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    Saturday, April 24th, 2010
    8:58 pm
    Nothing is more beautiful to me or more comforting to my soul than to see my family meeting eternally significant goals together. It's how I felt the first time I went to the temple. It's how I felt at mine and Corwin's wedding (two separate weddings, not our mutual wedding, because that's not legal). It's how I felt when Loradona went to the temple for the first time. It's how I felt today at Caelie's baptism. If I could put that feeling of security and right-with-the-world-ness in a bottle and give it in small doses to today's youth, I would. If I could give myself that dose every day, I would. It just might be what we all need to maintain the eternal perspective that will soon be all that matters (very soon--earthquakes in diverse places sound familiar? Volcano in Iceland? I think I'll keep my scriptures and my 72 hour kit together).
    Thursday, April 22nd, 2010
    8:38 pm
    a new perspective
    Well, originally I wanted to post my house repair woes, but then my husband read me something that changed my perspective. so, I'm going to share both. Once upon a time, a faint scurrying could be heard from my heating ducts. I called a duct cleaning company who advised me to put a trap in the duct and call them back when I found a mouse in it. Well, I didn't do that, and after awhile my sister started calling the scurrying "Herman." Time passed and I suppose Herman was comfortable because he smelled like he was quite at home in my ducts. I called a different company this time. They came out and "treated" Herman and set up an appointment to clean Herman's "comfortableness" out of the ducts. "That was easy." Well, the duct cleaning guy came and discovered that although the ductwork in the front of the house was sturdy, the ductwork in the back was plastic--and in shreds. On top of that, he discovered mold and several inches of water (one usually leads to the other) in our crawl space, and refused to go down there to fix the ducts until the mold was gone. Of course, his company didn't do that. So, my sister finds a mold expert who comes out and says that the water accumulation is due to the clogged gutters running over onto the ground and into the crawl space vents that are too close to the ground. also, the gaping hole in the side of the foundation for the crawl space (on the outside of the house) wasn't helping matters either. He informed us he would come back to dry out the crawl space and treat the mold when the gutters, vents, and crawl space opening were fixed. The task fell to Onecimo to fix. He had planned to clean the gutters anyway, so no big deal there, just one long day of hard work. He came up with a great idea for covering the crawl space opening, but he had no idea how to create a new opening (the mold guy had to get down there somehow). Finally, the solution for the foundation vents was vent dams. Apparently, they are $20 apiece, and we needed 9. Ouch. No biggie, we just got our tax refund (thank you tithing blessings). So, we go the home depot and purchase the dams. We get home and discover that Onecimo had quite a lot of digging to do under the vents before the dams will fit. Once that was finished, he discovered that he needed concrete nails and a nail gun. I am beginning to think that the work will never be finished and our house will be moldy and stinky forever. But it doesn’t help to get discouraged, so we went back to the home depot and rented a nail gun. Several hours later, Onecimo had the dams all in place, and I breathed a sigh of relief thinking that we could finally take a step forward after the many steps back we had taken from our original plan of cleaning the ducts. The mold expert came, admired my brilliant husband’s handy work (Heavenly Father has taught many great men: The brother of Jared, Nephi, and my husband), and set a time for the drying to commence. The drying would take 4-5 days. The next morning I came home to a constant hum under the house—industrial dryers for the crawl space. Well, at least we were moving forward. The day after that, the humming suddenly stopped in the back part of the house. Evidently there is only one breaker for the entire family room: TV, computer, satellite, exercise bike, lights, and now industrial dryers. Apparently the breaker can only handle one of those things at a time, so guess what we picked: industrial dryers. That is where we currently are in the process. I still have hope that we’ll get the vents cleaned before Xavi’s birthday party (in three weeks). Now, for the change in perspective. Our Herman problems started when Onecimo left for México in December. In my current pregnant state, I have been advised to vacate my house until it has been cleansed of all things moldy and hermanesque. You can imagine that I have asked myself many times “why me?” “why my house?”. Then Onecimo read me an article from the Ensign that included this scripture: “All these things shall give thee experience, and shall be for thy good. The Son of Man hath descended below them all. Art thou greater than he?” D&C 122:7-8. Yes, it’s been a frustrating four months, but more than anything I need to recognize that I have not been alone.
    Friday, March 12th, 2010
    7:53 pm
    And baby makes...five?
    For those who don't know, I am pregnant with baby boy number 3. He's due in June. It only took me five years of teaching to time it right. I finally get to name this one after Onecimo. I know that David and Xavi will make great older brothers. Now if little Onecimo could stop squishing my organs, I might be able to get some sleep. ;)
    Tuesday, March 3rd, 2009
    4:53 pm
    In February of last year I bought my first house. I moved into this house with my husband, one-year-old son, my sister, and her two girls. I was pregnant at the time. Since then, I have another friend who moved in with her three girls. The house really doesn't seem bursting and I have never lacked company...until now. This is the very first time since I bought the house that I have been alone in it. My husband is in Mexico, my mom has been babysitting for me while Onecimo is in Mexico, and she offered to transport. So, I came home from work to await the delivery from my mom. My sister left to take her kids to their dad's, and my other neighbor is not home yet with her kids. I don't know what to do with myself. I keep waiting for someone to come home. I guess I wasn't ready to be alone. Kendra's home now. Phew. I'm so weird.
    Thursday, February 26th, 2009
    6:27 pm
    Lonely in Aloha
    The time that Onecimo and I have been waiting for--and dreading--has finally arrived. He is in Mexico awaiting his visa interview. I've never felt so alone in my whole life. I feel half empty. We still talk on the phone four or five times a day, but it's not the same. I'll get to see him at Spring Break. In the mean time, the days feel longer and longer.

