Thursday, November 28, 2013

I Think I'll Keep 'Em!

I took these last night to put them up on KSL
I told 'em I was gonna sell them
I could get lots of money for them
But then I decided I'd like to keep them
I like them
A lot

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Blowing Up Pumpkins And Other Such Things.

Where have I been?  I've said it before..
A few weeks ago we went to the Ranch to blow up a pumpkin.  We also went up to help the construction work in the building.  We also brought our 169 pound pumpkin to blow up.
Here's the tale..
Setting it up and putting a face on the large pumpkin
The large pumpkin with a face and arms and a ball on  his head
The aftermath.  See the black mark on the ground?  The older boys and Daniel took turns shooting at it.  One nephew hit it just right. 
Checking out the remains.  The third kiddo there on the left is holding the ball that was unscathed by the explosion.
Then it was time for the science fair.  I didn't do nearly as much work on this one to deserve a grade.  Sam did most of it.  He wanted to see how quickly nails would rust in water, salt water, bleach, vinegar and soda.  The bleach rusted the most, but the salt water rusted the fastest. Sam came in 19th in the 6th grade.  Only the top 13 go on to the next round.  Dang!
And with this shot there are a few things I want to share with you.
First, look at my lashes!  THEY ARE AWESOMELY LONG! I love them. I want to marry them.
You can see that I need my color re-done on my hair.  When Bishops are called they start out with color on their heads and when they are released they are white headed.  I didn't think it was supposed to be like that for a RS president.  But it's happening.  I have a white line going down my part.  It's also been almost 9 weeks since it's been colored.  But still...
You can also see my lovely Thanksgiving decorations on my table.  I no longer decorate.  But these were being given to those who wanted.  I took what was left.  So now I've decorated.
Last Friday and Saturday I got to spend time with some great gals at Time Out For Women.  It was so much fun.  We ate, we talked, we didn't sleep, we heard great music and listened to great speakers.  This tradition was begun last year and I think we're on a roll. 
I'm so glad it's almost Thanksgiving.  I'm hungry!!

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Holy Cats Batman!

I'm just gonna say it. 
I've been busy.
Very Very Busy.
I've got nothing more to say on that.
I have taken a few pictures though.
Here is the scale.  Something weighs 141 pounds.  What could it be??
It's a pumpkin.  Daniel had gotten pumpkin seeds from a guy at work and we got 3 huge pumpkins from them.  Daniel carved one...
Pretty cool.  We have one more left that didn't get carved.  We're taking it up to the Ranch this Saturday to blow it up.  Yep.  You read that right.  We're gonna blow it up. 
We know how to have fun!
Sam.  He bruised just under his bottom lip. Like a strange soul patch!
As for Halloween, Isaac went to a party with all his friends.  He has such a great group of boys he hangs out with.  They are all across the street and in a different Stake.  Dang it.
Sam and Ruthie dressed up.  I did not get a picture.  I was taking care of some RS business as they got ready and then they took off.  Sam was a pumpkin zombie. Here's his stash!
And Ruthie with hers.  She was a vampire.  You can see the blood coming from her mouth. 
Life has certainly been full lately.  My family has been blessed as I've been working with my new calling.  We are all busy and happy and healthy.  Couldn't ask for more!

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

This Month Is Such A Special One...

It's Birthday Time For YOU!!
Today Ruthie is 10
Double Digits!
She was off to school and I was off to prepare. 
All her gifts...
Art supplies
Art drawers
A skateboard!
We went to dinner at Burrito Grande and she got to wear the birthday sombrero.
10 years ago today, a mom had a baby girl. You.  She knew she couldn't give you all you would need.  She placed you in front of the Bo Ai Hospital in FengCheng China.  The placement spoke volumes to the love she had for you.  You were found and taken to the orphanage around the corner.  You were weighed, measured and named.  Feng Li Qiu.  Beautiful Autumn Thunderclap.  The Beautiful and Autumn are a given.  Literally.  But Thunderclap?  You must have had some lungs or a striking personality to get a name like that.
When I got the translation of your name, I KNEW you were mine. My Beautiful Autumn Thunderclap.  I knew you'd go nicely with my Handsome Spring Thunderclaps, Isaac and Sam.
On February 16, 2005 I finally held you in my arms.  I cried tears of joy as you cried tears of fear and unknown.  We spent the next week and a half holding you in our arms.  Saying Mama and Baba while pointing to us.  Saying Qiu Qiu (ChooChoo) and Ruthie while pointing to you in the mirror.  You listened to her brothers' voices on the phone each  morning, loving the sound but unsure of what it was.
When we finally got you home, we went to pick up your big brothers.  You kept looking at your boys and then looking at me as if to say, "Are they mine? Really mine?".  You called them "my boys" for a couple of years. 
I always say, and truly believe, that I couldn't have made you more "mine" than if I'd made you myself. Heavenly Father was watching over each of us during this process of bringing our family together.
Ruthann LiQiu, we love you, and are so so so happy you belong to us.  Eternally.
We are also so so so very grateful to your birth mom and her great sacrifice to give you an opportunity to live a life she couldn't give you.  She loved you so so so very much.  I can't wait to meet her and hug her and thank her for giving you life.
Happy Birthday sweet Autumn Thunderclap. 
Double Digits!!