Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Go Ducks!


I have been taking some cake decorating classes this past month and will be continuing on through out the month of January as well! Yesterday was our final project, and so I decided that if I was going to do Roses and Rose buds what better way to display them than on a Rose bowl cake...I am boxing it up and sending it to UPS with a tag that says To Clark & UPSers! (Clark used to work for me at Regional and is a die hard OSU fan!!!)

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Christmas: Traditions of Torture!!!


Well, this has been a great holiday season. I have had the opportunity to serve much and spend lots of quality time with my family. We certainly feel blessed this holiday season. Josh came home and I missed him so much!! This term won't be so bad though because he left me a series of about 10 pictures to remember him by...this one is at the top of my favorites list!


Since Seth's family goes to Portland on Christmas Eve, we spent the evening with the Whitmer Klan completing our usual (as I have nick named it!) "Traditions of Torture!" Just watch this video to see what I am referring to! You have to realize this video takes place after several practice's and this was the last of 4 houses! Poor, Poor Bishop...whatever did he do to deserve this!


I love it though, It just isn't Christmas without caroling with the Spindlers...talent or no talent! Poor, Poor Leland, we teased him all night about how this single video was going to keep him out of the Mo Tab!

Christmas Morning dawned very early this year as we spent an early morning trying to recreate Dad's favorite Christmas memory! Big breakfast, french doors, and oh so much family! Heather and Donal came up from California and the whole family was there! Aunt Janice stopped by later in the day and all the kids were home! It was great! That evening we went over to Courtney & Adams and broke into the boys Christmas present and played Rock Band for a couple hours. All in all a VERY fun day!

Grandma isn't one to have her picture taken so I tried on several occasions to snap some good shots of her but this is as good as it gets! Hoping to convince her to go get some professioal shots with me!


Well the Christmas decorations are down, though not quite put away and I am jumping right into planning a baby shower for my favorite pregnant Sister-in-law! I am so excited to have my new niece come into the world! Alison is going to be adorable, and for Charity's sake I hope she takes after her in size!

Thursday, November 12, 2009

UPS Bake Sale!

Seth came home from work this week and said that his co-worker had been in an accident and that when she was going through some tests they found a fungi growing on her brain! She has been in the hospital for a week and will probably be there for awhile longer. She was 5 days away from having health insurance! Isn't that just lucky! Anyway, they decided to have a bake sale to help earn some money for her to help with bills. So I decided to make this cake I have been wanting to make and I think it turned out pretty good! I am having a lot of fun with this! I can't wait to get started on Seth's birthday cake, it is going to be quite the challenge!



Tuesday, November 10, 2009

"I'm not a soccer player anymore, I am a soccer scorer!"

This past weekend we went down to Medford to stay with my adorable little people! Ben had to head down to CA for work and he decided to take Aimee and go to the Stanford vs. UofO game on Saturday (BTW: I blame them for the terrible loss!;-). So, we headed down to watch the kiddo's. We had so much fun! Though there wasn't much sleeping! I have decided that I really like sleep and miss it, but it was well worth it!

Friday was fun, we got the kids off to school and just got to hang out with Jared. He is so sweet, we just love him. It wasn't too long ago when he couldn't even be in the same room with me and he would cry but this weekend we totally bonded! It was so fun to sing him to sleep and then get the 10 minutes of snuggles when he woke up. He is a complete doll!

Saturday, Luke had a soccer game in the morning and it was awesome! He scored a goal, and came running off the field to tell me about it and ask if he could call his dad after the game to tell him, then he ran back on the field to keep playing! It was so cute, there was no way I was going to tell him he scored for the wrong team! (He is truly a Whitmer!) After the game, on the ride home he informed us that he was no longer a soccer player, he was now a soccer scorer, and it was a lot more tiring to play soccer when you make a goal! I love it! Seth and I were sitting in the front seat just giggling!

When we got home from the game, we had lunch and put the boys to bed and Makenna and I took off for a girls afternoon of Ice Cream and grocery shopping! We got waffle bowl ice cream sundaes and just talked and talked! It was super fun, she is growing up so fast! How does that happen, I feel like I am missing so much!

Saturday night we went to see the temple. I hadn't ever been to the Medford temple before and wanted to go look at it. (Also, we had heard from a very reliable source that the coolest McDonalds ever was nearby!) So we loaded up the kiddos and headed out, all the way there we sang primary songs and when we got there the kids were so excited. Jared was in awe, he just stared as he walked towards the temple. Just as we were getting out of the car, they locked the gates and the kids were so sad. They wanted to walk around the grounds, but we just sat on the bench while Makenna told us about her primary activity when she got to go inside. It was really fun to be there with them.

