Monday, July 25, 2016

Week of July 18 - 24, 2016

Highlights:

Spiritual
I started my day on Wednesday in the first session of the day at the Phoenix Temple. Dad attended the final session of Wednesday.

Cub Scouts went great on Wednesday! The boys worked on their service project: sleeping blankets for Daniel, and Daniel even was able to come and meet the boys!




He was very shy at first, but soon warmed up and was talking up a storm and showing the boys a game on the phone.


I went visiting teaching on Wednesday morning and saw one of our sisters, and texted the other sister in Flagstaff, who was enduring 78 degree temps while we were enduring 107 degree temps! Dad went home teaching on Sunday afternoon.

We had a wonderful sacrament meeting full of very spiritual experiences that were had at the trek, by youth and adult alike. It was such a testimony to me of just how much the Lord is in charge and will create good, uplifting experiences out of what seem to be mishaps.

In the scriptures, I am in Ether 2.

I have indexed  19282  records so far this year.

Family

The Wilkins Family
I was able to talk back and forth with Grace during the week, and Dad talked to Allison on the phone on Tuesday night. Pokemon Go gives this family LOTS of good exercise!!
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There were doctor appointments during the week as well.
 On Friday, they prepared for their ward party the next day, celebrating Pioneer Day. They were making rock candy and Mike was planning a huge meal using his dutch ovens.

Josh lost his first tooth this week.
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Sam is working on potty training and is doing a stellar job.
The Ethan Rice Family
Ethan and Cameo had busy work weeks, on opposite ends of the country. Kaylee had a good time with Grampy and Grandma. Cameo and Kaylee went to Wet n Wild with Cameo's family on Saturday
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We delivered some things for Ethan to take back to his new home, and Dad talked to him via facetime for a couple seconds. He was working on Saturday. It has been a busy week for him, since someone left their position and he was able to learn their job tasks and take over by coming in a few hours earlier. I am sure the weekends are boring without Cameo and Kaylee, so it's good he has work opportunities to fill the time.

The Doran Rice Family
Doran and Amber ...and Kelsie had a very long and eventful week. As per Amber's message of Friday night:
"She had a staff infection on her leg two weeks ago and we went to Good Night Pediatrics and they gave her an antibiotic. Nine days into the antibiotic, she started getting hives, so we went to the pediatrician and learned that she's allergic to sulfa or Bactrim which is in this antibiotic.l It has gotten completely worse..."

On Friday...
"...We just left the hospital at Estrella. Her reaction to the medicine got worse and she started blistering. They gave her a shot of steroids. They don't know yet if she has Steven Johnson Syndrome. We will know the next two days if she starts getting huge blisters on her body and in her mouth and then we have to go to the county hospital burn unit..."
 
As of late Sunday, we heard from Amber that the rash seems to be improving and we are so thankful for this great blessing from our Heavenly Father.

Morgan
Morgan started his new job this week and ended up on day shift rather than swing shift, due to his extensive experience. We visited he and Christy on Sunday afternoon and had a good visit. They were just enjoying a quiet day before the work week begins. It was a very long week last week and Sunday truly was a day of rest for them. 

Kayty
Kayty had to jump through hoops... and fax machines...and finally got all her paperwork in for her new job. She gave her notice on Thursday and will start at the new job on Monday. Here are pics from her last two days at Jos A Bank
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Total saves this week: 2

The Nathan Rice Family
Nathan had a rough beginning of the week...but finals were finally OVER and Wednesday was his first day in forever he didn't have hours of homework to accomplish! He and Jessica took Annalee to a splash pad and she had a good time!
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I love this look! I get it a lot!!
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He got his grades back: all A's  so his full scholarship continues. He is one semester away from being in his third year of the program. This family had a tough week with tires...the wear on their 90000 mile tires with 15000 miles on them was uneven, so no warranty and they had to purchase new ones. Nathan may also have an opportunity for a little extra money cleaning carpet before school begins again.

Work
Dad had a busy week, with many supplier problems that needed to be solved. He also found out Monday that there is a 15 percent layoff coming in a couple of weeks and two more furloughs this year. His income is now falling behind, since he had no raise and they lost one week of pay already. I said to go to a headhunter to find a new job. He is working on getting teacher certification. Every layoff, his coworkers have taken early retirement, and there just aren't that many people left. Plenty of work, mind you. Honeywell is a terrible company to work for...and he has worked there for over over 37 years (now that I think about it, his anniversary date is in June and there wasn't even a mention of it!)

