Sunday, May 22, 2016

Week of May 16 - 22. 2016

Highlights:

Spiritual
The temple is closed for the next two weeks. It gives the regular temple workers time for a vacation, etc. and gives the church an opportunity to do major maintenance and repairs. My cub scouts are working on their Duty to God adventure and we walked around the locked gates of the temple and talked about reverence. They are replacing many plants on the temple grounds. I saw some cactus is going in, which should be interesting with the amount of children that play and run around as they wait for families being sealed. I am pretty sure they will be coming out in six months at the next closeure.

I went home teaching with Dad on Tuesday evening. My visiting teaching had to be completed by mail this month since the sisters I usually visit were out of town on my week off.Dad completed his home teaching on Sunday with his companion.

I received this email on Monday:

Dear Sister Rice,
I just wanted to thank you for your wonderful contribution to the stake’s indexing efforts.  You have currently indexed over 8700 names this year!  That is so fantastic!! You have definitely surpassed the 7,121 names you indexed last year and we’re not even halfway through the year!  Not only are you the top indexer in the Thunderbird Hills ward, but you are also one of the top indexers in our stake.  Keep up the good work!!  Please let me know if there is anything I can be doing to be of service to you as you render such an important service to fellow church members and family historians everywhere as you help to make it possible to find these names through a searchable database.

Thanks again for all you are doing!
Dannine K Nash
Glendale North Stake Indexing Director
Pretty cool, huh? My total indexing for the year is now  9776 names.

In scripture reading, I am in Mosiah 27.

Family

The Wilkins Family
Mike, Adam and Josh attended their Father/Son campout this weekend.
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Looks like they had an awesome time!

Adam was working on a late night Last School Project too -
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The Ethan Rice Family
These were some pics of their fun last weekend


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 This was a busy work week for this family! Cameo worked late, training a new person, doing work for a person away on a trip, and her own work as well. Ethan also did some work on the house, and began wood flooring in their extra bedroom.

Here is Kaylee with her Cattie Lou Lou
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The Doran Rice Family
Doran and Amber continue to do well. Kelsie is so excited that it's her last few days of school. Kooper just quietly does what he wants and has a lot of fun. He is talking more and more too.

Kelsie helped Amber at a weekend adoption event...
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Morgan
Morgan and Christy are doing well. They are working together, cleaning and doing handyman work. They stay very busy and enjoy the variety of work. They visited on Friday evening when they were bidding a job. Doran, Amber, Morgan and Christy have been doing a lot of fun things together lately. So fun!

Kayty
Kayty had a good week at work. She was off Monday and Wednesday, and had a good sales day on Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. She is working on better glucose control too, since her doctor said she was running too high.

Total saves this week: 1

The Nathan Rice Family
We talked to Nate Wednesday evening. He was tutoring someone and then called after he got home on his bicycle. Annalee was dressed in an adorable bright yellow dress and every time I said "Hi!" she would smile and wave! She is nearly crawling and loves her mommy to death! If Nate even tries to hold Jessica's hand, Annalee removes it! Mommy belongs to Annalee!! School is going well and Nate is looking for a jeep like Dads. Jessica has had tonsil troubles for a long time and so will return to Phoenix in early June to get that taken care of. Meanwhile, when Annalee woke from her nap, I got to FaceTime with her and watch her speed around in her walker.


Work
Dad did LOTS of Captain work (that is what they call him on Project Normandy. He is the Southwest Area Captain.) He is currently working to get more and more progress from the engineers he is in charge of. He was able to attend a retirement celebration on Thursday evening for one of his co-workers, Dewayne Kartcher.


This week, I planned little because I had to attend jury duty on Tuesday and I was not sure whether there would be a trial I would be part of or not. I purchased a 25 pound box of roma tomatoes on the way home from court, and on Wednesday, I cut and roasted them in the pizza oven. Got almost six batches out of that. I canned tomatoes on Thursday morning and ended up with 14 quarts of tomatoes. I also baked Dad's birthday cake. I decorated it on Friday. I headed to Home Depot and got more paint for the current and future doors and door jams. I painted the trim on Saturday and prepped for a pizza party, and then cleaned up for hours after the party.

Dad's Garden
I picked lots of tomatoes this week, as well as oregano, basil and squash. We are watching the grapes and may have to bag them on the vines soon so birds don't feast. I picked bell peppers that were used on the pizzas.

