Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Going To Utah

Off We Go to Utah

We are off to Utah. It is a long drive and Gracie gets a little tired of her car seat. But she is a happy camper because she is going to Cha Cha's to see her and Mommy. She always has a good time when she goes there. We dropped off Gracie and went to the hotel that Dean is a partner in. His house is full of Amie's family so we got the executive suite. It was so wonderful. It had a living room, little kitchen and a separate bedroom. I set up my computer and started to scrapbook. We went out to dinner with John and Gina. It was fun and then it was time for bed. We have to be at the Payson Temple in the morning for Harrison.
Grateful Statement: I am so grateful for that Dean takes such good care of his parents. We are so blessed to have him and his wonderful family in our lives. 

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

One More Shopping Trip

Gracie Riding a Car


Gracie and I went to the Mall in Idaho Falls today. I just needed to get a couple more things. She had to ride a car, which of course didn't work. It was my last quarter so she didn't get to ride which made her pitch a huge fit. I dragged her out to the mall bawling all the way. But she calmed down once we got into the car. Poor people at the Mall had to hear this.
When we came home I just had to snap a pic of Gracie and her sunglasses. She loves to wear them. She thinks she is so cool.
Grateful Statement: I am so grateful for this little kid. She brings joy to our lives everyday. I am so blessed to be able to help raise her. Blessing abound!

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Going to Church

Gracie is ready with her own bag.

Gracie and I are going to church with Tommy. She likes to go to church with Papa. Tommy is trying to get his Temple Recommend so he can go into the Temple for Hailey's wedding. He has been going for over a month now. I am glad he is wanting to go. 
Brother Olsen is our home teacher. He has been so good for Tommy. He teaches lesson to him and challenges him to do things. Tommy doesn't get mad, he just tries to do what he is asked. He is listening to his scriptures and we have couples prayer at night. Good things are happening.
Grateful Statement: I am so grateful that Gracie and Tommy go to church with me. What a blessing it is for me. I am so blessed by a wonderful Heavenly Father.

Friday, May 26, 2017


 This is it!

I took Gracie to Lolo's today and headed in to Idaho Falls to shop at JC Penney's. I found this dress and a pair of pants and a blouse. And 2 more pair of shoes. And it was all under $100 dollars. They were having a huge sale and I had a gift card and $20 in rebates from my Penney's card. So I scored.
I came home after 3 hours of this and sat in my chair. 
I made Chicken Tenders for dinner with French Fries and Brocolli. That was all I could do. 
I did some book work and worked on pages.
It was a pretty good day. And I have a dress for the wedding.
Grateful Statement: I am so grateful that I could find a dress and shoes. I prayed that I could find something and so I did. Blessings Abound!!

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Pedi's With Janna

 My Sweet Daughter

Pedi's are a Must!

I went to Janna's work so we could go get our toes done. My feet are so dry that they always need some scrubbing and getting a pedi does it every time.  I am so glad Janna will go do these thing with me.
Gracie is at Lolo's so I left Janna at work and went and picked her up. I always ask her what she had for lunch and she always says "Pizza". She is so funny. What a cutie.
Grateful Statement: I am so grateful for my wonderful daughter. I am so glad she is mine. She is truly the sweetest thing. I am blessed beyond measure to have her as my daughter.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017


 Harrison Thomas Ingram

Bailee J. Kulow

These two grandkids graduated from High School. The whole family went to BYU-I for Bailee's graduation. It was so exciting to hear her name called. It made us all cry. These kids are off to explore life with a graduation certificate under their arm. 
I love to see these kids grow up and start on their journey. But at the same time it makes me sad. They were little ones not too long time ago.
Grateful Statement: I am so grateful for these grandkids that have brought sure joy into my life. Family truly is a blessing from God and these two are my blessing.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Gracie Gets Two Fillings

