Thursday, July 31, 2008
The Slanket gives you the freedom to do more while being wrapped up in a warm blanket.
Face down in the desert!
or the cool kiss of oasis...
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Monday, July 28, 2008
Sunday, July 27, 2008
I heard this quote for the first time at the Time out for Women conference that was held in Minneapolis this Spring. It was included in a talk given by Emily Watts. I have thought about this statement a lot. As women, we seem to be programmed to automatically say yes whenever someone needs our help. Sometimes this offer may be to our family's (and our own) detriment. Obviously helping someone in need is not bad thing – on the contrary, it's quite good and sometimes we do need to drop everything to help – but prioritizing and zeroing in on what is best/most important is really what deserves our focus. I loved Elder Oaks' conference talk entitled Good, Better, Best. Here are a few excerpts mixed in with some of my thoughts (bolding and numbering added, Elder Oaks' words are in italic):
Most of us have more things expected of us than we can possibly do. As breadwinners, as parents, as Church workers and members, we face many choices on what we will do with our time and other resources.
We should begin by 1) recognizing the reality that just because something is good is not a sufficient reason for doing it. The number of good things we can do far exceeds the time available to accomplish them. Some things are better than good, and these are the things that should command priority attention in our lives.
Family experts have warned against what they call "2) the overscheduling of children (and ourselves)." In the last generation children are far busier and families spend far less time together. Among many measures of this disturbing trend are the reports that structured sports time has doubled, but children's free time has declined by 12 hours per week, and unstructured outdoor activities have fallen by 50 percent.
Ok, let's make a list, shall we? On the left, list things you have to do (getting your appendix out, going to work, etc) and on the right list options of things you could do. What's on the right that you could cross off? Do you have to go over to your friend's brother's godmother's house to change her fax cartridge because she's going out of town on an African safari? Do you have to go to the field trip with the preschoolers where they visit the 500 pound pig? Of course life isn't always cut and dry and disappointing people is never fun, but if you learn to choose carefully, you will save yourself a whole barrel of monkey trouble.
Elder Richard G. Scott said: 3) "Remember, don't magnify the work to be done—simplify it. We have to 4) forego some good things in order to choose others that are better or best because they develop faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and strengthen our families.
Time for a wacky "Good Better Best" example:
Good: Preparing bookmarks with ribbon and craft glue, making wedding cake to go along with the lesson on eternal marriage, handing out a magnet of the theme of the lesson.
Better: Teaching the lesson. Preparing only the wedding cake. Best: Making a difference in the lives of the Relief Society sisters by providing the Spirit, reading from the manual and giving them time to testify about principles.
The Savior really should be the center of our lives and homes. In whatever we choose, He should be the deciding factor. I love that we get more chances to get things right. Every day brings opportunities to learn and mess up and fall and then get back up. That's how the plan was designed. I am amazed at how much He loves us and how He is always right there whenever we need Him.
PS Whoever guesses which movie is quoted in here wins a gold star.
Saturday, July 26, 2008
Don't want to ruin it for anyone. But What. The. Crap. And why is it always the single woman living alone in a house the one who gets violently murdered. Why?! Even the ones with a dog! Come on! David was very lovely though - I will give it that. It was a strange crowd - those Xfiles people are just weird. I never watched the show. Oh and PS no one cared about Xfiles - the theater was empty and that was on opening night.
One more picture of David...gosh, even his handwriting is sexy...
Friday, July 25, 2008
Once upon a time there was a little boy named Jacob. He was very handsome. And the girls loved to chase him and kiss him on the cheek. He didn't like that very much and he ran away every chance he could. But as time went on, Jake grew up. And when the girls ran to kiss him, he didn't want to run away anymore and...
INSERT JAKE SCREAMING AT THE TOP OF HIS LUNGS UNTIL HIS EYES
NEARLY POP OUT ...
"I DON'T LIKE THIS STORY ANYMORE!!!"
INSERT MARLA LAUGHING HER HEAD OFF.
Ha ha ha HAAAA Ha ha HA
Thursday, July 24, 2008
There was hardly any difference in the number of courtship signals given off by those women who did express an interest and those who didn’t,” said Professor Karl Grammer, who headed the research. “And the women who said they were interested in the man gave off more negative signals than those who weren’t interested.” Why women do this is not completely understood, but those who want to avoid sending men mixed messages may want to make sure they body language supports their agenda.
I'm totally into you.
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
Monday, July 21, 2008
Sunday, July 20, 2008
This is exactly what Jacob said when he jumped off the diving board and ended up with his head below the water. He popped up, gasped for breath and raggedly said those two now infamous lines.
And the other day, when he came over by me, I whispered in his ear something to go tell his mama....
Jake to Pregnant Reva: YOU WANNA PIECE OF ME?
Note Marla, laughing hysterically in the corner on the couch, trying to look nonchalant and inconspicuous at the same time (ps: does. not. work.). Not sure if Pregnant Reva thought it was amusing.... and I'm pretty sure Jeff's eye roll indicated anything but amusement but I'm going to go out on a limb and say that some day, this phrase just might come in handy for their little fellow. Say, for instance, Jake's at recess, and some big pudgy bully kid (BPBK) with dirt under his fingernails wants to rough him up. Jake can step on up and just scare the jellybeans outta him with his tough guy voice and then that, my friends, will be the end of BPBK. Listen, I know. You don't have to tell me.... I already know I'm going to be a fabulous mother. I got the skillz.
Friday, July 18, 2008
And here we have a view from my window... Did I mention that I bought the lake too? If I'm already dropping 1,899,000 I figure I might as well go the distance.
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
But some kind of miracle happens -- by the end of the movie she's got them singing and dancing and wearing matching outfits. She's managed to get their attention and she's even found a way to get them to listen. They're falling in love with her & they think she's neat-O.
Cue to Marla, sitting in the front of the room on a metal chair (a.k.a. the teacher chair) while 7 boys march past her talking loudly with any and all apparatuses flailing madly, suddenly plop down, only to plop back up, & tip their chairs against the wall like all Sunday school kids love to do. Introducing Mass Chaos! And no that's not a play at the Orpheum, it's my new life. We're talking the 14-15-16 year old Sunday school class. Heaven help me.
There is no Christopher Plummer in sight, no hills singing with music, no little white dresses with blue satin sashes. Just rowdy boys, who want to talk about movies, comic books, Wii or anything else other than what my lesson is on. Let me make this clear - these boys are good boys. They know their stuff. They've got the light shining in their eyes. They are the future. However, they are still teenage boys and I, my friends, have never had brothers.
Sigh... When the Lord closes a door somewhere he opens a window. I'll even settle for a hole in the wall.
God bless Adam with the long tie, Ethan with the uber-random personality, Chad with his sarcastic wit, Riley with his eager participation, Craig with his silent obediance, Peter with his hair sticking up in the back , and the Saunders kid who's name escapes me - God bless him too.
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
What is UP with America's Got Talent? It's like Jerry Springer brought all his freaky audience people with him. They are rowdy, uncooth and they boo at everyone. I'm done with that show.
Monday, July 14, 2008
Saturday, July 12, 2008
they write thank you notes when they get presents or money and they write letters to grandmas & missionaries
they know how to swim because their mother made them take swimming lessons and dive off that stupid diving board
they laugh at their own jokes, especially Marla's
Thursday, July 10, 2008
That '13 going on 30 phrase' is becoming a self fulfilling prophecy.
Wednesday, July 9, 2008
The girls at the falls: Amy, random girl, and me.
Our little hiking group: Brandon, me, Katie B., Ryan