Friday, August 31, 2007

This is just a warning for all of you to NEVER need to go on church welfare. I just came from a peach canning assignment. The way they handle the peaches there, any peach that is ripe enough to be canned has to be thrown away because it is bruised to uselessness, and all green peaches, MUST be allowed to be canned, because they are not bruised, so they are fine (never mind that they have no flavor). The guy kept coming and telling us sorters that we were not to reject the green (and I mean GREEN) ones if they surpass the minimum size standard, and I told him that I have be canning home grown peaches since I was a child, and grown peaches and that the green ones had no flavor, and if he didn't like how I was doing it, to feel free to move me to another location. In the end he got his revenge because when my shift was over he didn't tell me (each shift has its own color cap) so I worked an extra 1/2 hour as they require you to keep your watch in your pocket and there isn't a clock hung up to watch. I think he would have left me there for 5 hours if I hadn't checked my watch finally and noticed that all the blue caps were gone but me........
They gave us the option of buying 3 cases to take home. I passed...I wouldn't have them if they Gave them to me! I will not be working at the cannery doing peaches ever again. I guess I should have remembered when my mother said that 20 years ago.

Besides, I canned 6 bushels of tomatoes (mostly by myself) into Spagetti sauce, tomatoe juice, V8 juice, and chili sauce in the last 2 days. So when my dad asked me if I would like 6 bushels of peaches yesterday, I just said NO!
Can I just say that I missed you kids more than ever the last 2 days?!!! :)
Nice Prank

Thursday, August 30, 2007

Nelson family update:

Life is super busy around here lately (thus the decrease in blogging). We are trying to get everything done to prepare to be foster parents by the time dental school starts.
I have started one of my classes from my local community college and I am still trying to arrange my clinicals for my BYUI nursing class. It is difficult though because nobody has ever heard of BYUI and none of the hospitals are interested in doing the paperwork in order to help me do my clincals there. I'm getting a little nervous.
Yesterday we had our first home inspection for becoming foster parents. We still need to buy locks and locked containers from almost everything in our house it seems. All the following have to be locked up: all medications, vitamins, knives, sissors, steve's rasor, all chemicals including laundry detergent, dish soap, gas for the lawnmower. And what makes it more difficult is that sharps are not allowed to be locked up with chemicals or medications etc. How do you go about locking up a gas can? or locking up steve's razor that he shaves with everyday? what a pain. However, it is part of the rules and I know they require it just to keep the kids safe so we will comply.
busy busy busy!!

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Huh? Yea....what she said.

Monday, August 27, 2007

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Sunday, August 26, 2007

Thanks for the sweet gifts and thanks for the Happy Birthday wishes! Sincerely, Jacob Dax

NO FAIR!!!! I wanted to be the first one to wish Jacob a HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!! Well...anyway. Happy Birthday little guy! I miss you THIS MUCH!

Saturday, August 25, 2007

I would just like to be the FIRST to say HAPPY BIRTHDAY JACOB, SUNDAY! I cannot wait until tomorrow to post this because if I do, Kim who wakes before me, will beat me to it.
You will have to let us know if that little guy decided that he LIKES birthday cake this time. Maybe he would rather have a birthday pizza....I mean, afterall, Chad and Buffy get birthday PIE! And when I was growing up they used to call it "Pizza Pie", so maybe you could make the cheese say Happy birthday...
Wish we could be there. Take movies and put em on the blog will ya?

I am done with Ed week. It was good, as usual. Got some new stuff to try out. But it will be awhile till I can try it! I am way behind around here after taking 11 days off for family visits and then 4 more days for Ed week, and then today we went ATVing. Yeah. I am buried in stuff to do. But I have no regrets, except that I can't seem to figure out just how Mickey turned on his magic broom!
We really liked where we ATVed today. We went up the canyon beyond Wallsburg. It is BEAUTIFUL up there, nearly the entire way. The beetles haven't killed many pines up there and there was only about 1% of the ride that any sagebrush could even be seen. It was mostly just thick pines and aspens most of the way. And there where a lot of great camping if I have my way, I am DONE with Reservation Ridge!

Alas an alack. The blackberries haven't been picked for a week. There must be a large bowl full on the ground...but I am off to pick what hasn't dropped.
How we spent our weekend. Well, ok. Just a few hours on Saturday. Friday night I helped Chad move. We went with the Kirk's in our ward up above Wallsburg to ride our ATVs.
The tour of my house is available! Go to and do the slideshow. It starts from the master bedroom in the upstairs and works its way down & outside.

