How we live and love and what we have to say about it, from Mommy Mumblings to Daddy Discourses
Stan and I first met in BYU's weight room. We've been married since Dec. of 2000. 11 years later we're still madly in love and so happy to have each other. We've earned 4 degrees: 2 BS's, 1 MS and 1 PhD. We've lived in UT, VA, MS, and now CA. We love rock climbing, yoga, exercising, reading, writing, making each other laugh, and our 4 beautiful children.
Israel did so good on his talk today. He wrote it from minimal help from me and did a great job. I pointed to each word as he read it all by himself. (We practiced saying Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego) We're so proud of his reading and his love of the scriptures and Jesus Christ.
Here's his talk
My family is blessed when we remember Jesus. One of my favorite stories is of Daniel's friends in the dungeon of fire. Shadrach, Meschack, and Abed-nego had bee nthrown into the fire because they would not worship idols. They prayed and Jesus was beside them and they did not burn. The bad guys were scared. Daniel's friends were blessed because they remembered Jesus. My family is blessed when we do good things like helping my mom and dad and my sisters. We are reverant and good when we remember Jesus. In the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.
Our tiny library does a weekly storytime on Wednesdays. It's small (so much better than crowded Provo) and I usually take the girls, today Israel and his friend Layla (yes a girl) went with us. Guess what they sent us home with?
are you curious?
can you guess?
Shot 1 everybody happy
Shot 3- still trying to get Julia to smile- Eliza is done.
Shot 5- Julia giving her all, Eliza wishing she was anywhere else.
That's right, not only did we make these really cool turkey headbands, but each child got to pick their own new book to keep. We're now the proud owners of Chips and Salsa, Jimmy Sangwow's Out of the world Moon Pie Adventure, and Lil' Bill's Is it My Turn Now.
1 almost done, 2 to go on my Sewing Organizer from Flossie Bottoms. The tutorial is in 3 seperate posts. There are lots of little steps, but it's very doable. Also, I was confused on the scissor triangle part- I commented on her post and she emailed me that same evening with the answer. I love the little trash compartment- top right- it velcros on and off. Also, bottom leftcorner is a needle and pin holder (currently snapped closed). It folds into 3rd and has a strap I haven't added yet. You can see here my more creative free motion quilting. As usual I stuggle with my machine's tension, so you can see the blue thread coming thru- I didn't fix it on purpose this time because I liked the effect on the plain brown fabric. My 1st applique project: A pink elephant baby quilt. I'm in love with the results. With applique, not so much. Here's a sneak peak. Dolly Diapers- A definate work in progress. I got the idea from Make it and Love it here, but she doesn't give a pattern, so I went thru lots of practice runs. I've made 2, but have 6 more to go and if I have time, little changing pads to go with them.
First, I joined The Benner Daily Bookclub. Posted about it here
2nd, this month we read 3 books. Of the first two and its sequel I definately prefered The Hunger Games. These books are worth your time. Very intriguing, very fast reads. Katniss is a great main character with many strong supporting characters as well. Can you imagine being in an arena with 24 other people- and knowing only 1 of you is getting out alive? Can you imagine that drawing names like a lottery to see who will be in the arena is what your country forces people to every year to remind you of your past rebellion? Can you imagine needing food to survive so badly that you allow your 12-18 year old children to put additional chances in the lottery just so you can survive?
Now you wanna read these books, don't you?
The last read of the month Vampire Academy I finished yesterday. It's the first in a series with the 5th one coming out May 18th 2010 and the 6th one late 2010 according to her website. I read this one is a day too- quick, interesting, not clean enough for my teenage nieces, but a good read. I'm planning on reading the whole series (work with me library . . .) It's a pretty complicated world author Richelle Mead has created. From the site "Two races of vampires walk our world. One, the Moroi, are alive and wield elemental magical. The other, the Strigoi, are undead and evil--feeding on the innocent to survive. Rose Hathaway--a half-vampire with poor impulse control--is training to be a bodyguard for a Moroi princess. Learning to decapitate and stake is hard enough, but Rose's real danger may lie in an illicit romance with one of her instructors..."
