Friday, September 12, 2014

It’s A “Pizza & VHS Movie” Kind Of Night

IMG_4666 The weather tonight was so nice that when we got home from work/school, I opened up the doors and windows to air out the house and enjoy the nice fall breeze.

IMG_4665 I had stopped & got Little Caesar’s pizza & crazy bread for dinner so we had a pizza & movie night in.  We busted out some old classic movies on VHS and Autumn picked to watch Princess Diaries.  It’s such a good one & I remember when it first came out on VHS how Lexie and I would watch it over and over and over.

IMG_4668 After I got Autumn to bed, I watched this one.  This is my favorite version of The Three Musketeers, and Porthos (played by Oliver Platt) is my favorite character.  “All for one and one for all!”

Thursday, September 11, 2014

BYU Football Game 9/11 Remembrance

IMG_4659 Tonight after work was super crazy, instead of just regular crazy.  I forgot to bring food for Autumn to eat on the way to cheer, so she had some peanut butter M&M’s for her snack since that was all I had in my purse.  Hey, that counts as protein, right???  Anyways, I dropped her off at cheer and went over to her school for 2nd grade curriculum night.  Then I went over to Liz’s house for dinner, b/c she called and said she had made too much food.  Liberty’s Mom has such a green thumb and had these beautiful hanging plants by the front door.  After eating and talking with them for a while, I went and got Autumn from practice at 8:00.

09.11 BYUWe came home, she showered, I got her to bed, and then watched the  BYU vs. Houston game.  Since today is the 13th anniversary of 9/11, the East side of the stadium did this between the 1st and 2nd quarter.  I thought it was very touching, especially since you can see the flag at half mast off to the right hand side of the picture.  Also, both teams wore special helmets w/ the US Flag on them.  It was a great football game and I’m glad the Cougars won!  But even more importantly, I’m glad they took a moment of silence to honor those who lost their lives in the 9/11 attacks.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Young Women In Excellence 2014

P1120194 Tonight we had our Young Women In Excellence (YWIE) activity.  I just love this group of girls so much already!  This is what YWIE is:

“Young Women in Excellence is an event in which young women are recognized for the good things they are doing. It is a celebration of Personal Progress. Each young woman shares a value experience or value project she has completed during the year that exhibits excellence. Her presentation may include talents and skills she has developed through her Personal Progress goals. Young Women leaders invite parents to attend.” ~Church Handbook 2

P1120198Sis. Lee met w/ all the class presidents a few weeks before she was released and I was called.  The Presidents decided how they wanted the evening to go.  The theme for the evening was “I am . . .”  Each girl picked a word they have excelled at this year.  For example, one girl picked “I am an indexer,” b/c this year she helped index 1,784 names!!!  One girl picked “I am an organizer,” and brought pictures of things she has organized this year.  I liked this theme, b/c it left it really open for them to do anything.  We had one girl from each of the 3 classes come up and share what they worked on this year.  Then after the program, the parents and leaders and girls were able to walk around and see what everyone had brought to display.

IMG_4590 Towards the end of the program, I got up and spoke for about 5 minutes.  Since we’re a newly called YWPresidency, I wanted to share some thoughts with the girls and their families.  I talked about how as a presidency we want to get back to the basics of the Gospel, and the 2 great commandments are “to love the Lord thy God & to love thy neighbor.” ~ Matthew 22:37-40.  As a presidency, we want the YW to know that they are LOVED by so many people.  We want them to LOVE each other.  We want them to LOVE and know their Heavenly Father & the Savior.  So, our theme for our presidency is LOVE. 

One night last week I was laying in bed and could NOT go to sleep.  So, I got up and got a pen and paper and just started writing.  The idea came to me to tell the story of when Grandpa Jay appeared to Rufio a few years after he had died.  All he said to her was, “All that matter is love.”  So, I emailed a lady in OK that has done vinyl for me in the past, and she was able to put together and send me 30 of these vinyl quotes.  Mom & I spent Monday night putting all 30 of them onto 6x6” tiles.  So, I shared the story at YWIE and at the end of the night I gave each girl a tile w/ this quote on it.

P1120195 For refreshments we had ice cream sundaes w/ all sorts of yummy toppings.  I had planned on about 80 people, but we only had 40 people there!  So, we had a lot of left overs.

P1120202 Usually then Young Men are there to help put away chairs, tables, etc, b/c they want to use the gym to play basketball.  But, they had gotten free tickets to see one of the new football movies that just came out so they were all offsite.  It was SO MUCH WORK to clean it all up, even w/ a lot of the girls and parents that stayed and helped.  I am beyond thankful for Sis. VB & Sis. C that helped pull off this wonderful evening.  I truly takes a village!!!

