Saturday, November 18, 2017

Week of November 12 - 18, 2017

Highlights:

Spiritual
Sunday started with meetings for me: cub scout committee and then choir practice. Dad spent the morning preparing for his lesson next Sunday. We had great Sacrament, Sunday School and Priesthood/Relief Society meetings too.

Dad spent his Sunday evening home teaching. He visited two families.

I prepared the scout calendar on Sunday for our next couple of months. Cub Scouts was...busy...on Wednesday night. We now have 8...yes 8 very active, friendly, talkative boys who all attend the same school and all are friends. Sister Day and I go home with no voice and no energy. Dad volunteered last night to attend meetings for awhile, just as crowd control.

Dad attended a session at the temple on Wednesday night.

I tried to Visit Teach this week. The sister was going to call me as soon as she got home from Visiting Teaching. I sat all ready all day...and she must have forgotten or got busy. My visiting teachers came on Thursday.

I have indexed 33434 records so far this year.

I am in Enos  in the Book of Mormon.

Family

The Wilkins Family
Happy Birthday, Allison on Sunday!

Adam brought home a school project of sorts...Kim (short for Kim Jong Un Wilkins)
Quite an adventure!

The Ethan Rice Family
Ethan and Cameo picked up a new ping pong table over the weekend. A great addition to the basement.
We received these Fall Pics from Cameo


Kaylee took part in an adorable Thanksgiving program at her school on Friday. We loved the video Cameo shared as the cutest pilgrim girl in the bunch (there were also turkeys and Indians) sang some cute songs.

The Doran Rice Family
Doran, Amber, Kelsie and Kooper continued their normal busy week.

Morgan
Morgan started a new job on Monday working for a wholesale landscape company. He also helped Dad haul a lot of stuff to the bulk trash pile.

Kayty
Kayty got her oil changed and her car cleaned out and vacuumed at the dealership. She DOES have a floor in that car! Work went well, though she had to go in early a few days due to computer system updates. After work Saturday, she went to some friends house to watch Lord of the Rings.

The Nathan Rice Family
I spoke with Anna and Nathan on Sunday and Monday nights. Potty training is going well and she is a real superstar! We also spoke on Saturday afternoon. He took a brief break from tons of homework to chat with Dad.

Dad's Garden
Dad planted tomatoes on Monday after work.

Tuesday morning, he found the plants all eaten. We have some sort of rodents out there that dig holes and eat young plants, and chicken wire can't keep them out. All his carrot seedlings are scarfed up by quail. No carrots in the Spring here. He is looking forward to planting seeds in December.

Year of the House Part 2
No work this week or next.

Other highlights
First Christmas lights on Monday during my walk (toe is still not cooperating) and then the radio Christmas music started on Tuesday morning. 

First round of Christmas decorations completed. Just did some of the living room and will do the rest after all return home the first weekend in December.







Dad got his car all cleaned out, vacuumed and washed. (We had a sprinkle of rain and it made his car look atrocious!)
 He and Morgan got the porch all cleaned up. I hope to eat Thanksgiving Dinner here.

 Dad got called to a new calling on Thursday night. I will let you know after he is sustained. 

Dad subbed at grade school Friday. One of the kids threatened to hit another teacher in the head with a rock. Isn't school fun now days!

Not so highlights
Not so good news on Tuesday. Honeywell is getting rid of more people on December 22nd. (Merry Christmas, right?) Everyone is already worked to death, long days, nights, and doing the work of many people already fired. The mood from all was pretty subdued the rest of the work week. Dad did apply for four other jobs, and he is in the "keep" pile at the Arizona Department of Revenue. 

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Week of November 5 - 11, 2017

Highlights:

Spiritual
We enjoyed a wonderful Southwest Area Conference Broadcast on Sunday morning. In the initial half hour that was locally run, our choir was invited to sing "Master, The Tempest Is Raging" which is one of my favorite songs to sing, but I missed the initial singing since I was away enjoying my Idaho family. Anyway, it was just a sweet and fun blessing to be able to sing that song. I enjoyed Elder Christofferson's talk, reminding us of some of the things President Monson, our prophet, has said in recent talks. We had planned on visiting Aunt Betty Wetzel on our afternoon with no church, but she was unable to have us over, so I prepared scouts for the week and Dad read the General Conference Ensign Magazine.

