Sunday, July 31, 2011
We've been to get frozen yogurt and ice cream. We've cooked yummy dinners together. Last night we had Bee Bim Bop, a Korean dish. First G read the cute book to us and then we got the recipe, shopped for ingredients and then cooked and ate the meal. Yesterday John and I made our signature Beef Strogonoff which I put finishing touches on today and everyone enjoyed eating it tonight.
I got to help H finish off her requirements for her Faith in God award.
Today at church John and I spoke to the young men and young women about our missionary experiences. I think they enjoyed it because some of them came and told me afterwards and I could see lots of smiles on their faces while we were giving the talks. The Bishop and Stake President both came and told us that the things we said were just the things that the youth of the ward needed to hear. I don't usually like to give talks and I always stress, but it's fun to talk about our mission. We have so many wonderful, fond memories of our mission, the young adults that we worked with, the young missionaries that we worked with, the people we came to love, the gospel that we loved teaching. Really we loved everything about our mission.
Tonight Lana invited quite a few families over for ice cream sundaes and spending time together after dinner. I think there were about 6 families who came over. The kids ran around, played outside and inside, laughed, ate, wrestled, chased each other and just had a great time. The adults also enjoyed talking and we really enjoyed meeting Lana and Rob's friends.
Our time here is passing too quickly. We are enjoying being with Lana and Rob and their sweet children. We are loving the area and the people have been so welcoming and nice.
Thursday, July 28, 2011
We saw all of the inaugural gowns of the First Ladies beginning with Martha Washington and ending with Michelle Obama. I was so surprised to see how tiny most of the first few First Ladies were. They were so, so little. They also had tiny, tiny feet. Mary Lincoln was especially teensy. Why I don't think she was bigger than a child. The gowns were so beautiful and it was really interesting to read all the information and fun to see all of the accessories too.
We sat by Michelle who was waiting with her little boy for the rest of her group to go see the Lincoln Memorial too. Michelle and I had a very nice visit. She is very pleasant. She lives in Maryland and her little son Timothy who is 7 years old is struggling with reading. She asked for my advice and I was able to give her some pointers on how she can help him. We talked about lots of things and it sure helped the time to pass by quickly.
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
Tuesday, July 26, 2011
This first photo is of the kids riding in the car to and from shopping. Everything here is quite a distance away and so one must do lots of driving. It's wonderful how you can now watch a movie or music video to help pass the time. Sure wish we had those when our kids were little.
I just love the countryside here. It is just so beautiful. Green forest and vegetation everywhere. Lots of houses are nestles into wooded areas.
We have been having a wonderful time here at Lana and Rob's. Saturday morning Lana went to a funeral for their really good friend. Rob and Papa went to Lockheed and got to see the F-35 take off with the F-16 following after it. They also saw laser guided missiles and bombs. They saw the hangars where the planes and bombs are stored. Rob gave Papa the tour and they had a wonderful time together.
In the evening we went to the Martines's house (good friends of Lana and Rob). They had us and another family over for a 24th of July celebration. We ate BBQ hamburgers and hot dogs and all the trimmings, salads, chips, and a wonderful blueberry cobbler for dessert. We sang a hymn, Mike, the Dad, then read out of his pioneer ancestors journal and we ended the evening with the kids and some of the men doing the stick pull. I was a lot of fun and we laughed a lot when the kids were trying to pull eadh other over. The kids all ran around and had a ball. The adults visited and enjoyed each other's company.
Sunday we went to church and in the evening we had the Martines' and Matt, whose wife is visiting her family in Seattle with their kids, over to dinner. We had a very pleasant evening.
Monday we had to go cleat shopping for E. He was supposed to start soccer that evening. However, due to a storm that came in, practice was cancelled. After shopping we all went to TCBY and had a yogurt. Then we stopped by and H and G got to have 2 of their friends come over. We had a quick lunch and went swimming. That was cut short by the storm too, but we had spent quite a bit of time at the pool already. Colleen picked up the girls after a while and we had a family dinner. Then we had a nice FHE where the lesson was on fasting. I am always impressed at the good job Lana does giving the lessons. For activity we watched Star Trek which Papa and Lana really like. They always watched the original Star Trek when Lana was a young woman. They both love it. This latest one was quite good and I enjoyed it too although I am not a Trekky.
Today after breakfast was cleaning hour which actually lasted a couple of hours. Everyone had jobs to do. I picked cleaning the kitchen and the laundry. Papa did all the vacuuming. Little G did lots of mirrors and windows. The others got to clean stairs, window sills, rooms, dusting, bathrooms, garbage etc. It was good. We worked really hard and it's amazing how quickly work gets done when many hands help. After cleaning L got the little kids McD's for lunch. We 3 adults went to Clark's landing for lunch.
Here is the end result. I even got my "surgery toe" fixed up and painted. I kept having to tell the girl not to do anything to that toe since it is still so sensitive, but she said, "Okay I remember," but then go right on and do something else. It's a little sore now, but at least it looks a lot better.
On an unhappy note, Andrea and baby Reggie were supposed to come and be here, but their car broke down and also Ang and Reg are both sick. In fact now besides having a cold, Andrea also has the flu. We are all sad because we really wanted to see them. We haven't seen them since they left for North Carolina. We had lots of plans for activities and now they're not here. I'm still hoping they recover enough to come for a little bit.
Saturday, July 23, 2011
Last night we went to Solomon's Island for a little tour and then we went out to dinner with Rob and Lana. The area is just beautiful as I am finding all of the area here is. I just love the scenery and all of the homes, even the old ones. They are lovely.
We actually went to a second place that was waaaaaay too expensive and besides that, it was to hot in there. When we were leaving the girl in front said that she didn't blame us at all, "because something wasn't working right and it was just too blasted hot in there." The third place was finally a charm and we had a delicious dinner. I ate crab stuffed flounder which was so good.
In the morning we went to an Amish outdoor market. It was fun and the food and baked goods all looked great. It was, however, very expensive. We did buy a few things; watermelon, cantaloupe, tomatoes, corn and a pumpkin bread.
In the afternoon there was swimming, a game of phase 10, and just enjoying each other's company.
Before the dinner, R and L needed to go to a viewing of a good friend who died suddenly while bicycling. He was not old, in great physical condition, and a great guy. All of his family and friends are very sad. Papa and I waited in the car and listened to Elder Bednar's talk which was just excellent.
We are having a great time. I am missing little Tal. I guess I've become very attached to her.
Thursday, July 21, 2011
Mt Vernon is right now being refurbished and so the picture above is from the Internet. However, we could still see some of the front of the mansion looking at it from the side. The countryside is just beautiful. It is so green and full of forests and other vegetation. Behind the house is the great Potomac River. Mt. Vernon was the home of our first President of the United States, George Washington. I loved touring the house, the outer buildings, the gardens, the farm, going down to the river and being on the river. I loved hearing the history. It was a wonderful tour.
It was soooooooooo hot, but on the boat they had A.C. on the lower level. We sure enjoyed the coolness.
We walked through some museums, saw a really nice movie about General Washington and his famous battle with the British. We walked and walked and walked.