Monday, December 29, 2008
Last week when we went to Temple Square, we saw the latest Joseph Smith movie. I loved it. I started crying before it even started. I even knew how the movie would end and was not disappointed at all.
Our favorite parts of the trip were:
**Christmas brunch at Grandma and Grandpa Alger's house
**Playing in all the snow (since Reno has no snow)
**Taking family pictures in a blizzard
**Going to Temple Square to see the Temple (no castle, no temple, no castle, OK temple - Thank you Kelsey)
**Taking a tour of the conference center
**Walking into Temple square just as the lights turn on (We could not have planned that!)
**Going to Toucano's (I was good and didn't eat too much! Amazing!!)
**An entire day of movies (Mama Mia, Bedtime Stories, Beverly Hills Chihuahua, High School Musical 3, Iron Man)
**Dinner at Olive Garden (I did eat too much, ARHHH)
**And the roads were pretty dry on the trip there and home.
We are already talking about when our next trip will be.
Just before Christmas, I was released as the Primary President in our South Meadows ward. I served in that calling for two years. That is two primary programs, seven counselors and/or secretaries, about 24 sharing times, 48 Sunday morning meetings, too many to count teachers, and even more Cub Scout leaders.
For as busy as I was, it was a great calling. Before this opportunity, I had been a primary teacher and a primary secretary, and was sure that was the extent of primary I would be able to handle. I have said this before, and I am sure it is why I was called, but I am not the biggest fan of other people's children.
It is amazing how much love I have for the children in our ward. Even when they are asking me questions that have absolutely nothing to do with the lesson. I found many times where they knew more than me. And then there were some children that wanted to know the deep doctrine that only one answer ever worked to appease their appetite for knowledge, and that was, "Go ask your dad".
I must admit the let down when I was told I would be released. I started wondering what I had done wrong, or what opportunity of service I had missed. The more I thought about it, the more wrapped up in myself I got. I was not given a new calling right away - in fact, President Chamberlain called Saturday night and asked to see both Jason and I before church. I thought for sure I would be getting a new stake calling. But it was Jason who got the new calling. He is now the Assistant Ward Clerk over membership. This only compounded the heavy feelings I had already been having.
Then as I was being released with a vote of thanks, the impression came to me that it was now my opportunity to work on myself and my family. I will be able to continue my school work and watch children during the week without feeling like I am forgetting to do something for Primary.
The Lord truly knows each of us and the things we are capable of accomplishing in our lives. I am grateful for the experience of working in Primary, but will miss the sisters I worked with the most!! I look forward to the next calling I receive, no matter how scary it may feel in the beginning. Or I could just go to Sunday School and Relief Society for a while and participate in the lessons.
Sunday, December 21, 2008
Elizabeth has... No idea what "saving money" entails.
Elizabeth needs... the fashion police.
Elizabeth likes... air ships.
Elizabeth goes... to school.
Just for fun.
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
Mom and Allynn with Steamboat Willey during Allynn's birthday trip.
Allynn and Sleeping Beauty.
Monday, December 1, 2008
Sunday, November 30, 2008
Friday we went to see Bolt in 3D. That was a cute movie. Saturday we went bowling at the Coconut Bowl. Today was church and I am glad everyone will be going back to school tomorrow.
We are now looking forward to going to Utah for Christmas. We are hoping for good weather on the 23rd. Jason wants to leave after work and drive in the night so our kidlets will be asleep.
We also took Kelsey on the Matterhorn because she was finally tall enough. She stood in line very nicely and climbed right into the ride. Once the ride started moving, she grabbed me with all her might and held on for life. She didn't make one sound throughout the entire ride. As soon as we came to a stop just before the unload platform, she started yelling "GET ME OFF!!!!!" She was not willing to wait any longer. Once she was off the ride, the other kids started asking her if she liked it. She said the ride was fun. Allynn asked Kesley if she wanted to ride it again. The answer was "No - it's too scary". I thought for sure she would not stand in line with us again for fear of what was at the end of the line, but she did great. It may have helped that we had already been on the Nemo Submarines first, so she knew that not all lines were bad.
