Making memories one day at a time.......and then I write about it.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

A Lazy River

Why is it that all of my stories somehow have a bathroom experience involved??

The one moment that I sit down to take a break in my 'oval office'.  I'm sitting there and all of a sudden I am hearing a noise in the plumbing, the actual plumbing, not mine, and I am thinking, "That doesn't sound good"!!

Next thing I know, Miss K is running into my 'office' and telling me that Mr. C has broken a sprinkler and it is flooding all over.  Really???  Seriously???  This had to happen now??  When I can in no wise do anything about it until nature has taken it's doo course???

I finally get done with my business and come outside to see a lovely river in my front yard!  I'd asked The Natives to dig up the paving stones that we walk on that were getting eaten by the grass and could hardly be seen so that we could make our front walk look nice.

Guess us joking to Levi that we were making a lazy river in our front yard when he asked what we were doing yesterday became a reality!

I hate it when pipes explode!  The timing is never convenient!!

Thursday, April 23, 2015


: a long, thin piece of cotton, wool, etc., that is thicker than thread and that is used for knitting and weaving
: an exciting or interesting story; especially : a story that is so surprising or unusual that it is difficult to believe

I have had this particular yarn for several years.  I bought it to use in a mystery sock group.  Each week, we were given more to the pattern so as we knit the sock, we had no idea what it was going to look like when we finished.  I happily knit week after week loving the sock I was making until I got to the end and realized I'd made a sock big enough for some man in the NBA who has to order his shoes special because his feet are so big!  I could have worn it as a thigh high!

So, like a lot of my knitting projects, I ripped it all out and re wound the yarn for a later use.  That use came along a few weeks ago when I found a pattern in one of my knitting books for a scarf.  

Here is a link for the book on Amazon.  (Click here).  The pattern is called:  Lace Panel Scarf

I wish I could tell you what yarn I am using but I didn't keep the tags on the yarn.  I bought it at my local yarn shop.  It is a sock weight washable yarn.  My bad.

I can however tell you about the book, A Long Way From Chicago by Richard Peck.  Have you read this book??  It was recently given to me.  I had just finished a book and was looking for something else to read, so decided to give this one a go.  Oh my word!  I was laughing too many times and have decided that this is a book worth reading around the dinner table to your family after everyone is done eating!  The grandma in this book is a hoot and the yarns she tells!  Well, you'll just have to read and find out for yourself!

The End!

Monday, April 20, 2015

Hijacking of the Camera

What do all of these photos have in common???  Absolutely nothing other than this is what one finds when they go to upload photos off of their camera and find out that natives have stolen the camera once again without The Mum's knowledge.

Thankfully, the snow has melted.  It lasted about a day which was a day too long in my opinion.  It is April.  April showers bringing May flowers and all of that.  Not April snows......  The tulips are pretty hardy and survived as did all of the weeds that seem to survive an entire winter and come back all the more tenacious in the spring.  They say the wicked never rest.  I think 'they' were talking about weeds.

Miss Cinder is now 8 months old and continues to make us laugh with her antics.  One shouldn't put forth too much effort when eating.  I think she learned this from my boys.  This is how they all sit at the dinner table.  Arms/hands on either sides of their plates, heads inches away from their food, looking all the world like they are sitting up to the trough instead of the table.  We're working on that.....  they all insist the good Lord invented elbows to be used at the table, for what other purpose is there?

As for the Lego's and the stacking blocks........  I have no idea other than this speaks Mr. J all over it and since he is the baby (turning 10 years old in a month)  I think pretty much anything/everything he does is adorable.

I'd write a post about the latest book I read that I deem worthy of reading around the dinner table after meals as a family because it is quite funny and my latest knitting project but found these photos in process of looking for my photos and got side tracked.  Guess my original post will have to wait for another day!

Sunday, March 29, 2015

My Big Back Yard

This morning I awoke to a loud noise I'd not heard before.  It sounded like it was right outside my bedroom window!  I knew it was a bird, what sort of a bird, I knew not!  We have pheasants that live in the field behind our house and they can get quite noisy.  This was not a pheasant!  What in the world was it?

A Sandhill Crane.  Who knew?  I don't think they normally stop on their migration here in central Utah.  They do in Northern Utah, but I don't think they are normally seen around here.  I could be wrong.  I was wrong once.  Many years ago.  So long ago I can't remember when or what it was about!

This evening, The Natives informed me that there are now four!  Two in the alfalfa field and two in the field next to it that has been recently turned.  P.S.  I love seeing/smelling newly turned soil.

Levi is enamored by the Sandhill Cranes.  He has been watching them all afternoon.  How often does a boy see a bird that stands about as tall as him?

It's spring.  New things to see, hear, and smell.  So much to add to our Nature Notebooks!

Monday, March 16, 2015

One of the Many Things We Love About Levi

In our church, we don't have a preacher over the congregation that speaks each week.  Our congregation is called a ward led by a bishop.  Each week, members of the ward are asked if they would be willing to speak on Sunday.  A personal invitation is given by a member of the bishopric (the bishop, his first counselor, or his second counselor-- depending on which one is conducting the meeting).

Two Sunday's ago, the second counselor came and asked me if I would be willing to speak.  I said that I would and was given the topic, the Atonement of Jesus Christ.  Yeah.  Not an easy subject matter.

Yesterday, as I sat up on the stand looking down into the congregation, I watched Levi.  My eyes were drawn to him because A) my eyes are drawn to my family, and B) Levi was very emotional.

