today i need suport from anyone who commented my last post. i need to convince my mom and dad to give me an alowence. so I need coments on my mom and dad giving me an alowence. next time I see this post I want to see coments on my alowence.
my name is Garion. I am very fond of computer games and websites. My favorite game is minecraft if you don’t know what minecraft is then go to minecraft.net and buy and download the game. it costs about $30.00 and is awesome. If you can think of it you can build it as long as you have the materials. I am also fond of paintball and running and camping and carving. I have recently started to carve a sword but it is a work in progress. I carve anything war related that is in my skill I cant carve any guns or any thing but I can carve swords and knives and some crappy tomahawks. But I can carve. and again my name is Garion
The last three weeks have given me exactly what I wanted. The nice scheduled school life. 🙂 So in a way it has settled down, but then it is still as busy as ever. I guess what the difference is,is that we are on a schedule now so it is much easier to manage everything. Both Garion and Kayla have started soccer and are doing great. They have had two games now and both their teams have won both games. It has taken Kayla a while to adjust to her new schedule. Between kindergarten and soccer she has been a little shy and unsure lately. This is really not a part of her personality that I have seen before. She struggles to go into her kindergarten class because she doesn’t have any close friends there. And she has a good time at soccer practice after she spends half the practice attached to my arm telling me that she wants me. I am not sure how to help her have more confidence, but I am learning to be more patient with her and I am just trying to really encourage her and let her know that I am always going to be here and then reassure her that she is going to make new friends as she learns and participates. I am not sure she believes me. Other then her timidity, she is dong really well. She loves to do her homework and is as helpful as ever around the house. You know, when I threaten death and torture, she is more then willing to do her chores. 🙂
Garion is doing really well at school and in soccer and in scouts. As part of the soccer package, the kids got a free ticket to a Salt Lake Real soccer game. Last night they had a special promotion that all the AYSO kids got to go onto the field with the team and sing the National Anthem before the game. Kayla decided she didn’t want to go, so Garion and I had a special date to the game. It was totally fabulous! It was a lot of confusion when we first got there. It took us a lot of wandering, standing and asking to get to the right line for the kids to line up. We found the majority of the kids on his team before we found his coach, who was suppose to take them onto the field. Parents weren’t allowed. Once we were all together, we joined the chaos of kids and coaches waiting to enter the field. I was surprised that it was as unorganized as it was. There was no lines or meeting places or anything. It was up to the individuals to arrange their own meeting places with their kids. I was scared to death that I was going to lose Garion in the crowd after the National Anthem. We designated a meeting place and I told him that if we got separated anyway, to ask a worker help him find his seat. He then put his ticket in his sock and I reluctantly left him to the chaos. It turned out to be really neat. All the kids entered the field with their coaches, several hundred of them, then Real came out and then the Anthem was sung. Garion and I found each other right away and had a great time watching the game after that. We got some greasy food to eat and soda to drink and had a great time talking about soccer and just about any other random thing we could think about. Garion spent the entire car ride home talking to my mom on the phone and I was really surprised because I didn’t know he had that kind of communication in him. 🙂 After we got home, we had some ice cream with Jason and then called it a night. I am totally going to add one on one dates with kids into our calender. It was soo much fun!
Brynn is the same. When Kayla started Kindergarten, Brynn would cry the whole way home because she couldn’t stay and go to school with her. She has stopped those tantrums, thankfully, and now just follows the big kids around trying to be included. She is a cutie pie!!
Jason has been busy working and camping. Over Labor Day weekend, he went backpacking with 5 of his guy friends for 3 days. I tried asking him what they did up there and I kinda wished I hadn’t. When you start hearing about fart jokes, sphincter scales and other gross guy things, you learn that the curiosity isn’t necessarily worth it. 🙂 I am just glad they had a good time and came home safe. This is the second year they went, and I am pretty sure it is going to be an annual even from now on.
I have had fun over the last two weeks re-dong my living room. We got rid of our old couches and got a new one. We have inherited a bit of new furniture from Jason’s mom and it has turned my living room into the semi-formal retreat I have always wanted it to be. With a little bit of help from IKEA to fill in the blanks, and the rearranging of our existing accessories, I have a new room. I LOVE IT!!!
