Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Springville Reams Produce Deals through August 15

Artichokes- $.69/ ea
Cantaloupe- $.24/lb
Local Corn- $.20/ ea
Celery- $.39/lb
Red, Black & Green Seedless Grapes- $.89/lb
Black Plums- $.69/lb
Broccoli- $.59/lb
Iceberg Lettuce- $.69/ea
Green Bell Peppers- $.33/ea
Russet Potatoes- $1.89/10 lbs
Tomatoes- $.69/lb
Fuji, Red, or Granny Apples- $1.50/3 lb Bag
Mini Carrots- $.89/lb
Fresh Express Cole Slaw- $.99/16 oz
Fresh Express Tossed Salad- $.99/12 oz
Medium Yellow Onions- $.39/lb
Weekend Special is 2lbs of fresh blueberries for $1.49 each (I would call and make sure they have these in stock before driving over there. I heard they get some in every morning but they go fairly fast)

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Ode to Robert Vila, a funny guy...

Anyone who knows us, knows we like a good deal. We're drawn to a good deal like a fly is drawn to poop. So, as you could guess, we love garage sales, coupons, and our favorite: Craigslist.

About a month ago, Charlie's therapist came to our house to check out our setup. As we discussed some of our concerns and challenges with Charlie, she made some suggestions for toys/products that could benefit Charlie and help us survive. One thing she suggested is some sort of playset/swingset/tiered structure for him to climb up and down on. So we've been watching KSL and Craigslist, getting frustrated with not finding something that worked for us.

So I decided to take matters into my own hands. I posted a 'wanted ad' on Craigslist that basically said, "If you have a swingset that you'd like to get rid of, I'd be happy to buy it and pick it up from you." I was hoping to get ahead of the game.

I had one response. I thought the response and the chain that followed was worth posting. I hope you'll enjoy it.


On Tue, Jun 23, 2009 at 8:55 PM, Robert Vila wrote:

First off, I must say that a swing set is a horrible toy for a child. I had a swing set as a kid, and broke three of my ribs and tore my ACL on it. My career in little league soccer was ruined. I recommend that you get your child a sandbox. I have an old sandbox that I am not using, and would be willing to sell to you for $300. It is an awesome sandbox. It is shaped like a turtle, and the lid is part of the turtle too. It comes with beautiful sand filled from a beach on Utah Lake. Let me know if you are interested.



On Wed, Jun 24, 2009 at 8:54 AM, Matt McGhie wrote:

Dear Robert,

I appreciate your deep concern for the welfare of my child. I also appreciate your willingness to share what must be deeply repressed experiences from your childhood. I'm truly sorry for the life altering events that took place in your youth. Those days just never come back to us.... I know.

I, as a lad, played soccer as well. I remember with every detail the championship game, the game tied with just moments to go, and me dribbling through defender after defender, breaking into the clear, one on one with the goalie. This was to be my moment in the spotlight. This was to make up for all the times the kids made fun of my holey jeans. As I approached the goal, setting myself up for the game winning shot, I tripped and fell. The kids laughed again, and again, and again. I'm pretty sure the last laugh was because I also peed my pants. Anyways, when I stood up and made my way off the field, the first thing I saw was a turtle sandbox. I'll always remember the disdain on that turtle's face.

So, while I appreciate the very generous offer of your turtle sandbox, I'm going to stick with a less arrogant occupation to engage my child in, like licking rocks... very humbling.

In addition, I'd also like to recommend a therapist that has helped me get past my pain throughout the years, Dr. Jellyfinger.

All the best in your healing,


On Wed, Jun 24, 2009 at 11:09 AM, Robert Vila wrote:

Do you want to buy my sandbox or not? I didnt ask for a play by play of your youth. The swingset I had, had a faulty design and the swing came off while I was in the air, and I was sent flying into oncoming traffic. I am lucky to be alive. If you do not want your son mangled by a Dodge Caravan, then you should buy my sandbox instead. Sandboxes are 100% safe. I think a sandbox is much better than a swing set. Just some friendly advice.



