Saturday, May 30, 2009

No Wonder I Loved Those Books as a Kid.

Cookies by Frog and Toad (Arnold Lobel)

Toad baked some cookies. "These cookies smell very good," said Toad. He ate one, "And they taste even better," he said. Toad ran to Frog's house, "Frog, Frog," cried Toad, "taste these cookies that I have made."

Frog ate one of the cookies. "These are the best cookies I have ever eaten!" said Frog. Frog and Toad ate many cookies, one after another. "You know, Toad," said Frog with his mouth full, "I think we should stop eating. We will soon be sick."

"You are right," said Toad, "Let us eat one last cookie and then we will stop." Frog and Toad ate one last cookie. There were many cookies left in the bowl. "Frog," said Toad, "Let us eat one very last cookie and the we will stop." Frog and Toad ate one very last cookie.

"We must stop eating!" cried Toad as he ate another. "Yes," said Frog, reaching for another cookie. "we will need will power." "What is will power?" asked Toad, "Will power is trying hard not to do something that you really want to do," said Frog. "You mean like trying not to eat all of these cookies?" asked Toad. "Right," said Frog. Frog put the cookies in a box. "There," he said. "Now we will not eat any more cookies." "But we can open the box," said Toad. "That is true," said Frog.

Frog tied some strong around the box. "There," he said. "Now we will not eat any more cookies,". "But we can cut the string and open the box," said Toad. "That is true," said Frog. Frog got a ladder. He put up the box up on a high shelf. "There," said Frog. "Now we will not eat any more cookies. "But we can climb the ladder and take the box down from the shelf and cut the strong and open the box'" said Toad. "That is true," said Frog. Frog climbed the ladder and took the box down from the shelf. He cut the string and opened the box.

Frog took the box outside. He shouted in a loud voice "HEY BIRDS, HERE ARE COOKIES!" Birds came from everywhere. They picked up all the cookies in their beaks and flew away. "Now we will have no more cookies to eat," said Toad sadly. "Not even one," "Yes," said Frog, "but we have lots and lots of will power."

"You may keep it all, Frog," said Toad. "I am going home now to bake a cake."

Friday, May 29, 2009

Camping Next to the DQ.

Here's the DQ we camped next to.
And here's Jeff making a classic face that is now captured for all time and eternity because I'm very certain there will be blogs in heaven. Jacob is yelling at me for taking a bite of his Blizzard. Don't mess with this four year old. Seriously. I'm not kidding.
Reva and Jana. Reva loves her tye-dyed shirt. I'm going to steal it next time I've over there. Oh yeah, and this was the part Jana didn't invite me to be in the picture with them.
Here's our darling Chloe on the trolley ride. I love her little happy shining face.
Jana and James. We went to his hotel for lunch. That's where we had the most amazing sweet potato fries ever.
Jana, ticking Chloe off somehow. Don't mess with this three year old.
Chloe, mid-lick.
Smiling blue eyes Jakey.
At the beginning of the trip while Jeff was trying to figure out how to get all of us and all of our crap in the van, Chloe hopped in the trunk. I thought this was a fabulous idea and got in with her. Soon after, Jake jumped in and we decided to "scare" Reva & Jeff. Boy were they surprised. They might have been more afraid of my hat. We'll never know.

Chloe's marshmellow face.
Reva & Me. Camp fire picture. Ole!
The first s'more of summer. Mmmmmm....
Making banana boats! The kids did such a great job.
To make a banana boat, cut a flap in the banana, cram as many mini marshmellows and chocolate chips in there, smash it shut, and throw it on a few coals for a minute.
Jacob, working hard at helping me peel the carrots. No fingers were lost in the making of this tin foil dinner.
The Fam. Minus Emily and Dan. Who we missed TREMENDOUSLY. See you in August! Never fear, we will do lots of campfires and adventures then.

We Treat You Right! (ding!)

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Til We Meet Again

Hymn 152 describes my thoughts exactly.

This year we finished the New Testament. Next year we will study the Book of Mormon.

A theme was discovered already. I found it yesterday while reading and it jumped off the page onto me like a little lap dog.
Ahemm. Had a little walk on the crazy road called side-tracked.

Ok, I'm back. Now get ready for spiritual, because the power is packed in this verse. This is the one that spoke to my soul. Here, Jacob speaks to us, in our day.

