Saturday, June 30, 2012

The Week at the Boyack's - week 3

 Lilli and I started CET (Children's Educational Theater) on Monday morning.  Lilli was super excited.  She couldn't go to sleep until around 11.  She was up around 3am fully dressed and ready to go.  I sent her back to bed.  She was up again at 6 and begged to get going all morning long.
After we got home from CET, John and I went to the HS to cut some wood.  John bought a new chop saw for the job.  Sadly, it was broken on the 2nd day of work parties at CET.

Lilli came along to help.

After awhile she got tired and layed down in a box on the shop floor to play "coffin".  I think the long exciting day got to her.

Tuesday was "audition" day at CET.  Lilli will be in the 1st year show directed by Marian Scadden.  She is very excited.  They will perform on July 24 and/or 25th.

Wednesday was a long day.  CET started early for me with a tech class field trip fo make stuff at Pentacle Theater and ended with a work party where a few students and volunteer parents came to start the set.  These are a few of my students.

Thursday was more of the same...  but Hannah came home!!!  She spent last week at girl's camp and then wasn't home much longer than 30 minutes and went to Grandma Mabee's house.  She helped Grandma and Grandpa do some work and earned a little cash.

She really is having an eventful summer.  It has barely started and she hasn't been home much.  At least she is always in a good mood!

 I think she likes camp best for the friends!
 She's earned her nick-name "Little Nuts"  LOL!
But she could use some manners!  LOL.  I found this picture on the camera from camp and had to laugh!

Around 1pm, Lilli and I met Granda Mabee, Kimber, Hannah, and McKay in downtown Salem to try on wedding dresses.  We were successful in finding a style McKay likes.    Now we are on the hunt for a dress that is affordable.    Then we went to the dentist with Hannah.
After we dropped off Kimber, Hannah , Lilli and I went back to CET for work party night.  John met us there.  We got a lot of work done, but we have a lot more to go.  bt the time I got to Friday I was so tired!  I came home after CET and vegged out.  I did go over to the HS and helped my friend Jeff with a cd before I turned over the key I had.  Then I went back to vegging out.    John got me a smart phone.  Sadly, it is smarter than me but not smarter than Lilli.  LOL  She has been playing Ray's new game.  Ray made a game app. for smart phones.  Everyone needs to check it out.  It is going toward supporting their little family.  Please buy his game for a $1.  It is affordable and it is going to a good cause!

Saturday I lost my motivation.  The cottonwood trees have knocked me on my butt.  I'm weasing and stuffy and I've lost my voice.  I mostly sat around all day.  It was great!  I did go out and shop for stuff for CET.  Meanwhile, John puttered around the yeard in the rain.  McKay went to work.  She does that alot.  Chad stayed up all night and into todday hoping to change his sleep cyle.  He finally gave up around 5pm today.  His sleep is pretty messed up.  Kimber and Ben came to vist.  and Hannah went to the temple.  It really has been a long week.  I wonder if I'll make it to the end of July.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Book of Mormon Study Conference Roport

Wow!  What a crazy week.  My legs ache.  My alergies returned (down cottonwood trees).  My brain is so tired I can barely thing straight.  Yesterday I left the house at 7am and didn't return until after 10pm.  Needless to say, I was too tired to do a scripture study.  so I'm trying to do it before I leave today.

Today I read Elder Ulisses Soares talk, Abide in the Lord's Territory

"Do my actions place me in the Lord's or in the enemy's territory?"

Oh!  I hope it's the Lord's!

I make too many mistakes in life to count.  It really is embarrassing.  But I am trying.

"You can't be right by doing wrong; you can't be wrong by doing right."

"If we exercise faith and are diligent in obeying the Lord's commandments, we will easily find the correct direction to foll."

I am going to do my best to make this my motto today.  I still have so much to do and far too little time to do it.

I am tired but I don't think I am weary today.  I am doing my best to teach others; to create beautiful things; to be humble and grateful; and to be kind in stressful situations.

"out of small things proceedeth that which is great."

Phew!  I can only handle baby steps... maybe more like a shuffle.

So, today I hope I stay on the Lord's side of the line.

Wish me luck!

What did you learn?

