Sunday, November 29, 2009


Monday before Thanksgiving, Jadon sang at "Dance for a Cure" at the High School.  Mom and I went and watched him.  The two little boys had football practice.

Tuesday I went shopping.  I had another great coupon day!  Spent $30 and saved $167.  I couldn't believe all I got for $30!  It was SOO fun!!

Wednesday was a busy day!!  I went and helped out at Kameron's Mountain Man activity until 11:30.  Then I headed to the HS football field.  It was the powder puff game and Kallan was a "He-schelle."  It was quite the adventure!!  They stole the show, that's for sure!!

After a Subway sandwich, I cleaned out the fridges, mopped the floors, and tidied up.

The evening was spent making pies with Mykelle.   We made 2 pumpkin, 1 mixed berry pie, 1 Key Lime pie, and 5 cheesecakes.

It was one of those beautiful winter evenings with a fire, a clean house, and a movie!  I love those peaceful nights!

Coming Home

I was really glad to be home.  My kids were amazing.  Mykelle is incredible and the kids like her better than me.  She ran a "tight ship."  The house was immaculate when I got home and according to the kids, it was that way the whole time we were gone.  Maybe the Webster's are turning over a new leaf!  Thanks to Mykelle!!

There is no greater gift for a parent than the gift of good and righteous children.  I feel so blessed to have the wonderful kids I have!

I found out that I could do whatever I wanted and my kids would be okay, providing Mykelle was around.  But then I would miss out on so much.  I'm hoping I can still provide something in my home! ;o)

I had a busy week ahead of me when I got home!
Tuesday I was in charge of the book review in our ward.  We reviewed "Hidden Treasures" by Leslie Householder.  I had a blast with this discussion!  It was so fun!

Wednesday I had a Night of Excellence to attend.

Thursday was our Stake YW Leadership Training.  I spent Monday, Tuesday, & Wednesday dumpster diving, carving rocks and painting rocks for the event.  For some reason, everything else fell on this night, too. Kameron had a football party. Britton had football practice.  Kallan had basketball practice.  Paul had roundtable and Mykelle had a volleyball game.  Jadon was singing at our meeting.  Paul received a text that Kallan had a parent meeting at 6:00 pm.  Oh yeah, and the two little boys had a piano recital.

So Britton missed football practice and we had Mykelle take him to the recital.  Paul went to Kallan's basketball meeting, then went and got Kameron and ran to piano, then he brought them home and went to roundtable.  I left at 5:00 and got home after 9:00 pm.  What a day!!

Saturday we cleaned the food storage room, started the Christmas lights and cleaned the house.

Sunday Jadon sang in the 2nd ward, then in the 1st ward, then at the Jubilee of Trees.  He did an amazing job!!  It was quite the week!

Bookpublishing Workshop

So I got up Wednesday after about 3 hours of sleep, got the kids off, cleaned out part of my suitcase and repacked.  Ran mom to the Dr., then came home and got ready to leave again.  This was a BIG stretch for me.  I've never really left my family by myself except for the Mentor's Training I attended, plus I had already been gone several days, but since I won this $2,000 workshop, and Paul and I felt like it would be a great opportunity, I went.

It turned out to be a great weekend.  I met some amazing people with some great stories to tell and others who had great things going for them.  It was a privilege to have attended.  I  learned a lot, now have to settle my brain down and implement them!

I wrote a little about it on my other blog,  You can read about it there.  Very grateful to Leslie Householder for the gift!!

While We Were Gone

There's always a few things you miss when you are gone.  The exciting thing was that Kallan made the 9th Grade Basketball Team!

The other thing was that mom hurt her knee and was flat on the couch from Monday on, so when I got home on Wednesday, I took her over to Scott Parry's office.  It turns out that she had a torn meniscus and needed knee surgery.  I can't figure out why these things happen when I will be gone and the least helpful, but fortunately, my kids were there for her and were good help to her.  She had surgery on Friday.  In addition to the tear, she had some floating cartiledge and a fatty lump that they took care of.  She was actually doing better after the surgery than before.  She's a trooper!

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Puerto Rico Day 6- Tuesday Coming Home

The nice part about this day was we were the last ones leaving.  We didn't leave until 2 pm, so we were able to go down to the pool for an hour or so.  I thought it would be stupid for me to go to Puerto Rico and not come home with any kind of sun tan/burn.  Fortunately, we were able to get some sun.  We packed our stuff and set our suitcases out, then went down to the pool for a bit.  When I got back to the room, I realized I had packed my garments in my bags, so we had to get our bag and I had to change before they loaded them in the bus to head to the airport.