Well, I am going to post a bunch of pictures at the end here. A bunch from the summer, Finally pictures of Kayla’s birthday cake, soccer games and some photos of the living room. Enjoy!
The last 2 weeks have been crazy!! We have been to 8 doctors appointments (doctor, dentist, eye doctor and urologist), cleaned out our bedroom and put in a new bed set, had a great birthday party for Kayla, started soccer practice, met Garion’s teacher, had Kayla’s kindergarten assessment, School started for Garion, I ran a half marathon,I jammed 51 pints of plum jam from our tiny tree in the back yard (and we aren’t done yet!!), Jason paintballed in Idaho, and Garion had pack meeting for scouts, etc. I am out of breath just remembering our schedule!! It seems like the two weeks before school each year get really busy, but this year has been the busiest yet by far. I am just hoping and praying that this isn’t a trend of increased busyness each year. If it is, then next year will kill me for sure and I won’t even have Brynn in school yet. 🙂 I am really beginning to understand and appreciate the importance of calendaring. Without it I would have been lost. Because of this new appreciation, I have added a new phone to my Christmas list. 🙂 A smart phone so that I can have my calendar and address book with me at all times. And, probably most importantly, a calendar that I can add to when I am out and about. I do almost all of my phone calls while I am in the car and almost all of my appointments are made when I am NOT at home. Anyway, I am very excited for life to settle down into the school routine and get back to normal.
Well, normal for this year anyway. It will be quite different because Kayla is starting kindergarten!! As I mentioned above, she turned 5 this last week and we had an awesome birthday party for her. It was a princess Barbie themed party complete with a barbie cake that I made with a real barbie doll. (I will post pictures later this afternoon.) We started with a craft of making necklaces and bracelets and headbands. This was really fun, but a little too advanced for 5 year olds. All 9 of them needed help at the same time. In spite of it all though, they came out with several very cute pieces of jewelry. We then moved to the pinata which was a unicorn. This didn’t turn out exactly how I had it planned either because it broke open on the second person to hit it. Nice hit Allison!! Luckily, the plethora of candy that then became available dispelled any complaints from the girls that didn’t get a chance to take a swing at it. 🙂 Next came Kayla’s favorite part. The presents. She got every thing from jewelry, to makeup , to a gumball machine, to stickers with her name on them and a personalized notepad. She was very excited! She is still trying to carry everything around with her that she can all the time. I can understand, sometimes it is hard decide what to play with! So why not play with it all at the same time. 🙂 Last, we did the cake. This was hard for me. I had a little bit of drama making the cake, so it was hard to cut into it. But that is the point and to my delight, it tasted very good! It was my first time making and decorating with homemade butter cream frosting. It was excellent, if I do say so myself. One last note on Kayla. She started soccer practice this week. She has 2 more practices next week and then her first game on Saturday the 29th. She is on a team with only 3 other kids, all girls. She is the only one without previous experience, but I Think she is going to really enjoy it. We are going to spend some time this week as a family playing so that she can get a little more practice before her next practice.
Garion started third grade on Thursday. This is the first year that we have had to supply supplies for him for class. Not much, just a binder a dry erase marker, and pencil box. He was very excited to go to the store and pick out his stuff for class. As I am sure you all know, there is a TON of stuff for the kids to choose from. It gets hard to explain over and over again why he doesn’t need the $20 camo binder with fifty pockets, a ruler, pencil case and built in flashlight for third grade and only the $.97 one. 🙂 But in the end, we found some great stuff and off he went. He is riding his bike this year again, only this year he is riding with his friend Tyler who has started 1st grade. I am much relieved that he has a riding buddy for the year. His teacher is Mrs. Jackson, who happens to be the wife of his football coach from last year. It is a small world! 🙂 His first day of school went well. He likes his teacher, his best school friend, Joshua Callahan, is in his class and he eats lunch before he plays this year instead of the other way around (like it was last year, which I didn’t know.) Garion is also starting soccer, but his practices start this week. His first game is also on the 29th. Luckily enough for me, both games are at the same time at the same place on boardering fields. So I can stand in the middle and cheer both of them on. Hopefully! Garion has been working hard in scouts. In the last 2 weeks he has passed off a wolf requirement and earned his compass and map beltloops. Good job Garion!
