These past few days eastern Idaho has struggled to warm up. On Friday I sat in the car for my son’s soccer game because it was so windy and cold. The sun’s rays were weak and didn’t do enough to help. Eventually everyone but Alex and Gideon were in the van waiting out of the wind for the game to end. The game ended in a tie.
We then headed to Costco. Three pizzas is what it took to feed all my hungry kids. It was how I got the older boys to come, Costco pizza. We had fun together and I’m glad the older boys came.
Saturday morning I tried to sleep in but there was a wind storm predicted and I wanted to be home during it rather than driving around. We’d had a bad wind storm two days prior to that and it had done quite a bit of damage.
Lauren needed some underwear and I needed to pick up some Sunday clothes for the boys along with a few other things so she and I went to Walmart fairly early. They are remodeling our Walmart and unfortunately they are moving things all around- again. They rearranged stuff a couple years ago and I was finally getting the hang of it. Now I’ve got to start over. They changed it all over to self checkout as well. I’m not really a fan but there isn’t much I can do about it. Lauren loved scanning the items and bagging them. I was happy to let her.
After we got home, Alex and I went to a baptism of a girl in our area. It was a beautiful experience and we are happy for her. They had a luncheon afterwards and we visited with some friends we hadn’t seen for years and met some new people. The good was good, too. Authentic Latin food is really good (we attend church with Spanish speakers, because Alex is one, and the food is always a good benefit).
Afterwards we then hurried to pick up the girls to got to a birthday party. The girls had a grand time and I am glad. When we went to pick them up I sat in the car waiting while the wind and errant leaves swirled all around me. It was so windy. The sky and air was a muddy brown color from all the dust. There is two times a year we get bad dust storms- spring and fall, right before planting and right after harvest.
Oh yeah, while the girls were at the party the wind was blowing and Alex and I heard a loud boom and the power went out. We had the boys with us and I told them we were playing Monopoly. No phones, no electronics. Alex and I played with them until we had to go get the girls. When we came back they were still playing. Eventually we had to pull out the flashlight and they kept playing. Not counting all the interruptions, they played for over three hours. The power turned back on at 8:30 and they wanted to keep going but we made them end it. I love to watch them play together. They said they want to play Monopoly every time the power goes out. It goes out pretty often around here so they will have the opportunity.
This weekend was also a missionary weekend. We have two sets of missionaries in our area- a set of Sisters and a set of Elders (young women and men who serve and teach the gospel for a time). We had an appointment set with the Sisters for Saturday evening but when the time came the Elders were on our doorstep. Alex and I were quite confused. I knew I’d communicated with the Sisters. A minute later there was a knock on the door. It was the Sisters. We laughed. Apparently the Elders had communicated with Alex and they hadn’t actually made a concrete appointment. They made one for the next day and this time there was no confusion. I made a point to tell them to text me because I am the secretary of the family. If they tell Alex it might be remembered, it might not. More often not.
When the Sisters were at our house I told a story from when I was on a mission and later at dinner Michael said that he forgot I’d even gone on a mission. Thanks, Michael. The kids hadn’t heard many of my stories. I felt bad about that. I started to tell a story buy they were done eating and just all left. I had some fun times and some good stories to tell. When I was on my mission I’d planned to write a book about all my experiences. I might get to it eventually. I’m a complete goofball- though people rarely see that side of me- and I have a quite a few funny stories I need to tell my kids.
The weekend was a good one and I’m excited to go into the new week. We have seven weeks left of school and then we are free for the summer. I’ve got plans to get my life together, Alexis studying to be a teacher, and we have a soccer game to go to. I am also babysitting my friend’s kids for the week. It will be busy but good. If it would just warm up.