Friday, November 28, 2014

November 27th - Happy Thanksgiving!

Our Thanksgiving Day started off quiet and lazy.  I did do a few loads of laundry and I had to make the sweet potatoes for dinner, but otherwise I mostly worked on the genealogy for my friend.  I found more things and had a lot of fun doing it!

In the afternoon, we headed over to Bill's sister Hazel's house for dinner.  Lisa and family came, as well, so there were nine of us for dinner.  We were all able to sit around the one table and we had a great time.  The food was good, but the best part was telling old stories and laughing together.  We really enjoyed it.  It has been a while since we had that kind of day with Hazel, John, and Joy and it turned out wonderful.  The kids had a fun time, too.  Ashby loved the dog and spent a good bit of time on the floor, petting and hugging her.  She also loved all the different doors in the house.  She said it was a "fun" house.  After dinner, they went outside and played in the backyard.  I was afraid they would be bored with no other children and in a place they were unfamiliar with, but they totally enjoyed their day, too.

A good Thanksgiving Day reminds me of so many things to be thankful for.  Life is hard sometimes - but the blessings far outweigh the struggles. Today, we were reminded of family love and the joy of being together and laughing together! 

Thursday, November 27, 2014

November 26th - Visiting Teaching Day

Not Family History Center day - it was closed for the holiday week.  So my companion and I made the round of our three sisters.  We have been unable to connect with them this month - way too many conflicts.  So, I bought some small Christmas cactus plants and she provided homemade greeting cards and we delivered one to each of our sisters.  We were even able to come in and visit for a few minutes with two of them.  It always feels good to do the right thing!

When we finished we went to Fusion Asian for some lunch.  We usually go after we finish at the center and we really like going out to lunch, so it was perfect!

On my way home, I had to stop at the grocery store to pick up a couple of things that I need to make the sweet potatoes for tomorrow.  Then I relaxed a little before working some more on my friend's family history.  I made a little progress, although I ended up not having much time. 

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

November 25th - Art Class Make Up Day

Since we didn't do art class last week, we made it up today.  Our project was tissue art and glue and we made a picture of a cornucopia with fruit.  They turned out really nice.  Next week we will outline the figures in black crayon so they will pop out, but we can't do that with wet tissue paper!

When they finished the project, the girls rushed to the Barbie box and were totally immersed in playing when Lisa and Brooks got back.  They had been to the Dollar Store to get things for the Joy school activities next week.  They will be celebrating Brooks' birthday and studying about dinosaurs.  He couldn't wait to show me all the dinosaurs they bought!

I spent the rest of my afternoon working on family history.  I had another friend, who now lives in Utah, ask for some help.  She saw on FaceBook that I had helped someone else the day before, so wondered if I could look at her problem, too.  Hers is a lot more complicated, but I love trying to find the answers.  I found some things, but not enough to really get through the brick wall, so I will try some more tomorrow.  I have not exhausted my possibilities yet!

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

November 24th - It's Monday - What Else Can One Say?

At least it was not raining today!  Otherwise, it was just a Monday.  That meant the usual straightening up after the weekend, changing the sheets, running out to the store, picking up a prescription, resting in the big chair watching a little TV, etc.  I was actually pretty busy, but it is all such ordinary, boring stuff!

Well, that is except for the family history.  I was contacted by a friend who used to live in my ward who was having a struggle with her family history.  She sent me her user name and helper number so I could go in and see if I could help her.  Turned out that within a few minutes, I had found her problem and was able to report back to her.  We were both very excited!  I think she will be able to go back a couple more generations now.

I also worked a little on both of my presentations for the Family History Fair.  I think I am beginning to get a handle on both.

Monday, November 24, 2014

November 23rd - Love My Sundays!

Today was another wonderful Sunday.  We spent the morning working on lessons, studying, etc.  I also put together everything for dinner.  Since I made a meatloaf, it took a little while, but everything was ready to put in the oven the minute I walked in the door.

