Tuesday, November 18, 2008
It hasn't been very long now (only a couple of months or so), and I love working with the Young Women of our ward. It's such a blessing to be with them, answer their questions, witness the growth of their testimonies while strengthening my own. In every calling, I truly believe the Lord gives us the opportunity to flourish. Learn and grow, learn and grow. This calling is particularly exciting for me as I will be "going through" the YW program for the first time myself. As they work on their Personal Progress (a program in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for the Young Women), I will be working on mine as well. This year my goal has been to write in my journal and read my scriptures every single day, and so far I have done that (year's not over yet...). That has been a blessing and a strength to me and I feel as though I may accomplish any goal I set my mind to now. So, I'll be blogging about my Value Projects/Experiences for Personal Progress in the coming year. Wish me luck!
Monday, November 17, 2008
Happy Veteran's Day
Thursday, October 23, 2008
Irrespective of age, we mourn for those loved and lost. Mourning is one of the deepest expressions of pure love. It is a natural response in complete accord with divine commandment: “Thou shalt live together in love, insomuch that thou shalt weep for the loss of them that die.” (D&C 42:45.)
Moreover, we can’t fully appreciate joyful reunions later without tearful separations now. The only way to take sorrow out of death is to take love out of life.
This family lives in Lubbock, our last town, and though we did not know them well as we were in different wards (congregations) in our stake (comparable to a diocese), we would like to say from many miles away:
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
This is based on the answers to these questions:
1. What is your name? Heidi
2. What is your favorite food? Thanksgiving food - I picked cranberries cause they're purty!
3. Where did you attend High School? Allen High School - this is of the band-the "Escadrille"-of which I wasn't a part, but it was a cool picture
4. What is your favorite color? RED!!!!!
5. Celebrity crush? Matthew MacFadyen (this is a bust of him as "Mr. Darcy" from my favorite movie "Pride & Prejudice." Do you not think him a handsome man, miss? Yes, yes, I daresay he is.)
6. Favorite drink? Egg Nog, this time of year anyway
7. Dream vacation? Ireland
8. Favorite dessert? Baklava
9. When I grow up, I want to be _____________? Peaceful.
10. What do you love most in your life? My family. There aren't enough members of this "snow family," but they were cute so they made it in anyway.
11. Optional Square = I LUUUUVV the snow (and the red berries of course)
12. What's the one word to describe you? Creative, or so I've been told
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Friday, October 3, 2008
There was a soup recipe on the back of the box and I had some of the ingredients and I sort improvised with the rest. It had some leftover chicken, stewed tomatoes (drained), a can of peas (drained), and a package of that steam-in-the-bag broccoli. I put it all in one pot and heated it up with a dash of salt and onion powder. Then I made some rice real quick on the stove to go with it. I was kinda nervous about what my boys would think about it with all the visible vegetables and what-not, but they all loved it! They all said, "Mommy, this is gooooood!" There's nothing better than those words at dinner time. Well, except maybe, "Relax, honey, I'll do the dishes. You go lie down."
Thursday, October 2, 2008
Monday, September 29, 2008
Jordan "fishing" at Nan and Papa's
Christian at swimming lessons
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Thursday, September 4, 2008
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Native American IAT- I have a SLIGHT association of "White American" with "Foreign" and "Native American" with "American" - meaning I view Native Americans as more authentically "American" - makes sense I guess.
