Thursday, December 17, 2009


As you know, we have been focusing a lot on has seemed to overtake our lives lately. Tonight is Elijah's last meet it should mellow out at least a bit, cause now Kaleb is in full swing.

But, December has been much more than wrestling. Christmas is the next obvious thing, but it has also been set aside a bit. This year I was determined to give Kasidee a worthy birthday. Her birthday is on the 19th. It seems to always land on the last day of school before the break...and always right amongst the preps for Christmas or a trip or something. She has never had a friend party. So, this year I promised her we would pull it together and have a party.

Last month Carrie did room makeovers for Maddy and Sadie...which encouraged me to do the same for Kasidee. Her room was not cute at all. I didn't take before pictures, cause...well, I would have been embarrassed. She had the brown panel walls that are common throughout our house. and way way way too much stuff. In her defense, Kas comes by her 'pack rat' mentality honestly. Both J and I would rather keep something-just in case-than toss it...and I think we both picked up those traits from our parents. But, it was amazing how much stuff she had crammed in her room.

Mom, Amber and Jessie were willing to come help me, which I know I couldn't have done it without them. We took everything out, except for a few pieces of furniture that were also getting an update.
Kas told me she wanted orange, lime green and yellow for her main colors. and she likes polka dots. so....we painted the walls green.

When we started I thought I thought I'd made a big mistake....but the next morning, I knew it was perfect.
Her light yellow bed, got a bright yellow wash.....we decided to go bold with the raspberry closet....Kas didn't want a closet door....
and her dresser got a white facelife, with orange accents....isn't it cute!I have a cute old chair that also got a new orange do! and her drafting table got a facelift as well. We loved watching it come together. Originally Kas wanted her great reveal to be at her birthday party, but Mom and the girls came a week early and I wasn't going to keep her out of her room for the, we picked her up,
went to Alex's for dinner...payback for all the hard work.....

do we look tired? we worked hard! :)

and then she saw!
her new room.....
she'd already picked out the comforter...

the bookcase was the only new furniture...before she had 2 small ones and a nightstand full of, this gave her a lot more room. it was from ikea...thanks mom for picking it up for me. It has quotes all over orange! couldn't have been more perfect!

Right after she saw her room Mom and the girls had to leave. They literally worked like crazy the whole time they were here! I owe them bigtime!
But, it was fun!

Elijah got her some hooks for her wall, so when he got home he put those up for her....

cute polka dot hooks.... The beautiful thing, was afterwards...she said she didn't want to put all her junk back in there. Her beautiful room motivated her to throw it out or give it away! Yea!!!!!
I think I scored a lot of mommy points for this birthday present! she loves it! and I do too. double bonus!

The following evening was the work Christmas Party. I think J has worked the last 2 years of it, so it was nice having him there the whole night!
Kas found her friend right off the bat...and they went off chatting.....
Santa and Mrs. Clause came, but I didn't get good photos of them. Here are a few favorite boys in their chairs.
It was funny,...when Santa called each kid see what they wanted. Elijah said--dirt bike (no surprise there),
Kas said-- Pony (kindof no surprise)....and another girl said--Unicorn and her brother said--2 headed snake! another little boy said--an elf, so I can ride him! I think there were a few more very interesting comments, but I think those were the best. Santa was great, though. and went right with it.

I made J dance with me before we could leave. He hates it, I love it.

And then Marsha grabbed him. hehe
I also made the kids go dance. they need to learn how. haha. Lynn, Elijah's wrestling coach and a fellow ff, jumped up to encourage him. He said any wrestler can dance (Lynn is an avid dancer)...and showed him a few moves. It was soo cute!

We had a good time. Reminded me how many good people J works with. So, grateful to be a part of the (now) Public Safety family.

I had to throw wrestling in here...
on Tuesday Elijah had a meet. I missed his first match(but he pinned the guy). His second was with Jessie....
who I think is an awesome kid. He is a great wrestler. and has great sportsmanship. Elijah beat him 4-2 but, it was a close match. He was the kid who was undefeated until Elijah came along! I am such a sucker cause I was glad Elijah didn't pin him.
and then Wednesday night (last night) was the Elementary School Christmas program. Kas and her class sang a song in Polish. Her teacher made the cute costumes. Kas is in the middle.

As mentioned on facebook, I broke down and got a little, fake tree. so, after the concert, Kas and I decorated it.
Now we can have Christmas....but, not before a few more meets, and a birthday party! wootwoot!

Monday, December 14, 2009

Kaleb's wrestling

Well, Kaleb is off and running with his wrestling. I think I have mentioned it already a bit. Here are a few articles about his first two meets in the local paper.

In this dual with Hoquiam, it says he pinned his guy but it doesn't mention that before the pin his score was like 25 to 23! which is amazing. they both worked hard, and it was an exciting match to watch. I want to get the video on here, but haven't figured out how to make it work yet.

His last meet at Granger wasn't as fun for him. He had 2 losses. The consolation is that the best wrestlers in the state all come from that side of the mountain. But, he still went with high hopes. I hope this just makes him more determined, not discouraged... His next meet is saturday.

Elijah will be done this week. He has 2 more meets. It should be fun!