Travel was good.  I felt bad for Eric with his shoulder.  He was in a lot of pain, but didn't complain at all.

In Houston, our flight was delayed so we were even later getting home!!  Didn't get home and in bed until 3 am.

Puerto Rico Day 5 Monday

Monday Paul & I cancelled our tour and decided to just stay at the resort and get some sun, relax, read, and write.  It was a great plan except for that sun part.  It was cloudy and rainy the whole day.  The nice thing about Puerto Rico is that even if it is raining, it is still warm, so we went down to the beach anyway.

Joni & Eric were down there and Sis. Dalton and her hubby were walking on the beach, too.  So we all sat down and started to chat.  I asked Sis. Dalton a bunch of questions and we got to visit and listen to stories.  It was so much fun!  We had a blast and I learned a lot.  I was really excited to hear all the fun new stuff they are coming out with-- especially for personal progress!

Sis. Dalton wanted to come to our Stake Training, but was flying straight from PR to the east coast where she stayed until the weekend before Thanksgiving.

Later that day, we went to a dinner at a really nice home in the rainforest.  By really nice, I mean a REALLY nice outdoor type home.  Pretty incredible.  We had a big buffet dinner and Eric and Joni went for a walk.  When we got back to the hotel, I got a text from Joni needing some ibuprofen.  Eric had fallen on their walk and hurt his shoulder.  (The diagnosis now that we are home is that he tore his rotator cuff and will be having surgery Dec. 11).  So I don't know if the trip was that great for them. ;o)

It was one of my favorite days-- just visiting with others and feeling the spirit is so much fun!

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Puerto Rico Day 4-- Sunday

* The pictures aren't loading, so I will keep working on that, but will at least get this up here!

We had another tremendous Sunday experience while traveling! I am so glad I followed the prompting to call here and see what we could do to help the members out.  It turned out to be a great blessing.  Young Women’s was first, so we went in.  There were a bunch of us there—Darla Silcox, another gal that I didn’t get her name, Sheri Dalton, Elaine Dalton, and Joni and I.  There was only one young woman there (Rosalin).  Two more had been baptized a week or two ago, but they were headed to the states, so weren’t in attendance. Neysha Lespin had come to YW, too.  She was the sweet gal I had been making the arrangements with.  I'll tell you, this is one SHARP gal!  She has a powerful spirit!!  She came in to help us translate. The sweet gal teaching the lesson (Ana) was nervous, but did a great job.  She talked about how the scriptures are important part of our lives.  She said that she used to be Pentecostal, and she KNEW the Bible, but she felt that she was lacking answers.  When the missionaries started teaching her, she found the answers in the Book of Mormon and in the Gospel.  She asked us all to describe the scriptures in one word—that was a toughie!  Here were some of the answers:
1.       Energy of Heart/love
2.       Hope
3.       Faith in the Lord, Jesus Christ
4.       Light
5.       Hope
6.       Indescribable joy
7.       Peace
8.       Answers
9.       Strength
Ana, the teacher, said that she had gotten married, then baptized the next day with her son and husband.  She hasn’t even been a member one year.  We were all so surprised!

She told of having confusion in reading the Bible—why would God give us the commandment to not kill, then tell them to kill all the other people around them.  When the missionaries explained about Nephi and Laban—better that one man should perish, than a nation dwindle in unbelief, it gave her such great understanding and she apologized to God for questioning Him. ;o)

She then told us that with the economy the way it is that her husband is working two jobs and she has had to work, too.    She told her husband that they just need to keep paying their tithing and focusing on the Lord and reading the scriptures.

This sweet little thing had such a powerful testimony and you would never believe that she was a new member.  Her teaching techniques seemed as if she were taking them straight from “Teaching, No Greater Call.”  She was delightful and really brought a great spirit.

Then Sis. Dalton stood up.  She said that it seemed that no matter where she went “the same picture pops up everywhere she goes and it was right there (pointing to the picture in the corner that I hadn’t even noticed .)  It was a picture of Esther.  She said that her message was that “You HAVE come to the kingdom for a time such as this.”

She told them that they were special spirits and they were strong.  Satan would try to tempt them, but they were strong and beautiful. She said it was not by chance that we were there and that the tender feelings we were having were because we knew each other before and this was a reminder of our meeting in Heaven.
She said that their lights just shine.  They shine so bright that everyone on the streets of Puerto Rico must think they are movie stars.  She thanked them for being pure and virtuous.

