Gute nacht! It's late here, and I am exhausted. I had a great day with my sister Joy and my daughter Kim up in Crouch today. We went up there and sat by the river while Kim's kids played and we talked. It was a perfect getaway. I will have to do this again soon and take another daughter and another sister. I just can't fit them all in one car:) Here's a few photos.
Me and Joy
The middle fork of the Payette River
I hope life is good for you. Take care and HAVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVGN!!!! Melody
Good afternoon! I am having a splendid day today:) I went to the family history library and I was able to get the help I needed to fix Elsie's pedigree chart and to get a nice fan chart printed for her. I think she will be pleased.
And then I had a yummy lunch with Mel. We went to Dickey's Barbeque. It is a yummy ribs place here in town. I guess technically it is fast food, although it really isn't very fast service. But it is worth the wait.
Then I checked my text messages and I got a link from Kim for this video. You can call me Al. It was such a fun break I thought I would share it here. I love Chevy Chase! And Paul Simon is such a talented singer/songwriter. It made my afternoon! So I hope it does for you too.
I am so tired! So I am going to snooze, then onward and upward. I want to make Elsie a little folder of printouts so she can see what is in her family history. I wish she had a computer. I will put as much as I know how on a flash drive and show it to her on my ipad....or Mel's laptop. It is kind of fun doing this. I hope she likes all of this as much as I do. Take care out there!!! And HAVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVGW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Melody
Hola! Things are slowing down here today, but the morning went racing by as did the afternoon. I went swimming with Liz and her boys this morning. I spent a good part of the time on the side holding Alex, who is still very afraid of the water. But that was good because Liz was able to help Gabe with his swimming skills. Taylor is swimming like a champ now. That gives me a great deal of satisfaction.
After swimming I took them back to their home and then went to meet Kim in Meridian. We had lunch at the Village and then we went looking at model homes. It only reached 82 today so it was a nice day to tour houses. Kim and Sean are looking to move somewhere bigger. With seven kids they are feeling a little crunched. It was fun looking at homes that neither of us could afford:) We looked at homes by the river, which is way over priced. As beautiful as it is I don't think I could live next to a river. I would worry about dams breaking! But it was fun to look.
Now I am home watching the horrible world news. It is upsetting to me that they shot down a passenger plane. This sort of thing could start a war! What were they thinking? Of course, it is still uncertain who "they" is. And then the mess in the Gaza strip. I really wish they could come to some peaceful agreement. I had a friend at BYU who was a Palestinian/Utahn/LDS man. He tried to explain it to me, all of the centuries of contention. But I am afraid I still do not understand why people continue to hate each other so much. It makes me sad. I will never understand this part of mortality. It is sad enough that people die, but much worse when they kill each other. Life is too precious!
Well, I suppose it is better to just avoid these topics in a blog. Just know that I would change things if I could! Take care and I hope your part of cyberspace is peaceful and happy tonight!!!! Have a wonderful family night!!!!!! Melody
Hi there! Today has been a good day. In our ward we had two missionaries report on their missions. They are brothers and we have seen them grow up here in this ward. It was fun to hear of their experiences. Then we hurried off to the student ward where Mel spoke for the high council. He did well, and we saw a lot of young people there we know. It is a little sad though, how poorly attended the ward is. I guess the young people are attending other wards...or not going to church. I hope it is not the latter. We have such sweet young people in our stake. A returned missionary also spoke in the student ward. He is also from our ward. He went to New England on his mission. The two brothers went to Mississippi and Tennessee. They all claimed to have gone to the best mission in the church. Then we talked to a young man who is the son of some good friends of ours that moved to the other side of the state. His mission was to Russia...and yep, he thought his mission was the best in the church, too. I guess it is hard not to love people that you serve. Which is a good lesson for us all. I think if we served each other more there might be less fighting and wars and contention. It all seems a little silly to me. I think people should just be kind!!!!
Well, enough of me and my soap box. I hope all is well in cyberspace tonight! Take care and HAVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVGE!!!! Melody
Good evening! Today has been a good day. We had a bridal shower next door for one of my former MIA Maids. She is 20 now. Such a doll, and I am so happy for her. I love to see young women grow into beautiful young wives. I hope she is very happy.
The rest of today has just been a normal, lazy kind of day for me. But Mel has worked hard! While I was at the shower he weeded and mowed and chased a gopher in the back yard. We have had a gopher and all of his cousins working hard in our back lawn since early spring. Mel went after him today with a shovel and a trap. Unfortunately, the gopher figured things out and retreated for the day. I suppose he will return with his buddies tomorrow. He is sure making havoc of our lawn. I am tempted to borrow the neighbor's rat terriers...they could probably scare those little backhoes away!
Now it is evening, and we are just parked on the sofa. Mel is writing his talk for tomorrow morning while I was scanning the TV for something interesting. I couldn't find anything interesting, so I did dishes and laundry and then came in here to read facebook. It is always interesting...for a few minutes. I suppose I will head back into the TV area soon. Mel just asked for a proof reader, so I will comply. I need to put my English degree to some good use.
So take care and have a wonderful night!!! I guess the best thing to remember is to keep your stick on the ice:) ..... right!!! Melody
Good evening! We had a good temple date this afternoon/evening. I feel like the world is right again. I love that there is a place to go and reconnect with the important things in life. It has been an interesting week in this part of cyberspace. I am glad there is a plan of salvation!!!
So tonight we are watching "Lost" on netflix. We did not see this the first time around. And we probably shouldn't have started watching it! It is a little addictive. But it is kind of fun having something to watch together that is suspenseful. Of course it is just so much TV nonsense. But we both kind of like that...having grown up with Ozzie and Harriet:)
Anyway, just thought I would send out a happy note. Take care and HAVVVVVVVVGN!!!!! Melody
Hi! I am busy again today with kids. We're having fun...hanging out watching netflix and generally being lazy. Taylor and Gabe are pretty good brothers. Oh yeah, they argue and compete with each other. But they are doing much better than a month ago. I think they are growing up!
This weather is still a little difficult. I was able to go out and check my garden before it got too hot. I brought in some yellow and green squash. The tomatoes are on, although still green. Melons are still flowering. Peppers....I don't know. They look sad. But for as little effort as I have put in, they are all doing super. I would certainly never win a gardening prize this year. I guess my hope is to get through this year and hopefully next year we can get some professional landscaping done. I would really love that! My ideas of landscaping have certainly changed though. I would love a zeroscape garden with a pool....and lots of cement! When I was younger I loved gardening and had the energy and the knees to go with it, and growing roses and other flowers was fun for me. Now it seems like so much weeding! And it just continues to zoom way ahead of my energy! And bending down, or even kneeling down, just doesn't work any more. It's strange how quickly this has all come about. Sigh!!!
I think for the rest of today we are going over to the shop to take some mail that arrived here for Mel. It is business stuff, and important to him. Then maybe we will have to stop at Walmart and get bubbles or something different for these kids. Anyway, life continues on. I hope all is well in your area of cyberspace today. Take care and remember I am pulling for you!!! And HAVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVGW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Melody