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Sunday, December 20, 2009

A weekend of lights and music and seeing special people!

Last weekend Joe and I went to Salt Lake City for a couple of days. We met up with our daughter Amy when we got there and took her to dinner for her birthday and then we went to Temple Square to see the Christmas lights. It was so beautiful!!! We were also celebrating our 33 wedding anniversary which was on Dec 1 because we were married in the SLC Temple. It was a gorgeous evening and we had a really good time. Here are some pictures from our evening together.

Then on Sunday morning Joe and I went to the conference center for the Mormon Tabernacle Choir Christmas concert. We got there real early and when we found our seats we were only 7 rows from the stage and we were smack dab right in the middle. The 6 rows in front of us were for dignitaries and important people. (We missed out on being important by one row!!!) Anyway we were just sitting there listening to the choir warm up when all of a sudden everything got really quiet and everyone stood up. I knew instantly by the feeling in the room that the prophet, Pres. Monson, had just walked in. Sure enough he was there and he actually sat directly in front of us on the front row. We were only 6 rows behind him. It was so special to see him there and to feel of his great spirit.

After the concert he got up and went up on stage and he presented the special guests, Natalie Cole and David McCollough with a gift and let them say a few words. Of coarse they both went on and on about how wonderful it was to work with the choir and to have that opportunity to be there. Then they were asked to turn around and look up to the choir so that they could sing a special song for them. Then the choir sang, "God be with you til we meet again." It was so inspiring and there wasnt a dry eye in the place. It was a wonderful experience to get to go to the concert and to spend the weekend with my "honey" in the place that we "tied the knot" so many years ago. Here are a couple pictures of the choir and Pres. Monson.

President Monson presenting gifts to the special guests. (Sorry it is blurry)

President Monson leaning over talking to his daughter. He was so close!!!!

Monday, December 7, 2009

Here is our Christmas card for 2009!

We thought that we would share this video of Joe and I having a snowball fight
with our grandson and our two dogs.


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Tuesday, December 1, 2009

33 years and headed to Eternity!!!!

I love this guy!!!

It's great being married to my best friend!!


Monday, November 16, 2009

Please read this . . . .

Here is some really important information that you need to know about. Please pass the word along to everyone you know!

Check it out HERE
Thank you!

Friday, November 13, 2009

Grandma's Brag Blog!!

"The Grandson" is getting so big. I miss him so much but I'm so glad that Amy sends me lots of pictures of him so that I can watch him grow and change.

This picture looks like he is saying, "Hey Grandma , look how big I am!!"

Look at that face!!! Such a sweet little smile!!!

My two "Best Buddies!"
This picture was taken when he was only a month old. He has been able to hold his head up like that almost since day one. What a strong little guy!!

The Grandson and his watch-dog!!!
Grandma can't wait to see you little buddy
at Thanksgiving!!

Oh . . . and I'm excited to see your parents too!!!

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

I Gotta Feeling

During The Oprah Show's 24th season kickoff party, The Harpo staff and more than 20,000 people pulled off a massive surprise for an unsuspecting Oprah.

This is really cool!!!

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Help Save a Life

Get your Christmas shopping done and help save a life.

Go HERE and check out all the great items!

Little Claire needs a transplant to save her life!

To see more pictures and read her story go HERE

(photo taken from

These two adorable little babies live in Rigby, ID! Friends of the family put together this auction to raise money for their life saving organ transplants. Please donate anything you can... every little bit can save their lives! Check out the auction items... there are many great things. It's a great way to do some Christmas shopping and help save their lives! Think of them as your own children... what would you do to save them!?!

Thanks everyone! We CAN make a difference!

