Archive for October, 2007

Superhero Desperation

Tuesday, October 30th, 2007

Born of Desperation she emerged to fight back the evils of a lack of costume.  Frantic to find something to wear to a costume party that was not indecent, Penny struggled against the lack of creativity that consumed her mind.  “I….must…..think…..of…..something!” she was heard to mutter as she staggered around her house searching through the children’s dress up and her clothes.  Finally as she was looking through the toys she found the beginnings of an idea.  It was a large piece of material that the children had confiscated from her stash.  It was perfect!  She cut a hole in the middle and put it on.  She grabbed a gold ribbon to tie about her waist as a sash.  “Hmmm,” she thought.  “Maybe something to do with ancient Greece.”  She found flip flops to slide on.  Then she made a dash for her bathroom to look through the hair drawer.  What did she find?  An elastic with wispy ribbons flowing from it.  She put her hair in an elastic bun, and went to work on her makeup.  What started out innocently enough ended in a look to make her daughter stare.  Trying desperately to do something fun and daring for the costume Penny had experimented with the darker shades of eye shadow, resulting in a scary look.  She did not have time to wash it off and start over, they were already late.  Out of desperation she decided to use the eyeshadow to make a superhero mask right on her face.  That done, she scooped her family up with superhuman strength and swept them into the car. 

And thus was born the superhero Desperation!!!!!

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One Movie I Won’t Be Seeing

Monday, October 29th, 2007

I will not be going to see, or taking my children to The Golden Compass.  It looked pretty good in the previews, but after reading things like this, I will be avoiding it.  There are plenty of opportunities to discuss different belief systems with my children, including atheism.  I don’t need to let them read a bent book to become subtly indoctrinated into a belief system that “kills God.” 

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Monday, October 29th, 2007

Yesterday we celebrated my 32nd birthday.  Sione and the children gave me a new Quad with my name on it, and a scripture tote to carry it in that I think is really nice!  :)  He also made me my favorite dinner of shishkabobs and twice baked potatoes, which takes hours to prepare.  I had calls from my parents and some of my siblings wishing me a happy birthday, which I really appreciated.  Collin gave me one of his dollars, and Alena gave me one of her dolls that I have been needing to mend.  LOL.  She also gave me “a present that I made all by myself!”  That present was a kiss and hug from her.  Very sweet!  The Hyde’s came over for dinner (minus Tamra and Finny because they both weren’t feeling well), and they gave me a $40 gift certificate to Barnes and Noble.  I feel like giggling whenever I think of spending that.  heeheehee. 

Yesterday was our first week in a new building at a new time, since our ward was split 2 weeks ago.  We are trying to get ready for the Primary Program in two weeks.  We lost a lot of kids in the split, and I am a little nervous about how loud this group will be.  Normally they don’t really sing very loud unless they are competing to see which class gets to put a funny hat on their teacher’s head.  That won’t work for the program.  Yesterday I was thinking I will need to work with them on singing without me.  I may need to use the words that I was thinking they wouldn’t need.  We’ll see how it goes. 

The funniest part about being the Primary Chorister is that when it is my birthday the Primary President has me lead the group in singing a birthday song for myself…twice.  Once for Junior and once for Senior.  I feel so silly doing it.  Oh well.  I won’t have to do it again for another year.  :)

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Of Bulbs and Blisters

Thursday, October 25th, 2007

Yesterday morning I decided I needed to get my bulbs planted.  My husband and I had purchased some, and I decided I needed to get them planted, since I didn’t know how many more days of nice weather might still be coming our way this year.  So it was that I told my children we were having an outdoor lesson on botany by planting bulbs.  I brought Sione outside to help decide which bulbs would go where, since he had mentioned a few times that he cared.  I went through dropping the larger bulbs where we decided and he used the bulb planter to start planting.  He got a blister on his thumb, and turned the work over to Julie, Tarina, and Collin to work on the digging.  Once I got to the point that all of the bulbs were placed that I felt you could see without too much trouble, I used the spade to go about planting the smaller bulbs.  That done I took over the bulb planter for a short time.  That is when I noticed the blister which had formed on my hand.  It is about the size of a dime, and is just below the center of my palm.  I decided that I liked using the spade more, since I could more easily use my other hand, or use a different part of my blistered hand.  I finished off the job.  All in all I think I planted the most bulbs, but I definitely got help.  We had 160 king daffodils to plant, 70 crocus, 50 scylla (sp?), 24 I don’t remember, 12 hyacinth, and 4 iris.  That comes to a total of 320 bulbs that we planted yesterday.  Not bad.  I have hopes that they will help our yard look beautiful and colorful this coming spring, but I also have fears that we need quite a bit more for the effect I would like.  I didn’t plant any tulips because the deer like love to eat them.  I invested in a lot more daffodils for 2 reasons.  First of all I know that the deer don’t eat them, and secondly they were cheaper.  A lot cheaper.  Which also factors into why we only bought 4 iris bulbs.  I hope we planted all of them correctly.  I guess we will see this spring.

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I Found It!

