Sunday, January 25, 2015

Week of January 19 - 25, 2015

Monday - We went to bed pretty early last night, so it was awesome to feel rested when I woke up. I exercised, got Dee's computer going, picked some spinach and a huge carrot

and prepped them for Kaylee to eat during the week, vacuumed, cleaned, and headed out to get Kaylee. We used circles in our activities today. We made a circle penguin, read a book about Dorothy the penguin who wanted to be different, and even tried the cute penguin gummies that I found at Trader Joes last week.

She was not a fan of the gummies.

Morgan called Dad and was having troubles with his employment, so Dad headed out to pick up his eggshells from The Good Egg, his coffee grounds from Starbucks, and wired money to Tucson for Morgan.

If you wire money IN the United States, there is a ten percent charge. However, if you wire money to Mexico, OUT of the United States, there is only a one percent charge.

Huh?

I doubt that Western Union is just nice and charges less, so I assume the productive working folk in the US are paying that difference.

Anyway, Dee went to meetings involving his new responsibility and Kaylee and I played, ate snowman sandwich, watched "Daniel", fed the chickens a collard leaf, watered my flowers, swang, rode the ducky and played in the sand.

I made taco soup during her nap.

After Cameo came and went, we took a WalMart trip to get Bondo for Dee's truck.

Tuesday - I slept poorly Monday night, so I slept later and had a quick run in the morning. The spire was not lit when I started.

Sad face. These neighbors find fault with EVERYTHING!

Kaylee and I had a good day. We counted...marbles, play dough snow balls, everything. Ethan came and they went to the fish store.

After I fed dinner and started to clean up, we decided Morgan was stranded in Tucson, so we headed down...after 7 pm...to pick him up.

Found him, and returned at nearly midnight...way after my bedtime.

Two nights with little sleep...fun!

Wednesday - I pulled myself out of bed, exercised, got the house running and madly did the chores I missed last night. I picked up Kaylee and we set out on our day of colors: playing with Lego-like blocks, doing a dot painting of a snowman - which she enlisted Morgan to assist her in. We had a fun story time at the library and then hand lunch, a good nap, lots of outdoor play and Mommy came.

Dad went to the temple in the evening and I did lots of missed chores: trash out from back yard, pureed the eggshells, vacuumed, laundered.

Blessed Bed at a decent time!

Thursday - It was a cold and windy morning (quit laughing, Nate and Jess) and so jogging was out. Plus, I still hadn't recovered from two nights of little sleep. I exercised, got Dad up and going, vacuumed and prepared for Kaylee and then went over to pick her up. We had a good morning, playing with magnetic letters, stamping a "k" and gluing candy hearts on a "k". (She tried a candy heart and promptly spit it out, so there was no difficulty gluing this time). We played mostly indoors till the end of the day.

Morgan and Dad decided to cut the rest of the mulberry tree in the playground down. I had requested it be done when Kaylee's week was over, but they were anxious, so they did it...and spent the rest of the afternoon cleaning out the playground so Kaylee could play. Kayty even joined Kaylee in some sand play.

Ethan came and they went on home, and after dinner, Dad went to the temple and I spent the evening mopping, doing laundry, vacuuming, and cleaning.

Friday- I picked up Kaylee and after she had some yogurt we went to the library for story time. Many many more kids today, so it wasn't as comfortable for her. She did like bubble time...though she didn't get to catch any...too many kids!

We played outdoors: sand, swing. Papa squeezed her some fresh orange juice which she loved.

Dee left for a daily meeting and dropped of Morgan to seek a job.

Kaylee took a good nap and loved it when Daddy came to pick her up.

Saturday - I hadn't been to the temple all week, so my day started with the 6 am session. It was so nice to start my day there! I even saw a friend from high school working in the temple.

Nothing nicer!

I came home to Dee trying to give Morgan a haircut. His hair is just doggone hard to cut.... I always had a hard time when he was a kid. At least it's Dad's fault this time. Dee had planned to paint truck fenders, but it was very very windy all day, so painting was cancelled.

