Today I read "Four", the fourth book in the "Divergent" series. Enjoyed it. In honor of that I am doing a series of "4"s. Random.
Four things I ate today:
mango, orange pork chops
home made mashed potatoes
peanut butter oreos
Four chores I did today:
4 loads of laundry
1 cleaning of the kitchen
one dinner made
1 bathroom cleaned
Four things I did to get ready for our trip:
went to Michaels
packed one suitcase
the above mentioned laundry
talked to Val about food
Four things I watched:
swimming kids (for four hours at the pool)
Four things I talked to the kids about:
Hannah's history assignment
Ethan's hair cut
Grace's gerbils and fish needing a cage cleaning
Grace's swim progress
Four things I regretted:
eating the above mentioned oreos
getting mad at Lu and giving her a spanking
that I have so much clutter
Four things I enjoyed:
swimming with the kids
making a surprise for the babies
talking on the phone to R as he drove to work
thinking about the new grand coming
Four things people said to me today:
Val: " Tanner has a soccer tournament on the 15th"
Mom: " Chinese buffet sounds like a good idea"
Laura: "Just dive in quick it's less cold that way"
PV: "excellent counsel Sister ____"
Four things I hope to accomplish before the end of this year:
Sub at least 20 days...for airfare
get back to exercising, I was doing well right before school ended but
finally crochet something
declutter the kitchen
Four jobs I need to do tomorrow
drop off keys for the pet sitters
take boy for a hair cut
Four things I am looking forward to on our upcoming vacation:
hiking to the viking castle
going to Zupas
eating some fish that R and Greg catch
meeting Scarlett and playing with the babies
Four animals I like:
dolphins (and on the Baynet today there was video of a pod swimming right by Solomons Island)
Four things I am putting off:
paying some bills
recovering the chairs in the bedroom with the fabric I bought a year ago
Four summer sounds I like:
the conversation of owls and frogs in the night
the splash of kids playing in the pool
the crunch that shoes make on a hike in the woods
the crack of a crab claw breaking
Wednesday, July 30, 2014
Tonight our ward had a social. It was pretty fun. We had treats and told the stories of our people. There weren't a ton of people there, as one would expect at the end of July, however all who came had a nice time. We took Arden and Ashby with us and all the kids enjoyed running around and playing.
In other news we are getting ready for our two week trip to the west coast. We're really looking forward to it. Of course there is the getting ready work which is not so fun and to make it even better we discovered that Lu has lice. (insert huge heaving sigh). After camp we were warned and I checked her head and actually bought shampoo and treated her despite not seeing anything. Then she got itchy. I checked and rechecked her head and never saw anything. Today I checked again and there it was ...a gross little bugger. So we spent two hours on her very thick hair and the rest of the day washing bedding and stuffies and pillows and vacuuming. I think we are good. I know from sad experience that they are sneaky little critters so I will treat everyone and everything...then we will repeat on Saturday and then in the middle of next week. It's over kill but better safe than sorry.
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
|Hannah and Joseph|
Monday, July 28, 2014
Sunday, July 27, 2014
|Hannah, Aubrey, Chelsea when it's all done|
|loved the ruffles on her cute skirt!|
|Monty and Jethro|
(best trail bosses ever!)
|cute Kate Blair, love her!|
|loading the wagons|
|Sabrina and Kate|
off to Ohio State and BYU
we'll miss them!
|Ben and Lydia, so sweet|
|our fearless leaders|
Pres. Williams, Pres. Sakai, Pres. Volk
I'm sure I'll post many more pictures when we see them all but right now just a quick sampling. Hannah and her family. She said it was the best family ever. She loved her ma and pa and got along well with all the other youth. I am really glad. The first day they arrived and assembled the handcarts then took off on the trail. The weather was gorgeous. 72 and overcast. It did rain on us a bit in the beginning of the walk but what a tremendous blessing that cool weather was. There were some really really hard parts and the youth were amazing. They walked until around 1-2am. After that everyone collapsed into a tired heap and slept with the cows in the pasture. Day one was also the woman's pull and the blind folded walk.
|Hannah and dad|
Last day lunch time. I was walking around camp and it was like stepping back in time. Phenomenal. As I walked around visiting with the different families I was offered food many times. "Would you like a french fry?" , "Do you want to try our scones?" These kids had been walking and working hard for many days, living on pioneer rations and yet they wanted to share. It was humbling to me. At first I said no, I didn't want to take what little they had, but then I saw the disappointment and started saying yes and complimenting their cooking and enjoying with them the fruits of their efforts. It was very special.
Watching our two girls with some special needs being so lovingly taken care of. At one point Lydia, a sweet pretty girl with both CP and Autism didn't want to walk across a stream. Without missing a beat her big brother Ben scooped her up "like a princess" and carried her across. These kids truly were taking care of each other, concerned about each other, loving each other.
It did end well enough and I was glad. Not long after that, before the testimony meeting I was sitting by myself in the shade and opened up my scriptures, not to a place I had been reading and read Moroni 6: 7 And they were strict to observe that there should be ano iniquityamong them; and whoso was found to commit iniquity, and bthreewitnesses of the church did condemn them before the celders, and if they repented not, and dconfessed not, their names were eblotted out, and they were not fnumbered among the people of Christ.