Brynn has been doing a good job being happy as we drag her all over the place with us. She is turning into the epitome of a 2 year old. She tells everyone that she can that she is 2, she loves to giver her opinion and pretend that Kayla’s new things belong to her, and she loves to talk to me. Beware to those who don’t answer her on her first calling of your name. The second and third time calling turns into screaming and it is almost as cute as it is annoying. Almost. Brynn has had a growth spurt over the summer and is now wearing 2T and sometimes 3T. She has also grown in her vocabulary. She is talking in complete sentences most of the time and her articulation is becoming very good. I was a little worried that she would be bored once Kayla starts school, but the more I Think about it, the more I am SURE she will be happy to have some solo mom time!
Jason has been crazy at work. I guess this time of year just has stress written all over it whether it is at school or work. To make matters worse, he has been battling a sinus infection. He finally went to the doctor and got on an antibiotic so he is feeling much better. He left almost as early as I did Saturday morning to drive up to Idaho for the day to paintball. I was glad he was able to go since he hasn’t had a chance almost all summer. He had a great time, despite the heat and came home with some nice welts on his back to show off. 🙂 Jason has been busy this summer getting some major yard work done. We are expanding our BBQ pit so that it doesn’t block the gate to our neighbors house, and we are trying as always to grow a garden. There is a definite learning curve here. Jason is more knowledgeable than myself and because of this, he does the majority of the work out there. He has also been busy helping me get the house organized. As I mentioned above we got a new bedroom set that we inherited from his mom and so to get it in the room, we had to organize and clean out the old set. We are also in the process of organizing the basement to move in a new desk and the garage as we clean out all the baby stuff. For some reason (probably because we have been gone traveling for most of the last 2 months), most of this organization has had to happen in the last two weeks. I have no idea what I would do without him. Thanks for putting up with me and my craziness honey!
As for myself, I have been going crazy trying to keep up with everything. I have discovered about myself that I do not do well under pressure. When I get tired, I fall to pieces. Hence the importance of calendering. If I am organized in time, I am happy while I work. Yesterday, I ran the Hobble creek half marathon with my best friend Michelle and it was totally fun! There really isn’t a greater feeling than crossing the finish line 20 minutes faster then you thought you would and knowing that you gave it your all and the months and months of training have paid off beautifully! It is quite an emotional experience. My sister in law Heather ran it as well and did a great job coming in at 2hours 6 minutes. Michelle and I came in at 2 hours and 32 minutes. 🙂 Now that the race is over and school is underway, I am on a quest to finish the processing of all our plums, and then move on to our apples. I am pretty sure the rhubarb needs to be harvested as well as some peppers, garlic, and onions. Another personal revelation that I have had this summer is that I really don’t like to garden. It is hot and their are spiders and I usually am really behind on my house work, which goes even more to pot when I have to work in the yard. Then all the produce becomes ripe right around the time school is starting and it is one more big and time consuming project to harvest it all and then preserve it. So, I don’t like to garden. But I would be lying if I didn’t say that I love to look at all the pretty jars of preserved food on our shelves and see the rewards of our labors. It is satisfying!
Let me start this post by saying that when I think of the flu, I think of a runny nose and headache, maybe a fever and stomach ache possibly diarrhea and anything else that can go wrong with our bodies from a virus. How many times do people get the “flu” and it is actually influenza? Hardly ever. At least in my experience, never. I have only know one person ever who had the “flu” and it actually turned out to be influenza. Everyone else was sick, but it was a virus of some sort or other that we all call the “flu” because we don’t know what else to call it. Now I know two people who had the flu and it turned out to be the real thing. Who knew?
