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Cooking class with Erin and Amy

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I just thought it would be something fun to do….but it was even better than I thought. 
Because these two made it that way.

The pizza as odd as it looks, I heard it was really good. Just a can of Italian tomatoes, garlic, red pepper, purple onion, and olives spread over Boboli pizza and baked.
When I signed us up for this cooking class, I was hoping the school (Alta Sierra) would have little individual kitchens….and they did….I think seven of them…. because I haven't been back in a Home Ec room since I left high school.
But our school kitchens back in the day were never this large. But ours were cleaner.
Look at the lovely stove we cooked on. Disgusting.  My question is WHY are the middle school students 
who use these everyday not taught to clean up their messes? 
I wouldn't have thought anything of this stove 
if it had been in a busy happy home. 
But this is a school! A place where many use it so 
the class before should keep it clean, don't ya think? One of the other students saw m…

What happened the night the twins went home

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You may know that I had our grandtwins for several days last week while their parents were in the
Bahamas. My SIL Wendy was also staying with us for a few days. It's always fun to have her here.
Laughing and talking fun. But we had one little problem this time. 

Because I can't quite trust the twins yet, specifically one of them who is incredibly like her Dad at this
age….we do not go to sleep around here unless our house alarm in set to ON. That way if Miss Téa
decides to leave in the middle of the night, we will know right away. Not that she has EVER tried to do
that, but since she has no fear, and she completely has a mind of her own, I don't chance it.

So poor Wendy had to have a curfew while she was here, so we could set the alarm and go to sleep.
We would text her when it was time to come home….right in the middle no doubt of some great
conversation with friends she doesn't get to see very often. She was really good about it, and amazingly
still loves us and still leaves l…

Where or where can they be?

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Have you seen my two very lost books?

I'm hoping someone will know the answer to this question. 

I lost these two books sometime last year.  Besides, the scriptures, I read these books more often than any other.
They are both filled with insightful, well researched, helpful 
life changing, throughout provoking ideas and challenges.

I thought about re-buying them, 
but then I wouldn't have all my notes and underlines. 
I think I must have brought them somewhere since they are both gone.  I'm thinking perhaps I loaned them to someone??
Or maybe I was at your house for a sleep over and brought my books with me? 

I took Gretchen Rubin's advice from the first book….
"if you lose something, start cleaning." 
So I've been doing that. So far no books, but I did find this picture:
Heidi G. who grew up next door, and McKay.

She was the sister my boys never had.
And she is getting married in just THREE days!!

And what I think is very incredible....this year, the biggest droug…

How to stay calm before surgery

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This is how we spent our day…. Dennis had surgery, a man type thing. And before he was put out the anesthesiologist told him,
"When you wake up you may be dizzy or nauseas or vomiting, but remember
(as she is putting her hand on his shoulder) this is completely normal."

What kind of reassurance is that just before going under?
If someone told me that, I would wake up with those exact symptoms. 
My body holds on tight to the power of suggestion.
But not my Dennis. He was a champ. Until I was driving him home. Then the sick happened.
I felt so sorry for him. But what could I do but keep driving.
This past weekend he has been so calm about this upcoming surgery, unlike me.

However, just before he was put out I could tell he was nervous.
His hands were very cold too, which is a sign.

Then while he was having the surgery I was reading an article, and guess what?
 I could have had the cure for his pre surgery nerves but I read about it a little too late.
Here's the deal. Acco…

Our guest room, before and after...

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A few months ago I was thinking about McKay's old bedroom.
Since he was the last of all our 8 kids to get married… Since he was the last one, I guess I just thought I should leave his room alone forever.
Kind of like, I didn't want my house to look like my kids never lived here.
So McKay's room use to look sort of like this….
(the revised edition once he was off to BYU)
Then one day I realized it had been nearly 12 years since he left home. Seriously, 12 years? 
Perhaps it was time to move forward.
It all started with Jessica's prom picture.  After being totally taken in by her sweet beauty and her golden lovely dress….. I noticed the dark brown wall in the back ground.  See the way that brown wall "pops" behind beautiful Jessica? Stay with me, this will all fit together.
Then……a few months after that, Dennis and I were at  the Farmer's Market in Clovis USA (as he calls it)  when I saw this dresser in the window of an antique shop. 
It was closed so we mad…

A precious moment in time

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It's not every little person who gets to sit  on their Great Grandpa's lap on her 3rd birthday!

