Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Flights & Snow---the topic of the day!!

The weather looks good so far for flights into Spokane. Mom and I got to work easily this morning and the "weather guessors" (aka meteorologists) are not predicting a lot of snow for the next couple of days.

We're all praying for safe and prompt arrivals!!!


Sunday, December 21, 2008

Sarah and Rachel's Vegas and Wedding Weekend

Sarah and I (Rachel) had a fabulous weekend. We went to Tia and Dave's wedding in St. George, and stopped by Vegas on the way the day before. We went to the strip and got to see Loree. The wedding was beautiful. We had a great time--and didn't have any snow on the drive!

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Tia's bridal shower!!

We got together with the some girls to celebrate Tia getting married, and it was so fun! I love it when the Hainsworth and the Hendrickson girls get together (we call ourselves the Henworths)! We all have so many memories together and they are some of my very favorite people in the world. I also got to meet cute little baby Carter, i could tell he'll be calling me Cheeky Monk in no time. 

Breath of Heaven

Today I was listening to the wonderful CD made by Rachel (it really misses Rich Chapin) and when I heard Breath of Heaven I remember a great college experience. Now to understand this you have to picture a Bishop who is stern like Bishop Maughan, conservative like President Frederickson and has the poker face of President Bush.
So a girl in the ward was supposed to sing a hymn for Christmas with her sister accompanying her on the piano. But when she got to the pulpit she explained that she looked at her sister and the both new that they were to perform Breath of Heaven instead. So for the entire song I got to enjoy the look that was on the Bishop Loves face (his name was not apparent at this time).

Have a Merry Christmas

Monday, December 15, 2008


So I was watching a scene for the new Bachelor, and they showed him winning the Bachelorette but her not marrying him. Now if I remember correctly she had the same thing happen and did not have any good things to say about him. Also women all over the country rallied around her, well I am rallying around the single dad from Seattle and hissing at the hypocrite.

Snoopy's Brothers

So I just watched this weird movie called I Want A Dog For Christmas Charlie Brown. I say it's weird because Lucy and Linus's little brother Rerun gets in trouble with his principal for harassment because he asked a girl in his kindergarten class if she wanted to fly to Paris with him because she was having a bad day. It was actually holding my attention quite well when my mom called. I was half listening to my mom and half listening to the show when Charlie Brown mentioned that Snoopy had a couple of brothers . . . Andy and Olaf!!!! I thought maybe I heard wrong, after all I was only half listening, but I looked it up and sure enough Andy and Olaf are Snoopy's brothers among a few others. How weird is that? We all know an Andy/Olaf too! If any of you get this in time, I Want A Dog For Christmas Charlie Brown is on ABC at 8:00 Pacific Time tonight (Monday 12/15). It's mentioned within the first 20 minutes or so, so you don't have to be bored with the whole craziness for too long if you don't want to!

Weekend Magic!

Do you want to know what i did this weekend? Good i'll tell you. it started off not being that rad and this is why i was walking out to my car early friday morning and i noticed something behind the back tire. as i got closer i was able to see what it was.... and i wasn't happy. suddenly the memory of parking my car the night before all came back to me. i had to parallel park which means i had to go in reverse a few times to straiten out. do you want to know what i saw..... a dead cat. and to make matters worse it looked as though it had been reversed over a few times. this made me so sad. yes i may work for a hunting company, but that doesnt mean i enjoy killing household animals. now i dont actually think i was the one that innitially took the little critter down. but i obviously played some part in its arrival into the afterlife. Do all Cats go to Heaven? i wish i knew? but they never made a movie about that.

Friday gold tip had a lunch christmas party. it was way fun and had amazing food! the best part was the raffle. you could win an ipod with an idoc (which i want) a digital camera and a memory card (which i need and want) a digital frame ( i only kinda want, but it would be nice to have) and then a cd player alarm clock ( i dont want at all, i have an alarm clock and a cd player)! so it came to the big moment.... will they draw my name?? will they not???? the ipod went to the oldest lady at gold tip, and she didn't even know what it was. "that's alright she deserves it" is what went through my head as i tried to get in the christmas spirit. it was turquoise did i mention that... i would have looked so cute with a turquoise ipod. anyway the cameras were given away along with the frame. finally one gift left and we all know what was left.... drum roll please ......padadapadadapadada Sarah! i couldn't believe it. yessss! a brand new alarm clock. i was thrilled that i actually won something, but in my head i was like what?? an alarm clock? do they even make those anymore? i felt like i was 10 years old again asking for a clock radio! am i ungrateful? come on sarah some kid somewhere would love that. so i've decided to embrace the alarm clock. right after i convince the lady who won the ipod to switch with me... i mean these days you just can't find a good quality alarm clock anywhere.

friday becca and i decided last minute to go see Australia, the movie that is... not the continent! and i must say i loved it! its long... 2 hrs 40min to be exact. i was totally and completely entertained the entire time. a few friends from work were there as well and they loved it and they were men! so if you are bored and you want a good clean, not for kids, but for adult fun movie go see it! then we can all really discuss it. also i'm pretty sure that there will be a rise in the adoption of aberigeny children. i know i want one! trust me you will feel the same. there will also be a rise in the adoption of any grown Australian men named Hugh Jackman, because i'm in the market for one of those. oh yeah when we arrived home i just happened to park near the same spot as i did the night before. Stop reading if you are eating or get grossed out by dead animals: becca may or may not have stepped in the cat's remains! and most likely its a may! it was pretty nasty, she almost gagged.

Saturday it snowed! it was the first real snow fall of the year!! Ella and i played out on the balcony in the snow, by played i mean i would hand her some snow and she would eat it! by the way she loved it! like mother like daughter. if anyone remembers, becca loved eating snow. she would come in with bowls full of it!! sometimes she would even put food coloring in it! becca said to Ella "someday when you are older i'll teach you how to add 7Up to it" ahh the things we learn from our mothers!
the evening ended with me driving up to the SLC for mary's birthday. it was way fun!!! rachel made an amazing lasagna! we ate, laughed and of course prank called. i scheduled a meeting with a ward mission leader, and even better arranged for free dental care! yes that's right i spoke with a young asian dentist named jung. he was very very nice and he agreed to give me free dental work on my bi-cuspid that has been bugging me lately. i told him i would repay him with service... now that's what Christmas is all about!!

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Dad's Santa Pics

Dad as Santa

I would like to see some pictures of Dad as Santa. Please and Thank you!!

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Southwest Flights in March

I checked the blackout dates for Southwest airline flights in March. The two dates are the 15th and 22nd. There are also some days of the week when there are not flights at all. We probably need to be finalizing some dates so anyone who wants to fly southwest and use miles can plan around this.

We love you!


Monday, December 8, 2008

Phasing Out the other website?


I am thinking that, since Mom and I have learned to maneuver through this blog a little, that we can phase out the other Our Family site. Any thoughts?


Friday, December 5, 2008

mama's urgery

Mom is having surgery on her hand today! Let's remember her in our prayers, so that she can have a quick recovery and we can all enjoy the holidays together! Thanks mom for all that your little hands have done for us through the year: Tickle, shoot rubberbands, cook, clean, work, flick, sew, basically everything around the house!
Love ya tons!

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Back to the Cruise

OK....here is what I have so far....nothing is in stone but let me know if this appears OK...

I think the consensus has us going on a 5-day cruise to the Carribean, probably flying Southwest to Ft Lauderdale and driving to the site.

We are still pending information on Ashton's trip to New York, but I think we are talking in the direction of March 14 - 19 or so.

Mom and I would be able to pay for the cruise for everyone if we can get it around 250-300. That would leave you the cost of getting there. (Mom and I have 2 free SW trips, which would allow us to do this.)

Does that sound right?


Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Sarah's Top Ten List

Since it is now the month of December I decided to make a list of my Ten favorite things about the most wonderful time of the year (if you just read that and didn't want to sing it in an Amy Grant voice... you must not be a Hendrickson) here we go......

10. the snow! i hate snow when its blowing at me, and when i'm driving, and when its any other month! by january 2nd it should be gone! but in December I love it!
9. the decorations in the malls, stores, streets, work and most of all Home! who could forget Bob and Flo, superman ornament, the chocolate bear i thought i made in pre school, the slightly demented santa and mrs. clause rachel and andy made... 1 of santa's eyes is dramatically smaller then the other... its freaky!
8. the music! rachel just made a fantastic christmas mixed cd (yes mariah carey is on it) fa ra ra ra ra, ra ra, ra, ra! and of course... OJ Simpson... NOT A JEW! Brother Chapin singing "Let Him In" and now Ella dancing to all the Christmas songs we sing!!
7. its the only time of year its appropriate to ask... So how much weight have you gained?and by saying a larger number... people are impressed!
6. baked goods! i love christmas treats. one year i remember only eating peanut brittle all day! rachel's soda cracker toffee, mama's fudge, egg nog and holiday oreos!
5. love & service! i love that people come together and want to give to the people around them!
4. shopping! its fun shopping for other people! yes the mall can be a little crazy but when your mom has a handicap sticker... parking no problem! also no problem if you have p diddy... socks and XL long sleeved polo shirts!
3. Christmas movies! yes mom that includes "Its a Wonderful Life" some of my other favs are... Santa Baby, Christmas Story, ELF, Home Alone, Mr Kruger's Christmas,(that one was for mom so i'd be her favorite) and of course Smokey Mountain Christmas
2. Christmas Eve Traditions! chicken nuggets, white elephant gifts, becca waking us up really early, Rachel and i sharing a bed, mom's 250 christmas tins full of goodies, dad reading Luke II, cheese ball, games, games, games, veggie tray, my amazing poems! and so so so much fun its my favorite night of the year!
1. Celebrating the Savior! for his life, and all that he has done for the world!!

Christmas is just around the corner!! Enjoy December! I'm excited to spend the holidays with the people I love!! I'll miss Andy and Stafany who'll be in the "big city" but i'm sure their first Christmas together will be very fun, special and memoriable! Love you all.... see ya soon!
and remember....
He sees you when you're sleeping
He knows when you're awake
He knows if you've been bad or good
So be good for goodness sake!