Friday, October 31, 2008

Happy Halloween!

Does this count as our little one's first costume?? :)


Scared ya, hu?

No? Oh well... Happy Halloween.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Instant Messaging Question

Right now I have the following instant message systems running. Luckily, I can use a single IM client to service them all at once (I use Pidgin)

GroupWise Instant Messenger (work)
AIM (work/family)
Google Talk (family)
MSN (Family)
Yahoo IM (Family)
IRC (work)

Is anyone in the fam still using MSN or Yahoo? I don't think I've used those in the past year and would just as soon nuke them if nobody here uses them. ?????

Synchronized Campaigning

In case you missed the 3 presidential debates and want an update on the topics and positions of each candidate in each debate, this is a good resource to use for a quick update.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

THIS is something that just makes me shake my head and worry about the future.


The branch of the family that follows politics way too closely got out and voted yesterday. We voted at the county building. We stood in line for about 15 minutes before voting. Mostly it was old, retired people in line to vote.

The poll workers were saying more people voted in one day of pre-election-day voting than voted in the primaries altogether. They're very concerned about what it's going to look like on Election Day.

If you are registered and inclined to vote, I recommend getting it done sooner rather than later. Friday is the last day to vote early.

Learn more about the Utah candidates and where to vote at

Debit Cards

I've heard many times that debit cards aren't as safe as credit cards. I was reading a Reader's Digest article the other day about debit cards and it had a lot of personal horror stories about using a debit card and some of them are pretty bad. The bottom line advice from the article: NEVER buy anything online using a debit card and NEVER let your debit card out of sight when paying for something (like at a restaurant). Debit cards have no protection like a credit card and even if your bank says they will guarantee your funds are safe using a debit card, more often than not when it comes down to it they don't back up their promises. Credit cards are relatively safe to use because you aren't liable for someone fraudulently using your credit card. On the other hand, debit cards take the money directly out of your account and banks/credit unions have no legal obligation to cover losses from fraudulent withdrawals there. There are also machines out there that can swipe your debit card and make a copy in a matter of seconds so it's VERY easy for someone to steal your card. Here's a similar article to read along the same lines outlining 10 disadvantages of debit cards. And another. Yet another. There are a lot of these types of articles. Just sharing some words of wisdom because I know some of you use debit cards quite a bit.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Lydia rolled over for the first time yesterday twice in a row from stomach to back. We have a gifted daughter : ) actually, it was more because she was holding her head up (which is probably heavy from all those cheeks) and her head got of balance and sortof fell over sideways and the momentum of it flipped the rest of her body too. But hey, it's a start.

So I've heard before that babies are mailable so I decided to try to get Lyida to sleep in her baby carrier/carseat. Previously she would NOT sleep there. It took me about 5 days of trying and only letter her sleep there, but now life is SOOOO much easier! She can now sleep anywhere: church, car, grocery store, disneyland. I'm so glad that I did it! I'm going to do that with all of my babies from now on.

Saturday, October 25, 2008


Bad Attitute Chad

So I thought I'd share some of my bad attitudes with you.

As of today, I am no longer a loyal Big-O customer. The premium brakes I bought a few years ago didn't last even 30,000 miles. "Sorry, nothing we can do about that. You can buy some new brakes if you want". I'll take that option, but at Les Schwab.

We're no longer Qwest customers. "We reserve the right to increase your price at any time". They literally told me that. We didn't have a contract, but shortly after this experience, someone else was telling me about a similar experience they had (without knowing mine), where they did have a contract, and Qwest increased the price. He called up to cancel the contract, and was told to read the fine print of his contract. They can increase the price (even in a contract) at any time.

I've attempted to contact all of my most local representatives in the state Government. I've done my homework on them, and most of them have not yet returned any communication. The only one who has communicated with me is the Democrat for the state house of representatives. That may be because he remembers me because he knocked on my door and we had a good chat for about an hour, about what I felt was important and how he intended to represent me. Unless the republican for my district can convince me, I will vote for the Democrat for my district. I don't agree with him on one or two issues, but I found after researching the Republican candidate that I agree with her a lot less than I would have expected. It also turns out that she's been the chairperson for the state transportation board for the last 10 years or so, and she's very proud of that. That's the group responsible for all the fountains and landscaping along the sides of the freeways, and the decorative sound barriers. She's also rumored to be heavily financed by Energy Solutions. For me, those are two very good reasons to vote someone else in. I don't agree with the national democratic party on 80% of their issues. I don't agree with the state democratic party on about the same issues. I've researched the Utah County democratic party, and found that I *do* agree with them on about 60-70% of the issues. My local democrat candidate I agree with on 90% of the issues. We had some good discussion on whether he would represent me, as a republican voter in his district, the same as he would a democrat. We had a good discussion on whether he would represent the democratic party or the people. I was pleased with his answers, and pleased with what I found on his website. He openly told me he needed to research a few issues I was concerned about. But he seemed very genuine and he's very approachable (his opponent doesn't provide direct contact info on her website, he does).

