Monday, April 9, 2018

Sweet 16

This happy, kind, caring, gorgeous girl of mine turned 16 last week.  She sorta had a week long birthday celebration even tho we did nothing the actual day of her birthday. 
Going to Edmonton was part of her birthday fun.  Also more than anything she wanted a pair of Nike shoes.  A very specific pair of shoes. After saving up for them we got them for her the middle of March.  Leah wanted to wear them to provincials.  She said she was very ok with not opening anything on her birthday. Although I wish I would have waited since there was a sale the week of her birthday.  Of course, that is how my luck goes. 

The week of her birthday she had invited a few friends to come and hang out with her.  But with Easter holiday only 3 were around.  Right before they were to arrive I said to Leah that a good friend would shovel the walk for her friends.  Within seconds I heard a scraping and looked out the window.  Blake was doing it for her.  He also made the spaghetti for the party and helped get it all organized.  What a great kid.

Everyone arrived about  3ish.  They did a photo shot (Leah was fulfilling some of her assignments for school and Natalie was here to help her understand her camera) and played Just Dance.  She requested spaghetti, bread sticks, Caesars salad and Nathan's Chocolate Cheesecake.

A few more games after dinner, including the Saran Wrap game.

They were going to watch a movie and play Dutch Blitz, but Natalie got a call from Joe saying the roads were getting really bad, so they decided to head out early.  I love all these friends that Leah has.  She has made a real effort to cultivate all these friendships. Over a year ago Leah set a goal to met and get to know at least one new person at every stake event she went to. Because of this she has a large group of friends and knows people from every ward.  She is very outgoing and has a lot of fun with people.  It is a joy to watch her as she matures and I can see the kind of woman she will become.

On her birthday, she slept in and did a few chores, answered a bazillion texts and had a wonderful relaxing day.  That night we had brownies so Dave could celebrate with us and then we watched a movie.  I don't even remember what, it was just a low key wonderful day.  She is practicing more and more with the stick shift.  We drove all around town the other day and she did awesome until at one point she psyched herself out.  After she got calmed back down, again she did great.  We are hoping by maybe end of May she, and us :),  will feel ready for her to take her drivers test.
Happy 16th Leah!!  You are a joy and a unique spirit in our home.  Everyday I feel blessed to be your mom.

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Easter 2018

I had wanted to take Leah and Emily up to spend a few days with their sisters for a while.  Emily got someone to take her shift at work and we made plans for over Easter.  Good Friday Joe dropped Emily off here early so we could start up.  It was not the greatest roads but Dave was not daunted and we made it safe and sound.  Cora was working.  We dropped the girls with Maycie and then went over to the mall to see Cora for just a few minutes.  We ended up getting there just before her break time and spent that time with her.  It worked out great.  The girls had so much fun.  They met all their  sisters' friends and went to a few parties.  Leah did a tiny bit of driving around, she loved not worrying about the stick. 
They did lots of shopping and had lots of late nights.  They made meals and fed the missionaries, went to conference, and pulled some pranks on roomies and friends.

Some dance nights and movie nights.

On Monday Cora and Maycie were getting together with what they call The Movie Peeps for an Easter pot luck, movie, and games.  Again it was a fabulous day.  One of their friends told Leah that in a YSA ward attendance means availability.  He had this whole spiel about how you can not show up when you are only 15 because that is just awkward for everyone.  Because if he had seen her he would have said hi because he is such a friendly person and then what to they do when he finds out she is only 15.  They were laughing so hard.  Tuesday, Natalie and I drove back up to get them.  I had a fantastic drive up and back. Roads were dry and clear and I love being with Natalie.  Time just flies.  Emily and Leah were tired from all their late nights and fun, but are so excited now to attend YSA when they graduate.  To me that was a successful trip.  And who knows when the 4 of them will be able to hang out again.  It could be years with upcoming missions.
While Cora and Leah were off partying together, Blake spent the time with just us.  He said a few times how he really enjoyed being the only one at home.  I am sure that a few months after Leah graduates he will not be as excited.  We did a ham on Saturday in between conference sessions, and after the priesthood session Blake and Dave came home just bursting with info about announced changes.  

