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Saturday, September 20, 2014

Hyrum turns 14

years old today.  As I was thinking of him and what pictures to show, I immediately thought of the calendar I have been looking at all month.   When we sang to him this morning asked what he was doing today.  He said he has two baseball games, so these calendar pictures are very appropriate.

Here he is again this summer.  He is the one with the big smile!

And he always has a big smile.  
He charms everyone he comes in contact with.
Oh, how I love this boy!

Happy Birthday, Hyrum!

Thursday, September 18, 2014

I have a really good

reason why I haven't been blogging.  My recliner has been broken.  I just can't concentrate if I'm not in my recliner.

Well, guess what?  Today we got it fixed.  And here I am blogging.  Amazing, isn't it?

We had actually been looking for new chairs, because you could not even sit in the broken one without throwing your body out of  alignment.  But we were discouraged with how much they would cost.  So we had a furniture medic (never knew there were such things) come last week.  He said the whole mechanism was broken and suggested that we call the lazy-boy company to see if they still made that type.  We bought them in 2000, so I wasn't feeling much hope.

Well long story short, they not only still have them, but there is a lifetime warranty on them.   So they sent us a new one, with no charge, and we had the "medic" come and install it.   Still not cheap, but much less expensive than a new chair.  

So now that I have my chair, I can blog again.  No more excuses.  (I can already feel the creative juices flowing)

Sunday, September 7, 2014

I am really enjoying serving

with these ladies in the Stake Primary.   Everyone has their own gifts and talents and we learn so much from each other.  (Bobbie got these cute matching aprons for us).

Tonight we sponsored a fireside for all of the Primary workers in the Stake.  At our last presidency meeting, we had a "taste testing" of  2 different "Swig" cookie recipes.  We all liked the flavor of the original recipe, but sometimes they just didn't cook evenly.  I did a little more experimenting, (substituted some of the oil for shortening and cut the water in half) and they cooked more evenly.  

We each made 60 and then frosted them before the fireside.


Here is my new favorite version of the cookies and frosting.

Cookie Ingredients (Makes 30 cookies)
1 C Butter (room temperature)
1/2 C Vegetable Oil
1/4 C shortening
1 1/4 C Sugar
3/4 C Powdered Sugar
1 T Water
2 Eggs
1/2 t Baking Soda
1/2 t Cream of Tarter
1/2 t Salt
5 1/2 C Flour

Cream together Butter, Vegetable Oil, shortening, Sugars, Water, and Eggs.
Combine dry ingredients and slowly add to butter mixture.
Mix until everything is combined.  Your dough should be a little crumbly and not sticky at all.

Roll a 1 1/2 inch sized ball of dough and place it on your cookie sheet.   To give the cookies their signature rough edge,  put 1/4 c of sugar a dish (this is in addition to the sugar in the cookies)  Stick the bottom of a glass in it ( I used a small bottle bottom).  This is going to be your cookie press.   Firmly press it into the center of your dough ball.  You want your dough to spill out over the sides of the glass.  If there is a lip its even better.    

Bake at 350 for 8 minutes.  They should just barely be browning on the bottom.    Move cookies to a cooling rack.  Once they are cool put them in the fridge or freezer.


1/4 c. butter, room temperature
1 Tablespoon Sour cream
2 cups powdered sugar
1 t. vanilla
dash of salt
1-2 Tablespoons milk (optional)

Beat together the butter, sour cream, powdered sugar, vanilla and salt.  When all ingredients are incorporated, you can add coloring and milk if the frosting needs to be thinned.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

I brought Gary

 a cookie in the cup I decorated Color Me Mine this summer.  It has the little slot for the cookie.

 On the other side it says, "Mmm . . . are these cookies handmade"

When I gave it to Gary, he said,  "Thanks, Jackson."    That is because I am making them to send to Jackson.

Jackson is doing so well.  His emails and letters are upbeat and happy.   He is in Layton right now.  Two weeks ago when we went to Logan for a football game, we did a drive by of his apartment and recorded it for Misty.    We were leaving a package on the door and someone opened the curtains.  Fortunately it wasn't Jackson (or is it unfortunately?), as he and his companion were not home.   I love having him so close, even if I can't see him!  

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

It's not like

my life has been boring or anything.  You might think it has been, by the number of blog entries I've made the last little while.  It's also not like my life has been so busy that I don't have time to blog, either.  I guess I've just felt a little out of sync.

