Sep 2, 2014

The Dog Walker's Luau

Last Christmas the Dog Walker got a package of paper umbrellas as a gift. All these months later, he has been planning a Luau just so he could use them. I finally convinced him that we should wait until Teach got home and he agreed.

Then last week got pretty hectic, so we made arrangements to have our Luau on Labor Day. We had other family stuff planned too. Like I managed to reserve spots for us to see the Ogden temple before it is dedicated in 3 weeks. So we got up early this morning and hit the road. It took us about an hour to get there.

We were especially excited to see the temple since Bossy and Gamer's family is planning a trip there in a few months and Drama Queen would also like to go. I guess there were a lot of people who thought the holiday would be a great day to visit the open house as well, because we ended up waiting in line for about an hour before we got in even though we had reservations.

All my guys!
It was worth it! The temple is beautiful and the kids loved the chandeliers in the Celestial Room. We took everyone to McDonald's afterward except the Gym Rat and his girlfriend. They had homework to do. Then we made the drive back to the house.

The Dog Walker worked on setting up his Luau. He put up the volleyball net and set up the chairs and the fire pit. He had decorations and leis, straws, and cups. The only thing he didn't have was the tiny paper umbrellas that prompted the party in the first place. I think they got lost somewhere...

Sep 1, 2014

Happy Birthday, Sweetie!

My sweetie's birthday was last Thursday, but we decided to put off the celebration until today so we could have all of our children with us. Oh I just love having all 12 of them home again!! :)

Teach and the Dog Walker are singing with a combined Institute Choir for a CES Devotional on the 14th, so they had rehearsal until about 7:30. That put us pretty late getting started. I wanted to be the one to do most of the cooking, but I did have my sweetie help a little so the food would be especially good.

Princess made wheat sourdough bread and we had BBQ chicken and steak. I also made creamed peas and potatoes and corn on the cob. Then I sliced up a watermelon that turned out to be a particularly good one. I have to confess that I'm not much good at picking a decent melon, but this time I hit the jackpot.
Gym Rat and his cute girlfriend (love this girl!)

We loaded my sweetie with some fun sweet treats for gifts and this awesome Utes hat I also made his favorite cake, chocolate with coconut-pecan frosting.

Me and Crafty
The Drama Queen had a really fun gift idea I want to share. She bought this book with sayings on each page about a dad. The pages were mostly blank so the book could be written in or filled with pictures or whatever, so she assigned each kid a page and they were allowed to draw whatever they wanted. I believe this is a gift he will cherish forever. I don't know when I've seen such love and thought put into a gift for him before.

We are going to the Ogden Temple Open House tomorrow. The kids just love touring these beautiful buildings before they are dedicated. Hope you are having a great weekend too and having some fun family or friend time.

And don't forget to watch Newsies tomorrow!

Aug 31, 2014

Annual Awards Picnic

I know you think all we do is party around here and sometimes it feels like it!!

Tonight was our annual Girl Scout Awards Picnic. We had BBQ chicken and Princess made a huge pile of brownies. The other families brought salads and we all enjoyed an hour or so together eating and talking about the Girl Scout troop.

Princess decided they could all do cartwheels all the way across the field to the back fence. I did NOT participate. :)

Near the end I presented the girls with their awards for the year although it was a bit anti-climactic this year because half the year we spent working on our Silver Awards.

I love the scouting program and the way it helps me teach values and hard work to these sweet girls. I am looking forward to a month off before we start up the new year. There are just so many things going on right now that my head is starting to swim.

I love the changing of the seasons, but they always come with a bunch of stress. It takes me a couple of weeks to get my head around the new schedule and there is always a new schedule...

Aug 30, 2014

We Sure Missed You, Teach!

Remember a long time ago when I told you that Teach was into taking selfies long before that word was even invented?

I had to smile today when I was kicking myself for not taking any pics at the swim party for Sport's football team and their families tonight.

My photo gallery in my phone is full of new selfies of Teach and whatever sibling she happened to recruit at the time. It's been awfully fun having her back home with us! She and Baby Doll are best of friends again.

We have had a lot of time to be together this week, shopping, cleaning the house, and running errands. It's just fun to be with her and to talk and laugh.

So glad you are home, Teach!

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