Sunday, November 13, 2011

Front Room - Decorating for Thanksgiving

We bought a new house in May.

Because we like house projects we thought we'd really enjoy fixing up a foreclosure.

It was a lot more work than we thought.
I now look back at my plans of having everything finished within a few weeks and realize just how laughable that is. So, don't look too closely at the photos, we still need to fix the crown molding and do window coverings. I also have plans to redo the banister, however that one will for sure wait until sometime next year. But, for the most part I think it's turning out well.

This is what it looked like before we bought it.

We had to remove wall paper from the entry wall.

Here is the finished product.

The girls decorated for Thanksgiving while I was gone for the weekend. I came home and found the Halloween decorations in a huge pile.
Ok, I'll admit I did try to rearrange things, however when Ella woke up the next morning she put it all back to how she had it.
Ultimately she did a really good job, so I let her keep everything where she placed it. And I added a couple of extra touches.
Of course that morning while the girls showed off their work, they had some fun with Dad.

These girls have their dad wrapped around their fingers.

She's so proud of herself.

This is what it looks like when we don't have a holiday season going on.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Grandma's Grave

Between sessions of General Conference we took flowers to Grandma Smith's grave.

Klara had a hard time understanding why people are buried.
Or as she put it "why people get put in the ground".
Which made for an interesting conversation. And pretty much ended with "but why" regardless of how I tried to explain it.

She wanted to be in on all the flower arranging.

Of course, the boys were just being boys.

And here they all are after we finished, as you can see the cemeteries in southern Arizona are very sparse (to put it nicely).

I love this picture of Mom and Dad. I think it's wonderful that my Dad goes out every 6 months and puts new flowers on her grave. He did a great job this fall, the flowers looked beautiful.
It's nice to go out there with my parents. And definitely a good family activity during the conference weekend.

I just wish we would have had more time to look at the other graves of family members. I want my children to get to know who their ancestors are with the Gila Valley surrounding them as they read the dates and names on the grave stones. I want them to imagine what it would have been like farming and working in that area. I want my children to have a gratitude for the strength and dedication that is in their family's past. I want my children to understand the many testimonies of the people who were instrumental in bringing them to where they are right now. In short, I guess I want my children's hearts to turn to their fathers.

I miss my Grandma and wish my children could have known her.