Thursday, December 10, 2009


What makes you laugh, cry and want to keep Christmas in your heart all year long?

Tuesday, December 8, 2009


We spent Thanksgiving in Utah with our daughters, son in law and granddaughter. We stayed with our GREAT friends, Curt and Marianne Lybbert. We spent Thanksgiving at their house eating fabulous food, playings games, laughing,snorting and just generally enjoying ourselves. The next we shopped, ate, saw TWILIGHT and played more games. The next day we shopped, had a great dinner at Rachel's, watched the BYU game (yeah!!!) and then headed to Temple Square to see the lights. It was so beautiful...very cold...but just amazing...we went back to Rachel's played games and ate and slept and the next day headed back to Spokane...on dry roads. All in all a wonderful time was had by all in attendance. We GREATLY missed Andy and Stefany!!!

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Saturday Night Live

Alright, family. Favorite sketches on Saturday Night Live. I know most of have them. Including you, Ashton.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Favorite Lines from Movies

OK....we need a new survey. How about top 5 (or so) lines from movies? For example, "You want the truth? You can't handle the truth"

Thursday, November 5, 2009

happy birthday becca

so normally becca does the birthday blog posts
but since its her birthday
and she's in Atlanta
i thought i'd give her a shout out!!
happy birthday rebecca grace
you are a
wonderful daughter,
a fabulous sister/sister inlaw,
a loving wife,
an amazing mother,
and an loyal friend to us all!
i think we'd all agree that our lives
are better because of you,
your sense of humor,
and your awesomeness!!
have a fabulous birthday!
we love you!!!

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Christmas List

Alright, since everyone agreed I drew names for Christmas. . .

Dad buys for Andy
Mom buys for Becca
Rachel buys for Mom
Andy buys for Ashton
Sarah buys for Stefany
Becca buys for Rachel
Ashton buys for Sarah
Stefany buys for Dad

Happy Shopping!

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Favorite Lyrics from Hymns

I thought it would be fun to note our favorite lyrics or phrases or lines from Hymns

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

i thought mom's story was so cute, and i really appreciate her showing her thanks. i also think its awesome that dad caught it on camera. its a really special moment and i'm glad she could share it. i had a few free minutes at work so i had some fun with photoshop and this is what i came up with. enjoy!!

Monday, October 12, 2009


So, Mary drew names for her family to figure out who's buying for who for Christmas. This got me to thinking about us. I believe that we decided we want to do Christmas like last year with the name drawing. . . should the drawing (and SHOPPING!) begin?

Sunday, October 11, 2009


This is the picture of me thanking a WWII vet (who sat in a wheelchair) for his service during the war. He cried, I cried and his family cried. Dad caught this on film...although not the best picture...the best of intentions.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

President Monson--Filling in the Infrastructure

Elder Perry, our Area Seventy, after a meeting yesterday said this about President Monson that I thought was profound. He said that many members didn't know quite what to make of President Monson's messages as a prophet. He is so different from President Hinckly. Elder Perry said that each prophet has special assignments from the Savior. One of President Hinckley's assignments was to building the infrastructure of the Church (temples, the Seventy, etc). President Monson has different assignments. One of his is to fill in the infrastructure, to teach us how to use the structure that we have by being kind, rescuing others, etc. We probably won't see a lot of structural changes or instruction from Pres Monson. Rather he will spend his time teaching us how to help others through the structure.

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Favorites Lines from Songs

For our next survey, how about if we list out favorite lines from songs ( funny, meaningful or just well written). Perhaps top 5 or so.

Friday, September 4, 2009


So my cute little desk mate (Telana) says that I am the "Walking Version" of Home Canning for Idiots...apparently a new book that is just make sure you remember this when addresssing me that you can include this in my title. I took it as a compliment. I LOVE canning!!!

Friday, August 28, 2009


Just a quick little note of how sad I am Becca, Ashton and Ella are heading back to Utah...I know it is time for them to go but as I write this tears are running down my cheeks. I know, I know, Buck up little soldier!!!

