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A Sad time for so many

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I have known John Barrus for 22 years.
I believe he was a major influence for good in my sons' lives, especially as teenagers.
He and Anna Leesa have been present at all their weddings and receptions.

I remember many of the talks he gave at stake conference, or earlier when he was our Bishop.
I can hear him saying, "The only real safety in this world is in keeping the commandments." 

One particular talk he gave, several years ago, he spoke about how this woman
woke up one morning and probably thought it would be just like any other day...
But she had a heart attack and died that afternoon.
He urged us all to take a look at our lives and ask ourselves if we are ready to meet our Savior.

His life is about giving and serving. Whenever I would ask him to help with something through the years, his answer was always the same, "I'd be happy to."
John and his grandson Jacob, at McKay and McKenna's reception 2 years ago.
Below is a very short clip of John arou…

My 40th high school reunion

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 Hoover High School 1972

Who takes their daughter in law with them to their 40th high school reunion? Apparently only me.

As soon as we walked in she spotted a man she knew!  He was the 5th grade teacher of both Laurynn and Chandler. I went to school with his wife who was part of the reunion committee.
I was so hesitant about going.  For some reason, since I had not seen hardly any of these people since graduation,  I was worried that I may be the only one who had aged.  I pictured them all as they were at 17-18.
I didn't take many pictures of my classmates.  I think I was too busy talking to them. But I did take a few of some of our teachers.  Can you believe we had about 10 of our teachers at our reunion?? The one in the middle I thought for sure was my math teacher. But he corrected me, "No, I taught Espanol!"
I found another teacher, Mr. Hammel....I asked if he taught math. He said, "No...government!" I didn't remember him either.
So I went back to …

Elora's cure for girl drama

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As Elora was getting into my car after school yesterday, she was excited to say,
"Grandma Honey, guess who's back!" 

"Remember Victoria? She's back from Texas!"


As Cami is WAY EXCITED to see her oldest sister...
I'm thinking....Victoria...Victoria....which one of Elora's many friends is she??
Oh yes, a few years back....wasn't she the one Elora concluded was born at Victoria Secret??
"So tell me more Elora..."
"Well in the short time Victoria has been back  there has been SO much DRAMA at our school! But I figured out a way to solve it!"

"Oh, do tell me."
"Well it's like this.... I tell one girl to meet me at the bathroom door. Then I tell another girl to also meet me at the bathroom door. But I have the 2nd girl coming from a different direction."

"So how does that help?" I ask.
"Then they are forced to talk to each other,  and they work things out!"
She continues: "But after it's al…

A Joy School Field Trip!

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I was so excited when I got invited to go along on the Joy School trip to the grocery store bakery!
Of course 2 of the 6 children are my grandchildren.

I was especially impressed the way Amy explained what Joy School is about, 
but it's a bit hard to hear her with the sounds of the ovens. 


First time I ever heard Dennis say that.

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It all happened like this....

We were at Sweet Tomatoes tonight just eating our dinner and minding our own business
when Fred came and sat by us.

He simply said, "I'm just going to sit right here.  You don't have to talk to me, but I just want to feel your presence."
Turns out Fred was having a bad day. So we talked awhile about his life.  He kept forgetting our names so Dennis wrote them on a napkin,  and then we needed to be on our way.
We got in our car, pulled out of our spot and then suddenly a car was backing out slowly into us. Den kept honking the horn over and over to no avail.  We couldn't believe the driver just would not stop, and ran into us.  As this happened I actually heard Den say, "d***."  I never thought I'd see the day.
No one is perfect, but he comes very close.
But here's the really good part. The older man who ran into us got right out of his car, came up to us and said, "I was daydreaming and not paying attention  t…

Happier at Home

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I just finished Gretchen Rubin's new book....
Loved it!  I would say her previous book, The Happiness Project,  was one of my all time favorite reads ever. This was a close 2nd.
Why did I love it so much? It's all about being happy. About making the most of this life we have.  As she says, "We're not playing tea party; this is real.... I didn't want to come to the end of my life and wish I'd paid more attention along the way."

Some interesting thoughts she like this one:
She writes about holiday breakfasts. That section actually made me sad. I kept reading it and thinking, 'Even I could have totally pulled this one off if I had only thought of it!' But I didn't.
About holiday breakfasts she wrote: "...school-day breakfasts blur and disappear, but little celebrations make some days stand out. Also, major holidays are a lot of work. For someone like me, it was gratifying to celebrate minor holidays in a very manageable way. I can choose the b…

I think her mother is whispering to her from heaven.

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Hailey started school this week. 
Mill Valley seems to be on their own schedule.

So my brother Richard (Hailey's grandpa)  sent her 'first day of school list' to me.
Many adults don't understand life  as well as she apparently does. And she's only in 3rd grade! 
And she is as beautiful as ever.  We miss her!

Lunch at Dad and Susan's new home

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I won't show you their actually apartment yet, since they are still in the process of unpacking....
But here is our little lunch together yesterday afternoon.
Dad arrived from their apartment down the hall in his motorized chair.
The tables are always ready.

Look what was on the menu for today.

Start out with our choice of salad: green, jello, cottage cheese, fruit, or today's special of lentil salad.

I chose the lentil salad and it was so so good that I'm trying to recreate it at home.  It had celery, onions, raisins, red peppers, a few assorted beans and it tasted like a vinaigrette dressing.

I don't usually eat steak and potatoes, but this was delicious!

There are many activities offered here at Yosemite Gardens. One such is called, "Romeos"  It stands for: "Retired Old Men Eat Out Sometimes" I guess once a month the men who want to, get on a bus and go out to dinner together.
And who should we run into as we were leaving? Our friend Jill Thomp…

Is your birth date popular?

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I found this in the current Reader's Digest. 
Fascinates me. 

Notice how Moms take off birthing on July 4-5th?  I think that's because many births are scheduled now. But what about back in the day?  I don't think the holidays would have made much difference.  Babies use to just come when they wanted to. 
Also, I never knew July-Sept are such popular months to be born in. I wonder why that is? Sept 16th the most common birthday ever? Interesting, because I have 2 siblings born that week...the 12th (today) and the 18th. So apparently my parents were right on schedule with the rest of the world.
January and April aren't all that popular. Why? And look how everyone takes Christmas week off.

The boy who asked questions

Tyler's 5th grade teacher didn't like him. She said he asked too many questions.
For the first time ever, Tyler did not like school.
Then he came home one day and announced he was put into the lowest reading group.
That would have been fine had he not been at the top of his class up until then.
Something was wrong. I didn't let Tyler know this at the time, but I went in and talked to Mrs. S.

This was 16 years ago but I remember when I asked Mrs. S why Tyler
was in the lowest reading group she said, "That is how he tested! I can only go by how he tested."
I asked if she would mind testing him again because I told her he was an excellent reader.
He read all the time, he loved to read.

She said something about how she can only test him once or twice a year and that was it.

It also didn't matter to her when I said Tyler had always loved school in the past
and something was wrong this year. I wanted to understand so I could help him.
I tried to choose my words c…

Why Dennis went to Utah last week...

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To see our grandson Robbie get baptized!


Matt, Emily, Robbie Aren't they beautiful?  (I think Matt looks like his Grandpa when he was that age.)
Robbie and cousin Rachel
Oh these 2 handsome men! Grandpa and Robbie
Robbie and Ryan
Sure glad we got to spend some time with Robbie last summer.

In case you missed it, we had the best time! 
I think this was about hour 10 of our party...