Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Don't Miss This

The Pacific Ballroom Dance annual concert is coming up. This is a great show that you will not want to miss. For tickets and more information go to pacificballroom.org and please remember to credit your ticket sale to Laura Walsh!! Thanks, and see you at the concert.

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Earth Day in the Park

Jack is our stake's community affairs director and for several years now he has helped to organize a volunteer project with the city of Federal Way, Tacoma parks and King County parks. We try to get neighbors in the community to come out and help with efforts to clean and maintain our parks. It is always such a successful undertaking. This year there were several hundred volunteers in six parks. We were also blessed that is was such a beautiful day.

Federal Way, Jovita Creek and Hylebos wards cleared vines at Celebration Park
Dash Point ward members at Alderwood Park

Our ward, the Silver Lake ward was at Wedgewood Park

Kaleb Travers, Jonah Jepson and friend hauling branches

Bishop Swanson

Ron Cross

Janell Siens, Twila Hoffman and Curtis Hoffman
Gary Sabin raking berry vines (he had blisters today)

Food Storage Gone VanderHoeven Machine

The prophets have been telling us for decades that we needed to gather in our food storage. Our church leaders have counseled us to “prepare every needful thing” (see D&C 109:8) so that, should adversity come, we can care for ourselves and our neighbors and support bishops as they care for others."

Justify FullOur family has tried through the years to follow this counsel but we haven't always been very successful. Since I come from an extended family that works very well together (thus the nickname VanderHoeven Machine) and as my mother used to always say, "Many hands make light work", we decided to work this out together.
Pam's livingroom totally full of empty cans

Pam checked out the canning machine from the Kent bishop's storehouse and Jacki brought one from the Marysville storehouse. Pam picked up 400, yes that is right, 400 empty #10 cans with lids and oxygen packets. Each family purchased what ever they wanted to drypack can and we were ready to work. I wasn't able to get too many good pictures because we were all busy.

Kirsten working the caner with Jennifer labeling
Valerie and I filling cans
Pam with a whole tub of rice or something
It felt good to be following the counsel of the prophets and we had a lot of fun working together. Luckily we had Mike and Adrian there to haul cans and garbage out. Pam said it took her about four hours to clean her house the next day because of flour, rice and other food stuffs that the kids were able to track throughout the house. Now the next big issue will be where am I going to store all of this stuff!

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Sorry Laura

Laura (Watts) was complaining that I haven't updated my blog lately. I have been really busy so I will try to do it soon. Stay tuned for fun and excitement!