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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

We Went “Booing” & Some Sad News

P1120277 Mom came & got Lexie & Adam early this morning so Autumn & I could get to work & school on time.  Tonight on my drive to the church for YW, this was the beautiful sunset.  All of those little black specks are birds!  There must have been THOUSANDS of them sitting on the electrical wires & flying around!

IMG_4916 We ended up combining w/ the Mia Maids b/c we only had 2 Laurels show up, plus the Mia Maids were decorating Halloween cookies which went along perfectly w/ our activity.  We put together some Halloween treat plates, attached this cute paper to it, and then headed out.  We had 9 girls so we split into 2 cars.  One group went and “Booed” the Bishopric.  Our car went & booed random houses in a few neighborhoods.  It was a lot of fun & the girls loved it.

IMG_4917We had to stop & get free hot chocolate at RaceTrac as the perfect way to end the night.

There was some SUPER SAD news at work today.  One of the ladies in my office found out that her husband was killed last night!  He was back East on a business trip and was walking across a busy street (not in a designated crosswalk) and was hit by a car.  When I heard the news from my boss this morning when I came in, I was in shock and the tears flowed freely.  I’ve met him at a few of our work Christmas parties & also at the big Hallowen party they host at their house.  I am so heartbroken for her and their 2 daughters!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Sister Sleepover

IMG_4907Tonight after dinner Autumn & I kidnapped Lexie & Adam for a fun night out.  Everyone else (except for Mom) was gone to the Texas State Fair.  First we took an unplanned detour to go see a house Curt & Mary are remodeling.  Then we went to RaceTrac for night #2 of free hot chocolate.

IMG_4908 By the time we got home, it was 8:15 so I put Autumn to bed and then Lexie picked what movie she wanted to watch.  After the movie we tried watching 2 old movies from our childhood (Scamper the Penguin & Willow The Sparrow).  We used to LOVE those movies as kids and would watch them all the time.  We couldn’t make it through either of those movies tonight b/c they were so lame & boring.  It’s funny how things change.  I was going to take Lexie & Adam home but it was already 11:30 by this point, so they just stayed the night.  Lexie & I ended up staying up and talking until 5:00 am!!!  I cherish our sister sleepovers & time we get to spend together.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Aunt Tafta & Free Hot Chocolate

IMG_4901 Uncle Kerry & Aunt Tafta came to visit for a few days before they head south to see their son & his family.  Autumn LOVES reading w/ Aunt Tafta b/c of the experience she had w/ her around this time last year.  She’s so loving and patient and kind, but she still demands excellence.  Autumn just soaks it up and really tries her hardest.  I need to learn how to be more like Aunt Tafta!

IMG_4903 After the reading was done & I had done the dishes, Aunt Tafta showed Lexie & I how to do a few family history things in FamilySearch.org.  She’s quite the family history buff, so it was good to learn from her.

IMG_4904Shannon had posted on Facebook that you can get FREE hot chocolate at RaceTrack this week, so Autumn & I stopped on our way home to get some.  It’s super hot, so we always got and get a handful of ice pebbles to put in it to cool it down.  I added some Almond Joy creamer to mine and it was DELICIOUS!

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Shrimp Boil & Stuck In The Mud

IMG_2677 We had Stake Conference today, but we skipped and went to church at the young single adult ward where Uncle Robert & Aunt Sandy are in charge.  It’s such a small branch, so I think their sacrament meeting numbers were doubled by us being there.  We left after sacrament meeting and went back to Aunt Sandy & Uncle Robert’s house for a shrimp boil.  We are so lucky & blessed to have so much family so close.  I love it that we get together so often and that Autumn gets a chance to know some of her extended family.

IMG_4894 Aunt Sandy had this super yummy treat for us.  It’s cinnamon & sugar chips with a fruit salsa.  It was really good and healthy, too.

IMG_4896 After everyone ate, they went to the farm to try out the new zip line Uncle Robert had put up.  I stayed at the house and took a nap and loved on Heather & Rocky’s new baby.  Baby River is only 5 days old & I was in 7th heaven (although it looks like Baby River isn’t).

