Sunday, March 31, 2013

Our Scripture Characters

I've always told my husband he is like Joesph, the son of Jacob and Rachel.
Also known as Joesph of Egypt and the coat of many colors Joesph.

Seriously, look at this stud:

He's got women after him:

Knows how to invest and prepare:

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Has great fashion sense:

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He killed a giant:

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Okay, wrong story. The picture just reminded me of Nathan because of the washboard abs and pecks of steel.

The most defining characteristic that Nate and Joseph share is that NO MATTER what situation these men are placed in, they are the best at what they do and put 1000% into it.

Joseph had many roles, he was a son, brother, servant, prisoner, Pharaoh's right hand man, husband, and father.
Even when Joseph was a prisoner he was still the best. The guards trusted him with the keys!
When Joseph was Pharaoh's man he made Egypt a world power and one of the wealthiest nations on earth.

Here is my character: I would say I am most like Peter the apostle, especially with my weakness.
Here I go:

Here is Peter sinking. Sometimes I see someone walking  on water and think 'Hey, I can do that too.' Then I freak out and start gulping in water. I know this story is about faith, but in mine (and Peter's) defense who was the ONLY guy to JUMP OUT OF THE BOAT?

Here's another classic Deirdra character trait. "I'll fight for you, Lord, or Nate, or Kal'el!" And then I start chopping people's ears off.

When I do something wrong I go out and "weep bitterly" and really beat myself up over it.

Apparently Peter is waiting to finish his last book before he goes to heaven too. "Wait just a minute. I can't die yet. I have to finish this scene!"

Saturday, March 30, 2013


Nathan surprised Kal'el and I with a special night.
He took us out for Gotham City Cheesecake and got us tickets to a super hero play.

During the production, Kal'el yelled out things like, "Watch out Batman! He's right behind you!" or "Superman! Where are you?" and  "NO!!! Don't take your mask off!"

 After the play Kal'el got to meet the cast. He was so excited he couldn't stand himself.

 Kal'el explaining to Captain America how to use his shield.

Thor let Kal'el hold his hammer

 Webshooting with Spider-man

 Kal'el's Favorite Superhero -- DADDY!

Friday, March 29, 2013

My New Venus Fly Trap!

In the spring, summer, and fall we have a problem with flies and other flying insects.
Nate recommended hanging up fly strips. They work, but they are ugly.
I told him I wish I has something pretty to catch flies with, like a Venus Fly Trap.
A few days later he got me this:

And this, just because:

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Military Competition -- A Real Man!

Nate won a hard core military competition. He made his way though a half mile "enemy territory" obstacle course with 80 pounds of gear, medical supplies, and building material on his back faster than anyone!

When he finished, he went back into enemy territory and helped the other soldiers carry their gear.

For his reward, Nate got to spend a night off base.

If you think this guy can't get any more perfect listen to this:
For his night away from base he decided to drive to Provo and take Kal'el and I out to dinner and a movie. This meant he had to wake up SUPER early the next day and drive back out to base just for another grueling day.


Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Admit It, Authors: You're CRAZY, But Which of These 10 Disorders Do You Have?

Note: This article is not intended to diagnosis or make fun of anyone with a real mental illness. I'm only making fun of authors and I can do that because I am one and I've done EVERYTHING on this list.

1. Multiple Personality Disorder: Dissociative identity disorder (DID), previously known as multiple personality disorder (MPD),[1][2] is a mental disorder characterized by at least two distinct and relatively enduring identities

"HAHAHA. This character is so funny. He always tells the funniest jokes."

"I hate that guy. He is always trying to sabotage the other characters while they are questing."

"This character is so clever. Why didn't I think of that?"

Um... you realize its all you, right?

2. Bipolar: Extreme Emotional Highs and Lows

10:30 A.M. 

"This is the best book ever written! The New York Times best selling list might as well engrave my name in stone. I'm going to be more successful than Stephanie Meyer and J.K. Rowling combined!

Orlando Bloom, Robert Pattinson, and Johnny Depp are going to beg to star in the movie. Every household in America is going to have this book on their shelves. The schools will make it required reading! Life is good!

10:35 A.M. 

"My book is terrible. Who is going to want to read it? I might as well take it into the backyard and burn it will all my rejection letters. Why did I waste my time writing it? I'm so embarrassed."

10:37 A.M.

"I should try entering this manuscript into a contest. I'm so good there will be no competition."

3. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder:

Author is crying hysterically.

Spouse: "Whats wrong?"

Author: "I just had to kill a character. I really liked her. I can't believe she's gone! It was such a horrible death. There was so much blood. I'm never going to look at ferrets the same way again." *blows nose*

4. Anti-Social:

You mean I have to talk to people? If I say something stupid can I go  back and edit it?