On Wed, Jun 24, 2009 at 11:39 AM, Matt McGhie wrote:


I'm glad you survived. Therapy Robby. Therapy. It'll do wonders.

Also, I hate your turtle sandbox. Don't threaten me with it again. I had a neighbor that was buried alive in a sandbox. Don't try to tell me they are 100% safe. You're wrong.... dead wrong.



On Wed, Jun 24, 2009 at 2:25 PM, Robert Vila wrote:

You have to be a total idiot to die in a sandbox. I despise your swingset. Despise is a much stronger word than hate.

Your former friend


What am I supposed to say to that? Good form Robby. We could be friends. We think you're funny.

Friday, May 29, 2009

Meeting Winston's in-laws at preschool graduation...

It's official...I don't have to pay any more preschool fees for at least another 5-10 years (if we ever have any more kids)! Yeah! Winston graduated from Smart Stuff Preschool with flying colors last Friday. We also got to meet the parents of the little girl he married on the swings while holding hands. We all got quite a kick out of their little preschool crush on each other. Hadley has been all the talk at our house for the last couple months.
Winston in front of the Smart Stuff school bus. The kids went on many a fun field trip in this adventure machine.

Winston and his first crush. (Hadley) Well, his first crush his own age. ;)

Winston with Hadley and Camille.

Winston with the best teacher ever...Mrs. Tanya

Sporting the grad cap

Two of the preschool classes performing during the preschool program

Winston giving Hadley a farewell hug

Eating a celabratory ice cream cone at the Daley Freeze

Congratulations buddy! We love you!

Friday, May 15, 2009

Too good not to share... (Matt in a dance contest)

I love you hon... I hope we can still be friends after this. Matt actually won a sweet trophy in this dance contest on our cruise a couple years ago.

(Don't worry folks, this was in his pre-Bishop days) ;)

Thursday, May 07, 2009

To my anonymous "friend in the ward"...

I don't know if you read my blog but I just wanted to say thank you for the note. It really made my day... my whole week, actually. I won't go into details but it was just the thing I needed right now. It was also a great reminder to me to follow through when I have a prompting to do something like that because I know how much of a difference it made to me. Thanks so much! I don't know who you are but I know I think you are GREAT!

Tuesday, May 05, 2009


Print your coupon here for 2 pieces of their new grilled chicken with two sides and a biscuit. I think they only allow a certain number of coupons to be hurry fast. ;) Yum yum!

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Thanks to our mystery guest(s)

Someone did something nice for us a couple of nights ago and if you're the one who did it, and you're one of our blog stalkers, then please know we are grateful.

If you're reading this and it wasn't you then you better start figuring out something nice to do for us to make up for it... kidding kidding, of course. Do something nice for someone else near you and it will give you warm fuzzies.

Thanks, Matt & Steff

Wednesday, April 08, 2009


The other night we were getting grumpy about not getting to go out very often (I know, cry me a river, right??) so we decided to do a couple of 'top of the list' dishes from our favorite restaurants for dinner and man they were good:

Favorite #1: Fried Rice at Tepanyaki's (let's be honest, anything there is good)

Our version -

Tepanyaki Grade - A+++
Matt & Steff's Wannabe - B+ I think we did it justice.

Favorite #2: Lettuce Wraps from PF Changs

Our version -

PF Chang's Grade - A+
Matt & Steff's Take - A-, just because an A would be near sacrilege, but I'm telling you, these things were good.


Thursday, April 02, 2009

Good Feelings

I love and miss President and Sister Hinckley. There are so many wonderful quotes that I love from these two but recently I happened upon two that are are some of my favorites. I wanted to share them (even though a lot of you have heard them) and I hope they make you feel as good as they did me.