Saturday, August 22, 2009

New Contest is the contest...the rules are that
1. you can't look anything up on the Internet or anywhere else. This has to be from memory
2. You give yourself one minute.

The task....type in as many of the words to the song "Ice Ice Baby" that you can...ready go!

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

can you believe this?

this is what my kitchen looked like 1 month ago....

and this is what my kitchen looked like 3 weeks ago.

and this is what it looks like now.

Well, my refrigerator is an LG...which made me think...Well..."Large"...and that led to her name..."Large Marge". I love Marge. She beeps if the door is open to long. She makes fabulous ice and has lots of room...she is large and wonderful. The granite sink is named "Seymore"...I love him...although, if things hit the bottom hard they break...I enjoy him very much and it is almost fun doing dishes. I do love my is still a "one butt kitchen" but it is MY kitchen and I love it. (by the way, I am still getting a new laundry room door.)

Thursday, August 13, 2009


Everyone has those shows that they loved watching and were very sad/mad when they were canceled. Please list the 5 shows that you would bring back.

Sunday, August 2, 2009


So The Fugitive was on t.v., and it got me to thinking of my favorite Harrison Ford movies. There are some pretty decent options. I've come up with my top 5.

1. Empire Strikes Back (My favorite Star Wars)
2. Raiders of the Lost Ark (lately I've picked Raiders over Last Crusade, but it could easily go either way)
3. The Fugitive
4. Witness (it's on t.v. edited quite a bit, and I recommend it)
5. Working Girl (also on t.v. edited, and I think it's funny 80s movie, and different than your typical Harrison Ford one)



Yeah, no long will I sit on the sidelines of the family blog and just sigh with sadness that i was not a contributer. Thanks Sarah Jean for making this possible....thanks to everyone for this honor. I do not take it lightly and will add many great and important of the NEW and improved kitchen are forth coming.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

People That We Know That Look Like Famous People

For our next survey, how about "People we know who look like famous people" (Compliments only)

Friday, July 17, 2009

Happy Birthday ANDREW DENIS !!!

Happy Birthday for my favorite son...he is a wonderful young man, he was a fun and funny teenager, a sweet little boy and a loveable and loving baby.

(I am posting as Sarah because I cannot post as me on the blog...someone please add gegehendrickson to the Blog...thanks, momo)

Andy, you make me laugh, you teach me wonderful and important things, you teach me about the Gospel...I love you very much!!! Andy, you are also a wonderful brother, son and husband as well as a terrific Uncle.


the old balls chain

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Favorite quirky, fun, interesting, sometimes insightful sayings or phrases

I thought it would be fun to hear some of our favorite quirky, fun, interesting, sometimes insightful sayings or phrases. For example, "If a girl wants a yellow dog, she will get a yellow dog". (We got that from Mary McCain.) or "When someone offers you a breathmint, always take it."

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Top Five Moments in Sports

For our next survey I thought it would be fun to see our top five moments in sports. Note this is not necessarily the "greatest" moments, just your favorites.

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Spread My Wings and Fly

Well, the day has come. I am the oldest and thus far only Hendrickson child to not have my own blog. I actually have had people ask me if I would start one and have always said no. At some point in writing on the family blog I realized that I actually like blogging. So, I'm going to spread my wings and fly. That's right, today I started my own blog. I post this to 1) get everyone excited and 2) as a means of apology if my e-mail didn't make it to you or if I didn't have your address. (I'm gone private with my blog for work reasons, so the only way to access it is by an e-mail giving the okay.. . I can e-mail you if you want access, and let's be honest, who wouldn't.) :)
What do they say in blog world. .. happy blogging?!

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Happy Birthday Paps!

Yes, I know that I'm a few days early, but I won't have access of a computer on the day of Paps' Birthday. I'd like to give a shout out to a few of my favorite things about him:

  • His willingness to do the crazy things that we suggest, like having a spitting contest ala Titanic off the desk of the cruise ship (see the above picture)
  • Dedication in his calling

  • Scheduling/Planning--I only now truly appreciate "planning for the week" during Family Home Evening growing up

  • "Mr. Wizard"

  • Willing to help/drive whenever, where ever (and the ability to sound like he's never been asleep even though he has been)

  • Basketball skills, which he still has even now

  • All of the sacrifices he makes for the family

  • Little kids love Dad. They all do.
  • The amazing Drumming Skills
  • Three words: Denny Hendrickson Toast

Love you Paps!!! Happy Birthday.