5. Separation Anxiety:

"Its been two hours since I last sat at my computer!"

You really notice this anxiety when the power goes out or the computer crashes. Look out!

6. Amnesia:

Spouse: "Where were you for the last seven hours?"

Author: "Holy Smokes. I swear I just sat down at my computer five minutes ago."

7.Fugue State: A fugue state, formally dissociative fugue or psychogenic fugue is a rare psychiatric disorder characterized by reversible amnesia for personal identity, including the memories, personality and other identifying characteristics of individuality. The state is usually short-lived (ranging from hours to days), but can last months or longer. Dissociative fugue usually involves unplanned travel or wandering, and is sometimes accompanied by the establishment of a new identity.

Watch out all you who write in first person!

8.Anorexia Nervosa

Yeah, you were so busy typing and touring you forgot to eat again, huh?

9. Dementia

You're at a party and tell this amazing story that happened a long time ago. Then you think, 'Did that really happen to me or did it happen to one of my characters?'

Or you're sitting in church and raise your hand to comment and tell about something that happened in one of your books.

10. Schizophrenia: "Schizophrenia (/ˌskɪtsɵˈfrɛniə/ or /ˌskɪtsɵˈfriːniə/) is a mental disorder characterized by a breakdown of thought processes and by a deficit of typical emotional responses.[1] Common symptoms include auditory hallucinations, paranoid or bizarre delusions, or disorganized speech and thinking, and it is accompanied by significant social or occupational dysfunction"

Author shoots out of bed in the middle of night. "I have to go write this down! My characters are talking to me again!"

"If I don't finish the scene they will all just be sitting there while lava rushes towards them. I need 30 more minutes of writing so I know what happens!"

"If I don't give my characters this magic necklace someone might die!"

Yeah, its like that. Happy Writing!

Definitions from Wikipedia

Helping out on the Family Farm

Here is Nate, Kal'el, and I helping my dad trim the trees in his forest.


 Nate was up there SOOOO HIGH! He was the only one light enough, strong enough, and agile enough to get the job done.

 Raccoon Tracks


Cleared for power lines.

Here is Kal'el helping Grandpa compact down the foliage.

Kal'el and Daddy cleaning up the yard.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

KIDS learning the value of HARD WORK

Many years ago I was watching a reality show about a family who had a ton of kids. The premise was the hardships of having such a large family on a shoestring budget. When the show took off and more money started pouring in, the family had to do bigger, grander, and more sensational things every episode ie: buying kids each their own custom made clubhouse, exotic trips to Hawaii, a huge house in the country, bigger toys, designer clothes, expensive parties, etc. 

The children became more and more unhappy. In fact, it seemed like every episode the majority of the time the kids whined and complained. The show wasn't as fun after that and I stopped watching, but I did learn a valuable lesson.

When you give children everything they want they are unhappy, they don't respect you, and they are definitely not prepared for adulthood responsibilities and relationships.

Kal'el has been asking for a lot of things lately: candy, toys, trips, pets, etc.

Somethings I take note of and add it to his birthday or Christmas list.
Most things he only wants when he's looking at it that moment or if some other kid is playing with it.
One thing has been consistent and that is, "I want to go to Chuck-e-Cheese."

My husband and I started a savings jar for Kal'el so he can earn money to go to Chuck-e-Cheese.

Here is Kal'el cleaning Daddy's shop to help earn his trip to Chuck-e-Cheese.

Kal'el at Chuck-e-Cheese:

Monday, March 25, 2013

Creeps --- or Crepes

This is a weekend tradition in our house.
Crepes, that we all call creeps.

I use a very basic recipe, but add an extra egg. Recipe:

I make homemade whipcream and top it with fresh fruit.

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Ready for Church

LOVE this cute new outfit Grammy got for Kal'el.

Nathan looks dashing in his classic over coat. BTW he MADE that coat. It looks like he spent several hundred dollars on something so well constructed and perfectly fitted but, he bought the fabric and sat down at the machine and made it!!! Seriously, he's the perfect man who can add sewing to his long list of talents and skills.

Saturday, March 16, 2013

New Business Card Holders

New order of business cards

I looked every where for a nice business card holder under $30  and couldn't find any I liked.

Since I'm an artist I decided to make my own. I went to the craft section to get wood, glue, wire, etc. and I saw an artist model sculpture.

I glittered it, made a cute outfit for it, glued wings on, and painted pink slippers on it

By adding the wings it made the model top heavy so I went to the DI and found a super heavy glass base for  75 cents.

I also made one for Nathan the Ninja: