Friday, May 5, 2017

don't forget to check the dryer

Last week we sold our clothes dryer on the classifieds.  About an hour after the buyer picked it up he messaged Jeff asking, “Did you know there are clothes in the dryer?”

That would be a “Negative.”

When Jeff relayed this conversation at dinner, Erik got a funny look on his face and said, “Those are MY clothes!”

The rest of the family burst into laughter which Erik did not find funny at all.

The funny thing (there’s that word again) is that the past two or three days Erik had been saying he couldn’t find some clothes he wanted to wear.  Whenever he brought it up I suggested he look under his bed, or in the pile of stuff on the floor in his closet or in the hamper.

Turns out that they were just in the dryer all clean and fluffy.

This week Erik decided to do his own laundry by himself.  No more runaway clothes.

Hike they went on in April near Escalante. 

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Rodrigo y Gabriela

Have you ever listened to the guitar duo, Rodrigo y Gabriela?

The first time I ever listened to them the music was like nothing I’d ever heard and it blew me away. 

Rodrigo y Gabriela are touring the U.S.  later in May and early June, and for some UNFORTUNATE reason they are NOT coming to Salt Lake City.  

If you are lucky enough to live near one cities where they will be performing will you go for me?

Here is a performance from a TED Talk.  

Monday, April 10, 2017

another memory saved

This picture is from last fall when Erik ran cross-country. Now he is in track.

I love going to the meets and watching and cheering for all the kids.

I love that most of them are there trying to improve their own PR.


I love those stinky post race hugs.

Friday, April 7, 2017

save a memory, take a picture

So many memories I don't want to forget, and taking a picture is one way to keep them alive.

I am grateful to Claire for having her ipod handy to snap these pictures of "Girls Night".   We had just finished watching a tween movie and decided to have a hula-hoop contest.  Megan put on some music and we all took turns.

Claire can get the hula-hoop from her waist, to her neck, and back to her waist without dropping it.

For me, they put the hula-hoop around my waist and I turned my wheelchair around in circles.

Megan hula-hooped to "Car Radio"  by 21 Pilots.  It cracked me up to watch her hula-hoop to the entire song and half of the next, while singing, like it was a perfectly normal thing to do.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

good morning

Email that I sent to my friend, NeYoda.
It is a nickname given to her (by Dawn) because she is wise, like Yoda.

Good morning NeYoda, 

It looks like spring.  It smells like spring. It feels like spring. Finally!

For me this time of year feels more spiritual... I will sit outside with my eyes closed and there is an energy, that is almost tangible, as everything that was dormant starts to wake up and grow again.   And I don't mean any of that in some weird hippie way.  I just love this time of year.

So Megan.

I looked at Megan a couple of weeks ago and there was something different about her.  Her eyebrows were half gone!  What The Heck!?  Turns Megan had tried to shape her eyebrows with a razor. It didn't look so good. Oh, she also cut her long eyelashes back by half.  Why?  I am still not entirely sure.  The best answer might be, "Because she's Megan."

Sending love,
Janae :)

NeYoda and Megan back in 2012.

Saturday, February 4, 2017

"First and foremost, you are a child of God."

“First and foremost, you are a child of God.” - Elder F. Enzio Busche

Here is a short 6 minute clip.  The words bring peace and hope and love.

Thank you Heather for sending this to me.  

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Why Not?

Hello February! 

So far February looks VERY similar to January, but I am okay with that.

Jeff and I and our kids sometimes talk about, “Why Not?”

(I think this idea originated with our friends, John Matthew and Megan.)

This is how it goes:  Everyone takes a turn saying something that they might want to do by phrasing it with a “Why Not.”  The only rule is that NO ONE can tell you why you CAN’T do it or why your idea is impossible or ridiculous etc.

It is fun to think big, or think differently, or to think your ideas out loud and just maybe put them into motion.

Recently my sister’s family was over and here some of the “Why Not’s” we came up with.
(I will say that this game can be more fun to play with kids than adults.)   

“Why Not”…

(Remember the rule.  You CANNOT tell the other people why their idea won’t work.) 

Jump out of an exploding spaceship while shooting a rocket launcher in space.
Own 5 billion dollars.
Eat steak every day.
Own an elephant.
Get a job as a billboard.
Become a pigeon whisperer.
Fly an A10 jet.
Get a flame thrower.
Actually manage New Year's resolutions.
Get a dog.
Find a cure for death.
Become a plant.
Eat all the Twinkies in America.
Stay up past 9:30.
Beat Erik in ping pong.
Analyze each line of the Divine Comedy.
Major in Philosophy.
Visit Western Europe.
Read more.
Get a cat.
Get a dragon.
Save up for a trampoline.
Travel to South America.
Get a Bugatti.
Go to the beach.
Go to the Farallon Islands to see a great white shark.  
Eat a whole container of Ben & Jerry’s by myself in one sitting.
Organize a comedy night.
Go to the Festival of Colors at the Hindu temple in Spanish Fork.
Plant more flowers in the green space.  
Drive the coast from Mexico to Canada.

Some of the “Why Not” participants.