Sunday, December 21, 2014

Week of December 15 - 21, 2014

Monday - It was wonderful to wake up and exercise this morning. After signing in Dad to his work computer for the final time in 2014, I proceeded to try and work out the mess at Walmart.com, which led to me trying to get a printer to work, which led to me messing up the printers and now both won't print (Ethan is gonna hate me!). Two hours later...he worked and I finished up projects. We were both working on the final grandchild gift. He finished work at 11:30 and we headed out to drop the jeep off at Discount Tire for a new tire...which turned into three new tires. While it was being worked on, we took my jeep out to Dillon and I bought Dad a new reloader for Christmas. ( Well, he had to pitch in some of the money...I only had 2/3 of it). Back to Discount Tire where the only good tire wasn't so good and so he has four brand new tires (the fourth one was pro-rated and only cost $20) He has NEVER had four new tires EVER! Quite a treat.

Afternoon and evening were spent working on his project, finishing up things with mine. I did manage to get one visiting teaching appointment made with my companion...which is epic! I did my letter writing for one of the sisters, and I was still trying to reach the other. Dad and Nate had a good talk on the phone...he was looking for a Honeywell Internship and the application for that. Kayty worked late.

Tuesday - I attended the first session at the temple. I had errands to run and work to do. I got my list completed...and so did Dad.

We enjoyed a temple session at the end of the day as well.

Wednesday - I began my day at the temple. The first session on Wednesday is beautiful and blessed and a perfect start to my day.

Busy day, full of cleaning and mopping, packing and readying. The weather was cool and rainy...a great nearly winter day.

Visiting teaching appointment was good. Dad worked on completing a Christmas gift and readied the garden and yard for our absence.

We completed our duties in time to attend another temple session in the evening.

Thursday - We finished our final load up and headed out to Vegas.



The trip was good...love those new tires. We had some rain on us here and there, and we stopped at a Chinese buffet in Vegas that Dee likes before we arrived.

Joshy greeted us with a smile...and a "Boo!"

Sammy wasn't too sure...until we applauded him and played patty cake. We became less sketchy then!

Car unloaded...box of block put under the tree and the teeter totter assembled so Joshy could test it.

Stocking bags put in the bedroom safe from Joshy's investigating.

We headed out to a local church hall and got to enjoy Grace's awesome Christmas play. She was the best Reporter One EVER!






We headed home, had dinner,

and let them enjoy their gifts.




We shared a scripture and then a great story about a little girl in Russia and a bell.

Bedtime ended a great and very happy day.

Friday - We woke up and got ready before the kids woke up. It was a chilly night for me and I was glad to get layers of my clothing on.

Building blocks were used over...and over...and over during the day, though the start of the day had to include removing the building block barricade by the front door so Mike could get to work.



We teetered and tottered till I thought my leg muscles would never forgive me. (But oh how much fun it was!)


Our day included:

A piano recital


Watching them build their gingerbread houses















A trip to swing and play volleyball and search for acorns to hit with a tennis racket...and wear off all that sugar...

A sweet phone call from Nathan...Ten hours working a math problem!

And Papa cooked a wonderful yummy Chinese food dinner!

We watched "A Christmas Story", read a neat Christmas story and headed to bed. 


Saturday - We started our day with a scare...Kayty didn't answer our constant wake up calls. Thank heavens for Ethan, who checked and found her merely asleep. We tried to get back to sleep and get a little rest. We were wakened by Adam and then Grace coming out to see us...and then Joshy. Allison joined Mike and then Sam.

We said our goodbye's and headed back. We were so thankful to share Christmas with our beloved little Vegas family. Their home is full of warmth and love and the Spirit of Christ.

Nearly five hours later, we arrived home. Kayty had done the dishes...but that was about it!

Dad took care of the chickens, the garden and the yard.

I did three loads of laundry and cleaned and cooked and vacuumed.


Sunday - We headed to church early so I could be at a choir practice. We had a beautiful Christmas Sacrament Meeting, with a gorgeous violin solo by Brooklyn Edwards, a laurel in our ward, playing "Oh Come Oh Come Immanuel", and then a gorgeous tenor solo by Jordan Bluth. There were other musical numbers, solos, and the choir sang twice. Our bishop closed with his testimony and it was a perfect and spirit-filled meeting. We had a great Sunday School class learning of Daniel and interpreting Nebuchadnezzar's Dream.

After church, we just read scriptures and got ready for the days ahead. I did take some final pics of the house...






 We are making sure that we just enjoy the week ahead. I did as much as I possibly could ahead of time so I could just enjoy...We hope you enjoy your week too! Stay healthy! We are all so very blessed that whether we are in the same room, or in different states, each of you are always part of my heart!

