Friday, October 24, 2014

October 23rd - Art Class - Way Too Much Fun!

Art class was today and the girls worked on their big pumpkin patch paintings.  They are very serious about what they are doing and it is so cute.  Today we finished all the background and got the barn painted.  Next week we will do the trees and pumpkins and it should be finished!

The rest of the day was busy, too.  I changed sheets and then did an additional five loads of laundry.  I got my suitcase packed.  I got the food planned and a shopping list made out.  Oops, I was too tired to actually go to the store, so that will have to be done first thing in the morning. 

Thursday, October 23, 2014

October 22nd - Family History Day - What Else? It is Wednesday!

The steering committee for the Genealogy Study Group was standing at the door when I got to the Family History Center this morning.  We had scheduled a follow-up meeting to discuss a couple of things that needed more time.  We had a good meeting and were able to accomplish everything on our agenda.  We just met in the Center, since I was there alone today.  I had two patrons come in, as well, but they were both working on their own and did not require my help.  Then the sister missionaries came in with a sister who had just been baptized and had been called to work at the Center.  She thought she was supposed to work from 12 - 2, but I didn't know anything about it.  I spent a little time with her and got her going on FamilySearch so she could get some names to take to the temple to do baptisms for later this week.  She will come back tomorrow to meet with Brother Peoples. 

I went straight from the Center to visit teach.  My appointment was for 1:00, but I was just a little bit late.  My companion had called earlier that she couldn't make it because of some family issues, so I went on alone.  We had a great visit. 

When I finally got home, Bill was already home.  He had a light work day today.  I had some lunch and then worked on some computer things.  He had some errands and then went home teaching this evening.

We got a final confirmation for the cabin, so we will be going to NC on Friday, after all.  We are excited.  Hopefully, the place will be nice.  Pictures look good, but one never knows.  At least it is really up in the mountains!

Tomorrow will be a big day!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

October 21st - Happy Birthday, Jason!

It is hard to imagine Jason at age 37, but that is how old he would be today.  Of course, he will always be 21 to us.  We didn't "do" anything, other than remember him.  Interestingly, one of my high school classmates lost a college age daughter in a car accident near that same time.  I didn't know until today that she lost her on October 21st, Jason's birthday.  We messaged a little about it today.

Other than running a couple of errands, I was home most of the day.  Yes, working on family history, mostly. 

Lisa and David wanted to go to the temple this evening, as the daughter of a friend was taking out her endowments prior to leaving on a mission.  I went over to their place around 5:00, so I could watch the kids.  We had a great time, but they were both so tired that they were in bed pretty early - Ashby by 7:30 and Brooks right after. 

Bad news today was that we found out there is a problem using the cabin this weekend, which we have been planning to do.  So when I got home, we looked for some alternatives that weren't too expense and found a possibility.  We should find out tomorrow if we get it.  Of course, everything is more expensive than free, but we are so looking forward to spending a long weekend in North Carolina that we decided that spending a few hundred extra was worth it.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

October 20th - Family Home Evening - In Other Words "Let's Go Out for Dinner!"

I spent almost the whole day working on family history.  I had to clear up some things left from my Sunday class.  Then I worked some more on the Cantrell family that is such a mess on FamilySearch.  I made quite a bit of headway, but sometimes things just go so slowly!

I finally gave out mid-afternoon and took a nap.  It was supposed to be a short one, but ended up being a little longer than I had planned!  I guess I was tired.  I don't really like to nap, but I have been so sleepy lately, so I finally have given up.

Bill got home a little bit early and suggested that we go out for dinner for Family Home Evening.  We rarely do anything for FHE, so it was obviously just an excuse to go out.  We went to Longhorn's and had very good steaks.


Monday, October 20, 2014

October 19th - Back to Sunday Already - Best Day of the Week!

Today was another of those repeat days - pretty much the same as every other Sunday.  Then again, why would we change anything that works so well?

My class went well.  I had about 10 people and we spent the whole time online learning Family Tree person page.  It was part two of the lesson started last week.  I think they all learned something and they certainly had plenty of questions and comments.  That makes teaching even more fun.

At home, I got dinner cooking.  I had made a chicken Mexican rice casserole this morning, so it had to bake.  Because it was so cold, though, it took longer to get hot than I had anticipated.  I ended up putting it in the microwave to finish.  I should have thought of that in the first place.  We also had yellow squash and onions, along with some cucumbers.  I was actually pretty good.  I will need to actually buy some meat one of these days!

While we were waiting for the casserole to heat up, the kids were playing outside and wanted sheets put up on the fort so there was a roof and walls.  Ashby decided it was like a stage, so we had to watch her "show."  It was cute.  She is into pratfalls and trying to make us laugh.  After dinner, we had to go back out and watch another show in the dark.  She wanted the flashlight to be a spotlight.  Very funny!

Later, our home teacher came by for a nice visit.  We do enjoy him.

All in all, another "best day of the week."

Sunday, October 19, 2014

October 18th - Cleaning Day

Bill was invited to have breakfast with David and the kids and then to help him finish up a job.  Of course, his primary purpose was to babysit the kids, since they were along on the job.  That left me alone at home, so I was able to really get a lot done.  I seemed to have more energy than usual, so I was able to do a pretty thorough cleaning in the house - better than usual, anyway.  Plus, there were some loads of laundry to finish up.  And, of course, I had to figure out dinner for Sunday.  I am out of meat, other than a couple of small items, so I had to either go to the store or get creative.  I chose creative!

In between cleaning chores, I worked on the computer.  I had to get ready for my Sunday lesson.  We will just be doing FamilySearch, but I needed to find a family that I could use as an example to make corrections, merge duplicates, etc.  Mission accomplished! I also managed to clear off quite a bit of the excess piles of things from the desk.  It looks much better now, although there is still one pile.  I will never get everything done!

Bill got home in the afternoon, took his nap, and then headed outside to work on the yard.  So between us, we got a lot of work done on the house today. 

Saturday, October 18, 2014

October 17th - Lost in Family History

I haven't had a lot of serious family history time lately, but I managed to spend a good bit of today immersed in it.  I have a presentation to do in November, so that is what got me started.  And, as often happens, that just led from one thing to another!

I did take a break and run out to pick up a storage order that had come in.  The sister who handles the order really needed to have the stuff picked up so she could get her living room back!  It was just enough of a break before I got lost again in the family history.  It makes for a rather boring blog, but a great day!

I also actually cooked dinner this evening.  I know - we were all in shock!