Archive for October, 2006

A day over 30

Sunday, October 29th, 2006

As today is my 31 birthday I thought of that saying “you don’t look a day over….” fill in the year. I started laughing and wondered would it be the proper joke to say to me today “you don’t look a day over 30” since I am a day into being officially 31? Or would it be more accurate to say to me tomorrow “you don’t look a day over 31” instead?

We went to Lagoon, our local amusement park, for our last time this year. We had fun and I got to go on a ride I have never been on before. I also got to have my front room painted last night, which is just plain neat. :) I received the DVD The Lion The Witch and The Wardrobe, a Disney canvas bag I can use for library trips, a book about democracy which is a compilation of some writings of John Locke, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, and Thomas Paine. My parents gave me 12 classic books in a set a few weeks ago. Ah! I love books! :) It has been a wonderful birthday!

Hula Class

Tuesday, October 24th, 2006

Hula classes have started again.  We have them every Monday afternoon for 2 hours.  We have changed the schedule and responsibilities this time.  Now instead of being all on the shoulders of 1 or 2 people everyone has a responsibility every time.  We have a warm up for the first 1/2 hour that our oldest girls are in charge of, then we split them up into two groups.  The older group dances first while the younger group has a lesson and activity that teaches about Polynesian culture for a 1/2 hour.  We then pull everyone together to learn a Tongan phrase of the day.  That takes about 10 minutes.  Then while the younger group dances the older group gets the lesson and activity about Polynesian culture for 20 minutes or so.  Then the older boys take the younger children outside to play while the moms dance for a little workout until the time is up.  It has been going pretty well, I think.  I think that the moms are trying harder to be there on time and are more committed to coming every time.  The others probably can’t tell from my track record so far, though.  *sigh*  I just need to plan on leaving an hour and a half before the class begins to get there on time.  If it isn’t lost shoes, jackets, or phone calls I really do need to take, it’s construction I wasn’t expecting.  Maybe a few of those combined.  So next week I will plan on even more time to get there.  I will make it to Hula class on time….I will!


Monday, October 23rd, 2006

Alright, I know it has been a little while since last I posted, but a lot has happened.

Makeup update: Apparently most makeup does have a shelf life of 3 years. Apparently foundation is very liable to getting gross due to being in a bottle (the light and temperature change that can occur as a result) and my cleanser was pretty old, too. I threw them both away and am glad to say my face is clear again. Yay! My new foundation is on it’s way, and I can get back to my blissfully relaxed skin care routine soon. Not that I will wear it all of the time, but I will know it is there for when I do.

Guinea Pig update: We are not sure of the reasons why but Mr. Belvedere (our guinea pig) got sick and died the day of my last post. We have mourned him and flowers have been laid on his grave during tearfilled visits. I have even spied a sweet little letter which stated that in rememberence of him one of my children would do better at….I wish I knew but I felt that I had peaked over shoulders enough and needed to let it be a private thing. My sweet SIL has promised us another guinea pig from her new set of babies (she learned a little late that guinea pigs are fertile within 15 hours of giving birth…rofl).

My husband had to leave to go out of town for a few days the morning after Mr. Belvedere’s unexpected parting from this life. I ended up going to church with my 6 children hoping that they would be alright since I needed to take care of my calling. The older ones did really well. T-Bone is used to going to nursery with his dad, and when no dad was there for nursery he decided that mom couldn’t just go for 10 minutes and leave him there like dad is able to do. No, mom needs to stay the whole time if she wants to take over for dad. So I ended up with Losahina in my sling while Tevita stacked the little sunbeam chairs while I taught a song to the primary children. I am so grateful for my husband and his help on Sundays. Hmmmmmmmm I wonder if he really needed to leave that early on Sunday….LOL

House update: Monday while Sione was away I went to the home improvement store and purchased paint and a garage door opener! WOOHOO! Sione has been joking about waiting to get a garage door opener until we can afford for it to be a “garage door man” who would stand outside our garage and open and close said door as needed. I asked him if we could deal with a mechanical version until then. 😉 He agreed. This last Saturday he spent 5 hours installing it (3 hours longer than he had thought it would take). It works, and it is soooo nice!
I painted my guest bathroom a slightly dark dusky blue color Tuesday. I have paint to do the front room, the kitchen, the stairs, hallway and library, and one wall of Collin’s bedroom. I am very excited. I have never painted rooms in my homes before. If I do say so myself my bathroom looks very nice indeed. It was nice to have it completely done when my husband came home.

Tuesday morning Tevita was sick and threw up twice. After that he was fine and no one else has manifested signs of being sick. Thankfully. I really don’t like it when Sione is out of town when the children get sick. Not that he would have been home when Tevita was sick, but knowing that he is only a half hour drive away and that he will be home that evening before dinner is normal and comforting. When he’s gone it just seems more stressful. I am glad he’s home again. I always have my thoughts go to the families of military whose mom or dad is gone for such long periods of time. Or to single parents who do it on their own all of the time. My heart and prayers go out to them.

We participated in an organic crop share farm this year. As part of that we were able to go as a family to their pumpkin patch and everyone picked a pumpkin. It is the first time I have ever gone to a pumpkin patch and picked one. Sione and I thought it would be really cold and miserable (like our experience looking for a live Christmas tree). But it was actually mild weather and a fun experience. Since everyone got to pick their own pumpkin there was no worry over one person wanting one thing and someone else wanting another. And now we have 9 (including my FIL’s) organic pumpkins festively sitting on my front porch. LOL.

