Saturday, November 17, 2018

Week of November 11-17, 2018

Highlights:

Spiritual
Sunday was a good day. We had good meetings and lessons at church. I had Cub Scout Committee meeting on Sunday, and then went to choir practice later.

I did initiatory work at the temple on Tuesday (I am up so much at night that I knew I would fall asleep in a session) and Dad attended a session on Thursday night.

Dad's scouts was a stake music activity so he didn't attend. My cub scouts was again difficult. I am going to keep having Dad come through December, but if it's still a constant struggle, I am going to see if one boy can move up to the older den since he is done with his Wolf Badge and is almost old enough.

I am in Alma 1 in my Book of Mormon reading. I am trying to complete to the point I was when President Nelson asked the sisters to read it. I get a lot of reading done when I go to rescue Kayty. I give her a few swallows of Sprite and then sit there to see if it works...usually 10-15 minutes. If she is still low, I get her to drink another couple of swallows and sit again. It's a good time to pull out my phone and read the Book of Mormon.

I have indexed 19011 records and reviewed 60091 records so far this year.

Family

The Wilkins Family
The Wilkins family is doing well. Car troubles have been repaired and now they have two vehicles on the road nearly all the time. Grace is still singing and practicing at school. She had a Young Women in Excellence program at church this week where she gave a talk and received a special Young Women's necklace. Adam stood up for the First Amendment at school this week. Josh is doing well. Sam is absolutely loving swimming lessons and has learned to float on his back this week.

The Ethan Rice Family
Another busy week for Ethan and Cameo. Cameo shared Kaylee's Turkey Disguise project for school...




We also saw the one her friend created.

Ethan had to travel to Kennesaw for a couple of days, which meant leaving an hour and a half early to arrive there at 8 am. Cameo got Kaylee to school on those days. Friday was a big Turkey celebration, with lunches at Wade's school

and Kaylee's school.




The kids have created such adorable decorations at school this year, and Wade loves the turkey on the wall with his face on it as well as the handprint turkeys. I got to facetime with them on Friday, and Wade was zooming over the house and doing wheelies on his bike. Kaylee had Daddy paint her nails sparkly orange.

Ethan and Cameo went out on Saturday night for sushi.


The Doran Rice Family
Doran, Amber and family are doing well. Doran is having nerve trouble in his hand, however...mechanic hand/carpel tunnel. Dad substituted at Kelsie's school and took her home, sharing some Jack in the Box on the way there.

Dad and I volunteered to help at her school's Fall Festival on Saturday. We spent over an hour in the sixth grade booth monitoring ping pong balls being tossed into cups filled with little prizes.




Afterward, we spent time watching the kids in a bounce house Ninja activity. Kelsie tried very hard, and Kooper never gave up either.

Morgan
Morgan worked hard all week on various projects

and prepared to go fishing on Saturday.


Kayty
Kayty is working hard hoping to get hired permanently. She printed pages and created a procedures resource notebook on her own. She had a small space heater she was using but someone nixed that so she is looking for an electric blanket. She is working on special ornaments for her One Direction Tree.

It was another week of difficult diabetes control. She went into seizure twice Monday morning (saved her once, and then an hour later saved her again), caught her before she went into a seizure and gave her Sprite on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. 

The Nathan Rice Family
Nathan and Jessica had a very challenging week. Ellie fell on Sunday, requiring a trip to urgent care. On the way home, their van started smoking and then stopped, so someone picked them up and a tow truck brought the van home Monday. Nathan had his huge six-hour engineering exam on Monday, and then he set out on his bicycle to get tools and parts to try to repair the van. Timing belt, water pump, some kind of arms...it was a totally difficult effort with many lows and a few highs, and he mixed in homework and study. He did well on a Physics exam on Thursday and is doing his best to endure the snow and cold (he tried to tell me sunshine was falling from the skies...no sunshine freezes your doors shut!) The girls tried to be "helpful" too this week... from Jessica on November 13th...

"I could not wait for my kids to go to bed tonight. They found powdered hot chocolate mix and spread it all over the clean kitchen floor. Not to mention their complete dedication to play with everything that was dangerous or breakable, so long as it was not one of their actual toys. Ask for something every time I tried to eat or sit. Or wait till I wasn’t looking to get into mischief. I love those little people. I also really love bedtime. #mommyneedsatimeout#🎶gotosleepyoulittlecreeps🎶#ilovethemanyway"

Nathan ended the week with both their cars repaired and running. Score!

Dad's Garden
The garden continues to grow. We still have one rabbit in the yard, but he eludes capture. A hawk scared our chickens on Wednesday as two tried to swoop in and take out a hen. 

