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Monday, April 27, 2015

My Little Monkey

IMG_7192 I can’t believe that YW camp is only about a month away!!! I ordered camp books today & am starting to get stressed about ALL we have to do to get ready. Anyways, we went to the Stake YW Camp Leader’s house to drop off all the forms tonight after I got Autumn from daycare. It had rained most of the day and the droplets on this colorful Iris were so pretty.

IMG_7193Autumn has been on this kick lately where she wants to climb every tree that she sees. I tell her she’s my “little monkey.” She’s a cutie and cracks me up.

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Sister K, The Sister Missionary

IMG_7173 Autumn got herself dressed this morning and she said to me, “Mom, I look like a sister missionary.” I couldn’t agree more! I kept calling her “Sister K” all morning. I would LOVE it if she decided to serve a mission when she's older. It's one of the best things I ever did!!!

I gave a talk in sacrament meeting today on virtue & purity. Nate & Riannon even came to hear me speak. I actually gave a “cry” instead of a talk. I ALWAYS cry, and I definitely cried at the end of my talk when I shared a story about a neat experience that Dad had in the Johannesburg temple.

IMG_7180 After church we hurried home for my YW Presidency meeting. One of the ladies brought her daughter that is Autumn’s age with her. The girls played outside & went exploring while we had our meeting. After the meeting was over, Autumn was SO EXCITED to show me some baby birds they found in a nest. I have no idea how they found it b/c it’s hidden in a neighbor’s gumdrop tree that’s about 5 houses down the street! The baby birds are so cute!!!

IMG_7186I know this isn’t the best picture (Autumn’s face … LOL), but it’s the only one we got. We went back to the church at 7:00 for the Stake Young Womanhood Recognition. All the Young Women & leaders that have completed Personal Progress, or got their Honor Bee were recognized tonight. It’s a huge deal, b/c this is equivalent to the Scouts getting their Eagles. It’s A LOT of work. The Stake YW President gave a FABULOUS talk, and the whole evening was very uplifting. I am so thankful Autumn has wonderful examples like these girls to look up to.

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Happy Birthday Nate & A “Dive In” Mommy/Daughter Date

IMG_7135Today is Nate’s birthday (and Autumn’s brother Bubzy’s birthday too). Riannon had us all come over for breakfast to celebrate. We’re singing to him and he’s got Mom & Dad on Facetime on the phone.

IMG_7139 For breakfast she made him funfetti pancakes w/ frosting & bacon on the side. He was so happy.

IMG_7145 Riannon had some fun surprises planned for Nate like going to get massages, going out to lunch, and getting pedicures. So, we watched Olivia for them while they were gone. These 2 sunbathing babes were just soaking up some rays. They have NO IDEA how good they have it!

IMG_7152 Olivia LOVES being outside, so we went for a walk after she got up from her afternoon nap. She wasn’t a fan of riding in the stroller, and preferred to be OUT of the stroller. She wanted to push it, so she held onto this little bar at the bottom of the stroller while Autumn slowly pushed. It took a LONG time to walk around the neighborhood this way, but we had fun.

IMG_7155 When Nate & Riannon got back around 3:00 we came home and both took a little nap. We both commented on how tiring it can be to have a small baby/toddler around. I told Autumn to get her swimsuit on, b/c we were going on a special Mommy/Daughter date. She was so confused as to why she would need her swimsuit. We went to our local natatorium where they had a “DIVE-IN movie.” So cute, huh? We swam and played in the lazy river and had fun before the movie started.

IMG_7160 They showed Big Hero 6 on this massive blow up screen. They also had food your could purchase so we got a hot dog, chips, and a drink for just $3 each. It was SO MUCH FUN! We just floated around in the big pool while watching the movie.

IMG_7162Autumn finally got brave towards the end of the night and decided to give the water slide a try. She loved it so much that she would get off and go right back on. She probably went down it at least 18 times. It was 9:30 before we left! I’m glad we got a little nap this afternoon. We both agreed that this “Dive-In Movie” was one of our favorite Mommy/Daughter dates.