From the temple we headed to what turned out to be a really cool McDonalds! I would recommend it to anyone. It was a musical themed play structure. The slide was a piano and when you went down it, it sounded like running your hand accross a keyboard. There were drums you could jump on and a guitar! It was pretty cool!

Well we would do it again in an instant! We had a blast!

Friday, October 30, 2009

Halloween



This Halloween has been so fun! Pumpkin carving with Matt and Charity, cookies, candy and JEOPARDY with my Webelos and cake decorating with Grandma (supervised closely by her kitty-Mali)!

Rachel asked me to make her a cake for her Halloween party on Saturday so me and my inability to say "NO" made her a spider Halloween cake, in addition to my inability to do anything simple took on a crazy fun project! I found a cake idea online and took my own spin on it! I had so much fun, Grandma and I spent 2 days mixing and baking the cake on Wednesday and then frosting and decorating the cake on Thursday! There are definitely things that I would do differently next time but all in all it turned out GREAT! If I do say so myself...

And to top it off, I have options for Halloween night! Seth is working for Casey in Florence, so I can follow him and spend Halloween at the coast, which I love! Or, I can stay home with my kitty and watch hours of chick flix's and hand out candy while working on my Christmas projects! Both incredibly nice sounding options...what to do, what to do?


She is so bashful! Adorable isn't it!

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Gift Shop Sign

Today I really needed a laugh so, rather than writing some personal blog entry here are some funnies to just give you a little laugh!

Gift Shop Sign

A Puzzling Blond Joke
A blonde calls her boyfriend and says, "Please come over here and Help me. I have a killer jigsaw puzzle, and I can't figure out how to get it started." Her boy friend asks, "What is it supposed to be when it's finished?" The blonde says, "According to the picture on the box, it's a tiger." Her boyfriend decides to go over and help with the puzzle. She lets him in and shows him where she has the puzzle spread all over the table. He studies the pieces for a moment, then looks at the box, then turns to her and says,
"First of all, no matter what we do, we're not going to be able to assemble these pieces into anything resembling a tiger." He takes her hand and says, "Second, I want you to relax. Let's have a nice cup of tea, and then ..." He sighed........"Let's put all the Frosted Flakes back in the box."

Wedding Colors

Attending a wedding for the first time, a little girl whispered to her mother, "Why is the bride dressed in white?" "Because white is the color of happiness, and today is the happiest day of her life." The child thought about this for a moment, then said, "So why is the groom wearing black?"

Sibling Humor

A Sunday school teacher was discussing the Ten Commandments with her five and six year olds. After explaining the commandment to "honor thy father and thy mother," she asked "Is there a commandment that teaches us how to treat our brothers and sisters?" Without missing a beat one little boy answered, "Thou shall not kill."

Thanks for "Humoring" me in my quest for laughter!

Have a Great Day!





Thursday, October 22, 2009

Friends


People come into your life for a reason, a season or a lifetime.
When you know which one it is, you will know what to do for that person.

When someone is in your life for a REASON, it is usually to meet a need you have expressed. They have come to assist you through a difficulty, to provide you with guidance and support, to aid you physically, emotionally or spiritually. They may seem like a godsend and they are. They are there for the reason you need them to be. Then, without any wrongdoing on your part or at an inconvenient time, something will happen to bring the relationship to an end. Sometimes they walk away. Sometimes they pass away. Sometimes they act up and force you to take a stand. What we must realize is that our need has been met, our desire fulfilled, their work is done. The prayer you sent up has been answered and now it is time to move on.

Some people come into your life for a SEASON, because your turn has come to share, grow or learn. They bring you an experience of peace or make you laugh. They may teach you something you have never done. They usually give you an unbelievable amount of joy. Believe it, it is real. But only for a season.

LIFETIME relationships teach you lifetime lessons, things you must build upon in order to have a solid emotional foundation. Your job is to accept the lesson, love the person and put what you have learned to use in all other relationships and areas of your life. It is said that love is blind but friendship is clairvoyant.

Thank you for being a part of my life,
whether you were a reason, a season or a lifetime.

It may sound ridiculous, but Angels exist, only sometimes they haven’t got wings and we call them friends; if you are reading this you are one of them.


Kris will be missed by many, may he be at peace and find the comfort he longs for.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Pumpkin Carving!



So last year we got together with friends and made gingerbread houses for Christmas and so I thought how fun would it be to get together and have a pumpkin carving date night!
So...we invited Matt & Charity over for some fun pumpkin carving & bean dip! (because Mexican food and pumpkin carving go together, right?)