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Book of Mormon - Conference Talk

Motherhood is filled with ups and downs, triumphs and defeats and it is sometimes a tireless job. Mothers don't get sick days, or vacation days and some days you don't even get the chance to brush your teeth, shower or use the toilet by yourself. I can’t imagine doing things completely by myself; facing a lot of things by yourself whether it is mowing the grass, running your kids places or even who you are going to call when something breaks. It seems overwhelming… maybe even frustrating. Seriously, I can't begin to imagine the stress, the loneliness, the fear, and the grit that go into being a full-time single mom.

Today I read Elder David S Baxter’s conference talk, Faith, Fortitude, Fulfillment: A Message to Single Parents. I immediately thought of two of the most amazing women I know, Nancy and Autunm. These two ladies are raising fabulous kids on their own.

I know it is frustrating for them. I see it in their tired faces. But I see their kids too. Their kids are evidence they are both some of the most valiant and faith people I know.

I see them worry. I see them feel alone. I see them work hard.

Elder Baxter’s message is clear.

You got this.

“you need not fear for the future. Your children will grow up and call you blessed, and every single one of their many achievements will stand as a tribute to you.”

Ladies, this promised blessing is already manifest in you and in your families.

“… in the midst of world calamity and moral decay” you have provided your families “the doctrine, authority, ordinances, and covenants that do hold out the best hope for the world” … and your families.

What a gift you are giving them!

You are showing them where true happiness can be found.

I know Heaven smiles on you and you are never left alone.

I admire you, my friends. I admire the loving homes with peace, goodness and opportunity you are providing for your children.

I know I cannot replace what you are truly missing, but I’m here for you.

You are not alone.

Monday, June 25, 2012

Book of Mormon Study - conference Talk

Today was a busy day... CET from 7-1:30, home to work on CET lesson plans, to the HS from 6-9:30 to cut 200 corner blocks and 150 strap and prep cuts for the tree, moon, and shoe.  And then Lilli and I went to the store and she dropped a jar of pickle (how ironic is that?).  I got home after 10 and finally sat down to read some scriptures.  My brain couldn't concentrate so I went with a Conference Talk because it was more modern language.  LOL

Today I read Elder Robert D. Hales talk Coming to Ourselves: The Sacrament, the Temple, and Sacrifice in Service.

For the first time I actually could hear his voice in my head as I read.  That was cool.

He started with one of my favorite stories, the Prodigal Son.  I have always loved this story because it reminds me of all of us.  I think we are each of these characters at different times in our lives.  We are all the bitter faithful son that stayed and worked and feels jipped when his brother returns.  We all have rejoiced when someone we love comes back.   And... we all have had the experience of being the one that leaves.   Think about it.   We all left our Father and are working our way back, at the very least.  :)

Elder Hales reminds us that "we are truly sons and daughters of a caring Heavenly Father, who loves us..."

I sure wish I remembered Him more.  Maybe that would make my desire to be near him increase. 

"As our spiritual desires increase, we become spiritually self-reliant." 

He then asks, "How, then, do we help others, ourselves,  and our families increase our desires to follow the Savior and live His gospel?"

Yes indeed, How?

Sadly, I didn't really find the answer on how it increase desire in someone who appears to have little or no desire.  I did find ways to increase my own desire. 

He first focused on increasing desire through worthy worship with the Sacrament.

"Our pondering helps us to recognize that through the Savior's sacrifice, we have the hope, opportunity, and strength to make real, heartfelt changes in our lives."

The hard part is to help wayward youth experience these blessings.  Sometimes it feel impossible to get them to study, discuss,  or discover the relevance of the Atonement when they claim to not believe in God.  It is difficult to get them to search and impossible to get them to teach the Atonement to someone else. 

I guess I just have something to work toward.

Elder Hales next focused on the temple.  I remember listening to this talk.  I remember writing down this thought.

If I promise to go to the temple each month something will influence my son's heart...

... and, if I exercise faith and start putting away money for a mission, someday it will be put to good use.

I started doing that.  I can't say that I think it's making a difference, but at least I'm trying.

The last principle Elder Hales focused on was service.

