Thursday, June 26, 2008

I helped nab a bad guy!

Ok, so I got a new computer, so I can get caught up on my exciting weekend a few weeks ago. I happened on Saturday the 14th. I had taken the kids to the Orem Summerfest for the fireworks. We went back to my mom's house and dropped my dad off. We were on our way home from Orem when I get behind a silver Jeep Cherokee at 1600 North and State Street in Orem, around 10:30 p.m. I noticed that he was swerving and I was a little nervous. I kept thinking "He's driving like he's drunk or something." So I had a battle with myself. I debated on whether to call the police or not. As I followed him towards the freeway I decided that if he got in I-15 that I would definitely call the police, but if he didn't then I wouldn't worry about it. Then what happened...He got on the freeway! So then I had another battle with myself..."Who do I call? We are on the freeway and I don't know the Highway Patrol's number. It's not really an emergency so I don't think I should call 911. Should I even do anything?" Then, just as I had decided to not do anything, he nearly ran off the road! So I decided to call 911, and they would know what to do. I picked up my cell phone and dialed. I was sooo nervous. They anwsered and asked about my emergency, I said that it wasn't an emergency that I was having, but I thought that I was driving behind a drunk driver. They said thank you for calling and connected me to the Highway Patrol. Now I was really nervous and shaking. The dispatcher came on the line and asked what was going on. I told her what I saw and she put me on hold. A minute later she came on and told me to follow him, and keep her updated with his driving patterns. So I did. They did not have an officer close, so I would need to keep following until one bacame available. I kept her updated on how he was driving, and the near misses of driving off the road and almost hitting other vehicles. My kids were in the car too, which made it a little more scary. She informed me that the nearest officers would be waiting at 106th south in Sandy. I had to follow him clear up there. Then she told me that the officers were waiting on the on ramp at 106 and when I came near the exit I was to put on my flashers and the officers would know which car I was so they could find the drunk driver. I was nearing the exit and told the dispatcher that I had my flashers on, and that I could see the officers on the side of the road. She relayed that info to the waiting officers. As soon as I passed then I told the dispatcher who told the officers. They pulled off from the side of the road and came up right behind me. They then quickly pulled out from behind me and located the Jeep. They pulled him over and the dispatcher told me I had to pull over too so that I could talk to the officers and possibly write a statement. I pulled in behind the officers and waited. After about 20 minutes an officer came to the window and said that I needed to fill out a statement on what I saw and all my information. He gave me the form and I filled in out. It was now around 11:30 p.m. He came back to the car and told me that the guy had admitted to driving while using Lortabs and could medicine. So he will prabaly get a DUI for drug use. I was then told that if this goes to court that I will need to testify on what I witnessed. After that, he told me that I could go and if anything further needed to be done, I would be contacted. He also thanked me for calling this in and for staying with it. So I pulled away from the side of the road, turned around on 7200 South (that's where we ended up), and jumpedback on the freeway for home.
WOW! My adreneline was pumping so hard! The kids were excited that theywere part of the action. I got home and told JD about it. I was so hyped up that I had a hard time sleeping (like I don't anyway, but this made it worse!) I also called my brother who is an officer in Cedar City and told him about it. He said that it was good of me to call. He said that more people need to call when they see something like that.
Just think, that guy could have killed someone. I helped stop him! It was so exciting, but nerve racking!
So, my question to you...Have you ever called the police because of a suspected drunk driver? Or would you call if you were behind a car that you believe is driving under the influence. Believe me, it was not as easy as it sounds. You don't want to feel stupid or get in trouble if he isn't really driving under the influence. So...would you?

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

stupid computer

Ok, so my comouter broke. I am using my mom's right now, but I m mad. My husband doesn't think it is a big deak because he has his laptop, but my life is on my computer, and it won't even turn on!!! I have some really coll things to catch you up on, but it will have to wait until I either find someone to fix it, or just get a new one. I am so irritated!

