Tuesday, October 28, 2014

The Big Game In Boise and Other Assorted Fun!

On Monday, this week, I finally stripped the wall paper off the bathroom transom in the kitchen, then cleaned the other transoms in there as well.  I did other house cleaning, and then I wrote my Pollyanna blog, and went visiting teaching.  I also painted the front door black, and made a wreath of skeletons for it.  And, as you can see I switched out the pictures on my family garland for vintage witch and skeleton pictures.

I think the black door looks great.

On Tuesday I took Eleanor on a grandma date, since Nell is so very sick, and uninterrupted rest seems to be best for her.  I also shipped Hatchets, cleaned house and read a lot of my book club book, since book club was coming up quickly.

Dad had his temple shift, which made it easy to spend the whole evening reading.

 On Wednesday, at work, I hauled this double bed out of one of my booths, since I am doing a lot to switch it out and redo displays there.  Since the bed was out, and it was my Reclaimologist posting day, I decided to post it.  Unfortunately it didn't sale, guess I am a rare duck that loves Eastlake and Cottage furniture, and this bed is both ... with its original finish, including the floral details from the 1880s.

That night Dad and I sat in our bedroom chairs and had a companionable evening of reading and facebooking, and, well I think you get the picture.

On Thursday I worked again, doing still more to move booths around, and set up a clearance booth in the north antique mall building.

That night after work, I was off to drop a load at DI, since I'd been cleaning all week in anticipation of my witches' luncheon the following Monday.  After that I ran to the store to get snacks for our trip the next day and headed to book club from there.  I had finished the book, and had a great discussion.

On Friday morning, Dad and I were off to Idaho ... we stopped by Trevor's house, where he installed us with one of their BYU car flags as we traveled to Brittany's house in tandem to watch the BYU - Boise State game ... (Davin and Bri had left earlier, and spent some time with her grandmother in Idaho before meeting us at Britt's.)
When we got to Britt's, we were greeted by her and Charlie ... since the last time before last when Charlie saw us her parents left her with us for 10 days, she seemed a little suspect of us ... but warmed up soon.  How cute is she with her pink cast, acquired after a fall from the back of the couch a while back.

It wasn't long before Mom and all her kids were dressed in their Boise wear ...

Here, Briahnna spends a minute giving out hugs to her kids before its time to go ...
 Addie scores more parental attention, before she gets a chance to stay at Britt's to bond with her Grandma and cousins for a while.
 ... and they are off to the game.

 I loved this picture of Britt's showing that Boise State fans actually do fraternize with BYU fans.

Meanwhile at Britt's, the remaining five grandchildren, Alex, Eva, Eleanor, Elias, Addie and I all ate and played and watched movies ...

I think Elias is trying to put a hex on me to get me to quite annoying him by taking his picture!
 Somewhere between seeing, How to Train Your Dragon, and other kid movies, I manage to watch a favorite movie too, Austenland, which Elias actually seemed to like as well .... then ...

the enviable happened, and our party turned into a slumber party.

The next day, everyone caught up on their devices, before it was time to head to ...
 The Farmstead, one of the top ten rated 'corn mazes' in the country ... and this one has a lot more than just a corn maze, as you will see.

 This is a huge jumping pad ...

 Bull riding ....

These are more pictures of us all on the hay ride...

 Eva did not love the booming of the pumpkin cannon ...
 but Elias, Charlie and Kai loved the funky slide ...
and ofcourse the dried corn 'sand box' was a hit with the little people.

While the big kids loved shooting powerful pop guns at each other.

But the whole thing was just exhausting, so much fun to be had ... Dad and I actually left to go junking after a couple of hours, and the rest of the diehards, kept at it for another few hours, including spending more than a half an hour in the corn maze itself!

 .... and while some of us where having fun in the northern parts, other family members in the southern parts, were having their own kind of fun.
Above are Sam and the kids at their ward Halloween party in Texas ... and Becca and Brady were getting ready to head to Disneyland ... Pretty fun weekend for all!

and you know how Dad is always running into people he knows whenever we go on vacation?  Well, it happened again, as he runs into Big Foot at the DI in Boise .... who knew?

On Sunday we got up and went to church in Britt's ward, before heading south.  While driving we listened to a favorite book series call The Seventh Seal by a couple named Draper.  He's a Last Days Scholar, and she's a novelist ... we have listened to them several time ... and love it.

So that was our week.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Eating Out x 5, Grandma Dates x 3 and a Rollover too!

