Friday, September 10, 2010

Breaking Ties Making New Ones

I don’t know about you but for the past year I have had several culprits following me around.  Invading my life, and I have to finally break the ties with “Trama” and “Drama”.  Not that “Drama” is always a bad thing to have around, because I like being in touch with her occasionally but lately, “Trama along with “Drama” has taken a toll on my emotions.  I am using these terms in the 3rd person because I feel like they have been a monkey on my back with all their other friends of whom I will list shortly.

“Spontaneous” has always accompanied me in my life and seems to just shout out and do things crazy and make me do things crazy too, and a couple of weeks ago, (after making the peach pie I NEVER had one bite of) we visited my hair dresser for a “little” trim and while sitting in the chair ole Spontie decided to shout out. After being asked several times by my friend and beautician she kept screaming inside me….so…0818101808




sorry these were camera phone pics the before and after.

Well it’s just hair right? and mine seems to grow very quickly, about 5 inches fell to the floor.  I  loved it….at first.  Now I am very upset with “Spontaneous”.  And now, my hair has decided to NOT GROW and my natural curls…yes I have LOTS of natural curls, un-taming natural curls that like to flip every where when ever they choose and I hate them.  Thank goodness for flat irons.

Huh-Honey loves it….I guess that is what counts.

So…during this time I had another visit from “Pitty Pot”, “Cry Baby” and “I don’t give a  ___”.  Now these are no friends of mine  but all at once they decided to pay me a visit.  Huh-Honey said they have been lingering around just waiting to pounce on me for a while now, but that I had been snapping back at them and lashing out at the weirdest times.  So off to the doctor who is giving me helpers to conquer my RA.  Huh-Honey insisted that she introduce me to “Happiness”.  I was teary as I said I already knew “Happiness” but maybe she was on vacation or something then proceeded to cry.  Crying at the doctor’s office is special.  Even if you think you are a big girl.

I have always been a believer that “Happiness” was always there when ever I wanted to see her, that she was at my beck and call at all times.  I have always considered myself a STRONG lady, VERY STRONG lady.  I don’t need anyone except my Huh-Honey, children and grandchildren to bring me “Happiness”.  I think I might have been a little harsh on her.  So…I have invited her to stay for a visit, let me lean on her a little and when she has done her job, she can go visit someone else that may need her more, although I will never forget her. (does this make any sense?)

Anyway….Labor Day weekend we decided to go on a camping trip which would take us to a place called “Potters Pond” image which is a beautiful fishing hole in the Manti-LaSal mountains.  Important information in case you decide to go: Please bring your own drinking water. Please bring garbage bags, as the campground is pack-in, pack-out.  There is no electricity, water, or sewer hook-ups.  Services: “Primitive” campsites with fire rings, 3 vault toilets.  So we decided that if we are staying in a tent (which we did, on cots of course) we would do the whole thing, (we are prepared, we use to do this almost every weekend when the kids were younger) got the ole tent heater out, nice cozy bags, lantern, we were set.

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Wednesday night campsite was beautiful, but not big enough for those who would be joining the next day.  The ride to this campsite, well that is another whole 3 page chapter.  It was hair raising since we took a WRONG TURN, and it was MY fault.  Thank goodness “Happiness” was with me or I would probably have had to walk. LOL oh by they way….NO PHONE SERVICE, so we didn’t get to camp where son Mike and family were waiting for our arrival about 3 hours earlier!

kolob 090In the morning before getting the word officially that we could move camp, we had a yummy breakfast of “French Toasted” bread, and gooey syrup, bacon, juice, and happy children! (we didn’t eat the children of course)

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There is nothing better than happy children, waiting for a surprise after eating, from their Oma!


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Marshmallow Blasters!  Papa made EVERYONE a blaster!  And what a blast that was!  I don’t think that Owen and Kyler put theirs down for 2 days!  There were marshmallows everywhere in camp!  I am sure we made the forest animals very happy!kolob 099

Lock and Load Owen, (actually you just drop one miniature mellow into the 1/2 in tube, then you have to BLOW with all your  might…


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Sometimes at targets on trees….other times….well at each other…that is the funniest! And they don’t hurt…


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This is how to make this FUN, FUN, toy.  We plan on making a lot and selling them around here at a garage sale a few times before Christmas.  You have to paint them camo and princess colors though!  I don’t think I got a picture of Huh-Honey’s finished product! Hmmm

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The children enjoyed a game of Simon Say’s, Mike is such a fun daddy!



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Koltyn loved playing peek-a-boo





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Our sweet Ryan had a 24 hour flu bug and it totally wiped him out for a full day! Poor little guy!

but the next day he was just fine and joined in all the fun to be had.

