Friday, December 28, 2007
The plaque says, "Our Family Treasure." It then quotes the scripture from 1 Nephi 1:3. It says:
"And I know that the record which I make is true; and I make it with mine own hand; and I make it according to my knowledge."
Jordan had everyone in the family write/inscribe their testimonies on the gold pages. (And there is an extra page for me to add my own testimony.) As I read them all--from Trevor to Jerel--I was extremely touched and grateful for my family. These truly are their own records, written in their own hand, of what they know that is "true." The gospel IS true; I love it! I love my family and am glad we are together forever. Having everyone's testimonies written down like this truly is a TREASURE!
I know this happened last month, but I am going to be catching up on some blogs now that I have more free time. Somehow I got roped into being in charge of the cookie dough fundraiser for the elementary school my kids go to. Okay, I KNOW how--I'm always up at the school volunteering AND I can't say "no!" It actually wasn't as bad as it sounds, but there was about 8-10 days of crazy time. And now that it's over, I can say that I helped the school in a big way and didn't spend months and months doing it like other school fundraising projects take (for example Campbell's soup labels, box tops, etc.). Here's a picture of me adding up all the money and checking all the orders (hundreds came in). And there's another picture of when the cookie dough was all delivered, and I spent all day dispersing to the classes. There was over 2300 tubs of cookie dough. Luckily, I had some great student council members, parent helpers and retired teachers to help. They were all amazing. Thanks Ann and Cindy. Mr. Underwood, the teacher who delegated this project to me, was also great to work with and gave me an awesome thank you gift at the end. All in all, I have to say, it was kind of fun adding things up. I know, I'm a math nerd. And much to Jerel's dismay, I would do it again. The school ended up selling over $27,000 worth of cookie dough so it was worth it. All I can say is "now that's a lot of dough!" Literally!
Saturday, December 22, 2007
A few weeks back, two of Chase's friends (that happen to be girls) came and dropped off some really nasty food on our doorstep. When I say "dropped off" I mean that they rang the doorbell and ran. Of course, they ran extremely slow in the middle of the road, and while wearing really noisy flip flops. So my theory is that they wanted to be caught :) I remember well those days.
It was a brownie or chocolate cake with ketchup, relish and all sorts of gross stuff added on top. It smelled disgusting. There was a little note attached that said, "Enjoy!" Chase's first words were, "They ruined a perfectly good brownie." Leave it to him and his stomach to think of the tragedy of the food being ruined first.
Jerel then gave Chase a great idea on how to get those girls back. He learned this trick from his own father, Grandpa Doug. Somehow I'm not surprised. So this is what he did. He got a box of wrapped chocolates for each girl. We carefully opened the wrapping paper and slid the box out. Chase and Jordan then filled the box with celery, carrots, apples, bell peppers, garlic, etc. He then put it all back together, and I sealed the wrapping paper up perfectly. (Yes, I took part in it too.) You could NOT even tell that it had been opened. Seriously, look how good that box looks.
He took the first box by to Sabrina and he said something to the effect of "I know that we've played a lot of pranks on each other, but I just wanted you to have a Merry Christmas and thanks for being a good friend." Her mom told me that at first she was very suspicious of the whole thing. But then her mom said, "Oh, he sounded so sincere. I think that's really nice." Sabrina seemed to believe her. But then she opened the box and exclaimed, "I knew it was a prank." I can't wait to see what's in store for us next. lol
Friday, December 21, 2007
Thursday, December 20, 2007
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
Okay, I've been crazy, busy lately. But now that my schedule is finally dying down a little bit, I can start updating my blog again on a regular basis! I love to decorate, make neighbor/friend gifts, send out cards, buy the perfect present, see Christmas lights, etc. I just love ALL of it!! I just LOVE thinking of the perfect gift for someone and then can't wait til Christmas for them to open it. It's the best.
I have to admit, I have gotten really into my tree the last couple years. I try to follow the snowflake theme all done in red and white and with stripes. (sounds complicated, but it's not) I even started wrapping all the presents in wrapping paper that matches the theme. It makes me happy, so I do it. The rest of the family loves me, so they humor me. Here are some pictures of our tree and decorations in our house. Notice that in one of the close-ups of the tree that there is a BYU football ornament. That's because, well, we love BYU. Also, it's because we have a tradition that whenever there is a big event in our family, we get an ornament to remember it by. We have ornaments that help us remember new babies being born, baptisms, vacations, new houses, awesome BYU football games where we beat the U of U in the last few seconds of the game, etc. I love to collect snowmen and santas. I guess I love nativities too--I have 7 so far. Okay, I love Christmas!