"It is difficult for youth to understand how present actions will prepare them for or disqualify them from future service opportunities.."

Funny, but I think this is true for all of us.  I think we often forget to think things all the way through and act on impulse.  At least I do.  It's that whole "open mouth, insert foot thing."

I think it is most evident in how self-reliant I can be.

Just get to higher ground.  Then when the rains come up it won't matter as much, and I might just get a beach front house!

So that is what I learned.  How about you?

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Book of Mormon Study - Concerence Talk

I've had my share of pickle juice.

Today I read Elder Jeffrey R. Holland's talk "The Laborers in the Vineyard.

What a great message!

I am ashamed to admit that for many years I walked around drinking pickle juice.

"It's not fair!"  crept into my thoughts and words more often than I like to admit.

"It's not fair... someone lost a few pounds when I've been working at it forever!"

"It's not fair... someone makes more money than we do when I work my butt off for hand-me-downs and homemade bread."

"It's not fair... that someone else kids get all the breaks and mine are left disappointed on the side lines."

I wasted a lot of time with "it's not fair."

Then I went to see a chiropractor when I was pregnant, after a car accident and while I had my first experience with chicken pox.  (talk about "not fair").

This doctor opened my sees to the possibilities in letting go and letting god that I never recognized in a billion Primary and Sunday School lessons.

Elder Holland's talk reminded me of that.

"all receive the same wage in spite of the different hours of labor."  It's what the agreed to.

Let's face it.  The laborers that worked all day were the lucky ones.  They didn't have to worry all day about where the next meal was coming from or how their family would make it to the next paycheck.  Too often I would forget that, yes, I was working hard in the gospel, but I was the lucky one.  Compassion was extended from the beginning.  The Lord wasn't letting me bob around drowning waiting for the sharks to eat me for the waves swallow me.

Yet, envy has been a thorn in my side that I often must chase away.  Still...

"We are not diminished when someone else is added upon."

Ha!  This is pride!  I am fighting it!

"The race we are really in is the race against sin."

Seriously!  The rat race is all about comparing our selves to others and we miss that is should be about comparing ourselves to what we did yesterday.  Am I moving forward?  Am I a better person today than I was yesterday?

Down goes another jar of pickle juice.

"coveting, pouting, or tearing others down does not elevate your standing, nor does demeaning some else improve your self-image."

So "PLAY NICE!"  (evil head spinning thing like Woody in Toy Story).

I also loved the second point Elder Holland made about letting go of the past and accept the gifts of the now.

"The formula of faith is to hold on, work on, see it through, and let the distress of earlier hours - real or imagined - fall away in the abundance of the final reward.  Don't dwell on old issues or grievances."

I think this is what forgiveness is on our part.  We can not forgive as the Savior forgives.  We don't need to give permission for wrongs of the past.  To forgive we just need to let go in faith and allow Jesus Christ to carry the burden for us.  This is the kind of forgiveness that I can give.

I forgive....

I allow others to forgive me....

I forgive myself for...

I trust God and the Savior and I freely allow Them to carry past hurt, disappointment, frustration, anger, pain, etc. for me.

At least I'm working on that.

God is patient.  God is good.  God is forgiving.  God is generous.  God is compassionate.  God is full of grave.  The Atonement of Jesus Christ  can heal ALL wounds.

There is always time to put down the burden and hold the hand of the Savior.

What a great talk and a great reminder to move forward in faith!

What did you learn?

Salad Days 435-442

Sunday, June 17 I made a nice spinach salad to go with family dinner.

 Monday, June 18 I had salad in a jar.  I have a feeling I will be having a lot of these babies in the next 5 weeks.  I will be at CET until after dinner.
Tuesday, June 19 I had a green salad with peaches... It's what I could find.

Wednesday, June 20 I made a yummy pork salad that had french onions and stuff.  It was real good.  I think John would like this one again.

Thursday, June 21 I made a salad that was a little like Gazpacho.  It was pretty good.

Friday, June 22 I had salad in a jar again.  I was at CET all day.   They said they were bringing lunch.  I had a feeling that I needed to bring for myself.  I was right.   They served Pizza.  I sure did get some funny looks from the people at this new job.

