Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Things I don't want to Forget

Thank you Dan and Liz for recording this moment in history! I loved this day and all the memories I have!! I don't want to forget that!

These are great guys - who wouldn't want to pick one of them up from the temple!!??! I don't want to forget what incredible guys they are - - thanks for being worthy! I don't want to forget that!
Our newest - baby Hero!! Such cute grandbabies!! I sure don't want to forget them! They grow so fast - I cherish their cuddles and grins. Don't ya melt when their little eyes sparkle? When they reach out for you or just want a hug it's the best. I'm blessed with 6 awesome little bugs. I don't want to forget that!

I don't want to forget the Miracle of March! How smart first graders are in March... they can read! They can write!! They have incredibly wise thoughts and they wonder! I don't want to forget that.

All the fun and games of Spring break! It was a blast sleeping an hour or two more each day, reading for a few minutes in bed and then hitting the ground running with Jennie. I can honestly say that we shopped til we dropped. We cleaned and organized, crafted and talked. It was terrific! We have a million more ideas now and want more time to play. It always happens to me. Spring Break whets my appetite for the lazy days of summer. (Plus I was forced to go computer-less for the week so I really read a book!! WOW!) I don't want to forget those days...

I am so grateful for good friends. Ones to go to lunch with, laugh with, serve with, work with, and share with. I don't want to forget the sacrifices of good friends - how they help me whenever I need a hand. I want to remember that friendship is precious and not to treat it lightly. I want to make sure that my friends know that I won't take them for granted. How grateful I am to have friends wherever I go. I feel blessed!! Please, I don't want to forget that!

I want to remember the simple pleasures of Family Game Nights. It's not about who wins or loses but it's about the relationships we are building!! I don't want to forget that!

I don't want to forget how much fun I have with my best friend - Rich! I'm glad that we've always dated and spent time together. I don't want to forget the sacrifices he's made to be with me. We carpool together daily( my colleagues are so envious as he watches me walk into my classroom.) We support the other person's hobbies and enjoy car rides and shopping; if we're together. We are certainly two very different people with different interests and passions but that's what makes our life so grand. I don't want to forget that!

Finally I don't want to forget the privilege of living so close to the Temple. We've been challenged to go three times before Stake Conference - I don't want to forget that!!!

I'm a list maker - I guess this is just a small list of things I don't want to forget - today!!
Are there things you don't want to forget???

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Spur of the moment Saturday!

Spur of the moment Saturdays are great!! How great to have the time and abilities to enjoy them! An email from a favorite hangout (the Poisoned Pen Bookstore) inspired our Saturday jaunt - south to Tucson to take in Tucson Festival of Books. The first ever Tucson festival was a resounding success! Over 450 authors were scheduled with more than 200 presentations, lectures and signings! Can you say, "book lover's heaven"?? Wow, the campus was prettier than ever, it was wonderfully laid out and well attended. The weather truly showed off it's colors as well!! There where spectacular clouds, a few sprinkles, cool temperatures and then gorgeous spans of sunshine! Boy, the Chamber of Commerce must be bustin' their buttons!
The scenery was lovely! Don't ya just love those clouds?!?!?I was tempted to plop right down and devour a few pages....

Rich even gets in the spirit! He truly likes talking to others about their books and interests. He's the perfect guest at these events because he is curious! Everyone wants to talk to him! He's my perfect companion for festivals~ He is willing to attend any lectures that I want or go off on his own.
I am finally taking photos of Rich. It always seems that he is the one behind the camera and not in front of it. Today he is my proof that we were there!!
My favorite presentation of the day was by a favorite author, Thomas Perry, and another new author (to me), Peter Leonard. They were well suited to each other and the topic was entertaining. I loved the fact that they shared tips and strategies as well as little known, behind the scene facts about their books. You felt like a best friend to these men! A verbal handshake as we talked and visited. It was wonderfully personal, even when held in an old Chemistry class in the Science Building!!

A trip to Tucson any day of the week requires a trip to Eegee's!! Fries with a side of ranch and a large strawberry eegee's really hit the spot for me!! Jennie loves this so much that we even served it at her wedding reception!! Now that was the largest order I've ever had there, that's for sure!! Eleven party packs - tangerine and strawberry! Yum! Today it was just the two of us so the order was much more sane, but we brought extra home for others!!

This Spur of the Moment Saturday was the perfect start to Spring Break week!! Party on, dude!!

