Saturday, May 30, 2009

We're off to sons!

North Star is gearing up for next year's musical..already! It's The Wizard of Oz...and who is the great OZ??! Zackaronious! That's who! Josh is also going to be part of the ensamble...I think he's caught the acting more behind the scenes for him! I'm so excited for both of them and so excited to see it! Wanna come to Nebraska in October?

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Poetry by Zack


Spilling across the landscape
Splashing upon the mountain and hillsides
The destructive hero opens wide his eyes.

Singing delightfully in his praise
Soaring to reach the tips of his wonder
The beautiful peasant seeks it's food.

Stretching longingly for his bright waves
Sipping gratefully at his sudden vines
the needy rich man fills his vacant stomach.

Sneering up at his blaring strands
Splurging the thick protective coating on it's freckles
the genius idiot tries to blockade his power.


Sisters like to fight
Up and down
And all around
They like to scream
And shout making
Tears appear in
Eyes blue as
Blue jeans
They fight on boys and
Clothes and computer time
They like to scream
And love
Another always remembering
They need each
Other to survive
Sisters like to fight but
Sisters love to love

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Dear Mr. Sofa Mart

About three years ago my husband decided to change careers. He was tired of restaurant management and all the hours that go into he/we made a choice to make a big plunge into the world of "commission only". At first he was so impressed with your company. It seemed so family oriented and he loved all the training opportunities. He stuck with you...even when things were tough financially! About a year and a half ago he was promoted to manager and he moved his family away from their home and family and friends to a new state. At first things were so good...he loved his Regional Manager and felt support from the upper upper management. He worked hard...he never called in sick, he was ALWAYS loyal. As the economy started to fail his pay got smaller and got so small and he was so nervous...I was nervous too...I got a job outside the home, even though I already had a lovely job at home, raising our six children. As his pay got smaller his duties got, for some reason, you all decided that you wanted to save money and have your employees take on things they never had to do wash the big windows of the front of the store and change the BIG flood lights outside in the parking lots. (among many other things!!) Did he, or any of the other employees receive compensation for this? NO! But he did it..he stayed loyal. So, one day in Feb, my husband went to the bank and deposited some money.....he took his employee with him (just what he's supposed to do!) and he watched as my husband opened the night deposit box, dropped the deposit in there and then opened it again to make sure it went in....(this is what he does each time). Then he went about his duties. Now, it's May and YOU can't find this deposit...the bank says it never made it into the account. So, you do your little investigation and find that my husband has a perfect track record...never any missing money...ever! But you fire him anyway...for "lack of trust" LACK OF TRUST!! And because he has been with you for so long you are not going to pursue him for the missing funds...oh, how very nice of you! I think the reason you will not "pursue" him is that HE DID NOT TAKE that money!! Do you think if my husband took that deposit I might of noticed when we had enough money to pay our rent and to pay our bills? OH, I may of noticed that! So, let me get this husband does his job above and beyond....he is loyal....he follows the rules and even though he is backed up by those rules (the employee who went with him that night verified that he deposited the money) still fire him? For "lack of trust?"....that is despicable!! Shame, shame, shame on you!
Kim Schafer

Okay...I feel better now.

Monday, May 11, 2009

Brace Face

Megan got braces today!

Tuesday, May 5, 2009


In August, for my 40th birthday, my dad bought me plane tickets to go to California!!! My sister and my aunt are meeting me there and we will spend 6 lovely days there. Although I consider Utah my home...California is my original home and it's very dear to my heart. I am so excited to spend time with my family! My mom and dad both live there...we will spend three days with each of them. I CAN NOT WAIT to see the ocean...oh how peaceful and wonderful the beach is to me. I will miss the kids and Aaron though.....I really wish we could make the trip together...but on the other hand..a week away from it all will be so lovely. Hopefully we will be able to do something this summer...a few days away with the kids. A trip to Utah would be devine!

Monday, May 4, 2009

Take a walk in my flip flops

I think we all have things that bug of mine is being judgmental. I once heard that we are more annoyed with weaknesses in others that we either see or fear in ourselves. Now I think we all must be somewhat when we decide who we want to be friends with and what we find appropriate for our children to view and so on. What I find interesting is how many folks KNOW just what someone else OUGHT to do in certain situations. We all react differently...we are all different! When I was younger and didn't have children I just knew that my future children would never be brought to the store with dirty clothes on, or their hair a mess!! My children would be so well behaved and would never throw a PUBLIC tantrum!! I would NEVER yell at my kids or be unkind!! HA! and I do mean HA!! What a pipe dream! As I've grown older and as I've HAD children, I think of all those times I've judged another and I realize how YOUNG I NAIVE I was. We all have struggles. Some have struggles right out in the open for all to see and others have more private, personal struggles and most, if not all of us have both. I'm sure I've handled some situations so poorly! I'm sure someone else could take my situation and figure out a much better way to handle it. I'm sure of it! But, it's not their situation, it's mine, and I'm handling it the best way I know how. A very wise friend of mine once said this "I'm so glad I don't have to be the judge". I remember those words each day. It's not my place to judge's my place to love another. It's hard I know....I still find myself judging, sometimes......but I sure hope I spend more time loving.

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Wedded Bliss

I think each of my boys has wanted to marry me at some point when they were between the ages of 3 and 5. Sometimes Joe worries me though. One day we were sitting at the kitchen table and he cocked his head to one side and looked at me very seriously and said, in a slow, low voice, MAARRRRYY MEEE. I've tried explaining to him that I'm already married but this does not detour him. A few days ago he came in to our room while Aaron and I were laying on the bed, chatting....he looked at me and said "MY BRIDE!" I was seriously getting a little weirded out by all this attention from my SON! He wants to kiss me and hug me all the time...which I do like...because I know all too soon he will not want to even be seen with me....let alone hug me...yuck! Yesterday I was in my room playing with Hannah when Joe came in and said "Hannah!! Do you want to marry me? If you marry me, you will be a princess" and Hannah replied with a huge smile on her face "YES!" and she looked down and said "I have on my dress!" Then they went to the living room and got married. I guess my boy is moving someone closer to his own age...hopefully he will move on even further one day to someone who is not related!