Saturday, April 30, 2016

Portland Temple Invader



Today an invader forced her way into the Portland Temple. The temple workers said even though she was wearing white, she did not have a recommend. When the workers confronted her and tried to get her to leave, she didn't want anyone to touch her. When they kicked her out of the baptistry she went right through the front doors of the main entrance and made herself at home.

I figured that I probably had the most cat wrangling experience out of anyone in the temple so I turned off my camera phone, caught Miss Kitty, and escorted her out. She growled at me when she saw I was taking her to the front doors. Tristan, my Russian Blue kitty, does the same thing when he doesn't get his way.

No harm done. She made lots of people smile and a few people question what I was doing walking through the temple carrying a cat.


Superhero Saturday- Wastelander




Meet  Wastelander











A Superhero and part of The Guardians located in Owensboro, KY


Deirdra: Who or what inspired you to become a superhero?
Wastelander: The Dweller; he was the first rlsh with whom I spoke, he talked about the activities he did with his group and showed me that anyone could be a hero.

Deirdra: How did you come up with your superhero name?
Wastelander: The Dweller helped me come up with my name





Deirdra: Who made your costume?
Wastelander:  Razorhawk made my costume as well as the patches


Deirdra: If you could have any super power what would it be?
Wastelander: Superpower of choice: invulnerability; to be able to protect others from harm





Deirdra: What do you hope to accomplish?
Wastelander:  I hope to inspire others to get out and those in their communities that need help..even if all I do is brighten someone's day with a smile.

Deirdra: What do you for your day job?
9. I work for the government; I am not allowed to elaborate on that..










Deirdra: Are the police supportive or do they see you as a lawless vigilante?
Wastelander:  haven't had any bad or negative feedback..was asked once what we were doing; after explaining that we were there to help hand out essentials to the homeless..the police nodded in acknowledgement and left us to finish our task..




Deirdra: Are you in danger by doing what you do?  
Wastelander:  In danger: absolutely, you never know what someone will think or say or how one will react..many wear body armor as a way of protecting ourselves.

Deirdra: Are you stopping crimes and helping people?
Wastelander:  If I see something happen I would do my part in protecting the victim; I have not came across a situation like this in my short time as a RLSH memeber.


What does your significant other think of you being a superhero? What does your family think?
Wastelander:  My wife is proud of me, she does worry when I go out on patrols because of the potential hazards associated with the role, but she supports my efforts..my family thinks its only cosplay. 

Deirdra: Does your mom know you are doing this?
Wastelander:  No, my mom doesn't know anything about my RLSH life

Deirdra: Do you have a weakness?
Wastelander:  Weakness: chicken chimichangas (absolutely love them)


Deirdra: How long have you been doing this?
Wastelander:   I got in to the RLSH life not too long after my daughter was born (nearly 4 years ago)



Deirdra: What is the most frustrating thing about being a superhero?
Wastelander:   Honestly: seeing or hearing about something you wished you could have helped prevent!



Deirdra: Do you keep a secret identity, is so, why? Is it hard to keep a secret identity?
Wastelander:   So my family doesn't disown me..they do not understand why I would do it and they would only say it was for attention.


Deirdra: How did those close to you react when you became a superhero?
Wastelander:   My family does not know; they only think I belong to a cosplay group that does charity work..




Deirdra: Who is your hero?
Wastelander:   My hero: I actually have two Batman: he's always prepared..Deadpool: for his witty comebacks and overall style and of course his love for chimichangas!

Deirdra: What do you want the people of your community to know?
Wastelander:   I want ppl to know that there are those out there that want to help make others lives better..to not be afraid that we only want to help!

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

3 Months Old - Elaine


This little girl is the HAPPIEST baby ever.
She is so chill and always like this.

This pretty thing hardly ever fusses and is a super good communicator.
Elaine freaked out our adopted grandma from the ward (Sassie) when at 5-weeks-old
Elaine stood up on her own.

Sassie asked, "How old is this baby?"
I told her just 5 weeks.
Sassie said she had worked with dozens of babies and never seen a baby so strong.




Look at how happy this girl is with her new toy!
We tried to pull her out and she got mad at us.




This really isn't a "short girl" problem.
All my kiddos are actually pretty tall.

She is just wanting to walk really early.











