Sunday, December 10, 2017

Week of December 3 - 9, 2017

Highlights:

Spiritual
We had a wonderful Fast and Testimony Meeting on Sunday. Almost all of my cubs stood and bore the strongest testimonies. They are good young men raised by good parents...and I will need to remember that when they cannot sit in a circle on the floor.

Our temple is having its two week maintenance shut down so no temple this week.
Dad had a good scout presidency/planning meeting. They had a campout on Friday and he attended. It was very disorganized and last minute. Not sure if that is just how they work though.

My cub scouts were just as talkative and crazy, but the hero interview reports they shared were amazing. Their heroes: a few grandfathers, one father, one uncle, one brother, and Spider-Man (this boy has a crazy home life with divorced parents that make it crazy, so I totally understood the Spider man thing.) They surprise me over and over...if they would only sit in their chairs instead of under them, beside them, laying behind them...

I am in Alma 5 in my Book of Mormon reading.

I have indexed 35519 records so far this year.

Family

The Wilkins Family
Wilkins Family had a good week.

The Ethan Rice Family
Ethan and Cameo got up early Sunday morning, packed and weighed suitcases, shifted and weighed again, and were off to the airport for their flight home.




When you have been gone for awhile, the first grocery shop is always heavy...
And they were surprised with Snow on Friday!!!

They woke up Saturday morning to this...


The Doran Rice Family
Doran and Amber and family are good. They are struggling with a very sick pup and that has taken a lot of extra time.

Morgan
No news from Morgan this week.

Kayty
Kayty had a good work week. She awoke early Saturday morning to be at a volunteer Princess event: The Bibbity Bobbity Brunch in Apache Junction before going to work. It is a volunteer group that attends events dressed as characters that have been pre approved. (She is approved for Belle, Snow White, and maybe a pink Power Ranger).

The Nathan Rice Family
Nathan and Jessica had busy weeks apart...till Thursday, and then they had a busy week together. Jessica came by and I got to play with Anna and Ellie on Tuesday.

I went with Jessica and played with Anna on Wednesday.



They stopped by on their way to the airport Thursday morning. Anna got one more time on the swings. They had a good flight home and now are in frosty Rexburg in each others warm arms. Nathan has finals next week and then a break.

Dad's Garden
We are harvesting lettuce almost daily and I even put some chard in one of his salads. His super hot peppers are producing...and they are very hot! He is picking up key limes but they are on the small side. We finally have had some cool nights this week and our citrus is turning more orange.

Year of the House Part 2
Dad started on the new towel cabinet in the bathroom on Friday.

Other highlights
Lots of beautiful Christmas lights to enjoy while I walk early in the morning...and even more when I took a walk on Friday night. 

Working on my new theme for my family doings next year has started. I fasted and prayed and slowly, line upon line, things are coming to me. I saw a family that the grandmother had a theme that she and her husband prayerfully selected for their family for the year, and they have done many things to support that theme. Their family is all nearby them, but mine is not, but I hope that the things I am thinking about will keep us all unified across the miles.

Not so highlights
Nano's shopping day this week was not so good. The house alarm was going off when I got there. It took me calling Scott, talking to the police who arrived, calling the Alarm company twice and finally writing to cancel the service. She was pretty upset after that but we did get her bloodwork done, her groceries purchased, and I got some pretty paper flowers put on her Christmas tree for our Mexican Christmas theme. The theme kind of lost its fun. 

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Week of November 26 - December 2, 2017

Highlights:

Spiritual
We so enjoyed having Ethan, Cameo, Kaylee and Wade attend Sacrament Meeting with us on Sunday! I loved sitting snuggling a granddaughter during the meeting. Our meeting included talks about the Fast To Feast that the youth and their leaders did a couple Wednesdays ago. They began a fast for missionary work Tuesday after dinner, continued through their Wednesday of school, and then we encouraged to bring a friend not of our faith to the feast on Wednesday at Young Men/Young Womens. I sat with a primary class for the next two hours substituting for one of the teachers, and Dad enjoyed Deacons quorum and was set apart after church.

