Monday, July 28, 2014

Blue Boat Home

I follow this other blogger...Brooke says I only follow people who are sick or fat...anyway, she posted this song and it s beautiful so I decided to post it.  She wants it played at her memorial when she dies.  I'm not sure I want it played at my funeral, but it is a pretty song and I have never heard it before..

"BLUE BOAT HOME" Words by singer/songwriter Peter Mayer

Though below me, I feel no motion
Standing on these mountains and plains
Far away from the rolling ocean
Still my dry land heart can say
I've been sailing all my life now
Never harbor or port have I known
The wide universe is the ocean I travel
And the earth is my blue boat home

Sun, my sail, and moon my rudder
As I ply the starry sea
Leaning over the edge in wonder
Casting questions into the deep
Drifting here with my ship's companions
All we kindred pilgrim souls
Making our way by the lights of the heavens
In our beautiful blue boat home

I give thanks to the waves upholding me
Hail the great winds urging me on
Greet the infinite sea before me
Sing the sky my sailor's song
I was born upon the fathoms
Never harbor or port have I known
The wide universe is the ocean I travel
And the earth is my blue boat home

 This song is in the Universal Unitarian Hymnal. It is also to the tune of  In Humility, Our Savior which is in our LDS Hymnal.  Which is probably why I liked the song because it was somewhat familiar to me.  Although it is the tune of In Humility, Our Savior that is a little less known and a bit faster in tempo that we usually sing ....unless I'm the waver of course and then we have that Sacrament hymn over in a few minutes....
I thought it was a  beautiful song about this lovely Earth we have.  According to another Blogger, the " lyrics were written to emphasize the fragile and timeless beauty of our lovely planet".  Which being  a Science Teacher, I'm all about that!  really think it is beautiful.  Maybe next time we sing "In Humility, Our Savior", I'll sing this version instead. 

Saturday, July 26, 2014

REAL Hot dogs and Beer

This year, Abi's soccer people have a fund raiser.  We can work for RSL selling consessions.  FORZA has contracted out 3 consession stands to work or volunteer as they call it.  So, my friend Wendy Neff and I have been volunteering to pay for our daughter's soccer. Kindof ironic that we are doing the fundraiser and our girls are not. but they have to be 16 years old.  bummer.  So, we have to arrive like 90 minutes before game time, to get our stand ready.  We have to get out the popcorn, cook hot dogs and stock beer cups.  We open about 60 minutes before game time.  It has been super hot behind the counters and I'm constantly sweating.  Its hard work.  I come home and my feet are killing me and I'm soo tired that I can't sleep.  AND I stink like sweat and beer and food.  My favorite part is the beer pouring.  Beer is easy, and expensive.  Beer drinkers are there for fun, and so they are mostly in a good mood.  They are the only ones that tip us.  We have been about 10 times this season and are trying to get more days in.  We split the profit with everyone in the stands so we make different amounts each time.  But I have met some interesting people and its fun to be at the REAL stadium even if we can't watch the game.  We do have a TV but we are usually super busy. 

I'm trying to minimize the amount I have to pay for Abi.  We did get a scholarship for her because we are low income....for $300 that covered registration fees.  I had to pay $40 for the rest of registration.  Now, hopefully I can cover the rest of the fees with the REAL money. 

I don't have a picture because I don't take my camera in.  but I'll try to have Wendy take a pic of me sometime to show how attractive we look in our visors and shirts behind the counter selling nachos and hot dogs!  I would never have done this if I didn't think Abi's soccer was important for her.  It is a great extra curricular activity that keeps her fit and associating with nice girls. 

Cub camp for Jack and Nick

Jack and Nick went to cub camp the same day.  Jack is a wolf, and nick is a Weeblos.  Of course they had a great time.  Jack went to Super hero camp.  He came home super dirty and tired.  That's always a sign of a good trip.  Nick was soo tired when he got home, that he refused to come up and take his pic. 

Jack's dirty feet.

REAL Soccer game

We decided to go to the REAL soccer game tonight.  We had an opportunity to get free tickets so we took advantage  I did have to drive out to 90th south in the am to get the tickets and then drive out again  at 4:00 for the game.  It was worth it for my children.  Abi, Nick, Jack and Maureen went to the game.  We sat on the west side, (only tickets left) and it was SUPER hot.  I had to take multiple breaks and walk up to the top to rest in the shade...It ended up being the REAL reserves, we think that is the team that feeds the REAL...but we are not sure. We LOVE the REAL fight song, so here is video clip of it.  I think it is called a chant though..

 Quite impressed I got that video to upload
Another video of the chant

Jack taking a rest up in the shade

Maureen...lookin good...hah

Jack in the red hat, Maureen, and Nick in the front

Abi and Nick

Abi and pic of Nick Romando their keeper


Thursday, July 24, 2014

Bountiful Handcart 24th of July

Bountiful has a 24th of July Celebration.  It Starts off with a Parade.  I haven't been to the parade for years.  Getting a seat is a pain and its hot.  Did I say hot??  Well, this year, Andrew was in the parade with the Jazz Band for the High School.  I had to drive him to the parade so we decided to go to the parade.  Brooke and I got up today and saved seats near the Maverik at the beginning of the parade route.  It was a great seat and we parked in the parking garage nearby and got a nice drink at the Maverik on our way over to our seats.    It ended up being super fun.  Really we had a great time.  There were only 4 of us.  Abi, Brooke, Nick and me.  Jack went with McKenna and Koa.  (her boyfriend...jack can't get enough of Koa.) 

