Sunday, October 14, 2018


I have to say that my husband is amazing.  My friend Cristina just received her recommend and wanted me to go to the temple with her.  She was nervous, it was her first time in almost 10 years, it was in English.  I'm more than happy to go, so we took her husband and went to the temple.  My husband stayed with the kids, took them to soccer games, did chores with them and even did his own chores.  We planned on going to the 8 am Spanish endowment session. I texted to make sure that they were running on time (Ecuadorians are notorious for running 20 minutes late).  They were running late, then their car had some problem, then the husband's recommend wouldn't scan and they got all nervous thinking that they'd get in trouble for something.  I had to translate everything so that they were calm.  Then we had missed the Spanish session so had to figure out where to get headphones for her and her husband.  We got up to the chapel and somehow her husband had made it out of the dressing room without a name and his headphones.  We got that sorted out and had missed another session.  I had gotten to the temple at 7:30 and left at noon.  It was quite exciting, but I didn't mind one bit.  The spirit was very strong.  These two are working towards being sealed together and I took them on a short walk down the middle of the top floor with the sealing rooms in it.  We got into the Celestial Room and I just had to hug her.  I'm very joyful of all the things that she's overcome and accomplished in a short year.  I'm joyful to be able to see it from up close and I'm joyful that they have plans to continue. 

On a more temporal level, we were able to get their whole family's ITIN numbers, file their taxes and got them studying for their drivers tests.  They're getting so close to being independent I can taste it.  The next big hurdle is finding a good apartment for them.  Everywhere that we've tried has had some requirement they couldn't meet... like having a credit card or a current drivers license.  She very much wants to be a family unit with no one else running their life.  I try to stay back and let them figure things out, but occasionally they call me for help on an application or questions like how to get a license or file taxes.

Last week

Last week we took a drive up alpine loop to see the leaves.  We went a little early, but we were afraid that it would snow and we wouldn't get the chance. 

The kids are surprised that it's turning cold... but it definitely is.  It's been in the upper 40s and 50s. 
After this drive we had Ada throwing up and Seth had a fever.  I don't know if it was the flu or if Ada was carsick and Seth had something unrelated.  No one else got sick, so I was happy.

Janelle and Seth brought the beautiful cake that Sharon made down for Ada.  After she was feeling better we sang happy birthday and ate it.  I can't believe she's really 11.  One more year and she'll join me in Young Womens. 

This week

We told Ada this year that we weren't going to throw a big party but she'd be allowed to invite a friend to do something with her.  She said that she wanted all 5 of her best friends to come and that she would pay for it.  She did brownie sales and babysitting to pay $32 so that all her friends could got roller skating with her.  She was so sweet and very determined.  I love seeing my kids working towards a goal that they've set for themselves.

It was so cute.  Sam and Evelyn had never roller bladed before.  They took turns helping each other out and just had fun.

Ada enjoyed having Frankie, Laurel, Brenden and Luke there.  I call them her pack.  I invited Frankie's mom and sister.

Sam has been in a Chinese club.  He LOVES it.  Unfortunately he can't do it again until after Christmas.  The club likes to rotate who attends.  We downloaded Duolingo and he's been practicing on it, but I think he likes better having a human teacher.  I want to see how we can keep him going. 

Marg and her kids made a surprise Fall Break visit.  It was fun to see them and play games.  I really just like to chat and miss all my dear Sister in laws often. 

Since we were going to be super busy on Ada's actual birthday, we did cheesecake and presents on Tuesday with Tarkingtons.  They're all growing up so fast!

Sharon came down on Friday and we got to take the kids to the All Around Playground.  Sam's friend Martin was there too, so he was ecstatic.  (Right after this we took them to see the Tarkingtons... we didn't tell them they were coming and Sam was especially surprised.)  Her new pregnancy is going very well and I couldn't be happier for her. 

For Mutual this week, the Priests organized an escape room center in Peace in Christ.  It was so fun!  We did have one Laurel come, though I think that all would have loved it if they had come. 

