all the colors

March 26, 2008


Filed under: family — Kathy @ 12:06 pm

We were so excited we could barely stand it as we chose a spot at the bottom of the airport escalator to wait. The flight was late. He sat in the very last row of the airplane. Other returning missionaries from South America but on the same flight from LAX came by us. The other passengers came by us. The flight attendants came by us. The captains came by us. I held up my little welcome home sign. The other missionaries and their families hugged and wandered off to baggage claim.

Finally there he was, a beautiful young man I had waited two long years to put my arms around again.

After lots of hugs and some getting acquainted and reacquainted we managed to pose together.

Thanks for coming, Lynnette, Vanessa, Jessie, and Ava. And thanks for taking pictures!

A sight for sore eyes.

We had dinner at The Roof, where the men gave me a smile.

Finally, one last hug at home with Rosie, who had to perform in the school musical that night instead of coming to the airport.


March 18, 2008

Sewing Up a Lady

Filed under: family,sewing — Kathy @ 11:06 pm
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I have been sewing, despite my stupid arm pain, because I committed to sew a costume for Rosie for her high school musical. I haven’t sewn clothes for a long time, pretty much since my kids were small. I’ve never sewn with this type of heavy upholstery material and I’ve never done metal eyelets before, so this was a bit of a challenge. It took me longer than it should have by over a week. Rosie is playing the part of a “lady in waiting” in the musical “Once Upon A Mattress,” so maybe it is appropriate that she had to wait until the day before the first performance for her costume.

Rosie, good luck tomorrow putting the show on for the elementary kids. They are a tough audience. But now I know you’ll look great!

January 16, 2008

Long Time Coming

Filed under: family — Kathy @ 12:24 pm

Picture 1


Elder Thomas

November 24, 2007

Happy Pie

Filed under: family,food,my world,pets — Kathy @ 3:22 am

Another year older, another year wiser? Jo made this lovely birthday pie for me, and it was delicious with a capital K.

My birthday pie

This year I did some smart things and some dumb things. For instance, I:

  • scraped the snow off my driveway with my own atv snowplow–smart
  • took care of those tunnels in my right arm, carpal and cubital–very smart
  • got declared fully recovered from back surgery by Dr. Bess–smart
  • rode my motorcycle for the first time in over a year–smart and dumb
  • started working out with a trainer–smart
  • stopped working out with a trainer–dumb
  • started working out with a trainer again–smart
  • said good bye after 10 years to the best dog ever–just sad
  • saw my dream house start to take shape–makes me feel smart
  • killed a deer with my car–dumb (me and the deer)
  • got a speeding ticket–really dumb
  • put my ipod donut away so safely I cannot find it–I’m an idiot

The next year is going to be awesome, even though I don’t think I’m much wiser for having survived the last one. And I hope I can find that ipod thingy before my next birthday!

November 23, 2007

Jingle Jangle

Filed under: family,my world — Kathy @ 2:28 am

Oh boy, time to get Christmas going! I love the decorations, the music, the cooking and celebrating. I have so many decorations that some years it takes me two weeks just to get them all in place. This year I have a goal to get it all put together by December 1st. With the shopping, however, I’m hopeless. It will take me until Dec. 23 or longer.

Festival of Lights parade

Tonight my little town got officially all lit up with a night time parade.

Some of my favorite people watched it with me in the freezing cold.

Rosie, Jo, Niccole, and Tim

Daughters Rosie and Jo, friends Niccole and Tim


Kelsey, Shelby, and Aaron

Nieces and nephew


Connie and Kathy
My sister Connie and me

We warmed ourselves up with pizza and a game of bowling, keeping score the old fashioned way. Now I’m ready for Christmas!


November 22, 2007


Filed under: blessings,family — Kathy @ 1:48 am

My wonderful parents hosted Thanksgiving for any of their children that wanted to come. Five out of their seven daughters were there with their families and a couple friends. We had a yummy, funny, happy time. Mother and Dad raised us girls in a loving, safe home with wonderful traditions. They taught us how to live by the example they set. The older I get, the more I realize how blessed I am to have such wonderful parents. They help me when I really need it, they never interfere when it’s not their place to do so, and they truly know how to give unconditional love. They are fun, interesting people as well. I can only hope to be as good a mother as my mom. My Dad is my hero for the way he has lived his life.

Thanksgiving 2007

Two of my greatest blessings.


