1. In this song,Tammy sings of being able to hear "the breeze from the bayou." What sounds can you hear as you answer these questions?
2. This week's song was the theme of a popular movie about a girl who grew up on a houseboat in Mississippi. Looking back on 2016, did you spend much time on or around water?
Yes, we did! We made a trip to Big Fork, Montana for an Open House for our oldest daughter and her new husband shortly after they got married. We stayed in a house right on the lake. Now, Kevin and I want to buy a place on a lake some place. Kevin wants to move to the Poconos in Pennsylvania, but realistically I think some place up north would be easier on the both of us. The Poconos is beautiful and there are some awesome places there, but it gets too cold during the winter and it's too far away from our children. Here's are some photos of us on the deck outside the house we stayed at in Montana.
3. In addition to being an Oscar-nominated actress, this week's artist, Debbie Reynolds, was a big movie fan. She amassed an amazing cache of movie memorabilia. Do you collect anything?
I don't collect anything like memorabilia, but I do collect crafty type things. In fact, I'm trying to get rid of a lot of them. Kevin and Kyle collect sports memorabilia together. Kevin has quite the collection already.
4. Though she never won a competitive Oscar for acting, Debbie Reynolds was awarded the Academy's Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award earlier this year for 60 years of charity work. While she supported many causes throughout her life, one she was closest to was The Girl Scouts. She was not only a Scout herself, she was a leader when daughter Carrie was young and a fundraiser throughout her life. Were you ever in Boy or Girl Scouts?
Nope, I was never a Girl Scout. I was a Brownie at one point when I was in Elementary School, but that didn't last very long. My father, brother, husband, his father, his brothers, and our boys were Boy Scouts though. They were in a troop sponsored by the church we belong to. I think the church would have supported the Girl Scouts if they didn't already have a program in place for young women and the Girl Scouts didn't promote abortion. The church seriously considered walking away from the Boy Scouts recently because of some of their recent decisions as well. Every LDS ward has their own troop. In the United States alone there are more than 437,000 LDS boys registered in nearly 38,000 church Cub Scout packs, Boy Scout troops, and Venturing crews. In fact, our church has been affiliated with the Boy Scouts for over 102 years and would have left the relationship they have had since 1913 because of their stand on certain issues. While our church accepts gay scouts in troops and gay men in leadership positions, we do not condone same-sex marriages or acting upon same-sex attractions.
Our New Year's Eve celebration is going to consist of everyone in my family sleeping while I clean and watch movies. Kevin is running a slight fever again. I told him if it gets any worse he was going back to the hospital. When they admitted him he had a 102 degree temp. Usually someone with sepsis they run a low grade fever. So, we are watching him very closely tonight. Lexi on the other hand is flat out passed out after the Trek. She probably won't wake up until very early tomorrow morning.
7. According to the National Insurance Bureau, more cars are stolen on New Year's Eve than any other single day. Are you confident your vehicle(s) will be safe and sound this Saturday night?
Pretty confident. All of our neighbor's are home and will be going in and out of their homes most of the night, so I feel pretty good about it. Of course, you can never be 100% sure someone won't do something.
8. Do you have any New Year's Resolutions for 2017?
Nothing specific other than just get back to my clean eating again. With all that has happened with me being sick and Kevin being in the hospital I kind of put things on hold until things calm down a bit. I plan to start up again tomorrow or Monday. I'm excited about doing that!
9. Looking back on 2016, what surprised you?
2016 has been a very rough year for us. However, there was a lot that surprised me in some very amazing ways. I'd first have to say, I was surprised with how amazing our Bishop and our Relief Society President were this entire year. They really helped me personally out so much! I was also amazed at how much my family stepped in to help. They were amazing as well. We were also surprised with how some people treated us in a negative way as well. The one thing we have all learned this year is who "our people" really are. In my opinion, the ones that walked away from us are missing out and it's their loss for making that choice.