Tuesday, December 16, 2008


My family LOVES Kidzui.  This has become an essential tool in my family.  

We homeschool our children and take and interest based approach.  The main limiting factor in my family is keeping my kids time full of things that are interesting and educational to them.  With Kidzui I can turn on the computer and let them go.  I have the peace of mind in knowing that they will not be accessing anything objectionable.  I also have the joy of walking in on them and seeing sneak peaks of what the are learning.  

The other night when I checked in on my son he was learning which animals lived in the savanna.  That experience reminded me of a few days ago when I walked in on my daughter learning about tornadoes.  Of course it is not all learning.  

My kids have discovered, through Kidzui, that they are fans of Hanna Montana.   Which is a cute way for them to stay in touch with pop culture even when not in public school.  

Yesterday I added Funbrain.com to all my kids favorites list and logged into one of the kids accounts and "mailed" funbrain to all of them.  In this way they can stumble upon the webpages I want them to see.  I love the feature of customizing webpages my kids can or can not access.  This one option has endless possibilities.  I

 have also noticed that you have Kidzui Games, which is a great selection of games for young kids.

Saturday, November 1, 2008

The Revolution Summary

"Yes, we did produce a near-perfect
republic. But will they keep it?"
- Thomas Jefferson

I made a new blog. Come and check it out.



Friday, October 31, 2008

National Optimists Party.org

Full of wit, quotable quotes, points to ponder, and Optimism, These videos are just plain fun to watch!

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Having fun with Optimism!


Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Proposition 8

From: 'JR Smith, CFP'
To: 'JR Smith, CFP'
Date: Tue, 28 Oct 2008 16:19:21 +0000

Legalizing same sex marriage will change our life as we know it.

Religious liberty and homosexual rights are incompatible.

Please watch this video and send it out to as many people as you
possibly can.


In California, Vote YES on Proposition 8

Friday, October 10, 2008

What is your Elementary Child Learning in school?

Statement by David Parker (April 27, 2005):

“I, David Parker, am the father of a kindergarten student at Estabrook Elementary School in Lexington, Massachusetts. Since the beginning of this school year, my wife and I have learned that school materials and discussions about gay-headed households/same-sex union issues have been exposed to the children. There are definitive plans to increase the teacher/staff/adult mediated discussions of these subjects.

“We have officially stated on many occasions—to the Lexington school administration—a request that we be notified when these discussions are planned, and want our 6-year-old opted out of such situations when arising “spontaneously”.

“Our parental requests for our own child were flat-out denied with no effort at accommodation. In our meeting on April 27, I, insisted that such accommodation be made and refused to leave the meeting room. I was informed that I would be arrested.”

Garunteed this is not the first time this has happened, I have read about this several times over the last 8-9 years. 


Saturday, October 4, 2008


In General Conference today Dieter H. Uchtdorf talked of hope. The hope that carries us through the difficult times. I admire and love Elder Uchtdorf, he truly understands suffering and overcoming it. He has insights into the human experience few have. So I am looking forward with hope, as Uchtdorf would recommend.

It is said that the lost baby will be restored to its mother for her to raise in the millennial reign. This is my heaven. In my heaven I have a quiet little house of comfort where I sit and rock my three or four restored babies, where I enjoy again the joys of being mother to an infant. This is my heaven... And this is what I will look forward to in hope. It is said we can not fathom the peace that awaits us in the life to come. To me this peace is my babies restored to me, my motherhood restored to me, in a peaceful home of comfort. I would have no need of asking for more.

That part of me was not taken from me when I miscarried, it was only delayed, and held out for another time, when the Lord can restore it to me. For this I look forward in hope.


The sinking of the titanic.... The wealthy ride off in the life boats while the poor drown.

Friday, October 3, 2008

America is not...

America is not the land of the free and the home of the brave. We did not act bravely when we sat back and let our House of Representatives and Senate vote for the bailout. It only starts at $700 Billion, they now have a free ticket to give out as much as they want. This bailout will not help us. It will help a few select big bank owners, and foreign investors. We need a new slogan like, dump your junk investments on us, we don't care, indebt us for life, we don't care.



Thursday, October 2, 2008

The TRUTH About The Bailout

Watch this Video

You have heard that its all "American Gambles"

You have been told repeatedly by George Bush and Henry Paulson that this bill is about a "rescue" of Main Street, not Wall Street.

You have been lied to repeatedly.

The bill The Senate intends to try to ramrod down your throat is neither about Main Street or really even about Wall Street.

You are going to get VERY angry. Sit down before you read further.

""Hundreds of billions of dollars are going to bail out FOREIGN INVESTORS. They know it, they demanded it, and the bill has been carefully written to make sure that can happen." - Brad Sherman , D-California"

That's right folks. You are going to have $700 billion - about 25% of the total federal budget - put on your personal credit card (via taxes forever) in order to bail out foreign investors.
Oh, and the best part of it is that the underlying assets involved do not even have to be in the United States!

Here is the definition of a "troubled asset", right from the bill:

"(9) TROUBLED ASSETS.—The term ‘‘troubled assets’’ means— (A) residential or commercial mortgages and any securities, obligations, or other instruments that are based on or related to such mortgages, that in each case was originated or issued on or before March 14, 2008, the purchase of which the Secretary determines promotes financial market stability;

and (B) any other financial instrument that the Secretary, after consultation with the Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, determines the purchase of which is necessary to promote financial market stability, but only upon transmittal of such determination, in writing, to the appropriate committees of Congress."

Notice that conspicuously missing from the definition is the requirement that the asset's underlying thing (that is, the property that was mortgaged, etc) lies within the United States. Also note that Treasury must tell Congress if they add "new types" of debt, but that Congress has no right of review or censure.

That is, it is perfectly legitimate under the bill for a foreign bank to sell or swap any "crap sandwich" it may hold (irrespective of how or where it originated, so long as a mortgage is the basis for it somewhere) with a bank domiciled in the United States, and said bank may then "PUT" it into the TARP.

Note also that Representative Sherman said on Kudlow last night that when this was raised with Secretary Paulson he was told that if Congress tried to restrict the ability of the Secretary to purchase assets "laundered" in this fashion from foreigners, that the bill would be vetoed.
Here 'ya go folks.

You better make this viral and spread it to everyone you know.

Right here, right now.
You better get on the phone to your Congressfolk at http://www.house.gov/ and http://www.senate.gov/ and make clear that you will not stand for this bill being passed.






Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Meet the Federal Reserve

Click on the title for a very informative video by a Fed representative.

The Mother Of All Frauds

Monday, September 29, 2008

No Government Bailout!


Go Viral: STOP THE BAILOUT OR.... DEPRESSION?Is it coming? If it happens, it will be because of what Congress DOES, not what it does NOT. WARNING: Buried in the draft revisions on The Bankin...

Sunday, September 21, 2008


The other day I recived this email from a neighbor.

Hi. The kids report that you are moving to the mountains. I'd love to find out about that if you want to tell me. :)

Below are my repiles

#1. I am still working out the specifics... I want to give you that accurate answer.. right now it is a coin toss...so stay tuened I will let you know soon when Jeff and I have decided the answer firmly amongst ourselves.


Forgive me for not writing back to you sooner.

It is funny the timing of your email. If you had emailed me just a few days earlier I would have had a quick and easy answer for you. If you had emailed me a few days later I would have had a response for you. But you happened to email right as were were on the cusp of discussing a change of plan, thus I was not able to answer the question at that time because I did not know the answer :). But we have discussed the plan, prayed about it, and confirmed it at the temple. So now I can discuss the plan because we have come to a decision.

Jeff and I moved here with the plans of buying our own home in two years. Once we moved here we fell in love so much with this ward and the members in it that we stopped discussing plans to move. Then we went through the year of the fire and miscarriages, and there was no extra anything to even consider moving an option.

The other day we found ourselves smack against the problem that we are not renting enough space for our family. Also we were reminded of our families goals to own some acres off in the boonies. With a new focus on our long term goals I went back to work, my main goal being to save a down payment to buy a home. This we planned would take 3-6 months of saving.

Several weeks ago we were contacted by a mortgage agent who seemed to have quite a good deal for us, but the deal ended in September. Thus we were left feeling that we could maybe get our home earlier then we planned if we closed by September. So we went house shopping and found the perfect home. Just as we were getting ready to make an offer we realised that the mortgage agent was offering a gimmick and we did not want to use this form of financing. Which again put the home buying plan off 3-6 months.

We defaulted back to the save for a few months then move plan, and were hopeful that the "perfect" home would still be on the market when we had pulled together enough savings.

Recently Granny has moved to Dee's home and we are now renting more of her house which makes us living her longer a much more practical plan.

I fond that while I was thinking about "my dream" to own a modest home on acres, and how close we were to obtaining it, I found that I was nervous. I did not feel settled about the plan we were working towards. I realised that the current financial status of our country makes me nervous about our ability to hold onto that home if we bought it. I do not know what bumps lie in the road ahead, and I was concerned with the current financial trend that I would loose my home as times got tougher. I did not want to get my dream home only to loose it during a financial bumpy time. For this reason I was feeling rather nervous over the plan to move.

I can not tell you how much owning a home on acres means to me. It has always been the "ultimate" future goal of our family since we were married. For me to put down this goal and set it aside was rather difficult for me. Jeff was feeling uneasy about the plan also, but was rather cautious to be as frank about his nerves because he knew how emotionally I was wrapped up in this plan. There have been a few times that I have joked that I will follow the Lord and do as he asks, until what he asks might stop my goal of getting a home, then I fear I would pick a home over him. Lol! So here I found myself stuck with that very choice. Continue with the plan to buy the home, and obtain the long awaited family goal. OR, trust your spirit when it tells you the plan is not good, and patiently put it aside for what the Lord wants you to do. Well it took me a week to be sure, but now I am.

We have decided not to move for about another two years. We will keep my extra job and Jeff will be getting another part time job also. In those two years we believe we can pay out of debt, finish building our long term food storage, and save of 5% down on a home. Also realestate market trends seem to suggest that homes will be less, or undervalued, at that time, also making it a good time to buy.

It may be that the people who buy the "good grapes house" (the name we gave the home we found, because of its vast amount of established grape vines with lovely grapes) by then will be experiencing financial hardship, and will entertain an offer for us to buy it from them, if we find we still want that very home the most.

I feel much more peace associated with this plan, I do not want to buy my dream home during a bad economy only to loose it. So we are staying here for another two years at this point.

Of course the upside to that is we get to have more time in this ward that we love :).


Saturday, September 20, 2008


I try to never be so vain as to judge another persons life. Knowing full well that the only thing I know is what works best for my life. It seems vanity to stand at a distance outside of someones life and believe that you know better what that persons life needs. Life is never simple. Most likely when we look at someone elses life and vainly feel we know how to simply solve the problems in another persons life, we are only able to hold onto the delusion of knowing better, because infact we know so little about what is a very complicated and unique life. Again, judging someone elses life is all vanity.


Monday, September 15, 2008

Success is Charector

Matt. 6: 19-20

19 ¶ Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal:

20 But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:

My best laid plans have been continually over thrown by life and chance. At the end of it all I can confuse my self by looking over my shoulder searching for proofs of successes. On one look there is nothing over my shoulder but rubble and wrecked plans. And on another look what is back over my shoulder are events and experiences that make me who I am today. Either way I find my self wondering to myself, what good is it to work towards a goal, when success is determined (as it seems in my life) more by chance then by effort or desire.

If I were an experiment being documented by outside observers my life would look something like this. Here we have a ... lets say.. stick? Will this stick be a success the experimenters might wonder. "We don't know", is the conclusion, "lets put it to the test." What do the experimenters wish to see come of the stick? Maybe a tree, lets say a tree. The stick (me) is placed in the controlled environment (or rather uncontrolled environment; of the world) in order to "prove it". Periodically the sticks "home" is invaded by the observers. They pull out their magnifying glasses, test kits, and charts. "What can we measure here?" the observers ask themselves. They test and probe, chart and research. In the end they see little to no change. The stick was not "proven" a success during that last study, "we must put it back in the controlled environment again to see if it is "proven" in the next study," the observers conclude. On and on the experiment goes with still little changing on the exterior of the stick, and over time the stick is labeled with the other "unproven" sticks while not much worth or value is placed on it in the mean time. From the outside this is a very simple cut and dry experiment. But what is this like for the stick.

If the observers had thought to examine the ground around the stick for evidences of failed successes, or to video record the stick, the ground and time laps photography would reveal that what seemed like an unchanging stick had actually gone through many dynamic changes, though the successful results were not there to prove it at the end of each study. Come lets watch the time laps together so that you may get to know this stick a little better.