Saturday, April 23, 2016

Superhero Saturday - The Crimson Fist



Meet The Crimson Fist



Here is a superhero who has fought crime from coast to coast starting in Atlanta Georgia and now has made his way to Southern California.


This Crime fighter is also a community advocate to help the homeless. He is also a Futurist with a diverse and experienced background.
The Crimson Fist is living proof that no matter where you are at in life, you can step it up and become a hero.









Deirdra: Who or what inspired you to become a superhero?
Crimson Fist: Early in my life, I became a drug addict and general delinquent. Over time, I decided to turn my life around and focus on helping my community, eventually settling into the idea of using the image of a superhero to inspire others because I found them to be inspiring when I was cleaning up my life.

Deirdra: How did you come up with your superhero name?
Crimson Fist: Before becoming a superhero, I used to fight crime as a regular citizen. One night, I took things too far and hurt someone that did not deserve to be hurt. My name is a reminder that I will always have blood on my hands, and to be conscious of how my actions can hurt other people.

Deirdra: Who made your costume?
Crimson Fist: My mask and suit were made by other heroes from Utah and Minnesota (respectively). Everything else is off-the-shelf tactical and athletic gear.

Deirdra: If you could have any super power what would it be?
Crimson Fist: I would want a power that let me heal others. It's not flashy, but it would do the most good.

Deirdra: What do you hope to accomplish?
Crimson Fist: My goal is always to just help at least one person every day, and to try and inspire others to do the same.

Deirdra: Are the police supportive or do they see you as a lawless vigilante?
Crimson Fist: In Atlanta, I worked very closely with the officers in my patrol area. I always strive to operate within the confines of the law, so I am generally pretty well accepted with time.

Deirdra: Are you in danger by doing what you do?  
Definitely. I am very lucky to have only sustained a handful of injuries over the years, but I have definitely seen more than my fair share of "action."

Deirdra: Are you stopping crimes and helping people?
Crimson Fist: As often as possible. In the past my responsibilities have included street-level homeless outreach, recovering stolen goods, breaking up violent altercations, fundraising for local homeless shelters and charities, fending off gang activity, and counseling drug addicts. More often than not, however, my time is spent analyzing crime trends and trying to stay one step ahead of the "other team".

What does your significant other think of you being a superhero?
Crimson Fist: She is very supportive and helps out how she can, though I'm certain she worries when I am out at nights.

Deirdra: Does your mom know you are doing this?
Crimson Fist: Absolutely not.

Deirdra: Do you have a weakness? 
Crimson Fist: I'm a sucker for karaoke and cannot resist stopping in for a quick song while on patrol.

Deirdra: How long have you been doing this?
Crimson Fist: I first started patrolling in 2006, so this is my 10th year!

Deirdra: What is the most frustrating thing about being a superhero?
Crimson Fist: Not being able to share my stories with people I love. Answering the question "So, what did you do this weekend?" is incredibly difficult when trying to maintain my secret identity.

Deirdra: Do you keep a secret identity, is so, why? Is it hard to keep a secret identity?
Crimson Fist: As stated above, I do keep a secret identity. I do this because I don't want to seek credit or praise for doing good deeds. I use the superhero identity to show other people that anyone can do good, and it works best if they don't know who I am.

Deirdra: How did those close to you react when you became a superhero?
Crimson Fist: Nobody knew at the beginning, but those around me did note the change in my general demeanor.

Deirdra: Who is your hero?
Crimson Fist: I have too many to pick just one. Doing what I do has afforded me the opportunity to meet so many amazing and inspiring people who work so hard to help others.

Deirdra: What do you want the people of your community to know?
Crimson Fist: I want everyone to understand that within them they have the power to make big changes in the world. While none of us has the power to change things alone, we each have the power to change the lives of the people around us. Taking time to put the well being of others before yourself, if even only for a moment, is a decision we can all choose to make.

Friday, April 22, 2016

Feral Cat Coalition of Oregon

This video made me cry:






The Feral Cat Coalition of Oregon

These guys have help LOTS of kitties throughout Oregon.

This past fall and winter we worked with FCCO to help LOTS of kitties get medical care and a good meal in their tummy.


Check out their website:






Look how cute this bike stand is!!!




Leif and I love working with these ladies.

Look how happy they are. 
Of course they are happy. 
They get to work with kitties all day long.