For Cub Scouts this week, we colored Thank You Cards and I mailed them to the ten veterans in our ward on Thursday. The boys actually colored for a few minutes before getting very distracted. Seven sweet but very active eight year old boys is proving to be a challenge for both Sister Day and I.

Doran attended a session at the Phoenix Temple on Wednesday evening.

I have indexed 32712 records so far this year.

I am in 2 Nephi 27 in the Book of Mormon.

Family

The Wilkins Family
The Wilkins had a good week, and had hoped to have their own family back yard campout on Friday night. The kids spent hours setting up tents etc.  However, the neighbors were having a crazy loud party so the campout was postponed. They attended the Veteran's Day Parade on Saturday.



The Ethan Rice Family
Sunday was a busy day last week: two parties and a baby shower. They only got to get to the birthday parties but had a good time and enjoyed the lovely weather.











We Facetimed with Ethan and Cameo on Thursday night. Kaylee was in good spirits, though she had been having troubles sleeping. Turns out, a doctor visit on Friday discovered an ear infection. She had a hard time getting the medicine down this time, but Ethan was the hero in getting meds taken so she could sleep. They have been planning Wade's first birthday cake too.

The Doran Rice Family
Doran and Family are doing well.

Morgan
Morgan is in between things. Not sure what is happening but we picked him up Saturday night and he slept on the couch in Dad's office.

Kayty
Kayty had a good week, both with work and with friends she met.


Saw a movie Saturday morning. Health has been good.


The Nathan Rice Family
Nathan has been having great success in some of his classes. He is really good at programming and that helps other students working on their projects. He is working producing a fly reel as well as 3d printing items. All seemed to go well at school this week, and Jessica is nearing completion of her online religion class. Here are some pics from their Halloween trick or treating with their two sweet Snow Whites





Dad's Garden
I picked lettuce for a few salads for Dad this week. This warmer weather is surely confusing our lettuce plants and before they get many leaves on them, they bolt (leaves turn bitter and prepare to go to seed...a typical February/March event.)

Year of the House Part 2
Progress...
The wall built tends to move a bit, so dad spent the week adding support boards before drywall goes on. In addition, to keep the wall stable, dad will build a small cabinet that will hold towels etc and add stability. I don't want an additional post going up to the ceiling on the corner to stabilize.
Other highlights
My cell phone had been acting crazy since Halloween. Morgan tried to fix. Ethan gave us advice on how to fix. I finally ordered a newer one on Monday. Came on Saturday...but I have yet to be able to activate it. Sim card problems it says.

I got the boat vacuumed out...it was full of mesquite tree junk...and we got the new cover put on.

I got all the nativity scenes up by Tuesday. I also got the big tree out of the hut and vacuumed up all the bug and spider swarf in my hut. Sadly I had to get rid of the Styrofoam Nathan had gotten me when he worked at Lowes delivering appliances. Crickets ate it, and then spiders ate the crickets. Dad is applied bait poison in my hut to get rid of the bugs as well as poison some termites. The new Styrofoam is pre treated to be bug resistant so my new foam should be safe.

Christmas tree went up. Netting was also applied in the entryway to keep Lilly out!


I still need to hang the stockings. That's all I am going to do before Thanksgiving (no Dad Hunting Tree or other decorations yet.) I am going to get garland and create two rows of stockings...we have that many now! So glad our family is growing!!

Nano shopping this week included the grocery store, the bank, her hair dresser, and then to church for her little old lady luncheon.

Roasted one turkey to take the meat to Nano. It cooked in that large roaster, a kind of experiment. It cooked very long...too long...so for the 'good' turkey I will cook less time. 

