Nov 302009
 

On the road home from my parent’s house, the kids said that Dinah was getting out of her car seat. WHAT? So I turned around and sure enough:

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She was halfway out of her seat. Well we weren’t even to Vegas yet, and we were on the road so there really wasn’t anything for me to do, but tell her to sit back down (which didn’t work) so I took out my camera and got a picture. At least it distracted her a bit and the little ham even smiled when she saw the glow of my camera in the dark. Silly girl. At least we were almost in Vegas and were planning on stopping there for dinner anyways.

Nov 302009
 

Jeremy turned 4 yesterday! He was happy to have his birthday at Grandpa & Grandma’s house. I made a cake with my new KitchenAid 😉 and we sang to Jeremy and had cake for breakfast (with bacon, eggs pancakes and hashed browns of course). Then before we headed off to church we let Jeremy open the rest of his birthday presents. (Grandpa Tom and Grandma Kathy, Jeremy LOVES the Buzz jammies that you sent him. LOVES THEM!)

Other than that Jeremy spent most of his birthday in the car driving home. 🙁 But at least we had cake, he opened presents and he got to be with Grandpa & Grandma on his birthday. Grandpa even announced that it was his birthday over the pulpit at church. 😉

Nov 302009
 

This is the whole reason for the trip to California this weekend, my Grandma Shirley has decided that she wants to be baptized, and there was just no way I was going to miss it. 😉

Grandma moved in with my parents a few months ago, because she didn’t want to live alone anymore. She has been living on her own for the past 16 years since my Grandpa Denzel died, but she’s getting older and felt that it was time for a change. She started going to church on Sunday’s, looking forward to the 3 hours of air conditioning each week (my parent’s don’t have air conditioning at their house). The missionaries, would come and talk to her, but nothing seemed to be serious. Really I don’t know much of the story, but she felt something when she would come to church. When the Bishop of my parent’s ward put his hand on her back in greeting her, she FELT something. So she decided to meet with the Bishop, and ask him what our church is all about. WHY was she feeling the way she did when she came to church? What was it that she felt when he touched her? They had a good talk and the topic of baptism came up, to which Grandma insisted that she had already been baptized. The Bishop explained that baptism needs to be done by one holding the proper authority in order for it to be valid. Then, I’m sure after much contemplation, she decided that she wanted to be baptized.

So on 28th November 2009 my Grandmother became a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. At the service Patsy gave the opening prayer, Wendy gave a talk on baptism, and Kyle gave a talk on the Holy Ghost, I led the music, Dad baptized Grandma, and a bunch of missionaries sang a few hymns while Grandma and Dad were changing out of their wet clothes, and a member of their ward gave a beautiful musical number. After the missionaries finished singing the songs they planned on singing and the pianist was just playing some more hymns as we waited for Dad and Grandma to finish dressing in dry clothes, Dinah was just as happy as she could be holding a hymnbook open and singing to her heart’s content. She can’t read. And she wasn’t singing anything recognizable, but she just loves to sing, so she was just so cute. My whole immediate family was there to support Grandma, with the exception of David and Sandy. Sandy was out of town, and I have no idea where David was. Jenny and Tom were there, and both of their kids. I and Kyle were there and of course we brought all five of our kids.

Grandma was confirmed and was given the gift of the Holy Ghost on Sunday 29th November 2009. Kyle and I weren’t planning on staying for church. We were hoping to leave town first thing in the morning because Ethan and Tyra had school first thing Monday morning and Kyle had work too. But Grandma personally asked us if we would stay for the confirmation, and she turned and asked Kyle if he would be in the circle. Of course we couldn’t turn her down. So in Sacrament meeting Grandma Shirley was encircled by worthy priesthood holders who laid their hands on her head while Dad confirmed her a member of the church, gave her the gift of the Holy Ghost, and then proceeded to give her a blessing. (Later she said that she hadn’t been expecting the blessing). Dad also was assigned to give a talk in Sacrament meeting which he tied the baptism into.

I’m SO excited, and happy for Grandma Shirley. She seemed so calm and happy, and just at peace with her decision. And I look forward to the day that I’ll get to go to the temple with her, so that she may receive her endowments and be sealed to my Grandpa Denzel, and to have my Dad and my uncle Frank sealed to them, and to have her sealed to her parents. What a happy day that will be, and I just can’t wait! 🙂

Nov 272009
 

Yes I realize I just totally skipped over Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving, this year was not the center of my attention at all. We had Thanksgiving dinner at Kyle’s mom’s house, and I brought the pies. But the main thing, that I’ve been focusing on all week is getting ready to go to CALIFORNIA! That’s right we went to California again this weekend. So all week, I’ve been running around the house like crazy, packing clothes, gathering Christmas presents and cards (hey if I’m going down there WHY ship it?), cleaning, and trying to keep the kids from destroying the things I’ve already cleaned…….

Then Thursday evening after having Thanksgiving dinner at Karen’s house (and Kyle had a nap), we hopped in the car and headed for California. The trip down was pretty much uneventful, only stopping for potty breaks, water refills, feeding the baby, gas refills, and switching drivers, and we arrived at my parents house around 5 in the morning (CA time). The kids were really excited and it took a little bit to get them to settle down to pick a sleeping spot.

But the purpose of this post is to announce to the world that Kyle bought me a KitchenAid stand mixer for Christmas while we were in California. Costco had one on sale with a coupon over Thanksgiving weekend, and we found a mail-in rebate online, so we researched them a bit and decided to go for it. So Christmas came a bit early for me this year, and hopefully Kyle will let me use it before Christmas too. 😉

Nov 242009
 

I have never gone to the school to help in my children’s classes before. The school asks that you not bring other kids with you and well, I’ve got several little ones at home with me, so I’ve just never gone to help. But this year I decided that I would sign up to help with the holiday parties, and I would get Kyle to take the days of the parties off from work so that I or even he can go help out in Ethan’s and Tyra’s class parties. So this is the first time I’ve ever gone to help with a school party. 🙂 Tyra was SO excited to have me in her class. She and all the other kids had fun making Indian headbands and they got to color fruits to put into paper bag ‘cornucopias’. Then they got to have a piece of pumpkin pie, and would you know it? My child was the only one in the class that asked for a fork to eat her pie (everyone else just picked it up and ate it).

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