Winston Churchill

Friday, February 26, 2010

Picture from Bo

We finally received a recent picture from Bo. He's pictured here with Elder Meyer on his right and Elder Woodruff on his left. These are two of his very good friends who will be heading home in two weeks. It's good to see him happy and healthy. :)

Monday, February 15, 2010

Pictures from Japan

Zack finally sent home some pictures. He's been a little lax in sending stuff home so I was thrilled to receive these from him.

This first one is Christmas at Kagohara in Kumagaya.
This one he took on New Year's Day in Kumagaya.
This is a picture he took in Tokyo.
A picture of the bullet train they occasionally get to ride.
Zack and his companion Elder Howe. I'm not sure why they're pulling the wierd faces. He didn't explain.
It's great to hear from him. We sure do miss Zack and love him so very much. I'll make sure to post his pictures the next time he sends some - whenever that may be... :)

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

I Love You Dad

I've been thinking about and anticipating this day for the last few months. It's hard to believe that it's been a whole year since my Dad passed away and yet it is. A year ago I received that dreaded 2 AM call from my sister telling me that our father was gone. I can't help but remember all the thoughts and feelings from that day. I've learned the hard way how unpredictable life can be. We never know when our time will be up. I now try not to take things for granted or put things off until tomorrow. Tomorrow may not come. Fortunately, time has dulled the pain but the ache of missing my Dad is still there and probably always will be.

I miss his laugh, his hugs, his advice - just his presence. He was such a wonderful father and I want so much to give him a hug and tell him thank you and that I love him just one more time. I'm so glad that Zack and Bo were able to grow up knowing their grandfather and the wonderful person that he was. At the same time, I'm saddened that Winston will never know him.

My Dad wrote several books compiled from his journals and had them published to share with us. I'm so grateful that my Dad took the time to do this. I value these books so much and know that Winston will at least have a chance to get to know his grandfather through these books.

I love you Daddy and am looking forward to the day we'll all be together again. In the mean time, I'll miss you.

Love, Holly

Friday, February 5, 2010

Recipe worth Sharing - Blizzard Pary Mix

While browsing on Taste of, I came across a recipe called Blizzard Party Mix. I thought it sounded good and decided to make it for a baby shower a few weeks ago. The shower seemed the perfect excuse to try it out. Anyway, it was a hit and we all thought it was pretty addictive. It only took about 15 minutes to make (including unwrapping the caramels and chopping them up). It would be a great snack for this weekend's big game so here it is for those interested.  I modified it just a bit - here's my version.

2 3/4 cups Corn Chex
2 3/4 cups miniature pretzels

1 1/2 cup dry roasted peanuts
1 pkg Kraft caramel bits or 40 caramels, coarsely chopped
2 package (12 oz.) vanilla or white chips

In a large bowl, combine the first four ingredients. In a microwave-safe bowl, melt chips; stir until smooth. (Only heat at 30 second intervals and stir after each so you don't burn the chips) Pour over cereal mixture and toss to coat. Immediately spread onto waxed paper-lined baking sheet; let stand until set, about 20 minutes. Break into pieces. Store in an airtight container. Yield: 4 1/2 cups.


Thursday, February 4, 2010

Hanging out at Home

Winston and I are both sick. He has RSV and I have Strep Throat. We're quite the pair hanging out together at home. Fortunately, we both went to the doctors yesterday so we have our prescriptions and are now on the mend. We've spent the day watching movies, taking naps and working on his valentines for next week. If we both weren't under the weather, it would have been a great day. He's so clever and I love hanging out with him, I just prefer it to be under better circumstances. Even though I'm still not feeling great, I'm grateful to have had a whole day to spend with Winston just doing what he wanted to do.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

New Favorite Book

Winston has a new favorite book. Winston has loved all of the board books he has by Leslie Patricelli. The illustrations are great and the story line is easy for little ones to follow. I was so excited when I saw that she had written a book for preschool age children that I pre-ordered it to give to Winston for Christmas. This book, called The Patterson Puppies and the Rainy Day, has become one of Winston's favorite books to read at bed time. It tells a story about four puppies and the mischief they get into because of their very active imaginations. Winston's favorite puppy is the one named Zack (I can't imagine why...)

Here's a link to this book on Amazon. Winston gives it his highest approval - a high five with stones. :D If you love clever books with great art work, you'll love this adorable story.