Sunday, December 6, 2009


Last weekend was Kaleb's first meet in Westport. We have heard that they take forever, so we decided to bring the motorhome. I know we are silly and take every chance we can to use it. I'd been sick the day before, so it was nice to think I could go out and take a nap in between matches if I needed to (I didn't). and we could get snacks from out there. When we came home, everyone was sprawled out everywhere sleeping. Pretty funny!
Kaleb did good. It is always a little nerve wracking (how do you spell that) at the first meet, to find out how your kid is faring. I know he has been working hard in practice and training...and we wonder if his mma training is going to help or hinder. He said in mma, it is good to fight on your back....but not so good in wrestling....anyways, he was pinned his first match, but he fought good and showed he is very strong. He fought defensively most of the match, but would kick some good moves out throughout the whole match. I was amazed by his strength, and endurance.
His other two matches he pinned the guys pretty easily. And then first place pinned second place pretty it seemed like a solid spot for him. I was very happy with the results. I see great things in Kalebs future regarding wrestling.
I don't have pictures...but hopefully will be able to post some of the video....
I am falling in love with wrestling and am glad the boys are in it.
I know it is thought of as an aggressive sport, which it is....where boys fight...which they do, in a sense....but I see alot of life lessons being learned along the way.
One of my biggest concerns with wrestling is the weight issue. I don't think it is going to be much of an issue with Kaleb. BUT, if they handle it right it is a good practice of self control for a good cause....
I have been amazed at the sportsmanship I have seen on the mat. Guys will fight with all they have, and then when it is done they are helping their opponant up, hugging them, shaking hands, etc. showing respect and concern.
We have had a couple of guys come up afterwards and compliment our boys, (one was after a win and the other was after a loss). The boy who lost even brought his buddy by to show him who beat him. They both had total admiration in their eyes. No anger, or jealousy. It was awesome. I have seen teammates cheer their guys on...give moves that might have helped. concern again.
While they are is just the two boys on the mat. noone can come in and rescue them. The coaches are in the corners yelling out advice they can take or leave. But, ultimately it is up to each one to win or lose.
If you are not aggresive and wait to see what your opponant is going to do (probably more my speed) you are going to spend time fighting defensively...which is hard work and seems it is hard to switch to offensive fighting. It is important to be confident. To know what you are going to do before you get out there and not be intimidated! just do it!
These boys are learning to think and act while they are in stressful situations! if they are in a hold, they have to figure out a way to get out....or listen for their coaches, who see the whole picture and know what is going to work the best. I imagine as these boys grow up and get into real life situations they are going to be better able to handle split second decisions while under stress. They have to do it on the mat, or they are dead!
These were just a few of my observations this last weekend. I am excited to see the season progress. It will be very busy. which is a bit hard to do at Christmas time. but it seems we need to get used to it. This is going to be the norm for the next 6 years ( no, Kas will not wrestle!...even though I did see some girls pin their boy opponants! just can't even imagine being those boys!)

Saturday, November 28, 2009

sport update

Kas finished out her first year in Volleyball a few weeks ago. She had a great time, decides she loves the sport and is looking forward to playing again next year. We saw a vast improvement with the girls throughout the team. Because of changes in some of the other schools--they ended up playing against 6th graders the whole season. So, it will be great seeing how they do next year. Amazingly, there is not a large amount of 5th graders this year, but they still put out quite an impressive team. I imagine almost ALL of the 5th grade girls went out for volleyball. And then Elijah finished out his football season. They didn't have a great win lose ratio, but I think the team did very well. For most of the guys-Elijah included- this was their first year of tackle ball. There were only about 4-5 out of 20 something that were 8th graders. We had a relatively small team....but they play well together and we are planning on seeing great things next year.
Kas is planning on playing basketball next....At the awards ceremony, Elijah got a Coaches award for coachability. They expounded with: 'the ability to take constructive criticism and utilize it to make yourself a better player. Also eager to learn and exerpt abnormal amounts of energy! ' haha...I love that....exerpts abnormal amounts of energy! does that sound like Elijah?
He had such a great time playing and did well. The coaches also said that Elijah was put in his position and then stayed there cause it worked perfectly for him. I think I already mentioned his defense position... but was pretty much the same with offense. He played well, but even better, he had a lot of fun during the season. It was fun being the E-TRAINs parents! ;)
so, now we are on to wrestling. Elijah started the last week of football. Kaleb helped out with the jr high team until the high school season started. Elijah's first meet was canceled due to weather. His first meet was last week and he had 2 matches and pinned both guys at his first ever meet! I think having Kaleb show him what he's learned is going to be a big asset to Elijah. Kaleb's first meet in next weekend. I imagine the next few months are going to be big time wrestling. We try to go to every sporting event...and the high school travels quite am sure this is going to be quite an experience for us. but I am excited. The boys have been looking forward to wrestling. so.....should be fun!
We'll keep you posted!

Monday, November 23, 2009

notes from school

Oct 8

Dear Mom and Dad:

The reason for this letter is to help me achieve my goals. It will help to remind me what I have to do to become a firefighter, pass all of my classes, and help people that need help. I will explain to you how I will do that.

For my academic goal I want to pass all my classes with A's. To do that I will go to all of my classes; do all of my homework, and study for all of my tests. I want to be a positive force in both middle school and high school.

For my career goal I will volunteer at the fire station and eventually become a full time fire fighter. And on my days off I will work construction for TBC Inc......

there is more to the letter, but this is the part that melted my heart. Elijah has always idolized his dad...and here, even as a 13 year old teenager, he still does. Jeremy is a full time firefighter and TBC, Inc is our construction company.
Elijah wrote this letter for his first parent teacher conference which was a few weeks ago. I love that it is soo important for him to help other people.

Kaleb, as a 9th grader also wrote a letter for us. It was soo funny... he is quite the comedian. His advisory teacher didn't give us the letter, but it really portrayed the difference between a nervous 7th grader, and a 'been there, done that' 9th grader. His spoke of working on not being tardy, so the attendence secretary wouldn't harass him anymore and his goal of straight C's! goals to make any parent proud! ;)
Kaleb doesn't have to worry about catching the bus anymore, since he attends early morning seminary....he is always at school early now.
and the C's.....well, we won't discuss that one!
Kaleb has also expressed his interest in becoming a firefighter as well. gone are the days of becoming a scientist. ;) (after actually taking Science, and realizing he doesn't really want to take years of college. haha!) So, I think we are going to become a fire fighter family. Except I don't see Kas heading that way. Maybe she will marry a fire fighter! or become a Paramedic...which I doubt. Earlier she wanted to be a Vet until she found out they did surgery and other gross stuff. Now she is thinking of a groomer! ;)
Speaking of Kas...I am certain if she would have written a letter like that it would have been very well thought out and written and it probably would have also been illustrated!

I love our kids and feel very blessed that they are a part of our lives. They all have amazing talents and noble desires.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

what a week!

Wow. what a week we have had!!!!
as most of you know I had my birthday last monday. I am officially well into my 40's now. and amazingly, it is good.
I had a wonderful birthday, except that Jeremy had to work...calender mix up. It was okay. when I was younger, that probably would have devastated me. fortunately, it has become one of those little things that doesn't really matter now.
I have already been enjoying my big present...the kindle...and I am really enjoying it. It has far exceeded my expectations. I read The Undaunted on it, and loved the book. It is a story in church history that I was not familiar with, of people called to settle an area...but before they settled it, they needed to find a way to get there. I could totally picture my family taking on an adventure like that. It was hard and I guess in some ways regarded as a failure. But, there were also many strong, faithful families who accomplished practically the impossible. Check out the website:
J also gave me a cute pair of earrings...diamond ones. I was amazed that he actually went jewelry shopping. I think the boy is growing up. It was very sweet. and I felt very spoiled. I really never imagined I would have real diamond earrings in my life.
I went to breakfast with a good friend.
My kids made dinner for me. Kas helped make her first lemon merenguie pie, which is my traditional 'cake'. I had many well wishes. it was a very sweet day. I am very blessed.

