Monday, August 31, 2009

The Bill of No Rights by Lewis W. Napper

We, the sensible of the United States, in an attempt to help everyone get along, restore some semblance of justice, avoid any more riots, keep our nation safe, promote positive behavior and secure the blessings of debt-free liberty to ourselves and our great-great-great grandchildren, hereby try one more time to ordain and establish some common sense guidelines for the terminally whiny, guilt-ridden delusional, and other liberal, commie, pinko bedwetters.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that a whole lot of people were confused by the Bill of Rights and are so dim that they require a Bill of No Rights.

You do not have the right to a new car, big-screen color TV or any other form of wealth. More power to you if you can legally acquire them, but no one is guaranteeing anything.

You do not have the right to never be offended. This country is based on freedom, and that means freedom for everyone -- not just you! You may leave the room, turn the channel, express a different opinion, etc., but the world is full of idiots, and probably always will be.

You do not have the right to be free from harm. If you stick a screwdriver in your eye, learn to be more careful, do not expect the tool manufacturer to make you and all of your relatives independently wealthy.

You do not have the right to free food and housing. Americans are the most charitable people to be found, and will gladly help anyone in need, but we are quickly growing weary of subsidizing generation after generation of professional couch potatoes who achieve nothing more than the creation of another generation of professional couch potatoes.

You do not have the right to free health care. That would be nice, but from the looks of public housing, we're just not interested in public health care.

You do not have the right to physically harm other people. If you kidnap, rape, intentionally maim or kill someone, don't be surprised if the rest of us get together and kill you.

You do not have the right to the possessions of others. If you rob, cheat, or coerce away the goods or services of other citizens, don't be surprised if the rest of us get together and lock you away in a place where you still won't have the right to a big-screen color TV or a life of leisure.

You do not have the right to demand that our children risk their lives in foreign wars to soothe your aching conscience. We hate oppressive governments and won't lift a finger to stop you from going to fight if you'd like. However, we do not enjoy parenting the entire world and do not want to spend so much of our time battling each and every little tyrant with a military uniform and a funny hat.

You do not have the right to a job. All of us sure want you to have one, and will gladly help you along in hard times, but we expect you to take advantage of the opportunities in education and vocational training laid before you to make yourself useful.

You do not have the right to happiness. Being an American means that you have the right to pursue happiness -- which, by the way, is a lot easier if you are unencumbered by an overabundance of idiotic laws created by those around you who were confused by the Bill of Rights.

Copyright - Lewis W. Napper. All Rights Reserved

Activity Days: Cake decorating

We reviewed the twelfth article of faith:

We believe in being subject to kings, presidents, rulers, and magistrates in obeying, honoring, and sustaining the law.

Then learned some techniques to cake decorating. The girls loved using all the different icing tips and goofing around. They were more thrilled to eat their creations than anything else!

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Capri Sun Lunch Bags

On the capri sun box it has an advertisement for Terracycle, which is a recycling company who uses the drink pouches from capri sun to make items like backpacks, purses, pencil pouches, lunch bags, etc. I thought it looked easy enough and did a little research on the internet about how to make my own lunch bags using the pouches. There is lots of information out there and many different ways to make these bags. This is the ehow site I improvised my pattern from. This was a simple way that worked for me and the kids loved it! Now they have cute lunch bags that were really cheap with a little elbow grease and recycling. Terracycle has lots of information on recycling these type products. I think it is a great project, if you have the motivation!

Birthday Party

Stephanie, Jennifer and I threw together a surprise birthday party for my mom. We got everyone together and had fun even without all the planning behind the scenes! Most everyone was able to attend besides Brandon and Goldie who live out of state and the grandparents who didn't answer their phone. We had cake, ice cream, presents and lots of laughing provided by the kids! My mom was quite surprised, she had talked herself out of us doing something like this. Little did she know, we can whip up a full out party in just a couple hours notice!

I just had to add William and Matthew, especially that sweet toothy grin. Yep, he has two little teeth popping out there! All my babies had their first teeth by 6 months old!

Saturday, August 22, 2009

My baby is 6 months old today!

Our baby Matthew is 6 months old today! He is a wonderful baby! He sleeps through the nights, rolls over, sits up, grabs everything he sees, laughs, coos and just grins all the time. He is the absolute best baby ever!!! Matthew is charming, easy go lucky, mellow and a definite people pleaser. His eyes light up whenever someone walks into the room. He is a blessing to our family. We love our little man!

