Friday, December 30, 2011


I have a toddler bed I would like to give away.  It is just a regular wooden toddler bed, nothing fancy, but is in good condition.  It has a crib mattress that has been in a zippered plastic bag since it was first purchased, but in transporting it to my house from my daughter's house, the zippered bag ripped.  If you are interested in this free bed, please contact me either by email, or phone, or talk to me at church.  My phone number is in the ward directory. 

- Marlene Cooley

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Closed Captioning for Stake Conference

Here is an announcement from our Stake Relief Society Presidency regarding the upcoming Albuquerque West Stake Conference:

We are so excited and pleased to announce that closed captioning for the hearing impaired will be available once again for our upcoming Stake Conference meetings to be held on January 7th and 8th at the Stake Center located on 4500 Seven Bar Loop, ABQ, NM, 87114. This service will be available for the Saturday evening adult session at 6:30pm and also the Sunday 10:00am session. Please pass this information along to all those that might benefit from this incredible technology. We encourage all who have difficulty hearing, and any family members who wish to join them, to sit in the closed caption section of the cultural hall. ASK AN USHER TO SHOW YOU TO THIS AREA.

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Scripture Journals

Merry Christmas! In an attempt to make scripture study more meaningful for our family, I have been scouring the web, trying to find SOMETHING . . .
Well, I have found a lot of things that I put on my Church Board in pinterest, but I still wanted a journal for my kids to work with.
Long story, short (too late!) I made up five different page options (using another ladies wording) for a scripture journal, the first for a pre-K writer and the last something that I will use. Then, because we are going to start the Book of Mormon over again, I put in the Scripture Mastery key words in a traceable font for the preschool set in the same format. This lady (NOT ME!) has developed this lovely little printable that can be printed on clear(ish) sticker paper, and applied directly to your scriptures. These are the same keywords that I used.

Please e-mail me at girlpowerjedi(at)hotmail(dot)com if you would like a copy of the file. It is a pdf and I do not know how to upload it. Sorry!

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Church Bag Swap

Is it time to re-vamp your Church Bag? Would you like a bunch of different ideas? After the success of the busy bag swap hosted by Monique Frost in the Ventana Ward, I thought I would be fun to do our own swap, but with a different twist . . . Items with a "church-y" type theme, for agest 3+ (I don't know about you, but my 9-yr old still signs the book sign after the sacrament. (Thanks, Stef) If you are interested, here are the details:

The items can be anything from file folder games to busy bags (self-contained activities that fit in a gallon sized ziploc bag and can be stored easily.)

What are the group guidelines?

1. Make 10 of your activity (the same activity 10 times)
2. Activity should be geared to some sort of gospel principle
3. Activity should be gender neutral
4. Activity needs to fit into a gallon sized ziploc bag (or smaller)
5. Paper pieces should be laminated (I have a laminator I can lend out but you will need to provide your own laminating sheets)
6. Activities should be self contained and resuable - nothing should have to be added to the bag over time
7. Activities should be convenient and not require any major set up or clean up (no paint, liquids, sand, etc.)
6. There is a spending cap of $20 for all 10 activities (feel free to do it for less though!)

What is the deadline?

I would like to swap bags on January 17.

Where can I get activity ideas?

There are TONS of busy bag ideas out there online. A lot of these links include printables/directions to make the activity. Here are a few links to activity ideas I have a whole bunch of CDs that you can print file folder games from.

How to sign up?
Please leave a comment on this blog post that includes your email address. I will take the first 9 people who sign up making it a total of 10 people. PLEASE only sign up if you are able to create your bags by the January 17 deadline. I will email the group members once I have 9 participants and we can hammer out some details and share our activities to avoid duplications.

Please call or email with additional questions
Bethany O

Saturday, December 17, 2011

flashlights & popcorn for sale!

Just a reminder that the Volcano Cliffs scout troop is selling popcorn and flashlights as a fundraiser for the boys and their scout expenses.

