Sunday, April 14, 2013

Week of February 11, 2013

·         Hello everyone! 

·         Well, there are many announcements on the service front this week!  Here are the headlines:

Sister Huskey: You are hereby called to serve as a missionary of the church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints. You are assigned to labor in the Brazil Sao Paulo north mission... You should report to the Brazil MTC on Wednesday July 3, 2013. You will prepare to preach the gospel on the Portuguese language :D :D :D

Dear Sister Huskey: You are hereby called to serve as a missionary of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. You are assigned to labor in the Brazil Florianopolis Mission.

I'll be speaking Portuguese and I report to the Brazil Missionary Training Center on Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013!

We got our mission calls the day before Grace's birthday and report the day before mine!!!

Elder Marsh arrived home from his mission last week!

Maddy Jones-

Final oath.. I am an official member of the United States Marine Corps. My contract has begun. Oorah

Sara and Lane got married on Saturday, the 16th.  They had the ceremony at a wedding house in Troutdale.  Only family were invited and the mom group helped with the food (Renee, me, Lisa, and Cheryl and our families).  It was a nice ceremony and President Fotheringham performed the marriage.

Other than those small details, it was a pretty quiet week!  Tomorrow (Monday, the 18th) is Presidents Day, so we have work and school off.  I will work around the house catching up things that I don’t get done while I’m working every day.  Dad is thinking about going to North Bend for the day.  He’s built Grandma Hopper another new computer and she is waiting for it.  Grandpa is home now, regaining strength after having his gall bladder out.  He takes a licking and keeps on ticking!

Have a wonderful week!

Week of February 4, 2013

Happy Valentine’s Day!!!!

So, for Christmas, Annie and Nick gave me and Dad tickets to ride the Mr. Hood Railroad for an Elvis show Valentine’s treat!  We went yesterday and it was a lot of fun!  Well, the train was fun.  The dinner was excellent.  Elvis was, well….creepy!  But I, along with every other woman in the car got a kiss and an Elvis satin scarf right off of his neck!  Eeeewww!  Okay.  I survived it.  The rest of the event was fun! 


Dad did the repair to the car that he hoped would fix the transmission problem, but it was to no avail.  The car is still broken.  Instead of the $300 “easy” fix, we are going to need a rebuilt transmission for $2000-ish.  It was worth a try, I guess.  Well anyway, since we don’t have $2000 right now, we just have to drive the Explorer unless it won’t drive.  We took it out to Hood River for the train ride and it made it there okay.  It has trouble shifting (especially into reverse), but it’s been okay.  On the way home, it didn’t appreciate the Sylvan hill and decided not to shift out of second or third and Dad had to limp it the rest of the way home.  We will now only take it to work, church, school and back.  Hopefully, Dad can finish our taxes and they will come up with enough to get the car fixed!  Oh, and that is if the tires don’t go flat again in the process! We need new tires too.  Oh, the life.

Bishop Wendell came up to us in church this morning and we were making small talk.  Then he showed us his hands.  If you remember, he has a nail biting habit.  Well, he decided to knock that nasty habit off.  He showed us his beautiful nails and we had to take a picture for you guys to  show them off for him!

   This is Bishop saying, “why do you want a picture of my face?”

And in Sports news…..

Aloha's Brayden Kearsley commits to Brigham Young University

Mike Richman,, January 23, 2013 3:19 p.m.

Aloha's Brayden Kearsley has committed to BYU - (Bruce Ely/The Oregonian)

Aloha High School senior lineman Brayden Kearsley announced Wednesday that he has recommitted to the Brigham Young University football program. Kearsley initially committed to BYU in September 2011, but re-opened his recruitment and considered Oregon State, Arizona State, Washington, and Arkansas before deciding to recommit to the Cougars.

Kearsley, a 6-foot-5, 295-pound senior, is rated a four-star recruit by both and He was a first-team all-state selection as a senior, after earning second-team honors in his junior season. As a sophomore, Kearsley helped Aloha to the Class 6A state championship and earned second-team all-state honors.