    Current Mood: lonely
    Sunday, August 3rd, 2008
    4:43 pm
    My little (well, youngest) brother is now married. It was a really beautiful day, and he and his wife were definitely made for each other. Everybody was smiling all day.
    Tuesday, June 3rd, 2008
    9:47 pm
    new arrival
    I'm proud to (finally) announce the arrival of Xavier Ismael Duran. He was born May 15, 2008 at 2:48pm. He was 8lbs 6oz. and almost 22 inches long. After several hours of difficult labor, I still ended up with an epideral and pitocin to make my contractions stronger, and then after all that, he got stuck, so I had a cesarean. This has been the hardest pregnancy, labor, delivery, and recovery, but it's all worth it for my little angel. He laughs in his sleep and loves to cuddle.
    Sunday, January 27th, 2008
    3:41 pm
    I am surfacing after two weeks of the worst cold of my whole life. It ended up being a sinus infection, so even though I was already tired with the pregnancy, I ended up resting even more and snuggling up to my antibiotics. Anywho, I started this entry to rejoice, not to whine. Tomorrow I sign the papers to close the deal on my first house, my marriage is super, my kids are healthy (both the interior and the exterior one), and I made a perfect dessert today!!! I feel so domestic.

    Current Mood: accomplished
    Monday, December 31st, 2007
    10:18 am
    I hate making phone calls!
    I don't know what my aversion to the phone is. In November I decided to order new contacts. I ordered them through 1-800-contacts, who told me that my prescription has expired. It has taken me until now to call the eye clinic to let them know that I can't go get an eye exam in my current pregnant state. The first time I called, my phone kept cutting in and out. The second time I called (on a different phone this time), I got hung up on (please excuse horrible grammar). So, on still a different phone, I called again, whereas I was informed that my prescription has, in fact, not expired, and is still good until May of 2008 (conveniently, that's when I'm due, so I will at that time be able to get an eye exam and an updated prescription). Then I was informed that the person in the office at the clinic that orders the contacts was on the phone, and I could call her later. Now I'm back to calling 1-800-contacts. Could all of this fiasco been avoided in November? I think so. My dear sister Kendra, out of the goodness of her heart, made the final phone call for me, and waited on hold while once again the party of the first part called the party of the second part to confirm said prescription non-expiration date. Sigh.