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

March Madness

Wahoo! Photos of the wedding are trickling in and they make me smile from ear to ear when I see them. What a great gift they are. Good friends, digital cameras and captured moments.... enjoy a taste of it with me today!!

The look on their faces is priceless - it's all worth it!

Family - it's what it's all about!!
(MIA - two brothers, Paul and Drew, there in spirit if not in body! They were missed!)

A great heritage!!! Kissing!!

I know you can't see the tears - but they were there!
Rich and I were so happy for them. Proud as punch!!

Was she afraid they would dump her in the grass?
You bet!! That's what brothers are for!

Footsteps and flowers....

Life in March is miraculous and maddening....
  • The miracle of March is evident in my classroom. Readers, independence, great growth - they just start to really "get it" and it's incredible. This year as I teach the non-English speakers it feels even more gratifying!
  • The madness of schedules! It feels overbooked and hectic when in reality I am ready for Spring fever, naps in the afternoon, swinging in the hammock and a good book.
  • The miracles of friends, of those who serve without qualms, helping hands and gentle hearts.
  • The madness of report cards, district cuts, student numbers and allocations and the unease of whether we have jobs. Where will we be next year? Who said that education was a safe place to be?!?!
  • The miracle of spring!! Spring break! New grass, babies, discovery and re-birth!
Ya gotta love March Madness~~~~
(Gosh, and to think basketball is next!! Yippee!)

Sunday, March 1, 2009

All Because Two People Fell in Love...

Well, they did it!! Jennie and Kyle finally got married! It was wonderful and I cried from beginning to end!! Yep, perfect!

Days rushed by and all too soon it was like Christmas, it was coming whether I was ready or not. It seemed like I blinked and it was here. We rushed and rushed and the house was taken over by the wedding fairy.... we are just now beginning to reclaim the floor!!

We have wonderful friends to than, family who supported us, and a peace and contentment now that they are Mr. & Mrs.

I was hoping to have photos of the bride and groom (they were gorgeous!) to post by now, but you will just have to envision it with me. Just remember that I will look like a vision of loveliness. Not like the short, pudgy and polka-dotted person I'm afraid I truly resembled!! Imaginations, please! Instead today I blog with photos of setting up. Just to remember a bit of all the blood, sweat and tears....

Decorating is NOT, let me repeat that, NOT my forte!! Thank heavens for great friends, tulle and twinkle lights!! Everything looks better with them! Of course when you add about 450-500 people, lots of presents and food it even looks more romantic and festive!

The wedding was in the temple at 9:45 so preparations started early!! Jennie's roommate from college drove down from Utah to do her hair (and it was FABULOUS!! Wow!) Makeup was done by Jennie's cousin, Noelle, who really should do the makeup for the celebs! She rocks! I couldn't believe that we even had time for a light breakfast!

The temple wedding and sealing was incredible!!!! Yes, I cried!! And cried!! Kyle and Jennie are perfect for each other and to see them kneel and look into each other's eyes it made perfect sense that they had found one another. I loved the tenderness of Kyle. It seemed that he was happiest when next to her, touching her hand or waist and enjoying the day with her. His parents have raised such a caring and tender man!! After the wedding in the temple we went outside to take TONS of photos. The day was great. We had loads of family there and it certainly was a celebration!

Kyle's folks hosted a luncheon at a local restaurant and Jennie wowed the patrons when she arrived in her wedding gown! She then added an apron and proceeded to eat and enjoy lunch all dolled up!! When they left with the photographers to spend the afternoon taking photos the whole restaurant started applauding and wishing them well. It was a blast! We all revdezvoused back at our Stake Center for the reception and a ring ceremony later that night.

A ring ceremony was held for those who were not able to go into the temple and it was sweet. Our little granddaughters Emma, Ariel and Gracie were so cute in blue dresses and carrying daisies. They were perfect for the job! Ring bearers were cute, little Noah and Brinton, but it was a good thing they didn't really have rings - - two year olds are about as trustworthy as groomsmen (good joke, Dan, Kevin and Kevin!!)

The reception seems a blur now, but we can all remember long lines, bounties of good wishes, hugs and dancing. The reception line was to have been 45 minutes, but 2 1/2 hours later the kids finally got to their dancing!! We were blessed to have so many come and wish the newlyweds well. We felt very honored and priviledged to host such a party. Again, did I cry - you bet!
We sent the happy couple off with bubbles, hoops and hollars and my heart went with them. It was weird waking up and not having Jennie here. Could it be that time flashed by so fast? Indeed it did!