Thursday, February 28, 2008

I took Andrew to Kidzwork Dental Works this morning for his first dental appointment. Luckily, he doesn't have any cavity in his teeth just a little bit of stain that will come off. He did pretty well when the dentist checked on his teeth. They did an x-ray too. I'm glad that Andrew has the opportunity to have his teeth checked this early. It would surely help him to have healthy teeth in the future. I picked up Jonathan after school and since the ground has started clearing from the snow, I decided to drop by the cemetery and check if they put the ammon's stone yet. And I found out that they already did so I took picture of it. I think they just put it not too long ago since there's no grass in the ground yet. I've been having a hard time lately most especially when I thought that if things didn't happen as it did, I could have another baby boy by now. Though it's painful to think about it but it helps to know where Ammon is right now both mortally and physically.

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

How time flies! Andrew turns 23 months today and in a month he’ll be 2 ! No more baby boy! Oh well, it’s part of life.. He’s been talking a lot and mimics on everything, It’s a lot of fun but sometimes it’s not especially when he hears words that he’s not suppose to say. Today, we bought a van, it’s a 2001 Dodge Ram 3500 that uses a natural gas. We spent a lot for gas every month and with the gas price keeps on increasing, we thought it’s a good idea to buy a car that uses a natural gas. After all, natural gas is only $0.63/gallon so the money we’ll save for the gas will be enough to pay for the car. We like the van it has low mileage and pretty clean inside and out. We might sell our station wagon as we don’t need 3 cars, 2 is enough… When Andrew saw the van he liked it and he got on it right away, he didn’t even want to get inside the house. He’s funny that way! He’s a big fan of cars.

Sunday, February 24, 2008

I have been scrapbooking quiet a lot lately! I’m almost done with Andrew’s 8th album and pretty soon I‘ll start with his 9th. I was thinking of working on Ammon’s scrapbook album before I proceed with Andrew’s new one, so I was pulling everything together to be ready but I got emotional again. Everything that happened came back, all the pain and everything. All these times I’ve been trying to move on and I thought I’m ok but I’m not. It’s been so hard and painful but I’m praying that time will come when everything will be ok and I’m ready to move on. Anyway, I want to share with all of you the shadow box Russ made in memory of Ammon.

Saturday, February 23, 2008

Russ and I went to the temple in Ogden in the afternoon, then we did our lil party again last night but it was only me, Russ, Scott & Fe. Ritchie wasn't feeling well so she and Tyler couldn't come. We played mah jong and imaginiff... We had fun but it would have been funnier if there were a lot of us...Oh well maybe next friday..

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Disney's Califronia AdventureParadise PierCALIFORNIA SCREAMIN' ROLLER COASTERAmazing Working Scale Model Kit!!

Disney's Califronia AdventureParadise PierCALIFORNIA SCREAMIN' ROLLER COASTERAmazing Working Scale Model Kit!!This is SOOOO Cool!! It is a Fully Working Scale Replica of Screamin' Coaster at Disney's California Adventure park in Anaheim California!! It is 7 1/2 Feet Long, 22 inches wide and stands 19 inches tall!! It is a kit so I had my 16 year old son (not included?) put it together for these pics. It will be shipped Un-Assembled with the manual. My 2-Year old Son "the Tiny Terrorist" (also not included...) is there to help show the Huge scale of this model. I don't know when Disney made this or if they still do. It was ONLY available at the park as far as my research can suggest and is pretty rare! The kit is complete (with some parts to spare!). Sold As-Is.

I got a letter from Elder dela Cruz. Elder dela Cruz is one of our golden contacts as a missionary. We taught him on my first area. He and his family along with his 6 friends and relatives were baptized in January 2000. He’s always been active in the church and I’m proud of his decision to serve the lord through serving a mission. I was moved as I read his letter especially in this line ( I know you’re happy to know that you’re seeing the fruit from the seed you planted before. My family & I were the seed. Now I’m planting that same seed to other.”). It reminded me of my mission life, I used to say before “I wish I’m a full time missionary forever”. I loved being a missionary especially seeing how people changed because of the gospel you share. I hope Andrew and my other kids will have the desire to go when it’ll be time. I know I can’t be a full time missionary forever but I can still be a missionary in any way. Russ and I decided that we’d help whenever we could to those who are willing to serve a mission but doesn’t have the financial ability to do it all in their own. We supported a few and Elder dela Cruz is one of them, when he told me he wanted to serve a mission I never hesitated to offer him some financial help because I know he needed it. I’m grateful that we could and it really makes us feel good to be of help.