Our ward friend, Julie B. came over to lend us a sprinkler that automatically turns on when a bird comes (motion sensor) to keep nasty critters from eating tomatoes. She also shared her grandmother's whale tooth collection with us. Her grandmother would carve images into the teeth and sell them. She lived on the east coast and they were easy to find. Now, it is illegal to trade in whale teeth (ivory) so she can't sell them to someone who really values such a treasure. She did give Dee one, which he was thrilled about.


Ethan and Kaylee came by to pick up Morgan. Ethan needed help getting some things to the dump.

We went to a few yard sales. Nothing interested me. Dad ended up with a new chainsaw blade and some free wood for future Christmas gifts for grandkids. Maple!

We also caught up on shopping: 99 cent store for radishes and cauliflower, Lowe's for drip system emitters, and he got some of his favorite fried chicken from Albertsons. I cleaned, dusted, laundered, vacuumed, and scrubbed a bathroom. I also picked a ton of garden lettuce. He has some red romaine lettuce that is starting to bolt (it grows tall to put out seeds...and changes the flavor of the lettuce to bitter...blech) I won't be touching that!

Kayty had a BAD day at work. Two hours trying to satisfy a customer, and she ended up loosing 180 dollars. She applied for some new jobs and spent the evening at karaoke with friends.

Morgan hadn't really stayed in contact, but seems to have ended up at an old friend's house. He got home, ate, and went to bed really early.

Sunday - I check Kayty all night...and Dee does too. I checked and it didn't seem right. I gave her a little soda, but she was awake enough to eat glucose tablets, so we talked and she chewed. I got her from a blood glucose of 49 (its amazing to me how well she can function at so low a glucose) to 96 and let her sleep.

Morning was spent reading scriptures and preparing for church. We had a good meeting, with the missionaries speaking. Our Young Women sang a beautiful song. We only have about a dozen young women, but they sounded great. I went to choir practice, and as soon as I got home and ate a few crackers, we headed out to Dee's Uncle Larry's visitation. We brought Grandma with us and we saw Uncle Tommy, Aunt Betty, lots of cousins and even Dee's prom date. ( I do, in fact, look MUCH younger that she does!!)

