Monday, February 29, 2016

The Provo Temple and a Dr Suess Party

Having Dad gone all week makes for such a long one. He left Monday and I worked that day then went shopping for several hours afterwards 

On Tuesday, a cancelled temple meeting with Arlene did not keep me from spending the day in Salt Lake junking.  I got home in time to go visiting teaching. 

Dad came home from St George to do his temple shift Tuesday,  so I got him overnight!  He was off again first thing Wednesday. 
On Wednesday I posted this picture of my stove on a favorite things in my kitchen 'party' on Instagram 

I also did laundry and organized stock to go to the antique mall (thanks Nellie) while we are in Finland.   I even got about half of my Valentines decor down in anticipation of decorating for Dr Suess' birthday party later. 
Thursday I worked. This pic was for a 'decorating with books' insta party. 
This one was just for fun. 
As was this one. Can you tell how much I'm enjoying Instagram?  
Since I worked on Friday again and have no pictures, I'll share some Nell posted of their family bike ride. 
I loved this of Eva with her doll bike seat attached. She's been so excited about getting it installed. I assume that was her great Dad's handiwork. 

I did finish up taking in and pricing my Desert Rose dishes that day which was a huge task. 

When Dad got home we had take out and a double feature again ... We're getting to be such home bodies! 
Saturday I dug into my craft room. I figured the only solution was to move out the bags and boxes and rearrange. Taking out furniture that offered little or no storage and bringing in items that worked better. 
Here are the piles in the guest room.  
We hauled out the organ desk for taking took much room and providing too little storage. Here's Dad helping it down the stairs, which was tricky. 
We took it to sell it at the antique mall, can you see it amongst the hurried redo of this booth? 

We then took down the large, glass door cupboard I'd used at the mall for years, it that had been part of this house when we bought it and brought it back home for more storage in the craft room. 
Later, after a lovely curry (yum) dinner compliments of Trevor's cooking skills, we went with his family to tour the wonder that is the new Provo Temple. 
Here's our necessary temple selfie .., 
And the official portrait!  Did you notice that Nell and I have matching hats? 

I loved the Eastlake details and furnishings, it's my favorite antique style! The temple is stunning. 
On Sunday this man and I attended his branch and my ward and then went home teaching to a couple of sisters in the branch. When we got home we got busy getting ready to celebrate Suess!  Dad's  cutting out the hats for pin the hat on the cat game. 
We both cooked and set the table. 
Then our guests started arriving, wearing stripes and polka dots in honor of the man. 
Hannah even polka dotted her fingernails and ...
Ben found some fuzzy suessish socks! 
How fun are we? 
More stripes! 
Every single person wore stripes or dots! 
Aren't we funny!  If we counted J Scott as a kid, and with me to take the picture, there was a kid for each adult, if you wondered why Trevor is holding Scott. 

If Dave and Bri had come we'd have been even! They and Spencer and Brittney were detained variously 
The kids played a Suess game ...
That made us all laugh.
Eleanor loved her prize drawing prize!  

Everyone in stripes and dots got to be in the drawing!  Lu definitely had the most stripes! 

There was also a Suess puzzle, which Hannah  was nice enough to supervise, and which Reagan dearly loved. 
Then it was time for cake! 
Eva and Reagan both sported Suessish hair styles! 
Then we all settle down ( or not) for ..,
Story time ..,
While Eva read us Green Eggs and Ham! 
Titan sports a Suess hat in memory of Eva's photo last year.  BTW Suess' actual Birthday is Wednesday. Be sure to think of him, OK! 

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Taxes and Crafting and Moving Becca

On Monday, this past week Dad was off for Presidents' Day, so to keep with the holiday spirit we did taxes!   I also wrangled him into helping me change out the shelf of pitchers in the kitchen. 

I also got in some visiting teaching visits that day. 
On Tuesday I headed to Highland to meet with my art group. I made this funny bunny basket... 
Here are Jann, Shirley, Karen, Kim and Joanne. Cathie was also there but missed this photo moment. 
We all brought goodies. 
... And these are our finished projects. 

Dad worked and did his shift at the temple that night. 
I was home on Wednesday when my new quilt from India came!  Dad and I went with the Kews to an exhibit of Indian quilts last year, so I was excited when I saw this on eBay when I was looking for a red and white quilt for our new room. 

Dad picked up an earlier temple shift that day and after driving to Salt Lake for rent, we watched Wyatt Earp, well the second half anyway. 

I worked Thursday and Friday and spent a lot of that changing out the front display, though I did make tags and get a few things priced and out. 

Friday night, after two days in St. George, working on a new store,  Dad and I had take out fried chicken and a double feature ... By the numbers, as it turned out, 3 Amigos and 27 Dresses , guess we'll catch 17 Miracles sometime this week. 
On Saturday, as did many of you, we helped Becca and Brady move into their new house in Highland.  This is Brady's Dad  Gary, and Brady. 
I helped Reagan babysit Madison, and did carry in a few things. 
That night we went to dinner with the Kews. 
And then came home for a long winters nap, well after fixing the outside faucet that was leaking on our favorite renters, that is. 

Today we attended church at Dad's branch and our ward, where I taught Relief Society.  Afterwards I did some visiting teaching, then we went to see the pianist for the branch along with her husband. It was so fun to hear his conversion story and their meeting and marrying story too. 

In the evening we joined Trevor and Nell's family for dinner and a movie!  Fun as always.

So that was our somewhat slow and quiet week. 

Monday, February 15, 2016

Cracked Ribs and the Best Valentines Gift Ever.

Another week behind us ... And an exhausting week, but fun week it was ... 

It started with Dad's run,  unfortunately he fell and cracked or bruised his ribs!  Yikes ... He powered through the last 9/10th of the run and then through the rest of the week. 
We hauled the table I'd brought home from the antique mall, up to the Garret for its transformation, also on Monday. 

Dick and Tracy North, Dad's barber and wife, came down after seeing the Provo temple, and we had a nice visit.  They were also ward members from our Salt Lake ward. 

I worked on cleaning and decor projects all week, getting ready for the open house. 
I decided that I'd bring up my Dad's U of U collectibles, as they fit the red and white theme. 
I thought this Indian light fit right in, since the Ute is the U of U's mascot.  Of course I had to paint it red first. 😌
I painted the black table legs white and Dad came home early and added feet to make it tall enough for a work table. 
Here's some decor projects. 
The little circus banner happened first thing Wednesday ...
And we added the white cresting to the table the last thing Wednesday night.  Actually Dad came home early every day to help!  I'd have never finished in time without his generosity in sharing the burden. All in all his helpful attitude this week was the best Valentines gift I could have ever hoped for! 
Thursday I was off to work and then afterwards Sherri and Katie picked me up to go to Kim's Valentine's tea. 
Here are a few shots of Kim's fun decor. 

This is me, Katie, Sherri and Christine of Utah Vintage Yard Sale Fame. 
Of course Kim has the Little Big Book of Valentines. I love these books. 
And then there's me with the hostess with the mostest!  Yeah Kim. 
Here's my planner/journal for part of the week!  So Valentiny!   When I got home from Kim's I found that Dad had come home early again and done a bazillion little finishing up cleaning and installing projects. He'd vacuumed the whole house!! Hung up arrows!  Hauled DI boxes to the van!  And ....

That made Friday actually doable ... I was able to get 98% of what I'd planned done!  Which never happens! 

The library shelf change out would never have happened in time for the tea!  Thanks Scott! 
That night friends stated coming.  Here are Joanne, Jann, me, Sherri, Kim, Kathy and a friend of Kim's 

This is the Mannings, Dad served on the High Council with him, and my friend Lyn, who I met at 3dotters! 
This is the cookie table. We also served  milk, lemonade, cinnamon tea or hot water with a choice of tea bags. 

The Evans from our Salt Lake ward came too, they both went to high School with Dad. 
And of course our bestest friends!  
Shelby Midinger from the ward, with Trudy Peck and some family members.   The open house was super fun. We had 60 people come out to share our projects! 
Saturday was busy too. I took off early with my friend Wendy to the Acorn Antique show in Ogden. She's shown here on the right with Lisa Martineau who has an antique store in Provo called Brambles. 
Dad and I met up around one to babysit Becca's older kids while she met with clients. Here's Reagan!  She's going through a 'my' stage that makes everything so funny. My baby, my cheese, my chair ...

When Becca got back we headed to Highland for our Valentines party.  Robin made this amazing chili relleno casserole and Barb and I brought sides, including lovely cobblers ala Barb! 

Sunday was pretty typical, we went to church, took naps, had a nice dinner and watched a movie in the evening! 
This is a collage showing my inspiration for the table and a before picture! 

Thanks for checking out our crazy week!