Monday, June 8, 2009

Five Favorite Books (not counting scriptures)

I thought this would be fun for our next opinion poll. Denise will have trouble limiting herself to five. I have trouble thinking of five, but here they are:

1. Les Miserables (Victor Hugo)
2. A Tale of Two Cities (Charles Dickens)
3. Miss Nelson is Missing (???)
4. Joseph Smith, Rough Stone Rolling
5. Fire in the Bones (biography of William Tindale)

Thursday, June 4, 2009

In Search of the Obamas

So I returned from DC (yes, after the 4 1/2 hours spent in the plane on the runway waiting for the weather to clear, and then the 4 1/2 hours spent in the air actually flying). I had a fabulous time but took very few pics. . . I was the only one who brought a camera and it just wan't a picture-taking trip.

Though we weren't big into pictures, we were big into seeing the Obamas.

  • We stayed close to the White House, so we walked by it I don't know how many times and learned all kinds of things from the random secret service people everywhere. (Mom, we did see the garden that Michelle Obama started, which I thought you would appreciate.)

  • Any time there were sirens, we all watched to see if it was for them. And this actually paid off. We saw the President's motorcade once (the sniper in all black in the White House trees confirmed that it was him). The next day we saw Michelle's motorcade and I saw her head in the car, so I was able to confirm it on my own.

  • I had dinner with Rustin while I was there, and we decided to go to Ray's Hell Burgers (the place the Pres. went to eat a few weeks ago). Knew we wouldn't see him there, but at least enjoyed eating where he ate. It's a very hole-in-the-wall place, really good food.

  • We tried to get tickets to tour the White House, but those are actually hard to come by. My friend with us has a friend in the Secret Service who was helping to get tickets, then it went all crazy, but in the end the nice Secret Service agent there let us tour!

So all in all it was a great trip. We didn't actually find the First Family, but I think we got pretty close :).

Sunday, May 24, 2009

5 Favorite Romantic Songs

I am creating this for Mom. This is your 5 favorite romantic songs

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Closet TV Shows

So as the tv season comes to a close, I feel the need to comment on tv shows that I like. My favorite show on tv right now is Lost. Pure joy. I also like 30 Rock, Friday Night Lights, and The Office. Those are the shows that I watch.
I then have a few shows that I like but don't necessarily shout it out. . . closet tv shows, if you will. I'm not embarrased to say that I watch them per se, but keep it a little more on the down low.
For example, I love Dancing with the Stars. I mocked it when it first came on, and now I watch it each week. I have dances that I really like to watch (for example, the quick step) and pro dancers whose choreography I like (Derek Hough) and don't like (Edyta).
I also like Celebrity Apprentice. Mary and I watched it each week. I'm now a Jesse James fan, and just really enjoyed watching it. And I'm going to be watching Tori and Dean when it starts up again.
Lastly, not a tv show but close enough: I love a good ABC family movie. Most recently it was the Joey Lawrence-Melissa Joan Hart one. Loved it!
Any closet tv shows that people watch?

Monday, May 11, 2009


so yesterday was mother's day and sadly i was unable to be with my mama on this special day. so instead i went to church, took a nap and watched several lifetime movies about mothers. believe it or not we even watched the movie.... Mother may I sleep with Danger? tori spelling played the roll of the daughter in love with a stalker, it was riveting! and as i'm sure you can imagine... the acting was superb!! anyway i thought i'd give a little shout out to the lady i admire most in life, and who has given me everything!!

Top Ten Reasons Why i LOVE my MAMA

10. every time you call she gives you a play by play on she and my dad's day/week
9. she's the best to call when you've had a bad day
8. she is an amazing cook (i want to eat her banana bread right this very moment)
7. she and i could sit and watch TLC all day long!!
6. when she goes to the store she always comes back with special treats for everyone
5. she's very spiritual
4. she loves holidays and insists she celebrates the harvest.... i'm pretty sure she doesn't
3. she snorts when you really get her laughing
2.she loves my dad
1. i can't think of a more selfless and loving person (besides my dad). she is constantly giving to her family and never asks for anything in return.

thanks for everything you do.... love ya mom!!

