Sunday, November 29, 2015


 Off To College

Photo Shoot

I found these two pages that I had scrapped and not put on my blog so here they are. 
Today was a wonderful day. The kids were very good and I taught the lesson on Fasting. I think they understood the concept when we were all done. I was going to remember to take a picture of my little class but there were only 3 kids out of 8 there. Next week maybe I can remember.
I came home from church and uploaded all of 2012 pages to Persnickety. Then I realized I should have uploaded 2011. So that's my job tomorrow. 
Gracie is doing well with potty training. She only had two accidents today and she went poop in the potty. She was so proud of herself. I think it has finally clicked in her little mind. She really wanted to go to church but she has Janna's cold so she stayed home with Janna.
Grateful Statement: I am so grateful for the Sabbath. It is such a wonderful renewal of my spirit. I love taking the Sacrament and listening to the speakers. I have been fed.

Saturday, November 28, 2015


 We Played Blocks


Bailee Getting Her Hair Done

I worked on my scrapbooks today and got 2010 all organized and got ready to upload 2011. 
Gracie had a great morning going on the potty but this evening it has not worked so well. We will try again tomorrow. She is getting it I think. Even if she goes potty she will tell me she needs to go potty.
Janna took BJ and Austin to get their hair cut. I think Bailee is getting highlights. I am getting tired and ready for bed. Or at least my chair if only Gracie will leave me be for a minute. Janna went to dinner and shopping but called and said she would be home soon.
Grateful Statement: Today I am grateful for the Gospel. I have thought how blessed I am to have the peace and comfort of it in my life. Blessings abound.

Friday, November 27, 2015

Black Friday

 Black Friday Shopping

Janna, Gracie and I went to Joanne's and Porters looking for my Album refills. No such luck. After we got home I ordered them online. I hope they are the right ones.
Then we went to Furniture row looking for tall lamps to go behind my chair and Janna's couch. I gave Janna my giant coffee table that took up half my front room and my end table from my family room. It worked good with her new couches and it's less furniture in my house, which I wanted.
Our last stop was the dreaded Walmart which wasn't bad at all. We found our lamps at Walmart and they were cheap. We also got a few groceries and two sweat pants for Gracie.
And (Drum Roll Please), Gracie went potty on her potty chair. She told me she had to go potty and she went in and sat down and went pee. What a wonderful day. Maybe she is getting it after all.
I worked on scrap booking and started to put my pages I ordered that came today in the album. But I was too tired and had to quit and go to bed.
Grateful Statement: How very grateful I am for our little Gracie. I can't say it enough. She is such a blessing in my life.

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving

 Thanksgiving Ham

Her Favorite "Jello Salad"

Today Janna and I made a ham and fixings for Thanksgiving dinner. It was just Tommy, Janna, Gracie and me. It was perfect and so easy. Austin and Bailee went to Price with their dad for Thanksgiving and Harley had to work.
I helped Gracie say the blessing. She does such a good job and always says a resounding Amen!
Janna and I moved some furniture around. It was a peaceful relaxing day.
Grateful Statement: I am so grateful for my mom. I thought about her alot today and missed having her by my side fixing dinner. I am grateful for my family. They are the world to me.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Canning and Potty Training

I canned 7 quarts of Pinto Beans this morning. Now all my shelves are full. Janna and I also started trying to potty train Gracie. She went on the potty right away the first thing and then nothing all day. We don't know if she can't figure it out or is just being stubborn. Time will tell. We are going to see what happens by Monday when she goes back to Lolo's.
I ordered more of my 2010 pictures for my books. One more order and I will have all of 2010 printed out. It's so good to see progress.
I made a cheesecake for Janna tonight. Dessert tomorrow. No pumpkin pie for us. We will see how we like it. Now it's time for me to go to bed.
Grateful Statement: I am so grateful for all my blessings. I have so many. They far outweigh the problems in my life. I am blessed.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Taking Gracie to the Doctor

 Gracie in the Exam Room

Beans on the Shelf

I canned 14 quarts of beans this morning and filled my shelf with white beans. It's pretty simple and easy to do. I just hate cleaning the big canners.
I took Gracie to the doctor today for her immunizations and a wellness check. She got a shot in each leg and didn't even cry. She is perfect.
I came home and made Crystal's cornbread from our ward cookbook. Just like Marie Callendar's and I made honey butter to make it perfect. Pinto Beans always are better with corn bread.
Before I headed for bed I put 7 quarts of Pinto Beans to soak so I can can them in the morning. 
Off to bed I go!
Grateful Statement: I am so grateful for my ability to can things and feed my family. I am blessed with a mom and grandma who taught me how.

