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I pray because I believe, and I believe because I pray.

Joseph Walker--Deseret Morning News

Utah, United States

Kelly is the mother of 5 adorable kids--4 boys and a girl. The girl came in a package with a boy (twins). Kelly is married to a charming young man who lives and breathes computers. They are also guardians for three nieces and a nephew.

She is active in the community having served as PTA President of a local elementary school, on the board of the Salt Lake Mothers of Twins, as a district round-table trainer with the Cub Scouts, as a volunteer for Sidelines (a support network for Women on bed rest during pregnancy) and she and her husband are active in the LDS Church.

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Salt Lake LDS Temple Centennial with a full 3D model of the building in downtown Salt Lake City, Utah. This Single Image Stereogram was done at the 100 year anniversary of the building's completion.

Printed at 18x24 inches.

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"And now, my sons, remember, remember that it is upon the rock of our Redeemer, who is Christ, the Son of God, that ye must build your foundation; that when the devil shall send forth his mighty winds, yea, his shafts in the whirlwind, yea, when all his hail and his mighty storm shall beat upon you, it shall have no power over you to drag you down to the gulf of misery and endless wo, because of the rock upon which ye are built, which is a sure foundation, a foundation whereon if men build they cannot fall."

Helaman 5:12

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Monday, January 19, 2009

Our Nut Dispenser

We discovered that we have a nut dispenser in our freezer. Actually, we had a nut dispenser. It all started when I was defrosting our upright freezer to make room for some meat we had ordered. I was putting everything I could inside our freezer that is part of our refridgerator unit. I put things where ever I could...including on top of the ice in the ice maker.

After I defrosted the freezer I put everything back in the upright freezer...well, almost everything. Everything except one bag of nuts and dried fruit that that had been put atop the ice maker.

This ice maker is one of those that allows us to get the ice by pushing a lever on the door. It has a setting for crushing the ice as it comes out.

The forgotten bag was still there when my oldest son woke up the next morning and got himself a drink of ice water. He put water in his cup and then set the ice to come out crushed. As he started to take a drink from his cup he discovered something foreign in his drink.

"Mom, " he said, "there is something wrong with the ice maker. It is putting something funny in my drink."

It was then that I remembered the bag of nuts in the freezer. I spent the next half an hour cleaning bits of plastic, nuts and fruit from the coils of the ice maker.

NOTE to self: This would make a great April Fools joke....or maybe not.

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Thursday, January 08, 2009

Changing the BCS

The following was previously posted on a facebook page by John Killough Wangel of Texas.

2000-2001: One-loss teams Miami and Washington are left out of the championship game while one-loss Florida State goes on to lose undefeated Oklahoma. Victims of the BCS: Oklahoma, Miami, and Washington.
2001-2002: Despite being blown out by Colorado (who also won the Big 12 Championship) 62-36, Nebraska goes on to get routed by Miami in the national championship while the human poll favorite Oregon and field proven Buffaloes watch. Victims of the BCS: Miami, Colorado, and Oregon.
2003-2004: LSU, USC, and Oklahoma finish the season with one loss resulting in USC being named AP National Champion and LSU being named the Coaches poll champion. Victims of the BCS: USC and LSU.
2004-2005: Oklahoma goes on to get destroyed by USC 55-19, while three undefeated teams (Utah, Boise State, and Auburn) played in less significant games. Auburn, who convincingly won their bowl game and the SEC that year, along with Utah finished the season undefeated with no championship. Victims of the BCS: USC, Auburn, and Utah.
2005-2006: The only year the stars aligned for a perfect BCS championship, undefeated USC and Texas played for the National Championship. Victims of the BCS: None (surprisingly)
2006-2007: Undefeated Ohio State is automatically in the championship game while undefeated Boise State along with 4 one loss teams (Louisville, Wisconsin, Florida, and Michigan) all bid for the one remaining spot. Florida goes on to beat Ohio State for the championship title while Louisville and Boise State also win their games. Boise State finishes their second undefeated season in three years with no title. Victims of the BCS: Florida, Boise State, and Louisville.
2007-2008: LSU jumps three teams in the final week for a spot in the Championship game against one Ohio State, despite having two losses. One loss Kansas and undefeated Hawaii, along with six other legitimate two loss teams are left out of the championship picture. Victims of the BCS: Kansas, Hawaii, Virginia Tech, Georgia, USC, Oklahoma, Arizona State, West Virginia, and Missouri.
2008-2009: In the closing weeks of the season, OU jumps the team they lost to (Texas) by beating a team they (Texas) had already beaten. This led to a Big 12 title and national championship game for OU while Texas was left out of the national championship picture. Other teams, such as UNDEFEATED Boise State and one-loss Texas Tech have two great seasons and are left out of the BCS bowl games because Cincinnati and Virginia Tech get automatic bids despite having multiple losses.
ONCE AGAIN, the BCS proves it doesn't like settling matters on the field. Texas beat one of the teams head to head who is in the national championship game. Texas Tech beat Texas head to head and isn't in a BCS bowl game. BOISE STATE WAS UNDEFEATED AND DIDN'T GET A SNIFF
You may have noticed that I mentioned the Champion as a victim in some years. In each of these years, the question of "What if..?" will always remain and could tarnish their championship.

This is not just about UTAH. The argument that the BSC plays harder or more difficult schedules just doesn't hold water. They are afraid to play the other teams for fear that they will get kicked out of their own game.

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Saturday, January 03, 2009

Utes Beat BCS Best

Utah Utes football: 13-0 Utes roll over one of the BCS' best

Besides winning the 75th anniversary Sugar Bowl, Friday night's 31-17 win over Alabama in the Louisiana Superdome capped a 13-0 season for the Utes. They finished the season as the only undefeated team in the nation.
I am a Utah man, sir and I live across the green.
Our gang it is the jolliest that you have ever seen.
Our coeds are the fairest and each one's a shining star.
Our yell, you hear it ringing through the mountains near and far.

Who am I, sir, a Utah man am I:
A Utah man, sir, and will be till I die: Ki! Ki!
We're up to snuff: we never bluff.
We're game for any fuss.

No other gang of college men dare meet us in the muss.
So fill your lungs and sing it out shout it to the sky.
We'll fight for dear old crimson for.....


And when we prom the avenue, all lined up in a row.
And arm in arm and step in time as down the street we go.
No matter if a freshman green, or in a senior's gown,
The people all admit we are the warmest gang in town.


We may not live forever on this jolly good old sphere,
But while we do we'll live a life of merriment and cheer.
And when our college days are o'er and night is drawing nigh,
With parting breath we'll sing that song:

A Utah Man am I!


Now, whose the best?!?!?!

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