One day last week after the kids came home from school, I took them to the farm supply store to look at the baby chicks. At just $3.99 each, I almost wanted to buy one. But I figured they're not allowed in my neighborhood. Then the lady at the store told me our town allows up to 4 chickens per household within city limits! When I mentioned it to Dave that night he laughed and told me chicken coops are very stinky. He knows - he used to clean them when he worked on a farm. They're also a health hazard. One of the questions he always asks people with lung problems is if they own chickens. Spencer's probably allergic anyway. Oh well. Plus they're not chicks very long. The ones above were just 2 days old. The 1 week old chicks were already much bigger and starting to get feathers. Not nearly as cute.
Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Monday, March 29, 2010
We've gone to about 4 different parks in the past week. Plus the local zoo.
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
The boys loved the new kayak! First Tyler paddled Dallin around. Then he showed him how to do it. By the end he was kayaking all by himself and loving it. He was really concentrating.
Spencer spent most of his time finding sea life.
Brennan went out briefly with Dave, but then he spent the rest of the time playing in the sand. The boys were all so self-entertained, and we just sat and watched them while relaxing on the beach. Well actually Dave was busily studying for his recertification exam he has next week. It's a 6-hour exam he has to take every 6 years in order to keep his PA license. Next time we go he'll be able to do a little more kayaking.
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
There is safety in following the prophet.
∙Prophets teach us to keep our bodies healthy.
∙They teach us not to hurt people.
∙They tell us to listen to our moms and dads.
∙They teach us to be baptized and listen to the Holy Ghost.
∙This will protect us from Satan.
I want to follow the prophet.
In the name of Jesus Christ, amen.
Here's a talk Tyler gave last month:
When I was four I took a toy away from my little brother Tyler, which made him cry. When my mom asked me what happened, I told her he fell down because I didn’t want to get in trouble. Later that night, when I was lying in bed, I felt really bad that I had not told the truth. So I went to my parents and admitted I had made my little brother sad and lied about it. Instead of being mad at me, they were grateful I had told the truth. They said they forgave me and gave me a big hug. Then they asked me not to do it again. I felt much better after that.
Friday, March 19, 2010
I loved all the old materials - brick, stone, and adobe. If we looked super close at the adobe, we could see small fragments of hay used to make it. So cool.
They used sheep hide for window coverings. This mission is one of the few that still has the original intact.
Weaving spindle and looms.
Inside the chapel.
Old doors are the best. This led to the cemetery. My kids love old cemeteries.
The bell tour. More cool stones.
Levi was a huge hit among the students. I just love those big blue eyes.
Then today was their big fiesta, celebrating the end of their study on missions. We all brought Mexican food to share and ate lunch together outside. I was especially grateful for Spencer's interest in trying new foods - he excitedly went around sampling all the different dishes and raving about them. I saw lots of non-Hispanic kids with just chips and cookies on their plates! In making the food assignments, his teacher asked me to prepare a main dish. I thought - how can I compete with the authentic Mexican food the other parents will be making? Spencer wanted me to make something with guacamole, so I made 7 layer bean dip. And it got all eaten up. I specially liked the taquitos and posole. I really need to learn how to make more fun Mexican dishes, besides just tacos and enchilades.
Monday, March 15, 2010
Thursday, March 11, 2010
Wednesday, March 3, 2010
He was dancing, striking a pose and jumping all around on stage, but he finally held still long enough for a quick picture. What a character!
Monday, March 1, 2010
Whew! That was exhausting. Time for a nap.