Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Memories of Gladness

When I think back over the years of my dad every memory I have is a good memory. I may not, at the time, loved the drives, or as dad would say; "Let's go drive the loop" but as I think back I can recall the yellow station wagon and all of us climbing in. I remember all the boys sitting backwards in the back and dad finally saying; "NO ONE can touch anyone", I can even think of the music that was playing and have installed some of it on my IPod. I always liked the trips to Swan Valley for square ice-cream cones. The Sunday drives to visit the great grandparents and grandparents, and because of that I was able to have a close relationship with them. I remember burning the weeds at Grandma Moss's house. Running to Ririe to feed the horses and always stopping at the Maverick for a treat. I loved walking home from school and stopping in to see dad at work with my friends and knowing that he would always be willing to take the time to visit. I remember when he was working on an especially difficult case he would always turn to the scriptures. I always admired him for that, they were always open on his desk, and he always told me you can find the answers to any question in life if you ask the Lord and turn to the scriptures.

I have always been able to go to my dad when I had a problem, he never judged or looked down on me. He always made me feel comfortable when I had a problem, I knew I could immediately go to him, I knew he wouldn't make it better but that I could count on his counsel. I have always known I could talk to my dad about anything, and I have found comfort and peace in that.

When I was young I remember that I loved to have my dad rock my every night before bed and I loved to sing with him, my dad has an incredible voice, every night before bed we would sing, "The Fox"
The fox went out on a hungry flight,
He begged the moon to afford him a light,
for he had many miles to travel that night,
before he reached his den-o.
Down in the hen yard the old fox crept.
He grabbed the gray goose around the neck,
and the black duck cried out
quack, quack, quack,
and her legs hang dangling down-o.
Ol' Miss Slipper Slopper jumped out of bed.
Out of the window she popped her head.
She cried Jon, Jon, the gray goose is gone,
and the fox is off to his den-o.
Jon ran up to the top of the hill,
he blew a blast both loud and shrill.
Well I never heard a better tune in all my life,
but I gotta get back to my den-o.
Back there at the foxes den,
the dear little foxes 8, 9, 10.
They never ate a better goose in all my life,
and the little ones picked the bones-o.
I Love my dad. My dad didn't tell me how to live, he lived and let me watch him do it. I wish him a truly happy Father's Day and I will love him forever. I am so eternally grateful for forever families and that I have my dad as part of my forever family. I have a testimony that Christ lives and loves us, that those experiences we go through in this life our for our own good and will give us experience. Dad, I love you, Tin

Thursday, June 10, 2010


My Grandma Johnson passed away on May 14th 2010, she was born on September 19, 1919 or 9/19/1919. I adored my grandma. While my parents were teaching me how to say mama and dada she was teaching me how to say sh**! She was almost 91 when she passed away. She wasn't your usual grandma. I know grandma's are suppose to be fun, but she went beyond that, she was amazing. I remember her talking about living in San Francisco when she was in her twenty's with her friend Thora and going to a Burlesque show she didn't know where she was until all these sailor's started coming in and soon they realized they were the only ladies in there, soon the music started and a lady stared dancing on stage, soon a man came up to them and told them to go home as fast as they could and never come back. She didn't get married until she was older because she wanted an education. She was a grade shool teacher. One of her favorite songs has since been "I Left My Heart In San Francisco"
She loved party's and we have often talked about how you never went to grandma and grandpa's house without having a party. Pepsi was always involved. One year for her birthday I called the Pepsi company and asked if the Pepsi truck could deliver some Pepsi to her house. They said yes and you should have seen the look on her face when that truck came rolling down her driveway. She was a walking party and made friends everywhere she went.

My mom and her younger brother Robert, grandma and grandpa had three children LaRae, Robert and Howard....

The grandsons, grandma loved her mission to Jackson, Mississippi and currently has one grandson on a mission in Chicago, Illinois...........

4 of her grandchildren, I would like to say these are her favorite because I am in the picture

her grandson Craig, her son Robert and her Bishop, Danny Ferguson. It was an amazing funeral

Her grandchild Kathy and great grandchild Miss Nellie, my sister and niece

Her grandson Lo and her great grandsons Drew and Josh. My brother-in-law and nephews

Grandma's bread, the interesting thing about this is grandma made the rolls and bread for her own funeral this is just the type of person she was. They found the program all made out when they went into her house just after her passing. She had everything planned, paid for and said do not serve ham and had to money to serve different food. She wanted Pepsi served at her dinner and had cinnamon rolls made for all the grand kids.
I already miss the sound of her voice, the way she smells the way she sounds when she laughs. I do now she is in a better place, she is with her family, she can see, run, watch over me until I am with her again. This is what forever families are for. I am so grateful for a lifetime with her.
While in Idaho I watched a movie with my family called "The Student Prince" a song on their keeps coming back to me called "Golden Days"

Golden days, in the sunshine of a happy youth
Golden days, fulls of gaiety and full of truth
In our hearts we remember them all else above
Golden days, days of youth and love
How we laughed with the joy that only love can bring
Looking back through memory's eyes
We will know life has nothing sweeter than its springtime
Golden days, when we're young
Golden days
I honestly thought she would always be around. She was the ray of sunshine on a cloudy day, she will me missed.

She did it Her Way...

Sunday, June 6, 2010

The Beehive is Back

While feeling energetic one morning I decided to vacuum my living room. Little did I know the fiasco that was headed my way. I started to vacuum near a large window by a cherry tree we have and noticed a rather unusually large amount of bee's flying around the tree. I thought nothing of it and kept cleaning. On my second sweep by I noticed a black mass in the tree and on closer inspection noticed a beehive in the tree. I was a little concerned, #1 we have a black lab in the back yard, and #2 Shiggers is allergic to bee's. (For those of you new to this blog, I call my husband Shiggers).
I made a few phone calls and got a hold of this cute little man who offered to come and get rid of the bee's for me for free. He is a bee keeper. The mass you see of bee's in the pictures is entirely bee's. There is no hive in there. I was under the impression they were building something in there. He used a long hose and sucked them up inside. He was darling, his name was Jess. He offered to let me carry the bee's to his truck, but I kindly turned him down, and told him I would carry the vacuum instead. I feel pleased that my cherry bee's are now making honey instead of living in my backyard. They were making me very nervous.

I was having a very hard time teaching piano that day. My students were more interested in the bee's than they were in their lessons. But you can't really blame them. It's not everyday you get to see a beehive, it is hard to tell from the pictures but it was about the size of a basketball and was very loud.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Mrs. Field's

http://www.SassyScoops.com/food/mrs-fields-fathers-day-giveway/An amazing give way is happening on Sassy Scoops, check it out and join the fun. I added the link above so you can check it out just remember I am going to win and if you happen to win you have to share with me. Good luck and please remember you dad on father's day, they are your biggest fan, your most important confidant and always around when you need them.

When you click on the link be sure to click on giveaways, she has some fun one's going on besides the father's day giveaway.

Love ya, Tin