Sunday, July 19, 2015

Week of July 13 - 19, 2015


I planned on attending the temple Tuesday morning, but got times mixed up and missed the first session. Epic fail! I attended a beautiful session Wednesday morning. I am so blessed to be there and serve and to witness kind service given. A younger sister and a sister who seems to suffer from arthritis, regularly come. They don't know each other, but when one sister needed help, I saw this beautiful young sister help, even kneeling on the floor to help with shoes. I was so amazed. The temple is a place of love and service. Dee and I decided to go to a session  Wednesday late afternoon, which was amazing as well.

In scripture reading, I am in Alma 15. Dee is reading in First Timothy.

I indexed more Freedmen Records and a couple of Ship Passenger Manifests. As of this point, I have indexed over 3514 names.


The Wilkins Family
Adam and Grace were pushing up and sitting up on Monday. Kayty treated Adam to a Las Vegas Buffet. Twelve years of age has its privileges.
Adam is still working hard on the Water Polo team, and the other kids seem to enjoy waiting for him. They went to a park with Kayty one evening, and rode Joshy's scooter thingy down a hill. Mike was cool and collected, but my daughter who can jump off the Stratosphere was screaming like a baby!
She showed me pics of the kids exercising, singing, playing, and Sam totally enjoying a balloon. The Wilkins family was supposed to have a Stake   but they have been deluged with rain, so it became a movie night.

The Ethan Rice Family
Cameo texted me earlier in the week and updated our fish count. Last Saturday night, they went out on Lake Pleasant and Cameo caught 6, Ethan caught one. They had a good time, though the boat was acting up. That boat! We are grateful Ethan keeps such good care of it! The week was spent planning for the family campout. We picked Cam and Kaylee up on Friday morning, and her dad, Wade, drove behind us, helping haul and set up. More info in other highlights area of blog.They spent time driving around Payson, drove to Pine, and decided the weather was too wonderful NOT to stay and enjoy, so they found a Motel 6 and enjoyed a cool evening rain while they slept dry. They also took Kaylee to her first theater movie, and she really liked "Minions".

The Doran Rice Family
Doran and Amber got back into the swing of things after their wonderful Michigan/Ohio vacation. They joined us on Saturday morning on the campout.

 Kelsie had brand new shoes and a great attitude! She was ready to fish!! More in Other highlights.

Morgan and Kyle shared dinner with Amber and Doran on Friday night. Morgan had a job interview Friday and couldn't come to the campout on Saturday. He stopped by briefly on Sunday too.

Kayty's time in Vegas improved as she received her glasses and contacs from home I had mailed on Saturday. Still she needed FOUR more pairs of shoes! She had a great time staying with Allison and Mike, torturing nephews and a niece, spent a couple of nights in the Rio Hotel (jumping on the bed, enjoying king sized heaven, cooling off by the hotel pool,shopping...

She had a relaxing week of just enjoying sister time, with niece, nephews, and brother in law included, all day rides at the Stratosphere,
and fun.
These two sisters have always amazed me! Since the moment Kayty was born, they were the BEST of friends. Always. Allison was always so patient with that little sister. She rarely complained about anything Kayty did. They shared a room and shared everything...and they are still close, though they live miles apart! Two beautiful sisters!!!

She got home Sunday after a wonderful week and then spending the night at some friend's house!! I spent the next hours helping her find a locations for her new "Shoe Children". It's really nice to have her home!She was assigned to a different Singles' Ward and found some of her old group of friends. She went to a movie night Sunday evening.

The Nathan Rice Family
Nate and cleaned up and painted a weight bench/set last weekend, and he ended up selling it on Monday! Made some money too! He worked on truck parts when he could, and he spent a lot of time finishing up semester work and preparing for finals. Nate and Jess had more last minute school work than they thought, so they weren't able to attend our outing. Hopefully, they can come to town next year!!!They stopped by Sunday evening for a visit and we had a good time. They have a busy finals week ahead and they are in our prayers.

