From Diane Setterfield's The Thirteenth Tale

People disappear when they die. Their voices, their laughter, the warmth of their breath. Their flesh. Eventually their bones. All living mempry of them ceases. This is both dreadful and natural. Yet for some there is an exception to this annihilation. For in the books they write they continut to exist. We can rediscover them. Their humour, their tone of voice, their moods. Through the written word they can anger you or make you happy. They can comfort you. They can perplex you. They can alter you. All this, even though they are dead. Like flies in amber, like corpses frozen in ice, that which according to the laws of nature should pass away is, by the miracle of ink on paper, preserved. It is a kind of magic.

--Diane Setterfield

Monday, December 19, 2011


It stinks when you have some dreams that are so realistic you can't tell if you were actually eating with some lady who had a son who ate everything on his plate, whatever it was, without a fuss.
I think the main reason I think this was a dream is:
1) I have not been out to eat with people I know in way too long. Not to mention out to eat with people I don't know.
2) I never did figure out HOW she got her toddler to do it. I suspect from the look she gave him as she told me how he was so obliging may explain something. It said 'You will eat that food and like it or you will get NO food'.
Hmm.  I wonder if dream logic works in the waking world. I wonder if I consider it child abuse / mistreatment to give it a try.

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Quigley Quibbler November 2011 - will flesh it out whenever I get around to these blog posts.

Camping with Jacob's and friends
Yard work at Jane's (ODD JOBS FOR TRIP)
Babysitting at Fielding's
Organizing at Bucheli's
Book Group at our place
Bountiful Baskest!!
Music practice
Dad in town - River walk
Birthday! - and awesome gifts
Cozy night with Jacob's
Crafting presents
My Sweet Visiting Teacher Made me this DELICIOUS lemon  cake. 

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Quigley Quibbler October 2011

These past months have flown by. October Started out with General Conference for our church. We get to hear from our Prophet and other apostles and church leaders. It's an event for sure roughly 7 hours of instruction over three days, but it's so uplifting; we have made it a part of our culture to participate via the internet every 6 months when another General Conference happens. This time we met up with a group of friends at the park and played Ultimate Frisby and had a pot luck breakfast and then we went to another friend's house to watch conference online. The girls got to play and between sessions we had pancakes and pasta. The next day was another session of Conference and we went to our frisby-in-the-park friend's house for another pre-conference pot luck breakfast. So yummy. Our hostess's birthday was that day so we all sang her happy birthday before we left to our homes to watch conference again. I love going to church for Conference, but it has not happened yet.
I have been bitten by the crafty bug (thank you and really wanted to do a craft. I got some girlfriends together and we crafted magnet boards one evening. It was really fun. I'm using mine in the bathroom now to store my makeup. Everything is magneted and easy to find. It definitely was not easy to navigate my makeup before.

Now for Pictures! They all have captions and should be self explanitory. Enjoy!

Pumpkin varieties. Crazy!

Two pirates and um, I wore my wedding dress.

Four Generations!

Family Pictures! Princesses and they guys.

Family Picture where Jaedyn is smiling...

Manly men. They're very serious.

Miles and pumpkin carving.

Grandpa Ogzewalla chilling. He is one of my favorite people. 

Jaedyn hanging out at Grandpa's house.

Scott and Jaedyn hanging out at home. Eating cheese, I think.

The pumpkin 'patch' with friends. There are no pumpkin patches here... all the pumpkins are trucked in, but the corn maze and flower picking and tractor rides and petting zoos and stuff are a blast.

I made individual meat loafs... they tasted MUCH better than they photographed.

I ran another 5K. This is the only picture of the event... 

Finger painting!

Our little pumpkin. 

See the baby squirrel? It was FEARLESS!

What a cute little vermin. I happen to really like squirrels. Baby squirrels are sure tiny. 

Kinda gross... this is where the cats hang out. I cleaned it in stages. Clean,  only one pass with the vacuum attachment, and original cat fuzz.. 

She's getting taller!

Preschool field trip to another pumpkin 'patch' at the Elgin  Christmas Tree Farm. Go figure. 