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Our Russian Missionary

A couple of mornings ago I was checking my facebook and I had a "friend request" from a girl. I didn't recognise her name but I noticed that she was in the Novosibirsk Russia Network. So I accepted it thinking that it must be someone from Mindys mission. I opened her page and everything was written in Russian except the status at the top which was in English and said, "My baptism will be on Saturday at 3 o'clock p.m. Invite you! :-)" I was so excited when I realized who this was. Mindy and her companion have been working with a young gal named Donna. In Mindys recent emails over the past few weeks she has asked us to pray that Donna would decide to accept the gospel and be baptised. This was such a neat surprise to read on her facebook that she has decided to get baptised.

Then I looked at her photos on FB. And the first one that came up was this one with Mindy. (Notice Mindys shorter haircut)
So I made a comment back to Donna thanking her for putting a picture of Mindy on her facebook so that I could see her. She wrote back and said this about Mindy:
"She is great! we have a lot of fun! I feel S. Gneiting change my life! And that's sooooo awesome!!! And Mindey’s mom can be proud for daughter.
We love and take care about her."

Then she said. "you can watch the album called "awesome!!!!!!!!!" on my page." (Which I assumed she meant to go look at her photos again, which I did and she had just put up some new ones of her and Mindy.)

I think the one above is Mindy and her companion (on the right) with Donna.
And this one below is Mindy with one of the Senior Sisters.
This looked like it was a party of some kind with some of the local members.
(Mindy is on the left in purple. Donna is at the end of the table)

Then in Mindy's last email she gave me the address for a blog of one of the senior couples there in her mission. So I checked it out and it is really fun to read. They update it frequently so I will be able to keep tabs on what is going on thre. They write alot and put alot of pictures on which is nice for us to read and see and understand what Mindy is experiencing. (Thanks Elder and Sister Simmons)

This picture was on their blog so I kinda stole it off (I hope that was alright Elder Simmons :) This was taken at their zone conference they had recently. Mindy is the 4th from the right on the back row.

I believe that all of these things were once again little "tender mercies" that the Lord has sent to assure me that Mindy is doing well and is where she is suppossed to be and doing what he needs her to do. I am so grateful to a loving Heavenly Father that understands us and knows how to comfort and send us peace. We are so pleased with Mindy and her desire to serve the Lord and we know that she is going to be a great missionary and that she is an instrument in the Lord's hands as she brings the truth and the Lord's love and happiness to the great people of Russia.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Our Little Buddy

Joe and I just love this little guy. He is really growing and getting so big. He has started to smile and you all know how those little smiles just warm your heart.

We just cant get enough of him. We got to see him last weekend. He is so precious!

Yay for Bumpo Seats!!!

This last picture is "the boy" sitting and watching Baby Einsteins. He is going to be brillant . . . just like his grandma!!! hahahaha Isnt this picture so cute?!

Wednesday, October 21, 2009


A friend sent this to me in an email and I just had to share it with you all. I thought it was pretty funny!! ENJOY!!


1. We believe SUVs and minivans to be our form of transportation, and in 
knee length shorts -- which are always nice and, of course, . . . . in multilevel

2. We believe that church ball players should be punished for their own 
fouls, and not for unsportsmanlike aggression.

3. We believe that through bread crumbs, cheese, creamy soups, and rice, all 
casseroles can be saved through obedience to ward cookbooks and creativity 
in the mixing bowl.

4. We believe that the first layers and ingredients of the Dip are: first,
beans; second, cheese; third, chopped tomatoes; fourth, the gift of sour
cream; fifth, olives; sixth, salsa; seventh, guacamole, that is, if you have 

5. We believe that a Mormon should have a distinguished or a cute name, that 
it's appropriate to name a child after a church leader or a historical 
figure including an ancestor, that alternative spellings and French prefixes 
only add to a name, and that when referring to the names of General
 Authorities, middle initials should be a part thereof.

6. We believe in the same wall decor that exists in many Mormon homes,
 namely, framed family proclamations, vinyl lettering, inspirational word
signs, family photos, pictures of temples and Jesus, and so forth. 