There's your Bad Attitude Chad for the day.

On the positive side, goooOOOOO COUGARS!!

Friday, October 24, 2008


This isn't really a big deal, but I'm kind of excited about it, so I'm sharing with the fam. The professor I work with at school contacted me about a teaching job at a charter school in Provo. It's just from now until Dec. but it pays $25 an hour! Well... I'll only be teaching 2 hours a week - but... that's $50 we didn't have before, I'm getting school credit for it for one of my secondary ed teaching courses, and it will be great experience to give me a head start on student teaching next semester. Only a few people in the world might get excited to teach 13-year olds about genetics, and you're related to one of them (even if only by marriage). (And I just learned how to put a picture with a blog - I'm learning so much!)

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Dastrup News

Warning: The following photos may not be suitable for the weak of stomach or for impressionable children. Viewer discretion is advised.

I guess that it's true what they say about great minds thinking alike because the night that Kiera made her debut in a toddler bed, Jacob was doing the same. We bought the bed off of Craigslist that morning, but it's use was expedited when Jacob took off his messy diaper during quiet time and fingerpainted his broken crib. And all the toys and books in his crib... and himself. To truly catch a glimpse of the majesty of his artwork, one must click on the picture and view it full screen. So the crib went into the trash, and Jacob had his first night in a toddler bed! I was biting my nails all afternoon anticipating the event, but like Kiera's transition, it actually went shockingly well! We put him in bed, sang him his song, walked out, and waited for him to follow, but he didn't! I did have to pick him up off the floor when I checked on him later that night, but he didn't come out! The honeymoon lasted until last night when it finally clicked in his mind that there was nothing stopping him from coming right back out. He was MAD that we didn't see the beauty of the situation. Brigham had to go in and sit by his bed and tell him "not a choice" every time he tried to leave until he went to sleep. Tonight I put him down and he came walking back out again, so I took him back in and sat by his bed. This time he didn't cry-- it was like he expected it. He held my hand and was asleep in about 7 minutes. Hopefully soon he won't need us at all, but I'm not holding my breath!

In other news, Brigham's childless friend took pity on him and traded him shifts-- tonight for Christmas Eve! So he now has Dec. 24-27th off! Let the party begin!

50 bucks

A man came home from work late, tired and irritated, to find his 5-year old son waiting for him at the door.
SON: 'Daddy, may I ask you a question?'
DAD: 'Yeah sure, what it is?' replied the man.
SON: 'Daddy, how much do you make an hour?'
DAD: 'That's none of your business. Why do you ask such a thing?' the man said angrily.
SON: 'I just want to know. Please tell me, how much do you make an hour?'
DAD: 'If you must know, I make $50 an hour.'
SON: 'Oh,' the little boy replied, with his head down.
SON: 'Daddy, may I please borrow $25?'
The father was furious, 'If the only reason you asked that is so you can borrow some money to buy a silly toy or some other nonsense, then you march yourself straight to your room and go to bed. Think about why you are being so selfish. I don't work hard everyday for such childish
The little boy quietly went to his room and shut the door.
The man sat down and started to get even angrier about the little boy's questions. How dare he ask such questions only to get some money? After about an hour or so, the man had calmed down , and started to think: Maybe there was something he really needed to buy with that $25.00 and he really didn't ask for money very often The man went to the door of
the little boy's room and opened the door.
'Are you asleep, son?' He asked.
'No daddy, I'm awake,' replied the boy.
'I've been thinking, maybe I was too hard on you earlier' said the man. 'It's been a long day and I took out my aggravation on you. Here's the $25 you asked for.'
The little boy sat straight up, smiling. 'Oh, thank you daddy!' he yelled. Then, reaching under his pillow he pulled out some crumpled up bills.
The man saw that the boy already had money, started to get angry again.
The little boy slowly counted out his money, and then looked up at his father.
'Why do you want more money if you already have some?' the father grumbled.
'Because I didn't have enough, but now I do,' the little boy replied.
'Daddy, I have $50 now. Can I buy an hour of your time? Please come home early tomorrow. I would like to have dinner with you.'
The father was crushed. He put his arms around his little son, and he begged for his forgiveness.
Sometimes we don't realize that what we do as a matter of daily life and think of as normal is being seen by those around us as an undesirable trait. Yesterday it was pointed out to me that I've really caused some big problems in our family by being my normal impatient self. I'm sorry. I'm begging for forgiveness. I'll try to change that undesirable trait of impatience.
Chad and I went to our first (of 4) pre-natal class last night. I learned a lot, and I'm glad we're enrolled. But let's just say we both didn't sleep well last night because we were thinking about it. Next week I'm going to unwind a bit and get my mind on something else before I go to bed. We're excited, though!! :)