Dad's Truck
No truck work this week, though we did find some rims for twenty five bucks at a yard sale on Saturday.

Year of the House
We have been exchanging doors one by one. We exchanged the playroom door this week. It seemed to go in well, until Dad checked for plumb. It was off. We thought it would need just a little adjustment. Wade came by to assist. Three hours later they finished. It was a mess. That doggone framer we hired 34 years ago knew NOTHING! There will be lots of filling in around the molding to do, but it shuts great.



Other highlights
I sat and watched movies as seven potential trials were settled, one by one, before the jury candidates...about 70 of us...were dismissed. I was glad I could be there.

I had some great opportunites to help this week. I was waiting to go into the Phoenix courthouse and saw a man going through a nearby trashcan. Without a second thought, I reached into my purse and grabbed two packages of fruit snacks (the ones Dad loves). I said that I was sorry it was all I had. He responded with a "God bless you". I know people go back and forth about who and when to help, but it was as though the Lord took my hand and got the fruit snacks out. No thought or question. Another day, I saw a mom with a baby who couldn't find a shopping cart, so I gave her mine and went out to the parking lot to get another for me. It was no problem and I liked the exercise! And another lady asked my advice on wrapping paper and ribbon. The next day, someone was hurrying to a graduation celebration and I invited her to cut in front of me in the grocery line. It takes just a few seconds to be kind, and I was reminded of that this week!

Part of our pizza pool party was Dad's birthday cake...finally!
Vanilla Bunny Cake






Not so highlights
My washing machine is leaking. I thought it might be the filter, so I cleaned it out. Nope. I am thankful I could look on YouTube and Dad could find how to fix. We will order the part next week and I will just use towels to soak up the wet. 

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Week of May 9 - 15, 2016


Highlights:

Spiritual
Dad attended a session at the temple on Wednesday evening. We both attended the temple sealing of a sweet family in our ward on Saturday. They found the gospel and joined the church a little over a year ago, and then were able to be sealed for time and all eternity: father, mother, daughter and son.

Cub Scouts went well. We completed the Call of the Wild Adventure, except for the boys camping with their parents, and the father/son outing coming up will fulfill that. My co-leader, Angie, and I talked about their Duty to God adventure we will work on next week and talked about the wonder of standing near a temple and talking! I also had a cub committee meeting after church on Sunday with planning for the upcoming months.

Dad made home teaching appointments for next week.  I will have to wait and see if I am put on a jury Tuesday before any visiting teaching can be done. As it is, I have one sister visiting in Utah, and the other sister spends most of these months in Flagstaff. I may just have to send each a card, since next week is my last week off for the month.

In the scriptures, I am in Mosiah 14.

I have indexed 8546 names so far this year.

Family

The Wilkins Family
Sweet Grace did the kindest thing this week. She has wanted to donate her hair for YEARS to Pantene's program to give free wigs to those who have lost their hair to cancer. Last week we measured it, and it was (finally) 10 inches long. I took her to cut it off tonight and her little stacked bob turned out sooo cute!

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She was so sweet to also send me some wonderful "I love you" texts all week, and they came at just the perfect times!

Joshy is working on a writing project about owls. He is not a fan of writing, so after he completes six sentences, he gets to play a soccer game with Mommy.


The Ethan Rice Family
Here is what this family woke up to last Saturday morning on the rim...
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They both had busy work weeks. Ethan had to work all day Saturday as well, and then disc jockeyed a wedding reception for his boss right after till late Saturday night. Cameo and Kaylee attended Tabbi's birthday party on Saturday (Eric Toscano's little daughter - just months younger than Kaylee)
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They had a family day at Wet n Wild on Sunday and stopped by afterwards for a visit.

The Doran Rice Family
Doran and Amber had a busy work week. I saw some pics, thanks to Morgan, of them visiting a splash pad. Kelsie and Kooper looked like they had a great time.
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Morgan
Morgan had a busy week at work.

Kayty
Kayty worked a few hours on Monday, got the rest of her medical records from her October accident to her lawyer, and went to family home evening at church. Short work days Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, and then full days Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. She and her "Luke" are good friends, and he keeps her awake at night playing.

