Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Inquiring minds want to know ...

I'm looking for a new Primary Care Physician.
If you live in my neck of the woods ...
who do you go to
and why do you like them?

Monday, July 19, 2010

Dancing with stitches

Jake has been growing up very quickly these days. Actually, Jake has been growing up very quickly since the day he was born. When Matt was leaving on his mission and he was super sad ... Jake stated "I could go on my mission right now and I'd be fine" ... I believe he was right.

This week Jake is gone. He headed up to the beautiful mountains of Utah with his cousin Trenton to attend Especially For Youth (EFY) at BYU. This is an amazing opportunity to hear from some motivational speakers, inspiring musicians and to dance with girls! He has been sooooo excited to stay in the actual dorms of BYU and has been working hard to pay for his own adventure. So off they went with a little help from the entire Daniel McKinnon family ...

But before this happy little rendezvous began ... trauma (mingled with a little drama) stepped in. Jake was in the kitchen chopping up a watermelon ... when I heard my very independent adolescent scream "MOM! MOM! MOM! MOM! MOM!" as he proceeded to run toward me, drizzling blood down the hallway with every footstep. The sensitive mother in me immediately kicked in and I grabbed the black towel so that we wouldn't stain the white one :)

It was clear that stitches were necessary and we hopped in the car and headed across the street to the Urgent Care. During this quick rush of emergency, Jake began to mumble something about how this incident was going to RUIN EFY because "no girl is going to want to dance with this gross thumb!" The sensitive mother in me tried very hard not to laugh ... I was mostly successful.

Stitches were done -
and the final result was a masterpiece
of Tim Burton proportions. Agreed?

At this point, Jake was even more convinced that NO GIRL would have anything to do with a boy with such a disfigured thumb. I kept thinking to myself, when I was his age, I would have danced with a boy without any thumb at all! But his faith in women, or lack thereof, was defeating his spirit. So we went down to Walgreens and picked out the most fantastic looking bandages that are sure to bring on the sympathies and even adoration from girls across the globe ... or at least from across the dance hall.

They check into their dorm this morning and I'm sure it will be one of his most memorable journeys. But the part that will stick out in my mind was this little man yelling "MOM! MOM! MOM! MOM! MOM!"

I knew it. He still needs me. :)

Friday, July 16, 2010

Groovy ~

Check out Matthew's new song ... I'm digging it.

Friday, July 9, 2010

My baby is 13-years-old!

My how time flies!
Happy birthday my little man!!!

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Get yer candles!

First of all, yes, I sent that letter ... word for word.
Bring it Barack.


Second of all, I'm tired of giving my boy money.
He's 14 now and it's time for him to get a job!
Today, he became a salesman
and he sells these fine products ...

If you are in need of a gift,
or a nice smell for yourself,
Jake is your little man.
He can hook you up!
You can reach him at
or you might even know his phone number
or he might be ringing your doorbell.

I smell another giveaway coming right up ~
I've got connections.

Dear President Obama,

We asked you for help. In fact, we asked you for help A LOT. You didn't give it to us and now you are mad at us for taking things into our own hands. I dare say you are pouting. Our state is in utter chaos because of the sheer number of ILLEGAL immigrants that enter our U.S. borders every day. Our schools, our safety, our livelihood and our law enforcement are consumed with being forced to act politically correct as to not discriminate. Well now I am being discriminated against. MY country is now looking at MY state and giving it the stink eye. MY country has chosen to protect ILLEGAL immigrants over protecting MY family. MY COUNTRY IS SUING MY STATE. Shame on you, shame on your administration and shame on MY country. You have more than one well that is gushing right now ... get off the beach and come look at the devastation out west.

United We Stand? Nah.


Karen Sue Shaker
Citizen of the U.S.A.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

The fourth & family ~

I love it when a great holiday
lands on a weekend.
It makes it just a titch better!
This fourth started on Saturday
with my little brother's birthday ...
and didn't end until Monday night
when we celebrated
all of our family July birthdays together ...
and of course celebrating
the birth of independence
for hours and hours in between.
We were blessed with fireworks

I am absolutely in heaven
when I'm laying on a blanket
covering a lush, green lawn
under those bursts of color.
Loved, loved, loved it!!!
Only 363 more days until we can do it again!

I enjoyed the expression on our host's face
when I said there would be 26 of us.
Good times!

God PLEASE bless America!