Thursday, January 31, 2008
Sunday, January 27, 2008
Death is an interesting phenomenon, especially in our society and culture. As a whole, we do not know how to properly deal with death. As members of the church, we have great insight into the mystery of death. We understand the eternal nature of the soul; that we existed prior to this life and that we will continue after. There is great joy in knowing we can be with our loved ones for eternity. But, to imagine that there is not also terrible loss at the death of a loved one is ridiculous. We are now mortal, and our only memories are of mortality. Although we know we will be reunited in eternity, there is the here and now to live. And, I am sad to not have President Hinckley in this world for now. He was called as the president of the church when I was a senior in high school, so he has been the prophet for all of my adult life. (Those of you who are good at math and can look up dates now have a pretty good guess of how old I am!) His example of goodness and love have been hugely influential on me individually; he was a real person, not just the president of an enormous organization. I am so grateful for his willingness to serve. At the same time I feel sorrow for his departure, I rejoice to think of the reunion that must have so recently taken place between he and his wife. I would hate to be separated from my sweet husband for years, and I am sure that President and Sister Hinckley are jubilant to be together again.
I wish I could find words adequate to express my feelings about the loss of President Hinckley. I am grateful to know the loss is only temporary.
Thursday, January 24, 2008
Wednesday, January 23, 2008
Friday, January 18, 2008
Thursday, January 17, 2008
Wednesday, January 16, 2008
Paul is, as ever, completely enraptured with Hyrum and can always be found where ever Hyrum is, even when it is someplace he shouldn't be. Hyrum is frequently on the table so he is more out of mauling range.
8oz cream cheese, softened to room temp
1 carrot, grated
1Tbsp lemon juice
1tsp lemon zest
1/3c trail mix, chopped (I put in more like 2/3c)
Mix until blended and serve as a sandwich spread. I also like to spread it on a tortilla, roll up and eat as a wrap. Can I say, I love wraps? You can put almost any leftover in a tortilla with a little butter, sour cream or cream cheese and it tastes great! Except soup, but who has a problem eating leftover soup? Not me. And yes, I realize that with all that cream cheese, it probably isn't a great weight loss meal, but that wasn't the point. The original recipe recommended not using trail mix with M&Ms or chocolate chips, but it was only a recommendation, and I figured that a recipe is a guideline, not a rule. So mine obviously had both!
So, I had a baby recently (in case you didn't know already) and I am now in the, "Okay, I really need to get rid of this extra weight" stage. For those of you who haven't had a baby recently, there are several stages that you go through after delivering:
- Right after the baby is born - "I thought I just delivered! Why do I look like I am six months pregnant!"
- The first six weeks after the baby is born - "I can't wait until I can start exercising, it will be such a relief to get this weight off. I want to fit into my clothes again. When will the six weeks be up?" (You aren't supposed to exercise during the first six weeks after the baby is born to give your body time to heal.)
- Seven weeks - "Now I can exercise, let's do it."
- Seven weeks and two days - "Exercise? Who has the time or energy to exercise?"
- Four months later - "Okay, I really need to get rid of this extra weight."
- Four months and one week - "What's a few extra pounds among friends?"
In my self-improvement kick that I am on, I decided to do more than the usual vague commitment to exercising. I consulted my personal trainer (John) who recommended that I come up with a plan. And, I have obviously been listening at least some of the time when John has talked about exercise, because he approved my plan on the first go-round. My favorite part about the plan is that it doesn't require a gym. I am not a gym person. I always feel like anyone could look at me and tell I have NO CLUE what i am doing, even when I do. Plans that involve a gym never work for me.
So, now I have a plan, and this is my third day in a row of exercise. In a month from now, follow up with me and I will tell you what an amazing plan it is, and that I have seen such dramatic improvements that I will be marketing it next fall. Of course, the real test will come the first week of June when my 19-pounds-in-19-weeks plan comes to the real test. June is 19 weeks away, right?
Tuesday, January 15, 2008
Monday, January 14, 2008
- One plastic airplane (Brya's boys were missing it from their Christmas gifts!)
- Three plastic sorting bears - yellow, blue and purple
- Two trains from the Geotrax set
- One little metal car
- Four wooden blocks
- One plastic cow
- One plastic sheep
- Two racket balls
- One hacky sack and
- Two sippy cups, one containing cheese and the other sour cream!
There may be more, but my arm is only so long. Needless to say, I am looking for a way to bolt the covers in place. I think maybe all the lessons on preparedness are starting to pay off. We have been working on getting some food storage in place, and apparently, if there is toy emergency and all the toys in the house mysteriously vanish, Paul and Brigham will be prepared. I did a quick check of the other vents downstairs, but they must not be quite as popular; I only found a few crayons and blocks. I guess I now know where to look for the small items that come up missing!
Sunday, January 13, 2008
Saturday evening I made Jello and both Paul and Brigham wanted to help. I figured, if I want their help when they are bigger, it would be good to let them start now. They are both great stirrers.
And, lastly, we had a visit from Super Pickle. I was making dinner and Hyrum was looking normal. When I turned back from the stove, there was Super Pickle. I am not sure where he put the phone booth he changed in, but judging by the arms around his chest, I would say his partner in crime was my mom!
I do love a man in green. :)
Saturday, January 12, 2008
As you can see, we did start out with a clean page. After about 15 minutes of coloring, we decided it was snack time. While the kids were snacking, I snapped a few shots of the page-in-progress.
Unfortunately, the kids don't color very dark yet (or maybe it is fortunte, it comes off the walls more easily that way) but whatever the case may be, you can't really see the quality of the art. However, Joy did really great pretzel man that deserved a closer shot.
As I am typing, I can hear crayons being thrown, so I guess I am needed elsewhere!
Friday, January 11, 2008
All in all, it was a memorable night. Did I mention that because it was so dark, we missed the turn on the way? Hmm, maybe we won't do the drive in again for another couple of weeks. On the bright side, all the kids get in free, so it would be a fairly cheap and fun thing for Joy and I to do. Just set a timer to crank the van, turn on Blue's Clues for the boys, and we would be set!