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Friday, May 27, 2016

My Tree Is Drowning

 So, my poor Magnolia tree is so sad and looking dead. I called a tree service to come out and give us a free estimate. The tree guy said that it's planted too far down into the ground. Plus, b/c it kind of sits in a "bog" where my yard slopes down and the neighbor's yard slopes down it is getting way too much water and is drowning! He said it's most likely beyond saving, which makes me really sad. I LOVE this tree!

When we got home from work/school we had dinner and then went and decorated Sis. D's door. It's her birthday today and we wanted her to feel special.

Autumn had to do this Snapchat in honor of Uncle Nate. LOL!

Monday, May 23, 2016

FHE About Prayer

Our A/C wasn't working last night, so I called to have it looked at. Luckily it was just a really dirty filter. Once they replaced it, the A/C worked fine. It was so nice to come home to a cool house.

Nate didn't join us for FHE tonight, b/c he was working. But, Nick was off and it was nice to have him with us. After dinner Riannon gave us a lesson, and I had had Nick prepare one too. They both talked about prayer! It was super good, and something that Riannon said really stood out to me.

"What can we learn from all of this? Prayer is extremely important. It is how we talk to God. How awkward will it be if we get to heaven and meet God face to face and He says to us, 'Well, it's nice to finally talk.' That would be very sad. In contrast, how wonderful it would be to hear Him say, 'Riannon (or Lisa or Autumn or Nick, etc) how wonderful it is to finally talk in person. Let's pick up our conversation where we left off this morning.'"

After FHE, we wanted to talk so we put on Frozen for the girls.

 Autumn was so excited that X-Men were the faces on Snapchat today.

Olivia looked super creepy in this one ... almost like a Chucky doll!

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Snapchat Silliness

 Church today was really nice b/c I didn't have any meetings. I didn't even have to teach in Laurels, b/c Ashley taught since it's one of her last Sundays. She did a great job. I ran into Liz in the hall and invited her & her family over for dinner b/c we haven't had a chance to get together in a while. We came home, our home teachers came at 3:30, and then Liz & family came over at 5:30. After we ate dinner Autumn got out my phone to show them Snapchat. We laughed SO HARD with the face swapping one. This is Liz & Autumn.

 Me & Liz. YIKES!!!

 Liz & Liberty

 Jacob & Liberty

 Me & Jacob. Jacob looks SCARY in this one!!!

Then Jacob as an old woman. Seriously, our sides hurt so bad b/c we were laughing so hard for so long. It felt good to laugh that hard.

After they left, I went over to one of my less active Young Women's house to bring her some birthday cake I had made since it's her birthday today.

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Volleyball Tournament, Temple Tantrum, & Graduation Luau

 We had to be up bright & early for Autumn's end of the season volleyball tournament. I was running around while they were warming up to have each of the girls come and sign the back of a picture I had printed off for each of the coaches. 

 There was a lot on the line today, b/c if you won 2 out of 3 then you got to advance to the next level for the championship! The other team won the first game, and we won the 2nd game. That is HUGE, b/c that's the very first game our girls have won the whole entire season!

The third game was SUPER INTENSE b/c there was some DRAMA! I was the line judge from our team, and the other team had a teenage girl (she looked to be about 13 or 14) for their line judge. Our coach felt that the 13 year old girl made a few wrong calls, so she asked that the girl be replaced with an adult. That girl went crying to her Mom and was so upset. After the game, her Grandma came over and CHEWED OUT our coach in front of the girls. YIKES! 

 I'm glad we didn't win so we could leave and be done. We went outside (to get away from the drama) and got a final team picture and gave the coaches their candy thank you cards & signed pictures in a frame. 

 I'm so thankful to these coaches for all the time & effort they put in to help our girls. It has been a great experience for Autumn, and she has LOVED getting to play volleyball.

 Autumn was so rough on her ball this season that it split in the middle! She and one other girl got to pick the hairstyle for today and they couldn't decide on one, so they compromised. They all wore one braided pigtail up and one braided pigtail down! LOL!

