As an active mom and grandma, I have a great interest in many things in this world. Religion, politics, technology, friends, nature, travel, reading, photography, and most of all my wonderful family.
Saturday, December 12, 2009
We just got back from the Hartford Christmas Parade. It's been awhile since we had any of our kids marching in the parade, but this year Cara marched with her 2nd grade class. They danced the Charleston to the tune of "Santa Claus is Coming to Town". So here are some pictures of the flapper and her class.
My youngest daughter, Cara, just got engaged to Eric Seger. When we all sat down to Thanksgiving dinner, my husband asked each person to name something they were thankful for. When it was Eric's turn he had a card written for everyone telling them how thankful he was to become a part of the family. He had a special one for Cara and when he gave it to her he asked her to marry him. She was so happy as she said yes. He put a beautiful ring on her finger. Here are some pictures of this very special event.
Matt is doing great on his mission. I love our Monday emails. I just wish he could keep from getting injured during their pday soccer games. He has taught many people the gospel and has made some wonderful friends. One of the most special to him is this beautiful little lady named Oraida.
This past weekend was so fun. We had a great time being together. We went to the Ft. Smith Southside/Northside football game. David and I, Michelle and Ethan, Diana and David, Ryan and Sarah, and Cara and Eric. Eric came down from Missouri to spend time with Cara. We missed Matthew, but we know he is happy serving the Lord in Brazil. We started out at Ethan's parents house in Fort Smith. Michelle had cooked a yummy dinner of chicken and fish and couscous. We then had the great Habanero pepper challenge. I'll explain a little about that. Eric is determined to get Cara to appreciate the benefits of eating Hot peppers so he brought some habañero peppers with him. He tried to get Cara to eat one before we left Hartford. I will attach a video of that episode. Cara wouldn't try too much, so after Eric ate his pepper, Cara's Dad suggested he kiss her to help her experience the burn, so he did. She got a good burn going that way. Cara's friend Hannah came to the family party in Ft. Smith and she agreed to eat a pepper. They had a fake mustache for Hannah to wear while she ate the pepper, but the pepper caused her to sweat it off right away. It was funny to watch those crazy people eat their peppers. But watch the videos and you will see what I mean. We then went to the football game and had a great time together. It was unusual for me to sit in the bleachers, since I usually have to walk the sidelines at our football games taking pictures for the yearbook. I took several pictures, that I will post. My favorite is the one of my pregnant daughter and my pregnant daughter-in-law sitting there eating pickles. The rest of the weekend was fun too. Ryan and Sarah spent the night at our house and I enjoyed spending some time with Sarah! She is a sweetie. Ryan taught Eric how to do a backflip on the trampoline. He was excited. So enjoy watching the videos and seeing the pictures from our weekend.
For Halloween we went to a church party at a members house in Bonanza. Michelle, Diana, Caroline, Holly, Cara, and David and I went.Ethan and David chose to stay home and watch some football, which was fine. They had a fish fry (YUM) so David and I took a little break from our continual diets to enjoy it. The men that were doing the frying were sure working hard to keep up with demand. Holly was sooo cute as a little witch and Caroline was adorable as a little pirate (sword and all). They played games and went on the hayride. Caroline particularly liked catching the apples in the barrel. She cheated a little by catching them by the stem. She made a few returns back to the barrel so we had a good supply of apples. She also insisted on going on the hayride a 2nd time. Holly caught everyone's attention as she ran around. I kept overhearing remarks about how cute she was. I was glad we got to spend some time with them this Halloween. Cara had to answer lots of questions about who was the cute guy they saw her with on facebook. She left early to go to a friends party where she dressed up in a sari as a Hindu woman.
Cara is dating a really nice guy from Missouri. They make a cute couple. My mom said I need to post some pictures on my blog so family can see them. So here goes. First I will put in a video of them jumping on the trampoline. He can bounce Cara pretty high! The first pictures are some they took on their trip to Runestone State Park in Oklahoma, which is about 20 minutes from our house.
I can't believe it's been so long since I posted anything. I last posted in August and here it is October. Getting back to school is a busy time. I am especially busy at school this year. I have 6 distance learning classes that I supervise and 2 hours of yearbook students. Yearbook is very time consuming, but I have a great staff this year. They all want to work and turn out a great yearbook. I just wish we had more money to work with. But I predict another really great yearbook. Today is Matt's 16 month mark, so time continues to march on by till he will be home again. At the top of this post are a couple of pictures he sent me that I really love. He is still in Livramento and loving it there. He is teaching some wonderful people and taking great joy in seeing their lives change. Ryan and Sarah are expecting a baby. It's due May 30th. Michelle and Ethan are also expecting a baby on June 22nd, which we think will be Matt's release date. Nice timing Michelle. But we are so excited to have 2 new members of the family on the way! Caroline had her tonsils out a week and a half ago. Poor little thing has been miserable! But hopefully she is on the road to recovery now. The doctor said it is a good thing they got them out because he didn't know how she was even breathing since they were so big! It should really make a difference to how well she can run and play and even sleep. The leaves are turning and it is my favorite time of the year!
Matthew sent a few more pictures from Brazil. I'm posting them here so you all can see them. I love to see his pictures! He looks so great. One picture is of a sunset and one is of a rainbow. In one picture Matt is standing in front of a view of Santana do Livramento. The rest are taken before baptisms.
I live in a small town in Arkansas with my husband. We work at the local school. I'm busy with church work and school work - I am in charge of the yearbook. I love visits from my family. One of my greatest interests is in supporting my missionary son who is serving in Brazil for the LDS church. We love to get letters and emails from him. I'm the proud grandma of two beautiful granddaughters. I have a great love for my country. I read and listen and occasionally I speak out!