Sunday, October 25, 2015


Sunday night during our Pumpkin party I went running up the stairs and smashed my foot into the stair riser. By that night it was so sore and definitely sprained.  Boo! I hate when my exercise plan gets derailed!
Love coming home to this Halloween-y sight!

Fortunately I could still walk if I was careful and by Wednesday it didn't hurt at all. I rode my bike Thursday and Saturday which made it a bit sore but not painful. So glad it didn't interfere with my enjoying exercising in the Fall!

Monday the Stake Primary hosted the annual lunch for the Stake Auxiliary Presidencies. (Took me 5 tries to get "auxiliary" spelled right just now!) It's a fun way to get to know some of the other women in the stake. And delicious.

We went to "The Walk" for Family Night at the Gateway. For dinner we ate sandwiches downtown at Caputo's. At the movies, we were the only ones in the whole theater! It made you feel like you were in your own living room and could talk as loud as you wanted.  And kick your feet up on the seat in front of you. Of course the boys chose to sit in the very back row.

Great movie but it was sooooo hard to watch him rope walking between the Twin Towers! It made me super nervous even though I've read the book and new exactly what was going to happen.

In Scripture Class we talked about the Old Testament, but also Moses 1. Chris read this scripture for Family Home Evening tonight too and it reminded me of our lesson -- which I shared with everyone (much to their disappointment that Family Night wasn't going to be a 3 min. scripture by Chris but instead an additional 10 minute story by mom, including me getting choked up which always happens and I REALLY wish didn't.)

Moses 1:6
"And I have a work for thee, Moses, my son; and thou art in the similitude of mine Only Begotten; and mine Only Begotten is and shall be the Savior, for he is full of grace and truth..."

That short scripture contains important knowledge meant for not only Moses, but also for us:
1) God has a plan and purpose for all of us.
2) We are his sons and daughters.
3) We are created in the similitude of the Savior, who is full of grace and truth.

Moses 1
12: "And it came to pass that when Moses had said these words, behold, Satan came tempting him, saying: Moses, son of man, worship me.

13: "And it came to pass that Moses looked upon Satan and said: Who art thou? For behold, I am a son of God..."

18: ...Depart hence, Satan.
19: And now, when Moses had said these words, Satan cried with a loud voice, and ranted upon the earth and commanded, saying,: I am the Only Begotten, worship me.
20: And it came to pass that Moses began to fear exceedingly; and as he began to fear, he saw the bitterness of hell. Nevertheless, calling upon God, he received strength, and he commanded saying: Depart from me, Satan, for this one God only will I worship, which is the God of glory.
21: And now Satan began to tremble, and the earth shook; and Moses received strength, and called upon God, saying: In the name of the Only Begotten, depart hence, Satan.
22: And it came to pass that Satan cried with a loud voice, with weeping and wailing and gnashing of teeth; and he departed hence..."

In verse 13, because Moses knows that he is a son of God, he is not tempted by Satan. And in verse 19, when Satan ranted upon the earth and Moses began to fear, Moses called upon God to receive strength.

Christopher shared this scripture and that when we pray and call on God, he will give us strength to overcome all of our hardships.

Good job, Chris -- and whoever is teaching him -- Young Men's leaders and seminary teachers! It takes a village!

Tuesday night Marty had his last lacrosse game -- in the rain. Nick had Pack Meeting where they learned how to use tools, Chris had Parkour and I hosted book club. We stay up WAYYYY too late on book club nights. But it's so fun talking to these friends. I've got to figure out how long we've been having book club with this group. A long time.  We read "Dead Wake." Very Interesting and I learned a lot about WWI. Erik Larson is the author -- same author as "Devil in the White City."
Trying to get my reading organized.

I looked for more tile (getting closer!) and met with a Kitchen Cabinet company. Was very impressed and would love to work with them if their bid comes in at a number we feel good about.

Instead of listening in on Nick's Saxophone lesson, I sat in the car and FaceTimed Courtney. (Hi, Courtney!)

While Dan, Marty and Chris were at Young Men's, Nick and I had apple crisp for dessert. He thought the whip cream was out so we started to take off the lid. (We have a whip creamer that I add the whipping cream, sugar and vanilla, then put in a CO2 charger and have instant whipping cream!) As the lid loosened, whipping cream came pouring over the edges. Thinking taking off the whole lid would be better, I started unscrewing it more. Suddenly the lid popped off like a champagne cork, hit Nick in the head, and whip cream exploded all over the room.

I'm quite proud that I laughed instead of getting upset. It really was hilarious -- we were covered in whip cream and so was the kitchen! All sides of the room -- all walls, ceilings, floors, cabinets, surfaces were splattered. Nick was a helpful cleaner and together we got it wiped up. But let's be honest, I was sooooooo relieved it was Wednesday. Because the cleaning ladies come on Thursday. And if that had splattered over a recently cleaned house, I might have been a lot more frustrated. Just sayin'.

This photo does not do justice to the extent of the splatter and mess!

I rode my bike -- Yay!

My dad had surgery that afternoon so Luke, Sam and Max slept over. Of course everyone loved having them here. Felt like a holiday. Dad's surgery went pretty well, but turned out more intense than originally speculated. Quoting, Diane: "His esophagus is pretty messed up." I haven't heard more details yet.

I had my friends' breakfast which is always lots of laughs and good sharing.  It was the two-year anniversary of Marty's car accident and so much was eerily the same. Two years ago I'd sat with the same friends at the same house and laughed until I cried. That night was the Skyline/Olympus game at Skyline -- exactly like this year. Marty's accident happened as he was driving to the tailgate party before the game.  This year was completely uneventful and we are all so grateful.

Chris had a million friends over, as usual.
Backpacks and shoes -- a typical Friday.
Nick had a Halloween party that night with his school friends and had a blast.

Dan and I tried a newish restaurant -- Provisions. Nice ambiance and good food.

Olympus beat Skyline in overtime so we get the rock back!

Marty had the ACT! It's impossible to know how you've done until the scores come in. Timing is never an issue for him so he couldn't assess anything based on that. His quote to Grandma tonight was, "You answer them all correctly and then find out you didn't." Actually, it was something much more eloquent than that. But that was the idea.

Nick had his last lacrosse game and creamed the other team -- which is really nice to get a chance to do, once in a while! His game was in Woodscross, so he asked if we'd drop he and his friend off at Lagoon after because he's been dying to go on Cannibal all summer. It was a 50 minute wait in the single rider line, but he waited and said it was worth it.

We actually dropped the two off and they "did Lagoon" on their own. They felt super independent and cool.
Nick always makes breakfast on Saturdays for him and whoever else is awake. Breakfast burritos today!
He's such a confident chef!
I taught Nick's class today, which I love substituting in because they are so fun and now that I've finally had kids of all ages and personalities, I'm a much more patient and fun Primary teacher. We even had time to go outside and play a game of Infection before going to sharing time. Totally makes up for me not bringing treats.

Grandma came over for dinner tonight -- it's always fun to be with her because she's so interested in everything and so positive!

And that, Dear Courtney, is what's happened this week at home.

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