Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Here comes summer!

I have so much on my plate at this moment that I'm making lists of lists and checking them all several times to make sure I'm keeping up.  And truth be told... there's been a few times that I'm not!   Funny, as I typed that sentence, I just realized that I forgot one thing on my to-do list from today and will need to make a little quick trip to deliver something before the day's over!  Oops!  This new shoulder is trying to win the battle and I refuse to let it, but it's definitely a struggle!

So.  Summer is upon us.  Tomorrow is ZJ's last day of school (one hour, actually) for the year.  Grace and the other seniors at her school have one more week but the underclassmen have even a few more days than that.  It's crazy!

So, here's a few things on my list of "happenings" for the summer so far: 

JUNE:

  • Host a bridal shower for my favorite nephew Jake's fiancee'.  (That's this week.)
  • Liza and the girls are arriving for a ten day (as long as the stars align perfectly) visit.
  • Grace graduates!
  • Between now and then, I still have not taken her senior pictures (I've not been able to hold the camera up to take them, and even now, it's a fight.) and then have announcements made and mail them.  They may be "Grace graduated" announcements instead of Grace will be graduating.
  • Get Grace ready to go to Laurel Training Camp (a special spiritual LDS camp experience for Juniors and Seniors. Grace is going to be serving as a Camp Counselor this year.)
  • Get ZJ ready to go and spend a little time helping Liza with the girls in St. George.
  • Host a second bridal shower for my favorite niece Lexi.
  • Decorate and help prepare my favorite niece Lexi's wedding because I'm the official "wedding planner".
  • Host a bridal shower for my favorite nephew Dillon's fiancee'.
  • Celebrate Lexi's wedding day and reception.
JULY
  • Fourth of July Fireworks Celebration (which thankfully, all I do is make a gigantic batch of potato salad and enjoy the night at Doug's brother and wife's home!)
  • The Corbridge Family Reunion at the Ranch
  • Prepare a "Faith Walk" for Girls Camp
  • Make all of the favors/pillow gifts/preparations for our Ward Young Women's Girls Camp
  • Celebrate some way and send Quayd a memorable and exciting ONE YEAR hump day package!
AUGUST
  • Attend and be in charge of Friday Night Celebration of a separate Family Reunion at the Ranch.
  • Girls Camp
  • Get ZJ prepared for school
And during all of this, with my one arm, I'll be having physical therapy regularly, serving in the YW presidency (which means teaching Sunday lessons and Tuesday activities), trying to keep up with Doug, my girls, the house, family, friends, being a missionary mom and healing this shoulder!

I'm not at all complaining.  I'm stating a fact.  I am thrilled to have all of these fun things to look forward to and I'm so thankful for my cute girls who are uber helpful 99% of the time!  It's going to be a busy and great summer!  I am just needing to be more focused and more organized than ever!  I started this post this morning and was feeling overwhelmed but today, at the end of the day, I'm feeling more on top of it. 

The showers are organized in my head and on paper.  The thank you gifts are in the works.   Tomorrow, I have a couple of things to grab for the first one and the girls and Doug will help get the house company clean!  The other two shower assignments ready to be made to helping hands of a couple sisters-in-law and the girls.  Getting the house ready for the shower will be a quickstart to being ready for Liza to arrive!  I can do this!  I just need to look at it on paper, just like I've listed here!  Fire to fire!  With a little wedding planning throughout it all!  I got this!  Life is good!

Monday, May 22, 2017

another May catch-up

A few random things that have happened this month that I've not gotten around to sharing... some trivial.  Some NOT!

FIRST AND MOST IMPORTANT!  I can finally share the news that Liza and Buddy are moving!  From St. George.  BACK TO ARIZONA!!!  My heart is broken that they will not be so close anymore.  Up until my fall, I was able to see them every six to eight weeks.  Now, it will be back to 13 hour drives or a plane ticket.  UGH.  Right now, neither sound inviting.  Buddy has a new opportunity in his career that is part of that climb that they anticipated when he went into his field.  He will be a athletic director for a High School Southwest of Pheonix.  He's getting out of the collegiate sports and into High School sports, which was not a direction that they had predicted, but it will allow him to be home more on Sundays, travel less and the pay is a plus!  We are so proud of how hard he works and the steps he's taken to provide well and be there for his family!  Liza couldn't be more thrilled about moving back to her beloved state of Arizona.  This Grammie is not so thrilled about being six hours further but very happy that they are very happy!  That's what matters!

