Sunday, August 28, 2011

Grandma Barbara


Grandma B came for Sophie's birthday.  What fun it was, as always, to have her here! 

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Sophie is Seven


Stats:
height: 3 feet 9 inches (45 inches) (8th %)
weight: 46 lbs 4 oz (28th %)


Friday, August 26, 2011

Happy Birthday Sophie!








How is it possible that Sophie is seven years old?  She was thrilled to welcome another birthday.  She planned a great party with lots and lots of art projects.  We had planned to party for two hours, but the girls were having so much fun, we let it go for four hours, and could have kept going.  It was so much fun!  We painted with pudding, we painted pottery, we jumped on the trampoline, we ate Barbie cake, we had a treasure hunt for all of our art supplies, we played games.  Fun fun seven year old fun!

My Sophie is still as sweet as ever.  She is sensitive to the spirit, and she is sensitive to other people's feelings. She is just the kind of girl you want to have as your friend.  She is such a peacemaker with her brothers and with her friends.  She loves to laugh, and she loves to have fun.  She loves to practice her tumbling moves outside on the trampoline or in the grass.  She loves to play with her Barbie Dolls and Polly Pockets.  She also LOVES her stuffed animals, especially her Build-A-Bears.  When I leave her at home and right before bed, she always requests that I kiss her about ten times, and kiss her stuffed animal, and kiss her again. She has a lot of love, that girl does!  Love for her family, her friends, the gospel, animals, sweets :)  She's doing so well with her reading, we read together every night.  She is patient and pays close attention to detail.  Her reading reflects that as she is patient enough to sound out every word.  She insists on doing it herself, and doesn't welcome help from mom in figuring words out.  She is quickly progressing in her piano skills as well.  She has learned many of the Book 1 songs in both hands, and is working hard on her sight reading.  I love to hear her play the piano!  She is dedicated and has a very long attention span in her lessons and during her practice.  She works hard on her school work, carefully and meticulously finishing each assignment.  Each paper she brings home is carefully colored with a rainbow of colors.  Her hand writing is beautiful, again, because she takes her time and makes a lot of effort.  She enjoys walking or riding her bike to school.  She loves being outside, going to the park, showing off her monkey bar skills.  She smiles a lot and has a beautiful, happy laugh. I sure love my Sophie!!!

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

face painting


Wendy's does a story time with face painting, stories, balloons and free frostys.  We don't go a whole lot, but my kids love it when we do.  We had to make one last trip before summer ended.

Monday, August 22, 2011

most embarassing moments...


Seriously, I can't believe I'm posting this... I mean, who runs their front tire into a flower bed, and has to be lifted out by a tow truck?   Yikes... by the time I realized I hadn't just nicked the curb like I thought, it was too late, and I was irreversibly stuck.... Lots of nice people tried to help, looking for lumber in the woods, to try to make a ramp so I could back out... No luck on finding lumber. I actually preferred to wait for professional help.  We had our Dallas trip the next day, and neither Doug nor I wanted to risk damaging the van with a flubbed rescue attempt.  However, a  friend's husband came and rescued the kids, it was super hot outside, while I waited for the tow truck.  He also brought me some gas, as my gas light had just gone on.  I did not want to run out of gas to complete the glorious afternoon.  Normally I think I would have extremely frustrated with myself, and unable to let it go, but the words of a kind stranger really helped me put it in perspective.  He, in his shirt and tie, came up and looked at my situation, and started to ask if he could do something.  I stopped him, telling him that the tow truck was on the way, and I'd just as soon let them take care of it, but thanks for offering.  He stopped, looked at me, and very kindly offered these paraphrased words of comfort.  "I am so sorry you're having a bad day.  These kinds of things happen to everyone.  Don't let it get you down.  Everyone does things like this once in a while.  It's not a big deal.  Tomorrow will be a better day."  Those comforting words uttered didn't take him much time or effort, but I felt like they were heaven sent, and they truly helped me compartmentalize this experience into, an embarrassing moment, rather than into a reason to berate myself.  I've thought back often to this experience, contemplating the power behind words, and in this case the power behind kind, thoughtful words and their influence for good. How many opportunities do we have in our lives to use words to lift others.  Do we grasp those opportunities?

piano recital




A girl in our ward invited us to participate in a recital at the assisted living center located near our home.  It was fun, as always, to watch the kids perform their songs. 

Sophie played Go Tell Aunt Rhody and Mary had a  Little Lamb
Porter played Happy Farmer and Minuet 1

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Happy Birthday Doug!


How lucky I am to have married this loving, kind hearted, funny, helpful, hard working, dashing man! I am so blessed and I love him so much!

Lego Land










Great Wolf Lodge










Monday, August 15, 2011

Bowling













Sunday, August 14, 2011

The Clean Room Analogy

I taught the young women's lesson last week on repentance... By the way, I have a new calling, Young Women's President.  Yikes! More on that later, but I had a little baptism by fire, by teaching my first Sunday.  I felt the Lord's help as I prepared my lesson, and the ideas and thoughts came on what stories to tell and what props to use to illustrate the doctrines, and what analogies and stories to use from my own life.

This was my favorite one. 

With school starting soon, I have spent time with each of my children going through their rooms, cleaning them inside out and upside down... Closets, drawers, nothing is safe!  We've gone through clothes to see what is too small and to identify what each one needs for school. 

Porter's room was the worst.  Legos everywhere... Millions of Legos on the ground. He's taking up carving recently.  So mixed in with the Legos were wood shavings... everywhere.  He also recently created some art with pixels... Yes, you guessed it, fallen pixels mixed in with the Legos and the carvings.  Tons of socks tucked under his bed... smelly socks.... it was starting to smell very sweaty in there.  It was embarrassing. Doug took pictures, and I got mad, because I didn't want it documented.  I've been shutting the door for weeks, because I didn't have the strength to tackle the room.  But we finally took a whole day, sent Preston and Sophie to play with friends, and together we, albeit unwillingly, set out to create order in this unbelievable disorder. 

It took all day, and it was hard, but we did it.  We sifted through all of the Legos, we found the socks, we threw lots of stuff away, we found a place for everything else.  Now his room is beautiful!  So orderly, such a nice place to be.  I advised Porter to put his things away every day.  Socks in the hamper, carve wood over the garbage can, unwanted Lego pieces back in the bins and new creations on the book shelf.  If he does this, we'll never have to take a long difficult day and overhaul his room again,.

Repentance is like this.  If we repent daily, and take care of little things as they arise, we will be clean and pure and worthy to have the Holy Ghost guide us daily in our lives.  If we let things go unchecked, we will drift farther and farther away from God and from the Holy Ghost.  Repentance will not be impossible, but it will be so much more difficult.

Friday, August 12, 2011

Vaughn