Monday, February 15, 2010

Irreverent FHE

Our family home evening started out spiritual and reverent... (well, as reverent as it can be with 4 young kids.) But then naturally, someone had to get out the hillbilly teeth... and it went downhill from there. First Jakey had them...

And somehow Daddy got a hold of them.

And that's when reverence totally went out the window!

(It always amazes me how someone so handsome can look so hideous! Haha!!!)


Oh well. :) Sometimes, I think it's ok to mix it up a little bit. We'll resume memorizing the articles of faith next week... but for tonight... we sure had fun together!

Saturday, February 13, 2010

February Package

The kids have received a special package from their Nana and Papa every month since October. It's so sweet of them!! And the kids sure look forward to it! Today the February packages came, and before the kids opened them, Celeste paused, and said thoughtfully, "Nana and Papa really love us, huh?" I think the kids understand that Nana and Papa put so much thought and effort (and expense) into these packages as an expression of love for them. Since they can't be close to us, they want to be as involved in their lives as possible. I know this will be a special memory for the kids, and I hope Nana and Papa know how much we appreciate their thoughtfulness.

Each package has included some funny pictures of Nana and Papa... the kids (and Jon and I) sure get a kick out of it!

The kids each got an enormous super-soft stuffed doggy! They absolutely LOVE them!

And yummy Valentine treats too!

Here's Jakey with his stuffed doggy. It's bigger than he is!!

They played with their new stuffed animals all day long.
And they also became their new favorite pillows.

Thanks again Nana and Papa! Happy Valentine's Day!!
We love you!!!

Friday, February 5, 2010

30 by 30

So I have been thinking of making a "30 by 30" list for a couple years now, but I just haven't made it a priority. So on my birthday last week, I realized I'm pretty much running out of time! So being the total procrastinator that I am, I finally sat down and started thinking about things I would like to accomplish this year. In order to come up with these goals, I thought about Christ, and how he "went about doing good." I love that simple little phrase! So the criteria for my goal setting was that it would help me accomplish that purpose, to help me become more like Him.

So here's my 30 by 30 (minus a few very personal ones I'd like to keep to myself). They're divided up into 3 categories:

Personal (Development of talents or personal progression):

-Read at least 1 "classic" book per month
-Finish the New Testament with notes/spiritual impressions in the margins
-Finish the Book of Mormon with notes/spiritual impressions in the margins
-Take an evening class at the local college or an online course to learn how to draw
-Have a baby!
-Try out one new recipe a month
-Write an outline for my 1st book
-See the Dead Sea Scrolls (ok... I admit... I added this one after I already did it haha! I do that all the time on my daily to-do lists. I'll write something I've already done that day just so I can check it off... pretty silly!)
-Sing at Carnegie Hall! (No this is not a joke! My family might have an opportunity to put on our annual Christmas concert there this November!!! I hope everything works out because it would be such an amazing life experience for all of us!)

Family (Grow in love and unity):

-Work with Jon to organize and develop better systems in office/basement (a place for everything and everything in it's place!)
-Read at least 5 "classic" chapter books to kids (include in bedtime routine)
-Tour the "Cave of the Mounds" with family
-Go camping at least 4 times this year with family
-At every family dinner ask the kids, "What one nice thing did you do for someone else today?"
-Develop a consistent and effective positive reinforcement system for kids (I haven't been able to find something that I can keep up with yet... everything I have tried is great for a couple months, and then it flops.)
-Have a charity garage sale with family (all proceeds go to charity... no, not our daughter! haha!)
-Go to a Brewers game with Hubby
-Develop a solution to give more individual attention to kids (one night a week they get to stay up 1/2 hour later than the other kids to have some one on one time with me... M-Celeste, T- Benny, W-Charity, F- Jakey)
-Create an "inspiration book" with hubby


-Invite 24 people (twice per month) to a church function/ to read the Book of Mormon/ or to check out to learn about the gospel
-Write a thank you letter to everyone who has mentored or inspired me
-Visit all 8 of the widows in our ward
-Volunteer at a homeless shelter
-Volunteer with the young women at a nursing home
-Do one kind thing for someone every day
-Magnify church calling- (come to know and love every young woman on list and strive to live an exemplary life)

Whew... I really hope I can fulfill this list of goals. The only problem is... "The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak." (Mark 14: 38) So I need to work harder to discipline myself to use my time wisely so I can accomplish all of this by the time I turn 30! Wish me luck! :)

29th Birthday

Ok, I know I'm biased, but I think I have the BEST husband of ALL TIME!!!!! I turned 29 last week, and he worked so hard to make it special for me. First, he and the kids made me breakfast in bed... (a burnt omelet), but it was so sweet!! ;) Then he took me out for a surprise date. And he couldn't have made a better choice. We went to a public museum that had a Dead Sea Scroll Exhibit!! It was so amazing. I thought for sure they would just have facsimilies there, but they had some of the actual scrolls!! It was absolutely fascinating. I'm so grateful he knows me so well, that he knew I'd really enjoy and appreciate that. And just when I thought the night couldn't get any better... he took me out to Flemings! The fanciest restaurant I have ever been to. It's even better than Ruth's Chris if anyone is familiar with that. I would have been happy with Wendys! ;) But he really wanted me to feel special.

Thank you for the best birthday ever, Mr. Wonderful! I love you!!


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