Then Blake did his Easter hunt.
Sunday we decided to stay home for all session this year instead of going to the church Sunday morning.  Every single talk was fabulous.  After the last session I said that usually I get a little sleepy during the final session, but it was all so amazing and I loved the changes that I was wide awake.  I also want my own copy of the Ensign so I can make notes and highlight.  We always love conference, but this one was better than ever.  It was a great Easter weekend.

Sunday, April 1, 2018

Glorious Powder

We got the chance to go skiing again last weekend.  When I found out that Cora didn't work on the Friday I asked if she wanted to come down and join us.  She sure did!  She arrived Friday early afternoon and left right after church on Sunday.  Well after dinner.  We totaled up all that she drove to get to the hill and is was about 13 hours.  Cora said it was so worth it.  There was tons of fresh snow, great powder, and barely below zero.  Perfect skiing.  Everyone had a blast and no one was sore from their variety of previous problems.  Cora went with Dave to the top.  He loves skiing with Cora, she is at a high ski level now and he can take her anywhere.  He said he though the other two could do it as well if they would trust themselves.  I love that all our kids enjoy skiing, and are so good at it. I don't worry about them on the hill.  And Dave absolutely loves being out there with his kids.

When they went to the top, Cora said sometimes the powder was up to her waist.  She wasn't sure if her skies were still on because she couldn't see them. :)

It truly was a great day.  And it is always fun when all my kids are home together.

When Cora left she was a little sad to leave her skis, knowing that this would be her last ski until after her mission.  But it was a glorious day to end on.

Friday, March 23, 2018

Phone Clean up

Just a few picture off my phone this month.  Leah is taking a photography class and loving it. She has different things she is assigned to get in a photo.  She used the guitar for her lines photo.  It turned out really cool. (I will have some of her pictures up later after she edits and stuff)
I love the instruction from father to daughter in this one.

And the excitement of getting a picture she liked.

Leah has had many opportunities to sing this month.  First she was asked to sing O Canada for the skating festival.  She really enjoyed that and hopes to be asked for many more national anthems.  She was asked for the Irish Concert, but the MC forgot and skipped over O Canada and went right into the program. She sang with her YW for sacrament meeting and also with a group of youth at a fireside that night.  The fireside was with Wayne Burton.  He also asked her to sing a solo of a song he had written at the fireside.  They only had one practice and she did a great job.

2A Boys Basketball Provincials was held near by and we took in 2 of the 3 day tournament.  Blake was not to sure he wanted to go back for the final game and after was so glad he had.  It was a very intense, exciting game.  Our team won in the end.  It was such a great game.

Blake got to perform with the school band at the Irish Concert.  He is doing awesome and really enjoys the trumpet.  He has started bringing it home more to practice.  It is nice to hear him play.

Dave plays the guitar at home for us, but does not like to play in public.  He said he gets so nervous, that his fingers feel like bricks.  Leah and Blake really wanted him to do it and Dave said he would do it for his kids, and did an awesome job.  They all did.  They sang Country Roads.

We have got Blake signed up for soccer, which he will start soon.  He has been wearing the night braces on his feet regularly, even tho he hates them, and is started to feel some improvement.  Hopefully is will continue and he will be ready to run around with out pain by the time the season starts. Avery turned 12 a few weeks ago and so Natalie invited Blake to come to drop in baptisms with him.  It was so fun to see our two boys walk into the temple together.  Blake loves going and it was fun for him to get to attend with a friend.

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Another Basketball Season over

Leah had her final basketball game yesterday.  If they had won they would have continued on.  It really was an unfortunate game.  They were paired against a team they should have been able to beat, but they didn't even come close.  It was sad to watch.  Leah did her best.  She was top rebounder again and got a couple baskets.  This was the first time the team has played in a month.  In February, because of road conditions, we had 5 games and 2 tournaments cancelled.  And a few practices.  So they were out of sinc.  Oh well, it is what it is.  We are looking forward to next year and what the girls need to practice on.
Leah's final game was against a friend's team.  We wish them well as they go on in zones.

Leah loves basketball.  There was rumors for a few days that our school was cutting the basketball program next year, just the girls.  Leah was devastated.  We immediately started looking at other schools for her to play with if it came to that.  But Coach was talking to me about his plans next year so keep your fingers crossed.