The flashlights are AWESOME. They come in a 3 pack for $20. They are waterproof. One is powered by shaking it, one is solar powered (can even be charged by headlights from your car and holds a charge for years!), and one clips to the brim of a hat. These are the best, most versatile flashlights I've ever owned. These ARE NOT available in stores so don't miss out getting them now. Great for 72 hour kits, keeping under your sink or in your car, and make great gifts.

Also, there are 5 or 6 different varieties of popcorn that they're selling (and who doesn't love having an instant snack around?)

They're at the Lowe's near Cottonwood mall today until 4:30PM or you can get them from any scout in the ward (or contact Rebecca H. and she'll make sure you get what you need.)

If you need her contact info or names of any scouts selling the goods you can email me at melissa dot lee dot spencer at gmail dot com.

Friday, December 16, 2011


Ana Varela makes delicious homemade red chile beef tamales to order, and will take her last orders by Monday, Dec. 19. If you would like to order some for Christmas, she sells a dozen for $14. Just contact Sherae Miera and she will forward the order to Ana. The Mieras can deliver them to you, if you would like. Leave a message on our home phone (505)890-0169 or email

Thanks, Sherae

Monday, December 12, 2011

Girls interested in Science grades 5-9

Here is an email my school sent out today:

Expanding Your Horizons will be held on Saturday, Jan. 28 from 8:30-12 at the UNM Centennial Engineering Center. This is a great event for young women grades 5-9 who are interested in science and engineering. Career-focused, hands-on workshops are provided by professionals – many from Sandia Labs. This year, workshop choice is on-line and first-come, first-serve – so register early.

Friday, December 9, 2011

ASL Classes: Round Two!

Howdy! It's me again. Stef. Burns.

I'm going to be teaching two ASL this go round. (around? round? whatever.)  ASL 1 for beginners and ASL 2 for those who made it through my first class.

It's a 10 week class, every Thursday. You don't need anything...just show up at my house and learn. I will have video of a really cute guy (my husband) signing the words posted on the class blog. That way you can review and practice the signs whenever you want and also share it with your family so you can all pretend to be deaf. Won't that be fun!

Classes start Thursday Jan 12.
ASL 1 will be from 9-10am
ASL 2  will be from 10:30-11:30am.

The classes are free. They are fun. If nothing else it is an hour to socialize with friends in another language. Bonus!!

Please, let me know if you are interested in taking the class this time around. You can call me...if you know my number. You can email me stef.burns at You can leave a comment here. Just let me know so I can make plans.

Job fair tomorrow

Job fair for Tempur-Pedic mattress company tomorrow (Saturday) from 8AM-12noon. Click on the link above to find out more info.

Quilting frame needed

Does anyone have a quilting frame that could be borrowed by Dana Snedigar? She has two quilts ready to be tied and wants to finish them off before Christmas.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

breast pump needed

Shannon had her baby early and the baby is in the NICU for a week. Shannon needs to borrow a full size Medela pump while Emily is still hospitalized.

Friday, December 2, 2011

Time Out for Women

TOFW is coming back to Albuquerque

Check out the link:

Individuals can register for the Group rate without registering in a group if they register by December 6th. TELL EVERYONE!{Early Bird Email Share Link:}
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DATE CHANGE: Because April begins on a Sunday in 2012, General Conference is scheduled for March 31-April 1. Therefore, the General YW Broadcast will be held on March 24th. It is our policy to never hold TOFW events when a Church-wide event is taking place and because this calendaring time was missed during scheduling we need to CHANGE THE DATE OF THE ALBUQUERQUE TOFW EVENT. Rather than March 23-24, the event will be held one week earlier on March 16-17, 2012. If this date change effects anyone's availability to be a team member, please let your captain know right away and help her find someone to replace you. We understand the new date is at the end of the Albuquerque Public School Spring Break, however, it is the very best date we could provide with the rest of our busy Tour and the Venue's availability. We hope that many women will make TOFW the wonderful end to their Spring Break! ;)

Please see Linda H for additional information. Brochures are coming soon