Saturday, May 31, 2008
One of the games was to crack open eggs and then hand them down a line and the last person put the egg in a cup. If the yolk didn't break they got a point. Messy!! Another game was to see who could chew gum and blow a bubble first. For the next game the dads put rain coats on and held a glass on their head and the girls were blindfolded and given a pitcher of ice water that they had to pour into the glass. After that the girls had to drink a small amount of lemon juice out of 4 paper cups (one at a time). A few of them got lemon juice in their eyes--ouch!
After the lemon juice game they brought out 4 bowls of plastic rats. One person had to pick the rat up with their teeth and fling it across the grass to their dad/daughter who had to catch it in a big bucket. That was hilarious! The funniest game was where one person had to put shaving cream all over their face and the other person threw cheetos at them and tried to get the most to stick! That game was really fun to watch! Who thinks of these things?!?
The last game was pretty funny too. There was a pie tin of whipping cream that had 6 gummy worms in it. The girls had to get the worms out with their mouth and then give it to their dads who had to eat them--without using their hands. Some of the dads didn't like gummy worms so their faces were pretty funny.
It was fun to watch everyone play these crazy games because no one had an advantage over anyone else. There are no expert bubble gum bubble blowers or plastic rat throwers in our ward. And, it was really fun to see the dads and daughters have so much fun together. I'm sure it was a favorite day for lots of them! And three cheers for the Achievement Day leaders (in the last photo). I'm sure they spent a lot of time planning the activity and gathering materials. It was really fun!!
Friday, May 30, 2008
Thursday, May 29, 2008
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
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Sunday, May 25, 2008
Saturday, May 24, 2008
Friday, May 23, 2008
And two new stories.
1. I was at Nordstrom's last night with my friend and we stopped in the shoe department (take note: it's their half-yearly sale). These orange shoes caught my eye and I tried one on, loved it, looked at the price tag ($34.90) and decided to buy them. [All the other sizes had price tags that said $49.90. I wasn't interested if they were $49.90.] I went to the register and the shoes rang up as $49.90. I mentioned to the salesman that the price tag on the shoe was $34.90, he looked at the sticker and replied, "then they are $34.90." Now that's customer service.
2. My mom was an elementary school teacher many years ago. When her students came to class wearing new shoes she would have them walk around the room while she recited this little poem:
When I am walking down the street, I do so like to watch my feet. Perhaps you do not know the news, my Mother has bought me fine new shoes.
When the left one steps I do not speak, I listen to its happy squeak.
I love my nifty new shoes.
Thursday, May 22, 2008
When in doubt, visit the kitchen.
My brother wrote me a note a few months ago (hey -- I should tape it up on one of the cupboards!) and asked how the "KOI" was -- the Kitchen of Inspiration -- which inspired me to get this vinyl lettering.
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
I remember the day Adrienne was born thinking it was so cool that she shared her dad's birthday. She's 13 today and Robes would be 49. This is a picture of Robert (pre-"Robes") at about the same age that Adrie is now. She is genuine like he was, definitely shares his zest for life and we all know that big things come in small packages! Happy Birthday, Sweet P!!!
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
Monday, May 19, 2008
...I rolled into Boston and it's been home ever since. Here is something I wrote for the Arlington Ward Relief Society Chicken Soup for the Soul book a few years ago about one of the best decisions I've ever made.
MY BIG ADVENTURE
In the early part of 1988 my parents decided it was time to sell their house in
In mid-February I got a call from Jennifer, one of my former BYU roommates, who had recently moved from
In April my brother John and I drove my brand new Honda Civic from
My brother Robes, his wife Kim, and my nephew Ian (10 months old) who lived in
The next Sunday I went to my new ward. I remember a number of people introduced themselves. I vividly remember meeting Leesa Thompson, the Relief Society president; she had heard about me and was excited to meet me! I also remember introducing myself in Sunday School and saying I lived in "
In the 13½ years I've lived here I've never considered moving anywhere else. I fell in love with
My friend Jennifer and I have laughed that she was inspired to invite me to move to
Sunday, May 18, 2008
The weather was perfect (NO rain!) and we had a great time riding together for 25 miles. The kids never complained and had fun. Thanks to Jamel, Adrienne, Stephen, Tyler, Chuck and Emma for flying in from out-of-town to be part of the team. Thanks to Brian and Leah for transporting bikes. Thanks to cousin Tyler (working in Boston for the summer) for joining us (and being a big hit with the girls). Thanks to Rick for driving up from Brooklyn and for a delicious meal after the Ride. Thanks to Jenn for joining us and showing great endurance through 25 miles! Thanks to Zoe for joining our team for the first time. Thanks to Tadd for being the life of the party. Thanks to Brian for riding the 11th time as part of Patton's Army (he is the charter member). And thanks to everyone for their support!
At about mile 22 two volunteers were cheering us on and giving high-fives. I rode near one of them and gave a high-five and tears started rolling down my cheeks when I thought about the hundreds of people involved in the Ride today and that each person had a connection to brain tumors. To quote Emma "it's much harder to have a brain tumor so we shouldn't complain about riding twenty five miles."
It really was a great day.
[Thanks to Stephen Prince for the photos]
Saturday, May 17, 2008
This is a picture of Jamel at his first Ride.