Thursday, May 26, 2011
This group takes their marshmallow fights pretty seriously. Papa, Jonah and Izzy were members of the Black Tooth. Courtney and Carter were the Green Warriors. Courtney made armbands to identify the teams, but only her team got the ammunition boxes.
Net result of the wars: everyone ate a lot of marshmallows
Sunday, May 22, 2011
This is my nephew Gideon. He returned home from his full-time mission this week. He loved his opportunity to share the gospel in Idaho. We were blessed to be able to attend the Sacrament meeting in St. Augustine today where he shared some of his experiences and most importantly his testimony.
Doug and I kept him very busy afterwards answering questions about mission life from his perspective.
Welcome home Gideon! and We’ll see you in three years!
Friday, May 20, 2011
We went to the Orlando International Airport. Doug saw some reading glasses at one of the shops there that he wanted me to see. I don’t really understand why his eye doctor wants him to buy readers to wear with his contacts, but she has been helping me to wear contacts again. I truly did not think that it was possible, so I am not going to second guess her on this.
Afterwards, we ran some errands at the Florida Mall and ate dinner.
Wednesday, May 18, 2011
Tuesday, May 17, 2011
We recently received an email from Brianna’s math teacher. This is what it said:
I would like to invite you to the high school awards day on Tuesday, May 17th at 9 am. Brianna will be receiving a special award for my Algebra 1A class. She had the second highest GPA for the class. I am very proud of the hard work she has put in this year!
Have a blessed day,
Brianna finds math very challenging. It was a pleasure to share the joy of her achievement.
Sunday, May 08, 2011
Apparently my brother, John, doesn’t get the whole Mother’s Day thing. He called and requested chicken and rice for dinner and homemade cinnamon rolls and then he volunteered Mercedes for breadmaking instruction. It’s okay. I was delighted that he and his family came to visit. Mercedes was visiting them, having just graduated from BYU, and she has the cutest little baby bump ever. What would it be like not to know that you are pregnant for the first four months? She is expecting little Vera the end of the summer.
Doug gave me flowers to celebrate and my married girls joined forces and gave me the Reflections of Christ books, DVDs and CD. Doug and I enjoyed watching the Christ in America one this evening. Brianna custom ordered a glass write-on, wipe-off calendar (in Spanish!) I can’t wait to receive it in the mail :)
Saturday, May 07, 2011
I was prepared for my trip home. The first leg of the journey from San Diego to Chicago, a 3 1/2 hour flight, I intended to do my Spanish homework and other preparations for my lesson on Monday.
As I was waiting at the gate for my flight, however, I had the distinct impression that I needed to talk with someone Hispanic. I looked around and the only Hispanic people that I saw were something like 25 years old and listening to their iPods. The feeling did not go away.
The loading of the plane began and I was among the first groups called and the first in my row to be seated. Eventually, a Hispanic-looking man and a business woman came and were seated next to me. He was in the middle. We all exchanged the typical pleasantries of the situation.
The impression continued. The plane took off. The pilot and attendants did their thing. Finally, I took a deep breath, turned to him and said, “Habla espanol?”
Let’s just say that he was surprised by my question. I told him that I was learning Spanish for a mission to Argentina as we continued talking in Spanish. He was from Mexicali, Mexico and traveling to Manchester, England on business for his company, Pilkington. We chatted for about an hour before the conversation lagged. A minute or two later he started a new conversation. When I looked at him surprised, he answered, “it is for the practice.”
I truly feel that he was beside me to help me and encourage me. (Thank you, Guillermo!) Through him, I felt Heavenly Father’s love and support…a wonderful tender mercy specifically for me. We chatted for three hours in total and by then my brain felt like it was on fire!
I did not get my homework done. However, my Spanish tutor was delighted. She even seemed as happy as I was for the experience.
Thursday, May 05, 2011
After visiting with Doug’s parents, we continued north on the freeway until we arrived in Claremont. It is a picture perfect little town in Los Angeles County. We pulled up in front of “our” house and started taking some photos, but the boys had heard so much about it from their mom that they almost seemed to believe it was still “her house”. I finally decided to knock on the door and tell the owners what was going on. Shirley and her husband bought the house last summer and she was delighted to hear our stories and invited us in.
Everything looked so much the same apart from the wispy little sticks that we planted in the garden that are now huge lemon bearing trees.
Nolan preferred running back and forth across the bridge and trying out the equipment on the playground.
Elliot went for rock climbing.
When Cherylyn started kindergarten at Eleanor Daly Condit Elementary school, I started kindergarten as well. However, I spent most of my years teaching in this second grade classroom.
The drinking fountains, handball walls and playground seemed as if we had only just walked away a few days ago with the exception of an additional nut table in the lunch area.
Downtown Claremont was as charming as ever. Our favorite “hole-in-the-wall” pizza place has expanded into the jewelry store that used to be next to it, and the pizza was just as good as we remembered.
We had so much fun “remembering when” that I only wish Doug and Tricia and Cherylyn could have been there to enjoy it with us.
Doug’s parents live in an Alzheimer's facility a couple of hours away from Melanie’s house. Since Thursdays are the early release day from school for the boys, we decided to take advantage of the extra time and make an adventure.
Bruce was delighted to see us and though his wife doesn’t even begin to resemble her pre-alzheimer self, it is obvious that he adores her.
Wednesday, May 04, 2011
Tuesday, May 03, 2011
I also got to chat a little bit with five of her seven kids. Karissa is graduating from high school in a few weeks and trying to decide which BYU to attend. Next in line is Caleb, then EQ and Neal. Tyler is next to my sister, Rachel and her husband, Craig.