Wednesday, December 31, 2014
Friday, December 26, 2014
Saturday, December 20, 2014
Tuesday, December 16, 2014
Thursday, December 4, 2014
Yesterday at the eye doctor, Evelyn asked me what he was doing and what all the machines were for... Then she very seriously said in the deepest voice she could muster, "Mommy, he's going to say you need glasses... Then he's going to say you need to wear them..." she kept going, but I was laughing too hard to remember what exactly sure said.
Tuesday, December 2, 2014
I am so grateful that we got to do this! And talking to my Mom, we both had a similar experience listening to this one. Listening to the scriptural verses about the resurrection of Christ and our eventual resurrection, I knew it was true. The Spirit burned the entire time. I have a friend that has several questions about the church and the gospel. She said, "I want you to explain it to me in facts, not in emotions." Here's my fact. I cannot describe my testimony of the gospel without emotions. Like in the last General Conference said.... spiritual questions require spiritual answers. And when you seek out opportunities to feel the Spirit, your testimony can grow. My testimony of Jesus Christ and the resurrection was reaffirmed as we sang.
Ada's been practicing lots for her upcoming Piano Recital. She's gotten where she's familiar with the song and doesn't have to look at her fingers anymore to find her place. I'm excited for her. Sam wants to start piano lessons too, but I'm not sure I'm ready for that. Maybe next year.
After all this, we had an epic game of Arkham Horror. Janelle, Seth, me, Jer, James and even my parents came to chat while we played. It was fun, and I have a million pictures of the board game courtesy of my 3 year old playing with my phone.
Last Wed was our cooking and cleaning day. The kids were troopers and helped clean the house with very little complaining... not a common occurrence. Jer made 8 pies, and we went out to Tucanos with my family. The Riverwoods mall had their Santa out and he's my particular favorite anyways, so we stopped for a visit. (I'll post pictures off my phone later). Evelyn refused to talk to him unless he could give her a candycane, but Ada and Sam both talked to him and luckily they asked for the one store bought present that we'd already bought them. Ada wanted a scooter, and Sam wanted a stuffed animal from Pokémon. I'm making Sam a stuffed minion from Despicable me... and Evelyn a Rainbow Dash hat, and Ada a pencil case holder for all of her drawing stuff. I think I'm going to make a caterpillar puppet for Seth. We'll see what happens.
Thursday was Thanksgiving. The kids were soooooo excited that we were going to spend it with John and Diane's family. The food was good, the friends were fun, and we had fun chatting, watching Studio C and watching the Edge of Tomorrow. The kids were especially excited about the ice cream sundaes that Diane made for them.
Thursday, November 27, 2014
Tuesday, November 25, 2014
Monday, November 24, 2014
I do bribe my kids... Ada learned to use the potty with the promise of a $3 bike we'd bought at DI... Sam wanted a Thomas the Train toy for $7... Evelyn has been about $25, but she's also taken almost two years to train... maybe I'm the most desperate with her.
My neighbor, Deb, came to the door while Evelyn was running around in her shirt and panties... Deb knew we were potty training and commented on her undies... Evelyn very proudly bent over to show her the back of her amazing panties and kept pointing out that they had ponies on them.
This last time, Evelyn had been telling me about how my sister, Janelle had painted her fingernails and that she had to be careful because they would "melt off" if we got into the car without her coat over her hands. Funny girl. The time before last, Sammy and Ada excitedly told me all about getting to finish the Indiana Jones movie that we'd started but never finished. They were in heaven. Sammy has become a fan.