It has begun

Just an update and a few heads up about Cody. He left AZ on Saturday and flew back to UT. I was so glad to have a kind of "transition period" where we still were able to speak and we even got to video chat rather than our whole communication suddenly being gone. He left Monday morning for MEPS to do his final swear in and finish up his paperwork. He along with the 4 other UT recruits took a cab to the UT airport and got there about 12:30 UT time. Their flight didn't leave until 4:30 so they had four hours of just hangin out. They left from SLC and landed in Dallas 35 minutes early at about 7:50 and grabbed their last good dinner before getting on their connection flight to San Antonio. He said about 20 other recruits met up with them in Dallas so it got to be a pretty good sized group. I spoke to him for about five minutes before they all went to the AF reserved room to wait to be picked up. I felt so bad for them all though because everyone else was getting into Basic throughout the day but they didn't get there until well after midnight then all had to check in and still wake up at 4:45 with everyone else. When I finally felt like I could fall asleep it was a little after 2 AM here so just a few minutes before Cody was having to wake up in Texas. So it has begun dear ones. My first and longest countdown. 59 days today until I get to see my love's face again.

Cody let me know he would love letters but he wants everyone to just send them to his email. codydsteele@gmail.com He doesn't want a ton of envelopes and letters coming in separately so he thought if everyone who wished to write him would just email him, then probably every five days or so I will print them all off and mail them all together.

Also he is planning on keeping short journal entries and mailing those home when he gets the chance and then I will post them on here so everyone can kinda see what he does and how things are going. I should be getting one last phone call from him on either Saturday or Sunday. Just a short 60 second one to say he got there safe. After that its all up to his TI (training instructor) as to whether or not he gets any more phone calls, when there are, how long they can be, etc.

That's it. I just wanted to fill everyone in.


Getting good at crying. Oh wait I am already a Pro!!

SAD FREAKING DAYS OF MY LIFE. On Saturday I dropped Cody off at the airport and that was the last hug and kiss I will be getting from him until late August. Man 9 weeks is a loooong time. I have been able to talk on the phone with him and video chat at night but that ends tomorrow when he is officially at Basic. So tomorrow also marks the beginning of my official P90X. I have done it a few times but tomorrow is when I will weigh in and do my measurements. According to my body index profile thing my healthy and maintainable weight for 5'8" is 135 lbs. I don't have much to lose but I am really going to work on dropping inches and toning the heck outta of thighs. LOL. I am also on a major job hunt with nothin' yet so if you or anyone you know have leads let me know!!


My way of supporting this argument

Another One

This is long but a great echo of my sentiments exactly! Thanks Lonna for posting this.

GLENN: I got a letter from a woman in Arizona. She writes an open letter to our nation's leadership: I'm a home grown American citizen, 53, registered Democrat all my life. Before the last presidential election I registered as a Republican because I no longer felt the Democratic Party represents my views or works to pursue issues important to me. Now I no longer feel the Republican Party represents my views or works to pursue issues important to me. The fact is I no longer feel any political party or representative in Washington represents my views or works to pursue the issues important to me. There must be someone. Please tell me who you are. Please stand up and tell me that you are there and that you're willing to fight for our Constitution as it was written. Please stand up now. You might ask yourself what my views and issues are that I would horribly feel so disenfranchised by both major political parties. What kind of nut job am I? Will you please tell me?

Well, these are briefly my views and issues for which I seek representation:

One, illegal immigration. I want you to stop coddling illegal immigrants and secure our borders. Close the underground tunnels. Stop the violence and the trafficking in drugs and people. No amnesty, not again. Been there, done that, no resolution. P.S., I'm not a racist. This isn't to be confused with legal immigration.

Two, the TARP bill, I want it repealed and I want no further funding supplied to it. We told you no, but you did it anyway. I want the remaining unfunded 95% repealed. Freeze, repeal.

Three: Czars, I want the circumvention of our checks and balances stopped immediately. Fire the czars. No more czars. Government officials answer to the process, not to the president. Stop trampling on our Constitution and honor it.

Four, cap and trade. The debate on global warming is not over. There is more to say.

Five, universal healthcare. I will not be rushed into another expensive decision. Don't you dare try to pass this in the middle of the night and then go on break. Slow down!

Six, growing government control. I want states rights and sovereignty fully restored. I want less government in my life, not more. Shrink it down. Mind your own business. You have enough to take care of with your real obligations. Why don't you start there.

