Wednesday, November 29, 2006

The Vernon Road

Here are Don and I in Winfield at a Stake Youth Activity this last weekend. We had a big volleyball day on Saturday where we played regular volleyball, blind volleyball and glow in the dark volleyball. Since it was such a cold day we didn't have as many youth as we usually do, we run around 100-120 who come out to activities. We are in the Vernon, BC Stake and so most of our activities are about an hour and a half away. So we always need lots of drivers, our ward has about 25-30 youth that go, we are one of the biggest in our Stake. Since Don is Bishop he goes to most of them and he is so good with the kids, is always right in there playing and having a good time. Here he is with an old friend Bill Boyes, who is a counselor in the Young Men Presidency. I am with Nadine Edis, the Stake Young Women President and her counselor, Ladene Rempel, (missing is Bonnie Sherwood) and I am the secretary. It keeps us busy planning activities, leadership meetings and helping the ward Young Women Presidencies. We sure love working with the people we do, they are a real example of dedication and inspiration. Its always fun working with the youth (12-18), it certainly has its challenges, but they are so enthusiastic and busy that it keeps us on our toes. Right now Vanessa is our only Young Woman since both Danielle and Melodie graduated, but Rebecca will be coming up in a year and a half and then Mitchell will be in Young Men in about 4 years, so we will be driving that Vernon road for years to come!!

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Smarty Mel

Well wanted to write about our super Mel today...
we were soooo happy to find out yesterday from one of her teachers at Brocklehurst High School that she has won the Governor General's Award for Academic Achievement! This is the highest award you can win in your graduating year, it means she came out with the highest marks of her class!! We just can't believe it.....well we can, but it's just so amazing! We are so proud and happy with her. They don't find out until the year after because they have to total all the marks including finals and government exams at the end of the year. Melodie (still 18 years old) will be presented with it next spring at the scholarship assembly at Brock in June. I think what makes a real difference for Melodie is that she has this wonderful memory! She laughs it off and says it's only short term, she remembers enough to take the test and then forgets it all! She is still studying super hard because of the respiratory program she is is 2 years of tough courses and then a year of practical. She had 5 classes and 3 labs this fall and she will have 6 classes and 4 labs in the spring! Needless to say, she doesn't have much of a social life right now but she tries to fit in some fun now and then. She is so looking forward to Christmas vacation and I think she intends to spend it on the hill snowboarding........Now if only I could get that brain of hers to love cooking, I would have it What a kid!!!

Sunday, November 05, 2006

Sunday church

Sunday and I'm sending some pictures of us on the way to church! As you can see Don is not in them because he's usually out the door before 7, he's the Bishop of our church ward here (The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints) and so we usually don't see him before 2 or 3 in the afternoon, unless we catch a glimpse of him in the halls! Wasn't sure I could make it today, but felt better this morning and so we all headed out, even a little early for once !! Didn't make it long though, by Sunday school I had done so much hacking, a nice fellow behind me mentioned he had a really good Watkins product for colds and could drop it by and a lady next to me was sharing her cough drops because I had went through all 5 of mine. I decided to call it quits, headed home and went to bed. Thank goodness the rest of the day was pretty quiet, we had dinner and ended up playing Phase 10 with the kids..... Don and the kids have been pretty helpful knowing I'm not well, its kinda of funny.....Rebecca anxiously asks if I'm okay but its usually during a coughing fit and I can't answer, oh well, the downstairs bed is getting pretty comfortable!

Friday, November 03, 2006

Halloween 2006

Halloween at our house and Rebecca and Mitchell had fun dressing up....... last minute costume ideas! Mitchell decided to go as Harry Potter and then Rebecca cheerfully and enthusiastically went and painted an old tie for him, its a Gryffindor tie! It was so cold that night, we just froze. We didn't see many kids out after 8 o'clock, they went home to a warm house. Even Vanessa went out trick or treating this and I realized this year that I would much rather give the teens candy than have them out getting drunk somewhere!! I have been fighting an awful cold all week and so I wasn't too keen on being outside. I have just been miserable with all the sniffles and coughing. I don't usually have time to be sick, there's too much to do..... but then your body protests and there's not much you can do about it. Well we are into November now, and the Christmas countdown begins. I'm including some pictures that Don took....... Danielle reminded me to take some! Isn't that terrible, I would have totally forgot.


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