Sunday, February 17, 2008

Lilypie 2nd Birthday PicLilypie 2nd Birthday Ticker

Last night Andrew has gotten his 10th haircut since he was born. His hair grows so fast.. All those times he had a haircut it was so hard to sit him still so both me and Russ will have to hold him. Last night he did a pretty good job, he was setting still and just moved a lil bit only when he's tickling.

Thursday, February 14, 2008

We went to Wolf Mountain up in Eden Utah for Valentine’s Day. Russ loves to ski and it’s been a while since he went skiing. Since there’s a ski resort close by (about 30 minutes drive) we went there and got a half day pass. Andrew had a lot of fun playing in the snow as usual and he was making a new friend there. His name is Kayden 4 years old and he’s from California and just visiting Utah to ski. We had a lot of fun! After skiing, we ate at Golden Corral together with Fe & Scott. When we got home my visiting teacher Gretchen Myers dropped off some treats for me, some cookies and candies. It was so nice of her to remember me on Valentine’s Day… Russ bought me a curio cabinet and a dozen of red roses as his valentine's gift for me. I gave him 2 pairs of house sleepers.

It makes him happy to ski!

I don't know how to ski but maybe someday I'll learn. :)

Andrew wanted to try.. :)

These are the candies and cookies from my visiting teacher

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

I have been busy these past couple of days. Been working on tearing apart a lot of computers and getting the circuit boards out so we can send them to California to reclaim the gold, and hopefully get the money we need to pay for the vacation we're planning. Today I'm finally done with all of them. I did about 50 computers. It was a lot of work but it's worth it! Hopefully with the price of gold now, we can get more than what we did last summer. While I'm busy doing all of these work, I see to it that I scrapbook at least 1 page a day. So today I made this page (pic at the top). Those pics were taken on December 28 when Russ was planning to prepare a nice meal as one of his Christmas presents for me. We had prime rib, fettuccini with shrimp and lobster. That was soooo good! We invited Fe & Scott, Ritchie & Tyler & Jun to join us. We all had fun and good time!

Sunday, February 10, 2008


Russ and I have been called as nursery workers for almost 5 months now. It was the right timing when they called us in, since Andrew was almost 18 months and he was about ready for nursery. We started with 18-22 kids every Sunday.It’s a lot of work! But on January, 10 of them moved to Sunbeam so there’s not a lot of kids left. It’s hard during lesson time sometimes for some of them can’t talk yet. Each kids has different personalities but they’re all fun! I remember the first time Andrew came to nursery, he enjoyed the music time and when we played the “Ring Around The Rosy” he didn’t forget it and for the whole week and at home he wanted to do it. He wanted to pray too which was really cute.. He’s always looking forward every Sunday that we go to church and he can go to nursery. He's always excited to go to Nursery.
Anyway, today at church I took some pictures of the kids playing. Have fun with the pictures!

Friday, February 8, 2008


Russ and I usually go out on Friday morning/afternoon to go to the Temple and eat outside. We decided to go to the temple after the kids are out of school so they can just baby-sit Andrew. Since Ogden Temple is doing their maintenance closing until the 18th of February, we went to Logan Temple. We ate dinner a Maddox Ranch House at Brigham City. Their food was pretty good. Russ had a prime rib steak and I had fried chicken. I was surprised with my order, there were a lot of chicken. Oh well, we had some to take out.. We both enjoy the time we spent with each other . We talk a lot of things and I especially love it when we can pray together in the temple. It helped and strengthen our relationship.

