Sunday, October 25, 2015

Week of October 19 - 25, 2015



My ponderize scripture for the week:
"The work of righteousness shall be peace; and the effect of righteousness quietness and assurance for ever. "   Isaiah 32:17

I began my Wednesday at the temple. Another wonderful session and a perfect way to begin a day! Dee and I attended an evening session together. So, I was in both the 6 am and the 6 pm sessions.

I went Visiting Teaching on Tuesday and had a great visit with a sister in our ward who is new, living in both Flagstaff and Phoenix. We had twelve hours she was in town! Thursday I visited our other sister and had a great visit as well. I composed a packet and letter for our sister that prefers letter contact, and I got 100%.

Dad went home teaching with his companion on Sunday evening and visited the Blakes and the Barton families.

I have indexed a total of 6261 records so far this year.

In my scripture reading, I am in Helaman 9.Dad is in: Bible - Numbers 18; Book of Mormon -  Alma 19. He completed "The Fourth Thousand Years" this week.


The Wilkins Family
Adam texted me on Thursday night that they were on their walk looking at Halloween decorations and he was getting ideas for his display at school. They had school on Friday, and he said his haunted theme decor looked good, including dark colors and fake blood. Josh was going to get to go to Kindergarten all day on Friday, and might be selected for permanent all day kindergarten! Adam's piano skills are always improving, and now he has Christmas music, so Allison has her own personal Christmas pianist. I might be jealous!

The Ethan Rice Family
Cameo posted a few more pics of their fun at Pumpkins in the Pines last weekend that I didn't see till Monday morning...
They found out on Tuesday that Ethan couldn't get the next Monday and Tuesday off, so their Vegas trip is postponed. Kaylee had a good week and got to make Jack o Lantern Jello Jigglers with Grandma Liza.On Friday evening, she Trick or Trunked with Aunt Jade and James, Grampy Wally, Grandma Liza and mommy.
On Saturday, Kaylee took Lexi Doggy Trick or Treating at PetsMart
Ethan and Cameo attended a fun Halloween Party on Saturday night...

The Doran Rice Family
Kooper on a Monday morning...
Doran's first Applewood Smoked Turkey

We found out from a friend of his on Saturday that Morgan is in Utah.He visited Sharynn and family, she told us, and was headed to Washington state to do one of those fishing jobs. He rode to Utah with a car hauler, and was promised $150 dollars to help unload after arriving there (he rode there in one of the vehicles on the hauler). After the unload, where he was almost hit by another passing truck, he went to use the restroom, and when he came out, his possessions were neatly placed by the bathroom door, and the empty truck was gone...and the driver with the promised $150.

He sent me this photo tonight...
This is LaGrande Oregon, where he assured me via message that he was safe and warm.

Kayty started Monday with trying to get ahold of an attorney. She also took Ellie, her car, to be checked out and assessed. There will be no decisions as to what the course of action will be until the other driver's insurance claims responsibility, they said, though she was told to take the car there on Wednesday morning. Tuesday she contacted a few lawyers and worked, though it was very difficult with her wrist and hand.Wednesday she and dad continued to fight insurance companies. Ours is great. The at fault driver's was awful. The had no contact information for anyone, including their own client. Kayty spoke with an attorney after she went and dropped her car off to be worked on and brought home this...

She is not a fan since it can't hold her large sodas.


Anyway, Thursday she had to go to her doctor since her hand and wrist are still very painful and make it difficult to work.They took many xrays and will know in a few days a course of action. She has pain pills that seemed to help her sleep better Thursday night. That, plus the good news that after Dad's tons of emails and calls, plus Kayty calling and getting in touch with an attorney, the other driver's insurance has taken full responsibility for the accident. Now, the negotiations come, and their first offer was unacceptable. She was on the phone with the lawyer. I walked by and saw this:
Gummy Bears...all with their heads eaten a perfect diagonal row.

Needless to say, we stayed clear of her the rest of the day.

She worked Saturday and Sunday, but took time out Saturday evening to attend a ward Halloween Party, with a British theme. She said there were cucumber sandwiches and trifle to eat...and many Peter Pans (some quite disturbing) and a few Queen of England...she, of course, dressed as

Harry Stiles

Fake Tattoos and all!!!

 Her wrist and hand are still very painful, so she is seeing a specialist on Monday.

The Nathan Rice Family
Nathan had a busy work week PLUS he got my refrigerator ordered (with his ten percent discount) and it will be delivered the day before Thanksgiving. Super excited! He was working on getting the information BYU Idaho needed to complete his registration for the next semester (yes, it seems that Idaho is the best and most reasonable option for schooling for now) and then he came to work on his truck parts, and I got to play with Annalee.
 I let Papa briefly hold her as well...
On Friday, he and Dad tried to duck hunt, while Mommy and Annalee had a girls night outing with some of Jessica's friends. With all the rain, there is water puddled and ponded everywhere.

Too bad the ducks weren't aware of that fact.

Nate got a couple of shots off at a coyote.


Dad's work included many meetings, some days with no assignments, and a very busy Friday afternoon, with a problem from a supplier that took many conversations to get taken care of for the moment, and future plans in motion. He has visits next week for this already scheduled. 