Grace had her Seminary Graduation on Sunday evening.  It was a lovely program.  The YSA bishop introduced himself to the graduates as they will all now be attending the Young Single Adult LDS Ward.  Grace has already been attending for a bit and she's loving it!  This is just too strange to imagine her being out of high school.  She's not yet decided what she will be doing... a mission, a job, college.  She doesn't know yet.  She feels quite overwhelmed about it.  We've decided that with our insane summer ahead, neither of the girls will get jobs for the summer because they'd need every other day off.  So, we're encouraging her to enjoy her last summer of freedom and then get serious about life in the fall!  We have had fun getting ready though... here's a little lunch after graduation dress shopping....


ZJ is one happy camper about summer coming!  She has got big plans for the summer of being a Youth Camp Leader at Girls Camp and making a trip to help Liza with the move to Arizona!  I think that I have some pretty cute daughters.



Our trusty little Subaru gave up the ghost two weeks ago.  We spent a week looking for something new to us and found a cute silver Honda Accord.  I've not driven a "car car" for years.  Literally, over twenty years.  It feels strange and different but I love that I can steer it and shift with my right arm and not so much pain.  Bonus!  We are not new car people.  Well, Doug is not.  He could win the lottery tomorrow and would not buy a new car.  (He'd have to buy a ticket to win, of course, and that won't happen either.)  "A vehicle gets you from point A to point B and depreciates every day.  NO new cars!"  So, we paid cash, he's happy and I'm happy to have heated leather seats and a nice stereo. That's all that really matters... Point A to Point B, good tunes and warm buns, right?

I have not had a diet coke for eight days.  That doesn't mean that I won't tonight or tomorrow, but I decided to give my body a break.  It's been nice and I haven't minded until tonight when I got the girls a Sonic slush and my Route 44 Ice Water didn't sound quite so good.

Big news... silly TMI news... I am now wearing a bra most days!  AND I can put it on all by myself!  That's journal material because six months ago I couldn't lift my phone or move my arm an inch!  Life is good... no where near what it used to be but it's improving.  Between my right foot, my left knee and this whole new shoulder, I'm really missing my thirty-something body!  (Not to mention it's shape!)

Just a few days ago, our backyard looked like this!  We got four inches of snow and several broken tree limbs and branches.  Sadness!  The snow was gone by the end of the day, but only after much damage to the valley.
8AM We woke up to this.  (Trash Day, obviously, too.)  It snowed all day long!


5PM view from the hottub.  Still snowing but melted.  Notice the dangling branch, which is bigger than the one on the ground.  Sadness.  But, as Doug says, "It's Mother Nature doing her job."



That's plenty of catching up for now!  Life is good!


Monday, May 15, 2017

Mothers Day 2016

I did have a Mothers Day entry ready to post and when I returned, my computer dumped it!  SO... I will write it all again and make sure to hit Save before I leave the desk!

I couldn't have asked for more this Mothers Day.  I heard from all six of my kids!  That was lovely and doesn't always happen.

I woke up before anyone on Mothers Day because I'd started reading a new book and couldn't stop!  I went to bed with it and woke up and decided to fit in a few chapters before Doug or the girls were up.  While I read, they prepared me a lovely breakfast and served it in bed.

After church, Zee prepared a yummy spaghetti dinner and two pies from scratch! And she made up both recipes!  Key Lime and a Banana Pecan Crunch, she called it.  OH MY!!!

I watched the clock all day, waiting for Quayd to Facetime.   We'd planned on 5PM our time and he was only a few minutes after when my screen showed this happy smiling boy of ours!  We were so excited!  The connection was terrible.  We disconnected about fifteen times in the 40 minutes (that ended up being an hour because of the disconnects) but it was great!  We facetimed Liza at the end so that she could say hello and that Quayd could meet his new niece, EdieAnn.  Edie smile a big smile for him, which made him tear up.  He was so happy to visit with us all and I managed not to cry until our goodbye.




