Monday, May 26, 2008

Preschool is over, on to... college?

Eden graduated from preschool this week. Here she is singing a fun song with her class (its not a great picture, I need to use our other camera for these kinds of things, but she is right in the middle of the back row).

Here are Andrew and his buddy, Kaid enjoying the show from their seats on a desk (it was standing room only when we got there 30 minutes early!)
Here is Eden receiving her 'diploma' from Miss Candy. And here she is after it was over. I also tried to get a picture of her with her friend Anna (Kaid's sister), but they were pretty much done smiling by that point. On the ride to school that morning that the two of them were so excited about the last day of preschool: that means its almost time to go to kindergarten, then first-grade, then high school (like high school musical, according to these girls), and then college (Eden insists she is going to BYU). It was just so funny how sure they were of this process beginning pretty much as soon as preschool was over.
Watch out world, here she comes!
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That polar bear wants to be a sea otter!

While in Denver visiting Robin, Fred, Shaun, and Reese, we made a trip to the zoo. One of our favorite exhibits was the polar bears. (Eden and Andrew were actually talking about the polar bears before we went because they remembered the ones we saw at the Como Zoo in January.)

We happened to be there at the same time as a lot of school field trip groups and this particular polar bear was a huge hit with everyone. He wants to be a sea otter, according to Eden. He would swim over to the steps, stand up, and....

...then swim across the pool on his back. He did this over and over, we were probably at the exhibit at least 15 minutes just watching this guy (and trying to get close enough to get good pictures).

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Sunday, May 18, 2008

Grab Bag of Thoughts

  • I've updated our picassa web albums (finally) , so there are more pictures from the last few months (see Useful Stuff list on the left), although they are still unedited and unlabeled. I don't feel like blogging any of our recent pictures, so here are some things that have been on my mind lately instead:
  • I've been reading "Mormon Scientist: the Life and Faith of Henry Eyring" by Henry J. Eyring. It has been one of my favorite reads in a while. I tend to find something to really like in just about everybook I read (I'm pretty easy to please), I also just finished "The Hiding Place" by Corrie Ten Boom, which was amazing and I also highly recommend. But, perhaps because I consider myself to have something of a "scientific mind" (whatever that means... I really like science, even chemistry, which I'm horrible at). This may sound funny, but my favorite building and favoritye place to study at BYU was the Eyring Science Center, and part of me thinks that it may have something to do with the man for whom it was named. Anyway, so far I have found the scientific parts exciting and the way he saw no contradiction between science and faith speaks so true to me. So, I'll share just one of my favorite passages so far:
"I should like to say that true religion was never a narrow thing. True religion concerns man and the entire universe in which he lives. It concerns his relationships with himself and his fellowmen, with his environment, and with his Creator. It is therefore limitless, and as boundless as that eternity which it teaches lies ahead of every son of God.

"....To us has come the following which we regard as a divine injunction: 'Teach ye diligently and my grace shall attend you, that you may be instructed more perfectly in theory, in principle, in doctrine, in the law of the gospel, in all things that pertain unto the kingdom of God, that are expedient for you to understand; of things both in heaven and in the earth, and under the earth; things which have been, things which are, things which must shortly come to pass; things which are at home, things which are abroad; the wars and the perplexities of the nations, and the judgments which are on the land; and a knowledge also of countries and of kingdoms.'

Here is the spirit of true religion, an honest seeking after knowledge of all things of heaven and earth."
  • I saw this on another blog (she apparently got it from another blogger, so maybe you have already read it). Even though Mother's Day was last week, I still wanted to share it with everyone and tell all of you other mom's that I really do admire each of you, even though we are each so different. Thank you for being such great examples to me!

"I've learned this: whether you follow Attachment Parenting or Babywise, breastfeed or bottle feed, co-sleep or let your child cry herself to sleep, educate your children at home or in public school----be gracious to moms who parent differently than you.

Because someday, God might send you a child who defies every method, shatters all your pretty platitudes and exposes you as a prideful, holier-than-thou, know-it-all.

I know this because it happened to me. I had to eat humble pie before I realized there's no substitute for relying on Christ alone. Programs, babywise or otherwise, didn't make me a better mother to my children. They only inflated my pride.

Today when someone asks me, "how do you do it?" I reply, "only by the grace of God."Afterall, programs & methods do not save us. But grace does.

'Twas grace that saved a mommy like me.'"

  • And finally, I saw this idea for a post (actually, I think it was a 'tag', so I'll tag anyone who wants to or needs an idea for a post) on a friend's blog quite a while ago, and it just stuck with me, so I'm finally going to do it- a picture of the contents of my purse (thanks Julie!):

That's 1 box of yogurt covered raisins, 1 package of fruit snacks, 3 cough drops, 1 eyeglasses case (with eyeglasses inside), 1 2008 planner, 2 pens, 1 RTD ticket (from our trip to Denver, to be blogged about later), 1 package of flushable wipes, 1 ponytail holder, 1 lipgloss (which I almost never wear, must be from the last date-night Scott and I had), 1 cell phone, 1 checkbook wallet, 1 mini photo album, 2 receipts, 1 bottle of hand sanitizer, 1 pull-up, 1 tape measure, 2 random little pieces of trash (I think one of them is covered up by the receipt). Whew! I must admit I am surprised and a little embarrassed at just how much stuff I carry around!

...and the bag it all came from. I was actually pretty excited to find this, my "perfect" purse on ebay a little while ago, and soon I'll be carrying a diaper bag again, oh well:

Sunday, May 4, 2008

Crazy Weather

As I type this my weatherbug icon tells me its 64 degrees outside. Two days ago, we had a blizzard- a BLIZZARD in May! It dumped a bunch of snow starting Thursday night and continuing until Friday afternoon. The schools were closed, the base was closed, I-90 was closed! But that afternoon, the sun was out and the winds started to die down. Today, the only places with snow are the big piles from plowing the roads and parking lots. But, Scott and the kids finally made a decent size snowman!

Scott went out to take pictures while it was still coming down, this is our house and our street:

The pictures above are of our front door, before Scott shoveled it Friday afternoon (sorry the one from inside is sideways). The picture below is our back yard, also taken Friday afternoon. The green spot in the middle is because there were really strong winds (60 mph!) that caused major snow drifts. There was barely any snow in that spot, while other areas had 3-4 feet!

Above is the snowman the kids and Scott built, its as big as Andrew! The same nice wet snow that is so great for building snowmen also gave Scott a pretty good workout when it came to shoveling. The next picture was taken about 24 hours later...Pretty crazy weather, I'm really hoping that was the last time we'll be pulling out the snow gear until next winter!

I'm still working on getting over the-longest-cold-of-my-life (and I didn't feel like trying to fit my big belly in and out of the snow gear), so I stayed inside most of the day and put together this curtain for the kids room. Andrew helped pick out fabric- some he liked and some we thought Eden would like. I even learned how to sew button holes! It has a blackout liner behind it because the sun is starting to come up even earlier than our kids (Andrew still thinks if the sun is up, then everyone should be up), hopefully this will help.