Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Personality Test

Your Aura is Violet

Idealistic and thoughtful, you have the mind and ideas to change the world.
And you have the charisma of a great leader, even if you don't always use it!

The purpose of your life: saying truths that other people dare not say

Famous purples include: Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Jr., Susan B. Anthony

Careers for you to try: Political Activist, Inventor, Life Coach

Sunday, January 20, 2008

The Verb "to text"

For some reason when people use the verb to text in the past tense as "texted" it really rubs me like fingernails on a chalkboard. So I told the family I was going to find the correct usage figuring that it should be said "tex'd" as in one syllable. Well, I guess we are all correct..., but I still prefer the single syllable pronunciation to the double syllable one.

According to the online version of the Oxford English Dictionary
(available through some libraries), there has been a verb "text" since
the 1500s, with a past tense of "texted" or "tex'd." The current
meaning of "to send a text message" was accepted by the OED in its
draft additions of June 2004, and include the example of "texted."
Here is the link and referrence I found.

Watch this video and help raise money for Autism.

The band, Five for Fighting, is generously donating $0.40 to Autism Speaks for each time this video is viewed. The funding goes toward research studies to help find a cure. When you have a moment, please visit the link below to watch the video and pass it along to your friends and family. They are aiming for 10,000 hits, but hopefully we can help them to surpass this goal

Oh, Deer!

These deer have been feeding in the field by our house for the last two weeks. One Sunday we counted about 30 in the herd. This picture is taken from April's bedroom window. They are only 35 feet away.
This picture is taken from the front window.
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Dan opened the front door and they started away.

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Before and After...only 2 months older

This is our puppy, Grizzly. He was named that because he has the paws of a bear for such a little guy. This picture was taken right around Thanksgiving, when we first brought him home.

Now look at him! I don't know what he has been eating, but we have almost been able to watch him grow!

Got a new haircut, feel like the old me

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Wednesday, January 16, 2008

I found the perfect degree for me!

Public Health Education
I'm really excited to look into it further. Only 2 more math classes, 3 more chemistry...and 15 others...

Friday, January 11, 2008

Back to School

I did it! I signed up for the computer class that I had been procrastinating for the last 2 years. In the first week I have found 3 errors in the teacher's key, been told that students like me are a pain in the butt, and helped 2 other students. I love school!! I just have to study for my first test on Monday and see if my brain will work again. I sure hope it will!
I found out that my nursing prerequisites aren't too old to apply for the LPN program here. I'm not planning on applying for a while, but I need to finish 2 classes before I can. I just want to finish them so that the option is open if I need to, or choose to later.
I am also working out at the gym with my friend, Pam. I've been taking piano lessons from Becky and I need to start practicing again. I have a lot to fit in especially with work starting for me again in the middle of February. Being busy is a happy thing for me, but keeping things in balance is a trick sometimes.

Christmas Letter

This year has been a busy one. For those of you who don’t know, we moved from Mesa in August of 06. Our big move last year ended with us moving into a new home with an unfinished basement. We quickly realized that there wasn’t quite enough room for 4 kids, 2 dogs, and Terry and me in 3 bedrooms and 2 baths, so we finished the basement between Christmas and Spring-break.

Terry has kept very busy this year between managing the basement project, keeping the rest of the house (and family) in order, and working for the Bridgerland Phonebook. She has also started writing again. You can see her labors at .

Dan still loves his job as a Product Engineer at Inovar, Inc. and being back in Cache Valley. He didn’t get out into the mountains as much as he would have liked, but still thinks they are really nice to look at. He also loves the four seasons.

Ryan had a busy year, also: between school, working construction, and keeping a long distance relationship going. Then it was apartment hunting and planning a wedding in a month which took place in August. He and his new bride, Becky, are doing very well.

Mindy, Nathan, and Emma are still in Mesa, but we have been fortunate enough to see them close to every other month this past year. They are great!

Tessa made it onto the cast of the Logan High presentation of “Damn Yankees” this year, and really enjoyed it. She got the cast award for the cheesiest grin! Currently she is singing with Logan High’s top choir, Crimson Colony. She is moving back to Mesa in a week to finish High School with her beloved Mesa people.

April decided to tryout for the Sky View Color Guard this year. She gave up her Saturdays, and spent many long hours practicing all summer for the program. She enjoyed marching with a great band. She now loves singing in the Cache Children’s Choir. She is in high school and will be getting her driving permit this spring. We can’t believe it!

Ross is having a blast with all of his new friends in the neighborhood. We have 6 boys his age surrounding us within a couple of houses in every direction, a big change from Mesa! He loves school, and soccer.

We hope this letter finds you well this Christmas season. We are thankful to call you our loved ones.