My lesson today went fairly well.  We talked about living in a spirit of gratitude instead of just giving thanks for things.  The YW that was going to team teach with me thought it was next week... Opps.  I guess we'll teach again next week.  I love being in YW's.  It makes me happy to see these girls turn into women and learning the gospel as they go.

Thursday was very busy.  My brother, Seth, came to Evelyn's class in the morning.  They're learning how to address people with handshakes, use their names and look them in the eye.  The teacher has been having people come in and teach them greetings in different languages and then they practice them all throughout the day as they talk to each other.  I taught them ASL and Swahili.  Seth taught them in Arabic, Turkish, and the Pakistani dialect that he speaks.  They practiced all of them and decided to use Turkish for the day.  It was adorable and Evelyn had to hang on to Seth everywhere he went.  After that, Seth went to bed for the day and Sam, baby Seth and I went on Sam's fieldtrip to the UofU Natural History Museum.  It was amazing!  It's a fun museum and my Mom used to live right up close to it.  She and her siblings would wander the museum.  I thought that was a fun connection.  Thursday night, my brother Seth came to our house and we painted the mini figures that he gave them for Christmas for their D&D game.  Ada got really into painting them.  I on the other hand had a tiny Seth jumping up and down on me so I didn't paint well or very much.

This week, they had the soccer game make ups for the ones cancelled because of the smoke.  They didn't tell us until Monday and we had two games on Tuesday.  I almost decided not to take them, but we did anyways.  It was soooo cold, but the kids did great and I got to talk to all the soccer moms on the sideline.  No matter how busy I get, when I get to talk with women it always makes me happier.

Sam very rarely ties his shoe laces.  The other day he tripped and hit his elbows hard.... yet here he is running around a soccer field.  After the very cold game, Sam said that his legs were numb.  My toes were so I could imagine that his would be too.    They even called the game early because the temperature dipped so much.

Seth was wagging his finger in the players face telling him no.

Sam and his friend Wesley from church.

Yesterday was my parent's 40th anniversary.  That's quite the fun marker to remember.  I love how my mom told it in her email.  They met 52 years ago in the 2nd grade and they are happier more and more. 

Funny kids

Evelyn got glasses this week.  While we picked them out she kept looking for some that would make her look like a librarian.  When she got them back, she wore them on her first day and she got soccer pictures.  She showed Jer the pictures and she asked if Jer could find her in the picture.  She was disappointed when he could.  Then she said that, "Some people have a hard time telling which one is me because I'm not wearing my glasses."

Sam was teasing that he didn't recognize her with her glasses on.  She got all teary eyed and said that she didn't like that.  I explained that he wasn't bullying, he was trying to play with her.  I told her about when my sister had to wear an eye patch and she got picked on at school.  My Dad told her that she was a pirate and that she stole his heart. 

I asked the kids in the car what I should teach to the Young Women about being Grateful this Sunday.  Evelyn said, "Being grateful helps you feel the Holy Ghost."  (I loved Elder Uchtdorf's talk called 'Grateful in any Circumstances' from the April 2014 conference.)

Seth has been particularly clingy this week.  Every time I sit down to help anyone with anything that doesn't have to do with him I get smashed and climbed on.  His favorite is sticking his face on mine and pushing hard.  I'm still trying to figure out why, but we've had lots of conversations about being kind and using words to ask for things instead of climbing all over me.

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Ada's party

My sister hosted a wonderful party for Ada and Vivian. Because she was sick Ada missed it but she was all care bearing up here at home.


By the time I pick up kids from school we only have about 15 minutes to pick up kids from their clubs. We have four clubs week between our carpool. Some days I rush people home and come back and pick up the people from Club.  Other days I take kids to the park for 20 minutes. We can't use the school Park so we go to the one at the library. The kids generally like this. They also like their clubs. Ada is doing two art clubs, Sam is doing Chinese club, and Laurel is doing musical theatre.