Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Indians 10 Braves 15

Her team, the Indians, didn't win the first game of the season but Cami, who was really nervous, still played great! She got on base twice, ran home and scored once! In outfield she made a great stop of the ball. The game turned out to be fun and not as scary as she had thought. But it sure was cold!!!

Monday, April 28, 2008

My Future Missionary

Josh got into the car today, as I picked him up from school, with his pocket sized copy of The Book of Mormon in his hand. He informed me he had memorized a new scripture and was going to memorize a new one each week. I was impressed. As we drove to pick up Ashley I asked him to teach me this week's verse. "Therefore remember, O man, .... Therefore remember, O man,... for all thy doings.... for all thy doings... thou shalt be brought into judgment.... thou shalt be brought into judgment" (1 Nephi 10:20) He also made sure I understood what it meant: for whatever we do, good or bad, we will be judged, so we should be careful. I agreed with him, yes, we should be very careful. By the time we arrived at Maeser I nearly had it down. (My brain seems to retain a little slower these days.)

Thanks Josh. I am looking forward to next week's verse!

Dad's Belated Birthday Spotlight

I've decided to try and do a little birthday spotlight on the important people in my life.

Dad just celebrated his birthday on Saturday, April 26!!

Happy Belated Birthday Dad!


  • He is a very hardworker. He is happiest when he has a big project.

  • He is generous. When I needed money and asked him for a ten he gave me a twenty.

  • He is so talented! He can make or restore practically anything: robots, old cars, tractors, guns, awesome pinewood derby cars, campers, sheds, garages and a beautiful family home.

  • He is a Ham Radio Hero

  • He is quite the teaser! I remember him trying to pay with his "small checks", checking out our new shoes by tipping us upside down, sneaking food off our plates, and sneaking me his buttermilk at a restaurant. That one kind of backfired on him.

  • He has practically done it all: pilot, fireman, EMT, business owner, gardener, hunter....

  • Now he is Grandpa!

  • I appreciate all he has done for me. I now realize all that being a parent requires. It's not nearly as easy as I thought it was going to be!

This little story is one I tell my children about Grandpa Kearl. I think my Grandma Kearl told it to me as a little girl. I always thought it was very funny.

When my dad, your Grandpa Kearl was a little boy his mother bought him an ice cream cone at the little neighborhood store. He ate it as they walked home and upon arriving he sat on the porch outside to finish it. A few minutes later he came inside and gave the remainder of his cone to his mother. He didn’t want it any more. His mother finished it. A few minutes later Grandpa was asking his mom for another cone. His mother didn’t quite know what to think. “But you didn’t want your cone! You gave it to me!” she said. Little Grandpa replied, “I didn’t want that cone because the cat licked it. I want another cone!”

Thanks for the sacrifices you made on my behalf, Dad!! I love you.

Did I mention Dad can be silly?

Forget About Waiting For Mom

Enoch gave us all a good laugh yesterday. Rachel made herself a peanut butter and honey sandwhich. Enoch saw her and wanted one. I was busy doing something and told him I would make him one in a minute. Then I forgot all about it. A few minutes later I came back into the kitchen and found him hard at work making his own sandwhich. He had managed to pull the loaf of bread and peanut butter to the floor and was spreading two slices of bread with peanut butter. I got my camera and took pictures. It's a good thing I mopped the floor on Saturday night so it was sort of clean.


Spreading peanut butter is hard work.

Ta Da! Enoch's first sandwhich!

Saturday, April 26, 2008

An Addendum

In all fairness to Ashley her prom dress wasn't as bad as I made it sound. Vaughn and I happen to be super picky about modesty!

Friday, April 25, 2008

I've Learned a Valuable Lesson

Ashley decided yesterday to go to Prom tonight with a bunch of friends. They all went shopping last night for Prom dresses. I don't know what I was thinking letting her do this with friends. I guess I was a little relieved I didn't have to take her because I already had plans and frequently I let her social life change my plans and I didn't want to have that happen again. So I let her go.When I picked her up last night and saw the dress I wasn't too thrilled, but the receipt said in big bold letters NO RETURNS! Vaughn was less thrilled and put his foot down and said she couldn't wear it without some modifications. Needless to say that didn't go over too well. We had a very unhappy daughter last night and this morning. I spent the morning modifying the dress. Fortunately my neighbor, Lisa Ivie, who is talented at sewing was able to tell me what to do. I actually think it looks great now! It even got Ashley's approval when I took it to her after school. What a relief! So the moral of the story is : Don't let your daughter go shopping without you for her prom dress. I am sorry I had to learn the hard way with Ashley but hopefully it will save me from future anquish with Cami, Noelle, Rachel, and Rebekah.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Spring Break

Spring break passed a little too quickly for most of us but we sure loved it while it lasted!

