Sunday, February 7, 2016

Week of February 1 - 7, 2016

Highlights:

Spiritual
Dad attended a temple session on Wednesday evening.

We served in our calling as Stake Baptism Coordinators on Saturday. Three wonderful little girls were able to make their first covenants with their Heavenly Father.  My cub scouts didn't work out this week. Bishop had told me that scouts was from 7 to 8 pm when it actually begins at 6 pm. Kaylee will probably need to go with me at that time, so I will just have to see how things go. As it is, this week, Cameo had to work late and Ethan was busy as well, so I didn't get off till 7:20 pm that day. I will share my schedule better when I know my schedule.

We had a lovely and uplifting testimony meeting on Sunday. It was filled with gratitude for service projects on Saturday, assisting two moves Saturday, a memorial service for Annie that happened Saturday, and announcing the baptism (one of our 8 year olds) of a little girl, and a baby boy being blessed. So many challenges and blessings in so many lives this week!

I completed reading the Ensign magazine this week. I so enjoyed it. I especially enjoyed the article explaining further Lehi's Vision of the Tree of Life. I am also in Alma 61 in the Book of Mormon.

I have indexed 2266 records so far this year.


Family

The Wilkins Family
 Allison has their home all decorated and ready for Valentine's Day.
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Allison and Mike are experiencing the joys of home purchasing. The prequalifying is complete and now come the inspections and negotiations. Dad tried to help with real estate advice but every state has different laws. No fun.

Adam was able to do baptismal work at the Las Vegas temple this week. His first opportunity at such a wonderful experience.

The Ethan Rice Family
This was Cameo's busy work week of the month. Ethan picked up Kaylee on Monday and they headed out to the gym. Wednesday, Cam picked her up and she fell asleep on the way home. Ethan got a nasty cut/scrape on his shin this week doing consecutive jump ups on a 30 inch wood box. One foot missed one time and slid down and the wood did a number on his leg. Cameo survived the first week of the month, which always includes very long days and very few breaks during the day. Ethan drove for Uber and Lyft on Friday night. Saturday, they went to a work picnic for Cameo's job. Saturday evening they went with friends to a newly opened complex and Kaylee got to bowl

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Sunday, they took Ethan to the airport for a two week training business trip in Atlanta and then Cameo and Kaylee attended a baby blessing for a friend and a Super Bowl party.

The Doran Rice Family
Amber's sister, Tamara, came in town to support her best friend whose sister had passed away Saturday. It's truly a small world because that sister was friends with Allison as a child and her family lives in our ward. Annie Belliston had struggled for years with problems, and health problems the last few years.Amber and Tamara visited the Bellistons on Tuesday and attended the memorial service and potluck on Saturday.They stopped by afterward and it was just so fun to see Kooper run to the playroom and get out the balls. He is beginning to feel more comfortable here. Kelsie always finds fun things to do when she is here too.

Morgan
No word from Morgan this week. We have tried but not even his contacts have answered.

Kayty
Kayty worked short hours Monday, so she went to Family Home Evening (which was finger painting with pudding - seriously, who comes up with these things for adults to do???) and then saw the bachelor. She was still up when I woke up Tuesday morning - she had to work 4 pm to close that day.We got her birthday cake on Tuesday night and she celebrated early, since work was not good.




Happy Birthday Kayty!She went out to Karaoke with friends after work and had a good time.


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Work was slow this week, even with the golf tournament nearby.After church Sunday, she was invited to game night and she headed out after dinner...and a pic with her Harry...
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Total saves this week:3 (the last one, I thought she was not well, but gave her some time, and dad checked her an hour later and got me up. So thankful!!)