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

The One Where Papa Had To Get 8 Stitches

IMG_4682 Today Dad was working out in the yard and after he got done working, he wanted to jump in the pool to cool off.  This post is by the back door to Mom & Dad’s bedroom, and this is where Dad hangs his swimsuit and towel.  He took his towel and swimsuit off the horns, and all of a sudden a bunch of wasps came out of the bull’s nose!  They had built a nest in there and he had just disturbed them.  One stung him in the side, and as he was swatting at one w/ his hat to kill it, his hand came down hard right on the tip of the bull’s horn!!!

\IMG_4656He sliced his middle finger open on the horn of the bull, and it even tore part of the tendon!  He hurried and went to the clinic and had one of the doctors clean it out and sew him up.  He’s super lucky that it didn’t sever the tendon completely, b/c then he would have to go to a surgeon.  As it is now, he had to get 8 stitches!  He’s in a lot of pain, but is also so glad that he can still bend his finger and that he doesn’t have to get hand surgery.  Poor Papa.  When he got home, he went out and sprayed wasp killer all over and inside the bull’s nose.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Tile Work

P1120190Mom picked Autumn for me today so I could go to Home Depot & Hobby Lobby after work to get some things for YWIExcellence on Wednesday.  I decided last week that I wanted to give all of the girls a tile w/ this saying, “All that matter is love,” that my Grandpa Jay told Rufio after he had died.  So, my FABULOUS vinyl lady threw together 30 of these for me last week and got them mailed to me.  Mom & I put them on 6x6” tiles tonight, and Mom also helped me fix the “I am…” banner we’re going to put up on the stage.  I don’t know what I would do without her!

Sunday, September 7, 2014

First Ward Council

IMG_4653So, it’s been almost a month (8/14) that I was asked to be YWPresident, and so far so good (knock on wood).  I had my first ward council meeting today before church, and the Lees are SO WONDERFUL and offered to let Autumn come over.  I dropped her off, went to ward council, and they fed her lunch and brought her to church with them!  Today in YW it was a little harried b/c I don’t have a secretary yet so I had to do all the things my secretary would usually do.  Also, I’ve come to realize that if I don’t write something down, then I will forget it.  This is my current list of things to take care of!  I’ve got emails galore to send, items to buy for YWIExcellence on Wednesday, etc.  But, when I was set apart the Bishop said in my blessing that I would be blessed with increased strength so I could accomplish all I need to do.  I’ve definitely seen and felt that strengthening power all ready!

Saturday, September 6, 2014

TOFW & Mommy/Daughter Dinner Date With Decker’s

IMG_4621 We got up this morning and Papa made everyone Texas waffles.  YUMMY!

IMG_4618 This was the only picture Lexie & I got at TOFW, and I cut off the bottom part of her face … sorry!!!  It was super spiritual and we both heard things we needed to hear.  I’m thankful for chances like this to spend sister time w/ Lexie and to have our spiritual cups filled to overflowing.

IMG_4622 Jon texted this picture to Lexie and said, “we’re having our peanut butter M&M party!” LOL!

IMG_4649 Papa & Andrew took Autumn to her cheer game today since I was at TOFW.  He said that the boy carrying the ball behind her scored a touchdown b/c of the great cheering she and her team were doing.  Too funny!

P1120184 Lexie & I got back from TOFW at 5:00, and Autumn and I went over to Kylie’s house so Autumn could see her before she went to the homecoming dance.  I am so grateful that Autumn has girls like Kylie & Ashley that she looks up to and adores.  Especially b/c they are so kind and loving and have high standards.  Kylie looked GORGEOUS, and her dress was modest too!

IMG_4633 After Kylie left we had a Mommy/Daughter dinner date w/ the Deckers (how’s that for a lot of alliteration).  Autumn picked to go to Taco Cabana.

IMG_4637After dinner we went back to the Deckers and Kenzie & Autumn watched Brave while Karri & I watched Music & Lyrics.  Karri & I were talking about mums and Autumn asked what they were.  We went in Kylie’s room where Autumn got to see and try on one of Kylie’s mums.  It was a fabulous day and super fun night.

Friday, September 5, 2014

Time Out For Women W/ Lexie

IMG_4610Nate & Riannon texted us this picture of Olivia.  She’s so stinkin’ cute!!!  I love her 4 little toofies (teeth).

IMG_4611  Liz had texted me a few days ago to see if Jackson wanted to come over and have a play date w/ Jacob, b/c they had gotten along so well when they came to swim.  So, Mom took Jackson over.  Liz texted me this pic and said they were having a blast together.