  • Ashley spent many hours during the break working on her quilt. She finished all but the binding. She even was available to take a few babysitting jobs (a rare thing- she usually has to much homework and a full social calendar) and earned some money. Ashley was the only one excited about returning to school, not necessarily to attend classes, just to see her friends.

  • Cami spent a lot of time practicing softball, reading Harry Potter, and of course babysitting.

  • Josh was fortunate enough to have a Scout trip to Goblin Valley. He did lots of hiking with his troop.

    Josh is ready to go to Goblin Valley!!

  • Noelle, Rachel, and Rebekah played to their hearts content with their friends without homework getting in the way.

  • Enoch enjoyed having all of his fans so readily available. He did his best to get in on the fun. Jumping on the tramp is now one of his favorite activities.

All of the spring break action wore Enoch out. He fell asleep at the dinner table.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Playground Fun

There is a playground at the ball park. So on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings while Cami was practicing softball, Noelle, Rachel, Rebekah, and Enoch braved the cold wind and had some fun.





Rachel and Enoch

I Love living close to the Temple!

I got to go to the temple early yesterday morning.! I found the peace and some of the answers I was looking for.

Squeazing In Some Fun While We Have the Sun

I had promised Cami and Josh a bike ride on Monday so in spite of the ache in my heart for my friend we filled up our water bottles, strapped on our helmets, and hit the road on our "bikables" (Enoch's name for bicycles).

This is one of my favorite spots on the trail. It's even prettier when the plants are more green.

I made Cami and Josh stop and pose.

We had intended to ride to Utah Lake (9 miles) or at least to Willow Park (7 miles) but the wind was blowing and by the time we made it to the little park we went to on Saturday (4 miles) we were ready for a rest. Well, at least Cami and I were ready for a rest.

Josh could have gone on and on. I now realize all of those stops we made on Saturday were actually helpful, yes I will admit it even to impatient me. The ride home was easier. The wind was helping us. Even still, Josh left us in the dust.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Don't Leave for Tomorrow What You Can Do Today

I am feeling sad. I just found out yesterday that a dear friend, who has already endured a year of Job like trials recently lost her husband. He was killed in a car accident.

As I've been pondering this tragedy I was reminded of Elder Claudio R.M. Costa's talk in October 2007 General Conference entitled : Don't Leave for Tomorrow What You Can Do Today

Elder Costa quotes a text posted on an airline communication board by the husband of a flight attendant who was killed in a devastating aircraft accident in July 2007 in Brazil.

The text epresses the urgency of not leaving for tomorrow what we can do today. It is based upon a poem by Norma Cornett Marek.

"Tomorrow Never Comes"

If I knew this would be the last time I would watch you sleep,I would hug you tighter.
I would plead with the Lord to protect you.
If I knew this would be the last time I saw you walk out the door,I would hug and kiss you and call you back to hug and kiss you one more time.
If I knew this would be the last time I would hear your voice in prayer,I would record every gesture, every look, every smile, every one of your words,So that I could listen to it later, day after day.
If I knew this would be the last time, I would spend an extra minute or two to tell you, "I love you," instead of assuming you already knew it.
If I knew this would be our last time, our last moment, I would be by your side, spending the day with you instead of thinking,

"Well, I'm sure other opportunities will come, so I can let this day go by."
Of course there will be a day to revise things,

And we would have a second chance to do things right.
Oh, of course there will be another day for us to say, "I love you."
And certainly there will be another chance to tell each other, "Can I help with anything?"
But in my case, there isn't one!
I don't have you here with me, and today is the last day we have—our farewell.
Therefore I would like to say how much I love you,
And I hope you never forget it.
Tomorrow is not promised to anyone, young or old.

Today might be your last chance to hold tight to the hand of the one you love and show all you feel.
If you are waiting for tomorrow, why not do it today?

Because if tomorrow never comes, you certainly will regret for the rest of your life
Not having spent some extra time for a smile, a conversation, a hug, a kiss,

Because you were too busy to give that person what ended up being their last wish.
Then hug tight today the one you love, your friends, your family, and whisper in their ears how much you love them and want them close to you.

Use your time to say,
"I'm sorry,"
"Forgive me,"
"Thank you,
"Or even,
"That was nothing,"
"It's all right,"
Because if tomorrow never comes, you will not have to regret today.

The past doesn't come back, and the future might not come!

My friend's experience has reminded me how precious and uncertain our time together in this life is. We need to make sure we use the time we have to show our love for each other and to do God's work. We should live so as not to have regrets.