The Nathan Rice Family
We talked to Nathan on Monday night. School is going well and keeping both he and Jessica very busy studying. Annalee is doing well and enjoying her new digs.On Tuesday, however, Annalee was absolutely inconsolable. Dad even talked to Nate and I heard that poor little angel crying her eyes out. I was ready to get on a plane that moment! Nathan gave her a priesthood blessing and they headed to the Emergency Room. On the way, she calmed down. The doctors checked her out and all was well. Poor little baby! They are doing well in school and we are so enjoying the sweet videos of Annalee in her walker and giggling that Jessica shares with us. We even got to Facetime on Saturday night and see her roll over. She smiled at me too! These two are busy with school but found time to get a pretty awesome coffee table at a yard sale and scored at D. I. as well! He and dad had a good Sunday visit as well. Annalee was chatting too...until she fell asleep. Nate had a huge stress headache, mainly from trying to get homework done by Saturday night. Hang in there, college students!

Work
Dad started his week with...yes another day of meetings. Tuesday is was all day over and over, meeting after meeting, and during one meeting on Project Normandy, another meeting on Project Normandy began and they were calling and asking where he was.Thursday also included a supplier evaluation that took five hours this week, and will continue for another five or six hours next week. His days are much longer...up at 6 am, meetings starting at 6:30, no breaks and eating all meals at his work desk, and often still meeting till after 5 pm.

On Monday, Kaylee slept in and I got a bit of reading done at their house till she got up. She stayed in her jammies since it was a really cold and drizzle off and on day. We played with toys mostly.  Did a few M week activities

 Tuesday was cold but I had promised outdoor play if the sun was out.It was cold and a little breezy, but sunny. She was hilarious when she wiped her brow and breathed a huge sigh of relief when we turned down the drive to our house. I heard, "Phew! No rain!" I proceeded to laugh my head off. Where does she pick up these things?

We swang in the baby swing a lot! We also played in the sand a lot. When we got cold, we came in and did a Mickey Mouse coloring page.

 This is the lucky little one who got a piece of Kayty's birthday cake!

 She played more with playdough, including the strawberry jello playdough I made.
 On Fun Free Friday, we did some Valentine's Day things...




She helped Papa in his garden by watering the chard, carrots, and peppers.

Dad's Garden
He covered his plants for the freeze Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, and they all made it. He is working on a new bed for peppers...bell peppers.

And guess how much cabbage salad comes from this puppy...

Dad's Truck
No truck work this week.

Year of the House
No house work this week.

Other highlights
Last Sunday (January 31), after I published the last blog entry, a wind storm hit that brought thunder, rain, lightning, and crazy wind. Our brand new gutters failed their first rainstorm - two leaks - but other than that, all was nice. And during the week, the installers came and tried to remedy. Apparently it is the problem of our flat roof...



With that storm, we noticed a neighbor's tree had fallen down. Dad called Les Springston and they worked out time to cut it up on Saturday. Dad wanted to get just a start and so we both went down and he cut and I hauled out to the curb. Nancy came home and was grateful for the help. You know, our bishop has asked us to be good neighbors. It's hard to even see when your neighbors are in need out here on acre lots. This was a great opportunity to be able to help!!Tuesday, Dad got a new saw blade and went down to cut some more. Kaylee and I went to do what we could (which wasn't much) and our across the road neighbor Zach drove by and then came down and helped. They finished all the sawing up and hauling off!

We had a fire in the fireplace Tuesday night.  It was nice and warm...and it was good we did because we discovered the fireplace flue had been open for probably years...which allowed our precious air conditioning to go right up the chimney in the warmer months.


I headed to Smart and Final on Wednesday night to get more salad and they had their boneless skinless chicken breasts clearanced for 99 cents a pound! I got ten pounds and spent early Friday morning packaging them for future meals. 


Not so highlights
Everyone is alive, so no low lights this week. 

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Week of January 25 - 31, 2016

Highlights:
Spiritual
I began my Wednesday at the 6 am temple session. It is so wonderful to be greeted by happy smiling people so early in the morning. We both attended the Wednesday evening session, and Dorrie came with us to do some work for family as well.

I spoke with the bishop on Sunday and received an additional church calling and will be one of the den leaders of the Wolf Cub Scouts. We will meet Wednesday nights at 7 at the church, and Angie Day is the other den leader so it will be lots of fun for us. It shouldn't interfere with Kaylee since Cameo and Ethan get her picked up before that time, and Dad is at the temple every Wednesday night.