Monday, November 23, 2015

Enjoying My Day

Gracie Ready for Lolo's

It has been a good day. I woke up feeling wonderful. I spent the day making pulled pork for sandwiches and baked beans using my canned white beans. I only have 2 quarts left so I am putting 14 quarts to soak so I can can them tomorrow. Cooking never stops around here.
Janna was sick so she stayed home from work. She managed to take Gracie and the toys we are getting rid of to Lolo's.
I worked on 2010 pages getting ready to put them in books also, as soon as I find some more books.
I finished my Visiting Teaching this morning. I went to see Cecelia and she had forgotten that I was coming so I made it a short visit. She is a dear sweet lady.
Grateful Statement: I am so grateful for Visiting Teaching. It truly is the way we learn to love and serve each other. I am blessed to belong to such a wonderful church.

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Sunday Morning Sickness for Real

I woke up not feeling very good. So I called Crystal and she agreed to do it for me. Britney's husband Mike is home so I didn't want to have her do it. I got Janna to take the stuff over to her I had already prepared. Then I spent the day in bed sleeping.
I did manage to remember to email a letter for my Hannah for her Advent Calendar Amie is sending to her. I am so very proud of her. I know her mission is hard but she is hanging in their trying her best.
Tommy left around noon to go to Utah to meet Dean. They are golfing in St George Monday and Tuesday. So it's only me in my little house. I always like it the first week and then I start getting lonely.
Grateful Statement: I am so grateful for Crystal and her willingness to teach my class when I need her. What a blessing she is in my life.

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Gracie and her Mickey

 Gracie and Mickey

Janna, Bailee, Gracie and AJ went to Idaho Falls and bought Gracie a Mickey Mouse so she can hold hands with Mickey at night. She always starts out in her own big girl bed and sometimes she will stay all night. We are getting so close. By the way AJ is Janna's new best friend. He is a really nice guy.
I stayed home all day and worked on putting my pages for 2009 in my books. It was so good to get it done. I have been working on it forever. Now it's done.
I made a big pot of Potatoe Soup and Janna brought some yummy rolls to go with it. 
In the evening I started getting a headache so I went to bed early.
Grateful Statement: I am so grateful for this wonderful little house I live in. I love every inch of it and am so grateful for it. I am blessed!

Friday, November 20, 2015

Making Lasagna and Focaccia Bread

Today I made Lasagna and Focaccia Bread. I started everything in the morning so I could get it all done before I picked up Gracie at Lolo's. She is doing really good and having fun. So all was ready for dinner and it was just a matter of mixing the bread and putting the Lasagna in the oven. I get a little tired in the afternoon so I have to accomplish stuff in the morning. That's been my day.
Grateful Statement: I am so grateful today for the Scriptures. I just finished Proverbs and am now on Ecclesiastes. I never knew what they were all about. I am learning so much. I wish I would have studied the Old Testament when I was younger. What a blessing they are in my life.

Monday, November 16, 2015

Judy Came To Visit

Judy in front of the Rexburg Temple


Judy came up with Taylor so he could check out BYU Idaho and talk to a councelor so Judy and I got to spend her birthday together. We went to Chili's for lunch. Then we went to Rexburg so Judy could see what BYU looked like. It was so much fun. I love this lady. We have been friends for a long time.
Grateful Statement: I am grateful for my friend. She is a blessing in my life and I am grateful for the wonderful hug I got from Taylor. It's good to have him home. 

Saturday Duties

I made bread today because I was out. I love using Kamut. It is such a soft flour that when I mix it with Spelt and Wheat flour my bread is ...