Jan 292011
 

Last week we went to the pet store to pick up some pet supplies and to buy some new fish for our tank. With a 20 gallon tank and only 3 small fish and one medium sized fish that hides during the day, our tank was looking rather empty. Every time we go the kids like to look at the cats that are there waiting to be adopted, and they always want to adopt them all. We already have 3 cats, and that’s PLENTY. But this time there were actually some dogs there for adoptions too. So we went to check them out and the kids were having loads of fun petting them and giving them treats. They had several puppies, and 3 older dogs available for adoption today. One of them I liked the look of her. She was pretty (a german shepard, collie mix), and the kids really liked her too. I talked Kyle into fostering her for the week to see if we liked her and if we could handle having another dog. And since we were fostering, if it didn’t work out we could just give her back the next weekend.

The week went smoothly. Being about a year old, she’s already house broken and goes to the back door when she needs to relieve herself. And the one accident she did have in the house was partially my fault. I saw her at the back door, and being in the middle of making dinner, helping kids finish up homework and trying to keep Chloe out of this and that and everything else, I didn’t go open the door for her and ended up forgetting that she had gone to the door. She really enjoys spending time outside, and since she’s too big to fit under the fence I can just let her out and not worry about her getting out of the yard. We only had trouble with her chewing one or two toys (but hey the kids were told to pick them up when they were done with them anyways!) And I did need to tell this dog multiple times that she’s not allowed on the couches or my bed. She also doesn’t bark very much. Someone had come to the door, and Chewy was barking like crazy. She got excited of course and was following Chewy to the door but she didn’t once bark at the doorbell.

So today it was the day that we needed to take her back and make a final decision. Kyle didn’t know if adding another dog to our current family was a good idea right now. He seemed to like that she had just the right coloring that Nana would have liked. And he felt like she’s a really good dog, but that’s just another responsibility, and since he’s never home that’s a responsibility that would most likely fall on me. I felt that she is a really good dog as well, but I was somewhat concerned that during the week she seemed rather depressed and had developed a cough. Of course her being depressed could be linked to the fact that the shelter only had her for a couple of weeks before we took her and she’s probably really uncertain about what’s going on. And the cough could totally be linked to the fact that she really enjoys to be outside, and it’s REALLY cold out there this time of year. The kids all just love her and of course thought we should keep her. Well after talking about it and walking around the store forever, and taking the family back out to the car so we could talk about it some more we decided to just get the dog and give her a good home!

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The people at the shelter had given her the name of Annie, but I want to call her Jango. I think I’ve got most of the kids convinced, except Ethan. He wants to keep her name Annie. Kyle told him that if we keep her name Annie it would have to be short for Anakin. But they have a cousin named Annaleah (too similar), and we have two movies with the name Annie in the title (Annie, and Annie Get Your Gun). So I really don’t want to keep her name as Annie. The kids and I had a discussion about naming her Jango one night when Kyle was at work, and I told them that we can name her Jango, and then after Chewy dies we can get another dog and name it Boba (Notice how they are all Star Wars related names?). Then maybe we can get a bunny and name it Dooku (Ethan was trying to hide a smirk at that, he did think it a funny idea). Then he said that we should call a bunny Yoda, because Yoda is small and so is a bunny (and hey they both have long ears). Then Jeremy piped in “Ya because bunny poop is small!” I don’t know where he was going with that, aside from further pointing out that a bunny is small like Yoda, but it was really funny anyway.

Chewy seems to like her ONLY when she’s not trying to play with him, which is really funny. 🙂

Jan 232011
 

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Dinah came into the room with black stuff all over her hands. When asked what it was, she totally denied having anything on her hands! HA! Like I can’t see that black stuff. Just look at that face! She totally LOOKS guilty. Turns out that it was a washable marker that Ethan had left lying around.

Something that Valerie (my midwife) said to me last time I was in for a prenatal checkup was, “That Dinah is a very smart little girl. And she DOES listen to you…..But she listens to herself more.” Isn’t that just the whole truth!

Jan 162011
 

Many Hands Make Light Work

Opening song:

Opening prayer:

Scripture: 2 Thessalonians 3:10 “For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat.”

Lesson: Tonight I had something really awesome planned for the lesson. While the kids were putting their pajamas on I moved the love seat to the middle of the living room. When the kids came in they were REALLY excited to find that FHE tonight required that I move the furniture, but I had them all sit on the big couch to wait for everyone else to come out.

We talked about work, and the chores that each of us has, then we asked them how hard it would be for one of them to do ALL of the work around the house. Then I proceeded to have each child try to pick up the entire love seat. Obviously, none of them could. Ethan could lift one side but he couldn’t lift the whole thing. So then I had everybody come to the couch and help pick it up. Then we asked them if that was easy or hard that time. They all laughed as they said it was really easy. Then just to make a point I said “Well I don’t want to help” and I sat on the couch, and instructed them to try to pick it up again. They couldn’t, it was too hard. So after that we talked about how it’s important for everyone to help with the work around the house, and not just to expect mommy to do it all. Kyle isn’t home much and so he’s not here to help a whole lot, but everyone needs to help, so that it’s not like mommy’s trying to lift the whole couch off the ground all by herself. Of course the kids started to groan at this point, so we pointed out how even the scriptures say, if you don’t work, you don’t eat. 😛

Closing song:

Closing prayer:

Treat: Brownie with ice cream

Jan 102011
 

Friday, we went to target because Dad wanted to take the kids shopping so they could pick out their Christmas presents. Dad figured this would be a better idea than him picking things out and shipping them, and since they were coming up right after Christmas anyways, why ship anything? Anyways, so we went shopping so the kids could pick out what they wanted for Christmas. While we were there, we found a sit n’ spin! That was just so awesome! None of the kids picked it, probably because they had no idea what it was, and were too interested in looking at other things. But it was reasonably priced and Dad told Mom to pick it up. So the past couple of days the kids have been trying it out and figuring out how to make it work.

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Tyra got on it the other night and pulled at the wheel and said “It doesn’t work!” Obviously she wasn’t doing it right. Today Chloe figured it out. She doesn’t go very fast, but she can make it spin on her own! She is so dang cute.

I remember when I was a kid we had a purple sit n’ spin, and I used to make that thing turn so fast that the world was just a blur to me! I did get on it the other night, just to see if I could still do it. With my belly in the way it was difficult, but I could still make it spin! No I couldn’t go as fast as I could in my childhood days, but I was able to show the kids my hand over hand trick to keep it in continuous motion. 😉

Jan 092011
 

The Sacrament

Opening song: Family Night

Opening Prayer: Ethan

Scripture: Matthew 26:26-28 “And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and blessed it, and brake it, and gave it to the disciples, and said, Take, eat; this is my body. And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, Drink ye all of it; For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.”

Lesson: Tonight we talked about how when we are baptized we are washed clean, and the sacrament is a renewal of our baptismal covenants. We discussed the covenants we make at baptism, and talked about how each week we have the opportunity to repent and partake of the sacrament and become clean again. Each week we can take the sacrament and start fresh.

Object Lesson: I passed out York peppermint patties, and we broke them in half. I pointed out how very white the inside is, yet the longer I hold it in my hand the dirtier that white becomes. And I likened this to what happens to us as the week progresses. As the days go by in the week we make mistakes and get dirty, but on Sunday we have the opportunity to repent and take the sacrament and it’s like getting a new peppermint patty and we get to start over again. 🙂

Closing Prayer: Daddy