Saturday, December 3, 2016


Rob had the day off yesterday, but I had a job.  He went jeeping and then bought a cord of wood.  When everyone got home Ethan got to help him unload it.  Here is Ethan watching the wood backing down the driveway.  He thought we bought too much.  I love a good fire though.

Friday night we went on a date and Hannah went baby-sitting. The mall was packed, I don't even want to see it in a couple of weeks.

This morning it was our turn to clean the church.  I took the kids with me and Rob went to choir practice.  It only took an hour and after we went to get donuts. 

Steve loves to spend his days climbing our Christmas trees and unwrapping presents. 

 It's a good thing he's such a handsome cat and so cuddly.
 Rob did a lot of yard cleaning.  It looks awesome out there.  The kids got to help, a lot.  Ethan feels a little over worked :) but it's good for him.  A couple hours stacking wood, an hour cleaning the church and another couple doing yard work really aren't that much over two days.  He did a cheerful good job though so that's good.
We gave the grands a cute little Christmas advent.  Some of the boxes have gifts, others verses of scripture to read and the rest chocolate.  This little hoodlum climbed up on the counter and found the chocolate doors and helped himself!  Good thing he's cute too!
Here are these two cuties modeling their first night's jammies!

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Dec 1!!

  • two kids went to the dentist today.  No cavities.  Excellent.  Hannah needs her wisdom teeth out so we will schedule that next.
  • Grace continues to work on robotics.
  • She is also one of 3 6th graders who is playing in the advanced band with the older kids.
  • wrapped a bunch of presents today.  Getting much closer to ready.
  • lit a fire in the fireplace (Rob did) because it's cold outside.
  • Hannah sent off her college application. 
  • tonight she and Madi went to see the school play, the one they quit a couple of weeks ago.
  • Rob got a little bonus for good work done.
  • Hannah baked mini pumpkin bread loaves Ethan and I walked around the neighborhood with the loaves and  Creche Festival postcards to invite people.  We went to a lot of doors before we finally gave two away.  I told him it was good practice for when he's a missionary.
  • we had spaghetti for dinner.
  • talked briefly on the phone with Nana, Mom and Dani and Jenna today.
  • we have started our "Miracles in the Desert" reading schedule and that's going well. 
  • Steve ate Peanut :(

Tuesday, November 29, 2016


 "When what to my wondering eyes did appear?..."  Rob doesn't like heights and we haven't had lights very often but this year he volunteered to hang them.  I got some of the big old fashioned colored bulbs and we spent almost 3 hours getting them up and now they look so magically awesomely Christmasy!!
 I subbed today as a roving sub, which is a very pleasant day.  Boys Town has a outreach program that they run around the globe.  Our district has been participating so today some of the teachers were having their follow up visit from the facilitator who observed them and then had a short meeting with them.  I went around with her (she was super nice and interesting) and watched as well, then subbed the class when they went out to talk.  It was easy and interesting.  What a surprisingly nice day.
This is from last night, as we were watching the fire and getting ready to have FHE. 

Monday, November 28, 2016

6TH GRADE, and Sunday

"It is not possible to make real change all by ourselves. Our own willpower and our own good intentions are not enough. When we make mistakes or choose poorly, we must have the help of our Savior to get back on track. We partake of the sacrament week after week to show our faith in His power to change us. We confess our sins and promise to forsake them (see D&C 58:43)."
(Julie B. Beck, "Remembering, Repenting, and Changing," Ensign, May 2007, 111)

Yesterday was a good Sunday.  Well dinner was a flop but the rest of the day was good.  We had really excellent talks at Sacrament.  Bro. Alvey spoke about the Book of Mormon and then Hailey Fast, who just got back from her mission.  She gave a sweet and powerful talk.  I couldnt' sit there without tears streaming down my cheeks as she shared stories of the sweet converts and wonderful experiences and hard times she had. It is only the gospel of Jesus Christ that can make hard hearts change and broken lives whole.  What a tremendous blessing.

Sister Tilden taught the young women a wonderful lesson on gratitude. Bro Fast came in dressed as a Samarian leper, the one who came back to express his gratitude to Christ. 

Today I subbed in 6th grade.  It was a pleasant day, nice kids, fun lesson on ancient Egypt and alliteration...not the same lesson, two different ones :)

It's cold outside.  Tonight we are having soup and donuts :)  Grace went to school in shorts and no sweater.  I told her to change.  She didn't want to.  Not worth the fight but a prick in my side all day none the less. 

Saturday, November 26, 2016


 We came home on Friday so that the boys would be home for the Ohio vs State Michigan game.  Ohio State won, fyi. Anyway while the boys watched the girls went to Universal.  Our passes are almost expired and we wanted to got to Hogwarts one more time.

We had some most delicious crepes for brunch when we got there then headed in to the park.
It was a lot of fun.  We love the castle the best and got some great photos since Hannah was willing, with some encouragement, to hop the barriers and pose in the best spots!

 It started to rain, cold and wet, by early afternoon so we headed home, first stopping for some delicious Shanghai authentic food that was spicy enough to make my eyes water the whole time but sooo yummy.

Thursday, November 24, 2016


random pictures

We took the most random pictures this Thanksgiving, but we had a really nice day.  I picked up the girls from Dani in the morning.  We cooked and packed to leave Grandma's and hung out.  It was really nice being at their house all week.  

When Sierra got to Grandma's we went to the temple to enjoy it's beauty, to take a little walk, and to take some pictures. 

Tori and Emma came over to join us for Thanksgiving, love to see them.  Michael and JaNee and the babies came too and the Brandts came for their holiday take 2.

 Dani made a piecaken, it was so delicious! We had turkey and rolls and pies and sides and yumminess!!
 Scarlett liked the cool whip.
a little football was watched.

These two boys are cute cousins!  River and Ethan.