Total Saves this week:3

The Nathan Rice Family
We were greeted on Facebook Monday with this cute pic


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Opened the mailbox to a package with this, a late and always welcome Mother's Day gift
Love my new shirt! Thank you Nathan, Jessica and Annalee! It was a busy week of work for Jessica and school for Nathan. His school work sometimes takes quite a bit of time: one problem took nearly six hours to finally complete, but he seems to enjoy and understand it.We got to talk and facetime on Sunday. Annalee got a new riding toy airplane that she just loves! She enjoyed feeding herself some bananas.

Work
Dad's week started with meetings and lots of problem solving. One of his suppliers that was scheduled to have a long audit on Wednesday ended up improving their delivery numbers, so that was cancelled. He has had to be more direct in challenging his people to accomplish their goals, and his meeting Thursday was successful in doing just that. He went to a supplier Thursday afternoon near the stake center...and ended up being able to return the baptismal clothing as well.


Kaylee week always begins in a whirlwind. Since I keep work to a minimum on Sunday, Monday means wake up, exercise or run, wake Dad and then vacuum the entire house, mop the kitchen, clean the bathroom, get all her stuff I use for the week out, including her table, bedding, plates and cups, etc. ready.
This week was L week. She was more interested in "Luke the Cat" so, she did have a good time playing with him.

We made an L lion

Did ladybug activities


Did "L" nursery rhymes including "Mary Had a Little Lamb" and then made a paper plate lamb.

and stamped with a lemon.


Kayty's cat took a LOT of attention this week, which was good. It was hot on Friday, and we were sitting and she was playing in the sand, and I decided it was time to cool off. I got my swimsuit on and she went "panty swimming" on the big step in the pool, since it's still too cold for me to swim.


I am feeling so exhausted and I stopped Thursday morning and figured out perhaps why. Before 8:30 am, I had woken up and exercised for 45 minutes, checked email, completed transactions involving switching from Bank of America to AeroFed Credit Union, talked back and forth to Cameo about summer camping, woke up Dad, vacuumed the entry, kitchen, family room and bathroom, scrubbed the toilet, and cleaned the counters, floor and mirror in the bathroom, noticed Kayty acting different, asked her what her name was and she said "Conception" and I realized she was low - she tested at 36 blood glucose and ended up having seizures as I saved her again, cleaned up after that, folded laundry I had dried while I was exercising, herded loose chickens into their pen, picked tomatoes, started up outside fridge to store ripe tomaotes till I can them this weekend, cooked chorizo and egg burrito for dad, curled my hair and listened to 2 Book of Mormon Chapters while I did that, got Kaylee's lemon ready for stamping that day, noticed a ham given to us had leaked out of its bag, requiring everything to be removed from the bottom refrigerator shelf and washed, and the glass shelf itself removed and cleaned on both sides, and then indexed over sixty names, brushed my teeth twice and went to pick up Kaylee. Now, some things were out of the ordinary, but most was pretty usual, and there is always an "out of the ordinary" that happens.


Dad's Garden
Lots of tomato picking this week. We had to get more bird netting because some little creature was tasting the tomatoes.We won't pick in the sixteen hundred totals this year, but are up to over 150. Dad picked and grilled squash one evening. We get plenty of eggs and the peppers are doing well.

Dad's Truck
No truck work this week, except for getting the tire put on and filled so he can push it out of the garage.

Year of the House
We began removal of the playroom door and will install the new one next week. We purchased it and Dad will prepaint first.

Other highlights
It was a good week.

Not so highlights
This year's tomato canning has not gone well. Half of the cans didn't seal on our first effort a couple of weeks ago. Saturday, nearly all did not seal. Since they were still hot, I cleaned the rims and put new lids on and reprocessed the jars...still one did not seal. I am totally baffled! I canned over 50 quarts last year, so I know what I am doing. It is rather confusing.

Our bishop wants us to really focus on being a kind and good neighbor. Since we have new neighbors next door, and they are Iranians from Canada, dad has helped them with gardening advice, counsel on how to get their huge front yard of grass from brown to green, and has taken them tomatoes. I have pulled weeds as I walked down the road that they let grow. His name is Said, and he was having paver bricks installed, a LOT of them. He wanted the whole road paver covered, which will cost over $35,000 dollars. We had already spoken with Ramon, the neighbor South of us, and he had previously declined. Said's wife, Lala, came over on Friday and asked for Dad to come to their house. Said told dad that Ramon was going to pay $10.000 toward the paver roadway, and that if we pitch in $7000, they would FORCE Nancy Springston (kitty corner south neighbor) to pay or close off her gates to her access. Dad counseled him to first talk to Nancy. Dad came back, called the City of Phoenix for some direction, since the road out in front is a dedicated utility easement, and then emailed Ramon. Ramon called on Saturday, and said he was NEVER spoken to by Said, told us he again cannot afford, and was confused as to Said's lie. Dad also contacted Les Springston and told him what was going on with the road. We are really bothered at the dishonesty of our new neighbor, and really confused too. What was he going to do with our $7000? We have decided to just be friendly, but not get into any further dealings with them. Ramon will be selling his house in the Fall, and Nancy is borrowing money from less to upgrade her home to make selling more easy, so we will be praying mightily for some good neighbors in the future.

