Friday, November 30, 2007
Play practice is going well. H likes her part now and is over not having the lead; and the songs to "Gingerbread Christmas" are wafting through our home.
Yesterday we had dance practice, also for H. That is coming along. The girls can't dance in a straight line so next week, our final practice, we are going to the church and dancing on the gym line. Whatever happens will be fine. They are have so much fun and are really excited!
Had parent teacher conferences this week. I always enjoy that very much because I get to hear about how great the kids are. Brother took his first set of bench mark tests. He scored 100 in science, math and language arts. H is on the A honor roll. They are doing well, and that makes my life SO much easier.
We're looking at wood today.
Kids are having friends sleep over tonight.
Went to Home Family and Personal Enrichment last night.
Lights are going up on the house!!!
Shopping is almost done.
Nana is going to make H's dress.
Started reading "Lord of the Rings", I've never read them but everyone says I just have to...so far I don't hate it. I tried to read "the Hobbit" once before and didn't. I thought it was a snooze so we'll see.
Caught up :)
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
H has been waiting to audition for her school play. They have been gearing up for weeks and we thought it was going to be a couple weeks ago. Well, they finally did their auditions on Monday and yesterday she found out she got the part of the princess. I thought that was going to be a nice role for her...wrong. She was mad. She wanted the part of Katrina and her friend Ellie got it. As soon as she got in the car she started to cry. She hates princesses (news to me) and never gets the staring role and now doesn't even want Ellie to spend the night on Friday because she was Mrs Claus in first grade while H was "a stoopid elf" and now this.
Well, we talked a lot about how a good friend is happy for her friend when she does well and it was her, H, who was not being nice; not Ellie who only tried out and tried her best (as she should). And we talked about how so many kids didn't get parts and she should be glad to have one with a speaking dance role instead of being a Christmas tree or a snowflake. Hopefully she will be happy in the long run. And she will be kind. Meanwhile I get to make a Christmas princess dress now...guess I'd better get on the ball.
Christmas light drama~ unresolved.
Trip drama~ likewise.
But one problem was solved. DH has been after me to get a passport for a while. I haven't because we're not going any where and I didn't want to spend the $$. I guess I'm kind of cheap. Thrifty.
Anyway I went on Monday and got the paper work for it and came home and realized that I didn't have my birth certificate. DH realized that he has a small window of time in Jan when a trip wouldn't interfere with testing and wanted to look at doing something then. No BC and no PP though would make that difficult. So he was upset. I (with the kind assistance of Uncle Brian) did some research and trying to figure out how to solve these problems quickly.
It turned out that the reason I didn't have my birth certificate was because my mom did. I don't know why I didn't get it all these years. But luckily it was available, then I went to get an oh so flattering photo done at Horrible-Photos-R-Us. And this morning I turned in all my paper work and I should have a passport in hand shortly after Christmas. Although we are still not going anywhere...but I guess I will be ready next time.
Went VT to see Haylee and Rachel last night. We had a fun time. Lucy had a great time.
Went to playgroup at McD today. Fun time had by all.
Play practice starts today...hoping it will go well.
Monday, November 26, 2007
why is it that last week, that would be the week of fall break, the children woke up EVERY morning before the sun rose and scampered happily off to watch TV, or bounced cheerfully on our bed with their "boups" but this week, the week we go back to school, I am dragging them from their beds while they rub their eyes, yawn and stretch and claim to be "soooo tired"????
Sunday, November 25, 2007
There are many things I love about Christmas time. I love the cold crisp air. Normally I hate to be cold but at Christmas it's acceptable. On Thanksgiving afternoon we were walking in to the the house from our turkey bowl and S and I said to each other "it smells like snow", a few hours later we were pleased to find our sniffers correct and we got a few flurries. Snow seems very Christmasy. I personally have never lived anywhere where it's snowed on Christmas, or snowed at all fore more than a day, but it still seems quintessentially Christmasy to have snow and I have been in Ohio when we've had snow on Christmas and it was the best! So the weather outside is cold and that seems appropriate.