Here is Uncle Larry's Obituary
Lawrence Michael Wetzel
On January 15, 2015, Lawrence Michael Wetzel was called home to our Heavenly Father long before his family was ready for him to depart. He was born on December 19, 1925 in Helmetta, New Jersey to Lawrence and Jenny Marie Wetzel (Witkowski). Born into an era of hardship and unfaltering loyalty to family, Lawrence worked hard at everything he did from childhood on, always wanting to make his family proud of him. Working from the time he was 11 years old as a caddy for a dollar a day and getting up in the pitch-dark, cold of winter to ride his bicycle for a 5:00 am before-school bakery job made him determined to excel at everything in life…all for the betterment of his family. As a straight A student at Jamesburg High he was inducted into the National Honor Society. He moved to Arizona in 1943 with his parents and younger brother and sister. He graduated as valedictorian from Phoenix Union High School and enlisted just prior to graduation in the United States Army Air Force. He served honorably, attaining the rank of Sergeant and trained as a Radio Operator, Mechanic Gunner and B-17 Bomber Crew. These experiences fueled his lifelong love of airplanes, engines and all things mechanical. In 1947 he received his private pilot's license. He returned to civilian life while remaining in the Army Air Force Reserves. During this time he worked at Allison Steel as a Layout Man and Blueprint Reader and as an installer with Western Electric. His real dream was realized when he joined the Phoenix Police Department in July of 1948. His badge was #121. This was a time of immense growth and change in the Valley. His career mirrored this growth as he rose through the ranks even though he was called back to active duty briefly in 1950 when the Korean War broke out. Upon reinstatement to the Department as a Patrolman, he was in the Traffic Division, making Detective in 1955, Sergeant in 1956, first in the Traffic Division and later in the Patrol Division. While in the Patrol Division he was promoted to Lieutenant, spending years as Shift Commander prior to making Captain in 1961. He served as Assistant Police Chief for four years beginning in 1964 and making Chief of Police in 1968. Among notable and historical changes for the Department, as well as for the United States, was the Miranda Decision which was passed in 1966. This Supreme Court Decision dramatically impacted the manner in which arrests and investigations were conducted and Chief Wetzel's leadership was instrumental in adherence and implementation of policy and procedural changes. Chief Wetzel attained many academic and professional certifications, degrees, awards and leadership commendations. He was most proud of having completed the year-long Traffic Police Administration Training Program at Northwestern University Traffic Institute in Evanston, Illinois. He retired from the Phoenix Police Department in 1980 and joined the Arizona Corporation Commission as Director of Interstate Transportation. In 1985 he was appointed Chief of Security for the Arizona Republic. He left a legacy of leadership, loyalty, dedication to public service while always respecting the people he served. He was a man of highest integrity. However his greatest accomplishment in life was his family. If ever there were two hearts beating as one for nearly seven decades, it was with his beautiful, loving and caring wife, Betty Ann (Rice). Together they built another legacy of family always coming first and love being defined as loyalty, sacrifice and commitment. In addition to his wife, he is survived by son, Michael Thomas Wetzel; daughter, Laura Lou Wetzel Bessler. He is predeceased by his younger son, Stephen Lawrence Wetzel. He is "Papa" to 17 amazing grandchildren and 19 beautiful great-grandchildren. He was the heart of our family and we will miss his smile, his great big hugs, his incredibly funny one-liners, his sage advice, his patience, understanding and profound wisdom. He was an amazing man and we are all blessed to have had him for our community leader, husband, father, grandfather and friend. In lieu of flowers, donations made be made to Fallen Police Officers Memorial Fund, 100 Club of Arizona 5033 North 19th Avenue #123, Phoenix, AZ 85015. Family and Friends are invited to attend a Visitation from 6-8pm Sunday, January 25, 2015, with a Rosary at 7pm at Heritage Funeral Chapel, 6830 W Thunderbird Rd, Peoria. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 am Monday, January 26, 2015 at St Paul Roman Catholic Church, 330 West Coral Gables Dr, Phoenix. Committal to follow at Holy Redeemer Cemetery, 23015 N. Cave Creek Rd, Phoenix.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Week of January 12 - 18, 2015

Monday - My morning started with a lot of assumptions that proved false.

I got up later than I wanted, did a few exercises, and then did a shortened jog to the temple. I assumed that the rain was over, so I didn't wear my rain windbreaker.

Epic fail as I neared the temple and the rain was coming down....and I had no baggie for my phone. I put it in my hoodie pocket and hoped for the best. I came home resembling a wet rat.

I thought Kayty was doing well...I had checked her over and over. Her hands were in an unusual position, but she was warm.

Epic, epic fail when I was scared out of my mind when I heard her yell and her glucose was low. Dee helped and she drank soda...3 cans...and finally started coming around. This was a massive low and I spent the day pondering what was happening. This is just not like Kayty to have that many lows in a row. As I said my prayers in the evening, I had the impression to check on the effects of sleeping with a heating pad, which she does to stay warm, and insulin. Some opinions suggested the heat increased insulin absorption.

Heating pad back in my bathroom cupboard. My son's life was saved by someone following a prompting. My daughter may have her near life threatening lows by following a prompting

I sure hope so.

I got my day back on track and the day was full of cleaning and dusting and vacuuming and mopping. It felt good to have a clear house and get down to my routine.

Morgan helped by sawing down part of the playground mulberry tree. It had been infested with bumble bee larvae...and huge bumble bees.

Ethan stopped by and helped Morgan and Dad reposition his truck so he can install the motor/transmission.