Most lines were less than 10 minutes. Some lines were 25 minutes. The longest line was the wait to see Tinkerbell in Pixie Hollow. But it was worth it, Kelsey was in heaven and got to talk to Tinkerbell.
We will start saving now for the next time we are able to get passes. It was well worth the family time we spent together and the time I spent with each child for their birthdays and with Jason for our anniversary. And the next time, Kelsey will be older and asking to ride the Mountain again and again.
1. Started your own blog
2. Slept under the stars
3. Played in a band
4. Visited Hawaii
5. Watched a meteor shower
6. Given more than you can afford to charity
7. Been to Disneyland
8. Climbed a mountain
9. Held a praying mantis
10. Sang a solo
11. Bungee jumped
12. Visited Paris
13. Watched a lightning storm at sea -Does Bear Lake count as at sea?
14. Taught yourself an art from scratch
15. Adopted a child
16. Had food poisoning
17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty
18. Grown your own vegetables
19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France
20. Slept on an overnight train
21. Had a pillow fight
22. Hitch hiked
23. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill
24. Built a snow fort
25. Held a lamb
26. Gone skinny dipping
27. Run a Marathon
28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice
29. Seen a total eclipse
30. Watched a sunrise or sunset
31. Hit a home run
32. Been on a cruise
33. Seen Niagara Falls in person
34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors
35. Seen an Amish community
36. Taught yourself a new language
37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied
38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person
39. Gone rock climbing
40. Seen Michelangelo’s David
41. Sung karaoke
42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt
43. Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant
44. Visited Africa
45. Walked on a beach by moonlight
46. Been transported in an ambulance
47. Had your portrait painted
48. Gone deep sea fishing
49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person
50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris
51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling
52. Kissed in the rain
53. Played in the mud
54. Gone to a drive-in theater
55. Been in a movie - Could a commercial count?
56. Visited the Great Wall of China
57. Started a business
58. Taken a martial arts class - From Austin
59. Visited Russia
60. Served at a soup kitchen
61. Sold Girl Scout Cookies
62. Gone whale watching
63. Got flowers for no reason
64. Donated blood, platelets or plasma
65. Gone sky diving
66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp
67. Bounced a check
68. Flown in a helicopter
69. Saved a favorite childhood toy
70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial
71. Eaten Caviar
72. Pieced a quilt
73. Stood in Times Square
74. Toured the Everglades
75. Been fired from a job
76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London
77. Broken a bone
78. Been on a speeding motorcycle
79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person
80. Published a book
81. Visited the Vatican
82. Bought a brand new car
83. Walked in Jerusalem
84. Had your picture in the newspaper
85. Read the entire Bible
86. Visited the White House
87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating
88. Had chickenpox
89. Saved someone’s life
90. Sat on a jury -Called to jury duty once but was dismissed because I was pregnant with Allynn. Thanks Allynn
91. Met someone famous
92. Joined a book club
93. Lost a loved one
94. Had a baby
95. Seen the Alamo in person
96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake
97. Been involved in a law suit
98. Owned a cell phone
99. Been stung by a bee
100. Seen Mount Rushmore in person
101. Learned to play an instrument
102. Been to the Opera house in Sydney
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
The highlight of the trip happened on Friday morning. We got Disneyland at opening (9am) and went straight to Space Mountain before the line got too long. Then we went to Autopia to drive the cars. As we were coming off the ride we were handed DREAM FAST PASSES. We have waited all year to get one of those. We didn't really need them since most lines were less than 25 minute wait, but we used them anyway and had ridden ever ride in both Disneyland and California Adventure by 5 pm. That was a lot of walking. We just kept moving from one ride to the next, using our fast passes to go through the short line. It was so much fun. We stayed until about 10 pm and we were tired. So we went to Albertson's and rented Kit Kitridge - An American Girl from the Red Box for the next morning.
