Friday, April 27, 2012

knock knock, who's there, kids. kids everywhere!

yawn.  so many options, so little time.
smile, cry, laugh, poop, eat, repeat
you should see this kid dribble. 
or run across the middle of the gym
while the game is being played.

the smiling stage. 
it's so enchanting.
maybe they smile because we doing
such stupid things to get them to smile.
zayah likes to wash dishes when he's at my house.
mostly it's just rinsing... but he did a very thorough job.
zayah.  couldn't catch him mid leap jumping into the huge pile bean bags
they wanted me to jump, but my germ phobia kept me on the sidelines.
jake.  awesome job buddy!!
we are the champions my friends!
target lady ayone?
so sophie is wayyyy cuter, but when she throws her
hands in the air, i can't help of think of target lady.
excuse me for a moment, gotta watch some clips on youtube now.
... and i'm back.
jake's trophy.  his 1st one ever.
i'm sure it will be the 1st of many.
because look how he plays defense! 
this kid has skillz!
what?  you wanna see sophie's smile one more time?  ok.
awwwww....  love this little girl. 

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

To Mormons, With Love

with all this talk about mitt romney, the book of mormon musical & other random things, it's interesting to see how this influences people who are not mormons.  there is much heresay going on.  a lot of speculation.  a lot of questions.  most of the people i've run into just want to know why we have so many commercials. :)  it's amusing, it really is. 

i read the first chapter of 'to mormons with love' for free on amazon, and was convinced to buy the online version for 7 dollars.  it looks like an enjoyable read and something that may help me see my religion a bit differently.  viewing things through other perspectives has always served me well, especially if those perspectives aren't attacking or degrading.  i'm not sure how people think that yelling at us or cutting our beliefs down will make us want to 'not be a mormon' anymore.  i never understood that. i never will.  i often thought of the scripture "…by gentleness and meekness and by love unfeigned" D&C 121:41 -  what a lovely concept.  i remember this woman we ran into while tracting on my mission.  she had light in her eyes and concern on her face.  i knew right away that she was different than the others - that there would be no door slam or angry words or insults.  while it was clear she did not share or agree with our beliefs, i could feel that she truly cared for our souls and that she was a kind and compassionate woman.  she asked if she could pray for us.  we said of course, and she took our hands and said the most kind, earnest prayer for us.   i don't remember exactly what she said, but i remember how i felt and what her face looked like.  that was 13 years ago, but i will never forget it.  i believe if we approach everyone like this - and maybe this is naive and silly - there would be more peace.  i guess i don't mind being naive and silly; i'm rather used to it.

*Update:  I read the entire book last night.  Quick, easy read.  I don't think it was a 4 or 5 star book like the reviews on Amazon, but i do think it has some valuable insights.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

You Scream, I Scream

you scream for icecream, but i scream in laughter at dumb stuff like this.  :) 

oh and i like icecream too.  i don't scream for it, i just go out and buy it anytime i want.

Monday, April 23, 2012

things that made me happy last week

putting toys in sophia's arms and then taking pictures when she's sleeping.
going on a sunday afternoon walk with kiddos.
telling jake that he is promoting dandelion yards.
watching childlike wonder in realtime. 
going to the temple and seeing the blooming daffodils
seeing zayah try to reach his finger to pop my bubble of chewing gum.
(he did a great job)
getting a picture of sophie all ready for church
seeing madame butterfly on a whim at the ordway theater
watching a tragedy become
something beautiful.
going to the anoka stake sponsored concert 'why I believe'
and hearing music so beautiful that i felt like sobbing.
this woman played the violin,
song: Meditation from Jules Massenet's Thais
feeling tears streaming down my face,
knowing that this is what God intended
for music to sound like,
being thankful for the gift of music in my life

last but not least, listening to eva's three voicemails that i've had saved
on my phone for a year, and then watching benson kick his little legs:

Friday, April 20, 2012

Land that I Love

50 Reasons Minnesota is the best state in America


43. We're the birthplace of Zubaz.

24. The world's best apple, Honeycrisp, was bred by U of M horticulturists.

18. We really don't give a #@$% what you think of our accents.

1. We survive snow storms that can destroy stadiums, and unlike New Yorkers, we actually go out and shovel our neighbors' walk instead of whining all day on Twitter.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

My Lovely Parents

We are the family that leaps into the fray when there is a need. It's just what we do. I'd kick the habit, but it's kept me near God for a good many years.

I think it's ridiculous that someone has to go without a seat so her bag can take a ride! ~Mama

Titanic is a love story?  I beg to differ.  You mean to tell me she goes on with her life, gets married, has a beautiful family and then dies and reunited with the guy she spent about five minutes with and who drowned on the ship?  I don't think so!  That is not love! ~Mama

Why don't you try to hit every pothole in the road? -- Dad (commenting on my driving).  marla proceeds to REALLY hit every pothole in the road.  mom rolls her eyes and looks out the window.

Did you call that guy from American Family Insurance yet? -Dad (i got at least 4 voicemail messages about this).

Me:  huh?
Me:  what are you even saying?
Dad:  Get your BUTT HOME!

Wednesday, April 18, 2012


a little outing with sophie.
she was a snooze fest.  except for when
i went over bumps and then she looked at me with
the annoyed little face, shown above.

fun with friends*

this post does not relate to 'hanging with friends,
or words with friends'
but understand that both of those games
are highly addicting.
weekend advenures:
minnesota - bike style.
julie :)  she's always game for taking
well, to be fair, it was the only arepa i've ever had.
it's a latin food - sweet potato and pork and veggies.
doesn't get more minnesota than this folks.
great quote:
"it never gets easier, you just go faster"
i wanna be in a bike gang.
1st step - get bike.
RAN-ZEN!  my DOCTOR friend from kansas
she's getting married in november! woohoo!
this was the large.  i ordered the small.
good thing, but the large comes in a BOWL.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

monkeys in the work place

i got joyce a sock monkey.  she's in love.  
sometimes i hide it in her cube in various places.  
sometimes we are the ones who 
act like monkeys. 
depends on the day & on
which bigwig is out of the office.

Friday, April 13, 2012

baby sophie

my favorite thing about
new babies is seeing the way
a mom gazes at them. 
how the baby in return is
mesmerized by hearing her mom's voice. 
i watched jana this week, holding her sophia close and witnessed how every particle of her
was focused on her tiny being. 
i wanted to capture it. 
so i can remember how to love like that. 
how to give my attention to another - fully. 
it's a beautiful thing that a camera can't
really capture.  good thing my heart did.

jana, age 30
sophie, age 6 weeks

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

just a bunch of regular heros, dotting the earth, sharing the Gospel

oregonian elder
mexico elder uno
mexico elder dos
trekkie elder
super elder!
tebowing elder...
while bowling. 
can't hurt right?
(maybe i should try it,
my scores are terrible)

you want to have an amazing experience and get to know real heros?  teach seminary. if you don't have the calling, contact the seminary teacher and ask to sub.  get to know the youth in your ward.

all these boys shown above were in my class at one point.  now they are in the mission field, serving the Lord.  i am so proud of them.  they are such good young men.  their futures are 'so bright i gotta squint to see'.