Monday, February 27, 2017

End of Feb catch up...

 Truman had a Hugo Boss Talent scout stop him on the street and ask if he was a model.... Hugo boss is interested in him.  He got head shots taken by Bre and went in and met with them.  Hugo Boss is still interested and Tru goes in this week for an image consult.  This is so flattering for him...who knows where it will lead.
I took Angela out to see Matilda for her birthday.  It's a beautiful, funny show.  In between saying that books are dumb, you can learn everything from the television and that if you say somethings really loud you sound smart.... it teaches about standing up to bullies,  that you can do great things no matter your size,  having courage is important and not all families are created equal...sometimes we need to make our own "families."
 Alex had his birthday on the same day as Angela... Feb. 25th....we are glad he is a part of us.  He loved his blanket I knitted for really is soooo soft.  He and Landon are getting ready for a big 10 day Sao Palo, Brazil trip.
 Wayne and I just returned from 4 days in St. George with the Belnaps.  The Farleys ended up not going…some family issues.  It was great to get out of the snow and into the sunshine.  St. George was sunny but really cold.  We saw some of the home show houses and fell in love with one of them up on the hill of Green springs drive.   If I had a million dollars just sitting around I would totally buy it.   We rode our bikes.  Wayne did for 3 days, I did for one.  I was glad to get on my bike and find out that it didn’t hurt my foot at all..actually felt better than walking on it.  I’m still tender footed for another month…by night time the top of my foot is all swollen up.    We saw a movie—"The Founder" – that makes me never want to eat at McDonald’s again, but it was interesting.  We went to dinner with two different sets of friends   - Grant and Carol Belnap and then with the Corbridges and Binghams....and we slept in and stayed up late playing cards.  
Love me some Laura time...

Eric and Wayne went mountain biking on the JEM trail... it was muddy, so muddy, cold but fun

Me with childhood friend and best buddy Marilyn Mills
Claude Mills passed away.  He and Joyce were some of my parent's dear friends.  Claude was one of my dad's counselors when he was Bishop of the 7th ward.   Marilyn, his daughter, was my BFF.   My first 10 years of life were spent on 1200 south in Bountiful and the Mills lived on 1300 south.  We spent a lot of time at each others houses playing...and outside making rootbeer floats out of dirt and water....and trying to get the neighbor boys to drink it.... good times.  It was me, Marcie, Marilyn and the Jentzch girls who ran the neighborhood.  We did 4H together, church together, midweek primary together and went to school together.  Marilyn was always the tough one with a heart of gold.    We moved away when I was ten.   We connected again in high school, both participating in the drama program and it was with Marilyn that Wayne and I ( as sophomores at Bountiful High) did a scene from plays competition... Plaza Suite... and pushed a roll away bed all around BYU campus for our scene.  Marilyn and I also carpooled to Weber State our first year of college in her old VW bug that we would have to rock our bodies with and say sweet things to to make it up the hill.  We were going about 20 miles an hour by the top of the hill in a 55 MPH zone.    Marilyn now lives in Virginia and works for the department of defense.  She is a gem.   Anyway, it was great to hug and love on her at the viewing.  I have so many happy memories tied into Marilyn Mills...and of course, Marcie is in those memories as well.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

My Aunt Dar

Back row:  April, Kym, Tayla, Lexi Tru, Monson, Wayne  Front row: Asher, Sam, Dar, Laila, Alfie, Melinda
My beautiful Aunt Dar came to visit me.  It was so great to sit across from her and look into her angel face and to see my mom there.   Dar showed up with my cousin Kym Smith and Kym's daughter April and April's two sons Asher and Sam.  
We talked about her kids and my kids and going to lunch together soon; her dogs and my deaf dog and how our kids get along so well together.  We shared broken body stories - her pelvis, my toe- and before I knew it, 2 hours had gone by just like that.    
Truman had the good idea to take a picture....and I'm glad he did. 
My aunt Dar has always been so interested in my life and I've always felt her love for me and all my kids.  She is kind, stubborn, opinionated, loving, spunky, talkative, happy, a shopaholic, a peacemaker, optimistic,  a born server and loves a good Diet Coke.  
She is now the "matriarch" of her Ostlund family and of the extended Butters Family.  
I'm so grateful for this devoted aunt.  


Our Family "Love Fest' was on Sunday.  We had most of the family ( No Tru, Sophia or Andrew) and Wanee and Holly join us.    Highlights included sitting around and listening to Addison and Bre recount  and act out stories from their recent cruise off the Baja Peninsula.... Introducing the flying shark!  We thought the grands were loving it,  until Alfie burst out crying when it was flying towards him.  He got better as the night wore on, and by the end he was holding and hugging the helium shark balloon...and even flying it with the remote control.   Tayla, of course, was fearless from the beginning.   Then we all played Family Feud... this was more of a feud than a fest.  I forget how some of my children are really competitive..... (cough, cough...Monson)
 We have mandatory couple pictures.  Wayne took it with Laila...which warranted an obligatory eye roll.

 Add and Bre.....

 Landon and Alex....
 Monson, Tayla and Lexi....