 Autumn got showered and cleaned up when we got home, and then Ashley came and picked her up to take her to brunch. They wanted to spend time together since Ashley will be leaving for college soon! They went to Autumn's favorite crepe place. I just adore Ashley and am SO THANKFUL for her. She is like a big sister to Autumn & is such a good influence and someone that Autumn can look up to. We will miss her soooooooooooo much.

 They got back around 12:30, and I was going to go to the temple but I wouldn't have time to go do a session and get back before Nick had to leave for work. So, I took Autumn with me so we could go to the LDS bookstore and get some copies of the General Conference edition of the Ensign. Then, since we were so close to the temple I wanted to go walk around the outside and have a talk w/ Autumn, like we have done in the past. This time, however, it totally backfired and Autumn was a little STINKER! She was so rotten and rude to me. So much for having and spiritual & uplifting experience.

 We came home and I made her go take a nap in her room. At 7:00 we went to a Graduation Luau for 6 youth that are graduating from one of the other church wards. We only knew Kylie, but were glad we were there to support her and her family.

 They had gone all out and the setup was SO NICE! It was at someone's house and they had a DJ, volleyball games, lawn games. and even a Kona Shaved Ice truck where you could get as many as you want for free!

 The food was amazing, too. They had all these fun treats along w/ pulled pork sandwiches, homemade mac & cheese, fruit kabobs, and all sorts of desserts.

We were only going to stay for an hour, but I was told they were going to have a Polynesian fire dancer come and perform at 9:00, so we stuck around. It was a wonderful way to end a long and busy Saturday.

Friday, May 20, 2016

Love & Friendship Movie

 After I got Autumn from daycare we went to the $1 store to get some treats to make a candy thank you card for her volleyball coaches. Since she was a good helper, I let her get this massive lollipop since it was just $1. We came home, ate dinner, and then put the cards together.

Nick was off tonight and he stayed home w/ Autumn so I could go pick up Mary & Jessie to go see Love & Friendship. We LOVE all things Jane Austen, and the previews looked so good. I am so sad to report that none of us liked the movie at all! I was so thoroughly disappointed, b/c I was hoping it would be my new "go to" movie to have on in the background (like Pride & Prejudice or Sense & Sensibility). The acting was great, the costumes were wonderful, but the story line was so random and disjointed that it didn't make any sense. It was really hard to get into at first, then it picked up in the middle a bit, but completely fizzled out at the end. All of a sudden the lights in the theater came up and Mary and I looked at each other like, "what the heck just happened?!?!?!" Plus, the A/C in the theater was broken so it was super hot in there.

But, I'm still glad we went and saw it so now we know. Plus, it's always super fun to spend time w/ friends!

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Project Life Catch Up

 Even though it was crazy having Autumn's volleyball practice last night instead of tonight, it was so nice to have NOTHING going on tonight. I made dinner and then while we watched TV I worked on putting these 100 prints into my Project Life album. I'm really behind on the journaling part, but am all caught up w/ the pictures for the year.

 A few more Snapchat pics from my phone. Autumn makes such a cute little kitty cat.

This one where it turned her into a paper money face was pretty cool!

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Nate & Riannon's Hot Date And 3 Trips Across Town

 Tonight was CUH-RAY-ZEE!!! Nate & Riannon had bought tickets months ago to the Florence & The Machine concert. They asked me last week if I could watch Olivia for them tonight. I knew I had Young Women's tonight, but said I could try and make it work. THEN, to make it even more crazy, Autumn's volleyball coach needed to switch their practice to tonight instead of the usual Thursday night. So, here's how our evening went:

5:20 pick Autumn up at daycare (East side of town)
5:30 Go to Nate & Riannon's for dinner and to pick up Olivia (West side of town)
6:10 Leave to go drop Autumn off at volleyball practice (East side of town)
6:40 Leave to go to Young Women's (West side of town)
7:40 Leave Young Women's early to go pick Autumn up
I have to put a side note here and say that Olivia was a perfect angel during Young Women's. The Laurels finalized some of our plans for camp, and Olivia sat on my lap the whole time and was sooooo good!
8:00 Pick Autumn up from volleyball practice (East side of town)
8:20 Get back to Nate & Riannon's (West side of town), feed the girls a quick snack, and put them to bed.