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

About Grandma: I was in the hospital with her and dad yesterday for about 5 1/2 hours. She was a royal pain to try to keep there, but the good news is that their tests revealed nothing wrong with her heart, so she was released. Evidently heartburn issues all over again. she has been to the ER with that numerous times in the past...and is on meds for that...but evidently they are not doing the job.
Boy, she was more loopey than ever though. She kept insisting that it was Sunday and that they had been in church that morning. She thought Keith was one of her brothers, she took off all of her clothes in the night time and was walking down the hospital corridors during the night before she was caught and taken back to her room...She had no idea where a bathroom was (in her room) and I had to keep pointing it out and she was pleased and surprized every time. She kept wanting to take the hospital person that they had put in her room 24/7 after the streaking incident into the kitchen so she could get him some cookies. She kept trying to disconnect herself from the heart monitor and her IV...ripping of tape etc. SHE WAS A MESS! Good thing that they didn't need to keep her for anything further because, she would have driven my poor dad balistic, along with whoever was there to help him! Anyway she is home, and after that 2 day nightmare for my dad, I doubt he will ever take her to the hospital again "for her heart". Thanks, ya'll for your concern and prayers. Mom and dad really appreciated it.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

We have some stupid people in this country

Listen to this MP3 clip. I guarantee it will shock you and make you shake your head at the stupidity of some folks concerning the upcoming election.
Latter-day Night Live!
My new shirts HERE and HERE

Perception Test

Follow the instructions on this link. The important thing is to concentrate on the people in the white shirts and count how many times they pass the basketball. The difference between the genders in what they see is amazing! See how many passes you count. That page will provide you a link to the video. When you are done, go back to the original page and compare your answer to what reality is (answer at the bottom of the page). Good luck

Monday, October 20, 2008

I just thought that I should let all of you know that my mom is in the hospital right now. She was having some chest pain so she wanted dad to take her to the ER. Her blood pressure is really high, and they said if they don't get it fixed that she will likely have a stroke or heart attack in the next 4 days. And heart attacks and strokes don't always kill, often they just leave you maimed, which would put her into a care center at $ 4,000.00 per month. Thus the dilemma: To fix or not to fix, that is the question. Mom's request was to go to the hospital, but then when they wanted to admit her, then she was refusing to stay...she wanted to go home, so she was on her way out of the hospital, even while still hooked up to medical devices. If she goes home, 99% chance is that dad won't be able to get her to come back for any procedures. Right now, they are planning on doing a angiogram, but earlier they said that she would need to go into the cath lab so that they could go up into her heart and fix the problem, whatever it is. And IF she stays and does get her heart fixed, then that just leaves her living longer and getting worse with the Alzheimers. That's what happens when you fix everything. Anyway, I cannot make any decisions about this. I am but one voice, and even if I were going to make the decision...I am not sure what I would do. There are no easy answers. Anyway, I hope that the Lord will just guide this situation, and do what would be best for everyone involved.
The worst best man award goes to...... And the best football catch ever award goes to...... And the underdog of the year award goes to.........

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Christmas Sibling Exchange

I found this on a comment to a post back in August:

Nelsons buy for C&E
C&E buy for dastups
Dastrups buy for Buff
Buff buys for B&K
B&K buy for Nelsons

So that's the official word then?
Just something to get you excited about the upcoming Thanksgiving day holiday at the Groneman House.......... Oh...and I just have to say I beat Brett and Katie in 18 holes of golf yesterday. I was only a whole bunch over par. Brett was even more than that and Katie.....what can I say......she was a ridiculous amount over par. :)

Kiera's big-girl bed

Yesterday we decided to set up the second crib in Kiera's room in preparation for when Lydia will be joining her (probably in a month or so). While setting it up we got the idea of making the new crib in to the "toddler bed". I've heard that many toddlers have a terrible time with it and end up not going to bed for hours since they now have freedom to roam, but we thought that Kiera wouldn't be so bad so we decided to try it. I decided to hide in her room while Steve was getting her ready for bed-- was was very curious to know what she would do. Steve came in and laid her down. She commented "new bed" and Steve left and shut the door. I sat there in my hiding spot and waited. So what did she do? She stuck her feet in the air and said "wow" (while admiring her red toenails) and rolled over and went to sleep. I snuck out of my spot about 7 minutes later disappointed that there was nothing exciting to report.

