Friday, November 6, 2009
Every day at 2:00 at Wal-Mart we have to go over to the grocery side and straighten all the shelves and throw away card board and put things away that are in the wrong place. It's called the 2:00 zone, and I dread it! The other day I had to do the freezer section, namely, ice cream. My hands were freezing. I was amazed at how I started thinking about everyone I knew as I saw all the different kinds of ice cream. It started with the sherbet, I almost got teary-eyed as I thought, 'Oh, Brandon loves sherbet.' 'Oh, wow, I didn't know they made brownie-cheesecake ice cream, that's Jeffs favorite kind of milk shake.' 'Chocolate chip ice cream? they still make that? that was always my dads favorite...' 'Caramel pecan, I remember that being Uncle LaMont and Chantels favs.' 'Strawberry cheesecake, my sister would love that, she loves loves cheesecake!' 'Coffee, oh boy, my crazy Erika loves coffee ice cream.' 'Cookies 'n cream, there's Bryce's favorite.' 'Cherry Garcia? that has to be Lesli's fav.' (Jeffs sis) 'Chocolate-banana shakes are Elise's favorite I think, do they make that kind of ice cream?' 'Oh it must be the holidays cuz ther's peppermint ice cream. My old neighbor in West Jordan couldn't wait for Christmas so she could get peppermint ice cream.' 'Ooooh! chocolate peanut-butter! thats the one! that is THE best flavor! not with chunks of peanut butter cups, noooo. chocolate with creamy real peanut butter! mmmmm. And that's my dear friend Lisa's favorite too.' 'Hmm, I wonder what kind my brothers like, and Venessa.... and my mom! I have to know! I asked Brandon what kind V likes...mint choc chip. Okay, the verdict is in....if my mom could have any kind of ice cream.... she would choose... a vanilla cone from McDonalds:) So what is your favorite? Do tell!!!!
Friday, October 23, 2009
Mike and Charlottes gorgeous daughter Mikele got married today at the gathering place at Gardner Village. It was so fun and beautiful!! I'm so glad that I was able to fly to Utah and be part of it. It was awesome. Can you believe that almost all of the Aunts and Uncles were there! And check out the cake, made by a gal from the food network, ...amazing!
Thursday, October 22, 2009
Hello everybody! I am alive! I am officially living in Phoenix. I got here July 17th at about midnight and had to be to work the next morning. Jeff stayed for a couple days then went back to Utah for a 'couple weeks' to get us completely out of the house....... 6 [agonizing] weeks, and 14 huge truckloads to the D.I. later he made the journey to Phoenix. The kids started school Aug. 3rd, (while he was still in Utah, so Charlotte had to come to the house every morning at 8:00 to help get Bryce off to school) and have had a hard time adjusting. Bryce has an extremely hard time with the language and behavior of the junior high kids. I try to explain that it's like that every where. Even in Utah, but I don't think he believes me. Erika misses her friends and wants so badly to go to Riverton High, and be on the drill team. (She is such an amazing dancer, it's so sad that she isn't dancing.) I wish she could too but I just can't make that happen. It's SOOO hard on me to not be able to fix that. This has been the most bizarre and surreal year of my life. One year ago today I drove my son to the MTC. It was so hard to say good bye to him. Today is his hump day. (or would have been i guess) The next day I had to get rid of my Toyota Sequoia that was my favorite. The Mortgage Co. crashed and we slowly started packing up the house anticipating moving. March my missionary came home and April we decided to try Arizona. I thought it was hard to say good bye to Brandon, but that night in July, before I left for AZ I had to say good bye to Elise and that was probably one of the hardest things I've had to do. I just felt like I was deserting her and like she didn't have a home to go to if she wanted to visit for a weekend. We were both crying and after, I went into my closet and sobbed like a baby. I knew that a month later when she left for college things would never be the same. July 10th my family was together, living under one roof. Within a week we all went our seperate ways and I have had to feel the pain and sadness of not having my children with me. I left my sister and my adorable nephews, my bro and his sweet kids in Tremonton, and my ward family and friends. I really miss seeing everyone at wal-mart while working, especially Aunt Katherine, Dan and Vickie and Amber, and her kids and even Cade and Jill and their cute boys on occasion. Living without Jeff for six weeks was excrutiating and I was about at the end of my rope. I also felt so bad that he was dealing with all of the packing and trying to figure out what to do with all of our stuff. I'm afraid that he really does have post traumatic stress disorder, as he has stated...We went from a 6000 square foot home to 1550. Which is totally cool, I absolutely love the house and yard, I mean, to go from an acre of land, whith 1/4 of it weeds, to a beautifully landscaped yard with a pool, it's awesome. It has just been a HUGE dilemma trying to find a place for everything, and we sold and got rid of A TON of stuff! It was a good cleansing process though and feels really good! It has been so much fun to hang out with Mike and Charlotte and the kids and my mom, they have all been so good to us. We could not have made it through this transition without them! So anyway.... here we are.. adjusting to AZ with all of the palm trees and heat. Jeff is loving it, and the winter will be awesome. Now if we can just get Erika on board and not beg every day to go to Utah then we'll be good. Wow, thanks for letting me vent, I've missed the blogging world and will be catching up on all of your lives. Love you all!:)
Sunday, July 12, 2009
Wow. ...Wow. It's hard to put into words the experience of yesterday. Amazing. Incredible. Spiritual. Breathtaking. Sad. Happy. Fun. Exhausting. Surreal. Unbelievable. They looked so happy. Venessa was absolutely beautiful and glowing. I can't believe my baby is married. How did he grow up so fast? Here are some highlights from the day so that all of you that couldn't make it can feel like you were there. From waiting FOREVER for them to come out of the temple, to the party at 'The Pie', to the beautiful reception and Jeff's dad surprising us with him singing 'You Raise Me Up', here is a peek into our day. Thank you to all who came and to all who wanted to but couldn't and were sending thoughts of well wishes all day. (Michele :)
- Bluffdale, UT, United States
- I feel like the luckiest girl in the world. I've been married to Jeff - the love of my life, for almost 21 years. I'm the mother of four beautiful and amazing kids. Brandon is 19, Elise is 17, Erika is 14 and Bryce is 11. I love to spend time with my family, go to movies, play games, go to movies, go out to eat and go to movies. I love diet cherry coke, music, especially soft rock and religious music. I hate grumpy people, bad service and other people's hands in bags of potato chips. I love to go on Cruises...Oh, and I really love to go to movies!
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