7. We believe in the gift of re-gifting: church books, crafts, family 
photos, baked goods, emergency supply kits, and so forth.

8. We believe in sparkling grape juice -- so long as it is non-alcoholic; we
 also believe in bringing root beer and sprite to ward and all other parties.

9. We believe in all that we have scrapbooked, all that we will now
 scrapbook, and we believe that 
we will yet scrapbook many great and important things pertaining to our 
family, friends, pets, and vacations.

10. We believe in the literal mixing of ketchup and mayo and in the generous
 application of ranch dressing; that CBAs (church-based acronyms) will be 
used to describe YM/YW, PEC, the Y, NCMO, and CTR; that Mitt Romney will get 
Mormons to vote for him any time he runs; and, that the Mormons will enjoy
 reading Twilight and The Work and the Glory.

11. We claim the privilege of trying to identify common acquaintances with
 any visitor at church, and allow all other people at church the same
 privilege; we also believe in name dropping the names of famous people and 
general authorities how, where, or what we may. 

12. We believe in being subject to scoutmasters, pampered chef hostesses,
 and the writers of the U.S. News and World Report Rankings for professional
 schools, and in obeying, honoring, and sustaining Glenn Beck.

13. We believe in being above average, good at crafts, optimistic, and being
 fifteen minutes late everywhere we go. Indeed, we may say that we follow BYU
 football. We believe rumors about famous people joining the church, we hope
 to meet the three Nephites, we have endured many pyramid schemes, and hope 
to be able to endure all pyramid schemes. If there is anything cheap, free,
 sold in bulk, or given away when somebody is moving, we seek after these

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Two posts from me in one day - aren't you all lucky?!?

I got this recipe from HERE. I thought it looked like a fun cake for this time of year. I haven't tried it yet so if anyone does let me know how it tastes.

Spice Pumpkin Cake

  • 1 pkg Duncan Hines® Moist Deluxe® Spice Cake Mix
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin
  • 1 cup chopped nuts
  • 2 tubs Duncan Hines® Creamy Home-Style Classic Vanilla Frosting
  • green, red and yellow food coloring
  • 1 flat bottom ice cream cone
Baking Directions:
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease and flour 10-inch Bundt pan.
  2. Combine cake mix, eggs, water and pumpkin in large bowl. Beat at medium speed with electric mixer for 2 minutes. Stir in nuts. Pour into pan.
  3. Bake 40 to 50 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan 25 minutes. Invert onto serving plate. Cool completely.
  4. Measure 1/4 cup frosting into small bowl. Tint with green food coloring. Place ice cream cone upside down on waxed paper. Frost with green frosting. Refrigerate.
  5. Tint remaining frosting with red and yellow food coloring until frosting is desired orange color. Measure 3 tablespoons orange frosting in small bowl; add green food coloring to brown frosting.
  6. Frost cake with orange frosting. Make eyes, mouth and nose with brown frosting as desired on pumpkin. Place green frosted ice cream cone in center hole of cake for stem.

Food Storage

Do your food storage shelves look like this?

Would you like them to look like this?
I have been feeling lately like I really need to get on top of my food storage. But sometimes it just seems so overwhelming and like such a big task. But with the way things are in our country right now I think it is more important now than it has ever been to be prepared. We have been told for years to have our food storage and for the first time in my life I am actually feeling like it is possible that we may all actually need to fall back on it for one reason or another.

One of my friends (thanks Sam I hope you dont mind me sharing) had a post on her blog about this very thing and she had a link to a Basic Food Storage Plan that is do-able, affordable, and not so overwhelming.

By the end of 52 weeks you will have:
700 lbs of wheat, 240 lbs of sugar, 40 lbs of powdered milk, 13 lbs of salt, 10 albs of honey, 5 lbs of peanut butter, 45 cans of tomato soup, 32 cans of mushroom soup, 15 cans of tuna fish, 10 boxes of macaroni and cheese, 500 aspirin, 730 multiple vitamins, 6 lbs of dried yeast, and 6 lbs of shortening. This should sustain 2 people for 1 year. All for only $5.00 a week. (Add $5.00 for each additional 2 people in your family.)

