Friday, May 30, 2008

The art of shifting...

We drove most of the night to get to Gresham Oregon. We left home around 5:20pm and got here around 4am. I was pretty adamant about not driving Joseph's new car. It is a 5 speed Manual. A stick shift... I haven't mastered the art. I could see that Joseph was really tired. We stopped on the side of the road a little after midnight so we could rest. We slept for about 45 minutes. Then Sam started waking and crying. So we woke up and were on our way again. As we were going through the blue mountains I could definitely see that Joseph was really exhausted. So I said a prayer (I always need all the help I can get!) and gathered all the courage I could find (or as the french say: I took my courage in both hands)and I told him that I would drive when we got down to Pendleton. Its mostly flat and small hills from there, I wasn't too worried about killing the car going uphill. So as soon as we reached the valley, Joseph pulled over and we switched places. I got behind the wheel took a deep breath, and then Joseph told me about the secret of shifting! Turns out I don't need to give it all the gas I can, I just need to maintain my RPMs to about 2000-2500 and the shifting is smooth!


Don't think I am now skilled in the art of shifting, but it is a step in the right direction. I made it all the way to 5th gear and maintained my speed for 2 hours. Enough to get my husband to nap and drive the more "hillie" last 45 minutes of the drive.

That was also a calf and ankle workout! No cruise control will do that to you!

Check back in the next couple of days to learn everything about elder Patrick Beckman's homecoming!

Monday, May 19, 2008

Interesting description...

What Maude Means

You are confident, self assured, and capable. You are not easily intimidated.

You master any and all skills easily. You don't have to work hard for what you want.

You make your life out to be exactly how you want it. And you'll knock down anyone who gets in your way!

You are usually the best at everything ... you strive for perfection.

You are confident, authoritative, and aggressive.

You have the classic "Type A" personality.

You are a very lucky person. Things just always seem to go your way.

And because you're so lucky, you don't really have a lot of worries. You just hope for the best in life.

You're sometimes a little guilty of being greedy. Spread your luck around a little to people who need it.

You are balanced, orderly, and organized. You like your ducks in a row.

You are powerful and competent, especially in the workplace.

People can see you as stubborn and headstrong. You definitely have a dominant personality.

You are friendly, charming, and warm. You get along with almost everyone.

You work hard not to rock the boat. Your easy going attitude brings people together.

At times, you can be a little flaky and irresponsible. But for the important things, you pull it together.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Baby hunger...

My friend Nancy gave birth to a handsome little boy yesterday! (If you would like to see pictures click on the watkins family link in my friends and family links bottom right).

I finally came to term with the fact that I am starting to get baby hungry... I can't say that I have ever been baby hungry before. I would see babies and like them but I would not necessarily be hungry for another one of my own... I have known that it was time to have another baby before but this is different... I don't know how to explain this clearly...

So my question to you is this: Have you ever been baby hungry?

This is Samuel:

This is Zack:

Sorry Matthew has not been digitalized yet...

Saturday, May 10, 2008

Mom / Maman

I hope you will indulge me as this post will be in french since it is adressed to my french speaking mom.

Maman, pour cette fete des meres je voulais te dire combien je t'apprecie!

Tu es un modele de foi et de perseverance.
Tu es un example de service et compassion.

Je suis reconnaissante de tout ce que tu m'as enseigne.
Je t'aime beaucoup!

Bonne fin de voyage!
J'ai hate d'avoir des nouvelles!

Gros bisous et surtout bonne fete des Meres!

Friday, May 9, 2008


I am so proud of Allison and me! We ran all 3.1 miles this morning!!! In just over 30 minutes! I hadn't run 3 miles since high school (that's almost 9 years ago if you're counting!). And it wasn't too bad! We took it somewhat slow but the important thing is that we ran the WHOLE way! We were doing well for about the first mile and 3/4 then we started pushing ourselves. My knees were starting to hurt, but I pushed through! I am a little sore now but at least my knees are fine! AND WE DID IT!!!

Sorry Tori that I didn't wake up on time for you to come with us.

My thought of the day is this: If you are running and it starts to hurt and get hard: run, baby, run, push a little more!

I still can't believe we did it!!! But man am I proud!

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Fun song on video

I really like this! My kids love it! We received this by email from Joseph's Grandma. I liked it so much I posted it on Youtube! Enjoy!


Sorry everyone it's been a while but man has it been crazy around here! Samuel had another ear infection and my two other boys had tummy aches last week. Thankfully everyone is now well again! I was starting to be a little paranoid about my house having mold or some other kind of toxic thing that makes everyone sick all the time! Winter has just been awful this year and I am GRATEFUL for the spring to finally be here in force! My visiting teacher put it best when she said that our spring in Utah this year has been going through such birthing pains! I thought that was sort of a funny way to put it!

There has been a lot on my mind lately but mainly I have come to this little conclusion: Our lives need balance! Duh you are probably saying! I can hear it! NO seriously, with my life being so crazy and busy these last few months I have come to realize that Balance is vital.

I need my daily spiritual time (sometimes 5 minutes has to do! but it DOES!),
I need my body to feel good through exercising (when I miss 2 days in a row I do not feel well),
I need my alone time to just read or do something I like,
I need time with my husband or I become very cranky! (do not read more into this than is meant...)
I need time to just have fun with my kids!
I need time to talk with my friends (always fun and somedays a real reliever!)
I also need time to serve my family and others.

I now know that when all these things are put in priorities and properly balanced, my life is full, peaceful but most of all: happy!
Crazy hey!

Here it is for my little philosophical thoughts. Have a good one!