There were a few floats, marching bands, horses, and old cars.  There were also lots of advertising for businesses that I thought was fun too.  Why not??  Who doesn't like getting a roll from the Lion House or Otter pops thrown at you?  We did have a vacant chair next to us.  It was our lawn chair and Abi was sitting on the ground.  The Lion House threw a roll at us, and it landed on the empty chair.  The lady behind us, reached around and took it off OUR chair and ate it.  Hahah I think that chair was super dirty!!

Nick was the expert at getting candy.  He also got Frisbees, small basketball, and ran in front of the people next to us to get a bag full of peanuts. . . it really was a good catch. 


Andrew on the Bass

After the parade, we head to gma's and have a bbq and watch the fireworks on the driveway.  We could walk up to the jr high but we can see them from her house so why should we exert the effort and walk up there.  Its always a good time. Good food and good company. 
Michelle, Micaela, Abi, Grace and Brooke

Nick in the glasses

The food, the most important part

McKenna and Andrew

McKenna, Brooke and Andrew

Sunday, July 20, 2014


Today it rained.  A downpour.  I was driving on the Legacy parkway.  It has lots of weeds.  Its suppose to be like a natural habitat of the early Utah...Well, the beauty of having lots of weeks and rain is the smell!  Yum  it smells like wet weeds.  And it is only until the weeks are wet that they stop smelling.  Well, I LOVE that smell.  It reminds me of my Grandpa fon and Grandma Stella's farm in Delta Utah.  It smells just like that on their farm.  Brings me back to their farm every time it rains and that weed smell.  It just takes me back to visiting them and the farm.  I remember feeding the cows and gathering the eggs.  And Tractor rides.  Grandpa was ready at any time to take us out on a tractor ride or let us drive in the fields.  You know that he was thinking 'oh these city slickers coming down and insisting on going with me to do the chores.  It would be soo much faster if I just went alone."  But NO.  Never did he say that.  In fact, he acted like he loved our help feeding and watering the cows.  He never yelled if we made a mistake and spilled the chicken feed or didn't quite get the hay far enough in the cow pen.  He also never complained about going on ONE more tractor ride. 

We played cards at night and Grandma Stella LOVED to lose.  She LOVED to get the sister.  (that would be the queen of spades in hearts and gave her 13 points.) We liked Aunt Joyce's Shrimp salad.  So when we would come visit grandma she had shrimp, and green onions and everything we needed to make our salad.  She loved to shop.  We shopped at Nordstrom, ZCMI, and the White House. I felt bad that she died before we had Target or Costco.  I think she would have LOVED shopping at Target.  She was soo kind also.  She would sleep with her door wide open.  I told her I was scared to have that door WIDE open at night.  A boogie man would come in.  NOPE she said, no one comes around here at night. Well, then, Grandma slept on the side of the bed closes to the door....hahah  Loved reminiscing about them tonight.  Miss them both so much. 

Tuesday, July 15, 2014


Jack asked me today if he had a step brother.  I said 'no' because he doesn't.  then later on he asked me if he had a step dad.  Well, the answer is also no.  I think he has been hanging around with the neighbor kid who is staying with his dad and step mother for the summer.  guess its a weird thing to have someone have a 'step' brother when you don't have one. 

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Summer Conditioning for the Chili children

Everyone has been involved in conditioning this summer.  Abi has had High School conditioning at Mueller Park each morning for July.  She also has her soccer team trainings about 3x per week.  Plus Keeper Training...she is busy. 

Abi and Tillie getting signed up for CAMP

Abi and Tillie

Abi Cache Valley cup with a random Aggie

Andrew has also been at conditioning.  His started at Bountiful High School 5x per week.  3 days of weight lifting and 2 days per week of conditioning.  He had to get new cleats for football.  $140.00 of football cleats.  Under Arnour special ordered in Bountiful High School colors.  He has also been working with Kerry Peart Lawn mowing so he just can't get enough time outdoors.  He hasn't let me take a pictue yet, but maybe soon.

The above is Andrew after conditioning getting chocolate milk at Dicks.  I can't remember to take a pic of him.

Jack and Nick have also been doing Football conditioning.  Monday and Wednesday from 6:30 to 8:00 am.  They have been doing The Beep Test, Brave Jacks, Brave quarters and lots of leg lifts from what I can tell.  They got new shorts along with registration.  They are super excited for football this year.  I don't have any pics of Nick at conditioning.  I finally remembered to take some pics the last day and Nick didn't go.  He didn't want to run 4 Brave quarters.  Jack ran the B


Thursday, July 10, 2014

Owls Bat Boy

Nick was the bat boy for the Orem Owls.  They are a minor league team that feeds into the Salt Lake Bees, who feeds into the Angels.  He had to wear gray pants, and a red shirt.  He was soo excited.  We got there and he was escorted to the dug out and he went with them to collect the equipment and they was instructed how to be a bat boy.  He was to run out and pick up the bats after the batter got to first base.  But if there is a guy on 3rd, he had to wait til he got home or didn't run to pick up the bats.  He also handed the umpire the new balls and got stray balls that were hit behind home plate.  He also got a few high fives from the players.  He also had to make sure there were enough cups for the Gatorade and water for the players.  Nick had a great time.  You could see it on his face.  Every time he came back from collecting a ball, he had a huge smile on his face and after the game he was just a sweating  It did rain tonight but other than that, it was a fabulous evening watching our bat boy!


Jack, Blake and Nick.  That's Nicks ball he got from being the batboy


Gma and Gpa and Micaela, Blake and Abi