Monday, September 22, 2014

September 21st - Celebrating Grandpa's Birthday

Bill's birthday was actually yesterday, but Ashby was concerned because he didn't get a party or a cake, so we celebrated when they came over for dinner today.  Dinner was his favorites - pinto beans and collard greens.  We also had steaks on the grill, baked potatoes, corn, and rolls.  That way everyone had something they liked!  We also had a chocolate cake with one candle, so we could sing "Happy Birthday" and the grandkids could help blow it out.  Very fun!

I started my new family history class during Sunday School today and was happy that I had 7 people show up.  I wasn't sure if anyone would come.  I think it will be a good class.  It went well today, although time was a little short since the children did their Primary program today and ran over a bit.

It was a fun evening with the kids, besides the birthday celebration.  Brooks was outside a good bit and having a ball.  One of the things he wanted to do was to "paint" the playhouse.  So he got a paintbrush and a bucket of water and went to work!  The fallout from that was that he was filthy and muddy when he finished, but he sure had fun!  It was necessary to take a quick bath before putting on his jammies to wear home.

Ashby, on the other hand, was totally absorbed in the house, cutting paper and making things.  She finally ended up with a paper drive-up window that she taped to stand up on the coffee table.  She had Grandpa "drive" around to the window and order toys.  Very creative, again!

Sunday, September 21, 2014

September 20th - Happy Birthday, Bill!

It was Bill's birthday today - #71 - but we didn't really celebrate.  Instead, it was pretty much a normal Saturday.  He took off around 9 or so to go help David on a job for the day.

Meanwhile, I tackled laundry and the usual Saturday house chores.  Nothing exciting there!

I headed over to Lisa's about 5:00, so we could babysit with the kids while they went out to a surprise birthday party for her friend Ashby.  Bill went home and showered and then came back, bringing a pizza and crazy bread with him.  The kids were excited - for the crazy bread and for Grandpa to play with!

We had a fun evening with them.  They were both really good and played well.  We finally got every to sleep around 9:30. 

We will try to remember Bill's birthday tomorrow - I put some pinto beans to soak this afternoon.  Once one gets to a certain age, the birthdays are often preferably forgotten!

Saturday, September 20, 2014

September 19th - Busy Friday

I had a list of errands to do this morning, so once things were under control at home, I went out to the library, to Hobby Lobby for some art supplies for upcoming classes, and to Kroger to pick up a few things.  That always ends up taking more time than it should, but I got everything on my list taken care of.

It didn't take long to put things away, since I really didn't pick up all that much at the store, so I was able to do a little more on the family history stuff I had started yesterday.  I have a family on Bill's line that is a bit of a mess on FamilySearch, so I will probably take several days to get it all straightened out and documented.

While I was working on that, the sister missionaries stopped by and stayed for a little bit.  They always practice a lesson when they come, so they did that before they left.  Then I was back at the family history.

This evening, Bill had to chaperone the dance for youth conference, so I had a quiet evening.  Billy called to wish his dad "happy birthday."  (His birthday is tomorrow, but I don't think we will be doing any celebrating then.  Maybe a little on Sunday.)  I ended up just watching a couple of episodes of Lark Rise and then went to read.

Friday, September 19, 2014

September 18th - Art Class

For art class today, we painted our clay sculptures that we did last time.  We missed two weeks while I was out of town, so our clay was nice and dry and ready to paint.  Ashby did a really good job.  She wanted a gray kitty, with green eyes and a pink mouth.  Then she decided it needed pink heart cheeks, too.  Then she mixed the pink and gray and came up with a new color that she painted over much of the face and body.  Then she mixed the green and pink and came up with another new color that she painted on the back.  It all actually turned out quite interesting!  Her is certainly better than mine!  For her free time, she wanted to play with more clay, so she made a free form.  She kept changing what it was, so I am not sure what it ended up being, but I think it is a "silly plate with a pile of silly pancakes and a strawberry on top."  Oh, for such an imagination!

They stayed and lunch at Grandma's, too, so we had a nice morning.  I was so tired for some reason today, so I relaxed in my chair a little and watched an episode of Lark Rise.  In between I managed to get a couple of loads of laundry done.  Later, I got absorbed in some family history on the computer, so my day ended up being rather busy!

Thursday, September 18, 2014

September 17th - Family History Day

This was Wednesday, so naturally I was at the Family History Center.  Actually, today was the meeting of the Gwinnett Genealogy Group, so I had to arrive early in order to get things set up.  I also had to do a presentation on Fold3, which went really well.  I learned later that after our meeting finished, four people from the group went in to the FHC and wanted to get on Fold3.  I guess they liked what they had heard!

On my way home, I stopped by the library to pick up some books that had come in.  I then fixed myself a late lunch and watched an episode of Lark Rise while I ate.

My visiting teacher came by later in the afternoon and we had a nice visit.  She does not usually make it by to visit, although she does keep in touch with me.  We are good friends, so I don't feel neglected, but it was fun to have a little time to just chat.

The rest of my day was pretty routine - got a couple of loads of laundry done, house straightened, etc.  I even fixed some dinner - spaghetti. 

I have a whole stack of family history things that I am wanting to get to, but I just haven't gotten it worked in since I got back from Iowa.  Maybe tomorrow!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

September 16th - Pedi's

I was going about my usual morning routine when Lisa called and said they had just dropped Brooks off at pre-school and she and Ashby were going to get pedicures.  Ashby had asked if Grandma could come, too, so she was calling to invite me.  I needed one badly - besides I can't pass up a chance to have fun with them.  Now my toe nails are beautiful - I picked a very bright color and I might even glow in the dark!

Back home, I worked a little more on my presentation.  Actually, I was just going over it to make sure I would remember everything and not take too much time.  That will be tomorrow, if there is time, as it is the last thing on the agenda.

This evening, I couple of the brothers from the ward came over to get some help with their family history.  One of them was having trouble logging in, but we finally got that figured out.  The other was able to log in, but wasn't sure to go about adding his people.  We worked on several things so he could see how to do it. 

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

September 15th - Odds & Ends

This was a normal Monday - getting things back in order after the weekend, etc.  My biggest concern for the day was taking my little computer in to have it looked at.  I wasn't able to get wi-fi on it at home or at church and I was worried it might be a goner.  Fortunately, the Geek Squad at Best Buys was able to check the settings or whatever and it is working fine now.  They didn't even charge me!  It is working very slowly, though, so it might need to go back to have some diagnostics run on it at some point.  She did say that she had not detected any viruses, so that is good.  I did a disk clean when I got home and it defrags regularly, so I hope it will be OK.

Other than that, I spent a bit of my day working on my presentation for the Genealogy Study Group on Wednesday.  I will be doing it on the website Fold3 and I think I have it pretty much together.