All day long I think about these things that I should post. I think about funny things and weird things and dumb things and sad things, whatever. Rarely do they turn into posts. But sometimes when I actually sit down to post I remember a few. Here are a few of my random rambling thoughts.
Talmage has a ritual that must be performed anytime we eat fruit. He has to find the sticker and promptly place it on his forehead. I don't think this is too unusual except that he never ever forgets it. This sticker just happened to make me smile more than most. (In case you can't read it, it says "Kid-Sized Cutie.") I love those little oranges. And while I'm on the topic or oranges, I love them. I think that they are delicious, but with two toddlers who also love them, just buying them becomes a labor of love. I can't sit down and peel an orange to eat, I have to peel 3 oranges, and then I usually get a couple of the segments that I can sneak in while Talmage is swallowing. They are no longer a favorite fruit.
Here are the munchkins "sitting by the fire." I went into Talmage's room where they were playing and asked what they were doing. They were entirely too quiet to be safe. They said "We are sitting by the fire." They are sitting on top of a lego box with pillows behind their backs. As always, Talmage has his hat pulled so far down that he can't see. These are the ornaments that I helped the kiddos make this week.
Last night we had an ice storm. We are fortunate enough to still have heat and power and everything. I'm mostly posting this for the Utahans who have never experienced the beauty of an ice storm. They create so much damage and destruction, but are one of the most beautiful things that I've ever seen. This is only the second one that I remember experiencing. My first was when I lived in Michigan. Pictures just don't do it justice, but EVERYTHING is coated in this beautiful layer of ice.
I broke a bunch of the ice off our frozen grill cover, but you can see that the whole thing is a sheet of ice. I'm just praying that it doesn't get windy and knock down our power lines.
On the not-so-happy front, the things that you are hearing about Caterpillar layoffs are true. They just sent out 800 layoff warnings yesterday. There have been many more than that. We are really counting our blessings that we still have a job. Both Kendall and my Dad are still fine. If the economy keeps going down then we don't have any guarantees, but for now we just keep praying that we won't lose our job. The Lord has been very gracious to us, but we pray for those who have been less fortunate. This is a very difficult time of year for something like that, so keep those people in your prayers and we hope that all of you are not in danger of suffering this way from the poor economy.
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