Friday, April 24, 2015

Fog, Nails, & Rain

IMG_7118 Today was another stormy day, which I love. After work/school we came home, scarfed down some dinner (warmed up frozen taquitos), and then left for my nail appointment. It was super foggy and rainy.

IMG_7122 A bunch of my Young Women were trying out for color guard tonight, so I had texted them to wish them good luck. They texted me a picture of them doing this, so Autumn & I had to text one back. LOL.

IMG_7123 The owner had to go pick up his daughter from daycare, and Autumn was so happy b/c they were able to sit and do rainbow looms together. They call each other “sister” b/c they think they look alike w/ their dark skin and dark hair.

IMG_7127I just ADORE Texas spring thunderstorms. The sunset tonight wasn't too bad either (no filters or edits done to this pic at all)!!! It was awesome to sit and get my nails done while listening to the rain outside (they had the door propped open).

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Sweet Notes & A LATE Girl’s Night Out

IMG_7107 Tonight I went in my room to change clothes after Autumn was asleep and I found this sitting on my nightstand. I had no idea she did this and it touched my heart. I think she meant to say, “thank you for taking (CARE OF) me…”

IMG_7108 I had to reciprocate and put this note back to her on her mirror.

P1120679 Karri texted all of us this evening b/c her fortune inside a fortune cookie she ate at dinner said something about spending time with friends. So, from that small text we ended up throwing together a Girl’s Night out. We haven’t gotten together in months and months, so we were all excited to see each other. We went to the 10:00 showing of Age of Adeline. It was a really good movie, but moved a little slow. I loved the clothes, jewelry, and classic nuances in the movie. After the movie we asked someone to take a picture for us and he asked why 2 of us were wearing hoodies. We started laughing so hard & said b/c we’re livin’ the thug life. BA HA HA!

P1120680Since we didn’t get to talk at all during the movie, we decided to go to Denny’s to catch up w/ each other. We talked, laughed, vented, shared, etc. I can't even put into words how much I love & admire & adore these women. We were there until 1:30 am, but it was soooooooooo worth it! I am so blessed to have so many "kindred spirits in my life!

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

The Fabulous Amy F

IMG_7102 My bosses are SO GOOD to me. This was sitting on my desk when I walked in this morning! I feel so loved & appreciated. Happy Administrative Professional's Day to all those who do all the "behind the scenes" hard work to keep their companies running smoothly & efficiently.

IMG_7104 Tonight for Young Women’s we had the incomparable Amy F. come talk to the girls. She has published a few cookbooks & is a fabulous cook, so we were thrilled she came and talked to us.

P1120676She shared cooking tips & tricks, a recipe, and she even made one of her delicious salads for us to sample! I know that I thoroughly enjoyed it, and from the comments I heard the YW make they enjoyed it too.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Stormy Skies

IMG_7091 I always go look at Autumn asleep before I go to bed, b/c she look so sweet and angelic and peaceful. I had to snap a pic of the clothes she had laid out on the floor to wear today … complete w/ a bracelet, socks & shoes. SO CUTE!!!

IMG_7092 The sunrise was really pretty this morning. This is what the sky looked like to the East …

IMG_7096… and this is what it looked like to the West. We had a major Texas rain/thunderstorm throughout the day. I LOVE it, even though I just got my car washed yesterday. We need the rain, so I was happy it was stormy.

Monday, April 20, 2015

A Good Evening Together

IMG_7067 Today after work/school Autumn & I went to our favorite car wash place to get the car washed. They also do windshield rock chip repair. I had a dime sized one from a few years ago, and I thought I had a new one b/c I heard a rock hit my windshield while driving down the highway this week. They fixed those, and also cleaned the inside and outside of my car. I LOVE going there. After that, we went to Chipotle for dinner since we have a gift card, and shared a barbacoa bowl.

IMG_7068Our drink was “sweating” on the outside of the cup and I noticed that when 2 drops hit the table they merged together and formed this heart shape! Autumn & I thought that was pretty cool.