Saturday, June 23 I wanted Thai food.  John agreed... amazing since he is on Chad's diet.  My salad turned out to be salad roll.  mmmmm... Hey!  I should take those to CET for lunch.  :)

Today, Sunday, June 24 I had plain salad greens and yogurt dressing.  Boring but yummy.  The crazy thing is, my whole family is turning into salad lovers.  I can't keep it in the house.  I end up getting fresh salad every couple of days, not because it's yucky but because it's gone!

The Week at the Boyack's - Week 2

This week isn't every eventful  We actually did a ton of stuff, but I didn't take many pictures.  I think it was mostly because we were all going in different directions.  Most of the week we had someone missing.., leaving us with 2 or 3 kids at home.  Most nights I made dinner and no one was home to eat it.

McKay came one on Tuesday from her trip to New Mexico.  She got to meet all of Myles family members, see the desert, go on a road trip through New Mexico, Arizona, and Utah, before flying home from Salt Lake City.  She even got to stop in Springville and see some of John's family and my cousin Moana for a few minutes.

She stopped at a couple of temples on the way.  I think it would have been cool to stop at every temple she passed and take a picture.  I want to do the someday.  She then worked the rest of the week and started wedding planning. 

Ben came to play a couple times this week.  He really likes the solid foods he is able to try.  He isn't a big fan of baby food in jars.  He will only eat is with cereal.  He sleep nicely in his own bed.  He scoots across the floor too.  He is one happy boy!

This is what I have been doing all week.... getting ready for CET (Children's Educational Theater).  This is the first year I've given it a try... it is the first year anyone has ever ask me too.  You would think that I'd start out slow... maybe just teach the first time.  Not me.  I am a teacher and the Tech Director .  I am responsible for 5 productions; sets, light, sound, props, and crew.

I designed 3 out of the 4 sets.  The first one is for Music Man JR.  It will be on the main stage at South Salem High School.  It was hard because there is no fly system to speak of, no wing space, and an out of date light and sound system.  The second set is for Giraffes Can't Dance.  This show will travel to Bush Park in Salem.  It performs during Art Days the 3rd week of July.  I like this set.  I will have fun doing it.

My 3rd set is for 12 Resourceful Princesses.  It will perform at the Salem Library and at a coffee house in Salem.  It was challenging because I needed to design flats the folded out.  I really wanted to make them like a pop up book.  Sadly, there is no way I will have time for that.  Although I have some stock to pull from.  I will have to build most of it.  I have 4 weeks to build, paint, focus, etc.  I have 2 tech classes (ages 10-15) that meet for 40 minutes each and a few parent volunteers that will work on 2 nights a week.  It really isn't much time.  It's going to be a crazy couple of weeks.

Meanwhile, Chad is left to his own devices... not that I have a lot of say right now.  He stays in bed until 2 or 3... he makes the kitchen a mess... he lays on the couch and plays video games... and he exercises like crazy... at night.  I really don't get the teenage boy brain.

Friday, I got to go to the temple.  We missed doing a session with Montana, but we did get to take him to dinner.  :)

Well, that is what happened at our house this week.  Next week I'll report how Lillian and I survived our first week of CET, how the house survived without mom at home, and what Hannah has been up to.  This week she was at girl's camp, but she was only home for a couple minutes before she headed out the door for Grandma Mabee's house.

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Book of Mormon Study - Alma 49

In this chapter we read of the fruits of their labor in fortifying their cities. I likened this to our my war against Satan:

vv 1-2: They rebuilt their cities = I must repent and strengthen my weakness

vv 3-7: The Lamanites prepared to attack what they though were the weakest cities, and had prepared themselves with armor = Satan will tempt me with the same sin and aim at what he sees as my weakness, but will go about it in different ways.

vv 8-15: The Lamanites recognized the strength of Ammoniha so they turned their attention to a weaker city = If Satan fails at attacking what he thought was a weakness, he will search for another weakness to attack (tempt) me.

vv 16-20: The Nephites had prepared the weak city with the strongest men = I should prepare myself with my strongest defense of faith, scripture study, testimony, etc, so that I will be fully fortified and protected.

vv 21-25: Not only did the Nephites prepare offensively before-hand, but they fought defensively until the Lamanites fleed = Not only should I prepare myself before hand, but I should fight through temptation, doubts and fears until the adversary gives up.

vs 28: The Nephites thanked the Lord= I should always thank the Lord and acknowledge His hand in my life.

vs. 30: The Nephites prospered when they followed the word of God = I will prosper as I follow God's word and endure to the end.