IMG_4897 When everyone got back from the farm, I heard Autumn had quite the adventure.  I’m glad Dad was there to take pics for me.  The pond at the farm has dried up, so Autumn went investigating.  I guess she didn’t realize how muddy it was and before she knew it, she was STUCK!  She even lost one of her shoes in the mud that was not retrieved.  They had to use a big stick to help pull her out.  She’s wearing her nice church dress b/c she decided to pack her short cheer shorts to change into & I vetoed that super quick.  She knows better than to wear short shorts so I made her put her dress back on.  I’m glad it ended well and that it’s now a fun story to tell.

IMG_2684Uncle Kerry & Aunt Tafta were here visiting, so we had to get a picture of the 3 siblings together.  We had dessert, watched a little bit of the Cowboys game, and then hit the road for home around 5:00.  I was done for the day and just wanted a little peace & quiet so we came back to our house instead of going over to Mom & Dad’s house.  Autumn & I just relaxed and watched Once Upon A Time & got ready for the coming week.  It was a super fun Sunday!

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Half Marathon

IMG_2660 It rained all last night, so Autumn’s cheer game this morning was cancelled b/c the fields were too wet.  So, we ran and got doughnuts for everyone and headed to Mom & Dad’s.  Last year Papa and the grandkids handed out water in our backyard along the road for a half marathon.  It was so much fun that we did it again this year.  It was nice and cloudy and cool all day.

IMG_2658 We filled paper cups at first, but when the runners went by they just crumpled so we used plastic instead.  We had a water cup assembly line set up.  We also had Eye Of The Tiger blasting from my car.  We noticed that the first quarter group of runners that came through were super serious b/c they were in it to win it.  Then the next half that came through were lots of fun & were thankful for the water.  Then the last quarter were super serious again b/c they were tired and just wanted to be done.

IMG_2664 Nate decided late last night that he was going to run the half marathon too!  He put on his Facebook page, “About to just up and run a half marathon like it's something to do. I love when my brain is all like: ‘ya, you haven't run more than 2 miles in a couple months, but what's 13 miles?! You're Nate Johnson.’ It is humorous to me, however, to see all these peeps decked out with their running belts and such hahaha I just woke up and here I am!! Let's do this.”  He’s so crazy, but we’re so proud of him.  We for sure yelled and cheered the loudest when he went by.

IMG_4882 Poor Adam was so worn out from cheering at the race that he fell asleep in his high chair feeding himself.  It was so funny.

IMG_4890 We spent the afternoon watching the Texas/OU game & then the TCU/Baylor game.  We also did this Halloween puzzle.  After dinner we watched the new Transformers movie.

Friday, October 10, 2014

A First From Lexie & Autumn

IMG_4872Lexie accomplished a major feat today … she made dinner all by herself.  Mom was just helping her w/ this one little part.  Lexie made meatloaf, twice baked potatoes, and roasted butternut squash.  It was all delicious and Lexie did a GREAT job.  We were so proud of her.

IMG_4874Autumn wanted to learn how to change a diaper, so Lexie helped her change Olivia’s diaper and get her in pajamas.  It’s Autumn’s first time changing a diaper and I’m so proud of her for being such a good helper.

IMG_4878When we got home, Autumn yelled for me to come in her room.  There was a big gecko on the wall by her door.  I put a clear Tupperware thing over it and then slid a little paper underneath it and let it go outside.  That’s usually an Uncle Nick job, but he wasn’t home so we manned up and did it ourselves.  WOOT WOOT!!!

Thursday, October 9, 2014

A Grandbaby On Each Knee

IMG_4870 Tonight I dropped Autumn off at cheer practice and then went over to Mom & Dad’s.  Papa was so happy watching the BYU game w/ a grand baby on each knee.  It was a good game, but I’m sad that BYU lost in the end.  I went and got Autumn from cheer practice and then we came home and she showered.  Once I got her to bed, I watched Parenthood & Project Runway.  I’m so glad tomorrow’s Friday.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Babies, Sunset, & Volleyball

IMG_4867 Mom brought Lexie & Adam up here to stay for a few weeks.  Mimi is SO HAPPY to have her 2 youngest grandbabies, Olivia & Adam, together.  It was wonderful having so many people gathered around the dinner table tonight (Mom, Dad, Me, Autumn, Lexie, Nick, Nate, & Riannon).