My week included hauling weeds, bagging and hauling leaves, cleaning out the old garden bed, hauling needles and mesquite beans out to the pile, raking, laundry, vacuuming, mopping, dusting, powdering tons of eggshells, grocery shopping.

Dad's Garden
It's doggone hot. I picked some peppers, and watered, and picked up many warm eggs from the hen boxes. I was surprised they weren't already hard boiled!

Dad's Truck
No truck work this week.

Year of the House
Dad started on cutting wood for the cabinet he will create over the stove and microwave so we can install an exhaust duct and have it concealed in the cabinet.

Christmas In July
 I forgot to include my Christmas in July update last week. I worked on baby Wade's Grammy stocking at least 15 minutes every day that week. I completed twenty five Christmas ornaments. I was able to watch The Santa Clause 1, 2, and 3, as well as Elf.

This week, I worked on baby Wade's Grammy stocking at least 15 minutes every day. I completed twenty five ornaments, which finishes my Christmas ornaments for the year. I watched The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown, A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving, A Charlie Brown Christmas, Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, and National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation. All my favorites, except for It's A Wonderful Life and that is on television on Christmas Eve. I even was able to see a rerun television show late at night that played their Christmas episode from one year... my favorite one that makes my tear up.

Other highlights
We were invited to dinner by our bishop and his family, who is also our home teacher and my visiting teacher. They included Kayty as well. It was a great time.

We attended the Trek Closing Fireside on Sunday night. It was an inspiring evening with talks of what was learned and how it was accomplished. The greatest thing was the spiritual growth that occurred as these youth and leaders could accomplish hard things with the help of Christ. And it was pointed out over and over that if the Lord was there to help on a pioneer simulation, how much more He is there to help us and strengthen us in our daily real challenges of life.


Not so highlights
Heat...no rain...but that is Summer in Arizona!

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Week of July 11 - 17, 2016

Highlights:

Spiritual
I began my Wednesday in a wonderful early morning temple session.

Cub Scouts was good, though we only had one boy attend. At least he was the one that needed the items we were covering for the day!

We had ward conference on Sunday and were blessed to hear a very inspiring message in Sacrament meeting about forgiving, not holding grudges, and being kind.

I am in 3 Nephi 25 in my Book of Mormon reading.

I have indexed 18185 records so far this year. Dad indexed three records today.

Family

The Wilkins Family
Here is Grace's account of their fantastic trip last weekend:
"It was so cool! WE went to a bottle forest where they recycled everything! 
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Mike planned the trip and found a cool spot to get out and stretch about halfway through: Bottle Tree Ranch.onhttps://scontent-lax3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/t31.0-8/13668825_10154293041038328_6218443549816321113_o.jpg

Then, we drove four hours to our hotel to change for the beach! The beach was an island so we had to drive across a bridge! 


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They all LOVED the ocean. We went to Coronado Beach first. As soon as we got there, Adam said, "The inside of seashells really DOES sound like the ocean." 
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Sam adored the HUGE "sandbox" to play in! He loved burying his feet and finding them again over and over.
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Grace had so much fun using seaweed as a jump rope.

 After we went to the beach we went back to the hotel to take a shower! Then we went to a restaurant called "Fred's". 
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We grabbed some dinner in Old Town that night... the best Mexican food I've had since leaving Arizona.

Then we went to the hotel to sleep. Then after we woke up we went to the store to get breakfast . Then we went to the Mormon Battalion and panned for gold. 
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We went to the awesome presentation at the Mormon Batallion and panned for gold afterward.
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Sam LOVED the gold!
 Then we walked on a very scary bridge. 

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The next morning, Mike found a cool suspension bridge that was originally builing in the 1910s. It was huge and scary and swayed the entire time... and the kids LOVED it!

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Looking at all of the greenery!


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Then we went to another beach where I found a lot of coral and swam to my dad where I couldn't touch the ground!
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Beach #2: Children's Pool in La Jolla.
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More sand castles. They couldn't get enough.
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These guys wore themselves out swimming for hours.
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Enjoying the warm sand and sun after swimming in the cold water. Sam did NOT want to leave!
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Before we headed out, we stopped at the San Diego temple. SO gorgeous!

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Love these four crazies and I'm so thankful we got to get away with them for a little while!

