Friday, October 31, 2008
Mint Chip was the bomb-diggity for most people with 8 Sundaes
A close second was Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough with 7 Sundaes
Vanilla 5 Sundaes
Stawberry 2 Sundaes
Chocolate 6 Sundaes
Bubble Gum 3 Sundaes
Rainbow Sherbet 2 Sundaes
So there you have it. I thought for sure Vamilla would be the all time favorite but now I know when guests come to have Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough and Mint Chocolate Chip with Hot fudge of course!
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
I do have to say that come what may after all this is done I WILL love it! I have a loving family, I couldn't be happier with the man who choose me as his wife. He treats me better than I ever knew a husband can treat a wife. I have five children who are no doubt exhausting but they love me so unconditionally I can't describe it. I am so blessed. All the other stuff is just STUFF. We roll with it, and even learn to make jokes about it and laugh lots.
Elder Wirthlin interprets his mother when she would say "Come What May and Love it" to mean this :
...that every life has peaks and shadows and times when it seems that the birds don’t sing and bells don’t ring. Yet in spite of discouragement and adversity, those who are happiest seem to have a way of learning from difficult times, becoming stronger, wiser, and happier as a result.
He goes on to say:
But I do believe that the way we react to adversity can be a major factor in how happy and successful we can be in life.
If we approach adversities wisely, our hardest times can be times of greatest growth, which in turn can lead toward times of greatest happiness.
With all the stuff going on there are so many people that I admire their class when dealing with adversity. The lack of retaliation or bad mouthing. Pure class! Some may see it as weak, but I see it as strength. Acting on those negative emotions such as anger does nothing to fight your cause and not controlling those emotions creates hasty and not well thought out decisions.
In closing his talk he says "Adversity, if handled correctly, can be a blessing in our lives." Of this I have a strong testimony. I know first hand well I guess first hand once removed (hee-hee) that adversity can send someone to depths they never thought possible, and going through it is so awful that it is hard to even find reason to press on. Looking back at that dark time, so much strength and so many blessings have come because of that time, I wouldn't trade it for anything...nor would I wish to live that time again. I am so grateful for the eternal perspective in all these trials, this is a short time that we have been given to show our faith in Heavenly Father, in His Plan for us, and in the love he has for our imperfect selves. He has promised us blessings, we just need to do our part. There is no better way to do it then laugh through it, keep that eternal perspective, know that we will be compensated in His time, and trust in the Father and the Son. All of which Elder Wirthlin speaks about in his talk.
What a great talk! I can't wait to read other talks, I'm feeling stronger already!
I think it would be very fitting for us except add a line or two mine should read:
So someone stole my FIRST Yes on 8 sign, then they destroyed my second sign and left it on my lawn, the THIRD sign has battle damage because we caught the teenager in the act and he walked away not looking back. Yet it is still standing strong.
They tried to take away my freedom of speech yet I still respect theirs.
What's next??? Calling ME hateful?
Rumor has it that this sign is close to a busy intersection, I may have to drive by and show my support.
Monday, October 27, 2008
For those of you who don't know that is little 3.5 year old Jeremy in his underwear getting ready to trick-or-treat. To top it off he was the coolest tricker treater that year. To this day he is still proud of his costume...I must also add it was his idea, his mom DID NOT make him wear his underwear as a costume.
To be fair I thought I would post a picture of my self at the same age. Here I am at 3 years old as none other than a fairy:
And with that Happy Halloween and anjoy this treat from us to you!
Miranda is doing a project for school and has to graph some data. She is choosing to graph people's favorite ice cream flavor. If you have a minute can you look at the poll on the side bar and click on you favorite. I have made it so you can vote for each member of your family. I will post a picture of the end project to reward you for your input. I did send out an e-mail so you don't need to do both, you can do one or the other, we want the data to be fair!
Thanks so much, Miranda and I appreciate your help.
Sunday, October 26, 2008
These are left over scraps from Loagan's baby blanket. It doesn't look nearly as femanine on his quilt though!
