Sunday, April 29, 2007
It was really good. I enjoyed all the talks and the analogies they made from the scriptures to our lives.
It's good to have a reminder about the importance of remembering the little things and paying attention them.
Justin talked about Ammon and the scattering of the sheep. He said we were like Ammon and the sheep were all the things we were trying to do right. Daily scripture study, personal prayer, etc. Then along comes the Lamanitish servants and scatter the sheep. Our LS are things like: illness, a new baby, a big project, going on a vacation, or any other thing that disrupts our routine. When that happens, not if because it's sure to happen, how we deal with it is so important. Do we weep, wail and give up hope or do we try and gather our sheep up again and renew our commitment to do good?
It was a good meeting.
Mom and Dad came over for dinner after. We ate and then went for a walk. The weather is lovely today.
I love Sundays.
Saturday, April 28, 2007
DH is a fun coach, the boys like him and have learned a lot!
And we had our regular chores to do.
Then he talked to me some more, until I was done crying and we had a plan. Then he showed up for both surgeries and came to the hospital every day for every treatment I had. I loved that man. What an awesome doctor.
Friday, April 27, 2007
H's dentist appointment went well. She has one more but said this one didn't hurt and hasn't had problems with it since, which is good.
Last night I went to our visiting teaching conference. It was really nice. There was a dinner, skit, musical numbers. Kind of the usual but it was well put together and the spirit was there. The theme was "angels among us" and the difference we can make in each others lives.
In the skit they had a reluctant visiting teacher. At the end she was kneeling to pray and Heavenly Father answered her in an audible voice. She had a conversation with him that really touched me.
I always say my prayers and I have no doubt that they are heard and answered. To hear an audible answer real time though was neat, and it made me think of Him as closer, really there.
Several sisters bore testimony of how their lives had been impacted by faithful visiting teachers. I guess I need to keep that in mind. We never know when our hands can be used as tools in His hands.
Today was a typically crazy day. I had to hustle this morning and try and get everything ready for the talent show tonight. We also had book club, which I wanted to go to, so I was trying to open up a block of time so I could do that.
Both H and E wanted to enter the cake decorating contest so after getting the last things we needed for the dinner we came home and got to baking. One of the cakes, when I first took it out of the oven to cool, burst. There was glass everywhere. I was so surprised. My stove top wasn't cold.
Of course it's always when you are in a rush that the unexpected happens. We cleaned the mess and headed off to book club anyway.
We read "Twilight", which I LOVED. I actually also read the second book "New Moon". Our discussion was fun. Pretty much everyone loved Edward!
Normally I hate scary books, and this is a vampire story, but I still loved it. It's 11pm, and I am waiting up for S to get home from the spring show and I am finding myself unable to really write a coherent sentence so enough about Edward and vampires for now.
H made a flower cake, inspiration thanks to family fun magazine. E made a star wars one, inspired by Debbie, my sister Anna's RLF. They both won prizes, which made them very happy. E's got first place, it really was cute.
The talent show went well. H's hula group looked so darling. It was very fun. Brother's preschool did a dance/lip sync that was fun. DH sang with the men. Papa sang also and played the harmonica. We had stilt walkers, a violinist, singers, a oboe solo, gymnastics; all kinds of fun stuff.
Everyone stayed and helped clean up. Yea for help.
Unfortunately we had a lot of food left over. I always get portion sizes wrong, plus I never know for sure how many will show up. Today we had a good crowd.
Thursday, April 26, 2007
1. What is your full name? super mommy
2. What are you most afraid of? flying, drowning, running out of my favorite toothpaste, to name a few.
3. What is the most recent movie that you’ve seen in the theater? Amazing Grace
4. Where were you born? San Fransisco, CA
5. What is your favorite food? seafood, or chocolate, or......there are lots I love.
6. What is your natural hair color? Brown
7. Have you ever been to Alaska? No, but I would love to visit.
8. Have you ever toilet papered someone’s house? Yes, it was a favorite activity in my youth
9. Have you ever loved someone so much it made you cry? Yes
10. Have you ever been in a car accident? Yes.
11. Croutons or bacon bits? Both!
12. What is your favorite day of the week? Saturday…my husband is home and we’re free to go out and do something fun as a family.
