Sunday, July 6, 2014


Finally a chance to write about Pat's family visiting and the great fun we had!  Ah, yes... it's all coming back to me.  Update: I've made a few changes, as I always do, because in reading through this, it seemed too rushed, and doesn't do justice to the visit.  Or the baptism.  Or anything.  It probably should have been separate posts, but it is really hard to take the time to write about everything!  ... and this post already took forever... I don't have time for this man!  

Wednesday, I swear Pat told me they'd be here at dinnertime, so you can imagine my surprise when I was at the dentist Wednesday morning (all the kids had cleanings) and Pat called and said, "They're about 2 hours away.  They'll be here for lunch."  Eeek!!!  It takes me almost an hour to get home myself!

We were trying out a new dentist and he was agonizingly slow.  The house was a mess, (I had been painting and making home repairs but hadn't actually got to the cleaning part) so I booked it outta there without having them see Leia, grabbed some items we needed at Target (like pillows) and ran home.  Rushed some blankets for them into the washer and dryer, cleaned the main rooms, and it all worked out even though we were behind and had baskets of laundry and junk all over the whole week.

Also, I thought I'd be really ahead of the game and not spend the whole visit in the kitchen which can be exhausting and crank-i-fying, so the week before, I made all our dinners and froze them.  I was looking forward to a lot less stress and a lot less dishes!  I was aware that having the oven on each day for at least an hour was a bad idea in the summertime, but I could see no way around that.

In the end I'm not sure it was a good idea.  We don't have air conditioning, so not only was it hot, but we would come home from an outing starving and have to wait forever for something to be ready.    That's why, generally, freezer meals are so much more tedious to me.  I cook like Rachel Ray- 30 minute meals (or less).  To me, freezer meals are so slow unless you remember to take it out the day before and let it thaw, etc.  So although this was better than having to start everything from scratch and being stressed and having noisy mixers and things going, it still left much to be desired.  Maybe I'll have to break down and get a crock pot?, or only freeze components of meals?  Or maybe become wealthy enough to take everyone out for all our meals?  Hmmm..... 

1)So Wednesday we sat around and let Grandpa, Grandma and Kathryne rest from the long drive and had Croque Madame for dinner.  Just enjoyed visiting.  They had just been to the Grand Canyon and Brian's graduation.

2)Thursday we saw Bandelier and had Beef Stroganoff for dinner with crunchy rice.

3)Friday we went and saw How to Train Your Dragon 2- Great movie- We have a new theater that was practically empty which was nice.  Green Chili Enchiladas for dinner with homemade salsa

4)Saturday we had Evan's baptism-BBQ Chicken, Rice by Daddy Pat, corn, bread and ice cream sundaes for dinner. Made cupcakes and cheese and crackers for the baptism.

Everything went really well with the baptism.  Gpa gave the talk on Baptism, and did the confirmation.  Pat baptized.  Evan is a shining star.  He is wonderful.  We talked to him a lot and made sure that it was his choice.  He cannot understand everything at age 8, but he understands enough to know he wants to follow Jesus and be baptized.

 2 Nephi 31:5-9 
"And now, if the Lamb of God, he being holy, should have need to be baptized by water, to fulfill all righteousness, O then, how much more need we, being unholy, to be baptized...
"But notwithstanding he being holy, he showeth unto the children of men that he would humbleth himself before the Father... obedient unto him in keeping his commandments.
"And again showeth unto the children of men the straitness of the path, and the narrowness of the gate, by which they should enter, he (Christ) having set the example before them."

Mosiah 18:8-10
 " ye are desirous to come into the fold of God, and to be called his people, and bear one another's burdens that they may be made light... and stand as a witness of God at all times and in all things and in all places that ye may be in, even until death... Now I say unto you, if this be the desire of your hearts, what have you against being baptized in the name of the Lord, as a witness before him that ye have entered into a covenant with him...?"

Yea Evan!!!

 Evan said his favorite thing about his baptism was that he got to see Grandma and Grandpa.  Here are the videos we played at the baptism.  The first one we played at Sam's too.  It's one of my favorites. 

I felt sad that I never invited our three neighbor families to it until it was too late. With all the craziness of getting ready for visitors it got forgotten.  Our neighbor Warren came over that night saying he would have come if he had known sooner.  We really didn't get the word out in our ward either but still we had a really good turn out.  At least we had family there.  That's the most important!  Wish anyone from my side could have been there, but such is life. 

5)Sunday Ward Conference, Hike in Sandias-Lasagna for dinner.
We had a great ward conference and it was nice to have family there for that.  I talked to the youth about my flat tire and about different teaching methods for making their lessons reach more people in a lasting way, since the youth are in charge of their lessons now.  Then we broke in to groups and had them practice.  The Spirit this Sunday was amazing.  Our Stake President and the Stake people did a wonderful job.  For months we have been visiting all the congregations in our stake (area) but it was sweet to finish up in our own ward with our own youth.  We love our ward!

We mainly focused on the scripture in 3Nephi 20:25 
"Behold ye are the children of the prophets; and ye are of the house of Israel; and ye are of the covenant which the Father made with your fathers, saying unto Abraham; And in thy seed shall all the kindreds of the earth be blessed." 
It's a blessing to study about our father Abraham and the covenants God made with him that still apply today.

6)Monday- family goes home :(

Other fun things were the midnight walks with Kathryne, music and dancing crazy, temple trip, Evan's trip with Gma and Gpa for a birthday gift, playing games like 'super bomber man', bop it-tetris, trouble, etc., Pat attacking Kathryne to make up for all the years he didn't live at home.  Gma and Gpa even went out walking through the neighborhood and man are they fast walkers!  We read scriptures together daily and just had a really nice visit.  We were so glad they could come!  It means so much!  Thank you for coming Mom, Dad, and Kathryne!!!

Now some pictures:  This is at Bandelier

Kat and Pat.

Kathryne and Dallas.

Kathryne carrying someone.

Going up a lot of steep ladders.

View from the top of the highest ladder.

Coming back down.  For some reason Kat went down the ladders facing out.  That seems way scary.

Sunday night hike in the Sandia's by our home.
We hiked to the Kiwanis cabin on top of the crest.

Then they climbed on top of it.

Pat and Kat.  The bookends.  Oldest of 8 and Youngest of 8.  21 years apart.

Oh, I almost forgot.  While they were here, this almost 6ft long bull snake made it's way into our chicken coop and killed one chick and had another halfway stuffed down it's throat.  Only the legs were sticking out and it was horrifying.  I was exclaiming in loud shrieks because I was so mad at that snake for doing that to our chicks, and for terrifying Evan, since he's the one who discovered it.  I had Pat kill it.  It would have come back for more chicks.  Pat took the chick out of it which is why you don't see the bulge.  It still makes me mad.  I can't believe it fit through tiny 1" mesh.

Can you tell that I think in terms of food a lot?  We tried this great Brazilian Limeade Recipe too one night.  It made about 6 glasses and we drank it all and made it again:

4 limes
3/4 c. sugar
1/2 can sweetened condensed milk
6 c. water
8 strawberries
8 mango pieces
4 c. ice

Juice the limes into your pitcher and then slice off the ends of the limes and put them into the blender with the water.  Blend and then strain out the rind and throw away.  Pour the lime-y water into the pitcher also.  Now add everything else to the blender and some of the lime-y water to get it all well blended.  Pour into the pitcher, stir, and serve.

This is what it looks like if you have nice dishes.  (Snagged this from the internet.)