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Saturday, July 26, 2014

Cartwheels, Swimming, and Costa Vida

This morning Mary & I went to the 7:30 session together.  It was fun being there w/ her.  I got to see the brand new temple video and it’s definitely my least favorite of the new 3 that have been released.  We stopped by the LDS bookstore so I could see if they had something I might need for a lesson tomorrow.

P1110991 We went over to Autumn’s cheerleading coach’s house so that she could help Autumn work on doing a cartwheel.  I am so incredibly grateful to her for going way above & beyond the call of duty.  Plus, it was over 100 degrees today & they were outside.  I left and went to Target, b/c it was better that I wasn’t there.  I came back an hour later and they had made great progress.

IMG_4291 We came home and had lunch, watched “The Prince & Me,” and then went over to Mom & Dad’s house to swim w/ the Francis family.  They’re such great friends and it was fun spending time w/ them.

IMG_4294 We got dressed and went to Costa Vida for dinner before going to pick up Mom & Dad at the airport at 8:45.  It’s as close to Cafe Rio as I can get, and it was so deliciously divine.

IMG_4295The part Autumn liked the best was this tres leches.  She takes after me, b/c she closed her eyes and swayed back and forth as she ate it, which means she was REALLY enjoying it.  We are SO HAPPY to have Papa & Mimi back home.  We didn’t get home until 9:30 and Autumn went straight to sleep.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Costco Pizza & Swimming With The Dakins

IMG_4274 Tonight for dinner I called in an order for a Costco pizza.  This thing is MASSIVE and was only $10!  Plus, their pizzas are really good.  I’m a big fan.  We ate dinner and then the Dakins came over to swim at 6:30.

IMG_4275 The Dakins brought this fancy pecan pie that someone from his work gave to him.  It came in this fancy box, and I liked what it had stamped on the top.

IMG_4277 We saved the delicious pecan pie for the adults, and gave the kids some popsicles.  We haven’t seen the Dakins very much this summer, so it was great to have them over to swim and play.

IMG_4284 I made Nick take a picture of my hair for me, b/c it was in perfect ringlets w/out me doing anything to it.  This was just straight out of the pool.  I’m so thankful to have curly hair!

IMG_4280Here’s the picture of the day that Mom & Dad sent from Puerto Rico.  This is a fortress in Old San Juan.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Cool Art That I Like

IMG_4262 Yesterday before Young Women’s Autumn & I ran by the Dollar Store to get some construction paper.  I also found this cute pink clipboard, which I “had” to get, b/c I love the color and pattern.  Plus, the one I’ve been using at work (on the left) is getting gross and yucky.

IMG_4270 I rushed to get Autumn, dropped her off at cheer practice and went shopping.  I went to Payless and got her some new cheer shoes b/c her ones from last year are trashed.  Then I went to Target to check out their Dollar Spot, and I shocked myself when I walked out of there without buying one single thing.  Last stop was Hobby Lobby to use my 40% off coupon to get a Project Life thing for a present.  I had fun just walking around and seeing what they have.  This metal wall tree art was screaming my way.  But, I didn’t purchase it.

IMG_4267This is one of the pictures that Dad texted this today  of their Puerto Rican vacation.  In Ponce there are these lion statues all over the town square.  I love this cool looking building behind him.  He said it used to be a fire station.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Holy Ghost Cookie Activity

P1110974 Tonight for Young Women’s we talked about the Holy Ghost.  We watched this little video and then did our activity.  One by one the girls were blindfolded and taken out into the hall.  One Mia Maid walked by the blindfolded person and whispered in their ear about how to walk so they wouldn’t run into the wall or chair (obstacles in our lives).  The other Mia Maid yelled the wrong directions to the blindfolded person to represent the things of the world.

P1110976 Once the blindfolded person made it down to the kitchen, they helped to add an ingredient to the cookie batter and mixed it in.  Then for the refreshments we had the baked cookies right out of the oven.  They were delicious!  While they girls were waiting their turn to go out in the hall, or when they had been and were back, we played hangman w/ spiritual phrases and also decorated cute papers to “heart attack” the door of a girl that will be moving into the ward next week.