My lesson went well.  We talked about submitting the names to the temple and covered a lot of good, basic information. 

The kids had just arrived at the house when we got home, so I quickly got things in the oven.  The meat loaf took longer than I had expected, though, so we ate a little later than usual.  It wasn't that big a deal, but I will try to remember to do meatloaf in even smaller pans next time.

We rented the movie Home Alone and the kids, especially Ashby, got a kick out of it.  She is just about the right age to enjoy all the shenanigans of the robbers and how little Kevin is able to outwit them.  We also had a fire going, as it was such a cool and rainy day.  It was very nice.  Lisa and the kids even roasted some marshmallows once the coals had gotten nice and red.

Our home teachers came by while the kids were still here and we had a nice visit, although a little shorter than usual!  We had little ones running through now and then trying to get attention.  It was really very funny.

It has been a great Sunday - I do love a day like this, even with all that rain!

Sunday, November 23, 2014

November 22nd - Fun Day with the Grandkids!

Ashby and Brooks both slept all night and didn't wake up until after 7:00 this morning.  Can't ask for better than that!  Ashby ended up staying in our bed, so I had a snuggler all night.  So sweet!  Brooks is funny - he doesn't just get out of bed in the morning.  He hollers until someone comes to get him.  He does that at home, too.  Anyway, once they were both up, they were anxious to play some more.

Eventually they decided they were hungry and chose to have French toast for breakfast.  We all enjoyed that.  Then it was get dressed and ready for the day.  They were really anxious for Grandpa to take them to the pet store.  They had wanted to go another time a few weeks ago, but Ashby didn't have her shoes.  She pointed out to Grandpa that she had shoes this time, so they needed to go to the pet store.

So, the three of them took off and had a great time at the pet store.  Just as they were about to leave, the dogs and kitties arrived, so they got to pet them, too.  Ashby informed me that there were two kitties who really loved her - they even licked her. 

Back home, they were very involved in their play.  When it came time for lunch, they wanted pizza, so Bill ran out to pick one up.  When you are at Grandma and Grandpa's house, you get whatever you want, you know!

We were just finishing the pizza when Lisa arrived to pick them up.  They were no ready to leave, so she stayed a while and we had a nice chat.  But, after a while, they were ready to go so they could see Daddy.

We had a wonderful spend-the-night with them.  They were both so good. 

Once they all left, we were both pretty tired!  It was a little too windy for Bill to be able to blow the leaves, so he was "forced" to watch football.  I worked on my Family History Fair presentations.  Yes, plural.  They just added a second one, so I will have two to prepare.  The second one will be on using timelines and similar charts to help with research.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

November 21st - Spend the Night!

After a rather normal day, Lisa brought the kids over late in the afternoon.  David is out of town on a camping/fishing trip with some friends and Lisa has to present a class at the stake leadership training in the morning, so she needed a place to put the kids.  We decided to have them just spend the night.

What a fun evening with them here!  They wanted mac-and-cheese for dinner, as well as plenty of other snacks.  They played with the Barbies and with the trucks and dinosaurs.  Oh, and of course, Brooks played with the train.  They had a ball playing hide-and-seek with Grandpa.  Then they watched some classic Disney cartoons on Grandpa's tablet.  The three of them were laughing like crazy - and I was laughing at them. 

We finally got ready for bed.  The plan was for the two of them to sleep in the guest bed together.  Brooks has graduated from the crib.  They could hardly wait to get into bed together, but then they just giggled like crazy.  After a few minutes, they got up, ate more snack, and then tried again.  This time Brooks went into bed alone and was asleep almost as soon as had walked out of the room.  Ashby snuggled in bed with me and was asleep be the time I got to the second verse in my scripture reading.  I think Ashby will just sleep in our bed all night with us. 

I then got up, did the things that needed to be done before bed, had a snack, and then climbed back in with my book.  And with Ashby cuddling up close, too.  Best thing ever!