See the buds the stick is sprouting, see all the promise those buds hold. Alas, the frost has come in and killed the buds, and the ground around the stick is left with the evidence of their short lived success.

See now this time, new buds that grew to leaves. Alas that season is gone time has taken the leaves, turned them beautifully golden, and blown them to the ground.

See here not only has the buds grown leaves, but the leaves have grown to branches. Now a child in the neighborhood comes and attempts to swing on the branch before it is strong enough, dropping the forlorn twig as evidence at the base of the stick.

On and on the stick endures through the seasons and studies until the stick is not only growing branches but bearing fruit in one season. The fruit is all eaten, the seeds scattered further down the road to grow more sticks, and the branches cut off and burned for fire wood. Thus at the end of the study or at the end of the season the stick remains seemingly unchanged.

What is unseen by the observers is the biological energy the stick has invested into its own "proving" or "success". Also unseen is the many benefits the stick has given to the surrounding neighborhood, because the evidence was used up when the benefit recognised. Also unseen is the sticks great desire to be "proven" to be a "success". What else is unseen is the sticks great sorrow in having no proof left of its efforts, or physical evidence of its achievements. So the observers walk away shaking their heads, and mumbling to themselves about the disappointment they feel in the stick being "unproven" or "unsuccessful".

Left behind is a loan seemingly unchanged stick, crying out inside, for someone to measure him differently, so his true nature could be understood.

What is left for this stick to conclude? It desires greatly to be "proven" to be a "success"..... But that his success must be measured in terms of character, and not in terms of outside evidence, proof, or treasures.


Friday, September 12, 2008

Saturday, September 6, 2008

Adding an Update

Hello, I have not found much time to blog in the last while. I have been in training with Alpine Access. The training process is very involved and there is not extra time to browse while at work, and when work is done I have a greater need to get away from the computer and be mommy.

Working at home and homeschooling is going great. I had my worries. This is how I make it all work.

Lock the kids in the dungeon!

LOL! not really!

In order to work at home for alpine access one needs to meet the following requirement.

NO background noise. You can get fired if background noise is heard more then 3 times. FOR REAL!

Project: Keeping 4 fun loving happy kids as silent as little mouses from 8am-1pm EVERY week day?

Sound like a daunting task? This can be accomplished with the proper materials listed below.

1. Food glorious food (lots of it)
2. Separate space for the kids to play with as many closing doors as possible
inbetween you and them.
3. Computers (1 per child to be specific, much less then this and you run the risk of having knock down drag out fights that can be heard on your calls)
4. Learning games (so the time spent on the computer is not all waste)
5. A surprise bag (so you can pull out entertaining surprises when the children are having a hard time being happy and quiet)

This is what my day looks like.

Wake up - Feed & water chickens and plants. Wash a batch of dishes. Wash a batch of laundry. Eat.
Breakfast - assemble breakfast on the table for the kids so that they wake up to yummy food ready to eat.
Surprise - also place on the table today's entertainment surprise. Maybe something new. But also as effective is something old that has been put away out of reach. Books, learning games, computer learning CD's, crafts etc.
Lock up - close as many doors as you can on your way to your office.

Kids wake up to food and surprises and are self contained until it is about time for morning break.

Morning break - change any kids that need changed. Check on how the food was eaten. Clean up any food mess left. Assemble a snack on the table. Hug all the kids and listen to any complaints. Fix any computer problems the kids may be having. Find time to get a drink yourself or fit in a nature break. Rush back to your office closing all the doors. Log in for the next part of your shift.

Every break is like this.

Train your kids to come quietly into the office and wait to be signaled before speaking. If a child forgets this rule MUTE the phone.

End of the work shift. Log out. Turn off all computers, TV's and electronic entertainment equipment. After work time is live time, step away from the electronics.

Hug kids, listen to complaints, clean up snack mess, make lunch, get quality Mommy time in.

Family work time/ Family school time.

Send the kids off to play... and now take your break. Hopefully you will not crash out asleep on the bed, this will slow the rest of the day down :).

OH! did I forget the bribe??

I mentioned to the kids that Mama is working in order to help the family buy a home. If all the kids cooperate with Mama's work to buy a home then they also also get a reward...... A bunny! they could not be more thrilled. When we get to buy a home they get the reward of buying at least 1 White French Angora bunny. Which we will raise as an experiment to find out if we want to start breeding angora at the new farm.

OH the glorious computer! Nothing can entertain 4 crazy kids will as little mess, as little noise, as little fighting, as a computer. It is the perfect tool to enable the working mother some time to work. Just remember to use sparingly, turn them off when the work shift is done. Go outside and live and play when you can.

Now you know all about living and working and homeschooling at our home :)


Wednesday, August 27, 2008

links my hubby says to read

My Hubby posted this for me to read, all the words are his.

short link - This is an account of georgian refugees by a free lance blogger who traveled to georgia on his own dime to get the story. I fear that Ron Paul would hang these people out to dry, but I doubt that the american founders would have. :p


Long link - End of dreams, Return of history: International rivalry and American leadership, hubby found it informative and thought provoking at the same time (and its very long)


Overview of America - Public Service - DVD


Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Letter To The National GOP

Letter To The National GOP

August 20, 2008

Republican National Committee
310 First Street
Washington, D. C. 20003

Attn: Mike Duncan
Chairman, Republican National Committee

We, the undersigned, wish to convey our thoughts to you on the following matter.

Most of us feel that the presumptive Presidential Candidate, Senator John McCain, is a fine individual (some of us don't), but he can not and will not win the 2008 race for the Presidency of the United States of America for the following reasons:

  1. The Democratic candidate, Senator Barack Obama, currently has a much stronger following of young people and independents. In a head to head race with Senator John McCain and no third party contenders, Senator Barack Obama would easily win the Presidency. Some pundits are saying "in a landslide."
  2. Former GOP Representative Bob Barr has entered the race on the Libertarian ticket which will siphon votes away from Senator John McCain and the GOP. (The Nader effect) Traditionally, the Libertarian candidate gets 1% of the vote, however pundits are estimating that former GOP Representative Bob Barr will garner 5-8% or more. This is something the Libertarians are very excited about.
  3. Senator John McCain is a pro-war candidate. National polls show that 70% of American voters are against the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Therefore, a large number of the voting public will vote against Senator John McCain based on this fact.
  4. The Scott McClellan book might become a bigger issue for Senator John McCain due to his close ties with President George W. Bush.
  5. All indications are showing Senator John McCain violated his own McCain-Feingold Laws when pledging FEC money for securing a bank loan, and then ignored the laws and exceeded the spending caps.
  6. Senator John McCain and his lobbyist ties are causing the campaign to lose key staff and paint an image of Senator John McCain contrary to the image he has tried to broadcast in this race.
  7. Senator John McCain and his temper scares most Americans and opens up the potential that he could say or do something rash, further jeopardizing Americans and American interests.
  8. Senator John McCain admits he knows very little about economics. This comes at a time when our nation is on the verge of huge financial issues with growing debt, escalating oil prices, devaluation of the dollar, and huge trade deficits and ever expanding borrowing from China.
  9. etc., etc., etc.