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

5 Favorite Musicals

Taking Andy's suggestion that favorite movies of all varieties is too hard, let's start with our 5 favorite musicals. "Yentyl" will not be one of mine.

Sunday, May 3, 2009


Here are a few pictures from Hawaii. Though there were 3 other girls present, most pics were of Loree and me (and Mary informed me that I would be in trouble if any pictures of her were posted, so all you get is the pictures of me and Ree). We had a fabulous time beach hopping, eating amazing food, and getting a sun tan. (Thanks to all for the good advice from everyone of food to eat and places to be!)

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

5 Least Favorite Movies

I thought it would be fun to see everyone's 5 least favorite movies. I won't mention mine so as to not influence anyone toward Yentl.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Funny WSU teeshirt

I thought you would appreciate the funny WSU tee-shirt that can no longer be worn now that Tony Bennett, the Basketball coach, has left.

It says, "Our coach is hotter than your coach"

Sunday, April 26, 2009


Hi! In preparation for my Stake Newsletter article in May, I would like to pose a question for discussion.

The question is, "What are the similarities between us and the Prophet Joseph Smith?"

Obviously there are a lot of differences, but I would appreciate any thoughts you might have on the similarities between us and our individual situations and Joseph Smith's situation.

I think this could be fun!

Thursday, April 16, 2009

dear mr weather man,

thank you so much for not warning me last week when i was trading in my suv/4 wheel drive vehicle for a family sedan (still hoping i might need one someday). i mean who would think i'd be needing a 4 wheel drive in the middle of april? not i. but as luck would have it mr weatherman (aka tom sherry), it in fact did snow several inches on my new ride. its fine, no dont worry about it. i mean i love waking up early on a beautiful spring morning, walking down to my snow piled car and pretending my arms are giant wind shield wipers and pretty much snow plowing that white garbage right onto the ground. apparently mr weather man you didn't get my birthday wishes.... a rich hot man, and no snow. wait now i'm afraid, was april 12th opposite day??? does this mean if i get a man he'll be poor and ugly???? wow good thing i didn't wish for bigger boobs, can you imagine the horror!! mr weather man if you love me at all you'll stop all this snow nonsense and bring out my 3rd best friend... the sun, so that i can roll down my windows and sing "all the single ladies" at the top of my lungs while cruising down university looking for guys with fake tans and popped collars. if you make all my wishes come true then i promise that next winter i'll have a much better attitude and will no longer use swear words as the adjectives used to describe my feelings about snow. thank you for your time mr weatherman, i hope we can be friends again soon. please tell mr sun that i say hello, and that i've missed him dearly!!

president of the sun lover fan club

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Girls Weekend

Here are a few pictures from our weekend in St. George and Vegas. A few highlights include going on the Big Shot, eating at In-N-Out (only once, not the 3 times we talked about going), singing in the car (my last road trip with Lois), and Becca, Sarah, and Christie creating a path for the mouse that we discovered in the house to go out of (the mouse did not choose the path, and I did not help create the path but did remain calm despite my phobia of mice!).

I am lucky to have such amazing sisters who are two of my closest friends, and had the best time!!! Mom and Stefany will have to join us for the next ones (and other Hainsworths, if they want).

Birthday Gifts

Sarah, Becca, and I were discussing who is giving to who for birthdays. We weren't entirely sure, but think we maybe figured it out. The question is if we figured it out correctly or not. . .
I know for sure these 3 things.

Becca gave to Stefany for her birthday
I buy for Ashton
Stefany buys for me

I think Andy buys for Sarah
Ashton buys for Andy
Sarah buys for Becca

Correct or incorrect??

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Living One of my Dreams

Here are some pictures of me living one of my dreams: seeing the Knicks play very close up. (Special thanks to Kiersten and her father for the amazing tickets).