Friday, February 23, 2018


Last year we had two rabbits that must have made a home right around us.  We saw them regularly and Cora named them Bailey and Higgins.  As rabbits do, they have totally multiplied this year and have become a bit of a problem.  They have eaten all our new baby trees and have started to dig down under the snow and eat our grass.  We kept half joking and saying we needed to shoot them.  The other day Dave was out helping a lady pull her car out of the ditch.  Blake was out playing in the snow when he spotted one.  Usually we see them at dusk or in the night.  He was so excited that he sat on a big snow pile and didn't move for an hour and a half as he waited for Dave to come home so he could shot it.  He was so so cold.  A few minutes later we heard the shot and then Dave came in and said I needed to get a picture of Blake with his rabbit.  Blake had shot it first try.  His patience paid off. 
We quickly ate dinner and then Dave and Blake got to work skinning and cleaning the rabbit.

It took a few hours and it was a lot of work.  And a few youtube videos.  :)  They kept the fur and the meat and gave the rest to Jared's dog.  A few days later we looked up how to cook it and all bravely tasted it.  The rabbit really was not to bad, except my brain could not get past the fact that it was a rabbit.

Blake decided after all that work that he doesn't want to do it again.  But he was so proud of giving our family a meal.  He may shoot one again and not keep it.  He will give it all to the dog.  It was a neat experience for him and I am sure it must fit into his Duty of God somehow. After Dave decided to take Blake on an overnight winter camp.  They just went 3 miles away on Puzey land.  Blake said there were no animals out, but he shot some grass dead.  They had a fabulous time.  Blake built the fires and did lots of manly stuff.  When they got back just after lunch Blake was filled with stories and Dave said it was a good time.  He enjoyed being able to spend that time with Blake.

Friday, February 16, 2018

Grandma is going on a mission....

It was a while ago that Myrna stopped to see us and tell us that she had decided to go on a mission.  We were all so excited for her.  Cora was a little jealous, she is not very patiently waiting till she can go, but still so happy for Grandma.  Myrna started working on her papers and seeing what type of missions were out there for single sisters.  And then she broke her knee.  :(  This set her back about a year.  She was finally healed and ready to sent in the papers.  We waited with anticipation to see where she would be called.  The day came, the letter was opened.  Called to the Montreal, Canada mission.  So exciting, but not leaving for 6 months.  Another long wait.  Myrna decided to use the time to learn some French, among other things.  The much anticipated day of her non-farwell arrived.  Lalainia and Rachel had wanted to put on a meal for their mom, so we all got in and helped with that.  There was a very nice turn out and good food.  As the whole family was there were took advantage of the opportunity and took some family pictures.  We had planned to do so, but got busy with food and clean-up.  No one was left but all the Puzey's and bishop.  When he came to say he was leaving I asked if he would mind taking a few quick pictures for us.  He as very accommodating.  We got a ton of pictures, I think a lot more than Myrna wanted to take.

Myrna had not been feeling well and was a bit anxious about the flight.  When she went to get set apart the Stake President decided to set back her departure date a week so she could get better before she left.  The next week we went down with her to get set apart and the morning after most of us headed off to the airport.  She got all checked in.....

..said good-bye to everyone...

....and off she went. 

Dave and I had decided to stay in the airport till she was on the plane just in case. 
We waited the two hours, Blake starving the whole time because I had left the lunch in the car.  He left us know often how hungry he was.  We got the text that she was on the plane, feeling good and excited.  We downloaded the flight tracker and then headed off.  Too soon it turned out.  The flight was delayed on the tarmac for 2 1/2 hours with mechanical problems.  They ended up deplaning everyone and rescheduling flights.  The first one Myrna could get was Tuesday.  Lalainia came and got her and she stayed up there until her flight.  Tuesday rolled around, on the plane, another 1/2 hour delay and finally she was off.  We were so glad to see that flight land safely in Salt Lake.  Such a long anticipated wait for her to go on this mission.  We have heard that she is loving it so far, long full days, but it is going well.  We are so excited for her and this opportunity and all that she is going to learn and do.  And the service that she is going to give.  What a great example she is to her children and grandchildren.  Looking forward to seeing future Instagram posts and reading her emails.