We eat squash at about every meal now-the kids have really started liking them w/ 'stinky' (Parmesan) cheese on it. It is so nice to know we could live off of this if we had too, from our garden. Our harvest is really starting to come in (check out picture below). The cherry tomatoes are so yummy to just plop right into your mouth! Seriously-even Dan and the kids who are not tomato fans do it!!!
Family Home Evening was getting ready for the new school year to start. We read all our children's books about the first day of school and ended with The Kissing Hand (my all-time favorite) my boys go to school each day with a kissing hand! Then we gave them their fathers blessings. I am glad we did this-it was sweet and tender moment with our boys. Besides the rest of our week ended up getting really BUSY--so this was our peaceful night to do it! The stake presidency called Dan and I tonight and asked to meet with us tomorrow.
TUESDAY AUGUST 5th- Dan and I spent the entire day in our grubbies getting our yard work done and ready for play group on Wednesday. We did the things that have been on our list for a long time-like sweeping up the falling and rotting nectarines from our tree. The nectarines look ugly but taste sweet! The boys always go out and get a tummy full when they are out playing. It has been SUPER humid and warm lately, because of monsoons-it brings back fond memories of Houston. Dan and I stayed pretty wet the whole day from sweating and no dry heat to dry us!!! It was our last day with daddy home on Tuesdays for awhile. Their new clinic is FINISHED-- and Dan is going to be putting in extra time on Tuesdays and Saturdays, as well as some moving days. I am hoping to get a babysitter so I can see him a little bit during this time and go help them!
We got a babysitter this evening so we could go to stake interviews. We got our temple recommends re-newed, got Dan set apart for his calling as a seminary teacher. It use to be an assignment,but is now a calling from the stake. Dan is going to be the only early morning seminary teacher this year. They are meeting in the seminary bldg. across the street from the H.S-he could potentially have about 40 students. They may have to split the class.
The stake also called me to be the 2nd counselor in the Stake Young Women Presidency (click here for our blog). I was ecstatic! I LOVE the young women. It is my comfort zone, and the ladies I am working with are phenomenal!!!! I am going to be carrying my chorister calling and this one until after the primary program in October. It has already been a little hairy with scheduling (i.e. my speaking assignments on Sundays with the high council men in other wards). We have allot of great ideas and are having our first presidency meeting this coming week-lots to get going!!! They had us stay for a meeting that night and I did not get home until 8:30pm...after getting there at 5:15pm.
That night was the open house at the kids elementary school! We went and saw their classes-did a little scavenger hunt in Sterling's, met the teachers, and put some money on the kids lunch accounts for pizza days!! I really enjoyed having it BEFORE school this year rather than after. It was perfect.
Dan and I spent the rest of the evening marking backpacks, school supplies, and making lunches! We are back in the saddle of having to do some tasks before bed!
We were going to have the sleep over party out in a tent on the back deck, and make Smores, BUT it started raining pretty good. So we had them make their own 'fort/tent' in their bedroom to sleep in (look below). So we watched Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and ate pizza instead, and made Smores in the fire pit the next morning. Smores for breakfast is every little boys dream!!! Of course Dan and I ended the evening w/ getting some of The Office in!
SATURDAY AUGUST 9th- Saturday dawned early for us. The boys were up at 5:30am, even after going to bed late! We roasted marshmallows and I took Dacie up to the church with me. I visit teach the stake pres. wife (Tina). Their daughter got married on Friday and was having a reception that evening. They were having to travel from Southern Utah for this. So another lady (Carol Langford)and I started the decorating. We were later joined by two other ladies and the Johnson family. I was there decorating from 9:30am-4:30pm. Dan switched me for the boys later that day..so he would not have all of them by himself all day. The kids all did pretty well up at the church, until I found out Sterling got a dry erase marker and decorated the stake clerks office with the letter H ALL OVER!!! aaah! I also made two pans of brownies for their ice cream/ brownie desserts. Their daughter loves to fish with her new hubby-so we were going for the cat-tails fishing type theme!
SUNDAY AUGUST 10th- We were on time to church, despite the late night!!! It was good because they were re-doing our bishopric and it was a pretty full day at church. The new Bishop is going to be great with our ward. He was born and raised here. He owns a car shop and is a camper/fisher guy. He went on Dan's young men retreat voluntarily and saved girls camp as the cook. He will be perfect. One of his counselors is our good friend (Tim Raban). He is the most personable and easy to get along with guy. We are excited and fully support the new Bishopbric. They also read my name in and we were sustained as the stake YW presidency.
That evening after some afternoon naps. Colton slept 5 hrs. and would have kept on sleeping (think the fun weekend was wearing on him?)-we went to a youth fireside . Dan was speaking at it. It was a starting seminary fireside. I took the kids there, as the stake YW pres. all went. I ended up in the foyer with some NAUGHTY children-I need to send them to reverence boot camp! BUT I did get to hear Dan speak. Dan will not start seminary until Monday 8/11 instead of the first day of school, because of serious miscommunication, no keys, etc. He was grateful for a few more days to get it all together and start it out with a BANG! I was set apart that night as well.
We got home and got he kids bathed and clothes laid out for the new week! Whew! Lots of changes to get used to this week! Hurray!