Tuesday - Happy First Birthday, Kooper and Sam!

The day began with many checks through the night on Kayty...and all was good!

I exercised and took a run. My stop at the temple was wonderful as I saw the temple workers arriving for their shift.

I hurried home, woke Dee, got ready and made it to the first temple session of the day...and week. After a nice session, I ran to WalMart to pick up a few things I needed.

The weather had clouded up and a light rain fell throughout the morning. 

Nano and Kathy stopped by to visit.

I cleaned. Dee had meetings and actually gained further clarity as to his new job responsibilities.

Lots of cleanup was done in the garage...and I was able to get some more things organized.

Dinner, and then Dee and Morgan worked on connecting the transmission and motor.

Dad talked to Nate on the phone...I had fallen asleep...and aparently, it was a neighbor of Nate's that saved him! His wife told Jessica. I am going to write that guy a thank you note!

Wednesday - Happy 22nd Birthday, Nathan!

I got up really early and did some of my exercises before I had to get ready to get to the 6 am temple session. It was a great start to my day.

The day was spent with Morgan helping Dad organize the garage (Dad worked and Morgan checked with him as to location of items.)

I cleaned, did some grocery shopping, and prepared for Pizza Night with the missionaries. Kayty went to work late so she could do inventory late.

Dee went to the temple in the evening and I cleaned up pizza night.

Thursday - Day began with exercise and a temple jog. I started cleaning out cabinets: over the fridge, over the stove, etc. and was relocating some items to the hall medicine closet, when I checked Kayty...she looked "different"... She was warm, so I just checked her glucose...21! Major low! I started getting soda down her...1 can was down when the seizures began. I got Dee to help. Two cans later, she was at 69...then 89. I asked her...after 4 major lows in 7 days...what was different. Then, she said her doctor had increased her insulin!

Epic fail! I told her to stop and to call the dr. (which she did not do) and then I called the doctor myself (I left a message with a name that sounded like a non-Indian woman name) and told them what was happening.

At least I know now what was happening.

I was relocating some small cookbooks, when I looked at the bag on the kitchen table. It was from Uncle Joes Worm Farm.

I assumed it was empty, until I saw what appeared to be excelsior on the table.

Then the excelsior moved...Yep. Massive Worm Excape!


All over my clean tablecloth...and floor. Most had dried up but Dee got the rest to a safer location.

Dee went on his lunch hour to get new car paint and to have lunch with Grandma, Curtis, and Morgan. 

Day was full of cleaning and reorganizing. I got a call from a sister I visit at church and she was available for me to visit, so I headed over there and had a good visit.

Earliest time in the month for my visiting teaching done...ever!

Morgan changed Kayty's brakes and helped her get her television mounted on the shelf and a new dvd player that hooks up to the internet...

I took Kayty to drop off her car to get motor mounts changed, took a load to Deseret Industries, and headed home.

Later, we headed to WalMart for our own DVD player that hooks up to the internet. Morgan got it all situated, amid his complaints about Mac and Apple.

Friday - I got up early and exercised and then headed to Safeway for Five Dollar Friday. That's the day I purchase my paper towels.

Morgan got up on his own and readied for he and Dad to get him to his bus for his trip to Tucson. After a prayer, a hug and a goodbye, I set out to get some work done: mopping, vacuuming.

Woke Kayty up and drove her to work. She enjoyed reading on her phone and the carpool lane we could be in. She discovered she had forgotten her wallet, so I picked her up later in the afternoon to go get her car.

Day was the usual chores. I helped harvest a couple of tomatoes...


Dee has been troubling with some worm thing eating his tomato plants in half, so we searched for diatomaceous earth...at pool store number 2...and put that around his plants.

Day ended with a wonderful evening endowment session at the temple.


Saturday - I fought the pillow for a long time. Finally, I decided I felt good and took my three mile jog. It was just awesome to sit at the temple and see people busily going in and out: youth and adults.

