Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Weird Wednesday!

Two Things I am Grateful For:
1) The traffic report on KTAR every 6 minutes in the morning!  Saved me from being late this morning to work.

2) Short work weeks!  Love it, but can you believe it's already July?  Wow!

Goals for the Day:

1) Work
2) Finish painting my project. I'm almost done!
3) Dinner
4) Laundry
5) Dishes
6) NAP
7) Laundry
8) Dishes
9) Take out the Trash
10) Dishes
11) Blog Post
12) Run to the Bank with Danielle

From the Camera:

I'm missing this lady lately.  My Grandma Meyers.
  
From the Heart:

In keeping with our theme, here is another idea....
At your school, you may have a specific group of friends who you enjoy hanging out with on a daily basis. The group you eat lunch with, hang out with between classes or even spend time with after school or on the weekends. Do you have a classmate who doesn’t seem to have many friends or often eats lunch alone?
Maybe he or she is new or is shy and not very good at meeting people. Invite him or her to eat lunch with you. Getting to know someone you don't know is a great way to make a friend!

Step It Up

Invite a classmate you don't know to sit with you at lunch. Not sure what to say to your new friend? Here are some ideas on what you can talk about. Chances are, you'll find something you both have in common.
  • Tell them what your hobbies are, and ask them about theirs. 
  • Find out if they have a favorite book or TV show.
  • Ask them what their favorite food is.
  • Learn about their family and friends.

Keep It Simple

Just make an effort to be more friendly to your classmates who you don’t know. Smile at them when you see them and say “hello.” Or go out of your way to ask them a question or tell them a joke when you’re in class together.

From the Kitchen:

Strawberry Cheesecake Lush 


  • •1 package Golden Oreos (crushed)
  • •6 tablespoons butter, melted
  • •8 ounces softened cream cheese
  • •1 cup powdered sugar
  • •1 (16-ounce) container Cool Whip, divided
  • •2 packages (3.4 ounce each) instant cheesecake pudding mix
  • •3 cups milk
  • •3½ cups sliced strawberries

Mix crushed cookies & melted butter together. Press the crushed cookies mixture into a 9x13 pan and refrigerate while you prepare the remaining layers.

Beat 1 cup of powdered sugar, cream cheese until smooth, fold in 1 cup of Cool Whip. Spread over your cookie layer.

Then mix together the pudding mix, milk, and another 1 cup of Cool Whip. Spread over the cream cheese layer.

Layer fresh sliced strawberries on top and spread the remaining Cool Whip on top.


Refrigerate until ready to serve!

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From the Spirit:

Where will the Road I'm Following Lead Me?

"Periodically one might well ask, "If I continue to travel the road I am currently following, where will it lead me and what will happen to my family?"  Are we establishing the foundation for an eternal family, or are we focusing more on the pride of personal accomplishments and a collection of temporal trophies that are taking precedence over the things that should really matter most?  Regardless of our age and stage in life, daily obedience to gospel principles is the only sure way to eternal happiness." 

---Elder Donald L. Staheli, "Life's Great Challenge", May 1998 Ensign pg. 81

From the Schmidt's:

Guess what?!  I am the proud owner of a Cricut Expressions now.  My Dad heard about my sister-in-law trying to sell it to come up with some money to pay bills and he offered to help.  So, I spent the evening running to my parents home off of Recker and Brown to pick up the money and then run it out to my sister-in-law out off of Ironwood and Ocotillo in San Tan Valley.  Lexi came with me.  Come to find out my sister-in-law never bought any cartridges for her Cricut because she had this lovely little program she used to download all of her images from the Internet.  YES!  She is going to burn a copy of that program for me so I can use it.  I told my sister-in-law that she could have her Cricut back whenever she was ready for it, with the understanding that I need some vinyl cut.  I have a few signs to cut for myself and a few things for future projects too.  I cannot wait to fire this thing up and give it a try.  I have a few cartridges I can use here at the house, so I can play around with those until I get the program.  The best part out of this whole thing, was getting to see my niece and nephews.  I miss seeing them more often, but they have a really nice house out in San Tan Valley.  I'm happy to help.  That was nice, even though I didn't do much.  And thanks Dad!  

