Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Sink Your Teeth Into Summer!=0)

Time to break out the watermelon!
For some reason Puppy likes it too!
Adree says "yum!"
Seth is eating it only so he could have a popsicle!
Same with Drake! He got more of it on him than in his mouth!

So it's official! The start of summer seems to have arrived! If you live on the west coast, you know that summer sure took it's own sweet time coming! Now that we have days hovering around the century mark, life is feeling just like it should this time of year. Normally dear ol' Dixie is mostly unbearable from May until the end of October. Not this year! Not that I'm complaining mind you! One gets used to doing whatever outdoor activity they wanted to do early in the day and then retreat to the A/C for the rest of it! So, as you can see Lee and the resident short people enjoyed munching on some watermelon on our back patio the other night. Well, Lee, Adree, and Puppy enjoyed it! The boys ate theirs only when a popsicle was mentioned...what are you going to do?=0)

Welcome summer,
With long days and swimming pools
Freedom rings, with no school
We love it here, in the shade so cool
Never leave us, summer rules!

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Still Daddy's girl=0)

This me as a little girl with my Dad at the family ranch in Sink Valley

Perhaps I have had an advantage in life, I have never had to wonder if my parents loved me. Always supportive and giving, they always made sure my siblings and I had what we needed, physically and emotionally. Growing up wasn't the easiest task, I never felt like I quite fit in. My Dad was always understanding of my feelings and always knew what to say to make me feel better. My Dad always called me George, yes George. Even going so far as to sing "George of the Jungle" badly to taunt me as well. Actually, truthfully he calls me George still as his way of teasing me. A lot of my friends have never met my Dad and I remember people actually asking me if I even had one. Dad as a Johnson man, is fairly anti-social. He tells us that he could never see another living soul on the planet except for his family and that would be all right with him! It's okay Dad, I feel the same way sometimes!=0) I haven't the words to truly express the amount of love and gratitude I have for you Dad. All I know is, I am a better person because of you. Thank you for the opportunity I've had to be Daddy's girl!=0)

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Invasion of the...relatives!=0)

Adree with her sister missionaries: Sister Raleigh on her left and Sister Mathieu on her right. Uncle Nathan (Cara's husband) baptized her and Grandpa Nelson (paternal) confirmed her on Sunday.=0)

The Program from the baptism: My Mom sang and my sister played the flute, it was great!=0) Sterling had to give the opening prayer, much to his chagrin that is!=0)
Adree and her brothers Seth and Drake. The sun was bright, (if you couldn't tell!) after her conformation in sacrament.=0)

As I mentioned before, Adree had the opportunity to get baptized this weekend! After taking the missionary discussions for several months now, Adree (who will be 9 in August) made the decision to join the church.=0) This girl knows what she wants in her life, even if she has to get herself ready for church at 9 every Sunday (I work Sunday's, early) and then get a ride from one of our neighbors who is in the ward. She reads the scriptures on her own, says her prayers, and even made an appointment with the Bishop for an interview all by herself. Always independent, she puts me to shame with her initiative and drive!=0)
As with all important events in our young one's lives, comes an invasion on our home. Okay, so it isn't that bad...I love my family to death and beyond, but at the moment we live in Lee's bachelor house. He's lived here himself for many years and has accumulated more things than probably any human truly needs in a lifetime...not that's a bad thing, mind you. My one complaint is the lack of personal space I seem to have in our little house. The kids don't care, even though Adree has a bedroom in the family room downstairs and she has to share her room with my clothes and craft items. There just is barely (that's a stretch) enough room for us, let alone my nephew, my in-laws, my Mom, my sister, her husband and their 3 kids! Luckily, no one hung out at our house very long! Except my nephew Noah who stayed with us! So, now that we have a new member of the church and the "invasion" has ceased, all is quiet on the home front...well, for the moment!=0)

Sunday, June 7, 2009

CNG Compressed Natural Gas 4 Freedom

Jessica prompted me to post about the new CNG van. 2001 Dodge Ram 2500 3/4 Ton dedicated factory CNG Clean Air Vehicle with only 5,004 miles, not a typo (five thousand and four miles). The kids love it, Jessica sighs and Puppy is lost inside this huge rolling box.

What motivated me? I wish to no longer be a victim of corporate manipulated greed sanctioned by our government regulators who refuse to act by not implementing a Liquidation Market Policy for oil futures. The single policy that would force the oil futures speculators to take delivery of actual oil and not a paper barrel of nothing but contracts that tie up delivery of product and distort market value.

The current market that is filled with evidence making so clearly obvious the end result of abusive strategies in the trading of oil futures. Natural resources are being gamed no differently than banks, hedge funds, and traders game the stock market on a daily basis. Morgan Stanley and Goldman Sachs are the largest traders of oil futures who "never" take delivery and speculate while calling price targets for the oil market they are manipulating.

Testimony to the United States Senate provided evidence of who is responsible for the energy market manipulation. Testimony was provided under oath from fund manager, Michael W. Masters, Managing Member / Portfolio Manager, Masters Capital Management, LLC, who testified that Institutional Investors are one of, if not the primary, factors affecting commodities prices today.

Okay, I'll stop.

Drake, Adree and Seth can't wait to have me drive them to daycare in the morning.

Puppy on the other hand looks like he could care less except for wanting to ride with us :).

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

So, I've realized...=0)

My life is really quite mundane. No, I'm serious my life consists of running kids to places they're supposed to be, running errands, running to work, running in place...okay, so I'm kidding about the last one!=0) I looked on my blog dashboard this morning and realized that I haven't blogged in like a week, which is fairly unusual for me, and this made me wonder as to why. I think I know...I like to tell stories, mostly because I think in story segments..unusual? Perhaps. Except if you know the way I think is because of what I love...books. I can read anything! Yes, I mean anything! If I hadn't been to library, or had read all my library books when I was a kid, I would read the phone book or the dictionary or the encyclopedia! I love reading and can't get enough! To tell you the truth I have to limit the amount I read these days, I tend to get so lost in what ever is happening in my book, that I have an extremely hard time getting anything else accomplished! I can read up to 400 hundred pages in a matter of hours, if I don't get interrupted!
So, I haven't had any story worthy events happen in my life recently, not saying that the Lambsfold doesn't have several things coming up in the next few weeks!=0) But here's a few things that are in the process of happening:
1. Adree is getting baptized June 13th, she took the missionary discussions herself and made the decision to join the church! Good for you, Adee doll!=0)
2. Lee just bought a CNG (natural gas) van, I 'll talk him into blogging about this and providing the details!=0)
3. We are in the process of purchasing a house on short sale (which takes forever, if you are familiar with this), in Santa Clara, 2500 sq. feet, great family oriented neighborhood, storage, storage, and did I mention storage?=0) If we get it, it will be a steal!=0)
4. We have a family reunion coming up on July 3rd, for the Lebbon side of the family...this will be fun! The family has gotten quite large in the past few years and I' m sure it will be quite the shindig!
Okay, so we're busy, maybe not book worthy, but busy none the less! Mundane seems to happen, monotony too, blog necessity? Maybe not, but life isn't always a story or so I've realized...=0)