Given light of these facts, it seems clear to us that Senator John McCain will not win the Presidency of the United States of America; and we are part of that swing vote that will NOT be voting for McCain, but would vote for a GOP candidate if the right candidate were presented.

The core GOP members who have pledged "Party Unity" and to vote for Senator John McCain (even though for the vast majority of them he was not their first choice in the early primaries) will vote for ANY candidate the GOP places before the American voter. So this number is a constant, however not enough of a number to beat Obama.

The one candidate in the GOP we feel can win the Presidency for the GOP is Representative Dr. Ron Paul from Texas. We feel that he can bring a Presidency win to the GOP in 2008 for the following reasons:

  1. Representative Dr. Ron Paul has / had a huge young voter following and would bring those independent voters back to the GOP and away from Senator Barack Obama.
  2. Representative Dr. Ron Paul would steal ALL the thunder from Bob Barr and the Libertarian Party, delivering that lost 5-8% back to the GOP.
  3. Representative Dr. Ron Paul would maintain the constant, core GOP voter. Those who want "Party Unity" and a GOP Presidency would unite behind Representative Dr. Ron Paul.
  4. Representative Dr. Ron Paul has garnered the MOST contributions from our military of any GOP contender. That alone speaks volumes.
    The Scott McClellan book would have no effect on Representative Dr. Ron Paul due to his sterling image and reputation.
  5. According to GOP Senator Tom Coburn, he feels "Many Republicans are waiting for a consultant or party elder to come down from the mountain and, in Moses-like fashion, deliver an agenda and talking points on stone tablets. But the burning bush, so to speak, is delivering a blindingly simple message: Behave like Republicans." WSJ - 5/27/07 Page A21 "Republicans Are in Denial" - Representative Dr. Ron Paul is such a Republican with such a message.
  6. Representative Dr. Ron Paul can fill the coffers of the GOP, just look at his fund raising successes at the end of last year.
  7. Representative Dr. Ron Paul is a man of principle, the Constitution, and TRUE core Republican beliefs. He understands our economic issues and our international situations. If you have any questions about this, read his book, "The Revolution", a New York Times Best Seller.
  8. and so much more...

We feel it is our obligation as Americans to let you know our positions and reasons. You may ignore this letter and our signatures, or act upon them. The choice is yours. Win the Presidency in 2008 with Ron Paul, or lose with "Party Unity" and John McCain.

We, the undersigned, pledge to NOT vote for GOP candidate Senator John McCain. We declare that we WILL vote for GOP candidate Representative Dr. Ron Paul as President of the United States of America for the reasons expressed above.


SigneeCountyStateZipRegistered as:If McCain:If Ron Paul:
Voter #1SummitCO80424RepublicanWrite-InRon Paul
Voter #2LakeCO80461RepublicanWrite-InRon Paul
Voter #3CobbGA30008RepublicanBarrRon Paul
Voter #4LakeCO80461LibertarianBarrRon Paul
Voter #5FultonGA30022RepublicanOtherRon Paul

Tell EVERYONE about this site NOW to show the GOP the numbers before the National Convention!

Contact: Kenneth Griffin at 719-293-2239

Monday, August 11, 2008

Urban chickens - green pets or foul fowl?

My Comments on this article below

I could not believe the radio add I heard the other day. "Back yard bugs bugging you?" It goes on to say that if you buy some newfangled super chemical you won't have to deal with bugs in your beautiful lawn. What?? I have a BEAUTIFUL green lawn because chickens are the highest nitrogen producing animal. My feathered patroll officers also eagerly find any weed in my lawn and eat it. How about bugs? What bugs? Any bug willing to poke his head up in my lawn becomes chicken feed. You want a beautiful green and bug free lawn. Own chickens! Give the environment a rest and stop dumping chemicals in the ground in order to achieve a fake beauty. Nature is beauty, harness the wonderful chicken and you receive many benefits.

The roosters do not need to be kept. As soon as they crow loud enough to bother the neighbors it is easy to get rid of them. That can be part of the ordinance. Or the owners that want to keep a rooster can put him in a short box or creat in the morning so he cant stand up to crow. I own chickens in my urban setting and am totally willing to jump through rooster hoops in order to have all the benefits. BTW. Chickens are a great canary in the coal mine in regards to bird born illnesses.

Article posted below.
Urban chickens - green pets or foul fowl?
Some residents in WVC and unincorporated S.L. County want to make it legal to raise backyard hens
By Jeremiah Stettler The Salt Lake Tribune
Article Last Updated: 08/11/2008 06:25:01 AM MDT

Bhakti Banning, holding Josephina and one of her eggs, is owner of three lovely female Bantam chickens, delights in educating others of the pluses of owning chickens at her home in SLC. Chicken owner enthusiasts took a self-guided tour of several city chicken coops run by residents of SLC that own chickens Saturday. (Leah Hogsten/The Salt Lake Tribune)
Bhakti Banning's, lovely female Bantam chicken Josephina roosting. Chicken owner enthusiasts took a self-guided tour of several city chicken coops run by residents of SLC that own chickens Saturday. (Leah Hogsten/The Salt Lake Tribune)

As the Salt Lake Valley becomes more and more urban, a resurgence of rural living is scratching its way into the suburbs. Campaigns for looser chicken laws have hatched in at least two of the valley's largest communities - unincorporated Salt Lake County and West Valley City - to make it legal to raise backyard hens. These efforts reflect a wider national trend, in which urban chicken ordinances are popping up in major cities from Honolulu to Houston to Baltimore. Marinda Coleman once harvested breakfast from her Millcreek Township backyard, collecting eggs from a dozen hens she had raised from 3-day-old chicks. She considered it healthy, humane and a much better alternative to trucking her food hundreds of miles across country. Then came county inspectors, responding to a neighbor's complaint, who threatened Coleman with a class B misdemeanor and a $1,500 fine if she didn't get rid of the hens. Chickens, they said, didn't belong in her suburban neighborhood. County ordinance prohibits chickens on residential lots smaller than a half-acre. Coleman complied. But now she is trying to change that law with a campaign that will reach community councils from east-side Emigration Canyon to the secluded west-side mining town of Copperton. The Millcreek woman isn't alone.

