Wednesday, November 28, 2007

My family on Thanksgiving Day

I know I have been a blogger slacker. David told me today that I better post SOMETHING because he was tired of looking at Maryellen's skimpies, so here is a picture of my FAMILY. I'm not sure it is worthy of posting, but at least it's a picture and everyone is in it. I am grateful for that! We took some pictures after Thanksgiving dinner of our extended Bunting family for Ellen's Christmas card, and as an afterthought I said,"Wait!!! everyone come back so we can take just my family. They came unwillingly and hopefully David (Karl's son) took some better than mine. We plan to take some really good ones when Maryellen gets married. Anyway, we had a great Thanksgiving. I love getting together with my family and I have so much to be grateful for! All the grand kids are learning and growing so much.

I DID brave the after Thanksgiving sales. Among my bargains were a microwave and tile for Ellen's casita. David and I have been working on it a lot and it should be done in a few weeks. Today we finished the door and window casings, tomorrow...the roof, Friday the cabinets.

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Maryellen's Wedding Shower

Here are a couple of snapshots from Maryellen's marvelous wedding shower that was held today. It was hosted by Janice Faulkner and there were over 50 friends and family who attended. Lots of yummy food was served and everyone had a good time showering Maryellen with gifts and good wishes. She will be looking good on her honeymoon after receiving several lovely lingerie sets, including the scanty number pictured here made out of candy:
Gaye was hoping Maryellen would receive some "duplicates" so that she that she could offer to help her out by giving them a nice home , but no such luck. Instead, Maryellen received all kinds of useful and pretty things for her home, including this calendar made by Jocelyn:
We also found out how well Brandon and Maryellen know each other. Brandon was asked 26 questions and Maryellen had to guess what his answers were. I figured they would do pretty well since they had spent so much time together and when they weren't together they were talking on the phone. ended up being 17 out of 26. When Brandon was asked what kind of flowers would be at their wedding, he said,"Colorful?"
Next... the wedding on December 15

Thursday, November 8, 2007

Lucy Marie Torres has arrived!

Tuesday morning I work at the temple, and this week I also had to sub for someone on Wednesday. I decided to book a temple apartment so I could just stay over. I had planned to study Spanish and do sessions on Tuesday afternoon and then go to Ikea Wednesday after my shift and buy bunkbeds for Jocelyn and Karrie. My plans were changed in a surprisingly nice way when my niece, Angela gave birth to her daughter Monday night. She arrived about a month early by c-section. Angela had already made several trips to the hospital in labor in the past weeks, but they had been able to stop it and luckily the baby wasn't born too early. I was able to go to Glendale after my shift Tuesday, hold her, and have a nice visit with Angela, Lee and their friend Joselyn who also came to see the new arrival. Lucy is absolutely darling! Her grandma, Carla, was one of my best friends in high school and married my brother. I'm sure she is dying to be here. This is her first grandbaby. She had planned to come later in the month when Angela had a scheduled c-section. I know there are a lot of pictures here, but they are for Carla , who is flying to California tomorrow, and Loren. Lucy is named after Angela's great-grandmother and is also known as "Lady Bug". She weighed 5 pounds 14 ounces and was 19 inches long.

Here I am with Lucy.

Doesn't Angela look happy?

The new mom and baby.

Lucy got a hearing test while I was there.

And...she got hungry!

Thursday, November 1, 2007

October Update

David told me his birthday has been over for some time and I really should post something new. Ok, I admit that I have been neglecting my blog, and it's not that I haven't had anything going on around here to blog about. Quite the opposite is true, in fact. Here's a quick rundown: We had a wedding shower for Keri Munn one Saturday evening and the Stake Harvest Festival the following Saturday, for which we cooked the meat (for 700 people). We shopped for construction materials and continued working on the Casita for Ellen. David is installing sheetrock as I type. Every now and then I have to go in and help. That stuff is HEAVY when you have to hold it over your head! In between was Ed Duffel's funeral, babysitting, temple work, sewing for wedding, yardwork (winter ryegrass and weeds), helping Granny and Grandma J. and Halloween. We also had some days with the computer down due to a broken fan. Life is wonderful! We are so blessed.

I loved watching Jocelyn's boys have fun last night at the Halloween Party. Super Hero Jared made the rounds several times to examine the pumpkins carved and lit up in the back of all the trunks. They squealed with delight while sliding and bouncing on the fun toys. I didn't get to the spook alley, but it must have been good because the fire department showed up (2 trucks and a bunch of firemen) after the silent alarm went off due to the fake smoke from the fog machine. Many people from the neighborhood around the church came and I saw lots of chili dogs and frito boats disappear. I personally handed out tons of candy from the back of my Jeep and saw every kind of imaginable costume, including Mommy Mummy Jocelyn (see above). The kids I have in Nursery were some of the CUTEST!

It was also during the last few weeks that we received word from Stuart Anderson about his cancer. Our hearts are full for him, Ann and their kids. I know it will be a challenging time for them.