I have indexed 2156 records so far this year.

In scripture reading, I am in Alma 51. I also read part of the Ensign magazine.


Family

The Wilkins Family
Allison posted these for Annalee's book this week. I am a sketchy Grammy, so I swiped them for my book...
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You all look wonderful! I know days are full of busy: work, school, homework, activity days, scouts, sports, musical practices, and church. I see Allison keeps very late hours doing her writing work as well. You all are amazing!

The Ethan Rice Family
Cameo worked till 10:30 pm Monday and was beat! Tuesday after work, the whole family went to the gym for a cross fit evening.Kaylee came down with a cold and Mommy took the day off on Thursday to be with her. Ethan had Spirit Week all week at work...he even brought Karaoke (which we found out works!) but they were more interested in LISTENING than in SINGING. There was a big picnic Saturday. Doran also was able to do some photography work there. Cameo and Kaylee stayed home. Ethan has also been picking up a little spare change here and there as an Uber and Lyft driver. We visited briefly on Sunday afternoon when we stopped to unsuccessfully put in a package at the post office.

The Doran Rice Family
Doran and Amber had a busy week, and had to go two ways on Saturday, so Kelsie and Kooper spent the day with us. Kelsie listened to music on the computer. Kooper and I spent HOURS outside. He spent two minutes on EVERYTHING... over and over: the Kett Car, the tricycle, the scooter, the sandbox, the balls, the beach ball, the rocks in the not-yet-put-together fountain in the lower courtyard, exploring the porch...and then we would repeat. He loved the yellow slide, but only when Kelsie would take him down on her lap. He also helped Papa blow the leaves and run the screwdriver. He spied the baby swing in the shed, and we put it up and pushed/swang with him for a LONG time. I swear those eyes kept trying to close to nap. He did get one on the way home.

Morgan
No news from Morgan this week.

Kayty
Kayty had Monday as her day off. She slept in, watched "Seventh Heaven", went with me to Costco, watched more "Seventh Heaven", went to watch "Bachelor" and had a quiet night. I even saw her sleeping. Woke up early Tuesday for work. She took her car in for an oil change and tire rotation after, and then had a quiet evening. Busy work days the rest of the week, and she was off Sunday to attend Sacrament Meeting.

Total saves this week: 3

The Nathan Rice Family
Nate had a physics test Monday and did pretty well.Tuesday he really enjoyed his machining class. He is doing well in all his classes. Jessica is putting together a book of family pics to use to read to Annalee. I saw these, posted by Jessica's Aunt Heather and they were so good...
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 Annalee met the cold bleak snow for the first time this week.

He was busy all day Saturday doing physics homework. This semester is very full for him. This semester is tough for Jess, but her next one is very full too. It will be a busy time for this little family.


Work
Dad is this team captain so meetings start early and last a long time. He ended up working 11 hours during the day and then having to put some figures in spreadsheets right before bedtime. Tuesday was early meetings and then hours of meetings after that. He headed to supplier meetings on Wednesday.

My week off: laundry, clean out lightbulb/key/emergency light cupboard, made box labels, dust, vacuum, attempt to make visiting teaching appointments, Costco shop, cook, hang new entryway pics, help Dad change oil, dishes, put away leftovers and clean out old ones, laundry, straighten closets, scrub kitchen cupboard doors, get stuff out to take to D.I, fill in holes in walls to prepare to paint in the future, order pics for Nano,scrubbing the bathroom and bathtub, laundry, vacuum, dust, clean behind a bed and door, haul off trimmed grapevines, get trash out, vacuuming, baking cookies, grocery shopping, getting gas, spray painting entry frames black one at a time, laundry, brush pool, going to post office, keeping spreadsheet up,vacuuming, dusting, laundry, typing the phone call sheet for our next week baptisms, mopping, hauling grapevines out to the pile, vacuuming, cooking, and making up my to-do list for my next week off.

