Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Ari's Hawkes' Ranger Graduation

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I love Mr. Hawkes. He teaches the kids to work hard and be the best they can be. He was Julia's teacher as well, and she still goes beyond the mark when it is something important to her. I hope he has made the same impression on the students he had this year, especially Ari. Pin It

Friday, May 22, 2009

Temple FHE

This week we did an easy Family Home Evening. We started out by singing I Love to See the Temple. Then we read from For the Strength of Youth about modesty. Then we went to this site and watched about temples. It was so good and it kept the kids attention better than we can sometimes.

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Sunday, May 17, 2009

Visiting Teaching ( I must do better)

Today in Relief Society we had our Visiting Teaching Conference. We have an active and ever changing ward, so we began by introducing ourselves. This was great for me since the past year I have unable to keep up with all the new members of the ward. Then when you add in the sleep deprivation which keeps my mind from working how I would like it to, you end up with a lot of people I can't remember their names. Then we watched this fun (but inspiring) video. I have posted this before, but thought I should post it again. Mainly because I needed to see it again, and so I am hoping that I wasn't the only one.

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Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Read Out of the Best Books (and The Power of Positive Thinking)

Our ward Relief Society has a book club. We read a book and get together to discuss them. This month we read Who Moved My Cheese. I'm not sure how many of you have read this book. I first read it when I was an Amway Independent Business Owner about 10 years ago. At that time I was reading it to find out how to be a better business woman. It was quite different to read it as a wife and mother. I think the main thing I learned this time through is that things change every day and I have to find what is the most important and worry about that. I need to try and keep up with my ever changing world. For example, while trying to convince Katia that going potty on the toilet is the best, I am finding different things that motivate her. One day it will be a prize. Another day it will be Sleeping Beauty underwear. Then another day she may go just because I tell her it is time to go. She will usually go for her brother, Jayden. And if her cousin Kaylee tells her to go, she will definitely go. But other days she won't go no matter what I say. So this is my current cheese I am chasing. The next will be getting Jayden to school happily or Ari awake without a fight or tantrum.
The other book we read this month was As a Woman Thinketh. This book was about how our thoughts make us. Well, at the same time I was reading The Secret Garden. This same theme was in that book as well.

One of the new things people began to find out in the last century was that thoughts-just mere thoughts-are as powerful as electric batteries-as good for one as sunlightis, or as bad for one as poison. To let a sad thought or a bad one get into your mind is as dangerous as letting a scarlet fever germ get into our body. If you let it stay there after it has gor in you may never get over it as long as you live.
I feel strongly that our thoughts can make or break us. For example, if we dwell on how hard something is, it will be hard. If we dwell on how worth while something is, it will be. Cleaning the house may not be the most fun thing ever, but it is so nice when the house is clean. You can look at what yo have accomplished and be pleased with the effort.
One thing I have found now that I am older is how much I enjoy being a mom. I love it. I get to hold and read to and play with these little ones all day long. I get to push them on the swing, watch as they discover some new wonder, read them some of my favorite stories, and watch movies with them, and listen to their imaginations going wild. (Lately Jayden and Katia have been playing spy. It has been so much fun to listen to what they think goes into the day of a spy.)
Now, this doesn't mean that I am never grouchy or tired or overwelmed (something that happens atleast every other day), but I sit (or actually lay) down at the end of the day and share with my husband all the wonderful things that went on here while he was gone. Maybe it is because I have had to be a working mom, or because I like to play more than work, but this stage of life is quite rewarding and enjoyable. Pin It

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