Sunday, December 24, 2006
Friday, December 22, 2006
Best of all, however, was getting to know the Toronto's. Suzy and Al are charismatic and charming. We had a great time.
Tuesday, December 19, 2006
These first two days have been just terrific. When I arrive the classroom is tidy. The kids are well-behaved. She has a calmness about her. I have high hopes for the future.
Monday, December 18, 2006
Sunday, December 17, 2006
Last night Brianna went to Natalie Teet's Christmas Party. Twelve girls went out to dinner at the Olive Garden and then to see the Charlotte's Web movie. She had a blast! I want to see the movie...maybe I can talk Courtney and Carter and Jonah into it during Christmas break.
Doug and I had a very nice and festive evening walking and eating at Millenia Mall. They have changed the decorations this Christmas to an updated Dr. Seuss look that they call Hollyville...very cute!
Saturday, December 16, 2006
Thursday, December 14, 2006
Wednesday, December 13, 2006
Here are my cute girls! We had a great time eating yorkshire pudding with roast beef, of course. Amy's aunt made us trifle for dessert. It was a fabulous dinner. All the girls shared favorite Christmas memories. Such a wonderful evening.
Monday, December 11, 2006
Saturday, December 09, 2006
This is the first year that I didn't cook. That was a huge benefit to me personally. I sent my husband to Millenia Mall to pick up dinner. As he was going out the door, I called after him. I haven't paid for the Italian food at Brio, but I have already paid for the dessert from Cheesecake Factory. To which he responds, "It's a good thing that you said that. I wasn't planning on going to the Cheesecake Factory." He made it home with dinner and dessert looking and smelling wonderful and only a few of the guests had arrived.
The house looked great. The women were gorgeous! The men were handsome. Dinner was delicous. We were having such a wonderful time that I completely lost track of the time and was truly surprised at how late it actually was when our last guest left.
Doug and I walked to the breakfast room where my three servers sat after having worked all evening, serving and then cleaning everything up. Melody and Ashleigh (who I never spell her name right and can't remember now how she does spell it) answered my pleas for help on Monday. I was overwhelmed by their charity since Ashleigh is pregnant and Sick! And Melody has 5 children and a husband's new business who keep her very busy all week and I know that she looks forward to her evening off on Friday. Mary volunteered weeks ago because she is my friend. Yes, the three of them were sitting there and I thought at I entered the room...how do I thank these women who truly MADE THE NIGHT?
So this is what happened...I walked into the room and they looked up and said with one accord,"If you don't invite us to serve this dinner next year, we are going to be mad at you." It took my breath away. I feel so very blessed to know these three wonderful women.
Thursday, December 07, 2006
Wednesday, December 06, 2006
The girls were wondering why I had so many tables around...I am hosting a dinner party for THEM next week. Tonight they made Christmas cards (at one of the tables) with our ward stamping expert. They turned out adorable!
(Actually, these are the cards that I made at Relief Society, but the girls made similar ones tonight.)
Monday, December 04, 2006
Sunday, December 03, 2006
We are thankful that she is doing so well after her traumatic three week stay in the hospital.
Saturday, December 02, 2006
Friday, December 01, 2006
Thursday, November 30, 2006
Wednesday, November 29, 2006
Tuesday, November 28, 2006
Monday, November 27, 2006
We are getting close to the end of the science project. I was "tempering" the chocolate in two pans that I own that I put together for a selfmade double boiler. For some reason a vacuum was created and the two pans were inseparably connected. I confessed to Doug and with a lot of brainstorming on the part of both of us, he finally got the pans apart thanks to WD-40 and a hammer!
Sunday, November 26, 2006
When we got home, we ate dinner and then Brianna opened the rest of her birthday presents. She had an early birthday with some clothes before we went to California. Today she was thrilled with her karaoke machine and the Karaoke CD's from Mel and Chez. Tricia sent her a game for her gameboy which she was delighted to have as well.
Saturday, November 25, 2006
Friday, November 24, 2006
Tuesday, November 21, 2006
Monday, November 20, 2006
Sunday, November 19, 2006
Saturday, November 18, 2006
Friday, November 17, 2006
Thursday, November 16, 2006
You may be wondering why we are putting up window treatments after six years. The answer to that is that we got a new carpet for under the table and we don't want it to fade...you know how one project leads to another...which is why he is now going to have to hang another matching set on the other side of the room. I bought four more tonight.
Wednesday, November 15, 2006
Okay...so on Sunday, I ran into a man that I worked with at my dad's office when I was newly married. I haven't seen him for 30 years. He said to me..."I could almost recognize you."
California is the state of beautiful people. And I am thankful for the ones still standing beside me who are beautiful on the inside--where it is real.