Wednesday, June 25, 2008


I've realized that I haven't really updated in a while. So here it goes. Skyler has been working a lot lately. He has been getting a lot of overtime, which is good, financially speaking, but he is just so exhausted! Yesterday for example, he worked for 13 hours. He's also been working late on Fridays and until mid-afternoon on Saturdays. Poor thing. I would be so burnt out. I've been told this shouldn't last too much longer, let's hope not!
Let me also add that Skyler has also been doing amazing in his aspiration to start living a healthy lifestyle. He has been going for 16 weeks now. He has been following the Body-for-Life program. He has only been following the food portion of the program and has been doing his own thing for workouts.
Body-for-life is a 12-week challenge which allows one free day per week. However, Skyler decided that he was not going to take a free day at all!. So get this... He hasn't had any sort of sweets or anything questionable what-so-ever (including pizza, ice cream, white bread products, sugary anything) in 16 weeks! I don't know how he does it. I mean, in general, I eat pretty healthy, but I like to indulge occasionally. He however, feels no need. He has a whole new philosophy on eating now. It was a complete turn around from how he used to eat. I am so proud of him.

As for myself, I have just been working and doing photography on the side. I was asked to assist in a wedding a few weeks ago. It was my first time shooting a wedding. I am no longer working for the other photography company I mentioned a while back. Thank goodness. I won't go into that. I am hoping that I will be working with Emily more. She was awesome to work with. This is pretty much it for me for now.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008


So there are lots of things lately that have scared me into getting some food storage started and just becoming more prepared in general. The major earthquake in China recently was the first thing that scared me.

We live in a 118 year old house, in the basement, on the wasatch front where an earthquake could happen anytime really. Scary much? The Earthquake in China was devastating. So many people, including children in schools, died. It is likely that if we had an earthquake close to the magnitude of China's, we would not survive, let alone need all the items I've been preparing, but just in case, might as well be prepared right!?

Also, last month our ward conference was completely about being prepared. They briefly spoke about being spiritually prepared, which is of course more important than anything, but they really emphisized food storage and other preparedness topics. Ever since then, I've slowly, but more quickly than in the past, been gathering prepardness items. I have always been putting it off and using the lack of space in our one bedroom apartment as an excuse. But I realized that with some rearanging and some new added shelving as organization, it could be done. We are far from a year's supply, and I am still not quite as prepared as I would like to be, but I feel much better now.
Here is a list of items I have in 1 out of 2 72 hr. kits I have put together in addition to a regular food supply. If you see anything you can think of that I should add that I haven't thought of yet, just let me know. I plan on continuing to add things constantly and I am open to ideas.

(1) Small Scissors
(1) Small flashlight
(2) Crunchy oat bars
(1) Chocolate chip granola bar
(1) Canned tuna
(1) Can opener
(1) Whistle
(1) Toothbrush with floss
(1) Hand warmer
(2) feet warmers
(1) Rain Poncho
(1) Heat Blanket
(4) Lighters
(1) Hand sanitizer
(2) “AAA” Batteries
(2) “AA” Batteries
(2) Elastic bands
Post-it notes
(1) sharpie & (1) pen
$______ Change (emergency money)
Feminine Hygiene
(2) Sudafed
Tylenol PM
Cotton Swabs
Pocket size tissues
Hotel size Shampoo, conditioner, hand lotion
Pocket knife

It's smart to keep a 72 hr. kit and a First-aid kit in the car as well. We spend so much time in the car, you never know what could happen and what you will need while you are away from home.
Here are some other miscellanoues items I've read that are good for preparedness...
Having a fire extinguisher on hand, keeping your gas tank atleast 1/2 full, keeping extra fuel on hand.

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Father's Day

Cute neighbor boy