On my way to work this morning there was an accident on the freeway so I got off the freeway and started down the surface streets.  That was a big mistake.  It took me forever to get from my house to Phoenix this morning.  As I was driving the dashboard notification came on telling me one of my tires was low.  I hate it when that happens.  Needless to say, I got to work within about 10 minutes of my start time.  I didn't have time to stop and air up my tire at the QT in Phoenix, or get a .79 cent soda like I normally do in the mornings.  I had to hit the vending machine at work, which I hate to do.  I like the ice in my drink.  Ask my family.  Anytime I have a soda it is usually with at least a half cup of ice or more.  I love the ice at Circle K, Sonic, or the crushed ice at QT.  Frankly, Sonic and Circle K have the best ice, but they don't have diet Mountain Dew on tap, so QT wins every time for me.  

Danielle came over tonight.  She seemed a little cranky about something, because she bit my head off when I asked her what she was doing for 4th of July.  I guess she had a rough day at work today.  She was here for a short time texting and just hanging out for a while before we took off to get to her bank.  After the quick visit to the bank she decided to leave, so I had her run Lexi to Mutual for me.  I fell asleep on the couch in the family room while Danielle was here.  I don't know what the deal is lately.  I even got to bed at a decent hour last night.  It has got to be the heat.  That is the only thing it could be because I wasn't doing this when the weather was cooler.  Sure, I had my moments when I got tired, but not like this.  Crazy!

Kevin has been in a lot of pain.  I still cannot believe they sent him home after they did another fusion.  He was in the hospital for a week the last time they fused something.  I guess when they do not install the titanium case around the fused portion of your spine you get one day in the hospital.  Sheesh!  He is in so much pain.  If it wasn't for the holiday he would have been into the doctor's office to have this stimulator turned on by now.  He gets about 2 hours of sleep each night.  Last night he was asleep by 10 and up at 2.  Okay, maybe 4 hours sleep a night.  He is just worn out and I wish I could do something to help him, but there isn't anything.  This is the part of this whole process that is the hardest for me to handle.  I hate seeing him in so much pain.  3 more days!

Kevin seems to think he is going to be able to get back to work right away. In fact, he wants to try and be back at work by August.  Frankly, I think he is really pushing it.  He needs to get off of the pain medication before someone will hire him.  Or at least switched to something less controlled, if that is even an option.  Who knows?  Needless to say, I don't know how to break it to him.  He has his heart set on NOT going on Social Security and NOT asking for help.  I would try and handle things on my own, but the last time I did that many many years ago, that did not go well.  He was mad at me for a long long time, and I would rather not go there again.  So, what to do?  I know I need to pray about this again.  

Lexi starts her second round of summer school classes on Monday.  For some strange reason the online school put her through the first part of Biology and Math right in the beginning.  Then at the end, they set her up for two electives instead of the 2nd half of the required Biology and Math for her Sophomore year.  Thankfully, they agreed to withdrawal her from the electives and have her take the two required classes this summer to be on track for her Junior Year.  So, she is frustrated that she has to work through the summer, but luckily this will all be over soon and she will be back to the public school setting next year with one online class here and there.  Lexi has decided she wants to take her Math classes online.  I guess they have it set up to really help the students learn the formulas and she loves doing the Math online.  Which is a good thing.  The only thing that Lexi wants to change this year is she does not want to go to Mesa High next year.  I was shocked when she told me this.  I don't know if it was the teachers comments last year to her that has made a lasting impression on her or if there is  something else going on.  She won't say for sure.  She keeps saying she just wants a fresh start.  Frankly, I do not give in that easily.  I am from the mind set to make my children stick it out and most times it works out for the best and my children thank us for not giving in to them later on.  I just can't help but get the feeling that there is something more with this....I guess I have more to turn over to the Lord then I thought.  I want Lexi to stay where she is.  

