Wednesday, December 28, 2011

I've Andy Rooney

I've learned....That the best classroom in the world is at the feet of an elderly person.

I've learned
.... That when you're in love, it shows.

I've learned
.... That just one person saying to me, 'You've made my day!' makes my day.

I've learned
.... That having a child fall asleep in your arms is one of the most peaceful feelings in the world.

I've learned
.... That being kind is more important than being right.

I've learned
.... That you should never say no to a gift from a child.

I've learned
.... That I can always pray for someone when I don't have the strength to help him in some other way.

I've learned
.... That no matter how serious your life requires you to be, everyone needs a friend to act goofy with.

I've learned
.... That sometimes all a person needs is a hand to hold and a heart to understand.

I've learned
.... That simple walks with my father around the block on summer nights when I was a child did wonders for me as an adult.

I've learned
.... That life is like a roll of toilet paper. The closer it gets to the end, the faster it goes.

I've learned
.... That we should be glad God doesn't give us everything we ask for.

I've learned
.... That money doesn't buy class.

I've learned
.... That it's those small daily happenings that make life so spectacular.

I've learned.... That under everyone's hard shell is someone who wants to be appreciated and loved.

I've learned
.... That to ignore the facts does not change the facts.

I 've learned
.... That when you plan to get even with someone, you are only letting that person continue to hurt you.

I've learned
.... That love, not time, heals all wounds.

I've learned
.... That the easiest way for me to grow as a person is to surround myself with people smarter than I am.

I've learned
.... That everyone you meet deserves to be greeted with a smile..

I've learned
.... That no one is perfect until you fall in love with them.

I've learned
... That life is tough, but I'm tougher.

I've learned
.... That opportunities are never lost, someone will take the ones you miss.

I've learned
.... That when you harbor bitterness, happiness will dock elsewhere.

I've learned
.... That I wish I could have told my Mom that I love her one more time before she passed away.

I've learned
.... That one should keep his words both soft and tender, because tomorrow he may have to eat them.

I've learned
..... That a smile is an inexpensive way to improve your looks.

I've learned
..... That when your newly born grandchild holds your little finger in his little fist, that you're hooked for life.

I've learned
.... That everyone wants to live on top of the mountain, but all the happiness and growth occurs while you're climbing it.

I've learned
.... That the less time I have to work with, the more things I get done.

Friday, December 16, 2011

Fun with Tasha

I had an opportunity to go join Tasha at her school on Wednesday.  Her class was going to build Gingerbread houses.  Besides the parking issues with the school, it was a great time.  Each kid started with a circle work area and a milk carton glued to the circle.  What a great idea!  The kids each got a bag of grams to build the house using the carton as the base of the house.  Each little house started perfect.  Then they all got huge trays of different candy to decorate.  It was fun watching Tasha develop her house.  She was so excited, it made me proud. Notice the big T made from M $M's in the lawn of the picture of her house. Every kid had a great time.  I also learned that Tasha really likes Starbursts.  Not because she used them as her walkway, but when we were done, there were about 10 wrappers left in the tray of candy from the ones she ate while she was the construction foreman.  I asked her what happened to them and she said, "what, I like Starbursts!"

Friday, December 9, 2011

Quote of the Day

“The World will not be destroyed by those that do evil; but by those who watch them without doing anything”-Albert Einstein

Thursday, December 8, 2011


As a society, are we really to this point?

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Do you know...

...what is unique about this Sentence?

The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Super Payton !

We went to Daily Park last week and it had been awhile since I had taken him to a park.  He ran and ran and ran.  He would always go down the slides, but it would usually take a lot of encouragement to get him to go down.  Today, he mastered his fears.  He was running around and would dive head first into the opening of the slide.  The first time he slid down, he slid too far and shot out of the bottom and landed face first into the sand.  He got right up and did it again, and again, and again...He learned to put his hands out to land.  This is the end of one of his slides.  Well done little man!

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Life is like a car-pool lane.
The best way to reach your destination quickly is to take some people with you.
Pete  Ward

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Did You Know...

Did You Know?

The original "Uncle Sam" was a meat packer from Troy, New York. Sam Wilson's meats helped feed soldiers during the war of 1812

Friday, October 21, 2011

Is it just me?

or do I make these glasses look good?

Monday, October 17, 2011

The Legend Continues...