Kathryn Dunn is leading a similar charge in West Valley City, where chickens are allowed only in agricultural zones. Dunn hasn't raised chickens before. But with food prices rising, concerns about salmonella and growth hormones making national headlines and a faith that encourages preparedness, Dunn says backyard hens make sense. "The older I get," she said, "the more I see things happen in the world that [indicate] it would be prudent to be self-reliant." The trend toward urban chickens already has spread across the Salt Lake Valley, with or without legal changes. IFA Country Stores sold 17,000 chickens last year from its three Salt Lake County stores - an estimated 20 percent jump in sales over the previous year. Those backyard hens have generated so much demand along the Wasatch Front, in fact, that the company's Salt Lake City and Riverton stores have sold more chicks than any other location in the IFA chain, according to vice president of marketing, Brad Camp. "This is not an issue that is going to go away," said KT LaBadie, the Albuquerque-based co-founder of the Web site www.urbanchickens.org. "The idea of a more sustainable city appeals to a lot of people." West Valley City is drafting an ordinance that would allow urban chickens, under certain conditions. Owners may have to seek a permit, clean their coops regularly and keep their fowl a certain number of feet from nearby homes. Utah's second-most-populous city also may give prospective chicken owners a discount on their permitting fees if they attend a class on how to be a responsible hen keeper. "These ordinances are to shape people into better chicken owners," long-range planner Shane Smith said, "and give them a legitimate means to achieve those ends."

The campaign has moved slower in Salt Lake County, where Coleman must appeal to the county's 12 community councils for change - perhaps at a combined forum in August. Meanwhile, Mayor Peter Corroon is soliciting a report from the Salt Lake Valley Health Department on the implications of allowing suburban chickens into unincorporated neighborhoods. "I'm supportive of sustainable living and people being able to live off their own land," he said, "but it has to be compatible with urban living." Aimee McConkie, chair- woman of the Canyon Rim Community Council, insists those hens are compatible - so long as they are cared for properly. "If people are willing to comply with the laws and ordinances," she asked, "then why not allow them to do this?" Dunn continues to push for change in West Valley City. She already has plans to paint a backyard shed red and white for her new coop.


Backyard-chicken laws Want to raise chickens in your backyard? It might take a law change if you live in West Valley City or unincorporated Salt Lake County - an effort that already has begun. Utah's capital allows urban chickens.

Salt Lake City: Allows hens in residential neighborhoods, so long as owners obtain a yearly permit. Residents must pay $5 per animal, not to exceed $40 annually.

Salt Lake County: Allows chickens on residential properties larger than a half acre, but prohibits them on smaller lots.

West Valley City: Allows chickens only on agricultural properties.

Sources: Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, West Valley City

Monday, July 21, 2008

Working at Home

I have started working from home for Alping Access last week. So far everything is going smoothly. I am in training for right now. There is allot to read and learn to start with. But every now and again one of my co-workers has a hard time logging into their systems, which gives me a bit of down time while they try to figure it all out. Which is what is happening right now.


Saturday, July 5, 2008

What do you know about Neo Conservatism?

Neo Conservatism has a major effect on your daily life now, and has goals to continue to have more. Dont you think it is worth your time to look into Neo Conservatism now? Educate yourself.

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Worldview Building Blocks

This written to be in response to Karla's Blog post with the same title.

Worldview Building Blocks

At the end she asks "What is your worldview and how did you arrive at it?"... Below is my answer.

Like LDS Article of faith #1 I have found through my own soul searching that I DO believe in God the Eternal Father, and in his son Jesus Christ and in the Holy Ghost. I discovered that this was my strong foundation at age 15 when no other foundation made sense to me. Age 13-15 is the time my world view changed the most dramatically over my life time. Other then the initial investment that my parents made in my charetor in the formative years of 0-5, and other then my maturing as I grow older and hopefully wiser. Those changes of life were more gradual, and natural, but the ages of 13-15 were a life roller coaster of extremes in world views for me.

The story starts with a world view shattering event.

My oldest sister (Whom I was very close to, whom I revered as not only being older but also wiser. Whom always had the right answers to everything in life. Much like Laura from the little house on the prairie desired to be like Mary, Dawn seemed to always know exactly what was the best thing to do) Dawn left the LDS church for a fundamentalist break off of the LDS church. It matters not the name of her church, it is a small break off not very well known even among the fundamentalists, it is most defiantly not FLDS. This group was polygamist, and they do live communally. Two other major factors were part of this paradigm change. Not only did Dawn leave out church but in the same year Waco happened. I remember reading a Time article about a Waco member named Julie, who loved horses. Her story was so much like my own sister, to me it was almost like loosing my own sister. Then came the important part of processing my parents reactions.

"Dad" I said "I am afraid.... I am not sure I believe in the LDS church any more. I am not sure I even believe in God any more. My whole world is a mess and I am confused. I don't want to just want to walk around like a religious lemming following what ever is 'said' to be right. I want to know Dad. I want to know what is truth, for myself. I am afraid as I walk down this path that I will find I believe differently then you and Mother. I am afraid that you will feel I am lost. I do not think I will be lost, if I have followed my own beliefs. But I do not know what my beliefs are, I need to learn and research and find out what my beliefs are."

"Jeanine" my dad replied....

Ooppss out of time, got to run off to a family dinner. How's that for a cliff hanger :).


Saturday, June 14, 2008

Photos of People and Poultry

The Time of the Ducklings

Actually this story starts out with chicks. I found Welsummer chicks on sale at KSL.com and thought they were too cute. I Loved the color. I got 6 welsummer and 2 welsummer/ Americana mix. The man I got them from told me to go to IFA and get them some Chick started.

While at IFA I saw cute little baby turkeys and cute little baby ducklings (actually our ducklings had crested heads). How could I resist suck cute fluf? And it seems I was already in the poultry business. So I splurged and got one baby turkey and two yellow baby crested ducks.

