Well it's that time again! I love Halloween and sometimes I get sad because I'm really too old to enjoy it the way I want to! I'm at least grateful that I have some kids around me that I can watch! It's always so fun to see everyone out on Halloween trick or treating. I really do look forward to it! Well it's Monday night and I've just got home from Liv's birthday party. I'll wait for Lara to post some of the pictures before I do. It was a blast for the kids and nice to be around everyone. The weekend has been good, but very fast. Friday night Michael and I were supposed to go to a Halloween party and after the week we had, we got into bed for a little nap and slept most of the night away. Sad. It would have been fun! Then Saturday I lounged around a bit and then watched Erik so that Lara and Sean could go to a movie. He was sad most of the time, but I still love being with him. Then Michael and I went out for Sushi! Ever since we had it in Portland, I've been craving it, and we found a great place in Crowfoot and tried it out, and it was really tasty! I'm sure we'll be back there! Then we headed to watch a movie at the Palmer's. We watched the new version of When a Stranger Calls. It hit the spot for the scary movie I like to watch around this time! It was a good one. Sunday we enjoyed our extra hour and would have been to Church one time had it not been for the huge snow storm that came our way. Needless to say, the roads were a little tricky the whole way! We then stayed around our house (which is rare for a Sunday afternoon) and then went to Messiah practice. I always like those. Today has been busy with breakfast with Ashley and Amy this morning, Superstore with Erin and Mom this afternoon and then Liv's party. All in all, a good weekend, but it went way too fast! I'm not ready to head back to work now. I hate that feeling. Oh well. This week should go by fast because of all the things going on. Halloween tomorrow, mutual on Wednesday, and then a baby shower on Thursday. Busy evenings usually make the weeks go faster. Ahhhh...I can't wait for the weekend!
Monday, October 30, 2006
Posted by Melinda Palmer at 8:34 PM
Well I know I'm just about the worst blogger, but I really have been super busy. Last week I was in charge of the joint YM/YW activity. I had Michael help me, and boy did he help me! If I hadn't had him, I would have been a basketcase. We did "Survivor" (the games we did at the suprise graduation party my family threw me...for those of you who were there). It was a blast. I had fun, so I hope the kids did. We did a bunch of relays and eating contests. Anyway, it took up tons of time, and I was super tired after doing it all. I'm glad it's done, and now I can move onto Young Women in Exellence night...wow...this calling takes up a lot of time. Well I just wanted to explain my absence. I'm now off for the afternoon with my mom and Erin. Liv's bday party is this afternoon so we'll be heading to that! I just want to say really quick a big Happy Birthday to Catie, Madison, and Olivia! I love you all very much! Hopefully I'll write some more after the party tonight! I just liked the pic...
Posted by Melinda Palmer at 12:10 PM
Monday, October 16, 2006
Well it's now Monday night and I'm just about to head out to family home evening at my parents house with all the clan, Michael is having a nap after about 4 hours of sleep last night. I just looked at Jeni's baby and oh my is she beautiful! I just thought I'd update before I head back to work tomorrow. It was a nice weekend. Not a lot going on, but I like it that way. On Friday we went out to dinner with Kevin and Cyndi. We went to Chili's and it was nice to be able to sit and chat with them for a while. We then went back to their house so Michael could help Kandice with some homework, and I watched Poltergeist on T.V. I love that movie. It put me in the mood for Halloween. I love to be scared all snuggled in a blanket. It was a lot more scary to me when I was younger though. Entertaining now.
Anyhoo, Saturday I watched Hannah in the morning for Erin and Scott, and then joined my mom and sisters for lunch at Moxies. It was fun to chat with them too! I need to stop eating out I think. The rest of my day was totally spent lounging. It was very nice. I had 2 naps, and didn't get ready until 8:00. Michael and I then went to Superstore (I really hate that place, don't even get me started) and then to the Palmer's again where we watched The Lakehouse. I actually really liked it! I was suprised at how much I enjoyed it.
Sunday we went to Church and then to the Palmer's for dinner. I then went to a Stake Youth Fireside where a man in our stake spoke to the youth in our stake about morality. Some of the stats he had were quite alarming. I feel sorry for those growing up right now. They sure face a lot more than I did and I'm not too far ahead of them. Scary. We need to work extra hard to protect them that's for sure. After the fireside Michael and I watched Take the Lead. That dance movie with Antonia Banderas. It was also good. Not as good as I would have hoped, but enjoyable enough.
Today I went to the doctor and then to the mall with Erin and then over to Costco with her too. I filled our fridge and freezer so now we can eat again. That's always nice hey? Tonight after FHE we're excited to watch Hero's. Has anyone been watching that one? It's awesome too! I'm so glad that there are more than reality shows on tv now. I got so sick of those. Well I'm sure I've bored you all with my ramblings, but I thought I'd just update!
Posted by Melinda Palmer at 5:21 PM
Friday, October 13, 2006
Sorry, I just had to post these. Last night was laughing pretty hard! That was a good episode. I love Dwight!
Dwight: When I die I want to be frozen and if they have to freeze me in pieces, so be it. I will wake up stronger than ever because I will have used that time to figure out exactly why I died and what moves I could have used to defend myself better now that I know what hold he had me in.