I have started going to a new book club. My friend Velvet wanted to start one up and we had our first meeting this last Wednesday. Our book for November will be Take Two Chocolates And Call Me In The Morning by Emily Watts. We are taking December off. January’s book is The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis. February’s book is Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte. March is The Chosen by Chaim Potok, and April will be A Train to Potevka by Mike Ramsdell (I hope…I am doing this from memory because I lost my paper with the list on it). I am excited to start going to a book club again. And the ladies who are part of it are wonderful women I really enjoy being around. We are definitely open to more coming, so if you are reading this, live near me, and are interested in a book club just ask and I can let you know more information.

There are some highlights for you. I know there is more but right now I am drawing a bit of a blank, and I really need to get working on my To Do List.

Makeup gone bad?

Saturday, October 14th, 2006

I’ll admit it. I am extremely negligent when it comes to my skin care habits. Every once in a while I will start trying to do better. Usually after I go to a skin care class and I start thinking that I probably will mind when my skin starts getting wrinkly, and people stop looking at me incredulously and asking how old I am because I must have started having children when I was 12 to have as many as I do.
I went to one of those skin care classes the other day. I started doing my skin care again. I have now broken out in a mild rash on my face. I started to wonder if my foundation could have been the culprit (it is my oldest makeup at the ripe old age of 8 years old for this bottle), but then I remembered that I started to feel the rash after I used the cleanser. The cable guys had arrived to switch my Father-In-Law’s phone over and I had to stop and answer the door. By the time I was able to get back to try moisturizing I could feel a rash beginning on my chin. It only got worse through the day. I do have a new cleanser I just purchased, but I wanted to finish using my old one (maybe only 5 years old). I am getting to the end of the bottle (Wow! The first time that would ever have happened for me!) so I should just be satisfied with the use I got out of it and start using the new bottle. Other than being a frugal wannabe, however, I also would have to admit that I think it would be rather neat to have actually done my skin care enough to have finished off a bottle. Silly, I know, but there it is. Not that I am going to continue anything that is giving me a rash just so I can finish it. I’m far to vain for that. 😉 I’m just wondering why I am getting a rash in the first place. Did it go bad? Has my skin chemical makeup changed? Did something get in the bottle that isn’t part of the actual product and that is what I’m reacting to? It’s supposed to be hypo-allergenic makeup, but I do have a friend that told me she is allergic to this brand as well. So perhaps I am a subconcious hypocondriac and am causing the rash myself. I really don’t think that is the case, though.

So there you have it. My current skin care woes. Add to that my continual insecurity regarding which colors to use with each other and that changes the statement to my current makeup woes. Oh well, hopefully I’ll figure it all out.

General Conference

Monday, October 9th, 2006

Last week I was able to listen to General Conference. I always love the Spirit which enters our home as we listen to the talks and music that have been prepared. Some that touched me the most were:

He Heals the Heavy Laden by Elder Oaks touched me as I had been having a somewhat stressfull week. I know that my burdens are not as heavy as many have to bear, but there was not a stipulation in Christ’s words that only those whose burdens are really heavy need apply. He states “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light” (Matthew 11:28–30). I know that I don’t do as much as I feel I should, but I do “labour” at things. I also do at times feel somewhat “heavy laden” and felt the Spirit whisper to me that I can come to Him with all of my troubles and problems. Not just my sins. I knew this before, but it was a sweet reminder in a time of stress.

O Be Wise by Elder Ballard drew me in so strongly from the start. We had recently memorized this scripture as part of our morning devotional. I loved how short and sweet it was. As a parent I thought it would be one of those that would be joyfully memorized due to it’s length, and might be remembered in times of trial when I might not be there to whisper in my children’s ears words of advice. What a succinct bit of advice it is. “O be wise; what can I say more?” ( Jacob 6:12). Then as he continuedI felt he was speaking to me. He outlined 6 ways to help in serving “wisely and well.” First: Focus on people and principles – not programs. Second: Be innovative. Third: Divide the work and delegate responsibility. Fourth: Eliminate guilt (this part I really appreciated hearing). Fifth: We need to thoughtfully allocate our resources of time, income, and energy. Sixth: Regarding extending responsibilities to members and recent converts – Don’t overwhelm them.

Three Towels and a 25-Cent Newspaper by Bishop Edgley stayed in my mind because that is something I strive to teach my children. When a bagger put a loaf of bread into my bag that I didn’t pay for and I didn’t find out until I was out in the car, I made sure to vocalize why it was so important to return it. I wanted my children to know that my integrity was worth more to me than a loaf of bread. I wasn’t trying to “toot my own horn” but I felt it was a teaching moment that I needed to make use of.

The Faith to Move Mountains by President Hinckley was a sweet reminder that faith is so much stronger than I tend to give it credit for. Faith doesn’t promise the absence of trials, rather the strength to get through them. It was inspiring to hear “In the on-working of this great cause, increased faith is what we most need. Without it, the work would stagnate. With it, no one can stop its progress.” I need to increase my faith, I have a few mountains in my own life that could use moving.

And Nothing Shall Offend Them by Elder Bednar reminded me of a book I read in this last year called Bonds That Make Us Free by C. Terry Warner. If we have Charity, the Pure Love of Christ we will not – we cannot take offense.

I love hearing the prophet’s voice and feeling the Spirit so strong and sweet in my home. How blessed we are to have that beautiful gift from our loving Heavenly Father.