I've mentioned that Grace has had a problem.  Since her tonsilectomy three years ago, she belches.  Uncontrollably.  They surprise her and they are LOUD!!  And LONG!!!   As soon as she turned eighteen, we scheduled her for an endoscopy, which concluded that she has Celiac sprue.  So not cool!  She also had her esophogus stretched during the endoscopy to see if that would improve things.  Nope.  It made it worse!!!!  So, Grace can outbelch a football player.  Tiny teeny Grace can be heard throughout the house... on dates, in church, while singing, we never know.  Diet has not made one bit of difference.

SOOOOOO.... we are facetiming with Quayd.  His companion, Elder Allen, is sitting next to him. Quayd asks about it and if she's doing better.  We tell him no.  We've had our time together on Facetime. I start to choke up and get teary-eyed.  Everyone tells him goodbye.  I'm last.  I say, "I love you so much, Bug.  We miss you!  Fourteen months to go!!!" and I start crying and sign "I love you."  Then, I say, "WAIT!  ONE MORE SCREEN SHOT!"  I hit the buttons on the iPad and the screen goes black.  I say, in tears, "Dang.  We lost them.  But, yay, we got to say goodbye first!"  At that point, Grace belches one of her loudest ever and lonnnnngest belches in history.  We are so used to it that we don't usually address it.  She says "Excuse me" and we move on.  BUT, this time, she belches this loud belch and we hear Elder Corbridge and Elder Allen BUST OUT LAUGHING and  Elder Allen says, "WHOOOOOAAAAAAA!!!  DID YOU HEAR THAT!?!?!?!?!?!"  I touched my iPad screen and there they were again.  We were all laughing soooooo hard!  Her belch fixed the internet!  Sadly, we still had to go, but it was the best laugh we've had in a lonnnnng time!  Poor Grace.  She is so dainty and feminine in every other way!  Her future husband will be impressed!  Not a story she is proud of but then again, she loved making Quayd laugh because Quayd's laugh is our favorite thing in the world!


It's hard to believe that he's been gone for ten months already!  Best Mothers Day EVER!!!!  Talking to him made my day!!!

Thursday, May 4, 2017

New Beginnings 2017

This was actually two weeks ago but it's been a crazy two weeks, so I'm just getting to posting our Young Womens New Beginnings.  It was a great evening and the highlight for me was seeing Grace get her YW Medallion, which she had earned almost twice since she was twelve.  She was supposed to receive it before my new shoulder and then we waited all these months that I was not able to attend church.  We, the leaders, decided to give it to her at the New Beginnings so that all of the girls would see.

So, here's a few pix of the evening...

Grace received her award on the same day that she began attending the YSA.  She's 18 and graduating in a few weeks, so it's time for her to move on to the Young Single Adults.  She's loving it already...however, she was a little nervous when an "old guy" asked her on a date last week.  She said no and neither knew how old the other was, but Doug informed her and she was "AAAHHHHH!"  about it!  ha! New Beginnings was her last "official" Young Womens Event, although she will still go to Girls Camp as a leader this summer.  Lorna, also received her medallion, and both girls also received a  "Willow Tree" praying figurine.  Grace collects them and was thrilled!


Raising four daughters, attending over twenty New Beginnings, they are almost always the same thing... explain the YW Values, tell what each class represents, introduce the new girls and award the older ones.  I wanted to try something new and different. I wanted to simplify it and yet cover our bases.  We found these three "posters" representing each class/age group and displayed them.  No more was said about the individual classes.


Rather than explain or describe each of the eight values, we asked the girls to each stand, impromptu, and had them share any value and what it means to them.  Every girl took a turn.  I loved hearing the girls share an experience or their testimony of how that particular value had made a difference in their life.  No one took more than one minute and this was the biggest part of our program.  No one had been asked in advance, all the values were covered and some a few times.  Loved it!


Our theme for the evening was ASK, LEARN, GROW.  Our president shared her thoughts and had asked four girls to share how Young Womens has brought them closer to Christ.  Zee was one of those four girls.  The girls had some great insights to the beauties and blessings of the Young Womens Organization.