Secondly, yesterday was took Kiera to a pumkin patch that also had a petting zoo, pumpkin bounce house, horse rides, etc.. We spent $10 so that Kiera could do all of these things. But, Kiera being Kiera and all, she was more interested in throwing straw and in her elmo crackers than anything else. Oh well.

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Our trip to Moab was more fun than I guessed it would be! Kim kinda gave you a rundown without any emotion attached...but even HE loved it (he usually doesn't enjoy "having to do" the sysop trip in the fall)...but there was some really fun stuff that he enjoyed too, and we would like to take all our kids/spouses on a 1 day Westwater Canyon whitewater rafting trip. We would like to do that next summer, but with 3 girls nursing babies and BJ in school, I think it will have to wait until 2010. By then, Brigham will be done, Steve????, and hopefully it will work. Anyway, if we can pull that off, there are some other cool places to check out also. So...we will tentatively plan on it. Hope you all will too! This is not the raft trip that we just did, it is another one that we heard was a lot of fun to do while we were there, in case you wondered.


Click HERE to see the album
The trip started out in Park City at Stein Erickson lodge which was fun and in the snow. We then moved on to Moab where we had a blast. The pictures in this album have captions that explain most of it but here's a short rundown. We started out on a full day river run down the Colorado. It was fairly mild but wild enough we all got very wet. There is another section we want to run with the family someday that is quite a bit more wild. We ate that night at the Red Cliffs Ranch (Formerly White's Ranch) where John Wayne made a lot of his movies. Here are some movies, old and new, that were shot in this area. However in the John Wayne movies, it wasn't the Colorado River in Utah, it was always the Rio Grande. Sometimes one side was Texas and the other Mexico...sometimes the other way around.

The second day we did Elephant Hill, eating lunch at Devil's Kitchen then on to the Joint Trail to Chessler Park. Over the Silver Stairs & back over Elephant hill and back to Moab. On the way down Elephant hill, a couple that had rented a Jeep *just* to do the trail got part way up the hill and went back down. The woman said it was nuts.

The third day we hiked the Negro Bill canyon to Morning Glory Bridge It was a 5 mile round trip hike along a stream in the bottom of a canyon. The bridge is at the end of a box canyon and is spectacular. We arrived just as a family was repelling down the cliff into the canyon off the bridge. There is a spring (great drinking water) that comes out of the wall just below the bridge and there is a pool of crystal clear water right below the bridge. Definitely worth the hike. After the hike we got on a jet boat and went down the river into Canyonlands under Dead Horse Point. We got out on a big sand bar where we had a steak BBQ along side the river at sunset. Fantastic.

The next day we did some shopping in Moab then hit the top of Dead Horse Point. The jet boat pilot told us about some great dinosaur tracks just across the highway and North a little bit from the Moab Airport where there is a 2 mile dirt road and a 500 yard hike to the best dinosaur prints I've ever seen. Benjamin definitely needs to stop here the next trip to Utah. We topped it off that evening with a dinner at The Roof in SLC then back home where, bless their hearts, Brett and Katie were waiting with dinner for us (they didn't know we just ate). What a great trip! Be sure to see the pictures.

Friday, October 17, 2008

So here I sit like a frog on a lily pad.... Well not really. I'm over at the nelson's house babysitting little kiera and lydia so they can go on a date. Little kiera just went to bed about 15 min ago and after the nelsons left I literally walked around in circles to get little lydia to sleep. Now here I sit, while she is asleep on my chest in her little carrier thing. She's so cute and peaceful when she's jealous... be very jealous :-)

So I thought I would let you all know, one of those fires that was down here in southern cali (yes I know....again) well this time, one of them was literally less than a mile from where I go to school. It was pretty weird to be driving on the freeway and see all the burnt trees and such from where the fire was. It wasn't actually burning when I went to school this week, they had finally put it out the night before I went back to school. The exit to get off to go to my school was still closed and I had to take a detour. That was so weird to me.