 As always,  my week started off with a walk with LaVern in Genola ... I took a moment to take a picture of her vintage shopping basket filled with pumpkins and gourds ...

The gourds are funny, they are from her cousin, a watermelon that cross pollinated with a squash ...

 Later that day I went to take Eleanor on her first Grandma date, like I did with Eva, when Nell was so sick with her second pregnancy.

Since it happened to be her birthday the day before, I also took her birthday shopping.  Don't you love the picture of her in the dark with her pumpkin flash light?
 That night we had an Eszie date and went to see The Hundred Foot Journey, which we all enjoyed, but it talked so much about Indian food, we ended up with a craving, so we had dinner at an Indian place we haven't tried before, in American Fork.

On Tuesday it was my monthly date with Arlene, which means a session in the Jordan River Temple, followed by dinner and chatting at Zupa's.  Dad. of course, also went to the temple, for his weekly shift there.
On Wednesday I took the witch mannequin to work and put her up on my Reclaimologist site for sale.  No sale, so I made her a fancy rosette for her hat ... maybe that will help.

Also, while getting my 'witch on' I redid my fingernails, since my new Jamberries hadn't come yet ... kind of funny, because they were there that night, when I got home ... alas, I'll sport the orange and black look until Halloween.

I worked again on Thursday, and Becca came by with Cafe Rio lunch as a thank you for a referral I had made ... I told her I was happy to do it, and she said she needs to reward me.  Yeah, Cafe Rio! Having her for a chat in the middle of her getting ready for her move was very nice!

 Also on Thursday, I had brought in some vintage letter flash cards to sell and thought they would make a fun pennant banner ... so using available goodies I put together a banner.
(I promise I also spent a lot of time helping customers too!)
 Here is the finished product that I hung when I got home.

 On Friday I went to the doll house festival with a couple of ladies from our We-Can group.  Carolyn, to the left is our leader, and KD to the right is a new member.  Can you see I missed the memo on what we were supposed to wear?

Here Carolyn and I try out a photo op!  After the festival and lunch with the girls, I headed to American Fork ...

 to help with the big move. .... here Gary and Dad move in Becca's washer.  I did some hauling, then got drafted to watch these two cute boys .... so it was grandma date three for the week.  We went to DI where I got to witness their choosing skills, then to Macey's for ice cream and crazy driving in the plastic car/cart there.
 Then they got to pick pumpkins!!

When we got back the second van load was emptied and we got to chat with all the mover peeps and have pizza!

Meanwhile back at the Texas ranch more grand kids were  'making' ... you know how we usually say we are 'baking'?  Well not Beckie, she is making ... (as in Emily says, lets make some cookies, lets make some muffins, etc, so Beckie, says, "Momma, can we Make!?"
On Saturday, Dad did misc chores.  He started on the garage, while waiting for Cheryl to have her shower, since she usually refuses her aid, if we are not there to make her shower.... arggg.

Then he ran errands, stopping by at Treasures where I was working, to help me out with down loading an app, in hopes of learning to down load books onto my phone, after all that they didn't have the book I needed. But I did put a hold on The Hundred Foot Journey. 

While at work, I got started on the cute snowmen heads above.  I am doing them for our Relief Society Super Saturday in November and needed my examples to show the ladies what they were signing on for.

Then Dad was off to the BYU football game with Davin, Bri, Trevor and Scott.  I finished up the snowman samples at home, and worked on my Relief Society lesson, which I was to teach the next day.

 On Sunday I gave my first RS lesson in the new combined ward, not my best, but it was OK.  Then when we got home Dad and I spent the afternoon making Mexican food, for our Mexi fest at Trevor and Nell's that night.

 We always love getting together with the kids, and it was super cool to see Ashley twice in the same week!  Yahoo!

 We had varied entertainment ... here we see Eva reading a short story she had written for us ... Later the all the big kids played "Name that Tune" etc... which they all seemed to enjoy very much.
But Becca and Brady missed the Mexi Fest because of this ... Becca was driving to Brady's folks house for their first dinner since the move. Brady was driving a second car, so he could go straight to work after dinner and Becca could bring the kids to Trevor and Nell's

.  Brady was hit by a woman running a stop sign, who clipped him on the back bumper and spun him and flipped him ... but amazingly he was undamaged, because he was wearing a seat belt.  The policeman told him he would definitely have died without the seat belt.  So we are all feeling very grateful right now.  Thankful for innovations like seat belts and grateful for a son-in-law who is smart enough to be obedient.  Yeah Brady.   

So that was our smash and crash week!!