He calls the MVD to find out what happens, and is told to call another number. He calls that number and gets a busy signal. He tries again; busy signal.
Today, he calls the original number and is given yet another number. He gets voice mail. Finally, he tries one more time and gets a live (do not mistake live for intelligent, here) person. He explains that he sent checks for all 3 vehicles, but only received the tags for 2. He asks if they ever received the check for the Saturn, if it was cancelled, if it was lost, or if they have any record. No, they say. We have no record of the check at all. He requests another form to be sent, they won't do that. They verify the address that the check should go to and then tell him he will be paying a LATE FEE because they didn't get the check in time (or lost it as we've been warned they would do). Allen says he can give them a copy of the check he's written previously to prove he did get it done way before the date. No good. He may have written the check at the end of February, but that doesn't mean he really mailed it. He tells the woman that he clearly paid for his other registrations (why would he suddenly try to jerk them around now?) and has another check written the same day that never made it to them, apparently, but that he did send all 3 checks within a weeks time. He says any judge will support his case and that he'd like to speak with her manager. Ok, she says. He's put on hold.
I'm sure you know how this turned out. (She never came back to the line. We waited 15 minutes.) Moral of the story: the motor vehicle department is as corrupt as the politicians in this state but a whole lot stupider. (Yes, it's a word.)
As we were warned, the virus has made its way through her body. So, when I say, "Break on through to the other side", I do mean that literally. Thankfully, her little Pampers have stayed the course. She's been grabbing diapers throughout the day and yelling, "POOOTTT!!!" to let us know when she's ready for another changing of the guard.
Also, she picked up one new term: shart.
(No, I'm not kidding. And yes, she learned it from me.)
So, at 6, Allen got up, showered and went to work. We gave Lexi pedialyte with about a tablespoon of juice (she did not want water since she'd already puked that up) right before he took off. I gave her a bath and we settled down. At 7, I stepped into my room to do something and came back a minute later to find her drenched in barf saying, "Juice? Juice?" I cleaned her up again and put another load (is that 4 now?) in the wash. At 8:30 she asked for more juice so I tried again. At 9:30, well, you know by now. She was burning up so I took her temp. 100.6. Not too bad.
Now, it's 11 and we're pushing fluids since she can't keep anything down. 1 tsp. every 15 minutes. She won't even eat ice chips - and for those of you who have seen Lexi with ice - she's feeling really bad if she won't eat ice chips. I take her temp again - 101.9! Whoa. Not that high, really, but went up pretty quick. She can't keep Tylenol down so I use a cold compress. Boy, did she hate that! She passed out about 11:30 in the football pillow.
We have a dr.'s appointment at 3:50. Her temp is back down to 101.3. Making progress here. Anyhow, while we're well versed in barf (severe acid reflux for the first 15 months of her life), fevers we aren't. She's a really healthy little girl. She's never had an ear infection or anything worth worrying about. I'm know she's got a little bug and will be just fine, but she sure is miserable. We've had lots of good cuddle time since she's been sleeping for most of the morning and wants to be held, and I'm sure she'll back to her normal self by the weekend.
- Mommy = Mommy
- Daddy! = Daddy
- Nanna = Nanna
- goot = goat (meaning goatheads in our yard that always get stuck in the bottom of our feet)
- What dis? = What is that?
- anmal = animal (meaning animals at the zoo)
- Cocoas = horse
- gog = dog
- Dais = Davis
- Maaaaaa = Mia
- nak = snack
- flwr = flowers
- waer = water
- babas = bubbles (bathtub)
- oo-ooos = monkey
- raaarr = tigers, bears and/0r lions
- shoouuss = juice
- buuu = blue
- gee = green
- mis = mouse (from Dumbo)
- umb = Dumbo
- pupuh = purple
- ant des = Want this!
- sight, sight! = outside
- igs - eggs
- hewp - help!
- bbbbaaassss = box (sandbox)
- tickens = chicken (chicken tenders or nuggets)
- yaaaaaa = yeah!
- peek = pink
- rrwwaack = Fraggle Rock (kids show like muppets)
- Cocoas = My Little Pony
- abeee = Baby Einstein
- shir = shirt
- piaper = diaper
- badby = blanket
- coos = clothes
- rirarara = Cinderella (also called "rella")
- deet = eat
- ah gun = All gone!
- goot = owie! (this it not limited to painful goatheads, but anything that is bothering her - hangnail, scratch, spot on the wall - no kidding)
- cuckie = cookie (horse cookies - she likes to feed I Be Streakin')
- Caaal = Cayle (her friend)
- bas = bath
- heeerr = hair (sounds like "It's getting hot in herrrr")
- aaiight = Allright.
- ohkeyy = ok
- arnge = orange
- diiiirt = dirt
- Chiiiiii = Chili the rescue dog
- nanna = bananas
- appe = apple
P.S. Thanks B & L.
Princess of the Mountain with Gypsy watching intently.
Allen can't resist the opportunity to work in the yard. Do notice the tool of choice.
All in all, a great weekend. We got to make good progress on the yard, eat out alone, almost get rid of a dog, play matchmakers, and spend time together as a family. What more could you ask for?
Amy and I Be Streakin' on their way to the finish line (or as we say in the rodeo world - on their way home)
What a broad topic to try and put into a little box that is a journal. A woman needs first of all to be faithful herself. Living the example of who and what you hope for your kids is a necessary foundation. Invite your children to experience making faith based choices. Show them that the Lord knows each of individually and hears our requests. Help them to learn to love the Lord and have confidence in his timing. Thankfully, the gospel is taught line upon line, precept upon precept. If you start when your kids are just babies and teach them the basics of the gospel, making good choices (to some degree) will be automatic for them. While they are young, this is probably the easiest it ever will be during their lives.