Monday, November 14, 2011

The weekend

's post will have to wait, I can't do it justice on the sleep deprivation I am currently suffering.

In other news, I ordered my first Bountiful Basket in Texas. I am SOOO excited for my fresh fruits and vegetables on Saturday.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011


I'm not sure who to tell, so I will tell the internet*. I'm so excited to go see Breaking Dawn! I can't wait.
I feel a little silly** but we have gone to see all the Twilight movies in the theater and it's so fun. I think they are the only movies we have seen in a theater and paid pull price for***. Allowing myself to get giddy over something so really, really silly. Priceless****.

* Somewhere I know Mr. Universe is watching^.
** Okay. A lot silly.
***This may be an exaggeration... then again maybe not.
****My mental health will attest to that.
^(That's a Firefly / Serenity reference.)

Monday, October 10, 2011

Quibbler September 2011 - with pictures at the end

August and September have kind of melded in my mind. It's hard to know where one stops and the other begins...

Back in August Jaedyn and I went to Story time at the library and had so much fun that we finally went to another library and got a library card. The library system here is different than I'm used to. Each city has it's own library. Our subdivision is 'unincorporated' so we have to pay to get a library card at our local library. The next city over has no fee, so we are going there. In six months we can apply for a Tex Share card that is good at other libraries. ( This week alone I've read two novels and a handful of children's books... it's SO great to have a library again!)

Jaedyn is also into dancing. She boogies during our Music Time each week, doing the traditional toddler be-bop, but when she is bored she will sometimes do 'ballet'. This usually just consists of her balancing on one leg while she holds the other one out to the side. Like an arabesque... kinda. She has also been known to do yoga; balancing on one leg while the other foot is resting beside her knee.
The Activity Day girls (ages 8 &9) that I work with for church were asked to sing at a baptism for all the youth who had turned 8 that month. Jaedyn and I went to support them and then watched as girls from our ward (congregation) were baptized. Jaedyn watched with wide eyes. After the second baptism she turned to me and said “she went under the water!” I told her that's how we do baptisms and she told me she did not want to get baptized. Even after the girl was dressed and we all went to another room to see her set apart as a member of our church, Jaedyn kept telling me how that girl was all wet because she went all the way under the water.
We had the Garofolo's over for Family Home Evening and I read Jaedyn and Sophia a story. When the main character made a good choice they put their thumbs up, when he made a bad choice they put their thumbs down. Even since then we have discussed good choices and bad choices. Jaedyn gets a thumbs up for her good choices and when I say, “Oh, that's a bad choice” she gives me a thumbs down and, usually, stops the offending action. It's brilliant! It also makes reading the scriptures more engaging for her. I read a bit and ask her if the character made a good choice or a bad choice. We discuss it and she remembers the stories.
We had an activity for my Activity Day girls with a Zumba instructor. It was so fun! I really miss the Zumba class I took at the YMCA in Bellevue. It was our biggest turn out, we have 20 girls in our group and about 15 showed up. Jaedyn and I were in the hall getting our juice ready for the smoothies we had as a snack when the gym door opened right onto her bare foot. Her big toe was scraped and bleeding at the knuckle and a huge blood blister popped up at the end of her toe. She was a little hysterical. We got her cleaned up as best we could and she has been in socks and shoes since then. The socks hurt her toe, but she refused to have a band-aid. It was the weirdest thing. Finally I pinned her down, after she stubbed hat toe again, and wrestled a band-aid onto her. She liked it fine after that and wore it under her sock. When it came off she didn't want another one and has refused every band-aid since then.

