Sunday, July 17, 2016

Stake YW's Camp Preparations

This week has kind of been a whirl wind! On Monday, I worked all day on camp things—compiling sign-up sheets and sending a big informational email. Becky (the camp director, I am the assistant stake camp director) left last Thursday and was gone 10 days! I am kind of down to the wire with just 14 days until camp and next week is the Peterson Cabin trip. I accomplished a lot for camp this week—printing and laminating certification cards, formatting a schedule for all the girls, ordering charms and crimp beads, ordering more crimp beads, purchasing jewelry making tools at JoAnn’s with 40% of coupons (and having several people come with me to use other coupons I had) plus writing and answering many emails and texts and phone calls along with three different meetings. I think I spent about 30 hours on camp this week alone!! I am looking forward to it!!
 I dreamed that the cinch backpacks I ordered were made out of gauze fabric that ripped as soon as they girls touched them.  Luckily, they arrived on Thursday, just as I hoped they would be—they will work nicely to hold the girl’s scriptures and Ensigns.

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Piano Guys Concert

Tonight was our long awaited for Piano Guys Concert at Usana Amphitheater in West Valley (we gave Mallory the tickets for her birthday). We got there at 6:30 to find a place in the lawn seating and the concert didn’t start until after 8:30 when the sun had gone down on the stage. It was such a great concert! They added humor and seriousness to their show. They played classical music along with popular music and even a few hymns. It was so good! We were able to be a part of a music video they recorded live for YouTube for their new song "Okay". They played it twice and the audience was asked to wave our phones in the air with our flashlights on. We just may be famous! Haha This concert was definitely worth it! The girls were enthralled and inspired! My favorite song they played was “How Great Thou Art” mixed with a classical piece. They played their music video in the background of where they shot the video in Rio de Janero at the Christus statue and near a beautiful waterfall in Brazil in the rainforest. We also really liked the version of Pachelbel’s Canon they did too---it was hilarious!

Clinton City Days Parade

This morning was the Clinton City parade. It now goes down the street right behind our house. Aleece and her kids came over and we sat with a lot of neighbors and friends to watch the parade. The girls all got a lot of candy (especially salt water taffy), cola bottles of water, necklaces and frisbees.

Friday, July 15, 2016

Clinton City Days Carnival and Movie

This week is Clinton Heritage Days. At about 8:30 p.m. tonight, we headed out as a family to the carnival. We bought some tickets and Mallory convinced Hayley and Brittney they need to ride the Ferris wheel. When Hayley got on, she told the Ferris wheel operator how scared so was. He gave her a few pointers as they loaded their chair. Brittney decided to go with me. The guy wouldn’t take my tickets because he said he always lets parents ride free with their kids. As soon as Brittney and I went up into the air so another chair could be loaded, Brittney started to cry and wanted to get off (we were waiting almost at the top of the ride at this time while others were loading). I convinced Brittney that she was alright and wasn’t going to throw up if she just closed her eyes. Brittney and I made it through the 20-minute ride (which including loading everyone and then going around a dozen times without stopping). Brittney was more than willing to get off when it was our turn. Brittney does have bragging rights over Scott since she made it longer than he did on the Ferris wheel (from many years ago before the girls were born). When he got to Mallory and Hayley, he asked if they wanted to stay on a few more minutes. They said yes and their 20-minute ride turned into a 45-minute ride. Hayley was a little scared at first but then she really liked it. 

We ended up going down the huge slide as a family and then the girls went again. 

We also stayed for the last half of the movie in the park, the new Star Wars movie. It ended at 11:45 p.m.!

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Great Aunt Elva's Funeral

This morning, I was able to attend my Great Aunt Elva Peterson Hackwell's funeral in Ogden. It was a blessing to me being able to be there. When I arrived, I was relieved to see my Aunt Bonnie and Uncle Jon walking in the building. I was excited to see my Aunt LaRae and Uncle Lyle in the foyer when I walked in (they received permission to attend the funeral from their zone leader-- they are serving a full time mission in the Family History Library in Salt Lake). I went in and talked to my dad's cousin, Kay, Elva's daughter.

I have great memories of Aunt Elva (my Grandpa Peterson's sister) at our Peterson Family Christmas parties. She was always dressed just beautifully with every hair in place. She was a former kindergarten teacher also and so we had that connection.