Although he had visited the campus multiple times during his recruitment, Kearsley took an official visit to Provo over the weekend and reaffirmed his committment after meeting with offensive coordinator and offensive line coach Robert Anae.

At Brigham Young, Kearsley will join three other Oregon high school football players from the Class of 2013. Central Catholic defensive back Dallin Leavitt committed to BYU in September 2011, while Tanner Shipley and Johnny Ragin of Wilsonville gave commitments during the 2012 season. BYU has received more commitments from Oregon athletes from the Class of 2013 than any other FBS school.

BYU went 8-5 in 2012, capped with a 23-6 win over San Diego State in the San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl.

Here are a couple of quotes I’ve enjoyed today from President Gordon B. Hinckley.  You might remember him! 

“This is my prayer for all of us—'Lord, increase our faith.' Increase our faith to bridge the chasms of uncertainty and doubt. . . . Grant us faith to look beyond the problems of the moment to the miracles of the future. . . . Give us faith to do what is right and let the consequence follow.” Ensign, Nov. 1987, 52-53.

“This cause will roll on in majesty and power to fill the earth. Doors now closed to the preaching of the gospel will be opened. The Almighty, if necessary, may have to shake the nations to humble them and cause them to listen to the servants of the living God. Whatever is needed will come to pass.” Ensign, Nov. 1997, 68.

I hope you have had and will have a couple of really great weeks! 

Week of January 28, 2013

Oh, my goodness.  What a week. 

What would you like to hear about first? 

Grandpa-They determined that he had Pancreatitis brought on by a virus that he and Grandma had the week prior.  So, they have nursed him along to strength and will be removing his Gall Bladder as soon as he can handle the surgery.  Hopefully, sometime this week.  I’ll let you know!

Superbowl – It’s still being played as I write this!  We were watching the 3rd quarter (Beyoncé performed the half-time;  in case you were wondering); the score was 28-6 Ravens, right after a 109 yard record kickoff return touchdown to start the second half.  Suddenly, the power went off for most of the stadium (New Orleans) and all was dark and quiet, except for the fans in the stands!  We have had a half an hour delay while they power up the stadium again.  Interesting turn of events!! 

I have to go to a Girls Camp meeting here in a minute, so I’ll tell you the final score when I return!

Okay.  I’m back.  And the winner is………Baltimore Ravens!  Final score: 34 to 31.  Sounds like it was a great game!  Oh, and did I mention that the head coaches for each team were brothers??  John and Jim Harbaugh.  I bet their parents had a great time!

Engagements/Births/Announcements/Mission Calls:

Here’s the update for the week-

Ø  Nicole Rose is now in New Zealand and in her first area.

Ø  Both Grace and Olivia Huskey are waiting mission calls.

Ø  Lindsay Adams got married yesterday to her fiancé Garry Perza. 

Ø  Cameron Johnson and Kellie Peavler are getting married on March 2, 2013 at the Mt. Timpanogos Temple. 


We met her fiancé at Christmas time.  Approval!

Shelbie Kenfield’s baby is due Feb 11th, so we’ll let you know when we hear about that event.

Finwall’s added a fun group of photos this week.  Thought I’d share.  Cora just turned TWO!!

And, just for fun…

Dad is almost done with the transmission repair on the Explorer (aka-Stanley).  He has just a few things left to do and then we’ll see if the $300 fix worked.  If not, we have to figure out how to get a rebuilt transmission.  That will be more like $1500.  Say a prayer!

Have a great week!  Can’t wait to hear from you!

Week of January 21, 2013

Hello men!  So good to sit down to write you a little bit tonight.  It is my usual Sunday night time slot. 

Well, there were some events of particular note this week.  Don’t know if I should rank them by time or by importance this week. 

Hmmm.  Well we had a CHOMP concert this week.  Lainey played both trombone and tuba for it.  She was great!  Mr. Dunlop told us again that she is improving all the time. 