November 21, 2007

Count Your Many

Filed under: family,food — Kathy @ 1:44 am

My oldest child is amazing. She is such a help to me whenever she comes up. She helps me with everything from blogging to cooking to relationships. She is smart and funny. She holds down a job relating to her field of study, and she maintains a cool blog or two.   She even sews, like that pretty blue smock she is wearing.  Plus, I really like all of her friends, especially the ones that schlep all the way to Idaho to see me!

Beautiful Jo.

Tonight we cooked up some pie filling from huckleberries picked in the wild by Grandma.

huckleberry fun

Better than from a can!

Stay tuned for the finished product. Lets just say I would have shown it today, but pie crust from scratch just isn’t as easy as pie!


November 20, 2007

Let the Fun Begin!

Filed under: aprons,family,my world,sewing — Kathy @ 1:11 am

My family’s all here, those of us in the country that is, and serious preparations are underway for the holidays. Five thousand boxes of Christmas decoration have been hauled in from storage units and are waiting on the back patio for Santa’s elves to put them in place. We are doing some cleaning and sprucing up for company. We have our Thanksgiving assignments to cook up and take to my mom’s house on Thursday: three huckleberry pies, dinner rolls, and vegetables (which will be Company Carrots and Green Bean Casserole) for 27 people. What fun!

I probably won’t get much sewing done this holiday season, unless I decide to give some home made gifts. Now that I think about that, I probably should do it. I experimented with sewing a gift earlier this year for my mom.

This is what I made for her. Maybe she’ll wear it on Thanksgiving!

November 18, 2007

Elder Andy

Filed under: family — Kathy @ 4:41 pm
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I have one child who has not shown up on this blog yet. That’s because he is serving a mission for our church in South Korea. He’s been there since May of 2006, and before that he spent ten weeks at the Missionary Training Center learning the Korean language.

Me with Andy, one of the 500 missionaries that arrived at the Missionary Training Center on Mar. 1, 2006.

Andy with a young member in Korea.

We get a letter every Wednesday evening via email from Andy. He has learned the language well and is a sincere and dedicated missionary. Here’s a quote from a recent letter in which Andy is explaining why a mission is fun.

“A mission is a wonderful opportunity for learning. everyday we have three hours of study time. we study the scriptures, church magazines, the missionary library (Jesus the Christ, Our Search for Happiness, Our Heritage. etc.) and so on. but whats more than just learning things, is learning to love learning. As I’ve been able to really search the scriptures, I’ve learned a lot about the gospel and found a lot of spiritual strength, and because of this I’ve grown to love learning from the scriptures. It’s more than just a commandment or a nagging chore, there are wonderful benefits to be realized from reading the scriptures. This is also true with some of the awesome magazines and books the church publishes. The Ensign, Jesus the Christ, Our Heritage, and Our Search for Happiness have all made it on “must read” list. I’ve learned a lot from them. And i love that. I like being able to see that I’ve grown, learned, improved, etc.”

“But not just studying, learning comes from everything you do as a missionary. it’s up to every missionary to find the secrets to missionary work. And when it feels like you’ve found them, that feels good. There are so many phases and sides to doing missionary work. A missionary may be great at teaching, but horrible at finding, for example. Learning to be a great missionary in ALL of the different phases of the work is a long process, but when you see yourself succeeding in them, it’s a very satisfying thing indeed.”

“You also learn a lot about yourself; your weaknesses, your strengths, etc. and not just as a missionary, but as a human being, as a spirit son or daughter of God. You can recognize how you need to improve as a person in order to live more happily and benefit those around you. You have a lot of oppurtunities to break bad habits, such as using inapropriate slang, criticizing others, complaining, gossipping, and all the other easy habits so many let slip into their lives. You get a good outlook on the rest of your life and can see what you need to do right now, spiritually, to prepare for it. Once again, seeing yourself become better in these areas is rewarding.”

If you read all that, then you’ll realize what a great son Andy is. I really miss him, and the countdown is on until he comes back around the beginning of March ’08.

November 17, 2007

One Way or Another

Filed under: family — Kathy @ 11:25 am

Tonight was the first girls choice dance of the year at the local high school and my senior daughter had a friendly date with a nice senior boy. But how does a girl who doesn’t have a job do this?

This is how!

Actually, I don’t mind helping her out; I just thought this was kind of a funny picture. Rosie is a great daughter and last year she worked her little heart out at a local pizza joint.

Check out that air!

This year, school is too much work for her to keep the outside job, even though she has some crazy pizza skills.


Matt, on the other hand, is working two jobs.

One here and another at an auto body shop. These kids both know how to work. Just one of the things I love about my kids.

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