It was so good to be with family! When I went back into the foyer, my sweet grandma had arrived along with my Aunt Tamara. A few minutes later, my Aunt Jami came in, she had drive down from Idaho. I attended the family prayer along with my grandma, aunts and uncles. During the funeral, I was sitting on a row together with my Grandma Peterson, my aunts and uncles. During the funeral, I was pretty emotional because I felt the strength of my Peterson family-- they were filling that void of my parents. I felt of their strength and love and I could not control my emotions very well.

Aunt Elva's funeral was beautiful. Her grandson, Erik, sang one of my favorite hymns (especially the words and meaning in Spanish) "Abide with Me" (in Spanish, the title is "Acompaname" or accompany me-- I just love thinking of that closeness). Roger, Elva's grandson-in-law gave a beautiful talk and her son, Richard's talk was wonderful (I think he ought to add his talk to his mother's memory page on Richard shared tons of memories of his mother and father and how they met and stories of my Great Grandfather Peterson.

After we walked out of the funeral, I gave my Aunt Jami a hug and just started bawling again. I was finally composed enough to tell my aunts and uncles how they were strengthening me in my parents absence. They then understood why I was having such a hard time during the funeral. I told my aunt, " I just need an aunt hug" and I have been known to ask a wonderful friend, Linda Wayment, in my ward for a "mom hug" on at lease one occasion in the past few months. I am very blessed to have wonderful family in my life-- family who loves me no matter what-- family who would do anything for me -- family who has know me my entire life. What a great blessing eternal extended families are! I am grateful to my Heavenly Father for reminding me of the great love of family!

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Classic Waterslides

The girls and I went with Julie and Brittyn to Classic Waterslide in Riverdale and we had a great time. It wasn’t very crowded and the girls went down slide after slide after slide (I went down too—I learned that it was best if I didn’t sit on a mat—I went really fast if I was sitting on a mat and got knocked all over—I’m too old for that!) We got there right after it opened and stayed until they closed at 6. We had buy one admission get one free coupons we used so it was a great day for only $19 (plus $4 total for snow cones). Not bad for an afternoon of fun and water slides!

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Mallory's IKEA cart

Today we had to run an errand in Salt Lake for Scott so we met Sarah and her kids at Ikea. I had never been there before so we grabbed lunch and looked around. It’s a bit of an overwhelming store! There were two things I had seen that people had purchased at Ikea so that’s what I was looking for. We looked around for about an hour before we needed to head home. Mallory bought herself a little teal cart with three shelves which she was excited to put together all by herself (which she did as soon as we got home from a church meeting-- she was able to do it all by herself reading the instructions-- Mallory is quite handy).

Mallory's Violin

This morning, I decided to look again on KSL Classifeids to see if I could find Mallory a violin. I have been looking off and on for the past few weeks. 

Mallory is going to be taking orchestra in junior high and she is so very excited to play the violin. She has wanted to learn to play the violin for quite awhile (I admit, I have been the reluctant one-- I wasn't sure how she could do one more thing along with piano, soccer and Young Women's and just being a 12 year old). I finally decided I wouldn't stress about it and just let her try things she really wants to do. Scott and I decided we would rather buy a used violin instead of renting one hence my search for a violin. I had looked many times online but I have been very leery of buying one from someone I didn't know and having to meet them somewhere safe to look at a violin -- an instrument I do not know much about.  Most of the violins in our price range where in Salt Lake and I didn't want to drive to SLC not knowing if I would purchase the violin we went to see. I had no idea what brand of violin to buy. I heard there are a lot of cheapies out there which are not good at all. 

Anyway, today I looked and a violin I had seen online two weeks earlier was still online in North Ogden for an awesome price. There were 7-8 pictures of the violin with closeup pictures of the bow, the case, the bridge, and the fine tuners plus the inside with the the violin makers stamp. I looked online and saw that to buy the same violin would be $500 new. I decided to text the lady to see if it was still available. Luckily it was so I asked to set up a time to meet. We decided on 11 am today at a park in North Ogden (she told me she was sticking close to home because she was potty training so I felt good about meeting her-- she was a mom who cared). She texted me a bit later telling me that someone else was interested and I told her we would be there for sure with cash to buy the violin. We made it to the park and saw this beauty. The lady played the violin an taught violin and used this violin for demonstration purposes only. She now plays and teaches French Horn so she was looking for a good home for this violin. She told me all about the violin and how she worked in a music store and was able to purchase the violin for half off the regular price (and we were able to buy it for less than she paid and it has hardly been used). 

