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Christmas Activities

December 25, 2009, 11:43 am - James Farrer

So what did we do Christmas Eve? Last night after the kids went to bed my brother-in-law got out a couple of buckets of Legos and we all went to town building all sorts of stuff. Boats, planes, houses, cars, magical dungeon lair complete with escape route and escape vehicle. Definitely a fun family activity.

This morning was fun. The kids had fun opening presents and have been bouncing from toy to toy. For the most part they've been pretty good natured and pleasant about it all. It's been a nice relaxing holiday so far.

Dano's in Norway

December 15, 2009, 10:36 pm - James Farrer

After two months in the Mission Training Center my little brother just got to Norway. He's serving a mission there for our church. It's really cool. He's close enough to the part of the world that I served in that I think I've got a good idea what he's heading into. Except they are significantly more modern than the Baltics. It's all good though. I got to talk to him yesterday for a few minutes while he was in JFK airport on a layover. He was excited. It sure is tough going into a new country, culture, and language with only a couple of months preparation for it. 

I remember having no clue what everyone was saying for several weeks. Eventually it got better and I was later able to speak very comfortably with everyone there. It's been fun to go back through some of the pictures and think about and share some of the experiences that I had on my mission. I don't think I've ever met someone who was so excited to hear the stories. I'm excited for him. I'm sure it will be a great experience for him. 

I just got an email saying he'll be serving in Oslo. Awesome!


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Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!

December 8, 2009, 9:22 am - James Farrer

I went out this morning to go to work and there was 6 or 8 inches of snow in the street. I shovelled the driveway and as I was finishing a truck got stuck in front of my house. I tried to help get him out but with relatively bald tires the guy was pretty much out of luck. Even with another guy who stopped to help we were doing good to get him to the side of the road. Then I helped get the other guy who stopped to help going again. Just as I was about to head in another car got stuck. I got him moving again and am now trying to give it a little time before attempting it myself. A light, small, two wheel drive pickup is not the best thing for the snow. Oh well, it keeps life interesting.

Oh yeah, after last night and this morning the snow banks are four feet high and there was almost enough snow on the driveway to be worth shovelling again. Good day!

Abraham Lincoln on Remembering God

November 28, 2009, 10:10 pm - James Farrer

Words written by Abraham Lincoln as part of a resolution in 1863:

“We have been the recipients of the choicest bounties of heaven; we have been preserved these many years in peace and prosperity; we have grown in number, wealth, and power as no other Nation has ever grown. But we have forgotten God. We have forgotten the gracious hand which preserved us in peace and multiplied and enriched and strengthened us, and we have vainly imagined, in the deceitfulness of our hearts, that all these blessings were produced by some superior wisdom and virtue of our own. Intoxicated with unbroken success we have become too self-sufficient to feel the necessity of redeeming and preserving grace, too proud to pray to the God who made us.

“It behooves us, then, to humble ourselves before the offended power, to confess our … sins, and to pray for clemency and forgiveness.” (John Wesley Hill, Abraham Lincoln, Man of God, 4th ed., New York: G. P. Putnam’s Sons, p. 391.)

Shooting Stuff

November 27, 2009, 6:36 pm - James Farrer

We got the Christmas tree put up today. It's surprising how small it looks in this place compared to the others. But it's nice to have christmas decorations up.

The weather was pretty nice today so I decided to go shooting. When Abby found out I was going she decided she'd rather go shooting with me than stay and scrapbook. I was hesitant at first but figured she did great shooting the pellet gun last night at Nana & Papa's and Shauna thought it'd be fine so took her with me. We went up the canyon and hiked off the road a little ways. We had fun following dear tracks and ducking through trees. We finally found a good spot (there are lots of rocks up there) and went to town. With a single shot .22 it doesn't take a lot of rounds with a 5 year old (15 to be exact) but it was really fun to see her and explain how things work and how to be careful. She had lots of good questions and clearly understood that they are dangerous and what the rules and consequences of not obeying them are. I think we both had a great time with the whole trip. And it sure beats going alone. After spending that time with her it amazes me how so many people get so worked up over guns. I think all those people that think restricting guns is a good idea ought to go out with some friends and family and try it.

