Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Saturday, November 29, 2008
Thanksgiving Day, however, in a very thoughtful gesture, he suggested I ought to take her with my mom and grandma. So a four generation group hopped in the sweet minivan and drove to Hollywood at the last minute yesterday! It was so fun! And I felt much better this time around!
I have the best spinach artichoke dip recipe that I got from my friend Cathy in Kentucky. I could sell this stuff.
Saturday, November 22, 2008
Just practicing at home. She did fantastic today during her recital. Jack has a conference to day and tomorrow that is from 7-6. He drove an hour back and missed her performance by three minutes and was totally bumbed and turned around to drive an hour back. I felt bad for him cause he felt really bad. However, I had the thought that I needed to get Emma roses for her performance and dad was able to give them to her and say sorry and that made them both feel a little better. Emma asked for 45 minutes before she performed when dad would be there to watch her so she may have been secretly disappointed, but she was pretty excited that dad got her flowers. All is well!
Friday, November 21, 2008
I flipped out the first thirty seconds. There was some shock factor that came into play, and then I just started to laugh. I totally did that as a kid. Who didn't? So i explained that to her and told her we would have to cut it all short now which was a realy bummer to her to lose her princess long hair.
Just had to show the nativity up close.
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Friday, November 7, 2008
So we were at the park today and I had Sades in my arms and was pushing Jackson in the swing. I forgot that that has always made my babies giggle. She was laughing her head off. Jack was on the phone and recording at the same time so you can't hear as well as I want, but I'll take it anyway. She cracked me up!
Friday, October 24, 2008
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
BLOG LIKE YOUR FAMILY DEPENDS ON IT BECAUSE IN FACT IT DOES...One year ago yesterday we moved to beautiful California. I love it here! When I started this blog I thought I would blog about all of our fun adventures here, but this post today takes a very serious issue that I hold so close to my heart: my family. Earlier this year, 4 judges overturned what 61% of the voters in California voted for... to keep marriage between a man and a woman. It scares me that just 4 people can change the will of a majority, but what's done is done and now we have a chance to vote again! As many of you know, California is engaged in an unprecedented battle over the definition of marriage... Proposition 8! Many people don't understand or don't take the time to find out why this is the most important thing we might ever do to protect our family! PLEASE HELP!I make a simple but urgent plea for understanding. What will really happen to society and especially the family if Proposition 8 does not pass? There are many places to get the facts. Won't Gay people loose their rights?In California, the law provides for marriage-related benefits to be given to civil unions and domestic partnerships. Proposition 8 does not diminish these benefits. This is NOT the real issue here. Although if you live in California the ads against Prop. 8 seem to make that the issue. (read your voter guide!)Failure to pass Proposition 8 will affect children.If gay marriage remains legal, public schools will put it on equal footing with traditional marriage. Children will likely receive “age appropriate” information about sexual relations within heterosexual and homosexual marriages. (Click here to to see...)Failure to pass Proposition 8 will hurt churches.The court’s decision will inevitably lead to conflicts with religious liberty and free speech rights. Society will become more and more hostile to traditional beliefs about marriage and family. Having tolerance without condoning.We can love others while still maintaining and advocating our standards and beliefs.Proposition 8 will allow us to continue to teach our beliefs and standards.This is my belief:"All human beings—male and female—are created in the image of God. Each is a beloved spirit son or daughter of heavenly parents, and, as such, each has a divine nature and destiny. Gender is an essential characteristic of individual premortal, mortal, and eternal identity and purpose." The Family- A Proclamation to the WorldWe have family members and friends who are gay. We love them. I say to them... if this amendment does not pass you will be given the right to call your "partnership" or relationship a marriage, but I lose the rights that I hold so dear- what my children learn in school, what our society values, what churches are able to discuss. Homosexuals will not be given or lose any rights by this amendment, but the outcome of this not passing will effect the society in which we live. Take the challenge to get the word out, especially to your friends in California, Arizona, Florida...Another way to support this cause, is to join a nation-wide fast with much needed prayers on October 12. Check out the information here.Doesn't this just involve California? NO!!, the decision made will effect other states and our society as a whole!California is only the beginning...(click here to see) If you live in California: What can you do?? REGISTER TO VOTE!! and educate yourself on Prop. 8YES on Proposition 8....WHY??? (click here to read more)
Fifteen minutes later I have kids strapped in the car and groceries in when the manager came running out after me. She told me that this girl had told her what I said. She told me she just had to meet me and then actually thanked me for saying it. I asked what I needed to do to get the ball rolling and she said to go in and show her the magazine and then went on to say how the family unit in this country is falling apart and she was just talking to her husband last night about how they didn't want their grandkids to grow up in a country like this and isn't it ridiculous that we can't teach children about church in school, but gay and lesbian marriage we can? I was thinking "is this for real?" She got in my car and talked with the kids and we chatted for a good fifteen minutes and then she carried Sadi while I carried Jackson (cause he had no shoes) and I showed her the magazine which I had actually covered up with a different magazine. So she took the entire stack and promised I would never see this magazine in the store again. AND if there was ever anything inappropriate that I could personally come find her and she'd take care of it.
