Monday, April 10, 2017

Home on the range and a day on Temple Hill

Brenda and I met in 2000. I was her visiting teacher and before they moved to Lincoln she was mine. We shared good times over Scrabble with and without our husbands and most recently spent all day Sunday together at church, my place for lunch, Scrabble, Temple Hill for the new Cowdery video, Why I Believe fireside in the chapel and back to the Visitors Center for a choir concert by Lone Peak from Utah here to compete at Davies Symphony tonight in the city. Good times Brenda!

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Spring Break with Paul and McKay

Weather cleared, raindrops stopped and the afternoon and trails were dry for a hike in Muir Woods that soon went upward through the redwoods. Meandering through the gift shops with the sound of a crow on the roof followed. We crossed three bridges in one afternoon and evening. Where to eat? We went to our spot below the temple of Taqueria Los Comales and enjoyed our dinner at about 8:00 giving us just enough time to watch a new Visitors Center movie from the perspective of David Whitmer. I'd seen the new Oliver Cowdery movie on Sunday evening. They are both wonderful. Then we walked on the terrace around the temple. What a great day together with my son and his college roommate. We ate two meals together I prepared and had a rousing game of Scrabble Friday night. They attached the bathroom drawer runners, swept the patio and bagged cut branches, took out the trash and recyclables and kept a tidy space. Sitting between them in church and Sunday School was a wonderful way to end the week together. Come back soon!

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This last picture is courtesy of Muir Woods National Monument. What a beautiful place.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Do you have an extra ticket?

Hamilton is playing at the Orpheum a block away. I arrived at 1:00 to try for a matinee ticket. I've had 100% success paying $20 for unused tickets over the years if I can't usher for a show I want to see. I was about to give up when I noticed a SHN employee with an envelope and showing a ticket to a coworker of his. I asked if he had a ticket for $20.00. He handed it to me and started to walk away. I got out my money and he told me to enjoy myself. I was so shocked at his generosity for the hottest ticket in America that I don't even remember if I thanked him. I had scored a $505 ticket plus $18 fee just by asking. I assume someone had given it to him. Hamilton is a genius musical and beautifully executed on stage. It is not without bad language however. There's a $10 daily lottery ongoing which I still plan to enter. I still can't believe I saw Hamilton. The singing, dancing and costumes fill my thoughts. I saw Hamilton, for nothing!

Monday, March 13, 2017

Sleeping Beauties

In their waking moments yesterday I got a sweet message.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Shall we not go forward in so great a work.


It all started in December 2012 when I checked out familysearch.org to see if some family names were correct. I found an error with an aunt. Someone had replaced my information with the wrong person. I had to wait until Christmas break was over at the Family History Center, bring in my family history, and get help to correct the errors. I asked how to find names that needed temple work done and how to add pictures and crop them for the profile pages. With help from youth, brethren and my children and their spouses we are now past 1500 temple ordinances completed. In 2016 I had a great experience filling out Family Booklet and I’m so glad to have pictures to attach to the ancestor profiles. By signing on to familysearch.org I can access free of charge ancestry.com and myheritage.com which is how I found one last ancestor’s photo. I was so thrilled. Since August 2016 I’ve been correcting errors in familysearch.org. A common one is calling the United States a nation before 1776. It is British Colonial America. Some of my ancestors came to America in the 1500s; most came in the 1600s. Months are spelled out and by clicking the green area it standardizes dates and places. By looking for errors I inevitably find more names that need temple work. By attending the temple weekly I have accomplished much and look forward to my time in the temple. I can participate in the male ordinances in the sealing room by being a proxy wife or daughter. Shall we not go forward in so great a work.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

One and one is two.

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My first-born with his own first-born sons.

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

A Christmas to Remember

December 22 at Windsor for caroling in the rec room.


D and Gramma returning from the library and playground.


I love pictures of me with my grandchildren: D, M, J and E

D and E with Gramma
D playing puppets
R and E

E reading to D and E
D is 3'3"

J and M
When my family arrived we met up with family friends to carol at the Windsor before Christmas. We caroled in the rec room and people could come in that heard us and wanted to join in. Many people was napping in the afternoon so this way it was a win-win. We had a wonderful time together and we felt appreciated. This is a 37-year-old tradition and for two years in a row we've caroled in rest homes near by. The twins got this jumpy for Christmas! My oldest grandson added all the extra Scrabble tiles and kept asking us to pronounce the word. Christmas Eve was in Fremont as usual for a fabulous lasagna dinner and carols, and Christmas Day was at church, and brunch at my home. Merry's generosity of lasagna, salad, dressing, bread and homemade pumpkin pie provided Christmas dinner for my family's unexpected arrival Christmas Eve in Fremont. Then on Jack's birthday Paul drove us to Carmel. Unfortunately Rick had left the day after Christmas and missed all the fun. https://www.dropbox.com/scl/fo/nposo2f0ydjdv32q70wfp/AAB43sGvnoZNE64Erj8HoB8ea?from_sync_modal=true&preview=Photo+Dec+28%2C+6+34+57+PM.jpg
 Gramma with my four grandsons M, D, J and E
 A, S, M and J
 R and E

 My children and their families together for the second Christmas Eve in a row. Last year we were in Utah.

 I'm told 23 of us were at the table Christmas Eve. Chad suggested we each give a minute of what we're up to. That was a great idea.
 J with Gramma

 Three cousins: J, D and M
 Three sisters: Rose, Olie, and Joy, at her home Christmas Eve

 My children and their families all together at church on Christmas Day.
 I played ping pong and four-square.

Jack is 13!

Chad and Chad playing ping pong


 My sister Rose. We were Mama's last two and grew up together.