Saturday, October 5, 2013

Good Bye For Now...

It is with a heavy heart that I write this post. My thoughts and prayers are with my family as they prepare to lay to rest a beloved son, husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, and friend. My Uncle Boyd left his broken, mortal body this week to return to live with our Father in Heaven. This man worked hard and played hard. He genuinely loved his entire family, even little ole me, his niece. If we both happened to be in town at the same time, he took the time to be truly interested in hearing about my life. Not many of us do that anymore.

Growing up I spent many summers and school breaks in Rigby, ID with my grandparents. Uncle Boyd and his family lived just down the road so I was lucky enough to spend a lot of time with them as well. I remember him being tough, stubborn, ornery, and sometimes down-right scary. It was probably just the beard that I feared the most, because he was also the friendliest, most generous man you could want in your life. 

When he bought his service station, we would stop in to fill up or to just say hi on our way to or from Rigby and he would always sneak us kids a candy bar or bag of M&Ms. He would say, "shhhh, don't tell your mom or your aunt." He taught me how to ride a snowmobile and he was so patient when I didn't want to drive too fast, or when I got it stuck in a snowbank or ditch, or even when I ran it into the back of the brand new snowmobile in front of me and broke the taillight. 

You will be missed my dear Uncle.

Obituary can be found here.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

It's like a slap in the face!

These are just a few of the sentiments that we yell at each other as we are leaving the house or getting out of the car. It is always a competition to see who can be the loudest. The best is when I am in the drop-off line at school and I yell (and I do mean yell) as they are walking up to the school, "Return With Honor!" The kids just love that one...especially my high school kids. Although, now that they drive themselves everywhere, I don't get to do this to them as often and that makes me sad.

Today as I am getting ready to walk out the door for work, Sierra is telling me to return with honor, etc...when Brooklyn yells down the stairs, 

"If you don't use the talents God gave you, it's like a slap in the face."

That's a new one!!! 
She completely threw me off, I had no idea how to respond other than to say, "Uhmm, thanks!" then turn around and leave. 

Now that I have had time to digest the words, I can't wait to throw them back at her when she doesn't want to practice her violin. Oh how she is going to regret this one. 

Thursday, September 5, 2013


On Monday we went over to a friends house for a barbecue and swimming. It was so hot, we came home completely exhausted. By the time we got everyone through the shower, swim clothes washed, scriptures read, and had prayers, I was ready to just lay my head on my pillow and fall into a deep sleep. The dogs had other intentions. We put them in their crates and they barked and clawed constantly to get out (not normal for them). We let them out and they would not lay down. They kept coming in and jumping on and off the bed. They would go into the family room and bark then come back and jump on the bed. Phyn kept biting and tugging on my hand. Drove me crazy and I kept yelling at him to lay down. Finally around 12:30, they laid down.

Naturally after all of this, we slept in. Tyler and Kayla even missed Seminary. I got up, got them up and got into the shower. In the meantime, everyone slowly got up and started getting ready to leave. James no sooner stepped out of the shower and Brooklyn screamed. James and I shrugged it off because she tends to scream over anything and everything, especially when she is tired. About 3 seconds later, she screamed the most blood curdling scream I have ever heard. James took off running out of our bathroom thinking that someone was trying to break in (it happened to some people in our ward last year). Then we heard Brooklyn yelling, "it's a rat, it's a RAT!" I ran into the family room telling her that it was probably just a mouse and to settle down.

The next thing I heard was, "get it!" James had given the dogs the command to go after it. Sure enough it was a huge, ugly rat. IN MY HOUSE! The dogs caught and killed it in a matter of 30 seconds. James called the exterminator and I spent the rest of the day sanitizing my house. We have no other signs of rats so the exterminator thinks it came in through the dog doors looking for food or water. I think that thing was in my house all night and the dogs were trying to tell us. We just didn't listen.

Now that I am feeling OK being in the house, I walk up to the front door and find this snake trying to find his way in. Fourth snake since we moved in at the end of February. Not how I prefer to be welcomed into the neighborhood.

I am seriously considering selling and moving away now.

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Should I?

Dear Chronicles of Slattery,

How dare you try to guilt me into getting back into blogging? Not cool, NOT COOL!

Friday, December 7, 2012

Pythons in Texas?

I have been taking a lot of flack around here for not keeping the blog updated. Mostly by my husband, who I assume is the only one who reads this thing. I decided to share something that one of my little girls told me this morning at my crossing.

She rode up on her bike and declared her apologies for being late this morning. Then proceeded to tell me that she found a baby python in the street and decided to pick it up and throw it into someones yard. She said, "I had to do it because there are lots of dogs and babies in the road in our neighborhood."