I've already been to home depot a number of times. My house is a lot of work already.

Nothing exciting to report around here. Kiera is teething and we are still all recovering from our

annual 'Utah Cold' that we get without fail every time we visit Utah. Kiera is now taking 4-5 steps between people and is much more exploratory. I am trying to get back in shape after getting out of shape in Utah.

We are anxiously awaiting news on new houses and on nursing school.

Friday, August 24, 2007

*** Law of Mechanical Repair
After your hands become coated with grease, your nose will begin to itch or you'll have to pee.
Law of the Workshop
Any tool, when dropped, will roll to the least accessible corner.
Law of Probability
The probability of being watched is directly proportional to the stupidity of your act.
Law of the Telephone
If you dial a wrong number, you never get a busy signal.
Law of the Alibi
If you tell the boss you were late for work because you had a flat tire, the very next morning you will have a flat tire.
Variation Law
If you change lines (or traffic lanes), the one you were in will start to move faster than the one you are in now (works every time).
Law of the Bath
When the body is fully immersed in water, the telephone or doorbell rings.
Law of Close Encounters
The probability of meeting someone you know increases dramatically when you are with someone you don't want to be seen with.
Law of the Result
When you try to prove to someone that a machine won't work, it will.
Law of Biomechanics
The severity of the itch is inversely proportional to the reach.
Law of the Theater
At any event, the people whose seats are furthest from the aisle arrive last.
Murphy's Law of Lockers
If there are only two people in a locker room, they will have adjacent lockers.
Law of Logical Argument
Anything is possible if you don't know what you are talking about.
Brown's Law
If the shoe fits, it's ugly.
Wilson's Law
As soon as you find a product that you really like, they will stop making it.
Doctors' Law
If you don't feel well, make an appointment to go to the doctor, by the time you get there you'll feel better. Don't make an appointment and you'll stay sick.

Thursday, August 23, 2007

Shadow Puppet
End of the month is coming...don't be a party pooper

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

My dark cloud...

I think everyone knows except maybe Buffy & the Dastrups. This past weekend I had planned to go mountain biking early in the morning, because there's better chances of seeing wildlife early. I woke up Saturday morning, got ready to go, and left the apartment. I immediately noticed that my bike was missing. I looked over the guard rail, and down below was my lock, cut in two. My bike was gone. It made me mad, not only because I had gotten up early for no reason, and not only because my bike was gone. There were plenty of other bikes that were not secured in any way, laying around the complex. But someone had targeted my bike, and had come with bolt cutters to get through my lock. That meant it wasn't just a homeless person who wanted a ride. It was someone who was stealing my bike for its value. That's what really made me mad.

I fumed over that, and started to calm down by the next morning, which was Sunday. I was going to my new ward for the first time, and was a bit anxious to see how many people in my stage of life were in the ward. I went out to my car, opened the door, and found shattered glass all over, and the contents of my console on the passenger seat. Included in that was a bank receipt with my name & account number on it, from Friday. Nothing was taken, because they had already taken my CD collection from my car three months previous. I think it was the same person, because they smashed the same area, and locked the doors when they were done.

For both instances I called the police and filed reports, and I made them come take fingerprints on the contents of the console. I don't expect anything will come of it. I missed church because I was filing my police report.

It couldn't be at a worse time. I'm still furious that someone did that. I have to get everything repaired, which costs me both time and money, both of which are quite precious to me right now.

Monday, August 20, 2007

Chad's dark cloud continues. When he gets time, he will hopefully update you all on the latest of bad news.

We are missing the Nelson family now too. Little Kiera and her parental units will be missed. Cambrie, you will have to let us know if getting home to Kieras bed and nap schedule ironed out her problems or if they continue to bug her. Is she sick? Or was that hay fever. I hope the trip home was without problems.
Pictures from Gramps & Gran. I just added a few more to the end. There's more pictures of Nelson's than Dastrups because they were here a lot indication we love them more. :-) Bottle pictures from our treasure hunt are also in here.

Sunday, August 19, 2007

It's no scorpion, but..... It is a bunch of humming birds that couldn't even wait for me to hang up the feeder before swarming me and buzzing my head and making me extremely nervous.
Happy anniversary to Mom and Dad! How many years has it been now? We hope that your celebratory dinner last night was both yummy and romantic!

