Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Cute Activity Day Girls

 I got Autumn from daycare today, we came home, hurried and ate dinner, and then I helped her get on her Cleopatra costume. For Activity Days tonight they met later in the evening at one of the leader's homes. It was a costume party and they had A BLAST! Look at these cute girls. I'm going to show this to them in about 5 years when they're in the middle of being teenagers and remind them how sweet they were!

 They got to carve pumpkins, roast the seeds, make caramel apples, and play all sorts of fun Halloween games. I'm thankful for great leaders that make things nice for my girl. I try to do the same for the girls that are in Young Women's.

For our activity tonight we watched the Studio C Face To Face broadcast. In the past, we've all met at one person's house but there are too many youth and it's hard to hear. So, we had the Beehives & Deacons meet at one house, the Mia Maids & Teachers meet at one house, and the Laurels & Priests meet at another house. For ours we had pizza, drinks, and all sorts of sweet snacks. It ended up not working out, b/c everyone just wanted to talk and it was hard to hear the broadcast. I sat right next to the TV and was able to hear some of it, and from what I heard it was VERY POWERFUL! The Spirit was very strong. I'll have to go back and watch it online when it's nice and quiet and I can focus on what's being said.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Tranquil Tuesday

 It was so nice to not have anything we had to do tonight or anywhere we had to be. Lately I've been feeling like we're busy, busy, busy. It's nice to have an evening home together to relax (and play with Snapchat filters). 

 We had dinner and then we spent about an hour working on homework. We got it all done for the rest of the week since we have something on Wednesday & Thursday evenings. This way we're done and don't have to worry about it.

I was closing my trunk door and my fingernail slipped off the edge of the door and it broke! It hurt, but I'm thankful that it didn't crack further down and start bleeding. I'm glad I have a nail appointment set up soon so I can get it taken care of. We spent the rest of the evening cuddling on the couch and watching TV. I sure do LOVE my Autumn Girl!

Monday, October 17, 2016

Monday Night Lights

 For dinner we went over to Mom & Dad's and had leftover rouladen and Mom had also made Philly cheesesteak sandwiches. We stopped at Z's house to drop off some chocolate ice cream to her. We had to snap a pic w/ Jack and text it to Ashley to let her know we love and miss her.

 I dropped Autumn off for her 30 minute warm up before the game. While she was doing that I did some speed walking around the park. It felt good to get in some light exercise. The football players had fun running through the sign, but one of them tripped and fell! WHOOPS!

 We love Monday Night Lights, b/c it's more fun. It's a very different feeling & energy at evening games. This is our only one this year.

 The girls did great! We were annoyed that the cheerleaders for the other team took their sweet time getting out onto the field during 1/2 time, so we weren't able to do our full halftime routine. Oh, well.

 I prefer games at the stadium b/c we're up on bleachers and can see the field and watch the game easily. But, having a game at the fields is fun b/c we can go out on the field after the game. We all ran out there and made a tunnel for the players to run through. It was actually a great game that I watched, b/c we scored and beat the only team in our division that has never had a team score or beat them. WOOT WOOT!

 Everyone was loud & cheering, not just the cheerleader parents. The girls did a wonderful job doing their halftime performance for the football players after the game.

 My cute little cheerleader. Papa came to watch the game, which made Autumn feel so special and important.

GO LIONS!!! It was such a high energy game. We came home, Autumn went to bed, and I stayed up until 1:30 am scanning pictures. I had no idea it was so late!!! I just get into a groove and get lost in it.

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Happy (Early) Birthday Dinner To Me!

It was so fun sleeping over at Mom & Dad's last night. We got up and had breakfast and then they left for church and we came home to get ready for church. I had ward council, so I dropped Autumn off at the L's house. I also had the spiritual thought in ward council, so I shared some of the things I learned at the single adult conference yesterday. I gave a brief overview of this AMAZING article that describes how the parable of the Good Samaritan is actually the Plan of Salvation!!! It is so good and highly recommend that y'all read it!

During 2nd hour we had our YW Presidency meeting instead of going to Sunday School, b/c that is the only time we could meet this month. I'm so thankful for the wonderful women that I get to work with. During YW opening exercises I had the other leaders come up and I gave them each a container of strawberries. I told them that I love and appreciate them BERRY much.

I got to teach in Laurels today, and I felt impressed the whole week that we needed to just talk instead of preparing a lesson. It's for sure out of my comfort zone to do that, b/c I like to be prepared and have handouts and a treat that ties into the lesson. But, I followed the Spirit on this one and we just talked. They finally opened up and were willing to talk after about 5 minutes. I think we had a few breakthroughs and I hope they felt heard & loved!

 After church we went over to Mom & Dad's house for my early birthday dinner. My birthday isn't for a few more days, but this was the best time for everyone to get together. I'm glad Lexie is here so she could help Mom make the dinner. It's A LOT of work & I really appreciate them making me feel special.

 Mom even got me some birthday balloons and tied them in my hair like a ponytail. LOL!

