Roy, Sheena, D, K, A, C and L

Roy, Sheena, D, K, A, C and L

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Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Random Photo Opps

 Monday's FHE at the new temple visitor's center.  It was pretty cool -- all touch screen/interactive exhibits. Afterward we walked around the temple grounds.  The kids really enjoyed it and it was great to show them the door for the Baptistry and where new bride and grooms exit.

First accident in at least 10 years.  I backed into a dark truck parked on a dark narrow street on a rainy Wednesday night. 

"I can't find any pajama pants"  Only in K's world would the logical answer be to wear a shirt on the bottom.
You took a picture of K, take a picture of ME!

A brought this in to me tonight saying she made a "row-row" which means boat.  She built this all by herself out of D's Legos.  She was very proud and made sure I understood that she wanted to save it to show daddy.

Actual Conversation

Background: D stayed home from school yesterday because he'd had a fever during the night and slept fitfully.  Naturally, he was fine all day Monday but I didn't want to send him to school and have him start feeling awful.  This conversation happened this morning before school.
D: "Mom, I have to get to school before Friday because I'm having lunch with my teacher."
Mom: "D, it is 6:45 Tuesday morning.  I don't think that's going to be a problem."
He was all ready for school when this conversation took place. 

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

These girls make me smile

 A picked this out for her clothes today.  She wanted to wear the pretty dress and a tutu.  Eh, why not.  She's still young enough to pull off such an ensemble.  Plus, I think the boots really pull it all together....
You can't tell, but it is really pouring in this picture.  Oh, and K's not wearing shoes.

Sunday, March 11, 2012

March 9

This was kind of a big day for our family.  In the morning, there was a green eggs and ham breakfast at D's school.  There is a restaurant here in town that sponsors a green eggs and ham breakfast for every first grader in the district.  They can't all be at the same time so ours was today.  Roy and I were both able to go but siblings weren't invited.  I dropped the girls off at a friend's house on the way.  Roy and I waited in the lunch room for his class to come in.  The kids all got hats as they came in the door.  We got our plate with very green scrambled eggs, half a ham slice, an apple, fruit roll-up and orange juice.
 After everyone ate, 5 kids from each 1st grade class presented a dance inspired by Dr. Seuss's "Foot Book".  D was one of the kids from his class.  I was way back in the cafeteria so I didn't get a close up shot but he is just right of the middle with a red hat on.  It was such a cute dance and I'm so proud of him for volunteering.  This is a big step up from where we've been in the past if you recall our previous experiences with primary programs.

Today was also Roy's 31st birthday.  The kids and I worked hard to get the house cleaned up and ready for a birthday party.  We just had a small family party this year.  Roy loves ice cream cake but we haven't bought one the last couple of years for various reasons.  This year I decided to try to make one.
It has a layer of chocolate ice cream on the bottom.  Then hot fudge sauce and oatmeal chocolate chip cookie dough layer topped with a vanilla ice cream layer.  Around the edges, holding everything in, are chocolate covered wafer cookies.  The top has Magic Shell chocolate with Whoppers pressed into it before it gets hard.  Needless to say, it wasn't as smooth or as easy as it seemed in my head but it worked out great I think.
 K had been practicing singing 2 happy birthday songs -- regular Happy Birthday to You and the primary song that starts "Happy happy birthday children dear".  All the kids did great singing to daddy.  I wish I'd gotten it on video but I just have pictures.
During the second song, K grabbed Roy's face to make sure he  knew she was singing to him!
We opened presents (a bathroom scale! WhoopWhoop!) and went to bed early.  Roy told me it was a perfect birthday.  I'm so lucky to have such a great husband.  I'm also lucky my kids have such a great dad! We love you, Roy!

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Ebenezer, not Scrooge

We got home from DISNEYLAND a week ago today.  I have been meaning to post pictures about it all week.  Of course, I've been meaning to do laundry all week too but..... yeah.
So hopefully this week there will be a deluge of posts.  Hopefully.  I did manage to get my pictures off my camera and on to the computer.  This took an hour.  Literally.  While I did take quite a few pictures, the real problem is my computer.  It is just getting old.  Turns out laptops don't last forever.  Huh, who knew?
On the upside, I learned something while I was working on the pictures.  Since there is a lot of waiting time when working with my computer I decided to read in the Bible.  I was reading 1 Samuel 7 when I came across verse 12 which says: 
12 Then Samuel took a astone, and set it between Mizpeh and Shen, and called the name of it bEben-ezer, saying, Hitherto hath the Lord helped us.
This may not mean much to most but one word in that verse stood out to me, Eben-ezer.  There is a hymn I love called "Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing"

It has a line in it that I've never understood, "Here I raise my Ebenezer; Hither by thy help I've come".  Tonight I discovered that Ebenezer is a Hebrew word -- Eben meaning stone and Ezer meaning help.  In the scriptures it is a stone monument placed to remember help given by the Lord.  In our lives it is anything that brings to remembrance Heaven's divine assistance in our lives.  Wow.  The hymn just got even more inspiring!
I'm glad I was able to get something productive done while I was waiting for my technology to work.