Monday, April 25, 2011

I'm Walkin' on Sunshine

In case you think you missed the sunshine--you didn't. We had none this week. It was dreary, overcast, and drizzly. Exactly how I love my weather, because it reminds me of Oregon. However, I felt like I was walking on sunshine since it was such a good week. Nothing spectacular happened, and we weren't very busy. Maybe that's why I loved it so much. I also know the next two weeks are going to be crazy impossible to get through. It will take some Herculean time management to make it run successfully. I'm up for the job, but it was sure nice to have this down time in preparation for it!!
My night off.  When we had four kids, under the age of five, every week Dave would give me a night off.  Usually this meant I went grocery shopping for the week without children.  It was my night away.  Well since then I've been involved in lots of things (i.e. church callings) that have given me the 'night off'.  I don't have that anymore, so approached Dave last week and asked if I could start that up again. This week was my first night.  I had every intention of scrapbooking, but instead ended up reading a book.  It was heavenly!!

Headed to Girl's Camp.  Our ward had their camp kickoff Wednesday night and Rachael is now headed there.  I wish I was going with her, but I get to stay home and have 'camp' with my boys.
We had an amazing afternoon windstorm.  It was on a Thursday so everyone's garbage cans were out.  This one ended up in the middle of the road and I just had to take a picture.

Earth Day!!  What did you do to celebrate?  My kids cleaned up their school yard and planted trees and flowers.

Jazz workshop. Rachael and Jacob went to a Jazz Workshop at one of the schools around us. They were taught by some college students, and given a little one on one. Afterwards they had a small concert, where Rachael did an improv solo. I was so impressed by that. This is a picture of Jacob (on the left) playing his trombone.

I just realized I didn't post a picture of our Easter.  Well we had a wonderful time, and hope you all did too.  Have a great week!!

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Our Savior's Love

I saw him today for the first time in three years.  He moved slow as we walked into the temple together.  Smiling he asked me how I was doing and to tell that wonderful husband of mine what an inspiration he is.  My husband is wonderful, but I knew what this man standing in front of me, had been through this year.  I also knew that cancer and brain tumors take longer than a year to heal, and he still had a long way to go. 

Right then I wanted to take that from him.  I wanted to make it go away, so he could live life to the fullest, with his family.  Lift the burdens, get rid of the pressure, but then I remembered the lesson.  I was in Relief Society again, wanting to give the sisters everything I possibly could.  Remove their burdens, throw away their worries, help them see their potential, help them go and do and get it done.  Was it pride or folly that possessed me to want to do this?  I believe it was genuine love, but I was taught very clearly what my place was.  This had already been done for them.  There was a Savior who had taken their burdens on him.  Their was someone who was helping them reach their full potential.  I was just there to listen, love them, and remind them of our Savior! 

Lesson learned......again!

Monday, April 18, 2011

Come My Little Friends

As We All Sing a Happy Little Working Song... This week was spring break, or spring cleaning as mom likes to call it. We cleaned hard, we played hard, we ran errands hard, we did lots of things, and had lots of fun.

We cleaned the kitchen.  Two kids took the pantry, two kids took the fridge.  I took everything else (just in case you thought I was just standing around taking pictures)  This was our fun Monday, and our treat was going out for a treat.

Errands on Tuesday.  Who doesn't love a wonderful stroll through IKEA with a cart that can't be controlled.  Don't worry we only ran into displays, not people.  We went to Denny's for lunch where they now serve bacon milkshakes.  Oh yes they do!!

Dave was in Vegas the first part of the week for a conference.  He brought us home Cinnabon on Wednesday night.  Yum!!

We planted more strawberries, or rather transplanted them.  We took them from Phil's yard while he wasn't home.  He didn't even notice--I asked him later.  The picture I wish I would have gotten was when Rachael dared Nathan to climb into a running UPS truck.  The driver was delivering a package and Nathan started to hop onto the driver's seat.  I was so shocked!  Also my camera was no where near my person, but you can imagine what it must have looked liked.  Especially when he ran away giggling with the mischievous grin on his face.