Enter, school, friends, peer pressure, TV, cell phones, etc. Hopefully, you've taught them the basics and can now expand their learning as needed. For example, a friend of mine has a 12 year old son. They are not members, but are church going folk who are excellent examples of Christians. She is in the process of reviewing the curriculum for Health class and has to sign a waiver allowing her son to view the materials that will be presented. Her son begged her to let him participate because those who don't get a signature are sent out of the class. He just wants to belong; to not be different. His mom said this, "Son, we have been chosen to be different. I'm sorry that we might have to do things that aren't popular sometimes. We have to do what is right." Now, he's staying in class, but the message is absolute. For their family, the rubber is starting to hit the road.
Surround yourself with those people that support your good choices. Members, non-members, family, friends, whatever. Then, don't be afraid to do what is right, even when it isn't popular. As I like to say, "You can't live in the grey." Many issues in life are black and white, but popular society would have us believe we can blur those lines and still be ok. One of my least favorite sayings is this: "It's ok as long as he isn't hurting anyone else". Well, what about the person himself? What are those choices doing to his self-esteem? His love for himself? His self-worth?
Knowing we are children of our Heavenly Father is mandatory to wanting to make good choices for ourselves. To know that you have a divine lineage, that you are DIVINE, capable of living in the presence of supreme beings is knowledge that influences every choice you make. Showing your children their potential by loving them, encouraging them, disciplining them, and supporting them is crucial to helping them become gospel living, balanced and loving people. No kid is going to make it out of our homes perfect, but giving them the tools to work with what they've got is the best we can do.
Lastly, teach our kids to love the good things in life. Teach them to love family, children, education, the Temple, good friends, wholesome activities, to laugh easily, forgiveness, to be careful of judging others, to be grateful, quick to serve, to be realistic about life, and to be hopeful, even in the face of strife. Teach them to love themselves enough to want to be united as families forever. To love the idea of their posterity. To live this life to its fullest and not be ashamed to try new things. To work hard for the things we need and want.
All of this is much easier said then done, but if we follow the counsel of the scriptures and the words of the leaders of the church we will see that all of the tools we need are available. Just like the shovel, we must put them to use to see the results. Sometimes the work is back breaking, hard, and exhausting. The dirt is like clay and it seems like you'll never get the job done. But, God does look out the window and see you need a glass of water and he will give it to you. And when you're done, the pay off is always greater than the work put in. Just look at Lexi. She has so much potential, life, exuberance. She came in struggling and has proven to be an awesome little person. Frustrating, exhausting, back breaking, and every other thing that parenthood has proven to be, I have an absolute testimony of the joy she brings. It is far greater than any of the work I've done so far. I hope that I will be able to provide her with all she needs to become the person she hopes for in this life.
Lexi and Allen at the Polar Bears
This morning, we went to the local park. We hadn't ever been before. Lexi loved the slide. We put her in the swing, but she started to look a little pale and then turned a little green so we took her out. The dogs went with us and had a great time, too.
Is it just me, or is Mia the coolest looking dog ever?
The goal of the program is to help our girls prepare for their roles as wives, mothers and grown women. More importantly, the program helps them to draw closer to Christ and recognize their worth as daughters of our Heavenly Father. They have 6 years to complete the program. Once you have turned 18 and left the Young Women's program, you cannot earn the medallion. UNLESS, you are a Young Women's leader for at least a year. After your year's time and while in that call, you may earn your medallion. The requirements are about 1/2 of what the girls must do. I've been encouraging the current presidency, myself included, to earn their medallions. Currently, I'm about 1/2 way there.
Here is an example of one of the experiences:
Faith Experience #6
Increase your understanding of the plan of salvation. Resources for study include 2 Nephi 9:1-28, 11:4-7, Moses 4:1-4, Revelation 12:7-9, Doctrine and Covenants 76:50-113, 93:33-34, Abraham 3:24-27, and 1 Corinthians 15:22. Draw or obtain a picture that depicts the plan of salvation, including the premortal existence, birth, mortal life, death, judgment, and life after judgment. Using the picture, explain the plan of salvation to your class, your family or a friend. Discuss how knowledge of the plan affects your actions.
Allen and I were teaching a family for about a year and one night I chose to use this for the lesson. It was pretty easy to do and was a great experience for everyone involved.
Here's an example of a 10 hour project:
Carry out a project to improve the living situation of someone in need.
Marti was at a cross roads and we both determined that living with us would probably be a good thing for her. She was with us for about 4-5 months. During that time, we tried to keep a home where the Spirit was welcome, love her, encourage her, and of course, have a lot of fun just being together again. Again, not too difficult and very rewarding.
My biggest hold up on completing my personal progress is the journaling. Many of the experiences require a person to read scripture, practice their new behavior/goal for 2 weeks and then journal. I do not like to journal and I rarely remember to do so. However, blogging has been something I really like. So, I'm going to use this blog as my journal for PP. For those of you that are in YW and want to join in, come on! For the rest of you, my spiritual, emotional and personal growth will be at your fingertips. Can't hardly wait for the first entry, can you?
(The title of this entry is a link to the LDS website for the official explanation of PP, the purposes, helps, etc.)
- What started as a way to communicate with far away friends and family has become a place for this horse trainer/HR manager turned stay at home mom of 3 girls to hold on to a bit of her own identity. It's my take on the ins and outs, the ups and downs, the thoughts and feelings, the mistakes and triumphs of this family as we bumble our way to eternity.