 Janna and Gracie brushing the Dinosaurs Teeth

Dr. Baker Filling Gracie's Teeth

This has got to be the best patient ever. She never fights it, just does what they ask. They gave her gas and she fell asleep as Dr. Baker was drilling her teeth. It was a wonderful experience for her and not scary at all. Of course having Janna hand to hold helped tons.
On the way home her tooth started to hurt so when we got home I gave her Tylenol and she watch a little TV and then she was out. She had a long nap and woke up with no pain. The Dentist actually called to check on her. I really like him.
I worked on more books and learned some more things. I make Mac N Cheese for dinner and my home teacher Brother Olson came over. He always challenges Tommy do better. So far Tommy still lets him in so I guess that is good.
Grateful Statement: I am so grateful for a home teacher that isn't afraid to teach Tommy the Gospel.
I love him and his little family. I am blessed.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Gracie's New Castle

 Gracie's New Swingset

AJ and Austin at Work

AJ took the day off work to build Gracie's swing set so she could play on it. It was a cold and windy day but they worked all day until it started to sprinkle. 92 pages of instructions!
Gracie spent the day outside and come in only to take her nap. She loves it outside.
I spent the day doing bookwork. I am finally getting it. I am so glad. Lots of prayers and internet until I could figure it out. Now I just have to figure out employer payroll taxes and I am ready.
I made meatballs for dinner and brown rice. I love these with a barbecue glaze sauce to go over the top. 
Grateful Statement: I am so grateful for AJ and his willingness to do so much around here. He truly is a good man. And Gracie loves him.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Bouquet of Roses and a Gift Card

Bouquet of Roses

John and Gina sent me this bouquet for Mother's Day. They are so pretty. Dean and Amie sent me a sweet card and a gift card. I'm going to try to find an outfit Wednesday.
I took Gracie to Lolo's this morning. She just loves it there and loves all her friends. I am so glad she goes willingly and really WANTS to go. 
I spent the day making baked chicken, mashed potatoes and corn and doing book work. I am working on the payroll taxes and setting that all up. So far so good.
I am tired and need to go to bed.
Grateful Statement: I am so grateful for my ability to cook and that I really love to. What a blessing this has been feeding my family. I am blessed!!

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Mother's Day

 My Favorite Daughter

 AJ  Cooking Hamburgers

 Janna and Gracie

 AJ and Gracie

Finishing the Deck

I had the most wonderful Mother's Day. John called me and told me he loved me, Janna and AJ barbecued for me and Dean called to tell me Happy Mother's day. All my life I just always wanted my kids to love me like me and my siblings loved my mom. I think I did it.
Gracie and I went to Church this morning and she sang "Mother I Love" with the primary kids in Sacrament. She loves going up there and doing that. She sang that song all day long.
Tommy was sick and didn't go to church so it was just Gracie and me. I went to Relief Society while the youth taught for us. It was nice to be in Relief Society but Primary is where my heart is.
Came home and ate dinner and watch them put the Trex on the patio. I didn't do much the rest of the day.
Grateful Statement: I am so grateful for my 3 kids and how loved they made me feel. I am so blessed to be their mother.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Rainy Day In Idaho

 So Much for Building the Patio

Wheat, Spelt and Kamut Bread

Today has been a lazy day for me. I love sunshine so when it doesn't happen I tend to sit in my chair and watch TV. I did get this bread made this morning for the house next door. And I got all the meat I bought yesterday divided up and put in the freezer. And I washed and cut up my Romaine for my salads so I guess I did do a few things today. 
Grateful Statement: I am so grateful for my ability to make bread. I am blessed to have a grinder and a mixer. Blessing abound in my life!!

Friday, May 12, 2017

Winco Again and More Pages

 Gracie Drink From Sprinkler

 Heather, Gracie and I taking a drive.

