Friday, November 19, 2010

Random Thoughts

Once upon a time we could just show up...

Next week we were planning on staying here for Thanksgiving. A couple of weeks ago, when we still thought we were going to China before Thanksgiving, Christi cooked us a great "Pre-Thanksgiving" dinner with turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and the works. So on the real Thanksgiving, we were going to go to an all you can eat restaurant and forego all the cooking and cleaning. Over the 4-day weekend, we were going to spend time preparing for our trip to China. Sounded great and relaxing. On the other hand, when you have 6 kids in the house, relaxing is a lot of work:) Then we were invited to Grandma Larsen's for dinner on Thanksgiving and to a baby blessing on the following Sunday. (Both of these are in central Utah, about 2.5 hours away.) Ok, so that sounds great, too. Going to visit grandma's house is always relaxing. There will be a gaggle of cousins around to entertain the troops. When we're not here, we can't be working on stuff, so we're forced to just chill. Another good option.

The thing is, we sometimes have a hard time making decisions. Now, decisions like "Should we add a couple more special needs kids to our brood?" we do fine with. It's the mundane ones like "Should we stay or should we go" that give us fits. So this morning Christi says "We need to decide what we're doing next week." I respond, "Let's just play it by ear." Christi says, "So we're just going to show up at Grandma's on Thanksgiving-the EIGHT of us- and say what? Can you just throw another turkey in real quick???" I guess we officially fall into the "If you didn't tell us you were coming, DON'T COME!" category.

Our boys love sports. Taylor's favorite to play is basketball. He's a very good shooter and has spent a lot of time practicing his shot. Basketball practices started this week and I got him a new ball. Last night I found him sound asleep like this:

Pretty cute:)

The other day Elli was dressed for church. I found her sitting on the couch in the cutest pose. She is quite the little doll. If I know how to photoshop the diapers out, it would be perfect:

Finally, most of you will probably think I'm crazy for even noticing this, but if I remember correctly, at least Teri will understand my fascination with the following photo:

I'm out!



  1. I don't get the car mileage thing. Elli is a doll. Yes, you are definitely out of the "just pop by" category!! :) Love you all!

  2. If you send me the picture I will try to photoshop it for you :-)

  3. I love the number thing...I notice stuff like that all the time. We actually had a moment of silence in our house when on 10.10.10 it was 10:10am. Also, I can relate to the Just-can't-drop-in problem:) Lots of boys, lots of noise, who need lots of food...people need warning!

  4. Carla and I always share a high five to celebrate our good fortune when we notice the clock at 12:34 (especially am).

    We're going to eat Thanksgiving at the cafeteria here on post. No dishes or cooking. But also no leftovers. Ah, life's full of sacrifices. Have a nice thanksgiving, whatever you choose.

    Matt G

  5. Come!!! The more the merrier! Your life is going to be go go go go go go go go go go go go go go before too long so come to Ferron, relax, let cousins play with cousins, and get some adult time in too. Prepare as much you can BEFORE you come, do your laundry at Ferron so you don't have a TON to do when you get back, and then have someone come clean your house while you're in China.
    (This could just be because I miss you guys, but I still think it's the best plan :-) )
    Love ya!

  6. Or stay up there for Thanksgiving and do some black friday shopping at all the good stores, then come to Ferron Friday afternoon and stay til Sunday (that's when I'll be there anyway ;-) )

  7. HAHA!! about the car mileage. Love it.

    PS Not exactly sure who Leslie is (::waves at Leslie::), but clearly, she has the spiritual gifts of administration and hospitality.

    Take her up on her offer. She seems SO SINCERE. :D

  8. Hey Bro - great comments - ok a bit rambling - but a little ramble is good between friends and family!

    Be happy to photoshop that pic for you - shouldn't be too tough - and yeah - I get the number thing too - but PixieGirl - did you do the 10.10.10 thing on GMT or LIMA? ;)

    hugs around - aus and co.