"Things will work out. Keep trying. Be believing. Be happy. Don't get discouraged. Things will work out." -President Gordon B. Hinckley

I can just imagine his distinct voice saying this as I read it. Doesn't that make you feel better about all the cruddy stuff going on?! :)

“I don’t want to drive up to the pearly gates in a shiny sports car, wearing beautifully, tailored clothes, my hair expertly coiffed, and with long, perfectly manicured fingernails. I want to drive up in a station wagon that has mud on the wheels from taking kids to scout camp. I want to be there with grass stains on my shoes from mowing Sister Schenk’s lawn. I want to be there with a smudge of peanut butter on my shirt from making sandwiches for a sick neighbor’s children. I want to be there with a little dirt under my fingernails from helping to weed someone’s garden. I want to be there with children’s sticky kisses on my cheeks and the tears of a friend on my shoulder. I want the Lord to know I was really here and that I really lived.”
-Marjorie Peay Hinckley

Doesn't that make you feel better about not being one of those seemingly perfectly put together women? Now I don't feel so bad about having sticky handprints all over my clothes all the time and throwing my hair back in a ponytail. I'm never "together" and I'm still a good person! I love her!

Sunday, March 22, 2009

We think this is hilarious...

Keep an eye on the kid on the far right...


Looking good my man!

Sorry Matt.

Monday, March 16, 2009

Life is Good--er.

We thought it would be appropriate to share with our blog stalkers the follow up to this last post.

Since posting, we had many people offer to help in many ways. We have such great friends, neighbors and family.

We want to especially thank Shawn and Lily for their generous 'donation' to our predicament. It will be nice to be able to wash our clothes and pick which temperature we want to use. That will be a new experience for us as a couple. We are so grateful.

Thanks one and all,
-The McGhies

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Life is Good

Sometimes aspects of life suck. For example, tonight, around 9:00pm, while Steff was at the Relief Society B-day dinner, I was putting Winston to bed and opened the closet to our washer and dryer to get out his pajamas and found about a 1/2 inch standing water on the floor. Our washing machine has given up the ghost. Toss that on the pile with everything else I guess. Whatever.

Now, that wasn't totally unexpected, but the timing sucks. Our washer and dryer were purchased from a guy out of the thrifty nickel ads 6 years ago. He was so hungover when he delivered them to us that he barely made it up the three flights of stairs to our Provo apartment. Once there, he laid on the floor for about 30 minutes trying to get his bearings. It was awesome. Anyways, we love our washer and dryer. They're the old school kind that hold a ton of clothes. I'm pretty sure both of them are older than Steff and I, but that's when they used to make them right. We don't mind that there is really only one temperature that the washer works on. We like it. Plus they were only $45 total for both of them.

Now, as I said, this wasn't totally unexpected, though its always shocking to have a swimming pool in your washroom. Our dryer has been showing its age for the last few months. It's developed a really loud squealing/screeching sound that I've just written off to lack of any lubricant being applied over the last 6 years. We've been expecting that one to just seize up any day, but the washer sorta came out of no where. So, that sucks... but that's not the title of the post.

Here's where life is good. We have the best neighbors in the universe. At 9:45pm, I called my neighbor Luke. He's been in the restoration business for years. He's handled about everything you can imagine and high on his list is floods. Within 15 minutes he was over here and was testing for moisture. We pulled some baseboards and found that the water had gotten further than we hoped. We ended up pulling out the vinyl flooring, the middle board stuff (I can't remember what that's called), all the baseboards, and cutting back the carpet about 2 feet and taking out about 8 sq feet of carpet padding that was soaked. 2 hours later he had all the wet stuff ripped out and a fan on the area drying it. Wow. I am so grateful for good people and how willing to give of their time and their talents.

So, as a gesture of thanks, I thought I'd send Luke this card tomorrow:

Just kidding. We're going to try to do something nice for them, but at the end of the day, this was just really a nice thing to do and he was so happy and nice. I look around our neighborhood and it's so nice to think of all the neighbors and to know that if called on, any of them would jump at the chance to help someone out and do anything that was needed.

So, life is good. There are challenges. There will always be challenges, but we are really, truly grateful for wonderful neighbors and family members that are there for us.

One last thing.... anyone know a good carpet guy and/or washing machine repairman? :-)

Wednesday, March 04, 2009

I feel confused...

When someone rings my doorbell and I open my door to find this...
I wonder what lucky family has the freezer now?!