We decided not to yard sale today, so Dee worked outdoors: in the garden, painted fenders, sprayed weeds, blew leaves. I dusted, cleaned, laundered, and vacuumed.

In the afternoon, we picked up Dorrie and Nano and headed to Amber and Doran's for Kooper's birthday party.



We found this awesome rocking motorcycle at a Yard Sale...months ago! And it was in my birthday budget!




We dropped grandmas off at their homes.

I got a wonderful surprise in my mailbox.

Thank you Gracie!

Ethan was a hero and fixed my screen on my computer while Cameo, Kaylee and I played.

Talked to Nate a bit on the phone...and texted Jessica. His hands are healing well. She is not feeling too sick...yet.

Sunday - Nice to wake up later, read, and prepare before church. Our meetings were good and we just ate and had a quiet evening NOT watching the Seahawks make it to the Superbowl...blech!

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Week of January 5 -11, 2015

Monday - Dee;s first day of his new responsibility at work...and the boss was out of town, so he worked on the garden, trained his replacement and got a lot done.

Kaylee and I played outdoors, dot dot painted a calendar, threw balls, fed the chickens and swing.

Tuesday - Dad had a long morning meeting fore the howl team worldwide...which gave him no idea as to what he was supposed to do. He worked around there and trained his replacement again.

Kaylee and I worked with counting links and snow play dough. She wasn't too interested in the outdoors till later in the day, so we played in the house. she found a tiny pink plastic dog here, and pretended...and pretended.

Who knew?

I did a clean up before bed.

Wednesday - Happy Birthday Cameo!

Kaylee arrived and Cameo said Ethan was so sick with a stomach bug that he came back home from work...first time in nearly ten years! They had planned dinner out weeks ago, but she wasn't sure how he would feel.

Dee's day was still training his replacement, since his meeting for his new position was postponed till the next day. He traveled to a supplier and got paint, primer and other stuff for his truck.

Kaylee and I played and did a snowman dot picture. When she was ready to eat, the inspiration came to make a snowman sandwich, pb and J with two separate sandwich maker sizes for the head and body, string cheese for the scarf and a granola bar for the hat...and the requisite chocolate chips for his eyes and mouth.


We went to story time at the library, which she was pretty unsure of since it was a new group in a new room, so she stayed pretty close to Grammy. She napped, the missionaries came by, she ate spaghetti and three helpings of spinach salad for dinner, Dee went to the temple and she and I played until Cam and Ethan came. He did go to dinner, but only managed the salad.

Thursday - The day started as usual, with exercise and morning preparations.

Dee helped his replacement...again. He actually had a meeting with his new responsibility and got a couple of part numbers to research and meet with people. He worked on his garden and painted the inner fenders of his truck. He also talked with Nathan on the phone about some work truck problems he was having, and he later worked out a bus ticket from Tucson for Morgan.

For Kaylee and I, it was a good day. We did some snowman counting activities, she ate the head of another snowman sandwich, and we took a walk and fed our goat friend. He was very happy, and she liked that he licked her hand when he was getting the granola bar piece out of it.

Ethan came pretty early, so after dinner, we decided to head to the temple and do some baptismal work. It was a lovely end to the day.

Friday - I began with a few exercises and a jog. I stopped at the temple to enjoy the beauty of the illuminated spire against the night sky. It was nice to still see a few houses decorated for Christmas. I stopped for a moment at the last house, knowing that those lights will probably come down this weekend. My favorite running mornings are when Christmas lights go up.

And then...a day of tender mercies, great blessings, and answered prayer!

I checked on Kayty when I returned. She had fallen out of bed and was cold and clammy.

Yep..low glucose. It took only one can of soda and some glucose tablets to get her all right.

Kaylee liked her snowman doughnuts...



did a few activities using mittens, and then the thought came to mind to cut out mittens from paper and let her glue dots on them.

The Lord is mindful of ALL things.