With cooler weather comes yard work. I neglected to share my big Saturday project from last week. It began as pulling a few errant lantana plants that had started to grow under an orange tree. It ended up with me crawling under the key lime tree (literally the pokiest and most sticker covered tree known!), trimming out dead branches and sticks and stickers while Dad raked them out, and making so that key lime harvest will be MUCH easier this year! I think I was poked about 50 times, and lost blood to boot, but so worth it. I worked Monday on the area where the Saguaro cactus had fallen down months ago. Got everything picked up, raked up, and I even dug and pulled and dug and pulled and Dee helped me finish off the cactus roots so everything is gone from our poor saguaro. We are going to plant an ocotillo cactus there.I picked up key limes on Tuesday and Wednesday, and dad turned them into frozen bottles of juice. I didn't have to dust on Wednesday, a treat due to the dust being too rained on! Still vacuumed, laundered, etc.Thursday began with pool brushing, more lime picking up (I got nearly 75 limes that were juicable, and threw about 30 small ones over the fence. Hope the cars heading to work weren't too shocked!) I got all the groceries for the next week, the shopping for other items done, and finished my week list. I also worked on the baptismal program for our baptism next weekend.

Dad's Garden
That poor garden was flooded on Tuesday!

Rain all drains to that portion of the yard. It didn't hurt things as much as the naughty little wild rabbits who ate more out of the garden. Dad and I spent an hour or so putting up chicken wire fencing around the entire garden area on Wednesday.

Dad's Truck
Dad and Mike B did lots of engine assembly on Monday. At night, Dad found he needed to switch the position of the carburetors...and dropped a washer. We thought we located it ON the engine, and on Tuesday, Dad made one more check...where he found the washer IN the engine. It was NOT good news, but we said a prayer, and worked and worked, and finally got it out, without having to take the engine apart and replace costly gaskets.

On Friday, Dad tried to make sure his radiator that was assured to fit truly did fit into his core support.

Of did not!

Nate was kind and stayed over after hunting on Friday and ran all the brake lines under the truck. Thank you, Nate, for making a bad day much much better!!

Then on Saturday, Dad found out he was going to have to re-do all those brake lines because something was singled rather than doubled. He spent time in the afternoon and got all the lines he and Nate had done re-done, without too much trouble. The rear brakes are next, and he knows better now.

Other Highlights
My Monday jog was AMAZING! Beautiful cool and moist weather, a sky absolutely packed with stars (more than I had been able to see here in years!!!) and I even saw a frog on my jog. (I know it was really a desert toad, but frog on my jog sounded so much more Dr. Seuss!)

Tuesday we had a beautiful and welcome downpour...Hail and everything!!!

Hail size comparison

West end of back porch...totally flooded

Over an hour after the storm, I went out to see the oregano, and the shade covers were full of hail.

We got some rain and lovely cool weather on Wednesday. I also got many check boxes completed on my list for the week.

Final Christmas shopping is in full swing and I got a few people completed this week. Still working on more, but my Kaylee Work Weeks are too busy to get anything done. My weeks off are full of lists of things to do. My only "fun" is when it's supposed to be a Kaylee Day and she is off with Mommy and Daddy, and those days are very rare.

I woke Friday morning to this:
Love it!!!

Community Yard sale near us was full of good and cheap finds! Great books for kids, and other interesting items.

Dad helped Brother Shepherd, a wonderful ward member, work on his Christmas light display.

Yes, Rice not be too shocked! He helped with a Christmas light display. He is helping design and machine a sturdier display for the Shepherds. It is pretty near our house, so when it's done, I will take a pic and send you all over there. The man who doesn't touch an outdoor light here will facilitate a pretty awesome display...elsewhere!

I completed reading "Best Loved Christmas Stories of the LDS People". Enjoyed it!!

Not so highlights
I guess you could say we are sad that Kayty's hand and wrist are still so hurt! We are sad Morgan had to leave the state to find work. But we are ever so thankful all are well!!!

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Week of October 12 - 18, 2015



My scripture that I ponderized this week was in Doctrine and Covenants 84 verse 88:
"I will be on your right hand and on your left, and my Spirit shall be in your hearts, and mine angels round about you, to bear you up."

Dad enjoyed a wonderful Wednesday evening session at the temple.

We had another Sacrament meeting where we were spiritually fed so much! We have the most wonderful youth and adults in our ward!!

I completed reading all of the General Conference Talks this week and have started going over specific ones. I am really focusing on my thoughts during the partaking of the Sacrament and read the talk from the Sunday afternoon session by Elder Asay, which helped me so much. I am in Alma 53 in my Book of Mormon reading.

Dad's reading is: Bible-Numbers 15,  Book of Mormon  Alma 11,  Nearly finished with "The Fourth Thousand Years". 

I didn't get much indexing done this week. So far, I have indexed 5970 names this year.

The Wilkins Family
I didn't include last week that both Adam and Grace auditioned for and got parts in their school Christmas musical. Adam narrates and Grace plays Cupid the Reindeer. 