The entire meeting was based on the Atonement of Jesus Christ.  My talk, a musical number, and another talk by another member of our ward.  Through the whole meeting, Levi couldn't get a hold of his emotions.

This happens often when the topic is Jesus Christ.  Levi becomes very emotional.  He doesn't know why and it confuses him, he just knows that he can't stop crying.  Those of us who know Levi, know it is because he has a very real and personal relationship with his older brother, Jesus Christ.

There is no doubt in my mind that before Levi came to this earth, he was one of the 'great ones'.

Happy 13th birthday Levi!!  I am so grateful for the gift Levi gave me 13 years ago today.  Having Levi in our home is a gift to all of us.  He is so loved as shown by his older brother, Elder Trevor Rubow who sent this early this morning all the way from the Philippines to Levi.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Levi Does Community Service

Having older brothers in the scouting program, earning merit badges, ranks, and their Eagle Scout rank is something Levi has been watching ever since he was born.

When he was old enough to join the scouting program he wanted to do what his brothers have done.  It's always been this way with Levi.  He sees and he wants to do/copy.

Levi is working on his Citizenship in the Community merit badge right now.  One of the requirements is 8 hours of community service.  Yes, 8 HOURS!!  We've done 3 so far.  5 more hours to go!

Today walking the river trail picking up garbage:

Me:  Levi!  Look!  There's a piece of garbage!
Levi:  Look!  Dares a duck!  Why iz dat duck swimming dat way?
Me:  Levi.  You need to pick up this piece of garbage.
Levi:  I hear dogs barking.  Why are da dogs barking?
Me:  That is how dogs talk.  They are saying hello.  Now, let's pick up more garbage.
Levi:  Can we be done wif diz?  When iz da clock gonna be 6? (I told him we'd finish at 6:00 PM)
Me:  Levi, we still have 45 more minutes!  Let's keep walking and finding garbage.
Levi:  I'm hungry.  I'm hungry for lunch.
Me:  No, you already had lunch.  You are hungry for dinner.
Levi:  No I didn't!!  I didn't have lunch!  I'm hungry for lunch!!
Me:  (The dialogue continues about lunch and how he didn't have lunch, yes, he did..... at school.......... no I didn't..........  I'm hungry for lunch!)
Me:  Levi, we need to keep walking and finding garbage.
Levi:  What do I get when I finish picking up diz garbage?
Me:  Dinner.  We'll go home and have dinner.
Levi:  I'm hungry for dinner.  I'm ready to go home now.

Sigh..................  5 more hours to go before Saturday's merit badge pow wow when these requirements are supposed to be done so Levi can sign them off..........  Heaven help me...............

And why pray tell, you all are wondering, are we helping Levi to earn these merit badges when he has no concept of why or what any of these mean??  Because he wants to be just like his brothers and get merit badges and have them on his sash.  Sashes are cool!  He wants his sash covered in merit badges just like his brothers.  So, The SM and I continue to sit and take notes for Levi in classes that he is oblivious to and could care less about and we walk river trails picking up garbage that he could care less about because in the end, seeing Levi smiling and proud of his sash filling up with merit badges makes it all worth it.  At least that is what I keep telling myself.

Note to self:  Remember this sweet thought as you do the next 5 hours of community service......  and up the reward when finished.  Dinner doesn't cut it.

Friday, February 27, 2015

Philippines! Weekly Letter!

So I tried to send you a video but I made it a bit too big so you will need to wait till next week to get it.  I wasted most of my email time trying to get it to you and its so annoying that it didnt work...sorry.

Crazy week you had though haha!  Your sense of humor is just different thats all  nobodies perfect as you right? :)

Tell C----- to get those papers in ASAP and let me know what happens!  I am so so excited to see where he ends up haha, and how far out of his comfort zone.... (Mr. C is putting his papers in soon to serve a mission for our church as well!!  Exciting times!!)

Well I love you too and I am sorry that I wasn't able to send you anything big....dumb video but I know what I have been doing wrong so you will get one tomorrow alright?  Love you tons as well and Cannot wait till mothers day as well.  I don't even know when that is actually.

We had an amazing week this week which should bring many people to the waters of baptism!  We are very excited and we are seeing some good things coming for the future.  To start off we have been failing at finding new investigators.  We talk to people but they aren't very interested most of the time.  So we realized that we needed a new way to find people so we decided to find Less Actives.  We found a Ward Directory and just started going through names of people that lived in the ward but we no longer recognized and then with a few members went out to find them.  Many of the people had moved to other places but many were very accepting of us and many promised to return to church.  As well as that, many of their families were not members and were interested in coming as well and the kids of these less active members.  One of these families was a testimony builder for me.  

We had one more family on the list that we wanted to visit and upon arriving we tagbalayed the house to see if anyone was there.  We could see people looking through the cracks of the bamboo house but it wasn't for a good 5 minutes till the father came out to talk to us.  He was a member and recognized us as missionaries but we could tell he did not really want to talk to us.  I continued to do so anyway and after some basic talking we found out that his son was very sick with a high fever and could barely move.  The father invited us in and we offered to give a blessing to him.  Right after the blessing he was able to stand and the fever was gone.  After a few minutes the father then said they would go back to church even though we had not yet committed him to do so.  The priesthood is a true power and I testify that it is indeed here upon the Earth and it was given to Joseph Smith,  a true prophet of God and it was given to him by the three Apostles Peter, James, and John.  

That was our week really, we do have a baptism this coming Saturday which I am so very excited for and I cannot wait, we still have a lot to do to help with that and the work will continue!  I miss you lots of course but I just love the Philippines and there is no where else I would rather be right now.

Elder Rubow