How's that for an awesome experience? I can't tell you the high I was on as I left the store thinking I was doing something!
So now I might be up on a soap box, but I've got to ramble. I recognize that conservatives get that name because that's just what they are. We tend to silently have our opinion and don't want to be pushy with anyone. I am done being quiet! With this whole Proposition 8 (gay marriage amendment) going on here in Cali, I have felt such an urgency to go out and stand up for what is right. I do not think that when I stand before the Lord someday and He asks what I did to prevent this from happening, I will feel justified in saying that I was shy about those kinds of things or just busy being a mom. As a member of His church, I have been asked to stand up for what is right. I don't think God is taking this issue lightly and I am feeling Him push me out of my comfort zone to stand up for him.
PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE!!! Vote "yes on 8" on November 4!
And if you happened to me at Albertson's on Las Tunas, find Janet and tell her thank you for taking crap off the shelves!
Hoopes’ Pumpkin Cookies
1 ½ C. shortening
4 ½ C. sugar
1 lg. Can of Pumpkin
7 ½ C. flour
3 t. baking powder
½ t. soda
2 t. salt
3 t. cinnamon
3 t. nutmeg
1 t. cloves
1 t. allspice
1 t. ginger
AT LEAST 1 bag of chocolate chips. Bake at 350 degrees for 12-15 minutes. Once they are cooled, top with cream cheese frosting: 2 blocks of cream cheese, 2-3 C. powdered sugar, and a little milk. Beat together with mixer.
* Note: This recipe makes a TON of cookies!! Like over 100!
PS I copied this blog from my cousins ! Thanks Lisha~!
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
me: "Emma, what time is it?"
Emma: "Party time!" (habit from watching HSM)
me: "Nope. What time is it?"
Emma: "8 o'clock?"
Me: Nope. 8:30-which means it's past your...."
And then she laughed so hard at herself she had tears rolling down her face.
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
Monday, September 22, 2008
Sunday, September 21, 2008
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Here are several characteristics that make her incredible in the eyes of her mom:
Genuine kindness. I have watched this little lady go to a park and she will ask me if she can go make a friend. She walks right over to some other little lady and introduces herself and asks if she wants to chase her or swing or slide. And she is so good at including the one that has been left out. I like that.
She tries to help others be happy. On my birthday, Monica and I hiked with the kids to a waterfall (it was only 3/4 mile so not a huge feat), but her friend Dillan was not impressed as soon as we got out of the car and let us all know about it the first half up. It was quite funny to me, but I'm sure that's because I'm not his mommy. Anyway, I just watched Emma watch him and observed her several times attempting to get his mind excited over the upcoming tree that had fallen or inviting him to be the leader. She's watched her mom try the distracting technique, apparently. Actually, I'm just really impressed that she was that kind of a friend that she wanted him to be happy.
She has such a soft heart. Last night was a rough night as far as getting the kids down. It was Jack's turn to be with the bishop during interviews so he was at the church. I was out of patience, also. Sadi was crying and so ready to nurse and go to bed, Emma was wiped out tired and had school the next day so she needed to go to sleep, and Jackson hadn't had a nap and was beyond tired so he was irrational and we could throw logic out the window. After several attempts to get Jackson calmed down to say prayers and get in bed, I used a very frustrated motherly tone (i.e. yelling) that didn't bring good feelings into the home. As I walked in to check on the kids later, Emma peeked over her bed and asked why I was crying. I wasn't crying. But I looked up at her and could tell she was about to lose it. I gave her a huge hug and she broke down bawling and didn't like that Jackson had felt so sad and that I had yelled at him. I love that she has empathy toward others. I really think she has a gift to feel what another person is feeling and show empathy toward them. She is just awesome.
She is responsible. She makes her bed every day, keeps her own room clean, and is always getting better at doing something I ask the first time, which I so appreciate.Her laugh is contagious. She is so happy and energetic and fun to be around.
Hey Emma, I love you to pieces, my princess. You've been such a great daughter and friend. I just think you are awesome! Happy Birthday, Sis. Love you, Mom