Thursday, September 27, 2018

Twelve Years Later....

Twelve years ago last night we had a crazy experience in our lives.  Thankfully it was somewhat brief, though overwhelming.  I was pregnant at the time (though only thought I was expecting Shanna, not Haley as well!) and Lee was in optometry school.  The main scar left from this experience is I get freaked out when people knock on my door when it's dark out.  Yes, to this day.  Rarely will I answer! I did edit this email (sorry Lee), but the main story is still intact.
Lee's Story (email written September 29, 2006)

Due to much curiosity and my having to tell the story over and over,
I decided to just send an email to the class describing what happened
to me Tuesday night.

That night I was working late in the library.  I actually closed up
early and was home by 10:20.  As I was walking down the sidewalk
toward my "quad" area (two apartment buildings that face each other)
I saw three guys across the parking lot walking toward me.  As I
turned my back on them to go into my quad I heard one yell out to
me.  I of course ignored him as I didn't feel like having a
conversation with three suspicious guys 10:30 at night.  By the time
I was halfway up my stairs they too were in my quad and one of them
asked me if I had a lighter.  "No, sorry" I said, and kept on
walking.  Just after I got to my door and was taking my keys out I
heard somebody running up the stairs behind me.  I turned around just
in time to see a tall lanky guy dressed like it was 30 degrees out
and with those weird fang-things in his mouth.  I also happened to
notice that he had a large pistol pointed at my head.  "Drop your
*bleep* keys *bleep* he yelled.  I dropped 'em.  "Freak, this guy's
going to go into my house" I thought to myself! 

"Drop your backpack *bleep*", the guy yell.  And then, "Give me your *bleep* wallet!!" 
"It's in my backpack" I told him (cause it was).  I guess that wasn't the answer he was looking for
because he seemed a little flustered.  He turned me around and
checked all my pockets.  That's when I got a look at the other two
guys down below.  I saw that both of them were pointing guns at me, so
that's when I abandoned all my plans to pull out the kung fu.  "Who's
inside?" he yelled.  "My wife and kids" I told him.  Not long after I
said that, thoughts of these guys coming back after my wife told me
that a better thing to say would have been something else.

Well, now he's got my stuff and he tells me to walk back down the
stairs!  'Great!' I thought, 'now they're going to take me out and
shoot me!'  Luckily, when we got to the bottom of the stairs they
just had me lay face down on the ground.  I just stayed there until I
heard my car start up and drive far enough away that I couldn't hear
it anymore.  About 10 seconds later my neighbor and another guy that
happened to be out came over asked me if I was ok.  'Good, they saw
everything,' I thought.  Turns out they just saw me laying on the
ground and thought that I had fallen down.

Meanwhile, back at the ranch…my wife had a friend over and they heard
me coming up the stairs so Ruth commented to her friend that I was
almost home.  Our door has these opaque glass blinds and she and her
friend heard a commotion and saw the silhouette of this guy pointing
a gun at me.  Luckily for me they didn't scream or even make
themselves known.  That last thing I needed was a flustered gun-
holder and my wife involved.  They ran into the back room and called

After the guys left, I went up and knocked on my door.  Nobody
answered.  I turned the door knob and it was open!  Ruth had had
several friends over that night and with all the people leaving the
door didn't get locked like usual.  Anyway, I walked into my bed room
and found a very terrified wife.  We quickly called the police
again.  We also called all our bank and credit cards and got them
cancelled.  We also called "On Star" and told them to self destruct
my van.  I wish!  Seriously though, General Motors should consider
the option!  Oh well, that wouldn't have done any good since our van
is a Mercury.

Let me just say it was not an experience I wish to repeat.  I know
God was watching out for me and I'm thankful He preserved my life
that night.  He also inhibited the thought process of my three
buddies and after only 24 hours our van was returned to us.

Last night we got a loud knock at the door after we were all asleep.
Neither of us was too keen on answering it. [We were SUPER freaked out!]
I eventually got close enough to the door to hear that
it was someone with a walky-talky.  I
took my chances and opened the door.  It was one of the Cabana's
security guards. (Our complex was called the University Cabana's.)
He said they had my car, so I followed him to the
guard shack out in front of the apartment complex.  Sure enough,
there was my van with a guy and girl sitting in it.  He got out and
told me that earlier three guys robbed him and left the van.  He
heard that the van had been stolen from the Cabana's and so he and
his girlfriend got in the stolen car and drove it here.  The security
guards recognized it and the driver told them he was returning it.
When the police arrived he told them a more detailed story which
sounded even more worthy of being on that "Dumb Criminals" show.
Anyway, they didn't believe him and so he was arrested for possession
of a stolen vehicle.

So glad our Lee is around!  December of 2006, when I DID find out that I was having twins (and completely freaking out) I was overcome with gratitude that my husband was spared to live longer and I didn't have to raise four kids ages 3 and under by myself.  We love you Lee!

We recently visited Memphis. Here is the infamous location of the hold-up and our old apartment.  We live upstairs, #2.

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And here the ground that they made Lee lay on, facedown.  He thought he was going to get shot up.  Thankfully the guys just drove away.  Better to have a stolen vehicle than a dead husband! Thankfully it's all a bad/funny memory. 
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Monday, September 17, 2018

Cousins Come to Visit!