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Andrew always mimics everything he sees and hears. It’s Jessica’s job to set up the table when it’s time to eat, and Andrew’s always watching her when she does. Yesterday after we eat dinner and after Jessica cleaned up, Andrew set up the table. Since he couldn’t get in to our cupboards where all the plates are, he opened the bottom cupboards and get all the plastic wares we have leave the lids in the floor and used it as a plate. He used all matching shapes too all circles and no squares! What a smart boy I thought. I know children learn from adults, that’s why I’m always telling the other 3 kids to always be careful what they say and do especially when Andrew is around. It even makes it harder because of the age difference but I hope all of us can set all the good example that Andrew can emulate. I hope I’ll always be there to support Andrew with whatever he needs as he’s growing up.

His own version of setting the table! :)

Monday, February 4, 2008

I've been so busy today! There's too much going on, I woke up about 8:am so I can make an appoinment for Andrew. He's been having cough and cold and we didn't take him to the doctor for we thought it was only because of the weather (it's been cold and been snowing a lot this winter).These past few days it has gotten worst, so I decided to take him to the doctor. He has a sinus infection and needs to take a medication (antibiotic) for 10 days. After seeing the doctor I went to Walmart for his prescription, then I went to Jessica's school for teacher and parent's conference. I'm glad I can drive now because I can do these things even if Russ is not around. I was scared driving today for it snowed a lot when i left but I was left with no other choice since Monday is a shopping day for Russ. I'm glad everything went ok.
Today they announce the new presidency Pres. Thomas S. Monson, President Henry B. Eyring, & President Dieter H. Uchtdorf. I know they are called of God and I know President Monson will be a wonderful Prophet just as President Hinckley was and others before them.

President Thomas S. Monson (President)

President Thomas S. Monson was named as the 16th President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on February 4, 2008. He had served as a Counselor in the First Presidency of the Church since November 10, 1985. Most recently, on March 12, 1995, he was set apart as First Counselor to President Gordon B. Hinckley. Prior to that, on June 5, 1994, he was called as Second Counselor to President Howard W. Hunter, and on November 10, 1985, as Second Counselor to President Ezra Taft Benson. He was ordained an Apostle and called to the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles on October 4, 1963, at the age of 36. President Monson served as president of the Church’s Canadian Mission, headquartered in Toronto, Ontario, from 1959 to 1962. Prior to that time he served in the presidency of the Temple View Stake in Salt Lake City, Utah, and as a bishop of the Sixth-Seventh Ward in that stake. Born in Salt Lake City, on August 21, 1927, President Monson is the son of G. Spencer and Gladys Condie Monson. He attended Salt Lake City public schools and graduated cum laude from the University of Utah in 1948, receiving a degree in business management. He did graduate work and served as a member of the College of Business faculty at the University of Utah. He later received his MBA degree from Brigham Young University. In April 1981, Brigham Young University conferred upon President Monson the degree of Doctor of Laws, honoris causa. He was given the honorary degree, Doctor of Humane Letters, by Salt Lake Community College in June 1996. He received the Honorary Doctor of Business from the University of Utah in May 2007. He is a member of Alpha Kappa Psi, an honorary business fraternity. President Monson served in the United States Navy near the close of World War II. He married Frances Beverly Johnson on October 7, 1948, in the Salt Lake Temple. They are the parents of three children. Professionally, President Monson has had a distinguished career in publishing and printing. He became associated with the Deseret News in 1948, where he served as an executive in the advertising division of that newspaper and the Newspaper Agency Corporation. Later he was named sales manager of the Deseret News Press, one of the West’s largest commercial printing firms, rising to the position of general manager, which position he held at the time of his appointment to the Quorum of the Twelve in 1963. He served for many years as chairman of the board of Deseret News Publishing Co. President Monson is a past president of Printing Industry of Utah and a former member of the board of directors of Printing Industry of America. With his broad business background, President Monson served for many years as a board member of several prominent businesses and industries. He currently serves as a trustee of Brigham Young University and the Church Board of Education. Since 1969 President Monson has served as a member of the National Executive Board of Boy Scouts of America. President Monson has held membership in the Utah Association of Sales Executives, the Salt Lake Advertising Club, and the Salt Lake Exchange Club. For many years, President Monson served as a member of the Utah State Board of Regents, the body which governs higher education in the State of Utah. He also served as an officer in the Alumni Association of the University of Utah. In December 1981, President Monson was appointed by President Ronald Reagan to serve on the President’s Task Force for Private Sector Initiatives. He served in this capacity until December 1982, when the work of the task force was completed. President Monson was awarded the University of Utah’s Distinguished Alumnus Award in 1966. He is also the recipient of the Boy Scouts of America’s Silver Beaver Award (1971), its prestigious Silver Buffalo Award (1978), and international Scouting’s highest award, the Bronze Wolf (1993). In 1997 he received the Minuteman Award from the Utah National Guard, as well as Brigham Young University’s Exemplary Manhood Award. In 1998 he and Sister Monson were each given the Continuum of Caring Humanitarian Award by the Sisters of Charity of St. Joseph Villa.

