Friday, October 31, 2008
Then we ate mac and cheese. Every year, for the last 15 or so I have made dinner in a pumpkin and jell-o grave yard and everyone complains so this year I decided to pass. They still complained but at least I didn't spend hours on it. We've had a lot of trouble with cheerful pleasant eaters. Anyway...
We got on our way. S and J to the game and us to the trunk or treat. It was, as always, a lot of fun.
Beloved got to meet his "hottie" Sarah. (I love Sherry, she is so awesome and looks like her too)
I handed out candy while he took Lu around. E and H disappeared with friends as soon as they could.
The kids had to dress like literary characters for school. H chose to be Laura Ingalls. She looked super cute. Brother was going to be Bunnicula (we read the book this week in honor of the costume) but at the last minute decided it would be too hot so he was....any guesses???....yep, a Jedi. Tonight the bunny is making his debut though.
Thursday, October 30, 2008
So this is a intense time at our house, with Fox News on 24/7 and many talks about gas/national security/Marxism/patriotism/being a chosen nation..and falling from grace.
It is with great trepidation that we await the outcome of next weeks election. (We have, of course, already cast our votes) I worry as I see the values and morals that our nation was built on erode. Will we chose wisely? I pray that we will.
I am not catholic, although I did start out that way :), but this video was very touching to me and I stand with the ideals of family and life that they are promoting.
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Monday, October 27, 2008
Brother's approach to everything in life. "Jump on in! the landing will be fine!"
Saturday, October 25, 2008
That was yesterday.
Today, still sick. Now laying in bed watching TV, ordering room service and whining.
When you get to that point fresh air and sunshine aid recovery, A LOT. It doesn't matter who gets it, the mommy or the sick child, but someone must go outside and breath some fresh air. It makes everything better.
Friday, October 24, 2008
Brother's first Halloween he was a cute little pumpkin! The next year he was a frog :) so cute! Then my favorite year was the cowboy, Nana made it and he was so darling. The next three years he was a Jedi. For school in Kindergarten he had to dress like a nursery rhyme so he was the muffin man, and that year we made him a F-35 for Transportation Day and I wanted him to be a pilot but no it was Jedi all the way!
.... See my Tabblo>
I could write about how we were up all night with a throwing up boy, or about how now, after many vomit loads I am running a load of bleach and water. Or how J has soo much on her plate and is up til all hours of the night doing homework and how S and I made multiple runs to the Wal*mart for supplies for her project. Or how whining and crying some kids are. Or...
Or instead I can be grateful that I have a husband that is really good with sick kids and throw-up. And that I have a washer to throw it into and get things clean and smelling good again. And that we have Popsicles and Gatorade and Tylenol, I know that many moms don't and they just have to watch their kids suffer without any relief. I know I am so blessed. I am grateful that my cool hands can soothe his troubled brow, that Beloved and I can work together in the wee hours of the morning and then collapse and 'fight over the covers' since we are blessed enough to have covers. I am grateful for the trust my little ones have in me and the joy it is to help them and the greater joy to see them well and happy soon, which I know is coming. What a blessing.
Thursday, October 23, 2008
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Yesterday Lucy got some stickers at the mall. She shared with her good friend Millie who walked around all day with Hannah Montana stuck to her head :)
Today J starts drivers training after school. Watch out! She is excited. I am not.
Monday, October 20, 2008
Our lesson time is always welcomed as well. We pray, do the pledge and then march the flag out to the flag pole, do the calendar, have a lesson and song time and story time and a craft.
Today we had two crafts.
The lesson was on the word of wisdom..sort of.
I got out our cute flannel ghosts that Grandma gave us from her classroom and modified the story.
Once there was a white fence and behind the fence was a house where there lived a ghost family. A mama ghost and 1, 2, 3,4, 5 baby ghosts. The mama ghost taught her babies all the things they needed to do to be good ghosts. One of the things she taught them was that they could only eat milk, marshmallows and vanilla ice cream; so that they would stay nice and white.
One day the mama ghost had to go to the grocery store. She told her babies to be good and play nicely and she would be back soon. After she left the first little ghost decided he wanted to eat a fill in a red food: we told the story many times and used tomatoes, strawberries, raspberries, spaghetti. Then he turned red. The next ghost wanted to try a banana (lemon, egg) and turned yellow. The third ghost tried some eggplant (grapes) and turned purple. The fourth ghost turned pink after eating beets (a pink sucker, birthday cake). The last little ghost always tried a chocolate chip cookie.
Then the little ghosts were so sad and worried, they hid behind the fence and didn't want their mom to see them.
When she got home she knew right away what they had done. The babies cried and were so sad. That night was Halloween and they wouldn't be able to fly around all purple and yellow and spotted.