Saturday we slept in. I woke up about 8 and Allynn finally rolled out of bed around 10. We had breakfast in our room and watched the movie we had rented. Then we got ready for the day and headed back to the park. What a fun time we had. Again the lines were pretty short. The longest we waited for anything was 30 minutes and that was for Toy Story Midway Mania which is a new 3D ride in California Adventure. Everything else was 20 minutes or less.
Allynn and I had such a great time on our trip to Disneyland. So much fun that I am trying to work it out that our family can go one more time before out passes run out on November 22nd.
Friday, October 24, 2008
Monday, October 20, 2008
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Tuesday, August, 27, 2002 (The first days of Allynn going to Kindergarten in California)
We have made it through the second day of school without incident.
The first day, I would like to do over!!
We got up at the time we needed and everything was going very smoothly until 730 when we should have been leaving but Austin was upset. I decided to nurse him for 5 min then we would leave. That still gave us 15 min to get to school. Then we got
to the Jr. High and I realized I had forgotten her paper that needs to be pined to her for the first 2 weeks. I contemplated whether or not to go back for it. My mistake was going back for it. Then I threw everyone in the car and took off. It takes longer to drive to school than to walk!! I could not find a place to park so I thought I was going to have to tell Allynn to get out and find her class when I saw our friend Erinn Hansen. She jumped in the car with Sydney and Austin and I was able to take Allynn to her class and take a few pictures. It took me a while to calm down after that. I was so upset that I had not been better prepared. I was frustrated and wanted to cry but Allynn was wondering what was wrong. I told her I was having trouble getting her to school, so she started yelling at me that she wanted to go to school. But, now all is well and she really likes it.
Today she said that her teacher was not nice to her, and left it at that. When we got home I asked her more about it and it turns out that her teacher would not let her be the leader of the line out to the pick up point. She got over it real fast. She said she would still go back tomorrow.
Oh, our wonderful Allynn.
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
Friday, October 3, 2008
We are glad it is October. Allynn is counting down the days to her birthday when she will turn 11 and she and I get take her birthday trip to Disneyland. We are excited that we get to go. We were lucky enough that Jason had a left over Southwest ticket from when he was flying to So. Cal once a month and we are using his hotel points he accumulated all last year. I am excited for a break. And it comes at just the right time, my class finals are due that Sunday, so I am attempting to work ahead so I will have everything turned in by Thursday morning before we leave.
Our grass is still growing in nicely. That has been a great highlight to this year!! And now for the best news of all - Jason has been offered a position at Integra Telecom!! YEAH!!!! He starts on Monday in the Customer Service department which is where everyone starts with this company. The two men he interviewed with have been with the company for 6 and 8 years and were very encouraging about the growth this company expects despite the economy right now. We are excited. They ask that he work the customer service department for one year and then he is eligible to apply to other positions in the company. His office will not be 2 mins. down the street but it is in Reno and we are grateful for that!
Thank you for all the prayers and help we have received from friends and family. We have been strengthened by your love for us!!
Mom - I don't think we will be moving into your basement as soon as we thought. Maybe next time! :)
Thursday, September 18, 2008
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
1. Living in Hollister, Ca
2. Planning our move to Singapore
3. Taking care of one child (Allynn)
4. Working at AAA
5. Teaching Primary
5 things on today's list
1. Get kids to bus on time
2. Read homework assignment
3. Pick up Enid from school
4. Participate in online discussion for Education class
5. Get girls to Activity Day
5 snacks I enjoy
1. See's candy - butterscotch squares, rum nougat, California brittle in a custom 1 lb box
2. corn chips with salsa
4. string cheese
5. More Pepsi
5 things I would do if I were a millionaire
1. Pay off my house
2. Renew my Disneyland Annual Pass
3. Buy a condo in Anaheim
4. Pay off all debt
5. Go out to dinner
5 places I have lived
1. West Yellowstone, MT
2. San Jose, CA
4. American Fork, UT
5. Reno, NV
5 jobs I have had
1. Quality control at ICSensors
2. HR assistant IBM
3. McWhorter's - Customer Service
4. AAA customer service
5. Convergys - DirecTV contract
Saturday, September 13, 2008
Sunday, September 7, 2008
Unfortunately this is the best picture I have of the Glow Show, since every time I brought the camera up to my face, Kelsey would stick her face in front. This group of balloons is from the Bay Area. I am sure we may have seen them flying over San Martin and Morgan Hill before we moved here.
