Sunday, January 22, 2017

Week of January 16 - 22, 2017


Dad had a late work dinner, and Kayty was at work, so on Tuesday, I headed to the temple at 4 pm for the first afternoon Endowment session of the day. It was a great session and so nice to have President Driscoll greet you, hold the door for you, and shake your hand. I love our temple presidency! Dad attended his regular Wednesday evening session.

Cub scouts went very well. Much easier with two leaders....and two boys. We did have to stay boy left with his parents and we didn't know he had gone so we waited till mom called us back.

I sent my visiting teaching letter to one sister, and wrote to my dear inmate sister. I also went visiting teaching on Friday.

Saturday, Dad and I volunteered to help clean the church in the morning (though I arrived late due to Kayty's glucose low) and dad did lots of mopping. There wasn't much left by the time I arrived. Later that evening, we went to church to watch a Religious Freedom broadcast from the Tempe Arizona Institute of Religion. Dallin H. Oakes spoke as well as the chief advisor/counsel to the First Presidency. I won't say it was exciting, but Dallin Oakes words were a wonderful conclusion.

I am in 2 Nephi 7 in the Book of Mormon. 

I have indexed 2997 records so far this year. 


The Wilkins Family
Grace and Adam auditioned and both were given roles in their upcoming school performance of "Cinderella". Adam is the King and Grace has a speaking part as a townsperson. Very exciting.

The Ethan Rice Family
Ethan now works 10:30 am to 8:30 pm and Cameo started back full time (I made a mistake last week) and works a couple of hours while Ethan is gone and then 9 to midnight. She sent me a little video of Wade enjoying the ceiling fan and working near Mommy.Kaylee sent me a few texts, including some "interesting" voice directed ones. Too funny!!

The Doran Rice Family
Doran and Amber, Kelsie and Kooper were busy with work, school, puppies and the like.

Just your typical work week for these two.

Kayty didn't attend Family Home Evening with the Singles Ward. They were playing Ultimate Frisbee and she has yet to be near a frisbee without coming away with a bloody nose or a bump on the head.Long work week, and she is not sure she will get a permanent position, so Barb is helping her search for other positions within the company.

Total saves this week: 1 major with seizure and 1 minor needing glucose tablets

The Nathan Rice Family
Nathan had the day off on Monday but did lots of work around the house and headed to school for homework. On Tuesday, I received a cute little ultrasound photo. Baby is doing well. Nathan spent many hours at school doing homework. We talked on the phone a few times including Sunday night. Annalee and Jessica were hits right at Anne's naptime.

Dad worked and worked on Monday from very early till late in the day and still had more to do. He had a Kaizen Event near the airport, as well as a day to meet his newest supervisor, so he was up early and fighting traffic Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.He stayed late for a dinner get together on Tuesday and had some really great pizza. Thursday was mainly just appetizers so he had a few and came home. Friday was a long and busy day.

I did my normal daily duties of cooking, cleaning, dusting, vacuuming, laundry, mopping, and bill paying, and did a lot of hauling of branches and debris to the bulk trash pile out in front.

Dad's Garden
Our weather has been perfect for the garden this year. Some rain, no freezing temps...We have lots of citrus, downed lots of cabbage, and have a great supply of snow peas and carrots coming on. I spent lots of time picking snow peas too. Dad pruned down the grape vines and I hauled off.

Other highlights
One house on my Thursday run still had a Christmas tree up and illuminated. It was beautiful!!

I watched the Inauguration of President Donald J. Trump on Friday morning. I love all the tradition that surrounds the day, and I loved hearing the Mormon Tabernacle Choir sing between the Vice President and the President taking the oath of office. While I did not vote for either the Republican and certainly not the Democrat candidates, I pray for the success of our nation and for good people to increase and thrive. There is so much wicked in the world, and while it is plastered all over media, it is the majority that quietly obeys laws, goes to work and school, pays their taxes, attends church and lives good, honorable lives.

Three fireplace fires this week! More than we have had in years!! So nice!

Not so highlights
While lying on the living room sofa I noticed a termite tube going up to the ceiling in front of the fireplace. Dad will check the roof after he returns from Tucson next week and we will call Eric Toscano and see what to do. fun!

Monday, January 16, 2017

Week of January 9 - 15, 2017


Dad attended the temple Wednesday night.

My co leader for scouts called me one hour before scout meeting, saying she had a glucose problem earlier and wouldn't be able to be at scouts. She was the one in charge and teaching, so Dad helped me scramble, print up, and prepare for the evening. I survived...but it surely wasn't all I had hoped.

We had a wonderful Sacrament Meeting on Sunday. One sister told her story of how she was blessed to find the Gospel. She was born and raised in Italy, and was sent to Catholic boarding school when she was only 5 years of age. She was there with a couple of her seven siblings, but her parents both had to work, had no child care, and could not afford to bring the children home so the parents would visit them once a year. Can you imagine? Yet she has a lovely conversion stories, with questions she had, prayers, a dream that guided her, and missionary service in her beloved Italy before marrying and coming to the United States. Jordan Sheppard, our 18 year old ward organist, played a masterful piano solo, and then high councilman Marcus Allen spoke on remembering and the Sacrament. I ended up sitting with our CTR 4 class in  Primary during Sunday School time, and Relief Society was great.