So Friday morning Seth and I went to pick out A pumpkin, an hour and 2 stores later (with a little encouragement from Sis. Alston that you can never have too many!) we had picked out 3 pumpkins in graduating sizes!
Aren't they just adorable! Almost perfectly matching too!



The girls got right to work, but the boys...they were a little wussy about the whole pumpkin guts thing!



Back off Ladies...the one on the Right is mine!



Left to Right: Matt's Skully, Charity's Boo, and Sarah's Bugaboo!
(Seth's is pictured on the end above...its Joker!)



And completely unrelated to pumpkin carving...isn't that the cutest baby belly you ever did see! That's my niece in there!


Thursday, October 8, 2009

Brick Oven Pizza!!

Saturday Night!

I ran out of time before I had the opportunity to finish about our trip! After conference we met up with a bunch of family and friends (old and new) to eat pizza and share lots of laughs! We pulled into the Brick Oven a bit late, and I thought I saw Colby walking towards the building, I wasn't sure because I hadn't seen him since Vegas so I yelled through the parking lot "Is that Colby I see?" my mom looked at me shocked that I yelled it so loud but when he turned I was so excited I ran and gave him a big hug! I have been planning our family reunion and have had such a huge desire to meet up with my family again!



Then Tracey showed up and I forgot just how much I missed her! She is so funny! One of my favorite memories was when Aimee, Tracey and I went to the Olive Garden for a girls
night and when our waiter came up she said "Your tip tonight entirely depends on whether or not the bread basket stays full!" I laughed so hard but I tell you, I have never eaten as many breadsticks at the Olive Garden...before or since!





I was a little disappointed because I thought that Lanette wasn't going to make it but she did show up and it was soooooo great to see her! She was one of my first YW in 3rd ward and definately one of my favorites! She married a great man and she seems entirely happy! I have always admired that about her though...she is always happy!


And last but definately not least, Josh was there and we were able to meet a bunch of his friends, its great to see him having so much fun with such great people! Go BYU!








This night was amazing, though I must say a bit overwhelming! I wanted so much to just sit and really get to visiting with everyone and there just wasn't enough time!

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Ro..Ro..Ro..ROAD TRIP!

Girls ONLY Conference Road Trip!!!

We left October 1st, about 4pm and headed outta town! Aimee, Rachel, Mom and I, we had an incredible time! On Thursday we made it all the way to Ontario and then stayed the night there! It was a blast and I enjoyed every minute of it!



We got into Utah Friday afternoon and went to visit Josh and his women, and brought him up to West Jordan with us for the night! He seems to be having a ball! I am so happy for him but miss him terribly! He will be home for Thanksgiving and I am so excited!
THANK YOU, Leland!

The next day we went to lunch and conference, it was amazing! I love the spirit that is so strong when you have the opportunity to sustain the prophet, when he is sitting directly in front of you!








It was so great to see Josh again, and to be able to stay with Steve and Lee!






Wednesday, September 23, 2009

I stand all amazed!



Today I had the oppurtunity to go to the temple with my wonderful husband and one of my girls! I am so excited for Sister Hailey Durfee and her exciting adventure of serving a mission! What an inspiration she is to me!
I am amazed today at the wonderful spirit and its ability to lead and guide me through my life...the inspiration and peace I have received from the temple in the last 6 months has truly been what has kept me going! Every time I go, I get the same answers to my concerns, have Faith and Patience! You'd think that I would get it and develop faith and patience but it just isn't that easy so I am grateful for the constant reminders!
Well kind of a random blog entry for me, but I just felt I needed to show thanks and appreciation to my Father in Heaven for my peaceful and wonderful day!

Sunday, September 13, 2009

I did it! I have achieved one of my life's goals!


After the concert we stayed the night and headed into Seattle on Friday! We went all the way to the top of the Space Needle! It was amazing, the view is incredible! There were so many fun facts about it! There is a restaurant at the top and it spins on 1.5hp, that is smaller than our lawnmower engine! Crazy!

Although, I am not a huge fan of heights it was awesome! I am a sucker for a great view!
Funny Story: We went through the gift shop before we went up and I was scouting for a souvenir! I decided to wait until we got down to make a final decision, as you go up, they pose you for a picture and take your picture to try and sell you one in the lobby when you come down! We posed and thinking there was no chance that we would ever buy a copy, Seth smiled! No funny face, just a nice smile! When I went down, I just had to buy it! Boy was he bugged! He never would have had a straight face if he thought I would buy it! Hee hee...sometimes I win!


(Aren't they so adorable!)