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