Week was hot, but these temps will seem cool come July!

Monday, May 9, 2016

Week of May 2 - 8, 2016

Highlights:

Spiritual
I didn't attend my regular early Wednesday morning temple session. Kayty just didn't seem right and since Dad had to leave for meetings early, she would be here alone, so I stayed home. Dad and I attended a session together on Thursday evening. We rarely can do that, with my being too tired on Kaylee weeks and my cub scout calling, so it was a rare treasure.

Church Callings: Cub scouts went well. We met at our house and discussed camping preparation, first aid, and dad took the boys around the yard looking for signs of animals, and talked to them about fire safety. We had a stake baptism on Saturday, and it went very well.I ended up having two loads of laundry to do, since there were four baptismal outfits in the washing machine left damp.

I have indexed 7569 records so far this year.

In scripture reading I am in Jarom in the Book of Mormon. 

Family

The Wilkins Family
The Wilkins family is doing very well. The kids are enjoying school and are so glad there are only 13 days left! This next week will be Spirit Week and they will get to dress up and do fun things, plus next week they get to attend a cast party for their production of Aladdin and watch the DVD made. Adam was busy on Mother's Day, since he gave a talk and played a piano solo in Sacrament Meeting. All are healthy and well, which is a great blessing!

The Ethan Rice Family
Ethan, Cam and Kaylee stopped by on Wednesday night to pick up some pepper powder. Ethan had a salsa making contest at work on Thursday, and he was going to make his extra extra hot! He ended up winning second prize! He and Cameo and Kaylee spent the weekend at Wood's Canyon Lake and had a great time fishing! The weather was cool, they saw some snow, and Kaylee was the fishing winner this trip, catching three fish!

The Doran Rice Family
Amber spent half the week very sick with the flu! She attempted working Thursday but still felt awful! Kelsie was the victim Friday: fever and strep.
Kooper is getting cuter each day. He "winds up" before he races, and cheers when he scores on a video game! He loves Pringles and carefully keeps things covered, either with Doran's hand or with a lid. You can tell he lives near some hungry little pups!

Morgan
Morgan had a busy week at work and stopped by on Sunday to visit Nano for Mothers' Day with Christy and is going to help do some work at her house. Thanks so much, Morgan!!


Kayty
Kayty worked short hours on Monday and came home to entertain her kitten.Luke was happy on Tuesday since Kayty was home all day! She worked the rest of the week, and was kept up at night by her kitten, she now refers to as "mongrel".She was off work on Saturday and went to a birthday party for a friend, and then was off on Sunday and had a good day at church.

Number of saves this week: ZERO!!

The Nathan Rice Family
Nathan spends his week studying and taking tests. Chemistry has been full of memorization so far.We chatted a few times and he was telling us about the machining class that he is teacher assisting, and teaching, for, and about his advanced math and chemistry classes. It sounds very challenging but very interesting as well. Jessica is doing well, busy working and keeping up with a nearly seven month old, and Annalee is doing very well. She likes to throw things, chew on carrots, use Nate's grill as a drum with the carrot, and play in the toilet. They work so hard to keep her away but she nearly races them to the bathroom every time!

Work
Dad had meetings in Tempe and near the airport with a larger group Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, so Monday was their travel day, while he worked, attended a large meeting where his upper division supervisor 'retired' and will be looking for another job, and then began working on getting a substitute teaching certificate, since no raises, layoffs and furloughs were also talked about before the meeting that announced the 'retirement'. He did get a couple of problems suppliers were having solved, and had a good week.

