Wednesday, 30 May 2018

Great Friends

Today we went to the retirement ceremony of a dear friend. He was called to be our bishop when our ward split three years ago, and PC and I loved serving with him. They lived just a few houses down from us, and we just absolutely love them. Their son was baptized this past weekend. It was an absolutely beautiful ceremony. This particular son has Down's Syndrome. He and his siblings sang a special musical number where part of it was this sweet boy singing and signing "I am a Child of God." There isn't much sweeter than that!
And today was another beautiful ceremony that highlighted our friend's career in the military and recognized his family for all their support. He has faced many trials throughout his life/career, but they don't faze him and he always comes out stronger. We have learned so much from this wonderful family and we feel so blessed to know them. PC couldn't attend the ceremony with us today, so I was a little worried about how the little girls would behave. Rosie and Shortcake sat at the end of the row with Bucko. A few minutes into the ceremony and Rosie had laid her head down on Shortcake's lap and fell asleep. She slept through the entire thing! It was so nice to just sit and relax and enjoy it all. I am so grateful for good friends, but I am eternally grateful for my sweet family.

Friday, 4 May 2018


 Tink went to the spring formal with her friends. A couple of them came over and got ready at our house. I was able to do their hair. (Tink's is below.)
 Since it was May 4th, they had to do some fun pictures with light sabers. May the 4th be with you!

Monday, 5 March 2018

Almost Heaven

At the beginning of March, I was able to fly to Washington, D.C. to attend the sealing of my brother to his wife and children. It was a whirlwind weekend, but so much fun! I arrived Thursday afternoon, so my parents picked me up and we went to the temple to do some work. My friend, Lisa, was able to drive down and meet us! So fun to see her again! We went out to eat at a restaurant called Chatter. I was exhausted and slept as soon as we got to the hotel. My parents had to go pick up my sisters late at night, but I had my earplugs in and slept the whole night long. 

 We woke up to some pretty fierce winds. When we got to the temple, their power was out! So the sealing was performed in the dark with lanterns! What a neat experience. It was so nice to be with family and friends. We then drove to Morgantown for a reception in their honor. I was able to see even more friends I hadn't seen in years. So much fun!

 We drove home after the reception, so didn't get there until really late. The next morning was relaxing and so fun to just be in the home and area I where I grew up. I went down to the basement and took pictures of the pictures my parents had that I had painted. The bottom two are the basement wall they let me paint! I was young, but they were so sweet to let me do it.
 We then drove into town so we could see my nieces. We played a little basketball with them and just loved getting their hugs. I even bought a WV hat to take home to my family. Unfortunately, I lost it in the airport on the way home!
 Val and I were able to fly from D.C. to Dallas (the first leg of our flights home) together that evening. We had about 45 minutes in the airport so we walked around together. My flight left after midnight, so I was really tired by the time I made it home around 2:00 a.m.
 Let's Go Mountaineers! It was so nice to be able to go home and be with my family for such a special occasion.

Wednesday, 28 February 2018


 On February 10, we got a couple inches of snow but also the frozen fog on everything. I just love how it turns everything into a beautiful winter wonderland. The little girls helped me sweep the snow. They are just so much fun!
February 17--Bucko had his first girl/boy game time. They played a couple board games and then ended up on the trampoline and down at the park. It's so nice to have good friends to hang out with!

Tuesday, 20 February 2018

Blue and Gold

We had the Cub Scout blue and gold banquet tonight at the church. They asked the boys to decorate a cake that related to scouting, so the younger three girls and Goofy made a campfire cake. I think it turned out great!
 The had a carnival theme with games. This one you had to walk the plank with an eye patch. Shortcake tried so hard to do it by herself! I love her concentration!

Monday, 19 February 2018

Goofy turns 10!

 Because of President's Day, the kids didn't have school on Goofy's birthday this year. So after swimming at the pool with cousins in the morning, we went to the mall for Chick-fil-a for lunch.
 Goofy asked for the cookies 'n cream cake, and he was so excited to get a drone for his birthday. (Sorry the picture is so dark, but his facial expressions were awesome!)

Sunday, 18 February 2018

Bucko is 14!

How the time does fly! Bucko turned 14 and was ordained a Teacher after church today. He is a wonderful young man, and I am so happy to be his mother.
 Tink was also set apart as the new Laurel class President after Bucko's ordination. What great kids!
Bucko asked for triple chocolate bundt cake for his birthday. We had a great dinner of beef stragonoff as well.