P1120182 It was Bobbie’s birthday at work today, so I ran to WalMart and got her a cookie pie and balloon.  I am so thankful to work with such WONDERFUL people.

IMG_4616 Jon dropped Lexie off at my work, and we hit the road for Time Out For Women.  Why did we bring this 38 oz bag of peanut utter M&Ms to snack on?  “Because we can” ... our theme of the weekend!  There was some slow traffic, but we got there right before the opening prayer … perfect timing.  It was very wonderful and uplifting and we’re so excited to go back for more tomorrow.

P1120183We got home at 10:30 and it was so cute to see both boys asleep in their own “special beds” in Papa & Mimi’s room.  Autumn & I spent the night b/c I wasn’t about to wake her up to take her home.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Lions Cheer Team ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

IMG_4606 Tonight after practice, Autumn’s whole cheer team took the ALSA ice bucket challenge.  They were so nervous!

IMG_4607 This picture of them wet and running away and screaming made me laugh.

P1120166 Then they hugged the coaches to get them wet, too.

P1120169 A few of the crazy ones (like Autumn) went over and got SUPER soaked w/ the hose.

P1120174 Then they decided that the coaches should have to do it, too.  It was a super fun night!

P1120178 I didn’t have a towel for Autumn to dry off with, but I had an extra shirt.  So, she put my shirt on and it looked like a huge tent dress on her.  LOL!  I’m so glad that Autumn wanted to do cheerleading again this year.  It’s so good for her on so many levels.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Sweatin’ To The Oldies For YW

IMG_4598 Tonight for YW, it was class activities and the Laurels had decided in our planning meeting last month that we would do Sweatin’ To The Oldies for our activity.  I had to dress for the occasion, so I wore my big neon yellow earrings and my super rad sweatband! LOL!

P1120156We only had one Laurel show up (on the far right), and Ashley came rocking her neon clothing.  Her & Sis. T (the new Laurel Adviser) had a blast.  We even had a few Beehives join us for about 10 minutes.  We had a great time, and got a good workout at the same time.  I’d call that a successful evening.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Reading, Pool Time & Popsicles With Papa

IMG_4589 Autumn is supposed to start reading for 10 minutes every night starting this week, so I had her read to Jackson.  He wanted Papa to read to him, so they all compromised and Autumn read to both of them while Papa sat on Jackson’s lap.  If you can’t tell, Jackson LOVES his Papa and is like his little shadow.

IMG_4594 After reading, it was time to shoot some hoots in the pool w/ Papa.  We accidentally put a pull up on Jackson instead of a swim diaper, and it was bursting at the seams.  We were laughing so hard b/c it looked like he had a big huge ghetto booty.

IMG_4596 After swimming it was time for popsicles w/ Papa.  I hope these grandkids realize someday how incredibly blessed they are to have grandparents that love them so much and spend so much time w/ them!

Monday, September 1, 2014

Labor Day 2014

labor day lake house I’m so glad that Mom & Dad were able to get away overnight and go to the Berrett’s lake house for Labor Day.

IMG_4574 After all the lack of sleep last night, I was really hoping the kids would sleep in.  No such luck.  They were both wide awake and ready to party at 6:30 am!  I put on cartoons for them and laid down and went back to sleep for a while.  When I woke up, we had a pajama pancake party for breakfast.  We just vegged out, played, colored, and watched TV.

IMG_4578 We finally got dressed and went to WalMart to get a few things for our pool party.  We ran into Liz & Lib & Jacob also getting stuff the our pool party. LOL!  The kids were making me crazy b/c they kept wanting to touch everything and then Jackson didn’t want Autumn to touch him, etc.  It’s a good thing I love them so much, b/c otherwise I might have to spank their cute little bummies!

IMG_4579 We went to Mom & Dad’s house, and the Francis Family came over to eat and swim at 11:30.  We had hamburgers, chips, salsa, and pasta salad.  I am so glad that Liberty’s Mom came over too.  We just love her!

IMG_4582For dessert we had popsicles and Klondike bars.  Fun popsicle Labor Day friends!  Jackson & Jacob got along really well and had a lot of fun playing together.

P1120152I thought Mom & Dad weren’t going to be home until really late tonight, but they got home around 3:30.  We spent the rest of the day relaxing and having fun together.  The kids were getting restless so Dad & I gave them piggy back rides and chased each other around the living room/kitchen.  We were all laughing like crazy.  Of course the kids kept wanting to do it over and over, but Dad and I had to take a break.  It was SO NICE having today off and being able to spend time with family and friends.  YAY for a short work week!

