Wednesday, November 23, 2011


So many things to be thankful for:
Heavenly Father
Jesus Christ
The gospel of Jesus Christ
The Priesthood
My awesome (the best) husband
My terrific sons and sons-in-law
My wonderful daughters and daughters-in-law
My sweet grandchildren
My darling great-granddaughter
The best parents and grandparents even though they are no longer here with me
Great relatives
A nice home
Great friends
Great bloggy friends
A beautiful country
Scriptures and other books
Good food
Lots of good and interesting activities to keep me busy
Many, many other wonderful things and blessings too numerous to list.

To all of you I wish a wonderful Thanksgiving Day!

Monday, November 21, 2011

Papa's Birthday

 Happy Birthday to an awesome guy.  Everyone loves John and I'm so blessed to have him for a husband.  He is a great guy and is always the same at home as he is in public.  He is kind, helpful, honest, nice, hard-working, a great Dad and Papa.  He is an awesome leader in our home and at church. I love him now and forever.  Lucky me.
 Anna's in-laws invited us over for Sunday dinner and Anna baked a birthday pie for him.  He was surprised and the pie was delicious.

 Amadeo's parents are always so nice and kind to us.  His Dad, Ron, has been a Bishop and a Branch President.  He is currently a Patriarch and a Sealer at the San Diego Temple.  It was fun when Anna and Amadeo were first engaged to find out that both of the Dad's were Patriarchs.  Ron and Loretta have always been very welcoming to us.  Whenever we are visiting Anna, they invite us over to whatever might be going on.  We are happy that Anna has such nice family near her.

 Loretta and her youngest daughter Mary.
 I have been having fun with baby Joneaux.  He is so cute and smart too. He is so easy going and happy all the time.
Mary with J.D., her hubby, and Daniel, their nephew,  next to them.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Thanksgiving Trip

Tonight we go to Michael and JaNee's to spend the night and tomorrow before the crack of dawn we are flying to California to spend a little over a week with Anna, Amadeo, and adorable baby Joneaux.  We will be there for Thanksgiving and John plans to run in the turkey trot again this year.  He loved doing it last year and has been running ever since.  I can't wait to go and see my sweet Anna and her family.   I only wish our entire family could be together.

Cute little Joneaux in the bubbles on top having fun at Aunt Lana's house.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011


 Last Thursday I went to the DMV to get my Utah drivers license.  Well, I didn't have all the paperwork I needed so I was back there again today. Oh my gosh they wanted so much stuff: S.S. cards, passports, W-2 forms, 2 proofs of residence etc.  I also needed to take the test.

I scored 100.  YEAH!

Friday, November 11, 2011

Keeping Busy

So what's keeping me busy every single day?  

 Here is a quilted turkey wall hanging that I made just before we left on our mission.  I am taking a quilting class now too that only meets just once a month, but I'm sooooooo busy that I don't have too much time to devote to it.  I have been keeping up with the square of the month except for this month.  It's due tomorrow and I haven't even begun.

 This is what keeps me busy.

I love this cuteness.  She is the sweetest little girl.  We play a lot all day long.

 And this little guy is so soft and cuddly.  I love to hold him and shower him with kisses.

Sometimes she dresses up like a princess or a fairy and she loves to dance and dance.  Whenever the music comes on, she starts rocking out.  Toooo cute.   I like to give her kisses too and get lots of them in return.  :)  
Emily is doing her externship at an ob/gyn clinic.  We are so proud of her for finishing up her schooling .  Way to go Em.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Mini Trip

 Emily and Jose went to California for the week-end for his sister's wedding and I got to tag along to visit my friends in Lancaster.  I lived in Lancaster for over 30 years.  John and I first moved to the Antelope Valley in 1970 when he got his first teaching job at Edwards Air Force Base.  At the time he told me it was to be for only a year.  That year stretched out and out and I sometimes felt like Moses' wife living in the dessert for 40 years.  Our first two children were born in San Francisco and then we had one in Lancaster, one in Victorville, and another in Lancaster again.  We finished off with two from India and one from Peru.  Our children grew up in Lancaster and now that they are grown they live all over the U.S.A.   We taught our children to be independent and then they had the nerve to take us up on it.  :)  What's up with that?  I want them all to be near me.
We had a good life in Lancaster and I made a lot of really good friends.  

 I loved the poppies that bloomed every Spring.
I loved seeing the airplanes when they flew overhead.  I also got to see the Space Shuttle sometimes as it flew over.  That was always an exciting sight.

I had a really fun, nice visit.

Friday, November 4, 2011

Kindergarten art and poems

One last Halloween shot.  Early Sat morning this little group plus Val all went on our neighborhood 5K.  I stayed home warm and snuggly.  Maybe next year I will be in good enough shape to go with them.  Val and J quit early because J's foot hurt so bad, so they came home and Val helped or rather mostly did pumpkin pancakes and apple cider syrup for breakfast.  We enjoyed a nice breakfast and morning together and then they had to leave to go to another party.

My little side-kick Grace is the sweetest little girl.  Actually she WAS my side kick, but sadly she lives too far away now.  I  hate (really dislike a lot) that so many of my awesome kids live so far away from me.   I miss them a lot.  Anyway she showed me this cute calendar that she made when she was little and in Kngder.  Now she's big and in 1st grade.  :)