P1120255 I stopped at WalMart tonight before heading to Mutual to pick up some pictures and to see if they had any volleyballs.  They had all sorts of basketballs, footballs & soccer balls, but not a single solitary volleyball.  What’s up w/ that???  Anyways, this was the gorgeous fiery sunset I got to see on my way out!

P1120268 For our YM/YW combined activity in October, we usually do a Fall Fest.  However, the youth decided they would rather play sand volleyball.  Us leaders were all for that, b/c it’s so much easier to plan and put together.  It was 90 degrees tonight, but there was a nice wind so that made it tolerable weather wise.  The youth had a lot of fun just being together and playing or talking.  We had ice cream sandwiches for dessert and then sent them home.  I love activities like this!

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Carpet Cleaning & Crepes

IMG_4856 Dad rented a carpet cleaner today and cleaned the carpets in the living room & other main parts of the house.  Since Mom is in Austin today (she went down this morning to watch the boys while Lexie & Jon go see Beauty & The Beast), he opened up the house & turned off the A/C to help the carpets dry faster.  It was SO HOT inside that we decided to eat out on the patio even though it was 92 degrees outside!  We had yummy fajitas that Nate & Riannon fixed.

IMG_4859 Autumn has gotten all good days at school for the past month, so she earned a crepe.  She LOVES going to our favorite crepe place and watching the guy make them.  We decided to branch out and try the lemon custard/blueberry crepe instead of our usual strawberry cheesecake.  Neither of us were very impressed w/ the lemon one and we both decided next time we’ll stick w/ the strawberry one.

IMG_4861After we ate, we walked around and checked out this new tree house they built over the river.  Autumn had fun running all around it.  That big white circle looks like the moon (which was a full moon tonight) but it’s just a big ball of light that changes color, and they have them all over in the trees over the tree house.  It was a fun evening out celebrating the good choices my Autumn Girl is making.  LOVE HER!!!

Monday, October 6, 2014

FHE & Autumn The Cat Whisperer

IMG_4848 Tonight for Family Home Evening Autumn led the music.  I am trying to teach her about how to lead to 4/4 timing instead of just randomly moving her hand around wherever she wants.  She did really great tonight.  I gave the lesson about how to be IN the world, but not OF the world.  I used THIS object lesson with oil, water, and red food coloring.  Then we read 1 John 4:1-11 and had a discussion about it as we went.

IMG_4854We’ve seen this cat walking around our yard on random nights over the past few weeks.  I know it’s tame b/c it has a collar w/ tags.  Autumn wants to pet it, but for some reason is super scared.  So, she just stands and watches it.  I’ve picked it up and held it and pet it, and she hesitantly touched the fur on its back (barely).  I don’t know why she’s afraid of cats?  She likes it when it comes around, and goes out and “meows” at it.  She tells me she can talk to it.  What a cutie!

Sunday, October 5, 2014

General Conference Sunday

IMG_4842 Since we would be coming over in the morning to watch General Conference anyways, Autumn & I spent the night at Mom & Dad’s last night.  Mom & I got up this morning and got busy cooking & baking.  We made a batch of butterhorn rolls, garlic mashed potatoes, and a beef stroganoff type gravy.

IMG_4836General Conference was really good, and Autumn enjoyed getting to eat the treats w/ the picture of the Apostle that spoke.  Although, she kept sneaking treats all day instead of just when that Apostle was speaking.  It really doesn’t matter as long as it helps her listen and pay attention.

IMG_2650 In between sessions, we had our super yummy lunch.  We are so glad that the Monzingos join us when they can.  They brought a delicious berry cobbler for dessert.  After I got all the dishes done, I went and watched last week’s episode of Downton Abbey Season 5 b/c I didn’t watch it last Sunday.  Now I’ll have to get caught up w/ episode 3 from today.

IMG_4847The last session of conference was really good and it made me laugh to already see quotes w/ fancy backgrounds up on Facebook 2 minutes after someone had spoken.  Technology is so amazing.  We spent the evening watching football and doing this fun puzzle Mom got.  Autumn is hiding behind her blanket b/c she’s tired and ready to go home to bed!

