Thursday, November 29, 2012


Dear Miss T,

At long last I have the privilege of introducing my new computer to you.

Dauna joined the family just yesterday after the slow, crippling aging process sucked the life out of Fauna, the laptop that traversed the college journey with me.

Dauna (named after my first computer of course, and in honor of Donna Larsen New-Last-Name-That-Starts-With-A-G-But-I-Forgot-It, the long adored BPA teacher and facilitator at Centennial High School, shout-out to anyone who knows her!) is a Mac Mini. A rounded square box, silver in color, with a wireless keyboard and track pad as accessories. We just hook her up to Paul's monitor-TV-thing and it's like I have an i-Mac just like you!!

What Dauna really means, is that I can blog more freely again! And with better pictures!! Doesn't mean anyone can get expectations of any kind, including myself, because after all could the cause of happiness really lie in having low expectations?

Hope you, the family, and your i-Mac are doing well. :)

Thursday, November 22, 2012


Today I am thankful that I know I have a Heavenly Father to give thanks to for the blessings in my life.

I am thankful for old home movies and pictures.

I am thankful for heat, and all sources of it: fireplaces, microwaves, space heaters, ovens, Mr. P, stoves, etc.

I am thankful for family- the Cutler family, the Chatterton family, my ward families, my work family, my friends who are family, etc.

I am thankful for words: books, libraries, letters, journals, blogs, anything and everything that aids my memory and reminds me...of more things to be grateful for.

I would love to read a really long list of the little things people have thought of today to be grateful for. Wouldn't you?

I hope you had a lovely Thanksgiving Miss T!

Monday, November 19, 2012


To a sister who sure knows how to party.


And is always up for a fun time.


Who has a beautiful family with the two most adorable boys.

Who does everything a sister should do and more.

 Who makes my life so much better.


Sunday, November 18, 2012

I went to the library.

Dear Miss T,

Thank you for understanding my weird "friend-less" state of being right now. Of course it isn't true that I don't have any friends, but as you related to me on the phone yesterday, this newly married working full time phase while my husband is still in school feels like I don't have friends

So what did I do? I went to the library. The Provo Library. And got a new library card. I wish I could have gone to the Library! but that is special to our Boise libraries I suppose. :) look at the gems I checked out.

Yes that first DVD says "I hate exercise. I love to tap!" I have a tile kitchen floor. I just may try to pick up some tap dancing. :) Do you also see Pillow Talk in there? Gotta have me a good old Doris Day flick. And you can also see I also am going to do some reading, but at this point I would gladly take some reading recommendations. I just picked these randomly off the shelf. That can be scary sometimes. So I will have to let you know if any of them turn out to be winners.

So glad to have the library as my convenient always available friend who can keep me some company right now. :)

Love, miss i love books again

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

This is How We Play at the Park in 2012

This is how we play at the park in 2012.

Step 1: Take your bikes to the "hill" at Green Lake.  Get your dad to help you to the top of the hill.

Step 2: Have your dad record you going down the hill on his phone.

Step 3: Immediately watch yourself in recorded video.

Step 4: Repeat, Repeat, Repeat

I do not remember playing at the park like this when I was a child.  It is a whole different generation.

-Miss T

Monday, November 5, 2012

Cub Turns Two

Dear Cub,

I can not believe you are two years old now. I am so thankful that in your two year old little mind, you will remember having a wonderful second birthday.  Even these pictures paint a pretty perfect birthday for you.  

But my inside my motherly heart, I have guilt.  I have guilt because your birthday did not happen the way I had planned it.  I am going to confess some of the "mess ups" so that we can both look back and laugh at them some day.

The biggest problem was that the present we ordered for you, did not arrive in time.  As the evening approached we realized we had an awesome train cake for you (compliments of paying someone to make it for us - thank you!) but no present.  Lame, right?  

Well, we decided to continue as if everything was fine.  We drove out to Bothell to take you on a little tractor train ride.  We showed up with out any cash and had to spend a difficult half an hour trying to get some cash to ride the train.  By the time we got cash and got back to the train, it was pouring rain and you didn't want ride anymore.  We made you get in the train anyway and you did enjoy the ride.

By the time we finished the ride, the evening was over and we decided to ditch the thoughtful homemade dinner, and went to Red Robin instead.  At Red Robin, we ordered you a corn dog and let you enjoy your free birthday ice cream sundae.  You thought it was wonderful.  

The next day your present arrived.  We extended your birthday celebration by finally doing your birthday cake and opening your present.  We loved seeing you get so excited over your train cake and present.

Cub - you are a wonderful boy and we love you no matter what.  Even if I am not a perfect mother, I will always love celebrating anything about you in your life. I can't wait to celebrate another year with you.