The Eagle balloon flew the American Flag just below the basket while Miss Nevada sang the National Anthem to begin the race.
The balloons continue to fill as the Hare balloon takes off to lay down the target. (Rules for the race - Hare & Hound - http://www.renoballoon.com/EventInfo/Competition&Results)
The Hare Balloon sponsored by Wells Fargo.
Eventually the balloons start to pop up off the ground.
And then take off, until they are all in the air.
Once there was room on the ground again, the Energizer Bunny popped up above the trees.
The Great Reno Balloon Race is surely a spectacular sight!
This event is more than just the Hound & Hare event, but this was about as much as we could handle for that morning. We had been up since 4 am and left the park around 9 am. We were hungry, so we went home for some breakfast. Next time, I will think ahead and take donuts and hot chocolate. Yummy!! The kids fell asleep during our 40 minuet ride home. (30 minutes of that was taken up trying to get out of the parking area.) The day was pretty much shot for anything more than watching movies. It was a very relaxing day. Around 1:00 pm I came downstairs to get some lunch for hungry children and found our Kelsey had fallen asleep again.
Certainly not the most comfortable place to sleep.
After this picture she sat up to watch the TV again. I left with Allynn to look for something for Mema at Ross. The Dad came in to check on Kelsey to find that she had adjusted her position and gone back to sleep. Poor baby was very tired. But we all had a great time and are glad we got up at the butt crack of dawn to have a family adventure!
Thursday, September 4, 2008
Then it was time to spread the seed.
I am glad I didn't have to go down there.
Monday, September 1, 2008
Now today I start my next two classes. During the next 9 weeks I will be taking AED 200 and HUM 205.
AED/200 Contemporary Issues in American Education
This course provides an overview of the teaching profession. It introduces the student to the various issues affecting teachers. Its primary focus will be on contemporary issues teachers and educators face in today’s schools. Throughout the course, all aspects of the teaching profession will be incorporated from the diversity of students in the classroom, to school organization and governance, to teaching philosophies and instruction. This course provides a foundation for understanding the education profession.
HUM/205 World Culture and the Arts
Culture and the arts play a complex role in enriching the human experience. This course will analyze the social role of the arts in the early civilizations through the present day. Learners will explore the key contributions in visual art, architecture, literature, and music of the civilizations presented in this course. In particular, learners will construct a virtual museum comprised of various artifacts representing several cultures.
I am not sure if I am ready for these to classes, but I am ready to be done with school. In order to be done, I need to keep on going. I have now completed 4 classes. I have 12 more to go including these two I am taking now. These 12 classes will be accomplished in 7 more 9 week blocks for a finish date of February 2010.
Sunday, August 31, 2008
Sydney - She played in the water for a little while, but decided that the salt was not worth it. She played nicely in the sand with the land lovers and manged to not get one bit of sunburn.
Austin also did not like the salt. He was the one that swallowed the water and threw-up in the sand. He was quick to bury it and head back to the water. Good Job, Bubba Dubba!
Kelsey was happy to stay out of the water. Her favorite part was when The Dad got out of his seat so she could steal it. He also left his drink behind. Finders Keepers. I was the one taking the pictures, so of course there are not any of me. I wore my sweat shirt the whole time. I know I looked exactly like my mother sitting on the beach -- in my chair with my hood on and a towel over my legs. We didn't take any snacks, and I was missing a Good Housekeeping, but I thought about it and that should count. This was a great way to end the summer break.