One of the things I am really enjoying about my stake calling is visiting different wards. Today I was in the Chestemere ward. They had a visiting teaching conference. I would have gone just for the brunch (serious...they had a brunch!) but I really enjoyed the program too.
The theme was "Seeing as the Lord Sees".
Every place had a little goodie bag with ideas for service inside it along with salt water taffy. The glasses on the table are a sugar cookie.
Center pieces had glasses. They had chips in the table to snack on before the program started.
Becauiful (and delicious!) cupcakes.
The podium even had glasses to remind us of the theme.
Every presidency has different talents. The RSP in this ward has a catering business, so having brunch seemed obvious for her. I loved it!
The message was wonderful too. They had invited the YW and talked about how VTing is really just about making friends. Their Bishop is Doug Sullivan (and old YSA friend of mine) and he spoke about the parables of the lost sheep. The RSP also did a special musical number called The Woman at the Well. She was quite emotional and the message was really beautiful. A wonderful morning!
We had a good time last night at the NCSA awards banquet. The club has really grown over the last two years and there are some wonderful things going on.
The banquet was held at The Wild Wild West. It was raining like crazy, which was probably good because it would have been really hot in that tent if it was a regular spring day!
Jill was second place for the aggregate award in her squad.....such a close finish! She was also second for the Timmermans award. If she would have won it would have been a three-peat for her. Saman I won though and that was a great thing. Jill was also recognized for being a national swimmer and Allen and I received a lifetime membership certificate. I think that means they still want us to volunteer even after Jill has graduated. LOL
Peirce enjoyed visiting with his swimming friends too. He misses them.
We visited with some great people and really had a great time.
It's coming!! One of my favourite things about summer are the leisurely mornings. I like to get up early while my kids sleep in. I make them breakfast, exercise, read and do a little tidying up. These days morning swims are not their usual painful 5:30 am start....they are a relaxing 7 am start! No seminary. Later swim practices......life is good!!
This is one of our favourite breakfasts: puff pancakes. I couldn't even get to taking the picture before half if it had been gobbled up. It is good stuff to wake up to!
Last night I had a wonderful dinner party to go to. I made three cheesecakes to take for dessert. One was cherry, one was peach and one was strawberry. I asked Jill to help me carry them out to the car. It didn't go to well:
Every year, we hold a gala to celebrate the books we have read this year. We pick categories (best character, favourite animal, best plot twist, best villain, best overall book of the year) and vote. The winners are announced at the gala. We dress our best, bring finger food to share, and have a great time!
I really really love using technology to make my life easier. Today I came up with the great idea to video tape myself showing how to write a letter in cursive. I uploaded it to vine and logged on to my smart board computer. The loop played again and again. As I went around if someone was doing something not quite right I reminded them to just watch the video a couple times and voila! Everyone did a perfect job!
Today the kids and I drove out to Sparwood. The nelsons were having a BBW to celebrate Jordan's grad. We first stopped in High River to go to sacrament meeting. I always enjoy seeing people there. Today though, the chapel was dark. When we got here, we realized they were having stake conference! LOL WE stayed for an hour of it then continued in our way.
So I'm in Superstore and I decide to check out Sharp magazine. Allen's cousin, Greg, is the executive editor. I thought it was awesome that Joe Hill's book was out....he is the author in the interview I transcribed for Greg. Greg has amazing writing. I love reading his articles.