I’m so thankful for General Conference weekends where we can gather as a family, listen to the words of living a living Prophet & Apostles, and have my Spirit filled to overflowing.  What a great weekend!!!

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Cheering At SMU Stadium & General Conference

IMG_2598 Autumn and I got up this morning at 7:30 and had a relaxing morning.  We watched cartoons & I made blueberry muffins w/ some bulk mix I got at Winco.  They were really good & were easy, b/c I just had to add water.  We got ready and left to head down to the SMU campus in Dallas.  It’s “Stadium Week” for all the teams, and her team got chosen to play at SMU!  I have never been there before and it’s a gorgeous campus.  We had to stop and get a pic near the mustangs statue.

IMG_4806 She was surprised at how big the stadium was.  There were SO MANY monarch butterflies all over the whole time we were there.  It was really cool to watch them.

IMG_2609It was fun for the football players & the cheerleaders to be in such a big stadium.  They even had the announcer introduce each football player over the loud sound system.  It was so fun to see the football players go running through the sign.

IMG_2618 Autumn did such a great job and is such a leader on the team.  I just love her to pieces.

IMG_2625 During half time our girls got to go out into the middle of the field to perform.  The announcer introduced each of the girls by name over the loud sound system.  When he said their name, each girl took a step forward and shook their pom poms.  This was obviously Autumn’s turn.

IMG_2634 Our cheerleaders were really loud and did a great job.  It’s always funny to me that us cheer parents are louder than the football parents.

IMG_2647 We lost to the other team (6 to 0), but it was a great experience and I’m so glad our kids got this chance.  GO LIONS!!!

IMG_4813 It usually would take us 40 minutes to get home, but a truck had lost its load of sheet metal on the freeway, so it took us 2 hours to get home!  We were both super hungry by this point b/c it was 3:30 and we hadn’t had lunch. We went to Sonic for half price drinks & to get some food.  Autumn took a taste of her drink and said disappointedly, "you shouldn't have ordered me what I asked for!" I couldn't help but laugh out loud for real!!! I guess she wanted a strawberry shake but she said a strawberry slush. #firstworldproblems

IMG_4819 We came home and watched the last part of the 2nd session of General Conference.  It was so good, and Elder Holland is always one of my favorites.  It was so cool to see that General Conference was the #1 trending topic on Facebook! #sharegoodness #ldsconf

IMG_4817We are SO GLAD that Mom & Dad got home from their vacation.  This picture of Olivia cracks me up.  She was playing w/ these foam squares and kept putting them over her head.  We watched the Priesthood session together, and I especially loved Elder Erying’s talk, b/c he said things that I SOOOOOOO needed to hear. It's an answer to my prayer about how to help the Young Women!!!

Friday, October 3, 2014

Our Fun Forced/Unplanned Day Off

IMG_4786 I got a call at work today around 10:30 from the nurse at Autumn’s school.  She said that Autumn fell backwards in art class and hit her head really hard on the concrete.  She said that she seemed to be OK, but they would like for me to come get her just to err on the side of caution.  So, I left work and got her.  I thought Autumn had tripped on a chair, but it turns out that she had leaned back in her chair and had her legs wrapped around the chair legs.  She had a knot on the back of her head that was tender, but that was it.  We decided to make the most of our forced/unplanned day off.  We went to Taco Cabana for lunch.

IMG_4787 Then we came home and relaxed for a little bit.  I even took a 30 minute nap, and it was GLORIOUS!  Autumn & I went and saw The Boxtrolls.  It was a cute movie, but it wasn’t my cup of tea.  Autumn said the bad guy was really scary, and she hid her face in my shoulder a few times.

IMG_4789 We went to Winco to get a few groceries and some treats for General Conference.  We just LOVE their bulk section of goodies. 

IMG_4795 Mom & Dad stopped at Ponca City & White Eagle on the way home to see where Autumn’s tribe is.  They texted us this cool picture.

IMG_4798 Indian Crossing

IMG_4790We went to Mom & Dad’s house and I made zuppa toscana soup for dinner.  It was so good and hit the spot.  We’re so glad that Nate & Riannon & Olivia made it back safely from Spain.  Cute Cousins.