13. What is your favorite restaurant? hhmm, that's a hard one. I love PF Chang's lettuce wraps, I like Chili's menu, I like trying new things. Can't pick.
14. What is your favorite flower? I'm so indecisive I guess, all these favorites are hard. I love wisteria. I also love bouquets like I got last week from my MIL of mixed with some exotic, colorful flowers. Very pleasing!
15. What is your favorite sport to watch? soccer
16. What is your favorite sport to play? walking
17. What is your favorite drink? water
18. What is your favorite ice cream? mint chip
19. Disney or Warner Brothers? Disney
20. Have you ever been on a ship? like a cruise ship? No
21. What color is your bedroom carpet? Dark Brown
22. How many times did you fail your driver’s test? None
23. Who was your last e-mail from? some spam site
24. When is your usual bedtime? 11-ish
25. What is your favorite TV show? Amazing Race
26. Who was the last person you went to dinner with? Dani, Greg, MSV and her R
27. What are your favorite colors? red, green
28. How many tattoos/piercings do you have and where and what are they? only my ears are pierced.
29. How many pets do you have? two dogs
30. List something you would like to do before you die. go on a mission
31. Have you ever been to Hawaii? twice, it's very fun.
32. Have you ever been to countries outside of the US? France, Spain and Canada
33. What were you/will you be doing at 31 and 32 years old? H was born the year I turned 31. We were living in TX and I was serving in YW.
okay I tag, (pause for a big sigh because sometimes I don't love these so much), I pick my RLFs, joyismygoal, three blond boys, I Have a Good Life and my sister A
Wednesday, April 25, 2007
There is no tomorrow but only today.
Do you remember that hymn? It must have been written about mothers :)
Today was a day much like every other day. I woke up early and went to work out with Tori while S was at seminary. She added more weights to our bar today, how mean, but we did it so yea!
When I got home I had to hurry H along. She was laying in the bath luxuriating. She had to rush rush rush and actually stand on the front porch with her bowl of cereal shovelling in spoon fulls as the bus rolled down our street toward her stop. She wasn't very happy about that. She also asked for a note to get out of PE because she had a cut on her foot from the night before that was hurting. I told her no and sent her on her way. (foreshadowing alert).
After she was gone the rest of the kids piled in the suburban and we ran to Albertson's pumped some gas into the big green gas hog and ran inside to get J's sack lunch fixins' for her field trip.
Around 10 Carson and Mason came over while their mom went on a field trip. The boys played great. Carson napped, Lucy played. They ate lunch, ran around, heard a couple stories, set up the animals in some epic battle formations and used their light sabers.
During all that Lou had speech. Ms. Maricarol is so nice and Lucy loved playing with her. She was very cooperative and said "words" that were approximations of giraffe, monkey, not there, diaper, not dog, more and a few others. Some sounded like the word so we're making progress. Either way she loves it which is fun.
By 3 we had done some laundry, cleaned the kitchen (twice), chatted on the phone, checked our blogs, made the beds, picked up the living room (at least 3 times) what else? Oh got some stuff ready for the ward social. The usuals.
After the boys left H got home and we went to pick up S. Soon after J was home. Everyone needed snacks. I started dinner and got E ready for soccer practice. DH got home and took E. After feeding the kids at home I left J in charge of G and went to watch soccer. I was supposed to go right after to go meet Robin, Rachel and Mom for some "visiting teaching" at Chilis. H went w/ the boys to play with her friend during practice.
Practice went well. H's foot was bleeding again so I gave her a tissue. I left to go meet up at Chili's and got a call when I was almost there saying R2 couldn't make it so I turned around and came home. J, G and I took a walk to Nikko's house to lend her "New Moon". DH got home and sat down to eat dinner with E. H had gotten invited to go to CiCi's with her friend. DH told me he wanted me to make bread, and did I remember that I said I would two days ago. (that's the nice version of the story). I did remember so I started the bread.
H came home and was still complaining about her foot. Upon closer examination we discovered that she had a small piece of glass in it.
We performed bathroom surgery. DH was the surgeon, S held the light, I held the foot, G and E held H's hands, H cried. It was over quickly and we bathed her and got her ointmented up.
I went back to the bread. DH gave E and himself a hair cut.
While the dough was rising I put the little girls to bed. Boys showered. We gathered all for scriptures/prayers except the little girls who were sleeping.