They have a home in our Dog run, with two plastic Dog houses (holes drilled in the bottom to drain out any excess liquid). The Dog houses have hay spread on the bottom, and we added a light to keep the crew warm. While they were small we were concerned that they would hop through the chain link, But now they are too big. The back of my dog run has an open space where they can wander out of the run and into my back yard. They free range all over my back yard looking for yummy bugs, and living lots of great droppings all in the lawn, these droppings are high in nitrogen, so it is natural fertilizer :). Now when I hear commercials about fertilizer, I just think "get a chicken". On the radio they had an add that said "no one wants to be itchy and scratchy all summer. Get X product and get rid of annoying lawn bugs." What an add "What the? I think. Since when do lawns not have bugs? Goodness get a Chicken!"

A mama Duck and her baby duckling got stuck in our back yard somehow. She was trying to head west towards the Jordan river. My house is at the end of the subdivision before a BIG ROAD and on the other side of it (the west side) is the Jordan river. Trampled weeds could bee seen all around the yard from where Mama and her waddling trail of fluff and searched for a way out. There was not way out, except for a gate that was locked. Papa and I held a conference and decided we needed to do our own version of "Make Way for Ducklings". So just like the camera man in the book we became this little families escorts. We each got a long stick and used them to guide the family out of the bushes and to the back gate. Mama was rather reluctant to go out the back gate because of all the traffic. But after all that is where she had been trying to go all this time. Her babies hid in the last bush just inside the gate, also scared of the traffic. We gently coxed them out with the long sticks. Then we stood in the road with our hands up telling the traffic to stop, like traffic cops. As we guided the ducks across the street, darling children in the passing cars pressed their noses to the windows to get a good look. Down the street towards the river, across a small field, and into the rivers water, we guided Mama and her happy little balls of fluff. It is wonderful how these little ducklings follow their mother so dutifully. I wonder if mother duck can teach me how to get this type of obedience out of my children :). We had a fun family walk and adventure.

A Mommy duck was ran over by a car, leaving 8 motherless ducklings. I was not there when this happened but a friend of a fellow homeschooler was. So, last week at homeschool dance class I start talking about my ducks. This homeschool mother makes a B line across the waiting room floor and asks me if I would like to raise some orphaned ducklings, because they are trying to find a home for them. Would I? Goodness, not only would I love it, but my kids would love it, and my WHOLE neighborhood would love it!

Unfortunately these ducklings got sick and before I got them three of them died leaving five. The first night here two more die. The next day I go and buy some antibiotics for them and a better warming light. One still gets sickly. These pictures were taken before he died. Now we are down to only two ducklings, but they are on medicine and doing quite well.


Sunday, June 8, 2008

Angel Baby #3, Family Planning

Unfortunatly I just lost another baby at the end of May. As best I can tell this is Angel baby #3, but there may be 4. This miscarriage started rather early, I never knew I was pregnant untill my miscarriage started. I think I might not have realised that it was a miscarriage if I had not allready been through them, this was one for sure. For me this misscarriage has been totally different. For me it helped that I never 'knew' I was pregnant, and that it was so early, and especially because I 'let' it happen.

On my previous two miscarriages I fought against the miscarriage. I decided to believe that my pregnancy was only 'at risk' and if I tried EVERYTHING possiable maybe, just maybe, I could save the baby. Those were TORTURE. I spent my every min. thinking about the baby and how to save it. Loosing those babies was much more difficult.

Fortunatly this loss was mostly like a period that was a bit worse then normal.

There was one day where I sat despondant on the couch and did not get off of it all day, even though I had things I needed to do. That was the worst day. I also have not pused myself to do any work I do not want to, for now. I felt like I needed to go easy on myself at first. Thankfully I am feeling myself rise out of that.

"If you are going to loose your babies so easily... Why," you may ask, "dont you use some form of birth control?"

For me Birth Control is one of the most complicated health topics. Ever since Jeff and I were first married we practiced Natural Family Planning. This was our record for that time.

Baby #1 - 2+ years after merriage we decided we were ready to have a baby soon. We never made plans on when we wanted to get pregnant, that seemed to scary to do. So while we were still in the 'planning' phase we got careless about my cycle and got pregnant with baby #1.

Baby #2 two years after baby #1. I started having dreams about a dark haired dark eyed baby girl that belonged to me, and became EXTREEMLY baby hungry for a baby RIGHT NOW. So we tried to have a baby and had what I think was possiable my first misscarriage. Then three months after that we tried again and had Baby #2.

Baby #3 two years after baby #2. We decided we loved the spacing between baby 1 and 2 and planned to have baby #3 with the same spacing. Infact I was feeling so confident that I decided I wanted the baby to be born in Aug like his Papa and name him Jr. Well I miscalculated and this baby was born in July.

Child #4 While pregnant with baby #3 we found out we could adopt the beautiful dark eyed dark haired girl I dreamed about, she was now 3, She was born in the same month I had the dream about her. She is actually Child #2 by ages.

Angel Baby #2 Surprise an unplaneed pregnancy, we are totally excited. We replan our whole future to include this baby. Shortly after Baby #3 was born I felt strongly that another spirit wanted to have a body, so I felt that this pregnancy was this same spirit. I felt that I communed with this spirit and knew 'him', I strongly believed the baby was a he.

Angel baby #3 Surprise another unplanned pregnancy, this baby grows for almost three months like the one before. We are excited, but alas, things did not go as we hoped. Misscarriage was just like the one before

Angel baby #4 Just a few weeks ago, unplanned also. Lost the baby early-on before I 'Knew'I was pregnant.

You see for most of our married life we had the NFPing thing down. We could pick which months to get pregnant in, and when not to get pregnant. But something changed and now I do not seem to know my cycle well enough to avoid getting pregnant. Something else has changes also, I cant seem to carry the babies full term.

I WILL not use Chemical birth control this includes Spermacide, Pills and shots. I do not trust what they would do to my health, or my reproductive system. I will not fix my DH (he is not a dog). This only leaves the option of an IUD. I use to fear pregnancies that are valid with an IUD in and heard horor stories of babies being born with the IUD in the hand. Or the IUD causing a misscarriage after the baby grew for a while. Now I am concerned about the spiritual implication that the IUD might cause a woman to avoid pregnancy simply by 'aborting' all embrios. That basically the IUD makes it so the embrio will not implant even if it is fertalised. My soul struggles with this spiritual reality. I want ALL spirits to have a chance at life, ALL. I do not want to cause ANY spirit to loose that chance, ANY.

