Monday, September 22, 2008

Hero Bride

I was very impressed with my sister-in-law who got married this last weekend.

Often times the bride and groom are so focused on each other and all the attention thrown at them, that its hard to watch out for others.

In particular, kids seem to get overlooked when it comes to weddings. (By everyone except the parents who walk around with a look of horror on their face the whole time.) Everything about weddings is so formal, and kids are not.

My middle son was looking and pointing at the wedding cake, when a concerned adult, worried he was going to touch it, warned him not to touch it. T is very sensitive. Especially when he interprets that he is being yelled at for something he didn't do or wasn't going to do.

To cool down, he went outside the building, which prompted more well-meaning adult attention. It took him a while to get over his hurt and frustration.

About an hour later, when the bride found out what happened, she demonstrated that her love of people overshadows high-and-mighty society's demand for formality. She took T to the wedding cake and said, "I want you swipe some frosting with your finger."

T hesitated as if contemplating whether it was a trap or not. After judging that she was serious, and that he had permission from the 'owner' of the event to do the thing he resisted the temptation of doing earlier, he quickly swiped his finger and received his reward for doing the right thing in the beginning amidst false accusations.

I don't know what his aunt did with the 'swiped' piece of cake. Maybe she ate it herself...but I do know that she loved my son enough to give some special attention he needed in her own special way.

For that show of love combined with other acts of selflessness that day, she is a Hero in my book.

Friday, September 12, 2008

Etuhno Mehwudge: A 6-yr-old Interviewed

Our son, K's (age 6) insights on Eternal Marriage (pronounced: Etuhno Mehwudge).

Note: Marriage and Sealing ceremonies in a temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints can seal a husband, wife, parents and their children together as a family unit for eternity (including after death). This doctrine is a key component of the Church and the gospel of Jesus Christ...and one of the founding principles for the great interest/resources in Family History research. For more detailed information about LDS temples, please visit the official church website about temples:

Sunday, September 07, 2008

Mischief--The Early Stages.

Babies are so cute and innocent....
....or so they lead us to believe.
Here's lookin' at you, baby! (If you look closely you can see the gears turning in her mind as she calculates her master plan of future mischief.)

Babies are brilliant...we think they are fresh to the world, trying to figure how to use their new bodies and soaking in all the wonders of the world; but really, the first two years of a baby's life are spent calculating and planning out their 'Terrible Two" reign of terror.

Here, baby B sits in deep concentration as she plans out her seizure and control of the house and everyone in it.

Stealthy, undercover behavior executed to perfection as unsuspecting parents find joy in simple 'innocent' reactions. Its all part of the plan!
Baby B is now 15 weeks old (pictures taken a week earlier.) She smiles a lot now which is really fun. She loves music and dancing. She already turns towards the TV in a glazed trance when her brothers watch their shows or play video games (I'm pretty sure that's not hereditary??). She drools a lot, tries to stick her whole fist in her mouth...and she double-sneezes just like her dad. She loves to be outside in the fresh air. She loves warm showers/baths. And she already goes shopping all the time.

Friday, September 05, 2008

Lethal Lipstick...

I was at the store today with our eleven year old son #1 today. We ended up in the cosmetics section because I needed some nail polish. While I was looking for the clear polish he was standing next to me reading the names of some of the lipstick colors. He commented on how weird some of the names for lipstick colors were and said, "I wouldn't want to kiss a girl with lipstick that is named Fatal Red."
I replied, "Would you want to kiss a girl at all?"
"Well NO, but if I HAD to kiss a girl I wouldn't want to kiss one wearing Fatal Red lipstick."

As for me, I was just happy to hear that he wasn't interested in kissing any girls yet.

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Little things make a big difference...

#4, who enjoyed the first day of school quite a bit, came home even more excited by the second day of school. In his words:
"School was great today! The corn dogs made it even MORE exciting!"
Ah, school lunches...

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

A New Law

"I know a good law..."

T (3rd grade) introduced his bill after a serious, but brief discussion about the government and why someone would want to be President of the United States.

"If someone has a lot of wall balls,....

" ...they should give one to me."

I see what was important to him on his first day of school today.

Monday, September 01, 2008

Applying Meanings: Obedience

School doesn't start until tomorrow, but my oldest already has math and vocabulary homework from meeting his teacher the other day. He did really well, but there was one question he answered that jumped out at me (the boxes with 'x' represent his answers):

Applying Meanings Directions: Circle the letter of each correct answer to the question below. A question may have more than one correct answer:

4. Which of the following usually learn obedience?

[x] (a) dogs [x] (b) soldiers [ ] (c) cats [ ] (d) children

No wonder parenting is such an up-hill battle.