As she napped, I got a call...Nate on Jessica's phone. Something about a lost duck....a lost boot.....sinking and a man stopping to help...and Jessica taking him to urgent care.

Turns out, Nate was duck hunting...alone. He had shot a duck and was trying to retrieve it. It had been a lot of walking and maneuvering, during which he lost a boot (he was wearing waders). He got near, and fell through the ice. Other ice was only a few feet deep, but this was over 6 feet deep. He sank...his waders filled...and he could only hold on to the edge. He yelled for help.

A blessed and wonderful man got the impression that he needed to check some equipment and heard his cries and got him out!

He saved Nate's life.

The thought immediately came to mind from a conference talk by Thomas S. Monson

"...the Lord’s purposes are often accomplished as we pay heed to the guidance of the Spirit. I believe that the more we act upon the inspiration and impressions which come to us, the more the Lord will entrust to us His errands.

I have learned, as I have mentioned in previous messages, never to postpone a prompting."
How very thankful I am that a sweet and wonderful hero didn't postpone a prompting.

Dee picked up Morgan at the Greyhound Bus depot. They had a Chinese lunch.

Ethan, Cam, Kaylee and Morgan went to Flagstaff.

I started taking down the Winter Village.

My every morning and every night prayers include every single person in my family by name.... I am
so thankful that my Heavenly Father answers my prayers!!!

Saturday - I woke up and went to get Kayty up early for a Bridal Show she had to work at.

She was seizureing...Low again.

Two cans of soda and some glucose tablets and she was all good. I am sure this is all with the new doctor and her trying to get things in more control...

My hair is white!

I spent most of the whole day...except for hitting a few yard sales...a trip to pick up coffee grounds for Dee's garden and a Home Depot outing...putting away my Winter Village. Every time I do all this work, I really wonder WHY I am doing all this.

And then ten months pass...and I forget...and do it all again.

As I finished, Amber called. Their babysitter had cancelled, so Kelsie and Kooper came here to play. We headed to McDonalds.

It was fun...until Kooper and a french fry texture did not agree.

I was wearing Kooper's last feeding all over me. I changed him in the back of the jeep...he was NOT a fan. He did forgive me, and when we got home, Ethan, Cam, Kaylee and Morgan were here from their snow trip. I took a quick bath and the kids played for a bit.

Doran and Amber weren't too late and Kooper finally smiled. He loves his Mommy and Daddy!

Kayty's day at the bridal show was fun, and she ended her day at karaoke. 


Sunday - Dee asked me when Kayty needed to be up...at 6:30 am (my only day to sleep in!) She didn't need to be up till after 7, but I was up from then on.

Church was good, and before I headed to nursery, we learned of a new program...JustServe.org. After church, I signed up to sew premie clothing.

We got a call from Nathan and Jessica...they are having a BABY!!!!

Great end to a blessed week.


Sunday, January 4, 2015

Week of December 29, 2014 - January 4, 2015

Monday - This was a day of work for both of us!

Dad and Wade, Cameo's Dad, worked all day long creating saw horses for dad to use, both with his truck and on other larger projects. They came out nice.

I worked all day long taking down Christmas! I made more trips out to my hut than I care to even count. I ended up getting all trees down and most of the house all put away.

Tuesday - A busy work morning. Dad sanded and painted his saw horses. I finished up taking down decorations, cleaned up the hut, loaded the car with stuff for Deseret Industries, and made the living room look normal...except for the Village.

We ate lunch at Dad's favorite Chinese place, shopped a bit at the 99 Cent Store, worked in the yard, and then enjoyed a mostly full temple session at night.

Wednesday - The rain didn't come yet, so it was surprisingly warm enough to jog. It was nice to stop at the temple and just enjoy for a moment. The nicest thing was seeing parents and teens at 6:18 am there going to perform baptismal work.

Rain was sparse...but we got perhaps one tenth of an inch, but it turned really really cold. Snow was near, though the little flakes didn't fall at our house.

