Tuesday, January 16, 2018

An Afternoon in Poulsbo

Yesterday, we took advantage of the mild, sunny day and walked around a town called Poulsbo.  It is a town north of us with Norwegian heritage and quaint street names like Viking Ave. and King Olaf V Street.  As we walked along the downtown, Joshua sang "I Am a Child of God" while Henry hummed the ABC song.  We stopped at a famous bakery.  Jerry and I enjoyed pastries and the kids got smiley face cookies.  They had the option of frowny face cookies, but Joshua said "I want the smiley face cookie, I do not want the sad face cookie."  And thus it was so. 

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

2018 Goals

I have so many ideas of the things I would like to accomplish this year and have decided I need to write them down.  This post is mostly meant for myself and will hopefully a a reference for me.

Personal Goals 

1.  Update some of my professional skills through professional training.
2.  Revisit some old reading goals like Literary Tourism and reading 30 books this year
3.  Find a way to learn more about science.
4.  Use technology particularly social media as a tool rather than a time waster.

Spiritual Goals

1.  Improve daily scripture study and prayer.
2.  Attend the temple every quarter or at least 4 times.
3.  Complete my visiting teaching and calling assignments well.

Family Goals

1.  Spend more quality time with my kids.
2.  Create more nutritious meals. 
3.  Record family memories. 

Monday, December 25, 2017

Merry Christmas 2017

Well, it's been another year and another opportunity to wish our friends Merry Christmas.  We've had a busy 2017 with lots of travel.  We did a few mini trips to British Columbia and Vancover, WA as well as big trips to Edmonton, Maine, and Utah.  We feel blessed to have spent so much time with family.

Jerry has been busy and challenged at the Stretch Island Fruit plant.  Je jas also had a lot of opportunities to visit Kashi headquarters in the San Diego area.

Michelle is busy with the kids and getting settled in their newly purchased home.  She loves having the space of a home and a yard.

Joshua started preschool this year and loves it.  He is still obsessed with cars and trains, but has also discovered the joys of puzzles and board games.
Henry continues to be sweet and cuddly.  He has recently started walking and babbles all day long.  He, too, loves cars and trains.  Additionally, he loves emptying the cabinets, flirting, and making messes.  He hates sleep.

We hope this letter finds you all well and happy.  We hope you have a Merry Christmas and a wonderful 2018.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Sweet and Small

You sat on my lap 
And cooed me a promise
To always stay little and sweet.

You give me slobbery kisses,
Nap snuggled on my lap,
And burrow your head into my shoulder.  

But today is the first time
You will break the promise 
You never intended to keep.

I will rejoice and sorrow 
As you gingerly discover frosting
And grin while family celebrates.

Next you will stand and toddle away from me,
Throw tantrums, sing the alphabet,
Steal toys from your brother and ride a bike.

Time will betray me over and over.
You will ramble endlessly about Harry Potter,
Spider-Man, Legos, and knock-knock jokes.

I will watch you with gladness and grief
Knowing that no bribe can keep you
From growing, learning and achieving. 

Leaving me overflowing with sorrowful joy.

*This is a roughly written poem composed on my IPhone while Henry napped on me.  

Monday, July 3, 2017

Hand Prints

Lately, Family Home Evening has been very basic.  We mostly have read stories from The Friend Magazine.  But Joshua has been asking to make hand prints so I turned it into FHE.  It took about 30  w3conds to prepare. 

We read Psalm 82:6 and talked about how God gave us our bodies.  Then we made pcitures to remind us that we are children of God. 

Joshua wanted orange fingerpaint so we even added a little science lesson into it.  (Red and yellow make orange)

One set of hand prints was not enough for Joshua so we let him go crazy.  Then we ate ice cream and gave him a thorough bath. 

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Book Love 2017

"Peter," she whispered, "turn around very, very slowly."
The boy turned in his chair.  He couldn't believe his eyes.  Lying on the piano was a lion, staring at Peter and licking his lips.  

Every year on Valentine's Day, I like to share a book that I absolutely adore.  This year, it is Jumanji by Chris Van Allsburg.

In elementary school, I was the type of kid that always got my work done quickly.  This gave me a lot of time to explore my teachers' classroom libraries.  In third grade, I would almost always choose this book to read.  I loved the idea of a horrific board game that comes to life.  I would sometimes read every word of the book, but mostly I poured over the illustrations. 

Van Allsburg is one of my favorite illustrators because he takes fantasy and turns int into the most lifelike images I ever ever seen.  I love every detail.  The cobra has the same pattern as the arm chairs.  The lions hip bones poke out as he hunts for the children under the bed.  The lamp cord wraps around the rhinoceros's snout. 

Santa was good to me this year and got it for me.  It is difficult to find an available copy of this book at the library.  My at home library is one book closer to completion. 

Friday, February 3, 2017

Brotherly Love

This week we had our first round of "I can mess with my brother, but you cannot!" If Henry has a toy and especially if it is one of Joshua's toys,  Joshua needs it at that moment.  The other day Henry was playing with one blue block and one yellow block of which there are many.  For some reason, only those blocks would do, despite the fact that Joshua was playing with trains.

Two days ago, we were at the church so I could exercise with a group of women.  I was doing my best to get any sort of workout with a screaming fifteen pound weight attached to me.  A little girl took one of Henry's toys from the floor.  He was too busy being my screaming fifteen pound weight to notice.  But Joshua noticed and could not fathom that someone else take Henry's toy.  He was very concerned.  Meltdowns are rare in this household, but Joshua melted down, screamed sobbed.  He could not face that injustice that someone would take Henry's toy.