Well the routine of school is underway, along with my weekly copying.  (Though I can't wait till next summer!!!)
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Shanna decided to try cross country this year.  She made some new friends as well.  I enjoyed going to her meets.
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Lee enjoyed some early morning bike rides and captured some very pretty photos. This being one of them.
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Uncle Sheldon sends my kids Lego minifigures every once in awhile and they loved getting one in September!  Thanks Uncle Sheldon! Poor Elden got into some poison something or other on our Labor Day trip.  His face was really swollen.  You can tell somewhat in this picture.  I never got a picture of him with it really bad as he didn't want one.  Poor kid.  He was really sad about it one morning before school.  Thankfully no one made fun of him. 
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Riding in the rain home from school!
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After one cross country meet Shanna and I went to the opening day of Aldi.  It's so great having one in the area!  I also got some awesome coupons!
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Our neighbors got a new puppy.  So cute!  Though I still don't want animals...
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We started a new tradition while we are assigned to attend the Philadelphia temple.  Blueberry temple runs! The night before the temple I make blueberry muffins to bring on our little trip.  Then we wake up Saturday morning about 1:20am.  We stop at Lois' at 4:30am to pick them up, and we drop off our kids.  Then we get to the temple by 6:30.  We are able to make the 7am session and then swap with someone else doing sealings or initiatories.  We are back at Lois' around 11:30ish, and back at our house at 2:30/3:00 if we don't have any errands or hit traffic.  We did it one time and I liked it so well we've done it a few times!  The Philadelphia Temple is about 5 hours away.  Going really early makes it great so that we have part of a Saturday left. 
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Sometimes after the temple we hang out at Lois'.  Cal made a little Lego piano guy.
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And my kids love Keva Planks.
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I am a counselor in the Primary Presidency and made these handouts for the upcoming Primary program. I thought they turned out great!
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Koolaid and krafts.  Or crafts, haha.
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We made apple dumplings with our apples! So yummy!
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Now on to the cousin part!  Lizzy was off to BYU-Idaho for her first year!  Daniel and Amy came up to drop off Anthon and Rachel.  They stayed with me while Daniel and Amy drove Lizzy to Rexburg.  We had fun visiting.
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And they're off!
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I started posting some things on social media about budgeting and also kid money stuff.  My kids do jobs around the house because they are part of the family.  They also do different jobs around the house that they are paid to do.  This way they can earn a little spending money and also learn to budget their money.
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Anthon and Rachel hung out with me during the day.  Anthon went to seminary with Clark.  On September 11th we went to the park for a special memorial. 
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This is a part of a beam from the Twin Towers.
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One evening we were going somewhere and I dropped my chapstick.  I tried to find it and guess what I found instead?  An extra key fob and key!  We've had this suburban for about 2 years.  When we bought it we received two keys and one key fob.  We had another one made.  Now we have a third set!
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Enjoying another cross country meet!
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I bought several fall dresses for my girls so see which couple to keep.  One I gave to Rachel.  It looks so cute on her!
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We started prepping for the Halloween Hoo Doo!  Lee hands out treats or eyeball glasses.  We need at least 600 pieces.  Lee could hand out well over that.  Probably about 900-1000.
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Shanna and Brooklyn made a huge cookie for Brooklyn's parents.  It was their anniversary.  I thought that was so cute.
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Clark and Anthon had lots of fun at a youth dance.  Lee and I went as well and also had a great time!
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After we went to Cookout for a late night snack!
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The kids enjoy making food creations once in a while.  I guess Shanna decided to have some fun!
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We had a fun visit with Anthon and Rachel!

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Lee's Birthday!

Lee's birthday falls around Labor Day most years.  This year we decided to go camping up in Pennsylvania at Gifford Pinchot State Park.  Lee headed out early to do a temple session and met us at the campsite.  Clark had a marching band performance that evening so we left after he was done.

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We pulled in around 2 am or so?  Lee had the tent all set up which was awesome! We had fun playing at the lake, canoeing, kayaking and exploring.
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The kids found these clumps of gross.
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We celebrated Eric's birthday Saturday night.  And Lee's as well as he requested pizza. 
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Haha, these boys need to read the signs...
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Sunday was Lee's actual birthday.  We spent the day with Darrell and Stacie and my parents and Lois' family.  After church we headed to my mom's house for dinner, presents and brownies.
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I loved Cal's gift.
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Happy 38th birthday Lee!  We can be the same age for 4 months!
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Church earlier that day...
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Cal and Reed playing a game on the way back to the campsite.
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Monday morning was Labor Day.  We spent the day hanging out and having fun again at the park. 
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We bought two kayaks this summer.  Sadly that was the only time we used them was on that trip.  Hopefully in 2019 we'll get more use out of them!
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We enjoyed dinner together before heading home and back to school and work.
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S'more'eos.  (Oreos and marshmallows!)
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Lois's birthday was the next day, but we celebrated before we took off.
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I gave her some earrings from Amsterdam.  I wish I would have bought a lot more!!!
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Ahhh...the best weekends...with family!
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