IMG_4260Here’s the picture that Mom & Dad texted us for the day of their Puerto Rican adventures.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

In-N-Out Kind Of Night

IMG_4254 I had a rip roarin’ headache today after work and was in no mood to cook, and so I decided that it was an “In-N-Out hamburger (animal style) w/ strawberry shake” kind of night.  Autumn didn’t mind that at all.

IMG_4256We came home and just vegged out on the couch and watched TV.  I also got a few loads of laundry done.  Thank goodness for Tylenol, b/c it helped my headache go away.  This is the picture that Mom & Dad texted us of their Puerto Rican adventures today.  LOL!  I’m glad Mom didn’t order the “duck fart” drink, even though we love Duck Dynasty.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Friend Time

IMG_4245 Everyday when I pick Autumn up from daycare, she asks if she can go over to Kylie’s house.  I always have to tell her no, b/c we’ve got places to be and I don’t even know if Kylie’s home.  Well, tonight she REALLY wanted to go b/c she got really quiet after I told her no, and so I looked in the back and she had big crocodile tears streaming down her cheeks.  So, I gave her my phone and showed her how to call Kylie.  Kylie said they were home and to come on over.  We went home and ate dinner first and then went over at 7:00.  You’d have thought that Autumn won the lottery b/c she was so happy.  They disappeared up the stairs just giggling like crazy.  Karri & I could hear them up in the media room dancing and playing video games and having fun.  I’m so thankful that Kylie & Kenzie love Autumn so much and take such good care of her.  Autumn really looks up to them.

IMG_4251I brought Autumn home at 8:30, put her to bed, and then when Nick got home from work at 9:30 I went back over to Karri’s for MY friend time.  Mary was late getting there (she fell asleep & didn’t come over until 11:15), so we played American rummy.  I can’t even express how much I love and admire these ladies.  We laugh like crazy, bear our souls, share our hardships, and support each other.  And as you can see at the bottom of the picture, we always have good treats (peanut butter M&M’s are our favorites).  We didn’t get done until 1:30 am, and I am going to be so tired tomorrow, but it’s so worth it!

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Other Worldly Sunrise

IMG_4216 I got up at 5:15 to be over to Mom & Dad’s by 5:30 to get them to the airport for their early morning flight to Puerto Rico.  They are going w/ Rett (Dad’s youngest brother) & his wife Darcy to Puerto Rico since that’s part of the territory that Uncle Rett covers for work.  I hope they have a great time.  We’ll for sure miss them while they gone.

P1110952 The sunrise was other worldly.  These pictures do it no justice at all.  They sun was MASSIVE and had about 5 different layers of red in it.  I’ve never seen anything like it, and it looked like it came out of a sci-fi movie.

P1110955 The sky was bright red and I couldn’t get enough!  I’m so glad I was traveling east so I could watch it the whole way home.

P1110965 Church was good, and we combined w/ the Mia Maids since I only had one Laurel there.  Maybe that’s the reason my lesson really never came together this week.  After church we came home, ate lunch, and then headed out the door for visiting teaching.  We visited Donna & Autumn was glad that Abbey was there.  They disappeared into the back room & came out about 30 minutes later & said they had a show for us.  They did the “cup song” and it was so cute.

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After that we hurried home for our home teachers to come at 3:30.  Then a lady we’ve been trying to meet w/ for 3 months texted and said we could come visit her.  So, we jumped in the car and went over to see her.  When we got home, Autumn had a little crying episode b/c she was DONE w/ having to go all over & go visiting teaching w/ me.  So, we just stayed home the rest of the afternoon/evening and watched TV and hung out.  I love this picture of her intently watching Princess & The Frog w/ her cute braid, long hair, and surrounded by toys.  The epitome of happy childhood.

