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{Marissa’s baptism}

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A few things about today…..

* My flower blossomed this morning making me happy.  Isn’t it beautiful?  

* My niece, Marissa, was baptized this morning.  She had asked me to lead the music and for Andy to be one of the witnesses.  I had a hard time looking at Marissa and Trent while I was standing up front doing the music because I would choke up every time….which made it so I couldn’t sing.  There was a sweet spirit there.  Mimi gave a talk on the Holy Ghost and did a great job.

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* I made around a million phone calls (okay slightly exaggerated) for next week’s upcoming day of service.  I am humbled at the level of generosity in our Stake.  I am surrounded by good people.

* All the kids had a game today. Jaron had a basketball game and the rest had  soccer games.  They did well.

* I am grateful for all my blessings. I have a wonderful husband who sets a great example for me and the kids. He is proactive and sees something needs to be done and does it. He does his best to relieve my stress when he sees I am maxed out. Grateful.

* On our way to Marissa’s baptism, we passes my mom’s care facility. Emalee got all excited and said, “Mom, mom….that’s Grandma’s daycare!” I laughed so hard! I texted her later and she said, “All too true!” John and his family went to visit mom today and he texted me some pictures of Hazel doing some exercises with mom…cute.

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{Sleepovers and more}

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Since the kids didn’t have school today, I let Amelia and Marissa sleep over last night.  All the kids have had such a fun time together…. Jaron invited Jay to come over and later the in the day Ashlyn invited Leone to come over.  I made tacos for dinner and got the kids out the door to Tae Kwon Do with Andy.  I met up with my mom and Val at Hale Center Theatre.  Christine didn’t feel well and asked if I wanted to take her place.  The play was, “The Foreigner”.  It was hilarious. ..the actors were so talented.

I finished off the night talking to my mom about her surgery tomorrow on both knees.  She’s a little anxious but excited.   We are all praying for her.

{Cousin sleepover}

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We invited Marissa to sleep over tonight.  I can hear Marissa and Emmy chatting and giggling right now as they are preparing to doze off.  Last I heard,  Emmy asked Marissa what she was grateful for….to which she replied electricity.  So cute!

{Keltie and Marissa’s dance recital}

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While Andy and the kids went to Tae Kwon Do tonight, Mimi and I attended Keltie and Marissa’s dance recital.  

Keltie was so fun to watch….she did a great job.  Parker had very little patience when it came to the program and kept asking Mimi if she had anymore treats.  There were more musical numbers than I expected and unfortunately I wasn’t able to stay and see Marissa perform her songs. 

I did bring them each a cupcake for later. 

It is fun to see them (and my kids as well) develop and enjoy their talents.  Glad I was able to go.

{Chuck E. Cheese – Trevin’s birthday party}

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{Day Clan Valentines}

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Marissa, Parker and Keltie got their Valentine’s today in the mail.  According to Trent, they were very excited.  Love you guys!!!

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{Happy Birthday Marissa!}

This day was long yet wonderful.  Mid-morning I received a knock on the door.  It was Jamie Bailey, our Primary President.  She had an invitation in hand for Jaron.  I wondered what it was for.  Then I realized it was for the Priesthood Preview.  Really?  I hadn’t even thought about it much but here was my reminder that Jaron would turn twelve in a couple weeks.  I got his appointment set up with the bishop after the Priesthood Preview.  The following Sunday he’ll be made a deacon.  I am happy for Jaron and for the opportunity he’ll have to serve others and hold the priesthood.  However, I’m also sad because he’s growing up.  {{Mommy Moment}}

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Stake Conference was amazing today.  I sat and cried through most of it.  The Spirit just touched my heart and squeezed the tears right out of me.  One of my favorite parts of conference was the Men’s choir.  Wow!  All of their musical numbers were BEAUTIFUL!  One of my favorite moments was when they sang the closing number, “This is the Christ”.  Emmy was sitting on my lap and she could see the conductor of the choir quite well from our seat and could see how “in to it” he was.  So, she started swinging her arms imitating his every move.  She has done this on other occasions as well.  At first I let her do it but when she nearly whacked me in the face, I gently put her arms down and within seconds they were back up again with gusto.  As the number concluded the gentleman seated behind me leaned forward and said, “She’ll make a fine conductor one day.”

After conference I came home and wrote the missionaries…all seven of them.  I try and write them regularly simply because I remember how much it meant for me to receive a letter from…well, anyone.