Dad's home teaching companion ended up not being able to go with him, and dad's families could not reschedule again, so I went home teaching with him (thus the blog not being published). He did complete all his home teaching for the month.

I got my letter written to my inmate sister, Nena, and also wrote a letter to our visiting teaching letter only sister, Tracey. 

I indexed 1743 records so far this year. Indexing is MUCH more challenging now. I could finish 100 records in less than an hour last year. Now, the same amount will take over an hour...nearly two hours. I even took a Portugese Indexing Class for non speakers, but it was not helpful at all. Their example was a perfectly typed record, and even they admitted that type of record was rare. I have a difficult enough time going through paragraphs of handwritten English and locating the information I am to record.

In the scriptures, I am in 1 Nephi 15.


The Wilkins Family
Josh started the week sick with croup. Poor guy. His cat best buddy snuggled him better.
 The kids went on a neighborhood treasure hunt when they were off school...

Happy 3rd Birthday, Sam on Friday. Here is what Allison shared about Sam:
"This sweet guy turned 3 today and my heart can NOT even take it. Sam is SO much fun! He adores his siblings and loves wrestling with the boys as much as he loves getting his nails painted by Grace. He is the best snuggler and I love that he demands a "duddle" (cuddle) every morning. He is the happiest kid and loves fist bumping everyone he meets. We are SO glad he came to our family! Happy 3rd Birthday, Sam!!!
 We are so thankful Heavenly Father blessed our family with you, Sam!! We love you!!

The Ethan Rice Family
Wade turned six weeks old on Thursday...

Cameo returned to work from maternity leave. Ethan was put on a new daytime shift at work, which will be great for the family....after the adjust from the evening shift they had just adjusted to.

I received these on Saturday night...taken on January 3rd

The Doran Rice Family
Busy work week and then Kooper turned 3 on Friday! Happy Birthday, Kooper!!
We went over to their house on Saturday night to celebrate.

The trick candles worked perfectly!

Doran had a pretty nasty bike crash on Saturday morning...mountain biking...round a corner...someone made a jump bigger...He was sore still on Sunday.  Amber's Dog Rescue Group held a Dinner Gala on Sunday night and raised quite a bit of money to fund their efforts. Congratulations!

Morgan was a superhero for us on Saturday, came right after he got off work, bacon in hand, Christy crashed on the couch since she hadn't slept, and after pancakes, scrambled eggs, bacon and fresh juice, he got into the attic and filled it up with insulation...25 bags fed into the machine by dad and blown in by Morgan...over the living room, over our bedroom, and everywhere else that seemed thin. Thank you Morgan!!

We also have a "Save The Date" for Morgan and Christy...March 2nd! It's also Christy's birthday.

Kayty had a good week. Monday and Tuesday were her days off and she and Lilly watched tv and worked on her puzzle. She got a couple hours of overtime on Saturday morning. She attended family home evening at church on Monday, church on Sunday, and joined a dinner group on Sunday evening.

Total saves this week: 1 major

The Nathan Rice Family
The weather was crazy this week in Idaho: "warm" which is above freezing, and below zero. School is going well for Nathan and he is enjoying it, though something happened to a communication cable making it impossible to call or email them. School was the only place for Nathan to do homework and he spent late nights there all week. He did get notice that he has been hired by a Phoenix company "Chromalloy" for an internship from the end of April to the beginning of September. He is also planning out his future time in school. Classes and certifications will include Green Belt, and he is in track to graduate in December of 2018. (I might have complained that I will have to travel to Idaho in December...brrrrrr).

Happy Birthday on Saturday, Nathan!! They celebrated early before school started with dinner out and had a yummy breakfast out on his birthday.

We talked on Sunday too. He had many hours working as the Ward Clerk on Sunday, and Annalee had a fever of 102 degrees on Sunday evening, but was chattering away and in good spirits. 

Dad's week started with trip planning. It took hours to get a trip to Mexico in early February scheduled with airplanes, etc. He did get to meet his new supervisor online and he seems to like him. There is tons of work to do, with being so short handed now, and he often calls or emails someone for a need, only to discover they have been fired or quit.His new supervisor is totally overloaded as well so he hasn't noticed that dad is having to do all the work for the two fired co-workers in addition to his own work.They should rectify this when new boss travels to Phoenix next week.

My work week started with taking down the village. Over 12 hours on Monday, and nearly six hours on Tuesday, but it's all down and packed up safe. I love it when it's up...

And I love it when it's put away.

My normal photos, etc are back on the shelves and my hut is neat and clean, all packed away, and has cricket/spider traps all over to catch any styrofoam eating creatures.

Regular duties of cleaning, dusting, vacuuming, scrubbing, mopping, laundry, cooking dinner, shopping filled the week.

Dad's Garden
The garden is doing very well. Our mild Winter and abundant rain is making the garden happy!! He harvested cilantro (turned it into salsa with our Market on the Move tomatoes), turnips, lettuce, chard, carrots, snow peas, peppers, spinach and basil. He pruned the pepper plants and the basil down hoping that would promote better growth later on. We also are getting wonderful oranges, tangerines and grapefruit for him to eat.