I have been running. I started at the end of August. A group of, ridiculously skinny and equally ridiculously sweet, girls from church get together and invited me to join them. The third Saturday of September we ran a 5K. It's a re-occurring race so we plan to run it again next month, if we are not doing a mini triathlon. I was sick the night before, I even threw up, and was feeling wobbly right up until we started running. I was not in top form, but Stacy ran at my slower pace and we finished in 34:47 minutes. I placed 142 out of 189, yikes!, and averaged an 11.13 minute mile walk/ run. Seeing the scores has definitely motivated me to do better next time. It was tons of fun! (Currently I run 4 or 5 times a week and each run is either a 5K or just under, depending on the route)
I got home from the 5K and showered and we all dashed to Fiona's birthday party. It was her mom's actual birthday, but she opted to share the day and have her little one's party. We got there late, but Jaedyn got right into eating cupcakes and playing outside with all the kids. She would come back in for water or other candies (if she could sneak them, or find a gullible adult) and eventually found herself with a second cupcake! She ran outside with it and a few minutes later was bawling. She had tripped over the door frame of the Playskool house outside and biffed it. Her cupcake also biffed it. She is still talking about how she tripped and her cupcake was smashed and ruined.
    We are getting a new church building sometime in October. It's right across the main street outside our subdivision, so close we could walk to church! Scott was asked to go and do a special training on the sound system in the new building. I tagged along and got to see the insides before anyone else. It's bigger than the chapel we currently meet in and beautiful. We got to poke around before and after the training (everything is automated so you just turn the system on and plug in a mike if you need it) and we even went into the attic. Way cool! Scott has the pictures we took. Hmm, I'll have to get those some day.
The Saints United Choir came to town and we got tickets to go to a show. Our neighbors were going to come too, but fell through at the last moment. Their loss! It was amazing! Gladys Knight directed the choir and sang to us and gave her testimony in a little missionary devotional. It was beautiful and Scott got to shake her hand as she left. That's cool.
The next weekend Scott went with the scouts on a camp out. He took his phone and his laptop and had grand plans to play games all night long. Some of the other campers / leaders gave him grief for not leaving all technology at home. He was surprised when everyone turned in about 10PM. He was expecting the boys to stay up late, swapping manly stories or something. But he got to talking with some of the dads and had a really great time playing mind games with one of them. He came home so excited that this other dad thinks like he does and plays the same 'what-if' games he plays in his head. They talked until 4 in the morning! Then he dutifully logged on to his game. When he saw no one else on, he logged off and went to sleep.
While that was going on, Jaedyn and I went to the house of one of the dads Scott was talking to (not the similar thinker...). Stephanie, his wife, and I made lumpias (Filipino egg rolls) and ate dinner while Jaedyn played with her kids. Actually we just made the lumpia filling. She is half Filipinoor tisae, and just knew the recipe... so I wrote down while we cooked. Then we watched Gigi while we waited for the meat mixture to drain. It was a really fun evening. I left with ½ a gallon zip lock of lumpia filling and some lumpia wraps. I eventually wrapped them at home and fried them. They were SO GOOD! I used about half the filling, so I just need to get more wraps and we can eat it again. Yum!

The Zumba instructor that taught our Activity Day girls offers free classes in her garage. When I found out I jumped on that bandwagon. I went with Jaedyn, Scott was waking up with the scouts at the campground, and Zumba-ed. She watched TV and got bored and came out and Zumba-ed with us. This instructor is different from the gal I'm used to and her steps are different, even on songs I knew. They were simpler and a little slower and I missed my peppy, enthusiastic instructor from Washington. It's fun to shake it, even if the steps are a little more conservative and simple. Afterward we talked about photography and I was inspired to take more pictures and learn more about the camera I got for Christmas.
That night Jaedyn and I went to the General Relief Society Meeting Broadcast. It was a great little meeting and Jaedyn did really really well. We socialized before hand and ate dinner at the potluck. Then we sat with friends and Jaedyn 'braided' the hair of the mom that sat next to me. She has been braiding my hair too and putting it into ponytails and brushing my scalp raw. Usually she just brushes and then gather up a handful of hair and smooths it in her hand saying “I'm braiding your hair.” It's really cute.

She is also very interested when I put on makeup. She likes to watch, actively, grabbing brushes and compacts that I'm not using.
More than once we have gone to playgroups or other social events with her cheeks painted with concealer or eyeshadow or blush. I wonder where she gets it...