So I am at a paradox, loose a few babies through misscarriages because we have not been good at knowing our cycle for NFP. Or miscarriage unknown numbers of babies that do not have a chance to implant. Thus I remain in waiting and not making a decision. Maybe I need to go back to the basics of NFP, and do all the Newbie things to relearn my cycle. I think that is the best option. Then maybe I wont misscarry any because of an IUD or an unplanned pregnancy.


Thursday, June 5, 2008

The Road Not Taken

TWO roads diverged in a yellow wood,

And sorry I could not travel both

And be one traveler, long I stood

And looked down one as far as I could

To where it bent in the undergrowth; 5

Then took the other, as just as fair,

And having perhaps the better claim,

Because it was grassy and wanted wear;

Though as for that the passing there

Had worn them really about the same, 10

And both that morning equally lay

In leaves no step had trodden black.

Oh, I kept the first for another day!

Yet knowing how way leads on to way,

I doubted if I should ever come back. 15

I shall be telling this with a sigh

Somewhere ages and ages hence:

Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—

I took the one less traveled by,

And that has made all the difference. 20

Robert Frost(1874–1963). Mountain Interval. 1920.

A Mothers needs Diagrammed


We must have love to give love.

Stewardship of Motherhood

Established in creation, Motherhood is our opportunity to gain personal refinement and eternal joy as we personally take a role in the Lords great effort to gain happy souls secure in heaven. Motherhood is our connection with eternity. In motherhood we connect with our own eternal nature through its rigorous self refinement. In motherhood we connect with eternity as the fruits of our labor nourish the souls of our children in their formative beginnings. In motherhood we connect with eternity as we raise righteous children. They are our offerings to the Lord.

FEC (Family Executive Meeting) Thoughtful discussions with our
Husband about life.

A few moments of our husbands generous ear and an ounce of his deep insight can alleviate some of our most troublesome trials.

Quiet time/ Def rag time

We need time to simplify, to step back from our complex lives and shut down the over worked areas of our brains. We need this time to do what we enjoy. To rediscover the joys of living and connect with the happy simplicity of personal time, in order to reapply ourselves renewed to the tasks in our stewardships.

Personal refinement time
Study time
discussion time
contemplation time

We women can not serve up the complicated needs and demands of our stewardships from an empty stew pot. We need to fill and nourish the stew through our own personal study and development. It is in these sweet hours of study, contemplation and discussion that we find solutions to the real trials and difficulties of fulfilling our stewardships. It is in these moments of study, contemplations and discussions that the Lord places within our reach the answers to our questions and struggles. This may come in the form of thought full insight form another mother who has solved a similar problem. Or from sounds advice recorded in articles, books, or from our mind piecing together previously acquired knowledge in a new and innovative way.

Time for Planning and making lists

Everything exists in the mind before it is created in reality. Taking time out to make lists and plan is essential in creating the life we would like to have. Mothers lives are complex systems. As mothers we manage many numerous tasks and minute activities, each with natural consequences for mis management. Making lists and plans enable us to keep track of our compels systems and care for even the minute details successfully.

Exterior recognition and appreciation

Even the strongest most self confident woman needs a regular dose of recognition and appreciation. In the stewardships of motherhood we can easily loose track of our successes and accomplishments. These periodic exterior injections of positive enable us to maintain a proper perspective.

Community with like minded women. Who are endowed with similar stewardships.

Each of us women is blessed with a unique perspective and talents. What comes easily to one is a struggle to another and visa versa. Likewise the challenges one faces today could also be challenging another life, or other women could have overcome or mastered a similar challenge. In opend discussion with other women we learn what works in the field. It is here we learn that other women are knees deep in their own struggles also, and our plight is not unique. It is in community with other women that we gain compassion, understanding, humility, acceptance, insight and sisterhood. Isolation from other women can cause insanity. In these support groups we can also find acceptance of our weakness, and human frailty. Most mothers feel a strong need to be perfect, only in a comfortable group setting will we discover that imperfection is good and praiseworthy.

We need successes that take place in the now. We need to create something that stays permanent.

The successes of a mother is a difficult thing to measure. Their primary stewardship of raising righetous, happy, independant children does not manifest fully its results for years, many times decades. And the secoundary stewardship of mother; homemaking, can in many ways be more time consumeing and fleeting. In homemaking much of our efforts can be erased in mearly an hour. In homemaking we can toil untill a task reaches perfection only to watch its completness float away as the natural rythums of the house hold erase its existance.

Thus because much of our stewardship's successes are not measurable for years, or the evidence of them is being eroded away constantly, mothers need successes and achievements they can see now, and creations they create that are permanent. This is why we mothers so vigorously seed after hobbies, pet projects, and successes outside of the home.

Many times the immediate and permanence of successes outside the stewardships of motherhood and homemaking cn be so fulfilling, and can bring about such exterior recognition and appreciation that we mothers can be tempted to neglect the more fleeting stewardships of home and family.

These immediate and permanent successes are fulfilling, but tempting to become all consuming. It is a wise mother that utilizes them but keeps them in check.

Also these permanent immediate successes can be good examples to our children of skill and achievement.

Journal June 5th

Today has been an emotional day of confused inward searching, and efforts at self discovery. In this mess I pulled out my old note book where I kept everything important to me including my patriarchal blessing, it is pretty clear that my life is to be spend learning and teaching. Which is what I am doing now, which begs the question, do I need to look further for the meaning in my life?

I am sure the article I read, which was saved as the first thing in this important notebook, would be controversial. I know that as I read it I find I also am in conflict. But the truth of it is so simple. Just as I want to step out into the world and get a job, just as I want to get an education. I run into this article. Now I find myself asking what the long term effects these decisions will have on my children, instead what potential money will I make and what ways will that increase my status in the world. After some thought I have come to the conclusion that the education will benefit me, broadening my mind, and my children, as they follow my example. So I believe that is the most likely one to stay in my long term plan.

I will need to find the article source so I can link it here, my initial search did not find it at LDS.org

Nest I read over something I wrote about what a mother needs, and about the awkward social situation mothers find themselves in once they become a SAH (stay at home) Mom. I really enjoyed rereading it. So I am going to post it on her. Before I do I would like to quote from President Hinkley in his book "Standing for something".

There is great loneliness in leadership. This is do because we have to live with ourselves even if it means abandoning other relationships and pursuits. We have to live with our own consciences. We have to live up to our inner feelings. We have to stand for the values and beliefs that we have embraced, adopted, and woven into our characters.