We planned to go to Waldport (1/2 hour south of Newport) and see Uncle David.  He has purchased a “new” house. We had to rent a car since ours has terrible issues with its transmission right now.  We drove down and expected to eat a fun lunch with Aunt Lynn, Heather and her two kiddos, Grandma Hopper, Wayne and Patty, and of course Uncle David. 

Well, when we got there, we found Aunt Lynn on the phone with the Bay Area Hospital and Grandma Hopper pulled us aside and let us know that Grandpa Hopper was in intensive care.  They were both sick with a gastro crud last week and Saturday morning at about 2am, he woke grandma up and they called 911.  He wasn’t doing well.  They admitted him.  So, they put him on pain meds  and he had very low blood pressure, so they put him in a coma, intubated him and gave him meds to get his bp stabilized.  They diagnosed him with pancreatitis and they have been watching his progress.  His blood pressure is now up again and they are bringing him out of the coma slowly and watching his progress.  That’s all I know about that for now.  I’ll keep you in the loop as we hear more. 

So, we got back into town last night and Molly and Seth had both gotten white envelopes in the mail!  So, Molly opened hers last night and Seth opened his today.  I was able to be there for both.  Wanna know where and when they are going?????? I bet you do.  Hmmm.  I should make you wait!  I love having control.  You’re probably skipping my random talk to see anyway.  So, here you are. 

Molly is reporting to the MTC in Provo on March 6th and will serve, speaking English in the Nevada, Las Vegas mission!  And Seth will report to the Provo MTC on April 3rd and will serve, speaking English in the Colorado, Denver North mission, which is the mission his dad served in 30 years ago! 

How’s that??????
So exciting!

When you two return, they will be looking at one year in the mission.  So fun!

Oh, and Grace Huskey is waiting for her call.  And Olivia Huskey is almost done with her papers!

A not so great thing happened today at church.  Sister Hancock, who is the Huskey girls’ grandma (Renee Butcher’s mom) took a fall today right after Sacrament Meeting in the back of the chapel.  Don’t know what happened, she was just standing there one second and she was down the next.  She landed pretty much on her face.  Her glasses took a toll on her face and she now has 12 stitches and an arm splint.  Poor girl!

Here’s a photo from the ER.  Luckily, we have two triage nurses in our Ward now!  They both sprang into action!  It was awesome!

So, I was in the hallway (aftermath of the fall) and when Sunday school let out, out walks the Spanish Branch missionaries from the Gospel Essentials class!  They were new to me, so I called to them and told them I didn’t recognize them and introduced myself.  They knew the name, had heard about you two and had seen your photos in the missionary case in the other hall.  I told them a little about you and then said something about Drew’s speaking spanish and his new Tongan companion.  One of the missionaries got a big smile on his face and said, “I’m from New Zealand!”  They were happy to chat with me for a bit and we found out that they would both still be here when the two of you get off of your missions!  They are excited to meet you!

So, that’s a full week!

It is the end of the semester here, so we get Thursday and Friday off.  Looking forward to it!!

Week of January 14, 2013

Happy MLK Day!  Lainey and I have the day off, but Dad has to work.  Poor  guy.  You know he now has a setup where he plays TV shows while he’s at work??  Slacker.

It’s so cold here, even the spider webs froze!!!  I love this picture.  It greeted me when I showed up to work this morning. 

So there are now three kids from our Ward who are waiting for their mission calls:

Grace Huskey

Seth Carstens

Molly Fields

I’ll let you know about each one when they get their calls!

So, Drew.  You might be interested that the San Francisco 49’ers beat the Atlanta Falcons to win a seat in the Super bowl.  Tonight, the Baltimore Ravens and playing the New England Patriots to decide their opponent.  I’ll tell you by the end of this letter who won!  The super bowl is being played on February 3rd, I think.

Ravens won!  So, it’s Baltimore vs. San Francisco in the Superbowl!

Next Saturday, we are travelling to Waldport, OR on the coast, just north of Newport.  Uncle David bought a house!!  We are going to have a housewarming party! 

