Wednesday, June 30, 2010
Tuesday, June 29, 2010
Kaylee and Aaron are so different! Aaron just wanted to hurry through writing about his year so that he could get out and play. Kaylee on the other hand had to look at and read every paper from each year and reminisce. Then when it came to writing in her book, she had to contemplate each answer very carefully and then write each letter to perfection.
Monday, June 28, 2010
Places to take,
Laundry to shake,
Fix an ache,
Appointments to make,
Garden to rake,
Dinner to bake;
For goodness sake!
You deserve a break!!
Being a mom is no
Piece of cake!
Take a break and eat a piece of cake! I'm going to!
Sunday, June 27, 2010
Here are some scriptures about anger and its opposite - love and peace:
For verily, verily I say unto you, he that hath the spirit of contension is not of me, but is of the devil, who is the father of contention, and he stirreth up the hearts of men to contend with anger, one with another.
Behold, this is not my doctrine, to stir up the hearts of men with anger, one against another; but this is my doctrine, that such things should be done away.
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith.
Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.
Use boldness, but not overbearance; and also see that ye bridle all your passions, that ye may be filled with love; see that ye refrain from idleness.That last scripture is for me. I need to work on bridling my anger in the heat of whiny, screaming kids and be filled with love in those heated moments. I have just as much to work on as Aaron!
EnJOY your Sunday!
Saturday, June 26, 2010
Aaron and I read it last night and it was the perfect ending to our terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day. Here is our version of the story:
I woke up with bags under my eyes to the sound of my 2 year old screaming. My 6 year awoke with a fever and a sore throat. They both have hand-foot-mouth disease...a nasty virus. I had to break the news to Aaron that he could no longer go to our family reunion which he loves. Instead he had to stay home with me and his two brothers...one of whom acts like he is possessed when he is sick. We waved goodbye to Eric and Kaylee as they drove off to Idaho while Nathan screamed in the background. I could tell it was going to be a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day. I think I will move to Australia!
It was a terrible, horrible, no good very bad day. Nathan threw tantrums and screamed all day. I hate tantrums. Aaron ate popsicles and ice cream while playing the Wii and watching movies for hours. I hate letting my kids watch so much TV and eat up all of my ice cream. Nathan figured out how to open his door even with one of those "child proof" door knob things. I hate not being able to lock him away when he throws tantrums. My house is a mess, I have spit-up running down my shirt, I am still in my pj's, did I brush my teeth today?, Nathan peed on my leg, and I am out of ice cream. It has been a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day. My mom says some days are like that. Even in Australia.
Friday, June 25, 2010
So this was Eric's Father's Day breakfast in bed...and I think that I will adapt it for my kids (instead of a tie, make shorts, or a dress and make breakfast buddies, and breakfast babes) because they were pretty jealous of Eric's breakfast.
Thursday, June 24, 2010
Aaron's favorite part of the festival was jumping through the water fountains...he had a blast.
When we got home the kids and I were inspired to make our own chalk art...we have a lot of practicing to do!
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
Here are a few of the ideas from this article that I am going to focus on with Aaron:
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
"Aaron, I want you to to think about what makes you angry or mad. For each thing I want you to blow into your balloon"
Aaron said things like "Having to go to my room", "Being teased", "Not being able to do what I want to do". After each item, he would blow into his balloon until it was full of "hot air". My husband kept adding things to it also until the balloon eventually exploded (Aaron and I were too scared to have the balloon pop in our faces). We talked about how this balloon is like anger and if we let things that upset us build up, we will eventually explode.
Monday, June 21, 2010
Superman could do anything with his super-human powers...except in the presence of kryptonite. This green, glowing rock would paralyze his powers and make him weak. Aaron is my wonderful 6 year old boy who is excellent at reading, basketball, baseball, working hard, and math. One thing that he is struggling with lately is controlling his anger and temper when he gets frustrated or provoked. When my sweet, sensitive Aaron gets angry he has a hard time controlling himself. Instead of thinking through his problem and finding other ways to handle it, he resorts to crying, yelling, hitting, throwing, slamming doors...pretty much a 6 year old tantrum. When this happens it is like Aaron is turning into a big green, glowing rock of kryptonite that repels me. I feel all of my patience, self control, happiness, and any other mom-powers being drained from me. I can't be around him because it makes me a weaker mom. I usually send him away until he can calm down and talk to me with respect and love.