    Current Mood: annoyed
    Friday, December 28th, 2007
    8:14 am
    Yesterday Onecimo, Kendra, and I went house shopping. We looked at eight different houses, and actually liked several of them! We narrowed it down to two that we're debating about: the one Onecimo REALLY likes and the one Kendra REALLY likes. The one I REALLY like is a bit outside our price range, so I'll just bask in the excitement of the other two. I still can't believe it's real that we're buying a house. In a matter of months (or even weeks) I could be in a house with a living room AND a family room. I could go out into my back yard (a feat that right now would leave me plummeting down three stories). I could turn up my music and jump up and down on the floor and the neighbors won't hear me!!!! The wall will be ALL MINE! I won't have to share them with anyone!!! And...I'll have a to baby proof again.

    Current Mood: tired
    Saturday, December 22nd, 2007
    7:43 am
    Can Anybody Hear me?
    Honestly, I think I post for my benefit only because I hardly ever post, and honestly, I don't think anybody else reads it. However, I could use a friendly pick me up, so if you do read, please reply. Here's the official Duran update: I'm FINALLY on Christmas Break!!!! My sixth graders are wonderful, but we were all ready for the break. Side note: I played Mad Gab with my family a couple of weeks ago, and I discovered that both my dad and I are excellent at this game. We believe it is due to the large amount of time we have spent listening to foreign accents. I'm 20 weeks pregnant (I celebrated "half way day" on Wednesday). I still take anti-nausea medication in the morning, and instead of calling this one a monkey, my mother has helped me to dub it the kangaroo, based on the strength and early onset of the kicks. This one is a boy, too, so Onecimo and I are stumped about what to call him, but we're very excited to have another boy. Onecimo just had the screw taken out of his ankle (he had it for exactly six months) yesterday. He's in a lot of pain. David's (read DahVEED) vocabulary knows how to say please and thank you in English and Spanish. He can say how he's doing, what his name is, and how old he is when asked (and in public everyone asks cuz he's so darn cute). I think I'll close there. How's your holiday going?

    Current Mood: hopeful
    Sunday, April 22nd, 2007
    8:16 pm
    I want to wake up my baby. I want him to sleep, but I miss him. Tomorrow I'm back at work with my (now) 23 students who all have spring fever and no desire to finish state testing (which I have now dreamt about three nights out of the last 6--once on computers, once while eating raw liver, and once in Spanish). I can't say I blame them. It has been officially announced to the staff that I'm not going back next year. And while the district I most want to hear from hasn't called me, I'm kind of tempted to give up on working and live off the government.
    Saturday, March 31st, 2007
    8:11 pm
    I'm on vacation!!!!! I finally made it through report cards, CAST meetings, and parent conferences. I also made it through the worst cold of my whole life! I'm finally starting to feel better, David is beginning to recover from his virus, and I guess Onecimo feels ok. Now I'm not going to plan anything all week. I'm going to sit back and relax. Unless I get a call from BSD. =)

    Current Mood: relaxed
    Sunday, March 11th, 2007
    10:39 am
    I can't believe I haven't posted since August. This school year has been much more enjoyable that last school year. I have 22 students, mostly boys. I have one very...uh....charismatic young man. He's quite girthy as well. In October he got stuck in the corner between the sink and a bookcase. I'm standing up in front of the class, and they're all quiet and ready to receive instruction, when I hear "Mrs. Duran...I'm stuck." This same student wrote a story about a leprechaun that was looking for gold in my student's kitchen. He found a pie that he thought was gold, but it was actually banana. He stole the pie, and was looking in the garbage, so my student pushed him in. At the end of the story he got his pie back and some gold, too. When I asked him where the gold came from, he said, "It fell out of his pockets, but it's not in my story because it's a deleted scene."
    David has grown quite a bit. His first word was "stinky", and he can stand but refuses to walk as yet. He can also say "maMA" "paPA" "si" and "callate" He's learning to feed himself with a fork or spoon --yes, he's learned that they're not just for playing with.
    For the last couple of days I've been watching my parents' animals while they're away. Between getting the animals to eat the food and getting David not to, I'm pretty tired. Oh! and I moved! I'm in ...TWO BEDROOM APARTMENT! I rejoice in the fact that David now has his own room. REJOICE!