Read these books- or if you already have, let me know what you think. And if you want ot join TBD's bookclub- I'm sure she'd still have you- even if she is Team Gale not Team Peeta:)
My meeting with Mr. Principal was a bit intimidating at first- you'd think I'd be over that since I'll all grown up and all, but I didn't enjoy it in the least.
We sat and looked at Israel's attendance report and he kept on telling me all these stories of kids with 54 excused absences or taking 3 weeks for funerals etc. I wanted to focus on Israel and the laws, but it was difficult to keep steering him on target. He said of the 14 letters sent I'm 1 of 3 actually meeting with him. He said as long as we keep them informed of his absences in the future and do the make-up work everything should be fine. I said what about SARB? Aparently we're not enough of a problem for that yet, just keep communicating.
Me- I have been communicating, we've been doing all the make-up work. What more are you expecting?
Him- just keep communicating
see how helpful the discussion was?
Me- so the issue is funding, correct?- you only receive money for actually attendance
Him- we just need the children to come to school (another boring story followed)
see how open he was with me on the issues?
I did get a few questions answered, but not what I was hoping.
I left knowing 1. no SARB yet 2. no court date 3. no fine 4 "keep communicating" 5. I don't like CA school system or it's laws
I read and love The Pioneer Woman's blog. Not only does she make me laugh constantly, but she also makes me hungry. I have enjoyed with complete success every recipe of hers that I have tried. Yesterday her cookbook FINALLY arrived in the mail! "The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Recipes from an Accidental Country Girl" I'm salivating all over the place just looking at it. The book is full of personality, great photography (not just of food but ranch life), funny stories, and of course lots and lots of pictures to explain how to prepare her recipes.
This morning for breakfast I tried out the easiest recipe from the "In the Morning Section". Egg-in-a-hole. I'm a lover of runny eggs, and I'm amazed to say this is my new favorite way to eat them.
1 piece of bread-I'm using my own wonderful homemade wheat bread-YUM 1 egg salt and pepper butter
cut out a circle in your bread (I used a glass) I didn't want to waste the circle, so that went into the pan too. heat skillet- melt some butter add bread after about a minute add the egg into the hole salt and pepper liberally wait 1 minute flip wait another minute or longer is you don't like runny All done-
Eat and enjoy.
you can find her book on Amazon for 14.95 (instead of 27.50) Her entire website is worth you time too www.thepioneerwoman.com She's also a homeschooler, her own photographer, and has her entire Black Heels to Tractor Wheels love story on the site- going for Country Club to Country.
ps- school update- this afternoon at 12:20 I'll finally be meeting Mr. Principal.
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This week with Israel home all day from school we finally checked out www.starfall.com. It's the site his teacher uses during their computer time. If you have any pre-k or kg children it's a fun alphabet and learning to read site. Zac the Rat taught us all about the short a sound in a silly story of jam, ants, and fans. Also- you get to decorate your own gingerbread man and your own snowman (Israel's top favorites). The site also recieves feedback. After every activity you do it asks if you liked it (smiley face), if if was okay (straight mouth face), or didn't like it (frowny face). I like that they're checking in with the kids for what works and what doesn't.
Another site worth mentioning- The Yuckiest Site on the Internet- This one is super fun. We found it in our search to answer Israel's "Why is my pee yellow?" Pimples farts, burps, and funnybones- get your answers here. Any boys out there especially are gonna love this site.
Do you have any sites that you've found really work well for your children? Please share.
We got a nice surprise at 4 am Halloween Morning- Julia had croup (which has now gone thru all of our kids). We still took her trick-or-treating though. Most of these pictures are from Thursday's Fall Festival at Israel's school or Friday's Haunted Hospital at Stan's work. Living in a new place (and a town without street lights or sidewalks) made for interesting trick-or-treating. Carving pumpkins for FHE- we had no idea the wouldn't last a week. I love Israel's expression in this shot.
Our end result. the middle pumpkin Israel designed himself (Stan cut it out)
The Fall Festival- Eliza wanted to wear pink-ALL pink.
Julia at the bean bag toss
The first scary person in the Haunted Hospital. All the people would sit still like they were statues with a bowl of candy right in front of them. Israel reached for candy and he "came alive" it scared Israel really well and the girls didn't like it at all, but Israel and Stan went through a second time.
