Archive for March, 2013


March Highlights

Sunday, March 31st, 2013
Lilah:
Thinking you should have your own comedy show to record all the interesting things you say.

Scene:
I had just ended a long lecture about life not being fair to the girls, then I called perdiddle. In our family that means that person gets a kiss.
Eden: I’ll give you a kiss.
Lilah made some slurping sound.
Me: Lilah are you eating your boogers?
Lilah: No, I just gave you an air kiss.
Eden: That’s not fair, I get to give Mommy her kiss.
Lilah: Life’s not fair.

Not wearing green on St. Patrick’s Day and getting pinched repeatedly by a girl on your church class. It was rough.

Packing some treats for our walk around the temple while Eden had speech.

Doing the dishes. Love, love, love.

A friend was being dropped off and the mom complimented us on our nice house and said how it smelled clean. You told her it’s not always this way. I think over all we are able to keep the place clean, but we did do a big cleaning to get ready for your friends.

Eden:
You started a load of laundry, but it wasn’t till it was complete that we realized no detergent had been added.

I noticed you were not participating in PE, so we borrowed a basketball from the teacher to let you practice dribbling at home. You practiced everyday, as soon as you woke up. It helped and you did get better. I noticed you still sitting out during class, so I made you participate, just in time for a game of Horse. We need to now practice shooting the ball, which one of the teachers did help you with a little at the end of class.

You did not get pinched, even though you wore no green on St. Patrick’s Day.

Telling me you’re about the height of a hobbit.

Losing your new Sunday shoe into the neighbors pool at Granpa Harvey’s house while playing power rangers. They weren’t home, so we’re hoping it holds up and isn’t ruined.
Jon:
Trying to figure out the bug and pest situation. You don’t want pesticides, but I do. Finding cockroaches, black widows,  and scorpions in the house is not fun.

Hauling the exercise bike upstairs while I went shopping. You told the girls to call 911 if you became unconscious.

I told you how I found a wolf spider in the living room that I released outside, because it was mostly friendly. You asked me if I was sure it wasn’t a fiddle back, or brown recluse.
I looked up brown recluse, and yeah, that’s what it was. Dangit.

Killing a huge black widow that was living in an irrigation box with lots of cockroaches.
Eating lots of sugar on Easter. You’ve decided to not eat white flour and processed sugars, except for holidays. You’re not very good at moderation. It’s all or nothing.
Me:
I started playing Words With Friends with a stranger, and she was really good, so I decided to cheat. We ended our first game, and she invited me to a second. Not wanting to be rude I accepted. Around the second word she complimented me on my playing. I couldn’t lie, and told her I had been cheating, but was learning about the game. She decided she liked the challenge, and wanted to continue playing. (I told her I’d understand if she wanted to stop playing.)

New Calling

Tuesday, March 19th, 2013

We’ve been adjusting to our new ward nicely. Overall, the girls like their teachers and classmates, and are excited to meet new friends. We’ve had one girl Lilah’s age over, and they all got along great, and they were invited to the house of a girl Eden’s age, which they also loved.

I knew several people in the ward already, and have met many. Since my friend Heidi Spencer had moved in earlier in the year, many people knew I was coming, and about me. I’m trying to balance the whole, being new, letting them know  our situation, and trying to not let it completely define me. It’s hard, and I’m not sure I’m doing well, but I am meeting people and being open.

A couple Sundays ago I was called in to meet with the bishop, and they gave me a calling. I’ll be teaching the 12-13 year old Sunday School class.  EEK!
They sustained me on the 10th, but I was at a mission farewell, and unable to get information on the lesson materials, so I asked the old teacher to teach one more week for me, also because his explanation of the new material kinda scared me, and I was not ready to jump in and teach just yet.
I sat in on his lesson this past Sunday, and saw his teaching methods. He’s a little lax on rules, and so I’m trying to decide how to nicely state my expectations, without being totally mean sounding. (Eating and talking during class, not sitting with all four chair legs on the floor. I am such a mean teacher.) The kids did talk, and answer questions.

I am still nervous with the new lesson materials, and trying to get to know the needs of the students in my class, which also kinda big, at 12 kids! (I know this is small compared to some wards, but this is large for me.)
They all seem very nice, and I have connections to a couple of the kids and their families already.
I taught Gospel Principles for 4 1/2 years in my old ward, so this is a change. I’m hoping I can do this calling well, and with the Spirit.