Later in the afternoon, I met with Carol Higginson.  I was called to replace her in the Stake Primary Presidency as the secretary.  She asked to be released after having had her first baby.  She also finished nursing school at the same time.  Anyway, I met with her to learn more of my duties and to get some of her files and paperwork.  I also enjoyed visiting with her and her husband and meeting her son, Ben.  I will miss working with her.

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We finished off the evening at Mimi’s house to have Sunday dinner and to celebrate Marissa’s birthday together.  It was very enjoyable…as usual.  We gave Marissa a Barbie Veterinary bag.  The dog (which is sooooo soft) comes with all the things you would need to help it when it becomes sick.  Mimi and Opi gave her a Mulon fan (it’s what she wanted more than anything else).  Happy Birthday Marissa!

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{Becoming.}

While the day, in and of itself was busy, it was a good day.  Xina returned home from Fillmore for Christmas break (Xina is our foreign exchange student).  Emalee and I also attended Marissa’s 7th birthday party which was a carnival.  I was in charge of the face painting and I have very (very) limited skills.  The first child wanted a butterfly.  The second child wanted a sunset.  The next child wanted a peacock.  I told him I was terrible at peacocks and is there ANYTHING else that I could do instead.  He replied, “How about a lizard?”  I said, “I could do a snake.  That’s KIND of like a lizard.”  He agreed and then asked that it go over his nose, which I did.  Then, a couple more boys wanted a snake too!  Everyone had a good time and even enjoyed the magician at the end of the show.  The Davis family showed up at the end, so it was fun to visit with them.  We don’t get to see them very often…..

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My mom came over at 7:00 p.m. to watch our kiddos while Andy and I attended the adult session of Stake Conference.  Andy had been asked to give the opening prayer for this session, so we couldn’t be late.  The meeting was so wonderful and inspired.  Everyone’s talks were great but I felt that all of them had a common thread or theme…..the word “become” or “becoming”.  The first speaker (the matron of the Jordan River Temple) shared some of her trials and struggles through life and what she learned from them and why it’s important to endure to the end (or in other words continuing to “become”).  The next speaker was a gentleman who was recently called to be a second counselor in  a newly called bishopric within our stake.  He was called about six weeks ago.  He shared how when he was called to serve, he wasn’t worthy.  He drank coffee and had some concerns.  He knew however that the Lord had called him and so he qualified himself  (or in other words, he “became”).  A member of the Stake Presidency (President Gale) spoke next and discussed the natural man.  He emphasized how Mosiah 3:19 says we need to “becometh” a saint.  Others spoke as well; however, I felt that all of them shared how we can “become” perfect….how we can “become” like Him…..day by day….one step at a time.

The visiting area seventy, Elder Tate, shared some amazing statistics with us tonight.  He said:

-In the next month or so, there will be 80,000 full-time missionaries serving!  [There were 53,000 missionaries serving prior to the October announcement.]
– On January 13th (next week), there will be 2,000 SISTER missionaries in the MTC [the most ever at one time].
– Usually, two of the twelve apostles would sit down each week in front of the computer and issue mission calls.  Since the October announcement in General Conference, SIX apostles (half of the quorum of the twelve) now have the assignment to issue mission calls.

I also read the following information tonight when I got home:

– The missionary force could add 15,000 young men and 7,500 young women or more in the first year of the lower age requirements.  That could impact overall church membership significantly.  On average stats show that each missionary is responsible for five converts annually.  With our missionary force growing so quickly, it could bring 400,000 members into the Church in a single year.

After Stake Conference, Andy and I headed to teh grocery store to grab a few things.  When we got to the checkout, we realized neither of us had our wallets.  Andy had to go home and get money while I browsed and
waited.  I found these funny plaques in a gift section.  They made me smile.

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{Church, Family and the dreaded book report!}

As usual, church was wonderful!  It just fills my spirit after such a long week.  For one reason or another, I haven’t been able to attend our ward for weeks due to Stake business.  So it was refreshing to be back home!  Additionally, it was the first time I have been to Sunday School in years.  I have been in Primary so long that I haven’t been able to attend.  I was released from my second calling as Primary pianist the end of October and have been visiting other wards since.  So, it was a treat to go to all three meetings!

Afterwards, we had Sunday dinner at Mimi’s house and celebrated Emalee’s birthday with family.   My favorite part was when Parker kept trying to blow out Emalee’s candles and so Emalee would put her hand towards Parker’s mouth as she tried to blow out the candles herself.  Too funny!!