WHEW! It was A LOT of driving back and forth tonight but we made it work.

 Olivia is now obsessed w/ Snapchat and anytime she sees Autumn doing it she wants to have a turn. This is what Olivia will look like in 70 years. LOL!

A pretty selfie of my Autumn Girl. Nate & Riannon have a little twin sized mattress that they keep in their walk-in closet for Nate to sleep on when he's working nights and has to sleep during the day. They just pulled that out into their formal living room for Autumn to sleep on. I worked on camp stuff and edited pics. Nate & Riannon got home around 11:30, which is way sooner than I thought they would be home. I woke Autumn up and we came home and went right to sleep.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Random Camera Roll Pics

As I was cleaning out my camera roll tonight, I noticed all these pictures Autumn had taken. She was trying to get a close up of her hamster, Humphrey. He likes to chew on the metal wires of his cage to grind down his teeth. He's such a loud guy for being so little. But, he's a super easy pet to take care. I just wish he wouldn't bite so we could pick him up and play with him.

Autumn is obsessed w/ Snapchat and I have been finding lots and lots of pics like this on my phone. She looks good as a Polynesian Princess! Especially since the seat covers in my car match the theme perfectly! 

This "old lady" one is crazy! I guess this is what Autumn could potentially look like in 60 years. I'm glad I downloaded Snapchat so I could get more pics of Autumn (even if they have all these random filters on them). She's been a little camera shy lately, or she'll make weird faces when I try to take pics. These pics she's taking of her own free will & choice and I don't have to beg her to let me take her pic. I'm so sneaky!

Monday, May 16, 2016

FHE With The Dangerfields

 For Family Home Evening tonight, the Dangerfields came over to Nate & Riannon's. We had zuppa toscana soup w/ garlic bread. For dessert I had made this amazing peanut butter pie w/ chocolate ganache. I used this recipe (I didn't add any of the salt) and instead of putting it into bars, I poured it into a pre-made Oreo pie crust I had. It was sooooooooo good!

After dinner we sat around talking, laughing, and have a great time. They are such a FUN family and we all had huge smiles on our faces the whole night. Olivia loved all the attention she was getting. I'm glad we got to spend time w/ them, b/c we haven't seen them in ages!

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Full Sunday

I was very spiritually fed today, and the tears were freely flowing. In ward council the Sunday School President had the spiritual thought, and he shared thoughts from the talk, "Behold Thy Mother" from Pres. Monson. It talks about 4 different mothers, and as he shared these thoughts w/ us he became very emotional. Then in sacrament meeting I could not stop the tears from flowing during the sacrament hymn! After that, Sis. F spoke and shared some amazing thoughts & insights. She is so in tune to the Spirit.

I skipped Sunday School to talk to Liz. We haven't had a chance to talk in weeks, and we both had important things we needed to share w/ each other. I feel horrible that I haven't been a more attentive friend to her. Once camp is over my life can return to normal.

During YW I went to the Beehive class b/c we had 2 Stake leaders there to tell us about Beehive Camp. I'm really hoping we can find 2 parents or leaders to go to Beehive's camp so I don't have to go. I don't know if I can get the time off of work back to back like that. We'll see...

We came home, scarfed down some food, I made 2 pans of brownies, and then went visiting teaching. Autumn is already super sad that Ashley only has a few weeks left before she graduates and moves away for summer semester at college. Ashley has been an absolute ANGEL to Autumn and we will both miss her so much. My new visiting teaching partner shared some great insights, and the Spirit was super strong.