Not so highlights
With so many things needing to happen, I have a list for each week and each day. I am more productive when I have that list. However, there are way too many things putting a monkey into my works...and that has been frustrating at times. Part of it is that I try to do too much. Like rolls. I set a goal to make Thanksgiving rolls at Thanksgiving. I was to test recipes all year. Those tests ended up being in October, and I have yet to make a good roll, though I have tried every 'easy' and 'fool proof'. One more try this week, and if they cannot come out good and relatively easy, I will be at Costco the day before to buy two bags. I am calling Wednesday before Thanksgiving my baking day: pumpkin pie, pecan pie, and maybe rolls. 

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Week of October 29 - November 4, 2017

Highlights:

Spiritual
Sunday was a lovely day. I indexed, completed my reading of General Conference talks, attended church, had a really spiritual lesson in Sunday School on Family History and taking our ancestors names to the temple, and was greeted at the end of church by our cub scout, Logan Langford, with these...



and this note...

Made my day.

Cub scouts went ...good...on Wednesday, especially since we finally got all seven boys nearly sitting down, and in walks the 11 year old scout leader telling us he is setting up a court of honor. Boys ended up setting up chairs for service and we signed them off without the game they were going to play. Do your best. That's all we can do.

Dad attended the temple on Wednesday evening and performed initiatory ordinances and an endowment ordinance.

I have indexed 31855 records so far this year.

I am listening to a conference talk every day as I exercise. I am in 2 Nephi 8 in the Book of Mormon.

Family

The Wilkins Family
The Wilkins Family had a wonderful week. School was great! Halloween was so much fun for all of them...

Josh was careful to organize his candy...


On Saturday, they took a very special trip to the Cedar City Utah LDS temple Open House. There is only one time to see a temple without a Temple Recommend, and that is during the open house prior to the dedication. It was a great opportunity for Adam, Grace, Josh and Sam to see the inside of the temple.



Sam started the day with pink eye, but a phone call, a dr visit via cell phone, and a new prescription upon arrival took care of everything. Looks like they had a lovely day...


The Ethan Rice Family
This family had a busy Friday and Saturday before Halloween: McDonough Square Trick or Treat, Shaquille O'Neal Trunk or Treat (he lives 10 minutes away from Ethan and Cam), a Saturday trip to LEGO Discovery Center, and then their ward trunk or treat.






Saturday










Ward Trunk or Treat

Cameo took two white hats, added baby washcloths, and came up with these!Mickey 




Mickey and Minnie Mouse, Donald and Daisy Duck





On Monday, Kaylee's school had fun activities and a costume parade.




And that night...Trick or Treating!





The Doran Rice Family
We went to Doran and Ambers for Halloween. I made some "Ghoulash" and some Halloween Cupcakes to bring, and we had a fun night in their neck of the woods.









Morgan

Kayty
Kayty had a good work week...work is always better when you can dress in costume!

For A singles Activity

On Halloween





The Nathan Rice Family
Nathan and Jessica had a good, and busy week! They called while they were out Trick or Treating. Annalee thought it was great to get candy from everyone, though Nathan is going to spend time next year making sure his daughter knows that chocolate is much better than suckers. Nathan got all enrolled in his next semester classes and got exactly the ones he wanted. He had lots of tests, but made sure he was home to give Jess a bit of a break when she was feeling under the weather. Nathan and Ann called and chatted for a bit on Saturday, and Nathan told us of his quest for hot wings in Rexburg...a very unsuccessful quest. Who ever heard of salt and vinegar wings??


Dad's Garden
Garden is doing well. I even harvested the first lettuce for a salad for him on Saturday evening. We still have rabbits in the yard and they have decimated the north snow pea garden.

Year of the House Part 2
Dad and Wade Wallin were superheroes on Thursday! They got a ton done!!




Other highlights
Worked all week on my village...got it all finished by Saturday night.









Next week: nativities, stockings and living room trees. Then focus on Thanksgiving.
Good weekly shopping trip with Nano.


Not so highlights

Dad's dental appointment wasn't so good. He needs a couple of cavities taken care of. This man flosses about 10 times a day and brushes faithfully. Can't even understand.