Thursday, April 30, 2009

Fun with friends

This weekend we had friends over for a barbeque. We hadn't seen Kriss and Sarah in forever and I can't believe how big their little guy Oliver has gotten.

Wyatt holding his niece, Quinn. (Hey ladies...he's available!!)Cute Gavin who comment before the picture was, "I wanna picture, cheese."

Tim - a true father - using all available spaces to carry his kids stuff so his hands are free. Crystal, Brian and I all avoided the camera! :) It was a fun evening full of visiting, good food and wonderful friends. Thanks guys for the fun night!

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Sandberg Family Mini-Reunion

All my Dad's brothers and sisters got together this weekend in Utah. They invited all the kids who live in Utah to join them on Friday night at the Cougar Eat (BYU's version of a cafeteria). I saw some of my cousins I haven't seen in forever and we had a blast!! Somehow I missed several people's pictures but oh well.

It was a great day at BYU! The weather was incredible, Janie graduated, the bookstore was having a HUGE sale and I finally bought the 4th Fablehaven book (which I am throughly enjoying) and some new shirts - Happy Day for Sales!! :)

And who doesn't love to play with their family?? After dinner, Brian and I joined up with Heather, Jason, Emma and Sarah! It was a marvelous weekend!

Jen with two of her boys
Uncle David and Aunt Marie with Peter

Dad, Mom, Janie, Jeremy and Brian

Aaron, Maren and Aunt Wanda

Aunt Michelle and Uncle Gilbert with some of their family

Jonathan, Sharon and three of their kids

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Janie's Graduation

Janie graduated from BYU this weekend. It was a wonderful day!! We knew exactly where Janie was in the mass of graduates and I just happened to take this picture right when she turned around. Can you find her?

Here are all the graduates in the Humanities Department

Janie walking out to get her diploma. I love that she smiled and you can totally tell who she is!

Walking across the's official!!

All the graduates waving thank you to their family and friends The cute couple! This picture made me think. I have been scanning and fixing all my Grandma's photos. Some of her photos I just love to stare at. Moments in time that are never forgotten. Photos we look back at and just remember. Today, this photo, felt like one of those moments.

Congratulations Janie!!

And very early the next morning the bums took off for France with Mom and Dad. They are there for two weeks visiting Jeremy's mission. I am sooooo jealous! Here they are at 5:00am when we left for the airport.

Monday, April 27, 2009

Congratulations Crystal and Tim!!

This post is about two weeks late but I still wanted to congratulate Crystal and Tim on their baby girl. Quinn Elise was born April 10th. Isn't she adorable??

With proud big brother Gavin

Brian had just barely got Quinn when Gavin climbed in his lap too. I had to take a picture - so cute!

Congrats Crystal and Tim on your little beauty!!

Sunday, April 26, 2009

I came home from work Tuesday night to find this...

I told him the rednecks were calling and wanted their mustache back! Thank goodness he only tortured me for two days before shaving it.

Grandma's Funeral

I headed off to Portland the last weekend in March for my Grandma's funeral. While it was a sad event it was really fun to see so much family! I flew out with Jeremy and Janie, Dad picked us up at the airport and we headed to our hotel. Mom, Greg, Wendy and Kenny were already there. Amy and Ella arrived later. That night was the viewing. It was for family only and I got to see all my cousins and their cute kids. Time goes by too fast! Saturday was rainy, rainy, rainy. Just like Grandpa's funeral. The funeral was wonderful (I was soooo nervous to give the opening prayer - thank goodness that's all I had to do!) It was amazing to hear and remember so many things about Grandma and how much she meant to everyone. We laughed and cried. Just the way it should be. And just like Grandpa's funeral, the rain stopped for the graveside service, and once it was over, the rain started again.
At the funeral home, they keep a candle burning for your family member the entire time they are in their care.
Grandma's flowers
A sweet moment - Dad comforting Mom.

All of us who were there (there were 15 people missing). What a great family!

Jeremy and Greg - pallbearers
Grandma being carried by her Grandsons

Another sweet moment - Mom and her sisters comforting each other
Grandma's beautiful girls - Gail, Shelly and Judy

I am so grateful for my faith and for knowing that Grandma and Grandpa are together again!Thank you Grandma and Grandpa for all you taught me, your great examples and for being such wonderful people! I miss you both so much.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Sometimes being a teacher is great!

I just had to share this cute card I got from a student! She gave it to me after a particularily hard day with a student who struggles with anger management. Sometimes, especially after hard moments, you really wonder if teaching makes any difference at all. Does it even matter if you are grumpy or happy, if you care about what you are doing or not? Then a student hands you a card like this and everything, even the tough moments, are totally worth it.

Brian's heart print-out

I was going through a bunch of papers the other day to see what needed to be kept and what could be thrown away. As I was rummaging I found the papers from when Brian’s heart stopped. The actual read out. So I asked Brian if he wanted to keep it. He said yes but no. So I figured the best way to keep them without keeping them, would be to scan it and blog it. I don’t know how to explain to you how to read them but what I can tell you is that his heart stopped for 5 seconds, beat once, stopped for 6 seconds, beat once and stopped for another 5 seconds before slowly going back to a normal beat. I included a lot of bars so you could have a nice gander of my husband’s silly heart. Crazy!! It still gives me shivers to look at them today.

Saturday, April 18, 2009

More books I love!

I've discovered that I really like books that are written for middle grade readers. Here are the lastest books I'm really into.

I have been reading the Septimus Heap series at home. They are written by Angie Sage. It is about a young boy who is the 7th son of a 7th son. That means he is very magical. He has a princess for a sister and lives during a time when the Extraordinary Wizard rules the land. I'm a sucker for this type of book and I really recommend it. Book #5 comes out in September!!

I am reading the Percy Jackson series with my 5th graders. The books are written by Rick Riordan. It is about Percy, whose father is a Greek god and mother a mortal, and his quest to stop the warring gods. You learn about Greek mythology and I love the way this writer writes. It's so real life. I can actually imagine my 5th graders talking and acting like Percy and his friends do. Another series I recommend.
Enjoy!! You'll have to tell me if you tried them and how you liked them!

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

We all need a little inspiration

A friend of mine sent me this video link with the title "Don't judge a book by it's cover." I've got to admit, watching actually made me cry. But in a really, really good way. This is a clip from a tv show called Britain's Got Talent. This lady, Susan Boyle, is now one of my personal heroes. Just watch the clip. It's incredible!

Sunday, April 12, 2009

If I were a collector...part two

This is a continuation of another blog where I finally discovered something I would collect if I were a collector. Oh, and if I had money and a big enough closet. That was jackets and coats. Now I would still love to have an endless supply of them, I’ve also figured out something else I would love to collect; recipe books.

I would love excellent recipe books, not that kind you only make like three recipes out of or the kind where you read the ingredient list and go “huh?”, but really good recipe books with endless meals and desserts for me to make. I could just see myself having a bookshelf in my kitchen filled to the brim with recipe books smeared with dropped ingredients, pages turned in at the corners and a collection of colorful sticky notes marking the changes I’d made or how to try it next time. Oh…the possibilities.

Can’t you just imagine it? A shelf filled with recipe books just on cakes, or cupcakes, etc. Another shelf with Chinese or French or Italian, etc. One filled with breads and pastries. Oh, I would have so much fun in that kitchen! Here are some books that have caught my interest (and I REALLY had to limit how many I put!)