Miscellaneous Monday...

I've decided to start a weekly blog called
Miscellaneous Monday
You've probably heard of a few others... "Thankful Thursday" or "Flash Back Friday." My goal is to gather useful tips and other things to share on Mondays. Please let me know if you have any topics you'd like info about or a helpful tip we all could enjoy.

Would your child be able to survive if he/she fell into the water?
This video clip is amazing!!
I would love to put Tydon in one of these classes so he would know what to do if he fell in the water.
You can watch HERE.
Printer Ink...
Out of Ink cartridge can still work...There is a reset button -
Tiny hole above circuit board -
That gives a more accurate reading... May be half full yet.

I tried this on my Brother cartridge and didn't find a reset button, but if you have a printer cartridge that you have to pull off the protective tape to uncover the circuit board (goldish shiny part) you may be in luck. There is a tiny button at the top that you can reset for a more accurate ink level reading. The video showed an Epson cartridge so they should work.

Computer Shortcuts...
Most of us know how to copy and paste, but here are a few more.

1. (Ctrl+T) - fast way to pull up a new tab on your browser.
2. (Ctrl+F) - find a specific word on a page fast.
3. (Ctrl+C) - copies highlighted text on a page.
4. (Ctrl+V)- pastes the copied text wherever your cursor is.
5. (Ctrl+X) - deletes selected items.

“The happiest people don’t have it all,
they just make the best of what they’ve got!”

Happy Monday!!


Win a FREE Bumbleride!!!

This stroller is FABULOUS. Retails for $399 and you can win it for FREE here... Good Luck!!
Thanks Heather.


"Daddy's at work"

Gordon has officially been a working man for two weeks now! Tydon has figured out that "Daddy's at work" everyday and just knows he doesn't get home until mom starts cooking dinner. He'll look out the window during the day and say "I want daddy come home."
So my job during the day is to keep Tydon busy!! From singing songs, reading books, baking, coloring, making crafts or watching a little Dora... daddy eventually comes home.
This little guy misses his dad which makes for an exciting time when he finally arrives. I always laugh at how rowdy he gets when a little testosterone enters the house.

When the Call's are callin...

You know you're in for a good time.

Moving to Utah meant moving closer to some of our very best friends... Kate and Jeremy. Saturday night they invited us to come for dinner and some CRAZY fun...
We started with Kate's awesome homemade chicken noodle soup.
It was DELICIOUS and we were ALL stuffed!!
(We didn't even get to try Jeremy's dessert)

Gordon got kinda giddy when they said we were going to Walmart to buy Rock Band World Tour for their Wii. He LOVES Guitar Heroe.

I'll just say it was a BLAST!! We played until 2:30 AM!!

Thanks again Kate and Jeremy for such a fun evening, we'll have to do it again real soon :)

Family Home Evening with the Byers...

Monday night for Family Home Evening we went bowling with Gord's sister Klista, her husband Kirk, and Kaitlin. It was so much fun!! Tydon even bowled for the first time! He LOVED it.

I have to brag a little... I had 3 strikes in a ROW!!! I guess they call it a turkey. Gordon was mad that I (finally) beat him with a score of 136!!! I was a little excited :)


Do you drink enough water??

The following will probably amaze and startle you.

One glass of water shuts down midnight hunger pangs for almost 100% of the dieters studied in a University study.

Lack of water is the #1 trigger of daytime fatigue.

Preliminary research indicates that 8-10 glasses of water a day could significantly ease back and joint pain for up to 80% of sufferers.

A mere 2% drop in body water can trigger fuzzy short-term memory, trouble with basic math, and difficulty focusing on the computer screen.

Drinking 32 ounces of water daily decreases the risk of colon cancer by 45%, plus it can slash the risk of breast cancer by 79%, and one is 50% less likely to develop bladder cancer.

Are you drinking the amount of water you should every day?
I know I'm not!!

Don't PAY when you call INFORMATION anymore...
Google now offers a FREE phone directory by calling

So when you are out and about and need a number don't pay for it, just call GOOGLE. Works the same way as regular 411, they connect you too.

Thanks Grandma for more tips :)


Serving in Zion

We have been to our new ward 3 times and we've already spoke in sacrament. They don't waist anytime here in Utah! ;o The bishopric came to visit last week and the Elder's Quorum stopped by this week. Of course I make sure the house is presentable before they come!! I don't want them to see what it looks like during the day :) Tydon and I are pretty good at making sure we clean up before daddy comes home, not to mention hurry and shower and get ready so it looks like we've been presentable all day!! ha ha

Tuesday night we had a meeting with the bishop and Gordon and I were extended callings... Of course we were anticipating where the Lord needs us to serve and EVEN more nervous when a member of the High Council was there too!! They played it cool and acted like he was there making sure the bishop was doing his job correctly... I have never held a Stake calling so I was a little bit nervous...
After some small talk Gordon and I were asked to participate in the Special Needs Mutual for the Stake Thursday evenings and visit their Sacrament meeting every other month. I couldn't help but be excited and emotional for this opportunity!!

