01 July 2010

Monday Justin and I dropped ole Betty Blue off at the car hospital for some belt changes. The car situation is a bit crazy of late. Since we had to pick him up for lunch too we packed a picnic to eat at the park. Nothing tastes better than a picnic lunch! We had bologna sandwiches, deviled eggs, watermelon, cold baked beans, and fruit snacks. I packed along the double stroller so we could walk home and Justin drive himself back to work. Playing at the park after noon is not the best idea...too hot. We only lasted for some swinging then a walk around the lake. Amelia table danced for me under the gazebo. She saw tiny fish swimming in the lake much to her amusement. Phew, I was really hot after the walk home. Our little neighbor kids had a lemonade stand (for the 8th time), inflation dictated $1 for a medium cup of lukewarm lemonade. Amelia was happy...me not so much. Amelia and I had an idyllic time running through the sprinkler to cool off. She watched me running and being crazy in the sprinkler as if learning proper sprinkler behavior. We finished the evening off with a visit to Cabela's and Dairy Queen for FHE. Phillip ate an entire kid's cone and cried for more. He was shivering waving red hands and sporting a Fred Flintstone red mouth to boot. He scrunched up his face and did a funny little micro-shake when we took away his soggy cone, the scream was heard in Cheyenne.

I borrowed a sewing machine from the RS closet to crank out some orders on Tuesday. My fingers are sore from crocheting and sewing. I only have one flower to finish before the orders are done and mailed. My new serger is amazing. After an hour of threading and re-threading the serger and figuring out that it was not serging correctly because the presser foot was up some progress was made. Once it was threaded I zipped through making a ruffled onesie in about 15 minutes. So cute!

Yesterday Phillip crawled a couple coordinated paces throughout the day. He crawls then decides his tummy lift and scoot is more efficient. My brand-new Canon 7-D came via Brown Santa (UPS) after 3 pm. I feel so giddy and can hardly wait to use it! OK, I already used it many times. Probably should read the manual too! Justin watched the kids while I went to a Primary meeting to finish planning our next quarterly activity, a camping themed activity. I made a Walmart trip, ALONE. Heaven! Some ladies from our ward organized a Girl's Night Out to see Eclipse, the new Twilight movie. I enjoyed being with the ladies more than the movie. It was sort of lame-o. Sorry, girls! I am not a twilight fanatic. The books were good, but not amazing, the movies terrible. Definitely not worthy of a cult movement. One of Justin's co-workers plastered Justin's door at work with Team Edward paraphernalia, now that is funny. I had nearly 3.5 hours without kids yesterday, hmmm, sort of enjoyed the break. Thanks Justin! I am looking forward to dinner this evening. I found a luscious salmon at Safeway for a reasonable price. Super delish.

Sunday BBQ

Holy Smokes there were a ton of people in our ward this past Sunday. Some were passing though but more were new in the ward. In the past three months about 10-12 new families moved into the ward. Most are hiree's for Cabela's. We now have to open the second sometimes third partitions. When we first moved here only the chapel was used. Last year for Girl's Camp about 7 girls attended, this year? 25! Yah! Amazing growth is happening here in Sidney. A visiting General Authority said that for now Martin's Cove is our Stake's temple. I would not be surprised to hear a temple announced for Cheyenne area. Soon we will divide from Cheyenne and have our own stake in Western Nebraska. How exciting!

Willie and Becky invited the ward to come celebrate their sealing out at their home. They provided the hot dogs, hamburgers, and condiments. We provided the side dishes. Weather wise it was awesome! Clear skies, not too hot, and just a hint of wind. Camp chairs and picnic tables held many families as we all talked and chatted about life. It was an amazing evening. All the kids ran around earning their flushed cheeks and drinks of water. Laurie and Becky made homemade ice cream for dessert. Two quarts of ice cream were made in balls that the kids rolled around until it was ready. A picture perfect sunset brought an end to our Sunday feast.

Eight Reason to Love Temple Service

Look at how PRETTY my little garden is!!!!

Saturday we were honored to watch 6 extra kids for the day. Willie and Becky took out their endowments and then were sealed in the temple. Since the logistics were too hard for us to attend we watched kids so others could attend. Becky is our Primary President and Willie is a new member of a couple years. He was recently called to serve in the Elder's Quorum. Both are amazing members of our ward. Both Justin and I were a little worried about having 8 kids for the day. Through out the day we were both grateful things went very smoothly. The tears were minimal, the fighting absent, and giggles abounded. We had some complaining around dinner since some kids wanted chicken when they were given hot dogs. Aunt Laura Call's quote came in handy: You get what you get and you don't throw a fit. That is my new motto!

Amelia (3) & Phillip (10 mths)
Brayden (6) & Ella (3)
Dani (4) & Matthew (1)
Garrett (7) & Bryn (2)

Our Day:
Movie and quiet play in basement
Play Dough
Songs and Animal Imitations
Movie and quiet play (princess, kitchen, etc)
Sprinkler, Slip and Slide, Pool play/small babies napped
Clean up basement
Clean up upstairs
Theater, Toy Story 3

Brayden topped off the evening with the best compliment: This was the third best day of my summer! First was Cub Scout day camp and Second was a trip to Sterling water park. Justin and I both felt the spirit as if we'd served in the temple. The spirit tempered everyone's actions and emotions, making it a very peaceful day. What a blessing!