Good point: The man in this movie has a son from a previous marriage who he does NOT get to see, so he makes VHS tapes for him and sends them in the mail, hoping his son is receiving them ? and able to learn how much his dad loves and misses him.
That gave me ideas that I probably should be doing the same. Making video clips for my kids so that when they are old enough to see them without their dad hurting us for seeing each other ~ they will get to know their Mom, me, and how much I have always loved them all of their lives.
OK What else is going on?
~Alex tells us that when he took his English Language Arts testing a few days ago that he nearly scored in the 1,000's in Textual Interpretation, which is 9th grade level! We were very proud to hear this. He is enjoying Middle School very much. He is getting fairly good grades, but we don't put too much pressure on him. We are just happy if he does his best. He graduates this month and is looking forward to making lots of money this summer!
~He goes to Mutual (LDS youth program) every Wednesday and he LOVES it. They teach him all the Boy Scouts training and other fun activities that bring a person great growth and fun in the teen years. Tonight they went Geo-caching.
~Its Almond butter time again.
I have a Vita-mix blender which is able to blend raw almonds and make Almond Butter! We love it! Nothing compares to fresh, raw, sweet, healthy almond butter on toast with my homemade fresh freezer jam. I just bought Apricots to make freezer jam tomorrow. YUMMY! (Jordan, Jacob and Andrew, when you come down to Cali. I will send you home with some!)
~Made fresh Coconut Soy Ice Cream. It was delicious!! I took half of a sweet fresh coconut, and cut the meat into a food processor. Added Soy vanilla ice cream and blended it. That Simple...It was AWESOME! (Heavenly comes to mind)
~I made Fresh Apricot Freezer Jam. My mother Grammy Hatch made this all the time while I was growing up. It is fabulous. Won't you come share some with me?
~ I made Green Smoothies. This consisted of Spinach, Celery, Carrot, Grapes, Apple, Water and Ice...blended very well. It was delicious!
~We visited the San Diego LDS Temple the beginning of June. It is GORGEOUS!! It really is a beautiful building when you drive by it on the 5 freeway. We see it all the time when going boating. We decided to do an Endowment session. The inside was spectacular. Lots of weddings on the grounds every day. We had a beautiful day! I can not write about it all the wonderful things that happened that day here, but believe me, lots of incredible things happened for us this day, and it turned out to be ONE AMAZING day!!
~Went out to eat with my wonderful In-laws to Old Spaghetti Factory. Afterwards we love to sit and watch the big trains go by. We always have a lovely evening together. We love our Mom and Grandma Acosta!
~Alex sent Austin some fun Background Music CD's in the mail to Hawaii ~ that he thought Austin could use since Austin mixes music on his computer. Hope he likes them. He sent 4-5 of them, and wants to send 4-5 more for his Birthday in a few weeks.
~One day this month we decided to go up the Orange County Coast for a Sight-Seeing Drive! We had so much FUN! We saw lots of beaches, parks, coves, gorgeous homes, boats, piers, the Queen Mary etc. We stopped off at a preserve and also a Historic Main street in Seal Beach and eat Thai food there ~ it was fantastic! I will post lots more photos on my 2012 photo page under the Pictures tab on this site of this special day.
~My youngest brother David posts an awesome page about himself online recently. http://mormon.org/me/8B1N/
~Alex made some really cool projects in Industrial Tech this year. This nut cracker and an air plane. He did very well.
~I have been remembering something from my youth this week. Did you know?...
That when I was growing up most of my youth in Provo Utah, that we lived near the famous Sundance Ski Resort where the famous Sundance Film Festival is held every year, thanks to the famous actor Robert Redford who lives there?
Well, often the producers of this famous well-know Festival would ask BYU film department to supply babysitters for the famous actors who had children with them which needed to be watched during the day's activities Sure enough I was given this wonderful opportunity to make money and meet famous people a few times.
On one occasion I was driven up there and taken to the Lodge restaurant first to eat a beautiful lunch with many famous people. One of them that sat next to me was the world famous Actor Karl Malden.
At that time he had been in many t.v. shows, movies, and commercials! I recognized him immediately. I could hardly believe we were having lunch together. Then after lunch the family that was having me babysit their children invited Karl Malden to their cabin to take a nap there while they were out and I was there to watch their two babies. We all rode up together in their car to the big cabin they owned near this resort and dropped us off. While I watched the children, Karl Malden took a nap in one of the bedrooms. When he woke up a few hours later, he told me that he was going to go ahead and walk down the dirt road towards the Festival and thanked me for keeping the children so quiet while he rested. I then mustered up the courage to ask him for his autograph. He said "Sure thing" and he gave me it on a yellow index card, which I kept in my personal box of memorabilia to this day (if I can find it). So there you have it. I spent 1/2 a day with a Movie Star! (I've met others)
Anyway those were good memories brought to mind this month of June.
~ This month we joined the San Diego Zoo and Wild Safari Parks. We LOVE to go see the beautiful animals and enjoy a relaxing day walking around the wonderful exhibits and grounds. Here's a pic of us going on the bus tour.