The Second Amendment

November 24, 2009, 9:41 pm - James Farrer

I ran across this blog from a neighbor at our last house. http://warp.byu.edu/site/about/firearms He does a great job of explaining the need for the second amendment, why gun control laws are crazy, and why it's a good idea to have a gun even if you don't hunt.

Kudos to you Conan!

Quote of the Day from Clay Shirky

October 27, 2009, 4:26 pm - James Farrer

I just watched a keynote address from a conference that I thought was excellent. The address is here and I think is worth the few minutes to watch: http://jeremy.zawodny.com/blog/archives/010218.html. Here is my favorite quote:

"I was having dinner with a group of friends about a month ago, and one of them was talking about sitting with his four-year-old daughter watching a DVD. And in the middle of the movie, apropos nothing, she jumps up off the couch and runs around behind the screen. That seems like a cute moment. Maybe she's going back there to see if Dora is really back there or whatever. But that wasn't what she was doing. She started rooting around in the cables. And her dad said, "What you doing?" And she stuck her head out from behind the screen and said, "Looking for the mouse."

Here's something four-year-olds know: A screen that ships without a mouse ships broken. Here's something four-year-olds know: Media that's targeted at you but doesn't include you may not be worth sitting still for."

In general he talks about how we are moving towards participating during our free time (e.g. blogging, editing wikipedia, contributing to open-source) instead of just sitting and watching TV. It had some very insightful thoughts.

Having moved a month ago and not hooked up our TV yet I can definitely see where he is going with it.

Abby's quotes of the day

October 24, 2009, 1:00 pm - James Farrer

"My socks really want me to have a sandwich right now!"

Abby-I know what movie we should watch, we should watch Barbie Swan Lake
Daddy-No, I don't want to watch that one
Abby-Why not, there's bad parts in it, you like the bad parts. (bad parts referring to the scary parts that she doesn't like)
Mommy-You're a man, you can handle it right?

Abby-What are we doing today?
Mommy-I'm going to a Relief Society activity and you're going with Daddy to the store.
Abby-No, I want to be with you, either I'm coming with you or you're staying home.

It's Official

September 24, 2009, 8:42 pm - James Farrer

It's official, with some really short notice and a few frantic phone calls, we were able to sign our papers tonight. We're really excited to finally be moving into our own home. We'll be moving Tuesday evening if anyone is available and we'd really appreciate any help you could give. Let me know if you need any more details.

It's Getting Closer

September 1, 2009, 10:43 pm - James Farrer

We did a walk through of the new house today. It's so close I'm starting to get really excited. Basically everything is done except a few cosmetic things and one or two not so cosmetic things (like two countertops being switched so the fridge doesn't fit). All in all it's looking really good. I'm excited to move in. Just a couple more weeks.

It sure is nice to be able to ride the motorcycle. It's very therapeutic for me. Work has been stressful as we've been trying to get a new system configured and out the door and there's a lot to be done. It also seems that about every other day there is some new political roadblock. I'm all for doing things the right way and following process, but sometimes it seems that the process is broke or at least too rigid. When that happens it feels like trying to get a kid to stop throwing a hysterical tantrum by taunting them with a piece of candy that they can't have. Really, it's probably not quite that bad, but it is certainly challenging and frustrating at times. 

Between the house and the work I'm worn out today. I think there was a bit of let down after the excitement. It feels good I think.

On another note, Alex got his first tooth this last week and learned how to crawl. I've got really cute kids. I love it when they are jumping with joy and running to give me a hug when I get home from work. 

Progress on the House

August 13, 2009, 8:55 pm - James Farrer

 I got off work early today since campus shuts down early for graduation. Shauna and I went for a motorcycle ride. We went by the new place to check on progress, went to dinner, and rode a little ways up the canyon. That was a nice and much needed break. 