We have been potty training and Jaedyn has been working the system. She got to a point where she was not interested in the current reward, a candy, and will carry it around or decorate the house with it. “Awl ssave it for two marrow”, she says with her hand held up to stop me. I don't know what she is stopping me from, but when she really means it, she will tell it to you with her hand out in a 'stop' gesture. That's her sign language for 'emphasis'. What a change this new phrase is.
She used to entertain crowds at church with the phrase “There'ss candy at the sstor”.
Usually when we tell her it's 'prayer time' she folds her arms and either listens quietly at church or starts saying a prayer of her own; if we are ready or not. We don't tell her what to say, she just goes. Eventually we realized that her prayers were getting a little repetitious.
Dear Heav'ly Fath'r, thank you fo'our food, thank you fo' mommy and daddy take me to th' differnet park, thank you Baloo and Jesseyss, name of Jessus Chrisst, Amen.”
It was cute, but we have other things to be grateful for and other things to ask for (although it's clever that she thanks Heavenly Father in advance for us taking her to the park... and a new one at that!). Once Scott tried prompting her. “Thanks for our good sleeps” turned into something funny that we meant to write down. I was probably something like: Thanks for no sleep”. We cracked up! Now I just mention what I'd like her to add to her prayer and she fits it all in there by herself.
We sure think she's a cutie.

I went to tuck her in one night and she talked to me in a dream. “A pancake” she said and started singing a little song.

In other news, our neighbor gave us an air compressor! Wow. She had it sitting around and didn't want it. I just need to find some cheap heads and I've got myself a nail gun! I can do all sorts of projects with a nail gun! We could even replace our fence. The owner has agreed to reimburse us for parts if we replace the fence for him. Our neighbors have agreed to come out and help when we do it.
Until then I'm just doing small crafts, inside. Crafts like meal planning and sign making. Well meal planning is not a craft, but the frame and exchangeable background sure felt like crafting when I put it together. The signs take more work. I have to cut them and sand them and then paint them and then sand them again to get the weathered look that's 'in' these days. The problem is that the perfect time to do all that is during nap time, but my 'work spot' is on the patio right below her bedroom window. Jaedyn has never failed to wake up in the middle of a nap because I turned on the saw or sander. Sigh. But she has helped me paint some washes onto some boards and I'm excited to see how they turn out.
I also made a door, um, thing. Not a wreath.. but it hangs from the random nail in our door and says “welcome”.

Scott and I left Jaedyn with a fun babysitter and drove to San Antonio to visit the temple there. It's beautiful and sits at the top of a hill, rather grand as you drive around the corner and see the tiny valley before you and the temple on a hill at the other side. We had a fun time, even though it was a really quick trip. We drove through some rain, real Texas rain. The kind where you have to slow down to 30mph on the freeway because you can't see. Unfortunately our neighborhood didn't get any, just big clouds and lots of wind. (We did get rain all last night and most of today though).

The last day of the month I got together with some girlfriends to celebrate a birthday. We had a tiny luncheon at the hostess' house and even though the food was yummy and the conversations fun (we laughed about seeing us running partners with makeup and real clothes on) my favorite part was when we sat down and all told the birthday girl why we loved her. It was such a simple sweet thing to do but it was very fun.

Jaedyn has really gotten the hang of riding her tricycle and has been peddling around the block, to the mailbox and even to the park and back. She has a cute kitty helmet she wears and has fun with her new found independence. Sometimes trucks block the driveways, we have taught her that they are ob-stickles. We go around them. Jaedyn got a cool toy in September. We have borrowed, indefinably, a bike attachment thing. Jaedyn trikes up a storm, but now we can all go on 'fast' bike rides out of the neighborhood. Jaedyn and I were taking a walk to the park and Scott came over to our friends who live across the street from the park and picked up the Instep. We couldn't get it home in our car, so we attached it to Jaedyn's tricycle and she pulled it home. I'm just kicking myself that I didn't get a picture. It was precious! We have been biking on short trips at night, to wear her down, but Labor Day we biked to the Old Settler's Park( about 4 miles away), played for a few hours and biked back. That night when I went running, I felt so good; I could have run, without stopping, the whole 5K!
So September was a good enough month. Scott is still looking for a job and I am still trying to set up a site for Bountiful Baskets in Austin. Jaedyn is still trying to get candy and dessert before each meal. You know, the usual.

That's about all...We love ya! ~ the Quigleys

Biking to park for Labor Day.