On tuesday, J had to do a few hours of overtime. When he was about done he called me and said he needed to talk to me right away. We found out some crazy news.......

DW story on fire chief elimination
By Tom ScanlonPosted Thursday, Nov. 12, 2009 at 1:07 PM
Today’s Daily World story:
By Rachel Thomson
OCEAN SHORES — Mayor Dean Bunkers, in an attempt to close the $1.3 million shortfall to the City of Ocean Shores’ 2010 General Fund budget, plans to eliminate the position of fire chief and put one person in charge of the police and fire departments.Fire Chief Jim Hodges is on paid administrative leave until Dec. 31, when his position will be cut.The mayor has appointed Police Chief Mike Styner to serve as the interim fire chief. Starting Jan. 1, Styner will serve as director of public safety, supervising both departments.
Bunkers announced his decision Wednesday afternoon. “The layoff of the chief will be a painful but necessary decision brought on by the worsening financial crisis facing the city,” Bunkers said.
The council met on Monday and authorized the mayor to make some layoffs, including positions at the Interpretive Center and the library. Layoff notices are likely to arrive by the end of the month.
Bunkers said city procedures require that “certain steps” be taken before Hodges’ layoff can be finalized. He said he would provide more details next week.
Bunkers said he would present the City Council with reorganization options for the police and fire departments, including combining the fire and police chief positions.

Chief had just gotten back from his meeting from the mayor. Everyone was just walking around in a daze. There was no warning. No one knew if this was even legal, and or how the new chief (Steiner) would do.
Almost a week later, there are still alot of unknowns on the table. It is just crazy!
We'd wanted to go camping for Veterans Day, but with all that was going on with J's work, we decided he should stay around to find out what was going on.
We thought we were going to have a leisure Veteren's day, but it quickly turned into a work day when the sun came out for most of the day. We poured concrete, helped some friends get a nearly capsized boat out of the water, which ended up being a bigger ordeal than we expected, in major rain. It ended up being a crazy, busy day. and then J had to go back to work to cover for a sick guy.
J and I did some early Christmas shopping on thursday while we picked up some friends at the airport. We had a good time.
and then friday....a few days ago, one of the volunteers (firefighters) brought me a bag of oatmeal, raisins and brown sugar...hinthint. so I did a little baking for friends.
This week ended up being crazy. It will be interesting to see how everything turns out.
this was definitely a week of the good, the bad and the ugly!
hopefully this next week will be better.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

flu season

Well it finally found us these last two weeks.
First with Kaleb.
After sleeping for 2 days solid, he felt ready to tackle the world again, just to stay home a day or so later. He called before school started and said he was feeling horrible, so I went to get him. As soon as we got home he asked if he could put his jammies back on. He got on the couch and slept for another day. While Kaleb was back at school, Elijah was on the couch sleeping. It was crazy. I have never seen my kids sleep through an illness like this. But, it seemed to help. When they were feeling better, I came down with it.
I hate this worry about spreading the flu. I was at the halloween party and my throat felt dry. I figured I might be coming down with what the boys had, but it came so sudden and dry, slightly irritated throat has been common this fall. I stayed, cause I wanted my family to help clean up. The next morning was about the same. Not really feeling bad, but the throat didn't feel better either. Do I stay home from church? J was on duty that night, and hardly got sleep and he was going to church. Should I make him take my class, without time to study and hardly any sleep. I stayed home. The rest of the family went. I felt guilty and wimpy, but didn't want to spread germs. I ended up sleeping most of the day. It was a good choice, but I still felt guilty.
This was a busy construction week, where I was needed most every day for at least a few hours. Working on the job I am not around people much, and I wasn't soo sick that I couldn't do anything. But my muscles hurt, my brain was foggy (ok, more than normal). and I would be wiped out easily. I was sick most of the week. I wondered if it was because I worked.
Monday, I get a call from J. He says he is picking Kas up from school. She got into a fight. I knew he was kidding, but he keeps explaining. tells me who the other girl is ( one of her 'first' friends from Kindergarten, but not a bestie now). He says there is hair chunks out, scratch marks, bite was bad. I know he has to be kidding, but he keeps on about it. And, actually makes me wonder. I start heading over to the school. but he insists he's got it under control. She was just sick. Fever. achy. Just feeling bad.
So, Kas and I were sick together. Lots of laying around and reading. (when I wasn't working, and she having a 'bed' in the back seat of the car. ) I felt horrible, but such is life of the self employeed concrete sick days when there is good weather.
Kas finally went back to school friday. She tried thursday, but still had a low grade school. When she went back, there were only 10 students in her class. Many teachers missing, all her besties were out. CRAZY!!!!!
yesterday I felt much better. Today I would have felt even better, but I stayed up until some people get up in the morning, finishing a great book....another post I am sure. So, I was dragging all day.
One of the symptoms I have heard with h1n1 that I didn't have was stomach stuff...which I seem to be getting today.
So, did we have the swine flu???not sure. probably really doesn't matter. I have seen a few lists of the difference between a cold, flu and h1n1...which is very helpful, but what if we have symptoms from all.
Fortunately, it seemed pretty mild. and we didn't have any of the other things going on. Knock on wood. I know stuff can still happen. But, I am grateful that is over and done with. I am certain we wouldn't have gotten the vaccine. Hopefully the rest of the season will be uneventful for us though!
Oh, and J hasn't been hit yet. We have all been throwing down the oj, vitamin c, and immune fizz or emergenC....and hopefully soon the new yoli drink ( ) keep us healthy. I think it helped.
I pray for all those who haven't been so fortunate. It is amazing the people who have worse reactions.
even though, we weren't hit hard, I am grateful for the peace of mind, that we are not alone...and that things work in the Lord's due time, and way.
Once again, I am so grateful for the gospel in my life!

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Halloween 2009

It is illegal to trick or treat in Ocean Shores. I think because the streets are dark, there are many vacation homes, and elderly who don't want to be disturbed, so the Fire Department puts on a big Halloween Party every year. They rent booths out to the local businesses who do carnival games, and pass out candy. The kids always come home with a ton of candy. It is inside and all their friends are usually there. It's a wonderful thing for a small town.
Here were door greeters, with bags (for candy) and candy. It is the social event of Ocean Shores, so it is fun to see old friends. Jeremy helped deliver this cute thing a few months ago.
Here she is with her parents.
He also helped this baby start breathing after she delivered at 23 weeks! she had her first birthday a few months ago, and looks great and is doing great. It was awesome seeing her. She is a miracle baby! It was awesome seeing both of those babies there. Jeremy wes very vocal with the fact that he didn't want to assist in a delivery and he had 2 incredible ones!
one of the volunteers. He always has a great costume. His hair is painted on!
cousin it with C shift. they were on duty tonight and amazingly didn't have a call until right as we started cleaning up!