Decorations had been on my mind for weeks and weeks.  With my shoulder, there's not a lot else that I can be working on, so it was wonderful to have a project!  I decided to keep it simple and down to just a treat or two for refreshments.  Valarie decorated these sixty cupcakes to look like flowers.  They were cute, but oh, my!  They were divine. She's quite the baker!  She also made a wedding cake the same week!  That's love and sacrifice!


simple is what I do these days.... found this quote on Pinterest... just like that.


It really was beautiful.  When Bishop walked in, he stopped, took a look and said, "WOW!!"  That was cool to have a man notice the detail!


Ann, the other counselor, had hosted her son's wedding two days prior... hence, Val's wedding cake bake.  Ann brought her flowers from the wedding to enhance the decor!  We were happy to have all those roses still looking beautiful for New Beginnings... Budget friendly decorations is always a plus!


You can't tell, but the flat tray that is not cupcakes, are little white chocolate daisies, which Ann made the morning after the wedding.  Seriously... these ladies are dedicated!


Here's Grace and Lorna!  These two are great friends.  Lorna keeps us all laughing!


 As always, I'm thankful for Doug, who is willing to load up and haul half or our home to every event that I have anything to do with at church.  He is always willing and helpful! I am blessed to have such a supportive husband!


We made these 18 inch paper daisies during presidency meeting a few weeks ago.  They are "Folded Crepe Tissue", not tissue paper.  We cute the petals out, about thirty per flower (details on pinterest under Folded Crepe Paper Daisies) and the centers were large pompoms made of yarns in each of the value colors.


I was touched by ZJ's thoughts in her talk.  She mentioned that we had lost the white pompom for a minute before gluing them on.  She had told me, "It's okay, Mom.  All of the flowers are white, so you can get away without the white center in one."  Then she said that as she had thought about it, the white, which represents Faith, is necessary for each and every one of the other values.  We need faith for every value, every step of the way!   She said it quite eloquently and I loved her sentiment!

The whole evening was perfect!  One little side story.  On Saturday afternoon, late, Doug and I were both sitting down for a moment with our planners. Since he has been serving in the YSA, we don't have a lot of Sundays together.  HOWEVER... He reminded me, "Oh, Babe, because of Easter, they moved our YSA Marraige class to tomorrow night at 5:00, so we teach tomorrow."  I looked at him and said, "HON!  NEW BEGINNinGS is at FIVE tomorrow!"  We both gasped!  So, he grabbed his phone and sent out a few texts.  We teach this class to the YSA engaged couples just before they get married.  It's about communication and strengthening your marriage right from the beginning.  It is our favorite thing that we have EVER done together through our 40 years of serving in the church!  We would never want to miss this class!

SO.  Doug texted and arrange to trade hours with the other High Counselor who teaches the Finance Class, (both are taught back to back, once a month, for the soon-to-be newlyweds). We would teach at six instead of our normal hour at five and he would teach first.  Problem solved.  I informed the Bishop and other YW leaders that I'd set everything up, be there for 45 minutes (which was about the length of the program, but I would not be there for the refreshments.  Then, I asked them to just leave everything for me to come back and pack my things after the marriage class.

All went as planned.  We left and returned and no one saved me a cupcake!!!  NOT ONE!!!  One of the YW leaders sent a group text to the rest of us later that night, after we had come home.  I teased that my heart was broken because I'd left early and I'd not gotten to eat one of Val's beautiful cupcakes.  Two minutes later, the doorbell rang.  It was Kelli, our YW President bringing me the very last cupcake that was left.  Oh, my, it was delish! She is too sweet!  Doug had answered the door and invited her right into our bedroom where the girls, Doug and I were all casually chilling with our scriptures all over our bed.  We visited for a few minutes and agreed that it had been a perfect evening!  Especially now that I had a cupcake!  

Since then, whenever we are out of anything or someone didn't save me a bite, I say, "And no one even saved me a cupcake!"  The girls remind me quickly that Kelli brought me one!  

I do love serving in the capacity of this calling in Young Women, working with my own girls and with the fun ladies that I've become such good friends with!  What a gift!