Dad spent Monday morning in meeting...after meeting...after meeting. He did some training at the Deer Valley plant and made some progress in solving one of the top ten parts issues. He did this on two consecutive days and most were very interested and wanted to learn more. He also was dealing with a supplier for a co-worker out of town.Next week, he is working for a different co-worker who is away, in addition to his regular work. I sometimes think all his bosses just want to make him crazy!

Dad's garden
It's pretty done, though the herbs and peppers are still surviving. He even planted a plant given to him that is supposed to truly be a Trinidad Scorpion. There is so much deceit in the very hot pepper world. I am not sure what drives someone to sell fake seeds, or erroneous seeds, but it happens...and you don't know what you have planted until you harvest, as Dad found out! He has been busy drying and grinding all week!

Dad's truck
With Nathan's great help, Dad's steering column and box is totally installed. He got the lines hooked up, new seals in the power steering box, and the lines all connected. He got the power steering/ a/c bracket all cleaned up and painted. He also installed the belts, and now is preparing to machine a specialized part so he can install the fan.

Other highlights
I jogged on Monday, though my hip started bugging me, so it was a two mile run and a one mile walk. I go the pool brushed, the house cleaned and vacuumed, some stuff into the attic from Kayty's room, and made a pioneer bonnet. I also did yard work, raking up needles and clipping off some pesky mesquite beans before they fell to the ground.

I worked on the bathroom floor, cleaning that white grout. I found a recipe that was just a mix of baking soda and peroxide. Make a paste, put it on the grout, leave it for an hour, wipe up. It was working, though I didn't have enough time to do it all this week.

I finished what I could and sealed that.

I baked sugar cookies. I love sugar cookies (though with my new eating lifestyle, I didn't eat any) and they still smell good. I don't have time at Christmas to do it, so I baked loads of star shaped cookies.

I ground up ten pounds of chicken breast and packaged that for future use.

Kayty had an ice berg attached to the back of her I carefully put insulin in boxes and set out. Two days later, it was gone! New insulin is happy (And Cigna was also contacted. They either send Nate's medicine to us...or our medicine to him. I hope they are straight now.)

I found more evidence of termites, so cousin Eric came out, drilled holes in the concrete (I had to clean up the cement dust before he pumped the poison in). It was nice to see him.

We came home from shopping to find our letter carrier delivering mail...and a gentleman who was looking for water. (I am not sure how he managed to walk over two miles past many houses and come down the dirt road to get to ours.) We filled a sack with water bottles, granola bars, fruit snacks, an apple and $5 to help out. He wanted a ride to the next town, which we thought might be Prescott, but we had no time, and really felt pretty bad about doing that. Hope what little we did helped!

Christmas in July included working on my ornaments, reading more of my Christmas Story book, making cookies
First Annual Rice Family Campout
Dad and I dropped Beau at Grandma's house and then went to Cameo's to pick her and Kaylee up.

Cam's dad, Wade, was kind enough to help get Cameo and Ethan's stuff up to camp and help with us. I told him he was an honorary Rice, since he did so much to make the trip a success! We were also surprised that, after working in the morning, Ethan's boss let him off work, and he beat us up to camping, which was such a blessing, since he warned us early of a traffic slow down due to a trailer roll over accident on the way there,

An older gentleman and his wife were driving, pulling a trailer. It appeared that he hit the side guardrail, overcorrected, spun around and their full size camping trailer rolled over. No one was hurt, thankfully, but I am sure it was heartbreaking for them.

Thankfully, Kayty slept through it all.

and found our original destination was full, so he located us the best area! Free, no crowds, huge camping area...only problem was no potty, but it was a few miles away, and we will certainly set our own up in the future.  We located each other, and began setting up camp.

 Camp was barely set up, and it started to rain...and rain...and pour and rain!

 We enjoyed hot cocoa and some lunch.