We kept a tally. At the start we wondered would there be 17 trek miracles (like the movie title?) What would happen? Well, there were 17 and more. Hearts and lives were changed for the better. I don't know why the Lord blesses us so, except I do know, we are His children and He loves us! I am so grateful and happy.
And we saw a bear. It's true. Walking in the woods. A black bear. Apparently east of the Mississippi bears don't eat people (according to Mark) um hmm, idk about that...we were, however largely ignored after the first curious glance and not eaten so that was good.
Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Grace did some pretty fun things this week. Today Michelle took her to the pool with her girls, and the McCombs and the Streeter girls. Pretty fun. Then they played at her house.
Grace didn't get to do all the things she wanted because we've been busy getting things ready and we've had some rough moments, that had nothing to do with getting ready and everything to do with being a precocious and sometimes snarky 9 year old :)
Anyway, she really wanted to go to Golden Corral so tonight I took her. Cotton Candy for dinner is a two thumbs up event!
Getting ready is right on schedule. I have a short list of things to do tomorrow. I really hope Hannah's clothes fit her. She didn't try anything on as she's been gone for weeks now.
Last night I could not sleep. It was so strange. I wasn't worried about anything, I was on schedule for the things I wanted to get done and felt fine yet the hours ticked by. Rob snoring quietly by my side. Z curled up in a little ball. Millie occasionally thumping the floor with her tail. I was up until after 3. It wasn't particularly unpleasant. I did some reading on my phone, played that stupid 2048 which I am pretty sure I will never solve, did some thinking and some praying. It was however very out of character as I rarely have any trouble sleeping at all. This morning I woke up fine and the day went fine and now it's 10 o'clock and I am no more tired than any other night. Weird.
Also, secret character flaw revealed: when I am getting ready to go somewhere, big, not like to the library, the getting ready is so much work and such a pain in the neck that I often decide that I just don't even want to go. I have to force myself and am always glad in the end that we went but I can totally see why/how homebodies just like to stay put. ...and when there are back to back trips, even ones I really want to take it's even worse!
I have the cutest nephews!
Can't wait to see them at our family reunion!!
Can I just say I wish we lived next door?
|Deo (almost 2) , Joneaux (almost 5)|
|Noah (age 1)|
|Reggie (age 4)|
Also excited for the other 3, Tanner, Spencer and Jakob.
Also I miss my boy and can't wait to see him.
Monday, July 21, 2014
Grace went to Maggie's and I went visiting teaching late in the afternoon.
Grace shared with me an interesting although completely false memory she has. She wants to be allowed to stay home alone for a while. While trying to convince me she was ready she "reminded" me that last time Tate was here Dani and I let her baby-sit. Oh really??
She claims that we were going to go to lunch but Tate was napping and she, Grace, didn't want to go, so we let her stay home but didn't even tell her Tate was home. Not only that but we left her working with felt and then T woke up and wandered out and asked where everyone was so she, Grace, had to watch her unexpectedly until we got home.
Yet she is insistent.
So, Dani and I left a 9 year old to baby sit a 4 year old without telling either one and further we left her with a sharp tool to stab away at some felt while we were out enjoying a leisurely lunch. That's her story and she's sticking with it.
One more story, this one illustrating how much we love our dumb dog. I was sitting on the couch sorting legos with Grace while Z was at the spa. Grace sighed and said "I sure miss Z don't you?" Yep. (she had been gone about 2 hours at that point). Crazy dog.
Sunday, July 20, 2014
This morning I went to visit the Anacostia Ward. It is very special to go to the differnet wards and meet with the YW and their leaders. I marvel at the wonderful people we have around the stake and the varied back grounds they come from and talents they have. Each sweet sister brings something special and is magnified and lifted as she serves and shares. It's a great and wonderful process and one I feel blessed to participate in for myself and to witness in others.
Saturday, July 19, 2014
We worked in the yard today. When I say we I actually mean I helped, which is not too typical. The weather was agreeable and our flowers are pretty so it wasn't too bad. Plus Bub is out of town so that left only me.
I did some more Trek sewing. I'm kind of the female version of the man who fixes stuff with duct tape and wd- 40 when it comes to sewing. It's a winging it pattern less ordeal.
|Maggie, Summer, Arden, Izzy, Jackie, Morgan and Grace|
This evening we went with the Zawadas to dinner then to Sweet Frog.
In Ohio Ethan threw up. Big surprise. He is fine and they are enjoying their visit though we miss them.
Thursday, July 17, 2014
Our drive home from Michigan was long but we survived nicely.
Tonight we had our last trek meeting. Seems like all our ducks are lined up nicely. Now we just pray a lot and work hard.
Monday, July 14, 2014
After the service we all went back to the farm. We did some more visiting. The kids rode the gator around. We looked at pictures.
Michigan is gorgeous and the weather has been perfect. It's so green and I love the wildflowers that are growing all over the place. The sweatpeas are my favorite!