It was very exciting seeing the house. They have put the light fixtures up inside and out and we love them. They are silver (technically I think they're nickel but I'm not sure) with frosted glass. Very tastefully chosen in my opinion. Almost all of the electrical outlets and plugs are in place. All the counters and sinks are there and they have the toilets and faucets in with the water on. They had the carpet in a roll in the living room and all the tacking strips in place. The end unit driveways have been poored and the middle units have been prepared for it. It's nice to see where it's going to be and get an idea of what the finished product will look like. Oh yeah, the water heater is in as well. It's getting close and if they keep up the pace from this last week then they will likely be finished early. We're trying not getting our hopes up but it was still very exciting for us to see the progress.

I also decided that the view is much better around our new place. There is much more open space and just enough height difference in the landscape that you can see much further and there are some great views of the mountains. 

Now, to stop procrastinating and go do some more packing so we'll actually be ready to move on time.

Life is Crazy

August 6, 2009, 2:14 pm - Shauna Farrer

So, in April I thought, you know I'm so excited for summer. We don't have very many plans, we can chill at home, maybe go camping a few times, and just enjoy the warm weather. Well, all of that has happened plus a ton more. So here's a little catch-up. Alex has been learning how to crawl. He does a push-up (I can't do them like this kid does. I think only my Marine brother Jared and his wife can do them with expertise this kid shows), drops his knees and then rocks. When he gets frustrated that he isn't going anywhere, then he makes this little leap to get what he wants. He's growing so fast. It doesn't help that at 7 months old he is the size of a average sized 15 month old. He is the happiest kid though, and I'm really thankful for that.

 

William is so active. He runs everywhere, jumps on everything, and is constantly in my fridge. Typical boy. He loves his cars still and has developed a love for water. That includes the bathroom sink, the kitchen sink, the pool, the bathtub, and dumping his drinks out on the table. Bless his heart :D.

 

Abby has turned into such a good helper. It's so much easier when they can dress themselves and are out of diapers. And for better or worse, her vocabulary is huge. The other night James and I were laughing about something in the car and she told us to "settle down guys". She's awesome with the boys too. She plays with them and helps me help them. And at night when she is done and William is trying to turn on the lights she yells at us under the door to "turn off the breaker please!". How many 4 year olds know what a breaker is? She does because it disables William so he can't play all night long.

 

Well, enough blabbering, here are some pictures of some of our adventures.

Our cute family pic courtesy of Jes Myrick.

Daniel's high school graduation. The question is where are Abby and Tavner in this picture? Deriously no one knows. So much for a family pic at this event!

Charity and her kids came to visit in June! Yay! It had been almost two years and it was great to see them.

We went camping with Melissa, Brandon, and Maxwell.

Alex asleep in the car top carrier.

Maxwell and William playing in the tent.

Abby's family of inch worms.

Abby

Alex always has his tongue out.

William's birthday. Poor kid was sick but he got his bike!

Hiding in the box is fun too.

Putting stuff together is always fun.

James 10 year reunion

4th of July Parade in Kaysville.

Old car in the parade.

William thought that old car was Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. He was so excited since that is his favorite show right now.

James and his brother Daniel and their synchronized diving

 

 

 

And last but not least, the house we have under contract that is also under construction. It looks more finished now. They are painting this week. Maybe one more month or so and we can move in. About the time that we are going to sign and move in, my brother should be going to CO on leave before he leaves for Afghanistan for 7 months. My friends are having a reunion at the same time. And, James is doing the photography for a wedding. We're just hoping the timing all works out perfectly on this one! To see the video tour of our very unfinished house click here:

http://www.jamesandshauna.com/photos/photo.php?photo=9858&album=186. That's about it for now. Thanks for being patient with my inability to post more regularly. And excuse any misspellings, I'm not paying very much attention while I feed the baby.

A Question to Ask Yourself

July 29, 2009, 9:03 am - James Farrer

"If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?" And whenever the answer has been "No" for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something." ~Steve Jobs

I ran across a quote in another blog post and thought I would repost it. Here is the full text of his speech: http://news-service.stanford.edu/news/2005/june15/jobs-061505.html. It is definitely worth reading.