On Monday morning, Garion woke up and got ready for school. I have taken to sleeping in until about 7:20 lately, so he is usually dressed and eating breakfast by the time I make it to the kitchen. As was the case Monday morning. But he didn’t look right. His clothes matched and his hair was brushed, but something was off. He was really pale and kind of slouched over his bowl of cinnamon toast crunch. Which was almost untouched. Totally weird! I asked if he was okay and he sad his head hurt. Unfortunately, I have a hard time believing Garion these days when he says he doesn’t feel good. It has become one of his favorite excuses to get out of school work, chores or anything else he doesn’t want to do. Kinda like the boy who cried wolf! So, Monday morning I told him to finish his breakfast and that food in his stomach would probably help him feel better and he better hurry up about it so he isn’t late for school. What made me stop and take notice was his immediate agreement to my statement in a dead like voice. The agreement would have made me do a double take anyway, he never agrees with me lately. But the dead voice was really something. He is either turning into a really gifted actor, or he is really is sick. I went with the sick theory. I got out the thermometer and took his temperature. Sure enough, he had a fever. So his head ache and dizziness were legit. He stayed home from school and slept. Around 3 pm he woke up and his face was so red it looked like he had been out riding his bike in 100 degree weather. His fever had spiked to 105.2!! Needless to say, I took him to the doctor the next day.
If I had more then a few minutes of speculation in the doctors office, I could have really panicked! She was very concerned about his high fever and was ready to take blood tests for appendicitis, x-rays for pneumonia and she was feeling his neck up and down for spinal meningitis. Then, after all this, she says “before I order any tests, we will test for the flu.” Does the flu and spinal meningitis even fit in the same category of illness? I consider one a “Take 2 aspirin and call me in the morning” illness and the other a “Quarantine, I might die!” illness. I was very confused. Luckily, they swabbed him for influenza and it was positive. A test that usually takes 5-7 minutes to test positive was positive in less then 2. I was relieved, to say the least. But then reality hit. The doctor says 5 days of of and on fever and he should stay home from school. 5 DAYS!!! This was only Tuesday! What am I suppose to do with 3 kids home all week? And since we don’t want to spread influenza around the other kids can’t play with their friends either. So there are 4 of us in the house without outside influence until Saturday. If we get lucky and no one else gets sick, we can emerge victorious on Saturday, hopefully because we will all still be in one piece, and hug the beautiful outdoors!
About one month ago, every person in our family had an opportunity to go to the dentist and have our bi-annual cleaning. I have always hated the dentist. Ever since I left home and got married, I have had one bad dentist after another. I have had painful and bad fillings and really poor bed side manner. But finally, after about 8 years of searching, we found a dentist with expertise, good bed side manner, and a gentle hand. He is even good with the kids. But after yesterday, if you didn’t know this about him and were sitting in the waiting room, you may question what you were doing there!!
Lucky for us, Jason and I escaped the dentist with no cavities. However, Garion and Kayla were not so lucky. We try to get them to brush well! We have tried to teach them and guide them in good dental hygiene. But it is like talking to a blank wall sometimes. 🙂 Not all the time, but apparently more often then we thought, they are skimping on their brushing. We kept telling them their teeth would fall out if they didn’t brush well enough. Maybe we should have told them the truth though. It is almost more scary. It could have gone something like this.
“Garion and Kayla, if you don’t brush well, then you will get cavities in your teeth. If that happens, then we have to take you to the dentist who is going to take x-rays by putting really uncomfortable square thingys in your mouth in a whole bunch of weird positions that keep you from closing your mouth without getting poked painfully in the jaw. Then after they look at the x-rays and find all your cavities they are going to have to fill them. Only they won’t fill them right away. They will make you an appointment to come back in a week or two and then leave you to your imagination, dreams and horrible anticipation for all that time until it is time to go back. On the anticipated day, you drive to the dentist (hopefully on a full stomach because you won’t be able to eat or feel or taste anything for several hours afterward), and they lay you back in the chair and put a nice orange mask on your face. This is the gas that is suppose to help you relax. I works wonders until they pick up the long and incredibly torturous looking syringe that they plan on shoving into your mouth. When you heart is beating so fast you think you are going to have a heart attack, they stick it in your mouth and tell you not to move while they jam it into your gums and wiggle it around. All the while, pulling on your lip like they want to take it off your face. Once they are done with the shot, they leave you alone for awhile so you can get your heart back under control and wait for half of your face to go numb. Then they come back with big smiles and tell you to open wide again so they can drill. That’s right kids! They pick up a drill like the one daddy uses to put holes in the walls and they put holes in your teeth to get rid of the cavities. Once the cavity is gone, they fill the hole with some weird stuff that looks like tooth, only it isn’t and tell you to have a nice day. And by the way, please be sure you don’t eat anything or you might just bite your tongue off since you can’t feel it.”
