Thursday, November 9, 2017

Temple Work

Rick and I are now officially ordinance workers at the Salt Lake Temple.  

We started last week and are now in training.  Last night was our second time to go and it was wonderful.  I love learning the sacred words and having them in my mind as I go throughout the week trying to remember and memorize them.  

PS  Although the temple looked gorgeous last night all lit up I still can't wait for the Christmas lights to be turned on in a few weeks.  

Those Christmas lights turn up Temple Square about a hundred notches:)  

So excited for everything Christmas!!

Fun Times with our Littles

On Saturday we had a little date with Rafe, Haivyn and Scout.  Since Rick had not been to the Living Planet Aquarium we decided to go there.  Safe and Scout were excited to go back.  We enjoyed the experience!  The kids were super excited to show grandpa the different exhibits.  Especially Rafe.  He kept running from one to the other!

We enjoyed seeing the new sloth exhibit (it was really crowded) along with the birds, reptiles, penguins, fish and all kinds of wildlife.

The kids climbing on a leatherback turtle statue.  Not sure who is with them:)

                        Posing on the poisonous frog statues.

With grandpa's help they were brave enough to try the suspended rope bridge.

 Scout wanted me to take a picture with her with silly hats.  After I got mine on she totally ditched me.  No way was she putting one of those on.  I think I got bamboozled!!

                       Rafe checking out the shark snapper!

It was a little hard getting out of the gift shop.  There is no other way to leave the aquarium except through the gift shop.  Of course!  Haivyn was in tears because she wanted a 'mermaid barbie'.  Sometimes no means no and so we left with her sobbing!  But,  it didn't take long to get her sidetracked and then off to dinner it was.

We drove into Midvale for some Famous Dave's BBQ.  It was great!  The kids were all hungry and ate well.  So did we!!  Rick even ordered his favorite dessert.  Bread Pudding!!  We all had a couple of bites and OH BOY, was it delicious!

                         A fun date with these cuties!!!

Halloween 2017

Here's some pictures of our Halloween.

Scoutie (or should I say Rapunzel) is waiting patiently for Rafe's school class parade to get started.

Here comes the parade!!  Rafie is Spiderman!

Skylar and Sarah dressed up as characters from the "Stranger Things" Netflix sow that's all the rage right now.  He was the policeman, Hopper and Sarah was the character,  (I have no idea about these characters other than what they've told me.  I haven't watched this show.)  
Anyway, Henry was "Catboy" and he sure made a cute one.   And Charlie!  Such a darling little monster!!

Here we've got a big and little Superman with little Rapunzel getting ready for the ward trunk or treat.

Haivyn was Anna (from Frozen) and little Merik was a sweet little skeleton:)

Just as I was preparing our fun Halloween dinner (Dinner in a pumpkin) I got a call from Gary telling me that he was in the hospital with severe stomach pain.  The doctors had done a c-scan and let him know he had a blockage in his intestine.  This has been a concern for many years.  After his original accident when he was five, scar tissue had been building up in his intestines.  When he was sixteen that scar tissue caused all kinds of problems and he was in the hospital for two weeks after a serious surgery. They let us know at that time that it would probably come back someday.

Well, this was the day.

Rick and I were able to get to the hospital and with the help of a volunteer Rick was able to give Gary a blessing.  He blessed him that he would not have to have surgery and that it would resolve on it's own.  And that's exactly what happened!  By the next morning he was feeling significantly better and by that evening he was allowed to eat which went well and by the net morning was released to go home.  The Priesthood is real and prayers work!  We saw a miracle in his behalf.  We are so thankful that another surgery was not needed.  That just adds to the scar tissue.  So thankful!!

Even though Gary was in pain that night Rick kept him laughing with Brian Regan jokes. (Say eight, say eight!)

Gary was very bored in the hospital so before my temple shift the next day I spent a couple of hours hanging out with him.....walking the halls, talking about his job, and of course playing some games.  Settlers of Catan is one of his and my favorites!

Needless to say our Halloween night turned out a little differently than expected.  We missed the trunk or treat and the fellowshipping that comes with that.  (We're ward missionaries and had invited a number of people to come.)  Plus, we missed out being at home and passing out candy to our trick or treaters and watching our fun Halloween show!  But all's well that ends well and our Gary is definitely more important than all that other stuff.  We're really happy that he is feeling good and back to normal!