I found it here: http://northtemple.com/2009/07/13/if-today-were-the-last-day

Tour of the New House

July 25, 2009, 7:36 pm - James Farrer

We went and walked through the house to see what progress has been made and it's looking good. They've added the cabinets, mouldings, entry tile, and doors this week. We took a video of the place here: http://www.jamesandshauna.com/photos/photo.php?photo=9858&album=186. It's a little shaky from the walking around, but it shows the place pretty well if you can get past that.

It's Official!

July 20, 2009, 2:21 pm - James Farrer

It's official, the offer was accepted and we've got a house! Ok, so it's not finished being built yet, but we're commited. Things have been falling into place and we're being blessed greatly.

Now, on to the next task at hand...packing. It's a good thing we've got a month and a half because we're going to need it.

Moving Time?

July 19, 2009, 9:52 pm - James Farrer

We put an offer in on a home Friday. We'll find out tomorrow if they accept it. We felt really good about it this week and are pretty sure that all will be well. We're REALLY excited. More details will follow about that I'm sure. In the meantime maybe these pictures will shed some light on what we're looking at.

On a different note, today we went up to my Mom's place and I got to participate in Dano's ordination to an Elder. That was pretty cool to be a part of.

Mechanically Incompetent? I think not!

June 7, 2009, 11:39 pm - James Farrer

A little bit of history: Some time last year the check engine light came on in our truck. We got the error code read and it was the EGR valve. Quote to fix it: $600-800. Ouch! Good news was that it wasn't a rush to get it fixed and my father-in-law or brother-in-law could fix it...IF we could get them and the truck in the same state long enough to actually look at it.

To make a long story short, it hasn't happened.

So a few weeks ago I went out and tried my best to locate the part and see if I could get at it enough to replace it, only to come back in with a statement that I was completely and totally mechanically incompetent.

But, lest you think I would give up that easy, I finally found my repair manual and tried again last week. Success! With a few phone calls for clarification, a quick trip to the parts store for some gasket and filter material, a used mascara brush, and a few bumps and bruises I successfully pulled the EGR valve off, located the troublesome spot, cleaned it out (hence the mascara brush) and viola! We're back in business. Yes folks, factoring in the pro-rated cost of the mascara and other parts I saved myself $590-790. How's that for a pat on the back and proof that I am not completely incompetent when it come to motor vehicle maintenance.

Now if only I can figure that other doohicky thingy-mabob...

My kids are the coolest!

June 2, 2009, 10:50 pm - James Farrer

The final word is in, the contest is over! My kids are the cutest!

My youngest has been eating my arm while my other two kids are sleeping. Oh, did I mention that was round three? For round one he was getting to know his hands, by sight, feel, and taste. Round 2 was his toes by the same methods. Go figure.

My oldest boy was awesome today, he went over to our shelf with all of our movies on it, pointed to Disney's Cars and said "Vrooooom". He has watched Chitty Bang Bang at least once every day in the last week or two because it has cars in it and he usually takes a collection of Hot Wheels to bed with him. And then there's the Tonka trucks that he drives at running speed through the house with amazing precision steering. He is all boy! It's been amazing to see how he picked up cars and Abby picked up dancing, dolls, and other girly things from very young with little encouragement either for or against any of those things.

Abby has been dancing, singing, and coloring lot's lately. Today when I got home from work she had to sing me all of the songs that she has been learning from her computer-tutor pre-school program. She even sang some of them twice.

Then I stop and think, how'd I get to have three kids already? I swear I'm old enough to have three, but the EFY kids tromping around campus do look awefully young these days.

Website woes

April 14, 2009, 1:42 pm - James Farrer

I ran across this article and thought it had some great advice. It covers a number of the issues that I deal with at work on a regular basis.

http://boagworld.com/business_strategy/10_harsh_truths_about_corporat/

I don't proclaim to be perfect, but I know several of the suggestions have been things that I have been lobbying for. It's nice to get a little reinforcement and some good ideas for how to further improve.