Somewhere it says, "If ye are prepared ye shall not fear." For me, that is the message I got out of this chapter. Be prepared in all things.

What did you get out if it?

Friday, June 22, 2012

Book of Mormon Study - Alma 48

There is so much in this chapter that was great- Today deserves a picture.

I can’t help comparing Captain Moroni in this chapter, to Amalickiah in the last chapters. What a difference!

He prepared the minds of the people to be faithful to the Lord; he built small forts, and heaped banks of earth and built stone walls; he taught them not to love the killing but to defend their families and their freedom to love God. I look at this preparation as strengthening my family through FHE and family traditions (small forts), family prayer (heaps of earth grounding us in who we are – children of God), and family scripture study (stone walls with a foundation in Christ).

I love the fact that Captain Moroni spent his time fortifying the Nephites and their strongholds. HE especially paid close attention to their weak points. In a spiritual sense, it is important for me to not just focus on the things I am good at and my strengths. Satan will not try to attack me there. He will go for my weaknesses. It is a good reminder to take an honest look at myself and my weakness with the eyes of Moroni, in order to strengthen and protect myself from the enemy, which in my case isn't Lamanites, but the adversary.

Of course, I loved the description of Moroni: a man of perfect understanding, who soul joyed in liberty and freedom of his county and being free, he was thankful to God, he recognized his blessings. he worked hard, he served others, he was selfless, a man firm in the faith of Christ, a defender of righteousness, he gloried in his faith, resisting iniquity and keeping the commandments. In vs 17 it says, "if all men had been, and were, and ever would be, like unto Moroni, behold the very powers of hell would have been shaken forever."

Kids! Listen up! BE THIS! Man do I want my children to understand that this should be a goal… to have them described as Captain Moroni’s in the world! sigh….

I've heard people talk about how that is quite a tall order to live up to. But it goes on to say that Moroni was in the same class as Ammon and the other sons of Mosiah, Alma and his sons. And why? vs. 18- because there were all men of God. I, too, have faith, and I do consider myself a woman of God. Now, I may not be as valiant and courageous as Captain Moroni, but it makes me feel good that I am on the right path, and that little old me can make the adversary shake in his bodiless boots, too.

What did you think of Alma 48?

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Book of Mormon Study - Alma 47

Alma 47 is an interesting story… Amalickiah follows the same path that Lucifer did:

46:4 He wanted to be king – Satan “I will exalt my throne above the stars of God" (2 Nephi 24:13).

46:3 He was angry with his brethren – Satan was angry and “rebelled against the Only Begotten Son" (D&C 76:25).

46:5 Led many away by flattery – Satan uses flattery as His number 1 tool. Others he flattereth away" (2 Nephi 28:22).

46:10 Sought to destroy the church of God, and the foundation of liberty – Satan - "Sought to destroy the agency of man" (Moses 4:3).

46:10 Was cast out – Satan was cast out, "and, at that day, many followed after him" (Abraham 3:28).

46:10 “Did care not for the blood of his people" (Alma 49:10). Satan “will not support his children at the last day" (Alma 30:60).

47:4 Desired to do evil – Satan desires to do evil and desires that we join him.

47:12 Used trickery by degrees – Satan uses little lies to ensnare us… one step at a time. He lies!

47:18 Poisoned by degrees – Satan doesn’t turn you all at once. He slowly turns your heart as he carefully hardens your heart.

48:4 Was determined to bring people into bondage – Satan wishes the same for us… “Grasps them with his awful chains, from whence there is no deliverance" (2 Nephi 28:22).

I really have to think hard when it comes to verse 10… What a great symbol! “coming down to the foot of the mount” can symbolize coming down or lowering our standards. What happened when Lehonti finally did come down? He died! He was safe as long as he was up on the mountain. We are safe when we stick to our standards. If we give in, even an inch, we are no longer safe.

