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Monday, February 23, 2009

Mark's babies

Mark wanted to take a shot with all of his babies. He's been taking good care of me. Saturday night as we were finishing our delicious dinner (I think he may have felt a little guilty that I slaved over something for him. Ha. I cook because I like to eat. Alot.) he told Leslie he had a job for her. He said she was supposed to drag me away from the table and upstairs where she was to run me a bubble bath in my big tub. And I was not to be allowed to do any work. She took her job seriously and yelled at me when I started winding up a vacuum cleaner while she was moving a CD player to the bathroom with my new Valentine's CD in it. I like being pregnant. I always feel like I'm getting away with being lazy.
The boys had a big week. We bit the bullet and moved Boston into the same bedroom as Cooper. One, because my nesting instinct has hit big time and it's driving me crazy that I don't have a cute spot for the baby yet, and two, we want them to get used to each other's sleeping habits before the baby gets here and both parents are already overtired and cranky and not wanting to deal with two boys in one room. Boston was pretty nervous about the whole thing and has been protesting whenever the subject came up, but the other day they were playing nicely and I just quietly stripped his covers off his bed and moved them to the empty bed in Cooper's room. Then I told them I had a big surprise for them...a special Boston place to read stories. He ran to Cooper's room and I held my breath. "AWESOME!" he says. I think he got that from my Dad. So far so good. Boston has only complained about Cooper's bedtime acrobatic, song-and-dance, bounce on the bed routine once, and hasn't woken up yet when Cooper does in the night. YES! And today they BOTH slept in until almost 8:30

Monday, February 9, 2009

Blood, Sweat, and Frosting




Okay, first, about the blood. Yesterday Cooper and Boston were playing nicely, already dressed for church, in my empty corner tub while I was getting ready. I even had the faucet wrapped with a towel so they wouldn't bang on it. Somehow Cooper fell and hit his chin on the tub floor. And split it wide open. I got the bleeding to stop pretty quickly, even though he wouldn't let me hold down a cold washcloth on him, so I put some liquid bandage goop on it and a super whammy extra sticky waterproof bandaid so he couldn't pull it off. Right. He pulled it off plus the next two in about half an hour flat. Finally, with a little help from some medical tape I had a keeper and we were off to church. Where it started bleeding again profusely. So Mark took him to the ER and had to physically lay on him to get him to hold still while the doc gave him 5 stitches. Iron man award to both Cooper and Mark, who says he was extremely glad I wasn't there to see the whole thing. Now the challenge this week will be to keep him from bumping or rubbing his chin on things. Hmm. He's almost two and uses his chin like a third arm. You'd never think climbing onto a nice soft couch would be so potentially dangerous.

Next, about the sweat. I don't think I've mentioned this yet, but Mark has been training for about three months now with a buddy to do a triathlon sprint, an event that includes swimming, biking and running but for shorter distances than the regular Herculean triathlon. He says he can tell a difference in his energy levels and is excited to have some sort of fitness goal to work towards. Yea, baby.

The frosting was to celebrate Leslie's 8th birthday. This year she got to have a big party with friends. They had a great time and all those girls were so nice to include Boston and Cooper, too, without getting annoyed. Boss and Cooper loved the perk of finishing off the frosting beaters while Leslie was still at school. As our family birthday song proudly declares, "This is your day,but WE have all the fun!"

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Pondering List from me to you

This month marks one full year of me spending at least half an hour a day on my scripture study, missing very few days, usually because we were traveling and I didn't have my accustomed privacy (those terrorists in the backseat and all...). My time is spent praying, reading, thinking, and writing my thoughts in my scripture journal. I'm on my third one already! If anyone hasn't already read my extensive entry from last February about the fireside that finally got me doing this the right way, much more effectively, I invite you to go back through my archives and read it. But for now, to celebrate, I thought I would share with you some of the "Pondering Questions" I compiled a couple weeks ago that I've been picking up as I went along. A lot of these questions have scriptural examples or are attributed to a talk or article, but I wanted it printable in smaller, bookmark form so I could have it set on the table where I can look at it while I read if I'm having trouble focusing and learning. Let me know if you want to know where any of it came from. Hmmm. It didn't stay in bookmark form, but if you want to print it out, copy it to word and set the page setting into columns.

Ponder the path of thy feet.
Consider my heart—the Lord is!
Ponder the prophecies that pertain to me and my family personally, as Mary did when she “pondered [these things] in her heart”.
Desire to know also, as Nephi did of Lehi’s dream.
Ask “How can these things serve the learning and profit of my children?”
What would the Lord have me do?
What would the Lord have me feel?
Ponder the things the Lord has already shown to me.
Ponder especially the specific words of Christ.
Ponder how merciful the Lord has been to the children of men, and to me.
How do these scriptures relate to the ministry that I have been called?
Ponder the warnings I receive in my heart. Any bells going off that I need to do better or change something? Why do I feel guilt over this?
Look for connections, patterns and themes.
How can this “learning” move to “doing”?
How does this fit into the Plan of Happiness?
What caused Jesus to utter the parable/message?
What personal message is embedded here for me, today?
What was the big picture here…the circumstances?
Are any key words standing out that I could look up elsewhere?
How is this different or how does it enhance similar words from other prophets?
Does this remind me of a personal experience that I need to record or share?
How does this help me come unto Christ?
What are the scriptures reminding me about that I have yet to teach my children, as Lehi was reminded by the brass plates?
Figure out what your mission is and highlight scriptures that will help to accomplish it.

Sunday, February 1, 2009

February's Song

After Mark reported to me that Boston had asked him if the Holy Ghost had a tail, I realized that we'd been talking a lot about Leslie getting baptized and not much at all about receiving the Holy Ghost. Thank goodness family home evening is coming up tomorrow. (Besides, maybe we're getting a little saturated;) with the baptism topic. While I was rocking Cooper to sleep today, Boston barged in with his favorite stuffed animal, Tod the fox from Disney's The Fox and the Hound. Tod was dripping wet. "Look Mom! I baptized Tod!" At least it wasn't in the toilet. I don't think...)
So this month we are doing Moroni 10:5 focusing a little more on the Holy Ghost.

To the tune of "Thanks to Our Father" from the Children's Songbook p.20.
Intro of the last two measures if you want to include the reference: "Mo-RO-ni 10:5."

A-and by the po-ower
Of the Holy Gho-ost
Ye-e ma-ay know the truth
O-of a-all things.

This one came together in about five minutes, so I'm feeling pretty good about doing it this month.