Alex Baby Blessing

March 27, 2009, 10:28 am - Shauna Farrer

It's been a busy month. My little sister got married, which made me feel old since she is the youngest and last to get married. It was fun though, and I don't think I've ever seen her more beautiful and confident. It was a fabulous day. And, since the whole family was in town, we did Alex's baby blessing. He is the fattest little thing. Yesterday he cried for an hour before I pulled off his pants and he stopped crying. They were too tight. At this point jammies and one piece outfits are tons easier. Even his new church cords are 6-9 mos pants, and I have to unbutton them. He just turned 3 months this week. He's a big kid, and a very happy one. Adjusting to 3 has actually been good since he is a happy baby. Additionally, William is learning to talk which makes life easier. And lastly, Abby is amazing. She has grown up so much and she is such a good helper. She's smart and funny and I think she is beautiful. I feel bad sometimes because I don't usually do her hair with curls or put it up much. But, she is finally getting enough hair to do it, so we need to start practicing. Anyway, here are some pics from the blessing.

James, Alex, and I

My mom holding Alex

Grandma and Grandpa Slaydon

James, Jared, and his wife Basia

Abby with her cousin Tavner (his mom was here, she was the one taking the pics, thank you Christy!)

Nana and Papa

My parents

Jessica and Dave (sorry Jessica, it was the only pic we had)

Caitlin and Will

Daniel

It was fun to have everyone together. Even Crystal and her now husband Zachary came. He left quickly though since he was late for his own Bachelor Party. Thanks everyone! We appreciate your support and love!

 


Blessings of the Temple

March 9, 2009, 11:06 pm - James Farrer

I was informed today of something that is a little disturbing and made me stop and think about what I really believe and how I really feel. HBO reportedly advertised in TV Guide for an episode of "Big Love" that delves into the sacred events of temple ceremonies of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I have seen a number of news articles and blogs that talk a lot about what the show and specifically that episode is about. While there is some controversy and a significant lack of respect in what would be covered in the episode, instead of focusing on the negative I'd like to share some of my feelings about the sacredness of the temple and its ceremonies.

As an active Latter-day Saint, or Mormon, I have been to the temple many times and strive to live worthily to continue to visit it according to the guidelines the Church has set. I love to go to the temple to experience the peace and joy of being in a place where everyone there is striving to live according to the gospel of Jesus Christ. When I go to the temple I can escape from the weight of the world and my day to day worries. It is a place where I can focus on promises I've made to live a better life and where I can feel closer to my saviour and to my father in heaven.

I want to echo what many others have said over the years in that, it is not so much that the events inside the temple are secret, they are sacred to those who go and take part in them. They are something to be remembered and contemplated in one's heart and mind. There is much to be learned for those who seek the Lord's help in understanding the meaning and symbolism found in the temple.

Instead of turning to the sensationalism and hype of misinformed or misrepresentative tv shows or other media, try asking someone who lives the life of a Latter-day Saint. Try learning about the Mormons from the source. http://www.mormon.org is a great place to start. We have missionaries that are waiting to explain more about who we are and what we believe. That's what they do.

I love the gospel of Jesus Christ and am very grateful for the love and joy it has brought into my life. I am thankful for my Saviour's sacrifice in atoning for my sins and mistakes so I can improve, feel clean again, and eventually return to live with my Heavenly Father after this life.

 

As a side note, the TV Guide link that was reported to have the information about the show has been taken down and the HBO website has no reference that I could find about the show. Perhaps they have wisely pulled the show. I think most people really do want to do good things. Perhaps they have chosen to respect the desire of millions of members of the Church worldwide tokeep the events of the temple sacred.

The Bucket List

March 7, 2009, 12:15 am - James Farrer

I'm not a person who cries much, but I cried after watching "The Bucket List". It made me want to be a better person, get to know more people, and live life to the fullest. I recommend it (despite a little crude language) if you haven't seen it.