Amalickiah was one of the most dangerous enemies of righteousness in the Book of Mormon. His tactics were cunningness, deception, flattery, lies and murder. The Lamanites didn't even know what hit them. Satan used these same tactics with us today. He tells us all is well. He leads us away by degrees, justifying small omissions in obedience and worship.

When I understand his tactics, I can build up my own defenses.

What did you learn today?

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Book of Mormon Study - Alma 46

The first thing that gets my attention in Alma 46 is that much harm is done because someone got their knickers in a twist… “exceedingly wroth.” This anger motivated a man to use “flattering words” to lead others away from truth and righteousness.

I am struck by the idea that people are quick to forget where blessings and strength come from… they are quick to return to wicked ways.

Captain Moroni squelched the threat of an overthrow and potential bloodshed by reminding the Nephites of their covenants, what they believed, and what they fought for. He empowered them with the title of liberty. He lead them by walking with them, always saying we (vs. 18) rather than you. He truly was a great leader who loved God and his people.

In vs. 9 it states that "we also see the great wickedness on very wicked man can cause to take place among the children of men." I hear the term "the ripple effect" referring to the influence one person can have on many. This is true for the good and the bad.

I hope I am on the side of good. Sometimes I feel like a very small person. I wonder how much good I can do. Although this verse is speaking of the damage one wicked man can do, when I read it, it reminded me that one righteous person can bring great righteousness and good among the children of men, as well. That brings me hope and assurance that even though my world is small, I sure hope my impact is great.

“And thus we see”…

Jeffrey R. Holland said: “Peace and freedom from fear will come to those in Zion, including—and especially—to the children of those who have made and kept their covenants.”

We should not only be willing to die for our covenants, but we should be willing to LIVE for them.

Moroni taught us to prepare by PROTECTING as well. He put on his helmet (vs.13) to protect his head. Our thoughts are in our heads. We protect our families by protecting our thoughts. Moroni put on his breastplate. The breastplate protects the heart. The heart is where there is life. The heart is where love and devotion and loyalty are felt. We protect our families by diligently working to protect our hearts. Moroni put on a girdle about his loins. Loins are where families are created. We must be virtuous and chaste. We protect our families by remaining virtuous and chaste.

This is how we protect freedom and family. The family is God’s first “unit”. The family is where gospel principles are to be taught and where understanding begins. No wonder the Nephites were successful when they turned their hearts to their families. We too can be successful as we do the same.

What did you learn in Alma 46?

The Week at the Boyack's - Week One

My family is soon to be spreading out across the countryside.  Siblings and parents from Idaho to Utah, to Texas to Arizona and right here in Oregon, not to mention missionaries who are like family and friends that have moved far away, I decided it was about time that I started reporting what the family was up to on a more consistent basis... especially as my own kids begin to move out.  If I don't make an effort I risk the reality that they will never really know each other.  I am the oldest of all my siblings and I moved out when my youngest sister was 5.  A few years later one of my sisters told me that I was more like a long lost aunt that showed up for holidays that I was a sister... totally my fault.  So to help my kids avoid the same fate I'm going to do my best to report what happened over the past week for a whole year.  Today I report on week one... June10-June 17. 

Monday we returned from a camping trip at the coast (please see my previous post about Castle Camping.  We took the long way home and went to Newport, OR to see the big concrete and steel dock that floated across the ocean to sun bathe on the beautiful Oregon coast.  Once we got home we unloaded and started the laundry that last the rest of the week and fell into bed.

On Tuesday, Ray took McKay and  Myles to the airport.  McKay was going to "meet the family."  Meanwhile, we continued laundry and cleaning up from the weekend of camping.  I also taught voice lessons, worked a dance concert rental and taught Institute.  It was a busy day.
Wednesday the laundry and clean up continued.  Hannah and Lillian and I went to Salem to see the set we built in action.  It was a real cute show.  I have to admit it was very satisfying to see my work on yet a different space.

The facility isn't a very good space.   The lighting was flat... the sound... well it doesn't  exist.  The 7th grade kids were cute, but we could hear most of what was said.

