Sunday, May 29, 2016

Dear Kids,
          We have carpet in our basement! It’s a miracle. We’d been put off for so long, I was afraid it would be a fight to get our money back, and then we’d have to go looking somewhere else, and wait, and wait. But I had a message on my phone Monday morning that the carpet was "in," and it would be installed the next day. And the installers actually showed up (although they were 3 hours late) and they did a good job. Now our house has that nice "new carpet" smell, and I’m having fun moving our stuff from the garage to the basement. It’s almost like having a new house. 
          The birthday party for Dad and Dallin on Friday night was a wild blast. 32 people were here. It was fun having so many of you come! Thank goodness the weather was nice and we could spread outside! Thanks to Donna for providing the cake, and to everyone else who showed up on such a busy night. Thanks for being such a big, wonderful family. I thank the Lord every day for all of you.
          One of our big adventures this week was getting a mattress set for the new queen bed in our basement. We borrowed John’s Costco card and drove to Orem in the truck. Dad was worried that it wasn’t our card, but we had no problem buying the mattress and foundation. They whisked us through. And we loaded the pieces on the truck, but we didn’t tie them down, because I thought such a heavy mattress couldn’t go anywhere. It didn’t–until we were driving around Deer Creek Reservoir, and a crosswind sent both pieces sailing. Luckily, it was a construction area, and they landed in the dirt on the side of the road, not in the reservoir, and not in the windshield of an oncoming car. We pulled over, backed up to where they’d landed, and loaded them back on, with the help of a Good Samaritan couple who stopped behind us. And we secured them with the cargo net. When we got home we discovered that two corners of the foundation were smashed, but we repaired them. We were just grateful it hadn’t been worse. 
          So much fun! There’s a new adventure every day. Lots of love, Mom