Now, it's 10:30. Everyone is sleeping except S who is finishing homework and me waiting for the bread to finish baking.
and I need to perfect my bread recipe I guess, if DH is going to want me to make some every week. These came out a little too brown. I want it to come out light and airy and yummy.
Tuesday, April 24, 2007
1. If, and only if, you get tagged, write a post with links to 5 blogs that make you think,
2. Link to this post so that people can easily find the exact origin of the meme,
3. Optional: Proudly display the 'Thinking Blogger Award' with a link to the post that you wrote
So, I found out this morning and have spent some time thinking about who to nominate. I have a few blogs that I always love to read. People that I call my 'imaginary friends', who are a lot like me. Some are even my RLF, and I love to read about their lives and how their kids are and how the decorated the gym for whatever activity they have just planned. I love them and love reading them but I decided that wasn't really a "thinking blog" for me. Blogs that make me think are ones whose lives are different than mine. Who make me pause and have a different perspective, kind of a window into a life I didn't chose, someone who is a little different. Keeping that in mind here is my list:
1. Briana at Heldt Family Blog. She is a young mom of two darling little girls and two handsome boys. Her boys were adopted from Ethiopia. She tries to do good and to make a difference in the world and it's fun for me to read about her efforts. adoption is something that DH and I have talked about but really not too seriously. We would both have liked brother to have had a brother to grow up with but decided it wasn't something we were going to pursue. Even though we are not going to add to our family through adoption I enjoy reading her blog about her family that grew this way, especially since I have two sisters who are adopted.
2. Miranda at Nurtured by Love. She's a home schooling, Suzuki mom. It's always fun to see what her family is up to.
3. Sharp Mama. She's a Canadian expat living in Thailand and raising a family there. I randomly found her one day while reading dot.moms and her little boy was so cute. We share the same first name, which is not a common one, and somehow that made me think what my life could have been like if I made really different choices. Every now and then I pop over and see what's new. She always makes me think.
4. Planet Nomad. An American family living in Mauritania, Africa. Talk about a world away!
5. MSV, reading her blog always makes me think "I wish we lived nearer to each other."
Monday, April 23, 2007
Abba took everyone to the movies to see Meet the Robinsons.
Lucy and brother got to play at the park with Abba and DH.
I think everyone had such a fun time!
So much fun that I am not even going to point out that Lucy had her outfit on backwards. :)
Her school is really nice. The instructors are friendly and she has lots of friends and the building was nice. I got a cut and color. I would have done more but we ran out of time, which was okay. I was very happy with the results. I think it makes me look thinner :)
Saturday night we went out to dinner. We had wanted to go to Tacano's but the wait was long and the MSV needed to get back sooner than we could have so we went to "The Happy Sumo". The food was yummy and we had a lot of fun. Dani got the dragon dinner.
The more time I spend with Greg the more I like him. He's a really nice guy and smart and funny. I am glad that he and Dani chose to get married and share their lives together. I think they'll be really happy. He's a planner and really interested in working toward a secure future for them. He's also polite. He slept on the couch the first night I was there, even though I insisted that I was fine. The second night we got a blow up mattress for me and he got to have his bed back. I thought that was really nice, even though I felt bad. I don't want him to dread my visits after all!
Sunday morning Greg made pancakes then we went to church. Their ward was nice, close to their apartment. We went home and cooked and looked at Disneyworld online then went to MSV's for dinner.
She made yummy chicken. We made rice and salad and D made her special cheese cake. Michael and Andrea came over and we had a really fun time visiting. The weekend went way too fast.
This morning I flew home. Our fight was turbulent but the plane landed in one piece= a success. The kids and DH were happy to have me home. I missed them and was happy to be back as well. I wish D&G lived close by so I could share all my wisdom with them:) and see them often.
I am kidding about the wisdom thing. It's really an odd thing having a grown daughter and figuring out what to say and what not to say. I don't want to be intrusive, I do want to be involved and for them to know that DH and I support them. I hope they know I am proud of them and think they are doing things just right. And that I love them both.
I am really happy that DH kept the kids for the weekend and that my friend Nikko kept them today so that all was fine while I was gone. I am lucky-ducky!
