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Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Build A Bear Day

Today was the day that we finally got to take Emily to Build A Bear. We've been keeping a chart for her and if she kept her pants dry for 2 weeks straight then we told we would take her to Build A Bear. She's been eyeing Maria's "Princess" for awhile now, so we thought that would be a good incentive, and it really was! We picked up Todd from work and drove to The Gateway. Emily chose a bear just like Maria's and named her "Honey". Todd and I got to put a recorded message from both of us inside the bear so when Emily squeezes her hand she'll hear us tell her that we love her. They really go all out there and treat the kids very well. It was a fun experience. It's the first time I've ever been there and actually seen how they build the bear, since Gwen was the one that took Maria for her birthday.

Then we went to lunch at Appleby's. On the way home we stopped by Gwen's to use her bathroom (Emily didn't want to have an accident on the way home - what a big girl!) We checked out her tile and grout since we're going to paint it for her. I found this amazing product called Aqua Mix grout colorant that worked wonders on my bathroom tile. It was looking totally dirty and no matter what I cleaned it with it was still discolored and gross (and it's not even a year old - AND I sealed it after it we put it in). I did a search online and found this product and decided to give it a try. It colors and seals your grout for up to 15 years. I did it last month and it still looks so amazing. It looks like it's brand new and doesn't discolor every time it gets wet. I am LOVING it!!

I'm also really excited about my Young Women's calling. It is SO much more work than Primary ever was, but it's amazing what the program is like now. They didn't have this when I was in "mutual". I guess they totally redid the program in 1985 (just after I graduated) and then made another change in 1991 (or was that 2001?). I love the personal progress program that they do now and I've decided that I'm going to start doing it and setting goals.

Sunday, October 14, 2007

Not crazy about the pictures.......

Okay, so I love my boys and think they are both SO darling, but I got their school pictures back the other day and I had to laugh. Joseph is hilarious and is doing one of the worst fake smiles I think I've ever seen. Andrew's aren't as bad, but he looks like he just ran a marathan and is all hot and sweaty. Needless to say I won't be ordering any of these pictures to hang on my wall. Unfortunately they will be in the boys' year book at the end of the year for all to see.

My new calling

Today was my last day in Primary as 1st counselor and my first day in Young Women's as 1st counselor. It was a pretty emotional day. I got emotional thinking that I won't be serving in the primary with all of the cute kids (and my own great kids), and the other women that I've grown to love so much. Then, when I went into Relief Society for opening exercises with the young women (which they do once a month) I felt like a fish out of water because I haven't been in there for so long. When the girls stood up and said the Young Women values I got emotional because it's so beautiful and powerful. I've only heard it a few times before and every time I do it makes me want to cry. I'm really excited to be in the Young Women's organization because the other leaders are so great and I'm looking forward to getting to know them better, and the young women are so darling, and it will be fun getting to know them on a more personal level. I have 4 meetings this week though. A planning meeting with the girls today, a stake leadership meeting on Tuesday, an activity on Wednesday, and then a presidency meeting on Thursday. Whew! I think I'm in for a wild ride, and a LOT of work!!!

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Almost there.....

I spent several hours last night trying to get things organized and put away and shampooing the carpets.
The cabinets aren't quite ready yet. Still waiting for Troy to fix the lights and the outlet before we can put everything where it belongs.

New curtains on the windows.

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