It is a beautiful instrument that will be perfect for Mallory! There isn't a scratch or anything on it. Mallory is so excited! I really feel this was the perfect purchase and I almost feel like we were lead and guided to it!

Saturday, July 9, 2016

Mallory Boating Trip with the Youth at Willard Bay

Mallory went boating for their combined youth activity this month. I was lucky to get a picture of Mallory since Bailey snapped a picture of her. Mallory had such a great time riding the tube with lots of her friends.

Farmington City Parade

Friday, June 3, 2016

Award's Assembly at Fremont Elementary

This morning was the Award’s Assembly at school! 

HOPE OF AMERICA AWARD given by Sunset City Mayor and Kiwanis Club President to Mallory (with  Erin)

The first award they did was the “Hope of America” Award. This award is given to the top 6th grade students at school from the Kiwanis Club who display leadership qualities. Mallory received this award from the Sunset City Mayor who is also the Kiwanis Club President for Northern Davis County. Mallory, Emmalee Slater, Kaylee Cardenas and Janeth Ameda received the award—all girls. Mallory’s teacher had told me she would be receiving this award three weeks ago so I could plan to be there. They had the parents come up and have our pictures taken when they gave the presentation. It was really neat! Mallory lead the Pledge of Allegiance in the assembly also.

Mallory received the following awards in the assembly:
·         -Hope of America
·         -Top Math Student in her class
·        - Davis Decathlon Participant
·        - Student Council 2015-2016
·         -Library Assistant Service Award
·         -Trophy for Davis County Math Olympiad participant

    Mallory also received a class award of being the best writer in her class. I guess she got 29/30 on her Final State Writing Assessment!

Hayley and her friend Shaylee at the Award's Assembly

Hayley received the following awards in the assembly:
·        - Davis Decathlon Participant
·        - Perfect Attendance Award for 2015-2016
·       -  Student Council 2015-2016
·      -  Library Assistant Service Award
·         -Trophy for Davis County Math Olympiad participant

Hayley was also called up as the 2016-2017 Student Council!!

Brittney received the following award in the assembly:
·        - Top Math Student in her class

After the Award’s Assembly, 2nd grade had their own trophy ceremony for all those who read 100 hours during the school year (which entails reading 25-30 minutes per night all school year). Brittney was so excited to get her trophy! She ended up turning in reading logs for over 140 hours but I know she read a lot more than that! Way to be Brittney B!!!

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

6th Grade Market Day

Mallory and her friend Mackenzie set up a store today at the 6th Grade Market day. They had to come up with a business name (Sweet-Tarts), purchase store space and purchase a business license to sale their things using Crazy Cash. They had a great time and sold out quickly and were able to use their earnings to purchase from other stores.

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Soccer in the POURING RAIN

Mallory and Hayley played in the pouring rain in Bountiful today!!! Soccer games are only canceled if there is lighting!! They didn’t have any subs but the played exceptionally well. They ended up winning 8-0 (Mallory scored twice). They were sopping wet and cold to the bone but they didn’t give up! 
Mallory with the rain coming down!

Hayley and Anna

Even though Mallory and Hayley were frozen, the wanted to stop and get ice cream on the way home. Our new thing is to stop at Smith's (every once in awhile) and everyone picks out their own carton of ice cream-- same price as a small shake and you can enjoy it for a day or two (Mallory eats here in a day or two but some of us make it last a whole week)!

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Mallory's Piano Recital

Mallory’s piano recital was today. She played “Holiday in Paris” by William L. Gillock and “Play it in Peoria”  by Melody Bober (a duet with her teacher, Becky Hollist--Sister Holllist). She did a beautiful job! 