IMG_4241Mom & Dad texted us this pic from their hotel.  I’m so jealous they get to be there at the beach w/ that pretty view and all those palm trees.  I’m sure they’ll have a great time.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Playing Checkers With Papa With One Hand Behind His Back

IMG_4206 I went to the temple this morning & was going to go to the 7:30 session, but there was a Tongan boy going through for the first time during the 8:00 session, so I waited and went on that session.  I was hoping he’d have an older AND SINGLE uncle in the session w/ him, but all the Polynesian guys were either married or way too old.  Darn it.  Anyways, it was a really good session.  When I was coming out of the temple I saw a few of the GORGEOUS pink hibiscus plants.  They were so bright and vibrant and made me so happy.

IMG_4213 I came home and we had a LAZY Saturday.  We watched The King & I, Mom brought us lunch from Chipotle, and I got a few things done around the house.  For dinner we went over to Mom & Dad’s to spend time w/ them before they leave for Puerto Rico tomorrow.  After dinner, Autumn wanted to play a game so Papa played “Trash” with Autumn.  Then I played a few rounds w/ them.

IMG_4215After that she wanted to play checkers.  Papa is playing w/ one hand behind his back to give her an advantage!  LOL!  I posted this pic on Facebook & Aunt Tafta (Papa’s sister) wrote, “Just like his Grandpa Harold Johnson used to do. I used to believe it gave me an advantage.”  I started laughing so hard, b/c that is EXACTLY what Dad had said when he put his arm behind his back!  I love fun little stories/traditions like this that help create family bonds & memories.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Autumn’s Owie Bug Bite

IMG_4195 Yep, at 2:33 this morning I was wide awake b/c Autumn had woken up at least 8 times fussing that her bug bites hurt.  I went and got the calamine lotion and put some on her chigger bites to appease her (placebo effect) so she’d go back to sleep.

IMG_4198 She said she was fine this morning when we got up and left for daycare/work.  However, when we got home tonight she said one of her bites had been bugging her all day.  It was on her thigh and when I looked at it, I was a little alarmed.  This wasn’t a chigger bite, b/c there was a big circle of fluid around the bite.  I drew around where the fluid was w/ a sharpie so we could see if the area of fluid was growing.  Also, the area was red and inflamed and was hot to the touch.

IMG_4199 I texted the picture to Dad & he said it was slow at the clinics and to come by so he could take a look at it.  I’m guessing it was a spider bite.  He gave us some samples of antibiotic and told her to take them once a day and keep an eye on it.  Thank goodness for modern medicine & for the best pediatrician in the world!  Papa took her to the back to get a push up popsicle out of the freezer for being brave.  I had to snap this pic, even though it’s blurry, b/c pretty soon we won’t be able to go see Papa at the clinics.

IMG_4201 Earlier in the day one of the ladies I visit teach texted me to see if I could pick up her daughter, Ashley (who also happens to be one of my Laurels), to see if I could give her a ride to and from her driving lessons.  I was THRILLED that they would even ask, and THRILLED that I could help them out.  I just left work 15 minutes early and got her there in time.  After Autumn & I picked her up, we went to Sonic to get some drinks.  We just love Ashley to pieces.  She’s so strong in the Gospel, is so sweet, and she just “gets it.”

IMG_4203Autumn slept much better tonight thanks to the antibiotics.  The fluid around her bug bite didn’t grow anymore, and I’m sure by morning it will be all but gone.  Once I had her in bed, I watched this version of Sense & Sensibility that Sis. Lee let me borrow b/c I hadn’t seen it before.  It was good, but I still like the Kate Winslet/Emma Thompson version best.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Rain, Italian Food & Cheer

IMG_4189 Today was NOT a typical weather day for Texas in the middle of July.  It rained pretty much ALL DAY.  At 11:30 am the temperature was only 66 degrees!!!  I’m so thankful that I had bought this big nice umbrella at Hobby Lobby for just $6.50, b/c I for sure was able to use it today.  My shoes, feet, and skirt got soaked just walking the few feet from my car into work, b/c it was raining so hard.  We spent most of the day in training for our new phone system.  I got an extra 1 1/2 hours of training, b/c I’ll be in charge of the online dashboard.  My brain was spinning by the end of the training.  I probably only retained about 1/10th of what was explained to me, but that’s b/c I learn by doing … not just by watching.  So, I’m sure there will be a few mess ups once our new phone system goes live on Monday, but I’ll get the hang of it pretty quickly.

