I made the girls Easter dresses this year. I let Amelia pick the fabric. I was pretty happy with how they turned out. It was so nice to have nice enough weather to have an egg hunt out side. Plus the ONLY benifit to late church was I could get them all to eat breakfast, get dressed and totally ready for church before they even got to find their Easter baskets (making for cutter pictures ). Plus we even had time for our last Easter devotional. We had done the whole series that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints put on about the Prince of Peace. It was a lovely way to focus on him all week but especially the morning of before they got to just eat candy. Hayden did our resurrection garden this year. We made them at activity days with all the 8 to 11 year old girls from church. It turned out lovely. I love Easter, it fills my heart with peace,hope, joy, gratitude, forgiveness, repentance, and so much more. I love our Savior and all he's done for me and my family every day. He LIVES. I know He lives!
Friday, April 21, 2017
Ethan took Diana Nye to prom. They had a group dinner here at our house before the dance then came back for dessert and games. They had a great time and the girls looked so beautiful. I'm so glad that there are such amazing, sweet, fun, good girls for Ethan to go out with. It's really wierd because it seems like only last year I went to my prom. ...guess what it was actually 20. WHAT! That seems like crazy talk. I'm so glad they had fun.
Friday, March 31, 2017
The other part of our mini vacation we did with our Holiday Bazaar earnings was going to the Great Wolf Lodge. Ruth was only 2 the last time we went so she didn't even remember it. We had so much fun! The big kids played till the place closed down. I took Ruth to do a few other fun things while they kept swimming. We all crashed as soon as we were back to the room. We really had a blast and it even better because we got to take our "6th" kid Jocie Dunmire. We love her and she makes us all have more fun.
Monday, March 20, 2017
Larry and I went to the beach this weekend to celebrate our 18th anniversary. It was so relaxing and so quiet! Larry got to blow a glass ball for our Christmas tree. He's wanted to do it for a few years. We also went to Ripleys Believe it or Not,the Wax Work Meuseum, and the under water sea garden. Larry had never been to them either. We decided that they are definitely NOT worth taking the kids. We had dinner at our favorite place "Fathoms" right at sunset. It was such a beautiful day Saturday. Sunday we went to church in Lincoln City and got to see one of our favorite missionaries that served in Monmouth. Elder Folkersen. A bunch of people from our ward were there too because it was Lincoln City's ward conference. The kids had a great time spending the weekend with their cousins at Sam and Jenniann's.
Thursday, March 16, 2017
It was the first time we have taken all the kids skiing. On Thursdays they do a cheap day so we jumped on that. Hayden and Ruth took a half day lesson because it was their first time. I hadn't been since sixth grade so it was like starting over. But I remembered quickly. We all had so much fun and the kids want to make it a tradition. I'll be honest I was a little cranky when we got there because I'm afraid of heights, and I don't like going fast down hills (on bikes, tubes,or anything else really). And I just realized that NOW I had to do both. (I knew that when we planned it but it was actually real NOW.) But once I got the hang of it it was ok. I had so much fun. So glad we got to come. So glad we had great weather. And so glad we got to bring our honorary child Jocie Dunmire.
Monday, February 13, 2017
Saturday Larry, Glenn, and I helped move grandma Lucy into Orchard Heights Assisted Living Home. I have spent many hours preparing for this day.... Glenn had been out of town for over 2 months traveling cross county. The day after Christmas Lucy fell getting into bed. I didn't find her til the next afternoon (she was on the floor for over 13 hours! ) This was not the first time this has happened! She spent a night and day in the hospital and the doctors and social workers all told us she can no longer live on her own. (Which we knew and had tried to get her to move in with us back in August Which is a long story in itself.) Having daily check in's wasn't enough anymore. They also diagnosed her with dimentia (which we already knew!) With that her daughter Patty moved in to stay with her until we could make permanent arrangements. I started the search. I called more places then I can remember (I stopped counting). I toured many. .. I prayed and cried... when we found Orchard Heights Assisted Living Home Larry and I both knew it was the place. There are so many wonderful things about this place. (I'd move in if I could.) We took Lucy to see it, have lunch there... many more tears... but Larry and I felt so much peace through the whole thing. Glenn got back mid January, and he agreed the place was a good fit. We moved her in February 11th. We wanted one more birthday in her house. It was a special day. Moving day was a little hard but it went better then I imagined. We went to visit her for Family Home Evening tonight and heart attack her door. It was a nice little visit. The kids got to see the place and thought it was nice. I still worry about her being sad when I go to bed at night, and pray she isn't too scared but I know this is a blessing for her and everyone. We will see her often and shower her with love.
For Amelia's 13th birthday I picked her up from school and took her for an overnight get away at the beach. We stayed at a hotel I used to go to with my parents when I was a kid. We ate out, watched movies, painted nails, and she beat me badly at monopoly. The next day we went shopping then she did a glass blowing class. It was so much fun! Then we came home and her friends surprised her at the movie theater, then surprised her again at one of their houses for ice cream and presents. I think it was a pretty fun way to turn 13! I love this beautiful girl. I'm so lucky to be her mom.
On January 30th Grandma Lucy turned 96! We planned a surprise birthday party for her at her home. We all just showed up at 4 with food and gifts. It was our last family gathering in her home. She was preparing to move into an assisted living home. It was a nice evening surrounded by family.