Still, We had fun.  Lillian liked finding all our names in the painting.  We even found a way to say that her name was hidden in the grass.  LOL
Thursday, John and Lillian went to the Daddy/Daughter dance up at the church.  Both of them were very tired, but they were able to have tons of fun together.

Meanwhile, since they were on their own date, I took Chad and Hannah to see Men in Black 3.  It was pretty darn good for being a sequel.  We had a good time.  I told them that the Ford Falcon the Will Smith was driving was like the car I got to drive in high school.  I'm not sure they believed me.  I told them that our Ford Falcon was powder blue and you had to push it to start it.  They thought that was funny.
Friday was nothing special, but Saturday we put the garden in.  It was a very warm day.  The kids were out late on Friday night at the drive-in so they weren't up when I started.  John was helping me, but ran to do an errand.  It was too hot in the sun.  I started to get very sick.  I eventually went in and lost my lunch.  I sure wish I knew why heat effects me like that.  Still, with John, Hannah and Lillian helping, we planed tomatoes, winter squash, zucchini, green beans, spaghetti squash, cucumbers, lettuce, spinach, and potatoes. 

Monday morning I will put in the root crops.  We decided to try something different with potatoes this year.  We are growing them in tire stacks and in old straw bales.  This should be interesting.  We also planted strawberries.  I'm hoping to get myself a producing berry patch.  Sadly, berry patches are disappearing around the valley.

The biggest news of Saturday is the McKay got engaged to Myles.  Although I am happy for McKay I am sad too.  I am sad that she will be moving far away... New Mexico.  I am sad at all the everyday things she is missing.  I am sad that she won't get to see Hannah in shows.  I am sad that she won't be canning or planting with me.  up to this garden, McKay was the only person that would work on it with me.  I am sad that we don't talk much anymore.  That was the best part of planting a garden or canning peaches.  I am sad that she won't get to see Lillian play soccer.  I am sad that she won't get to see what Chad will do next.  I am sad that she will miss Ben getting bigger.   I'm sad that sh3e will miss Kimber's next baby.  But I'm happy that she is happy.  I am happy that Myles will put up with the crazy, opinionated, passionate family he will now be a part of.
I am happy that he is thoughtful and gave her the perfect ring for her.  It is pretty.  I don't really know when the wedding will be... sometime this fall.  I'm sure that one of my week update real soon will be all about dates and times and parties. 
Today is Father's day and today John got the first suit he's owned since we got married.  Myles and McKay pooled all the kids together to buy it for him.  It is a far better suit than the suit I tried to make him the first year we were married..   That thing was hideous.  I don't remember what became of it, but I hoped I burned it.  Sad that that homemade suit cost more money (because of my do-overs) than this new suit.  He sure looked nice going to church today.  We also enjoyed a nice family dinner.  I sure love it when my kids agree to sit for 45 minutes and there is giggling involved!

He subbed in Primary today too.  This is how I play the piano in primary.  When Case is having a rough day his mom send him to me.  Today, he fell asleep.  I think it's like an ab workout as I balance on the bench to play Primary songs.

Well that wraps up this week.  Let's see what the next week brings!

Salad Days -day 422-434

It is once again that time to catch up on my salad reports.  I really should do better at reporting in a timely manner.  June 4 I had a salad with sprouts.  Sprouts are good on a salad but they don't last long in the fridge.
June5 I had a green salad with a light dressing.

June 6 I turned to subway.  At least there is a healthy option out there.

June 7 I was back to having a plain green salad.

June 8 I had spinach and feta and a Greek dressing.
June 9 we made tabbouleh.  Love this salad.

June 10 we made Fajitas while camping.  I made mine into a yummy salad.

June 11 I had a plain green salad.  I was too tired for anything else.  Camping for 4 days was a long time on this old girl.

June 12 I had salad greens, onions, and tomatoes.

June 13 I enjoyed a nice fresh salad.

June 14 I made taco salad.

June 15 we went to one of my favorite Mexican restaurants.  We shared Fajitas for two.  I made mine into mostly a salad.

June 16 I was too hot to like food.  I don't deal with heat very well.  I ended up making a Cobb salad.  it hit the spot.