Other highlights
Friends from the ward came on Monday and on Tuesday to see the village


Nano shopping went much better this week. She had to get a shot at her doctor, and then to Walmart and the bank. She had a lot more energy and I wasn't so concerned she would fall.

We went and visited with Uncle Loyd during his dinner this week. He is doing pretty well and the place he is staying in is very, very nice. 



Sunday, November 11, 2018

Week of November 4-10, 2018

Highlights:

Spiritual
Sunday was very good. Testimonies born were very strengthening. We had an awesome Sunday School lesson about what Priesthood Power truly is, and we read in Isaiah 52. We had a very good Relief Society council on...again, ministering. Dad and I attended tithing settlement in the afternoon and I also attended choir practice.

I attended a Tuesday morning session at the temple. Dad attended a session on Thursday night.

Scouts went pretty well for me this week. We need Dad there with us to help with a couple of boys, but the Aquatics elective was completed. Dad's scouts went to someone's house for night games, so he left my scouts early. When he arrived, he was the only adult leader there and the boys were just playing so he didn't stay. There are to be two adult leaders at all activities so they will need to make sure two are there every time.

Family

The Wilkins Family
The Wilkins family had a good week. Sam started taking some swimming classes last Saturday at their local community center, and he loves them! His favorite part is playing Red Light, Green Light in the pool. Grace sang with her friends at a special program honoring Veterans for Veterans Day on Friday. She was so excited.

The Ethan Rice Family
Busy week for this family. Ethan drives a lot in his new job position. He drove to and from Tennessee at the end of the week in one day. He said it was like our Las Vegas Turnarounds of the past. Kaylee had a good week at school. Her school celebrated Veteran's Day with a special program and a female veteran visiting. She colored a picture of a veteran in green and brown camouflage, cut it out to make a headband, and said she made it a girl veteran. After school on Friday, she and Cameo were busy disguising a turkey... her's has a pretty pink net tutu on. Poor Wade was struggling with his nose this week and was diagnosed on Friday with RSV, so he is taking honey for his cough, ibuprofen for fever, and keeping the humidifier running. I saw him via FaceTime on Friday night. He had a runny nose, but he was showing me all the beautiful Thanksgiving decorations Cameo had, showed me the turkey and told me what the turkey said, put on his baseball cap and showed me his new glove, and then got on his riding ATV clad in blue galoshes, his hat, and rode like a crazy man! (I do know that sick children get sickest at night, but I was so glad he was not suffering all the time.)




The Doran Rice Family
Doran and Amber and the kids had a good early week, though sickness invaded their home. Dad had already accepted a job teaching another sixth grade at Kelsie's school, but Amber was stricken with the worst migraine ever, so Dad went down, took Kelsie to school, taught during the day,

got her a treat at Culvers, and then took her home, so that Amber and Kooper could rest.

Morgan
Morgan had a good week and shared some of his work with us.

Morgan and Aimee enjoyed some fishing on Saturday. Aimee appears to be the fisherman that night


Kayty
We are still praying Kayty gets hired permanently. There is plenty of work and she is excelling, scoring very high on reviews. Aerotek, her employment agency employer, contacted her to see if she had been reviewed by management etc. The problem with her Chubb boss is that she is constantly pointing out that Kayty is not one of them, though she is expected to be a part of the team. She can participate, but cannot eat at picnics or get any motivational prizes. Her supervisor constantly says things reminding all that she is not one of them. Not a good team building environment for anyone, and it really bothers some of her coworkers. We are just praying a lot. She has done this three times over, doing really great, being promised a job, waiting, no raises, no holiday pay (she is scrambling to figure out what to do when the place is closed Thanksgiving and Friday). 

Dad found Kayty this time, early Sunday morning, and I ran in to help. Three major saves and two minor ones this week. She has resumed taking her long acting insulin like she has always been supposed to, but she still is adjusting her mealtime insulin, and this week took too much. 

The Nathan Rice Family
Nathan and Jessica and the girls had a very busy week. School is keeping Nathan super booked with class, projects and homework. He is having trouble with the car ignition and is trying to find time or a cheap way to repair it. The company in Flagstaff offered him a job, and Honeywell interviewed him by phone and plans to fly him here for a face to face. He asked for an extension on the decision with the Flagstaff company. Housing is much more costly in Flagstaff, so they prefer to live in Phoenix, but everything will be decided with a lot of prayer. 

Dad's Garden
We had a huge wind during the week that disrupted things but Dad was able to repair. He also was able to plant  cabbage starts. Carrots and everything else looks great.

