Sunday, February 14, 2016

Zone Conference Singing

President Hall, Bethany's mission President, posted a video on facebook of Bethany's zone singing together at their zone conference.  It was so fun to see!! It brought tears to my eyes to hear them sing The Army of Helaman.  I loved what they added at the end about being grateful for the food.  I am so grateful that she is serving the Lord.  I love seeing how happy she is!

Here is the video:

Baby it's cold outside and Happy Valentine's day!

Well we are experiencing a cold front again.  This morning when Neil left to go to meetings at the church he said it was 3 degrees outside.  That's cold!  What makes it really cold is that our heater quit working yesterday.  We do have a couple of space heaters and a natural gas fireplace in the living room. but it is cold in our house. We sent in a maintenance request to the college yesterday and I hope they will come fix our heater tomorrow.  I really didn't want to get out of bed this morning.  I could feel the cold air all around me and I just wanted to stay under the blankets.

We had our traditional Valentine's dinner with shrimp and baked potatoes tonight.  We also had buttermilk chicken and mashed potatoes. After dinner we went to New Beginnings at the church.  When we got home we had hot fudge brownie sundaes.  It was a fun Valentine's dinner.  I also made peanut butter cups for everyone.

It was New Beginnings tonight and since MaryAnne is turning 12 this year she was invited.  It was a fun Sister shower.  We got word while we were there that school is cancelled for tomorrow because of the cold and it was snowing while we were there.

MaryAnne, Dallin, Josh and Lydia are taking advantage of the house being cold tonight and having a sleepover in the living room around the fireplace.  They think it is fun to sleep on the couches. We'll see how much sleep they get.  I hope they stay warmer around the fire than they would in their rooms.

Everyone stay warm and we hope you had a happy Valentine's day!!  I am grateful for Neil and the love that we share for each other.  I am grateful for that today and eveyday!!  We should celebrate love everyday!  I also think of this day as We Love to Be a Family Day! I am so grateful for families in Heavenly Father's plan.

Sunday, February 7, 2016

New snow boots

We didn't bring any snow boots with us to Virginia.  Every time the kids went out in the snow they would come in with wet and cold feet.  I went to the thrift store one day and they happened to have an adorable pair of glittery gold boots that looked a little big for Lydia, but I knew she would love them any way.  They only cost two dollars so I bought them for her.  When I brought them home and showed her she did love them.  I told her she needed to try them on.  She said she just knew they would fit.  They actually are a little big but it doesn't stop her from wearing them everywhere.  The only place she doesn't like to wear them is out in the snow.  She doesn't want them to get wet or dirty.  Here are a few pictures of the new snow boots and how she keeps them dry in the snow.   You just got to love new glittery boots when you are five.

Lydia picking berries to catch my cardinal with

Parry McCluer Middle School production of Lion King Jr.

David had the opportunity to perform with the drama classes at the middle school in the Lion King Jr.  He enjoyed being a hyena in the chorus.  The kids did a great job.  There were lots of kids from our ward in the production and it was fun to watch them perform.  They performed on Friday and Saturday evening.  Julia, Matthew, Emma, MaryAnne and Dallin went to watch on Friday.  Neil and I took Joshua and Lydia to watch on Saturday evening.  It was great to support David.  He was a good sport about still participating even though he didn't get the part he wanted. Joshua and Lydia enjoyed sitting in the Lion's den with David after and having their pictures taken. Here are a few pictures from Saturday's performance: