Sunday, November 30, 2008

A Counterfeit note

I found a note recently. It had the authentic signature of my husband, David, but the rest of the note appeared to be in the handwriting of 11-year old Andrea. It read:

Dear Cheri,
I would be delighted if you made an excellent meal. A great suggestion would be mashed potatoes and steak. In return I will make a fire to keep us toasty. Please don't disappoint. Thank you,
David E. Meiners

She definitely tries every angle to get what she wants!

Friday, November 28, 2008

Birthday Week

I share a November birthday with Erika--who is born the day after me, and Andrea 2 days later. They usually take place the week of Thanksgiving.

I had a nice day with breakfast in bed --thanks to Dave and Andrea.

I'm excited to use my new camera for this blog.

Erika had her birthday with a couple friends who were still at school (BYU-Idaho)--though most people left for the week since classes were out for Thanksgiving.

Here's the scarf I crocheted for her.

Andrea turned 11.

She got breakfast in bed, too.

She likes her new coat.

Dave takes movie pictures of her opening her presents.

Sunday, November 23, 2008


We're used to a few more people at the table, but we had a nice time.
It's tradition to think of things we are thankful for, and 'cheer' with our non-alcoholic sparkling cider.

For Thanksgiving dinner, Andrea helped make a menu and got people to sign up for what they would help with. Andrea made jello and rolls, Daniel made a fruit salad. We also had 'the usual' turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy, and a spinach salad.

Julia was proud of her pumpkin pies and cranberry sauce.
I made and sent some Pilgrim, Native American and Turkey finger puppets for James and Erika since they were away this year. James reminded us that he hasn't had Thanksgiving at home since he was 16 (He was 17 when he started college.)

Thursday, November 13, 2008

National Band Competition

November 8th was the National Band Championship in Annapolis for Daniel and Julia. They had a great show, and put on their best performance ever.

Their High School band proudly marches onto the Navy Marine Corps Stadium.

Dave was a member of pit crew. Here they hurriedly put out the equipment and props for the band before their show.

Daniel, the trombone section leader, had a solo in the show.

Great job Daniel and Julia!

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

An Invitation for Lunch

Hello Cheri
Would you like lunch with me at Green Turtle? It will be on me. Call me and we will discuss times.


I saw this email this morning from my husband. We like to have lunch together at times, but we usually don't talk about where we'll eat until I meet him. I thought it was thoughtful of him to think it through--and to invite me by email was different too. I wondered about the 'I HEART Cheri'. His standard signature closing has oxoxoxx, but I thought it was very sweet.

I was going to email a reply when I saw that it said to call, so I called him at work. I teased him that since it said 'It will be on me' that I decided I'd like to go. He seemed happy to get together but seemed confused. He asked if I was sure that he had sent the email. Since the email came from his email address, I assumed he was kidding around. But after talking some more we realized that it was 'innocent' little Andrea who had borrowed his phone last night and asked how to get into his contacts--and had done this good deed. Thanks, Andrea. Dad and I are having lunch tomorrow.

Monday, November 3, 2008

Happy Halloween

For Halloween it was the first year that Dave didn't take children 'trick-or-treating'. Andrea went with a friend's family in their neighborhood, and Julia had friends over.

I gave out candy, and Daniel sat on a bench with a ski mask. Many kids were stumped over whether he was 'real' on not. He didn't move or talk at all, but he felt bad when one small child cried when seeing him.

Everyone likes to carve their own pumpkin. That's my friendly face created with a drill, Andrea's ghost, and Daniel's jack-o-lantern.

Dave carved one not shown, and Julia didn't have time to carve--so hers became pumpkin pie, and tonight's interesting pumpkin soup.

End of CrossCountry

Here's Daniel at the end of his successful cross-country season!