Mallory was really nervous because she has been with her new teacher since February and wasn't sure what to expect from the recital. I loved how it was small and intimate (her teacher does three different times and only a 8-10 students at each recital). Mallory was lucky to have her Great Grandma Wood attend plus her dad, Hayley, Brittney and I there.
Mallory playing "Holiday in Paris" (this picture isn't the greatest--it was taken at the same time I was recording video to send to Grandma and Grandpa in the Democratic Republic of the Congo)

Recital Group
Back L-R: Emma, Jane, Sister Hollist
Front L-R: Hayden, Isaac, Jeffrey, Hyrum, Addie and Mallory

Becky Hollist and Mallory

All of Sister Hollist's students, design a recital cover. Here is Mallory's cover (she traced the piano) plus the recital program. 

I wish I would have take a picture of the back of heads of the performers on the front row in the Recital Hall at the Piano Gallery. Mallory, Addie and Emma all sat together in a row, and all three had their hair done almost the exact same way (half up in a bun with hair still over their ears-- just a little something I noticed).

Great Job Mallory!

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Lunch with the Mayor

Hayley was able to go to "Lunch with the Mayor" today for school. She was so excited! She rode from the school to the city building in a unmarked police car and back to school in an ambulance. Hayley can now say she has been in a police car and an ambulance (I've been in both too but for different reasons ;))! 
Congratulations Hayley!

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Personal Progress

Tonight I finished my Personal Progress!!! Three days late but that's alright (I set a goal to finish by Mallory's birthday). I need an interview with the bishop to finalize it all. Yeah!!

I really learned a lot about myself while working on Personal Progress! I I can't wait to start again. My 10-hour projects I chose were really life altering for me. Here is a list of my projects for each value:
Faith: Memorized "The Living Christ"
Divine Nature: Memorized "The Family: A Proclamation to the World"
Individual Worth: Worked on my blog
Knowledge: 40 Day General Conference Challenge October 2015
Choice and Accountability: Organizing Projects (house, girl's school papers, cleaning schedule)
Good Works: Five endowment sessions in five weeks with family names
Integrity: Keeping Christ in Christmas
Virtue: Reading the Book of Mormon again

Here is my overstuffed Personal Progress journal. It is filled with a lot of thoughts and things I learned. I found a really neat organizer someone had made which really helped me organize the things I needed to do to accomplish each goal. These pages sat on my dresser where I saw them every day to remind me of what I was doing and what I needed to focus on that day. I loved the little places to add a check mark if I accomplished the goal for the day. I wasn't perfect but I made great gains. 
Here is another sheet I folded and stuck in my journal-- I even stapled pages to it to record what I did each day to accomplish my goal!
I am looking forward to starting Personal Progress again with Mallory!

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

My Diamond Wedding Ring Miracle

Wednesday was my first subbing day. I was called last week to see if I would sub for the PE teacher. It was really fun! I went to the school about 20 minutes early and had to set up (which took longer than I thought). Luckily, I had kindergarten first and they have a shortened PE Time. The game I was to play with them was a little complicated but I made it through the 25 minutes. One little girl was all worried because I had them line up at the wrong door and did a few things different than the normal PE teacher. The other kids just went with the flow and did what I asked. I had to explain several times that I wasn’t Coach Deaton and I was sorry I did things differently. After Kindergarten, I had to go outside for recess duty for about 45 minutes. I walked around and helped kids was all over the blacktop and the in the grass (there was another lady out there with me). Brittney came out to recess, so she came and gave me a hug and Hayley came out too. After recess duty, I had about an hour before my next assignment, so I really read through my lesson plan and had a better idea of how to run the next PE Classes after lunch.

