- The afternoon after we took Elder R into the MTC, Heidi, Brent, Allan and I hiked the Y. It was much better than last year because last year we did it right after eating dinner--this time we hiked and THEN went to dinner. When we got up to the top, I had the three of them pose for a picture of them trying to spot Elder R at the MTC.
- Life is good--the house is quiet, and I miss Elder R, but as a good friend mentioned, knowing he is where he should be, doing what he should be doing, makes it all worthwhile and I couldn't agree more.
- We made it home safe and sound. As we were traveling, I kept commenting to Allan that the road felt more bumpy than I remember. I think it was called too much weight in the car. I guess we should have listened to Brent and left some of Elder Rob's stuff for him ; ) I continued to work on the blanket and am making progress.
- The night we got home Allan released a young man who just returned from his mission. He served in the Provo Mission. It was so great. (In fact, it was cute because when we were on the BYU campus about a year ago we ran into him ; )
- We had Stake Conference on Sunday which was a broadcast for all of Canada and President Uchtdorf presided. It was wonderful. This morning when I read the blog of some friends from Toronto who are serving their mission in Samoa, it was so fun to have them write about watching the Conference.
- Received our first e-mail on Monday from our little Elder. I feel really bad because Allan and I sent our e-mails to the wrong address and when he logged on to send us our e-mail there was nothing from us ; ( Fortunately we stopped in Fargo on our way home and bought a card and put it in the mail, so hopefully that will get to him tomorrow. I sent the e-mails to Brent and had him print them out and put them in the mail, so Elder R should receive them this week. He sounded GREAT. He said the first night was tough--not a surprise. He is settling in and is loving his district and his companion. Now I just need to get some pictures. He has assured me that he is taking lots of pictures. I'm curious if he has had to get a haircut--just wondering if maybe it's THIS short ; )
- This will sound VERY SILLY, but I signed up for my half-marathon class--and I signed up for the on-line clinic. I know that with the baby coming in July and going to California for a couple of visits that I would miss too many classes, so we'll see how I do trying to keep up on-line. I am motivated to do the training, so that will not be a problem.
- I've been spending a lot of time doing family research. It has been so rewarding--I have learned a lot of stuff and have been feeling very nostalgic about my folks. As I was doing research I learned that my family had a piece of property in Northern California that had a little hotel on it. It was sold many, many years ago. I found the property on a website and am very excited about one day going to visit. One of the things that was funny about it, is as a child (when my parents were alive) I remember going on one family vacation to Guerneville. I always wondered why--now I know. I don't remember my mom talking about it being near her families property, but then again I was a little girl and maybe just don't remember.
- The challenge I have been involved in since April is coming to an end. I had a tough time keeping up with it while I was gone to Utah. I don't think I got my "one treat a day point" any of the days I was there, but finally got the point yesterday.
Sidenote #2:I realize I didn't write anything about the Season finales of 24 or Lost and now that most people have seen them and I don't have to worry about ruining anything for anyone--I loved the way they ended 24. Pres. Taylor finally tried to make amends--a little late though. Pres. Logan got just what he deserved. I still love Jack--can't wait for the movie, but more than likely it will be R ; (
As far as Lost--I LOVED IT. I don't care what others have said. For me it was very touching and spiritual. Lots to think about.