice one. He also gave me an alarm clock (which I did ask for). That might sound like the most unromantic gifts someone can give to their wife but he had one more gift for me. He booked us a room at Castle Creek Bed and Breakfast for Saturday night! We stayed in the "Garden Suite" and it was beautiful and wonderful!

We went to lunch at Texas Roadhouse, it was awesome food - I LOVE THEIR ROLLS!!! Then Steve and I went to see "The Time Traveler's Wife" and I cried at the end (I'm such a softy that I cry over almost everything). After the movie was over we were able to check into our room at Castle Creek.

The next morning (which was our actual anniversary) we got ready, had a wonderful breakfast at Castle Creek, went to church, went to a BBQ at my grandparent's house, then went to my parent's house to hang out with them for a bit, then finally we were able to go home.

It was a wonderful weekend and I can't believe that Steve and I have been married for 3 years already! We've surpassed how long Steve and his ex-wife were married. They were basically married from December 2001 until September 2003 when they separated. Even though their divorce was not final until 2005 their marriage was basically over in September 2003.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Happy 94th Birthday Grandma!!!

If my Grandma Maurer was still alive today (she died January 1, 2002) she would have been turning 94 years old today! I miss her and still think of her often. When I had my endowments taken out I did it on her 91st birthday (if she had been alive of course). I had some temple clothes that had been hers so I felt very close to her that day. I have two "grandma blankets" that I don't let anyone, not even my husband, use. One was the blanket that was on my grandma's bed at her house when she died. Shortly after she died we went to her house to take things to remember her by and I took her blanket and then later I got another of her blankets from my mom. I feel closer to her when I use them. They are a comfort to me. I really miss my grandma and wish my husband could have met her. She was an awesome, talented, loving, wonderful, beautiful person who I love a lot.

Happy birthday Grandma! I love you!


My mom has to get rid of her dog Humphrey and she's having a really hard time with it.
Last Saturday my mom was in the kitchen while Hailey, Jaxon and Violet were in a nearby room with the guinea pigs that belong to my mom and Violet. Humphrey (mom's dog) was let into the room after being outside and went towards the guinea pig's cage. He started digging at the cage and trying to get to the guinea pigs and he was very determined to get them out of their cage. Jaxon picked Humphrey up to move him so they could move the cages out of his way and Humphrey just snapped and attacked Jax. He bit him on the top of his head and Jaxon was putting Humphrey down while he was being bit. My mom got there right after Jaxon had out Humphrey down and found his head covered in blood (head wounds bleed BAD). Jax was crying and upset so he yelled at the dog. Mindi came upstairs and found out what happened. She cleaned Jax's wound after they had stopped the bleeding. Then she used scissors and cut Jax's hair around the wound (only after Dustin cut his hair first since Jax didn't want to). When they took Jax to the ER the ER docs complimented Mindi on how well she cleaned the wound and thanked her for cutting his hair since the biggest problem the ER has in those situations is having to cut kids hair to do stiches.

Even though Humphrey has never done anything like this, even when Violet (as a 2 year old usually does) tortures him. My mom realized that she can't risk having something like this happen again with Humphrey and since her grandkids are more important to her (which they should be) she should get rid of her dog. She also told B.J. he needed to get rid of his dog (Ogre a LARGE pit bull) when he (accidently) bit BJ.

The really sad thing is that the next day when Minid was taking Jax to buy him a new game she found him sitting next to Humphrey's kennel talking to Humphrey and apologizing for yelling at him. He told his mom that he feels bad for yelling at Humphrey since he didn't know any better.

If we could afford the pet deposit and extra pet rent per month we would take Humphrey to our place. He needs to go to a home with no other animals, except maybe a female dog. He doesn't do well with male dogs or other small animals.

I just want to cry for my mom. She really loves this dog and she'll be sad when he's gone.

I know that Violet will miss "Humphee" too. She chases him around the house calling him either Humphee of Humvee, not sure which.

Saturday, September 5, 2009

I was just checking the list of Blogs that I am currently following. I noticed that the majority of them haven't been updated recently. I found one that hasn't had a post for 6 months, another was 5 and so on. I thought..."They need to update their blogs more often".

Excuse me while I go look in the mirror ;)

I am ALWAYS saying I'll post more, but I forget all the time. Now that Steve and I have moved to Sandy and my commute is only 5 minutes I'll have more time to be able to post. THat of course doesn't mean that I'l post, it just means I'l have more time. ;)

Suicide should never be an option!

I listen to 97.1 ZHT Morning Zoo every weekday morning. I love the DJs and the stuff they talk about is interesting. Yesterday they talked about a friend of the show who was in a therapy session with her daughter and the therapist said something horrible to the daughter. The daughter is in her 20's and was sexually abused by a family member when younger. She has attempted suicide on multiple occassions. The therapist was prescribing her some medication to help her and she asked him "What do I do if this medication doesn't work. " The therapist completley serious tells her "If they don't work then you take 20 of these pills and kill yourself." WHAT!!!!! This girl is now inpatient at some mental health facility on suicide watch. That "doctor" should have his license revoked!!!!!

When I was 9 my cousin committed suicide. He was 30 years old and he died the day before his 31 birthday. Since I was so young my mom didn't tell me the actual cause of death. She told me a few years later when I was a teenager. I also have other family members that have attempted suicide. I myself have contemplated it in the past. Suicide is a permanent solution for temporary problems. I wich no one would ever put their friends and family through the pain and anguish of a suicide.

Because of this issue that recently came up on the radio station's morning show I am going to tell you about an upcoming event that I am participating in that is both very important and very exciting to me. It is NAMIWalks for the Mind of America, NAMI’s signature walkathon event that is being held in Salt Lake City, UT at Spring Mobile Ballpark (was Franklin Covey Field) on September 26, 2009.

I would like to ask you to come and walk with me or to donate to support my participation in this great event. Visit my personal walker page to sign up: It features a link to my team's page there where you can see who else is walking with me. There is also a link so you can donate directly to me online. Donating online is fast and secure, and I'll get immediate notification via e-mail of your donation.

NAMI, the Nation’s Voice on Mental Illness, formerly the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill, is the largest education, support and advocacy organization that serves the needs of all those whose lives are touched by these illnesses. This includes persons with mental illness, their families, friends, employers, the law enforcement community and policy makers. The NAMI organization is composed of approximately 1100 local affiliates, 50 state offices and a national office.

The goals of the NAMIWalks program are: to fight the stigma that surrounds mental illness, to build awareness of the fact that the mental health system in this country needs to be improved and to raise funds for NAMI so that they can continue their mission.

NAMI is a 501(c)3 charity and any donation you make to support my participation in this event is tax deductible. NAMI has been rated by Worth magazine as among the top 100 charities "most likely to save the world" and has been given an "A+" rating by The American Institute of Philanthropy for efficient and effective use of charitable dollars. NAMI has also been given 4 out of 4 stars by The Charity Navigator for short-term spending practices and long-term sustainability.

Thank you in advance for your support.