I think that is the story I will go with when it comes time for Brynn to go to the dentist. Maybe she will listen to me. Kayla refused to let me help her brush until after her dentist experience. Now she practically begs me to help her brush every night! And Garion brushes for a full 2 minutes or longer now if he can spare the time. Kayla had 2 cavities and they had to be filled on different days because they were on opposite sides of her mouth. She had both filled before Garion went in for his appointment. I was really proud of her! She didn’t want me next to her so I waited out in the waiting room with Brynn and watched a movie. She didn’t cry or whine or whimper or scream or anything. She did fabulously. Both times. Although, with her increase in brushing, I am sure she doesn’t want to repeat the experience. 🙂
Garion was a completely different experience. The funny thing here is that he has had one other cavity filled in the past. He was in and out of there the same as Kayla. No tears or fears and I don’t even think he knew they drilled on his teeth. They just “tickled” the cavity away. 🙂 This time, he either figured out what was happening ahead of time, or has out grown the silly terminology the dentist uses to put kids at ease. Again, Brynn and I were in the waiting room watching a movie while Garion was taken back to the room. About 5 or 10 minutes later, I started to hear the screaming. Not just one scream, but several. After about 40 seconds of non stop screaming I decided to go see what was happening. I didn’t want Garion to be in pain, but I was more worried about the dentist. We have always taught Garion that it it okay to defend yourself if someone else wants to hurt you. I wasn’t sure if he would apply this lesson to the dentist with the torture syringe. I got to the room just as the dentist was finishing and in time to hear him tell Garion that if he grabs his hands (the dentists hands) then he can’t hold the shot steady and it huts more. Turns out the assistant had to restrain him for most of the injection. I retreated back to the waiting room so the dentist wouldn’t feel like I was going to hang over his shoulder. He gave me a look like I was the one at fault here! Pshahh!! I am not the one shoving needles in peoples mouths! Anyway. The rest of the appointment went pretty well. I only heard him one other time as the dentist started to drill. Not as loud and definitely not as long. Then it was over. He had a numb mouth probably until bedtime with a birthday party to go to in the meantime.
And we are dentist free for 6 more months. In one year, we take Brynn for the first time. I wonder if she will be the quiet type or the screaming type? I am sure I will be surprised. I certainly was with the other two! 🙂
Almost two weeks ago Garion turned 8 years old, and 2 days later he was baptized. It is amazing to me that time goes by so fast!! It makes me feel a little old to have a child old enough to be baptized! I have not blogged about this even yet because I wanted a little while to ponder the event in my mind and really be able to express my feelings about it.
Garion was born at 5:50 in the evening on March 5th and the minute he entered this world, I knew he was special. He has a very calm spirit that reflects peace and a certain maturity that is beyond his years. He has always been mellow and open to our counsel and obedient to our rules. At the same time, he offers our family all the fun of a boy! He loves transformers, bionicles, swords, guns, his pocket knife, reading (especially Captain Underpants), strawberries, playing the Wii and computer games, camping, Pokemon, playing with his best friend Tyler every chance he gets, and traveling. He is spiritual, sensitive, caring, obedient, learning to be a hard worker, an excellent student, funny with a good sense of humor and has a happy disposition. He is a joy to have in our family and I thank Heavenly Father for him in every prayer.
Of course he is only 8 and is still learning about the world around him. He is a little like an open book. You can always tell, quite clearly, how he is feeling by the look on his face. He is becoming independent and responsible. It has been incredibly gratifying over the last few years to watch as Garion’s testimony of the Gospel of Jesus Christ has grown and strengthened. He knows that Jesus Christ lives, and knows him by name. He recognizes the blessings he has been given in this life and is learning how to be grateful for them. He chose to be baptized and has already made some changes in his life in the way he treats other people and the way he prays. He does it more from his heart.