I think I want to make a bucket list (i.e. things to do before kicking the bucket). I'm not quite sure what I want to be on it yet, and I'm not sure if I'll actually write it out, but I want to at least go through the exercise of thinking what would be on it. And who knows maybe I'll get to do a few things before I die .

So now the question is, what's the first step...I'll have to think about that for a while.

Abby and deductive reasoning

March 6, 2009, 12:14 am - Shauna Farrer

So last week, Abby and I were talking about fingers and what the names of all the fingers were. Pinky and thumb were easy, but she was getting the other three mixed up. No worries though. The next day, I was getting ready and was cleaning my ears out with Q-tips. Abby came in and wanted to clean her ears too.



Mom - If you want to clean your ears, then I need to help you. We have to be careful with the Q-tips so that they don't go into your ear too far and break your ear drum.



Abby - Oh, we don't want to break my ear drum, cuz that would hurt huh mom.



Mom - Yup



Abby - That's ok mom, that's what this finger is for (holding up right pointer finger). This is my ear finger so that I don't break my ear drum.



It's amazing how much they really retain when you don't think they are really paying attention.

Alexander Zethan

March 5, 2009, 12:01 pm - Shauna Farrer

It's been forever, but obviously the biggest event is that Alexander Zethan was born on Christmas Eve. I had been having timing contractions for a couple of nights previous. So when I went into labor at 2am I wasn't sure if it was for real. I called the hospital and woke James at 3am, and decided to leave for the hospital at 4am. The contractions were 10 minutes apart at 2am, and 5 minutes apart at 4am. We woke up our neighbors upstairs and gave them the baby monitor to listen for Abby and Will, scraped the ice off of the car and left. At 5am in the hospital, I was already at 7cm, and since I had tested positive for Strep B, the nurses were scrambling to get my IV in with the antibiotics. I started pushing a little after 6am. It took awhile for me to figure out how to push. I've always had an epidural before, and this time I didn't have that. The other issue was that my leg and feet muscles were cramping so badly I couldn't concentrate on pushing. I finally made up my mind that my misery wasn't going to end unless the baby came out, an epidural wasn't an option, which left it to me. It only took two more pushes and he was born at 6:58 am, weighing 8lbs 6oz, and 21 inches long.

I had been hoping I could do it without an epidural this time around. I'm so glad that I did. The other two recoveries were very difficult. This recovery was a lot easier, which was good since there are three of these little people now. The biggest blessing was that for William's birth I was so numb I couldn't push, so the doctor had to use foreceps. They broke my tailbone doing it, and it healed wrong so that it's been very painful to sit for the last 18 months. Alex rebroke it and it healed correctly so that I don't have that injury anymore. The other blessing was the fact that this time I went with a midwife and I was so pleased with that change. They were willing to let me have an epidural if I wanted it,  and there was a doctor there in the hospital if something went wrong. It was awesome when she got to the hospital, she knew a lot of pressure points to relieve pain which is how I made it. All in all, it was a great experience for a change. And it was only 5 hours long which was awesome. Here's a pic of newborn Alex

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We actually let Alex pick his name. So, for all of those that participated in our name vote, we had the most votes for Logan Alexander, and that was my personal favorite. James liked Alexander and Zethan, and we agreed that we couldn't decide. So, three days before Alex was born James and I conducted a kick test. The baby was moving fairly regularly, and so we asked him if he liked Logan (pause, no kick). If he liked Alexander (pause, 1 kick). If he liked Zethan (pause 2 kicks). At this point we didn't know if he wanted Alexander Zethan or Zethan Alexander. So we asked him which one and he kicked for Alexander Zethan. It's probably totally bogus, and we were laughing really hard. Mostly because a kick test had worked at all, and then because we seriously considered the results and decided that name was it. So, I think that means that Karen, Kristina, and Jess won the vote. Mostly because the baby voted :D.

Here's me and James too.

