Saturday, November 8, 2008

Our month in pictures

Since I never have anything interesting or witty to blog about, I have a hard time finding things to post.  So, I'll just post some pictures to show what's been happening this month....We watched Cali while the Bickels were in California over UEA Break.  One afternoon we went to the park for a picnic.  We had so much fun running around and taking Cali for runs on the grass.
We took the kids to Cheesecake Factory for lunch, which they've been wanting to do for a long time.  It's been nice having a husband around again (at least until the next tax season begins).
Kneeling down for prayers (after putting the girls' hair into rag curls)

Crazy hair day at school
Walking around Temple Square (Maria was trying to block the sun)

Friday, October 3, 2008

I'm glad it wasn't me

My cute friend Melissa posted this on her blog and I thought it was too funny not to share.  I had a good laugh:

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!

Monday, September 15, 2008

The Magic of Disney

One of my favorite movies of all time is "Enchanted".  One thing I loved about it is the fact that Giselle, the main character in the movie, is so sweet and nice, and has such a positive outlook on life.  I think we could all learn a lot from her.  She looked for the best in people and wasn't cynical.  I also loved the song, "How Does She Know?" about telling the people that you love how much you DO love them and how important it is to do nice things for them.   How many marriages and relationships would greatly improve if we would all do that?  Can you imagine how happy we would all be?

I've heard some people say that Disney is evil and that parents who call their daughters "princess" and exposing them to movies that are all about "marrying your prince and living happily ever after" is a horrible thing to do for your children because you warp them and make them think that life is all about being beautiful and finding a man to make you happy. What???? I don't get it!   We are all born with a desire to marry and have a family.  Who dreams of marrying a jerk?  Who secretly desires to be ugly?  We all want to be loved and to think we're special and beautiful, don't we?  Whether we watch Disney movies or not, don't we all want to live happily ever after?  My children and I are of royal lineage, so why not treat them like it and call them a princess?  Yes, it's important to be smart and realistic about life, but I don't think there is anything wrong with the great movies that Disney produces.  They make you feel good and are so magical.  How can that be a bad thing?  
As for me, I'll keep enjoying the great movies that Disney puts out about beautiful mermaids, sweet girls who dream of finding their prince charming and escaping their life of being a servant,  and positive examples like Giselle, who can teach us some good life lessons about how to treat the people in our life.   Popcorn anyone?

My Quirks - I've been tagged!

Kellie tagged me for this post, so here I go.....I'm supposed to list 6 quirks that I have:

Quirk #1:  I HAVE to have all of the light switches going the right way.  If a light in my house has 2 switches to it, and the light is off but the switches are up, it drives me crazy and I will go out of my way to turn both switches so they are both down.  Maybe that doesn't even make sense to anybody else, but trust me, it bugs the snot out of me.  Todd just laughs.....The same goes for my new front doors.  The guy installed the lock to be the opposite of my other locks, so the front one is verticle when it's locked, and the others are horizontal.  Aaaaaagh.  

Quirk #2:  I have 2 phones in my house and one of them says "upstairs" and the other says "downstairs".  If I find that the upstairs one is downstairs I have to switch them around.  Weird, I know.....

Quirk #3:  Pictures hung on the wall need to be straight.  One time Todd and I were in a nice hotel and the mirror that was hung by the elevator was crooked.  I walked over there to straighten it out and it was nailed or glued to the wall that way!!!!!!  Who does that?  We can never stay in that hotel again.  :)

Quirk #4:  I smell things.  Ever since I was a little girl I would smell things and smell my fingers after touching things.  I would even grab my mom's feet and smell them.  I'm SO weird!!!

Quirk #5:  I am a counter.  For as long as I can remember I've counted squares, tiles, anything, and then found the middle of the row I'm counting.  If I'm watching a movie and there is a line of people, I'll count how many people are in line and then find the middle.  If I'm sitting in church and I get bored, I'll count the decorative holes in the brick up on the stand, and then find the middle.  I have actually tried really hard not to do that in the last few years just because it seems so OCD, so I don't do it as much, but every once in a while I'll catch myself, "One, two, three, four......"