Luckily the mom had lots of vanilla ice cream, marshmallows and milk for her little ghosts so they ate it up and turned white again :)
We also played outside, played dress up, ran around in circles and watched Mulan.
The kids loved to fly the mama ghost around, to switch the baby ghosts for colored ghosts and to hide the babies behind the fence.
H went to book club while we were gone and then was able to stay after and watch Ariel's Beginnings, which she had such a fun time doing but said the movie was sad because we met Ariel's mother, who was so pretty and ended up eaten by a killer whale or some other tragic end. Yikes!
Saturday we had soccer. It was a very exciting game. We won 4-1! Brother got two goals, Ryan got the first goal of the game and McKenna the last. It was a hard fought victory and so fun to watch!!
This weekend was our Stake Conference. Saturday night was the adult session, which is my favorite meeting of the year. This one was awesome. The music was so touching and the talks were very powerful.
Renaldo update, he moved pens. Now he is rooming with Lilly, a little and shy meat goat who runs away every time we go to feed them. Hopefully it will work out well for him there. Also the pigs arrived so we went to see them and they were soooo cute and little. We wanted one!
almost forgot: Friday while Beloved and I were running errands we stopped for lunch at a place called Mamma Mia and my Chicken Jerusalem was the best ever, and he loved his Lasagna. I will definitely go back, it was so delish!!
Friday, October 17, 2008
Thursday, October 16, 2008
I should also mention that last night Beloved and I watched the debate, of course, and it took a really long time, again of course, why?? you ask. Well we watch about a minute and he pauses to rant and rave and rip out his hair. Then we continue. Over and over. Beloved is very frustrated. I don't care as much. I have a hard time getting excited over McCain, although I'll vote for him. He just looks half dead and who is dressing him? Nobama has much better "people" cuz his tie was nice. I'm worried about what will happen to our country under a socialist regime, sadly McCain makes some good points but is unable to hit it out of the park so he will probably lose and we will probably find out. I guess we'll see.
oh yeah, one more thing. Last night brother was reading a book about walruses to me and he said "mom you are like an ancient walrus". (Thanks son, that's the best compliment I've ever gotten: said silently in my head), out loud : Oh? Yep, you are 40 and that's how old they live. OH! Okay. Come on, being compared to a walrus is a little too fluffy even for me.
Did you know that walruses live in separate herds, boys in one and girls in the other. When a male calf is born he lives with his mom until he's weaned then off to the boy team he goes. Brother thought that was awful and told me "if I was a walrus, I'd always live with you" (the best compliment for real :) )
Brother jamin to HSM. He dances a lot. So do the other kids. It's like living in a musical :)
Edward's Song, I missed the end. J plays a lot. I wish we could find an awesome teacher, and some time for lessons, and some money. She really could do well. Maybe when she goes to college she can take a paino class.
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
My sister V and her family are at Disneyland this week. I am so jealous, well, that's not the right word, I am excited for them, it'll be SO fun. I talked to her on Monday and they were in line for Splash Mountain! How fun. I just want to be there too. I love Disney. Our trip last summer to DisneyWorld was SO fun, and I have been to Disneyland a number of times and always L.O.V.E. it! My dream is to go to Disneyworld again, at Christmas time, when Lu is 8-9 years old. I want to go when every one is old enough to have the stamina to spend hours in the park and to stand in line and stay up late and not miss a thing. I'll bring treats for Beloved to help him endure. It turns out that he is not, although I am sure he would not say this, an amusement park lover. When we were engaged (for those whole 4 months ;)) he had a birthday and I thought it would be so fun and wonderful to go to Disneyland, take the kids, have a magical Disney family fun time. He didn't want to go. He thought it was too expensive. I thought he was having "paying for the wedding stress" so we went to Knott's instead, and had a fun time, although he still thought it was too much. Little did I know that this was a theme that would follow us. He does go, mostly because he loves me and knows I love it, but I think he secretly, or not soo secretly thinks it's a waste. Anyway, that is still my dream. In the meantime I am trying to convince him to take a Disney Cruise next November. Wouldn't that be so fun. They have a 3 day Bahama cruise that the kids would love, and while not cheap it's not over the moon expensive and it's shortish so we could sample cruising and see how we like it. The problem is there are many, many places we'd like to go and we have to pick, and they all are $$, and some we wouldn't take the kids to and some we would so that is a whole other set of concerns. I'd like to go to Belgium while my parents are there. Especially if they are in Brussels. If they are in some little town in Northern France I don't know if I care as much. And there is still Africa. We'll see, maybe we'll just go to Wal mart and buy groceries but it's more fun to plan and dream about a day when we'll do more exotic stuff. (I am also planning a trip to Holiday in the Park this December~ I really wanted to go last year, even had tickets, but we had a lot of angst and conflict and bad weather and the girls ended up going but not me :( so this year I am "surprising everyone read:Beloved" with a day of park fun (which is not so secret since he reads this)~they have real snow there, and an Chinese acrobat show and fun rides and funnel cake! come on, who doesn't love that?)