Right now, it’s 10:30pm on Sunday night.  Dad, Lainey and I are studying together for Lainey’s World War II unit test in Modern America.  Three cheers for Lainey letting us help!!

Going to bed soon.  Love you!!!!!!

Week of January 7, 2013

Happy week!  Well, January must just be a very boring month, because each week I’ve sat down to email you the events of the week and I cannot come up with much! 

Well, there are a few new little news items on the friend front:

Amanda Tomlinson is engaged:

And Lindsay Adams:

And Cambrai Loftus!

Weddings everywhere!

My week was filled with work, parent meeting, more work, sewing new tablecloths and chair toppers for the Primary room at church and … not much else. 

Dad has a 2000 piece puzzle from Christmas and he’s spent most of the week working on it.  This one’s a good one.  Very difficult!

Today (Sunday) is Uncle Wayne’s birthday.

This year in Primary, the theme is I am a Child of God.  This month, I’m doing Sharing time and we are talking about the Plan of Happiness/Salvation.  Boy, those kids know their stuff!  What a wonderful thing it is to know that we have a chance to return and live with our Heavenly Father again. 

I am so grateful for forever families!

Week of December 31, 2012

Hello and happy Sunday! 

This day has been a wonderful day.  We started 9:00am church today.  That isn’t the good part…until we get home at noon and have the rest of the day left! It was also fast and testimony meeting day.  It is also the first week of the year, which means all the Primary changes to new classes and teachers.  We (the Primary Presidency) have been working to prepare for this and have been anticipating all the new changes.  I’m also responsible for the lesson all month in Sharing Time. 

We sat in Sacrament meeting (a meeting, which you all know I enjoy very much) and I noticed that Michael Robertson and his wife were still here (the last few days before heading back to school in Boston).  Such a fun thing to see the kids come back to the ward with their spouses and families.  They have a little baby boy named Mica who looks just like Scotts two boys. 

Anyway, during the testimony time, Michael got up and bore a sweet and simple testimony.  I don’t remember much of what he had to say, except that it made me feel the Spirit.  I love it when Michael does that!  Anyway, part of what he said was, of course that he grew up in this Ward.  Well, there was a lull in the meeting and the Spirit worked on me.  I had to get up.  I bore my testimony of thankfulness for “normal” and “every day” things and people.  I spoke about the “week to week” process of coming to church and preparing to teach in our regular callings.  I spoke about those who are willing to come day after day to teach our children.  I am grateful for the blessing of staying in a Ward for 25 years so that I could watch these kids grow from infancy to childhood to teenagers and then to adults who were able to benefit from those who are willing to show up each week and teach.  Those who give a hand to the kids who can lean on their testimonies until the kids are strong and mature enough to stand on their own and then take on their lives, finding good companions and then bringing up their own families week by week.  It was so fun to stand and be grateful for “normal”. 

Well, I hope your week has been good.  Drew, I hope your life has settled a bit and you are getting your grounding.  Adam, I am excited to hear about the new families in your life and in your new area.  Both of you, tell us about your new surroundings.  What are your new Wards like?  Your new bishop?  How about your new companions?  I don’t remember their names…

Speaking of companions, our Elder Peterson got up in testimony meeting today to give his last testimony.  He is going home.  The bad part of having the AP’s in our ward is that they seem to leave for home too frequently.  Of course, when you have that kind of responsibility, it is usually your last area, so we expect to be the ones to send them home.  After the block today, I asked him when he is leaving and he looked at his watch and said, “In a matter of a few hours!”  What an exciting time. 

Oh, and Elder Laurence (he left in about October to go home) is engaged!  Sheesh!  These boys waste no time.  I hear that Elder Peterson has a girl waiting too, so we’ll see what happens for him. 

Well, New Year’s Eve for us was spent at the Dunlops home playing chicken foot while all the kids were gone to dances.  It was fun and quiet.  Not much else happened this week.  Dad and Lainey helped me put all the Christmas decorations away on New Year’s Day.  The next time I get those out, Adam will be on his way home and Drew will be very short timing it!  It will be here again before we know it!  No more “two” of anything, just “last” of everything.  The last birthdays, Easters, July 4th’s, Summers, Halloweens, etc. until you are both underfoot again!  What a bother you will be!  Hah!