The picture is blurry, but the proof is there.  One of my favorite stories to tell is the story of Billy, as a kid, swiping icing off of a wedding cake before the official cutting of the cake ceremony.  He was 3 years old and my best friend Larry was getting married.  My Dad happened to be in town on business and he was able to attend.  The next day, I was at Larry's house, just hanging out, watching the video of the wedding and the reception.  As we were watching the reception footage, we see Billy and my Dad in the background, just kind of standing, doing nothing, but looking a little guilty.  You see my Dad bend down, give Billy a little encouragement.  Billy then reaches up, swipes some icing off of the cake with his finger, then stick his finger in his mouth.  I sat in Larry's living room, not sure of what to say to Larry or his wife Lenora, when suddenly, they both busted out laughing.  Thank goodness they thought it was funny!

So here we are, all these years later, at my Dad's wedding.  The ceremony is over and we are at the reception  just hanging out.  The story comes up, and the questions is posed: "would Billy have the courage to repeat the act?"  I had two thoughts.  First, there was no way Billy would do it again, and second, if he did, I would be so proud!  To mt surprise and contentment, he walked inside, slinked in behind the cake, and worked his magic...

Well done Billy!  Bomps (my Dad) couldn't be prouder!  Let's hope that Maggie (Dad's bride) shared the same appreciation for the whole moment.  Thanks to Tasha who caught the act on film, and thank you Billy, for keeping this tradition alive...

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

I got a riddle...

What English word has three consecutive

double letters?

Tuesday, October 11, 2011


And the 7 Virtues are...



Restraint or Temperance

Courage or Fortitude



Love or Charity 

Our Super Hero

It's official.  We have received word that Payton has been accepted in the Superhero Academy...

Introducing....MUD MAN

We are so proud to have a real Super in our family!

Saturday, October 8, 2011


Can you name the 7 Virtues?

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Smart Children...

From the dialog of last night...

Kyra: So our favorite teams are the Diamondbacks and whoever is playing the Yankees.

Payton:  Upon seeing that we had turned the TV on to watch the baseball game between the D-Backs and the Brewers, walks back to our bedroom, grabs the baseball glove sitting on the end table, comes out and proceeds to play ball with the wiffle ball in the living room.

Yes, yes.  Smart kids!

Friday, September 30, 2011

Can you solve it?

Each puzzle represents a common phrase.  Do you know what they are?













Good Luck!

Monday, September 26, 2011

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

It's a Miracle...

What do you see?  a dessert?  maybe.  A counter?  Yep.  What do I see?  A CLEARED OFF counter.  For anyone who has been in our house, you know what I am saying.  We didn't think to take a before picture, but the before picture would have let you see one of our  family's downfall.  This counter normally is the catch all area of our kitchen.  Everyone has one.  Most are able to control it.  Not us.  Papers, newspaper ads, pens, pencils, jewelry, school assignments, tools, diapers (new, not used), empty water bottles, half full water bottles, dog tags, notes, computer wires, earphones, note cards, notes from us, Ensign, crayons, pictures, dryer sheets, toys, things we don't want Payton to get, baking dishes, marbles, get the idea.  The miracle I speak of is not just the fact that it is cleared off, but how it got that way.  thanks to my wonderful wife, and her simple but brilliant idea.  Last night was Family Home Evening.  But last week, we forgot to assign the different parts.  So, when it was time , no one had a lesson planned.  In the past, we would be tempted to just skip it.  But we are trying to get better at it, and Tasha has tried hard to get us to do it.  So, Helena came up with: "Since we do not have a lesson, we are going to have an activity.  Tonight, as we sing songs as we work, we are going to clean off the counter."  WE ALL GROANED.  This is no easy task.  But we did it.  Singing renditions of the ABC song, Bah Bah Black Sheep, and Twinkle Twinkle, and of course, I Am a Child of God (we all can sing that one), we went to work.  Pile after pile disappeared.  The mountain became a mole hill.  And finally, a CLEAR COUNTER!  We quickly wiped it down, then polished it.  next was the moment of silence and the wiping away of tears.  WE DID IT!  We have our counter back.  All thanks to a miracle of an idea.  How simple.  My wife is the best.   Our family rocks!

Tuesday, September 13, 2011


It's no secret right now that the driving force that gets us to partake in FHE is Tasha.  That child is relentless.  She reviews with us no later than Sunday  every one's responsibilities to make sure we all do our part.  Is it odd that your 7 year old in a authoritative voice,"Dad, this week you have the lesson."  Really?  How awful am I when your child takes over that responsibility and insists that she conduct the meeting as well.  At least, we are doing it, right?

