Monday, October 31, 2011

halloween fun

Porter really let his creativity shine this year in coming up with a Halloween costume.  He decided to be his Mii from the Wii...whom he has named, DJ.  He colored his hair dark and painted on a goatee with my mascara to complete his look.

Our little monkey.
Hula Girl and our superhero, Spiderman!

pumpkin run 5K

I have quite a few friends in my ward who had picked up running recently.  In order to be motivated they signed up for a 5K, while 3.1 miles is a little bit short, it was fun to join them and work on my speed. The pain  was over so quickly! I set a PR at 21:22 and was 2nd in my age group of 99 women. and 14th overall for women.  We went out for breakfast afterwards, it turned out to be a fun excuse for a girls outing!

kme story book character parade

Our school doesn't have an actual Halloween dress up day.  Here in the South, we actually have a fair amount of baptists who don't celebrate the holiday.  Instead, our school hosts a Story Book Character Day and Parade.  Parents are invited to the parade.  I caught this snap shot of Sophie as she floated by.  Porter, apparently, is too cool for such things as dressing up at school.  Sad to think about how quickly this stage has come.

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Born to Run by Christopher McDougall

A worth while read, even if you're not a runner! It was so fun to read a book devoted to the subject of something I enjoy doing so much.  The story doesn't move quickly, I slowly meandered my way through the book, enjoying each anecdote, and trivia piece; rather than racing to the finish to see what happens in the end.

 The author focuses his book primary on the Tarahumara tribe in Mexico.  People who truly are born to run.  In his story telling, he references other people in the sport who love running for the sake of running.  It was an inspiring read filled with interesting information.   For example, did you know that racing times have increased since runners have been paid to perform?  With more intrinsic motivations behind running, running times were faster.  As soon as money was introduced into the game, running times have slowed slightly. 

The author also made a very compelling case for the barefoot running movement.  Before I laughed at the notion, now I think I might want to give it a try  Doug listed to the book on tape, and agreed that this is an interesting read.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

learning how to walk...

It is taking a long time to get this down.  Ethan took his first steps right after his first birthday.  But he preferred crawling to walking for at least six weeks.  Now, as he approaches the 14 month mark, we're seeing more walking and less crawling.  Go Ethan!

more zoo boo

 This was a failed attempt at getting a picture with Ethan and his buddies... Since he wouldn't stay put, this was as good as I could get!

self portraits from Sophie...

Zoo Boo

Check out my two handsome boys.  Preston at the drums, and Ethan a few feet behind, waving from the stroller!

Ethan's Plundering

No drawer is cupboard is safe from Ethan's curious investigation.  This morning I cleaned up the pens, pencils and markers her found last night.  Last week Doug finally broke down and put child locks on the cereal and pasta cupboard, Ethan dumped out one too many boxes of Cheerios.  I've moved my toothpaste and toothbrushes out of his reach- although he is so cute on his tippy toes, reaching into drawers, not sure what he'll find, but knowing it will be good.  Towels pulled out of the cupboards, books off the shelf, files out of the desk, wii remotes and games out of the tv armoire.  This picture illustrates the napkins he found in the cupboard the other night.  He had a delightful time unloading them, and throwing them in the air and letting them fall down on him.  By the time I caught him I decided to just let him enjoy his fun, and I enjoyed my dinner. Good think he's so cute...

backyard fun

Each one of my kids have enjoyed playing in this car.  Ethan is no exception.  As the weather is slowly starting to cool down, we've spent more time in the back yard.  (Although that's been curtailed this week by a massive hatching of baby mosquitoes... as Preston calls them through his tears while he's frantically scratching 'those stupid mosquitoes.'  While stupid is a bad word in our house, I didn't bother to correct him, he's right!) But back to the car.  When Ethan saw the car, he squealed with delight and set out with a speedy, determined crawl to get to it as fast as possible. It's been fun to watch him play not just in the car but in the backyard.  He's much happier outside than he is inside. And it's given me some relief from his incredibly ability to plunder- there's less to get into outside... just dirt, and that washes off!

Honor Choir performance at Fall Festival

I was pleasantly surprised when Porter came home and said he wanted to be in Honor Choir.  He was worried about having to get up early for their once a week practice, but he's done great taking responsibility for getting himself there on time.

Their first performance was at the Fall Festival.  The teacher picked some fun music from Journey to Miley Cyrus.  It was so fun to watch them!

Old McDonalds Farm

5th grade program

This was one of the best school music programs I've seen.  It was to watch Porter in action, singing, speaking and dancing!

Thursday, October 20, 2011

pre-school open house

Preston's school had an open house so parents could come in and meet the teachers and see what the kids have been working on.  We have a family tradition of getting ice cream in conjunction with special nights at school. It was so fun to take our big boy out! he enjoyed being able to show off his room to his dad and his siblings. Sophie loved seeing her old pre-school teachers.

The Armor of God

Love this quote from Elder Bednar:  "In my office is a beautiful painting of a wheat field. The painting is a vast collection of individual brushstrokes—none of which in isolation is very interesting or impressive. In fact, if you stand close to the canvas, all you can see is a mass of seemingly unrelated and unattractive streaks of yellow and gold and brown paint. However, as you gradually move away from the canvas, all of the individual brushstrokes combine together and produce a magnificent landscape of a wheat field. Many ordinary, individual brushstrokes work together to create a captivating and beautiful painting.

Each family prayer, each episode of family scripture study, and each family home evening is a brushstroke on the canvas of our souls. No one event may appear to be very impressive or memorable. But just as the yellow and gold and brown strokes of paint complement each other and produce an impressive masterpiece, so our consistency in doing seemingly small things can lead to significant spiritual results. “Wherefore, be not weary in well-doing, for ye are laying the foundation of a great work. And out of small things proceedeth that which is great” (D&C 64:33). Consistency is a key principle as we lay the foundation of a great work in our individual lives and as we become more diligent and concerned in our own homes."

What strength and motivation his words give me... I've thought so much recently about helping my children put on the armor of god... We are strict about wearing helmets and shoes while using bikes, scooters and roller blades. Seat belts are non-negotiable. My children don't play in the front yard due to my fear or stranger danger and speeding cars. My doors are always locked, especially when I'm home. We take so many safety precautions to ensure our safety.

Am I as diligent to arm my children with the armor of God on a daily basis? Would I let them walk into battle without their breastplate, sword, shield, helmet and other protective gear? Absolutely not! I need to be unrelenting in efforts to arm my children against spiritual dangers. Starting with prayers... we are good to pray before Doug goes to work and again right before bed. But I don't think my children are in a good habit of saying their personal prayers. We read the scriptures nightly too... but let's think about the quality here. I definitely think we could be doing more discussion about what we've read. We could require our readers read the verses or at least read along.

Elder Bednar's article gives me strength that my efforts are not in vain. I love the imagery of one small stroke contributing to the whole. Such great motivation.Why would I send my children out in the cold hard world (school) without arming them with the spiritual armor of God.  The armor that will protect them from the temptations and the cunning plan of the evil one? 

The armor of daily personal and family scripture study and personal and family prayer. Lots of hugs and encouragement so they know and remember that they are loved and accepted at home, by their earthly and heavenly parents. Weekly family home evening with extra instruction.  Daily testimonies from mom and dad testifying of various truths. 

I need to evaluate our routine, and make sure that my kids are armed daily with the protective Armor of God.  I place high priority on piano practice, and homework.  I need to place an even higher priority on putting on the Armor of God.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

everyone loves mom

my storm trooper


in a home full of superheroes, is it any surprise that our dog would follow suite?

silly kids