About us

Robert is a computer 'geek' and I say that in the most affectionate way possible! He keeps our home network up and running. Right now he works for Convergys in Orem in their technical support department for Netapp. Rob has the most common sense out of anyone I've ever met. He also is one of the most 'creative' people I have EVER known. Within minutes of getting a 'new toy' he's got it taken apart figuring out how to 'maximize' it's potential.

Heather is a 'die hard' animal lover. Rob is VERY tolerant of her zoo. Right now she has 6 cats, 2 dogs, 5 birds, 1 RES Turtle, 1 Betta Fish, 1 Tank of guppies (see The Thompson Zoo) for more about their daily adventures. Rob is very understanding, and coming from a background of not really an animal lover other than birds, he's quite taken with them :) Heather works full time for her father at Camelot Pet Resort, Spa & Health Center in Bountiful, she is the Manager and Veterinary Technician. Heather is also an Independant Representative for several direct sales companies, she offers Gourmet Food, Scrapbooking, Pet Supplies, Candles and Natural Home Care products.

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Greek Chicken & Pasta

I made this on Friday night. Got the recipe from: E-Mealz Menus & Meal Planning which is a site that has different options and will give you a weekly menu with a shopping list etc. I love it, I have a REALLY hard time coming up with stuff on my own so this works great for me.

Greek Chicken & Pasta Makes 3 servings
6 Weight Watchers Points Each *Heather is doing WW and is down 25#
Read about her Weight Loss Journey on her blog:
3/4 lb boneless, skinless chicken breast
4 c fresh spinach
4oz sliced mushrooms
2 Roma Tomatoes sliced
1/3 c Reduced Fat Feta Cheese
1/2 c Fat Free Balsamic Vinaigerette**
1 1/2 cup cooked Angel Hair Pasta

Cut chicken into tenders. Layer spinach, chicken tenders (I seasoned with Garlic & Onion Powder and Seasoned salt), mushrooms, tomatoes & then feta in a sprayed 9x13 baking dish. Pour vinaigerette over all ingredients and bake 30 min at 350 uncovered. Divide into 3 portions and serve each portion with 1/2 cup pasta.

**I had no balsamic vinaigerette and didn't feel like making any so I used: Two Sisters Gourmet Garlic Parmasan Vinaigerette and it TRULY made the meal way NUMMY! My hubby is NOT a big fan of vinegar products but he REALLY like this one, said it was a keeper, he suggested instead of the Angel Hair pasta to use toasted italian bread underneath it.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Learning from each other....

Rob and I have been married for 3 & 1/2 years (April 9, 2005) and I have learned so much from him, as he has learned from me. For example, I just switched the background on our blog and the text stayed the same color and made it hard to read. Since I met Rob I have become more web/internet/html savvy and was able to change the html to change the color of the fonts on our blog. 4 years ago I wouldn't have had a clue how to do that. I am so proud of myself! What a great teacher I've had!

Rob has learned how to love animals from me. He didn't really grow up around animals (for those who know're probably laughing about now as I am an animal NUT, and have ALWAYS had a Zoo so to speak). It took some convincing but Rob is now an animal lover, although I think he prefers cats to dogs. Rob was actually pretty allergic to cats while he was growing up and when we were dating/chatting we weren't sure if I'd be able to own any of my cats. Well MIRACULOUSLY when we got married, he has done REALLY well with our cats, the only time he has issues is if he gets clawed or gets hair in his eyes. Rob also has a 'touch' with animals. He can calm even the most timid/scared of cats. Meiko is a 'foster baby' whom we are socializing at home this week. He has a heart defect, he is only 4 months old and has something called Patent Ductus Arteriosus. Anyways he is very nervous and scared, but look at how Rob's touch just calms...I've been told he has the same touch with screaming/crying children/babies.....he's going to make an AMAZING father!

Sunday, September 21, 2008

yo yo loaches

here are some pictures of my yo-yo loaches. the dark spots on it show up the yo-yo on them. if you look closely there is a y then the spot in the middle. that's how they got their name. sorry for the lack of capital letters for some reason my shift key isn't working.

Friday, September 19, 2008

Life's Struggles

Ever since I served my Mission for the LDS (Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints) I have a newfound love for parables. This one is so touching and meaningful. It is so true. Our challenges/struggles shape us and mold us into the person/people we are. Without them we would not know courage, strength, sadness, happiness....etc etc etc...

Life’s Struggles

A man found a cocoon of an emperor moth. He took it home so that he could watch the moth come out of the cocoon. On the day a small opening appeared, he sat and watched the moth for several hours as the moth struggled to force the body through that little hole.

Then it seemed to stop making any progress. It appeared as if it had gotten as far as it could and it could go no farther. It just seemed to be stuck. Then the man, in his kindness, decided to help the moth, so he took a pair of scissors and snipped off the remaining bit of the cocoon. The moth then emerged easily.

But it had a swollen body and small, shriveled wings. The man continued to watch the moth because he expected that, at any moment, the wings would enlarge and expand to be able to support the body, which would contract in time. Neither happened! In fact, the little moth spent the rest of its life crawling around with a swollen body and shriveled body and shriveled wings. It never was able to fly.

What the man in his kindness and haste did not understand was that the restricting cocoon and the struggle required for the moth to get through the tiny opening was the way of forcing fluid from the body of the moth into its wings so that it would be ready for flight once it achieved its freedom from the cocoon. Freedom and flight would only come after the struggle. By depriving the moth of a struggle, he deprived the moth of health.

Sometimes struggles are exactly what we need in our life. If we were to go through our life without any obstacles, we would be crippled.

We would not be as strong as what we could have been. Give every opportunity a chance, leave no room for regrets.


