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Thursday, July 23, 2015

CONGRATS to Nate, The Police Academy Graduate

IMG_4772 Today started early. We were up and moving by 6:00. We got ready, had some breakfast, and then Nate & Riannon came and got Autumn at 7:30. I followed later w/ Liz, Jacob, Nick & Savi. Liz didn’t want to drive, so I drove her car since it’s roomier than mine. The occasion was that Nate was graduating from the police academy after 22 weeks of training! I’m glad we got there an hour early so we could take all our pictures before it started.

IMG_4775 Jacob looked so stinkin’ cute in his little police uniform and hat standing next to Nate in the real thing.

IMG_4780 What a cute family!

IMG_4782 He looks so sharp and handsome in his uniform.

IMG_4787 Nick & Savi. I was surprised at how nice Nick looks when he cleans up!

IMG_4795 I was so surprised when Uncle Robert, Shane, Tyler, Emily, and their kids all showed up! I didn’t know they were coming.

IMG_4797 Maggie was there, too!

IMG_4825 Britt & Curt (he didn’t want his picture taken) were there too. I have to admit that I was so emotional that so many family and friends took time off of work to come and support Nate. I know there were MANY others that wished they could have been there as well. It meant so much to have them there!

IMG_4802 Nate had told us he was the class president, but I didn’t know that meant over ALL of the other trainees. He got to march them into the assembly hall, he sat up on the stage, and he even got to give a speech! He did such a great job. I could tell he got emotional in a few spots, but he didn’t cry.

IMG_4817 It’s OFFICIAL! We are so incredibly PROUD of him and all that he has accomplished.

IMG_4821 Here’s his graduating class (I think there were about 35 of them). After it was all over we took a few more pics, gave him hugs, and then headed back home. I dropped everyone off, got my car, grabbed some lunch, and was at work by 1:30 (I should have just taken off the whole day). The only thing that could have made it any better is if Mom & Dad were there. But, they’re where they need to be!!!

Our home teacher came over tonight, since he forgot about coming last week. Autumn is really missing our other home teacher who moved out of state. She went to bed early tonight, b/c we got up so early and she had a BIG day. After the ceremony she went home w/ Nate & Riannon and they went to lunch at a BBQ place and then they went swimming so she was tuckered out!

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Whipped Cream Memories

IMG_8245 For dinner tonight I decided to make crepes from this recipe (Blue Jeans Mama blog). She shares lots of great recipes, and this one was a big hit. It made a LOT of batter, so I just put what we didn’t use in the fridge so we can make more crepes tomorrow or the next day.

The thing I love most about this picture is the bowl of homemade whipped cream. That might not mean anything to anyone else, but to me it represents a fond and tender memory of my Grandma Johnson. She taught me how to make homemade whipped cream using her old kitchen aid mixer. I can still remember standing in her kitchen and her showing me how to do it when I’d go over there for Sunday dinners when I was a student at BYU. She always had me add 4 –5 of the sweet-n-low pink packets to sweeten it since she was diabetic & couldn’t have powdered sugar. It made me miss her so much as I whipped up this batch of homemade whipped cream for our crepes. I’m thankful to have those great memories of her.

P1120984 For YW tonight we watched a movie (The Beautiful Beast) and I showed a few of the girls how to index. It’s nice to have some laid back/easy activities in the summer. The girls really seemed to enjoy the movie and were sad when we had to stop it w/ 30 minutes left.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Random Ramblings

IMG_8254Things have been pretty slow at work lately, and I’m all caught up on orders so instead of surfing the internet for hours like I usually do, I decided to start indexing. I’ve been able to index over 1,000 names! It feels good to be doing something productive w/ my down time instead of just wasting it. It’s fun to see some familiar locations every once in a while.

IMG_8199 I was walking through WalMart the other day and saw this on an end cap. Only in Texas does WalMart sell cowboy boots that look like that state’s flag! I don’t think you’d ever see cowboy boots in Arizona (or insert any other state here) w/ the Arizona (or insert any other state here) state flag on it. I was halfway tempted to buy some for Autumn!