Monday, February 23, 2009

My correspondence with my Senator (Madsen) who voted 'No' on Clay's Law

Hi All,

I've exchanged a few emails with Senator Madsen (local Senator for most of Southern Utah County) and I told him in fairness I'd post his response with my own. He's voted 'No' to Clay's Law on the basis that it hurts local businesses and individuals by increasing healthcare costs. This is true... to a point. It is expected that this law will increase healthcare costs by less than 1% ($40/yr). Big whoop!

Obviously I'm very biased but its frustrating to see that in his mind that the $40/yr is worth more than the possibility of giving kids like Charlie a chance at leading a normal life. He is also shortsighted in that if Charlie gets one year of intensive therapy (25 hours a week) his chances of leading a normal life and being a contributing member of society are 50-70% better. If he doesn't, he will continue on the way he is now, and end up costing the state of Utah between $2.5 - 3.5 million dollars over the course of his life. All that for one tank of gas per year.... Good decision Senator.

Also, if anyone knows how to find out who donated his campaign fund, I'd be really really interested to know that. I'm pretty sure I met a guy last Saturday who's in all their back pockets and I'd like to confirm it...

Anywhoodles, here is our email chain. Its long so you don't have to read it if you don't want to. I've also attached, below our correspondence, a summary of the arguments the insurance lobbyists are raising and my feelings about them. If you've ever wanted to be truly educated on a political issue, here's your chance:

Senator Madsen,

I've been told you do not support Clay's law. As a member of your district and as someone who voted for you, I'm frustrated. At, you list #4 Governments are established to protect individuals in their rights, not to rule over them.

I wanted to allow you the opportunity to explain to me how voting against Clay's Law adheres to that principle or any others you list, because I feel like it is going directly against this principle, upon which I voted for you.

I don't think I have the right to healthcare that I pay for, but that is being denied me by the Healthcare companies in pursuit of larger bottom lines. I am a 'heart-wrenching story.' My 3 year old boy, who is autistic, is sending us slowly into bankruptcy in the pursuit of allowing him to lead a normal life. We accept that as any parent in that situation should. We are doing all we can to avoid this, but for the 4 hours (20 hours below the recommendations) a week of therapy, we pay nearly 50% of our gross income. My son's story and our progress is documented at

I understand there are arguments against this. I've read Senator Urquhart's position ( and have given him my feedback. I respect him for that. I have a much greater interest in your position since you are my rep.

So, this is my shot at being fair and open minded about this. I'd love to visit with you, even have you in our home to meet our son and see what sort of effect this has on a family. We live less than a mile away. Even just respond to my email. We have many neighbors and friends in the area that are now watching this vote with great interest. They are looking to us for information/opinions/etc. I'd like to be fair when I post my thoughts to our blogs tomorrow after this vote and so I'd like to hear your side.




Over the last few days I have spent more time talking to people about
“Clay’s Law” and trying to research and learn more about autism
than I have spent on any other issue this session. I think it is
impossible anymore for someone not to have a friend or family member who
is not directly impacted by autism. The rapidly increasing incidents of
this affliction are disturbing and frustrating. Like treatments for
many conditions, autism treatment seems to be so expensive that it is
beyond the means of the average family, and even if a child receives one
of the treatment protocols that have been developed, a desirable outcome
is far from certain. I cannot begin to understand the frustration,
anxiety and sacrifice that the families of autistic children have to
endure. Nevertheless, my heart goes out to you and your family and I
admire your dedication to your child.

You referenced one of the core principles of good government in which I
believe, “Governments are established to protect people in their
rights, not to rule over them. I strive to make all of my decisions as
an elected official based on the principles in which I believe. If I
abandon my principles then I am simply blowing in the wind, making
decisions based on emotion, personal relationships, lobbying pressure or
what will make me popular with a particular constituency.

Consistent with the principle you referenced, I believe that people who
start and own businesses have the right to create and offer for sale the
products they wish, and that government should not force a business to
create and place on the market a product or products the business does
not wish to produce. Simply because a citizen wishes to purchase a
particular product that is not available in the marketplace, it is not
justification for government to deprive another individual or entity of
its right to produce what it chooses, by forcing them to create and sell
a product against their will.

