Monday, 14 August 2017

Summer Vacation Day 45 of 54 Ackroyd Deli

I love to go to the grocery store and choose from the salads they have. I have thought for a while that I should try making some of those salads more often. Today I made a spinach salad with dragon fruit, cranberries and nuts, a pasta salad, a broccoli salad and a quinoa salad. It was so good! I might make this a habit.


Sunday, 6 August 2017

Summer Vacation Day 37 of 54 Channeling Abish




Today I went out to the Moroni's Quest site to be part of an activity. It went well. I don't drive off on those roads alone very often  I was glad for a good map app! I missed the entrance and went way too far  but eventually figured it out. It's a beautiful setting. I feel grateful to live in such a beautiful place.    

Sharing the story of Abish was great. They had a big city of sorts set up. All the tribes travelled around to different people. I think I told my story 11 times. I have a greater love for Abish now, that's for sure. All the others were men. They had asked my husband and I to go but he declined. I was actually happy it turned out this way because if I went with him I probably would have been someone's wife without my own name. It satisfied my feminist inner yearnings to some extent. I was proud to be the only female actor for that activity.  

It's quite an undertaking to put something like this on. I'm amazed at it all. And the food!! They are feeding those kids well :) 

I guess early this morning was the reenactment of the Savior visiting the Nephites. A couple people told me about it and they each cried as they talked about it. Our Stake President played the Savior. He hugged everyone of them....long meaningful hugs. I guess it was very powerful. 

Tonight Jill and Allen and I went for a walk along the river. It was some great!




Monday, 31 July 2017

Summer Vacation Day 31 of 54 Moroni's Quest

Peirce is going on Moroni's Quest this weekend and needed a couple outfits. We found out Allen's cousins, Gillian Rasmussen just got back from Moroni's Quest and so we borrowed some of her costumes. Yea!! Mission complete!



Jill was off to Ottawa today.


And Taylor got engaged!

I did a bunch of baking tonight. Life is good!

Sunday, 30 July 2017

Summer Vacation Day 30 of 54 Rising Above

I usually enjoy Sundays. Lately, I've gone to church alone and it's okay. I know that in time Allen will feel better and will be back at church with me. Sometimes I feel sad though. Today was one of those days. While I appreciate everyone's concern and I appreciate them wanting to know how Allen's doing, I don't really have any new news. That makes me sad.

While I was reading the wrong lesson for seminary today (funny I was led to the wrong one but found this comfort) I noticed that even Nephi felt a little tired and discouraged at times:



I think this is a good anthem to keep in mind:



Spent a little time hanging out here too.

Saturday, 29 July 2017

Summer Vacation Day 29 of 54 Rugged Maniac Jill!

Jill did a race today with Yasmine and Erienne. It was crazy!


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Tonight Allen and I went out for dinner. We ran into a parent of one of my students, Kevin Maynard. The food was amazing!



Thursday, 27 July 2017

Summer Vacation day 27 of 54...half way!

Today I'm halfway through my summer break. We haven't had any travel plans this summer since it's really too much for Allen. I've quite enjoyed being home and taking care of many things around here that I've neglected. I probably need to up my game in that arena though. Only 27 more days to do it!

This day started out good!! I made a breakfast casserole with hasbrowns, sweet potatoe, yellow pepper, zucchini, tomato sauce and eggs. It was a hit! We had salsa with it and it was really great. It was good I cooked this in the morning because I sure didn't feel like cooking the rest of the day!

Today Jill is in Frankfurt!! She is really loving it. I heard from her on Facebook tonight and she is contemplating faking a sickness so that she has to stay longer. LOL









Summer Vacation Days 19 - 26

Oops. I fell off the wagon. I kept thinking I should catch up, but wanted to do a post for every day. I guess it's time to cut my losses and just move on.

We started a new thing where the kids have one day of the week where they make dinner. I'm loving it so much! They're doing a great job too. They're great cooks!


Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Summer Vacation Day 18/54 Kids Are Cooking!


We have a new thing going on in our house. Jill and Peirce are each in charge of dinner one day of the week. Today was Jill's turn. She made fish tacos and they were so good! I figured I'd give them $20 to buy what they need for dinner. She totally went over budget, but it was worth it. 
Peirce did a photoshoot with the sister of one of his friends. Lots of great photos!

And of course, he had to go to Village to start spending his money. Ice cream is always so tempting!

Jill is working at Village tonight as well. Maybe she'll bring something good home!
This morning she and Shaniah went out for breakfast together. Shaniah used to live around the corner from us but her family moved away a few years ago. Jill and Shaniah have continued their friendship and they really are two peas in a pod. They love to go for breakfast and today they found a place serving 99 cent grand slams!