Last night, Tasha was all over it.  "Dad, don't forget you lesson!"  When the time came, she shyly asked if I had prepared a lesson tonight.  I do believe she expected me to say no.  To her delight, I had it it was game on, literally.  Kyra handled the opening prayer (it was Payton's turn, but he was sidetracked in the other room by Buzz), Mon had been assigned the music (song), and then I was up.  At this point, I am sure Tasha, as well as the rest of my family, still had doubts.  But alas, I had the lesson.  Based on Charity, it was the story of the Three Marbles.  It was a nice reminder of what we need to do.  Then came the game.  It was a new game called Left Center Right.  It is a face paced dice game for all ages that know the difference between left, right, and center.  We in little time, played the game 4 times!  We all had fun and laughed lots.  Tasha, who brought her competitive side with her to the game, got a little discouraged that mom won the 1st 2 games and dad won the last 2.  This is purely a game of chance, no skill whatsoever.  But in the end, she was happy and had lots of fun.  Even Payton had managed to ditch Buzz and join us.  Tasha gave the closing prayer and remembered to bless the treats (OK, with a little reminder form her older sister).  Does anyone else have issues with asking that peanut butter cookies strengthen and nourish our bodies?  Great FHE!  Thank you to the 7 year old! 

Friday, August 26, 2011

Quote of the Day...

To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children..

.to leave the world a better place..

.to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived.

This is to have succeeded.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Thursday, August 25, 2011


The phrase "raining cats and dogs" originated in 17th Century England. During heavy downpours of rain, many of these poor animals unfortunately drowned and their bodies would be seen floating in the rain torrents that raced through the streets. The situation gave the appearance that it had literally rained "cats and dogs" and led to the current expression.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

A Wise Tale...

An old Cherokee told his Grandson, “My son, there is a battle between two wolves inside us all. One is Evil. It has anger, jealousy, greed, resentment, inferiority, lies, and ego. The other is good. It has joy, peace, love, hope, humility, kindness, empathy, and truth.” The boy thought about it and asked, “Grandfather, which wolf wins?” The old man replied with, “The one you feed.”

Friday, August 19, 2011

Quote of the Day...

Character is power.

Booker T. Washington

Monday, July 25, 2011

The New York Jets: Class Act

During the lockout, the Jets (along with a number of other teams) came under a lot of scrutiny for their decision to cut salaries, furlough employees and generally pinch pennies.

So it's fantastic to hear that Jets owner Woody Johnson has already told his employees that all the money they lost during the lockout will be immediately repaid.

Per Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News, all team employees who had their wages cut -- including coaches -- will be fully reimbursed for the amount of money docked.

In a sign of just how serious Johnson is with repairing goodwill, the employees were apparently paid before they left the meeting.

Friday, July 22, 2011

Quote of the Day...

“To know what people really think, pay regard to what they do, rather than what they say.”
-Rene Descartes

Monday, July 18, 2011

We Survived...

1930s, '40s, '50s, '60s and '70s!!

First, we survived
Being born to mothers who may have smoked and/or drank
While they were

They took aspirin,
Ate blue cheese dressing, tuna from a can, and didn't get tested for diabetes.

Then, after that
Trauma, we were
Put to sleep
On our tummies
In baby cribs
With bright colored
Lead-based paints.

We had no
Childproof lids on medicine bottles, locks on doors or cabinets,
And, when we
Rode our bikes,
We had baseball
Not helmets, on
Our heads.

As infants and
Children, we would ride in cars with no car seats, no booster seats, no seat belts,
No air bags, bald tires and sometimes no brakes..

Riding in the
Back of a pick- up truck on a warm day was always a special treat.

We drank water
From the garden hose and not from a bottle.

We shared one
Soft drink with four friends, from one bottle, and no one actually died from this.
We ate cupcakes,
White bread, real butter, and bacon. We drank Kool-Aid made with real white sugar.
And we weren't overweight.
Because we were
Always outside playing...that's why!

We would leave
Home in the morning and play all day, as long as we were back when the streetlights
Came on.
No one was
Able to reach us all day.
--And, we were

We would spend
Hours building
Our go-carts out
Of scraps
And then ride
Them down the hill,
Only to find
Out we forgot the brakes.. After running into the bushes a few times, we learned
To solve the problem..

We did not
Have Play Stations, Nintendos and X-boxes. There were
No video games,
No 150 channels on cable,
No video movies
Or DVDs,
No surround-sound or
No cell phones,
No personal computers,
No Internet and
No chat rooms.

And we went
Outside and found them!

We fell out
Of trees, got cut,
Broke bones and
And there were
No lawsuits
From those accidents.

We would get
Spankings with wooden spoons, switches, ping-pong paddles, or just a bare hand,
And no one would call child services to report abuse.

We ate worms,
And mud pies
Made from dirt,
The worms did
Not live in us forever.

We were given
BB guns for our 10th birthdays, 22 rifles for our 12th, rode horses,made up games with sticks and tennis balls, and
-although we were
Told it would happen- we did not put out very many eyes.