IMG_8236 I know the price of eggs has increased greatly ($3.48 for 18 eggs), but $39.92 for a plastic glass w/ a lid and straw? That’s too pricey if you ask me. LOL.

Tonight when we got home from work/day care I laid down on the couch after dinner to “just rest my eyes for a minute.” I woke up 2 1/2 hours later!!! It was 9:00 so I hurried and got Autumn to bed b/c she usually goes to bed between 8:00 – 8:30!!! I must have been super tired b/c I was still able to go to bed for the rest of the night around 11:30 pm!

Monday, July 20, 2015

I Caved At The Ice Cream Truck

IMG_8238 Liz texted me while I was at work today to see if we wanted to come over for dinner. She said she had made way too much and they wanted to share. So after I got Autumn from daycare we headed over to their house. There was an ice cream truck that we passed, and Autumn asked if we could get one. I told her absolutely not b/c she hadn’t eaten dinner yet. Well, we pulled up to Liz & Liberty’s house and out came Jacob & Liberty to buy a treat! Since Jacob was getting one I had to get Autumn one, too.

Liberty said they tell Jacob that when the music is playing that means the ice cream truck is OUT of ice cream! I LOVE it … so brilliant. That way they aren’t asking for ice cream every time they hear it coming down the street. Anyways, it was a special treat for Autumn to get something from the ice cream truck and we put it in the freezer for after dinner.

IMG_8240 She had made a yummy pasta dish that had grilled chicken and veggies in it. The garlic bread she made was soooooo goooood that I ate at least 4 pieces. It has creamy Italian dressing on it (I didn’t even know there was such a thing) which made it super flavorful and soft. The kids had fun running around outside and jumping on the trampoline while we talked inside. Jacob didn’t get a nap today and at one point I was laughing really hard about something and he came over and put his hand over my mouth! I guess I was being too loud for him. I know I say this all the time, but I really am so grateful for my friendship w/ Liz & Liberty. I can be my true self around them and vice versa, which makes for a special friendship.

During my lunch break today I went to WalMart and got a new Blu-Ray player. As soon as Autumn & I got home I put in Poldark. But then I turned it off b/c Autumn wanted some help w/ a craft project. Once I got her to bed, I watched the last 3 episodes. There is some major drama and plot twists that happen. When Nick got home from work he watched the last 2 episodes w/ me. When the last one was over we just looked at each other like, “what just happened?!?!?!” I ran over and grabbed the Blu-Ray case and noticed that it said on the front “Season One.” I thought it was just a short PBS series, so I was super relieved that there will be a Season 2 and that they didn’t leave us hanging. But now the new question is when will Season 2 be showing???

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Electronics Errors

IMG_8235 I went to ward council this morning only to realize we weren’t having it b/c no one else showed up. So instead of going home for 20 minutes and coming back I just stayed at the church, found an empty classroom, and got my scripture reading for the day done.

I saw I had a missed call from Mom & Dad so during the 2nd hour I went out to my car (I had to plug in my phone b/c it was about to die) and talked to them since they will be gone this coming week on a REAL safari since the temple is closed. I just love them so much!

I got to teach all the YW combined this Sunday and we talked about covenants and the ordinances that are tied to those covenants that help us remember the covenants. It’s so weird to only have 8 – 10 girls and 2 leaders b/c so many people are out of town for the summer.

Anyways, after church we had dinner and then settled in to watch Poldark. I usually never buy the Blu-Ray version, but it was $8 cheaper than the DVD. This is a new show that I am hooked on and it airs on PBS on Sunday nights. I hate having to wait to watch the next episode for a week at a time, so when I saw it was available and on sale and I had free 2 day shipping I had to get it.

