Sunday, October 4, 2015


If you were unable to listen to General Conference this weekend, I invite you to find the time to listen or watch. I cannot wait to read and consider President Russel M. Nelson's words. I know that I can make changes in my life as I try to become the covenant woman he described.

Another of my favorite talks was by Devin G. Durrant. I loved it because he had a challenge, something that I could begin to do now that would bring blessings into my life. He invited us to "ponderize" a scripture each week. Ponderizing is part pondering and part memorizing. Ponderizing is as simple as putting a scripture somewhere where we can review it often throughout the week. So, I've picked my scripture for the week. Alma 1:25. It will be on my lock screen as well as my bathroom mirror. 

What scripture will you ponderize this week?

Friday, October 2, 2015

Join me at General Conference

The next two days are some of my favorite days of the year.  We get to sit down as a family to listen to prophets and apostles.  They will teach us those things our Heavenly Father wants us to know.  They are truly inspired by heaven.  Come and see.

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Thursday, October 1, 2015

Little Kicker

This little guy started Little Kickers. This year he is on Coach Rachael's Red Team. He has only had one practice and they practiced dribbling skills. He has improved significantly since last year!

What I like best is seeing what a good listener he is.  When the coach asks him to hold his ball and stand on the line, he does just that! What a kid!

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Little Reads: Martha Doesn't Say Sorry

Martha Doesn't Say Sorry by Samantha Berger
5 out of 5 stars

Hyrum, why 5 stars?  
Because I love it!
Why do you love it?
Because I love all the pages!
What's your favorite part?
When her little brother says "Fwaa?" 

**A note from Mom**
I've been waiting for Hyrum to develop the pre-reading skill of "retelling a story."  So often I would ask him to read a book to me or Lindi, only to hear the response "I don't know the words!"  No matter how much I told him that he didn't need to know the words, that he could just describe what was happening in the pictures, he wouldn't do it.  Much to my delight, he started doing it this week with "Martha Doesn't Say Sorry."  I think it is a story that he can relate to...what four year old doesn't struggle with saying sorry?  This, coupled with the fun story, makes it a great story to "retell."
Interactive questions:
What did Martha do to her dad?
How softly/loudly can you say sorry?
Why do we need to say sorry? 

Friday, September 25, 2015

Premature Hair Loss

It's probably necessary to record that today Lindi experienced premature hair loss. I was in the office getting Hyrum some "scissor skills" worksheets.  When I came back, Lindi was holding a chunk of hair and said "Hyru cut my hair."  It took me a few seconds to realize that it had actually happened.  

I think Hyrum had had enough of Lindi's teasing lately.  She made him cry not twenty minutes before because "she's bothering me!"  There's been a lot of that lately.  There probably will continue to be a lot of that.  I hope it doesn't result in anymore hair loss.

All things considered, it could have been worse.  It really wasn't a large section of hair.  It still fits into a ponytail.  Don't ask if we'll need to have a hair cut to help it blend.  I haven't been brave enough to figure that out yet.

I also want to applaud myself for dealing with the situation quite calmly.  I told Hyrum that cutting his sister's hair was not okay.  He needs to know that.  However, I told him that I forgave him and that hair grows back.  I also made him promise not to ever do it again.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Pirates and Donuts

We're suckers for free things and especially free food.  Oddly enough, when "Talk Like a Pirate Day" actually came around, neither Tony or I was feeling up to the task of dressing kids up like pirates and heading to Krispie Kreme for their free dozen donuts.  But, as all parents know, you can't say anything about anything to your kids (even days beforehand) if you're not sure sure sure that you want to do it.  These kids wouldn't let us skip pirate day.

It ended up being a fun family activity and we enjoyed eating donuts for a few days.  What other free food traditions does your family have?

Monday, September 21, 2015

The Bigs

When Ellie was born, we started calling Hyrum and Lindi "the bigs."  They're my big kids now.  They are becoming pretty good buds, too.  I love when they get along and play well with one another.  I also love when they stop and pose for the camera!

They love Grandma and Grandpa's new trampoline.  They also like going on adventures with me.  Today we discovered "turtle bridge." Seeing these two love each other makes me think of my brother.  I think we were pretty good buds, too.  He's still my bud.  I wish he lived closer!  I can't wait to see him and his beautiful wife again!