Oh yes and here's the other one.  We had friends over and Adam liked their snack so well he stuck his whole face in their bowl and started licking it.  I was so appalled, where do these kids get their manners?  Yes that's powdered sugar in his hair.

Sunday is our day of rest. Dave had to speak in two wards, had mtgs. in between wards, and ended up going to three sacrament meetings. I, however, took a nap while the kids got out a ton of games, and rotated through them all each time they would win. It was comical to watch.  Everyone was very sad to go back to school today.  On top of our fun things we did, we had great weather as well.  Can't wait for summer vacation--7 weeks left!

Monday, April 11, 2011

I'm Gettin' Married in the Mornin'

Ding Dong the bells are gonna chime......One of my favorite wedding songs is a duet sung by Bernadette Peters and Tom Wopat (a.k.a. Luke Duke).   However I have to say it's topped just a little bit by this lovely number in the movie My Fair Lady.  Sung by the incorrigible Albert Doolittle, it's one of my favorite's partly because of the accent, and partly because I think he has some of the best lines.  He comes close to being the Mr. Collins (Pride and Prejudice) in this movie.  Except instead of annoying, he's actually quite loveable.  Anyway what does this have to do with our week?  Well besides the fact that I've been singing it all week, we had two weddings to attend.  Here's weddings and stuff....

Student of the Month. And this time I made it to the school. Nathan was the recipient!
The King's Speech was rereleased as PG-13. We went to the Monmouth Theater at Thanksgiving Point. It was awesome to watch it on the BIG screen, and there were only a handful of people in the theater. Great movie, highly recommend it!
Nate received his religious knot. When asked what he had to do to accomplish that, "I had to finish everything in my Faith in God that had a squiggly after it!"
First wedding--Dave's employee was married in the Timpanogous Temple, and then a luncheon was held at NorthHampton House. I had family in town, so we seriously ran from one event to another all weekend. Good thing it's spring break this week!!
Mark and Rachel were married in the Timpanogous Temple, and then we had a luncheon at the NorthHampton House. I know I could have cut and paste, both weddings in the exact same places. It was fun to see everyone again, even if it was a quick trip for some. My favorite part was when Rachel and Mark were leaving and Mark asked, wait does anyone know how to get to our hotel?
Sunday was a special day as well, my little nephew was blessed, and all of my brothers could stand in and help, although one was missing.

Sunday, April 03, 2011

Baby What a Big Suprise

Right before my very eyes... Did I mention in college I met Chicago. My roommate loved this group (and Bread), so we listened to these songs a lot. They came and performed at the Marriott Center our freshmen year. We waited around outside and got their autographs.  Here were some of our surprises for the week.
A surprise package came this week with another birthday present in it for me.  Thanks Joanna!  At our table we were also working on Activity Day name tags, math homework, Activity Day programs, and Faith in God things.  I know what a surprise that it can all fit at one table.
Dave was in Spokane this week.  He came home with a big surprise for all of us.  Oh yes, and these wonderful hats.  We are totally wearing these to our family reunion!
At IKEA I found the perfect pillow to go in my family room.  I also found perfect pillows for my office.  These were great surprises.
Adam's class won a contest at school and were surprised with a rousing game of kickball.  Who doesn't love kickball?
Sunday morning around 3:00 a.m. everyone was surprised by a major snow storm, and arc flashes.  The flashes were bright blues and greens.  It then made these weird electrical sounds afterwards.  Needless to say as we were listening to General Conference (this is when our prophet and leaders speak to us on tv) we were pretty worn out.  Still it was a great General Conference, and as usual we had the surprise of hearing three new temples announced.  Oh and here is a great picture of our General Conference Bingo. 

Anyway this week was full of surprises. And just to keep you in suspense I'll keep one of those surprises a secret. Oh you can find out, you just have to come visit us!!