Saturday, July 16, 2016

Cheer Practice, Temple, & A Hamster Whisperer

 Today was Autumn's first cheer practice of the season. I dropped her off at 8:00, and made sure she had LOTS of cold water, b/c it was already hot at 8:00 am!

 I went to the temple & got 11 initiatories  done for 11 female names that one of my YW had been baptized & confirmed for last week. I just LOVE all of the INCREDIBLE promises & blessings that are in the initiatory.

I stopped at Costco on the way back to get Autumn from cheer practice, we came home, had lunch, and then the L kids came over at 1:00 to watch the Disney version of Adventures In Babysitting. Dallin must be a hamster whisperer, b/c he was able to hold Humphrey w/out Humprey biting him. They left at 5:00, and Autumn & I were going to go rent some movies at Redbox, but we decided we were too tired so we just stayed home, vegged out on the couch, and watched TV.

Friday, July 15, 2016

Color Piles, Indexing, & Shoe Shopping

 Nick was off today, so Autumn got to stay home all day. She said she just watched TV all day and organized her rainbow loom bands into piles by color.

 I picked her up and we went over to Sis. S's house to participate in the worldwide indexing event. The goal is to get at least 72,000 people to index one batch within a 72 hour window. I made Autumn do at least one record, but she had to type w/ one hand b/c she wouldn't take her left hand off the dog. She wants a dog so bad, but we're gone all day and aren't home to take care of it.

After indexing we went to Wendy's for dinner to build up our strength before going shoe shopping. We had to get Autumn a pair of white cheer shoes and we also found her a pair of sandals for church. I'm so glad, b/c lately she's been wearing some silver sparkle cowboy boots to church! Shoe shopping w/ her is long and tedious, but I'm glad we were victorious.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Long Rainbow Loom Chains With The L Family

Autumn was THRILLED to get to spend the day at the L's house. She LOVES going over there, and they are so incredibly good to her and to me. I don't know what we would do without them. They spent part of the day making long chains of rainbow looms, b/c they wanted to see how long they could make them. 

 They were long enough to hang over the balcony and touch the floor. When I got there after work, they were jumping out on the trampoline w/ the sprinkler underneath. What a quintessential childhood summer activity. I'm glad she got to have such a great time today while I was at work. 

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Gaga Ball

 Since Nate & Riannon are out of town, Autumn got to spend the whole day at Liz's house. I'm thankful for great friends. I didn't have to worry about Autumn once today, b/c I knew she was being well taken care of. After I picked her up we came home, had dinner, and then she stayed home w/ Nick instead of coming w/ me to YW b/c she wanted to organize her rainbow looms.

We were all combined tonight and the Young Men were in charge. We played something called Gaga Ball.

 I opted not to participate and instead took pictures of the craziness. I thought the youth would only play it for about 15 minutes and get bored with it. But, they played it for the whole 60 minutes and each round got crazier and crazier!

It was funny to see that it was only the Beehives that stayed in and played the whole time. The Mia Maids played the first few rounds but then just congregated on the stage to talk. I think everyone had a good time.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Muffins At The Library & Cooking Mac N Cheese

 Riannon texted me this picture today. They had stopped at the grocery store to get some muffins for a treat. Then they headed over to the library to go to story time.

Riannon taught Autumn had to make mac & cheese today by herself, so Autumn wanted to show me when we got home tonight. She did a great job & only needed minimal help. I need to be better about having her help me cook dinner instead of her doing rainbow looming. Cooking is a great skill to know!

Monday, July 11, 2016

FHE BBQ & Swim

 Tonight for FHE we went to Mom & Dad's house to BBQ and swim. We had bratwurst, grilled veggies, and cherries. It was super tasty.

 We spent the next few hours swimming, playing, and having fun together. We're so thankful Mom & Dad have this nice pool for us to enjoy.

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Sidewalk Chalk Scripture

Autumn is so cute & decided to write a scripture on the sidewalk in chalk. She chose D&C 4:2 "Therefore, O ye that embark in the service of God, see that ye serve him with all your heart, might, mind and strength, that ye may stand blameless before God at the last day." It was the LDS youth theme for last year, and I'm glad that she still remembers it.