I love Christmas music. I even don't mind the cheesy rock and roll stylized music they play in the mall. It's not my favorite but it adds to the ambiance. I like candy canes and hot chocolate and egg nog. I look forward to baking treats, decorating gingerbread houses and putting up our tree. I love the first Presidency Christmas devotional and our ward Christmas party. I love Christmas specials on TV and am looking forward to rounding out my personal Santa Claus collection with the 3rd movie "the Escape Clause".
There are some things I don't love. I love gifts and giving them. I don't love trying to do it on a "budget". We have an annual "discussion" at our house. How much to spend on gifts. One of us wants to spend more than the other and one of us wants to stay in our budget (which is a good thing). Another annual discussion is Christmas lights on the house. I love them. The kids love them. I think it says to the world, Yes! we are Christian. Why that is called into question is beyond me, and subject for another post. But still I like that announcement. It also says "we are not scrooges". DH doesn't ever love to put up lights. I don't really know why but it's like pulling teeth every year. This year we have a new roof and new gutters and he doesn't want to ruin them by putting up the lights. I don't think it will ruin them...but I don't know, not being a roofing expert of any sort. I also don't like fruit cake, or rampant commercialization.
I do love reading Christmas stories, seeing the kids dressed up in their Christmasy best, waking up early on Christmas morning to the shiny excited faces of the kids, singing carols, bringing treats to our friends, getting treats, Christmas cards and most of all that extra feeling of goodwill and cheer that seems to be everywhere (except maybe the mall :) ) at Christmas time.
And for the record DH and I went out Christmas shopping for our date last night. And we had a very fun time (both of us) and got a lot of our list done. Then we ate gingerbread at Soup or Salad and went to see August Rush (which he liked and I thought was slow and kind of dumb).
As for the lights...we'll see. DH is thinking of doing something on the lawn, which would be okay but I think we can't just put one reindeer out there and call it good, we'd need a herd or something...which wouldn't fit the budget...which...
Saturday, November 24, 2007
I don't know who Clarence Budinton Kelland is but I liked this quote. I wonder what lessons I am teaching my children? I am sure I would be surprised by some that I didn't intend. Hopefully I will be pleased with some that I did. You can't, unfortunately hide anything from your children.
Friday, November 23, 2007
Contrast that with this morning, I woke up to the sight of Lucy and her "boop". "Read dis me momm, I wann pupu milt momm, I cold momm." So being the nice wife that I am I slipped out of my warm bed, leaving brother and DH behind to slumber on in warmth and quiet and went out to the computer room to wrap Lu and I in blankets with her cup of purple milk and her book.
We've had a good week with all the kids home. We went to the zoo once, did some cleaning up, went to the park a couple times, baked, took the missionaries to CiCi's pizza, the big girls and I went to see Enchanted (which we loved), went visiting teaching, had thanksgiving and hit the stores.
Tonight we ate left-overs, played Killer Bunnies with H and E (and there was no crying...but DH did win so....just kidding, Brother was a little sad because he has never won, for some reason he still likes to play) and tucked everyone in early. J had her friends over this afternoon and now they are spending the night at Sofie's house. S is out with some of her friends.
Thursday, November 22, 2007
We went to the church this morning and played turkey bowl soccer. It was cold but fun.
Papa and Grandma arrived while the kids were dancing outside and then we had dinner. The kids had a great time playing together. The adults and big kids played Catch Phrase and sat and visited.
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
Lucy loves for me to read to her, in fact this morning I woke up to her sweetly tapping the corner of her book on my closed eyes saying "you read dis me?"
When we read she often will "pick up" treats from the pages and "feed" them to me, or she'll "scoop up" the baby and rock it in her arms and sing "rock the baby." She has a good imagination and books really spark it for her.
A couple days ago Lu was in the bath and brother came in with a stack of books. He plopped himself down with his head on my leg and we began to read. He likes to think in math (weird I know) and was really enjoying the part of the book where the m&m's get grouped into different units that equal 12. Like 6 groups of 2, 3 groups of 4, and so forth. We had read several pages and he sat up, held up his hand and said "shhh mom, let me think a minute" Then he said, I think next is 2 groups of 6. And he was right.