She told of a YW who lived in the states in difficult circumstances just like they were living in.  She asked this young woman what she did to remain virtuous & pure.  The YW told her that she wore her Young Womanhood Medallion around her neck and that if she were having bad thoughts, she would touch her medallion to remind her.  So she told her/them to get their medallions and to wear them.
She told them that they were not alone and that angels were with them.

The Prophet knows she is here and she will report back to him of the good here.

After we closed the meeting, I gave them their bookmarks.  Then I gave them the bracelets and told the story of David and Goliath and how these stones were like their values and shared my talk with them in the short version.  I then gave them the touch gold sign and told a little about that.  They were excited.  Sis. Dalton is really excited about it, too.  She said that she thinks the whole world should touch gold!  I’m pretty excited about it.  I knew she would love it.  It really has brought me comfort because I have been searching for a way to teach and help my sons with virtue and especially avoiding pornography.  Since they understand the power in touching gold, I knew this would help them.

It’s been a pretty fun day!  I love it when the spirit is strong!

We also brought dresses, baby clothes and the new Spanish bibles to them. A lady who was with us told me that on the way home, the gentleman with them just kept looking in his book and touching the pages and reading.  She said they were so thrilled with the new bibles.  I guess they’ve been working on the Spanish one since 1979, so they are elated to finally have a copy!

The sweetest thing was that they had refreshments for us after church.  Not only were they GOOD, they were so refreshing.  It was fun!

There was this one sweet sister who greeted us when we came, and then was helping with the food after.  When she greeted us, I was at first a little judgemental.  This sweet lady had the most crooked nasty teeth.  Some on the bottom were missing.  But there was this spirit about her.  As quick as the first thought came, another came that she was his daughter and was here doing good work.  Oddly enough, Suzanne Francom told me that in RS they told her story.  She’s only been back in PR for a few  months, but she lives in the Ghetto.  She plays her church music really loud during the day and reads her scriptures.  All the people in her neighborhood (including drug dealers and gang leaders)  asked her what the music was and why she was doing what she was doing.  She’s told them that it was because of her religion and told them about the church and these characters have great respect for her and take care of her and protect her.  However, it really isn’t safe for anyone to come and visit her, so when her visiting teachers are coming, she gets a hold of these ruffians and tells them to leave so they can visit her.  And they DO!!  Quite a cool story!

Another story I was told later was that Lilliana, the Branch President’s wife and Neysha’s mom, drove them home and told them the story of their recent marriage and sealing.  She said that they were both divorced and were attending the singles ward.  Lilliana knew the first time she met him that this was to be her eternal companion—her prince.  But he never got it.  She said they would talk and talk for hours at each activity.  He would tell her there is no such thing as eternal love.  Evidently he was still so hurt by his first marriage.  Then one day, he showed up at her door and told her they needed to get married.  She said it blew her away because there had been no discussion.  She was so happy and so was he.  They had been to SLC during the April Conference and were sealed.  The irony of this is that during sacrament meeting, Lilliana was the closing speaker.  She had taken her little girl up on the stand with her and handed her off to him, the Branch Pres.  I happened to see the cutest interchange between him and the little girl.  He was playing with her with his tie—having her blow on it and it shrinking.  She kept wanting him to play and he was just grinning.  I found out later that it wasn’t even his daughter.  But was a tender moment for me to see, then hear the rest of the story.
Lilliana kept telling these people how grateful she was that we came and was in tears the whole way home and didn’t want us to leave.  She said that they look up to the people in Utah so much and they were so grateful that there were people here that were showing them that couples can be happy in marriage.  I was so surprised and so grateful that we were there and could lift them unbeknowingly.  She also expressed gratitude that they could serve us.  Isn’t it interesting how these small acts can mean so much?

Another amazing day in the Lord’s kingdom!

I will say this—every time I travel, I become more and more grateful for the country and especially the place I live in.  I think the Lord has put me in the choicest spot of the vineyard!  I am very blessed!

Puerto Rico Day 3-- Saturday

Saturday, Paul and I went on a zip line excursion.  The Dalton’s son and dil, Matt & Sheri, were with us.  It was a lot of fun talking to them and getting to know them.  They are close to our age, so we had a lot in common.  They were married later, and have 3 little kids. It was fun to visit with them.