The Ethan Rice Family
Ethan began his new position this week and moved into his own office. He showed us his wonderful dream come true car, too.

No beautiful red BMW is perfect without a candy corn towel in the driver seat!
He had the week off from Pizza Work, as Kaylee calls it. The family enjoyed every minute! Ethan got caught up on yard work and finished decorating the front of their house for Halloween.They went and saw a movie on Tuesday.  Mommy had to work a different shift on Wednesday, so she and Kaylee had the morning together and Daddy picked her up and had the evening together. That day had been very busy for Ethan. He arrived at work to a fire clean up. Apparently a 9 volt battery had been thrown in a trash receptacle and ignited a pretty damaging fire.

Saturday, they spent the day at the Arizona State Fair
The spent the night in Flagstaff, had breakfast at "The Place" on Sunday
And then went to "Pumpkins In The Pines". It was not as good as the advertisements said, but they had a good time.

The Doran Rice Family
All are doing well. They are excited for Halloween to come! Kelsie is going to be a Zombie and Kooper is going to be a monkey...his favorite!!

Morgan texted on Tuesday evening searching for frequent flyer airline tickets. He has heard of a job in South or North Dakota.Kyle and he are having a difficulty working. Kyle's car was impounded due to outstanding unpaid tickets.

Kayty had Monday and Tuesday off. She has had a few low glucose problems last week and Monday was no exception. I had checked on her early, and she had fallen asleep with a sucker in her mouth.


I talked to her and she seemed ok so I sent her off for a good tooth brushing and went on exercising. I checked her once again, and nothing odd...and little cold but not odd. I went to wake up Dad a little earlier than normal, and I turned right to check on her, and she was not right. I got one and a half cans of soda down her before the seizures came. It took over two cans, but she was up to 95 and fine. I am so thankful for tender mercies and promptings!! I am also so thankful she was ok on the night we were in Vegas.

She had a short work day Wednesday and then a long work day, beginning in Tempe, on Thursday.

Friday was NOT a good day. Someone ran a stop sign in a private parking lot and hit her Ellie. She ended up getting a bit banged up too. I grabbed Kaylee and we went over to take her to urgent care. Five xrays later, she was deemed ok, but she has been in pain for days. Missed work on Friday. Ethan said the car might be totaled, though it is drivable and doesn't appear that damaged. The frame may have taken the brunt. So thankful she is ok!

Poor Ellie!

Her new dress came in the mail, which healed her heart a bit...

She worked Saturday as best she could, and spent the rest of the evening on the couch in pain. 

The Nathan Rice Family
Nathan worked 3am to noon this week. He helped with Annalee and worked on his truck. Jessica has been back to working as much as she can as well.Nate had saved lots of time to help Dad on Friday, but when we had to take off to care for Kayty, he and Jess decided to head up to Young for a weekend at Jess's family trailer there.


Dad started the week with a huge Kaizen Event at the Deer Valley plant. He has been getting other assignments from Boss A, preparing for his return to his former position, plus on Tuesday, he was told he had a huge document as well as training to Wednesday. He didn't attend the Kaizen event that day and completed the required reading and training. He has been assigned to be the new SAP Go-to Person, which gives him additional responsibility.

Kaylee and I began our Halloween Activities this week. We had a lot of fun...and the BEST part was Daddy picking her up! As I said, Ethan didn't work his second job this week, and it was just a delight have my work day end a bit earlier. I didn't realize how exhausting the prior Kaylee week was!!

We played with playdough and did stories and poems on the felt board

Made a wreath


crawled like a spider and did a spider toss

stamped spiders...

ate spider treats and snacks

tossed and counted ghosts...

glued and colored

made monster cookies

made monster faces

painted a door hanger with an orange glittery ghost on it
made a spooky candy haunted graham cracker house

rested with a black cat

and was a perfect angel when Grammy and Papa grabbed her up, and rushed off to take Kayty to Urgent Care after her car accident.

Dad's Garden
Snow peas are doing well and our only troubles have been from critters in the yard that love eating fresh young sprouts. We have lost many a carrot plant. Dad sprays whiteflies on the grapevines every couple of days. Those things are a menace! Winter grass is coming up all over the yard, thanks to the wonderful rain!

Dad's Truck
LOTS done on the truck this week. Mike B and Nate helped a lot. The end of week  cooler weather helped a lot!!! He disassembled the engine, installed the new cam, replace and re put together many things, including adjusting valves and lifters.

Other highlights

Rain! We had rain this week!!!
We had a fun meatloaf dinner at Dorrie's on Sunday evening. Nate, Jess and Annalee came back from Young, and Ethan, Cam and Kaylee came back from Flagstaff for Grandma's good food. We had a huge hailstorm on the way there...Grandma ended up getting an inch of rain from that storm alone!

Annalee was able to meet Uncle Ethan, Aunt Amber and Uncle Doran, and her cousins Kelsie, Kooper and Kaylee.

Not so highlights
It was a warm week until Friday, and the worst was that while it was too warm to play outdoors too much, it was too cool for the pool. Worst times!

Kayty had worked hard to pay off that car, and had paid extra...and now she may have to get another one. No fun.