19 January 2010

San Francisco

"FranCISco. That's fun to say. FranCISco."

A couple weeks ago I took Mr. Smiley on his first plane ride. My Dad, his wife Karen and I ventured north to the great area of the Bay to visit my Grandparents. My Grandpa turned 90 years old last week so there was a celebration in order. All 4 of my aunts and my Dad all were able to be there and that hadn't happened in over 15 years. We had a wonderful dinner and then a short program. Unfortunately I have no pictures of the get together as my Aunt Kathy was the designated photographer and I left my camera in the car. Hopefully I'll get those soon.

My Grandpa and Grandma each took a turn and spoke to us. It was wonderful to hear their advice, counsel and joy in their family. It was a little bitter sweet because it felt a little like when the fathers in the scriptures gather their children around them to speak to and bless right before they die. I hope that is not the last time I hear my Grandpa talk in person but it very well could be. We just don't get the opportunity to go see them very often. It was wonderful to see my aunts and cousins as well--especially the ones I hadn't seen in years.

Saturday night after visiting with my Grandparents in the morning we decided to do the touristy thing and head into the city. All my life I have wanted to see Alcatraz but never have. We thought we would try to go out there but this is as close as we got. The ferrys were filled for the day. Oh well, next time.

We ate at Bubba Gump's and then walked along Pier 39 and Fisherman's Wharf where we had to take a picture at the "Photo Spot" of course (Thanks Coca Cola for letting us know where to take pictures). Then headed up to Ghirardelli Square for some yummy treats! I had a peanut butter hot fudge sundae. I would love to hug whoever thought of putting peanut butter and chocolate and ice cream together. Does it get any better than that?

The rest of the weekend we just hung out and visited with my Aunts and Grandparents. Then we flew home on Monday. It was a great trip!

17 January 2010

Help For Haiti

All you locals, this Tuesday our church will be gathering hygiene kits to send to Haiti. If you want to help you can bring any of the following supplies (or a complete kit) to me and I will take them. Anything you can do to help! Each hygiene kit contains:

2 unbreakable combs (no sharp handles)
4 toothbrushes (packaged)
1 tube of toothpaste (6-8 oz., no pumps)
2 bars of soap (approximately 4 to 5 oz.)
2 hand towels (new towels, approximately 15" by 25") Please do not use dish towels or washcloths.

Place all items in a HEAVY DUTY gallon size zip lock baggy.

If you want any more information or a picture of what they should look like, email me or leave me your email address and I'll send you what you need to know. The people down there are devastated and need all the help they can get.

If you don't live close and can't get hygiene kit supplies, may I suggest a donation to the LDS Humanitarian Services? 100% of your donation goes to those in need.