Dee made ribs for dinner. I am not a rib fan, so a salad was my meal. We watched some New Years Rocking Eve show. Kayty screamed at the television screen when "One Direction" performed.

I was doggone tired, and there wasn't much going on, so I was asleep before midnight.

Party animal!

Dad did wish me a Happy New Year...I think!

Kayty went to a single adult party, which she didn't really enjoy...too many people.

Thursday - Happy New Year 2015

It was, again, too cold to run, so I exercised.

Dee made me a new budget spreadsheet for the year, which led to me taking the 2014 receipts and putting them in their envelopes ready for income tax, which led to me going out to the music room and getting rid of receipts for 2000-2007...tons of stuff ready to burn.

No burning on New Years' Day, though the day was crystal clear and very cold.

Ethan, Cameo and Kaylee stopped by for a visit...and to get some birthday party stuff back here.

Dee worked LOTS in the garden: mixing up his minerals, digging and preparing the beds for January planting. 

Friday - Our day started and ended at the temple, though the start was kind of different. We had talked about going to the temple, but I didn't know if it was a definite. I couldn't sleep after 3:35 am, so I got up, exercised and did some quiet tasks, including a trip to WalMart. I heard Dee call at 7 am asking what time it was, and he said he thought we were going to the temple...for the 7:30 session.

So...we hurried and got ready and got into the session! Sure our hair wasn't the best looking but we were there for the first session of 2015!

He worked on the table saw, and the garden, and I cleaned and organized. We lunched at his favorite Chinese place...I said it was his last day of vacation so he could choose. It was too oniony for me and so I didn't eat much.

Nate texted back and forth about duck hunting. He talked about ducks and ice and sending Lily to fetch.

Poor Lily! (He didn't really send her to fetch, though he thought about it.)

We decided that the temple was better than just sitting around in the evening, so we attended the last session of the day there.

Dad talked to Morgan too. He may be coming to Phoenix.

Saturday - I woke up early...it was FREEZING outside. I exercised, did some paperwork and when Dee woke up, we hit a few yard sales. I scored on books!

We returned home and I spent the day cleaning, dusting, laundering, vacuuming, and organizing. Dad and Wade worked on sawhorses for Grandma's birthday present. We picked up garden coffee grounds, helped Wade get his keys out of his locked truck, enjoyed a quick lunch at Subway with Wade, and worked around the house some more.

Evening was spent with a trip to the post office and a trip to Dorrie's to pick up worm castings and compost. (Ahhh...an evening of poop and trash! We old folks live it up, don't we!)

Sunday - This was a first "sleep in" Sunday, since we now go to church at 1pm. I worked on goals that I had set and had a good day at church.

Nathan called and talked shotgun shells and duck hunting. 

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Week of December 22 - 28, 2014

Monday - I h turning off my alarm clock, and since Dee was on vacation, I just exercised and tried my best to get ready for Kaylee and keep quiet. While I went to get her, Dee finished some projects. His mom came by after Kaylee and I got here...and went on a stroll to feed the goat, and then he headed out for shopping.  Kaylee made bell ornaments and got a couple of bell bracelets. Meanwhile, a knock came on the door...and it was Nathan! and Jessica! and Lily!. We had a wonderful afternoon, and Kaylee enjoyed it so much that a nap was not in order! Evening was spent wrapping and cleaning up, while Dee worked on some genealogy his mom had shared with him. He also monitored the pork roasts he had put into the smoker.

Tuesday - Kaylee woke up, we watched Dora, got dressed and headed to our house. She did a Gingerbread Man dot drawing and we decorated sugar cookies.


This time...she enjoyed!

Our day was full of playing outdoors, feeding chickens, running, eating fresh oranges.

Nano came to get the pulled pork Dad had smoked.

Nate was here, working on a project he wants to build, eating some Chinese, attempting a dove hunt (no doves), and Nate moved the wheelbarrows of rocks and mowed the lawn. It sure is nice to have he and Jessica in town!!!

