Sunday, December 20, 2009
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
I know I will have a hard time leaving my family and friends, and most especially our ward. However, the Church is the same wherever we go, so I’ll be able to make new friends. We’ll also be near Brady’s family. The kids will have so much fun playing with their cousins all the time instead of once or twice a year. It will be an adventure for all of us, and we are ready to move on. I get to do the last of my visiting teaching on Thursday, and then we have just one week left in this cold, cold weather.
This is the top 10 things we will miss about Idaho.
1. shoveling snow
2. slipping on the ice
3. getting snow inside our shoes when we should be wearing our snow boots instead
4. walking on melted snow in socks
5. having the furnace turn on when we are watching a really good movie
6. scraping snow and ice off the car
7. swerving around people who don’t know how to drive on slick roads
8. spending 20 minutes putting snow clothes on and only playing outside for 10 minutes because it is too cold
9. feeling the draft from the window while sitting on the couch
10. being cold
Monday, November 30, 2009
Sunday, November 29, 2009
Now if I could just get the snow to stay...it would be perfect for Christmas!!
Thanksgiving was great. We went to my parents for the traditional family get-together, and then Friday night we were at Brady's parents for another yummy meal. I got to see my sister from North Idaho, and I started my pajama pant sewing for us to wear on Christmas eve. Hopefully I will finish that project this week. I love the holiday season, it's truely my favorite, and the music is the best!!!
Last week I had my two wisdom teeth removed...now I have no wisdom left! I am healing well, and I was able to eat Thanksgiving food without any trouble. By the way, I am still very proud of the peach pie I made from scratch. It was awesome! Thanks Mom for the great recipe, the use of your peaches and kitchen...and everything else! I love being with family to celebrate a holiday where we can reflect on what we are thankful for.
Last week our lesson in Relief Society was about having an attitude of gratitude. Sister Treasure challenged us to write down something we were thankful for each day before Thanksgiving. I never wrote it down, but each night as I was trying to fall asleep, my mind would wander over all the many things I am thankful for. The first things I thought of were my wonderful husband, my two rambunctious boys, our wonderful ward, friends and neighbors we can rely on, and family who will support us in whatever may happen in our lives. I am also very thankful to have a temple close by...we have been able to attend twice this month, and plan to do the same in December. Words cannot express how grateful I am for the opportunity to be a member of the Church. I know that the friendships, the support, and the love are present throughout the world. No matter where we go, the Church is always the same!
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
I find myself behind on my blogging again. So here's a recap since last time. We went to
Izabella giving Zenock a ride in Grammy's backyard
Halloween was great. On Friday night we went to my work for a spook alley. The boys were a little scared, but they loved the candy. Saturday we went to our church for a ward activity. We had a chili cook off, and trick or treating inside the gym. It was so much nicer to do it that way than trunk-or-treating out in the cold. I made the costumes for a total of $10 for both. We used a bunch of stuff we already had, and painted their shirts and made a cape. They were both the main character, Super Why, from the PBS kids show Super Why. Ammon told me next year I should be Wonder Red for Halloween. I thought that was pretty funny! After the candy line, they did some carnival games and got fun prizes. I think this was my favorite ward party this year.Bishop Baird really went all out this year for the kids. Everyone thought he looked so great!
We also had two birthdays. Zenock’s was the 19th, and Ammon’s was the 29th. This year we did a small family party with out parents at our house. I got off work so late that we just did cake and ice cream after I got home. Brady picked up my favorite flavor ever, huckleberry, from Reed’s Dairy in town. It was so good, and we still have some left, so that has become my favorite treat after the kids go to bed.
Ammon's cake, the monster truck El Torro Loco
I am looking forward to tomorrow being over because I get my wisdom teeth out. WOOHOO! Lucky me! I am hoping they put me completely under because I really don’t want to know what they are doing. Thankfully I only have two, but they are on opposite sides, so I think it’s going to be Jamba Juice for me for a couple of days. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing because I still have a gift certificate for it that I haven’t used yet.
It’s also my Mom’s birthday tomorrow, and I don’t think I will be the best company. However, I am looking forward to getting most of the family together to celebrate. It will be really fun, and the kids are excited to play at Grandma and Grandpa’s house for a while. I just hope that Mom has a great birthday. She’s certainly my favorite Mom (okay, only Mom), and I love her very much!!
Thursday, October 29, 2009
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Sunday, September 27, 2009
Zenock's first experience with cotton candy. He got SO sticky! I'm just glad I brought baby wipes, even though we don't need them for dirty diapers anymore. They come in handy for so many things!!
Demolition Derby at the Eastern Idaho State Fair. We have gone the last three years, and it has been really fun. We saw all the animals, rode some kiddie rides, and walked a ton.