For those of you who may have questions, I just want to clarify that in our church, we wait until a child is 8 years old to baptize them. We believe that by 8, they are old enough to know right from wrong and the consequences of their actions. Because of this, they can be fairly held accountable for the choices they make. There are 13 Articles of Faith that summarize the beliefs of our Church. The 4th Article of Faith states “We believe that the first principles and ordinances of the gospel are: First, Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ; Second, Repentance; Third, Baptism by immersion for the remission of sins; Fourth, Laying on of hands for the gift of the Holy Ghost.”
Garions baptism was a very significant and meaningful experience in my life because he is the first of my family to gain a testimony of the gospel and join the church. My mom and I joined the church 16 years ago, together, and it has brought purpose, meaning, joy, peace and direction to my life. My relationship with Heavenly Father and the guidance of the Holy Ghost has helped me weather every storm I have encountered in my life. Heavenly Father has given me Jason. He has helped me to see past this life to the beauty and serenity that I can have in the eternities with my family by my side. I ache for the rest of my family to find this peace. To find the certainty in their hearts that they are children of a Heavenly Father who loves them. Garion is the first and I pray he is not the last. I am so grateful that my Mom was able to come to his baptism and share in this exciting time in Garions life with us.
I am proud of you Garion!!!
I was kidding myself when I thought I was going to be able to write a series of blogs catching up on the holidays. I hardly have time to keep a current blog, let alone one making up for past time. I have tried several times to write a blog post, but every time I get on my mind is filled with anger and indignation about what is happening in our country, that I get writers block. I want to write about my family, but I get clouded over with other things and can’t focus. It has gotten so bad for me that in order to make sense of my thoughts, I have had to take a break from the computer and the articles and the commentary for a while. I am hopefully back now and can write coherently.
I will start with my family. We have had Strep throat going through our house lately. About a week and a half ago, Brynn had a UTI, 3 days later I got Strep and 5 days later Garion got it. He is home from school today still trying to get better. However, if you could hear him playing with Brynn right now, you would never know he was sick. 🙂 Guess he will be going back to school tomorrow after all. He won’t be contagious anymore and with his amount of energy, it will be good for him. We are counting down the days to Garion’s Baptism. It is insane to me that he is this old already! But time does move on continuously and doesn’t give us any leeway to stop and smell the flowers! That is why it is so important to live in the moment!!! Garion is really excited about it. In our religion, we wait to baptize until the child is 8 years old. We believe that infants and babies are innocent and unable to understand the difference between right and wrong. We believe that by the age of 8, they are able to not only understand the difference, but act on it as well. We have been given agency by Heavenly Father, and we believe that by the age of accountability, 8, they can start to use their agency with respect for the consequences that come from our actions, be they good or bad. It is a big day and we are looking forward to it!! In addition to his baptism, he will be having a birthday party too. Although, at this point, I have no idea what it will be. He wants to go to Jump on it, a trampoline place for kids. But I am not sure that will happen. It is still in discussion.
I am starting to get a little frustrated with Brynn. She is so cute, that most of the time it is too hard to stay mad at her. But she is truly a toddler in every since of the word. In the last couple of weeks and even into that last month or two she has really started coming out of her experimentation and exploratory shells!! She is into EVERYTHING! Just about every wall in the house been colored on, almost every book has been scribbled on, and the furniture is colored as well. She has learned how to climb and loves to get into the glass cabinet in the kitchen, or wave around a steak knife (Which have been moved to the top of the fridge, by the way). She loves to make messes with anything she can get her hands on, from Mommy’s makeup to her breakfast to her brothers Pokemon cards to her sisters lip gloss. Nothing is sacred. If you value it, it needs to be hidden. That is about where things stand. The problem is that she gets so happy to have discovered something new or to have helped “do” something that she gives this completely beautiful smile and it is impossible to reprimand her. Most of the time. 🙂 Then again, she is also learning self defense and has started hitting and pinching when Garion and in particular, Kayla, do something or take something from her that she doesn’t want to give up. She has serious control of her eyebrows. And when she is upset she has this way of pulling them down and over her eyes to give the “evil” eye. It is hilarious! But her meaning is very clear! I am trying to get a picture of the “eyebrows” to post, but I have lost the battery charger for our camera. When it is found, I will get and post a picture.
