Thursday, April 3, 2014

~Oops! How could I forget to report on "Dinner!"

Thanksgiving was great.  "Dinner" turned out to be 37.8 pounds after all was said and done.  It took 8 hours to cook that bird!  It was huge.  Adam has quite the story of how he rode that turkey bareback to slit its throat, all the while his adoring fans (the boys) cheered him on.  Adam had the boys help pluck Dinner.  Jett managed one feather.



Simon had to have a leg.  Kinda grossed me out! We shared with the Fullers.
My favorite part of the ward Christmas party was the Nativity.  Noah was an upset shepherd, Jett was an unhappy little lamb and Simon LOVED being a donkey. lol  The little stinker kept turning around and doing a donkey kick while the kids were singing their Christmas song.  It was hilarious!!  Wish I would have gotten a picture. Simon being Simon
The Primary Presidency asked Noah to be Joseph, right before it started.  I think he managed to give all of them a dirty look as they scurried around dressing kids.  He said he would stand there but not sing.  Then after it was over he went outside and cried.  He thought everyone was looking at him AND he had to stand by girls.  Heaven forbid.  Simon loved dressing up and wore his donkey suit everyday for a week. Its interesting how different my boys are.
I was not thrilled with my decorations this year.  I truly disliked the plaid table runners and the centerpieces were...well there are not words....  Why did I choose plaid??  I kept waiting for bagpipe players to come in.  Not one of my best.  The only thing I did like was the garland I put on the stage.

~End of December 2013, bitter sweet

For a while now I've known my time as yw president was growing short.  A little birdy gave me a heads up so I knew my release was coming. (Thank goodness.  I don't do well with change so I appreciated knowing beforehand.)  The Bishop came over after Christmas. He gave me my "two weeks notice," literally.  I felt relief and sadness, but I also felt it was right.  The presidency had planned a kidnap breakfast the following week. The day of the breakfast was weird and confusing for me.  To my surprise, I began to feel very protective of these girls. One by one, as we picked them up, I felt there was no way I could be done.  I LOVE THESE GIRLS! My heart was breaking.  But, being that I knew this was one of the last times I would be with them, I held it together for a few hours.  It was a fun, quick breakfast and then we took girls home.

Since I was getting released I decided to throw caution to the wind (we all know I'm a rebel at heart ;)).  Before I took the girls home, I let the girls drive my (new-to-me) car. heehe...  Oh boy was that fun!! We went to a big parking lot and I let them take turns driving around light poles.  
Oh my...hahaha 
All the girls that drove had their learners permit :)
Ashlee, very cautious, but did great.

Liz, the professional

McKinley, barely fit in my seat...long legs!  She did great.

Mary, oh Mary.  She asked which pedal was the gas and which was the brake.  Then she almost wrecked into a light pole.  Between the screaming and laughing, she said the pedals in her moms car were switched. Really Mary!?!  How does this girl have her permit?  I haven't laughed, screamed and been that scared in a long time.