Kas went trick or treating in the neighboring bigger town with a friend, and then they came to the Convention Center. She had a great time. This was probably only her second time trick or treating. She's a pirate.
I didn't get pumpkins for us to carve this year cause I am such a halloween scrooge. But, someone gave Kas this pumpkin when they were cleaning up. She felt like she scored! Someone else gave her the rest of their booth candy. It is good having connections.

She was soo excited to score so much candy, but the funny thing is we NEVER eat all the candy.

I didn't take any shots of the boys. They were both dressed as volunteer firefighters! ;) I think they inherited some of my scroogeness. hate when that happens! ;)

Monday, October 26, 2009

my birthday present

A few weeks ago, Jeremy told me he had an idea for my birthday, but wanted a second opinion and asked who he should consult. I told him probably one of my sisters.....
He talked a little more about it, said he'd done a lot of research and was pretty excited about it but just not sure. After we talked about it for awhile, I said, 'well, if it is a kindle, I don't want it.'

He stammered for a bit and said, why and how did you guess that and stuff.
We'd seen one a few months ago and J said it was a great gift idea for me. I love love love to read. I have to bring a book with me wherever I go, just in case I might have a chance to the kindle seemed like a great idea for me. But, I thought I wouldn't want one, because it is not just reading I love, but BOOKS also. They are like my friends. I cherish them. I love having them all over my house. I want a big library of books some day. I want them to be around my kids, even when they think they hate to read. We are a house of books.
Jeremy said he'd done some research...led me to a computer and showed me all the features he thought I would appreciate. He convinced me I might be missing out on something, so...guess what I got for my birthday?
this beautiful little thing... with the pretty blue cover.
I think most people know what a kindle is, but I will explain anyway... btw....When the kindle is off, it displays these cool pictures of authors or whatnot.
As I mentioned, I love to read. I live out on the edge of the earth, so I don't get to book stores very much. I do hit the library, but I like to have books. With the kindle, I can order through it at the kindle store. It is already set up, so I just browse, and order. Within a few seconds my book is loaded on my kindle. The books are usually about $10 and under. And I can store about 1500 books on my kindle. I can also store them on my computer or something so I don't lose them if something happens to my kindle. That means my assessibility to books is going to be greatly increased and I have been given the go ahead to order whatever I want ;) . Did I mention he really scored some points with this gift.
He also ordered the night lite to go with it, since I like to read in the car and in bed. There is not back light on the kindle. I think to keep from eye fatigue. Very thoughtful I thought.

It is about the size of a bigger paperback, but very thin. easy to handle and put in even a small purse. Like I mentioned before, I like to bring reading material everywhere I go. So, this way I can bring up to 1500 books with me if I wanted to. ;).... (more points! )

When he ordered it, he asked me what books I wanted him to add ahead of time. I couldn't think of anything. I was already reading a few books, and had just gotten a handful, so....was feeling a bit overwelmed with it all. But, I did know I wanted the scriptures. So my kindle came with the scriptures, which is a beautiful thing.

Another bonus with the kindle, is being able to sample books before I buy. They will send a chapter or two so I can read it before I decide to buy. I got a few samples and then decided that my first purchase would be The Undaunted by Gerald Lund. I was pay for this kindle book, because if I like it--which I am certain I will--I will want to add the book to my collection, so I didn't want to kindle it. I finally decided that if I do....I can wait a few years to buy the book when it is on a sale price, and I will still be able to read it now! Yea. I love that plan.
I don't know if you can read the other books on my list, but Jeremy got a few samples also. He was disappointed to not find textbooks, but still felt like with the kindle he might be more apt to read. I am loving my new toy. It is handy, convenient, practical....and new. I still love books, but this is going to make my life so much easier.
I am especially loving my man. I love a well thought out present, and this totally was. Jeremy doesn't really like holiday shopping (having to buy a present for an occasion) but he went above and beyond thinking of the perfect gift for I didn't even know I wanted. I love it! :).
I'm a lucky lady!

Friday, October 16, 2009

Opposites Attract

The other morning, very early in the morning, while I was taking Kaleb to seminary, I thought about how different J and I are in some ways...most specifically dealing with early morning. As I have mentioned before, this is our first year of seminary as parents. (for those who don't know what I am referring to, it is a religion class before school for high school age kids). Also, as I have most likely mentioned before, I am not a morning person. I like to sleep in, I like to take my time waking up. I like it quiet in the morning. I want to take Kaleb in, cause I know it is important, and I don't want to be the one with the bad attitude about Seminary..hehe..
We live about 15 minutes from the church. Seminary starts at 6:30.
J decided, since he is sweet to me, he would take Kaleb to seminary when he is not working. When he is on duty he works until 8 am, so then it is my turn to take Kaleb.
When J takes Kaleb, he thinks of it as an opportunity to go to work early. If he is going on duty, he just goes earlier than usual, and does stuff at the dept. He probably gets there a bit before everyone wakes up (if they were able to sleep). If he is working construction, he will find do paperwork, either at the dept or church, until it is light out and then he at 7 am.
That means he is up earlier, getting everything ready for the day, so that when they go he is ready.
not me.
I set the alarm for about 5 minutes before we have to leave. I get up, use the restroom, put my shoes on, and go. I am still technically sleeping while I am driving. no radio, little fact sometimes Kaleb sleeps on the way (even though he was up earlier to get ready). sometimes, I think about how dangerous this is....and the fact that for a living, J has to jump up from a sound sleep regularly and save someone's life, let alone drive there! while I am driving, I realize this can be a good bonding time with my kid...if I wasn't soo cranky in the morning.
Sometimes I will stay up afterwards, but if I really want to I will come home, make sure Elijah is up and running...he leaves about 15 minutes after I get back, and climb back into bed. I can wait until 7:30 to wake up Kas if I want to hurry and almost be late! ;) which I do too much.
It is silly. maybe I will change my ways. We have alot of years of seminary ahead....but maybe Kaleb will drive the kids in a few years. can't wait until he gets his license.
Meanwhile, I am glad J and I are different, and I can learn from him...and hopefully he can learn from me. And, he can do the jobs I hate and I can do the ones he hates. I think that is what equally yoked means! ;)