 Autumn is LOVING having Aunt Lexie here b/c they make each other laugh. Autumn likes to snuggle and was totally invading Lexie's personal space. They just laughed and laughed to the point that Nate had to turn up the TV b/c they couldn't hear it over the laughter.

 For my special birthday dinner I requested rouladen, noodles w/ gravy, gurken salat, and spinach dip in hollowed out bread.

 This is definitely NOT on my diet plan, but I didn't even care. It was so delectable and delicious and divine. I enjoyed every single bite and every single calorie!

 Dad loves it so much that he just got a big old bowl of gravy and put his noodles in it and dipped his rouladen in there! LOL! It was so weird after dinner to not be allowed to jump up and help do the dishes. They made me go sit down, so I sat in a recliner and ended up taking a "Sacred Sunday nap." It was so nice.

♪ ♫ HAPPY (early) BIRTHDAY TO ME! ♪ ♫ I'm thankful to Mom for all the extra effort she goes to in order to make us feel special and loved. Dad & I left at 6:30 to go to the Single Adult conference to hear Britt speak. The theme of the conference was "Joy In The Journey" and he talked about Lehi & his journey and 5 things we can learn from him. Britt is a naturally gifted teacher & speaker, so it was WONDERFUL! What a great way to end a great weekend!

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Donuts, Cheer Practice, Pictures, & Single Adult Conference

 I got up early this morning and went over to Mom & Dad's to get Autumn for cheer practice. Mom went down & picked Lexie up yesterday so she can convalesce and have a break. It was so good to see Lexie, and I talked her into coming with me. We dropped Autumn off at cheer practice and then went to our favorite local donut place for breakfast. YUM!

 We went back to my house and I talked Lexie into going through her pile of pictures and putting them in chronological order. Then I got busy scanning them for her. It's a good thing I set an alarm on my phone as a reminder to go get Autumn, b/c we were so engrossed w/ sorting pictures that we almost forgot. Their practice today was intense b/c they have their showcase next week.

 We came back to my house and Lexie started sorting the piles of pictures of her boys so I could scan those too.

I took Lexie & Autumn back over to Mom & Dad's house around noon, and this picture of them sitting outside talking to Nate on the phone made me SO HAPPY! They always make us feel so loved and welcomed at their home. I dropped Lexie & Autumn off and went to the Single Adult conference.

It had started at 10:00, and I got there at 1:00. All I missed was the morning speaker and lunch. I made it there in time for the workshops and to hear Bro. H speak. He's AMAZING and the Spirit was so strong as he spoke. That alone made going to the conference worth it. After he spoke, we had a catered Mexican dinner that was delicious. Usually at these conferences I try to find a group of people I know and hang out with them. But this conference I just did the loner thing and was by myself, which I didn't mind at all.

Then we got the pleasure of hearing from Sis. Linda K Burton, who is the General Relief Society President. She did a fabulous job and the Spirit was so strong again. I'm glad we got to take this group picture w/ her (she's in the middle sitting next to her husband who is wearing a red tie). I'm in the back holding the sign, right in the middle.

After this, there was a dance. However, they had a live band playing instead of music we could dance to. Plus, there weren't very many men there that were my age. So, I left at 9:30 and went to Mom & Dad's house. Autumn was already asleep so I climbed in bed w/ Lex and we talked for quite a while. I'm thankful she's here and that we can spend time together.

Friday, October 14, 2016

Girl's Party & Single Adult Conference

 Mom & Dad were awesome and picked Autumn up from daycare for me so I could attend the Regional Single Adult Conference. The 3 girls that came over to our house last week wanted to get together again, so they met at the L's house tonight. I'm so glad Shannon took these pics and sent them to me. The girls got to make tinfoil dinners and then cook them out in the fire pit. As you can see, they also roasted hot dogs.

 After dinner they went back inside and played games.

 To top off the night they got to decorate sugar cookies. I'm so thankful Autumn has such good & uplifting friends. I hope & pray that continues into junior high and high school!

 After work I had an hour to kill before the conference started, so I went to Burlington to shop. I tried on A LOT of clothes but didn't find anything worth buying. I drove over to the church where the conference was being held and had some salad & delicious deep dish pizza for dinner. After dinner, they had a service project set up at the back of the gym.

 We were able to do a "Hunger Project" for the organization "Feeding Children Everywhere." Basically they supplied all the components to put together meals, and we got to help put them together. I was at a table where I scooped 1/4 c of dried veggies into a bag & other people put in the salt, rice, and lentils. Then other people sealed the filled bags and other people put the sealed bags into boxes. It was a great service opportunity.

After the service project they had games set up along w/ karaoke. I got a group of girls together and we went up and did R-E-S-P-E-C-T. I really wanted to do Dancing Queen, but they didn't have it! I only stayed for about 30 minutes of that and then came home. It was funny, b/c even the old people at the conference were saying what an older crowd it was. Myself and about 10 other people were BY FAR the youngest ones there. So much for getting to find my future husband at this event. LOL!

