Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Happy Birthday, Mom and a Craft

Today is my Mom's 73rd birthday. Happy Birthday, Mom! What a great mother I have; such an example of putting her family first and loving gospel service throughout her life.

Mom with Abby

I wasn't sure what to give her for her birthday, but Monday morning I went to Hobby Lobby with my friend and soon-to-be-mother-of-the-bride, Judy Richards and I remembered a craft idea that I had been wanting to try. I got the frames and made these "ask" signs with scrapbook paper and embellishments. I like how the word ASK is spelled out and goes along with the scripture in Matthew 7:7

Ask and ye shall be given
Seek and ye shall find
Knock and it shall be opened unto you

for my Mom for her birthday, I also got her a letter "P" like the new "J" in my office, but I spray painted mine white and hers matches her frame.

I made this one for my friend, Clyda for her birthday which was Tuesday
(I hope she doesn't look at my blog before tomorrow when I give it to her :)

I made this one for me to match the staroom

It's all good!

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Happy Chuseok!

Korea has a holiday similar to our Thanksgiving that occurs according to a lunar calendar. It was September 24 this year and we were invited to a celebration at the Scera Park. They had yummy Korean food, and fun entertainment. We were able to visit with many of our friends from Korea and people we know through the "Korea connection." It was a lovely evening and reminded of us the many blessings we have because of our mission(s) to Korea.

This is Elder Song's (one of our missionaries) daughter, isn't she a cutie?

Here we are with Sonhee and Jinhee Cho, they are our Korean nieces. Their grandparents, Bishop Cho and Sister Lee, are our "Korean parents." We didn't know they are both at BYU now and we look forward to having them join us for Sunday dinner.


Yesterday Heather and I took a 5 mile walk in the canyon. It was beautiful, but I don't think the fall colors are at their peak yet.

As we were finishing two schoolbus loads of disabled children joined us on the trail; I think they were going to see Bridal Veil falls. The children were so interested in Annie, so I stopped and she let them pet her. It was so fun to see how much Annie brightened their day and how happy they were to interact with her. It made me think I should get her into "animal therapy," so she could fulfill the measure of her creation making people happy.

Usually when we walk on the canal road she gets into the water and comes home muddy. As soon as we arrive home I say "bath" and she hops right into the tub to get rinsed off. Yesterday she wasn't really dirty, so I didn't say anything to her when we came in the house and went on with my business. About 20 minutes later I walked past the bathroom and saw this:

She was just in there waiting for me. She's is really such an amazing and good dog. She loves having Jenny here because Jenny usually takes her on a second walk or run every day.

Is it a sign that I'm an empty-nester because I'm posting about my dog?!?

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Last Day at the Beach

On my last afternoon at the beach in Bahamas I saw this little hermit crab crawling across the sand and I was just fascinated by him.

his little trail across the sand

awesome clouds over Nassau

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Atlantis Light Fixtures

The Atlantis resort in Bahamas had some of the most interesting light fixtures I've ever seen. I couldn't resist taking pictures of them. Enjoy!

And these townhouses each painted a different color are typical of the Bahamas

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Atlantis Bahamas!

View from our 20th floor balcony

I'm one lucky gal to be on a "business" trip to Bahamas with my dear husband. We took the red-eye to JFK on Monday night and then on to the Bahamas on Tuesday morning. We spent the first day napping and getting settled in our room.

Today we spent several hours at the beach/pool and then we have a welcome reception tonight.

Sunset from our balcony

We are in the Reef Tower on the 20th floor

If you look closely you can see Rich standing on our balcony 2nd from the top

The beach from the pool. Really cool lounge chairs with your own shade provided

Bird tracks in the sand

The water is so warm and there are fishes swimming with you!
(sorry, Mary)

The perfect sand and all those beautiful shades of blue just make my heart sing!

Ok, my legs look bigger than I thought, but how about that view and the seagull right there?

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Richard is 57!

Rich's 57th birthday came the day after we got home from Disneyland and it was a Sunday so he had a full day of bishoping. But we had a nice dinner and Laura made ice cream pie - Rich's favorite treat.

Happy Birthday to you!

Fun candy bar poster from the Young Women

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Disneyland 2010

Character posings:

After this precious picture of Andrew with Mickey Mouse he said to me, "I want to say hi to the princess," so we went to see Cinderella:

Michael and Myla taking a break from driving

Connor preparing for Tower of Terror

Sophie preparing for Tower of Terror

Rich was wearing a boot for his injured Achilles tendon, so the second two days at Disneyland he rented a "jazzy." He may never go to Disneyland again walking on his own! Jenny and Laura had fun with it when we went back one night without Rich

Nana and Papa Bugs

Rich's cousin, Gerry and his wife, Neena, met us in Anaheim for dinner, it was so good to visit with them.

And a day at the beach:

Jenny thought it was cold

Michael in his speedo

Rich is only happy at the beach with a chair and a book.

It's all good!