I came down with a terrible stuffy nose and wasn't able to attend the temple this week. It has been a long time. I had planned to go, but needed to visit teach, take Morgan to and from work, etc. that got in the way.

Dad enjoyed his first Young Mens meeting this week. They worked on the hiking merit badge and had a guest from another ward come and tell them rules of safe hiking, etc.

I have indexed 34757 records so far this year.

I am in Mosiah 22 in my Book of Mormon reading

Family

The Wilkins Family
The Wilkins Family had a very wonderful week, after everyone got well from the virus that hit their family. Josh celebrated his 8th birthday...Happy Birthday Josh! He wanted cheesecake and Mom made him a great one...no cracks.
Grampa and Grandma Wilkins came up on Friday. They went to Adam's school piano concert. I hear from many it was absolutely amazing!
Adam is the blur in the center. I sure do love that blur!!

They had pizza and fun that night. We left very early Saturday morning (5:09 am to be exact), watch the moon set and the sun rise, drove and drove, and arrived in Las Vegas for the Baptism of Joshua Andrew Wilkins














Grace was the chorister and said the opening prayer
 I was honored to be asked to speak on baptism. Josh was baptized by Dad - Mike, and the witnesses were Papa and Grampa Wilkins. Allison gave a wonderful personal experience talk on the Holy Ghost. Josh was confirmed by Mike, with their bishop, the ward mission leader and his assistant, and Gary Wilkins and Doran Rice participating. Adam said the closing prayer.


Friend Sister Jessica Cox




 We headed to the house for some yummy tacos!! Papa worked with Josh and brothers on a new birthday gift.


Grace and Sam have this cute game they play. So fun!!


All too soon, and really it was...we had to return home. We were blessed with safe travels, no dangerous traffic, and it stayed light enough so we weren't driving that dangerous road in the dark. We also saw the sun set and the full moon rise on our travels home, plus lots of lovely Christmas lights.

The Ethan Rice Family
Ethan and family had dinner out on Sunday with Cameo's eldest sister Bess at Oregano's on Sunday. It was very good. They stayed at the Wallins, but the kids were struggling with health stuff, so the doctor was visited on Monday. Kaylee had an ear infection and was put on different meds and a new allergy med. Wade was covered in splotches that the doctor thought was a penicillin allergy and gave him new meds for his ear infection. The splotches continued however and they were desperately trying to discover the source of the allergic sensitivity. Ethan and Wade slept here Tuesday night, fearing it might be an allergy to the dog. After more doctor appointments, it was confirmed a penicillin allergy. They spent their week seeing many people, having lunches out and dinners out, getting pictures taken, getting a great deal on shoes at Savers, and attending Jade's housewarming party. 

Happy First Birthday, Wade on Friday!! He spent the day with family at Jumpstreet and getting his picture taken.

They asked to stay the last night with us while we were driving home from Vegas, and we had a good last night with them.






The Doran Rice Family
I was able to FaceTime with Kooper on Sunday. He was so excited about their Christmas tree and all the outside lights he and Doran and put up, so he gave me a tour. I loved it!! They had a good week though one of their dogs had some problems with seizures. Doran had a good doctors appointment this week with some new meds and Kooper did great at the dentist.

Morgan
Morgan moved much of his stuff out with his friend Kyle on Sunday night. He had a good work week.

Kayty
Kayty spent her week working and enjoying music and watching reruns of the Office.

The Nathan Rice Family
Nathan arrived home Sunday, slept some, and even attended two of the three church meetings. We had some good visits from Jessica and Anna spent a few hours on Tuesday and Thursday playing here.










Dad's Garden
New seeds were planted indoors this week for future tomatoes.

Year of the House Part 2
No house work this week.

Other highlights
Sharynn, Rollin and family stopped by on Sunday on their way back to Utah.




Loved my walks with so many Christmas lights!

Dad taught school on Friday.

Dail Meikle brought us a lovely poinsettia, a card and some peppermint M&Ms. 

Our neighbor Howie and Sherry also gave us a poinsettia. 

Not so highlights
Loved being with my grandkids these last weeks. So sad to have to leave Vegas so soon, to have my kids and grandkids return home...but I am so looking forward to next time!!