So...Lori, Ashley and I are in charge of decorations for Grandma Hesterman's 90th Birthday Party.
Lori came up with the great idea to
cook hot dogs up the canyons and plan the party.
I knew she was brilliant!
I really enjoyed being in the mountains!
Lori was there! (Look, River is photo bombing this photo)
Juliette roasting a dog. A hot dog, not a real dog, silly.
Stuart showing off his little man.
River! (He's kinda way cute)
Ashley sharing some decorating ideas.
Matthew! (Um...so he's a Junior...really)
Did I mention River? - and Stu?
We cooked hot dogs and smores over a fire. Because, really, where else would you cook them?
We had a dinner guest...
and another one...
I was screaming inside of my head - SKUNK!!!! RUN!!! - however, everyone else was super calm - so I maintained my composure - but just barely ;)
It was a great night! We even sang the song I wrote for Grandma's birthday! (You know, the one that will be sung by you to the tune of "They The Builders of The Nation" at Grandma's party - you'll love it. Ask Camille.)
Ok....I love the East coast. I am passionate about it. It feels more like home to me there then it does here in Utah, where I grew up. Probably due to my having lived more years outside of Utah than within it.
However, there are some benefits to Utah living. For one thing, the temple is 4.2 miles away. Did you hear that? The temple is ONLY 4.2 miles away. A HUGE blessing! I LOVE serving there on a
Another benefit is that Dad and I are near our aging parents and we get to spend some time with them, knowing that our parents time on this earth is very limited. Grandpa has been saying his time is limited for years...only at nearly 96, he is finally right :)
Last Sunday in Relief Society, our lesson was from the teachings of President Ezra Taft Benson, "The Elderly In The Church". I was very touched by this lesson. Partly due to the timing of a Doctor telling my mother she was no longer to drive and I was the child who was with her at the time and had to remove the car keys from her home. This was very difficult, although my Mom is adapting to her new way of living and seems to be enjoying the more frequent visits from her children as we are each stepping up and assisting her with her needs.
I really enjoyed section 5 of Sunday's lesson. I encourage you all to read and study the lessons we are being taught at church each week.
Yesterday, Aunt Lori and I took our mother to visit and ENT. She had wax impacted in her ears and needed it to be removed. A LOT of wax had built up and upon removal it was determined it had been building up for YEARS. Below are some pictures of the event. I know you wanted to be there too ;) Some of the procedure was quite painful and brought her to tears - that part was not photographed, for good reason. She looked really cute wearing the headset for the hearing test that was administered after the wax removal. Unfortunately, the glare on the glass makes it hard for you to see.
Grandma still has her quick wit! When I was completing the new patient papers with her I asked, "Mom, what about your bones and joint?" Her response was "Are they asking if I have any? Of course I do, what a stupid question." This was followed by, "Mom, what about your muscles?" Her response was "No. Only flab. And write that down." Which I did.
So ... for Christmas (Yes, I know it is August), Camille gave Dad a puzzle. Not just any puzzle. A Sherlock Holmes themed puzzle. It came complete with a book and of course no picture of what the puzzle was to look like upon completion. That's right ... not even a picture on the box. Truly, a mysterious puzzle. Dad and I decided July was a good time to do this puzzle. Honestly .. we may have been a bit intimidated by it, but we championed our fears and delved in! What fun it was to try and figure this masterpiece out!!! Every time a picture came to light, there was a sweet thrill of discovery. Yes. This was an awesome gift. And then...Camille, the gift giver, came home with some strawberry jam - just for Dad. Yep, It's delicious. Thanks Sweetie! It's fun having you around!