When something goes wrong (like yesterday when he couldn't find his chapstick) Aaron talks in a very crying/whiny voice. We have named this annoying cry-talking "crocking". He crocks so often that I don't think that he realizes when he is doing it. We have started to tell him that "I will be happy to talk to you when you are done crocking". It seems to help for the most part. I need to help Aaron find some solutions to control his emotions better before all of my Super-Mom powers are gone forever! I have found some object lessons, books, professional advice, and scriptures to help me in this quest that I will post throughout the week.
I am hoping that this cranky kryptonite concern can by kicked!
Sunday, June 20, 2010
Happy Father's Day! Before I was married, I came across these scriptures in The Book of Mormon about Captain Moroni who led the Nephite army. I decided that I wanted to marry a man like this:
Alma 48: 11-13
And Moroni was a strong and a mighty man; he was a man of a perfect understanding; yea, a man that did not delight in bloodshed; a man whose soul did joy in the liberty and the freedom of his country, and his brethren from bondage and slavery;
Yea, a man whose heart did swell with thanksgiving to his God, for the many privileges and blessings which he bestowed upon his people; a man who did labor exceedingly for the welfare and safety of his people.
Yea, and he was a man who was firm in the faith of Christ…
President James E. Faust said about fathers:
"Brethren, noble fatherhood gives us a glimpse of the divine attributes of our Father in Heaven. A father should be many things. He should magnify his priesthood and be an example of righteousness. In companionship with his wife, he should be the source of stability and strength for the whole family. He should be the protector and the provider and the champion of the members of his family. Much of his love for his children should flow from his example of love, concern, and fidelity for their mother. By his uncompromising example he should instill character into his children."Eric, thanks for being this kind of man and father. You are a wonderful example to our children and to me!
Saturday, June 19, 2010
It is hilarious to hear him read these books to the kids...it goes a little like this... "Bertie let rip a big one in his sister Suzy's playhouse -TRUMP. It reeked. Suzy was livid. Pee-ew! Is that you , Bertie? You stink, smelly pants," sniffed Suzy. I'm not the only one who stinks, thought Bertie. When Mom farts, she coughs at the same time to cover it up. PFOOF When Dad lets off, he's so sneaky...HHWOOOSH...you don't know what's coming until it hits you. Grandma's always letting go. PLP PLP She just blames the cat."
Eric make great sound effects. The only problem is that the kids can't understand what he is saying because he is laughing so hard :)
Friday, June 18, 2010
Peal and dice your favorite fruits into very small pieces
You can use:
Combine all of the fruit, drizzle with honey (about 1 Tbls), squeeze one lime over the top, and sprinkle with cinnamon. Mix and eat with cinnamon sugar chips:
Cinnamon Sugar chips
Brush flour tortillas with butter and sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar mixture - (1/4 cup sugar and 1 Tbls cinnamon combined). Cut the tortilla into 8 pieces. Put them on a baking sheet in a single layer and bake at 350 for 12 minutes.
Thursday, June 17, 2010
Today I ventured out with my 4 kids plus my one year old niece to try out this kids camp. Before I left I thought to myself "what are you doing...are you crazy?" In hind-sight; yes I was crazy to attempt that! The younger kids wanted to touch and open anything that they could get their hands on. Free events attract A LOT of people - so it was very cramped (especially trying to maneuver my double stroller through the crowd). The kids had fun though. They made a little Father's Day craft, got a tour of the store's huge freezer, played with a parachute, and got ice-pops and balloons when it was over. It was a thrilling time had by all (I was thrilled to get out of there with all 5 kids and without destroying the store).
Now to complete our Thrilling Thursday, I told the kids that we would go to the Library program tonight....what was I thinking? So if you see a crazed mom pushing a double stroller with 4 kids through the crowd at the library tonight...just smile, wave, and say "Aren't you thrilled to be here?"
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
Today's Wednesday's Words come from A Mother's Book of Secrets by Linda Eyre and Shawni Eyre Pothier:
"So the secret is, say "Whatever"...and say it a lot. Life is crazy as a mother. You have to pick your battles carefully. There are some things that are essential to ingrain into these precious minds. Children need to know we love them unconditionally. They need to know they can trust us. They need to feel safe. But the minutia of life: I say, "Whatever." As long as the important stuff is intact, I'm good with that!"I need to say "Whatever" more often...usually my go to response to things is "No" or "We'll see" which often creates a battle. So when Kaylee asks if she can get out the paints, when Aaron wants to wear a long-sleeved shirt and pants that totally clash in 80 degree weather, and when Nathan wants me to read him the same book that I have read for the past 4 nights in a row; I am going to try to say "Whatever". Life is too short to say no to everything!