IMG_8233 We have one Blu-Ray player that used to be Mom & Dad’s that they had given to us a long time ago. We tried watching it on that, but it kept skipping and stalling. It was so annoying! No wonder Mom & Dad gave it to us. LOL. Anyways, I tried playing it on the DVD playing in my room but of course it didn’t work b/c it’s a Blu-Ray. Then I tried seeing if it would play on our Xbox, but that didn’t work either. If it hadn’t of been a Sunday, I would have gone to the store right then and there to buy a Blu-Ray player, but I decided that keeping the Sabbath Day holy was more important than watching Poldark.

When Nick got home I had to have him help me w/ our old VCR/DVD player b/c it had quit working and my new Pride & Prejudice DVD was stuck in there! We ended up having to take the whole thing apart and manually turn the cogs to get the DVD out. I’m sad we had to throw this away, b/c it’s been a great machine but the VCR player part had quit working a few months ago and then the DVD player broke. Not a good day for electronics in our house. I’m thankful for Nick’s help w/ taking it apart and rescuing my DVD.

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Sisters, Swimming, & Swag

P1120983 We had a full day today. I was going to get up and go to the temple but I must have turned my alarm off instead of just hitting snooze b/c I woke up and it was time to get ready to go to a baptism. It was for a family that met the missionaries while they were living in our ward boundaries, but they moved a few weeks ago into another ward’s boundaries. I was so happy for them, and especially Michelle b/c she is a Beehive and we got to know her well in Young Women’s and at Girls Camp.

After the baptism, Autumn & I decided to brave the crowds at Costco b/c we had to get a few things. We shared a hot dog, drink, and churro before we started shopping b/c we were hungry and it’s dangerous to shop at Costco on an empty stomach. We got what we needed and also grabbed a pepperoni pizza and stopped at the Lee’s house to pick up their kids.

We were pulling in the driveway & the Sister missionaries were just walking up to our door. They had decided to stop by in the hopes that we were home since Sis. Cooper (on the left) will most likely be transferred this week. They stayed for about an hour. We had to get a picture of them w/ Autumn b/c Autumn was still in what she calls her “missionary outfit.”

IMG_8216 As soon as they left we started our party w/ the Lee kids. They have been wanting to see Teen Beach Movie 2, but don’t have the Disney channel at home so I arranged it for them to come over and watch it at our house. Plus, it was a way to thank the Lee’s for always watching Autumn when I have to go to ward council meetings on Sundays. I told the parents to go out on a hot date while the kids were gone. We had a pizza picnic and enjoyed watching the movie.

After the movie we went over to Mom & Dad’s house to swim for a while. The kids had a blast and enjoyed being in the pool. While we were there Nate & Riannon pointed out 3 really big zipper spiders that had built webs between the bushes. I am not a fan of spiders at all, but it’s actually really cool to watch the zipper spiders (from a distance).

IMG_8220 We took the Lee’s home at 6:00 and then came home and vegged. I bought this on Amazon.com the other day since I had signed up for a free 30 day trial of Amazon Prime. YAY for 2 day shipping b/c this classic came in the mail today and was only $11. I had to introduce Autumn to this classic (and LONG) version of Pride & Prejudice.

IMG_8226 She asked if we could make smoothies during a break in the movie, so we got out the blender and made smoothies that would have made Papa proud. We were in a FANCY mood b/c of watching Pride & Prejudice so we got out the fancy glasses and we put on our fancy hats and spoke w/ British accents. It was so much fun, and a great way to end a great day!

Friday, July 17, 2015

My Sick Autumn Girl

IMG_8198Autumn started to develop a little cough a few days ago and this morning when we woke up she had a 100.7 fever. She was pretty lethargic so I gave her some medicine, and then had to leave for work. Nick “watched” her which means she just stayed in my bed and watched cartoons and he made sure she didn’t burn the house down. I left work at 2:00 so I could be home in time for Nick to leave for work at 2:30.

She looked horrible and was burning up when I got home so I gave her some more medicine, made her drink something, and eat something. She perked up after about 30 minutes. It was so nice to be off early and have so much time to spend just snuggling w/ her and spending time together.