Tonight (in just a few minutes from now) I am going to the first planning meeting for this year’s Stake Young Women’s camp.  Can’t wait to find out the theme this year.  Then I’ll be planning the crafts again.  I’m excited to get going on it again. 

When we came back from North Bend last week, the Explorer started acting up even more than before.  Dad says the transmission is on its last legs.  He is looking to replace it in the next few weeks.  Something new to take all our energy and money!  At least Dad thinks he can do it so it will save us a lot in labor costs. 

Speaking of cars, Seth Carstens’ mission papers have been submitted and Grace Huskey’s are just about ready.

Brad, are you back in Savannah again?  How was your trip to DC?  Looks like you had fun!   

No photos to share this week.  Kind of a slow photo week!

Have a great week!  Can’t wait to hear from you!


Week of December 24, 2012

Happy New Year!  Let Adam's Blackout year ends and Drew's begins!  We're making progress!  

Speaking of counts, on my phone, I have count downs for all of you boys and a count UP for Annie's clean days.  Drew and Annie traded places yesterday!  Drew was at 413 and Annie was at 412.  Today, Drew was 412 and Annie was 413!  Happy passing day!  I've added a countdown for Brad now for when he separates from the Army.  I guess he'll be the next one to pass Annie in days.  I'll let you know when that will happen.  It must have happened with Adam, but I wasn't paying attention! Brad has 560 days left of Army life.... so 75-ish days from now, he and Annie will pass each other!  

Enough of that counting stuff.

It was great hearing from all of you on Christmas!!!!!  In some ways, though, it makes me miss you more, but I wouldn't ever have missed it!  In spite of power outages and changing around of houses and computers!  (Drew, Adam went through a power outage during out hangout, so he had to change to another location and call again.  Then when the power came back they switched again!).

It was fun to see Adam and Brad!

Adam, I got to see a little about what you mean by the members continuing to offer you food, even when you don't want anymore!  I'm glad you are being well fed, though.  Even if you don't have food sometimes in the evenings.  I think in America, we could just tell the families that they need to be more considerate of your meals, but there, I guess it's different.  

So, as you might have figured out by now, I belong to a few LDS Missionary and Military Moms Google lists and we are all moms who are awaiting our children while they are serving and we help each other with problems/questions along the way from receiving the call to coming home.  One of the Brazilian missionary moms said that her son came home with a "tie tan".  That is the sun shone so bright, that it went through his shirt and garment top except where his tie was!  Any experience with that one????  I thought it was pretty funny.  So did a bunch of other moms!  

Also, there is a mom of a missionary in Guatemala City Central who also has a son that served in Portland and served most of his mission in the Beaverton area.  Drew do you know a missionary named Michael Rose?  His brother Timothy served here.  I didn't meet him, but it was fun to share that with their mom.  

Some of the moms have said that their Brazilian missionaries are suffering some pretty bad skin ailments while they've been out.  Elder Dallin Russell, I guess has had problems with it.  Do you know him?  Anyway, just a connection with the other moms is kind of fun.  

I still need to call Elder Morgan back in Hillsboro and connect with him for Adam!

So, right now, we are in North Bend.  We came down on Thursday and will go back tomorrow (Monday) so that Lainey can attend the New Year Dance.  We were able to see Lynn and all her kids and grand kids   It was fun!  Those kids are adorable and very friendly.  Myla will be going to Kindergarten this fall!!  Annie and Nick borrowed a car from a friend and came down last night so they got to see everyone too.  They woke up to a flat tire this morning and had to spend most of the day dealing with that today before they headed home.  I'm waiting to hear from them that they arrived safely.  It was a fast trip for them, but it was what they could do.  Annie has not been able to get two straight days in a row off.  They already depend on her way too much and have a lot of flaky employees.  Annie is their dependable one!!!! Yeah!!