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Jackson’s Sleepover & Musical Beds

Since today was a 5th Sunday in the month at church, I didn’t have to worry about Young Women’s lessons and such b/c we were combined for the 3rd hour.  It was nice having that buffer week to get things organized and together.  After church we came home, had some lunch, and then went visiting teaching at 2:00.  We were there for a long time b/c Autumn was playing w/ Donna’s granddaughter.  We went to Mom & Dad’s at 3:30 to pick up Jackson b/c they were leaving to go up to the Berrett’s lake house.

We rushed home b/c I was having my first YW Presidency meeting at my house at 4:00.  It went well and we had a LOT of information to go over.  We got through all of it in an hour, which is great.  I already love and appreciate these women that I’m serving with so much!

IMG_4566 Once they left, we put on our jammies b/c we were staying in for the rest of the day and partied!  The kids were SO GOOD while I had my meeting and kept themselves busy making a fort.  First up we did some “freeze dancing” where I play songs on my phone & then pause it and they have to freeze when the music stops.  Autumn & I kept laughing so hard b/c Jackson would just copy whatever pose Autumn was in.

IMG_4571 They had so much fun climbing in and out of their fort, and kept adding to it throughout the evening.

IMG_4573At 8:00, I told them it was time for bed.  We pulled the trundle bed out from under Autumn’s day bed for Jackson to sleep on.  I thought he would love sleeping over, but not so much.  He just cried and cried and said, “I want my Daddy” over and over and over.  I laid down w/ Autumn in her twin bed and that seemed to help him b/c he stopped crying.  We laid there for 40 minutes but neither of them fell asleep!  So, I finally gave up and said we would just watch a movie.  I set them up on the floor w/ blankets and pillows in hopes that they would fall asleep.  Nope, they both stayed wide awake for the whole Frozen movie.  By this time it was 10:30 pm!!!  I put them in bed and laid down in Autumn’s bed w/ her again so Jackson would go to sleep.  We all fell asleep and I woke up at 11:30 and went and got in my own bed. 

We basically played musical beds all night b/c Autumn came and got in bed w/ me sometime during the night.  Then Jackson woke up a while after that and was crying b/c no one was in Autumn’s room w/ him.  So then I went back in there and slept in Autumn’s bed.  After a while she woke up and didn’t want to be alone in my room, so she came and got in her twin bed w/ me.  Needless to say, it was a LOOOOOOOONG night!!!

Saturday, August 30, 2014

First Cheer Game Of The Season

IMG_4516 I went to the 7:30 session this morning, and when I walked into the temple this hibiscus was closed up.  When I came out at 9:30, it was completely open like this!  So pretty.  I purposefully put the temple in focus in this pic, and kept the hibiscus blurry.

" And the Lord said unto him, I have heard thy prayer and thy supplication, that thou hast made before me: I have hallowed this house, which thou hast built, to put my name there for ever; and mine eyes and mine heart shall be there perpetually." ~1 Kings 9:3

I went over to Mom & Dad’s house b/c Nick & Autumn were over there.  I watched Autumn & Jackson while Mom ran a few hams and a salad over to the church for the funeral of Bro. Standley.  I went and got my nails done at 11:00 b/c they were really grown out.  Binh wasn’t quite ready for me yet, so I walked next door to the kid’s consignment store and I hit the jackpot!  I got a bunch of long sleeved shirts for Autumn for this winter for $2.50, a nice pea coat for this winter for just $10, and a Halloween costume for Autumn & Andrew for just $6.50 each plus 10% off!  I love finding great deals.

IMG_2440 After I got my nails done, I went back to Mom & Dad’s and we had lunch and then Autumn & I hurried home so we could get her ready for her first cheer game of the season.  Here’s her cute Lion’s team.

IMG_2464 The game was at 3:00, so it was super toasty!  I sat in my chair in the shade and made sure to have my Route 44 cranberry slush w/ a splash of mint Sonic drink close by.  Lookin’ good, Lady Lions!

IMG_4526 Coach Gayle has each girl “call out” the cheer.  Autumn did a great job leading this cheer.  She’s a great leader, but is also very loving and nurturing.

IMG_2468 Our boys lost their first game, but our cheerleaders were FABULOUS.  After the game, the cheerleaders did their half time dance for the football players.

IMG_2458 I’m so proud of my cute cheerleader, and had to wear all my blue bling stuff to show my support.

IMG_2475We went to Mom & Dad’s after the game and changed straight into our swimsuits and jumped right into the pool, b/c we were so hot and sweaty!  It was so refreshing and felt so nice.  After swimming for a while we went in the house to help Mimi make dinner.  She needed an onion, so Jackson & Papa went out to the garden to get one for her.  So cute!