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This is pic of Ryan the day before he got sick.




When Huh-Honey and I were not hiking with the kids, we would hike by ourselves..kolob 136





Then I would take a hike with the children…kolob 159



and they would let me take pictures of them…


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Isn’t this the cutest darn brother, sister you have ever seen!  I just say ok smile you two and Lauren wrapped her arm around Owen then Owen wrapped his arm around her….they really love each other! 

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My sweet DIL is the best Dutch Oven cook I have ever known!  She is amazing!  Her pineapple upside down cake was so delicious, and chicken, and chocolate yummy cake and cornbread.  AHHHH, she is such a wonderful cook!


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there was a 4-wheeler to ride…



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plenty of time to chuck rocks into the river…



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Find dinosaur teeth..



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Play catch with a glow in the dark Frisbee…with your best friends Dad and Papa..

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Just lounge around after playing 2 hours of card games with Oma…




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Gathering firewood with Papa…



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Hanging out with your daddy and stick to him like glue…


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pose together because I was the ultimate picture taker (Camille,  Best camp Hostess EVER Mikes wife) and  son Brad.

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Get smoke in your eyes by the camp fire remembering to wear your cowgirl boots so as not to toast your toes…kolob 235Take lots and lots of pictures so that you can post them all over the trailer….to remind you of how much fun you are having!

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know that being NAKED (meaning without make-up) for 4 days is OK..and actually very liberating! but also embarrassing to show anyone !  but knowing REAL friends and family don’t care and never mention to you how different you really look.  Hmm maybe I don’t look any different….NAH….

kolob 233sitting around a blazing fire at night with family and friends (of which  pics I could not download for some reason off of my little cool-pix so this one will have to do.  Just imagine family and friends in the background…

With all this excitement the last weekend, wonderful family and friends around me and relaxing (well sort of relaxing) in the great out-doors, I “broke ties” with Miss Pity Pot, Cry Baby, Miss Anxiety and made friends with “Happiness” once again…..AHHHHH life is good…… and I am in love with it!

Have a wonderful weekend my friends!

Hugs and Smiles across the miles….


emily said...

OK. So maybe this sounds morbid, but I'm so happy that I'm not the only one who gets the grumps. I've had a hard time shaking them this time 'round. It does help when the house is clean, but that is a rare occasion. :)
Anyway. I must say, that I love, love your new hairdo. Work it!

imac said...

1st = Just love that hair do, real snazzy.
Glad you shook off ol misery and found Happiness once more my friend.

Barb said...

First of all - you're beautiful with or without makeup, Linda - AND, I for one love the short haircut. Glad your long-lost friend is keeping you company once again. I think maybe all you've been through the past several months scared her away for awhile. The pics of the children are priceless - looks like a fun time for all, esp. Oma and Papa! Take Care of yourself, Linda. (and of Huhoney, too, of course!)

Wanda..... said...

Well Linda, the 5 inches of hair you took off, it took ten years with it! You look great. Glad you got Miss Happiness back, but how could you not, with all those cute grandkids and camping in the wilderness!
Take care ~ Wanda

Heather T. said...

I like your new "do" :) It looks light and fresh with your smile! Oh, your thoughts did make sense. I have them too...they seem to creep in unaware and then you realize it. Hope the Happiness sticks around and builds some muscle to keep you going ♥

Mandy said...

Alright first off.... LOVE THE HAIR!!! You look fabulous. I agree with Em I am glad that even our Aunties and Moms get the grumps, blues, down in the dumps, whatever you want to call them. Love you!! Great post love seeing the kids and cousins.

Diana said...

Well it's about time that miss Happiness made an appearance! That camp out looked like lots of fun Linda.
I love your new blog look and your new hair look! It is very becoming on you! Actually I have been letting my hair grow out so I can get that same cut. Of coarse it's growing ever so slowly!
Isn't it great to have a DIL that cooks great!? I have one too, I never turn down a meal!
Love Di ♥

Valerie said...

Oh! I LOVE it! You look so gorgeous! =D

Sniffles and Smiles said...

I THINK YOUR HAIRCUT IS TERRIFIC!!!! You look so glamorous!!!! I LOVE it!!! And the camping trip looks like a blast!!! Your grandkids are so adorable!!! So glad you had such a wonderful family getaway!! You deserve it after all you've had to deal with this past summer!!! Love you much!!! Janine XOXO

Bernie said...

Linda you look so much younger with shorter hair, and you don't even need make up.
What a beautiful family you have my friend, so glad you are feeling back to your old self.
We missed you blogging....:-)Hugs

Pat said...

