Sunday, February 14, 2016

Week of February 8 - 14, 2016


On Tuesday morning, I saw this and it nearly took my breath away:
“The sweetest experience I know in life is to feel a prompting and act upon it, and later find out that it was the fulfillment of someone’s prayer or someone’s need. And I always want the Lord to know that if He needs an errand run, Tom Monson will run that errand for Him.”
~Thomas S. Monson.
Oh, how many times has someone been that answer to my prayer...and how many promptings I have received that have benefited someone I love very much. I had not thought of it as 'running an errand for the Lord' before...

I began my Wednesday at the temple in a wonderful endowment session and Dee ended his day there doing the same thing. Thursday evening, we went and spent over an hour doing family sealing work.

We had a great stake conference on Sunday and heard wonderful talks on making time for scripture study and prayer, serving our neighbors, building a testimony and the atonement in our lives.

I am in Helaman 6 in my scripture reading. 

I have indexed 2575 records so far this year.


The Wilkins Family
They had a good week. Still working on purchasing their house. Allison now has a part time job working at the temple keeping it sparkling clean. I have done volunteer cleaning at our temple once. Each stake is assigned a week here, but there are also three full time people that make sure there is not one spot of dust on anything. It is quite a difficult and sacred job to do. Nicest place in the world to work, too.Allison told me on Sunday that they are required by their lender to take a nine hour home buying course. A pain, maybe, but hopefully they will learn a lot and that it will be worth it.

The Ethan Rice Family
Cameo caught the respiratory virus everyone has had, and only worked till 1 pm on Monday and took Tuesday off to rest. While she was off Tuesday, Kaylee started throwing up...and did so all day. Mommy had a respiratory virus and Kaylee had a tummy virus, which kept them home Wednesday too. Kaylee called on Saturday and sounded good. I heard from Wade that even Ethan was sick out in Atlanta this week. Tummy bugs are no fun!

Kaylee and Cam made and decorated cupcakes on Saturday...

The Doran Rice Family
Busy week. They went to find Valentines on Thursday evening and the stores were bare. Doran came to the rescue!! (So doggone proud of that guy!)
They had fun on Valentine's Day too...

Morgan called on Tuesday night and is doing well. He has someone special in his life and is very happy. He has been working as a weld fitter and in the future will be trained to weld. Pretty awesome! He might even get to go to Texas to work for a few weeks.We were able to meet his new girlfriend Christy on Saturday.

She is very nice and is being a great influence in Morgan's life. He is already in better clothing and shoes and is working toward getting his driver's license and clearing up all that old stuff in his driving past.
Monday, Kayty had a good day at work and went to "Bachelor" that night. Tuesday, she had a job interview at an insurance company, which turned out to be a Multi Level marketing scam. Ugh! She headed to Paulden, near Prescott, to visit friends on Thursday.
 A blind date had been set up, so she doubled with this couple. She drove to Prescott and back, had to pay for her own movie ticket and dinner and movie snacks, and the guy didn't even say goodbye. Kayty has come in contact with so many church guys that have spent their time not learning manners. Anyway, she spent the night there, and on Friday, stopped at the Out of Africa Wildlife Park on her return trip.  (You get in free in your birth month.)
 And why she needed a pic of this creature I will NEVER understand...
She later said that this was a new cage for this creature. He had to be moved because there was a black widow in his original one. Who ever knew black widows could be deadly to snakes??

She had to work both Saturday and Sunday this week.

Total saves this week: 3

The Nathan Rice Family
Nathan made it through a rough school week. Calculus is tough! Physics is tough! And he told me the classes he is taking the next semester, which include some horrible math class and Chemistry. He will be able to stay unemployed for that semester, which helps with two students and a baby in the house. Annalee had been a fussy girl, and Tuesday night, they discovered that her first tooth had finally broken through.

I wonder what goes through those sweet little minds when they experience tooth pain. They must be so confused!

She enjoyed her Valentine's Day gift from Grammy and Papa...

We talked on Saturday night and he is still working hard on that doggone Calculus.

Annalee is loving her walker that looks like a car, though she is not a very good driver and keeps crashing into things. 
Happy Valentine's Day from Annalee in Idaho!

Dad's days started every day at 6 am and then his 6:30 meetings. Every day. Same group. Same questions. How much are you saving at company x? Team meetings at the end of those, but not every day. He visited suppliers, worked with his team members to progress on this Project Normandy, and did company assessments.On Friday, the 'powers that be' decided it was too much work for him to be both a captain and a crew member, so his suppliers are being assigned to others and he is a full time captain. He was very relieved.

My week included laundry, cooking, dusting, vacuuming,painting the entryway (hurray...I love it!)
more of the same, helping in the garden, grocery shopping, picking up key limes, shopping, paint prep in the living room (corners, by base boards, etc. so when I can paint I can just use the roller on the rest.), trash, helping in the garden a little, and some great jogging!

Dad's Garden
Dad got the pepper garden filled with sand, mulch and got it ready to plant bell peppers and other peppers in. I even helped turn it over and mix in the mulch and minerals.

Dad's Truck
Nothing this week.

Year of the House
As I mentioned, the entryway is painted. I was just wanting something more neutral, so I got paint to match the family room/kitchen and painted.

Next is the living room, but that will have to come in pieces, since there is a LOT to paint!

The most EPIC of the week was my bedroom ceiling, which went from this

Through this

To this

 Plus they finished the bathroom ceiling skylight cover up...And redid the front porch ceiling which had been peeling off.

It looks so nice!! and when I was cleaning up, the smell of drying joint compound brought back so many memories of building this house and little Allison and Ethan toddling around, with Doran in a playpen while we painted and did all we had to do.

Other highlights
 We made eggrolls from this dude...

I got a new sugar cookie recipe from a friend who is an expert at everything baking! I am going to try this, but I am sharing now...

I get more compliments on these. And they are even better when done in a Bosch. They are soft and tasty but easy peasy to roll out. Chill the dough at least 4 hours but better to do it overnight. That's what I do. And make the dang things thick so they stay soft! But that's just me...and lots of thick butter frosting. And my secret ingredient in the frosting is lots of anise extract! Yum! Oma’s Best Ever Sugar Cookies
1 & 1/2 cups (3 cubes) butter, softened
1 & 1/2 cups sugar
2 eggs
1 Tablespoon vanilla
2 Tablespoons milk
4 cups flour
1 Tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
Cream together butter, sugar, eggs and vanilla until light and fluffy. Add milk, mix well. Sift together flour, baking powder, and salt. Stir into creamed mixture, blending well.
Chill at least 4 hours or overnight.
On lightly floured surface, roll half of chilled dough (keeping other half in frig) to 1/4 inch thickness. Cut with desired cookie cutters and place on ungreased cookie sheet. (I use parchment paper)
Bake in 375 degree pre-heated oven for 10 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove from pan and cool before frosting.
1 cube butter, softened
1/4 -1/2 teaspoon anise or other flavoring
Food coloring (optional)
1 - 16 ounce bag of powdered sugar
Enough milk to make a stiff, spreading consistency
Mix all ingredients and mix well. (If using more than one color food coloring, separate frosting into smaller bowls and add coloring)

I met with my co-leader, Angie Day, and learned about my cub scout duties. She has only served in this calling one month longer than I have, so we are learning this new program together. I spent a couple of hours on Pinterest and found lots of things and some great handouts that helped me understand the new program better. No More Arrow Points. No more tortuous arrows to sew on scout uniforms. Best thing ever!

Not so highlights
For my new cub scout calling, I spent nearly five hours listening to training and answering questions. Totally NOT my idea of fun!

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