"Now in this thing we do rejoice;
and we labor diligently
to engraven these words upon plates,
hoping that our beloved brethren
and our children will receive them
with thankful hearts,
and look upon them
that they may learn with joy..."

How beautiful is that. Here's to next year my friends. Until then.

Starkey is an International Place to Work.

Here's one of our DSP Engineers and his 5 month old baby.
What a darling babe!

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Home Fries

If anyone has been searching their entire life for the best sweet pototo fries in the whole wide world, look no further. Red Wing, MN is where it's at.

The St. James Hotel serves lunch on the Veranda - sounds fancy doesn't it? Sounds like these sweet potato fries might cost you a college tuition or two right? Wrong. Very reasonable prices and supertastic hamburgers to boot. Click here to peruse the menu.

When you visit, tell them Marla sent you. And then tell them to send Marla a gift certificate for some sweet potato fries. I bet she'll thank you.
Life is short. Eat sweet potato fries with it.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

A Class Act: 2009

Here's what I've been doing all year. And here are the people who have been there the whole way. What a wild ride it's been!

"The idea that scripture reading can lead to inspiration and revelation opens the door to the truth that a scripture is not limited to what it meant when it was written but may also include what the scripture means to a reader today.
Even more, scripture reading may also lead to current revelation on whatever else the Lord wishes to communicate to the reader at that time.
Because we believe that scripture reading can help us receive revelation, we are encouraged to read the scriptures again and again. By this means, we obtain access to what our Heavenly Father would have us know and do in our personal lives today. This is one reason Latter-day Saints believe in daily scripture study."(Source: Elder Dallin H. Oaks, Ensign, January 1995, p. 8).

Monday, May 25, 2009

My New TV Hearthrob.

Even though this show is going to be cancelled, it will be ok. I joined the fan club and now get about five million emails a day with the latest David Paetkau news. For instance, I learned how to prounounce his name (pet cow - completely ironic isn't it). So CBS you haven't hurt me really. I'm sure another network will pick up this great catch on another series. Hey ABC, how about LOST? There's a few openings because they keep killing off characters. Just do it.

Friday, May 22, 2009

I Believe the Children Are Our Future

Teach them well and let them lead the way

Let the children's laughter remind us how we used to be.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Why I Love My Brothers

Example 1.
Marla (dialing Emily's cell phone) "beepbeepidybeepbeepidybeep"
Voice answers with a heavy accent: Hola?
Marla, dropping phone to look at who she called.
Marla picking phone back up and recognizes the voice of the spanish impersonator. My bro, DAN the MAN. Or should I say Pablo the... ok nothing rhymes with Pablo.
A 20 minute conversation with "Pablo" in Spanish ensues without a single drop of character no matter how I beg or plead. I'm pretty sure my 8th grade skills all came back for that one conversation. Adios Amigo.

Example 2.
Sitting in church, about to take the bread. The tray reaches Chloe. My bro Jeff whispers in the little ear "only one piece" even though the little rascal takes two pieces and shoves them both in her mouth before anyone can stop her.

Tray of bread passes to Jacob, Jeff whispers "only one piece" and we're improving because he listens and only takes one piece.

The tray now sits in front of me, and pause... wait for it... "only one piece" whispers my funny brother as he passes the bread to me.

PS In case you were wondering, I only took one piece.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

What I Know To Be True

I have a testimony of Megan's biscotti.
Click here for the recipe.

Monday, May 18, 2009

I'll be signing autographs later today...

His Brother's Keeper
While introducing visitors in Primary, a little boy raised his hand high and said he had a visitor to introduce. He pointed to the back, to another boy who loudly exclaimed: “I'm not a visitor, I'm your BROTHER!”

Marla Kucera
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Click here for more Latter-day Laughs... and attend your local primary - never a dull moment.

Friday, May 15, 2009

Child-like Joy

Align yourself with the energy of

God's beautiful world.

His faith will melt any fears

into a child-like joy,

for in His plans,

nothing is impossible.

--Steve Brunkhorst

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Are You Crapping Me?

2010. No new episodes until 2010. 2010! This can't be happening to me. I will have to resort to stalking various websites for my LOST fix during this extremely difficult and trying time.

PS: Mom, the word "crap" is really a nice word. Really, if you think hard and consider the alternatives, crap is a very noble word.