We left church an hour early to hurry over to another ward to hear Zack speak in sacrament meeting about his mission. He did a great job, and then Kylie sang a special musical number. As soon as she was done we left to hurry back to our ward so I could be there for BYC (Bishop's Youth Council). Christian B. is going on a mission next month, so Bishop had him share his testimony at the end of the meeting. The Spirit was SO STRONG, and I know Christian is going to do AMAZING things on his mission. He's just on fire w/ the Gospel.

We came home, had dinner, watched some movies together, and then I went to a Single Adult fireside at 7:00. I thought it was going to be about OUR (Operation Underground Railroad), b/c it was given by a man who works for OUR. But, it ended up being more about his 13 year conversion story. He did a great job and I'm glad I went.

Saturday, July 9, 2016

TRIPPY Alice In Wonderland 4D Maze

I didn't go to the temple this morning b/c I got home from my ride along at 5:30 am and slept until 11:00! Autumn & I finally got going for the day around 1:00. We went to one of my favorite restaurants, b/c it reminds me of Cafe Rio. Their sweet pork salads are soooooooo good!

Then we headed over to the Gaylord to go to the "Alice In Wonderland 4D Maze." The Gaylord is MASSIVE and they had cool Alice In Wonderland themed displays all over. This one made out of sand was phenomenal.

We found the entrance to the maze, gave them our tickets, and got our 3D glasses. The first thing was this spinning tunnel. When you stepped into it, it felt like the bridge was rotating and we were laughing and screaming and holding on for dear life!

Then we walked into a big room that had all these TRIPPY neon murals on the walls.

Which door to choose???

 Once we finally picked the right door, that led into this room. That big plant in the upper left hand corner would randomly spray out a stream of mist that freaked us out the first time!

Then that room led to another room which led to this maze of mirrors. I had to take my 3D glasses off in here b/c I kept running into stuff. It was crazy! We finally found the exit and were super disappointed, b/c it only took about 5 minutes to go through the whole thing. However, we could go through as many times as we wanted, so we went back through it at least another 12 times. We spent most of our time on the bridge b/c it was the most fun.

My eyes were starting to wigg out, so we left to go and walk around the hotel for a little bit. We found some more Alice In Wonderland displays. Autumn's looking oh so fancy with her pinkie up for tea time.

Autumn wanted to walk around outside, and we found a vineyard in the grounds around the hotel! We also found this really cool wall that was COVERED in greenery. It started to rain lightly, so we made our way back into the hotel.

We went through the maze a few more times, got dizzy on the spinning bridge, and happened to run into Alice & The White Rabbit on our way out. I love that Alice is wearing cowboy boots ... only in Texas!!!

By this time we were super hungry again, so we met up with some friends and went to Cheddars for dinner. The sunset was so pretty tonight after the rainstorms! It was a great day.

Friday, July 8, 2016

Ride Along With One Of The BEST!!!

A few weeks ago I had scheduled to do a ride along w/ Nate tonight. It was so interesting to do a ride along tonight, in light of the shootings of police officers in Dallas that happened yesterday. It brought tears to my eyes to see the break room FULL of food, homemade treats, thank you notes, etc. that the citizens had brought to show their love & support for our city's police officers.

I started my ride along at 10:00 pm & finished at 5:00 am!!! Some parts of the night were quiet and boring but other parts were crazy. We got a call from one of the fast food restaurants that there was a person just sitting in the drive thru for 7 minutes and they hadn't pulled up to order anything. It's scary to watch an officer (especially when it's your brother) walk up to a car and have no idea what they're walking into. The person in the car could have had a gun and shot him, could have been in a diabetic coma, etc. It ended up that they were just drowsy from a mixture of sleeping pills and illegal drugs. Nate had to inspect the car but didn't find enough to arrest them.

Then we got a call around 4:00 am from a neighbor calling to complain that there were kids out in the street looking into cars and being noisy. We headed over there & on the way we got notice that the same neighbor had called to say they think the kids had some sort of gun, but they couldn't tell in the dark if it was a paint ball gun or a real gun. GREAT! So, we get over there and Nate puts on his lights and they scatter like roaches. He didn't chase after them since the report said they might have a gun.