Now I am know that I am not the smartest person, but I am pretty sure that there aren't any wild pythons slithering down the streets of suburban Houston. Perhaps it was a pet and someone's baby carried it out to the road on the dog.

This story entertained me almost as much as this one:
One day I had a boy come up to me and tell me that he had lost a tooth at school. For those of you who don't know this, but losing a tooth at school is the epitome of cool. He was so excited. I asked him if the tooth fairy came to his house. He said yes, so I asked what he gets. He told me $10. I was stunned and told him that when I was a kid all I got was a quarter (or whatever loose change my dad had in his pocket). He got a surprised look on his face and then said, "It was probably because when you were a kid the cost of gold was not as much as it is now." --uhm, OK!

Monday, June 11, 2012

Tomorrow is the big day!

I am really nervous about having surgery. I find it interesting how I questioned whether or not I should go through with it. I have known since we had Brooklyn 11 years ago that I was done having babies. I was so sure that I even had a tubal ligation done. Which is permanent and can’t necessarily be reversed; you can have in vitro fertilization done and go that route if you decide later on to continue having children. So when the doctor said that we had exhausted all other methods of treatment for the issues that I have been suffering for several years and that the only option left was laparoscopic supracervical hysterectomy, all potential options of having another baby were gone. I have to admit that it didn’t really bother me until James brought it up.  Then I went back and forth for a few days. While it would be fun to have another baby, our oldest is 17 and our youngest is 11, it would be like starting a whole new family and I don’t have the energy for that anymore. The four I have now drained me. The benefits of this surgery are astronomical. It is going to change my whole life and I look forward to that. Another benefit, if we do get pregnant, I will know for a fact that it’s not mine…James will have some splanin’ to do.

We are so blessed to have wonderful friends who have stepped up without even being asked to help out with the kids and meals and support. I even have a friend flying in to stay with me while James and Tyler are at high adventure camp. I so appreciate everything they have done and are going to do to help.

Here’s to a successful surgery tomorrow!

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

I Mustache You A Question...

Have you missed us?
Who said NO? We have been up to a lot of nothing for the last five months. Since our amazing Disney Cruise, we have been crying our eyes out James and I have planned our "year of the parents" vacation. We are going to Hawaii, if my dad will agree to loan us his house for a week, that is. We have gone vegetarian! Yep, we only eat meat on social occasions when there isn't another option. Or at least I do. James and the kids eat meat anytime they can. They even asked for "real" meat for their birthday dinners. Eventually they will succumb and see the brilliance of my ways. They can't deny the benefits we have already seen.

James took a new job with GE, he is the Global Key Accounts Executive. It is going to be less travel and when does have to travel it will be international. He also went back to school to earn his BA in business management. He is very excited about the new challenges in his life. 

I have been keeping busy with my church callings, the kids, the house and of course all of my little and not so little projects. I think I have about five going right now, however James thinks I have many more than that. Hopefully I will finish them all, SOON! I finally graduated college and got a new car as my graduation gift (Best husband EVER!). After many visits with my doctor and several alternative trials we have decided that it will be best for me to have a laparoscopic hysterectomy. I will be having it done in June. The kids and I are then planning a trip to Idaho for the month of July. 

Tyler has been busy with choir. They took their spring trip to San Antonio this year and went to the Alamo, Six Flags, and Sea World. He  went on the trek and had a wonderful experience in the heat of Texas. He started driver training and is doing very well. I think he just about has all of his hours completed. Can't wait for him to be a full fledged driver. He also turned 17 last month. It scares me a little that he will be on his mission in just two years.

Kayla turned 15 in January and she can't wait to start driver training. Me, not so much! One teen driver is enough for now. She also went on the trek this year. It was fun making her skirts and bonnet. She had a great time. She has loved seminary this year, had a good year in school, but is ready for summer break. 

Sierra is perfecting the art of drama around the house. The littlest things send her off into a fit of yelling, crying rage. I hope she grows out of it and soon. That way I don't have to kick her out or build her a shed in the back yard to live in. She is having fun in Young Women's and has made a lot of great friends here. 

Brooklyn is just her go lucky, take it as it comes self. She has been busy with projects for school. First was her science "egg"speriment. She tested different liquids to see what they would do to egg shells. Vinegar will dissolve it off leaving the egg intact. It was very cool to see. Her project this week is on a famous Texan. She chose Laura Bush. We have learned a lot about her.

I now mustache you another question...

Did you know that Duct Tape makes one with mustaches on it? How cool is that?

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Disney Dream

Please don't be jealous! We had another fabulous time cruising with Disney. Here are some of the pics.