Reading with my bigger girls (H is included in this) gives me many opportunities to discuss right and wrong, good and bad, character traits that are admirable, and those that aren't. While talking about lesson's Scout learned from watching Atticus, a man of noble character, we can highlight those traits we value and want for our children to emulate in a totally non-pointing-a-finger at you kind of way. In seeing Harry and Hermione and Ron struggle to fight against evil we can talk about the importance of finding good friends and working together for what's right and we can talk about how they might have been helped along the way if they had asked trusted adults for advice and help. Two good lessons without saying "do you really think _____ helps you make good choices" or "call me if you get in trouble". NOT that I don't' say that too...it's just less personal and there is no defensiveness in the conversation so it reinforces our real life conversations.
and I could go on forever!
Monday, November 19, 2007
Which sci-fi crew would you best fit in with? (pics)
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|You scored as Moya (Farscape)|
You are surrounded by muppets. But that is okay because they are your friends and have shown many times that they can be trusted. Now if only you could stop being bothered about wormholes.
My gratitude today is for my dad, like Nephi of old I can truly say that I have been born of goodly parents. Dad is always cheerful and helpful. I can count on one hand the number of times, in my life, that I can remember him getting mad. Really mad. There were the occasional sort of mads like when my brother set the desert on fire by our house, when my brother cut my other brothers finger off, when we forgot to wipe our mouths with our napkins at the dinner table, when we laughed hysterically and irreverently during family prayer (aren't kids a delight?)...little things like that :) Mostly though Dad is always even tempered and patient.
He is a hard worker. When he came to the US as a teenager, by himself and speaking no English, it was hard to find a job. Dad worked as a gardener, in a fish market, as a grave digger and as a house painter while he went to school to become a teacher. He has always taught at least two different jobs and then came home and worked in the home. He always acts like work is a blessing and will jump in to do any job any time.
He is a patriot. Dad loves America, the land of promise. He served in the military even though he was not yet an American citizen. He votes and obeys the laws of the land and tries to make our country strong.
Dad is funny and fun to be with. He's always up for a game or a story or a walk. And he makes the kids feel special and important because he likes to spend time with them. He did that when we were little too and to this day we "argue" over who is dad's favorite, each of thinking it's them (except me I know it's me;))
Dad is smart, he knows everything, obscure rivers in China, he knows their names, how many miles away the sun is, knows it, how to make crepes, check, what planet Spock comes from, got it.
Dad is fit. He walks and plays and keeps himself in shape.
Dad is a Christ-like man, he's a scriptorian, and he walks the walk.
Love you dad. I feel very blessed to have you as my dad, to have you as a Papa for my kids and to have your example in my life.
Sunday, November 18, 2007
Yvonne gave me this sweet award "The Colors of Friendship".
Today I am grateful for friends, real and imaginary :)
To keep them occupied I suggested writing letters to Santa, you know to beat the December rush. H, who almost doesn't believe but is a little unsure and probably not willing to take the chance is asking for clothes and moon sand and wouldn't mind a horse but is realistic enough to realize that's probably not going to happen.
Saturday, November 17, 2007
I am sad because she was really really looking forward to it. How she forgot completely baffles me. How I forgot is par for the course, but still darn!
Friday, November 16, 2007
Lucy loved being out with H and her friends.
It was perfect weather. Cool but comfortable.
Thursday, November 15, 2007
Lu and I also went to playgroup.
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
Grandma is doing the turkey and gravy.
I am making mashed potatoes, pretzel salad, stuffing, pumpkin pie, blueberry pie, olives, ice cream and cool whip (some of these things I am obviously getting and not actually making.
Julia is doing the marshmallow salad,
I am toying with the idea of trying PW butternut squash and maybe something chocolate.
Can you tell I've been "dieting" and I have to use that word rather loosely. I am trying but there are so many eating occasions this time of year. Still it's better not to put off even if I can't give it 1000% just yet.
This is our attempt in 2001. Cute, uncooperative, crazy. That pretty much sums up every year.
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
Then we drove through McD and on to Julia's to plan our Thanksgiving feast. The kids had a great time playing with her boys and didn't want to leave. When we got home we invited K over to play. Then Carson got picked up and his brother Mason stayed to play with K and E.
DH, E and H had karate and Lucy and I went with J to an equipment meeting for Packard. DH came and got Lu so they could all go to bed.
Then I came home to this:
It's cute, but soo different we'll all have to get used to it. She hasn't had bangs in a long time and they cut off about 8 inches from the length. Wow!