Here are some "Whatever" moments that we caught:
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
Do you see the tile above the jumbled mess? ..."Please AIM to keep the bathroom clean" Ha, ha, ha ya right! Between hair stuff and boys who don't know how to "aim", this bathroom is a disaster! So today I tackled the hair accessories ( I will save the aiming problem for another day).
I took one ribbon the length of the door and simply stapled the top and the bottom of it to the inside of the door to hang the flower clips on.
(I must confess that is wasn't that simple to pull the trigger on the staple gun...I was terrified of that thing. But I did it, triumph #2)
The headband hangup is the same idea except I added loops for the headbands to go through. To make the loops, I sewed another ribbon on top of the "foundation" ribbon in one inch increments with a loop in between the stitching. I then stapled it to the other door.
Here is the after picture: hopefully this solves the first part of our aiming to keep the bathroom clean problem. Stay tuned for the second half of the problem...any great ideas???
Monday, June 14, 2010
To add to my madness, Travis has picked up a new habit-sucking his thumb. I try to stop him by giving him his binky but he just spits it out and sticks his thumb in. (It's not quite that instantaneous; he is still very uncoordinated so it takes him a while to get his thumb to his mouth. He usually ends up smacking himself several times before he finds his mouth. It is pretty funny to watch.) I know that this is a bad habit and that I should stop it now before it gets harder to break...but it sure makes him content. He has slept through the night 3 nights in a row now and I really don't want to give that up! Oh, what am I to do...try to break the habit, or enjoy a full nights sleep? Right now I am leaning towards sleep...it has been so long and I love it so much!
Happy Monday...I hope that I survive this one!
Sunday, June 13, 2010
3 Nephi 4:15: "And it came to pass that the armies of the Nephites did return again to their place of security."
Eric pointed out that just as the Nephites had returned to their place of security after battling the Gadianton Robbers; our families also need a safe place to return to after battling a hard day at school, work, bullies, and disappointments. We had a great family discussion on how we can each make our home a place where we all feel loved, accepted, safe, welcome, and secure. Thanks Eric for turning such a simple scripture into a great lesson that really stuck with me!
Saturday, June 12, 2010
A couple of years ago, Eric and I recorded Grandpa while he told his stories to our kids. Then for Christmas we made a CD of them for my family. Now we can listen to Grandpa whenever we want. It will be a priceless treasure when he is gone to be able to hear my Grandpa's voice as he sings "Zippady Doo-Dah", impersonates Brer Bear, and Brer Rabit, and performs his Indian chant that he learned on his mission while he tells his amazing stories.
If you or anyone you love has a favorite story to tell, record them so that you can always hear those stories. It is so much better than reading a picture book! Here is one of my favorites-"Brer Rabbit and the Laughing Place". Thanks Grandpa!
Friday, June 11, 2010
Shredded Pork Barbacoa
5 lbs pork roast
- 1. Sprinkle roast all over with salt, pepper, and garlic powder.
- 2. Place in crockpot with Coca Cola and cook on low 7-8 hours.
- 3. After cooking, take roast out and shred.
- 4. Dispose of remaining cooking liquid.
- 5. Place shredded pork back into crockpot.
- 6. Add the enchilada sauce and brown sugar, mix all together and heat through.
1 buttermilk ranch dressing packet (make as per recipe)
1 clove garlic
½ bunch of cilantro
juice of 1 lime
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Remove the papery covering from the tomatillos. Cut each tomatillo in half and place on a greased cookie sheet. Using disposable gloves cut jalapeno in half, remove seeds, and place on cookie sheet with the tomatillos. Roast for 15 to 20 minutes. Use a food processor to blend all the ingredients well. Refrigerate. (If you are in a hurry you can skip roasting the vegetables)
2 (10 oz) cans black beans (don't drain the liquid)
1 medium onion, chopped
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon cumin powder
11/2 teaspoon oregano
11/2 teaspoon salt
1 Tablespoon red wine vinegar
- 1. Fry the onion in a little oil.
- 2. Add the garlic and saute a little.
- 3. Introduce a little of the bean liquid until all previous ingredients are soft.
- 4. Add the beans with the remaining liquid.
- 5. Add spices and simmer about 30 minutes.
- 6. Add the vinegar just before serving.
- 7. These are quite good when served over a bed of rice seasoned with just lime.