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Week of December 8 - 14, 2014

Monday - We decided it might be good to let Kaylee sleep in, with all the germs flying around, so I went to Cam and Ethan's and waited for her to wake up and then we came here. We had a good day, making ornaments and playing outdoors.

Dad's day was not so good. Too many assignments and responsibilities from too many people for things they should be doing. He took a hike and got things in better perspective.

Tuesday - Kaylee's day started waking up to Grammy at her house again. We had a good day and, since the weather was glorious, spent as much time as we could outdoors. Ethan came and she wanted  to head home, so Dad and I went to the temple to do some work. I had a coughing fit during one ordinance and thankfully, the sweet temple worker had a lifesaver, so I made it. It was a nice night and five family members are ready for further temple work.

Wednesday - Cameo had an early dental appointment, so I did everything I could last night and early this morning, so I could be at their house at 7:30. I did get in a wonderful run, and I so enjoyed being able to rest on a bench on the temple grounds. Best rest ever!

Day went well and Kaylee was ready to scoot as soon as Cameo came. Dad went to enjoy an endowment session at the temple and I did all the things I didn't get done last week, like replenishing my supply of bubble gum and cry babies, finishing the door garland with a few ornaments I lacked, mailing the remaining Christmas ornaments, vacuuming, scrubbing a bathroom, doing a load of laundry and putting it away...It was great to feel caught up.


Thursday - Kaylee and I did candy cane activities, though she would have NOTHING to do with stringing Tutti-Fruities Cereal on a pipe cleaner. She looks at me like I am a nut when food becomes a craft idem. She strung some beads and made a candy cane ornament for their tree. The weather was again glorious and we had a great time playing outdoors. Dad did his first meet and greets, introducing the lady replacing him to his suppliers. Dad headed to the temple. Kayty headed to her work holiday party. Cam made Ethan's Germann chocolate cake coconut pecan frosting, with me wrapping gifts as she worked. She left, and I heard a doorbell ring...and there was JESSICA! She had flown down for the holiday early. It took me awhile to register who it was...and I do admit I scanned the group looking for my sweet son.  He had called right before that, informing me that I smell bad. Good ol' Nate! Love him to pieces!

Friday - I did some shopping before Cameo brought Kaylee over. We ate reindeer doughnuts (or, rather, she ate the mini m&m eyes and nose off the reindeer chocolate mini doughnut and ate the pretzel antlers. She thinks I am sketchy when I do stuff with food!)

A family in our ward wanted their own Jenga life size, so their son was dropped off with many 2x4's and he spent the afternoon on the porch cutting and routing. With a new person doing something different, Kaylee was NOT interested in a nap. Dad went on meet and greets at suppliers.  In the evening the missionaries stopped by to show us a Christmas video. Kayty went to her ward Christmas party.

Saturday - Happy Birthday Ethan! 12-13-14! I never ever thought when I had my first two miracles that they would have 11-12 -13 and 12-13-14 birthdays!

I woke up early to a wonderful overnight rain! I got ready early and then woke Dee so we could make the 6 am session at the temple. Many months ago, our bishop challenged each ward member to research and find a name and then do work for that family name on 12-13-14. It was a wonderful early session and we saw two other people from our ward. I am sure it was a busy day there.

Dad had me assist in tieing up tomato vines weighted down by raindrops, and then worked on his final grandkid Christmas project. I picked and juiced key limes and limes, and made sugar cookie dough to chill. Ethan came over and painted a gift for Kaylee he has been working on. The three of us went to lunch while the paint was drying, and picked up Kaylee on the way home to play for a bit and to give Cameo some time to get done what she needed to. Nano came by and dropped off four pork roasts for Dad to put in the smoker for Christmas Eve.  Day ended with my cleaning, dusting, and vacuuming...and making Dee a real key lime pie. Kayty headed out to karaoke with some friends and we headed to bed.

Sunday - We had a wonderful Sacrament Meeting with a great talk by our friend, Joy Black, and our high councilman, Brother Fink. His talks are always very funny...and with all the laughter there is much learning. I went to choir practice after church, our home teachers came after I ate lunch, Dee and I visited one of his home teaching families and we delivered a few ornament gifts and he went home teaching with his companion. (His companion is a prison chaplain so he isn't available to visit till around 5 pm so I sometimes fill in) Nate called while Dad was away and we talked about the massive spread of goodies he made for his home teaching families.

We celebrated Ethan's birthday and Amber's upcoming birthday in the evening. Kooper was there in his Santa blanket sleeper walking around. Cameo made another delicious German Chocolate Bunny Cake and rice krispie treats and Doran made some yummy peanut butter fudge. I say delicious and yummy not from experience. I am still trying to stay away from sugary treats...bad time of year to give up sweets!

Dad's garden update this week.