Thursday, April 21, 2016

Kal'el Cuts His Own Hair



He thought this would get rid of bed head.

I think every kids tries to cut their hair at least once.




Then he had a bunch of holes in his hair so we had to go get them fixed.





Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Lesson at Starbucks - CoExist




Kal'el and I went into our local grocery store which has a small Starbucks located at the front.

Kal'el pointed at the coffee shop and said, "Everyone who goes there is evil."


What? - I know what he is thinking. We are Mormons and don't drink coffee, but of course that doesn't mean people who go there are "evil."

That night I asked Kal'el if he wanted to go on a date with me.

Guess where we went--- Starbucks.







We were in line and a man with one arm and a hook approached us. I'm sure Kal'el was pretty freaked out being in an "evil" place with a man that could be related to Captain Hook.

The man could see Kal'el was obviously freaked out and held up his false, hooked, arm.

"Want to know how I got this?" he asked.
Of course Kal'el wanted to know.

The man was a Venetian vet and had been blown up. He showed us his "freaky" leg that was missing lots of muscle. His hand had been MELTED off.

Kal'el told the Vet that his dad had been blown up in Iraq and now has fake teeth because his face was smashed in.

The old vet told Kal'el to be proud of his dad. He said that lots of people have fought and died for our country's freedoms.

He then offered to pay for our drinks and buy us a desert. I told him NO and that I would buy his drink. He snatched my credit card gave the cashier his cash then handed my card back to me.





Kal'el and I sat at our table and enjoyed some  AMAZING hot chocolate and pastries.


I asked Kal'el if he though the vet was "evil."
Kal'el said, "No."

Across from us was a young janitor from Kal'el's elementary school enjoying a meal with his two little kids and wife.
(Small town. everyone knows everyone.)

"Is he evil?"
Kal'el said, "No."

"Is the lady working on her homework evil?"
"No."

"What about the lady who helped you find the napkins?"
"No."



Lesson:

Just because people don't believe what we believe doesn't mean they are evil.




 Starbuck also had these big bags of coffee ground fertilizer for FREE. I picked one up for our garden. I was more excited than I should have been.





Jesus loves everyone- even people who drink bitter bean juice.







Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Saturday, April 9, 2016

Superhero Saturday - Raphael




Meet Raphael. A lightning fast ninja who hunts down bad guys in the city streets of Orlando, FL.

Raphael was forced to do heavy physical labor as a child, but instead of breaking him, it turned him into a warrior with a work ethic.

Raphael continued to build strength by lifting weights then trained in Muay Thai for over a decade to become the hero he is today.



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Deirdra: Who or what inspired you to become a superhero?
Raphael: The crime rate is rising in my area, and the police are slacking. I decided to step up.


Deirdra: How did you come up with your superhero name?
Raphael: My crime rate in my apartment complex specifically is sky rocketing. The way I see it, if this keeps happening, the surrounding complexes will have the same issue.
I chose the name because Raphael is the Guardian of Eden. This complex is my Tree of Eden. The more people take apples from the tree, the more sin spreads.

Deirdra: Who made your costume?
Raphael: I really don't have one. I just obscure my face a bit.

Deirdra: If you could have any super power what would it be?
Raphael: Flight, just to be able to travel the world.

Deirdra: What do you hope to accomplish?
Raphael: I just want to halt the crime rate from raising any higher in my local area.

Deirdra: Are the police supportive or do they see you as a lawless vigilante?
Raphael: They do not like me confronting criminals, but I've yet to get hurt or really hurt anyone else. The police as a whole dislike, but individual officers seem to like me.

Deirdra: Are you in danger by doing what you do? 
I think every real life super hero is. You never know who has a weapon and who's crazy enough to use it.

Deirdra: Are you stopping crimes and helping people?
Raphael: At one point, before I decided to take on the rlsh community, in St. Augustine on a tourist street called St. George Street, a drunk man decided to smash a bottle on a homeless man's head. Then he slashed the guy with the bottle. I preformed a citizen's arrest and called the police. The homeless man received medical attention, but unfortunately, he was arrested too.

Deirdra: What does your significant other think of you being a superhero?What does your family think?
Raphael: No one I'm close with knows. I'd rather keep it that way.

Deirdra: Does your mom know you are doing this?
Raphael: Nope.

Deirdra: Do you have a weakness?
Raphael: Guns? They would most definitely hurt me at least, if not kill me.

