Sunday, May 20, 2018

A garden story

We moved to Orem in 2011. In our rental, there was a beautiful garden! Everything was all ready to go, so we took advantage of it!
It was so much fun! And we got lots out of it!

These pictures are from our first harvest. During our 2nd year living there, we decided to plant turnips, just to see if they would grow. They, in fact, did grow. We were so happy with our turnips! Then Chris tried to make turnip soup. It was awful. After the first bite, we both decided that turnips were definitely not something we would try ever again.
So, in our minds, this gardening thing was no big deal! If you just plant things and water them, they grow, and then you harvest and eat and it's fabulous!
Then we moved to Idaho Falls, and were very sad to find that our yard had a lot of shade during the day, making it difficult to plant a garden. I tried doing a window sill garden for my herbs. It didn't work that well. But then, the city of Idaho Falls came to our door and said that we needed to have our apple trees trimmed in order to make way for the power line. I asked them to trim really far, because I hated that apple tree. I'm not sure if it was one apple tree or two, but at any rate, it had two trunks and looked terrible. They asked if they should remove it. So, low and behold, part of our yard now gets sun!!

Chris took a day off of school to make us a garden.
And Chris and his helpers made this:
And then we started planting! We thought that it would be fabulous like our last garden in Orem. However, we had a water problem last year. This happened basically because we have no experience in actually making a garden, and my parents were on their mission in Cincinnati, so they couldn't help. Thus, we were on our own!

However, the "expert" has helped (A TON!!) and, after I worked for about 7 hours this past weekend, along with some boys down the street (because of this) and now our garden now looks like this:
I never thought I would be so excited about dirt! Yay! So my dad will come help with our finishing touches next week, and we will plant! Davis is very excited and really really wants to plant cherry tomatoes, because he thinks it's so fun to eat them off the vine! I can't disagree with that!
Anyway, I have learned that, although gardening is hard an tiring, it is a lot of fun, especially when you have kids to do it with you. I also think it's a wonderful thing to teach kids how to do! We're excited for our harvest!


Chris called me from school one day, right after noon. This wasn't a strange occurrence; he does that every now and then. But this phone call was, well, special.
Chris: Hi, babe. How are you.
Me: I'm fine. How are you?
Chris: Actually, I'm in a lot of pain. I'm pretty sure I just dislocated my shoulder, and I'm going to the hospital.
Me: So . . . would you like me to be there?
Chris: Yes please
So, I called my parents' house. My dad said that dislocated shoulders are very very painful, which I can imagine.  I got ahold of my mom, and she came to get my kids and take them to her house while I went to the hospital. (It's so nice to live by them!!!)
At the hospital, he was in a lot of pain. It took a lot to X-ray his shoulder. They concluded that it was, in fact, dislocated and needed to be put back together. They gave him some medicine to knock him out, and three doctors put his shoulder back together. Hearing the POP was gut-wrenching!
We went to the doctor, who I actually know from Junior High, a week later. We were under the impression that he would say that everything was fine, and nothing more would need to happen. After an X-ray, MRI, and CT scan, we found out that surgery was necessary. The day before surgery was actually our anniversary, so we grabbed a babysitter and went to dinner and a movie.

The next day was Chris's surgery, which was a pretty long day:

We've learned that you actually use your shoulder a lot! (Not that it was new information to us)
There's a lot you can't do when you don't have full use of both arms. For example:
  • Shave your face
  • Do the dishes
  • Empty the trash
  • Help in the garden
  • Clean the house
  • There's a myriad of other things that just don't work . . . but he's getting a lot better! Once again, physical therapy is fabulous and intriguing to see the help they give his shoulder!

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Spring Break 2018

One of the major benefits of having a spouse in public education is . . . he gets a lot of breaks! And they're usually the same as breaks for the kids! This year, his spring break was the same time as spring break for the preschool, so we decided to go to California and spend time with Grandma and Grandpa Rusch, who are serving in the Fresno mission!
We had so much fun!
Chris said to me before we left that we should check conditions at the mountain pass. "Nah," I thought. "It's spring! No big deal!" Boy, was I wrong . . .
We left a day early so we could spend time in the Bay area, with my friend from college and a few other friends who live out there. But, I-80, over the mountains, closed. So, instead, we spent the day in Reno, Nevada.

These are pictures of Circus, Circus in Reno. We were sad to miss out on friends, but tried to make lemonade out of our lemons!
The next day, we had to take the back route to get to California. I was grateful that I have a husband who loves (obsesses over?) the Western States 100 race, because he knew which way to take when we got to a place that I didn't know. (Note to self: take an atlas in the future. At times, a map on the phone is not useful!)
We reached Fresno and had so much fun playing with Chris's parents! They were so happy to have kids running when they knocked on the door in the hotel room! Their ward is very friendly and it was great to be able to go to church with them. There were so many people who said how much they loved their missionaries!

Chris's parents live in backwoods, CA. They actually live in Prather, CA, which is 40 minutes away from any hotel, and a very remote location to get to. They showed us around their ward boundaries, and the area that they cover in their missionary efforts. It was so fun to see!
On Monday, we drove to Yosemite National Park. This has been on my bucket list for a long time, and it was so fun to see in person! The weather on Monday was great, so we were able to see El Capitan beautifully.

