Monday, September 29, 2008

e i e i o

Don't mind my singing- just listen to this little one. She is such a doll. My favorite Izzy rendition, I am a Child of God. But by the time I got out the camera I was lucky to record this. :)

Sunday, September 28, 2008

f.a.m.i.l.y. (aka lots-o-pictures)

We went up to Bridal Veil Falls yesterday afternoon with Dave's family. We took some pictures, ate some sandwiches, and let the kids run around- Thank You Jacob for always helping with our kids.

General RS Meeting

The General Relief Society broadcast was last night. Mom (and Dad) and I met at Lindsay and Jeff's apartment. Baby Ian is such a doll. He is so little and so cute!
Thanks for dinner Jeff and Lindsay (and Costa Vida)!
I wanted to share some of the things I really liked. There was so much I loved. I wasn't fast enough to write everything down- I can't include my half quotes. :) If you had anything you really enjoyed please share.
From Julie B Beck's talk-
"If we heed personal revelation we cannot fail."
"Revelation requires serious mental effort." I can't remember the reverence she gave for this, but the quote goes on to say revelation is not pushing buttons but pushing ourselves.
"The Lord cannot accomplish His work without the sisters of the church."
From Barbara Thompson's talk-
"Most people that need help are often in our own neighborhoods. We don't have to look far."
"Women need to step up and be strong."
"We need to rescue that which is finest down deep inside us."
From President Uchtdorf's talk-
He called for women to stop focusing on their imperfections, to stop apologizing all the time. (I do this a ton!)
I loved that he related the difference between men and women by explain her almost perfect cooking and him being proud of his greasy fried eggs and twice-toasted bread. Cute story, and very true.
He talked about creation- "Make beautiful everything around you"- Brigham Young
Creation is bearing children and teaching others and sharing our talents. When you create by these standards, "you improve not only the world around you, but the world within you."
"Work will cure your grief serve others." -Gordon B Hinckley
"Every sister . . . is of critical importance"
"We are surrounded by others who need us."
The number of prayers we answer are more important than the number of our prayers that are answered.
"Happiness is your heritage."
"You are the things you create."

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Kid's Yoga

Here is a post I did for Marianne's "Teaching My Kids" blog. If you are looking for something fun to do with your kids check it out.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Who is this old guy?

Here is the Corbanator's NEW school picture. He is awesome- he looks so grown up. Who would believe he is only 3 1/2? What a blessing he is in our lives. I never knew I could have so much love and frustration combined. Corban has taught me so much about life, about myself, and about love. He truly is an amazing kid. If things are frustrating for me, then it must be so much worse for him. He is amazing. Talking to a friend a while back, she admitted to me that she loves Corban so much, but he has also made her feel more upset than she ever thought she could with a child. I totally related to her. We dubbed it a LOVE/Crazy relationship. He can drive me to tears and irratation, but he can melt your heart in seconds. He is very loving. I am not a perfect mom, probably not even a great mom, but I have been blessed with such sweet kids. I am sure this is how many moms feel. We struggle and succeed over and over.

One of the cutest things he does lately is when he comes up to me with a big cheesy grin, points to his face, and says, "mom, I happy!" and then giving me a tight hug. We try to talk about emotions and so it is darling when he tries to express them to me.


Grandma Velma

I have been thinking so much about my grandma Velma. Growing up, I was lucky to live near my Droubay grandparents. As a kid I got to see them countless times. My grandmother was such a infulence on me and my sisters growing up. She was there for birthdays-including the births of my kids, sick days, special days, normal days, wedding days, any days. We could call her up anytime and she would be there. My sisters and I are so blessed to have such a wonderful relationship with our grandparents. She is now enduring Alzheimer's. Such a ruthless disease. I am so happy I have many memories of her. She is still so great with my kids and sometimes caring for my kids is the only thing that keeps her from getting upset. It must be so confusing to forget who you are, to forget everything, but still live with the same people and have a routine you know nothing about. She is a remarkable woman.
"Alzheimer's disease is the most common type of dementia. Symptoms of Alzheimer's, including early-onset Alzheimer's, include problems with memory, judgment, and thinking, which makes it hard to work or take part in day-to-day life. As the stages of Alzheimer's progress, memory loss and other signs of Alzheimer's become more apparent. Many people find help with Alzheimer's drugs, but there is no cure for this form of dementia." WebMD Disease Overview

My darling grandpa and my mother have been working so hard to continue to keep her content and comfortable, and it sometimes isn't easy. There are many emotions, but she has been well cared for by my grandpa. What a beautiful example of devotion and love. Thank you Grandpa. I love you so much.

As a child and teenager I was also lucky to get some interaction with our great grandparents Paul, and to develope a relationship with Grandpa George, and I always wished I had a journal from Grandma Arlene. Though, she has been a huge influence by proxy, we learned about her from a young age, and felt the love she had for others through the stories we would hear. I love my family.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

When the cats away, the mice will play.

I was very lucky this weekend and was able to sneak away to our RS retreat (the activity previously known as The Great Escape.) Dave stayed home with the kidlettes. When I was leaving I saw Corban get the watermelon out of the fridge and put it on the table. As we rode to the cabin I received these two messages from Dave. 
Corban LOVES watermelon, and I "guess", Izzy does as well.

Our retreat was SOOOOO much fun. Our ward does this once a year, usually in September. It is basically a large slumber party with "slumber" being optional. 
The Plan: eat, play, talk. 
It is always fun to see how certain situations bring out the giggles in EVERYONE. I don't think I have laughed that hard in ages. We had a wonderful getting to know you game and then I got to play scrabble. I LOVE scrabble. It was a huge success. I should have slept over, we left so late anyway. Our carpool left near midnight and I hear the ladies stayed up until after two AM- keep in mind these are women of MANY ages. :) It was quite fun. 

THANK YOU DAVEY for watching the kids so I could attend!

Monday, September 8, 2008

Husband Hero

Normal Mormon Husbands had a link to this site. You should at least check out the F.A.Q.

Is this a joke or a brilliant idea?

Sunday, September 7, 2008

So Long, Farewell, Auf Wiedersehen, Goodbye.

Today we had to give our goodbyes to Dan, as he is moving more permanently down to Albuquerque after closing up shop. 
We also had to say our farewells to Daddy for a few days. 
Nicole, Dan, and Dave are caravanning the remaining vehicles (Camry, Suburban, & Harley) of Dan and Nicole's to their new house in NM. We are going to miss have Nanu around, and no I am not making a reference to Mork and Mindy. Uncle Dan is just part of the family. 
Hope you get there safe and that Dave gets back to us safe. We love you.