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Weeding is therapeutic

The past few days I have really working on my yard. Wednesday was the really big day. I spent about 80% of the day out weeding my flowerbeds. When you've got your nose stuck in an overgrowth of weeds, it really gives you time to think.
At first there were thoughts of anger. I was angry at the weeds for growing so large so quickly. How dare they invade my beautiful flowers like that. Then I was angry at myself for letting them get out of control. How dare I let then grow so large so quickly and not pick them when their roots are not firmly implanted. I let them invade and take over my flowers. After forgiving myself, promising to not let it get this out of hand again and moving on, then I realized that weeding your garden is kinda like life.
How quickly we over look the little mean things we say, do, or think. How quickly we judge, we pity, we get angry, we envy, we ridicule others without knowing the whole story. We don't pluck the tiny "weeds" (thoughts/actions/speech) until we realize they are so big that they are taking over our flowerbed (our minds/bodies/spirits). It is only when that nasty weed grows big that we consider it a problem. I am just as guilty as anyone. I am quick to pre-judge, quick to make hasty decisions, quick to look upon another and not know the whole story.
Many times have I driven by someone in an older car that is blowing exhaust and spuddering to get going and thought, "Oh brother, that car is so disgusting. It is polluting the air that I and my kids breathe. Why don't they just get a new car. Not even a NEW car, but a better used car would be better than that!" I look back and think maybe that person's child has cancer and has to use all their extra money just to keep their child alive.
That person on the freeway that just sped by you who was obviously on the phone. Isn't that irritating?!? Now think...what if that person just got a call that his wife was just in a terrible accident and is in critical condition at the hospital and he is rushing to get there before she passes.
How about that idiot in the parking lot of the hospital that just cut you off and then pulled into the handicapped parking stall, and doesn't even have a "circle-butt tag"! She jumps out of the driver seat and runs around to the passenger side of the car to pull the lifeless body of her child that choked on a piece of candy and she is trying to get her help.
No, not all circumstances are like that. Not every passing car on the freeway, or every old car is that situation, or every person that cuts you off has a dying person in the car, but who knows? Not me, so who am I to pre-judge.
Yes, while weeding Wednesday I thought of all this, all by myself! I also thought about the different weeds I encountered. I had those grass type weeds that weren't that hard to pull out. Then there were the prickly ones, the kind you probably need gloves on to pull out.
Then there is the morning glory!!! Oh man I HATE that stuff. Yes, hate is a strong word and I truly feel that way about it.
The grass is kinda like the little things we do...spreading gossip, lying to one another, the envy of others, you know the little stuff we do daily. (Yes, being envied can hurt too!)
The prickly ones are the ones that hurt others. We didn't mean to do that or say that, we thought it was innocent but it really hurt that other person. It was just a simple joke or comment. Why did they get so hurt or offended?
The morning glory are the ones that stick around forever! They are the words, the actions we just can't take back. The kind that take a long time and energy to get rid of, to be forgiven of - if that ever happens.
The next time I act, speak or even think, I am going to think of my flowerbed. Do I want my flowerbed to be over taken with weeds, whether big or small - prickly or permanent, or do I want to have my flowerbed to rich with blossoms that people want to plant one just like.
I think I'll pick the second!

Monday, June 9, 2008

A new class

In my attempt to open my studio up to new things, I have found an AWESOME tumbling coach. I really hope lots of girls sign up to do it. It is different than dance, but at the same time is helps dance in so many ways! Come on people, sign up!!!
As most of you know we got a new car. It is a Mercedes Convertible. Tylar loves this car! This is a pic of her in the car with her "hanky" on her head and her sunglasses on! Her and I both wear our hankies to keep our hair fro blowing around. It is hilarious! What a cheezer!

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

I just found out...

I just had a "DUH" moment. As I was looking at my own page I just happened to double click on a picture and it opened up a big picture of it! So wondered if it would do it on other pages, so I went to another friends blog and double-clicked on a picture on their page and guess what opened up a big picture! I was trying to strain to look at pics this whole time when I could have just double clicked. DUH! Did you know about the double click feature?!?

I have been tagged!

This is my first tag ever, so I'm gonna give it a try...
I was tagged by Nateli Johnston. Here's the deal, there's no cheating! Take the picture exactly how it is right now! Don't clean it up, make it, or change it in any way. I, by the way, took the pic exactly how it is, NO cleaning or changing (man, I am really glad I made my bed this morning!!!)

1. Your fridge and how it looks right now
2. Kitchen sink (yes, there a few dishes in there)

3. Self portrait (gag)
4. Bed (yeah, its made!)
5. Toilet
6. Favorite pair of shoes (these are too too cute!)
7. What your kids are doing right now (He's sulking in his bedroom, he just got in trouble.)8. Place I'd like to go. I don't have any pics of Hawaii, cause I've never been there!!!

9. Closet (I took two pics, the first one is of both our stuff and shoes, the second is of just my part and yes my clothes are color coded!)

10. What are my kids doing now (Ty is playing outside n the monkey bars with the neighborhood kids)
I'm tagging three people...Kristi Hope, Becky Smith, and Jana Bailey


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