This one is particularly funny to me since just this morning Logan said "Mom your belly is huge, it keeps getting bigger!" Well he may not have said huge but that is what I heard. As hard as it is to see my girth getting bigger, I am happy that Baby Jackson and I are extremely healthy, and I will say that my weight is mostly in the belly region and most importantly I am still a ways away from how much I weighed with Lauren and the twins. Nonetheless I am still huge. If you want to laugh at my aches and pains or commiserate, email me and we can talk. I'll give you a laundry list...well not that many, this pregnancy has been pretty good that was. Give it another week and I may be say "This is Terrible!"Here's to 30 and 300! Please don't get them confused I don't want to be 300 weeks pregant!
Saturday, October 25, 2008
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
One of these days my project will be to learn how to hang pictures straight! It kind of fits the theme at home...lived in with 5 kids running around!
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
This maybe an imperfect analogy but it came to me and I thought I would share it. In the movie Incredibles, towards the end Syndrome is sharing his plan. He wanted to create all these cool trinkets that allowed him to be like the super hero. Then he plans to sell them to everyone. Then he states "When everyone is super it will make nobody super" Or something similar. I love that quote for so many reasons. I usually associate it with comparing myself to other moms. There are a million super moms that have qualities I wish I had. But if we were all the same we would have nothing to offer. We have all been given gifts and attributes that make us, EVERYONE, super in our own unique ways.
So thinking of marriage, it is special because it has been kept unique in that it is between a man and a woman. For a lot of people it is thought of as sacred. I know the "super" analogy makes it seem like I think marriage is "super" and those who aren't or can't are not worthy or less then those who are married. That is not how I feel. I want to keep marriage as that sacred union that has been honored for centuries. Why can't there be a new legal union that allows people with differing opinions on what marriage should be have their own special, or sacred term? Am I hateful for wanting to protect that? If prop 8 fails, am I going to raise a fit and start egging people who want to be married to the same gender, or start making fun of them, or ostracizing them? The answer is no. Or if it passes am I going to stick out my tongue and say neener-neener. There is no celebratory side on this particular issue some one is going to be sad which makes me sad. I have no desire to be mean to anyone even if their views and beliefs differ from mine. I respect their opinion. I would also hope that standing up and acting upon my beliefs instead of hiding them or going with the flow to avoid persecution would be honorable too. However I know with my vote that I am standing up for what I believe, and am defending it with the rights I have been given as a citizen of this country.
Monday, October 20, 2008
Please forgive the language but the cartoon is funny and so true:
Friday, October 17, 2008
Then yesterday as we were walking home, Haylie said "I think Baby Jackson is taking a bath." Now this was another opportunity to see how creative my little twinies are! I asked how he got the soap in there. They didn't get the question, so after I asked for the third time I changed the question, "Is he using soap?" " Yes" was the reply. "What kind of soap?" "Pretend soap!" Don't know why I didn't see that one coming!
Thursday, October 16, 2008
Note, I never realized the crime that actually does happen in our area, so having this has made me be a little more observant and cautious while I am out. If you already worry to much it may not be the best site to follow.
Also note, my brother-in-law told me he is mostly correct with information but sometimes he is a little off.
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
I have wanted to see What Happens in Vegas but I am not sure, so if you can tell me about that movie that would be great.
All righty then, hopefully I will get some good comments!
I think about the different ways this can affect our lives. Of course the threat for good ol' California is to be the fore runner to whatever happens in other states...like Connecticut, is scary to all. Now I want to remind you that I am writing from my own thoughts and perspective, not as a mouth piece for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (LDS). While I hope what I say is in accordance with what I have been taught and how the church stands, I am an individual and am prone to mistakes.
It has really bothered me about how much the word hate has been used in this campaign. Whether in reference to hate speech, hate crimes, etc. Why does differing opinions have to result in that? Never has that kind of action been endorsed or promoted by the church. It has always been approached as this is what we believe but you are never to treat others unkindly. I was thinking about how Jesus would respond, you know the ever cliche WWJD (What Would Jesus Do?). The more I thought of it the more I turned to his example. Jesus was amongst the sinners, the poor, the outcasts. Those are who he was most compassionate towards. He used their situations to teach others how to love all. Of course some of the practices about cleanliness were just ridiculous and Jesus showed that there is no reason to isolate them, that we are to show compassion. The people who sinned, for example the lady who was taken in adultery (John 8), Jesus loved them. He also did not say "although I know what you are doing is not in accordance with My Father, keep doing it, it's your choice. He loved them, taught them what was right and told them to "sin no more." Would he love them less if they chose to continue on with their mistake, NO! He loved all.