President Henry B. Eyring (First Counselor)

President Henry B. Eyring was named as First Counselor in the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on February 4, 2008. Previously, he had served as Second Counselor in the First Presidency to President Gordon B. Hinckley since October 6, 2007. He was named to the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on 1 April, 1995, having previously served as a member of the First Quorum of the Seventy since 3 October, 1992. President Eyring had served as Commissioner of Church Education since September, 1992. He previously served as First Counselor in the Presiding Bishopric from April 1985 to September 1992 and as Church Commissioner of Education from September 1980 to April 1985, and also September 1992 to January 2005. President Eyring was president of Ricks College in Rexburg, Idaho, from 1971 to 1977. He was on the faculty at the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University from 1962 to 1971. He holds a B.S. degree in Physics from the University of Utah and Master of Business Administration and Doctor of Business Administration degrees from Harvard University.
Born in Princeton, New Jersey, 31 May 1933 he has served the Church as a regional representative, a member of the general Sunday School board, and as a bishop. Elder Eyring is married to the former Kathleen Johnson, and they are the parents of four sons and two daughters.

President Dieter F. Uchtdorf (Second Counselor)

President Dieter F. Uchtdorf was named as Second Counselor in the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on February 4, 2008. He was sustained as a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on October 2. 2004. He has served as a General Authority since April 1994, and served as a member of the Presidency of the Seventy from August 2002 until his call to the Twelve. Elder Uchtdorf was born on November 6, 1940 in then Mährisch-Ostrau, Czechoslovakia, to Karl Albert and Hildegard Else Opelt Uchtdorf. He was raised in Zwickau, Germany, where his family joined the Church in 1947. He studied engineering and later continued his education in business administration in Cologne, Germany, and international management in Lausanne, Switzerland. Elder Uchtdorf joined the German air force in 1959 and received his pilot wings in Big Spring, Texas, and fighter pilot training in Phoenix, Arizona. In 1965, Elder Uchtdorf joined Lufthansa German Airlines as a pilot. He worked as an airline captain from 1970 to 1996, flying multiple types of airplanes and completing his career flying the B747. He held several executive positions, including head of the airline pilot school, director of in-flight services, and head of cockpit crews. At the time of his call as a General Authority, he was the senior vice president of flight operations and chief pilot of Lufthansa German Airlines. He was also chairman of the Flight Operations Committee of the International Air Transport Association. He has served as a board member for several government and business executive committees. Elder Uchtdorf married Harriet Reich on December 14, 1962. They are the parents of two children. Since his call as an apostle, Elder and Sister Uchtdorf now have their permanent home in the United States. Elder and Sister Uchtdorf love to travel. They have visited most parts of the world. They enjoy hiking, dancing, classical music, and spending time with their children and grandchildren, who all live in Europe.

Saturday, February 2, 2008

We had a great opportunity to pay our respects to President Hinckley on Friday (February 1). When we heard about the viewing, we made the plan to go. We couldn't pass up this opportunity to bid farewell to our Beloved prophet! There were a lot of people lining up, but everybody were reverent and emotional. It was a spiritual experience for us. I wish Andrew was old enough to remember the experience! But in the future I will be able to tell him the story of this wonderful experience.

These are the pics we took outside the conference center after the viewing..