Then we went to drive home and we shopped for about an hour and then we went to Chik Fil A and then we drove and I was asleep! At the second beach we got a horrible sunburn, but we rented a van!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"

Later, she shared:
"(Sam) was scared a little by the waves. Him and dad were out there! Adam found a living sea biscuit and it died yesterday because it was in the sun too long!!"
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Adam found a living "sea biscuit" that he named McNizzle. Unfortunately, it didn't live for too long in a sand bucket.

What a wonderful vacation this family had!!

Adam has been having knee problems for quite awhile and went to the doctor on Wednesday to find out what is wrong. He will be having physical therapy for awhile to see if that helps strengthen those tendons.

The family had to replant their garden...too much mulch...and are excited for pumpkins!

Allison spent some of her rare spare time working on Christmas - I am sure working on the Wilkins' Jesse Tree ornaments for this year. They are excited that Allison has the next two weeks off work and this family has some fun things planned!

I want to thank Grace for her texts to me this week!! Number one, she has now earned the position of Wilkins' Family Ace Reporter, and Number Two, I get to talk with her and that is almost as good as being in Vegas!!!



The Ethan Rice Family
I got to face time with Kaylee on Wednesday morning. She was helping Daddy do some laundry. I got to see some of the scenery where they are...so many trees!! She told me about a trip she and family took to the Aquarium in Atlanta. She got to pet a shark and a ray, and see a dolphin show where she got splashed!

Cameo and Kaylee headed back home on Sunday.They had a wonderful time!I saw pictures of the aquarium as well as Stone Mountain park where they sat on the grass and enjoyed a laser show and music. Kaylee is quite good at the "Cha Cha Slide"! They stopped by to pick up Catty Lu Lu on their way to get groceries. Busy times ahead for this family!

The Doran Rice Family
This family had a good week and Doran went out on a Man Campout (aka Service Retreat) with his coworkers.
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 And Kooper helps mom's Dog Rescue with the snuggling and loving...

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Morgan
No news from Morgan this week, though we did find out his new job starts tomorrow. 

Kayty
Kayty had Monday and Wednesday off. She had a phone interview for her new job on Monday and was called on Wednesday for more information. She had a drug test on Thursday and seems that she will begin this new adventure on July 25th. They did emphasize that the job was temporary in the interview, but we hope she likes the work and this can lead to a full time position.

The Nathan Rice Family
Annalee had some fun with Mommy and Aunt Cynthia on Sunday evening...
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Jessica and Annalee returned home on Tuesday! It was a long time apart for this family! Nathan is busy studying and preparing for finals, .Nathan talked to Dad during the week and told him that he had earned scholarships for the next three semesters!!! That was an answer to many prayers and I am so grateful to BYU Idaho and the generous individuals who donate money to make this education possible.He is working very hard to get ready for finals this week.

Annalee was a good little daughter and didn't start walking while she was away from Daddy..but it looks like she's getting near...
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 We chatted for a few minutes on Sunday afternoon.

Work
Dad had meetings on Monday. During one meeting with a supplier that has been having great difficulty delivering on time, it was learned that a gentleman, who had worked for Honeywell - moved from position to position and then fired - had also been fired from that company. It surely will help! The group was still in a limbo situation since the new program kickoff comes next week!

My week included hauling palm fronds and branches and doing other yard work

after I exercised, mopping, vacuuming, dusting, completing the wall/trim painting in the playroom, lunch with Grandma on Thursday,  and went to Michaels twice: once with Kayty and once with Grandma





I was in heaven!!!


Dad's Garden
He picked some grapes Monday. We are getting small eggs from the newer hens every day. Peppers are struggling to survive in this heat.

Dad's Truck
No truck work this week.

Year of the House
Not much done this week.

Other highlights
Dad had a great time on trek! Here are some of his pics..



































Nano did the kindest thing this week and I had to share. I have a friend in our ward who has been struggling through some gruelling chemotherapy treatments. The last session almost did her in, and she needed to use a blanket while she was in the hospital a few weeks ago, nearly septic, so Dad took my Nano Blanket over to her. She went on and on about how wonderful it was and she wanted to learn how to make one. Well, leave it to Nano...she had some adorable fabric with big blue whales on it, and got one made for Janet! Janet was so touched, and very thankful for this warm hug from someone who did not even know her. I told her she now was the owner of a 'Nano Blanket"! "As ye have done it unto one of the least of these, my brethren, ye have done it unto me." Thank you, Nano, for the great example to our family!

Not so highlights
It's hot here. Monsoon is non existent. Temperatures are melting. I am thankful it's cool in Idaho and Georgia so at least ALL of us aren't suffering.