Once another officer arrived they went up to the house they think the kids ran into and long story short this STUPID 17 year old was mouthing off to them as to why it was such a big deal that they were just quietly hanging out outside. The other office WENT OFF on him and told him that A) it's 4:00 in the morning, B) they weren't quietly talking if the neighbors heard them and called, C), they shouldn't be looking into cars, D) there is no way an officer would be able to tell in the pitch black that all they had was an airsoft gun instead of real gun, E) why did they run if they weren't guilty, and F) officers can't tell in the pitch black if the kids are teenagers or adults. People need to think through their choices!!!

It was for sure an interesting night, and I'm so glad that I got to do another ride along w/ Nate. I know that there are bad cops out there, but until someone does a ride along w/ a police officer and sees what they have to deal w/ on a regular basis, they just can't understand. They really and truly do put their lives on the line for every single traffic stop, every domestic violence call, etc. They never know what type of situation they are walking into. I have so much more appreciation & gratitude for such amazing civil servants (especially Officer Johnson).

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Secret Life Of Pets & Dallas Shootings

I was finally able to get Autumn to go see a movie w/ me tonight instead of staying home. As soon as I picked her up from Nate & Riannon's we went to Wendy's to grab a quick dinner and then rushed over to the theater. We saw "The Secret Life Of Pets." It was really cute, and is one I would probably buy after it's been out on DVD for a couple of months.

We got home, I put her to bed, and then I was flipping through the channels when I heard the news about Dallas police officers being shot after guarding peaceful protesters! I could NOT tear myself away from the TV and ended up staying up until 3:00 am watching the news. I also called Mom & Dad to let them know since they hardly hear any USA news over in South Africa. I didn't want them to worry about Nate if they heard it second hand through a South African news channel.

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Artwork & Barbie Hairstyles

Riannon had a doctor's appointment today, so Autumn & Olivia got to go to a friend's house in their ward for a few hours. It looks like Autumn had a BLAST w/ her new friend. I'm so glad she's getting to do fun stuff like this instead of being stuck at daycare all week! The artwork that she brought home was painted so nicely. She really did a great job.

Autumn tested out some of the new hairstyles she's been watching videos about online on her Barbies tonight. She really likes the one w/ the braids on either side that wrap up and around the ponytails. She had me try that on her hair, and it looked ok, but wasn't as fancy as it looks on the Barbies.

Usually we would have YW tonight, but everyone was doing class activities. I only have 2 active Laurels right now (the others are inactive or have graduated), and one of them was out of town and one of them was working. So, we didn't have YW tonight. It was nice to have a Wednesday night off.

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Rainbow Loom & Hairstyle Videos

I love it that Autumn has been asking to borrow my phone or my laptop lately. She has been looking up videos on fancy ways to do rainbow looms, and fancy ways to do hairstyles. I tend to be the type that wants to go out and do things at night, but she likes to just stay home and be together. I know that the day will come all too soon when she'll be too busy hanging out w/ her friends to want to hang out w/ me, so I'm soaking in all the time I can w/ her. Even if that means we're just snuggling together on the couch and watching TV. I'm in NO RUSH for her to grow up and become a teenager.

I'm so happy for Karri & her family today. Zack got home from his 2 year mission today and they were ECSTATIC to go pick him up at the airport. We're so proud of him and the great service he did.

Monday, July 4, 2016

Happy 240th Birthday, America!!!

 We got up early this morning so we could get a good parking spot for a local small town's 4th of July Parade. The parade started at 10:00, and we got there at 8:40! We got a great parking spot and then walked around the town square to kill some time.

 We loved checking out all the shop windows around the old town square. Autumn especially loved this window display, b/c she said it was fancy and reminded her of Hello, Dolly!

 It rained all last night, and was still raining this morning so the ground was wet. But, they said the parade was still happening ... rain or shine. Luckily, the rain stopped before we left the house and the clouds stuck around so we weren't sitting in the scorching sun. There was a nice breeze and it was 76 degrees. PERFECT parade weather if you ask me!

 Nick made sure I took a picture of this cool car. We'd never seen one like it before. The parade was fun, but short ... just the way we like it.

 We had inadvertently parked on a street that was blocked in on either side by the parade route, so once the parade was over we still had to wait. So, we walked around downtown and found this cool mural on the side of a building.

