Sunday, September 21, 2008

Todd's Fun Day at Work

This happened to Todd last month and he finally wrote it down for me so I could include it in our blog.  Enjoy!!

It was the first of August and work was getting to be very busy with the looming tax deadlines approaching quickly.  I got up in the morning and went into work like it was any other day.  The day was going along just fine with me preparing tax returns and dealing with other tax issues for clients.  The time came for lunch and Scott, Troy and I decided to leave for lunch at around 12:20 PM to go to Costa Vida up in Colonial Square here in Bountiful.  We had a normal lunch and then as we returned to the office at around 1:00 PM the fun began.


     As we walked in the door to the office, I saw Gail Anger and Wendy Burnett talking at the front desk.  Gail turned to me and said that I needed to call officer Miller of the Salt Lake City Police Department in regards to possible Anthrax that I sent to Workforce Solutions.  I figured he was just joking because it sounds so ludicrous and we joke around at work all of the time.  I said, “Yea, right.  You’re joking”. He said no he wasn’t joking and he had the number to call written down on a yellow pad of paper. As I was looking at the phone number on the piece of paper, my cell phone started to ring.  As I took it out of my pocket, I saw the phone number on the screen and it happened to coincide with the number on the yellow pad of paper that Gail was holding.  My heart immediately began to beat very quickly and I was getting pretty scared at this point believing that what he had said earlier was really true.  As I answered the phone and said hello, the voice on the other end of the line said, "Hello Mr. McKinley, this is Officer Miller of the Salt Lake City Police Department."  Uh oh, I thought.  He proceeded to ask if I mailed anything to Workforce Services.  Gail Anger had said Workforce Solutions, which is a client of mine.  I had just prepared their payroll reports at zero for the quarter and mailed them directly to the Utah Department of Workforce Services around the 29th of July.  So naturally thinking it was my client, I said that I had not mailed anything to them.  He said that I had mailed it to them and that some lady had opened the envelope I had sent, and a white powder fell out of it.  They thought that it was possibly Anthrax and they had taken every precaution.  They had called in the Salt Lake Police Department, the Fire Department, Hazmat and the FBI. Now I was even more nervous, trying to figure out what in the world he was talking about.  My mind was racing to figure it out.  I kept denying that there was any possible way I could have mailed anything to them.  He said that they had the form with my signature on it and that the envelope came from my office here and read me the address.  I said to him that it was me but I didn't remember ever mailing anything to my client.  I then asked where he was at and when he mentioned that he was downtown at the state offices on 300 South near State Street, I said that I finally understood what was going on and that I had indeed mailed those reports to them.  I realized that they were calling from the Department of Workforce Services and not Workforce Solutions like I had thought. I guaranteed him that it was not Anthrax. What it was, I did not know, but Anthrax it was not.  He then asked if I had eaten any powdered doughnuts at my desk while preparing those reports.  I said that I had not, but then remembered that we had just celebrated Diane’s birthday in our office and that we had a white cake with white frosting on it.  I had been eating a piece at my desk while preparing those reports and didn't even think about it.  I apologized profusely about it and promised him that I would never eat cake with white frosting at my desk again while preparing those reports.  He then took down all of my information for his report.  I had a terrible rest of the day thinking that I had the police department, fire department, Hazmat crews and the FBI all looking for me in regards to white cake frosting that they had thought was possibly Anthrax.  

         I then proceeded to tell everyone about my ordeal.  They all couldn’t stop laughing about it.  I came home from work later that day and went over to help Augie with his wall on the south side of his home.  When I got there, I said to him, “You will never believe what happened to me at work today”.  He said, “I have to tell you what happened downtown today”.  Before I could tell him what happened, he told me about what happened just around the corner from his office at the state offices.  He told me that they were taking off to lunch and noticed police cars, fire engines, FBI guys and even guys in Hazmat suits coming and going from the building with all of their vehicles out in front of the building.  I said to Augie, “I know.  I caused all of that”.  I then told him all about what had happened with my little phone call from Officer Miller of the Salt Lake City Police Department and how they accused me of sending Anthrax in the mail when it was just cake frosting.  What a day!

Saturday, August 30, 2008

Family Prayers

Kids say the funniest things! Tonight during family prayers (someone says the family prayer and then we all say our personal prayers silently after that), Emily was saying her private prayers out loud, which she always does, and she said, "please help us to not have a bad day, taking one down, sing a sad song, turn it around. In the name ......" We all started laughing because the kids love the Daniel Powter song "Bad Day" and they sing it all of the time. Emily usually asks in her prayers that we'll have a good day, but she switched it up tonight. Too funny!!

Saturday, August 2, 2008

Our exciting camping trip

Todd and I went camping this weekend with some other families from our ward.  We reserved the Blackhawk campground near Payson and got up there at about 3:30.  At about 9:30 the last family in our group came and said that there was a fire down below at the beginning of the canyon, but the fire marshals thought it would be okay for them to come up to Blackhawk.  As some of the adults were sitting around the fire at midnight (with most everyone else asleep in the tents), we heard someone honking in the parking lot.  After a few minutes our friend went over to investigate and it was the camp manager.  She told him that the fire marshals wanted everyone to evacuate the mountain.  There were 50 foot flames and the winds were really bad so they were afraid it was going to spread very fast.