August 24, 2009: I took Matthew to the doctors for his 6 month checkup today. He is 29" tall and 18 lbs 2 oz. He got his 3 immunizations which wasn't much until they had me bring him back a little later and finish up with 2 more shots! He was rather miffed, poor little guy!

Friday, August 14, 2009

First Day of School 2009-2010 School Year

Katelyn and Taylor started back to school this week. We participated in the open house at Sandstone Elementary the night before, so the kids would get to meet their teachers and find out where their classrooms would be. It always seems to help the night before jitters. At least they know a little about what to expect. Katelyn is entering third grade this year. She will be in Mrs. Snyders class, where she already knows some of the kids. She is thrilled to be able to play on the monkey bars this year, as the first and second graders cannot. Katelyn will be learning cursive and her times tables. She is rather thrilled to be back. Taylor is so excited to be going to first grade. He is in Mrs. Broadhead's class with a couple neighbor boys. He will now be eating lunch at school and thinks he's pretty hot stuff. Taylor is going to be advancing in reading and math this year.

The first day of school was Thursday. Taylor woke me up at 4:30 am to make sure he was dressed alright and find out what else he needed to do to be ready. I told him to finish getting his clothes on and then GO BACK TO BED! He woke up again at 6:45 and asked every five minutes if we needed to leave yet. Katelyn was more leisure about the whole thing but was up and dressed by 7am. She was excited but values her sleep too much to give any up. We all got ready and walked to the school where we proceeded to take a few snapshots and give hugs. Katelyn was in her element the moment we entered the gate and immediately found some friends to play with out on the playground. Taylor on the other hand ran straight to his classroom and shut the door behind him incase I might snap a few shots again. They both came home very bubbly, excited about their experiences. Zack dropped them off after school as it took awhile for the kids to meet up with each other. Oops... I forgot about that little detail! They had a blast though! This looks to be another great school year for the Alvey kids!

Monday, August 10, 2009

Camping trip

My dad was looking for a way to include everyone on our family outings or at least trying to start having more outings and invited everyone to come camping the weekend before school starts back up. He purchased a 26-ft rv from craigslist to make sure there were all the modern conveniences and luxuries you may not usually have on a camping trip: a/c, toilets, microwave, regular mattress, four-wheelers, tv and dvd player (the important stuff right?)

We headed up to Pine Valley but it was packed, then off to Enterprise we went. It was a little ways away from the rest of the world but very nice and kept us busy with many activities. We ended up still being in the Dixie National Forest which is more like Dixie National Sage Brush but that is because here they haven't been around real trees. The camping aspect of things was a bit of a challenge since the tempature dropped a good 20 degrees during the night. Zack and I both slept with a baby to keep them warm. Poor Katelyn was sleeping in her little Hannah Montana sleeping bag that is good for sleepovers and that is about it. It was a good thing I brought an extra blanket just incase. I had her get into our sleeping bags too when I noticed her poor teeth chattering away.

We all woke up early and were able to enjoy the rest of the campout. We played games, hiked the honeycomb rocks, went through caves, took the 4 wheelers up through the mountains, went swimming, roasted hot dogs and even got a game of spades in.

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Activity Days: CTR Hemp Bracelets

Ideas found at A short lesson to teach them to learn to sing the Hymn, Choose the Right, understand the importance of choosing the right, and making a ctr bracelet to constantly remind them to do so.

Activity Description:
We followed the "Living and Learning the Gospel" suggestion to learn how to sing the hymn "Choose the Right" by playing a game. The game was played similar to musical chairs or hot potato, only the "potato" was a chewy candy wrapped in several layers that had the lines written on them. (Note: Make sure the lines are rather simple using only one line of the song at a time) When the music played, the potato was passed around. When the music stopped, the person left holding it had to recite or sing all parts that had been unwrapped until then. The winner was the person who was able to recite/sing the entire song without help. The chewy candy was to remind them to "Chews the Right."Next we played a "Sink or Swim" lesson found in an LDS Family Home Evening book that consisted of choices or situations they could face and whether they would sink or swim depending on the choice they made. Afterward, we braided hemp bracelets and weaved alphabet beads into them that spelled CTR. The girls had fun learning how to braid hemp bracelets for one, but also, knowing they made their own CTR bracelet and knowing the significance of it was fun for them. We used the Klutz book Hemp Bracelets for guidance, it is a wonderful book with thorough instructions! The girls were excited to know they could do this at home.