Ethan fixed my printer...It is sure nice that he lives in town...and is very patient with me!

Dad was going to get the last session at the temple, but it was in Spanish, so he just came home and shopped a bit. The missionaries came by and helped Dad with the genealogical information his mom had given him.

Kayty screamed at a television screen..."One Direction" had their own television special.

I was bushed, so I fell asleep as soon as my head hit the pillow.

Christmas Eve - I love jogging at holiday time, and I hadn't done that in awhile, so I headed out. The lights left on were gorgeous!

The BEST light was at the temple. The gates weren't open but I peered through the gates and enjoyed it. Some of my favorite lights were no longer there: the "angel" house had two airless bears in a crumpled pile. They are moving to a smaller house.

Things do change.

I got Kayty up and off to work and did some quiet work around the house.

Kaylee came while Dee, Nate, and Ethan did some target shooting. Kaylee and I played some nativity activities. When Ethan returned, they left for the fish store, and I finished up around the house. Dee did some last minute shopping, and then we were off the Nano's

Dinner was great: pulled pork, Ed's beans, stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy, Cameo's homemade macaroni and cheese, salad, and all kinds of yummy goodies. We played a Christmas trivia game and some Bingo after dinner. Gift opening and sharing was fun too.





Dee and I stopped on the way home to drive through the luminarias in the neighborhood north of us before coming home and heading to bed. 

Christmas Day - I am writing this as I head to bed for the night. It was the BEST Christmas Day I have had in many many years! It began with a morning jog, and a stop at the Phoenix Temple to just look and enjoy. Everything worked out perfectly and I was able to enjoy time with Ethan and Cam, and with Doran and Amber. Nate and Jess were with us and it was just such a wonderful wonderful day. I was able to enjoy watching kids play and enjoy, watching the opening of gifts, and then have fun at the end of the day when Kayty, Jessica and Nate opened their gifts. Dinner at Dorrie's was yummy chicken Parmesan, pasta, salad, corn and garlic bread. We had fun everywhere we went! There is not one ounce of "wish I would have" and as I said my prayers tonight, I only could express gratitude for the last week of Christmas. I truly will remember this always. Thank you to each of my sweet family for making it possible!








 Friday - Happy Birthday Kaylee!

Kayty and I hit Target sales first thing...very disappointing. Then we stopped at Walgreens...also disappointing.

I made 20 pizza doughs, cleaned the bathroom, vacuumed and just readied for Saturday. Dad did the same. We also shopped for a new outdoor thermometer for him and visited Dorrie to get a picture of the necklace hanger he had made for her for Christmas.

Our day ended with a session at the temple.

Saturday - Today was birthday party day, and Ethan was here very early to help get things ready. He moved things, blew the leaves, shopped for more wood with Dad and helped make the playground climbing thing more safe. Cam arrived early and did the decorating.

The party was great! Ethan and Cam had prepped all the food, did all the cooking, and I just helped clean up. 11 pizzas were made and Kaylee got many wonderful things, though she just wanted to take her new book from Grandma Liz and take a nap!




Cameo had worked hours, making cupcakes and an adorable Minnie Mouse cake. It was so cute!




Dad and I spent the evening shopping at WalMart who had sales that were not disappointing. Kayty went to karaoke late after work.

Sunday - I couldn't sleep, so I got up and picked up the house a bit and got ready for church. We had a nice Sacrament meeting today and the rest of the time I helped in the nursery. It was crazy since the leader and assistant were both gone, but we managed to keep everyone in the room.

I made and wrote thank you notes. Dorrie brought Dee some divinity, which is his favorite Christmas treat. Kayty enjoyed her ward meetings and after church and dinner, headed out to Game night with LDS friends in Mesa. Dad made sure his garden was nice and warm, since we have had freezing temperatures the past few nights.

It was a great end to a great week and a great holiday. Decorations come down this week and I am ready to set goals and accomplish many things.