Thursday, March 27, 2008
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
2. Pulling into my parents' driveway in Kamas. Everytime I turn into it and see the house and the trees in the yard, I just get this incredible sense of home and security. Here is a photo of their driveway looking out toward the road this past Christmas.
3. All things Hawaiian. Well, maybe not ALL things, but most. I loved how I just felt relaxed being in Hawaii. I liked that I never had to wear socks. Everyone wore "slippers" (aka flipflops) to church. I love that I can count on one hand the number of days that I wore long pants. I love that my feet were softer than they have ever been from walking on the beach weekly. Most of all I loved that when we were at church the speaker would start out saying "aloha" and the entire congregation would great them back with an "aloha". I miss that so much! I also miss that when a family would be moving out of the ward the congregation would sing "Aloha Oe" to them and everyone would hug them good-bye. I really love Hawaii!
4. God Bless the USA. I love that song. Everytime I hear it I swell with pride. It reminds me of Dave's graduation from Basic Training. They had a slide show going of soldiers while the ones graduating sang the song--and when it got to the part that they sang "and I'll proudly stand up" --they all stood, and I started to bawl out of pride for my country and pride in my husband. I know that my husband could do many other things for his career and that our time in the military won't last forever, but I am so glad that he has chosen to serve our country. I can't imagine him doing anything else. I love to see him in his uniform. I really smile when I see him in his dress uniforms! I love going to military ceremonies and seeing that my husband's contribution to our country was noteworthy enough to award him a Bronze Star and the Knowlton Award. I love that his love for our country and our flag is so great and such a part of him that I can't see an American flag without thinking of my husband.
5. Dave's sense of humor. He always knows what to do or say to make me laugh. I love that he is always the life of the party. I smile most when I just sit back and watch him "perform" when we are in a group of people. He makes everything fun. He is such a fun dad to the kids. He is always trying to think of something to do as a family. He just makes life wonderful and I couldn't ask for a better husband or father to our kids.
So the challenge is passed to those of you that are willing, to think about the things in your life that just put a big smile on your face. Things that are blessings to you. Things that are positives in your life!
Monday, March 24, 2008
Off they go. The majority of the eggs where at the little (first) barn and then at the big(back) barn.
Here is little Jonas hunting at the little barn with his best friend Davis.
I love this picture of Jonas all by himself looking for eggs.
Yes, I am a bad mom. I couldn't find their Easter baskets so they had to use Target bags!!
There were 3 really big eggs hidden that had pieces of paper in them. Tank found one. Those three kids got really big stuffed animals. Luckily Tank got a Bunny because he loves stuffed bunnies.
Here a picture of the bonfire that was lit after the egg hunt. We could have stayed to roast hot dogs, but we went home to help Dave work on the basement.
Here are the kids in their Easter clothes they got from the Easter Bunny.
Sunday, March 16, 2008
The next I found on the internet and I highly recommend to anyone. I took the skinny water swim noodles and cut them into thirds. Then I took electrical tape and taped the bottoms in order to make handles--and instantly had soft lightsabers for all!!! So we began by playing a game where they used the lightsabers to keep a balloon off the ground. It then escalated to a war between the Sith and Jedi!And then they all turned against the Emperor!
They were thrilled to find out that the lightsabers were theirs to keep!!
(By this time 4 of the kids had already left--that is why there are only 10 in the photo) Dave picked up the cake and didn't noticed that they spelled Ezekiel's name wrong
The Darth Vader on the cake is a voice changer!!
Guess Who opened this present?Zeke reveling in his gift from Grandma and PapaThe Battle of Hoth from Mom and Dad
Overall it was a great birthday and Ezekiel really had a lot of fun...Actually all the kids did. The party was only an hour and a half--next time I would make it an hour!! HAHAHA!
Tuesday, March 11, 2008
Sunday, March 9, 2008
Saturday, March 8, 2008
I Want To Be
By Paul Reisler, Terri Allard and the 2nd Grade at Green Primary School
I wanna be the bee in the honeybee*
I want to be the butter in the butterfly*
I want to be the surprise in your Lucky Charms
I wanna always be the one that's in your arms
Yeah, that's where I want to be*
I wanna be the fire in your firefly
I wanna be the sun in your sunflower*
I wanna be the bird in the sky*
I wanna be the one that doesn't have to try
I wanna be the one that's in your arms
Yeah, that's where I wanna be*
Not out in the desert *
With my head in the sand*
In the middle of nowhere*
I wanna be everything I can be
I wanna be the gold in your golden locks*
I wanna be the one that you're thinking of*
I wanna be the one that's in your love
Yeah, that's where I wanna be*
Thursday, March 6, 2008
The second blog is just a miscellaneous health/nutrition/exercise blog. It will have posts about questions that people write in and just anything that relates to fitness. An example of a post subject would be something like "Yoga vs Pilates?" or "Is low-fat really good for you?". I want the blog to be informative but fun and casual. So I need a fun name for it. I have been trying for days to think of something fun but can't (I even resorted to hours worth of using the thesauras!). SO the second assignment is to think of a fun, hip, kooky, young, etc... name for my health blog.
Any ideas would be appreciated because my creativity is really lacking at the moment--and I need the ideas ASAP so that I can get started.
Thanks for your help!!!!!!!!!!!
Monday, March 3, 2008
Monday "Family Night"
This popular article offers a new FHE idea for each Monday. Our Family Night email gives you a lesson topic, related hymn, full lesson, fun activity and scripture references to go with the lesson. This is a fantastic tool for LDS Lifestyles. You will surely enjoy this article!
Tuesday "Living Well"
Tuesday's email begins with an uplifting or thought-provoking thought. We also include an inspirational article as well as a Health Tip and Dating Tip. You'll love Tuesdays!
Wednesday "LDS Events & News"
This is the our most popular LDS email. Once a week we update you on upcoming LDS Events and Top News headlines. You can add an event if you know of one: Click Here
Thursday "Family Products"
This is a weekly focus on a product that our subscribers are recommending or amazing sale items that we have found for you.
Friday "Everything Sunday"
Friday's email includes a great idea for Young Men / Young Women. There is also helps for preparing for the Gospel Doctrine lesson that week, a Church History article, "Remembering Joseph", and great ideas for LDS Lifestyles... ideas for Primary, Relief Society, Nursery, Elders Quorum Parties, YM/YW, etc. If you have any great ideas of things you've done in your ward, email us!
Weekend "Family Weekend"
Saturday's email gives you and your family ideas of things to do over the weekend. From packing a tasty picnic to family crafts or kids crafts and creating a new family budget... this email will give your family some great ideas!!
I love the Family Home Evening email. It is so great. It is the same thing that you can get if you go to Deseret Book and get their free FHE packet--but Deseret Book only does that once a month and this is a new one every week--it even has a recipe for a snack at the end of the lesson.
So..if any of you are interested in getting on this email list here is the link
It also has headlines about mormon related topics. I read a really interesting one a couple days ago and I wanted to share it with everyone. Here is the link so that you can read the article:
It is about how we are being asked to utilize the internet to spread the gospel. There is a quote in the article from Elder Russell M. Ballard that says:
"May I ask that you join conversation by participating on the Internet, particularly the new media, to share the gospel and to explain in simple and clear terms the message of the Restoration," Elder Ballard said. "Most of you already know that if you have access to the Internet you can start a blog in minutes and begin sharing what you know to be true."
Hopefully some of you will find this info useful!!