I've been worried about the need to get a job, since I haven't been working since June 1.  Business slowed down enough that they cut back.  It looks like I will be working a few hours a week now, and that will probably increase if orders pick up.   But, I still need to find something else to bring in some money,  I'm just dragging my feet and hoping I don't have to.  

I haven't been exercising either, but last week I started yoga again.  It is amazing how much difference it makes in the way I feel and move.  I now need to change my eating habits, which have been out of control all summer.

Enough about feeling out of sync.

In the middle of July (in between when the Idiarts left and the Bishop's came), we had our Hall Cousin's reunion.  The week before, I basically spent 12 hours a day organizing family history and getting the house ready.   Gary had gone to Chicago for a convention, so the whole house was turned into about 10 different projects.  I also scanned in pictures of all our past reunions, and made a slide show.   The reunion ended up being very nice.  But, I still need to follow up by making copies of histories and the slide show.  I'll feel glad when I get that done.

Here are pictures from the reunion.  It was hosted by my siblings and a cousin, Jeniel and her husband, Brent.


On Friday night we had dinner at our house and had everyone share their answers to 1 to 3 questions.
1)  What is the favorite memory of your Mom and Dad.
2)  What has been (or would be) your favorite vacation.
3)  What have you been doing for the last 5 years.

 I also bribed Natalie to sing a couple of songs.
(Well, actually, I gave her the guilt trip by saying
that if she wouldn't do it for me, that she 
should do it for Grandma and Grandpa)
We have several who are in poor health, but still made it.  
Robin is battling cancer and Tom is recovering from a stroke.

On Saturday morning, we went to the Provo Cemetery, the Old Springville Cemetery, and the Springville Evergreen Cemetery.   We placed flowers on the family graves, and Diane Kreth gave a short history of some of the older ones.  It was a very sweet experience.

After the cemetery we met back at Gary and Lynn's.  We had another wonderful meal, had the slide show, and shared memories of our grandparents.  I'll share some of those later.

That is actually just some of the pictures.  But since my blog entries are basically my life history, I want to include them for posterity.     



Friday, August 29, 2014

Our youngest

grandaughter, Lucienne Idiart, was born 6 years ago today.

As I started this post to honor her on her birthday, I remembered that it is also the birth date of my blog. When I posted those first ever blog posts (pasted below),

I knew that our new grandchild would be wonderful. But I never could never have known what a joy she would be to all of us.   Tiffany sent this picture of her with the "S'mores Cupcakes" they made.  The cupcake is amazing, but even more amazing is that smile that lights up her whole face!

I wish I could just give her a hug like this one on the 4th of July. 

I love you, Lucienne!

Here are my very first blog entries, which the birth of Lucienne inspired.

Aug 29, 2008


I went for a walk this morning which, in and of itself, is somewhat of a rare occurrence. I can't think of a more beautiful place in the world than my own neighborhood, with the Y Mountain to the east standing as a wall of protection (against what, I don't know, but it makes me feel secure anyway).

On this day, August 29, 2008, I had a special feeling in my heart knowing that within a few hours a new grandchild would come into our lives--another soul to love, nourish, and worry about. It made me want to write my feelings (another rare occurrence), so I thought I'd do it as a blogspot

And then on Aug 31, 2008, I wrote this:

Welcome to the world Lucienne!

Little Lucienne (Luci-n) Idiart came into the world on Friday, Aug 29 (which is also my oldest brother, Gary's, birthday). This is our eighth granchildren and fourth grandaughter. I've only seen her in pictures so far, but can't wait to travel up on Tuesday to meet her for the first time.

Of course, it is not literally true that I'll be meeting her for the first time. I'm pretty sure I met and loved her in the pre-existence and that we probably talked about the experiences we would have here. While that thought seems a little too much to comprehend, what is even more incomprehensible is that there is not a plan and purpose to our lives.

I love the Primary song, "I Lived in Heaven."

For Lucienne it was not a long time ago that she lived in Heaven. I wonder who was there to send her off? People we love, I'm sure. They probably felt sadness, just like we do when someone we love dies and moves on, but surely with a great deal of excitement that it was her turn to come to earth.

To Lucienne and all my grandchildren (Jackson, Lydia, Hyrum, Harrison, Eliza, Ashton, Annie), I would like you to know how grateful I am that you have been born to the wonderful parents that you have. Just being born into loving homes gives you the best start in life you could possible have. I also want you to know how much love I have in my heart for you--each of you individually, for who you are and what you will become. Stand tall and remember who you are .