Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Old Favorites

We've done a few things lately that bring back lots of memories of old friends. To most of you these won't mean anything, but some of you will remember...

  • Apple picking at Carter's Mountain (Okay, so they didn't have any apple donuts and it was too early for the cider to be ready - I was a bit disappointed, but I was there chaperoning Noah's class field trip. We have to go back soon with the whole fam because I forgot all about the walking trail there).
  • Hiking to White Oak Falls (We hope to do this one again in another week or two when the leaves should be perfect - and we'll remember our camera next time)
  • Friday's After Five (Christian's pizza, a little dancing to the live band and Arch's fro yo to top of the night, yum)
  • The Lollipop Shop (I missed the opening weekend. I don't think it would have been near as fun to sit on the sidewalk alone to wait for them to open the door anyway. But, I got a great deal on a crib set - 30% off day!)

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Birthday Tribute

I started to write a little tribute to JP - birthday boy of 32 years, but instead decided that a photo tribute would be much more fitting for him. So here he is through the years - I love this guy! Happy Birthday babe - you are the best.











Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Another Call Night

After the dishes are done and the floors are swept, what am I to do with myself every third night while Jared parties it up at the hospital on the peds surg floor? Among other things (I promise, there are others) I waste time on the internet. However, recently I've stumbled upon a few websites and blogs really worth reading and passing on. I am impressed with how many people have taken Elder Ballard's challenge to use new media to get more accurate info on mormons on the web. I love that a youtube clip of Elder Holland was the #1 result when you searched "mormon" on youtube for a while this summer - you should watch it if you haven't already seen it.

Here are some blogs to check out:

This is the More Good Foundation which provides a non-authoritative voice on the LDS church. I like that they say this on their website - "Some people want to learn about the Church, but not from the Church. It's not hard to believe. When shopping on Amazon.com, do you pay more attention to the publisher's review or the users' reviews? Do you shop for the best-in-class car by researching Ford.com or a user forum that discusses all makes and models?" They also have a blog that is for "online member missionaries".

http://www.moregoodfoundation.org

If you use google reader or some other rss reader, this is a great feed to subscribe to. It adds a talk every week or so from BYU devotionals or Women's Conference, etc... that you can listen to directly from your reader.

http://www.byub.org/BYU_Devotionals.rss

This blog has to do with "sharing technology ideas for LDS parents & youth" and it has all sorts of interesting posts plus the blogroll has links to other interesting LDS blogs.

http://ldsmediatalk.com

This one can be a bit technical and some posts are over my head, but I've learned all sorts of cool things from his posts.

http://www.ldscio.org

Saturday, September 6, 2008

Rainy Day

What a rainy day! We have a small pond in our backyard thanks to tropical storm Hanna. Sometimes a rainy day is just what the doctor ordered (not necessarily our doctor - he would never order rain) but I would.
Today was one of those days that puts me to bed with a happy contentedness that can only come from spending the day with my family. It was almost perfect, but Jared is on call so he missed both the rain and the blissful day of rainy day activities. We watched Saturday morning cartoons, cuddled in the living room and read Narnia, played dress up and Barbies, spent hours playing play-doh with G'ma Dinie who came over to share in our rainy day festivities, and watched Pollyanna before tucking everyone in to bed without any huge incidents or drama.
I've struggled with school starting again, wondering if I'm making the right decision to send my little ones away from me for so much of the day and I really needed a day to snuggle and play and just be together. I'm sure that after we enjoy another full day together tomorrow, I will be less sad to see the school bus come Monday morning.