Review of The Picture of Dorian Gray

March 3, 2009, 9:59 pm - James Farrer

So I finished The Picture of Dorian Gray a little while back and found it to be an interesting work. It had some very interesting ideas regarding how our actions affect both our physical and emotional well being. I did find it to be a rather dark book with a bit of an abrupt ending. It wasn't quite what I was expecting. I don't know that I'd recommend it as a casual read but for the moral and psychological exploration it's pretty good.

Now, what to read next...

Does this outfit make me look fat?

February 10, 2009, 10:42 pm - James Farrer

A Good Book?

February 8, 2009, 4:58 pm - James Farrer

I've found myself lately looking for a good book to sit back and dive into. I read quite a bit, most of it is technology and other news online. I've been slowly working on Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance. It's an intriguing book. Good enough so far that I don't want to stop reading, but deep and/or slow enough that it doesn't quite keep me riveted and has put me to sleep a few times. I was looking for ideas for a book that would give me a little respite from other reading and came across The Picture of Dorian Gray (which happens to be freely available at www.gutenberg.org). Since I only have the digital copy I put it on my phone and am a couple of chapters in so far. It's interesting and I'm curious where it's going to go. I originally heard about it in A League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, which introduced the idea of what the book is about but didn't give many details. I didn't think much of it until I ran across it the other day. I guess we'll see how it turns out in a few days.

In the meantime, are there any good books that you would recommend? Leave a comment and let me know.


On other fronts in my life, the kids are a handful but so fun. William continually amazes us with his expressions, both of curiosity while he's figuring things out and of pure joy when he's having fun. Abby is cute when she drifts off into her own little world, dancing and singing. She's a little distracted in just about everything she does, often not paying attention as she goes down the hall and running into the wall or other stationary objects. Go figure. Alex is getting fat. The more he grows the more he looks like both Abby and William at the same time. I think Shauna gets a little frustrated sometimes when she can't get him to burp, hands him over to me, and I quickly get him to burp. What else can I say, I love my family!

Maybe it's just me but now that we have 3 kids my family is all of a sudden a big family. That's not to say we can even start to compare with some much larger families, but we're not small anymore. Maybe it's the fact that the kids outnumber us, maybe it's that we are busting out of the seams of our little Mazda (We have about 3/4" to spare with the doors closed and 3 carseats in the back). Put a stroller or two in the back and we're at capacity. We're considering getting a van but are a bit anxious over how affordable that will be. I'm sure we're at or above the cost of a new van with the repairs that we've had the last couple of years.

The weather warmed up enough for a couple of days that I got a motorcycle ride in yesterday. That was nice. I was also happy to have the bike start up on the first try. Last year the battery went dead so this was a bit of relief. I've been better about keeping it charged and covering the bike this year so I think that helped along with the new battery last spring. It was a little chilly but nice to get out. I've been in the mood to head to southern Utah on it to see some different country. It's beautiful down there and it's been a few years since I went. I think I need to get a small tent so I can.

Scripture of the day

January 9, 2009, 7:44 am - James Farrer

"And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men;"

Colossians 3:23

Kids and video games

January 5, 2009, 9:33 pm - James Farrer

Abby: I want to play this (holding up Mario Kart for us to see)

James: It's not hooked up right now so we can't play.

Abby: Well hook it up then (In an almost-annoying-but-too-innocent-to-be voice)


So I have a couple of video games that I like to play. The other day I was playing and William saw me and came over to watch. He crept closer and closer until I had to either fight him off or let him finish climbing on my lap. So a few minutes later as he's thoroughly enjoying himself I see a couple small fingers inching their way towards the keyboard. Then a very timid but calculating hit of a key here and a key there. I can see it now, by the age of 6 my son will be better at my own video games. Go figure.


Alex is such a cute little boy. He's been very good. Doesn't cry much except when he's hungry, has a dirty diaper, or needs to burp. He's still got some shifting hours of operation so sleep in our house is a little sporadic but we're all healthy and doing pretty good. We've really enjoyed having so much support from our families. They're wonderful and it's been really nice to have them all around. It's just too bad work schedules, miles, and weather keep us apart so much of the time.


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