In sad news, we got a new baby girl admit at work. She's nine months old, absolutely adorable.... and has Shaken Baby syndrome. I guess her parents were deployed over in Germany so they sent her here to live with a great aunt or something who put her in a day care so she could go to work and one of the care givers at the day care shook her. It's so sad cause it has totally destroyed the family. And the sad thing is I guess the same thing happened before at this same day care about a year ago and they didn't shut it down until now. Thanks for not sending us to a day care mom. It's so scary what people will do to children and it makes me sick.

In other news, I finally got to learn how to stab people.... with a needle. This week in school on our lab days, my classmates and I all got turns on getting stabbed and stabbing in return. We did Subcutaneous and Intramuscular shots with saline this week (for those of you who know what that means) and we're doing intradermal with hot dogs first and then on each other...It should be very exciting. And today we learned all about fluids and electrolytes and IV therapy. It was all very confusing but I'm sure after much studying, i shall make some sense of it.

well little lydia is being so adorable so I fear I must go so I can go love on her some more... don't worry mom, I'll give her an extra kiss for you ;-) Love you all!

It's official

Here is an email that was sent to the full-time employees in the Division of Continuing Education:

With Deans' Office approval we announce a job posting for a Program Administrator (Assistant Program Administrator II) within the CES Youth Programs department. Job posting #080555, has been posted and will close at 12:00 midnight on 10-30-08.


That job posting is mine. It means our little girl is getting close to being here! I'm so excited for the new change and challenge of Motherhood. What a blessing to get to do this full-time! (I know I will have days that I'll miss it here as well, at least many parts--not all--of my job.) One of my co-workers says that not one minute of her time at work has even compared to her time being with her little ones at home. I believe her, and I'm excited to experience that.

By the way, my last official day in the office is November 21st. (Although I'll get a pay check until the end of January because of sick/vacation time.)

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Chad's life: just a random update

I haven't posted for a while. I know y'all are dying to know what's going on with me, so I thought I'd relieve your curiosity.

First of all, I'm married, expecting a little girl. We're not telling people the list of names we've come up with for her, although Brunhilda seems to have already leaked somehow. She's an active little one -- she likes to play hide and seek with us from within the womb. She comes to the surface and lets mommy find her, waits for mommy to call daddy over, and then when mommy moves her hand out of the way so daddy can feel, she moves. She greatly enjoys that game - she has us play it all the time!

The product I work on is now in beta testing, and has been for a little while. It still has some time to go, but so far not a single bug has been found by the beta testers. I credit our software test engineer for being so meticulous in his testing. There are still some bugs we've found since then, but I have time to start working on the next version of our product.

My favorite sports team plays again tonight, but so far they're undefeated this season, and tonight's game should be a good one. I look forward to watching it. GO COUGARS!!!

I'm trying to learn how to make Chili sauce (the kind you put on tacos / make cheese dip with). We'll see how that goes. Owing to the fact that I'm as busy as ever, I haven't actually done it yet. Hopefully the tomatoes will stay good long enough for me to get around to it.

We're trying to figure out the best way for Erica to get a new cell phone plan and keep everyone's numbers, etc., because AT&T is being dumb about it.

That's about it. Chad out.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Scripture Power

Yesterday I was reading with Benjamin from Alma chapter 44 about Moroni's army surrounding Zarahemna and the Lamanites. After several days of getting through Alma's counsel to his sons and sermons on the ressurrection, justice, and mercy, I could tell that Benjamin's attention was a lot more focused. My suspicions were confirmed when he said under his breath, "Now THIS is interesting!"

Monday, October 13, 2008

17 degrees and about 5 inches of snow here in Park City this morning. However, the Filet Mignon was great and the jetted hot tub warmed me up.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Darwin Awards from Brigham

Christa is endlessly chiding me for lack of contribution to the family blog. I could make the very valid excuse that my work hours are ridiculous; however, I will take the high road and succumb to her pestering.

My job allows me a very negative perspective on humanity. Put simply--I see and take care of a lot of idiots. Drunk drivers, helmetless motorcyclers, people that blow up their own methamphetamine labs, etc. frequent my workplace every day.

I usually learn little about the story behind the carnage, but earlier this week I got a few more details about one particularly intelligent patient.

While having a fight with a woman he could not consistently call his wife or his girlfriend (turned out he had both and was just getting confused which was which), this young gentleman chose to express his displeasure by throwing her cell phone from the 5th story balcony where she lived. She immediately insisted that he had better retrieve the phone right away. Perhaps he wanted to show her he still loved her even when in the midst of a heated disagreement, perhaps he wanted to "prove a point" (his stated reason), but he quickly turned and headed after the cell phone--by jumping off the balcony after it.