Wednesday, October 24th, 2007

We will be learning about the Greeks and the Olympics for part of our kidschool this week.  While I was placing holds on books at the library on-line I remembered this movie I watched when I was a child.  It was about the first Olympics to start our current world-wide competitions.  The cast included the actor who portrayed Charles Emerson Winchester III on MASH, and the actor who is now Horatio Gates from CSI Miami.  I decided to google it and see what I could find.  It took me a little longer than it probably should have, but I found it.  The title is, funnily enough, The First Olympics, Athens 1896.  I found there was a copy in our local library system, and I reserved it.  It is now in my front room along with the books I checked out about the Greeks and the Olympics.  I hope the movie is as good as I remember.  I really enjoyed it when I saw it as a child.

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No! It’s T-Bone!!!

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2007

That is what is currently yelled in my home I don’t know how many times every day.  Tevita has decided that he wants to be called T-Bone.  If he gets hurt and you say something like “Oh, sweetie!  Where does it hurt?”  He will inevitably respond with a sobbed “T-Bone!”  If you say “Stop climbing on the counters” the response is a  yelled “No! T-Bone!”  “Alright, T-Bone stop climbing on the counters.”  “No! T-Bone!!”  “I called you T-Bone”  “No!  T-Bone!!”  One time I actually started to playfully yell it back at him.  Him – “No! T-Bone!” me – “No! T-Bone!” him – “No! T-Bone!” me – “No! T-Bone!” him – “No! Vita!”  I am quickly losing my patience with his identity crisis, though.  I think I need to take some more time out of the day and just cuddle, read to, and sing with him.  I think that might help.  Now I just need to figure out where that time will come from.  😛

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It Went Well

Tuesday, October 16th, 2007

The discussion on Animal Farm with the Statesmanship Club went well.  Some of the youth didn’t say much, but it was more of a personality thing.  Those who aren’t shy spoke plenty.  :)  It was pretty neat to listen to these youth between the ages of 12 and 17 speaking about the symbolism of the book and relating it to other things they had read about communistic China along with Stalin and Lenin.  A few had very strong feelings about this book, and really wanted to share how horribly they felt it had ended.  They really wanted the animals to fight back when they heard with their own ears what was going on.  I have finished reading it to my children, and we are going to watch the movie in the next few days.  It was fun to stop and discuss it with them as we went along.  Alena didn’t really listen enough to get it, but I could see Collin and Tarina thinking things through as we went along.  Our next book is the John Hancock book from the Childhood of Famous Americans series.  Then on to Robin Hood.

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Animal Farm

Thursday, October 11th, 2007

This was the second time I have read this book, and Julie’s first time.  I am reading it to the family, stopping to discuss along the way.  Julie finished it on her own, as did I, but we are only half of the way through it as a family.  Julie and I have a colloquium on it this afternoon at Statesmanship Club.  I am going to be the discussion leader for this group of 21 youth who have read it.  I haven’t done one with youth before, and I am a little nervous.  Will they just sit there and stare at me?  Or will they really discuss the book?  Maybe a combination of both will occur.  We are also going to be bringing a treat.  To get in the door at Statesmanship Club today you have to answer in the affirmative to two questions.  1 – Have you read the book? 2 – Did you bring a treat?  Once you have answered yes to both of these you are allowed in.  We will discuss the book for 1 hour, and then we will play games and enjoy the treats for 1 hour.  We’ll see how it goes.

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The Glad Game

Monday, October 8th, 2007

I finished reading Pollyanna to my children the other night.  I have never read this book before, and I am so sad that I have missed out on this wonderful classic all these years.  I LOVED this book!!!!!  I find myself trying to play her Glad Game when I am put out by something.  I remember parts of the movie version from when I was a child, but I don’t remember the glad game at all.  I remember her visiting people and the prisms.  I remember her singing in a fair and falling from a tree (which differs from the book).  I remember her being sad about not being able to walk.  I remember a glass doll.  I don’t remember anything else.  Now that we have read the book I am going to check the movie out from the library so we can watch it. I think it will be fun to start having movie nights based on the books we have read.  I also hope that we can play the Glad Game as a family.  And maybe read more of those “Rejoicing Texts” that Pollyanna’s father told her about.  :)

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Women’s Conference

Tuesday, October 2nd, 2007

Saturday night was the Relief Society General Broadcast for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latterday Saints.  I always feel spiritually refreshed and invigorated after a Conference broadcast.  This time was no exception.  There were wonderful messages shared, and I felt an overall theme about Visiting Teaching, but there was one message that really hit me.  I am often thinking that I take on more than I can handle well.  I am trying to be discerning of what I should say yes to, and what I should say no to.  There just seems to be so much that I should say yes to.  I think the Spirit carries me through many times.  I always struggle, however, with knowing if I am doing more than I should.  Are my priorities right?   The message that really seemed to hit me was, I believe, in President Monson’s talk.  He said something to the effect that we shouldn’t pray that our our commitments/responsibilities will be less, but that our ability will rise and be equal to what we are needed to do.  I need to do those things that he asked us to do. 

1) Study Diligently

2) Pray Earnestly

3) Serve Willingly

I need to do these things, and pray for the ability to be equal to the task.  I need to keep in mind 1 Nephi 3:7 “I will go and do the things which the Lord hath commanded, for I know that the Lord giveth no commandments unto the children of men, save he shall prepare a way for them that they may accomplish the thing which he commandeth them.”

Oh, and the homemade buttermints that were served afterward were UNBELIEVABLE!!!  I want that recipe!

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