It was one of the first times that she’s been sick since Papa left, and we were for sure missing him and his expert advice on what it could be and what I could do to help her! Of course we could call him on the phone and ask him, but it’s just not the same.

IMG_8200 She said like she felt she could go to cheer practice when the time rolled around, so I dropped her off at cheer practice and went grocery shopping. I haven’t been in about 2 weeks so it was definitely time. I came home, put all the groceries away, and then still had time left before I needed to go pick her up. So I went and got my car washed. I LOVE this place I go to, b/c for $23 they wash the outside of the car, detail the wheels, and clean the inside. They even give you your choice of “smellie” to put in your car to make it smell good. It’s awesome to watch when the car comes out of the car wash part b/c at least 10 people descend on the car and start wiping the windows inside and out, spray out the little crevices of the console in between the front seats, etc. Since I spend so much time in the car, it is worth every penny to get that done every other month or so.

IMG_8203 I am SO THANKFUL to Autumn’s cheer coaches. They are great about taking pictures and sharing them w/ us parents. When I got there they said Autumn had a hard time being out in the heat but at the end of practice they went inside and had Chick Fil A for dinner w/ fruit and drinks and popsicles and she perked right up. I had no idea they were going to feed them after practice. This is SO NICE of them to do that. It’s also really nice to have 2 1/2 hours all to myself to go shopping or do things I need to get done!

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Lunch With My Work Colleagues

P1120977 I got a special treat at work today. All the managers & sales reps were in town for a training, and I got to go to lunch w/ them. We went to this place that had really good BBQ. It was fun to socialize face to face w/ the people that I talk to on the phone and send emails to all the time.

IMG_8193 I made Autumn take a picture of my outfit when we got home, b/c today when I picked her from daycare she looked right at me and the first words out of her mouth were, “Mom, your outfit is a HOT MESS!” I started laughing so hard b/c it took me completely by surprise. I thought it looked nice, but I guess my little fashionista thought otherwise. She cracks me up.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Party With Jessica & Project Life

P1120975 First of all … Happy 38th Anniversary to Mom & Dad. Also, happy birthday and anniversary to my bestest friend ever, Tara! At Activity Days it was just Autumn & Jessica. They put together a FHE lesson, wrote thank you notes, and brainstormed some ideas of how they can help around the house. All of those are things they can pass off for their Faith In God award requirements. I’m thankful for wonderful leaders who go to so much work, even if it’s just for 2 girls.

IMG_8187 Autumn wanted Jessica to come over and eat dinner and hang out before I had to go to Young Women’s. So, we got it cleared w/ Jessica’s Mom. The girls were going to eat dinner and go play but Jessica has never seen Teen Beach Movie 2 and really wanted to watch it. We set up a little picnic in the living room so they could eat and watch at the same time. Ah, the simple joys of childhood. Autumn got to continue the party when she stayed at Jessica’s house to play while I went to Young Women’s. She’s a lucky girl.

IMG_8192Tonight for Young Women’s we were all combined (and will be for the whole summer). We talked about the importance of keeping records, and then I showed them Project Life. They all went home w/ several completed pages, which I would call a HUGE success for “scrapbooking” for under an hour. I just LOVE these girls!

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Strange Encounters Of The Bike Kind

IMG_8185Not much happened today. After dinner Autumn & I went outside so she could ride her bike. I let her ride her bike alone a few days ago while I was cooking dinner. We live in a nice, safe, and quiet neighborhood & I wasn’t worried about her riding alone. As I was finishing dinner she came in the door just sobbing. I tried not to freak out and I asked what happened. From what I could piece together between her tears she said she was riding her bike down the sidewalk and she hit a truck! I guess a truck was coming out of the alleyway and LUCKILY saw her & stopped. But she wasn’t used to the hand brakes yet and ended up running into the truck. I asked her what the people in the truck said or did. She said it was 2 guys and they just asked if she was scared and she said no and then they drove off and she rode her bike home.