You can find the list HERE.

I just wanted to share this with you all. I am going to get started on it right away. We never know what the future has in store for us yet we have no need to fear if we are prepared.

If any of you have any other great ideas about food storage or even 72 hr kits please share.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Just a few of my thoughts

Obviously we all love blogging.

It is such a great way to keep in touch with family and friends. I enjoy so much going to all of your blogs and seeing what you are doing and how your families are growing and changing.

It is so nice to keep in touch with family members that normally I wouldn't see or talk to very often. And yet through your blogs I know you and your families as if you live right next door.

I have been able to reconnect with friends that I haven't seen in years and now, through your blogs, I feel as though I am all caught up on what you have been doing for the past 30 yrs, and it seems like we are still as good of friends as we were way back when.

New friends or old, good friends or acquaintances - I love you all and you touch my life each day in some way through your blogs.

Some of your posts are informative ~ some are creative and fun.

It is fun to go to different blogs and see how you have "decorated" them with your own personal touches.

Some of you have recipe blogs that I use all of the time. Some of you have links to other fun blogs and websites that I enjoy going to. Thanks for sharing! It is amazng to me that we have this technology and that we can be a part of this blogging world.

In the Ensign this month is a great article on blogging. It is entitled, "Finding and Sharing the Gospel Online" and you can find it HERE.
It talks about how we can do even more with our blogs and make a difference one post at a time.
Some of the topics are:
* Blogging about the church in Everyday Life
* Being a Blogging Missionary
* Creating Blogs about Full-Time Missionaries
(Here is Mindys blog if you are interested in following her)
* A Strong Medium for Sharing Testimony
* Safety tips for Better Blogging.

I encourage you all to read this article and maybe we can all find ways to use our blogs not only to uplift and strengthen each other but to also use them to reach out and share Heavenly Father's love and truth of the gospel.

"We have entered a new age of technology, so we have new avenues of missionary work open to us. With a little creativity and boldness, we can help others to learn more about the gospel." ~quote from 'Be a blogging missionary'

Thursday, September 24, 2009

I will return. . . . .

. . . Someday

. . . maybe around Dec 18th

. . . . . when this semester is done!!!!!

But for now. . . . . .

all I do is

. . . .homework. . . . . eat. . . . . . read . . . . .read. . . . . . go to class . . . . . . eat. . . . . . homework. . . .
. . . . . read. . . . . more reading. . . . . . write papers. . . . research . . . . . . homework
. . . . . . sleep ( very little) and more homework and more homework and more. . . . .

Ok ~ you get the point!!!!
check back soon. . . . .

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

When in California. . . .

. . . . go to the Happiest Place on Earth!

. . . . and have a good scream or two!!!!

Can you find us?

Thursday, August 20, 2009

More baby pics

Please indulge this new grandma a little bit and go to this website and see how
handsome my new little grandson Trent is.
Check it out HERE.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Sister Gneiting

This is a picture of Mindy in the MTC after about 5 weeks. This is Sister Emily Hegerhorst, one of Mindys BYUI roomates who is serving a mission in Tennessee. This was the day that Emily was leaving the MTC to head out. I actually stole this picture of off Emilys website.

Mindy is doing well. She has 5 more weeks in the MTC and then she will head for Russia. She is getting really anxious to get out there and serve the Lord and the people of Russia.

If any of you are interested in following her I am posting her letters at:

You can also write to her at:

Sister Mindy L. Gneiting
MTC Mailbox # 189-0928
Russia Novosibirsk Mission
2005 N. 900 E.
Provo, Utah 84604-1793

I know that she would love to hear from you.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Grandma's baby boy!

I just can't get enough of this scrumptious little morsel!!
Isn't he yummy!!!