Seven, ACORN. I do not want ACORN and its affiliates in charge of our 2010 census. I want them investigated. I also do not want mandatory escrow fees contributed to them every time on every real estate deal that closes. Stop the funding to ACORN and its affiliates pending impartial audits and investigations. I do not trust them with taking the census over with our taxpayer money. I don't trust them with our taxpayer money. Face up to the allegations against them and get it resolved before taxpayers get any more involved with them. If it walks like a duck and talks like a duck, hello. Stop protecting your political buddies. You work for us, the people. Investigate.

Eight, redistribution of wealth. No, no, no. I work for my money. It is mine. I have always worked for people with more money than I have because they gave me jobs. That is the only redistribution of wealth that I will support. I never got a job from a poor person. Why do you want me to hate my employers? Why ‑‑ what do you have against shareholders making a profit?

Nine, charitable contributions. Although I never got a job from a poor person, I have helped many in need. Charity belongs in our local communities, where we know our needs best and can use our local talent and our local resources. Butt out, please. We want to do it ourselves.

Ten, corporate bailouts. Knock it off. Sink or swim like the rest of us. If there are hard times ahead, we'll be better off just getting into it and letting the strong survive. Quick and painful. Have you ever ripped off a Band‑Aid? We will pull together. Great things happen in America under great hardship. Give us the chance to innovate. We cannot disappoint you more than you have disappointed us.

Eleven, transparency and accountability. How about it? No, really, how about it? Let's have it. Let's say we give the buzzwords a rest and have some straight honest talk. Please try ‑‑ please stop manipulating and trying to appease me with clever wording. I am not the idiot you obviously take me for. Stop sneaking around and meeting in back rooms making deals with your friends. It will only be a prelude to your criminal investigation. Stop hiding things from me.

Twelve, unprecedented quick spending. Stop it now.

Take a breath. Listen to the people. Let's just slow down and get some input from some nonpoliticians on the subject. Stop making everything an emergency. Stop speed reading our bills into law. I am not an activist. I am not a community organizer. Nor am I a terrorist, a militant or a violent person. I am a parent and a grandparent. I work. I'm busy. I'm busy. I am busy, and I am tired. I thought we elected competent people to take care of the business of government so that we could work, raise our families, pay our bills, have a little recreation, complain about taxes, endure our hardships, pursue our personal goals, cut our lawn, wash our cars on the weekends and be responsible contributing members of society and teach our children to be the same all while living in the home of the free and land of the brave.

I entrusted you with upholding the Constitution. I believed in the checks and balances to keep from getting far off course. What happened? You are very far off course. Do you really think I find humor in the hiring of a speed reader to unintelligently ramble all through a bill that you signed into law without knowing what it contained? I do not. It is a mockery of the responsibility I have entrusted to you. It is a slap in the face. I am not laughing at your arrogance. Why is it that I feel as if you would not trust me to make a single decision about my own life and how I would live it but you should expect that I should trust you with the debt that you have laid on all of us and our children. We did not want the TARP bill. We said no. We would repeal it if we could. I am sure that we still cannot. There is such urgency and recklessness in all of the recent spending.

From my perspective, it seems that all of you have gone insane. I also know that I am far from alone in these feelings. Do you honestly feel that your current pursuits have merit to patriotic Americans? We want it to stop. We want to put the brakes on everything that is being rushed by us and forced upon us. We want our voice back. You have forced us to put our lives on hold to straighten out the mess that you are making. We will have to give up our vacations, our time spent with our children, any relaxation time we may have had and money we cannot afford to spend on you to bring our concerns to Washington. Our president often knows all the right buzzword is unsustainable. Well, no kidding. How many tens of thousands of dollars did the focus group cost to come up with that word? We don't want your overpriced words. Stop treating us like we're morons.

We want all of you to stop focusing on your reelection and do the job we want done, not the job you want done or the job your party wants done. You work for us and at this rate I guarantee you not for long because we are coming. We will be heard and we will be represented. You think we're so busy with our lives that we will never come for you? We are the formerly silent majority, all of us who quietly work , pay taxes, obey the law, vote, save money, keep our noses to the grindstone and we are now looking up at you. You have awakened us, the patriotic spirit so strong and so powerful that it had been sleeping too long. You have pushed us too far. Our numbers are great. They may surprise you. For every one of us who will be there, there will be hundreds more that could not come. Unlike you, we have their trust. We will represent them honestly, rest assured. They will be at the polls on voting day to usher you out of office. We have cancelled vacations. We will use our last few dollars saved. We will find the representation among us and a grassroots campaign will flourish. We didn't ask for this fight. But the gloves are coming off. We do not come in violence, but we are angry. You will represent us or you will be replaced with someone who will. There are candidates among us when hewill rise like a Phoenix from the ashes that you have made of our constitution.