He is alive to tell the tale, he has not taken his DNA code out of the gene pool yet, but with judgement like that it is likely only a matter of time.

By the way, he apparently was not successful in getting the cell phone.
So an interesting thing happened today at Lydia's baby blessing. There was a confirmation and 4 baby blessings but that's not the most interesting part. Directly after that, in the middle of sacrament, all the lights went out. They flickered back on and off a few times and then stayed off. So we finished off the the rest of sacrament meeting in the dark and with people having to talk very loudly to bear their testimonies. It was also very cute because while we were singing the hymns, Kiera was doing her version of singing too....Just "Mleh blah, beh bleh" away very loudly all through the hymns. It was very cute. I wish i could have taken a video of it. Anyways, you all missed out.

Saturday, October 11, 2008

we went to an outdoor party this evening. It was SOOOO cold. Everyone had winter coats and hats on and some even had mittens on. After we got home I checked the temperature: 59 degrees.....brrrrrrr!!!

Friday, October 10, 2008

Albuquerque Awesomeness

It's not everyday that we find an activity that is equally fun and exciting for all members of our family, from Brigham on down to Jacob-- but today we found one of those things. This morning we yanked our kids out of bed early (also a rare happening) and headed down to the famous International Balloon Fiesta. It was AWESOME! Because of traffic we got there later than we wanted to, and we arrived just as the shaped balloons were starting to launch. There were so many fun and crazy balloons-- from Darth Vader to a cathedral! And they were HUGE. The pictures really don't do this event justice at all. After the shaped balloons all launched, there was a hot-air balloon competition. They set up three big poles and tied keys to each of them. Balloonists swooped down and tried to get a key off of a pole. One of the keys was to a new car, so hundreds of balloons came down really close to the ground (we saw three actually crash INTO the ground) right in front of us. It was beautiful and a lot of fun! We are excited to go again next year, and anyone who wants to join us is welcome!

Benjamin is officially Kiera's new favorite person. She talks about him all of the time and asks to play with him. Try explaining to a a 1-year old that someone lives very far away or that we'll see him at Christmas..... no comprehension. She sure talks about him a lot though, he is definately the favorite cousin (despite the fact that her twin cousins who are also 4 came to visit just last week).

Thursday, October 09, 2008


An update on the whole, Stolen Garmin thing... I did find my Garmin box and serial number in the trunk of my car so we gave it to the police and they said that as long as they have the serial number, as soon as the guy turns it on, they can track him with it. So we're hoping that between that and the cops retrieving the video tapes from the gas station the guy stopped at and used mallori's card to buy gas that they can catch the guy and make him give everything back or at least pay for the things he stole. Keep your fingers crossed!

Also, just for your FYI, I was voted the Treasurer of my LVN class....which is pretty cool. I didn't really volunteer, I was nominated by a whole bunch of people in my I guess that means i'm a popular person :-) Today, in class, we started practicing how to give injections. We were practicing on pillows... I feel bad for those poor pillows... They got a lot of holes poked in them today. So anyways, another day in the life of buffalo. Ciao family!

I Love Fall

October. The most wonderful month of the entire year! Cool temps. Usually rain. Lawns are green and flowers are blooming. Halloween! The falling leaves smell SO GOOD. It's supposed to snow in the valley (but not stick) this weekend then warm back up next week. Yer mom & I will be in Moab with SysOps all next week doing Elephant Hill, Colorado River Run, etc. It's a tough job but someone has to do it. Weather is supposed to be in the 70's and sunny....great! Ya know what's after October? THANKGIVING! Then Santa comes. Somewhere in there I get 2 new grandkids. What a great time of year. The best. I finished winterizing the mountain yesterday & yer mom scattered grass seed on our new cabin pad on our property. An elk bugled up the hill from us a little way.

Playdough-Man Adventures episode II --Benjamin comes to play

Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Hello family, it's been a while. Well, my trip to Utah was wonderful! I had a ton of fun hangin out with mom and dad, chad and erica, and even brett and katie while I was there.