The solution proposed by “Clay’s Law,” a mandate on insurance
companies to cover autism treatment is certainly an attractive idea, the
emotional part of me yearns to offer relief to your family and others
like yours, some of which are very close to me personally. Based on the
number of emails, calls letters and blue notes I have received, it would
make me very popular if I were to support it. Nevertheless, I have
never voted to support mandates on health insurance companies or to
mandate that any business produce a product against its will. My
position has not always prevailed and health insurance companies already
have thousands of mandated coverages. By the time the autism issue goes
through the legislative process it is likely health insurance companies
will have yet another.

Our healthcare system is in need of great reform. Many if not most of
the problems with our current system are a result of government
regulation. There is not enough time to discuss here all the problems
caused, and costs increased, by government’s meddling in the
healthcare realm. The autism issue could be the impetus for much needed
reform. For example, government removing some of the mandated coverages
and allowing insurance companies and the insured to decide for
themselves the coverages that would be most appropriate on a business by
business, a family by family or an individual by individual basis,
something I would wholeheartedly support and a policy change that would
likely allow you to get the autism coverage you need, and forgo
coverages you don’t want or need. Another proposed reform that would
help you would be to remove the prohibition on purchasing health
insurance policies from out of state providers, since there are other
states where insurance companies offer coverage for autism treatment.

These options would be consistent with the principle discussed above
and all of the other principles I am committed to uphold. I appreciate
your efforts to be “fair and open minded” to those like myself who
have principled reasons we cannot support a government mandate like
“Clays law” as it is currently drafted, and I appreciate your
willingness to include this explanation on your blog. I commend your
civility and the respectful tone of your communication to me.

I fear that if the advocates for autism coverage, the families of
autistic children and those who provide treatment to autistic children,
who have so impressively organized and advocated for their cause, are
successful in obtaining their mandate, they will no longer have the
motivation they currently have to change the system since they will have
gotten what they want. We will have lost a golden opportunity to attain
some real reform and will be left with more of the same. More mandates,
higher costs, fewer employers and individuals who can afford coverage.
That will be the untold tragedy if “Clay’s law” passes.


Mark Madsen



Senator Madsen,

I appreciate your kindness and consideration in this matter, also your kind words for our situation. I've seen your response trickle through the neighborhood and among other family and friends in your district. I felt like it was necessary for me to respond because there were points you made I disagree whole-heartedly with.

I understand your stance and sounds like you're convinced that it is principle based, even though that principle cuts both ways. I can see that it doesn't make sense for the government to step in and mandate that Glade's start offering fish sticks to every man, woman and child (though I'd be a happy man). However, with healthcare, it seems a bit more complex and should be looked at accordingly. Heathcare is something that moves beyong the free enterprise market because of healthcare costs, etc. It is essentially a 'mandated' product, therefore needs some special handling... which sadly needs to come from someone with more power than these companies. Is it unfortunate the govt has to step in? Yes. Is it necessary? Yes.

You also mentioned in your email "Based on the number of emails, calls letters and blue notes I have received, it would make me very popular if I were to support it." I'm struggling with this comment. Isn't your job, as an elected official, to represent the people in your district and vote as they'd have it? Are you not our voice? In the Gettysburg Address, Lincoln said this was a "government of the people, by the people and for the people." Maybe I'm missing something, but isn't being a politician the ultimate popularity contest? Shouldn't representing your constituents be the highest priority? Shouldn't all those contacts have some impression as to what the people want? I can appreciate a stance that you can take to the bank, as you've done in your response, saying, "I've never voted for a mandate in my career." But if you're sacrificing the voice of the people just to be able to say at voting time "I've never voted for a mandate in my career" then it is time to reconsider.

I wish you all the best. You're in a tough spot... I understand that. I just needed to express my opposition one last time.

I'm leaving now to go up and watch the vote. I will post the entirety of our exchanges on our blog as promised, so your voice is respected as we share our experience with our friends and family.

