- clean out the video game corner (thanks to a day off from school)
- move the refrigerator and stove and wash the floor underneath
- couple of mending jobs
- go through old New Eras for articles/pictures/music to file before throwing them away
- and this month the laundry counter got cleared off again, and then stayed that way.
Saturday, February 28, 2009
Friday, February 27, 2009
Temple Open House Visits
My cousin posted about their family's visit to the Draper Temple during the currently running open house and that reminded me of when I was able to tour the Jordan River Temple during its open house.
This happened during my sophomore year at BYU and we used it as a great excuse to get together with my freshman year roommates. Although I had already decided that I was only going to get married in the temple, when I saw the Bride's Room in particular, but also all the other rooms, my decision was only solidified more. (I was a touch disappointed that the Oakland Temple Bride's Room wasn't quite as ornate as the one in Jordan River!)
I think one of the reasons I enjoy being inside the temple so much is it reminds me of the way I'd like my living room to look. Maybe some day! (This last picture is the Draper Celestial Room.)
And since we at home were a touched confused by the use of the word "gallant" I decided to look it up. Here are the definitions:
Smartly or boldly stylish; dashing.
Unflinching in battle or action; valiant.
Nobly or selflessly resolute.
Courteously attentive especially to women; chivalrous.
A fashionable young man.
A man courteously attentive to women.
A woman's lover; a paramour.
We hope Jeff isn't a flirtatious paramour (although he should be courteous and chivalrous and asking young ladies out on dates!) but he is definitely dashing and valiant and resolute, so I guess the description works.
Monday, February 23, 2009
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
It passed the building inspection.
The lawn mowers were moved in last Saturday.
Now it's time to move onto something else.
Wayne added a couple of "shelves" just below the rafters.Even though they were just about finished, his helpers were still less than excited.
Friday, February 13, 2009
I know Allison took her own pictures and will post them, but this is for all the people who don't know Allison. Isn't she creative? She'll say she just took the idea from somebody else's internet post, but I say she still did all the work. We are so blessed that Michelle has such wonderful Young Women leaders!
In case you haven't guessed, this week was New Beginnings - a special evening where they explain how Mutual and Personal Progress are supposed to work to the girls that will turn 12 this year. And it's a great review for the older girls and their parents. The program turned out beautifully. Wayne even noticed that his little girl isn't a little girl anymore!
Playing an instrument
I spent most of last Friday with Michelle at "Solo and Ensemble" - a program put on by our school district where the students have a chance to sing before an adjudicator, either alone or in a group. Michelle caught Steven's head cold on Thursday, so was feeling kind of miserable, but she sang anyway and overall it was a good experience. And it reminded me that I ought to inform my kids that I (at least at one time) know how to play more than just the piano and organ.
In our school district, you could choose to learn how to play an instrument once you were in 4th grade. So, I picked the clarinet, just like my best friend. We had fun getting out of class for 30 minutes once a week (or whatever it was.) After a few weeks had passed, the music teacher told me I was progressing nicely and that there was a school-owned oboe not being used that I could try if I wanted.
Thursday, February 5, 2009
They started the evening by talking about the Articles of Faith, and spent time (about 30 mintues) reviewing them. Then each person was given a check-off card and they went around to the leaders and recited by memory all that they could. If they did it word perfect, the leader initialed the proper space on the card. When everyone was done with that, they pulled out the "key" and started scooping up ice cream sundaes. Each Article of Faith represented a different sundae ingredient. Here's their list:
1 - bowl, 2 - spoon, 3 - root beer, 4 - whipped cream, 5 - vanilla ice cream, 6 - sprinkles, 7 - chocolate ice cream, 8 - oreo crumbs, 9 - chocolate syrup, 10 - banana, 11 - nuts, 12 - caramel sauce, 13 - cherry
The kids didn't know ahead of time what went with what, so if they didn't pass off #5 or #7, but did pass off #1 and #4, they got a bowl of whipped cream, but no ice cream. I'm told most of them passed off everything, which was the whole point! And they had fun too.
Sunday, February 1, 2009
- sewed a button on Wayne's shirt (and bought a package of buttons so next time it can get done right away)
- delivered some books to a friend (duplicates discovered when cleaning out bookshelves last summer)
- cleaned and organized the pantry, which included mopping the floor
- rotated the food in the 72 hour kits
I'll admit the last two were motivated by preparations for a Relief Society class on food storage which will be here on Tuesday, but that still counts. I've wanted to do them for a while, and now I don't have to worry about them for at least several more months! So, does anyone else want to share what they did so we can all shout "Good for you!"?
Remember my messy laundry room counter on New Year's Day? Well, it did get cleared off once, but this is what it looks like now, so I guess it's still on the list!