While we are not to judge others ever, it does not mean that we are excused from following His teachings. None of us are perfect, but when I think about what could happen it makes me sad. There are a lot of different points of view on this matter. I would never mock or say mean things about some one else, but at the same time I want to worship in a way that I feel is pleasing to the Lord, not because the government decided it is not politically correct. We, as members of the LDS church have what we call the Articles of Faith. There are thirteen of them and they state pretty clearly what we believe as members of our church. There are two I want to point out.
The first is 11. We claim the privilege of worshiping Almighty God according to the dictates of our own conscience, and allow all men the same privilege, let them worship how, where, or what they may.
The other is 12. We believe in being subject to kings, presidents, rulers, and magistrates, in obeying, honoring, and sustaining the law.
These two in particular stood out because we believe we need to uphold the law, we also believe that we should be free to choose how, when and where we worship. This of course is not limited to only members of the LDS church, it is for all people. This allows interpretation for religious beliefs, but it also, to me, means that others should not force their beliefs on you as an individual. Most churches have a structure or core belief system, if that structure does not suit your beliefs then you have the right and privilege to attend else where. Where the conflict occurs is that we need to follow the law. If the law dictates how we worship, what are we to do? That is why the argument of Prop 8 attacks religious freedom. I think of marriage and it is a word that means a joining of two people before God, and the God I believe in, have faith in and a testimony of, has taught me that this is between a man and a woman.
With that being said we all have the right to free speech. We put a sign in our front yard and so did a couple neighbors. They were all stolen last night. I know we are not the only one that this has happened to. If all the political signs were stolen it would at least be fair that some one wants no voice to be heard. Or if all Prop 8 signs were taken down, but only Yes on Prop 8 signs. This is frustrating, and I am not saying that this action represents everyone who plans on voting no, it doesn't have to be this way!
ETA: I have been told there was a news story that this is going both ways, I am sorry that people feel they need to do it either way. I would also say the few people who are taking the signs down ruin it for both sides. It doesn't help your cause.
Monday, October 13, 2008
This is funny because for the first half plus of my pregnancy I had little to no sweet cravings. Now I am looking for something yummy revolving around chocolate and can be found in the freezer isle, with maybe some peanut butter swirled in, I am actually looking forward to Halloween and getting some good candy from the kids while they are sleeping, oh and baking is happening again. Not alot, but more then the past 6 months. I think little Jackson is developing his sweet tooth at this stage of the game. (I added the "little" for positive thoughts!)
Sunday, October 12, 2008
Miranda Leigh "I'm so grown up" 7 and a half
The kids figured out a while ago that the play baby strollers work really well to push each other around in. Hard wood floors are excellent for mischief! Lauren has been using them to walk for some time but she has now discovered it is fun to push her sister in the stroller. Here is a little video of her giving Hannah a ride. On a side note she will push the stroller around and go up and down the steps. She has a hard time walking but she manages to take a step or two carrying the stroller to lift it up the step.
I got to be one of the lucky volunteers to go to the pumpkin patch with Logan's Kindergarten class. It was CHAOTIC but lots of fun. The wind was pretty intense and it was cold. We got to go to the petting zoo, and then see a show in a barn where we learned about new instruments like the washboard, a jaw harp, sticks and then another one that used a wash basin a string and a broom, kind of like a big guitar with one string. It makes a deep sound.
Then we took a little tractor ride to the back of the corn fields and picked out pumpkins. It was tiring but fun all the kids enjoyed it and I think it would be a fun place to go as a family.
Logan enjoyed his Cotton Candy. Here are some pictures from the fun night at the ball fields, oh and the A's won that game.