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

more visitors and misc photos

Dad, Mom and Amber just left for home this morning. They have been here for a week. I don't have any pictures with me right now, but will post some later. They brought me Hydrangea's from Anns, that I was able to transplant in the patio area. I am soo exited and hope I don't kill them off. I have some smaller pink plants and then some tall blue ones. They also brought me a bunch of raspberry starts that I planted right off the front deck. I am hoping they will create a hedge and we will be able to pick right off the deck. I love raspberries, so am very excited to have them here. We've had salmonberries, strawberries, blackberries and huckleberries in abundance, so the raspberries will be a good addition. Now, I just need to get some blueberries and we'll be set.
We picked a bunch of blackberries hoping to make another batch of jam and a pie. But when I got them out a few days later they were moldy. that was quite frustrating! Especially since I'd already made the crust and had it rolled out and ready to go. We settled for a chocolate pie, which is usually a favorite, but was still quite a disappointment from the expected blackberry!
We did the usual boat ride, scenic drive, beach walk, good eating stuff. But they were also able to watch Kas play volleyball, (including and awesome serve), and Elijah play football (where his team won). His game was intense and he did good, so that even added to the mix! We had some great times. Time flies when you're having fun. The kids were super busy, and Jeremy had a lot of work to do so I was with them a lot by myself, which was also sweet.

I love my family and being able to spend time with them is a special treat, since we live away from everyone.

Here are some shots of the last few weeks:
Kas practicing before her first game.

These aren't good pictures, but did I mention on here that Elijah is pretty small compared to the other teammates? Well, he is one of the short guys.
Here he the back. He plays number 7! Is this cute or what!Branch Tuna Feed! divine! If you have never had fresh grilled tuna, you have to try it!

The guys back from their long weekend....5 days: Wa, Or, Id, Ut, Az, Nevada and back. almost 3000 miles in 5 days! crazy!fishing season on the river.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009


I finally took Elijah to the dr yesterday. He has had sinus issues well, forever, but stuffiness, coughing, feeling miserable for over a month now. For the most part his problems seemed like allergies, but he has never had them like this, and we weren't certain if it was the flu or cold or both.
Our doctor quit his practice, so we had to switch to a new dr. J called around and texted me a message....a dr Pierce tomorrow at 1. I figured Dr Pierce must be new if he could get someone in the next day....oh well. we'll see how it goes!
I go pick Elijah up from school at about noon, and head up to the Dr.'s office. The whole drive Elijah is trying to convince me he doesn't need to see a dr. and that he is getting better. The men not liking dr. offices start young, I think. I was just cracking up on the inside.
When we get to the office, I find out the new doc's name is Jessica. What do you think of when you hear Jessica???? Not a doctor! I think of a young girl. So, I told Elijah his new doctor was probably young. We spent some time trying to guess what she was like.
When she came into the exam room, my suspicions were confirmed. She looked about 12. But, spent the remainder of the visit trying to convince me she was very experienced and capable. I liked her, and wouldn't mind having a young doc, so she didn't really need to, but it kept me cracking up the whole time.
Anyways, she seems pretty certain she knows what Elijah needs....
have you ever noticed the dark circles under his eyes? well, those are called allergy shiners. She said he has allergies. She also said, with some medical jargon mixed in, that his snot buildup is creating a vicious cycle of snot. snot begets snot when it gets out of control. All of the things she diagnosed seemed very familiar with our boy. I was very glad to get some answers and maybe some easy solutions to his misery.
He was given a sinus steroid (or a nasal spray) to use every day. Claritin. and some cremes he can use to get rid of the dry skin. Hopefully it will all give him relief and a start to a healthier life. I hate seeing him feeling miserable.
The other interesting thing our new doc Jessica did was give him a little lecture on good, clean living. I think since he was just in jr high, she knows the pressures of 'fitting in'. She said she's seen too many people permantly damaged by that kindof stuff. I appreciated her little lecture...and thought, if you only knew the lessons he gets at home about that stuff. :).
I think I am going to like her. Glad we got a good doc right off the bat. I have a tendency to be leary of doctors....
I guess Elijah comes by it honestly!

we will let you know how it goes......

Monday, October 5, 2009

Interesting weekend

Conference weekend is always one of my favorites. I enjoy listening to every session I can, when it is being broadcast. I also enjoy listening at home, and am so grateful for the live feeds online now. What a tremendous blessing.
Jeremy doesn't have the same ferver I do with hunkering down and listening. He was home on Saturday, and was able to catch up on some chores, which made us both happy. I loved having everyone home, either listening with me or helping him. Life is so busy it seems like such a treat to have everyone home working on various projects, or playing.
Elijah and Knolen had a campout friday night. Knolen came over here afterwards, to 'watch' conference with us. He was in and out with Elijah, but at one time they were watching and Elijah fell asleep. He's been sick lately, and he said he didn't sleep much the night before, so I let him sleep. I asked Knolen if he wanted to sleep, he said yes, but he wanted to listen as long as he could. Right then the speaker was talking about the nature of God. It was such a sweet talk. I was glad Knolen was there, and trying to listen....and once again, so grateful Elijah's best friend cares about the things of the Spirit.
Jeremy took the boys to the Priesthood session which I think they enjoyed, as much as active boys who don't like dressing up and meetings can enjoy. Almost as soon as they got home a call went out. I'd turned down the radio, cause it was hampering what I was listening to, but Jeremy noticed something was up, and as soon as we turned the radio up, we realized someone had driven off the bridge....our bridge!
We jumped in the car, and cruised over there. Jeremy ran down to help and ended up getting there right as some good samaritans were getting the person on shore. It was fascinating to watch Jeremy in action. He was first on scene and took control until the medics arrived.
I was able to help out a bit, and then they took off. The victim was a local , so people were coming up to the scene who knew him. It was heartwrenching. Many people witnessed the accident, because there is a campsite right there. These campers were the ones who jumped in (the one guy, in just his underwear) and rescued the guy out of the truck. It was amazing to see these vacationers rally around to do whatever to help.
About the time J left in the ambulance, the surf rescue team arrived to check the truck, and the river. I was able to help them abit, get dressed up and in the water. There was no boat ramp there, so the campers once again, rallied round and carried the seadoo over a ledge and down into the water. When other surf members arrived, they couldn't believe the seadoo was 'carried' into the water. Later one mentioned, 'if you need something done, ask a redneck!' ;) yea!!!
Being a part of the whole situation was fascinating for me....I was grateful to be able to do some to help, but wished I could have done more. It got me contemplating the idea of volunteering. I have been asked to volunteer before, but don't like blood, guts or gore. I don't want to drive the ambulance. and don't want to donate the amount of time that is really needed. but, being there, made me wish I knew more and could do more to help. It is quite an experience being a part (hopefully of good) at such crucial times in people's lives. being able to help when it is soo needed.
So, saturday night and sunday I had that thought running through my head. I have not had the opportunity to talk to Jeremy about it yet, and keep going back and forth with it. We will see. I know I will be led in the right direction. I have wanted to get back into school. Hopefully this experience will help me get closer to where I need to be.
I thought we were going to have Jeremy home on sunday but he had to work. (my schedule was messed up). We had a lazy day at home with conference. On saturday I give the kids the option to watch or listen, but encourage them more on sunday to pay attention. They were playing a little too much for me, so...I am going to have to come up with a better plan. I don't want to have to go watch at church, that will be more punishment for me....but that is what I threatened. ;) Something else to consider.
All in all, it was quite an eventful weekend. I loved most every talk....and look forward to studying them further. A few while listening, I thought will definitely get posted on my facebook. I am soo grateful for a living Prophet. We are so blessed to have that guidance in our lives. I was so grateful for the counsel specific for our time and troubles. I felt edified, chastised, and ready to do better and be better. I am especially grateful for my ancestors who found the truth and lived it, so I could have it in my life.