 Heather and Gracie

 At the Zoo pg 1

 At the Zoo pg 2

Making a Mess

I took Gracie to Lolo's and headed to Idaho Falls to Winco. I did my shopping and packed it all up in bags and loaded it into my car. Then I was off to Rigby. I went to the cleaners to put my new dress in I got for Hailey wedding. Then I went to the bank to cash my check. Then home.
Tommy was just leaving when I got home so he helped me carry everything into the house. I put the parishable stuff away and say down to watch a episode of Criminal Minds. I needed to rest after that ordeal.
I paid all my bills including the rest of Tommie's medical bills and caught up on my check book. That was a relief not to have to think about them anymore.
I made Pinto Beans for dinner in my pressure cooker and Cornbread with Honey Butter for dinner. Janna came home with a Ace Bandage on her foot. I guess she was texting and going down the stairs at work and fell down them. Her ankle is swollen but they didn't say it was broken.
We made her sit down and keep her foot up.
Here are some more pictures that I have done. 2 Books down, working on #3.
I do believe it's time for me to hug my pillow.
Grateful Statement: I am so grateful for my life. I have been super happy all day. What a blessing it is to feel this way. I am blessed.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Gracie and the Kitty

 Gracie riding on the mower.

Gracit and the Kitty

I looked outside in the front yard and here was Gracie on the mower with Papa. There is a little deck on the front that she sits on. Papa keeps her safe.
The I heard a meowing in the craft room in the garage. I went to investigate and found this little baby kitty in a kennel. Gracie fell in love and lugged it around the house all day. Bailee finally went to work and took the cat so I didn't have to worry about Gracie mauling it to death.
Grateful Statement: I am so grateful for the critters that Heavenly Father created fot us to enjoy. What a blessing they are to a little girl that truly loves animals.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

New Outfits

 Outfit 1 back

 Outfit 1 front

 Outfit 2 front

 Outfit 2 back

This little girl has out grown all her clothes. Janna went to the mall and got her 2 new ones. She loves them and can't wait to wear them to Lolo's. 
I need to get her a new bathing suit and shorts. She is getting tall. Where oh Where did the little baby go!
Grateful Statement: I am so grateful for a caring, giving daughter that takes such good care of all of us.I am blessed!

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Gracie and her Chips

What a Cutie

I got Gracie this outfit when I was in Arizona and Janna bought her new sandals. She has outgrown all her clothes so we are replacing them. Janna also bought her a big box of chips so she could have snacks that didn't have sugar in them. She loves to go in the pantry and get a box out.
Grateful Statement: I am so grateful for my dear brother Johnnie. He is so good to talk to and visit. I am blessed to have such a wonderful older brother. 

Friday, May 5, 2017

Back To Work

My Make Shift Office

Janna bought a laptop for my house and installed QuickbooksPro and I am doing her books. It is all coming back slowly but surely. I bought an on-line tutorial and that has helped a ton. The best thing about this job is that I can do it at home. I set up a table to work on and it is working good. I can just put it away. Eventually I will have all the data in and it will just be paying bill, recording deposits, doing payroll and paying her taxes. This has always been my most favorite job. I love bookkeeping.
Grateful Statement: I am so grateful for the opportunity I have to have a job doing what I love and getting paid for it. Blessing just keep coming.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Papa and Gracie

Just hanging out together.

Gracie loves to hang out with her Papa. We are extending our deck so Tommy is surveying the job. It will be nice when we have it all done. Gracie didn't go to Lolo's today so she hung out with Papa all day. Papa moved her sandbox so we can do the deck. It will be so fun when it is done.
Grateful Statement: I am so grateful for this cute little girl. Every day I am amazed that she gets to live with Janna and I. I am so blessed to have her sweet little Spirit in my life.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Jammies and Bunny Ears

Check out the outfit.

Gracie loves the bunny ears that ChaCha gave her for Easter. She is wearing a necklace her mommie got her in Utah. And her Jammie's that Kathy Porterfield got her. She has so many people that love her. Janna and AJ are eating dinner in the background.
Gracie went to Lolo's and had so much fun playing with her friends. She really loves it. And I love it so I can get lots done.
Grateful Statement: I am so grateful for my Testimony of the Scriptures. I am grateful for a desire to read them. Blessing abound.

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 ...