Friday, April 17, 2009

Good Old Fashion Busy! -Cook Out With Uncle Jared-

I was working on the dishes this afternoon thinking about all that I have wanted to blog about and the research I have wanted to do. But it occurred to me that I have just simply been good ol' busy! Taking care of the kids. Playing taxi driver. Cleaning the house. Taking care of baby chicks. Going to meetings. Just being a mom and a wife. Now days, those things could be considered "Old Fashion." Cool huh! I like living that kind of life.:)

Our car is starting to complain these days. When we drive long distances it struggles to switch gears. This is unexpected. We're hoping that things will go smoothly and we'll be able to trade in our car and get a van for the same monthly payment price. Wish us luck! We're going car shopping tomorrow.

My brother Jared came into town tonight. He brought his girlfriend Rachel and her cute little girl Hailey. It was so nice to spend a little time with them this evening. We made tin foil dinners (our warm weather specialty) and had yummy smores for dessert. MMM! It was fun to show Jared and Rachel our little cottage. I always smile when we show it off because to others it seems so small and makeshift. To us, we know where we've come from and we're thrilled to be where we are.:) I only got ONE picture the whole night! DUH!!! There were some good times too... Jakob and Hailey hit it off right away. It's too bad we live so far away. I always love seeing Jakob play with a friend that he has a lot in common with. I wish we had more kids for him to play with. I have a high standard too. So that says something of Rachel and Hailey. Thanks for coming all of you! We had a great time!! Please come again!!

My Jakob is growing up! We went to his Kindergarten Registration this week. He met with his future teacher and she did a few little "tests" to see where he is scholastically and developmentally. He was average or above average compared to his future classmates. This of course made us happy seeing that Jakob will be the youngest in his class.

Jakob had his dance photo shoot today. He was the star of the afternoon. His charming little self got all of the ladies cooing over him. I was tickled by the fact that he was my little prince.

So, this explains a little bit of why my writing has slowed a bit. We just have a lot going on. It's not slowing down either. I just signed up for two classes at the Community College for this summer. English 102 and Creative Writing. I will be writing in my sleep! But it will be good for me to learn more of the technicalities of writing.
Life is good.

Monday, April 13, 2009

Easter Weekend Rundown

Leif's school and work made Easter Weekend their Spring Break. So that made our weekend extra long. We've tried to enjoy the time together as we also focused on the Easter celebration.

Our little family has the tradition of doing the "silly" part of Easter on Saturday so we can focus on the true meaning of Easter on Sunday.

Friday started out the fun this year. We woke up bright and early and went to our local plant nursery to choose our first three baby chicks (named: Bessy Boo, Sally, and Sue.) Our main batch of chicks won't arrive for another couple of weeks. But we were excited and had to take the opportunity to get a few from the local nursery while they still had them. They are really cute and a lot of fun. It will be interesting to see how it is to have a whole lot more then three... It will be fun! Friday night we went out for pizza with Leif's parents. We were all going to meet up afterwards to color Easter eggs. But right before heading up to our house Leif's dad was cutting a branch off of a willow tree and cut his finger. He had to go get stitches:( So we painted eggs with just our little family. We decided to paint eggs this year instead of the traditional coloring.

Saturday morning we woke up to silly fun-filled Easter baskets. They had real lettuce in them instead of the traditional plastic grass. Jakob was thrilled to find a bag of Army Men to play with, Silly song music CD's, and a huge Hidden Pictures coloring book. The fun part was the fact that Papa's bed time story the previous night had all come true! Just like in the movie "Bed Time Stories."

We were worried that it would rain Saturday morning during the town Easter egg hunt. But luckily the storm blew over in the middle of the night and we didn't have rain to contend with. Jakob had a good time running around gathering as many eggs as his little hands could pick up. It was a short hunt. But not a disappointing one (as usual!)

Caleb woke up with another ear infection Saturday morning. I was SOOO Bummed! It drained me of my cheerful energy. I feel bad about that! I was no fun at all Saturday. Luckily I have a forgiving family! We were going to get together with Leif's sister and her kids Saturday. But she was sick too. It really put a damper on the whole day. But we're over that day now and there's a more cheerful outlook in the home.

Sunday morning was like every other Sunday morning when your meeting starts at 9:00AM. Rush to get ready and get to church on time! It took me until the middle of Sacrament meeting to get over my grumbling spirit and allow the beauty of the day to penetrate my "Moody Mama" heart. Once that happened I was able to feel of the healing touch of the Lord. Leif sang in the choir with his parents. They sang one of my favorite songs: Beautiful Savior. I LOVE that Song! It paints such a beautiful picture as it is sung.

Sunday afternoon we got together with Leif's mom and hid the final Easter eggs that she had for Jakob. They were Dinosaur eggs. So Jakob was in heaven. He started hiding the eggs himself while we were playing with the chicks on the grass. He got distracted and came over to tell us something. Just as he came we had noticed a bee flying around us. We were getting up to move when Jakob came to me in a bit of a daze and said "the bee was behind me." I didn't think too much of it until he held up his thumb and again said, "The bee was behind me." Then I registered what had happened. The bee had stung his little thumb. It hadn't really hurt initially. But by the time I registered what had happened it was HURTING him. Poor little Jakob! I have written about his true low pain thresh hold. Well, that came into play full throttle! I took him into grandma to see what they had in the cupboard for bee stings. Just as we got some litocaine on his finger he informed me that he was sick. We rushed to the bathroom where he lost his lunch. The very scary part was the color of his face, or the lack thereof. He was so whitish-green! I have never seen anything like it. Leif held him up so he didn't fall in the toilet face first. From there we laid him on the couch and gave him some benedryl and a Popsicle. He was so sick from it all! I felt really bad for him. I have cared for many, many children in my life so far. But I have Never seen a child react to pain in such a way as Jakob. His reaction is far from "in his head." It is a literal genetic issue that he inherited. But grandma Baron said that even Leif didn't react as extreme as Jakob. I am always amazed when he has an episode... Luckily he was fine after a short while and we went out and finished our hunt. As you can see, it was fun!

Leif's mother made a wonderful feast for us that afternoon. We were able to enjoy it with grandpa and grandma Dixon. MMM!

That evening we had a little bit of silly fun. I have really missed a bath tub for a long time. My good friend Harmony used a pool while she was pregnant to relax in. Her hubby rigged up a hose that can be connected to the shower. Well, we borrowed it. We set it up in the kitchen last night. It was actually fast and easy to set up and drain out. Jakob had a great time playing in "the tub." We've concluded that it will be a worthy investment. That night Leif and I watched a great show called Amazing Grace. We highly recommend it!!

Spiritually speaking this weekend was deep. I was overcome with deep thoughts that would not relent. Through prayer and a long talk with Leif I am feeling much better. But wow!...
We took the time each night before bed this weekend to read about the Easter story. One night we read it out of a story book. Another night we read it out of our big family Bible. It was neat to take the time to reflect on the true meaning of Easter.

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Easter Message From The General Authorities

I hope you will all watch this and feel the motivation and Love that stems from it.

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