Dear Ben

the sight of Hans cycling to school on his mini-bike with his French Horn makes me smile every day

It’s 7:22 a.m. and I’m in my running clothes with my sweaty ponytail dripping down my back. This is the Golden Forty-Minutes after Stefan and Hans leave and before I really need to get the little ones practicing and homework-gathering before elementary school.

Xander, of course, is already up, having showered, dressed, eaten and practiced all before 7 a.m. Why is that kid so ambitious? One of these days he’ll discover the joy of sleeping in, but for now he has two extra hours to make lunch and revel in the comics from both newspapers.

Do you miss the funny pages? It’s a big adjustment, to go from reading four pages a day to just a few measly strips in the Daily Universe. I remember spying your dad reading the comics in the BYU library in our early days of dating and feeling like that was just one more confirmation that I had to marry the man.

Well, I can tell you what’s happening in Spiderman. NOTHING. He’s still in that stupid battle with Ironman that’s being running for over a month. Why do I waste my time reading that? At least Spiderman isn’t as sappy as Mary Worth (Mary Worth=total waste of ink).


Your visit home was glorious! Admit it, it’s nice to have everyone cheer at your arrival and hang on your every word. I’m glad that you’re enjoying school and gratified that you are missing us.

Thank you for saying, “Let’s just work around the house and eat tuna melts like we always do.” when we offered to do something “fun” for the holiday. You may have saved Dad’s life by tackling the highest beam.


And who knew that the sludge in the bottom of the stain bucket would produce excellent torches? I think that may have been the happiest hour of Xander’s life, and let’s be honest, Stefan’s too.



In retrospect, I realize I should have been horrified at the pyromaniacs in my backyard. But I honestly thought it was pretty cool.

the fumes finally went to Dad’s brain

Come home again soon. You are always welcome for dancing on the patio and raucous games of four-man chess (don’t even try to explain the rules to me; I’ll get a headache).



We’ll be putting on the second coat this Saturday. 😉


Love, Mom

September 6, 2010
September 9, 2010



  1. Sue

    September 8, 2010

    It really is a blessing to have him so close. I would have loved having my college kids be able to drive home for the weekend.

    Looks like you guys made the most of it, too!


  2. Tracy

    September 9, 2010

    OMG tuna melts!!! My all time favorite meal.

    I really do love all of you.

  3. Mae

    September 9, 2010

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  4. Cath

    September 9, 2010

    I am in love with your love for your children. And the “fumes going to the brain”? I laughed out loud. What boy would not be missing this mama and her family?

  5. Rachelle

    September 9, 2010

    Okay, my heart just melted right out of my body and leaked on the floor. Your family is a shining example of what it means to “love one another”. All the photos are wonderful. I love the smiles on each chess player’s face!

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