Wednesday, December 4, 2013
We spent Thanksgiving with Ben's family on the Hinckley/Ewing side. It was a fun/relaxing day. It was especially nice because I didn't have to host or cook anything big! I bought a pie, and drinks, and made deviled eggs. The day before Thanksgiving, Ben had to work, but the girls didn't have school. So we went up to Ogden to visit Ben's Grandparents, Granny and Grandpa Schramm. It normally takes the girls a good half hour to warm up to them. But I was really happy with them. They took the Granny and Grandpa right away. I was glad, because they were looking forward to their visit. Afterward, I took the girls to Aunt Virginia's green house. They own a huge Green house not far from Granny's. They grow thousands of poinsettias every winter. It is kinda cool to look across this huge green house and see all the flowers. The girls LOVED it! And we came home with some as well.
But November is over, and December is here. The tree is up, and shopping is pretty much done. December is a busy month. I have a lot going on with primary, and work, and the kids stuff. But I will be happy and relaxed once school is out for break. Then things really get to slow down!
Friday, November 15, 2013
The Sunday before Halloween I was called into the Bishop's office and he released me as a ward missionary, and called me to be the new primary president!!! I told him I would be out of town for the next few Sunday's (we were in Omaha), but he said it would be fine and it would give me some time to find councilors. It was a lot to process in my head. Primary is a HUGE calling. And I am just now figuring out what it entails. We have so many kids! And lots of classes with lots of teachers to find to fill those callings. And helping plan the baptisms, Achievement Days, Faith in God, Scouts, "8 is Great", Priesthood Preview, the Primary Program, teacher training, Nursery, and probably 20 more things I am forgetting. But I have great councilors! We have only been sustains for the last week, and we have gotten so much covered and restructured! I am looking forward to this Sunday to see how everything works out that we have put in place. They aren't huge things. This week we have been mainly working with teachers and leaders, helping them and making things easier for them. I am hoping it works the way we planned it too!
It was a little frustrating when everyone would come up to me and offer their condolences. I think everyone thinks it is a horrible calling to have. But this past week, as I realize how important these little children are, I have realized a greater importance in what I am doing. My focus right now is on the teachers. Everyone remembers their teachers as a kid, never who their presidency was. So I want the teachers to be happy so the kids have a great experience in primary and remember the spirit that they felt. It is a lot of work, but we will get there, and one day I will be able to catch up on my shows!! :)
With my Aunt Carmella!
The day after Halloween we left for Omaha. Omaha Public Schools Title VII asked me to come out and do another hoop clinic. I was able to time it right so I could catch the last two days of the UNO Native American Film Festival. My dad is the Director of Native Studies at UNO, and he teamed up with Vision Maker Media to put on this film festival for Native American Heritage month. I thought it turned out great! And I love how they brought in the actors to present the movies.
I put on my clinic on Monday and Tuesday and then I had the rest of the week to go to the zoo, and visit family. I even got to go to dinner with my aunt Carmella! I had to take the girls out of school for a week, but the teachers gave us their school work before we left, and we were able to get it all done so they didn't fall behind.
We had so much fun, the girls were crying when we left! But it is good to be home, we missed Ben!
Thursday, October 31, 2013
Wednesday, October 30, 2013
Friday, October 25, 2013
Tonight was also our ward Fall Festival, and Trunk or Treat. The two older girls were excited to wear their Power Ranger costumes, and Ben pulled through and made Dani a zombie. And I am proud to announce that my chile won the chile cook off!! I was pretty proud of myself. Go me!
Monday, October 21, 2013
Wednesday, October 9, 2013
Kristen, Me, Cassandra, & Cristina
Monday, September 23, 2013
But Annie and I were perfect running partners. We ran most of our long Saturday runs together, we just missed a few because of either her or I going out of town. We ran at the same pace, and filled the time talking the whole way.
The Friday before the race we drove up to Logan in my car. We picked up our race packet and then headed to dinner and carbo-loaded!....all you can eat pasta at Olive Garden! Then went shopping before heading up to Ben's Aunt Maggie and Uncle Allan's house. They were so cute and it was great to be able to visit with them a little. We stayed with them that night, and it was great because they lived only a few minutes from where we needed to be in the morning.
We headed to the finish line about 5am. We had to catch a bus to take us up to the start at the top of the canyon. It was FREEZING up the canyon at 6am!! But they had a warming tent to help prevent hypothermia! We planned on running our own race, and not letting the fast people get to us....thinking we needed to go faster. We stayed at our training pace the whole time. We only stopped at the water stations so we could drink, but as soon as the cups were in the trash, we ran. But other than that, we ran the whole way!!! Our husbands drove together, and Regan drove (Annie's husband). They had all 6 of our kids in their car! They arrived a little early, and there was a spot toward the end where we were a block or so away from the finish, but still had one last little loop before we actually finished. So they met us there to cheer us on. Everyone talks about the 20 mile wall you hit. But knowing that we would see them at mile 24 helped us keep going! Our cute little cheering section!
The rest of the weekend was just as crazy. On the way home from Logan, we stopped for lunch and then headed down to Ogden to visit with Ben's grandparents. We were there for a short visit before we headed back home so I could shower and grab our stuff for our friends party. They used to live up by us, but moved down south an hour. They now live on a farm with horses and lots of land. They had their annual Fall Festival, complete with Dinner, Dancing, Horse rides, and fun games. This year it landed on the big BYU v. UofU football game. So they put the game on, and it ended with the game. But the game was a late game, and was going to end late. So us, and 2 other families decided to stay over night. The game was disappointing...and it may have affected me more, but I was so exhausted, I didn't really care! But we were up until almost 2am talking before we all headed to bed. We woke up early because the kids all woke up! ....ate breakfast and headed home to get ready for church. At church the girls had their primary program...they did awesome!
When we came home we all needed a good nap...we slept until 6:30p!!!! So we had cereal for dinner, and the kids were still tired, so we put them to bed at 8p!!! It really was a LONG but FAST weekend.