On a different topic, I hate school fun raisers. HATE. Every year I sign a paper saying my children are not allowed to participate. And every year they go to the pep rallies and come home and beg. This year we had thought about doing the boosterthon. H filled out her donations form (unauthorized by me, no, more than that, despite being specifically forbidden to do so on her own.) She wrote down that Nana pledge $25 a lap a $750 donation. She got a huge prize, which she got to haul back today, and I got to chat with the teacher telling her no that is not right. Tomorrow is the dumb run and I'm thinking of keeping the kids home and sending no money. No laps, no money. Soooooooooo annoying. I can't even say. J is on her third fund raiser of the year. (sigh) Her's I hate but not as much. For one thing she is a born sales person. For another thing they go to concrete, specific things. Her wreath sales is going to help with the team's trip to State. The cheese cakes sales were for goat vet bills, and meat is also for the goat. I am not against helping the school, we send in money for trips and supplies every week it seems like. And I even chaired the carnival committee one year where we made thousands and bought playground equipment with it. I know the schools need our support, there is just something about all these fund raisers and selling of junk and pressure on the kids that I hate. And I hate when kids come selling to our house. I don't want $24 popcorn, or $8 wrapping paper~ I just don't. I liked the carnival because if you wanted to participate you went to the school bought your tickets and had fun. No one came to you to sell you something you don't want. Also I hate phone solicitors, same reason, if I want a newspaper/bug service/cable upgrade/free trip to LV/etc. I will go and find it; don't come to me.
that said we have wreaths and meat for sale?? any takers?
Monday, October 13, 2008
Beloved had the day off work and the kids had a day off of school so we went to the zoo. The big girls didn't want to come. They ran around doing whatever and folded some clothes.
We had a fun time. The weather was nice, the animals were active.
We particularly enjoyed the baby lions and tigers.
Sunday, October 12, 2008
Yesterday we finally got our fall decor out. We really don't have a lot but it's fun to put it out and enjoy the changing seasons. Our picture of the baby Jesus is not seasonal, He stays up all year long. He's the central figure in our lives and not just a guest at Christmas (or Halloween as the case may be :) )
Last night was our first dinner groups, we hosted. I thought our table looked nice. I love our brown goblets, so pretty. I made a delicious salad with nuts and blue cheese and cranberries! and rolls and Beloved's favorite "Pioneer Woman Lasagna". For dessert I bought individual cheese cakes that were quite yummy. We had a fun evening, with some of our favorite friends coming to join us. After dinner we played Wii. The only bummer was one couple didn't come, and one couldn't come. If I had known ahead of time I would have invited someone else to join us. There are several couples that are not doing dinner groups that I would have liked to invite over. It was still a very fun evening.
It was a busy day with soccer, karate, cleaning up and cooking for company, E,G, and Beloved took a quick run out to the Alliance Air Show, the girls went to the movies and to feed Renaldo. Busy.
Friday, October 10, 2008
Thursday, October 09, 2008
PACE is what they call the enrichment program for gifted kids here in the great state of Texas. I don't know what it stands for. In Ca it was called GATE, which stood for gifted and talented education.
The girls sang a lovely song, their theme was "let your light so shine". They turned off the lights in the room and held glow stick wands while they sang, it was pretty. From where I sat I could see J and her friends glowing and singing. I could also see the glass container with one glow wand left in it sitting on the table behind them. That struck me as particularly poignant as I know several girls were not there and that one light represented those girls, that girl. I don't want any of our young women to be left behind, it's hard to make right choices and they really need the strength comes from good friendships, and from living the gospel.
Wednesday, October 08, 2008
So this morning we cut bat shapes out of play-dough, and other shapes as well.
We read our new zoo book. We learned a song about 5 little bats. We made a cool bat picture out of our cut outs of our hands. And we decided that if we were bats we would most definitely be fruit bats and not cow blood suckers.
In other unrelated news: brother thinks the letter "c" is dumb and we should get rid of it and just use a "k". How are we supposed to tell which one to spell with he wanted to know. His three best friends at school all have names that start with a "C" Caden, Carter and Caleb, he thinks all three sound like a "k" at the start. I don't disagree but that's the way it is so he'll have to live with all the unnecessary "c"s around.
Also, just so I don't forget, the best part of having friends over is sharing food. At lunch they always trade and swap and look with great interest at what the others have. They are good little sharers too which is so sweet. Austin shared cookies with the girls, Emmie and Lu traded an apple slice/piece of ham for two chicken nuggets. Lu passed out candy corn for all and Emmie shared her cheez-its. There is lots of giggly fun at lunch and lots of eating, these guys are ALWAYS hungry!