We had such a wonderful Family Day today. We got the opportunity to attend the temple and do sealings with my parents and four of my siblings and their spouses. We had two rooms going - one with my parents, Uncle Scott, his daughter Loural and her husband and Mindy & Dan; then the other had us, Shauna & Matt, Melissa & Mike and Roger & Trisha. It was such a great way to spend the morning. Both Lennard and I were brought to tears and we sat and listened to the promises and blessings given as couples were sealed together and children were sealed to their parents. What an incredible opportunity to be able to participate in this work.
An huge added bonus for the day is when Emma decided that she could handle being with the rest of her cousins out at my parents house (without an adult)! For her, that is huge! A number of my nieces and nephews are old enough to babysit, but usually she absolutely refuses to go if there won't be an adult. Another huge breakthrough was when she went with my brother and his kids this morning instead of us having to drive her out there! It feels like there just might be a little light at the end of the tunnel! She did so good all morning too! She was happy when we got there and she was upbeat about getting to play with her cousins! Hooray! Ben is so easy going that I sometimes think I forget to write about him. He was absolutely fine going and was just glad to get to watch a movie and play with his cousins. He didn't care how he got there or who was watching him... as long as there was a movie! ha! ha!
We had a delicious roast beef dinner afterwards and got to sit and visit with everyone that was there. We didn't stay too long after the dinner, as Lennard wanted to take the chance to plow out the airport while the Town machinery wasn't in use today. There is SO much snow that it ended up taking him WAY longer than he thought it would take. It didn't even get completely done in the almost five hours he was out there, but it's better than nothing!
The kids and I had a lazy afternoon and watched a couple movies together. Emma played with her dolls some of the time and Ben played a few games on the PS4. It was a perfect 'family' day.
Friday, February 16, 2018
We try to take the kids out on a one-on-one date once a month, but with the crazy weather we've had it hasn't been safe to drive at night. We decided to have a 'family' date instead. Lennard had gone in to work at 5:00 am to move snow, so he got home just after lunch. We headed in to Lethbridge to get groceries, but first took the kids mini-golfing and to get frozen yogurt. It was a good thing we had the place to ourselves because we are not golfers! It got a little wild, but it was lots of fun! ha! ha!
Wednesday, February 14, 2018
As an Enrichment committee, we decided that since our Relief Society activity night fell on Valentine's Day, that we'd do a dinner for couples! We thought we might be lucky to get 75-80 people, but when the sign up sheet went around we ended up with over 125 signed up! It has been a very busy month trying to get everything planned, prepped and set up. We spent a few hours Tuesday night getting all the tables and chairs set up and the linens and centerpieces put on. Thankfully, one of our committee members owns a wedding decorating business and she allowed us to use her decor for the dinner! It doesn't really show much in the picture, but it was really cute.
As soon as I was done at the school, I went down to Extra Foods and got more carrots (I was worried that we wouldn't have enough). I then dropped off more olive oil to Sara who was cooking all the chicken and had run out of oil. I got home, peeled and chopped the other 10 lbs of carrots that I'd just bought and then took all 40 lbs of carrots over to Shannon's so that she could cook them for us. She's not on the committee, but was gracious enough to use her double ovens and help out!
I then had to get six pans of rice ready to go in the oven before I got everything else loaded into the van so that I could take it to the church. Unfortunately, a blizzard had blow in this afternoon, so I ended up having to shovel sidewalks first so that I could unload! I got everything unloaded and before long we were in the thick of things! We were trying to keep rice warm in the ovens, while getting the chicken and sauce reheated (while blowing breakers, etc), cutting and heating up the bread, plating desserts, making salads, etc. It was a zoo!! Thankfully, some of the sisters arrived early and came in to help! We just about had a disaster when one of the sisters turned the ovens up and we just about had a fire when the parchment paper on the bread got quite scorched. We couldn't use some of the bread as it got burnt, but we managed to get enough for each table.
We started only a few minutes late and it went really well! We had everything in large roasters, so as long as we were careful not to plug two in at the same time, we were okay! We fed about 130 people and even had enough for people to come get seconds! We did learn an important lesson about rice... it triples when cooked. We had LOTS left over! ha! ha!
The kids were SO excited to give out their homemade Valentine's gifts that they were up and going before 6:00 am! Emma had bags with candies and little notes for each of us.
|Ben's gift from Emma|
Sunday, January 28, 2018
We'd talked about when we could do a sister's weekend and then all of a sudden a couple of my sisters said that they needed a weekend away this month and if we wanted to tag along we could! Pretty soon, most of us said that we were in and so an AirBNB was booked in Calgary! (Rachel and Trisha weren't able to make it and then my mom was too sick to come.)
I left at about 4:00 on Friday afternoon after Lennard got home from work and met Shauna, Melissa and Mindy in Fort Macleod. We stopped at Tim Horton's for some food and then we were on our way. We pulled up to the house just about the same time as Nysha!
We had a three bedroom house for the weekend (it only cost each of us $25 for the weekend!). It was nice to spread out and have space to play. We pulled out all our junk food and played until the wee hours of the morning!
I think Shauna won almost every game.
Sunday morning we all had to be on the road by 9:00 so we started loading up the van around 8:30ish. Then we discovered that Nysha's car wouldn't start! Thank goodness for booster cables... and knowing how to use them!
Friday, January 19, 2018
Ben and I got to go on a date together tonight! He was SO excited to go out with me and got all dressed up. He opened every door for me and was quite the gentleman. We went out to Firestone to eat.
We stopped at Value Village afterwards and Ben got to pick out a little bag of toys for a treat. He got a bunch of pirate stuff... plastic knives, etc. He thought he'd won the lottery.
We made a quick stop at Costco and got his glasses fixed from his fall on the ice, and thankfully they were able to straighten them up. There are still scratches on the frames and lens, but they'll still work for now.
Before we left, Lennard told Ben that he had to have me home by 8:00 for my 'curfew'. He was SO concerned when he figured out that we were going to be 15 minutes late. Thankfully for him, I gave him permission (as his mom) to be that late with his date. Too cute.
It was so nice to have some one-on-one time with Ben and get to really focus on him. I feel so blessed to get to be his mom.
Note: While we were out on the town, Lennard took Emma to the basketball game! She had a blast as well and hasn't stopped asking to go again.
Saturday, January 13, 2018
While Ben was at a friend's birthday party, we went out to the airport. Lennard worked on the canopy for a while and we got things measured so that he was happy. While I went to get Ben, Emma decided that she would help Grandma. She deburred holes and did a really good job! Mom thought that she would have to redo some of it, but she said that there were only about 3 or 4 holes that she had to touch up.