So for the trip up, I let my roommate and the other girls that were with her borrow my Garmin and they used it to get home. Well, they got home late and my roommate decided to leave it in the van and just to take it out of the window. She left that, her backpack with her books and wallet in it, her digital camera, her IPod, her's and her mom's ITrip, and her Car charger for her cell phone in her van. It's her moms van and she didn't know that when you lock the van with the little remote thing, that it doesn't lock the drivers door....well... Yeah, everything got stolen. Lucky me. Lucky her. Anyways, she feels really bad about it and she's going to buy me another one that's used but it's still frustrating cause it was in our apt complex parking area which is gated. Anyways, that's the recent excitement of my life. Ciao!
Wow! Did President Hinckley ever warn the economic disaster we are currently in. Who could have guessed that it would get so UGLY so fast? You kids didn't grow up hearing your parents talk of their memories of the Great Depression, but I did. There was great hardship all across America. For a time some of my mom's family had to live in a chicken coop as they had lost their home.... Here is some of what Pres Hinckley said "

"Now, brethren, I want to make it very clear that I am not prophesying, that I am not predicting years of famine in the future. But I am suggesting that the time has come to get our houses in order.

So many of our people are living on the very edge of their incomes. In fact, some are living on borrowings.

We have witnessed in recent weeks wide and fearsome swings in the markets of the world. The economy is a fragile thing. A stumble in the economy in Jakarta or Moscow can immediately affect the entire world. It can eventually reach down to each of us as individuals. There is a portent of stormy weather ahead to which we had better give heed.. May the Lord bless you, my beloved brethren, to set your houses in order..... If you have paid your debts, if you have a reserve, even though it be small, then should storms howl about your head, you will have shelter for your wives and children and peace in your hearts. That’s all I have to say about it, but I wish to say it with all the emphasis of which I am capable."

por·tent (pôrtnt, pr-)

1. An indication of something important or calamitous about to occur; an omen.
2. Prophetic or threatening significance: signs full of portent.
3. Something amazing or marvelous; a prodigy.

Can I just say that I am SO VERY GRATEFUL THAT I HAVE A PROPHET TO FOLLOW AND OBEY??? Of course, this that I have pasted in here isn't the only warnings that we have received. I don't know about your wards and stakes but here we have been onslaughted with warnings for the last 5 years or so to get our financial house in order, get food storage, get some savings....etc. Nearly every month we got it again. They are not really talking about it anymore, as of this year . I guess they figure that anyone who intended to be obedient would have already done it.
I know that in your situations and being in school and renting and going to be moving, it hasn't been a good time for you kids to do this. But with the ADDITIONAL $700,000,000,000.00 bailout that the Government just approved, that is going to cause prices on everything to rise even more, as they have just lowered the value of the dollar even more. I would still like to urge you to do ALL you can to prepare. I love all of you kids more than you know!!!

Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Time Marches On

Time isn't kind. My favorite singing group when I was young (and still is) was Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young. They were part of the young generation that played at Woodstock and always represented youth. I was pointed to this 2006 video of them. Goodness the years haven't been kind. So much for my memories of them. Here's how I remember them.

Here is proof that our little girl is getting bigger. :)

Monday, October 06, 2008

This evening while Steve was home and Lydia was sleeping I took Kiera to the Library. Kiera normally loves climing up and down the stairs a thousand times, but today I introduced her to all the stuffed animals lining the tops of the shelves in the children's section. She immediatly grew very attached to a shark that had a mouth that I could move (puppet style). There is a shark on Finding Nemo so I guess she loved it. She hauled it around the library for 20 minutes very much in love with it until we got the phone call from daddy saying that Lydia was awake and to come home. So we took the shark back to it's home shelf. I had to rip it from her fingers as she said "no! shark [longingly] shark! no!" I picked her up and started carrying her away quickly (since she is yelling in the library) and in the saddest little broken-hearted voice she yelled "bu-bye shark!" It was the cutest/saddest thing ever and it got a few chuckles from quietly reading library patrons.

Dastrup Update

I had better do something to help relieve this posting famine. This poor blog hasn't had a new post since yesterday!

As many of you know, we just returned home yesterday from watching our good friend run the St. George Marathon. She ran Baltimore with us, and Brigham has been training her to qualify for the Boston Marathon. She paid for us to come up, and things worked out with Brigham's schedule to allow a very quick trip. Despite the constant rain and cold (which none of us were really prepared for-- this is St. George, after all), she shattered her goal by running it in 2:31! It was a lot of fun to share in her exciting moment.

