Tuesday, August 31, 2010

A Real Bummer

But not for our bums. The couch that was supposedly coming last Friday was out of stock so they had to make more in the California factory. False alarm. Supposedly it is coming this Friday. Perhaps it will be that much sweeter since anticipation always makes things that much better when they actually do come to pass.Zach however, is sitting pretty in his comfy office chair this morning on the first day of classes. (He has a Tuesday/ Thursday teaching schedule). For now we are still sitting around on kitchen chairs and Gabe's Charlotte Hornets throne we brought from North Carolina.

Wish him luck and the delivery truck good-speed.

Monday, August 30, 2010


Sometimes I refer our littlest one as Mac- Attack since he is in the move'n-groov'n stage of babyhood. He crawls, he scoots, he pulls up, he pulls out, he pulls down. He is numero uno tower destroyer in our home right now. David Hyrum has picked up on this nick name and made it his own-"Macky-tac" or sometimes "Macky-Tacky". We all giggle when he calls him that. Here is that pair cruising around in cousin Haley's Jeep. A start to a beautiful friendship.

Hey do you have a license for that thing?

Don't worry grandma and grandpa, there is a small Velcro strap holding him in.

Mac couldn't be more pleased with his ride.

David is a natural with anything that has an "engine".

Friday, August 27, 2010


I say Hallelujah because we have the internet now- sort of. We only have a wireless connection so only the lap top works for now. Our picky PC refuses to do wireless internet and all the digital pictures go through that. (hence no pictorals for this post) I've been feeling a little unplugged lately without a computer or phone since the cell phone only gets partial reception in the bassement. A land line is supposed to be coming on Tuesday. I'm looking forward to that as well.
Our couch is supposed to be coming today some time. GREAT another big plus- some where to sit other than the kitchen chairs. Our second car, the Honda, should be here today too. A computer, a couch, a phone, a car- what more could a Modern Milley like myself ask for? Its amazing how we take things for granted until we don't have them any more.

This is definately a process. Its beginning to gel. I'll catch you up more later.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Zach Attack is Back

So the hero of the road rolled in about 7:oo last night after a 2 1/2 day cross country marathon from Raleigh to Utah, driving all 34 hours by himself. Welcome back Zach! He was noticably sore but at least he arrived safely.

Tonight he is moving all of our stuff into the apartment with the assistance of our new elder's quorum. Here's hoping a bunch of guys show up to help. You know the bit about many hands making quick work. We are very grateful for Zach's family who has put us up and put up with us for the past 5 weeks (Jenny then Ben's families) but it is time to just BE. Just be home, just be a family, just be settled into a routine. We'll keep you posted on how it goes.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

The Three S's of Traveling

Zach is traveling accross the country right now for the second time this summer. He is driving the moving truck with all of our worldly possesions in it. The alternative was having a company move it for at least 1200$ more. The last time he drove out here it was to bring the minivan. Here is hoping he the 3 S's stay strong with him.

1. Safety
2. Staying stretched
3. Sanity

If not, he might turn into this...

A SNAKE "SSsssssssssssssss...."

(Gabe got his face painted at a free bowling activity we went to with Ben and Joy's family. Pretty rad hu?)

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Our new Pad

We have officially signed up for the bottom level of this cute little home. 3 Bed, 2 bath 1300 sq feet in North Orem Utah.

It has just been remodeled so everything is brand new.

I'll be spending a lot of time in this room that opens up into the larger living room. There is a smaller living space behind the kitchen for a piano or computer type room.

These are our cute upstairs neighbors, Amber and Nacho. She is the manager and he is the resident handyman.

This is the back yard we share,but the upstairs couple don't have any children so it will just be our kids most of the time.

This is the apricot tree already in bloom. There is also a small pear and peach tree. We love already love it. Its in a nice neighborhood and situated between Zach's brother in Lindon and BYU and Tina in Provo. We'll be moving in around the 18th of this month.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Atlas Shrugged

Atlas was the man who was tricked by the weak into holding up the world. This is the story of his liberation. I have been reading this book for more weeks than I care to admit, but I'm finally done. Its almost 1100 small print pages of atheistic intellectualism. Was it worth the time? A resounding yes. Ayn Rand shaped a good deal of American economic policy by the ideas put forth in this book (1954). It is a story about the strong not being bound in servitude to the weak. There is much good she has to say about honesty and putting forth the best that is within us. She speaks about not abdicating your right and duty to think for yourself. She also has some good things to say about not having a deservant attitude, working hard, and being a self made man. Do I agree with everything she has to say? Not at all. But at the very least, it gets you thinking about what you really do believe. I'd recomend this book to most adult audiences ready for a challenging read.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

So it Begins

Both Gabe and David have "blankies" that they lovingly drag around the house and own with that little boy ownership of comfort. Something they can confidently assert saying it is "mine". Mac has no such "blankie" yet. I was feeling ambitious and thought I would try to crochet him something small to call his own. (That is, when he learns to talk) Aunt Shirley patiently showed me how to make this pattern since I am a novice worker of yarn. Notice the bottom where it is all nice and tight- that is the row she did. Hopefully in a few weeks I will have a finished product to display. Its making me feel very grandmother-ly, in a good way.