Friday, November 28, 2008

Totally random...

ok, so totally random. I'm sitting in line at Target this morning at about 4:15 and I start talking to the couple next to me. I overhear her say something to her husband about "Deseret Bookstore", so I ask them if they're LDS, and sure enough they are. While, we just spend the next almost two hours together, and then Derrick arrives (he was at WalMart), and I introduce him to them, and then we shop and I think nothing of it.

So, fast forward a few hours to my Facebook account. I get a message from Amy, the girl from this morning (I never got her name, so I didn't know who it was). She tells me that she totally recognized me from my Facebook account. Apparently, she knew one of my "friends" in Facebook and remembered seeing my picture. So, then she went and found me and it turns out that she knows one of D's sisters, from a long time ago. That she was even married to someone D grew up with in California. Totally random. So, now we're all friends on Facebook. Pretty cool, huh? Small world we live in.

P.S. Hope you all had a good Thanksgiving! We spent the day at Aunt Heidi's house, where I definately ate too much and was regretting it a bit this morning, but it was oh so yummy!!!

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

'Tis the season...

Making candy calendars with leftover Halloween candy.

The holidays are definately upon us! Thanksgiving is in two days, Thanksgiving feasts at schools today, kids off the rest of this week, shopping being done (I LOVE Black Friday - all the craziness, commotion, camaraderie!), Christmas cards (TOTALLY) being stressed over!, candy calendars being made.

I hope that you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving and remember to count your blessings and think of all the things you are grateful for. Take a little time out of your day and make a list, even the silliest things, just to count all of your blessings. One of the things at the top of my list right now is "a husband who will make dinner when I really just don't want to". See... that easy.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

I love...

when I take 4 kids to the dentist, and there are no problems! No cavitities... no teeth needing to be pulled... nothing. Now granted, my kids typically don't have cavitities (only Chad... and only when he was little... and that's because he was a "bottle" baby - i.e., going to sleep with a bottle of milk), but usually one of them - Chad or Luke - has to have some tooth pulled because for some reason their teeth don't come out on their own. Oh happy day for all involved!

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

God Bless America!

Here we are practicing with our Scouts. Michelle and I. Doing the flag ceremony.The girls holding their flag strips.The first piece going into the fire. Playing "taps" at the end. Awesome!

So in our family, there are 5 scout representatives! Chad is a Boy Scout, Luke a Cub Scout, Macy a Girl Scout, Derrick an 11-year-old Scout Leader, and I'm a Bear (Cub) Scout Leader. Scouts keeps us running a lot. This past weekend Macy and I got the opportunity to walk in a Veteran's Day Parade - in the pouring rain I might add. Very wet, but we had a lot of fun.

Today my Cubs got to do the Flag Ceremony in a Veteran's Day assembly at their school. Always fun when we get to be involved, but the really cool part was that during the assembly, one of the local Girl Scout troops read all about our country, how it was founded, all about our flag, and then they "retired" a flag. "Retiring" a flag is when it is no longer able to "fly", and needs to be burned. What an amazing thing this was! I told Derrick about it and he was surprised because he thought that only Boy Scouts and Military people were able to retire a flag, but they did an amazing job. The leaders cut the flag up into strips to represent each of the stripes and they also cut off the field of blue with the stars attached and as they were cutting all the Girl Scouts were reciting each star, in numerical order, and the state that it represents. Once they were done, we all went outside to a fire pit manned by the Fire Marshall where they proceeded to very reverently place each strip, one at a time, in the fire. It was so emotional, and the audience, K-5th grade, were all quiet and in awe. What a wonderful place we live in where we respect our flag and country so much!