All the best,
Matt McGhie




These are some of the negative arguments against Clay's Law:

1. Several legislators brought up the idea of an insurance rider for autism. There are several reasons why a rider is not an acceptable solution. First off, the rider does not help YOU...families who already have a child with a diagnosis. The rider would have to be purchased before a child is born. How many of you would have opted to pay extra for autism coverage before your child was born, just in case they happened to become diagnosed with autism? I can honestly say that I wouldn't have. Young parents are already faced with so many financial strains of having a new baby. The few that might buy into this plan would probably be those that already have autism in their family. So, we know that MANY children still wouldn't receive coverage for their treatment because their parents didn't buy into the rider. Second, the rider that has been proposed by the insurance companies only allows coverage for children from 2-6 years old. It only allows $25,000 a year for coverage, and there is a daily limit of $100. We know that these severe limits would not provide for quality treatment. There is no way that a full early intensive program could be attained with these limitations. Third, There are not riders for preemies, cancer or diabetes. Why is this medical problem not good enough for full health insurance coverage? Lastly, we in the autism community view the rider as a calculated distraction by the insurance lobby, and vote for the rider is a vote against families and children with autism.

2. Another idea brought up by Senators was a government program to provide treatment to children with autism. There are several reasons why we won't consider this either. First of all, we all know that our state is in a budget shortfall. There is no way that they would be able to find the amount of money needed to provide every child with autism with a full early intensive treatment program. If they were to somehow fund it, we know through other states that the reimbursement rates are so low to treatment providers that the quality of care is horrendous. There would never be enough money to provide all children with care at once, so there will be waiting lists. If a Senator thinks that the price tag of Clay's Law being $1.8 million is too high, then they would never be able to get the price low enough for a government program. Lastly, Autism is a medical problem that needs to be addressed by medical insurance, not the state.

3. This bill will only help 30%, so it's not fair to everyone else. While this legislation will only affect 30%, it's a starting point. We need to start breaking down the barriers somewhere. We can't expect to change the law to cover everyone over night. We know that in other states where similar legislation has passed, some of the larger self insured companies have followed suit to be able to compete with other companies in their states. The fact is, we can't regulate all health insurance at a state level. We are doing what we can. The rest of insurance is governed by federal law. We know that President Obama has drafted legislation that would mandate the rest of the insurance plans. You can see this draft legislation by going to the link on the right hand side of

4. This bill is a mandate. Some Senators are philosophically against forcing health insurance companies to cover certain things. It's hard to get them to look objectively at Clay's Law if they can't get passed the fact that it is a mandate. Senator Stephenson spoke to this today. He talked about how right now, everyone with health insurance is being mandated. We have no control over what is covered and what isn't. Us young families with children who need help are paying the health insurance premiums that are being spent on the oldest generation. We know that 80% of health care costs go to those who are in the last five years of life. Our health insurance premiums are going towards hip replacements, terminal cancer and life extending treatments. We are paying these premiums, but we can't even get treatment for our children, who have their whole lives ahead of them. The other argument against a mandate is that it raises the cost of health insurance premiums for all, thus making health insurance unreachable for many. Claims are made that employers would have to forego coverage for the cost of this mandate. This is simply untrue. An actuarial report of the fiscal effects of Clay's Law documents the maximum likely cost on the insurance ratepayer is 0.85%. This translates to about the cost of a tank of gas per year for each policy holder. The insurance industry's own association - the Council for Affordable Health Insurance - estimates that mandated autism benefits increase premium costs by LESS than 1%. Despite the doomsday predictions from the insurance lobby, there's been no mass exodus of insurers, no businesses throwing in the towel because of this benefit. Indeed, experience indicates the impact on premiums has been negligible. In Indiana, the Department of Insurance called the financial impact "unmeasurable" even years after the coverage became effective.

5. Treatment isn't proven....Behavioral interventions are based upon decades of scientific investigation with individuals affected by a wide range of behavioral and developmental disorders, including autism. Specifically for children with autism, research demonstrates the efficacy of ABA in teaching complex communication, social, play, and self-help skills, and in reducing disruptive behaviors. Numerous long-term outcome studies (e.g., Lovaas, 1987, McEachin et al, 1993) document that 40-50% of children who receive early intensive ABA treatment achieve: Higher educational placements, Increased IQ levels, Perform successfully in mainstream educational settings, and Become indistinguishable from same-aged peers.

