The Weekend Report.


Woke up to the remains of Chase’s famous brownies — evidence of a good Sunday afternoon.

And the rest of the  weekend was equally wonderful. Friday night was the homecoming football game at Central Valley High School; it rained ALL day long. Clark and Chase braved the weather, but the rest of us stayed home and watched Monsters vs. Aliens. I had planned to sit and “watch” while working on my FBLA presentation, but I wrapped myself in a down throw and was WAY too comfortable to do anything but watch, and drift into and out of sleep.

Saturday was an absolutely perfect fall day. The little boys and I cleaned off the front porch and redecorated. I am a bit behind on the Halloween thing this year, so we put up some minimal decorations inside. Geoff and Clark cleaned out the garage, took a trip to The Goodwill and winterized the yard — I love the feeling of working together as a family. It generally takes some serious effort to get everyone on board, but then you can just feel the energy and everyone ends up feeling great. I ran errands in the afternoon and then dove right into preparations for a short, but intense party that was the first stop of a progressive Homecoming dinner. We had 10 couples at our house from 6:00 to 6:45 for appetizers and pictures. Several of the parents showed up with cameras too, so it was CRAZY!

Clark and Kelby.

I took only a handful of not-so-good pics with my flash as I had arranged for my friend and photographer Keri to come and be the official “photographer.” And trust me when I say she worked it. She was out on the deck with diminishing light attempting to capture individual couples and all the various “groups.” There is no way I could have kept the flow of things (parents + 20 couples + appetizers) while attempting to take pictures too — I’m so glad she was there!

I can’t wait to see her pictures — I’m going to set up a Shutterfly share site for sharing the photos Keri took. This way all the girls and parents can share too.

Near the end, as Keri was finishing up inside, I overheard one of the boys comment, “my date started getting ready at 10:00 am this morning–I didn’t even get up until 11:30. She looks a lot better than I do though!”  It really was a delight to see everyone all dolled up and excited for the big event.

I waited up for Clark to come home and enjoyed as many details as he could muster.

Yesterday, I taught the Relief Society lesson, the topic was unselfish service — so good and needed in today’s “me” world.  I got up early to make final preparations. I had good intentions for a Sunday post, which I would have written on Saturday night, but I chose to work on my FBLA presentation instead (It finally started coming together). I thought about posting after church, but opted for a nice long “selfish” nap instead!


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If you haven’t peeked yet, there is a new *sprinkle* posted on the sprinkles page. Last night as I was snuggling on the daybed in Addie’s room with Addie, Trey and Taft piled on top and around me, I suddenly remembered a song my mother used to sing to me — I honestly don’t think I’ve sung it since (maybe) Chase was a baby. Anyway … I did pretty well remembering  most of the words, but I came downstairs and looked it up on You Tube.

Here’s Natalie Cole singing Paper Moon.

I had forgotten the canvas sky & muslin tree, but nailed the rest.

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