Well, have a safe and happy new year!  I look forward to your emails this week!

Love you!


Week of December 16, 2012

Merry Christmas!!

I hope you are having a wonderful time this week and enjoying some holiday cheer. 

We are staying pretty quiet this year, as you know.  We will enjoy Christmas Eve fondue and then Christmas morning we will open a few gifts and wait for time to share calls with you! 

That will be the best gift I get this year.  Hearing your voices is all I need. 

I think we will go to North Bend on Wednesday and hang there until Sunday.  Then we have to be back in time for the new year dance that Lainey must go to!  The rest of the holiday, we will just chill!  Dad goes back to work on Wednesday, the 2nd and Lainey and I go back on Monday the 7th

Last week was a busy week of pre-holiday bustle.  Lainey had secret Santa gifts to give, I had work potlucks, etc.  We were done on Thursday this year, with a budget reduction day on Friday.  That forced the band to change the all-night party plan.  Mr. Dunlop was told we couldn’t use the building at all this year, since they don’t want the public to think we are using the facilities on a non-budget day.  We also were told we could not use school busses, either.  So, at the band’s expense, we had to transport the students using private tour busses.  Even though it was expensive, we had a good time.  We went to Bullwinkle’s Family Fun Center and had the run of the place for four hours.  

      (Lainey in a go cart!)

Then we went to the Washington Square Mall where we did a scavenger hunt.  The mall security was all over us!  After that, we went to Zoo Lights.  Annie met us there with 10 trays of sub sandwiches and 15 trays of cookies!  After that, we did have permission to drop the kids back off at the school so that we could visit with our alumni students for a bit.  That was fun.  Several kids showed up and it was fun to see them.  At that point, Dad told me we were leaving and he drove us downtown to a swanky hotel for the night for our anniversary.


That was fun!  We watched TV, which if you remember, we don’t have at home anymore! Then we slept in until I think around 11am the next day.  We slowly made our way home.  Went to lunch at The Elephants Deli, my personal favorite!   We found a low tire when we got to the car, so we had to deal with that, but it wasn’t that bad. 

Tonight (Sunday), we went caroling with the Dunlops.  Fun!

That was pretty much our week! 

Can’t wait to hear about yours!  And to talk to you on Christmas Day!

Love you all!!!

Week of December 10, 2012

Well, it is with a somber heart that I write to you today.  There were two separate instances that happened in our country this week that are terrible acts of violence which have made a huge impact on the mood and spirit of this season. 

Last Tuesday, someone entered the Clackamas Town Center and opened gun fire near the food court.  Two people were killed and one was seriously injured before the gunman killed himself.  Needless to say, since it was so close to home, our nerves were a little bit rattled and the news coverage was endless. 

Until Friday, when another gun man entered Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut and opened fire on children and teachers at 9:30 in the morning.  The stories are just now unfolding, but there were 20 children killed and 6 adults, including the school principal and counselor.  It was found later that the shooter had previously shot and killed his own mother in her home prior to his going to the school.  This guy was 20 years old and rumors are that he suffered from Asperger syndrome. 

Many stories of heroism are coming out now and the news coverage is nonstop.  Needless to say, my afternoon at work last Friday was pretty hard. 

Earlier in the week, I absent mindedly left my library door unlocked (due to a series of unfortunate events)  and that night while a 7th grade basketball event was happening in the gym, some kids decided to walk around the school and when they went into the library, they pulled two full shelves of books onto the floor and got into my stuffed toys above my cupboards, took down my SpongeBob toys and stole Patrick the starfish.  I wouldn’t feel so bad about it except those were toys that I borrowed from Lainey’s collection here at home.  Our principal and I figured out that they had also been in the cafeteria and helped themselves to chocolate milk and goldfish crackers.  The nerve!  Our principal has let facilities know that if anything else happens, they will not be allowed to play basketball in our gym after hours anymore. 

So, anyway, then on Wednesday, our principal announced his retirement!  He will be officially retired on January 1st, but will be at the school until the end of the school year.  Bummer!

