Friday, September 25, 2009

The Things Kids Say......

Kids say some of the funniest things sometimes and are so innocent and have no idea that what they say is so funny. Since I've been a total slacker about keeping a journal or scrapbook, I wanted to write down some of the funny things Noah has said lately so that I could remember them and tell him when he gets older.

1. One day, I was talking to a friend on Facebook that I hadn't been in contact with for a very long time. She told me she had a 9 year old son so I told her that I did too. I also told her that I thought it was a fun age. Noah was reading the email over my shoulder and he said, "Yeah mom, 9 is a fun age. I think 9 and 10 are going to be the best years of my life." He had such a straight face saying it. I was cracking up. I told him that he had a lot to look forward to and that I'm sure he would look back and realize that those years probably won't be the "best" years of his life.

2. Noah has been complaining a lot about muscle cramps in his legs. I think he has just been experiencing growing pains. One day he even told me his chest was hurting. I asked him where on his chest was hurting and he said his "nibbles" meaning nipples. I said, "Don't you mean your nipples?" and he said, "no, nibbles." I had to explain to him that they are called nipples not nibbles.

3. He has been reading a lot of books by Judy Blume. She was one of my favorite authors growing up. He just recently read "Blubber". He was about half way through the book when he told me that there was a swear word in it. It was the B word. I was a little surprised and didn't remember any of her books having swearing in them. Then he said, "Yeah, mom. I guess Judy Blume isn't Mormon." Too funny.

Lately, he has really been into babies. He loves holding them, playing with them, feeding them, etc. He mauls his poor nieces and nephews to death. When we are at my parents for Sunday dinner, he just loves to play with the little ones. He is actually really good with them and they seem to like him.

Some of his favorite things right now are football, especially the Minnesota Vikings. Hence, the picture up above that Noah insisted I put on here. It is his dad's favorite team too. His favorite player is Adrian Peterson. He also likes reading, video games and playing with friends. His favorite school subject is reading and his favorite color is green. His favorite food is pizza and pretty much any kind of junk food. I wish he was a better eater though.

Anyway, just wanted to have some of these things documented so if I ever get a scrapbook started, I will have these things written down.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Grandparents Day

At Noah's school, they do a "Grandparents Day". Last year, both of my parents had to work, so he they didn't get to go. This year, they both had the day off and they both went. Noah was so excited to have them come. They got to meet Noah's teacher and see his class room. They made picture frames and each of the kids got to take a picture with their grandparents to put in the frames they made. Noah had fun. Thanks Mom and Dad for taking time out of your day to go. I know you made Noah's day.

Labor Day Weekend

I know I keep saying this but I'll say it again. I can't believe how fast this year is going. Someone just put on Facebook the other day how may days are left until Christmas. It seriously makes me sick to even think about the holidays already. We had a pretty uneventful Labor Day weekend. I had to work an 8 hour shift Friday night. It was considered my summer holiday work requirement. Saturday, Noah had his first football game against Highland. The team played really well and we won. Noah got a couple of tackles and even got hurt but played tough. He seems to really like football when he is at home and just messing around with the ball but then we he gets to the games, he acts a little afraid so when he gets a tackle in a game, its quite exciting for us. Most parents want their kids to be able to touch the ball or score the touchdown, for us, we get excited when he gets a tackle. We didn't do too much the rest of the day. Sunday, we had church and then went to my parents for Sunday dinner. We only go over there on the first and third Sundays. It's always such a great meal and fun for all the cousins to see each other and play. Noah even got to stay the night at his cousin Josh's house. He was so excited. He loves Josh and Siera. He had a great time. Monday, I took him to the movie "Shorts". It was a cute movie. After that, we went to my Uncle Mark's for a BBQ. It was a good time but tough to not have PJ there. I know he was there in spirit with us though. Mark even had Karen and her husband over. I think my sister, Kristi, put in her blog that when Mark and Karen divorced, it divided our families a little. We had been so close growing up and after this happened, it wasn't the same. After PJ's death, the family has gotten closer again and the negative, bitter feelings people have had seem so unimportant. I think this tragedy really made everyone stop and think that you never know when someone you love can be taken from you so fast. Life is too short to have angry feelings. I brought my camera to the BBQ but the batteries were dead so I didn't get any photos. Maybe next time.

Monday, September 7, 2009

In Memory of PJ

My cousin PJ passed away in a horrible car accident on the morning of August 27th. It was and is still such a shock to me. As I have thought about writing this blog, I wasn't sure what I could say that would do him justice. He truly was a beautiful person inside and out. I remember the morning of the 27th, I was getting Noah off to school and I checked KSL (It's kind of a habit I have every morning) and I remember seeing this horrific car accident involving a SUV and a semi and I just remember thinking that there could be no way that the driver of that SUV survived. Just a few hours later, I got the news that PJ had died in a car accident and I just knew it was the one I had seen on KSL, and it was. He had been going through some rough times but was eager to "start over". He had just started school at SLCC and had just gotten sealed in the temple to his daughter Zaida. He had a bright new outlook on life. He wrote in his journal just a couple of weeks before he died about how excited he was to be getting his life on track. It seems so unfair that he would be taken from this world when it just seemed like he was finally going where he needed to be. I guess the Lord had bigger plans for him on the other side. His funeral was August 31st. It was a beautiful service. Kelly spoke and did such an awesome job as always. Tim, PJ's brother, also gave a wonderful talk. I can't even begin to imagine the pain that Mark and Karen have and are experiencing. I hope this is one trial I don't have to face. PJ always made me feel like such a beautiful person, always complimenting me. Two years ago, he actually invited me to his work Christmas party. He didn't have a date and wanted to know if I would go with him. I was so flattered that he would even consider wanting to go with me. I had to work and wasn't able to go. Looking back now I really wish I would have called in sick and gone with him. What a fun memory that would have been. The family had these nice tiles made for everyone that resemble the headstone he will have. I put it on my bookshelf and will think of him often. He is buried by his friend Kenny, who passed away a few years ago from diabetic complications. A lot of his close friends he had were from diabetic camp. PJ was just like a brother growing up. Our families spend a lot of time together, especially at the holidays. These are some of my favorite pictures of PJ. He was such a handsome guy.

I know that he is okay and watching over us.
PJ as a little boy and Uncle Mark
This is one of my favorite pictures

This is the table they had set up with PJ's pictures, scriptures, books and his journal
Tim, Cliff, Karen, Mark and Julie

We love you PJ. You will never be forgotten. We will cherish the time we had with you here on earth. RIP PJ.