On a totally different note, you will not believe what happened here last night! Brigham called out to me last night, asking me to bring him a glass bowl as quick as I could, but to stand back to hand it to him. It turns out that he stepped on something painful and looked down to see a small movement and what looked like the curve of a scorpion's tail. It was almost impossible to see because it was exactly the same color as the carpet, but thanks to a black light (a parting gift from our friends, the McBrides), we could see it clearly! Brigham called poison control, and they said that there are no deadly scorpions in Albuquerque, so that was a relief, but I still freaked out. THERE WAS A SCORPION IN OUR HOUSE!!!

Saturday, August 18, 2007

Hey, crazies! Check out our Utah pictures under our link on the left! Thanks again for the good time!

Friday, August 17, 2007

Hey you Dastrups!!! Did you get home? how was the trip with your munchkins? I hope the DVD's hung out for you and saved you and your children from the "ARE WE THERE YET?" MONSTER!!

Steve, Cambrie, Kim and I went on a treasure hunt this morning. We took the metal detector and shovels up by the Jordan River and dug. We found a cool little bell with a bird on the top, and some old glass bottles with glass stoppers. It was fun, but ultimately (after finding about 30 bottles and some other random stuff) Cambrie's mother instinct drove her home to Kiera, who burst into tears as soon as she saw her. She sure loves her mother!
Maybe Kim will take a picture of some of our treasures to put on the blog (They say that men can't take a hint so: Kim maybe you could take a picture of all that junk that we don't have a clue what to do with and put it on the blog! Maybe some crazy person will buy it!)

Monday, August 13, 2007

I decided it's time to complete my geek look. I went to the eye doctor today, and they told me I need glasses for looking at things up close (such as computer screens). I went to LensCrafters, so I could have the glasses for tomorrow. But when I was finished, they told me I won't be able to get them for 1-2 weeks. I think their "in about an hour" thing refers to the time it takes once you give them the prescription to when you're given the receipt. It also cost a lot more than I expected. Part of that was because I got 2 pair - one for home, one for work. But even so, it cost twice as much as I was expecting. And I just turned down vision insurance two weeks ago. Oh well.
It's a small world:

Sunday, August 12, 2007

I'd put this on the group page, but it look like we all had our membership booted somehow.

So the LDS website has posted on their events page that General Conference is coming up and that tickets are available through talking to your priesthood leader. For you out-of-Utahners, I for one would appreciate you hooking a brother up with tickets if you're not going to be using them. They're probably a lot easier for you to get outside of our valley, and especially out of BYU singles wards.

Saturday, August 11, 2007

Due to popular demand, the blog is the ONLY page we have to communicate online. Well, people wanted to leave the gift wishlist, but everything else has been deleted. Everything goes here.
Wow! Cambrie and I would like to announce that we're in Utah and enjoying every minute of it. I hear the word on the street is that Bert's is hanging out more with a particular someone, Buff's twitterpaited with Edward, and Chad's looking forward to December! Just wasn't sure if all y'alls were aware of that?

Tuesday, August 07, 2007

I would like to propose that we keep things as simple as possible while we are all together. First, I think we should use paper plates, cups, etc. exclusively. Second, I've got a hankering for that super-yummy Pier 49 pizza that we had the last time we were there. How about Friday night we order pizza, and Saturday we take a trip to the Mayan (Benjamin's "favorite thing to do in Utah") for dinner. Does anyone want to second the motion?

Monday, August 06, 2007

Jacob's home!!! He's not 100% yet, but he's doing MUCH better. Thanks for the prayers!
I have purchased 9 adult tickets and 1 child (babies are free) to Timp Cave. The earliest I could get them was for the 10:30 tour. He said that should put us off the mountain at 1:30. So Brett probably ought to drive his own car so that he can zoom down ahead of the group and get to whereever by 2. Bring your hiking shoes and jacket or coat. It is about 38 degrees in the cave!

Sunday, August 05, 2007

Hey, everyone! Once again, the Dastrups are requesting your prayers. Jacob's in the hospital again with breathing troubles. They gave him many albuterol treatments, a treatment for whooping cough, and steroids, and he would respond for a few minutes, but then go back to having troubles. His chest x-rays are clear, though. When I left the hospital a couple of hours ago, his oxygen saturation levels were lower than when we first brought him in-- averaging in the mid-80's. Of course we're worried about him, and we would appreciate any prayers on his behalf! Thanks!

Friday, August 03, 2007

Chad - House, Work, and Anecdote

House first. To answer everyone's questions, I close on August 20th. But while y'all are here maybe we can swing by the house.