From St. George Marathon 10-08

The big news on the homefront is that Benjamin started as a peer model in Jacob's class today! He was very excited about it-- both before and after preschool. In fact, when I told Benjamin that this Friday there was no school because it was a day off, he said, "Oh, man! I hate days off! I LOVE going to school!" It was really weird not having the boys around for several hours today, although I didn't get to fully appreciate the glory of it since I had so much to do because of our trip. It sure was nice being able to get it done without interruption, though! This peer modelling situation is a dream come true for us. Not only does Benjamin get to attend every day and enjoy all the facilities of a real elementary school (such as a playground and lunchroom), the teacher is also testing him today and tomorrow so they can see where he's at and challenge him academically as well. We are still waiting to hear whether Benjamin will be able to ride the bus with Jacob (Jacob was NOT happy that he didn't get to ride the bus today since I drove him and Benjamin both ways), but I've got my fingers crossed!

Sunday, October 05, 2008

OK, folks! This blog is becoming boring! Where are some of you? We are going to need to give this a burial if people don't put anything on here. Kim got discouraged about his putting fun stuff on here cause no one ever comments... We know that you have busy lives...and we don't want to torture you to do this...but it would be great to hear from everyone, briefly every week an a half or so!!
I AM excited to report that Christa is going to gain a lot more freedom starting I will let her explain why...but she should have much more time to put stuff on the blog! And I KNOW they have fun stuff to report on! :) :)
Today was GREAT! It felt like Christmas! Chad and Erica came over to play with us all day between Conf sessions, and of course BJ is here, and flying home tomorrow evening, and then Brett and Katie showed up and had lunch with us and played some WII with us. And we played (in addition to alot of WII games), one game of Settlers of Catan....SO HECK! It felt like Christmas, playing and eating all day with the kids!! AND it felt even more like Christmas, because, before BJ came I had made a Raspberry Cake (kinda like Trifle), and then Chad and Erica had said that they would bring dessert for dinner, so they brought carmel apples which were very nummy :) and then yesterday Breanna reminded me that I still hadn't made her her Birthday Apple I made pie last night....and then Katie and Brett (out of the goodness of their hearts! )came with Mint Brownies!!!
So to summarize the day, we played alot of Wii Fit games, but NOBODY lost any weight! But it was SURE FUN!!! Thanks guys! This old lady will go to sleep with a smile on my face tonight.

Thursday, October 02, 2008

BrainBashers - Common Answers September

Enter October's here Look at Teeta!
86   Christa Dastrup               1   1   3   1   2   4   1   1   2   1   9.5017%
287 Chad Groneman 1 2 1 1 3 4 2 1 2 5 1.4113%
918 Cambrie Nelson 11 3 11 1 3 1 1 1 1 2
1002 Brett Groneman 8 3 1 1 UR 2 1 1 1 2
1202 Kim Groneman 10 6 2 1 2 1 2 1 3 7
1296 Erica Groneman 10 2 1 1 2 8 2 UR 2 2
1802 Steven Nelson 4 2 3 6 2 2 1 20 2 7
That's all I could find of our family.

for the love of daddy

Tradition on the Nelson household. When daddy has to go to school in the morning Kiera and I watch out the window as he puts on his bike helmet and backpack and then wave bye. Then when school is done steve calls me and lets me know he is coming home and all us Nelson females go sit on the edge of the sidewalk and wait for him to turn the corner onto our street at which point Kiera goes running down the street (unless I stop her due to a car) as fast as her toddler legs can carry her towards daddy and then daddy takes her for a ride on his bike while I go do the finishing touches to dinner and we eat. kiera and i have been playing out yhis entire scenario over and over with play dough characters. Kiera asks me about 5 times daily for "shoes......wait" (she wants to go outside and wait for daddy).

Lydia smiles now. she smiled 3 times at daady before mommy. my girls love daddy and i can't blame them.

Interesting read!

Wednesday, October 01, 2008

What to do with a bunch of books?

So Erica and I have been cleaning out our spare room, turning it into the baby's room. We've done a pretty good job. There are still filing cabinets and a few other things, and a bookshelf full of books that need to be gotten rid of.

These are the expensive books that we didn't resell to the bookstore - the ones we felt would be worthwhile to keep. Well, it turns out that after sorting through my books, I only really want to keep half of them, or less. We would like to not simply put them in the dumpster.

They're likely to be a few revisions behind the current. You know how that is - publishers change a word and come out with a new version every other semester, to keep students buying brand-new books. We're wondering if the book-buy-back places will buy them. We could put them up on, but that's almost more trouble than it's worth, between running to the post office and dealing with people who for whatever reason are unhappy and want to give you a bad rating. Another possibility we've wondered about is donating them to a library for a tax break.

Have any y'all already ran into this? What did you do?