Saturday, April 12, 2008

Our First Bike Ride This Year

One of my favorite things to do is ride my bike on the trail behind our house. It's an escape! Except for when I take little people, then it becomes a lesson in patience.
Today Josh, Noelle, a couple of neighbor boys, and I decided to hit the trail for the first time this year. The little people had a lot of fun and Josh and I worked on developing more patience. We rode 4 miles to a park strategically placed along the trail, took a play break and after some coaxing to leave the park we pedaled home. With lots of stops to look at a moth, pick up a golf balls (the trail passes through a golf course), throw rocks into the river, use the restroom, take a drink, wait for stragglers, get Noelle's pants out of her chain, rest, and walk up a hill it took longer than I had hoped and Vaughn expected. He ended up coming to look for us. He found us about a mile from home.
Josh and I decided next time we'd do it alone.

Friday, April 11, 2008

Ashley admisisse ad Latinam Honoris Societatem (I think it means Ashley is a member of the Latin Honor Society)

Ashley was honored today at school during a special assembly. She is Maeser Prep Academy's top Latin student!

Via praecessi Ashley! Nos es superbus vestrum!
( Way to go Ashley! We are proud of you!)

She attributes her success to the fact that she already knows what everyone is learning in class because she learned it as a homeschooler. Her teachers were none other than my homeschooling friend Karon Knauss, and myself, her mother. We taught ourselves and our children beginning Latin around the kitchen table.

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Today's Scoop

  • I (Holly) am super tired because I stayed up too late reading a book about blogs. It was very interesting!
  • Vaughn is home recuperating from a serious toothache. He had to have a root canal.
  • Ashley is peeved with us (Vaughn and Holly) because we don't see eye to eye with her on which American Idol contestant should go home tonight.
  • Cami is taking a math and writing placement test so she can get into Maeser Prep Academy next year.
  • Josh is in for a surprise when he gets home from school because I am spring cleaning his room today.
  • Noelle and Rachel are at school hopefully having a great day.
  • Rebekah is on a field trip to Farm Country at Thanksgiving Point with her kindergarten class! She has been anxiously awaiting this event.
  • Enoch is "helping" me spring clean but it is almost nap time. What will I do without his help?

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

General Conference

A couple of weeks ago, Josh requested that we attend General Conference. Our bishop was able to get us 5 tickets for the Sunday morning session. Vaughn and I were a little reluctant to give up the wonderful, stress-free Sunday morning that only comes twice a year in exchange for getting up extra early, finding a place to park, and joining the conference crowds, but we are glad we did!

Ashley was gracious enough to volunteer to tend Rachel, Rebekah, and Enoch, who were too little to attend. (Being able to sleep in was a big incentive for her!)

Even though we were about as far away as we could get from the pulpit on the far corner of the balcony, Vaughn, Cami, Josh, Noelle (who was so excited to be old enough!), and I appreciated being there in the Conference Center hearing President Monson, the apostles, and other general authorities speak. It was a memorable experience.

After the session we walked through temple square and took a few pictures. (This time we had the battery in the camera.)

Here Josh, Cami, and Noelle are posing in the Hall of the Prophets next to the bust of President Gordon B. Hinckley. Being in the Conference Center, especially in this room, reminded us of President Hinckley's viewing. The Hall of the Prophets is where his casket was displayed.

The temple grounds were crowded but beautiful with all of the lovely spring flowers.

Friday, April 4, 2008

Let's Play Ball!!

Cami tried out for softball yesterday. She's been practicing a lot but she was still really nervous.

Vaughn and I think she did a great job. We are proud of her for trying out!

Thursday, April 3, 2008

General Young Women's Conference

On Saturday Ashley, Cami, and I got to go downtown to the Conference Center to see the General Young Women's Conference. On the way we treated ourselves to an early dinner at Panda Express.
I was worried about parking but it turned out to be easy. We had a parking pass and we only had to drive around the block once to find the entrance. We made sure we brought the Mazda so we wouldn't have to worry about clearance difficulties. (We learned the hard way in a D.C. parking garage that our 12 passenger Chevrolet van is too tall for most parking facilities.)
The General YW Presidency and President Eyring gave some great talks. The music and surroundings were beautiful. We were however a little bit disappointed that President Monson didn't speak. We got a chuckle after the meeting as President Eyring waved his cane at us as he exited.
We took a few minutes after the meeting to see the Christus in the Visitors Center and I had planned on taking pictures of the girls on Temple Square with all of the flowers but I discovered that I forgot to put the battery back in the camera after I charged it. So we didn't get to take pictures. We still had an enjoyable afternoon and evening together. I am grateful I have such wonderful daughters.