Xina’s brother, Conner, was visiting for a few hours tonight.  His babysitter was in town and let her watch him before heading home again.  She just lights up when her brother is around!

Last but not least, Jaron has had a ever approaching deadline coming up….a book report.  He has known about it for weeks and has procrastinated this assignment even with countless reminders to get his book read.  Well, he read almost all day….skipped Sunday dinner at Mimi’s and had started the report by the time we returned.  Andy stayed at the house with him but came for a minute to get food for the both of them.   There is such a difference between all of my children.  Jaron pushes things until the very last minute…..Ashlyn turns things in earlier if not earlier than early…..Trevin turns things in early or late, both…..and Emalee is doing good if she turns anything in.  That is where we are at THIS year.  Things can certainly change.  :   )

{Emmy’s Birthday Party}

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It’s official…Emmy is seven.  When she first saw this cake, she said, “Oh no.  They spelled my name wrong.”  I told her that it was her nick-name….and that it was okay.

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Emmy was so excited to give each of her guests a little gingerbread treat box filled with goodies.

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L to R: Natalie Morales (neighbor and school friend), Emmy with cousin Marissa sitting in front of her, Madison Patey (neighbor and friend at church), Sadie Murdock (neighbor and friend at church), Ali (friend from school).

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We played “JINGO”, which they loved.  Megan Bates came a little late and is pictured in the red headband.

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Opening presents….

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Madison Patey – we played a game with the balloons.

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Grandma Kluse came by the house at the end of her party to give her a birthday present….a jewelry box with a $50 gift card.

{Halloween 2012}


Holidays.  I always look forward to them; however, this month has just passed me by.  I woke up this morning completely unaware that today was Halloween.  I knew it was coming but my goodness…where does time go?  I spent the morning planting tons of daffodil bulbs along the park way fence and in my yard.  In the afternoon, I volunteered to help in Trevin’s classroom for his class Halloween party.  I wish I would have taken a photo or two.  Me and Jessi Brown (Trevin’s best friends mom) helped run the show.

After school was spent getting stuff ready for dinner.  We always have dinner in a pumpkin and this year was no different….

I also made homemade Root Beer….

This year for Halloween, Emalee was a cheerleader:

Trevin was a firefighter….

Ashlyn was a cowgirl….

Jaron was a big, scary thing…..see for yourself….

Andy was the “cool” trick-or-treat dad….

Even Charlie dressed up for the festivities…..he was a raccoon….


Andy took the kiddos around the neighborhood while I passed out candy to the trick-or-treaters.  We had SO many this year due to good weather.  I went through several bags of candy and ran out by 8:30 p.m.  Still, with the porch light off, the teenagers still came to our house until 10 something.  It was crazy.

Here’s a picture Mimi took when my family got to her house:

Here’s a picture of the Davis Family:

Here’s a picture of the Day clan:

{Marissa playing at our house}

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{January Birthday Dinner}

Today we celebrated Marissa and Jaron’s birthdays (and Kristin’s too) at Mimi and Opi’s house.  The kiddos were a little more wound up than usual (if that’s really possible)!  Mimi and Jaron had done some shopping together before hand so Jaron hand picked his present this year.  For Marissa’s present, my mom and Ashlyn made the bedside totes for each of the cousins this year.  In addition to that we gave her a package of eight mini boxes of breakfast cereal.  She really liked her gift….hard to believe she is now six just like Emmy.  Where is the time going??????

{Thanksgiving 2011}

Thanksgiving was wonderful yet again.  It has come and gone so quickly.  This year Thanksgiving was held at our home and we had, oh, 32 or so in attendance.  Jaron and Ashlyn helped me make mini apple pies this morning…I appreciated their help.  Andy and the wee ones helped clean while we prepared the pies and my other food dishes.  Jaron really enjoys cooking in general but he really enjoys recipes that have lots of steps and seeing each step through.

I was grateful to have Jeff here this year, we always enjoy his company.  As well as Heidi,  Jessica and her baby Carissa (my mom’s friends)…and Oma as well.  Both sides of our family were together, which was a treat….that doesn’t happen very often.  I made turkey name places for the kids and Mayflower name places for the adults filled with M&M’s.  All the kiddos were stealing the M&M’s from the adults when they thought no one was looking….especially Emmy!  : )

Some family members left shortly after dinner and family pictures; however, some of us lingered and played Yahtzee together.  Me and Libby lost in fashion! : )  It was a wonderful day spent with family and reflecting on our MANY blessings!