I decided I’d better eat my lunch before my next recess duty. I went into the Faculty Room (by myself) to eat and I had my phone so I could read my Conference Talk while I ate. I had just eaten the second bite of my sandwich when I looked down at my hand and noticed my diamond was no longer in my ring. There was nothing on my prongs! My heart just sank to my feet—I think I was in shock a little too! I hurried and put my sandwich back in my lunch bag and walked to the office to tell Bonnie (she is the assistant secretary and she is in our ward). She was talking to someone so I waited and my heart was just racing inside thinking of how was I going to find a little diamond—I had been all over the place—all over the playground and all over the grass. When Bonnie was done, I told her I just lost my diamond and my voice was totally cracking because I was on the verge of tears. She asked when the last time I noticed it and the last time I remembers was when I put it on this morning. The assistant principal came in and we started to look. I backtracked to the faculty room and searched under the table and to the door that lead outside. I went to the PE office to check under the desk where I had been sitting reading the lesson plans and couldn’t see anything. As I walked out of the office, I saw Mallory’s teacher, Ms. Ottley, in her classroom by herself. I walked in and told Ms. Ottley. She said, “You had better find a place to pray.”. I told her I had been praying in my mind ever since I saw it missing. Ms. Ottley told me she would have her class come and help me when they returned from computers. I decided to go outside and check the floor of my truck. I searched the pavement as I walked out and didn’t see anything. As I was walking outside, I heard Mr. Clough over the PA system make an announcement that a substitute had lost her wedding ring and for the kids to keep their eyes open and that there would be a reward in the office for anyone who found it. As I walked back in the school, I thought, I need to check my purse. I had been digging in my purse looking for my phone when I first got to the school. So I went back to the PE office and started looking through my purse. At the same time, I was trying to call Scott and work to let him know. While I was on hold and searching my purse, Ms. Ottley came in and said, “You need to look in your car and in your pockets.” I told her I had just come from the truck and she started rummaging through my coat pockets. I told her I hadn’t worn my coat yet so I started taking things out of my jacket pocket I had on. I had a dry erase marker and some magnets in my pocket and then I stuck my hand in my “Empty” pocket and felt a little hard stone and pulled out my diamond!!!! I couldn’t believe it!! Well, I could believe it because I was holding it in my hand!! I was very emotional as I hugged and thanked Ms. Ottley for her inspiration and help and for knowing where to look. It was about 10 minutes from the time I noticed my diamond gone until the time I pulled it out of my pocket. MIRACLES HAPPEN!! Meanwhile, I was still on hold waiting to talk to Scott. Trevor (a guy at work) came back on to tell me Scott was now with another customer and to see if he could call me back later. I told him to have Scott call me if he had a minute before 11:45. I hurried to the office to tell Bonnie and Mr. Clough that my diamond had been found in my pocket. I then went back to the PE office to say a prayer of gratitude to Heavenly Father for inspiring Ms. Ottley in helping me know where to look. I was right by Hayley’s class and I caught her eye and told her to come into the hall. She had no idea that the missing ring announcement had to do with me. I quickly told her the story and reminded her that Heavenly Father truly answers our simple prayers for things that are important to us. Ms. Ottley called Mallory out of computers too and I shared how Ms. Ottley helped answer my prayer.
I went into Ms. Ottley’s class again to thank her again. She told me how after I left her class the first time, she stopped and said a prayer. She said she had an image of a car and a pocket come into her mind. She told me she has lost many things over the years and she never hears a voice telling her where to look—she sees an image in her mind (she told me of an experience with a lost credit card and she saw a white lunch sack in her mind—the pharmacist had put her credit card in the white sack when picking up a prescription and the sack was in the garbage and she found it in the white sack in her garbage). Anyway, I thanked and thanked Ms. Ottley. I thanked her for being in tune and I thanked her for her spiritual gift because she has a spiritual gift. She then said something so profound (I have been thinking and pondering about this since Wednesday). She said, “Isn’t that why we go to church each Sunday, to partake of the Sacrament so we can ‘always have His Spirit to be with us’”? Wow! That is so true!! Ms. Ottley gave me a Ziploc bag to put my ring and diamond in.
Scott called me a few minutes later and was grateful to hear it had been found. I had about 7 minutes to hurry and eat my lunch before I needed to be outside for lunch recess.
The rest of the day subbing went really well. Mallory’s class came to PE as well as several neighbor kids (3rd graders and 2nd graders) that I knew.

After school, I took my ring and diamond to Aaron’s Jewelry to have them reset the diamond. I had absolutely no prongs on my ring—I need a whole new crown to hold my diamond. The lady at the jewelry store was amazed at my condensed version of my story—lucky is what she said – blessed and miraculous is what I said. It will take a week for them to fix my ring so I am wearing my pearl ring this week.

Sunday, March 6, 2016

Baking and Aprons and Cake Decorating

My girls love to cook and bake! Mallory made cookies a few Sunday's ago.

Last Sunday she made and decorated a layer cake. She went to her friend, Morgan's, birthday party last week where they each decorated their own cake and brought home their own cake stand and apron! I am loving this stage!!

Friday, February 26, 2016

No More Ice Rink

We put the girls to work today after school taking down the ice rink! They were good little workers even if they complained a lot!