P1110945Since the weather was so rainy, the girls had cheerleading practice in the coach’s garage.  Mom picked Autumn up for me since she was right by Autumn’s daycare, and I met her at the coach’s house.  I was going to stay and watch, but Mom said we should go to dinner together, so we did.  We went to Napoli’s to get our favorite chicken scarparella.  The sauce is so divine!  It was fun to just sit and visit with Mom without any distractions.  After we ate, I went and filled my car up with gas ($3.28 a gallon at Kroger) and then went to pick up Autumn at 7:30.  I was a few minutes early, so I watched them for a little bit.  Of course Autumn is on the back row … #tallgirlproblems. LOL!

We came home and she showered super quick b/c she wanted me to put curlers in her hair.  I got her to bed, edited pics, did some blogging, and then ended up falling asleep on the couch b/c I was so tired!  I’m so glad that tomorrow is Friday!!!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Sunrise, Sunset

IMG_4188On the way to take Autumn to daycare this morning, this is what they sky looked like!  It kind of reminded me of waves or sand being overhead.  It was so cool looking!

P1110937Then this was the colorful sunset on the way home.  Last week my boss had asked me if I could take Paula (one of our employees from another city) out to dinner tonight since she would be in town for training tomorrow.  We went to dinner at a Geisha Hibachi Grill.  The food was delicious, and I didn’t take any pictures b/c I was just caught up in the moment of enjoying the experience.  I’m horrible at small talk, but we talked a lot about work so it wasn’t too bad.  I’m thankful that Mom is able to get Autumn for me.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Happy 37th Anniversary, Mom & Dad! Happy 34th Birthday, Tara!

IMG_4170 Today is Mom & Dad’s 37th Wedding Anniversary.  They went to the Perot Museum in Dallas & were going to see a 3D movie about dinosaurs, but 2 minutes into the movie, the fire alarm went off and everyone had to evacuate.  They texted me this picture, and I posted it on Facebook w/ this caption:

“Happy 37th Anniversary to these 2 crazy kids today. I'm SO THANKFUL that I belong to them and they belong to me. I for sure hit the parent jackpot. I'm glad that 37 years ago they were sealed together for time & all eternity in the Provo, UT temple. Here's to another 37 years!!! LOVE YOU BOTH!!!”

P1110936 Today is also Tara’s 34th birthday.  She died almost 6 years ago, and I miss her terribly.  We are best friends.  Jeremy (her brother), Deb (her Mom), Rachel (her best friend & roommate in college) & I all met up at Cracker Barrel (one of her favorite restaurants) to celebrate her.  I ordered what her & I would always get when we’d go to Cracker Barrel … chicken fried chicken w/ mashed potatoes, fried okra, & fried apples.  I brought these little party hats & leis for us to wear.

IMG_4176We all shared our favorite stories about Tara, and laughed and cried.  I’m so thankful that we were able to get together and celebrate our Tara that we love and miss so much.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Family Home Evening On Baptism

IMG_4163Mom called & said everyone was on their own for dinner.  So, we came home and had chicken pasta w/ veggies, and then we had Family Home Evening.  For the lesson we talked about baptism and what we promise (or covenant) to Heavenly Father that we will do, and what He covenants with us.  We talked about how and why Jesus was baptized, even though He was perfect and didn’t need to be.  He did it to set an example for us to follow, and to be obedient to His Father’s commandments.  I can’t believe that in just 6 months and 3 days, Autumn will be turning 8 and can choose to be baptized if she’s ready.  I need to keep preparing her and teaching her.  For our treats we had double stuffed Oreos (that we got w/ our free coupon at Winco on Saturday).