Ammon and Zenock on the dragon roller coaster. I thought Zz would be really scared, but he was laughing the whole time. It was really cute to watch them having fun on the rides. I can't wait til we take them to Disneyland when Brady graduates school.
Zenock on a merry-go-round of sorts, with four wheelers.
Storytime with Dad before bedtime. This is a daily ritual with the kids before bed.
We had a sleep over at my parents house labor day weekend with the whole family. My sister, Kacey and her hubby Justin came from North Idaho, and my other sister, Alayna with her hubby Lot and son Drake came too from Idaho Falls. We had a family breakfast at Smitty's in IF, which was really, really good. We did some shopping, and had a birthday party complete with cake for my grandpa who would have been 100 on Sept. 14th. He passed away in August of 1991.
Cub Scout pack meeting at the park. This was my last scout activity before I was released because I was going to be working during den meeting time. We did water bottle rockets and a fish pond. Everyone loved the rockets. Some went really high, and others were soaking wet when the evening was over.
More bottle rockets.
A quilt I made for my bed. It took a long, long time to piece together and too quilt too, but man, I LOVE it.
Names and dates carved into the rocks at Martin's Cove. This one is dated July 4, 1850.
Zenock on the bouncy slide at Riot Zone in Rigby. We went there when Max and again when Sage came to visit Brady's dad for a week.
The boys really like bugs now. Zenock loves lady bugs, small house spiders, and worms. Around the time this picture was taken I found him playing with a dead worm on the patio. It was kinda gross. Thank goodness for antibacterial soap!
Friday, September 4, 2009
Brady and the kids are doing great being at home. I am really proud of the boys for doing so well transitioning into mommy working. They seem to have a ton of fun with daddy during the day, and I find I have the appropriate energy for them when I get home. So far, everything has worked out great.
My sister and her husband are coming to visit us this weekend from North Idaho, so we are having a family reunion of sorts at my parents house. We are all excited to see them because we only get together two or three times a year because it is such a long drive. I have no idea that the family has planned tomorrow, but it will be really fun to get us all together.
Friday, August 28, 2009
While I sat in the reception area of my doctor's office, a woman rolled an elderly man in a wheelchair into the room. As she went to the receptionist's desk, the man sat there, alone and silent. Just as I was thinking I should make small talk with him, a little boy slipped off his mother's lap and walked over to the wheelchair. Placing his hand on the man's, he said, 'I know how you feel. My mom makes me ride in the stroller too.'.
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As I was nursing my baby, my cousin's six-year-old daughter, Krissy, came into the room. Never having seen anyone breast feed before, she was intrigued and full of all kinds of questions about what I was doing. After mulling over my answers, she remarked, 'My mom has some of those, but I don't think she knows how to use them.'
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Out bicycling one day with my eight-year-old granddaughter, Carolyn, I got a little wistful. 'In ten years,' I said, 'you'll want to be with your friends and you won't go walking, biking, and swimming with me like you do now. Carolyn shrugged. 'In ten years you'll be too old to do all those things anyway.'
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Working as a pediatric nurse, I had the difficult assignment of giving immunization shots to children. One day I entered the examining room to give four-year-old Lizzie her needle. 'No, no, no!' she screamed. 'Lizzie,' scolded her mother, 'that's not polite behavior.' With that, the girl yelled even louder, 'No, thank you! No, thank you!
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On the way back from a Cub Scout meeting, my grandson asked my son the question. 'Dad, I know that babies come from mommies' tummies, but how do they get there in the first place?' he asked innocently. After my son hemmed and hawed awhile, my grandson finally spoke up in disgust. 'You don't have to make something up, Dad. It's OK if you don't know the answer.'
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Just before I was deployed to Iraq , I sat my eight-year-old son down and broke the news to him. 'I'm going to be away for a long time,' I told him. 'I'm going to Iraq .' 'Why?' he asked. 'Don't you know there's a war going on over there?'
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Paul Newman founded the Hole in the Wall Gang Camp for children stricken with cancer, AIDS and blood diseases. One afternoon he and his wife, Joanne Woodward, stopped by to have lunch with the kids. A counselor at a nearby table, suspecting the young patients wouldn't know that Newman was a famous movie star, explained, 'That's the man who made this camp possible. Maybe you've seen his picture on his salad dressing bottle?' Blank stares. 'Well, you've probably seen his face on his lemonade carton.' An eight-year-old girl perked up. 'How long was he missing?'
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His wife's grave side service was just barely finished, when there was a massive clap of thunder, followed by a tremendous bolt of lightning, accompanied by even more thunder rumbling in the distance. The little old man looked at the pastor and calmly said, 'Well, she's there.