I’m SO THANKFUL that the whole incident went down the way it did. She could have been hurt or killed if they didn’t see her and stop! When I was telling Mom & Dad about it they said I’m lucky those guys didn’t throw her and her bike in the back of their truck and take off w/ her. It makes me so sad that we live in a world where kids can’t just ride their bike around the neighborhood alone anymore.

So, today when she wanted to ride her bike I went and sat out in the driveway on a lawn chair in the shade w/ a big Care Bears cup full of cold water. It was warm (90 degrees) but wasn’t bad in the shade b/c there was a breeze. She rode up and down the sidewalk (where I could see her) for a while and then said she was getting too hot and sweaty so we came back inside.

Monday, July 13, 2015

Blood Work & Minions

IMG_8177 I dropped Autumn off at daycare this morning and then went to the doctor for my annual check up. I’m glad that my blood report came back all clear & healthy.

IMG_8181Autumn & I went and saw the new Minions movie tonight after work/daycare. The kids in the theater laughed a lot, but I thought there was too much crude/butt humor. It was fine to see once, but I won’t be buying it when it comes out on DVD. We couldn’t find a Minions background so this just had to do instead.

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Church Chicks

IMG_8168 We got up this morning, had some breakfast, watched some Disney Jr and then came home to get cleaned up and ready for church. I had Nick take a picture of us, and this was the best/least blurry one.

IMG_8173 I was worried that having Olivia at church would be hard, but she was an angel. I just forget how active they are and how you have to feed them all.the.time! During the third hour Olivia & I went into Primary to listen to Autumn give her talk. She did a GREAT job, and I was so proud of her.

After Autumn’s talk we went to Young Women’s, and Olivia fell asleep in my arms. She would start lightly snoring and she was congested, so it would make her cough really hard. Poor little bug!

IMG_8175We came home and ate some dinner, and then I let the girls watch  the Disney channel while I cleaned up the kitchen. You would never guess that these 2 are cousins b/c they look so different. But they’re so cute together. Autumn is such a nurturer and has loved having Olivia around the past few days.

IMG_8182We went over to Nate & Riannon’s and they got home at 8:00. It was a super fun weekend and it went much smoother than I thought it would. Both of the girls were so good, but it will be nice to be back to our regularly scheduled programming. I got Autumn to bed and as a reward to myself I watched Poldark. It was the best episode so far! I can’t wait to get it on DVD.

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Swimming & Stuff From Aimee

IMG_8126 Today Olivia woke us up at 7:00. We spent the morning eating breakfast, watching Disney Jr, and reading books.

IMG_8138 Autumn kept wanting to go swim, so we finally got all suited up, slathered in sunscreen, and headed out to the pool. It was surprisingly on the cool side. While we were swimming one of Olivia’s toys went into the skimmer. I went to get it out and noticed something moving in there! It ended up being 4-6 frogs! I pulled out the skimmer and put it on the grass and they hopped away to their freedom.

Olivia started to yawn and rub her eyes several times so after swimming for a while I took her in and put her down for a nap. Then Autumn & I went back out and had a blast just swimming together. We both put on goggles and had races, watched each other do flips underwater, etc. I think she’s been feeling a little jealous of Olivia so it was good that we had some alone time.

IMG_8141 We left at 3:30 to go over to Aimee E’s house. She has been BEYOND generous and has given us A LOT of toys, clothes, shoes, etc. that her kids have outgrown. She said she had some more things to give us. It was great to catch up w/ her and her family. It’s too bad that Autumn is the size of her daughter Emily now. But we still save the clothes for Olivia or any future girls someone in our family might have. We’re so thankful for her kindness & goodness to us.

IMG_8144 Autumn said she was STARVING, so we stopped at McDonald’s and got some dinner. The girls had fun playing in this musical play area. Each of these things made noise when you stepped on them. It was cool, but I can see how it would get annoying after just a while.