Sunday, September 27, 2009

RS Lesson

So, I was asked to give the RS lesson today. Because of a mixup in the scheduling, they told me I could teach on anything I wanted. I was a little frustrated with this, until I found I topic I loved and then alot of great references to go along with it. I had 2 talks I wanted to use, and a few extra quotes. I had a hard time compiling them in a good, organized manner, so prayed a lot and then this morning I layed them all out and went at it. I felt like it came together really well.
I teach sunday school it is always a little difficult to switch gears going into Relief Society. And, in RS I tend to get nervous as well. I was mostly praying I would remember what I wanted to say and all.
The lesson was going pretty well, and then all of a sudden people started Obama bashing. Now I know some of you know my feelings on this. I am not an Obama supporter, but I also think he should be treated with respect. I knew there were probably Democrats in that room and even Obama supporters. I kindof brushed a few comments under the rug, and kept going, but finally I started giving my little spiel about how I feel about it all. If we are standing for values, and right....and doing so in a horrible manner, we aren't doing the Lord's will. His work does not involve contention, or disrespect, or anything like that. Even though we went off on the tangent, I thought the lesson went well, and I felt like and hope everyone walked away feeling okay about things. I felt alright about it, but I didn't even get through half of what I intended.
I think most of it was mostly for me though. I have been feeling the need to step up a bit and be more than I am. I get so caught up in my family and what we are doing, and putting myself out there is not easy for me. I know I can do better at Visit Teaching. that is my start. and just trying to be happy in service. I am still not sure where I stand in the political arena. I know my beliefs, but not necessarily the best way to STAND for them.
I am excited for conference. I was happy to see the RS Broadcast somewhat along the same lines as my lesson....which was a given, since I had such a broad topic. ;). it still was nice.
Anyways, I wanted to share the great quotes I found with you. I loved them and think we all need a reminder on how important we (Heavenly Father's daughters) are and how even if we don't realize it, we are and can make a difference! Hope you enjoy. I would appreciate any comments....unless they are Obama bashing related! ;) just kidding.

The Influence of Righteous Women

Sheri Dew
Recently a professional assignment required me to travel out of the country. But I felt such a foreboding about the trip that prior to leaving I sought a priesthood blessing. I was warned that the adversary would attempt to thwart my mission and that physical and spiritual danger lay ahead. I was also counseled that this was not to be a sight-seeing or a shopping trip and that if I would focus on my assignments and seek the direction of the Spirit, I would return safely home.

Well, the warning was sobering. But as I proceeded, pleading for direction and protection each step of the way, I realized that my experience wasn’t all that unique. Might not our Father have said to you and to me as we left His presence: “The adversary will attempt to thwart your mission, and you will face spiritual and physical danger. But if you will focus on your assignments, if you will heed my voice, and if you will refuse to reduce mortality to a sight-seeing or a shopping trip, you will return safely home”?

The adversary is delighted when we act like sightseers, meaning those who are hearers rather than doers of the word (see James 1:22), or shoppers, meaning those preoccupied with the vain things of this world that suffocate our spirits. Satan baits us with perishable pleasures and preoccupations—our bank accounts, our wardrobes, even our waistlines—for he knows that where our treasure is, there will our hearts be also (see Matt. 6:21). Unfortunately, it is easy to let the blinding glare of the adversary’s enticements distract us from the light of Christ. “For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?” (Matt. 16:26

Pres Kimball
Bear in mind, dear sisters, that the eternal blessings which are yours through membership in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are far, far greater than any other blessings you could possibly receive. No greater recognition can come to you in this world than to be known as a woman of God. No greater status can be conferred upon you than being a daughter of God who experiences true sisterhood, wifehood, and motherhood, or other tasks which influence lives for good.

Sister Allred quoted last night….. but still Pres Kimball
Finally, my dear sisters, may I suggest to you something that has not been said before or at least in quite this way. Much of the major growth that is coming to the Church in the last days will come because many of the good women of the world (in whom there is often such an inner sense of spirituality) will be drawn to the Church in large numbers. This will happen to the degree that the women of the Church reflect righteousness and articulateness in their lives and to the degree that the women of the Church are seen as distinct and different—in happy ways—from the women of the world.

Among the real heroines in the world who will come into the Church are women who are more concerned with being righteous than with being selfish. These real heroines have true humility, which places a higher value on integrity than on visibility. Remember, it is as wrong to do things just to be seen of women as it is to do things to be seen of men. Great women and men are always more anxious to serve than to have dominion.

Thus it will be that female exemplars of the Church will be a significant force in both the numerical and the spiritual growth of the Church in the last days.

Pres James E Faust
You are all heaven sent. You are the beautiful adornment of the human race. Your role as sisters is special and unique in the Lord’s work. You are the nurturers and the caregivers who have, as the Prophet Joseph Smith said, “feelings of charity and benevolence.” 1

I do not have words to express my respect, appreciation, and admiration for you wonderful sisters. The women of all ages in this Church have been endowed with a divine, uniquely feminine gift of grace. We are humbled by your acts of faith, devotion, obedience, and loving service, and your examples of righteousness. This Church could not have achieved its destiny without the dedicated, faithful women who, in their righteousness, have immeasurably strengthened the Church. Over the years the sisters of the Church have faced challenges as great as yours are today. Your challenges are different from those of your mother, grandmother, and great-grandmothers, but they are very real.

