Sunday, October 25, 2009

The Kindness of Others

Within the last month, our family has experienced some kind acts performed on our behalf. I thought I would take this time to mention a few of them.

I have been a frequent shopper at Jo Ann's fabric store recently and each visit I have been surrounded by several others waiting in long lines to have their fabric cut. On one visit I was waiting, patiently while my kids were not. I had 2 frustrated kids in the cart and was doing all I could to keep them quiet and happy. A sweet, sweet lady came up to me and asked what my number was. (since the lines were so long you had to take a number) I told her and she said, "Here," and handed me her number. Because of her kindness I was basically next in line and she would still have to wait longer. She told me she was a grandma and had been in my place before. I thanked her immensely and was so appreciative of her thoughtfulness.

Another instance of kindness came from a sweet, sweet, sister in our ward. She approached my husband about a month ago and told him that we were to pick a weekend to go away for the night and she would come to our house, watch our four children and stay the night with them. What do you say to an offer like that?! So this last weekend we went to Park City for the night and enjoyed every minute of it. That was an "extreme" act of kindness and we were so grateful to have the night together away from distractions and the phone ringing.

On our way home from Park City we experienced another act of kindness. Clint's car has trouble making it over hills if his gas tank is below half full. Something with the fuel pump, yaddi, yadda. So we were coming home and trying to make it over an incline when the car starts puttering. Gas tank below the halfway mark. We pulled over to the side of the road 1/2 mile from the gas station. Clint leaves to get more gas and on his way back a kind man offered him a ride back to the car.

I am so grateful for all these kind acts and hope I can do my part in performing kind acts for others. Have you been the recipient of a kind act recently? If so, I would love to hear it.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Witches Night Out

Every year Gardner Village holds a Witches Night Out event. This year, a bunch of us girls made some fabulous tutus and attended the event. We enjoyed the night dancing, laughing and enjoying each other's company. It was a blast!

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Halloween Surprise

My mom is always so thoughtful and remembers the kids at every holiday. This year for Halloween she sent a Halloween kit to make a haunted House. The kids had some friends over and I thought that would be the perfect time to put it together. The haunted house turned out great and it was a hit with the kids.

Thank you Grandma Nana!

Friday, October 9, 2009

Pumpkin Patch

I absolutely love this time of year: the change in weather, fall colors, and pumpkins.

This week we hit a pumpkin patch in Riverton and had so much fun. We ran through a corn maze, had a tractor ride, and searched rows of pumpkins for the perfect one. Even Tyler picked out a pumpkin and threw it in the wheel barrel.

St. George Marathon - Round 2

Last year Clint ran the St. George Marathon with his brother Mark, and they both ran their personal best despite the constant downpour of rain. This year was another story. The weather was perfect but both Clint and Mark had a bad race. Around mile 6 Clint hurt his knee and ran in pain for 20 miles. What a trooper.

We loved our stay with Clint's brother and family. We watched Conference together, had good food and company, went to the park and played in the Virgin River.

Macy caught a fish in the River and she brought it home with her in the water bottle.

Thank you Mark and Becky for the wonderful weekend!


For Family Home Evening last week, we ventured over to Utah Lake. We walked the trails, sang songs, and had a nice quiet evening with the kids. I love nights like these.