Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Musings of the Lonesome: Week Two

I have decided that my post from last week made me sound utterly miserable and helpless without Husband. That's really not completely true. So, in order to spare you all, I shall not post anymore musings...just know that I still miss him. He'll be home on the sixth!

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Musings of the Lonesome: Week 1

Day 1: Husband left today. He's off to Philmont. In other words, he's off to live in the wilderness for 10 days. Ten days plus traveling to and from New Mexico equals one lonesome wifey at home. I couldn't even go half the day without missing him terribly. Today was made bearable because he did call once this evening and because Little Sister #4 and Little Brother #2 came for a sleepover. We ate junk food, swam, and watched movies. Husband will find it entertaining to learn that I woke up in the night upside down [as in my feet where my head goes and my head where my feet go, not as in I woke up vertically oriented]. This has happened only once since we've been married although it was a common occurrence beforehand, when I had my own bed...

Day 2: I got two more phone calls today--one this morning and one this evening. I might even get one last call tomorrow morning before they officially start their hike tomorrow. I still had the kiddos this morning and then I went to work this afternoon and finished up my assignment for my microbiology class this evening. Not very eventful. Not too lonely either since I kept busy and had a couple of chances to talk to Husband...

Day 3: So much for my phone call this morning...Hey! Do you have so-n-so's number? Thanks! Love you! Bye!...Coping strategy #1 for today was memories--the good kind. I was thinkin about when I lived in the dorms and got zero cell phone service in my room so I would go out to the courtyard with a pillow and blanket at the break of dawn to talk to Husband (before he was Husband) on the phone. We had to do it at the break of dawn when we could use free minutes so that Dad #1 didn't get after me. I thought about how whenever we were in the back seat of Dad #2's truck I would stick my head on his chest and my face in the crook of his neck. Husband wondered how the heck it didn't make me claustrophobic and Mom #2 always got after us for snogging even though were weren't least not most of the time...Coping strategy #2 was to stay the night at Mom and Dad #1's house. THEN! That night I was saying family prayer and straight from the heart I said, "...and please don't let Husband get eaten by a bear..." and then Mom #1 snickered and Dad #1 guffawed (right in the middle of my prayer!) and then kids #s 4, 5, 6, and 7 started to giggle. They all just laughed through the rest of my prayer! Yet, even with the coping strategies I laid down that night and felt very...


Day 4: I worked all day today and had no one to text me or email me or keep me sane. Seriously. I went nuts. This afternoon I was eating animal crackers and I thought...Poor little penguin. You just got your head bit off. Cute little camel. I bit your head off too...and then I pulled out a bear and said...Take that, you nasty old bear! That's what you get for messing with Husband!...Wow. He needs to come home....

Day 5: I cried today...

Day 6: I missed having a husband to sit next to during church today. I was able to listen to two of my best friends speak in church. They're both leaving on missions in a couple of weeks, one to Argentina and one to Bolivia. They both did a spectacular job with their talks. I know that they will be great missionaries. I'm still praying Husband won't get eaten by a bear, although I suppose I'm more worried about him worrying about getting eaten by a bear than I am him actually getting eaten by a bear...

Day 7: I cleaned the house today. Wish I had Husband here to help me or at least to tell me I looked beautiful with my PJs on and my hair going everywhere once I was all done. Is it weird that I texted him to tell him how much I miss him even though I know he can't respond? I miss those days when seeing his truck in the parking lot meant Husband was home...

Monday, June 21, 2010


If anyone would like for Tony, Mr. Brown, Brother Brown, Texas Tony, Mark Anthony Brown, Jeri Lin's Husband, [enter whatever name you'd like to call him here], etc. etc. etc. to take a turn and write a blog post, please insert a comment and tell him so.

He thinks he's a big, bad, and busy, but I'm sure he has at least one post deep, down somewhere inside of him.

Besides, you're probably sick of hearing from me. He needs to spice things up a bit.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

We are the champions!

Tony participated in our stake's annual softball tournament last month. It was all afternoon and evening on a Saturday and our boys played hard. They won their first game which put them in the winners bracket. They made it to the championship game and had to play two games against the team they played in that first game. It was so fun to watch! I enjoyed meeting some of the wives for the first time. We cheered our voices away!

Tony is proud of his key plays in every single win. This is his glory shot after he got booby trapped at home plate in the championship game!

Monday, June 14, 2010

Gila Valley Temple Open House

In May we had the opportunity to go to the Gila Valley Temple Open House with my family. It was a great experience. It was fun to see how excited the kids were to go inside. We were able to teach them a little bit more about what goes on inside of the temple.

Tony and I also watched the broadcast of the cultural event. It was fun. What a wonderful experience for those kids, some of whom were my cousins!

Then, on May 23, 2010, we were able to attend the dedication of the 132nd operating temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. We are so grateful to have so many of the Lord's temples so close to us. We are especially excited for the Gilbert and Phoenix temples to be built as well. This truly is the Lord's church. We are grateful for the happiness it brings into our lives.

P.S. We found our camera. :)

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Mormon Tabernacle Choir, Old Movies, and the Sorcerer's Stone

Tony and I went to the city library today and got library cards. See below. They're kinda weird looking--some kind of Public Art Project... Anyways...

I'm very proud of my library card. I checked out the following items today:

1. Showtime! Music of Broadway and Hollywood by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir
2. "Arsenic and Old Lace" starring Cary Grant released in 1944
3. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling

Life is good.

Monday, June 7, 2010


I am sad.

Somehow we BOTH misplaced our cameras.

This just doesn't make sense because mine has been in a drawer ever since we got married (except for maybe once...apparently the once time I lost it) because Brother Brown likes his camera better.

Brother Brown lost his after the Gila Valley Temple open house. We are very sad because we took some pretty sweet pictures there at the very brand newest temple.

I am even more sad because we are losing precious memories because we cannot capture them on the cameras that we have lost.

If anyone knows where our lost cameras are please let us know. A reward will be given.

Thank you kindly.

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Tony Brown MBA Consulting

Check out Tony Brown MBA Consulting! I'm so proud of him for all he's done so far.