Then we went over to visit Sis. W. Tomorrow is her last day of work b/c she's getting married in June. I am beyond THRILLED for her. She sooooo deserves it! Abbey had this fancy "nail salon" set up for her & Autumn. I hope we'll get to see Abbey even after her grandma moves, b/c she & Autumn are such cute friends.

I dropped my visiting teaching partner off at her house, left Autumn at home w/ Nick, grabbed the 2 pans of brownies and hurried over to BYD. Bishop had asked me to share a few thoughts about choices. There were 2 instances of people I work with this week that did not make good choices that I shared w/ the youth. It was a good way to end a full & busy Sunday.

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Service, Volleyball, Temple, Open House, Snapchat

 We didn't get to sleep in at all today, b/c we needed to get ready for a busy day. We went over to the church at 8:00 to help Kaitlyn set up for her project to decorate lunch sacks for the Salvation Army. I'm so proud of my young women that have been in charge of this service project for the past few years.

 This is a bag that Autumn decorated. She's dressed in her volleyball uniform, b/c we had to leave straight from the church and go over to her volleyball game which started at 9:15.

 They played really well, but didn't win any of their 3 games. I got to be a line judge, and a few intense calls b/c they were right on the line.

 After the game we went back over to the church to help w/ the lunch sack activity. There were hundreds of service projects all over the city, but this is my favorite one to be involved with. It's great b/c people can come and go as their schedules allow. Plus, it's one of the only projects that families w/ little kids can help with. I was happy to see that the room was so full and that lots of sacks had already been decorated!

 Since everything was in control there, I walked down the hall to see if I could help w/ setting up the supplies for people to come and make hygiene kits to be donated to the Refugee Relief Effort. It was great to see how many items had been donated! Shannon said that this project was done from start to finish in 20 minutes! People were just super speedy and got it done quickly. AWESOME!

 I went back to help w/ the sack activity and my job was to look at each sack, make sure it was decorated nicely, and to stamp the back w/ a web address. This lunch sack had me cracking up so hard. It's an awesome drawing of the Eiffel tower, but they spelled it "wee wee" instead of "oui oui!" When the activity was over at noon we helped them clean up, put away tables & chairs, and organize all the decorated bags. I think someone said we had over 150 people come & decorate bags!

Autumn & I came home, had lunch, and then I went to the temple. I haven't been in a long time b/c it was closed for cleaning for a few weeks and then Autumn has had volleyball games on Saturday mornings. Luckily, Nick was off today so he could stay home w/ her while I went. They have redone the grounds around the temple, and they look so nice! They aren't 100% done yet, but it's a huge improvement.

 It was a great session, even though I really struggled to stay awake during the first part. It felt so good to be back in the temple and to feel enveloped by the peace that is there. Plus, the celestial room is gorgeous! The moon was starting to show when I came out of the temple. What a pretty picture.

 I came home, got Autumn & Nick, and we went over to Nate & Riannon's house. They were hosting an open house for close friends & their neighbors. I helped w/ a few finishing touches. They had quite the yummy spread of food!

 There were A LOT of people there (this is only showing a portion of everyone who came)! I'm glad that so many of their neighbors came. It seems like a very close knit neighborhood.

 I SQUEALED for joy when I saw Marcus & Misty walk in! We have known them for over 15 years, and they are a BLAST!!! We had such a great time catching up and laughing and reminiscing.

 Marcus had Snapchat on his phone, and we had never used it before. Y'all, we were laughing so hard we were crying! He got the FUNNIEST video of Olivia. It's the face where the smile is crooked (see Nick's first picture below), and she kept touching her face to see what was wrong with it. Autumn & I had to download it so we could play around w/ it too. Here's one of Autumn & me with our faces swapped. LOL!!!

 I really liked this fancy headdress one!

 This one of Nick is too funny. I texted these to him so he could forward them to his fiance, Savi.

This one is funny and weird and creepy all at the same time! It was such a fun night, and we got home around 9:30. It was a FULL but FABULOUS day!