Tuesday, October 19, 2010

FHE outdoor movie

Last night we Peter set up the projector so we could watch a movie outside.
I thought it was fun.

The kids thought it was cold.
We did have a fire, which I kept worrying was going to throw a
spark on the screen and burn a hole through it,
but all went fine and we had smores.

We watched a movie from the new set of videos put out by the church on early church history. We wanted to watch the Joseph Smith one but it was clear we didn't have enough time so we watched the one on John Tanner.
The story was new to us and was really touching.
It reminded me how blessed we are to live in this time of plenty, and that I should be more willing to do give service in the church with a cheerful heart.
(i.e. no complaining!)
I'm working on that one.

Friday, October 15, 2010

This is not the email I wanted to get this morning

Sent from a two-night scout trip Nathaniel is on:

I got wifi on my ipod and my texting wasnt working so i decided to email you. It is pretty dang boring here and i wish i wasnt here and i wish i could not be cold in our house and my teeth werent hurting. It sucks here.

This makes me sad:(

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Girls Trip

Took the girls out of school a week or so ago to spend some quality girl time together.
We spent two nights at the bed and breakfast in Cedar City and went to the Toachan Theatre in St. George to see Tarzan. It rained and rained the whole time and we only got to see about 30 min. of Tarzan because it just so happens that the Toachan is an outdoor theatre, something we didn't clue into. The first 30 min. was good though:)

On Tuesday we saw The Diary of Anne Frank in Cedar City. It was very good and was something I want my children to know my feelings about. I am very passionate about that period of our history and I have pondered a lot about the fact that in a civilized country, with automobiles, brilliant minds, scientific advances, etc. something that horrific could happen to everyday families just because of their race. It infuriates me that there are still people who deny it ever happened, and especially so when we allow these people a voice on American soil.
I could say a lot more about this, but I won't just now.

Instead I'll tell you about the best part of our trip. I noticed a man sitting next to Rebecca. He was obviously Jewish and looked strangely familiar to me. He was very polite and asked about our family and if we were LDS. I only got to speak to him for a moment. My main concern was that Rebecca not accidentally kick him in her constant battle to stay still.

Turns out there was to be a guest speaker for this particular showing of Anne Frank and that speaker was none other than Rabbi Shmuley! Wow--I had no idea! I have great respect for this man and have heard him speak, watched him on the Today show, Oprah, on the TLC show "Shalom in the Home", and even read parts of his books (he's written 27 of them!)

I'm not one to get stars in my eyes over celebrities, but this was truly the exception. I felt incredibly honored to hear him speak and to have actually been in that close of a proximity to him! He is apparently a very good long time friend of Steven D Bennion, current president of Southern Utah University, who taught Rabbi Shmuley some of the fundamentals of our LDS beliefs.

Seriously one of the neatest things I've experienced.

Anyway, we had a very good time doing girl things--like shopping!
We went through the little strip of outlet stores in St George where we bought Rebecca a ton of super cute clothes from OshKosh and Gymboree. Sarah and I were having such fun but Rebecca could pretty much care less. It was pretty tedious for her but she tolerated it and even tried on some things for me. For dinner we tried to make up for it and took her to Red Lobster and she was happy again. Then Tarzan got canceled and she was unhappy again...

Here she is in one of her new getups!

Driving in the rain was crazy. There was lightning all over the place and several of the streets in St. George were flooded. Lightening almost struck our car once and the girls were freaking out so much I didn't have to do any worrying myself.

Overall I thought we had a great time. The girls loved the bed and breakfast, even if it wasn't designed for kids. When they wouldn't stop giggling one morning as I was getting into the shower I threatened to do naked lunges in front of them. They thought that was even funnier.
Good times:)

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Aaron the RM

A week ago Aaron was still a missionary--

But now he is home!

He is trying to adjust to his new life.
He looks kind of lost:(

Our whole ward was excited to see him again in Sacrament Meeting.

We had a fire in backyard the night after he got back.
This is my favorite picture.
I love Sarah in the background, John's strategically placed hand,
and Lily's peeping-tom look.

We went out for BBQ on the way home from the airport. It was very good, and very messy!

Lily, our fashion consultant, gladly volunteered to take Aaron shopping for new clothes.

I took him up the canyon today for a little photo shoot.

Friday, October 8, 2010

My John

I love Playmobile toys.
John has played endlessly in the tub with his ships.

Suddenly a shark comes along! What will the men do?

Buzz Light Year to the rescue!!
(Duh! Who else?)

John's says he is a baker in this hat he made.
I love how he has taped it to his head.
John thinks tape is pretty great and uses it for all sorts of strange things.

So cute:)

Thursday, October 7, 2010

School projects

Rebecca's fairy tale project on "Thumbelina"

Sarah's cell project. We made it with glycerin soap. I thought it came out great!

And lastly, Rebecca's dinosaur project.