 It was cold and wet!
 After over an hour of rain, we headed to our cars to wait it out.
We decided to head down to Woods Canyon Lake to check things out, since everything was so wet. At first, it was very dry near the Lake, which surprised us! We got there, the men set up and began to fish...and the skies opened and it poured and rained and poured. 

We headed back to camp, where it had rained more. To be honest, I was soaked from head to toe, and since normal rain at Woods Canyon is once a day, and pretty minimal, I brought no other pants, socks or shoes for dad and I. Cameo, however, just kept plugging on, getting stuff cleaned up, people changed into dry clothing. Wade help mop up their tent, which had become a river when we were gone. I made taco soup, and then smores and apple cobbler. With warm, happy tummies, we all headed to our homes for the night: Ethan, Cam, Kaylee and Wade to their tent, and Dad and I to the back of the jeep. Believe me, it WAS NOT Comfy! But it was warmer than being soaking wet and outside. My feet were sopped...and so cold. Dad worked forever to get them warmed up. He was a hero!! We had a long, fitfull night, but we managed to get some sleep.

In the morning, Dad cooked pancakes, and we tried to reach Amber and Doran to see if they were coming, but there was absolutely no phone reception. It was so cloudy, so it was decided to tear down camp before any more rain came and then head to the lake. We were blessed to meet Amber and Doran and family on the way to the lake, and we all sat down and enjoyed our time fishing.

 Papa and Kaylee threw rocks in the water tank right next to our car

We had tried and tried to get ahold of Amber and Doran, but couldn't. We weren't even sure they were coming. So, we headed to the lake...finally heard from them on the way, and met up to have a fun day fishing!

Kaylee fishing with BOTH of her grandpas! Grammy Wally and Papa!

Ethan caught the first fish

Kaylee was not quite IN to touching it

Kooper had a BLAST exploring. He loved looking and touching everything!

Kooper saw some dogs, getting ready to canoe and swim, with life vests and all. He saw them run into the lake, and he followed! Grammy rescued once, and Kelsie rescued the rest of the time.

Finally, poor Kooper explored too near the water, and fell head and face first into the lake. All he wanted was his daddy!

Everyone caught at least one fish

 Cameo brought chips and other great snacks down to the lake...
 I brought a bag filled with sandwich makings, so we had a lakeside buffet...

Kaylee wanted to "sweep" so Uncle Doran cut her a new fern branch (to replace the dead one she found that began her work) and she was sweeping the shore...and people too. Dip and sweep.

Kooper didn't fish, but he sure had fun with any pole someone would leave sitting.

It had been a long day and the fishing had slowed, so we decided to pack up and each go our separate ways.
 Final Fish Catch Count
Dad = 5
Ethan = 2
Cameo = 4
Doran = 1
Kelsie = 2
Wade Wallin = 2
(Cameo has the official tally but I haven't received the text from her yet)

We did stop once, right along the Mogollon Rim, for some pictures...

We had clouds nearly all the way home, and we had wind while we were gone (pine needles a plenty on the ground!) Dad went to pick up Beau (thank you Dorrie) while I did laundry and cleaned. He then cleaned and fried six trout...and boy were they ever delicious!!

We went out to WalMart later and refilled the Grub Box with needs and stuff we had used, and waited for Kayty...who decided to stop at a friends and spend the night.

We fed the missionaries Sunday evening: Burgers, fries, salad, limeade.

Not so highlights
I was driving in my jeep to Costco, and the a/c blower kept shutting off. Thus, we had to take Dad's jeep on the campout. Not as comfortable, but the a/c is great.

When Morgan and Kyle were doing last minute party prep last week, some of the guys truck parts got moved (we had stated that the porch was a truck part zone, but Dad walked out on the porch and stuff was already moved without his knowledge.) We are still trying to locate some of Nate's truck parts, and it set him back a bit. Note to self: pizza parties ONLY for family, and not until the porch truck stuff is done. 

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