You look Mahh vaa lous!!! Love the haircut, very sassy!
So glad you found your joy again, I've lost mine on occasion, and yes, I've had the crying experience while visiting my doctor. I think I scared her, LOL!
We're both blessed with wonderful families and husbands...they are both joy pills to us and sometime just pills! Tee hee.
FYI, next time have a piece of your own peach pie..I would have!


Katherine ( Katie) Corrigan said...

A great post. I love all of the photos ( thank you for sharing) Your new haircut is lovely , very flattering. I enjoyed my visit to your blog. Wishing you happiness, Katherine

Megan said...

Camping, marshmallow shooters and happiness? It sounds like you're doing good. I'm glad.

Also, envious.

Where's my marshmallow shooter?

p.s.~ Wouldn't it make you happy inside if you allowed Name/URL as a commenting profile? 'Cause it would make me very, very happy inside.

Terrie said...

Linda Lu, I loved this post, I love your hair and I love you!

Realtor Penny said...

I LOVE your hair!!!! Ah Lu- things always do look better tomorrow don't they? What a great family trip, what blessed life you lead. Now....go buy some new red shoes to go with the new hairdo!

Librarian said...

Good morning, I have just found out that you have started following my blog and I feel so honoured, thank you!
How come your grandchildren call you Oma? I am German, and I used to call my grandmother Oma, but you are not German, are you? :-)
The haircut is great, and I love the picture of your grandchildren brother & sister together!

Jessica Finlinson said...

Linda - You don't know me (I work with your amazing sister-in-law, Penny). My name is Jessica. I have to tell you...

Your new hair cut looks spectacular! Wow, you look like a movie star (without the paparazzi following you everywhere)!!!

You go, girl! Work it!

Have a fantastic day!

Judy Nebeker said...

I love your haircut. Love the pics of your camping trip. Those grandkids are going to have such wonderful memories of the times they spend with you and Bob. Glad you're feeling better! Hugs

Eileen said...

I LOVE YOUR NEW HAIR!! What a beautiful style and it really makes your eyes pop!
Very beautiful, Linda, it really suits you nicely!

The camping looks like lots of fun, we haven't been camping for years, but I'm thinking it's something my grandson would really enjoy so we'll have to plan a trip before the weather turns too cold.

I have been so down in the dumps on and off all Summer, Linda, I think I'm going insane.
'Glad to hear that you are feeling better!
I've missed you so it's nice to catch up here. And thanks so much for visiting me too!
Love to you, Eileen

BECKY said...

Hi Linda! Sounds like a wonderful time gal! We all have to beat away those crazy bullies in our lives! I have to say though that Spontaneity hit a home run! Your hair is adorable!! I think it looks FAB!! I'm getting mine done soon too! Can't wait. Mine is down [past my shoulder and I need some layers and length taken off.

So glad we met in blogland, gal. You're such a sweetie!
Love and hugs,

Teacher's Pet said...

Linda....How wonderful to be re-united with Ms. Happiness again. It made me happy to be here!
First of all, I think your hair is beautiful....and you look absolutely wonderful!!
Next....the image of Potters Pond makes me want to be there. How idyllic it looks....and to see what fun you all had also made me happy! I love the times that family can get together....'without makeup'...YES!....and enjoy being together.
The marshmellow shooter will be a hit! (no pun intended there..)
Thank you for a wonderful blog....and as always, it is so nice to be here.
Hugs and smiles to you from Jackie

shabby girl said...

I loved this post! AND I LOVE YOUR HAIRCUT!!! Look how it totally opens up your face! :)

I remember having a moment of "happy" last week. Really, just a passing breath, but so full of hope and a smiling heart. Then it was gone again. It was so remarkable that I had to tell Hubby about it. Where does it go, and why can't I hang on to it? That feeling used to live with me. It used to BE me.

Your camping trip looks like so much fun!

Sniffles and Smiles said...

Just stopping by to say "hi!" to my beautiful friend!! ~Janine XO

Sniffles and Smiles said...

Love you!!! XO

Jientje said...

I'm glad you made friends with Happiness again! I agree with the other commenters, I LOVE love love your new hairdo!

Sniffles and Smiles said...

BTW, did I mention I love the marshmellow shooter gun? Too fun!!! Love you!! Janine XO

The Brownings said...

I LOVE your hair!!!!!
So cute!

BECKY said...

So you get a cute, sassy haircut and stop blogging??!! I see how it is!
LOL!! Love ya gal, and have just been missing your posts! Thanks for popping by though! You are such a sweetie! Have a blessed Sunday!!!
Love and hugs,

Sniffles and Smiles said...

Sending you many happy smiles and thoughts, dear Linda!!! ~Janine XO

Cynthia L. H. said...

You're amazing! WOW! What a life!!!
LOVE your hair! (It's OK...that wild Spontaneous thing!!!)
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