> Eliza was super cute as a fireman. She's holding her right hand like she's holding a big water hose. And yes, this is what she wants to be when she grows up. She teaches everybody Stop, Drop, and Roll, and reminds us what we should do if our house is on fire.
We hope you had a happy and healthy Halloween! I've enjoyed seeing every one's costumes.
So, I love Israel's teacher, he loves school, I know it's good for him and in this town that's the only place he has playmates, but I'm seriously considering yanking him out.
We got a threatening letter yesterday from the principle about reporting us to SARB School Attendance Review Board because Israel has missed 6 days of school. 3 were for my Grandmother's funeral (which they know) 1 was because of a crazy long, horrid doctor's appointment so he could stay in school (also excused), and 2 were for our Sacramento trip. So, only 2 unexcused absences and he's in kindergarten. If reported to SARB we'll receive a $330 dollar fine for not being responsible parents. I'm so ticked off. We have to commit for 90% attendance or pay the fine.
So any advise out there? I'm so mad, but I promised Stan I wouldn't talk to the principle until next week.
For those of you who didn't know- I love to read. I eat books. Mom used to say I hibernated in my room all the time with my books. Stan often groans when I'm reading a really good-I can't put this one down book- he'll probably have to make dinner, and clean the house, and bath the kids, and put them to bed, and . . . well you get the idea. But what I also really enjoy is talking about the books I read. I do goodreads, but I don't like to tell much, because I don't like spoilers- even the flaps tell too much. I've been missing my book clubs (and my Wymount people) so when I found Shealynn's online book club I joined and convinced a few other people- thanks Katie and Amanda- to join too. Yesterday I joined the discussion on Twitter about this book. Twitter is new to me and a bit weird, but it was so cool to be tweeting? with ladies from all over that had read the same books and were doing this book club. We have a small showing- just 5 or 6 last night, but I really enjoyed it. If you like to read teen books, maybe check it out. (there's a button on the left side) Next month we're reading Hunger Games, Catching Fire, and Vampire Acadamy. Plus, Shealynn does all these book giveaways. In fact this week she has a giveaway a day going on. I'm entering them all- even though I've never won anything. here's her blog www.shealynnbenner.blogspot.com Anybody else want to read with me? I'd love to discuss these books with you too.
On Columbus Day Sarah and Matt from our ward invited us on a trip to Amboy (remember Amboy Amanda?). The plan was to hike the Amboy Creater- one of the youngest volcanos on earth. Just the day before Eliza had asked if there were volcanos in California, so she was excited to be going to see one. You can read about it here. It's a mile hike in and Israel and Eliza both did a great job getting there. Julia rode on daddy's back after the 1st half mile. There are 25 miles of lava fields surrounding the Crater and we got to hike into a volcano-how cool is that? You can walk all around on the 2 lava dams formed from the 2 no longer flowing lava lakes. On the way home we stopped by the salt flats we'd seen on the way to the crater- Israel was convinced it was snow, so Marine Matt let him taste it and he got a big handful- poor kid.
Israel is in one of the 2 lava dams formed from dried lava lakes.
Israel at the salt flats. Just for the record we did have a salt fight.
This year for Halloween I had a decision to make- buy 2 more of those plastic pumpkins that take up all that space and are annoying to store- or find a better solution. Thank you craft blog for giving me the basic idea for my "better" solution. I made Julia's bag the pattern size, but made Israel and Eliza's bigger. If you'd going to make one for a child 3 or up I'd definitely add a few inches (I added 2). My kiddos has a great time picking out their own fabric (2.44 a yard at Walmart). The bonus of these bags, besides being cute and individualized for each child is that they take almost no storage space during the 11 months of the year we don't need them:) A similar bag is for one of you. If you'd like to enter my first giveaway- tell me your favorite Halloween and why. Winner drawn at random Thurs at noon. I'll mail to out Friday so you can have it by the 31st. Eyes closed! A few of the decorations we picked up from the dollar store on Thursday. We went back the next day to get a little more and they'd already replaced their Halloween items with Christmas decor. Can you see the eyeballs in the goblets?