Monday, March 2, 2015

March 1st - In like a Lion, so hoping for out like a lamb!

We are getting just a bit tired of all the rain.  Another day of it today and it looks like most of the week, too.  Enough, already!  We need some spring!

We had the grandkids spending the night and they were both so good.  They both slept all night without getting up.  Then everyone was awake and up around 7 or so.  We got some bagels for breakfast, got to play a few minutes, then got ready for church.  They were both good during church.  They had taken some books to read and some paper and pencils to draw.  Brooks started getting a little antsy by the end.  He has developed another runny nose and his cheeks were bright red.  He didn't feel like he had a fever, so hoping he is not coming down with something else. 

We decided we would just go home after Sunday School.  They were both not really wanting to go to Primary, as they didn't know anyone.  So, they just stayed in my Family History class with Bill.  I think they were drawing the whole time.  My class went well and we had fun learning some more things about FamilySearch. 

When we got home, we were all hungry, and Ashby wanted French toast, so that is what we had for lunch.  Well, Brooks chose left over mac & cheese from yesterday.  The rest of us had the French toast.  Then the kids played together the rest of the afternoon.  They were so cute.  They had the horses and the legos again and they were totally immersed in their play. 

I got dinner preps done, too.  We had grilled filet mignon, baked potatoes, fresh broccoli, cantaloupe, and biscuits.  Followed by an angel food cake for Lisa's birthday.  Bill insisted we put 39 candles on it, so we had quite a flame going!  The kids loved it.

David was still not feeling all that well, but he made it over, too.  He ate a little bit, but a lot of it was just too heavy when recovering from a stomach bug.  Brooks was more than happy to offer to eat Daddy's piece of cake (just the frosting, of course), since he wasn't feeling well.  How generous the child is!

They didn't stay too late, since the kids were tired and David was, too.  It was a fun day, though.  Once they left, it felt overly quiet around here.  It will probably take us a few days to recuperate!  Love those grandkids!!!

Sunday, March 1, 2015

February 28th - Grandkids, Circus, and Birthday Celebrations for Lisa

This has been a busy Saturday.  Good thing I had a slow day yesterday!  We met Lisa and kids at the Gwinnett Arena for the Ringling Brothers Barnum & Bailey circus.  We had gone last year and it was so much fun, so that is what Lisa chose for her birthday this year.  It was a good circus, but the best part was how excited Ashby and Brooks were.  They both just bounced in their seats almost the whole time, with shouting and clapping and all the rest.

After the circus, they came home with us to spend the night.  The original plan was to allow Lisa and David to go out to a nice dinner for her birthday and then to have a quiet evening.  The unplanned part was David getting the same stomach virus that the rest of them had already had.  That was why David did not make it to the circus.  We still kept the kids, so at least they had a quiet house for him to be able to rest.  Lisa just took advantage of the quiet time for herself.

The kids were still so excited about the circus that they played circus for hours after we got home.  It was really cute.  They went to bed a little late, but both slept all night without waking, so that was good.  Brooks slept in the guest bed and Ashby slept with us.  She just likes to cuddle.  Plus, she had a little bit of homesickness.  It reminded me of when Lisa was small and we would have to go pick her up in the middle of the night from sleepovers.  At least Ashby made it through.

What a great day - but we are both exhausted! 

Saturday, February 28, 2015

February 27th - Just a Friday

I didn't do much of interest today.  Well, I was busy all day, but it wasn't all that interesting to retell.  I have a lot of days like that.  Mostly I worked on my presentation and got the first draft of the outline done.  I have a pretty good idea of what I want to include and how it will be organized and getting it down on paper makes it easier to finish up the details.  I was also able to begin to outline the power point presentation, although I didn't get anything done on creating it.  I also decided that I needed a case study to prove that my points are valid, so I focused on someone that I will research using my points to get an example of how it works.  That means I will be doing some research over the next several days - yea!  I love doing the research.

I did rest for a while and watched the Downton Abbey episode from this week.  I think there is only one more week left. 

Looking back, it sounds like another lazy day - and maybe it was!  But, I am happy with what I accomplished.  Another couple of weeks and I may actually have the presentation pretty much finished.  Well, considering that I keep changing things - probably not, but maybe it will be close!

Friday, February 27, 2015

February 26th - Art Class

I tackled the laundry this morning - 4 loads plus the sheets.  It took a good hunk of the day getting it all done, folded and put away.  Ashby was supposed to come for art class this morning, but I didn't hear from them, so I just figured they had a conflict.  I was busy with the laundry and working on family history, so I didn't think too much about.  Around noon, Lisa called and said they had forgotten!  There had been no Joy School today, so their routine was interrupted and they had just forgotten.  Since they had not other plans, they came on over and we had class in the afternoon.

