Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Warm Fuzzies

Monday night we had Family Home Evening (a night where we are together as a family, we have a lesson on a variety of subjects, do an activity and have a treat). Katryn was our teacher. Her lesson was on service. It was wonderful! She shared a couple of scriptures with us that explained the Lord's teachings on service. Then she also reminded us that the Prophet of our church, President Thomas S. Monson, had been interviewed prior to his birthday this year and was asked what he would like for his birthday. He asked that everyone preform a service for someone else. One congregation's children's group filled a jar with 'Warm Fuzzies'. Each fuzzy was representative of an act of service a child had preformed and then they mailed him the jar. Katryn loved this story and for our activity, we made our own Warm Fuzzies. We can either put our fuzzy somewhere to remind us to do nice things for others or we can leave a fuzzy for someone we did a service for. The girls had a great time yesterday with their Warm Fuzzies. They picked up the playroom without being asked, made a cute necklace, and they made my bed for me. :-) I had a darling note and Warm Fuzzies sitting on my bed. I was so touched and I certainly felt warm and fuzzy inside. My girls are so kindhearted and sweet. So far, our Warm Fuzzy experiment has been a success. Thank you darlings! I love you. You are such great examples to me.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Kids Say the Darndest Things

We went shopping at Walmart on Monday. As we were loading up the car and getting ready to go home, Lindsay asked me if I saved money. I said yes I did. Lindsay: Great!!! Now you can Live Better! (Walmart ad saying: Save money. Live better.)

Yesterday, Mackenzie asked if she could say the blessing on the food at lunch. As she finished her sweet prayer, instead of finishing with 'Amen', she gleefully said, "In the name of Jesus Christ, The End!" We'd been reading that afternoon and she loves the "The End" finale.

Whenever I say, I am out of time or need more time, Lindsay pipes up, "Buy some Claritin, it's like getting an extra two hours."
(As opposed to Alavert which takes longer to take effect.)

Mackenzie: I'm Drinky!
Mom: Stinky?
Mack: Drinky!!! I want some water!

Saturday, October 17, 2009


On the 15th and 16th, we had MEA days (Minnesota Education Association), where the students have two days off school while their teachers have the opportunity to attend a conference to continue their learning as teachers. On the 16th we had friends over to make Snickerdoodles. The Hobbs came, Bonnie, Andrew, Jacob and Danny and our neighbors, Kaleah and Isabella came. They made some very yummy cookies! If you think that looks like a lot of dough, you are right. I meant to double, somehow I doubled in each bowl, so yes, it was quadrupled, UG! ;-) The kids had a great time and really made some beautiful masterpieces. After we baked a few batches and sampled them :-), we went to McDonald's to play in the playland. They had a lot of fun despite the crummy cold weather. There was no way we could have baked all the cookies at once so we sent some dough home with the Hobbs and took some plates of cookies to Kaleah and Isabella.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Birthday Boy!

Nathan is One! My baby is one! He is such a sweetheart, full of love, hugs, and mischief. Nathan is quite unique in our household. One, he is the only boy in the house with three sisters and two, he loves to watch football. We watch an occasional game, but they are few and far between. We noticed that as we were channel surfing, he would be mesmerized by football. He would literally stop playing and watch the game. So we decided this cutie, needed a football themed 1st Birthday party. We were so grateful Grampa was able to be here for the fun! After questioning his mother's sanity, Nathan decided he loved birthday cake and the ice cream. The ice cream was spit out immediately, then Nate realized how yummy it was and was quite upset when his serving was gone. He even licked his plate when he was done.

The Cake

The Song/Confusion

The Hat

The Question

The First Taste

The Revelation

The Party

The Aftermath

The Proud Parents

At Nathan's 'well child' checkup the next day, he measured the following:
30 3/4" height
21.8 lbs weight
19 cm head circumference
He is still cruising along the furniture and climbing anything he can get away with :-) He loves rolling balls and then chasing them down and rolling them again. (especially if one of his sisters is chasing it with him) Nathan gives very wet kisses, much like a puppy ;-) He loves ham, bananas, cheese, yogurt, birthday cake, and much much more. Nathan also loves to wave bye bye, say dada and mama, and snuggle.

Happy Birthday my sweet boy. You are still my baby. I love you.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Whoooo Whooooooooo!

Nathan LOVES to read books. His favorite are the "Snappy" pop-up books. Lately, he has enjoyed just about anything. He just loves to be read to. Last night Mackenzie chose "Chugga-Chugga Choo-Choo" by Kevin Lewis. (Wonderful read aloud with a fantastic rhythm, and the pictures are so bright and fun) Nathan has enjoyed this book the last few times we have read it. He crawled right over to us and lifted his right arm and did the 'pull the whistle' motion as we were chanting Whoooooo Whhhoooooo and pulling the whistle as well! So funny!

Saturday, October 3, 2009

What did you do on the last rainy day?

Lindsay and Mackenzie took full advantage of the newly opened Halloween box. Nathan was an unwilling, yet curious participant. Poor Katryn had the flu and was holed up in her room. The giggles were infectious!

Tasting the Sweetness

“Inspiring influence of the Holy Spirit can be overcome or masked by strong emotions such as anger, hate, passion, fear or pride. When such influences are present, it is like trying to savor the delicate flavor of a grape while eating a jalapeƱo pepper. Both flavors are present but one completely overpowers the other. In like manner, strong emotions overcome the delicate promptings of the Holy Spirit.” -–Elder Richard G. Scott

What a beautiful explanation and reminder. I am so grateful for General Conference and the teaching I learned today.