Sunday, March 27, 2011


I have never been tagged.

My daughter tagged me in this four by four meme that reveals some little facts about me. It will be great fun getting to know my blogging buddies better! So check at the bottom and if your name is listed copy and paste this list onto your blog and insert your information in the four categories below:

1st ~ four places I go:

my car

2nd ~ four favorite smells

my kids
something baking in the oven
yummy food cooking

3rd ~ four favorite TV shows or movies

Amazing Race
Biggest Loser
But I haven't seen any of them for 2 years

4th ~ four recommendations

read the scriptures
be nice
enjoy life

Monday, March 21, 2011



Tuesday, March 15, 2011


 We have been having lots of celebrations lately.  We began by going to Zuppas with Natacha and Logan.  These two young people are awesome.  As I have always said, Natacha is one of my special, wonderful young women.  She is so smart and nice.  She speaks perfect English and we just love her.  Logan aka Elder Dalton is the nicest, smartest missionary who served with us.  We love Elder Dalton.

One day after he was transferred to Paris from Lille we happened to be visiting Paris with Alec, Kelly, and Katie.  We had walked and walked all day.  I was so tired that when they wanted to go look for shoes for Katie, I just couldn't walk any more without resting a while.  John and I decided to just stay where we were awhile and wait for them to finish their shoe shopping.  We were waiting by a museum that was facing a metro station.  It was rush hour traffic.  Suddenly I see two missionaries beginning to go down the stairs to enter the metro station.  Oh my gosh, it was Elder Dalton and his companion.  "Elder Dalton" I yelled hoping he would hear me over the traffic.  He did and the two of them ran across the street to visit with us.  It's hard to describe the love and joy that you feel when you meet up with one of your young, awesome missionaries.  We had a fun but too short visit and then they needed to go and be about their business.  I think the feelings of love that we have developed for the missionaries and they for us will last a lifetime.  Even now when we see them or receive phone calls or invitations to weddings, etc, all those good feelings surface.  What a bonus blessing from serving a mission.
Valerie had her birthday and Ryan had his while we were in California, so the four of us went out to Red Lobster to celebrate.  I have always liked the food their, but I must say I was disappointed this time. The lobster was tough and the crab had the smallest legs I've ever had on a crab.  In spite of that we had the best time just talking and enjoying each others company.  We don't get to be with just the two of them very often and we took advantage of the situation to really enjoy them.  Ryan has such a wonderful sense of humor that you can't help but laugh when you're with him and Valerie is just so much fun to be with too.
Well, my pictures got mixed up so first you will see Ange and Yoho and then Val's family again.
 We also went out to celebrate Tanner's b'day.  Oh my gosh, he's 13 years old now.  "Grandma, I can't believe I've had the Priesthood for a whole year already." he said.  "It has been awesome."  What a great kid.
 We went to Chili's and had yummy food.
 Here's Spencer enjoying his food.  He shared his corn with me and it was really good and fresh.

 Jordyn always sits next to me wherever we go.  I love that.
Mackenzie is always sweet and fun.
            I had a quesadilla explosion salad.  It was soooo good.
Andrea also had her birthday so we got to go to the Flying Sumo restaurant in Park City.  Yoho was the chauffeur and sightseeing guide as he used to live there.  He showed us all of the sights and then we went to eat sushi.  Yoho used to work at this restaurant and they treated us to several yummy rolls (chef's choice) in addition to the things we ordered.  The food was delicious.  It had been a long time since I had sushi and this chef made it so tasty.  We had such a fun time being together.  The only bad thing was that it was freezing at the table that we sat at.  It was right by the back door and both Andrea and I were soooooo cold.  Unfortunately Andrea was getting sick and by the next day she was very sick in bed.   She was sick for almost 2 weeks and even had to make a couple of trips to the doctor.  She is finally better although I think she's still tired from being so sick.  The darn flu just likes to hang on and on.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Natacha's visit

One of our young adults from France, our dear Natacha, came on a visit to the U.S. Unfortunately she was here the exact same time
 we were in California, but at least we got to spend a little time with her.  The first evening after we got  back, she had a get together at the home of her friend, Stephanie, with whom she was staying.  Stephanie lives in a lovely home on a huge horse ranch.  Just that day John was so sick that he had to stay home and so I ended up going by myself.  It was so great to see Natacha and to spend some time with her.  The other invited guests were ex- missionaries and young people that Natacha knew from France.  They all spoke French fluently.  Luckily I was able to keep up.  :)   We all had a very nice time together.  Natacha made crepes, quiche and other yummy things.  Everyone else brought food to share too.  All of those youngsters were so nice to this old gal.  I was the only person over 30 there.  After eating and talking for a long time people wanted to play Loupe Garu (the werewolf game).  I decided to leave and to let the young people play, but they insisted that I stay and play.  " You know you're good at Loupe Garu. We want you to stay." said Logan.  I did stay and I did have a lot of fun.  
Logan was one of our favorite missionaries in the field..
I am with Natacha and one of Stephanie's daugthers.  The fellow on the stool is ex Elder Maxwell also from our mission.  His grandpa is Neil Maxwell.  Grant was an intern at one of the universities in France.  He also previously served his mission in our area.  He was one of our young adults.  It has been so much fun to see some of our young people.  We just really love them a lot.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Baby Joneaux