Being a grandma is so great!

I never imagined it would be so wonderful.

The only problem is~ I live too far away from him.

What will this grandma do?

How am I ever going to be able to leave him?

Well I can't think about that right now -

I am just loving being here and spending time with him and

watching him grow and change everyday.

Grandma's little sweetheart!!!!!

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Waiting and waiting. . . . . .

The BIG question of the day:

When am I going to have my grandchild?!?!?!

The answer: Hopefully Soon!!

For those of you wanting a "baby" update ~ Amy Joy is due 2 weeks from today.
We are all getting really anxious to meet this new little member of our family.

And no (the answer to the next question) we don't know if its a he or a she.

It is going to be a big surprise!!!!!
and we can't wait!!!

It's kind of ironic. Amy had surgery to sew her cervix shut, spent about 23 weeks on bedrest, had several scares with contractions and hospital stays, had meds to stop the contractions, etc.

NOW she is off of bedrest, off the meds, living life like normal, coming and going...........
.......and NOTHING!!!!
No contractions, no baby!!! (but we really are glad that this little one is still cooking and is gonna come out well done!)

I guess we can see WHO is in charge of their family already!!

What do you think??

When do you think this baby is coming?

And is it a boy or girl?

Let the guessing begin!

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Violets Custom Cakes

I just have to give a shout out to a friend of mine and her custom cake business.

For those of you in the Rexburg / Idaho Falls area ~ if you are looking for a
great cake decorator you need to check this out.

For my Montana friends this is Justin Moss' wife Annette's business.
She is amazing and I just had to show you how talented she is.

Way to go Annette!!

Check it out HERE!

(and if you are interested in checking out their family blog it is HERE)

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Golfing buddies

About 4 yrs ago I told Joe that I wanted to learn to golf. I thought that it would be something fun that we could do together. So he started teaching me. I was really pretty bad at first. He felt sorry for me so he would always spot me several strokes so our scores would be closer and I wouldn't feel so bad when he beat me by alot. What a nice guy, right?

Well I kept working hard and improving and by the end of the summer I could give him a pretty good game all on my own without any extra help.
.......uh oh....... Not good for a man's ego!!!!!!

Well he started getting quite competitive and he would get frustrated when I would do good and almost beat him. (Wives just aren't suppossed to beat their husband in sports....right?
I can't help it that I seem to be a natural at golf.......and at bowling.....
............but that's a whole different post for later. hahahaha)

So we both decided that it would be much more fun if we didn't compete against each other and only compete against ourselves. So each week we only keep score so that we can see if we improved our own game. (Yeah right!!!!)

So after each game we total up our scores and see if we beat ourselves from the week before. Who ever looses (to themselves) has to buy the other one a milkshake. Sounds fair, right? .............hmmmmm

Today we went golfing!!!!

This is the first time for me this summer do to a bad back and shoulder. It felt so good to be back out on the golf coarse. I love it!!!
I only got a few pictures taken but here they are. (Just so you know.......don't tell anyone......Joe made me stop taking pictures after he started getting frustrated!!!!! I wonder why?!?! LOL!!!!!)

This is a funny picture. Where is Joe's golf club? It's there....somewhere....I promise!!

Taking a break for a drink. This is a beautiful coarse! We love to golf here. If you look really hard you can see a river in the background. it going in? close!!!!

I know - I know....I have terrible form. But whose looking?

Well ~ I'm not saying who had the best score.........

But look who is drinking water.........

Let's just say.........not only did I beat my score from my last game back in the fall.......

.........but I beat Joe by TWO STROKES!!!!!

Victory is SWEET in more ways than one!!!!!!

(In Joe's defense....he claims he was going easy on me since it was my
first time back golfing in 9 months.
Ohhh..........what a great guy I'm married to.
Wait till next saturday dear!!!!!!! I think I'll get a chocolate milkshake!!