6. There was a request for a "Sunset" to be added to this bill. A sunset would mean that the cost of this bill would be studied at a later time to find out if it lived up it's claims of staying below a 1% increase in cost to policy holders. If the bill were to cost more than 1%, the bill could be taken off the books. We are confident that our numbers will stay this low. There has been much research done on the cost to policy holders in other states with mandated coverage as mentioned in #4. We will likely agree to a sunset to be added to the bill if this is what it takes to get it passed.

Thanks all.

Friday, February 20, 2009

Meet your Representitive - Spanish Fork

For anyone interested, this is happening tomorrow morning.


I'd like to invite any who are interested to a Meet your Legislators town
meeting this coming Saturday, February 21 from 7:30-9:00 a.m. We will meet
at the Spanish Fork City Hall - 40 S. Main Street. Joining me will be Sen.
Dave Hinkins and Rep. Francis Gibson.

We look forward to discussing the 2009 General Session and to answering any
questions. See you there.

Rep. Mike Morley

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

It PASSED the senate...

We just heard the news. Clay's Law PASSED in the senate with 17 'yes' votes.

It will now go to the House Sub-Committee and then onto the House for its vote. I will let everybody know what our next steps are as soon as I hear.

Thank you all and please thank all of the many many people who sent letters to their senators on our behalf.

Friday, February 13, 2009

Anyone know a senator?

For anyone who's ever offered to help us out, here's your chance.

If you live in Utah - please help. If you live in Spanish Fork - please, please help.

Clay's Law is moving on to the next steps.

The hearing that it passed on Thursday was the first of seven steps to make it a law. Here's what's still to come:

2. Senate Vote - The whole Senate will be able to vote on Clay's Law. (Wednesday, Feb 18th)
3. House Sub Committee Hearing
4. House Vote - The whole House of Representatives will be able to vote on Clay's Law
5. Appropriations Sub Committee - This sub committee decides if it's worth the money to pass
6. Governor - After passing all of that, Gov. Huntsman can still Veto the Law.

So, we have to make sure it gets through the Senate Vote. Here's what we know and here's how people can help:

The Senate vote is on Wednesday, Feb 18th at 2pm.

We need all the help to call or email the senators in Utah and let them know you expect them to vote yes on Clay's Law. Here's how to do it:

Step 1 - Find the senator for your district. You can get their contact information on this site Just enter your address and it will give you your reps' info.

Step 2 - Contact them via email or phone and ask them to support Clay's Law. This site will help you to know what to say:

Step 3 - Comment on this blog and let us know which rep you contacted and if they were responsive.

Now, for all you Spanish Fork-ers, we especially need your help. Here are our reps -

Representative Michael T. 'Mike' Morley - State House District 66 (Republican)
Cell Phone: 801-636-0296

Senator Mark B. Madsen - State Senate District 13 (Republican)
Office (801) 361-4787

Most importantly right now is Sen. Mark Madsen. We talked to his aid today who told us Sen. Madsen isn't supportive of Clay's Law. We need to let him know we want him to vote for Clay's Law. Respectfully tell him you'll be watching his vote on Wed.

Lastly, ask him to watch the Clay's Law video at:

Thank you all for your support and love and prayers. If this law passes it will have a tremendous impact on many families like ours.

Expect more to follow...

PS - I just got a list of the Senators that are either against it or on the fence. If any of these are your senators, please please please contact them:


I'm giddy... giddy I tell ya!!!

Oh happy happy day. Bless the heavens above...

Quick recommendation -- #3 (the double double) animal style.

Tuesday, February 03, 2009

Funny Clip...

So, its been awhile since we posted anything, but tonight a buddy shared an amusing clip and we thought we'd share it with all of you....

Thanks Josh and Staci.

Friday, January 23, 2009

Clay's Law...

I know this is sort of a Charlie blog thing, but I'm posting it here too.... its worth it.