I got to spend some fun time with this little guy while we were in California for Em's wedding.  Handsome baby Joneaux is all ready to go to church.  He is the cutest, sweetest little boy  My heart just aches not to be able to be with him all the time.  I want to smother him with lots of hugs and kisses.  I wish we could all live near each other.  It's such a bummer that so many of my kids and grandchildren live so far away.  I do not like it at all.  :(

Friday, March 11, 2011

JaNee's Bridal Show

Last friday we had JaNee's bridal shower.  It was held at her Grandma's house.  Betty has a lovely home with a huge room downstairs in the basement with it's own full kitchen.  The room is perfect for parties.  

We had a lot of fun at the shower and I got to meet lots of JaNee's family members.  

Grandma Betty is a fabulous artist.  Her home is full of beautiful paintings she has done.  The one behind JaNee is just one of them.  There were lots of Indian themed paintings as well as lots of beautiful landscapes.  Betty said her sister is an even better artist and has her own gallery.   Sure wish I had that talent.

As usual we had lots of yummy food.  This time we had homemade chicken noodle soup, homemade broccoli, potato soup,salads, breads and dips and of course desserts.
We played games and a few photos above you can see what happens to a beautiful girl when she has a mouthful of bubble gum.  Ha!

Monday, March 7, 2011

Tal's B'day and Seeing Amie

This is old news, but I'm playing catch up.  Cutie Pie Natalia had her birthday on Jan 8th.  That morning we went out to breakfast at Kneaders.  She began began her morning treat by drinking "wawa" with lemons.  Funny little lemon face.  :)She did have a fun party later that I will blog about in the future.

A few weeks later, on the 26th, we ate at Texas Roadhouse with Amie, Paulette, and Dan.  Cute Amie was on her way to Michigan where she is going to go to Physical Therapy School.  I wrote a few weeks ago about Sara and Amie.  I began babysitting them when Amie was only 3 and Sara was 5.  These little cuties and their parents became dear friends.  These little girls were always so sweet, nice, cute and sooooo smart too.  Sara is now in the Peace Corps serving in Guyana.  She is having a very challenging but rewarding time there.  What a brave girl off by herself trying to help the world become a better place.  I sure give her a lot of credit.  Anyway, as the girls grew up they became better and better friends.  Andrea and Sara are BFF to this day.  They were always so cute together, little blonde Sara and dark haired Andrea and blonde Amie with dark haired Emily.  They had many adventures as they grew up.   I remember when they were little they would come to my house very early and then finish up sleeping.  When they and my girls would wake up, they would all get dressed together.  Then I would fix their hair and then they would eat at a little tiny table in my kitchen, laughing and chatting all the while.  Then we were off to school.  After school they always had fun together, doing homework, playing, reading, running around, etc.  Then when they were in high school they had dates, proms, games and more chatting.  They learned to drive together and even took trips with each other families.  It's wonderful to have such good friends.  I feel so close to those 2 young women and feel that my life was blessed by them and their family.  
Paulette is Amie and Sara's Mom.  I think we hit it off from the day we met.  She has always been so kind and nice to our entire family.  I love her.  Paulette moved up to this area a few years ago and works hard every day at Lockheed. In addition she is about to be certified as a Yoga instructor.  I sure give her a lot of credit for that.  What a gal!
Of course I had to include little handsome Reggie in the photos.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011


Today Emily came home from school early and began going through Natalia's toys, cleaning, sorting, etc.  Then she needed to go apartment searching and couldn't find her keys.  She remembered Tal playing with them and her taking them from her.  She thought she put them on the table.  No.  They were not there.  We couldn't find them anywhere.  We searched and searched for about an hour.  We looked everywhere.  I even searched through the disgusting garbage thinking maybe Tal threw them away.  I did use a little plastic bag as a glove.  
I finally decided to say a little prayer and to ask Heavenly Father for help.  I barely finished praying and immediately went over to the drawers with the toys in them.  I opened the drawer with the stuffed animals, which several of us had looked in before, and there they were.  What a blessing.   I know it's just a little thing, but once more I am reminded how Heavenly Father is aware of even the smallest   things that go on.  We have once again been blessed with a tender mercy.