There is one thing I have noticed about Mesa High that I never saw at Mountain View when I went there, or at Skyline when my older two children went there, is that the kids seems to do a lot of things in groups just as friends, like group dating.  I like that.  I never experienced that at Mt View, and I don't recall that happening as much at Skyline either.  When you have friends at Mesa High, you have life long friendships.  Seriously!  More so then other schools.  It's funny how that works out.  

I am way behind the goal list for today.  I never got to laundry, dishes, or painting tonight.  Just napping....OR Dinner either.  What the heck is going on with me???!!!  
Speaking of NOT meeting all of my "to do" things.  Yesterday I had a doctor's appointment scheduled for 5 p.m.  I had it in the notes on my phone, on my calendar, and I even told the entire family that I had it.  Then when 5 p.m. came along, I totally missed it and it was completely out of site, out of mind.  It wasn't until we pulled onto our street at 9 p.m. last night from the drive to San Tan that it dawned on me that I totally missed it.  I had text messages from my doctor wondering what happened and everything.  I was so mad at myself!  I'm telling you, something has happened to me lately and I need to get it together soon.  

Well, I need to go.  Time to get ready for bed.  I need to make sure I get to bed early tonight.  I have a feeling tomorrow is going to be a busy one since our office is closed on Friday for the holiday.  The day before is either super busy or super slow.  Either way, I need to be ready for it and fully "charged" for the day.  Take care my friends and we will talk soon.

From the Missionary:


Hey Everyone,

How have you all been?  Anything fun going on in Arizona maybe a few weddings or something like that? LOL.  Oh yeah, don't worry about sending real letters, the office has been really slow with them and it's just better to get emails because I get them as soon as you send them.  Anyways onto some mission stuff!

This past week we went through all the area change stuff.  It was crazy!  In the middle of us trying to transfer people that will not be in our area book, to other area books, Salt Lake decided to drop 135 new referrals that we had to sift through and delete the super old ones.  It was wild!  Our entire zone was upside down until about yesterday.  We had to unfortunately pass off some of our favorite people to some of the sisters in our district.  One of the less actives named XXXXXX who hadn't been to church since she moved here from Puerto Rico 12 years ago.  She told us that she wanted to go to church and that she wanted her kids to be baptized.  Her kids are the most polite kids I have ever met here.  So that was a little sad to jump them off.  Another person was XXXX who was an investigator who used to talk to missionaries as a kid.  Her and her husband are most likely going to be baptized soon.  I was upset at first to turn them over, but when the Sisters called us last night and told us that both XXXXXX and XXXX said that they had been praying for direction right before we knocked on their door the first time, it was so cool!!!  I love the way that everything just works out when you rely on the Spirit.

Yesterday we met our new Mission President, President Smith.  He is such a cool guy.  He competes in the Iron Man Competitions, which is so crazy!  He's so laid back and calm about things just like President Morgan, which everyone liked.  Someone asked President Smith how fast can he run a five k and he said, I don't know let's find out, and he set up a time to go run with this missionary.  He is so excited to be here and to get to work.

Anyways, I'm trying to think of things I might need or want.  There isn't really anything besides just information and news of what's going on around Arizona.  I don't even know what's going on in New York really either.  So, that's really it.  I hope you guys have an awesome week and that you aren't crying to much from missing me.  LOL!

Love,

Elder Schmidt


P.S.  Crazy Bronxy things that happened this week.....

1) Elder Holtom and I were going to church and we saw a live chicken in a garbage can.  I wish I took a picture.  

2) Crazy story....We were waiting for an appointment at the church and a lady walked in and went into the Gym where the Spanish Ward was having a party.  A little later a guy comes out and asks for our help.  It turns out the lady was harassing the people and cussing everybody out.  She was calling them trash and all kinds of things.  So, we had to escort her out!  We even had to raise our voices a little.  It was super sad, but as we were doing this the story in the Bible when Christ cleansed the Temple came to mind, and that turned out to be a cool experience.  To literally do the same thing Christ did, especially since the Temple and the church are in the same building together.  I hope you are not sharing this with anyone since I just compared myself to Christ.  I have a long way to go to be like Him.  I guess we could say, we were doing what Christ would do, if He were here, and that is the cool part.

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