I love my Wayne.  He is my person.  My Forever.  I like doing whatever with him, wherever.  He is a calming influence on me and our family.  He is so smart and so spiritual and I can't believe he's mine .

 Our Valentine's Night celebration included GIFTS from Wayne...Flowers for me and Balloons and candy for Laila with a sweet not from Wayne to Laila saying.."I will always be your forever Valentine--Love Dad"    Laila had some misguided high hopes that a boy in school was going to do something...and it didn't work out, so she was sad, then so thrilled that her dad remembered her.  We all went out for the evening...
First a cheap dinner at the COSTCO food court.... you can't beat 2 buck pizza and a 1.50 hot dog and drink.   There's nothing that spells romance more than eating in a food court with the smell of rubber tires wafting in from the Costco tire department.  We laughed a lot....but we just spent a lot of money on two tickets to a Billy Joel concert, so this is what we could afford.  

Then the 3 of us went to see a suspense/horror film that Laila has been waiting to see for over a month-- "Split" with James McAvoy... it was pretty good for that type of movie.  The scariest jump out of your seat parts were when the lady next to Laila screamed out loud 3 different times...we couldn't stop laughing.

We did the entire evening on $30.00!  Wayne for the Valentine's Win!

Friday, February 10, 2017

More Facebook questions....

Because who doesn't want to get to know each other better in this social media driven world?! Thanks Maurie Tarbox for sharing yours!
1. Who are you named after? Great Great Grandma on my dad's side Celia Malinda Woodland.... although my parents spelled my name differently. 
 2. Last time you cried? Today in church listening to my Wayne preach about repentance and forgiveness so kindly. 
3. Do you like your handwriting? Not really. Looks like I'm still in 5th grade.
4. What is your favorite lunch meat? Deli Turkey
6. Your longest (love) relationship? Dating and Marriage-- 39 years and counting!!!!πŸ’œ
7. Do you still have your tonsils? No. Taken out at 25...worse than having a baby.
8. Would you bungee jump? Sure....but that's easy to say while I'm sitting in my house.
9. What is your favorite kind of cereal? Granola on Yogurt
10. Do you untie your shoes when you take them off? Depends which shoes.
11. Do you think you're strong? No upper body strength. But strong mentally and emotionally, yes.
12. Favorite ice cream?Love ice cream...the chocolatey and chunkier the better.
13. What is the first thing you notice about a person? Their smile.
14. Football or baseball?Football in the fall, Baseball in the summer.
15. What color pants are you wearing? Levis
16. What was the last thing you ate? Chicken and Rice soup
17. What are you listening to? Pandora... Motab
18. If you were a crayon, what color would you be? YELLOW
19. Favorite Smell? Coming home from church and the smell of a roast in the oven...delightful.
20. Who was the last person you spoke to on the phone? My Monson..he is helping a lot lately with driving Laila around, since I can't because of my toe surgery. He's a great helper.
21. Married? Yes!
22. Hair color: Light Brown.
23. Eye color? Green
24. Favorite foods to eat? Salads from Plates and Palates. Movie theatre popcorn. Anything Si Foster cooks.
25. Scary movies or happy endings? Happy endings for sure.
26. Last movie you watched? Arrival.
 27. What color shirt are you wearing? multicolor sweat shirt.
28. Favorite Holiday? ALL of them. I love holidays and try to gather family and friends for each on.
29. Beer or Wine? Don't drink. Never have. Never will. But if I did, wine for sure. Beer smells nasty.
30. Night owl or morning person? Night Owl.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

A little relationship fun...

1. How long have you guys been together? Almost 34 years married..... 39 years since we began dating😱
2. First date? Girls Dance BHS. We were 16.πŸ˜‚
3. How did you meet? Bountiful High School...we had English and then Drama together.
4. What is "your song" together? "There Ain't nothing about you that don't do something for me".... a country song, although I don't really like country. When I call Wayne, this is my ring tone.
5. Do you remember the first movie you saw together? Rocky at the Queen theatre in Bountiful.
6. First road trip together? Choir and Debate trips... Canada, Arizona
7. Do you have kids? 5 kids, 3 bonus kids and 4 grandkids.
8. Better singer? Me... but Wayne likes to sing too.
9. Who was interested in the other first? Wayne definitely knew that our future would be together long before I did.
10. More sensitive? Him.
11. Worse temper? ME.....πŸ™‹πŸΌ By a long shot
12. Funniest? Me!!! 😜 But Wayne tells a great, funny story.
13. More social? Me πŸ™‹πŸΌ
14. More stubborn? Wayne
15. Wakes up first? Wayne
16. Has the bigger family? Wayne
17. Eats the most? Wayne....but theatre popcorn, definitely me.
18. Who said I love you first? Wayne did on a bus coming home from a choir something with BHS. We were Juniors.😬
19. Hogs the remote? Wayne....only with sports
20. Better cook? We are both ok cooks...
21. Hogs the bed? Nobody, that's why we have a KING
22. Who is more romantic? Wayne
23. Who is smarter? Wayne
24. Who is more messy? Wayne πŸ˜‚