Just for the record, this is what eleven below zero looks like at 7:30 in the morning in Cache Valley Utah. I stayed in bed and cuddled with ZJ for a bit, am taking the babes to school after their dental check-ups. I'd have done so anyway, so that they didn't have to walk in this cold, even to the bus stop. Burrs!! Since I'm racing this morning, not a lot of thought going into today's entry... just my wild and crazy day yesterday.
- 5:47 ~ woke up even though my intent was to sleep in since there was no school. The body just doesn't care that it's Martin Luther King Day, it's awake!
- 7:15 ~ Mom's morning call, late, because she'd been watching the news for Utah and wanted to warn me that it was snowing terribly and I should just stay home and safe. (Mom hasn't yet captured that I am living the weather and that she doesn't need to tell me it's snowing. HOWEVER, it was NOT snowing in Cache Valley. Although my friends in Salt Lake got up to twenty inches, Cache Valley only got two. Sadness. And yes, I'd love a little cheese with that whine. waaaaaaaaaahhhh!)
- 8:00 ~ breakfast for the babes and morning morning cleaning of the weekend house
- 10:00 ~ assemble the Jeopardy board for our Senior Singles Family Home Evening and study for the little presentation that I gave about the Life of Joseph Smith, which was completely fascinating and left me wanting to read more for the rest of the afternoon, but that was not to be because the babes were ready to roll!!
- 12:30 ~ Doug called to say that he was taking the afternoon off and coming home to play! Got everyone ready for town, in spite of Mom's warnings and sat with our noses against the window waiting for Daddy to come home! I'd called Liza and discovered that she was actually serving yesterday. (She serves about four times a year anymore and we love it when she does because we usually go into have her serve us.)
- 1:00 ~ Doug shoveled the driveway with the babes help and we loaded into the van and went to Firehouse for a tasty lunch and lots of pampering and great customer service from Lizard. She made Quayd a Black Cherry Pomegranate Lemonade and you would have thought he'd died and gone to heaven. He has a new favorite drink. Dinner was on Liza because she's a sweetheart. I needed a little cash, so I wrote a check for $50 cash. She came back with the cash in the little black folder and said, "Mom? Fify bucks?" I said, "Not for you! That's for cash for the movies!" She says, "Ohhh! I thought that was a bit much!" I took $35 out and left her $15 while she was still holding the book. She said, "Are you sure?" I said, teasing her, "Okay, give me ten and you keep five." She looked at me like, "I should have kept my mouth shut." Just kidding! Liza really does enjoy serving every now and then. Being the manager has it's perks, but she loves the hands on with the customers. She's a real people person. Wonder where that came from?
- 2:40 ~ We went to see Enchanted. I'd already seen it with Liza. I'm not kidding...Watching Gracie watch this movie was more fun that watching the movie itself. She was laughing so hard and her comments had me in tears. I had to keep saying, "Whisper". She was announcing which fairy tale princess the story was about as it moved along. "Oh, this is so Sleeping Beauty!...Oh, this is so Snow White!!..." At one point, she said, "OOOOOOH! MOMMY! This movie is so out of control!!!" My jaws were literally sore from laughing. She loved it! They all did, even Doug. I was most excited to google the DVD release date a nd see that it's projected for the week of ZJ's birthday in March! Happiness! If you've not seen this movie, it's a must see, must own movie. Doug was rolling. Yes, it's corny and silly but a darling child's film, a wonderful date movie, a great chick flick!
- 4:45 ~ We raced to the grocery store for milk and eggs then headed back home for me to begin making pizelles, which were a major part of our treats for FHE.
- 5:15 ~ We walked into the house and I began cracking eggs while Doug plugged in the pizelle maker and Gracie measured the flour.... I was supposed to be at Connie's at six! I'd gathered all of the things for our Family Home Evening and had everything waiting in a nice neat stack on the scrapbook table earlier in the day and was I ever glad because I had no time to spare! Doug whipped up the strawberry cream cheese filling while I powdered the pizelles. WHAT was I thinking?
- 6:02 ~ I walked into Connie's with a tray of beautiful pizelles, my board and my little show and tell items from Nauvoo and Kirtland, who fascinating places in LDS Church History.
- 6:30 ~ the seniors arrived and we had a fantastic Family Home Evening with lots of participation and I got hugs from every one of them when it was all over! It really went well and I was just as pleased as could be because I'd put a lot of hours into preparing for it over the past two weeks. We served the tasty pizelles along with fruit and a nummy Strawberry dip. Don't ya love it when something that you've been preparing for for a long time is behind you and you can feel good about the effort that went into it!? I do love this calling!!
- 8:30 ~ I cleaned up at Connie's while she drove the ladies home. (It was so cold! I was actually shocked that they went out in it last night!)
- 9:15 ~ after gabbing with Connie and doing some preliminary planning for February and March FHE's, I came home and gave Doug the re-cap and then we placed an order online for some things we needed while I ate a bowl of Frosted Mini-wheats, my supper. (At this point, my mom would say, "What did the babes eat for dinner?" because she worries about what they eat and what they are wearing in the cold to the point that I tease her about it, "You can look at them and see how neglected they are, Mom.")
- 10:00 ~ We watched the news and weather to see how much snow we didn't get in Cache Valley, there's that whine again, I know.
- 10:30 ~ Instant Messaged with a friend for 30 minutes while Doug was getting ready for and climbed in bed to read.
- 11:04 ~ As I was about to climb in bed too, Liza called and we gabbed on the phone until 12:30. I really was going to bed early last night! We brainstormed for her upcoming Young Women's activity. Then, she talked and I said, "Mm-hmm. Mm-hmm." for most of the rest of the conversation. At the end, she said, "Thanks for letting me vent." She had lots of work stories. (In the restaurant business, there's always lots to vent about.)
- 12:58 ~ climbed into bed, kissed my sleeping husband goodnight and turned on the iPod and listened to an General Conference talk to unwind and fall asleep.
The babes are up and running and I need to do the same. I told them to dress very warm today. ZJ announced, "Yes, we have to because if we went outside today with no clothes on that means our hands would freeze off!" Okey dokey then. Have a wonderful day! I'm hoping that mine will be tamer today. It's dentist day! Before school, the babes have check-ups, which means Mickey D's for breakfast reward. I'm hoping to catch the matinee of 27 dresses while the babes are at school and then Quayd and Doug are going cross-country skiing and I'm taking dinner to a friend who's husband just got out of the hospital. American Idol tonight. Yes, this sounds much tamer. Gotta run! Have a great day! Oh, and my quote today is as my wild and crazy as my yesterday!
"The only reason a great many American families don't own an elephant is that they never have been offered an elephant for a dollar down and easy weekly payments."