Year of the House
Insulation project complete!!! I didn't get pics taken, but Morgan and Dad did great!!

Other highlights
I am still enjoying a few houses of Christmas lights as I run.

Not so highlights
I needed more Grammy stocking fabric, so I headed to JoAnn's to get some denim. I finally got the right color and then turned around to get a number for the fabric to get cut. "98"...ok fine....till I heard they were on "70"!. Someone said, 'well that's what it's like on coupon day."

Coupon day? Oh no!!!!!!!

I ended up being in the cutting line for nearly an hour, and then the paying line only had two or three cashiers and was over 30 minutes waiting there! Over 1 and a half hours to buy one piece...two yards...of denim!

Never again!! I told Dad that if I sewed on a regular basis, I would have come home and broken my sewing machine into bits! (Since I only craft and mend, it can stay.) Never going to that awful place again!


Sunday, January 8, 2017

Week of January 2 - 8, 2017


Dad went to the temple on Wednesday. Did some baptisms, initiatory work, and an endowment session.I went on Thursday morning and did some initiatory ordinance work as well.

Scouts on Wednesday went well. We worked on the Running with the Pack adventure and they had such a good time. I am already enjoying the new fewer requirements. I also attended a Cub Committee monthly meeting on Sunday morning.

I led the music in Sacrament Meeting, since the music leader was out of town.

I finished the last two books of the Book of Mormon this week. I begin again tomorrow.

I have indexed 966 records so far this year. I am working on marriage certificates from Delaware. One record can have six names, ages, birth dates, birth years...and the marriage date...a wealth of information available to whomever needs it.


The Wilkins Family
Grace got her ears pierced this week...sparkly pink earrings! The kids also got to meet their brand new cousin, Nell West, who also lives in Las Vegas.
Looks like Nell really liked Josh's cool hair!
 Nell and Grace look a lot alike!

The Ethan Rice Family
Wade had his one month check up this week. He is doing well...and already at 11 pounds.
This family had a very cold weather week...unusual for Georgia! I checked on Sunday morning (yes, your stalker Mom/Grammy keeps track of the weather in Phoenix, Glendale, Las Vegas, Rexburg and McDonough) and it was 16 degrees...both in Georgia, and the same time!
Happy Birthday to Cameo on Saturday, the 7th!

Kaylee celebrated her birthday with a party on Saturday at Woody's Jump and Play.
Kaylee and her school friend, Asia

 A visit from Woody himself

Kaylee's special birthday cake made by Mommy: funfetti cake with cream cheese frosting...and Minnie Mouse!
Kaylee and Brooklyn, her friend from church
Kaylee and Ariana, a friend from church
Kaylee and church friends Ian and Westly

I received these on Sunday...
And Wade liked dressing up like a bear...or rather Mommy liked dressing Wade up as a bear!

The Doran Rice Family
Busy week with work and puppies to take care of.

Busy work week.

Kayty worked extra on Monday and Tuesday, so she had Wednesday off. Lots of sleeping. Lots of puzzle time.She had some crazy hours and so her days on and off prevented her from going to other things. She started a new puzzle...not sure which one now.

1 save on Sunday morning.

The Nathan Rice Family
After Annalee going to urgent care last weekend, they thought all was well, but she was having pain in her hand, so Jessica took her into the -20 weather. She broke a bone! She got out of the splint immediately, so the doctor taped it up and they took her to an orthopedic surgeon the next day.An ace bandage type thing was utilized by the doctor...and just as quickly un-utilized by Annalee! Nate started school on Thursday...-16 degrees! Likes most of his classes, walking in the frigid snow is much safer than driving, and late night homework filled Saturday. 

Dad's work week began on Tuesday. First a training, and then the changes. One leader of the Captains left Honeywell for AirBus. Two coworkers based in Tucson were not reachable. One coworker had been moved to an electronics SDE position without Dad's boss even knowing about it. People are still on vacation, since so things were very unclear...until Vic called. They were fired. So, two co workers were moved to an electronics focused group, two were fired, the seven regions of the country were reduced to three (Dad is now in the MidWest region) and yet another boss. He is going to find a headhunter and start pursuing a new job. Monday starts the "vacation clarification", which should prove to be very interesting. Watch for someone's nose to grow!!!

Dad's Garden
The missionaries serving in our ward, Elder Webb and Elder Colleran, came over early Monday and helped Dad plant the garden.

His knees were very grateful.

Harvest this week included cabbage, swiss chard, romaine, carrots
oranges, lemons, tangerines, grapefruit, turnips, and spinach.
Dad's Truck
No truck work this week.

Year of the House
No work on house. Dad needs help from Doran and Morgan to demo the bathroom. He is trying to schedule a Saturday for that.

Other highlights

I neglected to say that we hiked Deem hills a few times last week. We also did a couple of hikes this week. 

There were still some lovely Christmas lights up during my running this week. They make the run so much better! Going to miss them!!

Not so highlights
It was a good week.