Sunday, July 21, 2013


On Saturday we had a Book of Mormon-athon at my house!  I invited all the young women to participate.  We had 7 girls show up, and we read over 50 chapters!  We read all of Mosiah and 29 chapters in Alma.  I hope the girls enjoyed the time as much as I did!  They were all motivated and got a lot read.  I just hope they finish reading the entire book so they can pass of their Virtue projects....
Today Scott and I gave talks in the Lebanon Branch, and Key Lime Pie and Kotten Kandy performed a musical number.  It was fun to visit such a neat branch in our stake.  Everyone was friendly, and we felt very welcome.
Our talks were about strengthening our families in the gospel.  I spoke about adventure stories and how much I love reading a good adventure story (like The Lord of the Rings, etc.).  I explained that I had begun an adventure 18 years ago when I married Scott.  Like all good adventures, we have a quest:  Creating a Celestial, eternal family.  And we have a great cast of characters:  Scott, Me, Key Lime Pie and Kotten Kandy.  We have dragons and trials:  personal trials and tribulations.  But we also have a plan to help us get through:  the plan of salvation.  I think it went OK.
Driving into our sub-division is awesome right now.  It is BEAUTIFUL!  Every time I turn into Osprey Cove, I am greeted, on both sides, with corn fields.  And yes, "The corn is as high as an elephant's eye!"  It makes me want to sing and smile and take pictures.
Did you know that Wheat Thins has some new flavors?  I bought some for the Book of Mormon-athon.  It was fun to try the new flavors.  My favorite was the Sun-Dried Tomato and Basil.  Scott enjoyed the Honey Mustard.  The Spicy Buffalo wasn't bad either.....
Kotten Kandy also made some tasty BYU mint brownies.  YUM!!!!
Key Lime Pie went to her first teen party - complete with music, water balloons, volleyball, boys, girls, pizza, etc.  It was bitter-sweet for me.  It means she is growing up, which I don't want her to do.  But it also was a lot of fun for her and she loved hanging out with a bunch of her friends that she made while on the trek.  Is she really old enough to go to parties and hang out until almost midnight with a bunch of teenagers?!  At least I trust them all.  They are good kids.
I just finished reading Key Lime Pie: A Culinary Mystery by Josi Kilpack this week.  It was a fun, easy read.  Key Lime Pie read it first and was anxious for me to read it so she could talk about it.  She had never read a mystery novel before so it was a lot of fun.
I can't wait to read the other books in the series.  This one kept me guessing right up til the very end.  I was so surprised to find out who was behind it all.  It was fun.
I also finished reading 1984 by George Orwell this week.  Wow!  George Orwell's classic was incredibly visionary.  It is hardly fathomable that this book was written in 1948.  Things that we take for granted today - cameras everywhere we go, phones being tapped and recorded for the government, bodies being scanned for weapons - all of these things were described in graphic detail in Orwell's book.  Now that we have the Internet and the government spying on it's citizens with webcams, etc. you can see how this culture can develop into the Orwellian future described in 1984.  If you've heard such phrases as "Big Brother", "newspeak", and "thought crime" and wondered where these phrases came from, they came from this disturbing book.  It is a sad, and frightening view of what could happen and some of it is already happening.
Honestly, I don't want my daughters reading 1984 until they are a lot older.  I don't like the "romantic" part.  It is not moral, despite the fact he tries to make it so.  But at the same time, I learned a TON from reading this upsetting novel.


  1. Your talk was awesome as usual. Thank you for being my companion speaker. I am glad we are a book reading family that shares our thoughts. Thank you for being uniquely you.

  2. I just wrote a comment that took several minutes and then the computer ate it up! Grrrrrr....
    My favorite part of the blog this week is the above comment. I'm assuming Scott wrote it. And I'm thinking I sure am glad that Scott is family. :)
    The BOMathon sounds good. Wish I could have read with you all.
    Sundy,the adventurestory/familylife theme is a super anology. I especially like the Plan of Salvation reference. Bet it was a great talk!
    Katia, will you make BYU brownies for our DC trip? You'll have to put mine in a separate baggie. I tend to forget how many are mine...
    Kiara, glad you enjoyed the party! I agree with your Mom. Doesn't seem like you can be old enough to go...
    1984 I read it as a late teen, and it scared me. I remember thinking, "Never in America"... Ha!
    Love you all, Mom/Mil

  3. Your talk sounds wonderful! Maybe you could give it to me sometime.
    I would love driving by the corn fields!!! Ever thought of finding out who owns them and letting them know how much you enjoy them?
    I'm proud of my nieces! Love them both tons and tons! :)