Monday, January 24, 2011

Stake Primary Luncheon

Saturday was a busy, busy day!  It all started off at 6:00 AM when Erik had to go down to the stake center to set up for the blood drive.  Erik, Ashley, Lindsay and I all gave this time.  It was Lindsay's first time to give blood and she did great!  I was proud of her!

Then I frantically came home and finished up making soup and dessert for our Stake Primary luncheon at 11:00.  It was a lot of fun seeing everyone.  Before I go into that, (just so I remember) Erik received two tickets at Christmas time to go to the Barrett Jackson car show in Scottsdale all day while we were at the luncheon.  He had a GREAT time - just wished he could have bid on a few cars!  Maybe next time honey! haha!

The luncheon was great and we had representatives from all ten wards show up.  We had five different kinds of soups and desserts and also homemade rolls by Karen - who makes AMAZING rolls!  LOVE, LOVE them!   We ended up making cans for each of the wards.  Inside each of the cans were visual aids and different ideas they could use in a pinch.  Ros also made up a binder for each of the four buildings in our stake to be placed in the piano bench.  They listed songs from previous primary sacrament programs that we love to sing but no longer have the music too.  Great idea!  We had our high councilman and a member of our stake presidency show up too with their wives.  They are such a great support for the Primary!  LOVE that!!  We ended up giving them a melted snowman cookie with a note attached saying that if they were feeling stressed or deflated to call us.  They turned out cute!  It was a fun luncheon!

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Jury Duty

I was picked as Juror #1 in a DUI case on Tuesday.  We heard the case and came up with the verdict yesterday evening at 5:00 PM.  He was guilty.  He was DUI but not for alcohol, for drugs.  I never knew it would affect ME the way it did.  It was such an emotional experience for me.  At that moment in the jury room, I truly felt the weight of our decision in our hands.  This guy was the father of two little girls and was 30 years old.  I knew that  if he was guilty, he would be going to jail and leaving his little girls without a dad.  While I know we made the right decision, it didn't make it any easier when the judge went one by one, asking each of the jury members if this was their decision, that he was guilty.  I had to say yes, it was my decision, he was guilty.  It was a very emotional draining day.  In the end, it was HIS choice to do drugs and drive impaired.  The system is fair.  The judge and bailiff were awesome - very, very compassionate people whom I have a lot of respect for.  I'm glad I had the chance to see first hand how this entire system works.  It was a good experience - just an emotional one.