Friday, April 28, 2017

A Bunch

Yesterday we did a bunch of sealings in the Salt Lake Temple.  
They were all family names and it was so great to be able to take our own names to the temple!  
Kevin saw Elder Rasband in the sealing room next to ours.  I would have loved to talk to him and thank him for the talk he gave in the April General Conference 5 years ago about his grandson Paxton.  His message brought such comfort to our family.  I'll never forget it.  I reluctantly resisted the urge to bust into his sealing room and give him a hug.

I buy cupcake liners in bulk and Lilly's been crafting with them this week.  She also made me some lovely cupcake liner earrings.

I've been making lists and lists getting ready for the big project that starts Monday.
Saturday after we celebrate Mama Linda's 70th birthday I'll be shopping for paint, blinds, cleaning supplies,  molding, curtains, shelving, light fixtures, and a bunch of other little things.  We have lots of work ahead of us but it's going to be worth it.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Baby Kevin's Friends

Last Friday I got a text from the Meldrums.
They were there with my friends Lynette and Katrina's family at the Malad Cemetery and wanted to know where Baby Kevin's grave was.

Lynette has a family member buried in this cemetery too.

And then they went to the Dude Ranch for a meal!

I am so grateful for good friends who love our family and love Baby Kevin.
Grandma Meldrum told me once about a dream she had where she and I were visiting and Baby Kevin was there, and he was a perfect healthy baby.  I believe that day will come.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

The Fist Bump

Last Saturday I got this text message from Estabon...

Being the helpful mother that I am, I went ahead and ordered a corsage and picked it up for him.  
He told me to order it from the Flower Patch so I did.

When I got there it was like a blast from the past!  Even though it was a different location than the one I worked for in High School, all the smells, displays, planter and flower arrangements were pretty much the same.

This was not going to work.
I told them Rachel's dress was a mauvey pink.
The roses in the corsage looked purple.
So I became THAT customer, the one I always dreaded who didn't like what they'd ordered.
But for the record, I was VERY nice and VERY apologetic and took all the blame since I'd ordered so late.  The new one was much better and the employee was really nice about all of it. 

I went by "Rebecca" when I worked at the Flower Patch because my pal Becky Smith (pictured) worked there too.  I loved that job and I'm so grateful to my friend Christina for helping me get it.

Look at this handsome guy!!

He made him some special Prom socks to match his tie.

Love the fist bump.
This picture sums these two up pretty well.

Last week I asked Rachel if she was excited to go to the Prom.
She said she'd been looking forward to it since the 9th grade.
Then I asked her if she thought, in the 9th grade, that she'd go with Dakota.
Her reply, "I knew I would".

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Interview With Gracie

Saturday night we took Gracie out for Pizza and Iceberg shakes.
Except it's no longer an Iceberg shake, but rather a Shakemakers shake.
We were skeptical with it being a new owner, but guess what?  The shakes were exactly the same and the unbelievably slow service hasn't changed a bit!

My friend Katrina has a blog and she recently interviewed one of her kids.  I loved it so much I decided to copy her, so while on our date we had a little interview with Gracie.

What do you think of your name?

I love my name

Gracie is named after me.  We share the same middle name, Anne.  Kevin says she's a mini me, which is accurate but Gracie is everything I wish I would have been in the 6th grade.  Confident, way less awkward, easy going, so creative, driven, and organizes and plans like a boss (I didn't acquire those last two until I was in my 30's).

Who is your best friend and what makes her such a good friend?

Camille.  I like that she is brutally honest, we pretty much agree about everything, and she is no drama.  She also helps me be patient and keeps me from freaking out.  We like to do a lot of the same stuff--sew, read, look at Pinterest, bake, and watch the Great British Baking Show.

What is your favorite book and why?

Duh, Harry Potter because the book gets you hooked and you really want to know what is going to happen to Harry because in every book he almost dies.

What is your favorite subject in school?

Literature because I'm good at it and it's entertaining.

What do you want to be when you grow up?

A mom, a baker, a novelist.

What do you want to write about?

I dunno.

What do you like most about being a Beck?

I like that we're not wrapped up in all the drama that a lot of other people's families are.  I love our conversations that we have around the dinner table or breakfast table.

What gets on your nerves about our family?

Probably just that ya'all don't like musicals, haha, I don't know, nothing really.

What is your favorite childhood memory so far?

Does Harry Potter World count?
Ok then that, even though it was only a few months ago.

What is your favorite movie?

Nancy Drew or Flipped

What is your favorite thing about being a Mormon?

Probably that I'm not like confused about what's gonna happen after I die and it helps me to make good choices.

What do you like most about being a big sister?


What do you like most about being a little sister?

Learning from my big brothers and sisters.

How many kids do you want to have when you become a mom?

Why 5?
Because 4 is not enough and 6 is too many.

Love our Gracie, the Great Beck Baker :)

Mom's favorite thing about Gracie:  She is my right hand girl, always happy to help and fun to hang out with.

Dad's Favorite thing about Gracie:   She looks like her Mama and her sense of humor.  She always gives it right back to me when I tease her (unlike her mother who always thinks I'm serious).

Monday, April 24, 2017

Standing Up For What We Believe In

I got a little quality time with my Kloebird Friday.
I introduced her to Sprouts where we bought strawberries for jam and pie!

We found a few treasures at Ross, including two rugs for Jax and Aubrey.  We'll take them down in June with the rest of their stuff.

Earth day was a success!
We got rid of so much crap!  
But not before Janie gave Lilly a fabulous performance on the paint drums.

Lilly sketched away while she listened.

Sunday was a long day for me.  
I had meetings from 7:30am to 6:30pm, with a few breaks in between.
I ended up texting the husband telling him and the kids to eat dinner without me.
I wasn't happy about that.  Sunday dinners are one of my favorite parts of the week.

It was Kevin's turn for family night and he gave us a lesson about the importance of standing up for what we believe in while still showing love and respect towards others and their beliefs.  He had a great discussion with the kids and showed us 
video clip.  While the acting is a little cheesy, I think it's a great example of how to better respectfully communicate with others who have differing opinions and beliefs from our own.

Lilly showed this to me in Sacrament meeting.  Janie drew this before Beau was born as you can see from Aubrey's belly.  I love so many things about this picture.  Emmy's hands, the way she spelled Jackson, Dakota looks like he's wearing sunglasses and has a beard.

And how she called her little brother "Baby Kever".
We celebrate his 5th birthday next month.