Monday, October 30, 2017

Halloween Party 2017

Friday we had our annual Halloween Party.  It's our 28th year!  We were missing a few.  Ken and Rob because of health.  DeeAnn and Darrell because of their temple assignment and Hal and Janis because of a new grand baby being born.  While we missed them we still had a nice time.  

Here is our group photo!  (Darla is not in because she was taking the picture.)
Brad and Ruth always come as themselves:)

Rick and I dressed up in 50's garb.
He got off pretty easy with this one.....which he was happy about:)

Trent and Kath as Santa and his little admirer.

Karen and Dennis as tourists.

Larry and Darla as Mr. Clean and Rosie the Riveter.

Our parties seem to get more laid back with each year.  This year we had a wonderful spread of food. In fact we had so much that we took home more than half of what was brought.  
I need to think things differently for the food next year.

We had two kinds of chili and two kinds of soup with a relish tray and other appetizers including pot stickers, taquitos, and chicken firecrackers.  Those from Idaho brought a plethora of desserts as well.  I personally loved Karen's apple cake with caramel sauce as well as her butterscotch dessert:)

We played a couple of small games but mostly enjoyed talking and visiting.
This has been a fun tradition for so many years!

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Fall Festival

Last week was our ward fall festival.  The ward mission wanted to come up with an activity that would maybe interest some of our ward members that we don't see very often.  We thought that a fall carnival would be fun.  As a ward mission we received approval from the Bishop to go forward with it.  We then talked with each of the ward auxiliary leaders and got them involved in helping with our booths.  

A few weeks before our big activity we planned a linger longer fireside with a speaker giving a missionary message and to let our ward members know that the carnival was coming and to think of who they could invite out.  Flyers were made and passed out and personal visits were made to encourage people to join us.  It ended up being a wonderful activity with many people coming to support it.

In one of our meetings a suggestion was made to have "Minute to Win It" type games to earn tickets to then spend on "prize winning games" and fun carnival foods to eat.  The Minute games were inexpensive to put together and easy to play.  We had games like stacking pennies, building a pyramid with solo cups, balloon blow over, dropping pennies into a jar......and more.  

Some of the prize games were donuts on a string, fish pond, balloon darts, and ring toss.  Some of the yummy foods were cotton candy, popcorn, hot dogs, shaved ice, and hot cocoa.  Our activity was held inside the church because it is now too cold to do activities outside.  Our festival was a grand success with many people participating in helping with the booths and others coming just to enjoy!

There is more than one way to do missionary work!

Skylar playing donuts on a string.

            Rafe enjoying a hot dog!

Rick manning the cotton candy machine outside because it was making too much of a mess on the inside:(  I felt bad that he was outside most of the time.  He said he didn't mind, though.  
He's such a good sport.  I love this guy!!

Bishop and little T getting the hot dogs ready:)

          Haivyn, Kylah, Isaiah, and Naomi enjoying some treats.

Katie, Amari, Halle, Naomi and Havelah posing for a picture.

                    Darrell Allen and John Beckett manning the fish pond.

               Tracy Beckett at the fish pond!

Kelby and Jessie taking care of the penny stack booth.

Carter Ence trying the "Suck it Up" game.

Halle Bartley and her friend give me a smile.

Mike and Jen Shepherd enjoying some cotton candy.

     Alejandra Hainey holding baby Tom Harrington.

Scout and Rafe showing me their yummy shaved ice.

       Henry sporting a batboy mask!

Henry "fishing" for a prize while Rafe and Scout wait for their turn.

Sarah's turn at the "Donut on a String" Booth.
Brother Carter is giving Seth a little help with the push of the head:)
Tammy Sheffield in the background.

My sweet granddaughters got a crown painted on by Aunt Sarah.

A last picture with my littles.  Charlie has not quite learned to like me yet and usually cries whenever I pick him up but I am happy to say that all of the others REALLY like me:-)

A fun night and a successful missionary activity!

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Birthday Time

Look who had birthdays this month!!

Miss Scout turned three on the 14th and Mr. Rafe turned five on the 19th.  
These two make our hearts sing!  We love them so much!!

Kendra made Scout a little doll cake.  Scoutie got a lot of gifts including play dishes and a play mixer, a new Belle doll, a rupunzel costume, and lots and lots of new clothes.

Rafe's party was held at Grandma and Grandpa Bomans.   Brach decorated a cute ninja cake for Rafe and we had a nice lunch of pizza and veggies.  Rafie got a new football book, a remote control dinosaur, a rocket, some legos, and lots of warm winter clothes.