Thursday, November 17, 2016

To dog or not to dog? -That is the question.

As I was cleaning out our cat's litter box just now I was trying really hard not to dry heave. The smell literally sickens me as I scoop the poop into the garbage can turd by little turd. But what's worse is when I ignore the litter box for weeks at a time and the smell starts to permeate throughout my entire house. I never in a gazillion years wanted to be one of those people that neglected litter boxes and made my house smell like animal feces and wet animal hair. I just can't live like that, yet it still happens from time to time.

So I was thinking about how much my 6 year old son loves this cat and the fun story about how we found him as a kitten in the bushes and started thinking and wondering if I would've kept him had I known what animals were capable of?

For example, If I had known that this cat was going wake us up every night by purring on our faces and scratching at our beds would we have kept him? 
If I had known he was going to escape out the front door most nights and then come MEOWing really loudly at our bedroom windows at 2am would we have kept him? 
If I had known he would develop a disgusting habit of peeing on our bathroom towels if they are left on the floor would we have kept him? 
If I had known that this past winter he was going to stop using his litter box downstairs and start sneakily urinating behind the guest bed upstairs until the entire house wreaked of cat pee causing me to spend hours trying to clean it and now we probably have to rip out the carpets in that room, would we have kept him? 

The same situation goes with our two dogs. We have these two Border Collie dogs that we got for our boys three years ago, yet once the puppy stage was over they pretty much lost interest. Now I am the manager and  caretaker of these two dogs, and I didn't even want them in the first place! Gratefully we've gotten to the point where they finally feel like family, but boy oh boy- it took us awhile to get here.

So here we go again: If I had known these dogs were going to chew up everything in our backyard including our sprinkler heads and my summertime water bed and the side of the house, would we have gotten them? 
If I had known that one of them could easily scale over our high fences, escape constantly, and spend time at the local animal shelter costing us pricey extraction fees, would we have gotten them? 
If I had known they would get ticks and fleas and require expensive treatments, would we have gotten them? 
If I had known that one of them would have to to be kept on a dog runner all his life because of his Houdini-escape-techniques, would we have gotten them?
 If I'd have known that they were terrified of fire works and would either escape the backyard, run away, or break through the downstairs glass window to get into the house and therefore keep us from ever planning any vacations around the 4th, would we have gotten them? 
Would we have gotten them if I'd have known my boys aren't that interested in playing with dogs, walking dogs, or spending time with dogs? 
Would we have gotten them if I'd have known that picking up dog poop makes my kids sick to their stomachs and nearly vomit and my husband is too busy with work making it my responsibility to pick up the dog poop? 
Would we have gotten them had we realized the expenses of their dog food cost us about $250 per year? (Money we could use towards our children's needs?) 
HIKING IN THE WOODS


BROWNIE NEEDS HIS DAILY AFFECTION
Would we still have gotten them?? 

These are the questions running through my mind as I'm frequently chasing our eagerly escaped dogs down the street or scooping cat litter for the tenth time this month, and the answer in my head always comes back NOAbsolutely, positively NO we would not have gotten these animals to be our pets if we had known all the future consequences of our decision to take them in. 
Do we love them? Yes. Do we enjoy their adorable antics and fun behaviors? Yes. Do we appreciate their innocence and vulnerability to be completely dependent on us humans to feed them and care for them each day of their lives? Yes. Do we have fun taking them on frequent hikes and walks and explorations in the wilderness? Yes!
But seriously, that's about as far as it goes because I am not a furry pet person, and come to find out, neither is my family. Therefore, the fact that we continue to keep these animals and care for them is more a sign of our loyalty to the responsibility we signed up for and duty to these little souls who are dependent on us, not because we can't imagine our lives without them. (Because boy oh boy I can certainly imagine my life without them and it's kinda nice.)

Now animal lovers don't get me wrong, I don't hate my furry pets, I just don't believe that everyone in the world gets the same satisfaction out of keeping and befriending animals. I am really happy we got to rescue those kittens and that my six year old has such a sweet bond with his cat. This cat is going to be a really sweet love story he can remember all of his life and I'm glad we got to do it. And when I look at our doggies I know in my heart that they are ours to love. 
But, I won't do it again. In fact, these are the last furry mammals we will probably ever own.

And I just realized that this post really has no point to it other than me feeling the need to vent that I am not really an animal person.  So here's a picture of a dog guarding his waffle: 
THUNDER GUARDING HIS WAFFLE
BROWNIE TAKING A BREAK ON A HIKE

Sunday, November 13, 2016

October 2016 Calendar

Better Late than never, right?

October 1 and 2--general Conference weekend. These church conferences happen twice a year where we get to relax at home and watch our wonderful, strong, amazing church Leaders give spiritually uplifting and morally guiding talks.

October 4- I went to the chiropractor as my hip had been hurting me and my body just felt "off" since I ran that half marathon back in August. I couldn't go jogging, I was walking with slight discomfort in my hip, I couldn't sit down without pain in my hip, and my back kept hurting under my shoulder blade. After seeing the chiropractor I found out that pelvis was tilted backwards, causing my right leg to be shorter than my left leg. I also had a rib out of place. After a few minutes of putting everything back in it's rightful places, I was as good as new. No more pain and I'm running again! God bless chiropractors!

October 9-Got to substitute in nursery with Malachi. Love all those cute babies.

October 12-Jonah went on a field trip to the Braithwaite Art Gallery. he came home and told me that he wants to take our whole family there so we can see all the cool art.