IMG_7077 We got home & Autumn wanted to go straight outside to ride her bike around the neighborhood. She LOVES being able to ride her bike.

IMG_7075 Even though we live in a safe neighborhood & I don’t have to follow along behind her, I still like to be outside and have her at least say hi when she rides by. Since I was outside, I had to get some pictures of these GORGEOUS flowers in a neighbor’s flower beds.

IMG_7076 This purple & white one is so pretty. Nature seriously amazes me … how can just part of the petal be one color and the other part be another color?

IMG_7089Once it started to get dark we came in and had Family Home Evening. Tonight we talked about the temple, and I showed her the WONDERFUL video the church did, which shows the inside of some of our temples. I thought it would be good for her to see what it looks like since I try & go to the temple every week and Papa & Mimi are working in the temple every day. We had a fun evening together.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Brownies & A Statue of Liberty Document

IMG_7063 I got up this morning & made 2 batches of brownies. During our Laurel’s class today we went and delivered these to the Teacher’s class (14-15 year old boys). They are in charge of setting up & taking down the sacrament each week. We wanted to let them know that we appreciate them doing that.

IMG_7064 Our home teachers came over tonight right after church. Autumn got to hold one of the world’s smallest full print Bibles. This one is well preserved b/c it had its own case. That circle in the middle is actually a magnifying glass so you can actually read the teeny tiny print. Pretty cool!

IMG_7066 Our home teacher told us a really cool true story about this man. This is General Charles Pomeroy Stone. His life is quite the crazy story. Basically he was imprisoned wrongfully, b/c the Joint Committee of the Conduct of the War wanted to pin the death of one of their colleagues from the battle at Ball’s Bluff on him. He was put in a solitary confinement cell where he couldn’t even stand up! After 7 months in jail he was finally released and b/c of his impressive military & engineering savvy he was able to move up the ranks in the Egyptian Army.

IMG_7065The United States never apologized for the horrible way he was treated, but they asked him to come back and work as an engineer for the Florida Ship Canal Company. Instead of holding a grudge (like he easily could have), he chose to forgive. Because he was so good at his job, he ended up being the Chief Engineer for the construction of the Statue of Liberty! It’s hard to read what Autumn’s holding, but this is the original letter from him requesting the stone for the base!!! General Stone got to be the Grand Marshall of the parade for the dedication of the Statue of Liberty. He died shortly after the dedication. The ironic thing is that the Statue of Liberty was just across the water from the prison where he was held captive for 7 months. It was a great story/lesson about forgiveness & not letting our pride stand in our way.

After the left Autumn & I had dinner and then I took her over to Nate & Riannon’s and they watched her for me while I went to BYD (Bishop’s Youth Discussion). We had a panel of adult guest speakers from the ward come & talk to the youth about education, their jobs, and we also had a Q&A. I thought it was really good & very informative. After it was over I went and got Autumn & came home and got her to bed.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

We FINALLY Have Internet At Home!!!

IMG_7039 We got up this morning and I dusted the house b/c we are FINALLY getting internet at home. We also switched our TV providers. The installer guy got here at 9:00 & left at 11:30. Nate came by to bring Autumn’s bike so she can ride it around the neighborhood. He also brought over a lawn edger to edge our lawn b/c our blade wasn’t working. He & Nick went and got a new one and it worked like a charm! I’m so incredibly thankful to him for doing that for us. The weather was so nice (cloudy and cool w/ a breeze) that I even weeded the flower beds and did some edging.

IMG_7046 After we were done Autumn wanted to see if Uncle Nate could climb one of the trees in our yard. He did it like it was no big deal … he’s a little monkey.

IMG_7049 She wanted to climb the tree too so Nate pulled her up while I pushed from behind. She only got this far & was FREAKING OUT! You would have thought she was holding onto the top of the Eiffel Tower from the way she was screaming.

IMG_7051 Then it was Nick’s turn. He wasn’t quite as graceful as Nate, but he made it up there! Autumn & I were both impressed w/ their tree climbing skills.