Gender/Career- SLIGHT association of "Female" with "Family" and "Male" with "Career"
Obama/McCain- SLIGHT preference for John McCain
Presidents- SLIGHT preference for George W. Bush over "Other Presidents" (In this case the "other president" was Thomas Jefferson - I chalk this up to being more familiar with GWB's face as opposed to TJ's)
Skin-Tone- LITTLE TO NO preference for light skin over dark skin, and vice-versa
Race- LITTLE TO NO preference for Blacks or Whites
Asian-American- LITTLE TO NO ASSOCIATION of "Asian" with "Foreign" or "American"
Arab-Muslim- SLIGHT preference for "Other People" over "Arab/Muslim"
Age- SLIGHT preference for "Old" people over "Young" people
Disability- NO AUTOMATIC PREFERENCE between abled/disabled persons
Weapons- SLIGHT association of Black Americans with weapons compared with White Americans
Religion- STRONG AUTOMATIC PREFERENCE for "Judaism" compared to "Other Religions"
Weight- MODERATE AUTOMATIC PREFERENCE for "Thin People" compared to "Fat People"
Sexuality- STRONG preference for "Straight" people
Gender/Science- MODERATE association of "Female" with "Science" and "Male" with "Liberal Arts"
Bonus IAT: "3 Countries" (Japan, India, and China)- I prefer the 3 countries in the following order, starting with my strongest preference: 1. Japan 2. India 3. China
Wednesday, July 9, 2008
The book Ox-Cart Man by Donald Hall and Illustrated by Barbara Cooney
Pride and Prejudice
4th of July and a pork tenderloin sandwich with fireworks in Chenoa, IL
Date Ball cookies
British Comedies on PBS
Quiet, early morning when the sky seems overcast before the sunlight really hits
New England (this is really more in theory since I've never been there)
Smell of fireplaces being used for the first time, while standing outside in the neighborhood
Applesauce made from Transparent Apples
There are lots of other things I love. Too many to mention really. What are your favorite things?
Thursday, July 3, 2008
It was beautiful. Just wait til you see it. I know you'll agree. Really. Can I get a huh, huh?
But, how can we see it? Are you going to post a video?
No, no my little brussel sprouts. It's going to be on a reality show.
I have now been (or will be, I should say, in September) on a reality show. "Whose Wedding Is It Anyway?" on the Style Network. Which I don't even get, by the way.
And in case you see it, just so you know (in case you hadn't already guessed), it's a "reality" show (emphasis on the air quotes).
Have you ever played that get-to-know-you game where you're supposed to tell everyone something that "nobody knows about you"? This is so going to be my answer now. Oh, the humanity, I'm going to get to see myself on national TV. Isn't there some country that wants to shoot down our satellites? Can I send them money? But then I wouldn't get my HGTV, and how can I live without my "Designed to Sell" and "Design Star"?
Oh, and one more thing, I think the camera really adds about 25 or 50 pounds.
The show is set to air on October 28, 2008 on the Style Network - Heaven help us all!
Friday, June 20, 2008
Monday, June 16, 2008
I was very sad to find out that Tim Russert died on that day. I'm a big American history buff. I love politics and government. He was one of my favorites. I didn't get a chance to see his program very often because I'd be at, or getting ready for, church. It's been touching to see all the tributes to him and how he was thought of, above all, as a great family man. I love people like that. As accomplished as they may be, they know what's really important.
Father's Day was kind of a bummer for DH. I was sick, so instead of him getting all the TLC, he spent the day taking care of me. Maybe we can have a Father's Day "Do-over" this weekend.
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
So of course, being the wonderful man that he is, he called a service and scheduled them to do an estimate on our home. He later called the house and said, "Oh, by the way, the cleaning people are coming by at 3 pm to do an estimate, that OK?" And so, of course, I said, "Are you crazy? I have to clean the house before the cleaning people come!" I made him call them back and cancel. He, obviously, thought I was crazy.
DH: "You have to clean so the cleaning people can come?"
Me: "Uh, yeah"
"Then what are they going to do?"
"Clean the house"
"But you just cleaned it"
"Just reschedule for later in the week"
"If you say so"
I know, poor guy, he just doesn't get it.
Thursday, June 5, 2008
Anyway, lately I'm thinking of taking this thing to a completely new level, and this is big. Very big.
I'm thinking of switching to CLOTH DIAPERS!!!!!!!
