Friday, June 17, 2011

Patrick's Mothers Day Talk

I'm so on top of it. How long ago was Mother's day? Anyhow, thought it was a great talk by a great young man:

My mom, standing with me at the bus stop in the snow for school. Doing school projects together until late into the night. Driving me to school with my friends to Elk Horn. Trying to help me with math, she gave it her best. Helping me with my Spanish home work, because she's fluent just ask her. Pushing me to get great grades, and get the work done on time. My mother has taught me the importance of an education.

My mom, never willing to buy junk food. Making me a great breakfast every morning before seminary. Making my lunch each and every day. Being my loudest supporter in all sports that I play. Spending family nights playing soccer in the gym. Refusing to give me rides and saying "ride your bike!" My mother has taught me the importance of physical health.

My mom, whether it is the elves or me, my room is always clean. My things will disappear, and be held for ransom if they are left lying around the house. My dresser seems to be a cornucopia of clean clothing. As soon as we walk in the door from one of my games the first words spoken by my mom are "go take a a shower". Don't anyone dare to drink out of the milk carton. At a young age I learned it is not wise to wear shoes in my mothers house.My mother has taught me the importance of cleanliness.

My mom, always reminded me to say my prayers. Family scriptures are read every night. To church every Sunday, usually on time. Awoken and sent to seminary every morning at 5:50 am. Taught to keep the Sabbath holy. Reminded to live my life in a way that the spirit can always be with me. My mother has taught me the importance of spirituality.

My mom, sent me to scout camp. Helping me with all my merit badges. Dropping me off at service projects. Making sure I'm wearing the proper scout uniform. My mother has taught me the importance of scouting.

My mom, we always sit down and have family dinners. Family night every Monday. Whether it be valentines day, birthdays, 4th of July, thanksgiving, or Christmas we have great holiday traditions every year. Laughing often together. Working hard at things we need to do together as a family. Making sure each family member is present at each others activities. teaching us to love one and other. Taking walks together with the dog. Family vacations multiple times a year. Making sure to see extended family in Utah, or here in California. My mother has taught me the importance of family.

There are so many things I could list, but this I'm certain, my mothers influence is teaching me to be a great man. Mom, I love you, and all that you teach me. Happy Mothers day. I am grateful to my heavenly Father for the blessings of motherhood.

Wednesday, June 01, 2011


Took a great trip to Disney with the family. Little surprise trip. Tried to keep it quite. Had a fantastic time. It's so nice to take some time and get away with them. Strengthen the family bond. We hit every ride ride we wanted to hit, and a really were ready to go home tonight. We closed the park all three nights we were here. We always laughed hard on the bus back to the parking lot about the days events, and for some strange reason it always finish with a "last one to the car is a rotten egg" sprint to the car. Great fun, and great people. As the family gets older is so great to see what wonderful people they are. Life is good.

Friday, May 27, 2011

Hannah bear!

Today was Hannah's last day as student body President. She had a fantastic year at Vinewood, and really as a person just shines. A fantastic student. I'm excited to continue to watch my baby doll grow, next year jr. high....... like I said.... really excited!
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Sam's off to Lodi High

Sam promoted to high school. An exellent student, and exellent person. Just the best of the best this guy. Not to mention he's a good looking guy.
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Friday, April 15, 2011

Saturday, March 05, 2011

Fruit Bowl

While putting away the groceries I asked Suzi, "Suz, do we have a fruit bowl?"........ Note to self.... eat more fruit.

Monday, February 28, 2011


Patrick, and I were headed home from his soccer games in Oakdale on Saturday when we saw a huge bird in a field on the side of the road. Patrick says "What is the world is that?!" I said "It's an Emu." Patrick "That thing can't fly can it?" I said "No Emu's can't fly Puff." Patrick "Good thing, they'd rule the world."

Sunday, February 13, 2011

The Garage Sale

I had a great memory today. This happened a while back. Last summer I believe.

I asked Patrick to clean out the garage on a beautiful Saturday morning. He started hauling stuff out into the driveway. He came into the house "Dad, someone wants to buy your rolling rack." I said "What? What are you talking about?" He says "Someone thinks your rolling rack is for sale." I told him "Tell them it's not for sale". So he went back out and chased off the potential customer. Then he had another visitor, and another. He kept getting people in the garage. Trying to buy things, and negotiate. I asked him "What the heck is going on!!!?" I eventually thought it was hilarious watching Patrick chase people off while he was trying to clean out the garage. Every now and then he wouldn't notice someone, and they'd make it all the way into the garage with him and he'd have to chase them off. I took one picture from the neighbors side yard of a lady trying to buy something from Patrick, and she wouldn't take no for an answer. Eventually I told him. Close the door, we'll clean it next Saturday.

Turns out, I look in the paper, that it was Lodi's advertised Garage Sale day.

Sunday, January 30, 2011


Downloaded about a year ago on my smart phone. Been using it to find new places to eat and try for a long time.

Recently started to contribute to Yelp, and I enjoy that even more! Nice to have a voice sometimes when I'm happy about a place, or not so happy. You should check it out.