Quirk #6:  I can't think of the 6th thing, but I'm sure if given enough thought I can come up with a few more........

Okay, I just thought of it (several days later).  In my head I'll think "Oh Geez" A LOT!!  Which is so bizarre, because I don't ever SAY that.  And growing up we were never allowed to say words that were slang for Diety like "Oh my gosh...Gee...etc." so thinking that in my mind is just weird!!  Especially because I think it all of the time.  Oh Geez!!

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 16, 2008

My recent activities

I have so many things to blog about and I haven't written anything forever!! We had an amazing Disney cruise the first of June. We had such an incredible time. It was one of the funnest vacations I've ever been on, and I've been on some pretty incredible vacations in my lifetime.

Dressed up for Pirate Night

Then, when we got home Todd and I had some major projects to finish. We had new front doors installed, and then Todd and Augie tiled the floor while I did some paint finishes and ripped down some old nasty paneling, which I now have to sand the walls in order to get them smoth so I can paint them.

I also went to girls' camp for the first time since I was a young woman. I SO did not want to go and leave my family, but I ended up LOVING it, and I was so glad that I was able to go. I bonded with the leaders and the girls, and for the first time felt like I made a small difference in a few of the girls' lives. Isn't that what it's all about?

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

A Whole New Look!

Thanks to the great talents of Kellie I have a new header to my blog.  Thanks, Kellie!!!  You know how I love purple!.

Monday, August 4, 2008

Update on front hall

It's finally finished!  It's not decorated exactly how I want it because I can't find a column or table small enough, but it will have to do for now.  It feels so good to finally have it finished.  I can rest easy now!!

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!!

Saturday, May 10, 2008

Jane Clayson Johnson

For our Young Women's combined lesson tomorrow for Mother's Day we are spotlighting several women in the church that are great examples of motherhood:  Lucy Mack Smith, Sister Marjorie Hinckley, Sariah from the Book of Mormon, and I'm doing Jane Clayson Johnson.  As I read her book, "I Am A Mother", I learned so much from her and was so impressed with what she had to say.  I also found a talk that she gave for the 2006 Conference on the Family that I thought was really good.


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, April 8, 2008

Mission Memories

Last week Sarah flew in from California to stay for a few days and go to our mission reunion.  It was SO great to see some of the missionaries again.  I wish more of them had come.  I've been home for almost 19 years now (gasp!  Can I really be that old?).  I served with and around some of the greatest people.  They are some of my very best friends.  We're bonded for life.  I even love the spouses that the Elders and Sisters married.  They chose well.
After Sarah went home I had a quiet moment to think about my mission and what it meant to me.  I ended up crying tears of joy just thinking about it.   It really was the greatest 1 1/2 years of my life and the best decision I've ever made, other than marrying Todd.  I had a strong testimony before I left, but it became even stronger.  I was painfully shy and couldn't talk to anyone I didn't know without dying inside, but I was able to get past it and get more out of my shell and gain a little confidence.  I went on a mission to teach people about the gospel of Jesus Christ and to give to others because I felt so blessed, but I ended up getting way more out of the deal than I gave.  I am SO grateful that I was blessed with such an amazing experience, and that I met so many wonderful people.  I am also incredibly blessed that I was able to serve under such an amazing man as Robert S. Turley.  He and Maureen (who died about 12 years ago) were such a wonderful example in my life and I love them both dearly.  This is a picture of him with his new wife, Faun, who is a pretty amazing woman herself.   

Monday, March 31, 2008

Reflections of Christ

My sister forwarded me this link today and I was amazed at what I saw. What beautiful pictures!! It really made me emotional. I hope I'll be able to see all of them sometime, since the exhibit is no longer there (and I'm not going to Arizona anytime soon). Check it out.

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.
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