Tuesday, July 09, 2024

Clane In Maine

Clane is in Maine with their friend, Annie.
in the Raleigh temple on the same day in April 2022).
They are having the best time in storybook Maine by the seaside, 
kayaking in the ocean, visiting historical lighthouses, eating lots of ice cream
(Annie works at an ice cream shop), relaxing, and last Sunday, they
 visited New Hampshire, where Claire served her mission for a few
and she could travel out of the country to her original assignment, Brazil.  

I think the girls are easing me (and Lod) into the inevitable abrupt  
ending when they go to school next month.

Monday, July 08, 2024

The Guy To Call

Dear boyfriend,

Thank you for taking me out this afternoon for lunch.
I love to be with you.
You are so cute.
Thank you for loving me.
Thank you for encouraging me to try new things.
Thank you for having confidence in me.
Thanks for creating with me.
Thank you for being "the guy to call" for everyone for anything.

I love you

Saturday, July 06, 2024

Snip, Snip

 Early this morning, I assisted Christian in the fields
to tag, vaccinate, and castrate Bully Beesley.
Who, now, unfortunately, is not a bull anymore.
He was a champ, even though I thought his mama was going to kill Christian
during the process.

Friday, July 05, 2024

A Hot July Win

This morning, I took Lottie to her annual neurology check-up. 
Everything looks great, and we're going to begin lowering her
 medication dosage during the next few months to see if her reactions stop. 
This is really promising!
When we got home, Claire and Jane were loading up 
for their trip to Maine to visit a friend at her beautiful beach cottage.
We said a prayer together, and they drove off to the airport.
I think they're going to have so much fun!
Lottie was super sad about her best friends leaving her for a week.
I don't know what we will do when they leave for school.
And since today was the hottest day North Carolina has seen so far,
Lottie and I made a beeline to my bed and watched 
two of the three High School Musical movies.
It was so classic and cringy and fabulous,
and we enjoyed every second of it.
We ate licorice and drank cold coconut Dr. Peppers.
Then we watched Portugal play France in the Euro Cup.
Sadly, they lost, but the day was a ginormous win!

Thursday, July 04, 2024

Happy 4th of July 2024!

Today was one of the best 4th of July's ever.  
Ever! EVER!
We went swimming at the secret lake, followed by lunch,
then a movie (Quiet Place), then home for fireworks
and Dole Whips.
Happy Birthday, America!
I am grateful for those who came before me 
and the shoulders upon which I stand.

Wednesday, July 03, 2024

For A Minute

 This evening, we served in the temple as a family, 
being baptized for our ancestors who have long passed. 
Gigs was able to baptize Lottie, me, and Christian
 while Christian baptized Gigs and Jane. 
It was so sweet!
God is so good to us here on earth and to his children
who have passed from this earth.
I am so thankful that He is a loving God and gives the
 opportunity for everyone to be baptized,
and gives everyone the agency to accept or not.
Doing this great work for our family is such an honor,
The temple is such a sanctuary from the chaotic world,
it was so lovely to leave it behind for a few hours.
Then, at dinner, we talked about doing baptisms together when Oliver gets 
home from his mission in February, and EVERYONE will be together.
For a minute, anyway.

Right when we got home, Gigs changed into his work clothes
and he (and Kitty)got to work on his car before the sunset.
We stayed up late on this fun 4th of July Eve and watched
Pearl Harbor.  Well, I did anyway; everyone else fell asleep.
I turned it off at about halfway.


Tuesday, July 02, 2024

Go Ronaldo!

 We have been big in the Euro Cup; of course, we are 
rooting for Portugal and the GOAT Ronaldo!
I love these photos I took of Jane and Lod watching
the penalty shootout:

Portugal wins!
On to the next game!

Monday, July 01, 2024

Oh, What Do You Do In The Summertime?

Today's vibe, on the first day in JULY day, 
reminded me of the Primary song,
"Oh, What Do You Do in the Summertime?"
"Oh, what do you do in the summertime, when all the world is green?
Do you fish in a stream, or lazily dream on the banks as the clouds go by?

Is that what you do? So do I!

Oh, what do you do in the summertime, when all the world is green?
Do you swim in a pool, to keep yourself cool, or swing in a tree up high?

Is that what you do? So do I!

Oh, what do you do in the summertime, when all the world is green?
Do you march in parades, or drink lemonades, or count all the stars in the sky?

Is that what you do? So do I!
I added my own verse:
Oh, what do you do in the summertime, when the heat is off the charts?
Do you mug on your cat, build her a house, and hope she won't die in the sun?
Is that what you do?  So does Lod!
It's true; today, Lottie spent the afternoon in the scorching heat, making a
 shady spot on the porch for Kitty. Lottie placed a cushion under 
a blanket by the front door so Kitty can enjoy the view from the
 porch, right where she loves to be.

We all (I mean, ALL of us) love Kitty!
She's a very spoiled, very loved, and a very outdoor cat.

Sunday, June 30, 2024

My Birthday Dinner 2024

My daughters have been planning a birthday dinner for me for weeks. 
They gathered shells at the beach last week to use as table decorations 
and bought me a skirt to match the whimsical beach theme. 
After church, I was instructed to go into my room and
 not come out until they said, so I read and napped. 
And really enjoyed the after-church quiet.
While the girls cooked and prepared in the kitchen, 
I could hear them talking, laughing, and listening to their music. 
It made me so happy.
Occasionally, I would hear them yell,
"Gigs, we neeeeeed you againnnn."
Then, a few minutes later, I'd hear him come down the stairs
to do whatever it was the girls needed him to do;
pick up something heavy or high to reach.
He was playing his part in Mom's birthday dinner.
Claire was in charge of the decor, and Jane was in 
charge of the menu.
Lottie helped with both.
A little white gift was on my plate, a beautiful nautical crown
that I wore throughout dinner.
Jane made:
Grape Salad with Brown Sugar Glaze
Tomato & Halloumi Salad
Gnocchi with Brussels Sprouts and Sweet Potatoes
Corn & Zucchini Salad
AND the best part was she made a Dr. Pepper chocolate birthday cake
with adorable cherry candles.
It was delicious!
We sat and talked while Angus lay at our feet and Kitty
roamed the table, licking up scraps.
Soon, the miracle came: 
The stillness of the dark, heavy clouds was abruptly shattered by the sudden
 eruption of thunder and lightning. 
Then, the rain poured down from the sky,
the wet earth smelled heavenly.

Best. Birthday. Ever.
Best. Kids. Ever.

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