We wanted to put the word out there... This would be humongous for kids like Charlie. Sad that we can get Viagra covered by insurance, but that these Autistic kids get no help.


Dear Utah Autism Advocate!

Autism Speaks is pursuing autism insurance reform in over 20 states across the nation including Utah!

Yesterday, an autism insurance reform bill was introduced in the Utah State legislature. Senate Bill 43, "Clay's Law" sponsored by State Senator Howard A. Stephenson (R-11) will require private healthcare policies to provide coverage of the diagnosis and treatment of autism spectrum disorders. Clay's Law will cover early intensive behavioral therapies and other medically necessary, evidence-based treatments prescribed by an insured's treating physician or psychologist.
There are currently eight states that have passed similar bills across the country, including five states during last year's legislative season: Arizona, Florida, Louisiana, Pennsylvania and Illinois. This is a hot topic in states nationwide and Utah should be proud to be a part of such an important movement!

We need your help to get support for Clay's Law from your State Senator...

1. SEND AN EMAIL TO YOUR STATE SENATOR! Let them know that you support Clay's Law (SB 43), that you need them to support Clay's Law, and that passage of Clay's Law would mean increased access to critical autism therapies and treatments for thousands of children in Utah. We've already written some of the letter for you. All you need to do is add in your own words (optional) and click send. It's that easy!

2. STAY INFORMED ON CLAY'S LAW! Check out the Autism Votes website and sign up today to receive alerts and information pertaining to the autism insurance reform bills. Stay on top of the latest developments throughout the legislative season and get involved!

3. FORWARD THIS TO EVERYONE YOU KNOW! We need everyone's help. If you know other people in Utah that would get involved on behalf of your child, forward them this email and ask them to sign up at This is the perfect answer for anyone who has ever told you, "If there is ever anything I can do to help just ask!" Send to extended family members - aunts, uncles, cousins, grandparents. Send to coworkers, neighbors, therapists, teachers and friends! We need all hands on deck!
For more information on the autism insurance reform initiative in Utah, visit


Thanks everyone for your love and support.

Friday, January 16, 2009

Great deal on gifts for your friends or family in the military!

Hickory Farms is having a 75% off sale on a lot of their yummy gift packages and goodies. The shipping is a little pricey BUT they offer FREE SHIPPING to APO//FPO Military addresses. What a fun little treat to send to someone serving our country to show our support! (Thanks to my sister Lorri for this info!)
This link will take you to gift packages designed specifically for the military but there are lots of other options at this link Everything from meats, cheeses and crackers to dried fruit to chocolates and treats for super cheap!
Just make sure you check for certain food restrictions in the country you are shipping to before you send something.

Not sure if these codes work but you can try and use them at your own risk...
Possible code:
10% off your order TAKE10
15% off code: 833551

If you don't know any soldiers but still want to support them, you can find some at


Saturday, January 10, 2009

Donations for the Christensen Family


Bishop Cope, Bryce's bishop, has set up an account at Zions Bank for any who wish to help with funeral and related expenses for the Christensen family. You may choose to do so in lieu of flowers. Any who are so inclined may donate to the "Bryce Christensen Donation Account" at any branch of Zions Bank.


Friday, January 09, 2009

Our Love and Prayers are with President Christensen and his Family

I've struggled with whether or not to post this, but feel like it is appropriate to spread the word to members of the ward who may know and love the Christensens, but are not aware of the situation.

Wednesday morning our Stake President's son Bryce, who just got back from his mission a month ago, was killed in a car accident (

The Stake Executive Secretary has passed along information for the services.

o Viewing, Sunday, January 11, 2009, 6:00-8:00 p.m., Walker Mortuary
o Viewing, Monday, January 12, 2009, 9:45-10:45 a.m., Relief Society Room, Stake Center
o Funeral, Monday, January 12, 2009, 11:00-12:00 noon, Chapel, Stake Center
o Interment, Monday, January 12, 2009, 12:30-1:00 p.m., Spanish Fork Cemetery

We love President Christensen and his wife. They are wonderful examples of Christlike people who serve willingly. I'd invite all to keep them in your prayers.