Saturday, November 26, 2011

Thanksgiving 2011

Remember me! Just wanted to tell the world what a great day I had today... I've been "off" all week and I've done absolutely NOTHING.... but spend quality time with Tyrone. We don't get to spend much time together while school is in, so this time is pretty fun for us. We've spent the week watching movies, sleeping in, going for walks with Hoku, hanging out with friends and visiting family and of course cooking. I have to admit, I don't miss setting the alarm clock. I did set it on Thanksgiving morning for the parade though. I love parades. There's just something so awesome about a large Kermit the Frog balloon going down the street in NYC. I do have a dream of watching the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in person. Maybe next year...

Ty and I went to Thanksgiving dinner at Betty and Sam's house in Vacaville. All the kids and Julie and Kainoa were there. Beck had to work. (Thank you California Highway Patrol) It was cool. Easy breezy.. The food was amazing and all I had to make was a broccoli salad. (the one with bacon, broccoli, pecans, red onions, etc..) Betty made a killer turkey and her mashed potatoes were awesome. She also made this pumpkin cheesecake that was crazy yummy. We all just hung out and looked at ads and dreamed about Christmas for a few hours. I also got new school pictures of the kids and they are awesome!! We played some video games, ate more and headed home in the fog. It was a great night.
Black Friday was awesome too. I don't like to head out with the shoppers, but I do love to watch movies. We saw the Muppet Movie and I loved it!! Oh the memories!! I love the muppets! Ty and I went to the downtown mall and watched it and then headed over to L&L to feed the missionaries. There's a group of local people that go there every Friday to play Hawaiian music. Sam came from Vacaville and we sang with them. We had a blast. Bishop and his family came too..Val also came. It was a wonderful evening.. It was pretty amazing... I got to sing some Na Leo...loved it!!

Well, I'm off to bed, but I just felt like I couldn't end the day without expressing how grateful I am to have such a great family and friends. I'm grateful for all of the tender mercies and great blessings God has granted me. Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

Tuesday, February 1, 2011


Happy February everyone! Is it just me or does it feel like Christmas was yesterday? That was the fastest January I've seen in years. Must be this new modified school schedule I'm on. Well, much has happened this last month. I am currently in the process of planning "the trek." It's our summer youth conference activity. In just 6 months, 250 youth from the Sacramento Stake will be dressing up in their pioneer garb and spending three days out on the Mormon Immigrant Trail together. I'm a little nervous, but I know it'll be fun. If you've been on a trek, and have any great ideas, let me know.

Yesterday was a rough day at work. I think I broke a record. 5 suspensions. I would elaborate more but I don't think I can. We probably do a suspension a week, but 5 in a day is a bit much. After speaking with all of the parents, they were all upset with their children, but realized that they had some teaching to do when their little one arrived home that day. I dislike bullies and this was a bullying issue. Please remind your kids, if there's a bully, we can take care of it. If we don't know the bully is out there, we can't help. The only way to get rid of a bully, in my opinion, is to teach the other kids how to deal with a bully. They have to be willing to unite and stand up for the kid who is being bullied. The also have to talk to an adult. It's the only thing that works.

Monday, January 17, 2011

Catchin' up!

No, I haven't fallen off the face of the earth. However, somedays it feels as though I have. :) I've been so comforted and inspired by your blogs, I thought I'd get my act together and start blogging again. I hope an entire year doesn't pass by before I blog again, but I'm going to try my best!

We had the boys for the long weekend. They came up on Friday and went home today. I can't believe how fast they're growing..literally. Little Ty told me he needed new church shoes. He's wearing a size 10 1/2. His basketball shoes are a 10. We bought the basketball shoes in December. I think he's going to be taller than his Dad. We'll see.

They both passed the sacrament yesterday. It was pretty awesome. They looked so handsome in their suits. We had to "fill" a spot at the temple for baptisms and we were able to take the boys to the temple with us on Saturday evening with the Adams and Gibson families. It was supposed to be a special baptism session for the new members but none were able to make it. So... Bishop called, interviewed the boys, and next thing I know we're off to the temple. It was really fun. They loved it. Their dad got to do the baptisms too. They did ten baptisms each and five confirmations. It was a really special night. Bishop asked Little Ty to say the prayer in the temple. I could tell he was a little nervous, but he did a great job. I do love to hear my boys pray. :)

We went to Leatherby's too. It was Ty's birthday this week so it was a nice way to end the week.
It was really fun!!

Sunday we went to church. It was my first Sunday as a released "YW Pres." Kind've wierd. I missed my girls a ton. It's kind've hard to go to RS after two years of not going. However, I LOVE my sisters in the ward so I adjusted pretty quickly. Today I had to lead the music in sacrament meeting for Tiff, played the prelude in sacrament for Sister Stanger, filled in at the piano in RS, and then went to Sac 1st ward for a YW visit. Afterwards, I went to a presidency meeting with the new Sac 2nd YW presidency, and then left to Vallejo for the evening to celebrate Ty's birthday. I made him a chocolate and yellow cake with funfetti. It was fun! Julie, Becky, Kainoa, Fia, Leka, Ty, Little Ty, Cameron and I spent the evening eating hamburgers with the missionaries and talking about them. Vallejo 2nd has a missionary from Detroit, Michigan, Jefferson City, Missouri, Vanuatu, and Wales. WOW! Now that's some diversity. And the missionary from Detroit is Filipino. He couldn't understand why he was sent to Vallejo, but he loves it. I told him Vallejo has more Filipinos than Milpitas, and that's why the Lord sent him here. I don't think he got my joke!

Today, I spent the day with the Readfearns. Bishop, Sharon, and their daughter Sherrie. Sharon is improving every single day. She had a stroke in Sacramento last Tuesday. I know the prayers of many are really helping. She went from eating nothing, to drinking a small jamba juice in less that four days. We've got a long road ahead of us, but I know the Lord is watching over her.
Some of you might remember Sharon from my wedding reception. She and Paula Evans did my wedding luncheon in Oakland after Tyrone and I were married in the temple. I love her a ton. More than I can express in words. Thankfully, my home ward (Vallejo 2nd) has offered to take extra special care of her for me. A few members have offered to have family members stay in their homes and many have offered to bring by a meal. I don't know what I'd do without my Vallejo ward family. I just love'em. You can take the girl out of Vallejo, but you can never take the Vallejo out of the girl. :)

Tiff and Chris came by on their way home from Monterey to pick up Tyrone. They met us at the hospital and when Sharon saw them she recognized them immediately. It was pretty awesome. I can't wait to see what progress she'll make tomorrow. Thanks again Tiff and Chris for coming by. You're the best..

Lesson of the day- Nothing is a coincidence. God is watching over all of us and he puts special people in our lives to help us through this crazy journey we call life.