Thursday, October 25, 2007

Halloween is just around the corner

Time to get ready!

These "Mummies" are easily made with an empty soup can, some black card stock, some glue-on eyes, and some old scrap material. After you are done making them, you put a candle in each one and let them glow--lots of fun!

We made them for a Family Home Evening project and the kids loved them!

Monday, October 15, 2007

Coming soon--Spring 2008, to a Foster Home near (or not so near) YOU!

The third in an exciting series...

Foster Family Fun!

Because I have been out of town, Lindsay has had lots of fun with the kids lately. They went to the Zoo without me and this weekend I finally got to do something fun... A Hike!

As promised... before and after pictures of our home

This is what Child Protective Services saw when they came to "investigate" the rearing of our children.

Photos continued...

Here are the "after" pictures--Enjoy!

I tried to take the pictures from the same angle, but I think that you will understand--especially those of you who were here helping us--Thanks again!

Monday, October 8, 2007

I had to post this picture of President Hinkley

Here he is Knighting Elder Eyring.

I sure love our Prophet and his sense of humor!

In honor of Sister Beck's talk this past weekend...

...I share with you a nice poem by an individual whom could be considered a Latter-Day Saint cultural theorist:

The Girl in a Whirl
by 'Dr. Sue'
(a.k.a. Vickie Gunther)

Look at me, look at me, look at me now!
You could do what I do
If you only knew how.
I study the scriptures one hour each day; I bake, I upholster, I scrub, and I pray.
I always keep all the commandments completely; I speak to my little ones gently and sweetly.
I help in their classrooms!
I sew all they wear!
I drive them to practice!
I cut all their hair!
I memorize names of the General Authorities; I focus on things to be done by priorities.
I play the piano!
I bless with my talents!
My toilets all sparkle!
My checkbooks all balance!
Each week every child gets a one-on-one date; I attend all my meetings (on time! Never late!)

I'm taking a class on the teachings of Paul, But that is not all! Oh, no. That is not all .
I track my bad habits 'til each is abolished; Our t-shirts are ironed!
My toenails are polished!
Our family home evenings are always delightful; The lessons I give are both fun and insightful.
I do genealogy faithfully, too.
It's easy to do all the things that I do!
I rise each day early, refreshed and awake; I know all the names of each youth in my stake!
I read to my children!
I help all my neighbors!
I bless the community, too, with my labors.
I exercise and I cook menus gourmet;
My visiting teaching is done the first day!
(I also go do it for someone who missed hers.
It's the least I can do for my cherished ward sisters.) I chart resolutions and check off each goal; I seek each "lost lamb" on my Primary roll.
I can home-grown produce each summer and fall.
But that is not all! Oh, no. That is not all .
I write in my journal!
I sing in the choir!
Each day, I write "thank you's" to those I admire.
My sons were all Eagles when they were fourteen!
My kids get straight A's!
And their bedrooms are clean!
I have a home business to help make some money; I always look beautifully groomed for my honey.
I go to the temple at least once a week; I change the car's tires!
I fix the sink's leak!

I grind my own wheat and I bake all our bread; I have all our meals planned out six months ahead.
I make sure I rotate our two-years' supply; My shopping for Christmas is done by July!
These things are not hard;
'tis good if you do them;
You can if you try!
Just set goals and pursue them!
It's easy to do all the things that I do!
If you plan and work smart, you can do them all, too!
It's easy!" she said
and then she dropped dead.

Friday, October 5, 2007

Ian Turns Two

We celebrated Ian's Birthday this last weekend. He was spoiled and got a Little Tykes truck compliments of his parents and grandma Terri and grandpa Wendell. We knew he would love it and we were really excited to give it to him. Oh, were we right. He spent all morning in it. We tricked him out of it to get him to church, but when church was over he RAN from nursery to the car, he needed to get back to his truck.

When we had dinner, he threw a fit when Brad got him out of the truck. It has been almost a week now, and the truck is still his number one priority. He plays with the other toys he got for his birthday, but this is usually while sitting in his truck. It is really cute to watch.