IMG_8158 We didn’t stay for very long b/c Autumn wanted to go over to the mall. I said they could ride the carousel, but they were more interested in playing in the kids area. Olivia was so funny and kept stealing these Crocs from the family sitting next to us. She put them on the wrong feet, then she walked around w/ just one on for a while. She was cracking us all up! Autumn was an ANGEL and followed Olivia around to make sure she wasn’t plowed over by the bigger kids.

IMG_8164 After they played for quite a while we walked around the mall a little bit. We went in a store that said everything was only $5.99. I was looking at jewelry (of course) but we found all these super fun hats and just HAD to try them on! We ended up buying mine & Autumn’s hats b/c we loved them so much.

IMG_8167 We stopped at Sonic for half price shakes as a reward to Autumn for being such an incredible helper today. We got home and 10 minutes later Curt called to say he was out in the driveway w/ Jessie and they wanted to take Autumn to get a sno cone w/ them! When Curt brought her back he said that she just talked and talked and talked the whole way there and back. LOL! It was a fun way to end a long day!

Friday, July 10, 2015

Autumn’s First Cheer Practice Of The Season

IMG_8125 Nate & Riannon left at 6:00 this morning to start their fun weekend getaway. Nate was in for another hard day at police academy training & Riannon was allowed to go and watch today. Then after Nate was done w/ that and his classes for the day they headed down to Austin to party. I got up w/ the girls and we had breakfast and then they watched some cartoons while I went and got ready for work. I dropped them both off at daycare and started my work day.

After work we hurried and dropped Autumn off at her very first cheer practice for the year. Olivia & I came back to our house and had dinner and she spent at least 45 minutes playing w/ these coasters and throwing them on the floor and then picking them up and putting them back into the holder. It was so funny to watch her try and figure it out, but she’s a SMART and determined little bug and she figured it out. She’s also a cutie!

P1120969 At 8:00 we went and got Autumn from her first cheer practice. There’s a lot of girls returning from last year’s team, and then a few new ones that were added. I’m glad Autumn will be doing this again b/c it is good exercise both physically and socially.

We went back to Nate & Riannons and had a relaxing rest of the evening.

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Nate’s Hard Work Day

IMG_8122 Riannon took Autumn home from daycare today, so I went home as soon as I got off from work and I packed a bag for us since we’ll be spending the night at their house for the next 3 nights. When Nate got home from work he told us all about some hard stuff they had to do at work today for his final police academy training. I am glad my job does not involve physical pain!!!

Olivia is so cute and is so grown up. It made me laugh that she was sitting on her Cars car sideways as a seat to watch some Disney Jr cartoons. I stayed up way too late watching TV, editing pics, and blogging. Especially since Olivia doesn’t sleep in as late as Autumn does!

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Sayonara “S” Family

P1120959 Tonight the Deacons (12-13 year old boys) were in charge of our combined activity tonight, and they chose to do ultimate frisbee. It rained a lot today, so we had to do it in the gym b/c the grass was too wet and muddy.

P1120964We had a few young women participate, but this is how most of them spent their time during the activity.

P1120961 I can’t blame them, b/c us YW leaders did the same thing. The S family is moving and we are going to miss terribly! Autumn & Maddie have become such close friends and had fun running around and playing together for the last time,.

P1120966  At the end of the activity we tried to grab as many YW as we could to get a picture w/ Sis. S. The F family is also moving, and we’re losing a Mia Maid & Beehive when they move. At least we get to have the F family girls for one more Sunday. I’m sad we weren’t able to spend one more Sunday w/ Sis. S so we could send her off w/ a bang. Oh, well. This will just have to do.

P1120960 I gave her a small Willow Tree “Remembrance” angel, her favorite candy, and a thank you note. I have been blessed & privileged beyond belief to serve w/ these fabulous & faithful women. I’m sad Sis. VB wasn’t there tonight so we could get the whole presidency, but she’s at home recovering from some health issues. I’m thankful Kari took the time to come tonight so we could sit and talk and we could say goodbye. She’s been the BEST secretary ever!