The bishop also extended a calling for us to be Primary workers. Double Duty!! We are excited for the opportunity to serve in our own ward as well.

To explain my emotions...

Some of you know that my mom is a nurse. When I was growing up she worked for Idaho Falls Group Homes (clients with disabilities) and I went to work with her quite a bit when she would have to stop to give meds or check on clients. I have had the opportunity to spend time with people with disabilities my whole life.
My Junior year in high school my mom was asked to take in a man named Myron. He was living in a group home in Shelley and he needed a change of scenery. Myron is deaf and has some mental disabilities, the staff didn't know sign language very well and they were having a hard time communicating with him. This frustrated Myron and as a result he would get mad and get destructive, throwing pool balls and chairs... so they would call the police on him. Can you imagine handcuffing someone like this?! It just doesn't make sense or teach Myron anything... only to be scared of the police. So my mom and dad talked about it and sat my brother and I down and asked us if this is something that we would be willing to work with. Brody and I gladly accepted.
As a child my babysitter taught me sign language and in elementary school there were a couple kids in my class that were deaf so I already knew some sign language. I was excited to brush up on my skills and looked forward to communicating with Myron.
About 6-8 months later there was another man in need of a home by the name of Ron. He was one of Myron's friends from work and so the work shop asked my parents if they would consider letting Myron have a roommate. Of course Myron was super excited and after another family counsel we gladly moved Ron into our home.
Ron and Myron have lived with my parents for over 6 years now and have become part of the family. When I lived at home I would get the guys up and off to work before school everyday and I even came home from college on the weekends to help out with them. Since getting married my younger (16) brother Brody has taken over. The state of Idaho pays my parents for having them in their home and provides Ron and Myron with some spending money as well.

Last Summer my mom received a phone call from someone in their ward. There was a lady by the name of Ramona who was in a situation where she didn't have a caregiver. Her parents had passed away several years ago and the lady she was living with had to be admitted to a nursing home. Ramona was in my parents ward and had several friends in the area. Extended family wanted to keep her close to friends and had heard that my parents were certified to care for people with disabilities.
My parents are some the best people I know and made the decision to bring Ramona into their home. They still have Myron and Ron living there and it is quite the crew. Brody gets them up each morning and off to work and is so good with them.

I can't express how much these people mean to me. They have truly blessed my life for their amazing light and humility. I know that I am a better person for knowing them.

Myron is deaf but very animated. He loves to watch you visit and laughs when you do. He loves to stay busy and is always looking for ways to help out around the house. Favorite daily chore, dishes!!

Ron is pretty quiet unless you are talking about trucks or guy stuff. He loves to watch TV and that's where he spends most of his time at home.

Ramona has been such a fun addition to the home and is always making you smile. She has the mentality of an 8 yr old, loves to read and sings in the ward choir.

The Crew

I am so grateful to know these special people and can't wait to see them in their perfect form someday.
I know that Heavenly Father has called us to serve in this position for a reason and I look forward to the opportunity to get to know more of God's choice spirits.


Did you know?!?

I had to go into the kitchen and check this out for myself. I got this e-mail from my grandma and thought everyone could benefit.
Whoever looks at the end of your aluminum foil box? You know when you try to pull some foil out and the roll comes out of the box. Then you have to put the roll back in the box and start over. The darn roll always comes out at the wrong time!!

Hope you all can benefit from this one!


Happy New Year!!

It feels good to finally be home and have our clothes unpacked and put away in our own closets rather than in a duffle bag. Christmas was great... lots of fun, food, laughing, snow and many memories.

We spent time with both of our families while we were home for the holidays. We were even around long enough to help Gord's sister take down their 12' Christmas tree!! What a mess the real trees make... I'm for sure a fake tree girl. The ladder was left out and Tydon thought it was a fun toy!! Yikes...

Of course Briggs wanted in on the fun!
Tydon was so excited to go out and play in the snow for the first time.

He even got to ride on the tube with his cousin Trey.

I love kids all dressed up in their winter clothes!!

We are going to miss all of our family and friends back home. You all know you have a place to stay when you come to Utah and this is where you'll be...

We are really enjoying our new home and grateful to finally be settled. It is so nice to finally have some structure back in our lives. What a difference it makes! Gordon is officially a working man and likes his new job so far.

Happy New Year to everyone!!
I love starting a new year and setting new goals...

My New Year's Resolution is to
Very nervous, but excited to see how long I can get it in 2009.
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