The zip line was fun.  I wasn’t nearly as scared as last time.  I really enjoyed it.  The worst part was walking back UP hill.  Boy, it was a work out.  Kind of like cardiac hill—it was muddy, too, that added to my enjoyment.  At least I felt like I was getting a good workout.

The guide stopped in between runs and told us a little bit about the rain forest.  One of the things that struck me as a great lesson was him telling about a particular kind of tree.  It grows slowly because of lack of sunlight, but when the hurricanes or strong winds come through, the upper branches of the canopy break off.  This allows sunlight to come through for a short time.  In two or three days, the tree will grow two or three times its size.  It has unprecedented growth just from the sun.  I couldn’t help but think of how some of us are like that.  We just eek along, growing slow and steady, or perhaps not much at all, but when the light of the Son comes and hits our life just right, we can grow at a rapid rate.  I feel like that is what has happened to me in the last few years.  But I have also observed it in others, too.  Anyone who accepts the gospel can have those large growth spurts due to the light of Christ entering into their lives.  (Oddly enough, there was perfect example of that in church on Sunday—story coming up.)

When we arrived back from the canopy tour, we quickly grabbed a burger.  May not seem out  of the ordinary, but we got the burger at the little shack on the beach/pool area overlooking the ocean.  The weather was perfect, and it was this beautiful calm warm night.  I was sitting there with my sweet husband, and I thought of how blessed I was to be able to enjoy this small moment and reflect on the beauty of God’s creations.

We then took off to the Bio Bay tour.  It was the coolest thing!!  We were put in kayaks in the dark and paddled across a little bay area, then through a channel.  Now this channel was lined with mangrove trees.  So imagine yourself in the pitch black paddling in water with trees on both sides and you have no idea where you are going.  There were glow bracelets on the front and the back of the kayaks so you could follow them.  Now here’s the cool  part….the fun of Bio Bay….there are little microscopic critters that light up when they are disturbed much like fireflies.  So every dip of the paddle and the movement of the boat lights up the water.  You can stick your hand in the water and swish it around and it lights up.  I’m telling you…it’s cool!  I wish you could take a jar and take some home.  However, they only light up at night and they die off if not in their natural environment.  Pretty cool!  Also kind of a fun possibly spooky experience to paddle in the dark down a canal of trees.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Puerto Rico Day 1&2

Well, we started out our trip to Puerto Rico in true Webster fashion---late and missing the plane.  I was so frustrated that no one would even TRY and help us get on.  Everyone just kept saying, “you won’t make it.”  Regardless, we ended up staying the day in Vegas.  The Christensen’s, Eric & Joni, were with us, so I felt really bad about making them late.  We went to lunch at the Cheesecake Factory, then got a room at South Point and had a nap.  I rested for an hour or so, but mostly spent my time doing my power point presentation.  It really turned out to be a blessing because I may not have gotten it done while here, and I am presenting on the 20th, so there was that good that came of it.

We arrived in Puerto Rico on Friday evening.  Changed clothes, had dinner and walked around the resort and visited with Eric & Joni.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Halloween Dinner

I had our Halloween dinner on Sunday following Halloween.  Too much craziness to do it before.  I decided to do a body again, just for fun.  Mostly because I found some other cool body part recipes that I thought would be fun to try.  I have been doing "orange" dinners for the last few years, so thought it would be good to surprise the kids with something a little more fun.  Besides, Misi & Tiffany hadn't yet experienced one of our weird dinners yet.

I decided to do real BBQ ribs for the ribs and found a cool recipe for intestines that I tweaked to our liking.  I did a little twist to the breadstick bones, but my favorite part was the heart.

I found this cool recipe for a jello heart will real "blood" to ooze out from it.  I couldn't find a heart mold, so I got creative and made one out of  bread bag.  It turned out really cool and realistic.

The only downfall was that I made the "blood" a little thick so it didn't ooze properly when stabbed with a knife, so I had to grab it and squeeze it all over the heart.  Which brought on the second problem-- it made Tiffany sick.

I gave her the disclaimer in the beginning that she didn't have to eat anything that bothered her, since I've been in her spot before.  She was doing good until the blood ooze thing.  I felt bad.  The good news is that she will be able to enjoy other Halloween and April Fool's dinners when she's not pregnant and miserable.  It's hard to phase Misi.  Between Samoa and the Phillippinnes, he's already eaten all of the weirdest real stuff anyway.

