Thursday, January 31, 2008

proud spouse

Jon has been making some short videos for a new class this semester. It has been fun to have a (very, very) small part in the process. Check them out here. So creative!

Monday, January 28, 2008

melancholy monday

I feel I should add my voice to countless others in acknowledging the death of our prophet. I admit that when I heard it, the first feeling I felt was relief. To think that he spent almost his entire life in church service, not to mention raising a family in his private life. He worked so hard, probably harder than most people his age do or should. Talk about fighting the good fight and enduring to the end. I also feel relief in knowing that the priesthood power continues and that there is no question who his successor will be. Unlike current American politics where there is so much speculation as to who our next president will be- it's comforting to know that that same craziness doesn't exist in church leadership.

This incident adds to my melancholy feeling as of late. The many stresses of trying to find a new home have worn me out, not to mention the constant demands of three small children, a hard-working and busy grad student husband, and living the life of perpetual poverty.

Jon and I read this talk together last night. As usual, it was exactly what I needed to hear- the true meaning of "enduring to the end".

"Enduring to the end is a process filling every minute of our life, every hour, every day, from sunrise to sunrise. It is accomplished through personal discipline following the commandments of God.
The restored gospel of Jesus Christ is a way of life. It is not for Sunday only. It is not something we can do only as a habit or a tradition if we expect to harvest all of its promised blessings. “Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap” (
Galatians 6:7).
Enduring to the end implies “patient continuance in well doing” (
Romans 2:7), striving to keep the commandments (see 2 Nephi 31:10), and doing the works of righteousness (see D&C 59:23). It requires sacrifice and hard work. To endure to the end, we need to trust our Father in Heaven and make wise choices, including paying our tithes and offerings, honoring our temple covenants, and serving the Lord and one another willingly and faithfully in our Church callings and responsibilities. It means strength of character, selflessness, and humility; it means integrity and honesty to the Lord and our fellowmen. It means making our homes strong places of defense and a refuge against worldly evils; it means loving and honoring our spouses and children."

"Enduring to the end is not just a matter of passively tolerating life’s difficult circumstances or “hanging in there.” It's not? Dang it! I've got some more work to do...

Thursday, January 17, 2008

"Bootie-licious" (or pics to go with my last post)

Seth and Maryn in their Christmas Sunday clothes. Seth looks pretty happy doesn't he? To see more pics of our holiday times, click here. We also had some fun times with Wendy, click here to see those pics. Our family with Darth Vader at the Star Wars exhibit, for more pics of this fun trip, click here.Now onto pictures of the projects I have completed this past month (in random order). (For a few more pics of these projects, click here.) First- a hat for Wendy. She bought the fancy-schmancy yarn and I crocheted it, we added cute little pom-poms to the end of the earflaps later.
A hat for Annie. Unfortunately, it was too small by the time it made it to her house (three weeks after I sent it, thank you postal service). See her wear it here. A hat for Ellena. This one fit because I had Jonas to try it on. See her wear it here.
Mary Jane slipper booties for Annie, made intentionally big so as not to run into the preivous problem. Jonas modeled these too. See them received here.

And finally, a collaborative effort. Wendy cable knitted the front two panels and I crocheted the border, made the flower, and put the whole thing together. I was surprised that she actually put it on for the picture, she won't wear it more than a few seconds.

Projects not shown- a red sparkly scarf and white hat with huge pom-pom for Carlie and camo-colored booties for Jonas. I'm currently working on some blue sneaker booties for Jonas also.

You may be asking yourself- when does she have to time do all of this and keep her house clean, her family fed and still get some sleep? The answer is- I don't. That's what hobbies are all about, right? :)

Monday, January 14, 2008

getting back on track

I have not posted anything for a while for a few reasons. The main reason being that as more and more days came and went, I realized that it would take more and more effort to catch up on my blog and that made me avoid it altogether. But now, Jon started his new semester today and so our daily routines have begun to normalize. I realize that I need to get back to my real life. So I will attempt to give a short summary of our last 2 weeks.

First of all, some people commented and wanted more details about our crazy Christmas Eve. Well here they are in all their glory: We drove up to Chicago on Sunday (Dec 23) night and picked up Wendy from the Chicago Midway Airport. (Which was so busy, they wouldn't let anyone stop and wait for the people they were picking up, so we had to drive in a stop-and-go circle with hundreds of other cars 5 or 6 times.) We stayed at a hotel that I had booked online that was in downtown Chicago. It was an older but pretty nice hotel. The kids had trouble going to sleep because they were so excited about everything- Chicago, Wendy, Christmas. We should have planned better and brought the pack and play for Jonas and a sleeping bag for the kids- but we didn't- so Jon shared a bed with Seth and Maryn and I shared a bed with Wendy and Jonas. It was pretty much uncomfortable for everyone. Then as we were leaving the next day, a piece of paper was slipped under our door- it was a bill for parking at the hotel- $30. I have never heard of anything so crazy- a hotel charging you extra to park at their hotel! Next, we headed off to the museum to see the exhibit. We decided to be smart and save the $12 it cost to park there and park on the street a few blocks away. It was free admission day- so it was crazy busy. It was a challenge trying to keep our small group together. We went to the exhibit first and stayed in there for about an hour. It was really really awesome! There were costumes from the movies, a hovercraft you could ride on, an R2D2 you could build then plug in and drive, and a viritual game you played with small tiles on a large circle while watching yourself on a screen (hard to explain, but really cool). The rest of the museum was really really awesome too, three floors full of really cool interactive rooms about a variety of topics. By the time we got out of the exhibit, we only had the energy and time to go to a few rooms- farming, circus, and space exploration. Jon walked the few blocks, got the van and brought it back to the museum so we could load up the crew. He returned with a Christmas present from the City of Chicago- $50 ticket for not having our IL liscense plate on the front of our van. This is the law in IL, but there are so many cars in our town that don't have it, we have just been dragging our feet about getting it done. So we saved $12 in order to pay $50. Merry Christmas.

We had a nice Christmas, low-key, here at home with Wendy as a guest. We spent the next week getting our needlework on- me: crochet and Wendy: knitting. We both attempted to teach the other our skill, but both ended up sticking to what we know. We collaborated on a really cute sweater poncho for Maryn (that she won't wear- the stinker) and completed a bunch of other projects. I will post pics later this week.

We spent new year's eve at a friends house playing board games and singing along to the guitar (2 of my favorite things). Wendy went back up to Chicago to do the NYE thing and came home 24 hours later with Hans. We spent the next week watching movies, eating good food, crocheting/knitting, playing nintendo, and avoiding the outdoors (wind chill was below 0).

Last week...mmm...what did we do? My brother came home from a mission on Jan 10. Our town's library opened up their new building and we went three times (it's really cool). The rest of the week blends together.

And now here I sit. Dirty dishes, dirty laundry, dirty house, dirty kids- and I'm blogging. I guess my life really is back to normal.