So, not a great week!!!!

I hope yours have been much better there!

We did something fun tonight, though!  Tim Ray was involved with the orchestra at the Portland Christian Center and they had their Christmas Concerts this week and last. Tim invited us to attend and I’m really glad we did.  We just got back.  Annie and Nick went with us as well as Lainey, Calais and Aaron.  We had fun.

We finally decorated the tree last night when we realized that if we didn’t, we wouldn’t have time to until next weekend. 

This coming week, Uncle Marty has double carpal tunnel surgery on Tuesday.  Grandma and Grandpa Inman are coming up tomorrow to go with him.  After he is discharged that afternoon, they are driving him straight to North Bend to recover.  It should be interesting for him.  No use of both arms for a couple of weeks…We hope to go down next week sometime to join them. 

Also on Tuesday is Century Band’s winter concert.  That should be fun.  I love to go watch. 

I think I told you that the adults in my family drew names this year to help keep the cost of gift giving down.  I drew Micque, so I decided to make her a table topper quilt for her dining table.  I finished it last night at about 2:00am.  I’m so tired today!  I wanted to be sure and have it ready for when Grandmas comes this week so she can take it back with her on Tuesday and have it under their tree on Christmas day.  Anyway, here’s the finished product:

Sorry for the bad photo.  The whites are bright white and the outside edge of the quilt is the blue star.  It should look fun on her round kitchen table.  Here’s a closer-up shot:

So Adam, will I get an email from you next week, or just wait for Christmas day?  Only 8 days left!!!!!!!!!!

I’m assuming we’ll get short calls in advance of Christmas to let us know when and what number to call Drew and confirm a time for Adam??  Just let us know and we’ll be more than happy to talk about it!

Sorry this email was a downer.  We’ll work on better news for next week!!

Love you tons and tons!!

Week of December 3, 2012


It seems the weeks just fly by, because here I am on a Sunday night and realized….I haven’t started an email to you yet!! 

Hmmmm.  Last week.  What did I do to spend my time???

Let me start by showing you a little show and tell.  This is a map of Brazil.  I found it while looking around in the storage room upstairs (formerly known as Adam and Drew’s bedroom, but it’s now FULL of 5 kids “stuff”).  Adam drew this when he was 11 years old!  Can you find your area on the map? 

Most of the rest of my time was spent sewing little circles of fabric.  The adults in the Inman family drew names for Christmas to save everyone money this year.  I drew Micque!  So, I am hand sewing her a little Americana style table topper.  I’ll show you a picture of it partly laid out on my bed.  It consists of about 300 little “yoyo” rounds all sewn together to make a star pattern in red, white, blue and gold. 

I’m about half way done with the little circles.  Grandma and Grandpa are coming up next weekend, so I’m trying to finish it by Saturday so I can send it back with them to North Bend. 

By the way, have I told you that Uncle Marty is scheduled to have double carpal tunnel surgery on the 18th?  That’s right, both arms at once!  That’s why G&G Inman are coming up.  They are going to help him when he comes home from the hospital and then take him back to North Bend for the holidays while he recovers.  I don’t envy that one! 

Amanda Tomlinson announced her engagement this week:

Shanari Baird is expecting a baby! She’s about 18 weeks.  22 more to go! 

By the way Adam, Shelbie is still pregnant.  She has about 10 weeks to go.

We are still working at the tree lot.  This will be the last week.  We’ve had so many no-shows that Dad and I’ve been there a lot filling in.  So annoying!

Dad is sick, sick, sick.  With a cold.  He pushed through yesterday not feeling good, but never got out of bed today.  He took a shower and came into the kitchen for dinner, but that’s all we saw of him.  He’s already told us he’s not going to work tomorrow.  Must be nice.  I’ll probably catch the cold next and I’ll get to go to work anyway.  Looking forward to it!

Okay.  15 more days until my Christmas calls!!!!!  Best gifts ever!!! But I’m not excited or anything.  Why do you ask?? ;0)

That’s about it!!

I’m out!