Dad's Truck
No truck work this week.

Dad's Garden
I am picking, washing, and using lettuce, turnips, and cilantro. Dad planted more tomato starts on Tuesday and we picked our first snow peas of the season. We also picked a Black Krim tomato. Haven't eaten it yet though.

Year of the House
I am replacing the unrepaintable frames in the entryway...got a good deal at Costco and a yard sale, and need to paint the rest. I then got all the other frames painted black, and while they were off the wall, I filled in the holes with spackle. I plan to paint around the current nails, since there are so many pics that are up and I don't want to refigure that out again. The entry seems ready for repainting from sponged gold to neutral tan.

Other highlights
Monday evening was auto maintenance Family Home Evening, so Dad and I changed the oil in both jeeps. Dad also greased his jeep (my jeep's system is sealed)

Dad went for a Tuesday afternoon hike. I didn't want to get my lungs all messed up and thus not be able to go to the temple on Wednesday, so I stayed home.

I did go on Thursday

and Friday we took a short one.

Saturday, after Amber picked up the kids and I had cleaned up, we had a delightful visit from an extended family member. Let me explain who she is:

Dad's Dad is Grampa Doran Rice. Grampa Doran Rice's sister is Betty Ann Wetzel. One of Betty Ann Wetzel's sons was  Steve Wetzel (he died a few years ago leaving a wife and 11 kids...he was a year or so younger than dad). One of those 11 children is Christina Wetzel Valadez. She and Dad saw each other on a gardening facebook group and became acquainted and she came by with her new baby boy and her oldest two little girls. It was a nice visit and so great to talk about family, plus they took some veggies home with them! We are going to spend our Sundays doing more family visiting in the future. We are trying to get a visit in to Aunt Betty. She is living with her daughter Laura and is not doing really well since her husband Larry passed away nearly a year ago.


Not so highlights
Pretty good week, so no complaints. 

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Week of January 18 - 24, 2016

Highlights:
Spiritual
Dad attended sessions at the temple on Wednesday and Thursday evenings. He went on Thursday due to it being Ward Temple Night.

He was the only attendee at Ward Temple Night.

I substituted for the ward chorister for Sacrament Meeting and Dad and I substituted one more time for the Valiant 9 class in Primary. 

I have indexed 1689 records so far this year.

In the scriptures, I am starting Alma 42 this week.

Family

The Wilkins Family
The Wilkins are well and have had a busy week of school, work, writing (Allison) and church. All are well.

The Ethan Rice Family
Busy work week for this family. Out of town visitors kept Ethan busy all week, but also included two meals at the Wigwam Resort. Pretty awesome! Cameo tried some Crossfit on Wednesday, but Kaylee wanted Mommy with her and not exercising.On Saturday, they went up to the Out of Africa Wildlife Park.
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The Doran Rice Family
Doran and Amber and family had a good week. We drove over to their house Sunday to deliver some things and see them. Kelsie is doing well in school and was very brave at her dental appointment this week. Doran did some archery target shooting on Saturday while Amber took the kids shopping at Target, Kirklands and Market on the Move. She also was able to meet with another pet store and get the opportunity to do adoption events there in the future, and they donated quite a bit of pet food to the group as well. We took Kooper his birthday gift over and had a fun visit.




Morgan
Morgan was here when Kaylee and I arrived on Wednesday. He is looking well and said his job at the temporary service is having him work three twelve hour days during the week, and since they have a rule that no one can work in excess of forty hours, he has four days off.

Kayty
Kayty had Monday off, and spent it sleeping. She had fun at Family Home Evening - some sort of food relay.She worked long hours all week and a bridal show both Saturday and Sunday.

Saves: 1 last Sunday and 4 this week (2 today! I just can't figure out diabetes!) . I am so thankful for immediate answers to prayer. I knew I had to leave on Friday morning. Dad was gone. I prayed that if she was near a glucose problem that it would happen before I had to leave. I sat down and heard her alarm clock going off. When I went in, she couldn't answer questions and I checked her and her glucose was 25! I got soda down her immediately. She came around in about 10 minutes, grouched at me that she was cold, and went back to sleep. No, she isn't thankful...but I am! And that is all that matters!!


