Tuesday, September 27, 2011

#14 - Bringing the HEAT!

After taking a year or so off Savannah decided to try out for the Freshman Volleyball team. She of course made it. (don't let her sweet little personality fool you....... she is competitive!) She is doing GREAT! She is fun to watch and cheer for! She has a great serve, an awesome hit and is great at playing the net! GO BEARS!!!

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Day of Service

Today was our day of service throughout our stake and instead of doing a big project together, we were all asked to find our own service to provide in our communities.  Our family helped out with the Alzheimer's walk to raise money for research and find a cure.   We woke up bright and early and helped put up signs and banners before the walk started and then walked the 3 miles to help support the cause. 

Alzheimer’s is the only cause of death among the top 10 in America without a way to prevent, cure, or even slow its progression.
Deaths from Alzheimer’s increased 66 percent between 2000 and 2008, while deaths from other major diseases, including the number one cause of death (heart disease), decreased.

Grace with one of the signs.

We put signs all along the path that had info on alzheimers

Walking the walk

Monday, September 19, 2011

A little confession........

I have never been a fair/carnival lover. In fact my children can tell you many stories of driving by a carnival or a fair and really wanting to go and me telling them, "We weren't invited".   Okay, Okay, I know that's not very nice.  (This is also not my confession.)  Well my beautiful lie all came to an end one year when Jackie was,  I believe in 4th grade, and found out from a friend, that ANYONE could go you didn't have to be invited.   I just don't like all the spinning around rides, dirt, dirty people, wasting money and gross animals.   So every year my neighbor and I fight over who has to take the little girls.  This year was my year, but lucky for me I have a Fair Lover in my family!!!!  My Son-in-Law Justin!!!! YAH for Justin!  He took the girls to the fair!  So the greatest part about that is, he brought my Grandchildren with him.  So here is the confession........ We met Justin and the girls for dinner at the fair and guess what I found out I have been missing ALL THESE YEARS OF NOT GOING TO THE FAIR???????   SHAVED ICE!  For those of you who don't know this- I LOVE SHAVED ICE!  It is like eating PERFECTION!  Now Shaved ice is not to be confused with Snow cones - Those I don't like.  Okay the real confession is I went to the fair 4 times to get it! HAHAHA  actually I dropped off Savannah & Jackie and made them buy it for me and then picked them up 4 times.  I CAN'T WAIT for the fair to come back! HA
The perfect Son-in Law taking my daughter to the Fair!

Mackenzie and Grace enjoying the wonderful - spinning rides at the fair.


Savvy lovin' on Weston

Addison's new favorite toy at Grandma's house.  She pounds and Weston dances to the music she is making!  SOOOOO cute!

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Pennington Peru Trip

Our Stake is having a day of service on September 24th and each family is suppose to find their own service. I wish we could take a trip back to Peru. It was so intense and rewarding. I think it changed us all. So I will find us something to do -I have ben thinking probably not as life changing - until I came across this quote by Mother Teresa "We can do no great things, only small things with great love." I also heard this great story of a woman who for her 34th birthday went and did 34 acts of kindness. My attitude has changed and although our trip to Peru was a great way to give service, what ever service we give here in our community will be just as needed.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Goodbye Summer ........

We spent our last weekend of the summer at the lake over Labor Day. This summer went by way to quickly!  It was a great summer just not a lot of time spent at the lake!  Even with out an abundance of time spent we did accomplish some great things:  Grace can now dive off the diving board,  Derek beamed with pride when his sisters -Lauren with some fabulous grabs & Savannah caught some great air on the wakeboard, David learned to surf the North Idaho way and I even made it out of the wake on the wakeboard.   We missed our annual Johnson Family Reunion and Jackie, Justin and the grandkids never made it up this year.  Next year we have big plans on spending every moment possible up there!  And introducing our Grandchildren to the LakeHouse!  We heard Steve talk about putting up the Trampoline next year! YAH!  But with the Labor Day clean up comes the change of seasons.  On to Football, Volleyball, Basketball and don't forget our favorite past time up here in the north SKI SEASON!!!!

It looks so lonely when we put everything away!