It was ever thus. The price of leadership is loneliness. The price of adherence to conscience is loneliness. The price of adherence to principle is loneliness. I think it is inescapable. The savior of the world was a man who walked in loneliness. I do not know of any statement more underlined with the pathos of His loneliness than this one; " The foxes have holes, and the birds of the air have nests; but the Son of Man hath not where to lay his head" (Matthew 8:20)

It is not easy to be virtuous when all about us there are those who criticize or scorn virtue.

In leadership in standing for a principal, there is loneliness. But men and women of integrity must live with their convictions. Unless they do so, their are miserable -- dreadfully miserable. and though there may be thorns, though there may be disappointment, though there may be trouble and travail, heartache and heartbreak, and desperate loneliness, there will also be comfort and strength and that "peace of God, which passeth all understanding" (Philippians 4:7)

Journal June 5th

Today has been an emotional day of confused inward searching, and efforts at self discovery. In this mess I pulled out my old note book where I kept everything important to me including my patriarchal blessing, it is pretty clear that my life is to be spend learning and teaching. Which is what I am doing now, which begs the question, do I need to look further for the meaning in my life?

I am sure the article I read, which was saved as the first thing in this important notebook, would be controversial. I know that as I read it I find I also am in conflict. But the truth of it is so simple. Just as I want to step out into the world and get a job, just as I want to get an education. I run into this article. Now I find myself asking what the long term effects these decisions will have on my children, instead what potential money will I make and what ways will that increase my status in the world. After some thought I have come to the conclusion that the education will benefit me, broadening my mind, and my children, as they follow my example. So I believe that is the most likely one to stay in my long term plan.

I will need to find the article source so I can link it here, my initial search did not find it at LDS.org

Nest I read over something I wrote about what a mother needs, and about the awkward social situation mothers find themselves in once they become a SAH (stay at home) Mom. I really enjoyed rereading it. So I am going to post it on her. Before I do I would like to quote from President Hinkley in his book "Standing for something".

There is great loneliness in leadership. This is do because we have to live with ourselves even if it means abandoning other relationships and pursuits. We have to live with our own consciences. We have to live up to our inner feelings. We have to stand for the values and beliefs that we have embraced, adopted, and woven into our characters.

It was ever thus. The price of leadership is loneliness. The price of adherence to conscience is loneliness. The price of adherence to principle is loneliness. I think it is inescapable. The savior of the world was a man who walked in loneliness. I do not know of any statement more underlined with the pathos of His loneliness than this one; " The foxes have holes, and the birds of the air have nests; but the Son of Man hath not where to lay his head" (Matthew 8:20)

It is not easy to be virtuous when all about us there are those who criticize or scorn virtue. 

In leadership in standing for a principal, there is loneliness. But men and women of integrity must live with their convictions. Unless they do so, their are miserable -- dreadfully miserable. and though there may be thorns, though there may be disappointment, though there may be trouble and travail, heartache and heartbreak, and desperate loneliness, there will also be comfort and strength and that "peace of God, which passeth all understanding" (Philippians 4:7)

Thursday, May 1, 2008

Webkinz Birthday Party Ideas! #1

Party Games with Stuffed Animals

*Musical Dog Bones
: Cut out large dog bones from white poster board. Sit in a circle and play "doggie" music. Pass around the dog bones (one less in amount than there are people). Once the music stops, whoever doesn't have a bone has to go to the doghouse. You can also call the game "hot dog" and pass a dog-stuffed animal around. Whoever is holding the dog when the music stops is out to the pound.

Sneak Attack
* Have your birthday child sit in a chair in the middle of the room and place a blind fold over their eyes.
* Place an object under the chair. It can be a stuffed animal, a toy, a small bag of candy, or a wrapped gift.
* Keep everything quiet as your party guests try to sneak up (one at a time) and steal the object under the chair.
* If your birthday child tags them, the player is out and someone else must try to steal the object.
* Your birthday child can move their arms around, but don't let then use their feet.

Toy Game

* Each and every person who is invited to the party is asked to bring along a toy/stuffed animal.
* One person is chosen as the leader. He takes the toy/stuffed animal from all the participants and put them in the center of the room.
* Now, all the participants are blindfolded and asked to pick their own toy/stuffed animal from the bundle.
* The one who find his own toy/stuffed animal from the bundle, in the least time, is declared the winner.

Sack race
Canvas sacks or pillow cases are ideal for this game. All you need are the sacks, a start line, a finish line, and a whistle!

You can play this barnyard party game with all the kids together, or in pairs.

Add a little fun by getting pairs of kids to jump to one end of the course in their sacks, collect a stuffed animal ball, run back to the start to throw the toy into a box, run back to their sack, and jump back to the start line - phew! Demonstrate this one first before you start the official game.

Balloon dare: First, you buy enough balloons so everyone at the party can have one. Then, you write different dares on little pieces of paper, one for every balloon. The dares should be good for the ages group, such as kiss your stuffed animal for little kids

Race with the Animals
This additional relay race is as much fun to watch as it is to play!
Divide the children into teams. The racers will rescue animals in pairs of two. Provide each pair with a stuffed animal - lion, zebra,
giraffe, monkey etc. The first pair on each team will walk to "Madagascar"
(finish line), back to back with the animal in between their backs. Then drop their animal at the finish line and run back to their team. Then the next pair takes their turn. If the animal drops, they will pick it up and continue or start again. The first team to move all of their animals wins.

Free Magic Party Game #4. Don't get Caught. (With the Magician)
Dress up a small stuffed animal to look like a magician. As little as a large red bow around his neck or any bow tie available will work fine. A stuffed rabbit works great. The children stand, or sit in a circle and the game is played similar to the "Hot Potato" game. Play some music with a good beat and have the children pass around the Magician. Whoever is caught with the Magician when the music stops, is eliminated. The last remaining child wins a prize, such as a selection of a magic trick from a Grab Bag., an Award Certificate, Grand Prize Ribbon or best of all a magic"Bag of Trix"®.

Groundhog Day Party Game
A great game to play on Groundhog's Day. Players divide into equal groups. One group forms a circle around the other group of players. The outside group has a stuffed animal, like a groundhog, with which they try to hit the other players that are inside their circle. As soon as one is hit he must immediately join the circle and help hit the others. When all have been tagged in this way, groups change places and repeat. The two players who were last to be hit in the two games are captains to choose the teams for the next time.