Turned out to be a fun meal.  Kameron's favorite part was the Orange drink.  Funny!

Wednesday, November 11, 2009


Why is it that you have to have 2-3 costumes per kid just to get through Halloween?  It started off on Monday with Kam having a birthday party that he had to dress up for.  We didn’t have costumes figured out yet, so the girls dressed him up as a hippie with my tie-dye shirt and the Jamaican Dred lock hat and some cool sunglasses.

Come Thursday, Kallan had a dance at the school.  He dressed up like a volleyball player.  The girls did a good job of making him look sweet!


Friday came and Kallan’s “real” costume was  to be “Hot Rod.”  Mykelle and I stayed up till midnight getting that bugger ready.  Because Kameron could never decide on a costume, we bought him the “Wheaties box” from Walmart, so he went to the Halloween parade as that.  Britton was sick, so he had to miss school and was bummed.

Saturday (after two football games) came costume time again.  Whitnee and Mykelle had landed some good stuff at the DI.

Misi dressed as a college football coach (go figure).  Palo looked so cute as Tigger.

Paul dressed as a blind ref.

Britton went as a mad scientist.

Kameron went as the volleyball player.

Jadon dressed as a beat up nerd.

I went as a hospital patient with a “breezy” hospital gown on.  Paul was worried that I’d offend someone, but the first warders just thought it was hysterical. 

After all the Halloween fun—the party was not as busy as last year—we came home.

Arrow of Light

Britton received his Arrow of Light Award on a nice chilly night for Pack Meeting.  It was a really neat night with George Mackley who was dressed and talked to them about what it means and to challenge them to go on to earn their Eagle in Scouting.

We were pretty proud of him!  Nice job Britt!

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Britton is a great football player.  He is finally loving the sport and you can see why from this sack!  He gets at least one a game if not more.  He plays right guard on offense and is a linebacker on defense.  His highlight was an interception and a nice run back where he almost scored a touchdown.  He has been so fun to watch!  Nice job, Britt!

Kameron Football

Nice fumble recovery!

Kameron is loving football and he is a great player. He is the center and does a really good job. On defense, he is a defensive end. He loves it when he gets a sack!! Here he caused a fumble and I believe he recovered it! He probably has the most disciplined team out there. They are good and fun to watch!!
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Kallan Football

We've had so much fun watching Kallan play football this year. He is playing Defensive End and is doing a GREAT job!! He's #84. He's been working hard and has such a great love for the game and his team. It's been a great year!

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Monday, November 2, 2009

Our Big Surprise!

While eating dinner at Swiss Days, this mysterious package showed up on the table with a tag to "The Webster's."  Inside was a bunch of envelopes with everyone's name on it and instructions to not open it until everyone was together.  We were excited and wanting to see what it was.  Kallan had left and we didn't know when he would be back.  Misi was on his way, so we decided to open it up.  We all had a puzzle piece and when we put them all together, it was a note telling us that Wes & Tiff were having a baby!!  We were SO excited.  So we get to welcome a sweet little spirit into our family in April!  It doesn't get better than that!

Swiss Days

Swiss Days was a blast this year!  We decided to run the 5K as a family.  So some of us were "training" to do it, others just ran for the fun of it.

We started off Swiss Days on Friday afternoon.  The kids went to the "hands on" for a little bit.  Jadon sang for an hour.

Britton told the John Stucki story up around the mural, then we had dinner.  We received a BIG surprise at dinner.  I'll post about it keep reading.....following dinner, we went to the SCHS Homecoming football game.

Saturday was a fun/busy day.  We started out with the 5K.  Kallan ended up coming in first in the family.

I was last, but planned to be.  I ran/walked/visited and really enjoyed myself.  Jadon and Britton were the only two who didn't run.  We had a good time and decided we all needed to improve our times for next year.  Paul's goal is to beat Lainee's time. He is so funny.

Following the 5K, we raced home and got ready for the parade.  Mom, Lainee, Whitnee, Mykelle, Dennis & Bryce/Kalyn all helped on the float this year.  It turned out really cute and we won a trophy.

Following the parade, we listened to Grandpa talk about the history of Santa Clara.  Then Paul headed to Cedar to Kameron's football game.  I went with Jadon to sing another song or two at Swiss Days, then I headed to Pine View for Britton's football game.  Long days, but a fun weekend.  We love Swiss Days around here!  Especially since the cousins (Sue's kids) are always here!!  Such fun!