Archive for June, 2009

Till Next Time

Friday, June 19th, 2009

I can sigh a nice sigh of relief now that the Liberty Girl Retreat is over for this year. Yesterday we held our 3rd annual Retreat with 135 girls. Our focus this year was on the Great Depression era. In preparation for this most of the chapters of Liberty Girls had one of their semesters focused on this time period with the Kit books from the American Girl series as the reading material.
The girls were split up into 5 groups and rotated through 5 activities. We focused on 4 different virtues that were important during that time period. The virtues were Cooperation, Thrift, Service, and Positive Attitude. They learned about Elinor Roosevelt, and listened to some stories from some families who pretended they were hobo families, had a hoe down, tied quilts for Primary Children’s Hospital, started making their own rag rugs, and helped make the soup for the family dinner in the evening while they were told the story of stone soup and played some cooperation themed games. They had a blast, as far as I could tell, and it all went over very well. Alena was thrilled with everything that she did, and told me in detail about her day, including her pride in helping make the soup by chopping carrots and not even “cutting myself with that very sharp knife!”
The girls all got a t-shirt and then the families went through a soup line for dinner. We had a lot of soup left over, but better too much than too little. And now I have quite a few bags of yummy soup in my freezer.
Next year we are focusing on the Pioneers by going on a trek at Martin’s Cove in Wyoming. I am very excited about this. It is going to mean a completely different Retreat than what we have done for the past 3 years, but I think it will make it a little easier all in all.
Meanwhile I know one thing for certain. the 2009 Liberty Girl Retreat is DONE and, in my opinion, a complete success. Hooray!

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She Crawled!

Sunday, June 14th, 2009

And I didn’t get pictures of it. :( I will have to try next time. Faith turned 7 months old on the 5th and started crawling today. She hadn’t even really been scooting around. She has been rolling around and then pushing herself up to a sitting position to get around. Then today she ups and crawls 1 -2, scoot 3, smile and rub her nose 4 -5. Then start it all over again. LOL. Oh, how I love her.

Speaking of pictures I am trying to figure out how to upload pictures taken on my phone to this new computer, and I am struggling with it. Hopefully my husband will decide to get a bee in his bonnet about it and figure it out for me. hehehe. Do men get bees in their bonnet? Perhaps some ants in his pants. Now that imagery is making me giggle. lol

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Good Read

Friday, June 12th, 2009

Unsteady Unsteady by Jeanette Smith

My review

rating: 5 of 5 stars
I loved this book! I wish I could go around giving copies to all the parents I know. We hear all of the time about physical abstinence, this book addresses the need for emotional abstinence. I highly recommend this book.

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Wednesday, June 10th, 2009

My sweetheart had his birthday Monday. He is the love of my life, and I can’t imagine being this happy without him. He is a wonderful husband and father, and we have missed him like crazy for the past year. I know he is working hard to take care of us, and I appreciate the sacrifices he makes to do that. I hope you had a happy birthday, Sione. I love you more than I can say.

Tomorrow is Tevita’s 5th birthday. He is pretty excited about it. When I asked him what kind of cake he wanted, meaning chocolate, pumpkin spice, yellow, etc. he went into great detail. He wants a cake with three cars on it, and an Indiana Jones hat, satchel, and whip. He wants it black on the bottom and white on the top. I found out that means he wants a dark cake (Sione had a pumpkin spice cake with cream cheese frosting. He said he wanted it like that, but when I asked if he wanted pumpkin spice or chocolate he said chocolate. He does take after me in some things.) and white frosting. We picked up a couple of matchbox cars to go on the top of his cake, but I will be disappointing him regarding the Indiana Jones paraphernalia. Hopefully he will one day come to forgive me for my failings as a cake decorator.

Julie’s birthday is in a week. She will be 14 years old! Going to stake dances, Youth Conference, etc. She is handily taller than me already, and quite a beautiful young lady. She is really looking forward to what we will be working on for her schooling next year. I am excited about researching out the curriculum choices for the different subjects, and planning how we will be studying them. It is so fun to see her growing in so many ways.

My brother’s birthday is in 4 days. He just returned at the end of March from serving a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Detroit, Michigan area. Now he is in Texas selling pesticide services which he hopes will pay for his college tuition for the next year. We miss him, but I hope that everything turns out the way he wants it to. I am looking forward to seeing him again in the fall, and I hope he will be up to doing some fun physics experiments with my children….hint, hint. 😉

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