So, everyone in the campground started scurrying around trying to take everything down in the dark and get sleeping kids in the car.  By the time everyone in our group was ready to go it was 1:00 a.m. and we had to wind down the Nebo Loop over to the Nephi side to evacuate.  It took over an hour to get down the mountain to Nephi and then we got home at 3:45.  It was quite an eventful night!!  But, it was neat to see everyone in our group come together and help each other and make sure every family was taken care of and that their needs were met in order for us to all be able to leave together.  

This is where it started (from a downed power line)

Friday, June 20, 2008

Miss Em's

This is the image that I see every morning when I get out of the shower.  Emily is there smiling and waiting for me with towel in hand.   How lucky am I?  She's such a cutie!!

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

I love this video!!

This video is just one example of what a great father my children have. I heard this going on in the next room last year and grabbed the video camera. How fun is that?

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Sunrise, Sunset

My mom could never listen to the song, "Sunrise, Sunset" from Fiddler on the Roof without crying.  She never wanted us to grow up and leave her and she felt like the time was passing by too quickly and we were growing up too fast.

(Me as a little girl - I didn't stay little for long)

Well, now that I'm a mother, I know exactly how she feels.  I was looking at my pictures and came across these:

Andrew & Joseph

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Happy Birthday, Mom!

My awesome mother would have been 67 years old today.  She's been gone for 3 1/2 years now, but I still really miss her.  I actually had a dream that she came back to life the other night.  It was SO amazing.  I wish my children could spend lots of time with their Nana and remember everything about her.  Only my boys remember her, but as time passes they remember her less and less, which makes me pretty sad.  

Here's to such a fun, loving, kind, smart, beautiful woman!!  Happy Birthday, Mom.  I love you!!!!
Pretending to be on "Tower of Terror" at Disneyworld
Eleanor as a blond 


Sunday, February 17, 2008

I have the greatest sisters in the world!!

We decided for my nieces 16th birthday that we'd get together and have a girls night out and include a makeover for her, with a professional hair cut at a salon. Marsha was planning on coming from Colorado that weekend anyway so we were totally excited. Especially since she's been a makeup artist and she was going to be doing the makeup part of it. Unfortunately, there was a problem with her ticket so they wouldn't let her on the plane. She and April decided that morning to have a "consultation" and makeup class over the internet with our web cams. Well, this is the email that we received earlier that day. Talk about clever!!

Thinking that Utah is a barren wasteland without Marsha?
Miss her artistic ability terribly?

How would you like to participate in the first ever Marsha Bowen Makeup Artistry WEBINAR?
Now YOU CAN!!!

Where: McKinley's Design Studio for Hotties in Bountiful,
Lower Level
When: Saturday, February 16th ~ 4:00 PM

Be prepared to be dazzled and dazzling!

Isn't that the cutest? Anyway, it turned out really well, even though it was just through the web cam, and we all had a great time. Katherine looked AMAZING with her beautiful hair and gorgeous face, then we went to dinner and did a little shopping. We need to do that more often.


Okay, I've been tagged, so here it goes.....

A-Attached or Single?- Attached... totally! Don't miss those single days.
B-Best Friends?- Todd and my kids, my sisters (and those who are my adopted sisters. You know who you are......)
C-Cake or Pie?- It depends on the kind. I LOVE chocolate, carrot, banana cake (not all together :) ) but I love a really good pie with ice cream. If forced between only the two I'd have to choose cake.
D-Day of Choice?- Saturday if Todd's not working that day. If he does, then Sunday.
E-Essential Item?- Tivo (love that!), and my makeup (I'd be SO scary looking without it!!)
F-Favorite color?- PURPLE!
G-Gummy Bears or Worms? Anything sugar. I'm an addict.
H-Hometown?-San Jose, born, Salt Lake City, raised, but Bountiful is where my heart is!
I-Favorite Indulgence?-Dark chocolate mint truffles. Yum!!
J-January or July?-July totally!!
K-Kids? - Andrew, Joseph, Maria and Emily. Hard to imagine life without them!
L-Life isn't complete without?- my family!!!
M-Marriage Date?- September 6, 1997 (my parents anniversary as well)
N-Number of brothers and sisters?- 4 sisters, 1 sister in law, and 5 brothers in law.
O-Oranges or Apples? - Both - together! There's nothing better than fresh juiced oranges and apples together. Heaven!!
P-Phobia and Fears? - Loved ones dying. I also hate scary movies and haunted houses.
Q-Quote? - “Whenever something hurts us in life, we have a choice to make. We can become bitter or better”
R-Reason to smile?- my children's laughter and the cute things that they say.
S-Season of choice?- Anything but winter.
T-Tag three people?- I don't know anyone else that blogs that hasn't already done this.........
U-Unknown fact about me?- I had my first cavity last year. I am a sugar addict (trying to break that habit). I just asked Todd, and Joseph said, "You smell good".
V-Vegetable?- Love avocados (or is that considered a fruit?).
W-Worst habit?- Andrew just told me it's getting mad at them.
X-X-Ray or Ultrasound?- Ultrasound. When I first saw pictures of my cute little babies. I associate X-Rays with something bad (broken arms, pneumonia, etc.)
Y-Your favorite food?-WAY too hard to just pick one! I love food.
Z-Zodiac Sign?-Scorpio

Boring, I know, but there it is!
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