Monday, November 2, 2015

Happy Birthday, Jenni

Happy Birthday to my baby sister, a fashion plate and trendsetter all the way...
Lots of fun photos and memories HERE

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Happy Birthday, Joel

This is a busy Birthday week for our family, starting with my nephew, Joel
Twenty Four Years!
Happy Happy Birthday, Joel

December 1996-Wellington Florida
 November 1992
Right before Aunt Jenni left for her mission to Poland
Summer 2003
Salt Lake City
(Yes, they walked around downtown Salt Lake like this)
  Summer 1998
Palmyra, NY prior to the Hill Cumorah Pageant
The summer of the yellow shirts

Monday, August 3, 2015

Happy Birthday Dad

In no specific order, I present some fun Happy Birthday pics. I am blessed to have a dad who knows how to work hard and play hard. He is a fun dad and a fun grandpa.

Do the "bump" with Curt and Jeff
 Many years and many pounds ago, we ran the Peachtree Race with my dad.
Of course, he was thousands of people ahead of us but it was a fun experience.
 He makes the stuffing for our Thanksgiving turkey every year
 He loves my mother dearly
 He loves my children and my children love him!
 Not very many grandpas would take their grandchildren out on a snipe hunt
 I love my parents.
 After one of his hundreds and hundreds of Saturday races.
This was after the Peachtree Race in Atlanta
 He taught me about the finer things in life, aka The Varsity!
What'll ya have?
 Birthday cake made by grandchildren
 On the good ship Disney!
 Living his dream on his Honda Dream Machine
We were embarrassed to have him drive by our bus stops on this motorcycle
 Dad moonlighted as a 'limo driver" in Newark airport and Brent just walked right by him when he got off the plane (wonder why) what you don't see is that his pants are rolled up and I believe some of his "teeth" are missing.
 Work Hard-Play Hard
Jeffrey and Curt helping in the yard in New Jersey
I Love you, dad!

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Pioneer Trek

Megan departed for Pioneer Trek this morning... during the middle of JULY in FLORIDA.
Most of her clothing came from Goodwill. Her apron was made from an old pillowcase and a contrasting piece of fabric for the deep and wide pocket that will be ever so functional as she treks for the next few days.
About 100 youth are going to Deseret Ranch in Central Florida to participate in a reenactment of the Mormon Pioneers' epic trek west in the 1840's.
They will pull handcarts, prepare their own food, sleep out under the stars (with a tarp under them and over them), and have a small glimpse in to the  sacrifices made and conditions experienced by the early Mormon Pioneer Saints.
 Megan is very concerned about being physically up to this activity. She struggled with breathing while she was on the Bike Hike at Young Women camp and we suspect she has asthma. Ron gave her a blessing last night and this morning, I encouraged her to call on the power of that blessing to get her through the next few days.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

The Season For Bats

Last year, Curt and Carmen gave us an education about bats.
Until then I did not realize there is a season for bats and just how protected they are during that season. Because of their experience with bats in their own attic, we were able to deduce that last week, the chirps in our attic are not RATS, as we thought last season, they are BATS. The chirping has returned in FULL FORCE.

It is BAT MATERNITY SEASON in Florida (April 15-August 15) and it is going to be a noisy summer at our house. Lots of chirping coming from our attic area right over our kitchen.

We realize they have been there for at least 1, but maybe 2 seasons.
We were vigilantly treating our house and attic for RATS when we heard these sounds.
There was a little evidence of rats, but not enough to match the noises we were hearing.
We killed a few RATS last year and thought the RAT problem was gone.
Now we know... we do not have a RAT problem, we have a BAT problem.

We will call the Bat Man who helped us in our Wellington house when it is time to clean up and close off their entrance and exit area.

Happy Spring and Summer!

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Skateboards and Scriptures

My life revolves around Seminary and I am fine with that.

As part of our "Love One Another" week, this morning, I prepared an activity that could have been really bad-out-of-control OR so memorable-amazing-awesome that I want to share with other youth leaders and teachers.

Thankfully, the later is the case and I am excited to share.
This is not my original idea.
I adapted it based on a human "Hungry Hungry Hippos" game/activity I saw posted on Facebook.

As much fun as this was, I am confident my students learned something in the process, which is the main goal.
I truly believe in working hard AND playing hard.
My students work hard every day. They are up at 5 am, or earlier, in Seminary class by 6, then off to school for a full day. After school, many of them are on to sports, band, lessons, homework, etc. Every school day, they give their best efforts. Today, we played as hard as they work.

Who knew that Skateboards and Scriptures would be such fun combination.

Click HERE for full details and instructions for this activity.
See below for photos of some of the fun ( to enlarge the photos, click on them):