    Current Mood: exhausted
    Tuesday, August 8th, 2006
    7:24 am
    Oh, What a Beautiful Mooooooooorning!
    The weather this morning is PERFECT! There's just enough blue sky, there's just enough of a breeze, and it's just warm enough to walk outside in short sleeves without shoes on. I don't know why my sleeves would want to wear shoes, anyway.

    Current Mood: content
    Wednesday, July 19th, 2006
    7:22 pm
    (Click here to post your own answers for this meme.)

    I miss somebody right now.  (my sister; shes in dallas at a mary kay seminar) I don't watch much TV these days.
    I wear glasses or contact lenses.
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    Sunday, July 9th, 2006
    8:15 pm
    my heart took a picture
    It felt like one of those warm fuzzy commercials, and yet I was in it. It was a warm, lazy Saturday afternoon and my husband and I were lying in bed playing with our little one. David was cooing and gesturing and trying to roll over. He would talk to us, and we would talk back. As we played, I thought to myself, "these are the moments that matter. these are the things I want to remember forever and ever. these are moments I can't get back and I want to savor every single nano second." David grows more every day. He's so aware of everything and so happy. My lazy Saturday afternoons playing with my husband and our baby are limited, and I intend to make the most of every single one.

    Current Mood: content
    Monday, July 3rd, 2006
    7:03 am
    Just another day
    David woke up at 2:23am to eat. *insert bleary-eyed Liana* My brain is swimming with the millions of things that I'm supposed to do today, yet I can't quite get a fix on any of them. I love my baby dearly, but I never thought I'd miss my job so much. I miss teaching. I miss my kids. I miss my colleagues. I miss planning an executing interesting lessons. I miss all the interesting twists that my kids always added to those lessons. Everyday I do the ordinary stuff to keep life going--pay the bills, make appointments, do the laundry, clean the house, get the mail, etc. I did all those things when I was working. How is it possible that they now take the entire day? I need to get out more. I find myself getting excited when I watch Orissa's and Kendra's kids together--making seven in total. It feels more like school that way, except they're not all the same age. In fact, I get a lot of funny looks (*Are those all HER kids?*) Anyway, I guess today's goal will be to look for the exciting amidst the mundane.

    Current Mood: restless
    Thursday, June 29th, 2006
    11:14 am
    Phew!
    I have discovered that I do not speak IRS. So, I handed over all of my tax info to my lawyer's CPA, who very sweetly said, "We'll fix it." He made me promise to always do my taxes on time from now on, but this time, "We'll fix it." What a relief! One less thing on my plate, and one less source of tension in my family.

    Current Mood: relieved
    Wednesday, June 28th, 2006
    2:45 pm
    A Little Overwhelmed
    I'm trying to become sane again after having David. It's going to be a long road. Myself as I knew me has completely changed. I don't remember things like I used to, I'm far less patient, and I have completely different responsibilities. I wonder if I'll be excited to go back to teaching in the Fall, even though it means I have to leave David to do it. My head is spinning with details about vaccinations and taxes and legal proceedings. Mom suggested that I play the glad game. What is it about my worries that I can be glad about? I'm glad I have a loving husband and a healthy baby. I'm glad we have the means to straighten out our taxes, etc. I'm glad I don't have to go through this all by myself. I feel better already. Time to go the chiropractor and get straightened out some more.

    Current Mood: thankful
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