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Baby Shower Games Practice

 Tonight after work we had Liz & Liberty come over for dinner. I just made a big pot of taco/bean soup. After we ate, we played some baby shower games. Liz is throwing a baby shower for her sister-in-law on Saturday and she wanted to try out the games on us before she had to do them on Saturday. For this one we were "blindfolded" (hence the reason our eyes are not in the eye holes of these masks) and we had a race to see who could put a diaper on a doll first.

 Then we had a race to see who could drink 4 oz of water from a bottle the fastest. It's a good thing we tested this, b/c it was HARD! Our mouths/tongues were hurting after just drinking 2 oz, so that is all she'll put in the bottles for the real games on Saturday.

After they left Mom & Dad came over when they were done getting interviewed by their Bishop for their next mission! It's going by way too fast already and before I know it they'll be leaving us again. Noooooo! Anyways, it was good to sit and visit with them for a while.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Perfect Personal Progress Pajama Party

 Autumn & I came home to a fun new surprise in our yard. Dad & Nick had planted a bald cypress, b/c our poor magnolia tree isn't doing well. I'm so thankful for Dad and all that he does for us.

 Autumn & I got a few things together, loaded them in the car, changed clothes, and hurried over to the church to set up for Young Women In Excellence. Instead of taking over (like I usually do) I had the class presidents decide on our theme. They wanted to have a pajama party, so we made that theme work. Everything started with P. We decorated with Polka dots, and the D.O.T.S. stands for Depend On The Savior. I got the polka dot tablecloths, pink & purple plates, polka dot napkins, and pom pom decorations at the $1 Store!

 Those bigger pom poms on the stage are also from the $1 Store. I just sat & opened them up at night while I was watching TV. Easy peasy!

 The young women were encouraged to wear their pajamas, bring pillows, and put their hair in pig tails if they wanted to. The opening and closing songs both started with P (Praise to the Man & Put Your Shoulder to the Wheel). The main bulk of the program was the YW each taking a turn to come up and share something they have excelled at this year. Some were really prepared and did a great job while others just made up something on the spot.

I made a few remarks, the Stake YW rep made a few remarks, and then one of the Bishopric members spoke. After that, we watched a slideshow from pics over the last year that one of the YW put together as her project. It was my favorite part of the night.

 Then it was time for everyone's favorite ... the food! The girls wanted all sorts of food that started w/ P so we separated it out by sweet & savory. On the first table we had all sorts of pies. I'm glad we took a poll on Sunday about what type of pie they wanted. No one voted for cherry or blueberry, so I'm glad we didn't buy something they wouldn't eat. For ease of serving the pie we had them all precut and already on plates.  We also had pineapple, peanut butter cups, and popcorn.

For the savory table we had pickles, peas (snap peas), pretzels, pizza rolls, and all sorts of Pringles. For the drinks we had potable water & punch pouches (Capri suns).

 Here's our PRECIOUS pajama party picture. I'm so thankful I get to serve & love these incredible young women. I love each one of them so much and they are constantly in my prayers. I also have to give a huge shout out to the other leaders who just jumped in and started cutting pies, cooking pizza rolls, etc while I ran around setting up the gym. It truly takes team work to make the dream work.

A bunch of the younger siblings of the YW dressed up in pajamas, which was too cute. I got this polka dot wrapping paper at the $1 store and just wrapped it around a portable chalkboard so people could have a fun background if they wanted to take a selfie.

It's always a lot of work to pull off something like this. It was AWESOME to just order all the food on and then go pick it up. That's the first time I've ever tried it, and I will FOR SURE be doing that again. It saved a ton of time not having to walk around the store and find what I needed. Super slick! Based on the few comments I heard, it was a great success.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

"Gettin' My Hair Did"

Mom happened to be over by Autumn's daycare right after school was letting out, so she stopped by and picked her up. When I got off work I went over to their house, and Autumn's hair looked like this. LOL! It was a flashback to the 80's when we wore the brightly colored scrunchies. It was SO GREAT to sit on the couch and talk with Mom for a while. I'm so thankful that we're best friends.
I scarfed down some dinner and then went to " get my hair did." I had some warm caramel highlights put in, and had the top layered a little bit more. I got there at 6:00 pm and didn't leave until 11:00 pm! But, the lady I go to is so worth it b/c she's so reasonably priced.

Here's my "before" and my "after." I really like how the highlights aren't too bright and they help to give my curls some more depth and definition.

Monday, October 10, 2016

Happy Columbus Day

 The sunrise this morning was so pretty!

 Autumn didn't have school today b/c of Columbus Day. So, she got to spend the day w/ Papa & Mimi. Mimi SPOILED her and they went out for some pampering. Autumn got her nails done and also got her eyebrows waxed. LUCKY girl!
 The sunrise was so pretty, and the sky was just showing off the whole entire day. LOVE it!

Since the weather was so nice this evening, we ate out on the porch. We had grilled pork chops, salad, and yummy crusty bread. I LOVE my tribe and am thankful we're so close! After dinner we rushed home so Autumn could change and then I took her over to cheer practice. My new scanner came in the mail tonight and I'm so excited to get it set up so I can start scanning all those pictures I've organized!