Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Ch ch ch Chia!

When I was 19 Santa brought me a chia pet for Christmas, I could not have been happier. I loved my chia pet! Since Rachel has been home mom and dad have been trying all kinds of things to get her healthy. Apparently my dads new thing is Chia Seeds. You put them in a glass of water and drink them. I found this article talking about the health benefits.

Derived from a mint-related plant known as Salvia hispanica, chia seeds are high in proteins, omega-3 fatty acids, and amino acids. An ounce of chia seeds contains 137 calories, 4 grams of protein and 11 grams of fiber in addition to omega-3s known to help prevent heart disease. The
Chicago Tribune reports that the seeds are higher in omega-3 than any other plant source, including flaxseed, which many people tout for its health benefits. Click here to see whole article.

I would invite my dad to be a guest blogger on the subject but I fear he would reject my offer. Maybe he would like to leave a comment?.....

I was chatting with my friend Melanie and telling her all this. I said "they are so good for you, I should probably eat them" then she said "but what if you have a chia baby?" hahaha, here is what she came up with.... I think this is worse then the Routan baby...almost.

What a brilliant idea

So I saw this story on KSL.com today. I think it's brilliant. Like a hostel, only they don't let you come out in the morning....

S.L. County considers charging jail inmates
March 31st, 2009 @ 8:22am
By Mary Richards

SALT LAKE CITY - Salt Lake County Sheriff Jim Winder wants to start charging inmates for each night of their stay.

Currently it costs $82 a day to bunk an inmate. The sheriff wants to charge some inmates $40 a day.

Sheriff's department spokesman Lt. Don Hutson says in cases where people can pay, they should.

"This is something that's been talked about for quite some time, obviously to offset some of the costs of running a jail. It's very expensive," he said.

Hutson says it wouldn't apply to every inmate. For example, federal and state prison inmates housed temporarily at the jail may not be charged.

The Salt Lake County Council will talk in their council meeting Tuesday afternoon about making it a six-month pilot program.

Some council members like the idea. They say it's time inmates paid more, not taxpayers.

"I think that this is something that a lot of people support, when it comes to trying to offset some of those costs to the taxpayer of running a jail," Hutson said.

But other council members say it may be too much of a financial burden for some inmates to have a bill to pay. Hutson says there will be incentives for inmates who participate in drug treatment programs, parenting classes or other workshops.

"Obviously when you are talking about reducing the cost, if in fact it is going to cost people to stay, if you can provide some really good incentives that we believe will help those people and reduce perhaps (the chance of) them coming back to the jail, then it's a good opportunity," Hutson said.

The Salt Lake County Council meeting takes place Tuesday at 4 p.m. in the council chambers at 2001 S. State St.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Routan Baby

You know those Volkswagen Routan commercials with Brooke Shields telling us that we should not just have babies so we can buy the Routan? I hate those. But this was pretty funny. Also, the babies eyes will follow your mouse..creeeepy.

Create Your OwnMake a Routan Baby

Spring Spring Spring....

We woke up again this morning to this

Maybe if Neil and I danced around and sang about Spring like these guys it would come faster....

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

R.S. Trivia Challange

Here is a little trivia quiz I made up for our R.S. Birthday Party, see if you can answer all of the questions correctly!

Relief Society Trivia

We now number over five and a half million Relief Society sisters in 170 countries across the earth. Like those who preceded us, we stand today united in faith, steadfast in following the living prophet, and committed to building the kingdom of God.


1. Who belongs to Relief Society?

a. Only old Ladies

b. Women 18 years of age and all women who are married

c. Men and Women 18 years of age.

2. What is the Relief Society Motto

a. Casseroles, Casseroles, Casseroles!

b. Charity Never Faileth

c. Sometimes, Charity does fail

3. What are the Relief Society colors?

a. Red, Yellow and Blue

b. Gold and Blue

c. It changes with the seasons

4. How did the Relief Society get started?

a. Men working on the temple needed shirts

b. They needed a place to get together to gripe about their husbands

c. They wanted to raise money for foreign missions.

5. What temple was being built when the Relief Society was organized?

a. Kirtland

b. Nauvoo

c. Draper Utah

6. What year was the Relief Society organized?

a. 1842

b. 1901

c. 1957

7. What was the original name of the Relief Society?

a. The World Wide Sisterhood of do gooders.

b. The Female Relief Society of Nauvoo

c. The Women’s Improvement Association

8. Who was the first General President of the Relief Society

a. Emma Smith

b. Irma Smith

c. Eliza R. Snow

9. How many people were present at the first Relief Society Meeting

a. 5 (women only)

b. 3 Men 7 Women

c. 2 men 3 women

10. Who is the current General Relief Society President

a. Silvia H. Allred

b. Julie B. Beck

c. Barbara Thompson

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Spring Break/Mandatory Unpaid Furlough

We had a great trip to St. George to celebrate our spring break/mandatory unpaid furlough

I can't resist this little tummy:)
Everyone loves Uncle Neil

Liza played so hard she was too tired to finish her dinner

On Friday we drove to SL to go to the Draper Temple Open house, it was so amazing. Lindsey has been dieing to go inside a temple for a long time. It was a great day!

I love these chubby hands:)

After the open house they served cookies at a nearby cultural hall

Crazy boys:)

Some of us had two cookies

All of the grandkids

We went to Becky's house and everyone had a great time!

We had birthday rice krispie treats for Evie. After the kids went to bed we pulled out the Strawberry shortcake. I kind of felt guilty because as you Wilkey cousins will remember that is what the adults used to do at Thanksgiving, they would put us to bed and then pull out the good stuff and it used to make me mad! haha being a grownup has it's perks:)

On Saturday we went to Boondocks and had a great day

Now we are back home. It was a great trip:)

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

I am starting to get a complex...

As of Friday I am 7 weeks pregnant. Not very far along. We were in St. George last week for our Spring break/Mandatory Unpaid Furlough. I went shopping and bought.....

Cute yes? Guess what, I have to wear them, my other pants and skirts do not fit. They button but just barely and are so uncomfortable that I want to kill myself by the end of the day and end up being unbuttoned by 10 am. I know everyone is different but it freaks me out when I talk to other people who are like 12 weeks along and still able to wear their non maternity clothes....please tell me that I am not the only person who has to wear maternity clothes at seven weeks, I need validation people!

Monday, March 16, 2009

Update on Sister Wilkey!!!!

Well, Sister Wilkey is not getting any better poor thing:( They are sending her home on Monday the 23rd. We will work hard to get her better so she can go back soon! Her mission president loves her and wants her back! Thanks for all of your well wishes:)

Friday, March 6, 2009

The power of prayer

Rachel has been pretty sick for the last few weeks, and even went to the emergency room yesterday. They are taking good care of her at the mission home and they are going to hopefully get her into a specialist today. Will you keep her in your prayers? She is doing such wonderful work and is such a great missionary! We hope that they will be able to find out whats wrong and fix it so she can stay on her mission. I know it would make her feel good to know you are all thinking of her:)

Monday, March 2, 2009

The Rumors are True...

PS Please don't mention this on Facebook, I am not ready to out myself to co-workers yet! :)