Sunday, September 28, 2008

Go Dog, Go!

Who didn't love this book? This was my brother Lee's favorite book. He wanted to hear it again and again! Well, tonight Kian read this book! He hasn't heard it a million times (like Vanessa when she "read" Goodnight Moon,after all she was only 2 and a half). He was actually reading the words..we were all pretty surprised.
He has always loved letters and the sounds they make and it is so exciting to see him making the connections and being so excited.
What a guy...

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

The way things were..1962

Today is my birthday...yikes, how can I possibly be this close to 50?
In order to amuse myself I decided to play the Numbers Game. Here it is...


Number of places I have lived (not to be confused with the number of times I have moved)

Number of U.S. Presidents since 1962

Number of Prophets since 1962

Number of times the San Fransisco 49ers have won the Superbowl

Number of times the Detroit Redwings have won the Stanley Cup

Number of boyfriends I have had (including the missionary that dumped me after I waited for him!)

Here are some other Fun Facts about 1962...

Personnel Manager earned $8,000 per year

Sears Kenmore refrigerator $198

3 bedroom house $17,500

Ladies shirtwaist dress $2
1962 Ford Galaxy $2645

Bread 2 loaves for .29
Butter .63 a pound
Eggs 2 dozen for .89
One pound ground beef (free of hormones) .35
Kraft Grape Jelly .29
Ice Cream ( a real whole half-ga
llon) .75
72" Sofa $199
In 1962 Pepperidge Farms introduced Goldfish crackers .37
Bottle of Coke .10

Candy bar .05
Movie with popcorn and
drink .80

The minicomputer introduced in 1964 $16,000

Color TV $400Postage .04
Gas one gallon .31

From the menu at Burger Chef (who remembers those?!)
Cheeseburger .27
Large Coke .25

And finally... the New York Yankees won the World Series in 1962 in 7 games and the Academy Award for Best Picture was
Lawrence of Arabia

Special thanks to all of you who have made my day SO great!! Jaime for cookies, Cathy and Tomoe (and Amy if she had gotten my message) for breakfast and flowers. Nicole, Debbie and Traci for lunch and books and earrings.
My nieces and friends who wrote on my Facebook wall. Donny Osmond who sent me a "personal" Happy Birthday email.
Phone calls and birthday cards!
Dinner and Hester's dessert from my wonderful family.
It has been a terrific birthday and it would not have been possible without ALL of you. I love you!

Monday, September 22, 2008

Still smiling!

I wish I could show you photos of the Primary kids singing and speaking on Sunday! They were so great!
Don't kid yourself, I'm SO glad that it is over, I was a nervous wreck, but I was SO proud of how seriously that took their roles :-) I am STILL smiling!
When I accepted the calling as 2nd counselor in Primary the program had already been written wonderfully by the incredible Jaime Page. All I had to so was show up at practice and pretend I knew what was going on.
I was completely in denial about having to write it myself one day. A whole year? That's forever away!
Then in May I had my first "primary program nightmare" and I was scared. So scared that I put it off for another 2 months. There are so may do you write parts for kids that most likely won't be there that are not absolutely essential to the "story". How do you account for the different personalities of kids who want to talk and those who don't? How do you keep the flow of the "story" while keeping all of the kids roughly in their "class" so that the seating arrangement is not a TOTAL nightmare. And what do you do about the Sunbeams who, no matter what you do will eventually be bored and restless and try to climb over the stand?
Yeah, you see my terror yourself now don't you?
Plus there are 8 songs they are supposed to sing and you know me, more music is always better so I added a few songs as well. 12 songs in all-- one in Spanish and one in sign language!
The kids were so good while waiting for their parts and their turn to sing. As Vanessa has reported there was a close call for tears, but Diana was able to "dry them up". We had no burpers and no primary counselor's child "eat" the microphone (Kian last year!)
I surely felt the Spirit. I have always loved the Primary program Sunday even more than "pajama church". I know that it is truly inspired and I was truly inspired. I felt like Moses afraid to try to relate what the Lord wants us to know, but I am so grateful for my Aaron who "spoke" for me both with writing the parts and in the form of Amy Hughes who taught those wonderful songs and got those beautiful kids to use their beautiful voices.
Thank you everyone! Amy, Cathy, Tomoe, Shawna, LeeAnn, the talented teachers and especially Sara Soelberg for sitting in at the last minute as our pianist. I love you all and am blessed to serve with you and be friends with you.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Utah...This is the Place

So I haven't written about this because I am not sure if I will be able to find any pictures on the computer. We have a "stealth" system and it does not like me...

Anyway, we were called on Wednesday by Doug's brother Greg who wanted us to surprise their Mom and Dad for their 25th Wedding Anniversary. On Saturday morning we were on a plane! Thank you to Greg and Lora...we never could have done it without them.

Kian really seemed to enjoy his first plane ride.

(Half an hour later and I still cannot find the pictures of the trip...I rest my case!)

Anyway, our first stop basically was Los Hermanos. This is Doug's favorite restaurant and one of mine. Four of his brothers were there with their families and it was so fun! Those little cousins sure are growing up!!

Kian had a great time playing the Wii at Uncle Matt's house with Tanner and Ben. And we had Apple Beer floats...only in Utah :-)

Sunday we had dinner with Doug's parents and it was delicious as usual. Love Gramma's roast beef.

Monday we went to BYU and it was Education Week...who knew? Well, not me obviously and it was crowded, but we didn't have a lot of time anyway. Just enough time to get our 5 bags of Chocolate-covered Cinnamon Bears, yes! I think 2 bags actually made it home :-)

Monday we were able to get a short visit with Doug's BFF Steve Day. Paula was at work, but we enjoyed the tour of their newly remodeled beautiful home! Also two of his grandkids were there and Kian was thrilled to play with London and Landon.

Braylee (London's sister) was thrilled that Mackenzie came and got her from me...she loved Mackenzie! We literally sqeezed into the Chrysler Seabring and Illegally made our way back to Greg and Lora's house.

It was also the night of the party and it was a fun Luau. Doug's Dad and step-mom went to Hawaii on their Honeymoon. Shellese and Brooke (Greg's daughter and daughter-in-law) put together a raffia filled "book" of letters that we had each written. I am quite sure I will never see another book like it ever!

The food was good the company was even better. We sat with Steve and Michelle and were able to catch up and laugh at all the old jokes. We love them!

We came home Tuesday. Quick trip, but it was fun and I am so glad that Kian now knows what Utah is. After all, this is the place.