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This page was created to reminisce about anything and everything that has gone on in our family, from the good times to the bad (hopefully we'll end up focusing on the good).

Wednesday, March 29, 2006

My mouse chase

We had a mouse problem at my current house as well. For a long time I just thought it was funny because Ian (my roomate) is easily spooked. He'd see the mouse and freak out running around like a scared little girl. So I ignored the problem for a long time because I think it's funny when he freaks out. Well I saw a mouse in my bedroom two days in a row. That's when I changed my mind about the mouse problem.

So the next day I got a few mouse traps and some poison, and I layed them out carefully. We caught a mouse in my room one day in one of the mouse traps. I was so proud! A few days later Marcus Mike and I were going to watch some tv. We moved the couch and saw the mouse run under the another couch. We had him cornered! We all grabbed shoes so we could smash him. We had him running between Marcus and me. He would run one way, only to see a giant with a shoe, and then turn the other way and see the same thing. Finally he got up the nerve to try to run past me. I slammed the shoe down as hard as I could and smashed him. Then Marcus yelled out, "Who's the dominant species now?" I saw the mouse twitch before he died and I kind of felt guilty, at least until I threw him in the trash.

I think that I prefer the poison method to the shoe method. Let them crawl into a dark corner and die all alone, because I don't want to watch it. I was kind of surprised that Rachel was so vindictive with the baby mice. Still, it does kind of fit her character, but don't tell her I said that!

Monday, March 27, 2006

One Day In Our Life

Time seems to pass so quickly. One day we are the object of our parents concerns the next as it seems we are that parent concerned about our own children, and then as if by magic we somehow become the concern of our children. I guess you could call that the cycle of life or something.
Yesterday was a great example of the little things in life and how great they really are. This last few months we have been having an on going difficultiy with mice in our house. Yesterday Rachael was searching for more places that they had been and found a nest of little ones. You would think that she would come screaming for a man to get them, instead she screamed at them and started catching them and throwing them outside in the dupster. Before the end of the day she had cleaned where they had been and set traps and bait. It was just interesting to watch the progress throuhout the day.
It isn't that this is one of those great memorable moments, but that it is one of those little things that happen on a daily basis to all of us. We need to keep that in mind as we are thinking of posts we could make and how those little moments of ours will help all of us to feel closer as a family.
I have been trying to remember those big moments from the past, but maybe the little moments now from every day are really more important to jot down and tell us about, please do the same so we can all get closer.

Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Brad and JJ's drive together

I remember going to Uncle Kerrys funeral. I drove with Bob and Lindy and somehow Brad ended up driving with JJ. Those two couldn't be more different. Brad has always been a church going spiritual guy. JJ on the other hand was anything but that.

We all love JJ in all his diversity, but I didn't think pairing him up with Brad on a five hour road trip was a good idea. Well apparently they had come to an agreement at some point as to the music arrangements. Basically they would switch off between punk rock and church music. Just thinking about makes me laugh. They actually got a long very well. I was surprised.

I remember another time when I was at uncle Rob's house. We were doing something computer related most likely. He told a story about how JJ was on his skateboard going around the neighborhood (or somewhere, I don't know) and he slipped and the skateboard went out into the street. Right after that a cop ran his board over and broke it in half. Uncle Rob finished the story and we both paused for a few seconds and then we both laughed and laughed and laughed.
It was good times, but then being at Rob's house always is.

Thursday, March 16, 2006


You may think that we are trying to dig up dirt, but really all we are trying to do is to find things from our past that may be memorable and fun to read about. It was not my intention to make this look like a place to dig up dirt on any of us. Funny stories from the past sometimes seem to be just that though, dirt.
In the future let us remember things that are memorable, even if one of us seems to be more involved for a while don't take offense after all it is just memories. To remember the past and put it down as something that others may want to read about may take some creative soul searching into our feable (at least mine) little minds.
Since we have been doing this I have been trying really hard to remember things from my past that everyone would enjoy hearing about, it is hard to remember all of the details of what we went through as a family.
I was the oldest and left our home before Dean, Kerry and Ellie. I am sure some of the things they remember about those times in their lives will be different than what I come up with, but that should not stop any of us from finding something from our individual pasts to post here.
I am not sure if this site has an e-mail way of submitting, but if any of you want to submit something without loging on to this site just e-mail me at and I will post it for you, if you would like.

Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Mary ellen memories

It seems that we've been remembering a lot of Mary Ellen memories lately. Ellie getting hit in the head with a ball, Ellie running into a tree, and so forth. We will have to get her on here to let her redeem herself and pull up some dirt on others.

I know that there is a way to make blog postings via email. Nate, maybe you could figure that out so who don’t know how to use blogs could post messages, too.

She did what?

Yeah some of you may not have heard this story. It's a short one but still a goodie. My mom (Ellie) somehow managed to fall asleep while riding a bike when she was younger and she ran it into a tree. We've never let her live it down. So here's to you mom, you really can do the unthinkable. We love you

-Chuck Bateman

Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Fire in the Shanty

I remember one summer night, I can't remember how old I was, I was sleeping on the covered back porch we had in the home in Draper. I awoke to see a fire behind grandpa's house. (This was my mom's dad Hal Walbeck) He had a wooden out building we called the shanty. It had caught on fire. It was once used as living quarters for one of grandpa's family members. The fire destoyed the shanty and the things that were stored inside. It left unsettling impression on me about sleep and waking up to see a fire. We never rebuilt the shanty, years later grandpa had a garage built behind his house. I guess you could say that was to replace the old building.

We use to meet for a family reunion every summer at Draper Park. I'm not quite sure when we stopped doing that. Anyway, there was a great big water fight every year and there was an on going battle between Mary Ellen and Shane. Unfortunately Ellie's own kids (including myself) were on Shane's side. I don't remember any instances in particular, but we got her pretty good just about every year.

Monday, March 13, 2006

This is Rob Blogging. I remember when I was a teenager I used to love to throw a baseball at the back wall of the house we lived in in Draper and have it bounce back to me so I could practice catching it, then I would throw it again, and again. One time when I was practicing this way I missed the wall and hit the window of the room Ellie was using for a bedroom. The bad part of that was the window broke and the ball hit Ellie on the head. I am not sure what happend after this, but I am sure I suffered some kind of punishment for braking a window and hitting Mary Ellen. If she can remember any of this maybe she can comment on this.

God has to have a sense of humor

A couple of years ago we went down on vacation to see grandma and grandpa in St. George. It was me Bob Brad Tim and mom. I remember that we were all real excited to go hiking. Our favorite thing to do while visiting them was to hike Alligator mountain. The problem is that it was raining and so we could not go. Normally it doesn't rain too much in St. George so we considered this to be bad luck.

Well at lunch one day my grandpa had asked Tim to pray. As you know grandma and grandpa were both very active members of the church. On the other hand we were not the most active members of the church, and could be considered by some to be a bit irreverent.

So grandpa asked one of his irreverent grandchildren to pray, Tim. He said all the typical things in a prayer, "Thanks for grandma and grandpa, please bless the food to nourish and strengthen our bodies and minds. We’re grateful for this and that..." then he paused and then said, "Oh and thanks for the rain, I'm sure it's doing somebody some good!"

Well that's where that prayer ended because we all began to laugh. I remember thinking that we were going to get reprimanded by grandpa, but he laughed too. After a few good chuckles he said something I'll never forget, he said "God has got to have a sense of humor."

That's my favorite memory of Grandpa. What he said has stuck with me and has helped keep me guilt free through many sacrament meetings.- Chuck Bateman