October 16- Was asked to serve in our Relief Society Presidency as second counselor. I gladly accepted. I am excited to serve the Lord in new ways. I am nervous to give up more time. However I know that when we do the Lord's will we are blessed ten-fold.

October 17-Started homeschooling Z-boy again. Now I have Z and O homeschooling together, which has been fun for the both of them, those best friend brothers.

October 18-Micah and I went out on a date to St. George. We ate at In-N-Out burger for the first time in over ten years. Meh. I just can't get that excited about a burger and fries. However we also went to the temple and did work for our ancestors which was pretty awesome.

October 24-We had concrete poured in our front yard and extended the driveway. Micah worked really hard to make this happen. Zadok and I helped under his direction. We now have a bigger walkway and driveway for better convenience. It was really rainy that day and we were all sick, but it turned out nice.

October 27--I organized and threw a Cub Scouts mini-Halloween carnival for our Dens.  We had games like monster bowling, bean bag toss, balloon darts (my game), and musical chairs, and made caramel apples! It was a blast! I'm going to really miss being Cub Master!(although they haven't released me, yet!)

October 29-Our boys were invited to a neighbor's Halloween party. They got all dressed up and had a blast. It was fun seeing them playing with all the cute neighbor kids.

October 31-HALLOWEEN! Trunk or Treating, Trick or Treating, and fun with friends. I sure do love dressing up and enjoying the holiday festivities with my boys! This year Z was an archer, O was Thor, J was a ninja, and little M was whatever J was last year--a doggie.

October was great!


Getting the yard ready for concrete.



Zadok writing out his movie script.


 Fun at the Cub Scout carnival! Odin and Jonah helped me paint that wooden pallet for the ballooon dart game.
I also asked Odin to make a sign that said Bean Bag Toss and he ended up making a sign that said "Bean Beg Toos." He claims he wasn't paying attention to the spelling. hahahahaha

 The MIGHTY Thor!
 Those are Root-beer flavored worms by the way! Yum!

 3/4 of my adorable boys

 My friend Hannah and I. I'm still not sure what I'm supposed to be.
 These two friend showed up with the same costume on and didn't even plan it!





Guess who?




Thursday, November 3, 2016

Seven days of Celebrating Marriage

With our 12 year wedding anniversary coming up, I thought I would re-post the challenge I had posted on facebook several months ago to celebrate and support marriage! It was really fun for me to think up things to post about my husband everyday for seven days, and I'd like to post them here so I can see them again (I never go back and look at my old posts on facebook.)

 (Day #1)  I met Micah on a blind date on a cold night in February 2003. I was going to college in Utah. He was a homeless hippie aka Wilderness-therapy guide. It was love at first sight. We got married 9 months later after falling deeply, happily, madly in love. I had no idea how to be married or where life was heading, or what to do next: Getting married was a HUGE leap of faith with trust in the Lord that He would give my life happiness and normalcy in a relationship. And He has. Not without sacrifice, struggle, and immense growth, but He has!! I love you Micah, with all my heart and life and soul. We often butt heads  and have different opinions all our own. I'm an extrovert. He's an introvert. And theres million little differences that could add up to failure, but our LOVE and devotion and loyalty to one another, our family, the gospel, and the beauty of life stays strong and keeps getting stronger every day we are married.


Day #2 of the Love your spouse (and celebrate marriage) challenge: The first gift Micah ever gave me when we were dating was a bottle of fancy white-out. He knew I wasn't a roses and diamonds kinda girl, but I had a serious thing for office supplies. He's really good at paying attention to the things I like and getting gifts that match me. 😃 (I, on the other hand, kinda suck at this and have learned from his example.)

Day #3 3 So, on our second date Micah invited me to drive up the mountains to the Sp. Fork hot springs. Part way driving up the road we got stuck in the snow. We had to spend the night in the back of his camper truck til morning. All he had in there was one shovel, one sleeping bag, and some Sinead O'conner Cd's. It made for a very interesting night! But, I learned a few vital things about Micah: he's really good at getting out of scrapes, he doesn't panic in tough situations, and he was a perfect gentleman. Nothing compares to you Micah, Nothing compares to you.......

Day #4 of the Love your spouse, celebrate marriage challenge:
I told Micah once that his lips were so soft and I loved kissing him so then he responded by explaining that his lips had been sunburned and then the skin peeled off, and the result was a form of macrodermic abrasion of the Labium (superius oris). Then he sent me an NPR episode called "The Science of Kissing." And that's when I realized that being married to a scientist was going to be deeply satisfying in a totally different way. 

(Click here for the podcast and transcript of "The Science of Kissing")

Day #5 of Love you Spouse challenge::Funny I was going to go digging for this photo today, but it popped up into my memories instead. This was the first time I saw Micah without his beard after 8 years of marriage and I barely recognized him! I think he's dead sexy with or without a beard.

Day #6. When we were dating I had told Micah that there was a little tradition on the Anasazi trail that if you carved someone a spoon it meant I LOVE YOU. The next week when he got off shift from the Red cliffs trail he gifted me the most beautiful, carved wooden spoon. He loved me!!. And he wanted to prove it right away. 

Today's harvest! (this was back in August)

and Day #7 to post about how much I love and adore my husband Micah.
He loves to grow food. Not only as a hobby but a spiritual practice, which brings him closer to the earth and the source of her strength, our Heavenly Father. I love this about him, and the great effort he makes each year to grow a beautiful garden for our family.

On November 12th will be our 12 year anniversary of being married. I am so grateful for the love, devotion, and companionship of my husband Micah.