Friday, April 20, 2007
We decided to go anyway and were able to go in and find seats that were pretty good. The coliseum is on the small side and I think that makes all the seats really pretty good. You can see what's going on, which is fun.
I though the kids would really like it. I don't think they did as much as I thought. Lucy was wiggly and kept bumping the lady in front of us. We tried to move her to a seat that wouldn't let her reach but it was a challenge. She did like the horses.
E thought it was "boring". He watched and liked some of it but wanted to go home most of the time.
H cried and whimpered because she felt sad for the animals that were being roped or thrown down. She was disappointed because she wanted to see a clown and we left way before bull riding started.
I enjoyed it, and I think DH and Abba did too. DH and I might go again but we probably won't take the kiddos any time soon.
and then found out that he wasn't coming until evening so then we had time to go down to the arts festival. Now he's coming in the afternoon, which is great so we'll have some time today with the kids awake.
Every year DH and I love to go to the arts festival. It's always so much fun to see all the funky cool things people make. Every year I say "next year we're spending longer" because we seem to just have a few hours. The same thing happened this year too:)
Next year we will, for sure ,spend longer since it will be our last spring in the lone star state, at least for awhile. How crazy is that? We're starting a list of things we "have to do" before we leave.
As usual they had many neat things to look at. The kids really enjoyed the different sculptures and the movable art the best. We stopped for lunch and Lucy enjoyed playing in the curtains while we ate the best sandwiches EVER at the Corner Bakery.
On the way back to the car we saw some fun sights. The first was an R2D2 mailbox. Brother thought it was "awesome!". Then in the parking garage we looked out and saw a construction crew building something. It was fun to watch the crane and the workers and the birds flying under us!
Thursday, April 19, 2007
In the evening we went to E's soccer practice and we ordered Chinese food. I was spoiled by all so Thank you, Thank you :)
Our family has a lot of birthday sharers. DH shared a birthday with his Grandmother Peg. He always loved that.
When I met her she already older and near the end of her life. I am very glad I got to meet her and visit with her several times for the few years I knew her. She was very sweet and loved her family so much.
A couple years ago we were in Ohio and Brian brought some letters that she had written to him. DH and I sat on the fireplace and read through all of them. They were so fun to read. He was in the states going to college and she was living in Turkey with her Air Force husband and the rest of the kids. She wrote every week and I am so glad that he saved them. I really felt like I got to know her through those letters. She wrote about every day life, how she had to bleach her vegetables before serving them, about taking Tommy to play here or there, about sewing for Susan or Becky. I loved reading them. Those letters are a precious legacy. That was part of what motivated me to start blogging. I thought a daily account of life would be interesting. Hers certainly was.
Our next birthday sharer is my mom and E and sister-in-law Kelly. Hopefully they will enjoy their shared memories as much. Last year Grandma and E got to celebrate together, which was very fun. Maybe one year we'll have all three of them together!
And now my Son-In-Law, Greg, and I have the same birthday. This year was our first year to share and we, in very typical 21st century fashion, texted back and forth our birthday wishes. This weekend while I am in Utah visiting we'll go out to dinner for the big day. He is a great guy. If I was going to sit down and write up a list of who I'd like my daughter to marry I think he'd jump off the page and be the one. He's kind and smart, hard working and most importantly faithful to the Lord. I think they will have a happy life together.
Wednesday, April 18, 2007
We went to the stockyards.
I didn't know what to expect but it was so fun. It was probably the most fun I have ever had on a field trip.
We got there and the kids ran the human maze. H got "her best time ever", 16 minutes. All the kids who finished got poppers and sat on the ground and played with them.
We went to several of the museums there. I had never been inside some of them and I particularly enjoyed the wagon displays.
We also got to go in the coliseum. Home of the first ever indoor rodeo. Also the only place that has two rodeo's every weekend.
The bus was loud and crowded. As all school buses are. :)
We got to watch the herd have their cattle drive down the street and we had a special presentation about being a cowboy.
The most surprising part was when we went by marine creek. I didn't even know it was there. It runs under the street and the shops are built on a bridge that goes over it. It was such a surprise to walk down between two shops and see this creek!
We had lunch at the pavilion. H, Alexa and Meagan were "food statues".
It was such a fun day. The history of the area is really interesting and they did an awesome job on the tours and presentations.
Now H and I want to go see a rodeo!