Of course, I'm definitely going to have to get my washer fixed first. I think I'll still use disposables for when we're away from the house. I just think we could probably save a lot of $$, and it is kind of gross to think about how many of those things our family has contributed. I don't think it'll be that much more work - I'm already doing a ton of laundry anyway. What's another load (no pun intended-yuck!)?
Tuesday, June 3, 2008
No, this is about how I learned that . . .
. . . little boys + Sonic's "Ocean Water" or dark blue Gatorade = Day-Glo green poop and giant amusement.
. . . if your children decide during naptime to become Picassos in their bedroom, and their medium is poo, it's OK to shut the door on it to make your husband deal with it when he gets home (ya know, to protect your sanity), because it turns out that dry poo cleans up more easily (use the vacuum hose to scratch it off).
. . . making dessert may become a criminal offense. Diet guilt? No. Last night my son told someone we were eating "toddler". No, son, it's cobbler. (On another note, why the heck is it "cobbler" anyway?).
What about you? What have you learned from your children?
Sunday, June 1, 2008
Hmmm . . . Since I've been gone, my refrigerator, washer, and DVD player have all crapped out. Oh, the joys of useless machines! I am happy to know that we have definitely met the requisite 3 things breaking at once quota, so we should be good for awhile now (knocking loudly on wood, though it's that cheap self-assembly stuff, still, wood-"ish"). Oh yeah, school gets out on Wednesday for the kiddos. I am not, I repeat NOT, prepared for this.
My 6yo son just made a mess in the kitchen with the sugar. I now have sugar-coated feet. Ok, that phrase is kind of making me laugh, but still, see what I mean? Totally NOT prepared.
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
A "B" is the best you can get. They've been pretty few and far between this year. He has had some issues this year, but really, I think most kids get the "G" for "good" by default. Anyway, he's received 2 of them this month already. His reward for it is getting to play with water outside, which he is doing right now with his brother, Christian. Brother #3, Jordan, is asleep in the living room, and Scarlet is asleep in her crib. DH sees therapy clients tonight. Blah. I was going to make a turkey roast, but I need a meat rack for it. I tried to get one at Walmart. No luck. I'll have to go to HEB.
For anyone outside of South Central Texas who reads this, HEB is the main grocery store chain. It's headquartered in San Antonio. If you think HEB is a strange name, it only gets stranger. Is it a person's initials? Yes. What do they stand for? Well, the man's name was H. E. Butt. Yes, really. It could've been "Butt's Groceries" or I guess, just plain old "Butt's." Anyway, in Ethan's class, if "G" is for good, what does "B" stand for? Best? Beautiful? Bodacious? No, No, and No. It stands for . . . wait for it . . . "Outstanding"! Yeah, I know. Actually it corresponds with a color system:
B = Blue = "Outstanding"
G = Green = "Good"
Y = Yellow = Numerous Redirections
R = Red = Severe Disruption
Is it me? Should the letters match a word that fits the behavior? Like "Y" could stand for "Ya coulda done a lot better." I guess that's bad grammar though. Seriously, when I was a kid it was:
E = Excellent
S = Satisfactory
N = Needs Improvement
U = Unsatisfactory (or "Under", as in, hide under the bed, because you're going to be in big trouble*)
*I'm just being dramatic here, I never received a "U", so I don't really know what would've happened, though it wouldn't have been too good.
This is the system they use on his report card. So much for consistency. Oh well. Any thoughts?
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
I am . . .
Wife to a very hard-working man and full-time grad student. He studies Marriage & Family Therapy . . . hopefully we won't be seeking therapy by the time he's done, just kidding :)
Mother of 4 (3 boys, 1 girl)
Older sister to my new-military-wife sister
Bad Housekeeper, Decent Cook
Born Mennonite, raised Presbyterian, adult convert to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Wannabe decorator, amateur musical arranger, novice pianist, floutist, and artist
I think RED is the best color EVER!
Trying to be a little better every day
Oh, and I guess now, blogger?