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Sweet Baby Girl Sunday

IMG_4159 Church was good today.  Sis. Lee taught about the covenants we make at baptism.  I’m for sure going to be using that as our Family Home Evening lesson tomorrow with Autumn.  We came home, changed clothes, and went over to Mom & Dad’s for lunch.  Autumn was so tired that she just curled up in a ball on the couch w/ a blanket and fell fast asleep.  She slept for about 3 hours!

IMG_4160Since she had such a long nap, I let her stay up late (10:30 pm) with me.  I posted this picture on Facebook w/ this caption:

“Sometimes she seems older than her actual 7 1/2 years. However, in sweet moments like this (playing Barbies) she's my little baby girl.”

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Non-Stop Saturday

IMG_4147 Our non-stop day started pretty early.  I got up at 6:30 to get ready and go to the temple.  Autumn woke up, and begged me to stay home today and just snuggle and spend time w/ her.  I was really torn about what to do, b/c both choices were good ones.  I decided that she is my #1 priority and this stage in my life, so I stayed home.  We snuggled for a while, both fell back asleep, and then finally got up at 8:30 and got busy cleaning out her closet.  She has SO MANY clothes & shoes, so we took out the ones that are too small or that she doesn’t wear anymore.

IMG_4148 We left at noon to go pick up the sister missionaries from a service project they were at.  They were helping w/ a garden for another religion’s church building.  It was HOT outside, so we “had” to stop and get a drink on the way to taking them home.  We love the sister missionaries!

IMG_4151 Mom had us stop and pick up Chipotle for lunch, and we went over to Monzingo’s to help them pack.  They’re moving to a new house out in the sticks that is a lot farther away from Mom & Dad’s house, yet they’re moving into Mom & Dad’s ward in their new house.  YAY!!!  After we finished eating, we packed until 3:30 and then had to leave b/c they were having a showing at 4:00.  Autumn & I went and dropped of a 4 big boxes to the local resale shop.  Then we went and vacuumed out the car & got it washed b/c it was FILTHY!!!  We went to Mom & Dad’s and cooled off for a little while, and then we followed Maggie out to her new house & unloaded the back of the truck w/ their boxes.  Unfortunately, their electricity won’t be connected until Monday.

IMG_4155 After we left Maggie’s, Mom & Nick & Autumn & I all went to Winco to do some grocery shopping.  I had coupons for a package of FREE Oreos, FREE 4 pack of Totino’s pizzas, and FREE 2 two liter bottles of Dr. Pepper.  Autumn & I ran home to put away the groceries, and then I took her over to a local cheer place where they were having open gym for just $10.  While she was there I went to Hobby Lobby to get a few items for some gifts I need.  I saw this sign and it called my name, and luckily it was 66% off, so it came home with me.  I LOVE IT!!!

IMG_4156 I had an hour and a half to kill before I needed to go get Autumn, so I went to Mom & Dad’s and we had biscuits and gravy and tater tots (carb fest) for dinner.  The Monzingos got done at their house b/c it got dark, and they came and ate dinner w/ us b/c they’re staying here.  I went and got Autumn at 9:15 (she’s the yellow blur in the back).  She had so much fun playing w/ some of the other girls from her team.

IMG_4157We came home and I put her right to bed b/c it was already 9:30.  I watched the 2nd DVD in the Love Comes Softly series, and I didn’t mind watching these FINE looking gentlemen.  I’m so thankful for good and clean and wholesome entertainment.  WHEW!  This was a crazy busy day, and it will be nice to have a restful Sunday.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Taco Bueno & Persuasion

IMG_4137Tonight for dinner we met up w/ Liz & Jacob (Liberty joined us later) at Taco Bueno.  They had a buy one (for just $5), get one free Bueno meal.  Autumn’s nose is all black, b/c they dressed up at her daycare as cows & went to Chick fil’ A to get their free lunch.  Then they went to 7-Eleven and got free Slurpee’s too.

IMG_4141 We came home and had a relaxing evening.  Once I got Autumn to bed, I had a WILD & CRAZY party for one, and watched Persuasion.  It was good and romantic, but it’s not my favorite Jane Austen story/movie.