I checked, and all EIGHT of my great grandparents 
had been gone between 11-53 years by the time I was even born!  I didn't get to meet any of them. 
Did you get to know any of yours?
Someday I suspect this picture will mean much to Miss Violet… when she is older and understands the wonderful significance of it.

btw, Today I got to eat one last time @ The Home with Dad and Susan.

They are moving out on Saturday!
They will be in the same church ward as Amy and Logan,
and also the same ward as my sister Peggy and Jeff…so not too far away.


Goodbye Yosemite Gardens!
I think I will miss you more than my Dad and Susan will.
I already have plans to go back for lunch so I can see a few of the friends I've made there.
And one of them has invited me to her 80th birthday in September!

Nourishing our bodies and our spirits

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I always love it when I find this classy magazine in my mail box each month.

It's put on by our church and basically it has articles on how to be happy. I especially appreciated the article this month on page 69, "Nourishing our Bodies and our Spirits."
Notice the part I highlighted. 

Yay!! Encouraging healthier snacks and desserts at church activities and socials! 
I always feel guilty when I would give the young women (ages 12-18) junk food for snacks.  And now that I get to be with the Activity Girls (ages 8-11)  I would feel even worse giving them a bunch of empty sugary calories before bedtime  (we meet from 7-8pm).  
But something I have noticed over the years….not always,  but usually teenagers and children get more excited about healthier snacks.  They absolutely devour raw vegetables and fruits. Who would have thought!
So off I went tonight to be with the Activity Girls….with their snacks in hand. The girls seemed pleased, even though a few were disappointed I d…

Our little alpha male

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While their parents were sailing out in the Bahamas…
We got to have these two for a few days.
They are two months away from being FIVE, and I had forgotten what a really nice age this is.
They are seriously so fun to be with. 
But we still have our mishaps around here.  Like when Jonas got mad and threw a block at Téa's face… If you look closely at her eyelid you can see the little sore. It burned and hurt for a good 20 minutes.

So in to Time Out Jonas went.  I know he deserved it but it's still hard on 
this Grandma Honey to follow through.
It was a very long 4 minutes for me.
Or the time I heard this very sad cry coming from the playroom.  I thought…oh no, Jonas struck again. I went to check it out…
 There's just something about this picture that says guilt.  And it's not the turned over bench I'm talking about.

So what did he do this time?
Well at least it wasn't bodily harm. 
He took her overnight bag and and dumped it on the ground.
It's hard being a little alpha male.

Al…

This one's for you Dad!

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Exciting day for my Dad, and for me.
Ron, David, and Steve (Dad's nephews and my cousins)
came to see us!                                                                It nearly gave me chills….just having some of my Dad's nephews together again with him. He's spoken very fondly of these guys all through the years. 


 The twins didn't have quite the same appreciation for this day.
Although…..they were mesmerized by this….
Take a look at what my Dad can do!

{Thank you Wendy (AKA Chickie) who is staying with us, for choosing the music.
And it's very interesting to both of us, the words in this song….especially as the twins' faces come on the screen.}

It's all in the way they're served I guess!

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My Valentine's dinner didn't turn out so good. It just did not come together like I wanted it too.
All that aside, it was wonderful being with some of our family….so it was worth it for that.
I have to say everyone seemed to like these:
If I would have put these vegetable sticks on a platter with some Ranch on the side,
I'm not sure they would've even been touched.
But instead, this time I put them in little cups and then squirted some Ranch in,
and they were a hit. Who knew.
Thank you Pinterest.  Maybe my picture didn't quite match yours…..
but it was good enough!