½ bunch cilantro
4 tsp garlic, crushed
1 small yellow onion, chopped
1 can diced green chilies
1 Tb butter
1 tsp salt
4 tsp chicken bouillon
3 cups rice
6 cups water
Blend cilantro, garlic, onion, and green chilies together in food processor. Combine all ingredients in a saucepan, bring to a boil, lower heat to simmer and cook covered 20 minutes. Stir.
Thursday, June 10, 2010
Wednesday, June 9, 2010
WHY GOD MADE MOMS
Answers Given by 2nd grade school children to the following questions:
Why did God make mothers?
1. She's the only one who knows where the scotch tape is.
2. Mostly to clean the house.
3. To help us out of there when we were getting born.
How did God make mothers?
1. He used dirt, just like for the rest of us.
2. Magic plus super powers and a lot of stirring.
3. God made my Mom just the same like he made me. He just used bigger parts.
What ingredients are mothers made of ?
1. God makes mothers out of clouds and angel hair and everything nice in the world and one dab of mean.
2. They had to get their start from men's bones. Then they mostly use string, I think.
Why did God give you your mother and not some other mom?
1. We're related.
2. God knew she likes me a lot more than other people's moms like me.
What kind of little girl was your mom?
1. My Mom has always been my mom and none of that other stuff.
2. I don't know because I wasn't there, but my guess would be pretty bossy
3. They say she used to be nice.
What did mom need to know about dad before she married him?
1. His last name.
2. She had to know his background. Like is he a crook? Does he get drunk on beer?
3. Does he make at least $800 a year? Did he say NO to drugs and YES to chores?
Why did your mom marry your dad?
1. My dad makes the best spaghetti in the world. And my Mom eats a lot.
2. She got too old to do anything else with him.
3. My grandma says that Mom didn't have her thinking cap on.
Who's the boss at your house?
1. Mom doesn't want to be boss, but she has to because dad's such a goof ball.
2. Mom. You can tell by room inspection. She sees the stuff under the bed.
3. I guess Mom is, but only because she has a lot more to do than dad.
What's the difference between moms & dads?
1. Moms work at work and work at home and dads just go to work at work.
2. Moms know how to talk to teachers without scaring them
3. Dads are taller & stronger, but moms have all the real power 'cause that's who you got to ask if you want to sleep over at your friend's.
4. Moms have magic, they make you feel better without medicine.
What does your mom do in her spare time?
1. Mothers don't do spare time.
2. To hear her tell it, she pays bills all day long.
What would it take to make your mom perfect?
1. On the inside she's already perfect. Outside, I think some kind of plastic surgery.
2. Diet. You know, her hair. I'd diet, maybe blue.
If you could change one thing about your mom, what would it be?
1. She has this weird thing about me keeping my room clean. I'd get rid of that.
2. I'd make my mom smarter. Then she would know it was my sister who did it and not me.
3. I would like for her to get rid of those invisible eyes on the back of her head.
Tuesday, June 8, 2010
Monday, June 7, 2010
If you have a funny story please share to help me get through the first Monday of the long 3 month Summer Break!
Sunday, June 6, 2010
Elder M. Russell Ballard said: "Clearly, those of us who have been entrusted with precious children have been given a sacred, noble stewardship, for we are the ones God has appointed to encircle today's children with love and the fire of faith and an understanding of who they are"
Saturday, June 5, 2010
"All through the short afternoon they kept coming, the people who counted themselves Father's friends (Jews). Young and old, poor and rich, scholarly gentlemen and illiterate servant girls—only to Father did it seem that they were all alike. That was Father's secret: not that he overlooked the differences in people; that he didn't know they were there."
"Happiness isn't something that depends on our surroundings. It's something we make inside ourselves."
If you have any favorite books centered around WWII , please leave me a comment so that I can read it too!
Friday, June 4, 2010
2 pounds small red potatoes, quartered (or whatever potatoes you have at the time)
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 packet/1 oz. Hidden Valley® Seasoning & Salad Dressing Mix
Makes 4-6 servings.
1 cup dry pinto beans, rinsed and drained
4 cups water
1/2 small onion, chopped
1 (8 oz) can tomato sauce
2 T brown sugar
1 T molasses
1/4 tsp chili powder
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp dried mustard
4 slices of bacon, cooked and crumbled
Combine beans and water in slow cooker and cover. Cook on LOW for 8 hours or until soft. Drain liquid and add in the rest of the ingredients. Stir. Cover and cook on LOW for an additional 3 hours. This is a great way to use those dried pinto beans that you have stored.
Makes 4-6 servings.