Deirdra: How long have you been doing this?
Raphael: Just recently, but I've been fighting since I was 10 (I'm 21 now).

Deirdra: What is the most frustrating thing about being a superhero?
Raphael: Not really anything. I'm choosing to do this. I don't have to. So it's not really frustrating.

Deirdra: Do you keep a secret identity, is so, why? Is it hard to keep a secret identity?
Raphael: Yes. I don't want anyone near me to know what I'm doing.
Not really.

Deirdra: What do you want the people of your community to know?

Raphael: Honestly, stay realistic, have a set goals, and never give up on them. Stay strong and consistent. 






Saturday, April 2, 2016

SUPERHERO SATURDAY - Guardian Shield


Superhero Saturday





This is not a game and it’s not Halloween.
Citizens everywhere are standing up and defending their communities in a fun way that makes a bold statement.

There are still people who care about safe neighborhood and communities

And there are still good guys willing to stand up to bad guys.
One man of a small rural town in the suburbs of Portland, Oregon has taken action. Meet-


Inspired by the superheroes of comic books and The Real Life Super Hero Project of 2006, Guardian Shield now patrols his community to help keep his fellow neighbors and their property safe and protected.


Guardian Shield is the leader of a team of superheroes in a small suburb of Portland Oregon. Guardian Shield is trained in Military Tactics, First Aid & CPR, Ballistic Shield, Polypropylene Gladius, and Nightstick.



Guardian Shield also takes part in Community Outreach activities and Public Speaking events.




Being in the right place at the right time as well as inspiring children and adults makes Guardian Shield a hero.

Interview With Guardian Shield

Deirdra: Who or what inspired you to become a superhero?
GS: I've been reading comic books since I was 8 years old, and I was inspired and encouraged by all of them in one area of my life or another. When the RLSH movement happened in 2006 that was the spark that lit the 30+ years of heroic fuel I had stored up inside of me. My fire in life is being Guardian Shield.

Note: RLSH (Real Life Super Hero)


Deirdra: How did you come up with the name Guardian Shield?
GS: There were many names that I was tossing around. None that I can recall now. But what it came down to was this; I wanted to be a Guardian of the city and I wanted to Shield people from harm.


Deirdra: Who made your costume?
GS:Basically, The Internet. I have been searching and piecing the majority of my outfit together for over 9 years. And I'm still making upgrades.

Deirdra: If you could have any super power what would it be?
GS: That's a tough one. Right now, some kind of travel power would be nice!

Deirdra: What do you hope to accomplish?
GS: I want Superheroes to be real and expected in our society. I want to inspire individuals so much, that there is at least an individual superhero or team of superheroes in every town, city, and state across America! Maybe even...the world.

Deirdra: What do you want the people of your community to know?
GS: I am human. I'm not perfect. But I believe in our community and that good still exists. We as a people have to continue to fight for it every day. It's not about smashing faces, but about being a presence for good, standing up against the evil and injustice in the world no matter how small or insignificant.

Deirdra: Do you have a weakness?
GS: Carbs.

Deirdra: How long have you been doing this?
GS: Currently at about 258 total patrol hours. Not counting my time out doing interviews or appearances.

Deirdra: What is the most frustrating thing about being a superhero?
GS: People who tell me how excited they are to join me, then after one night out they quit. I know this isn't for everyone, but at least make it a week or two.

Deirdra: Why do you keep a secret identity?
GS: Why does any superhero keep a secret identity? To protect the ones I care about.

Deirdra: Is it hard to keep a secret identity?
GS: In this day and age, you betcha. That's why I don't just give it away. You want to know so bad, you figure it out.

Deirdra: What did your family think when you became a superhero?
GS: I think they wanted to be surprised, but then they realized how much sense it made that I would do something like this.

Deirdra: Who is your hero?
GS: My dad, and Captain America.





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Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Nephi and the Liahona

I was asked by the Boy Scouts to make these fun things.



Leif is modeling. (Blue jeans not included.)


This opens up and inside is the Arrow of Light acting as a guide to show the way.

Monday, March 28, 2016

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Our Easter






Remember it's not about the bunny, its about the Lamb.










Opening gifts from Grandma Pat and Grandpa Don.



Lots of beautiful and fun new clothes. 




And CHOCOLATE!





And Easter naps.