Sunday, March 19, 2017

Results of a Snowy Winter

 We have had a snowy winter.

 But there are some benefits.

The Shoshone Falls are beautiful. 

 They have so much water going over them right now.

I remember seeing this much water as a child,

but back then, there was an old, rickety wooden observation deck,

that I was sure was going to fall apart while we were out there.

In other words, I was much more worried about were I was standing than what I was seeing.


And because I posted too many snow pictures,
My little bulbs are all so happy to be poking their heads up.

And I'm so happy to see them all.

My babies children are doing very well.
Rich looks so much better today.

And Callie went on an adventure with her husband Friday.

They will start a new adventure in the Fall.
She has been accepted to Columbia for Grad School.
It's hard for me to imagine my children being so far away.
But I wouldn't want to stop them.  

Monday, March 13, 2017

Work -- a blessing

I had the weirdest experience this week.
On Friday morning, both Callie and Richard had procedures done...
on the same day...
at the same time...
with all of us in different states.

It kinda freaked me out for a while.
So I said a prayer, 
did some work.

Before I knew it,
they were both out.

I heard from the mission nurse that Richard was out and well,
and Callie also came through well.

From everything I hear....
I can't tell a lie, I have had a few phone calls from concerned members in Texas
He is in more pain than Callie.

But they will both be walking soon.

In the mean time,
I will get back to work.

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Summer Project

When I look out my front window I see this bush.

Unfortunately, with our abidance of snow this winter,
most of the time it looks like there is 6 feet snow outside my window.
So, I say,
Let's meaning Wes  take out that bush.

What will I put there?

Well, something that doesn't need full sun.

Bleeding hearts, Dahlias, Hydrangeas, Camellias.

 Hydrangea blooming.

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Bring on Spring!


Sunday, February 26, 2017

Letters to the White House

We only had a two day work week this week.
What?  Really?
I am so sick of snow.....

Let me start again.

This week at work
my students wrote letters to President Trump.

We followed the election,
We talked about the inauguration. 
So for President's Day, it seemed natural to write him a letter.
We looked at pictures of the White House.
We read a book about White House pets.
-they really enjoyed that-
and we wrote letters.

I wrote a cover letter and sent them to Pennsylvania Ave.

I couldn't write what I wanted to in that cover letter, so I will write it now.

Dear President Trump,

I teach 1st grade in a small dairy town in Southern Idaho.
My students come from families  that have come here, to Idaho, to work on the dairies.
They work hard. They are focused on family and making a better life for them.
It has been my experience that there is always one person in the family that is here illegally.
Please don't throw them out.  They're not all 'bad hombres'.  They are a vital part of our economy in Southern Idaho.  They are learning our language and encouraging their children to their best at school.  
We have enough to share.  America is great, because we include and help others.   

God Bless America.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Shoe Shopping

Sometimes you need a little time away.

I am always ready for some time away in February.
It happens every year.
I just need some shoe shopping time.

So we went to Provo to visit Callie.
I miss that girl and she makes a great shoe shopping companion.

It turns out that Spencer and Wes can keep themselves busy also. 

As for the shoes, 
well, I ended up with two pair of sandals.
I'm very aware that I can't wear them for a while,
but I will be so ready when I can.

We also went to a museum and used our selfie stick. 
It was a gift.  
Poor Spencer.   

Sunday, February 12, 2017

I just can't decide

I woke up this morning and thought I would blog about the three branches of Government.
You know?  

And then I thought about posting some pictures of our recent flooding in the Magic Valley.
What happens when 3 feet of snow melts in 2 days?

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A lot of sandbags.
Rivers running through town,
and country roads flooded big time.
Not to mention roads falling apart.
-we were very lucky and didn't have any flooding in our basement-

Then I started watching the Oroville Dam
because, well, most of my family lives down the river from it.

They have evacuated before.
They know the drill.
At this point, I'm just hoping that my parents are with my sister. 
We will pray for them.

As it turns out, my mind is overflowing also.

Sunday, February 5, 2017


We are melting!
Slowly, we hope, but we are melting.

This brings me to a question.

Why don't  people clear their driveway when it snows?

I make my family clear mine after each storm, because it is easier to get in and out of the driveway.

The people across the street never clear theirs.  They have provided us with countless hours of entertainment as they have gotten stuck.  

I have another neighbor digging out today.
They have an ice pick.  
Again, more entertainment.

What have I learned from this icy, snowy, awful, winter....Take care of the driveway one storm at a time.  

As for the groundhog who is suppose to predict the end of Winter.  
Around here, when I see a rock chuck, I know it is almost over and
my friend has seen one.  

Really?  That's what she said.
I worry that it may be a weird rock chuck.

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The end is near.

Yes, my fingers are crossed.