Brooks wanted to come up, too, so Lisa came to help with him.  We read a couple of books about Pablo Picasso and how he started painting like everyone else.  He was very good and eventually made a lot of money, but he was bored painting the same picture over and over.  So, he started painting how he wanted to paint and he didn't care that people thought his art was "ugly."  It was another good lesson about how we need to do art to make ourselves happy and not others.

Then we made a picture that copied Picasso's painting of hands holding flowers.  We just traced our hands, using oil pastels, and drew circles for the centers of the flowers.  Then we used water colors to paint the flowers and the petals and the stems.  They turned out really cute. 

Brooks even traced his hand and tried painting with the water colors.  It wasn't as easy as the acrylics had been, but he gave it a good try.  Then he decided he wanted to play with the clay, so Lisa helped him make a dinosaur while Ashby finished painting her picture.

After they left, I rested a little.  I am trying to finish up this book about researching female ancestors and I am just about there.  Other than that, the rest of my day was pretty much like always!

Thursday, February 26, 2015

February 25th - Family History Day

So, schools closed today, because it is supposed to snow later.  Some reports say by 10:00, others say by 2:00.  Just to be safe, they closed the schools.  Yes, a silly decision, especially considering that they were only half day anyway because of conferences.  We close the Family History Center for weather based on the school closing.  But, I had scheduled some things, so I went on in anyway.

I am glad I did.  There was a small group from the Study Group that are working on writing their family stories, so they set up in the FHC to discuss what they were doing.  One of the ladies who came wanted to actually do some personal research, so we went to get her set up with a FamilySearch account.  We just couldn't get it to work and finally I contacted the help desk.  They called and talked to her.  It took forever, and she had to passed up the chain.  They eventually figured out that it was a system glitch and hopefully they have it fixed.  At least, she and I weren't nutty!

There was also one other woman who came in to look at a microfilm.  So the place was absolutely buzzing!  I wish it was always like that.  My co-worker didn't come in, since we were technically closed, but I am sure glad I did!

I also got a message from one of the young women in the ward.  She said she enjoyed my talk on Sunday and they were going to the temple on Saturday.  She wondered if I had any names that needed to be baptized.  When I got home, I looked and I have two that could be printed, but that is all.  There are probably others that I could prepare quickly, so I will see if I can work in a little time tomorrow or Friday.

She also said that she would be available if I wanted any housecleaning done.  She and her friend have cleaned the house a few times.  She is trying to earn money for girls camp and other summer activities.  Naturally, I told her she could come anytime and clean my house!

The rest of my afternoon was rather quiet.  I had some odds and ends to take care of.  Bill got home early, since it had finally started snowing and they shut the job site down.  We both ended up taking naps.  Such energy with the senior crowd!  The snow didn't amount to much and it never got quite cold enough to freeze on the streets. 

February 24th - Lazy Day!

I didn't have anything important planned for today, so other than the normal routine, I was rather lazy.  I did some family history stuff, though.  I had a couple of people who had needed help and I got that done.  I also worked a little on my next presentation.

When he left, Bill asked what I planned to do all day.  I told him that it seemed like the kind of day where I should just curl up in the chair and read.  When he got home, I was in the chair.  He asked if I had accomplished by goal for the day.  I had to say, "Yes."  What I read was a book about finding female ancestors, which is the topic of my next presentation.  I did do some other things besides sit and read, but that was definitely the best part of my day!

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

February 23rd - Meeting with the Lawyer

First thing this morning, we had a meeting with an attorney to get this contract for buying the house from Billy.  We just pulled a name from the hat, but we liked him and feel comfortable.  We will also have him handle the closing.  He should get the contract to us later in the week and we will get the signatures and then get it sent on to the mortgage company. 

Bill went off to do a little work once we got back home.  I had some errands to do, as well - gas for the car, a few groceries including refreshments for this evening, picking up prescriptions, etc.  Once that was all done, I was able to do a few family history things.  I had a ward member with a question that I needed to spend a little time on.  I also had something from someone in the community, who couldn't view the copies of some death certificates.  I got those downloaded and sent to her, as well.  There were a couple of other little things. 

This evening was Empty Nesters Family Home Evening and we had a great evening.  There were 21 people there, which is a great turnout.  We did poetry - everyone was supposed to bring a poem to share.  One of the men writes poetry, so we especially enjoyed hearing several of his poems, which were extremely well done!  It was a fun evening.