Michael: I lost Ed Truck and…it feels like somebody took my heart and dropped it into a bucket of boiling tears. And at the same time somebody else is hitting my soul in the crotch with a frozen sledgehammer. And then a third guy walks in and starts punching me in the grief-bone. And I’m crying and nobody can hear me because I am terribly, terribly…terribly alone.
Dwight: When my mother was pregnant with me they did an ultrasound and found she was having twins. When they did another ultrasound a few weeks later they discovered that I had reabsorbed the other fetus. Do I regret this? No. I believe his tissue has made me stronger. I now have the strength of a grown man and a little baby.
What a great show.
Posted by Melinda Palmer at 8:51 AM
Thursday, October 12, 2006
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Well as most of you know, Michael, Kandice, and I went to Portland last weekend for our extended long weekend. We decided to tell Gannon that we were coming, but suprise the rest of the clan. We left here Thursday after work and drove to Spokane, where we staying in a little motel for about 3 hours before Michael woke us up again to get on the road. A few "detours" later and we were there. We had a blast suprising Heather and the kids. We got there about 1 in the afternoon and just hung around for a bit chatting and getting the tour of their apartment (which is so nice by the way). We then finally decided to get ready and go get some food. We went to this sushi place that Heather and Gannon really like. I ate way too much and loved it all. Of course we weren't that adventurous with some of the things they offer, but what we had, I loved. After that we hit Coldstone (of course) for some yummy cake batter ice cream. After stuffing ourselves further we then went back to the apartment to hang out for a bit. We were all really tired from the drive.
Saturday we got up and going and went downtown to look for some shoes for Michael. What a great place to explore. I love going places I'm unfamiliar with and just looking all over at everything. After an unsuccessful trip to Nike Town we went to OMSI (Oregon Museum of Science and Industry). That place was amazing. We looked at a bunch of exibits. One where I put my hand on sphere that could be electrically charged. That was the strangest feeling ever. My hair didn't stand up as much as I was hoping though. Just a few whispies here and there. We also took in a show on black holes, which would have been better if I had a PhD in astronomy or something. Most of it went straight over my head. After that we went home for a few minutes and then Michael, Kandice and I ventured out to find a mall so Michael could get some shoes he's been wanting forever. I got Sees candies, which was my treat for the weekend. After the mall we went back and had an awesome turkey dinner that Heather spoiled us with. Thanks Heather! We sat around talking for a while, which I miss doing with them. We then watched a few shows and headed to bed.
Sunday we got up and went to Church and then drove out to the coast to explore futher. The drive was really pretty with tons of vegetation all around us. It was a dreary day, but so great to be there. It was amazing to see the "Goonies" rock and explore the coast a bit. I really love the ocean. It's just so majestic. It was funny to see all of the signs warning us of tsunami zones. I'll have to post a picture of one for those of you who don't know what they look like. Pretty funny. We finished at the coast and then went to Seaside to look around and ended up being too hungry to make the drive back, we stopped and got some dinner. Some really good fish and chips. It tasted great. Heather, Kandice, Madi, and I couldn't resist going into a little candy shop that boasted of 170 flavors and free samples. We ended up buying way too much, but it sure was fun.
We then started for home and drove through Astoria where "The Goonies" and "Kindergarten Cop" were filmed. I got a picture of the goonie house but it didn't turn out too well. We made the drive home and really didn't do a lot the rest of the night.
We left Monday morning and it was sad to leave them. We're excited to see them all again at Christmas time. We stopped at a waterfall just off the freeway to explore even more. It was amazing. We took a path to a bridge in between 2 waterfalls, and the view was beautiful. Kandice and I marvelled at the size of some of the leaves on the ground. We also realized that we are out of shape because walking to the top of the bridge really wore us out. There was a little cottage/restaurant/store at the base that was so cute. Michael says he wants to build a house just like it one day. I'd be all for it! The rest of the trip was long, and only 1 speeding ticket later(Michael) we were home. I'm so glad we went, we really had a blast. Thanks Heath and Gannon for letting us crash there!
Well enjoy the pics!
Posted by Melinda Palmer at 7:01 PM
Tuesday, October 03, 2006
Well this post doesn't have an exciting story, or picture, or even much of a point. I'm just having one of those nights where I sort of feel blah. I have a lot going on in my mind and sometimes it's over whelming. My new calling is a little nerve racking to tell you the truth. With all of the things coming up, I wonder how I will get things done. Hmmm. I guess it's like my mom always says, "How do you eat an elephant?" The answer to that would be "one bite at a time." She used to talk me through each semester of school with that. I have to do my first activity tomorrow night with my girls, and I guess I have some fun things planned, but I just don't feel like I can possibly lead them. I feel like I should be sitting with them. To tell you the truth, they make me nervous. Girls their age tend to tell you EXACTLY how they are feeling, and what they think of what you're doing. That can be frightening. There isn't as much social grace and politeness when you're doing something they think is boring. Oh well, live and learn I guess. I'm sure in a few months I'll be feeling at home with all of this. Until then, I'll have to blog about it. Other than the activity, there's not a whole lot new with us. I went grocery shopping, and Michael is studying for a test tomorrow. I'll be so glad where there's no more school. I have to pick up Mom and Dad from the airport tonight at 11:55. That's hard when I have work tomorrow. Oh well, it needs to be done, and it'll be nice to have them back home. Well until...later!
Posted by Melinda Palmer at 9:00 PM