Work... So I've been at my new job for a week. I really like it. I still feel a bit lost while I'm working, but my boss says I'm doing far better than he had expected. I guess it's good to set low expectations.

Anecdote... Today around 3PM I was wandering around the halls at work looking for someone I needed to talk to about some things. I didn't know where he sat, and after I had wandered through everyone, he found me. I pulled up a chair and we worked for 30 minutes or so, and then we headed back to my desk. He trailed a bit, and asked, "How long have you known about the blowout in your pants?" My initial thought was that of a diaper blowout. But I realized I was past 3 years old, and that was not what he was referring to. "Feel your backside", he said. And so I did, and felt nothing, and told him so. He told me to feel my pocket, and again, it all felt normal. Wallet was still there. But no, a little to the left... my pants had a 4-5" rip alongside the pocket. I overtly made my way back to my desk, hiding my rump from view as much as possible.

I had a long shirt on, and thought about untucking it to cover the tear. But I decided I would rather look like I had some sort of an accident than look slobbish during my first week of work. I decided to stay an hour after work, so I could leave after everyone else.

I have this thing where I wear pants 3 times before I wash them. And I remembered this was the same pair of pants I had worn on Wednesday. At work. All day. While wandering around. And I don't know when the rip occurred. Maybe this helped with the low expectations mentioned earlier....
I just got home from resigning from my job.
Yes, you heard me correctly (or read correctly). Not only that, it is all together possible that I will never work as a nurse again in my life. Ironically, I still have 3 classes to take until I get my BSN in nursing and yes, I'm going to finish (I should graduate in April).

Now that I have you all totally confused, I'll explain: Steve and I have decided that we are going to become foster parents of 1-2 foster babies with special health care needs. It pays about $1500/month per baby which will help out alot towards our lofty financial goals. And, I would't have to leave my daughter to go to work. We start foster paranting training next tuesday.

As for me possibly never working again as a nurse, here is my explanation: I plan on doing the foster paranting thing for 1 - 1 1/2 years after which time I hope to have babies of my own to care for. Soon after Steve should be starting his dental practice and I will be working in his office doing the accounting and payroll (you never want to hire someone to do this for you).

Yes, I'm going to finish my BSN. Why? Just in case.

Anway-- starting this fall we are going to have some pretty major life changes going on.

Yikes! There's a reason I'm not a celebrity! What's your excuse?
This is SO cute! I love it. Steve, what did you use to create it?

Wednesday, August 01, 2007

This morning as I was getting ready for my run, Benjamin begged me to let him wear his "running shoes." I didn't want to take the time to put socks on him, but it seemed to be VERY important to him, so I did it. Not far into my run, Benjamin wanted to know if he could get out and run with me. I brushed him off, but he continued to ask, so about a mile away from home I got him out and he ran with me. It was so cute to see him sprinting along with me in his pajamas and "running shoes"! He actually did better than I thought. I had to slow up a little bit, and after awhile he got tired and got back in the stroller. I thought that would be the end, but about a minute later, he was begging to get out again. So we ran like that all the way home, with him getting back in the stroller for a minute whenever he got tired. He probably ran a half of a mile or more! It's good to see that the second generation of Dastrup runners is well on its way! That means that I can retire before long, right?
Here is another grandeouse IDEA: How about, we rent mountain bikes, go up the Sundance tram and come down? Brett is your bike worthy of doing that? I know it needed much would it cost to make it worthy? We can rent bikes from BYU Outdoor rental for $18 a day for rim brake bike, and $27 for a Disk Brake. Chad< Comments? Would this work?
So I am thinking, that this would be fun for one of the days. Maybe take the trailer up AF Canyon, up high enough that we could park it off the road in one of the nicer areas on the trail up to ForestLake, and that way, we could have some people in the trailer playing games while 3 people go atving and then they could come back and play games while 3 others went out....We could also hike timp cave. Something that the BUFFALO has still never done....
Anyone else have suggestions of fun things to do with the family?
Brigham got the vacation time he requested! With a good bit of effort on his part, he has secured Aug. 10-16th off! Our plan is not solid, but I think we'll be arriving at Gronemans' sometime on the 10th and staying Sat. and Sun. and driving up to Bear Lake on Monday. Then we'd be driving back on the 16th and staying the night at Gronemans', and driving home on the 17th. It's not a lot of time, but it's what we can do, so we'll make the most of it! We hope that the Nelsons can be there Friday through Monday!