We even had time to stop in at one of our favorite restaurants that we haven't been to in ages. They have some of THE BEST pie, so we each got a different slice and tried a bite of each other's. By the time we were done eating our pie, the road had been unblocked so we were able to leave. We went grocery shopping to get a few things for our BBQ this evening. 

We went to Mom & Dad's house and had a BBQ w/ Nate, Riannon, Olivia, Autumn, plus Liz & Liberty and their crew (they weren't there yet when I took the pic). We had a great time eating, swimming, doing tricks off the diving board, etc. The cities around us were doing their firework displays at 9:45, but we were all WIPED OUT, so we opted to skip it this year.

Autumn & I came home, watched some fireworks on TV that were going off in the Eastern time zone, and went to bed. Happy 4th of July!!!

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Sunday Silliness

Since I've been slacking on taking pictures of Autumn & me in our church clothes on Sunday mornings, I'll just have to post a few silly Snapchat pics instead. My patriotic spiritual thought & red, white, and blue M&M's went well in ward council. I made sure to put them in baggies to send home w/ people since it's Fast Sunday. Riannon & Olivia sat w/ us during sacrament meeting since Nate was working and it's too hard for Riannon to wrangle Olivia alone during their ward.

My lesson in YW about temple ordinances went well. The main take away that I think will stick w/ most of the YW is something that I heard Pres. Uchtdorf say once. CTR stands for Choose The Right when you're in Primary, but when you're in YW and beyond it stands for Current Temple Recommend. I made sure the YW know they can have a CTR from the time they turn 12 and on.

I made Nick do this Snapchat pic and send it to Savi. BA HA HA! After church we had lunch, got in our jammies, and just relaxed the rest of the evening. I'm thankful for Sundays when we can spend time together and recharge our batteries before facing another work week.

Saturday, July 2, 2016

Sandwich Making, Yard Working, Zorro Watching

 We got up at 7:30 this morning so we could get ready, stop by WalMart really quick to get bread (I forgot to buy some the other day), and head to the "making sandwiches for the homeless" location. We wanted to get there early so we could get a table inside in the air conditioning.

 Our usual lady that we sit with was out of town w/ her family, and it ended up just being Nick & Autumn & me at our own table. We had a good system down and got a lot of sandwiches made. Autumn's got her "game face/serious mode" face on.

 When we got home, Nick & I got busy doing some yard work. I edged the lawn b/c it hadn't been done in a while and our yard looked so ghetto compared to everyone else on our street. If I stood on the sidewalk and looked up and down the street everyone else had theirs edged but us! Then I did some weeding and Nick did some pruning. By the time I got done my face was BRIGHT RED from the exertion and heat. I got some water and laid down on the tiled kitchen floor to cool off.

While we were outside working, Autumn was inside cleaning her room. She has been "organizing" for weeks and I told her it was time to move onto the "putting away" part of the process. She was so proud of herself and couldn't wait to show me what it looked like. I'm thrilled I can actually see the floor again!

While she was working on her room, I was preparing treats & handouts for my YW lesson tomorrow about temple ordinances and also for the patriotic spiritual thought in ward council. Autumn got done around 4:00 so we went over to Mom & Dad's house to swim for a while. We swam for about an hour and a half and then went in the house and watched The Legend of Zorro. It was a good & productive Saturday.

Friday, July 1, 2016

Babysitting Baby Jordan

 I'm so excited it's a looooooong weekend! After dinner Liz brought Baby Jordan over b/c she was going to do a ride along w/ Nate and Liberty wasn't home yet. We had a lot of fun doing silly Snapchat faces w/ Baby Jordan.

Autumn & I were CRACKING UP! I was so excited for Liz to ride along w/ Nate and I told them they weren't allowed to have any fun without me!!! Autumn & I had fun feeding Baby Jordan a bottle and he even fell asleep for a little while. When Liberty came and got him we were sad to see him go.

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Eating Out Twice In One Night!!!

 We had a coupon for free chicken tenders at Cheddards, so we went there for dinner. Autumn LOVES their honey butter croissants, and since they looked a little deformed (they still tasted the same), our waitress gave us one for free.

Liz texted us and asked us if we wanted to meet them for ice cream at Dairy Queen. So, when we got done eating at Cheddars we went over to Dairy Queen. It was fun to talk and catch up w/ her while the kids played games on our phones. I even got to rock Baby Jordan to sleep in my arms!