Democrat, Republican, independent, libertarian. Understand this. We don't care. Political parties are meaningless to us. Patriotic Americans are willing to do right by us and our Constitution and that is all that matters to us now. We are going to fire all of you who abuse power and seek more. It is not your power. It is ours and we want it back. We entrusted you with it and you abused it. You are dishonorable. You are dishonest. As Americans we are ashamed of you. You have brought shame to us. If you are not representing the wants and needs of your constituency loudly and consistently, in spite of the objections of your party, you will be fired. Did you hear? We no longer care about your political parties. You need to be loyal to us, not to them. Because we will get you fired and they will not save you. If you do or can represent me, my issues, my views, please stand up. Make your identity known. You need to make some noise about it. Speak up. I need to know who you are. If you do not speak up, you will be herded out with the rest of the sheep and we will replace the whole damn congress if need be one by one. We are coming. Are we coming for you? Who do you represent? What do you represent? Listen. Because we are coming. We the people are coming."


Organ Family 2009

Alright we finally have a new update Organ family photo with EVERYBODY in it. We took it right after Colton's blessing. We got everyone smiling except Parker and Abby doesn't look sure about whether or not to smile but that's pretty dang good considering how many of us there are.

*We do have updated Steele family pics but the place we went through was pretty old school and didn't do any digital copies so for now, all you guys get is the old 2007!


Here we are yet again...

I hate playing catch up. I really do but it was time. I have been so out of it lately, just not wanting to do anything let alone upload photos for what seems like hours. Cody let me know the other night, "I took the liberty of uploading all the pictures from our camera so you have some blogging to do missy." So, here we are!

These are all from our night out with Cody's cousin Whitney a couple days before we took off from UT. We went up to Park City for dinner (which was amazing) and some shopping. Of course the night wouldn't have been complete without some amazing truffles so we just had to indulge. We had a blast.



Just a note. I didn't want to post this if was for lack of a better term, a "hoax" so I did my research and it appears to be legit. Click the blog title to have it take you to the Snopes website for more details on when and how this letter began circulating.

Lou Pritchett Foremost Leader in Change Management

Lou Pritchett is one of corporate America's true living legends- an cclaimed author, dynamic teacher and one of the world's highest rated speakers. Successful corporate executives everywhere recognize him as the foremost leader in change management. Lou changed the way America does business by creating an audacious concept that came to be known as "partnering." Pritchett rose from soap salesman to Vice-President, Sales and
Customer Development for Procter and Gamble and over the course of 36 years, made corporate history.


"Dear President Obama:

You are the thirteenth President under whom I have lived and unlike any of the others, you truly scare me. You scare me because after months of exposure, I know nothing about you. You scare me because I do not know how you paid for your expensive Ivy League education and your upscale lifestyle and housing with no visible signs of

You scare me because you did not spend the formative years of youth growing
up in America and culturally you are not an American. You scare me because you have never run a company or met a payroll. You scare me because you have never had military experience, thus don't understand it at its core. You scare me because you lack humility and 'class', always blaming others. You scare me because for over half your life you have aligned yourself with radical extremists who hate America and you refuse to publicly denounce these radicals who wish to see America fail.

You scare me because you are a cheerleader for the 'blame America ' crowd and deliver this message abroad. You scare me because you want to change America to a European style country where the government sector dominates instead of the private sector. You scare me because you want to replace our health care system with a government controlled one.

You scare me because you prefer 'wind mills' to responsibly capitalizing on
our own vast oil, coal and shale reserves. You scare me because you want to kill the American capitalist goose that lays the golden egg which provides the highest standard of living in the world. You scare me because you have begun to use 'extortion' tactics against certain banks and corporations.

You scare me because your own political party shrinks from challenging you on your wild and irresponsible spending proposals. You scare me because you will not openly listen to or even consider opposing points of view from intelligent people. You scare me because you falsely believe that you are both omnipotent and omniscient.

You scare me because the media gives you a free pass on everything you do. You scare me because you demonize and want to silence the Limbaughs, Hannitys, O'Relllys and Becks who offer opposing, conservative points of view. You scare me because you prefer controlling over governing.

Finally, you scare me because if you serve a second term I will probably not
feel safe in writing a similar letter in 8 years.

Lou Pritchett"


Quickie update!!

We are back in Arizona and loving it!! We had a blast in Vegas (I'll post pictures later) and have been spending lots of time with the kids and family. Cody's been doing so good working out and we are all (my whole family) going to be doing the P90X workout. It just happened that we all are doing it. Its hard but fun. Today Cody and I ran lots of errands and tonight we got a big family shin dig so I thought I'd throw this post up here real quick to let you all know we are alive and kickin. The other day we had a photoshoot with my friend Millie and she released a sneak peak so here it is! She is such a good friend and photographer. Check her out!!