Evidence Jaedyn has been in the room. Fly swatter on the window sill; Candy on the side table; spoon tucked into the drawer handle.

Crafting for a special needs non profit school using wood from my pile; menu planning, freezer / healthy meals.

Fiona's birthday party

Fancy hair-dos and “watching” me put on makeup.

Cleaning at Novie and Fiona's: I helped our friends, the Werneking's, clean up for their dad's return. He had been away for 9 months! We tidied the playroom and did an office makeover as well as hanging nick knacks around the house.

The Peppers tried to put out another crop and withered, pumpkins are still going strong, wind storms have knocked over my plants and my tidy scrap wood pile.

My 5K running partners.

Cooking has been hit or miss this month, sometimes at the same time. Perfectly steamed sweet potato and charred potatoes from dinner one night. Not pictured: The nachos that caught fire and melted the silicon; perfect and delicious lumpias and curry.

Waffles for breakfast... I hope she doesn't think all waffles are topped with Ice cream and sprinkles.

Friday, September 16, 2011

If I never see a Flaming Hot Cheeto again...

It will be too soon.
On a side note I have never noticed until this afternoon how sweet, really, really sweet water tastes.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Quibbler August 2011

Our First day of August was fun. I got to help in Jaedyn's Nursery class at church and w made play dough. After naps I shaped it into my world-famous-snowman.
Jaedyn helped me take it apart and reposition the pieces.
I borrowed a Kitchen Aid mixer and made up some breads (bread, rolls, muffins and scones to be precise).
We have been in the midst of a huge drought and trying to find things to do inside (out of the heat). We sing with our friends every Wednesday and other days we do play dates. Fiona came over and the girls finger painted. Fun times! Jaedyn had more fun painting herself than the paper and we have subsequently started painting with no shirt / an apron.
We drove up to Dallas for an extended weekend trip to visit friends and have another Massage Party with the Fitch's. It was awesome. Justin and Leah are wonderful hosts. We played and socialized all weekend. Sunday we visited with the Case's from Coppell. They are such a great family. We expected to see them at church, but Tara was having a reaction to new medication and they stayed home. Lucky us, we know where they live and got to spend some time with them at their place. It was great to chat and catch up on their lives. I felt for Tara who, because of the medication, lost her train of thought often. I totally felt like that after I had Jaedyn. It was sad and funny to me to see what it must have looked like to those around me as I would forget what I was saying in the middle of a word. We played games with the Thrapp's and their friends. Boxers or Briefs, which was fun; and a made up game that was way more fun. It's a cross between pictionary and telephone. Way fun!
Jaedyn had a fabulous time with Justin and Leah's dog, Sailor, and has asked if we are going to Sailor's house when we get into the car all week. She took a nap and totally tucked herself into the bed.
We are so grateful to have such amazing friends.
Two weeks later we went to Houston for a quick luncheon at Taste of Texas. Eldon has been at Exxon for 30 years and they gave him a party there. It was very fun to see Grammie, Grandpa Eldon, Aunty Emm, Uncle Ross, and Grandma Bear and Papa Bear Latimer. Jaedyn was amazingly well behaved at the fancy restraunt. One day soon we should get pictures from the photographer that was there. The next Sunday was Aunt Tarah's birthday, but since she is living in Provo we didn't get to see her. I did curry a present her way with Uncle Ross. Thanks, Ross! I hear she likes the lotions and sugar scrub and essential girly stuff I sent.
When we got home I went to a book group and helped a friend who was preping her house for the return of her husband. He had been gone for over 8 months on business! We didn't scrub down the house like we wanted to, the scrubing-type friend was sick, but we tidyied and picked up and sorted and organized and hung pictures and wall art and the house lookes so much more homey now. She was so happy to ave him come back and we were so happy to finally meet him.
I made liquid laundry soap with a friend. It was really easy and had such a high yield that we split it and I will have enough for … the rest of the year or something. Especially if the drought continues and our water is 'voluntarily' restristed.
I had a lovely girls night with a friend. She was doing some research and I was working on a family photo album for the Quigley's while we watched Grace Kelly and Carry Grant in To Catch a Thief. It was so much fun!
Scott's birthday was August 29th and it was very uneventful. We didn't even have a party or anything. The plan was to have a party that weekend, but it never came together. I think we had birthday brownies.
Jaedyn started Preschool the last week of August and she is really enjoying it. There are 8 kids who get ogether once a week for preschool. We rotate houses and each mom teaches while the kids are at her house. We met and planned out the lessons for the year and who would do field trips and parties. I teach in October and our leson will be on “teeth”. I plan to use some candy experiments from my friend Loralee's blog and upcoming book to showcase ways to save our teeth.
There are no pictures of many of the events, because let's face it. Pictures of Jaedyn a more fun and easier to take, than say pictures of myself.
Other fun things from August include:
We had a family in the ward for the summer and at Music Time one week Annie (age 3) asked Jaedyn “Where's your brother?” She has two and it obviously confused her. The comment has stuck with Jaedyn because now everything is about brothers. Her dolls and toys are / have brothers. One day we were at a friend's house and she said to her playmate, “Fiona, you're my brother.”
So sweet.
She tells us about her dreams after nap time or in the morning. It's always the same. I dreamed about the park, again. When we got home from visiting with the Thrapps in Dallas she had a new dream. She dreamed that she threw a ball high up, up into the air and it got stuck on a cloud and then it fell down and Sailor (their dog) caught it.
We went for a family walk and she found a cell phone that someone had ditched on our lawn. It was battered and missing the battery. Now it's her phone. The first person she called was the train that runs by our neighborhood. She calls the train very frequently with different 'phones' (calculators, cell phones and a hand clapper / noisemaker) the next phone call she made was to Cruella DeVile. They had a lovely conversation. It went on for quite a while. “Hello, Cruella? Oh, HI! How are you? ...”
She has started potty training and LOVES to get a candy after she uses the toilet. She is very good at it now, she can hold it until she get to the toilet, (needs help with clothes most times) gets up by herself, wipes, and flushes; then she hops down and sometimes remembers to wash her hands. We remind her, but she gets up on the seat again and leans over to the sink all by herself. She is quite the climber and balancer.
Jaedyn has started using 'glass' plates and cups at the table now. She brings them over after she's done and puts them on the counter. When I asked her why she didn't put them into the sink she told me they would break if she put them into the sink, because they are glass.
Scott cleared out the garage and we have been able to park our car in it! It's SO nice to walk out to a car the is not sweltering.
It think that's about all for August.
We have been fortunate that the fires in Central Texas have not affected us.
Scott is looking for a job, nothing he had lined up has worked out. It's frusterating.
My Zinnas grew very tall! We got a wind sotrm that pretty much took them out, but they were amazing!
I need to download y pictures and put more in the next Quibbler. Keep your eyes open for a pictures overload next time!
We love you!