My work this week consisted of scrubbing the kitchen and bathroom cabinets with Murphy's oil soap, grinding ten pound of chicken breast into chickenburger and then packaging in individual one pound packages, preparing for scouts, laundry, dusting, vacuuming, painting the hall wall around the bathroom doorway (the doorway had actually shifted and become wider, so with the new door installed, there was a difference of nearly an inch in some places between where the molding formerly was and now is), scrubbed bathrooms, mopped, powdered egg shells, canned tomatoes (or tried: two jars sealed, two did not, and two crammed full of tomatoes that broke. I was pretty angry!I also got 5 batches of pesto frozen, scrubbed the kitchen floor, and planned for my next week off. It will be a week of 'if' because things will only happen IF I don't get put on a jury when I go to jury duty on Tuesday the 17th.

Dad's Garden
We are picking tomatoes and squash nearly every day. We have eaten quite a few squash and dad is still getting a carrot or two as well as lots of chard. The grapevines are looking ok (but that happens every year and then suddenly covered in bugs!!)


Dad's Truck
Dad took a demolished tire off and put new one on so the truck can be pushed in and out of the garage again.

Year of the House
No house work this week. Dad worked too late to install a door.

Other highlights
 I was able to text with Gracie a lot, and Sam a couple of times this week. There is nothing nicer than picking up my phone to find a sweet message, though I am so sad I missed it when it first came!

Dad changed his spark plugs, wires, and distributor cap in his jeep, so when his vehicle registration arrives later this month, he will be ready. He also fixed the boat seat hinge and figured out why the boat motor wouldn't come up, and after searching for circuits and through wires, he found a blown fuse, and replaced it.


I went to my third and hopefully final dental appointment on Thursday. Crown was set and feels good. I have gone to the dentist on every week off for the last three weeks off. Not my favorite place to be!

We had a lovely thundershower and rain on Friday night. It was brief but beautiful and we enjoyed a cool weather weekend. The afterburners will come on next week with highs in the 100s, but it was a lovely reprieve.


Mothers' Day has not been my favorite. This year, however, changed that forever. I started the day in my Mother's Day dress I have worn for a few years, put on my "crown jewels" (all the jewelry, necklaces, etc. that the kids have given me through the years that have survived), and we headed to church. I was sitting in my normal side pew, when I looked up and there was Doran holding Kooper, with Kelsie and Amber following. Kelsie handed be a lovely bouquet of white roses and they shared my favorite dark chocolate chips. I moved to one of the longer rows in Sacrament meeting. The meeting started and I was tearfully overjoyed, when I turned and there was Morgan and Christy scooting in the row! I could not hold back the tears from flowing. No one...but the Lord...knew that each year, I have sat in church on Mothers' Day, silently watching as moms sat with their adult children, secretly wishing that would happen to me. I know how busy moms are, and I never ever would even dare to ask, and Dad never even knew. It was something I just held in my heart. And there two of my very busy children there to make my day something I will never ever forget as long as I live. I love all of my children and, as I said, never ever expected this to happen, nor does this mean to make anyone feel bad. It simply is just joyful gratitude for boys, and the lovely ladies in their lives, that made something so wonderful happen on Mother's Day.
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I so enjoyed my quiet afternoon, and loved talking to Nathan, Jessica and Annalee. Annalee is a great waver now, and can clap her hands and loves to push the red button on the phone, which makes for many facetime calls. It was so wonderful to talk to them!! I still need to figure out how to get a screen shot on FaceTime!

Kayty came home from church and gave me a wonderful card, a Mother's Day frame...and Sees Nuts and Chews! It was perfect since I had finished my last one out of the box she gave me just that day!

It took nearly three hours of effort on both ends, but I got to Skype with the Wilkins Family. Adam played a piano solo, my favorite hymn "Ye Elders of Israel" and we talked. Grace played her piano piece for her school talent show for me and was talked. Josh read a story to me and even played some piano for me as well and did very well. Sam and I talked and sang "Itsy Bitsy Spider" and "Rain Is Falling" together and he enjoyed seeing Kate's cat. Thank you so much, Wilkins Famly, for all the effort it took. I loved it.




Ethan and Cameo and Kaylee came for a visit after they returned from camping, Kaylee had written me a card that said "I Love you"

and they brought me beautiful roses. It was a great visit and I knew how tired they were, so I was very thankful.


I talked to all my kids, and grandkids and it was the BEST MOTHERS DAY EVER!!! Thank you all so much!!!


Not so highlights
Breaking two packed jars of precious tomatoes was definitely NOT a highlight, and I even got angry and threw the jar holders and broke them. I have other ones, but that set didn't do its job!