Friday, October 31, 2008


Fiona the Glamour witch and Aida the Fairy Princess all dressed up

Fiona helping Sean get his costume together. Both girls thought it was cool that Sean was dressing up with them!

Our neighbor Pretti and her son Deridge were are first tricker treaters.

Abbie our neighbor with Aida.( They live a across the street from us, the girls will be going to Kindergarten next year together.)

Halee and Fiona, or should I say Dorthy and glamour witch!( Halee lives down the street and the girls are good friends and are in the same class)
As you can tell they really get into Halloween here! Check out the floats that we saw in the neighborhood. Most houses had decorations and people sitting the steps handing out candy. I've never seen so many people in my life really getting into Halloween and I've never seen so many trick or treaters!(I am not kidding you... I wish I had picture to show all the people.) We had so much fun, in fact I think this was one the most fun Halloween's we've had. We kept running into neighbors and friends switching off who we were trick or treating with. We handed out three hundred plus pieces of candy. The girls ended up with two buckets full of candy!

The Fleming boys came and joined the evening festivities at the end of the night. We watched a movie and ate lots of candy!
This is what Pres. Benson said in 1977. He was secretary of Agriculture after WWII while a member of the Quorum of Twelve.

Another video that was inspiring.

This is the most I've ever heard politically from one of our church leaders. What is most interesting is that we are encouraged to vote our conscience. Since it was given as an address to BYU students at a devotional it isn't considered doctrine, but it sheds some light on his beliefs toward government and it's role in our lives. And he was a member of the government!

Mostly, I want to encourage those who are eligible to get out and vote.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Mother daughter time

It's not very often that I get to have one on one time with Fiona. We able to have some time together just "us" during Fall Break. (Aida was at pre-k) It was so much fun. I have trained her well! What did we want to do? Shopping of course! We were off to find the perfect costume. Target here we come!

She is such a Joy in my life.

Pit stop, a much needed snack.

Some lovely shoes we picked up in addition to a Halloween Costume.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Some Halloween Fun

Fiona's Fall Harvest

It's the end of the quarter for Fiona. I can't believe she is already quarter of the way through the school year. By the way she did very well on her Report card.
Mummy game


Ghouls at Grassmere
A special zoo program they do here. We had a great time. They had places to trick or treat, Halloween music and DJ, haunted tractor hayride, Haunted Carosal, blow-up toys, big tent with games,etc

Pumpkin Patch
We have two about a mile from our house. Although I was a little disappointed they don't let you go to fields to pick them, but they had a lot of fun activities. We went with some friends from the neighborhood.

Milking the fake cow in Farmers patch

petting the pig

feeding the chicken. Aida is very brave!

Corn maze

Saturday, October 18, 2008


From my study of Design, I know that color can invoke a lot of different emotions. There is, actually a science to it. So seeing this Colorstrology does not surprise me. Check it out. It's kinda fun.

Friday, October 10, 2008

This cracks me up

This cracks me up. Aida taking pictures in the car the other day of herself.(While she was waiting for us.)

This one I took, always a ham!

Walk-to-school Day

Walk-to-School Day for Nolensville Elementary

Fiona with her friend Alexandra.

Fiona was so excited! We walked about a mile from the old school to the new school. They had a great turnout as you can see. It was awesome! They had a Police escort and the teachers all came. This was one of the the things they are doing help get the kids excited about a healthy life.

Last of our visit............

We took Tiana to the Grand Ole Opry grounds. We weren't able to go to a show, but it was fun to show her around.

Across the street in the Opry Mills Mall is one of our favorite restaurants. The Aquarium Restuarant. It is awesome.( We only been twice,but the girls love the sea life.)

Check out the desert!

The next morning Tiana left bright and early to get home for Monkey Ryan's B-day. Come back soon. We had a great time.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

A few more pics......

A few more pics from our visit with Tiana. After going to a consignment sale Friday morning(They are very common in the South) we went into Nashville and Sean took us to Arnold's . It was voted the the best "meat and three."

"the gang"

The line. It was pretty steady the whole time we were there.

The food. Check out the fried green tomatoes. I was a little scared, but they were pretty darn good and well the chocolate pie was to die for. I've never tasted chocolate pie that good. I found out that Tiana is pretty adventerous eater and likes to try different things. She tried the fried Catfish!

Sean and Quinn. Sean really enjoyed having another little man around and besides that he is awesome with babies. He had great time feeding him, and carrying him around, and making him laugh.
Sean and Tiana.

Next up- Country Music hall of Fame. They have great exhibit on Hank Williams Sr. going on right now.

Next stop home to pick-up Fiona so we could take Tiana to our favorite resturant. Stay tuned!

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Unexpected Death of family friend

Howard Johnson, 72, led Bulldogs for more than 20 years
The longest tenured football coach in North Bend High School history died Friday night in a two-vehicle accident as he and the school’s athletic director were traveling to Sutherlin to watch the team’s Far West League opener.

*Howard Johnson

Howard Johnson, 72, was pronounced dead by emergency responders after they arrived at the site of the crash, about milepost 14 on Highway 138W, west of Sutherlin.

According to an Oregon State Police press release, Johnson was driving east around a curve of the highway in a 1999 Cadillac Seville when a westbound 2005 Jeep Wrangler lost control and began to slide into the eastbound lane. The Cadillac moved to the right side of the highway in an attempt to avoid the Jeep, but was struck on the driver’s side by the left front corner of the Jeep.

The Jeep’s driver, Jennifer Sines, 33, of Roseburg, and her 2-year old son suffered non-life-threatening injuries and were taken to Mercy Medical Center in Roseburg. The boy was later flown to Doernbecher Children’s Hospital in Portland for further medical treatment. No further information about their condition was available at press time.

North Bend Athletic Director Boyd Bjorkquist, 53, was riding with Johnson and suffered minor injuries in the crash. Ambulance crews took him to Mercy Medical Center where he was treated and released.

North Bend football coach Rick Taylor said Bjorkquist informed the players and coaches about the accident on the field following the Bulldogs’ 20-8 win over Sutherlin on Friday night.

Even though Johnson had been out of coaching for more than a decade, he stayed involved in the school and its athletic program.

“He was just a great guy,” Taylor said. “The kids had a lot of respect for him.”

Johnson coached the Bulldogs from 1971 to 1992, leading the squad to the playoffs seven times and the Midwestern League title in 1974. His 151-141-3 record included 10 victories over Marshfield.

Johnson went to school in Montana, playing in the state’s East-West Game as a high school student and coaching it as a senior in college.

He coached in Idaho and Montana for a total of 12 years before coming to North Bend.

In addition to coaching football, Johnson was an assistant basketball coach for several years and the athletic director for three after he stepped down from coaching.

After retiring as AD, Johnson led the stadium committee and was an active member in the North Bend Booster Club. He was inducted into the hall of fame in 2002.

“He was truly an inspirational guy to anybody who even knew him a little bit,” Taylor said. “My coaching staff is made up of all North Bend guys. They all knew Howard and loved him.”

I had to agree with the last statement. He was a great example and had a kind nature about him. He was my Bishop and then the Stake president when I was growing up. My dad served with him in both settings. He had great faith and loved the Lord. He loved the scriptures and as Bishop and Stake president really encouraged us to have personal and family scripture study. My parents took it to heart. I have memories of going fishing with him and my dad when I was a little girl. My prayer tonight that his family and friends may have peace and comfort in this time of grief and that they may feel of Heavenly Father's love for them.