I rejoice that opportunities for women in the Church and in the world are increasing. We hope that you will enhance these expanding opportunities by bringing to them your sublime feminine touch. These opportunities are really without limit. When the Prophet Joseph established this organization, he “turned the key for the emancipation of womankind,” and “it was turned for all the world.” 2 Since that key was turned in 1842, more knowledge has come to the earth and to women than has come in all of the history of the world.

Over the years, this great society for women has evolved under inspiration, but the basic work of the Relief Society has not changed. The Prophet Joseph stated very succinctly that your work is “not only to relieve the poor, but to save souls.” 3

Following the dedication of the magnificent new temple in Nauvoo, we rode home on the airplane with Sister Parkin, Sister Hughes, Sister Pingree, and their noble husbands. I asked the sisters if they had gone to the red brick store in Nauvoo where the Prophet Joseph established the Relief Society on March 17, 1842, with only 20 members present. Sister Parkin responded that they indeed had.

As I was speaking to them, I was forcefully reminded that all of the sisters anywhere in the world can inherit and benefit from the blessings of the Lord for women. The Prophet Joseph Smith said: “I now turn the key to you in the name of God. … Knowledge and intelligence shall flow down from this time.” 9 This blessing of knowledge and intelligence comes to all righteous women in the Church, regardless of their race or nationality, and irrespective of whether they are new in the Church or descendants of one of the first 20 members in Nauvoo in 1842. These blessings flow to those sisters who willingly perform the work of angels.
No matter what circumstances you sisters experience, your influence can be marvelously far-reaching. I believe some of you have a tendency to underestimate your profound capacity for blessing the lives of others. More often than not, it is not on the stage with some public pronouncement but in your example of righteousness and the countless gentle acts of love and kindness done so willingly, so often on a one-to-one basis

Mary Ellen Smoot
Truly, we may each be an instrument in the hands of God. Happily, we need not all be the same kind of instrument. Just as the instruments in an orchestra differ in size, shape, and sound, we too are different from one another. We have different talents and inclinations, but just as the French horn cannot duplicate the sound of the piccolo, neither is it necessary for us to all serve the Lord in the same way. Sister Eliza R. Snow said that “there is no sister so isolated and her sphere so narrow but what she can do a great deal towards establishing the Kingdom of God upon the earth” (Woman’s Exponent, 15 Sept. 1873, 62; emphasis added). Our privilege and our responsibility as daughters of God and as sisters of Relief Society, then, is to become the most effective instruments we can be.

Dieter F Uchtdorf
The lives of women in the Church are a powerful witness that spiritual gifts, promises, and blessings of the Lord are given to all those who qualify, “that all may be benefited” (D&C 46:9; see verses 9–26). The doctrines of the restored gospel create a wonderful and “unique feminine identity that encourages women to develop their abilities” as true and literal daughters of God.3 Through serving in the Relief Society, Young Women, and Primary organizations—not to mention their private acts of love and service—women have always played and will always play an important part in helping “bring forth and establish the cause of Zion” (D&C 6:6). They care for the poor and the sick; serve proselytizing, welfare, humanitarian, and other missions; teach children, youth, and adults; and contribute to the temporal and spiritual welfare of the Saints in many other ways.

Because their potential for good is so great and their gifts so diverse, women may find themselves in roles that vary with their circumstances in life. Some women, in fact, must fill many roles simultaneously. For this reason, Latter-day Saint women are encouraged to acquire an education and training that will qualify them both for homemaking and raising a righteous family and for earning a living outside the home if the occasion requires.

We are living in a great season for all women in the Church. Sisters, you are an essential part of our Heavenly Father’s plan for eternal happiness; you are endowed with a divine birthright. You are the real builders of nations wherever you live, because strong homes of love and peace will bring security to any nation. I hope you understand that, and I hope the men of the Church understand it too.

What you sisters do today will determine how the principles of the restored gospel can influence the nations of the world tomorrow. It will determine how these heavenly rays of the gospel will light every land in the future.4
As you live up to this mission, in whatever life circumstance you find yourself—as a wife, as a mother, as a single mother, as a divorced woman, as a widowed or a single woman—the Lord our God will open up responsibilities and blessings far beyond your ability to imagine.

May I invite you to rise to the great potential within you. But don’t reach beyond your capacity. Don’t set goals beyond your capacity to achieve. Don’t feel guilty or dwell on thoughts of failure. Don’t compare yourself with others. Do the best you can, and the Lord will provide the rest. Have faith and confidence in Him, and you will see miracles happen in your life and the lives of your loved ones. The virtue of your own life will be a light to those who sit in darkness, because you are a living witness of the fulness of the gospel (see D&C 45:28). Wherever you have been planted on this beautiful but often troubled earth of ours, you can be the one to “succor the weak, lift up the hands which hang down, and strengthen the feeble knees” (D&C 81:5).

My dear sisters, as you live your daily life with all its blessings and challenges, let me assure you that the Lord loves you. He knows you. He listens to your prayers, and He answers those prayers, wherever on this world you may be. He wants you to succeed in this life and in eternity.

James E Faust
Now a word to you sisters who are married. In a very substantial way, you sisters make our homes a refuge of peace and happiness in a troubled world. A righteous husband is the bearer of the priesthood, which priesthood is the governing authority of the home. But he is not the priesthood; he is the holder of the priesthood. 10 His wife shares the blessings of the priesthood with him. He is not elevated in any way above the divine status of his wife. President Gordon B. Hinckley in last April’s general priesthood meeting stated: “In the marriage companionship there is neither inferiority nor superiority. The woman does not walk ahead of the man; neither does the man walk ahead of the woman. They walk side by side as a son and daughter of God on an eternal journey.”

He went on to say: “I am confident that when we stand before the bar of God, there will be little mention of how much wealth we have accumulated in life or of any honors which we may have achieved. But there will be searching questions concerning our domestic relations. And I am convinced that only those who have walked through life with love and respect and appreciation for their companions and children will receive from our eternal judge the words, ‘Well done, thou good and faithful servant: … enter thou into the joy of thy Lord.’ ” 11

The wives who sustain their husbands in bishoprics, stake presidencies, and other priesthood callings are a great blessing to the Church. They serve behind the scenes quietly but effectively, supporting the family and home while their husbands are ministering to the Saints. I said “quietly.” I’ve heard it said that some women like a strong silent man—they think he’s listening!

