TRIP TO CALIFORNIA WAS GREAT:
- We played Wii a lot--Just Dance was a hit. I did the Wii fit and LOVED IT. When I came home I got one and one of the first things I did was create Mii's for everyone in the family--they are hysterical. I love it when I go out for a run and little Georgia runs by me (I know considering she isn't even a month old that's impossible but I love it anyway) I love when I get done with a part of the obstacle course and G-man or Drew are there cheering me on.
- We played lots of games--one of my favorite was one called Snorta. I loved it because little Drew could be right there playing with us (and he had a ball). It is such a fun game--each player has a little barn and selects an animal and hides it in his barn. All the cards (which are different animals) are passed out and then you go around the circle and each player flips over one of their cards. When someone matches one of the cards already up on the table, those two players have to try and remember what animal the other one has in their barn and makes that sound. For instance, if Drew and I match cards--and I have a cat and he has a dog--he has to meow and I have to bark and whoever does so first gets to give up their cards to the other one. May sound easy but believe me for an old woman who is slowly losing her memory remembering what everyone has in their barn IS TOUGH but tons of fun.
- It was great just hanging out with them. We had lots of great meals together--because of the heat we had a lot of barbeque--which I love. We saw a few movies at the theater and watched a couple.
- I did run about 4 or 5 times a week when I was there. It was hot--a little too hot for me, but it always felt good to get out there and run. The hills were hard, but I know it was good for me.
- Unfortunately, since I've been home and dealing with this bug, I haven't been able to run. There must be something to this endorphin thing because not running is definitely effecting my mood. I'm going to try and get back to running next Monday.
- Allan had a speaking assignment out at Girls Camp last week, so I made the 3 hour drive with him and it was beautiful. This year the girls went to a new camp and it was beautiful. I was so glad I had a chance to go with him and his talk was GREAT.
- I sure miss my family. After the whole experience with my Uncle and seeing the results of family not keeping in touch, I realize how very important it is to. My mom had 8 brothers and two sisters and apparently no one knew where one of the brothers was. I did some checking and found out he died in Florida several years ago. It broke my heart to think this man died and no one in his family even knew. I love my children and grandchildren (and my little great grandson) so much. I'm so grateful we have opportunities to get together--I just wish it was more often. I've been trying to figure out a time to go to Boston to see Neal and Macy--now they are moving to Texas--so I guess I'll just wait until they get there. By the way, they have some other BIG news--check this out, and be sure and watch until the end. think I'm do for a hug from their little G-man. The other day I had a long phone conversation with my oldest grandson and IT WAS FABULOUS. In my mind this very tall young man is still a little boy (goodness I have tons of memories of him). He has grown into such a great young man and I'm so proud of him. And since he and his wife are in Texas I may even get to see them a little more often.
- Allan and I had every intention of going to Utah--we had some friends who were celebrating their 50th anniversary and we wanted to be there, but it didn't work out. Then I thought we'd go for Allan and Brent's birthday, but I don't think we can. I'm missing Heidi and Brent, but I know we'll see them soon ; )
- Before I give you an update on our little Elder, I wanted to tell you about something that happened shortly before I left for California. Allan set apart a young man who was going on a mission to Missouri. This man joined the Church a few years ago and is the only member in his family and is an only child. I watched as this mom sat there listening to my husband speak and then watched her after her son was set apart. I was so humbled--I can't even imagine what it would be like to send a child off when you do not have an understanding of what he is doing or why he is doing it. He is a wonderful young man and will be a great missionary.
- I so look forward to Mondays when I get my e-mails from Elder Rob. He sounds FABULOUS. Allan and I each write him and he responds via e-mail to each of us, and rarely does he tell each of us the same thing. He is loving his mission and I'm humbled by his desire to be in tune. He sent a photo CD and I'm happy to see that he continues to have fun--he understands that being a missionary doesn't mean you can't have fun. Please don't get me wrong he's very dedicated and striving to always be obedient. As I read his e-mails I know he is growing in many ways. A few weeks ago he had a problem with allergies and I guess it got so bad that he resorted to a neti pot. Now, I have to tell you I was shocked that he would use one, but he did ; ) I
Now a couple of pictures from his time in the MTC.
He loved his MTC companion and wrote that he was the funniest guy he had ever met. It's amazing to me how close these guys become in three short weeks--I LOVE IT.
I always love the pictures of missionaries at the temple.