Kayla is still Kayla. There isn’t much new to tell about her. Her obsession with puppies is getting a little out of hand and I am ready for her to move on. It gets a little tiresome, even though it is still funny, to speak to my daughter when she is pretending to be a dog. She responds by barking at me, crawling on all fours, licking her food and water with her tongue, and saying she can’t do her chores or anything she doesn’t want to do because a dog wouldn’t be able to do that particular thing. Yes, definitely ready to move on from the dog obsession. 🙂
I am trying to get back into running. I haven;t really run for months and I miss it!! The weather is killing me. My bravado and usually tough (tough for me) skin for the cold is seriously resisting the cold. I just can’t seem to get myself out the door for a run with snow on the ground. My brain wants it but my body refuses. I would almost kill for a treadmill!!! So I am still trying to workout in my basement with videos, etc. They just don’t hold that much interest for me. I like to work them into my routine with my runs, but all on their own, I get bored. Oh well. Winter can’t last forever. I have become unusually obsessed with politics. I have also discovered that very few people want to discuss the happenings of our country. I have a strong suspicion that it is because I get pushy with my opinions when I start talking about it. It is frustrating to me though, because if no one will talk to me about it, then I have no where to vent my thoughts and no where to learn new things or lines of thinking. That is the beauty of a good conversation, both sides walk away enlightened and hopefully more respectful of the other party because of their thoughts. I really want to become more involved with politics somehow so that I can feel like I am making a difference. However, there is very little I can do personally. Plus, I am just not sure I have the backbone for politics. So I have retreated to my house. I figure that I can prepare my family for whatever may come. Good or bad. That is my job and how I can make the biggest difference. But if there is anyone out there who is in the mood for a little political discussion, send me a line. 🙂
Jason is still working. He has paintball practice once a month and PLUG once a month and Scouts every Thursday. He teaches a primary class at church on Sundays and, of course, is still the head of our household! 🙂
Man, listen to this post. It is almost like a Christmas letter. I guess that is what happens when you don’t write about your family for a month!
Had some fun pictures taken of the kids last week. Look to the end of the blog for the gallery of pictures from the week. 🙂
Well, the weekend was fabulous! Thanksgiving was super fun at Jeremy and Heathers. The food was great, and the Wii games were fun. They just got Dance Revolution. I actually tried it. For those of you that know me, you know that I have absolutely no rhythm. But I held my own on the game. 🙂 I didn’t do well at all, but I didn’t do any worse than anyone else either. So it is all good. Garion and Kayla spent the night and Jason took Brynn back over the next morning after she woke up. Michelle and I left at 4:30am Friday to go shopping! It was CRAZY!! Walmart was so busy I can’t adequately describe it. We got there at 5am. The parking lot was full. I mean full! There were no shopping carts and once we got into the store, there was no moving. Most isles were so packed, the people were at a stand still. It took us about 15 minutes just to get from the front of the store to the toys! Then we grabbed what we wanted in about 10 minutes and then spent about 40 minutes in line. It was claustrophobic! Luckily, Walmart was the busiest place we went. We also visited Lowes, Walgreens and the University Mall. I had so much fun! I got almost all of my Christmas shopping done with the exceptions of a few stocking stuffers and an iTunes gift card. 🙂 After Michelle and I got back, our husbands went out for the rest of the day. Then to top off the day, we chatted with Jamison and Michelle till 1 am, laughing so hard my sides were hurting. 🙂
Saturday was another highlight of the weekend for me. My mom and I have started to do our genealogy. She has done a little more work then I have, but on the same set of names, she prepared them for the temple and I found all their census records. It was so neat! I found out information my grandmother didn’t even know about my great grandmother! Once the names were recorded in temple ready we were ready to take them to the temple. I realize there are several people reading this that may not know what that means. When we take a name to the temple, we act as proxy for them to be baptised, receive the Holy Ghost, and take part in all the other ordinances the temple has to offer. We believe that these individuals still have the choice to accept or reject the gospel, just as they did when they were alive. However, since they are dead, they need someone to act as proxy for them if they do choose to accept the gospel. That is where Jason and I come in. On Saturday, we took my first family names through the temple. It was such a sweet experience! I was very nearly in tears the whole time we were there. We acted as proxy for 5 women and 4 men. My two great grandmothers, 2 great, great grandmothers and my 3xgreat grandmother. Jason acted as proxy for my grandpa, great grandpa, and my two great, great grandfathers. I wish I could convey that depth of my joy at having given my family the opportunity to accept the gospel. I often feel a wall up between my family and myself as far as things spiritual go. They do not believe the way my mother and I do, and I wish that they did. Just so that we could connect on a much deeper level. And even more so, I wish they could have the joy and peace that comes from knowing our Saviour. I am really looking forward to going back to the temple to perform the other ordinances for my ancestors. I get a shot of adrenaline and excitement in my veins whenever I think about it! After the temple, Jason and I babysat both the Law kids and the McNair kids while they doubled and went to see Savior of the World. It was really fun. The kids played, danced, ate, watched a movie and finally fell asleep on the family room floor watching the Christmas Tree lights. Jason and I get to go see Savior of the World in December with our family. I am so excited!