We rode bikes
Or walked to a friend's house and knocked on the door or rang the bell, or just
Walked in and talked to them.

Little League had
And not everyone
Made the team.
Those who didn't
Had to learn
To deal with
Imagine that!!

The idea of a parent bailing
Us out if we broke the law was unheard of. They actually sided with the law!

These generations have
Produced some of the best risk-takers,
Problem solvers, and
Inventors ever.

The past 50
To 85 years have seen an explosion of innovation and new ideas..

We had freedom,
Failure, success and responsibility, and we learned how to deal with it all.

If YOU are
One of those born
Between 1925-1971, CONGRATULATIONS!

You might want
To share this with others who have had the luck to grow up as kids before the lawyers
and the government regulated so much of our lives for our own good.

While you are
at it, forward it to your kids, so they will know how brave and lucky their parents

Kind of makes
you want to run through the house with scissors, doesn't it ?

Friday, July 15, 2011

I have a riddle...

There are only three words in the English language which end in "dous".  Can you name them?

Friday, July 8, 2011

Are you Serious????

I came across the original lyrics to the Pirates of the Caribbean song for the Disneyland ride...UNBELIEVABLE !  Stop Reading if you are feint of heart...

Yo ho, yo ho, a pirate's life for me.

We pillage, we plunder, we burp, and fart,
Drink up, me 'earties, yo ho.
We'll kill your old pappy and pull out 'is heart,
Drink up me 'earties, yo ho.

Yo ho, yo ho, a pirate's life for me.
We rape, we murder, we murder, and rape,
Drink up, me 'earties, yo ho.
We rape, and we rape, oh we really like rape,
Drink up, me 'earties, yo ho.

Yo ho, yo ho, a pirate's life for me.
We vivisect, torture, wedgie, and bite,
Drink up, me 'earties, yo ho.
We run with no pants on, we're really a fright,
Drink up, me 'earties, yo ho.

Yo ho, yo ho, a pirate's life for me.
Set fire to a pet store, cut off your legs,
Drink up, me 'earties, yo ho.
We tell our own grandma to go suck eggs,
Drink up, me 'earties, yo ho.

Yo ho, yo ho, a pirate's life for me.
We're liars, white slavers, perverts, and cads,
Drink up, me 'earties, yo ho.
Aye, but we're loved by our mommies and dads,
Drink up, me 'earties, yo ho

By the way, Disney changed the lyrics in 1997.  They also have a version that aires on Spring break.  The original version sung by the pirates as guests sailed by, was a ribald, brutally frank tune about the lives of real, historical pirates.  Yes, even Disney has a past...

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Got Your Ticket?

Perhaps this makes it simple enough for our government to understand citizen’s feelings today, as I don't think they get it.

This was written by a Mexican who is now a naturalized US Citizen, and I think it's a great explanation of the illegal immigration issue.

Here is the quote:

"If you had tickets to a sports event, concert, Disneyland, or for an airline flight, and when you got to your assigned seat you found someone else was in that seat, what would you do? You would call for a person in charge of ticket checking and have the person in your seat removed. You would properly be asked to show your ticket, and you would gladly and proudly do so, for you have bought and paid for that seat. The person in your seat would also be asked for a ticket, which they would not be able to produce. They would be called "gate crashers" and they would properly be removed.

Now in this huge stadium called the USA we have had millions of gate crashers. We have been asking security to check for tickets and remove the gate crashers. We have been asking security to have better controls in checking at the door. We have asked security to lock the back doors. Security has failed us. They are still looking the other way. They are afraid to ask to see the tickets. Many people say there is unlimited seating, and whether there is or not, no one should be allowed in for free while the rest of us pay full price!

In "section AZ", of "Stadium USA", we have had enough of the failures of Security. We have decided to do our own ticket checking, and properly remove those who do not have tickets. Now it seems very strange to me that so many people in the other 49 "sections", and even many in our own "section" do not want tickets checked, or even to be asked to show their ticket! Even the head of Security is chastising us, while not doing his own job which he has sworn to do.

My own ticket has been bought and paid for, so I am proudly going to show it when asked to do so. I have a right to my seat, and I want the gate crashers to be asked to show their tickets too. The only reason that I can imagine anyone objecting to being asked for their ticket is that they are in favor of gate crashing, and all of the illegal activities that go with it, such as drug smuggling, gang wars, murder, human smuggling for profit, and many more illegal and inhumane acts that we are trying to prevent with our new legislation. Is that what I am hearing from all of the protestors such as Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon, US Rep. Raul Grijalva, even President Obama? If you are not in favor of showing tickets, (proof of citizenship, passport, green card, or other legal document) when asked, as I would do proudly, then you must be condoning those illegal activities."
Let me know what you think...