Friday, May 30, 2008

Sadie's Cold?

Hmmm, I'm not sure if the following comments belong in a blog or not. Oh well, here they are anyway.

I think I picked up a cold while in California last weekend. Sadie wasn't feeling 100 percent and I may have contracted it from her. I'm trying to stay close to home so I don't have the same experience as last time.

This past week I have been helping the mission office just about every day (working around my service in the Humanitarian Service Room) with a new internet-based referral program and had planned to go out there this morning to make sure the secretary was doing everything correctly. Last night was not a good night so this morning I decided to not go and stayed in bed. Then around 9:00 a.m. I remembered that I had told an Eagle Scout candidate that I would meet him at 10:00 at the mission office to review and sign his Eagle project workbook. Since I didn't have the kid's phone number, I showered and headed out. No sooner had I arrived than the kid's mother called and said he wouldn't be able to get there until about 11:30! Argggh. I told her that she would have to bring him by the house since I wasn't going to hang around and pass along my cold to everyone else in the office. They did arrive around 11:45 and I reviewed and signed the workbook.

Salt Lake is using our mission as a "beta" site for the new referral system so I have been giving them tons of feedback about bugs and needed improvements. Eventually the system will be used around the world.

So, I am back home and trying to stay in bed. I was not terribly thrilled to get the cold because tonight is our annual Father/Sons campout in Lovell Canyon and I was looking forward to going.

Sherrie is headed to Toquerville tomorrow morning to spend some time with her mom and then they are going to go up to Provo for a few days.

I plan on doing absolutely nothing...except for the inevitable coughing, sneezing, headaches, and all other things thereto associated. :)

Well, it is lunch time and Sherrie is bringing me a Big Mac.

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Memorial Day Weekend at Jennie's

Sherrie and I headed to Jennie's on Friday morning for the Memorial Day weekend. Josh and his family had arrived Thursday night. We enjoyed the rest of the day at Jennie's watching the kids and later playing "Sequence" and Canasta. We were going to go to the Dodgers' game but it was too cold and blustery to spend any time outdoors.
Josh's birthday was last week (the 18th) so we had a little celebration and a little cake.
Saturday morning started with our usual trip to Whole Foods for muffins, croissants, etc. On the way back to the house, Romy and Cora were running down the sidewalk and Romy tried to keep up. She took a tumble and scraped her knees (hence the picture of her made her feel better.) Sherrie and I and Josh and Zully took the little girls and we headed to the mall while Tyler was having his birthday party with the kids from his school class. We had some lunch and the girls played in the play area while Josh and Sherrie were enjoying a massage.
Later in the afternoon, Josh had to show everybody the "Mentos/Diet Coke" trick. Worked great. He was able to cap one and threw it into the street. It didn't go off so he kicked it. It still didn't go off. He picked it up and threw it over his head as high as he could. When it came back down and hit the street, it exploded, blowing off the cap and shooting the bottle down the street like a mini-missile. Then he did one with all the kids dropping a Mento into a bottle at the same time...well, almost at the same time. The geyser shot about 5 feet high and splashed a little on the kids...which didn't make Sophia very happy. Check out the movies of the "street" explosion and the "group" explosion. Later Josh's family headed to Zully's sister for the rest of the weekend.
Sadie woke up Sunday morning not feeling very well as you can surmise from the pictures. Sherrie and I went to Sacrament Meeting at the Sherman Oaks ward on Burbank Boulevard then headed back to Jennie's.and took Tyler and Sadie to lunch at McDonald's (sorry Rachel) and then we spent some time at the Burbank Mall.
We mostly relaxed the rest of the day and then Eric ordered Indian food for dinner. Yes, I even ate some of it and it was actually pretty good.
We headed back to Las Vegas around noon on Monday and didn't have any traffic problems at all. The traffic was fairly heavy on the southbound side.

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Sunday, May 18, 2008

What a Fun Weekend!

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Saturday, May 17, 2008

Brahms' "Ein Deutsches Requiem"
Friday, May 16, 2008
Mission Santa Clara