Sunday was definitely a hangover day. I spent the entire day in bed with a Migraine headache. I think I had too many late nights and maybe even too much fun! Noo…just too many late nights. 🙂 When I was finally able to pull myself out of bed about 5:30pm, we put up the rest of our Christmas decorations. The kids had a BALL decorating the tree. Every year we each get a new ornament. This is a tradition that my family has done since I was a baby. So we have a great time every year reliving the previous Christmases through the different ornaments we have.
Last night we had family home evening and I have posted a video of Kayla singing to us. We let each kid pick a song to sing at the beginning of the evening. Last night, Kayla wanted to sing to us instead of all of us singing together. She is so darn cute!! On this note, I have to mention Garion. Over the last few weeks and for the coming 10 weeks we are on a quest to memorize the articles of Faith. We are doing one a week for FHE and then review it off and on through out the next week. Jason already knows them all, but Garion and I have now memorized the first 3. I am really amazed at how fast Garion is picking them up. We review it a couple times at FHE and then he is good to go. Some of the ones coming up are quite long, but I am not worried at all. It has been really fun actually, because just with the first 3, we have been able to explain parts of the gospel to Garion that he had questions about. Things that we hadn’t covered in previous lessons, or things that are a little more advanced that what he would learn in his primary class in school.
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I am sooo sad to hear of Elder Wirthlins death last night. He was one of my favorite apostles. I pray that his testimony can now live on through each of us.
The last week or so, Kayla has been having some really weird dreams. Just thought I would share . I bet they will make you smile. 🙂 The first one happened while we were driving in the car. She fell asleep and when she woke up she said she dreamed she was in her car seat, but upside down and her pee came out her nose! A couple days later she had a dream that our house had big, fat lips and that it ate her up! 🙂 I wonder what goes on in her mind….but then I Think, who am I to talk. I have some weird dreams too.
This morning was a wonderful morning. Garion got up and dressed all the way to his shoes and got breakfast for himself and Brynn, since I slept in an extra 20 minutes. Then, while I made his lunch, HE read the scriptures to ME while I made his lunch. This is the first time he has had the ability to read the scriptures. A lot of the words are pretty complicated. It goes to show how much improvement he has made in reading this year. He is definitely deserving of the Principles 200 Club Award he got last week for improvement in reading!
Tonight is the Twilight movie release!! I am so excited, I can hardly sit still!!! A group of 15 of us are going to the midnight release. I am leaving at 8pm with my friend Jana and going to dinner and then the rest of our group is going to meet up with us for dessert about an hour later. Then we will go the theater and browse the vendors they have there. We have assigned seats and very good ones at that. It is so nice to have assigned seats so we don’t have to wait in line for days to get a good one. 🙂 Like Jason and I had to do for the Lord of the Rings release and a couple other movies we are die hard about. I have heard great things about the movie!! We are going to the District theater and our friend Summer is a manager there. She said there are 20 theaters, and all 20 of them are sold out for the midnight showing, so they opened a 2:30am showing, which is almost all sold out as well! Crazy! I will letyou know tomorrow how awesome it was!!