Other highlights
I had made a schedule to put up my village so I could still keep up with my housework, go to the temple, and prepare for scouts. I accomplished Monday and Tuesday's goals on Monday. Other than needing to move a couple of pieces, and get more lights, everything went pretty well.















Jogs were good this week.


Sunday, November 4, 2018

Week of October 28-November 3, 2018

Highlights:

Spiritual
We had good meetings on Sunday. A new sister in our ward gave a wonderful talk on the Sabbath Day. The choir sang and we did a good job. Our director selects songs with such a beautiful spirit to them. Sunday School was great also. Relief Society included a discussion on personal scripture study. I attended choir practice in the afternoon.

I attended a Tuesday morning session at the temple. While the Gilbert temple resumed sessions, our temple still was very busy. Dad attended a session on Thursday night.

I completed reading the Book of Mormon, and started again, to try to complete it before the end of the year as President Nelson challenged the women in General Conference. I was in 3rd Nephi at Conference time, so I will read to that point again. I am now in 1 Nephi 15.

I have indexed 17682 records and reviewed 58436 records so far this year.

Family

The Wilkins Family
Sunday was the primary program for Allison (the music leader), Josh and Sam, and then did well. Plus Grace participated with a solo.

 They spent Sunday evening carving pumpkins and having a special dinner.


Harry Potter was the main family theme for this year.
Halloween 2018: Dumbledore, Professor McGonagall, Harry Potter, Dobby, Hermione, and a Muggle.

Halloween included a party for Adam, and trick or treating in a new area for the rest of the family.

The Ethan Rice Family
There were many Halloween activities the past week. Cameo wrote: "It has been very eventful here lately. On Wednesday evening, we went Trunk or Treating at Wade’s Preschool. On Friday, we went Trick or Treating at the Square AND to Kaylee’s Fall Festival at her school. On Saturday, we went to Shaquille O’Neil’s 2nd Annual Trick or Treating event.




































On Sunday night, Wadey did an amazing jump from Mom and Dad's bed, and began limping and favoring his foot, so off he and Ethan went to the Emergency room. 


X-rays and hours later, he was pronounced free from broken bones. He slept in till noon, while Dad got an hour or two of sleep before off to work. 

Kaylee participated in a Story Character Costume Parade at school on Halloween


And this was their family adventure that night









The Doran Rice Family
We were able to go visit on Halloween and do some trick or treating with Doran, Amber and the kids, though this might be one of the last years they tolerated trick or treating with their grandma! The theme this year was Role Reversal. Doran and Amber were the Goth Teen Kids, Kelsie was their overworked Grandma, and Kooper was the Police Officer ready to haul those naughty kids in.




Morgan
Morgan had a good week and is enjoying work and life in general. He, Aimee and Emileigh enjoyed Halloween at a local trunk or treat.



Kayty
Kayty had a good week at work. She dressed up on Halloween for work as Anastasia.





Lily liked looking at her bat wings all month, but was not a fan of wearing them.

One major save this week. 

The Nathan Rice Family
Nathan flew in on Sunday evening. WL Gore Company flew him in, rented him a car, and put him up at the Little America. He stopped by for some pizza on his way North.

 He had two interviews on Monday, was driven around by a realtor to see some very overpriced properties, and then raced back to Phoenix, ate at New Asian Kitchen, and almost missed his flight at the airport. He got home safely, and Jessica and the girls were so happy to see him. He spent the rest of the week catching up on school work, and the family had a great Halloween, though it was cold and snow had fallen, so trick or treating included warm coats.

Job offers are coming. He turned down one in Blackfoot Idaho.

Ellie, on Saturday, decided on her own that a high chair was for babies.
Nathan took the girls out on Saturday night for a Daddy Daughters Date. The girls had a good time, and brought home milkshakes to share with Jessica. 


Dad's Garden
Rabbits are the garden nemesis. They have eaten and eaten, and every time Dad thinks he has them all trapped and relocated, more plants disappear. 

Tomatoes are on tomato vines, carrots and turnips and beets are growing, and snow peas seem to be getting taller. Everything is very covered with fencing, bird netting, and anything else Dad can find.


Other highlights
Great jogs this week in beautiful cool weather. On Saturday, the temple spire lights came on as I was running toward that direction. While the gates were still locked, it was an amazing sight. Never get tired of the temple.

Halloween decorations came down on Thursday and Thanksgiving went up in the rest of the house that day. The village mess in the living room aka Christmas Room began: lights in windows, backdrop lit and up with snowflakes added this year, hut and closets emptied and organized, and new styrofoam for Elfland.


Nano is enjoying her new home. I took her to get her hair permed and while she was there, did some clean up of house and bills.