Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Compose -vs- HTML

When you write blog posts, you have a Compose tab and a HTML tab.

Compose is where you align things, make them look pretty and presentable.

The HTML tab has hidden code, meaning, isn't nearly as pretty and isn't seen by most.

My efforts are poor at putting actual pen to paper, so this is a manageable way for me to journal and document the goings on in our lives. It's fun to look back at the bound books of previous years of posting because it's true that you do forget, especially those seemingly small things that happen day to day.

It's probably also equally important to document the things in your life that aren't necessarily so fun and pretty.  I feel like I haven't been able to write the things that I need to document because if I write it, that makes it very real.

I have almost lost my mom twice in the past month. My brother needs surgery and cannot have it. My father in law has cancer and will be undergoing massive surgery next week. Today, I found out my little sister will be in hospice care shortly.

A co-worker asked me, "Do you ever just lose it?". The honest answer would be yes.

The tears and breakdowns are in the HTML of my life, but I'm trying my best to live in the Compose.


Sunday, March 23, 2014

Luck O The Irish

As a McMahon, I must honor my Irish heritage. Every St. Patrick's day, my boys receive a few green treats and a couple of green lottery scratch tickets.

This year, Jackson won $100 on his scratch ticket and JR won $25!

**At the time of this post, that $100 was almost spent on the $97 worth of gems that he purchased last night on an app with his Ipad. We have since changed the settings on his Ipad and worked with Apple support to mitigate most of that damage. They were actually quite wonderful about the whole thing.  It definitely wasn't good when we were leaving for church and I hear the spouse yelling down the stairs that I had better see what our youngest had been up to. He had checked his email and the multiple receipts sent via Paypal had arrived:  $21.67, $4.95, $21.67, $27.80, $4.95 and another $21.67. Cooler heads eventually prevailed, conversations were had and we made it to church....a few minutes late.**

Monday, February 24, 2014

One Year Later

A year ago today, I was awoken around 3:30 am with a phone call. I couldn't read the caller ID because I didn't have my glasses on.

To be perfectly honest, I expected my sister to be on the other line telling me something was wrong with our mom because I have received that call in the middle of the night previously.  Not only was it not my sister, but it was my mom saying it was about my sister. I rolled out of bed, grabbed some clothes and left. I don't even think I brushed my hair.

I drove to the hospital and didn't even necessarily feel rushed. I thought maybe the flu, appendicitis, etc.

I found my mom and when the nurse came in and asked everyone to leave and shut the door behind her, I knew it wasn't going to be good. She told us we would need to prepare ourselves for what we were about to see.

That was an understatement.

All the cancers I've ever known usually have a lump, bump or bruise, followed by a surgery and chemo and then hopefully by that amazing word "remission".

Not leukemia, and especially not ALL. It's a beast of a disease and it likes to stick around and hide in cracks and crevices and chase you around for your very life.

One year ago, my family was sitting around voting on the Oscars and now 365 days later, we have two immediately family members fighting the good fight.

It was best said by 9 year old Stephen Packer who lost his battle with Cancer when he said: "I hope cancer gets cancer and dies".

Monday, February 17, 2014


What a fun day to have a President's Day holiday!

Jackson turned 9 today.

We went to see the Lego Movie and had a great time!

He got his name on the marquee, reserved movie seats, a behind the scenes tour of the projection room, concessions and the theater in general and had fun with his friends and family. 

   Jackson Far Right

I did feel bad when the sweet theater manager offered them to take photos with some of the props that had been moved upstairs to the projection room that is off limits to the general public.  It's kept very dark and he raised the lights so the boys could take photos - of which they all refused....thus the chipmunks below with no children next to them.  Can't blame a guy for trying I guess.

Party Favors I made for the boys

 It was a low key day followed up by his favorite dinner with family at the Mongolian Grill.

He's such a great kid.  

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Snowed In Monopoly

The snow has been fun. It allowed the kids to get out of school early Thursday, school canceled Friday and church canceled today.

However, now we are done and looking forward to seeing the ice go.

Before the ice showers sent in, we ventured out for a short walk to the store just to simply get out of the house.

Last night to bring a little fun to the house, we played Monopoly....for money.

After about 3 hours, Dad & JR decided to split the $20 cash pot and call it a draw.

It doesn't appear as if the snow or ice is going anywhere soon, so we'll see what fun today brings.

Friday, February 7, 2014


After helping a friend create some valentines for her son, I also got the brilliant idea to make valentines for Jackson this year.

We combined his love of Garfield and rock candy. I neglected to remember the time, effort and money that actually go into making your own valentines. 

Rock candy is not so cheap, but these came out pretty cute.

We were able to get the rock candy in bulk at Winco (and the 30 small clear bags for free), hole punched the card and secured to the bag with some left over pipe cleaners from Christmas crafts.

Plus it gave us something to do while school was cancelled due to the snow storm!

Following is the printable Garfield Valentine.  You can simply write in who it is from at the bottom and who it is being given to at the top.

PDF Version

Word Version

Monday, January 27, 2014

18 Years Ago

I became a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints 18 Years ago today.

It was a very cold and snowy night and was peaceful and magical.

I remember being in religion class my Junior year in high school.  I had a question about something that was considered a sin. I raised my hand to ask about it and was told if I was going to question it, then I should not be a member of the Catholic church.  It was not a confrontation, just an honest question that I wanted and needed to understand.

I operate best under black and white.  Gray can get dicey for me.  When I started learning about the church, I started getting answers to my questions - answers that provided peace to my spirit.  It was almost as if they were truths that I had already known and were familiar to me.

I was not sure what that decision would mean to me and certainly had no idea what it would mean to me 18 years later.

People would often say, "oh, you joined because your boyfriend was a member, I see."  That could not have been further from the truth.  I'm the last person who is going to do something because someone tells me to. In fact, that would probably push me further away knowing my stubborn personality.

That decision 18 years ago today has brought the greatest blessings to my life.....of which is the youngest standing over my shoulder with a kiss asking to use the computer.