I did a few mystery shops today: a gas station, a comic book store and a dry cleaners. Good day!

Tonight we bought Peirce some new fish. He is loving his fish tank. Interestingly, the boy who sold us the fish was a classmate of Jill's. She went from Kindergarten all the way through high school with him. We named one of the fish Jared in his honor.

Monday, 17 July 2017

Summer Vacation Day 17/54 Day 400!

This is how I'd like to be spending my days: like Chico does!! He is loving the sun and having the screen door open all the time. Life is good!

Today was my 400th day in a row exercising. I don't think I'll ever stop this streak. Starting over again would really suck, that is for sure!

It's time for me to get a new phone and I found a mystery shopping company doing mystery shops for the kind of phone I'm thinking of getting! Today I did a few of those shops. Interesting stuff!

Summer Vacation Day 16/54 Gratitude Talk

No pictures today. I stayed up way too late last night preparing for my talk today. My topic was: How does gratitude strengthen my relationship with God and Jesus Christ.

When it was my turn to speak, I turned to the clock and was a little surprised to see I had just over 30 minutes.

No problem! I can talk, that's for sure. :)

Reviews were good.

I enjoyed giving it too.

Tonight, when I should have been going to bed, we decided to go downtown and see the last night of fireworks. We parked in Ramsey and then walked up this incredibly steep hill. Oh my hamstrings! It totally winded me to go up that hill - but I recover quickly.

And the fireworks were great!

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Saturday, 15 July 2017

Summer Vacation Day 15/54 Airport Shuttle



We took Jill to the airport last night at 10:00 pm. She did a red eye to Toronto and then turned around and came home this morning. Good thing she loves her job!

Chico loves going to the airport. He knows when we're getting close and gets excited.




Most of all, he loves to see Jill again. We're always glad when she's home!


Friday, 14 July 2017

Summer Vacation Day 14/54 Peirce's Photography

Peirce is becoming an amazing photographer and people are noticing. It seems Said the Whale even liked one of his posts on instagram!

Thursday, 13 July 2017

Summer Vacation Day 13/54 The Beat Goes On

I had a mystery shopping company call me and ask me to do some shops and I'm kind of getting back into the swing of it. Today I did a gas station audit. I was really nervous about it and so proud of the employee when I was able to award her the prize. Yea!!




Allen is teaching Peirce car stuff. It was so cute to watch them. They put in a new battery and changed the filter.


And Jill and Peirce, of course, are still loving the Stampede. Peirce sure is enjoying the pass that we bought him!







Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Summer Vacation Day 12/54 I Love Wednesdays!


Gaylene sent me this picture. Her father-in-law is 70! Happy birthday Jerry!!



Jill was in Vancouver today. She found a Village Ice Cream shop replica. Felt right at home, I'm sure!

I am having a great time this summer with the time I have to read and study. I started a seminary teacher study group and we meet on Wednesdays. I spent most of today getting ready for it - and thoroughly enjoying myself. I love it!

Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Summer Vacation Day 11/54 Busy Tuesday

Today was kind of messed up. After picking up Jill so late last night, I also got to get up and drive her to the airport at 5:15 am. Ugh!! I came home and went back to bed. However, having half an hour or so of wake up time seemed to mess up my morning. I still did my 5 km at the gym, but man, was it hard!! I definitely need sleep to be able to do it well (or at least as well as I can do it).

This afternoon Peirce had lots of fun lined up. I drove him to his friend, Ella's house. She has moved to a beautiful house in the SW! Peirce loves hanging out with Ella because she is fabulous at baking and always seems to have something baked when he comes over. They went to the Stampede. He was supposed to take the bus home for roundezvous #2 - but at 5:00 (when he was supposed to be home) I got a text asking if I'd pick him up at the Stampede Grounds. I couldn't so instead he took the bus to McMahon and I picked up his friend, Danae, so they could go watch the marching bands. Who would have ever thought my quiet boy would be such a socialite!! Sheesh.









Jill got home tonight at about 5:00. Look what she found at the airport! Seniore's pizza is a pizza place that is right by our house. We love it! Lots of people love it. Apparently, they love it so much they pick it up and eat it before heading off to the airport. Too funny.



Today Allen had a follow up visit with Dr Eric Smith at the stroke clinic. They don't really have any answers for him and are pretty happy with how he is recovering. His stroke was in his frontal lobe on the left side - which is why it affects his facial muscles on the right side. They put him in yet another study to monitor his heart. Dr Smith said they had really exhausted all the tests they could do to try to figure out why he had the stroke. It makes no sense that he had one - but luckily, he is recovering and is likely to totally recover. Let's just hope it doesn't happen again!


Tomorrow is Wednesday: Seminary Teacher Study Group day. I better get to work on that!!