Saturday I will be, among other things, running my first 5K.
One of my running friends asked me during my run tonight if I could tell a difference since I started running. I started running with them one month ago.
I can, but the difference I was looking for is not there yet.
It's still about 15 lbs away. Maybe 20 lbs. Basically I still look like me, I don't look like them yet.
Mind over matter though. If they can do it after having more kids than I have had. I can too. Regardless of what my genetic makeup is, right?
I think I'll puzzle over it while I eat this brownie...

Monday, August 29, 2011

It's been forever...

and I realize I need to finish those post about my trip to the Holy Lands...
But I'm jumping on my blog to say Jaedyn is starting Pre-School tomorrow! I'm so excited. I hope she is too.
We are participating in a co-op. It's tuition free and each mom in the group teaches on a rotation. There are enough moms that I'm only teaching 4 times in the school year. I'm standing in as a helper or co-throwing-a-party another four times. It should be great.
Hopefully I'll post first day of school pictures tomorrow.
We are really growing up around here.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

The next day...

We threw a suprise party for Nick and Cece. They had no idea. (My Uncle) Scott took them to the pool and we suprised them when they came home.
I made the cake and it was amazing... although Cece was right. For whatever reason it kinda tasted like popcorn.

I wish the writing turned out better, but that's not the important part, right? Presentation!? Whatever! LOL

After the beach

We went to a rock climbing gym. It was a blast!

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