Dieter F Uchtdorf
As we look at the history of this earth and at the history of the restored Church of Jesus Christ, it becomes obvious that women hold a special place in our Father’s plan for the eternal happiness and well-being of His children.

I hope that my dear sisters throughout the world—grandmothers, mothers, aunts, and friends—never underestimate the power of their influence for good, especially in the lives of our precious children and youth!

President Heber J. Grant (1856–1945) said, “Without the devotion and absolute testimony of the living God in the hearts of our mothers, this Church would die.”1 And the writer of Proverbs said, “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it” (Proverbs 22:6).

President Gordon B. Hinckley counseled the women of the Church:

“It is so tremendously important that the women of the Church stand strong and immovable for that which is correct and proper under the plan of the Lord. …

“We call upon the women of the Church to stand together for righteousness. They must begin in their own homes. They can teach it in their classes. They can voice it in their communities.”2

Sheri Dew
We are not women of the world. We are women of God. And women of God will be among the greatest heroines of the 21st century. As President Joseph F. Smith proclaimed, it is not for us “to be led by the women of the world; it is for [us] to lead … the women of the world, in everything that is praise-worthy” (Teachings, 184).

President Gordon B. Hinckley said recently that “the eternal salvation of the world … rests upon the shoulders of this Church. … No other people in the history of the world have received … [a] more compelling mandate … , and we’d better be getting at it” (“ ‘Church Is Really Doing Well,’ ” Church News, 3 July 1999, 3).

Friday, September 18, 2009

in the beginning.....

Ok, I am finally at the beginning of the Towery Grandparents visit. The last few years they have taken 2 days to get here, so they can enjoy the drive and feel a little more rested by the time they are here. So, they arrived in the afternoon. As soon as they arrived, and after hugs and greetings, Gramma headed straight over to the boat. The kids helped her with a step ladder so she could climb in...and she was in the boat within 10 minutes she was there! As, I have mentioned earlier, one of the main priorities for the trip was as much boat time as possible. I can't even remember what we did that evening, except probably dinner and visiting and stuff. And then they mentioned to J that they wanted to visit with the hospital worker who helped Gayle so much. J made a phone call and we were on our way. It was late, like 10 by the time we got there, but it seemed like a good time to go, to make sure they were able to visit him. If you don't know, we have a podunk hospital, but this, and especially because of Alan, is where she got the correct diagnosis, and the most help. Alan went above and beyond and we really appreciated it. I think Gayle wanted him to see her when she looked so good too!

The next morning, J had surf rescue training, so Randy, Kaleb and I went to watch for a bit. They were out in the ocean so we couldn't see real well but I think it was still fun for Randy to see him. The waves were big, and of course they were working hard (HA, anyone who's been out there knows it's mostly fun).
here's their new helmets....

There were a bunch of jelly fish on the beach....or pieces of......

Sorry, I don't have photos of the training, or even Randy. We took video, and I don't know how to put them on here. A couple of those guys were ex surf rescue team, and there is always a medic and emt on scene. thank goodness....

After J's training we headed out into the boat. We decided we would start out on the lake, for a more leisure ride. It is also fun to look at all the lake and canal front homes.

Here is our beautiful daughter! don't look at me in the doorway. I don't understand how I regularly make such hideous faces....but that is me I guess! I was concentrating...not totally pissed off btw!

Randy was very happy to take a turn at the wheel.

Gramma was very happy to finally be in the boat in 'her' seat!

It was an okay day to be out...once again, because there wasn't wind and rain, which is pretty typical when visitors come!

The kids and I crawled onto the bed. We actually all fit, amazingly. Idon't think we could all sleep comfortably down there, but we did fit.

It started raining, but Gramma insisted on staying we just bundled her up more.

until we insisted.

but, it only rained for about an hour. We were out there for quite awhile. Ocean Shores has lakes and canal systems that are all connected, so we were able to go miles and miles...and it has to be slow or people yell at you off their decks for disturbing the waterfront. HA. one guy was yelling at us, and we were waving. We are a little slow sometimes, we thought he was happily waving!

btw...We took this photo, cause Elijah wouldn't let me have my own seat. he wasn't posing for a shot. He is quite the cuddler and always wants to be close by! my 13 year old still loves his momma!

We had a great time. It was pretty relaxing. We saw some animals, cool houses and yards. and good visiting.

We made good use of that boat this weekend!
A tradition when G and G T come to visit is getting clam chowder for Gramma. She loves it and lives landlocked. She has a favorite chowder restaurant. They insisted in treating us to dinner, so we reluctantly went to eat yummy food with them. ;). Dang, I know I have a few photos from the restaurant, but I can't find them.
Anyways, we ordered...which was an interesting session. The restaurant is semi expensive and everyone is having a hard time ordering expensive stuff except for Elijah who insists he wants steamer clams. He has never had them, but loves seafood, and usually the most expensive thing on the menu. After talking to the waitress we settle on him ordering the appitizer platter of steamers, and sharing the salad and potato with me. Kaleb is a picky eater so was having a hard time choosing. Everything seemed to have something that just wouldn't work....and if the cooks took the part out he didn't like it wouldn't really chicken fettucinee alfredo without the alfredo...seems kindof crazy to spend $20 (or let Grandpa and Gramma) on plain noodles with some grilled chicken pieces on it. anyways, he we finally talked him into a serloin steak, which he loved! good to know for future.
Gramma and Grandpa knew exactly what they were's always the same....a bowl of clam chowder and side salad for Gramma, and fish and chips for Grandpa. He always shares one of the fish with perfect for both.
Unfortunately, right when the food came out, Gramma started feeling know those times when you can watch someone go from being fairly fine to really sick within minutes..well, that is what happened to her. She took a few bites and then had to leave, sit in the car. She didn't want to leave, just go out to see if she would feel better soon, so we checked up on her occasionally and enjoyed our meals. We had hers packed up so she could eat them when she felt better (which meant she had an awesome lunch after church while we ate boring leftovers. But, at least she was able to enjoy it! Elijah LOVEDLOVEDLOVED the steamer clams. He was in heaven and even mentioned when he had his plate full of empty shells, how envious he always was of other people with the empty plate of shells before. It was very cute. We'd just witnessed him fulfilling a lifelong dream! We had a great time except for Gramma's spell. BUT, we felt very grateful that she felt good enough most of the time to enjoy the other activities with us. that was a blessing.
We are very grateful they were able to come, and for the decent weather, and the fun activities. We really did have a great visit. Hope we don't have to wait so long for the next! It took Gramma a year to recover from her 2008 visit! ;)