 Davis decided that he was a photographer, and took lots of pictures that are . . . maybe not the best. But, I think this one is actually pretty funny:
Chris's dad got us some great accommodations in Yosemite:

We had so much fun in the three-bedroom cabin that we stayed in! We just wish the weather would have been better for the occasion, but the company was great, so we can't complain!

Seeing El Capitan with the fog around it was pretty breathtaking though.

The trip back was basically uneventful. We stayed at Circus Circus in Reno again after making the pass over the mountains. It was cute to see Davis pulling some luggage in the hotel.

On the way back, we stopped through a place where Chris served his mission. This was a landmark for him, so we took a picture of it:
It was pretty fun to do a road trip. We were a little nervous to start, but it ended up being a ton of fun. The kids did great in the car, because we had DVDs, treats, and lots to do!
It was a fabulous trip! We learned a lot, such as:
  • A road atlas would be a good idea
  • Our kids are great on the road, especially if they have adequate entertainment!
  • Davis was pretty much the ruler of his own little universe! He thought it was pretty cool to be able to reach the treats, toys, and everything his heart desired from his seat!
  • Getting a room with two queen-sized beds actually works really well for our little family!
  • There are adjustments that need to be made, but if we basically have a good time, it is a success! And we need to be very flexible!
  • We love each other and are grateful for these opportunities!
Also, have you ever seen a WORSE misspelling of Chris's name?
Thanks, Arby's!

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Grandma Davis

My Grandma, Devona Juen Stephenson Davis, died on February 2, 2018. Words cannot describe how much we miss her! She was such a wonderful woman, and we miss her a lot, but are so grateful for the knowledge that we have that we can be together forever. Here are some pictures from her life and the services:

Here is her obituary:
Devona moved to the great quilting club in heaven on February 2, 2018, perhaps because they have an eternal supply of fabric and patterns in the spirit world.  She was born July 8, 1933 in Pocatello, Idaho to Clarence and Iriminda Taylor Stephenson, the youngest of six children.  She graduated from Pocatello High School and Idaho State College, after which she taught home economics.  She married Hal Walter Davis on August 24, 1955 in the Idaho Falls Temple.
            The newlyweds married during Hal’s medical education and lived in France after Hal volunteered for the Air Force.  They saved up leave time and wages to travel and tent camp across much of Europe, and continued this family camping tradition for many decades.  Redfish Lake was the family favorite.
            Devona had seven children: Stephen (Jan), Kent (Sonja), Doran (Chris), Joni (Boyd Phillips), Monty (Shelli), Leslie (Earl Fields), and Ruth (Kevin Pickens).  All were her favorites, and each was loved and treasured.  She currently has 30 grandchildren, 32 great-grandchildren and at least three more will join her family this spring.  She labored diligently to tie baby quilts for each new child.  Each grandchild chose quilting fabric and the quilt pattern of their choice for wedding gifts.  In reality, she used love as fabric, dedication as thread, and the gospel of Jesus Christ as the pattern.  These quilts will be eternally treasured.
            Devona was completely dedicated to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and served diligently in many callings including ward and stake relief society president, primary president, and ordinance worker in the Idaho Falls Temple.  She was ward organist for six decades, and passed her musical passion on to all of her children.  Her favorite church calling was Cub Scout den leader, and her cubs are all still her boys.
            Devona has always been a dedicated missionary and was very successful as a district missionary in France.  She spent a total of five years on full-time missions with Hal, including Durban, South Africa, Vietnam, and Boston, Massachusetts.  Not long before her death she gave a personalized set of LDS scriptures to her neighbor.
            She loved her time with the Patchwork Quilt Club, the Idaho Falls Music Club, the Idaho Falls Medical Auxiliary, and many PTAs.  She “adopted” many needy souls and lovingly served them however she could.  Valentine’s Day will never be the same without her individualized cards, each with a crisp, new $2 bill.             
She was preceded in death by her parents, siblings Eldred, Delbert, Melvin, and Donna, leaving only her sister, Margie Clark, behind.
Devona’s funeral will be on Wednesday, February 7, 2018 at 11 AM in the Idaho Falls Stake Center, 1155 First St., in Idaho Falls.  Viewing will be from 6 to 8 PM Tuesday evening, February 6th at Coltrin Mortuary and from 10:00-10:45 AM preceding the funeral at the church.  Interment will be at Fielding Memorial Park Cemetery in Idaho Falls.    

We love and miss our sweet grandma!

Bedroom remodel

I decided that with some of my birthday and Christmas money, I was going to redo our bedroom! It's been a fun project.



I (meaning we) got new curtains, painted an accent wall blue, and moved the desk upstairs that was in the basement. It was a fun project! We really love our new bedroom!

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Reagan is a SUNBEAM!

Reagan is a SUNBEAM! Holy smokes! Davis was pretty excited to have her come to primary with him today. He wished that they could go to the same class, and wondered if they would after she turns five. She is giving a scripture next week in primary, so we will see how that goes!
She's a pretty cute sunbeam, if I do say so myself!