IMG_7058 I got cleaned up & then took Autumn over to Nate & Riannon’s at 3:00 so I could attend the temple sealing of one of the ladies I visit teach. I am so happy for her. It was all in Spanish, so I only understood a few words here and there, but the Spirit in the room was SO STRONG!

I stopped at the grocery store on the way home to get some Runts for my lesson in YW tomorrow. Then I went to Nate & Riannon’s house. We watched Olivia so they could go out on a double date w/ a guy from Nate’s mission. After Autumn & I got Olivia to bed we watched TV & then finally went to bed at 10:00 b/c we were both so tired.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Bubbles & Steaks

IMG_7032 Nate picked up Autumn while he was getting Olivia, so after work I went straight to their house. Nate made steaks (he wanted to try the way Gordon Ramsay did it on this video) for dinner. I made the garlic bread & when Riannon got home she threw together a salad. While we were waiting for dinner to be done, I took the girls outside. Autumn had fun blowing bubbles for Olivia to catch.

IMG_7030 Olivia is so cute! I can’t wait for her to be a little older so she can talk and tell us what she’s thinking. Dinner was super good! Autumn & I came home and took the balloons and treats over to one of my Laurel’s since it’s her birthday today. She was out w/ friends so we left them w/ her Mom. We came home & I let Autumn stay up until 9:00 to watch a Disney show that was on. I hope I won’t regret that tomorrow morning since she’s not a morning person.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Wisteria In Bloom

IMG_7025 Here’s a follow up to what Mom’s wisteria look like now that they’re starting to bloom. So pretty!

IMG_7028 I went to get a close up shot of the ladybug sitting on this blossom and noticed it was COVERED in tiny little black ants. Weird.

Autumn & I had dinner at Subway tonight so that we wouldn’t be hungry while grocery shopping. After we got groceries we went to the $1 store to get some balloons for 2 of my Young Women that have birthdays. One of the girl’s birthdays was today so we stopped by her house to drop off her treats (she likes sour patch kids & Cheetos) and some balloons. She wasn’t home so we just left them on her doorstep. Tomorrow night we’ll have to stop by and drop off the treats for the girls who’s birthday is tomorrow.

We came home, put groceries away, watched a little TV, and called it a night.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Park, Plan, Pie

IMG_7004 Today at Activity Days the leaders took the girls out geocaching. One of the leaders had planted 5 different clues around that went with scriptures. The girls had so much fun running from one location to the next and finding the next clue.

IMG_7006 The clues actually led to 2 treasures. One was a wooden treasure chest and one was a plastic diaper wipes container. They brought both boxes back to the church and looked at the contents. Inside the treasure chest are the things that are truly important in this life. For example they were a high school diploma (education), scriptures, a picture of the leader’s family, a picture of the temple, etc. Then in the plastic box were some fun treasures like chocolate, necklaces, rings, etc. that the leader handed out to the girls to remind them of this lesson.

IMG_7010  We took Jessica home and then had to stop at this house in their neighborhood to get pictures of these GORGEOUS white & purple iris. It amazes me how some of the petals can be one color and the others are a different color. Nature is so fascinating. This picture and the one below are SOOC (straight out of camera) taken with my iPhone 4, no filters, no editing, just completely natural!

IMG_7015 Pretty girl w/ pretty flowers

IMG_7021Tonight for YW the Laurel’s class presidency had nothing planned b/c we haven’t met as a presidency in a while. No one even bothered to call me and ask what we were doing tonight. I was half tempted to just show up and say we weren’t doing anything. It frustrates me that I’m the one doing all the work, when really it is THEIR program. It’s my own fault though, b/c I’m not making them do it. I’m doing too much and need to have them do more. Even if it isn’t done the way I would do it, it’s a learning opportunity. OK, my rant is over.

Tonight we did Park, Planning, & Pie. We went to the nearby park to do some service and pick up trash. The park was surprisingly clean. The girls did find a few plastic bags in the pond that they fished out (pun intended). After the park we went back to the church to plan out our activities for the next few months. At the end of the night we had key lime pie.