Saturday, September 13, 2008

Our newest 'addition'

About 6 months or so ago I bought some 'breeder' grass for my fish tank as the babies were getting eaten faster than they were born. Anyways about 2-3 weeks later I had SNAILS EVERYWHERE. I have cloroxed my fish tank twice, replaced EVERYTHING once and even had my tank EMPTY for a week and I still have the little buggers! Anyways I got some "No More Snail" which is essentially a waste of money as it doesn't work worth a dime! So today I picked up a couple of Yo Yo Loaches and YES they do have 'Yo Yo Written on their sides....LOL and another Pleco as my cool pleco didn't survive the move. Within SECONDS of being let out in the tank the Yoyo's IMMEDIATELY got to work sucking out snails! WAHOO! I think I may finally get rid of my nasty snails!

Here's the 'up and up' on Yo-Yo's

"Yoyo" Loach (Botia almorhae)

by Mark in Vancouver last modified Aug 13, 2007 08:50 AM


Botia almorhae - more mature specimens showing wide variation in markings

Scientific Name: Botia almorhae (Gray, 1831)

Common name: Yoyo Loach, Almorha Loach, Pakistani Loach, Reticulated loach

Synonyms: Botia lohachata

Distribution: India, Nepal, Bangladesh.

Sexual Dimorphism: Females generally plumper all over than males and can get extremely fat when full of eggs. Males exhibit redness around barbels and mouth.

Maximum size: 6 inches

Similar to: Botia rostrata, Botia histrionica

Care: In nature, the fish live in calmer water pool areas of highland streams. The young are usually found in more lowland waters. The tank should include lots of hiding places amongst rocks and driftwood. Excellent diggers that appreciate a sand substrate to protect the delicate barbels. Lighting should be subdued.

Feeding: Good quality flake, sinking pellets, algae wafers, chopped earthworms, thawed frozen Bloodworm, Mysis Shrimp, chopped cocktail shrimp. Avoid over-feeding as these fish are very greedy. This species is an avid consumer of snails.

Water parameters: pH:6.5-7.5 Hardness: Medium Max dh: <12

Temperature: 76ºF to 82ºF(22-27.7°C)

Breeding: Not bred in aquaria, but mature females regularly fill with spawn.


Botia almorhaeBotia almorhae is a generally peaceful, robust loach that is regularly available. They should be kept in a group of their own species. Like Clown Loaches, they have a social structure, and a certain amount of in-fighting will be seen. For this reason, provide numerous hiding places so that less dominant fish may escape the attentions of more boisterous individuals. During times of fighting or sometimes at feeding time, a pair of fish may "gray out." The base colour will darken considerably, changing the contrast between the markings and the regular body colour, so that the fish resembles more the colouration shown in the picture of the highly reticulated adult below.

Body markings can be very variable in this species, and there is a marked difference between juveniles and adults. Adults develop more "in-fill" of the juvenile markings to a point where the whole fish may be reticulated, hence one of its common names.

Within the ornamental fish trade and in most countries in the aquatic community, the fish is now known as the Yoyo Loach. This term was coined because of the noticeable juvenile pattern consisting of alternate 'Y's and 'O's along the fish's sides, and is credited to our long-term Loaches Online member, Ken Childs while he was working at Dolphin International, a fish importers in Los Angeles.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Sick Fur Babies

We've got a few sick "Furkids" (Dogs/Cats) read about them on our "The Thompson Zoo Blog"

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Banana Bread

Shortly after we moved to West Jordan (Jan 07) we had some bananas that were on the verge of going bad so hubby wanted banana bread. Well being the 'non-homemaker' that I was/am I had never made it (to my recollection anyways) so I searched online and found a recipe for 'Easy Banana Bread' it is so simple! Rob absolutely loves it! He says it's the best he's ever had!

1 Cup Sugar
8 Tablespoons Butter/Margarine
3 Bananas
Cream Sugar/Butter, Mash Bananas and add to the mixture
***The thing that Rob LOVES about my nanner bread is that I don't completely mash the Bananas but I leave some chunks....he loves that!
2 Eggs Beat and add to the mixture
Then slowly add
1 & 1/4 cup flour
1 t Baking Soda
1/2 t salt
You can also add Walnuts but Rob and I prefer it plain.
Set oven to 350 for 30-45 Min (I have found that mine usually need about 1 hour on 350) so just keep that in mind, do the toothpick trick to test for doneness.

To make it less calories for us dieters, use Splenda instead of Sugar, also use low fat or fat free butter or margarine, although make sure it says for baking or you'll end up with really gooey 'heavy' bread! I'll post pictures later of my masterpiece I made today!

Scary Fire at Work!

Autumn who is our receptionist at Camelot Pet Resort texted me pictures today. I guess sometime last night the dumpster at work caught on fire!

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

My little nephew Chandler

Chandler Jonathan Sims was born 1 year ago today! He is my little brother Jonathan's baby along with his estranged wife Yeala. Jon and Yeala separated shortly before Christmas last year and they are still going through the 'motions' of divorce. It hasn't been a very nice one and unfortunately for my brother things haven't been the best for him. He is lucky enough to barely see his son once a month (he is supposed to be able to see him EVERY Saturday and Sunday) according to the temporary orders with the judge, but Yeala apparantly goes out of town 3 weekends a month, wouldn't that be nice????? I just hope Jon can stay strong for his son. It's heartbreaking for him. It's been a very TOUGH year for him. I know if given the chance, Jon can and will be an AWESOME father. He is very sensitive, nurturing and caring. We pray that Yeala's heart will be softened and she will give her son a chance to develop a relationship with his father.