The Nathan Rice Family
This little family is full busy with school. Nate's classes are going well and he got a great score on a test this week. His only challenge is the fact that he already has MORE machining experience than his Machine Shop teacher! Ugh! Annalee is well. She doesn't like peas.I was able to facetime and watch Annalee grab the spoon and feed herself her bananas! She loves being independent. Nate completed his test for the week and took a breather on Sunday before another week of heavy school work. Jessica received a church calling Sunday as the Assistant Compassionate Service Leader in the Relief Society. Her schooling is also keeping her very busy, as is her job. They have a wonderful apartment with a great heater and they are doing well.

Work
Dad's week was filled with meetings. This new project added yet another daily meeting. Beginning Wednesday and every morning thereafter, he has a 6:30 am Project Normandy meeting. Thursdays, he has a weekly meeting that goes until 5:30 pm. 11 hour day that day! Plus he works on emails at night. I know that teachers complain that their work takes involves long days, but there are MANY other career choices that involve long hours and long days and no raises and few paid holidays (I don't know of any of my kids that had Martin Luther King day off.) LOTS of people work LONG days!

Just sayin...

He kept up with the daily meetings all week, and as soon as it was done on Friday, he had to head out to Tempe...7am traffic to Tempe is NOT fun!


Kaylee and I played outdoors for hours all week. She swang on every swing, but loves spinning fast on the tire swing the most. She went down both slides and has even mastered climbing the rock climbing wall on her own (did it over and over!) and then going down the big green slide. She played in the sand, rode the scooter, rode the tricycle all by herself, got pushed in the kett car, kicked the beach ball around the lower courtyard, raked, fed the chickens, and had a blast in lovely weather.

Making Sand Angels



We are talking about the letter P this week. She made a P penguin,


played with penguin finger puppets,

ate popcorn, drank fruit juice punch, made her own peanut butter and honey sandwich, sorted poker chips (Papa discovered this one when he was looking for something in the music room)

made a pink and purple pasta necklace, went to storytime at the library and then had a peanut butter and pretzel snack on the library porch.
 We played more playdough, "fed" the penguin penguin crackers...
 Did more decorating of her bunny bean bag toss (this old box and cheap poster board drawing has given this little girl hours and hours of fun!)
 Helped Papa install the door locks

 and played princess paperdolls with a penguin.


Dad's Truck
No truck work this week.

Dad's Garden
He is eating lots of turnip greens and turnips. I roasted the turnips on Tuesday and thought they were amazing! Dad didn't...and Kayty didn't like the texture...so Dad will be eating a LOT of raw turnips.


Year of the house. 
This week, Dad got new locks for the doors. We hadn't replace them in a long time, and they were really getting difficult to operate.

I have been decluttering and organizing more as one of my goals for the year, so I went through boxes in the playroom and got stuff more situated and labeled.

Dad got some flowers for me. I love fragrant flower beds, but am NOT a fan of planting, watering, and keeping creatures away, so I didn't want the bed. So, he dug and planted it and watered it himself. It looks nice!

We also went out and picked a new ceiling fan for the Family Room and spent quite a bit of time getting it installed.

No more remote! It works and we can see again!


Other highlights
I was off early on Friday (Daddy came and took Kaylee out to Dillon in Scottsdale) and after I worked on organizing my stuff better with my Christmas Present from the Amazon gift card from Nano...Thanks Mom


...we went out and used one of the gift cards I got Dad for Christmas. We ate at Olive Garden...he has been wanting to eat there forever. He had shrimp scampi that was pretty good and we both had salad. I even got to eat some of a breadstick...Ahh, heaven!

Not so highlights
I had a lung "thing" all week that just kept me watching for a cough. I had the piano at church loaded with open cough drops in case I got a tickle while I was singing, but we were all good.