Sunday, September 28, 2008
Friday, September 26, 2008
Sabrina was listening to Playhouse Disney and This Old Man, he played one... came on. She thought they were singing "Disco Man". Now we always sing "Disco man" instead. If you listen to it, it kind of sounds like that.
Elisa wasn't feeling well, but decided she would go to the store with me. She was sitting in the van with Sabrina before we left the driveway. Sabrina dropped something and it rolled too far away for her to reach so I asked Elisa to get it. She had to unbuckle and get it. Then we started leaving and she said, "I always have to do things when I'm sick." But she quickly said, "Oh, you have to do everything when you are sick, Mom. It's not that bad for me." (I guess that's more of a sweet thing, than a funny one.)
Sabrina asked me when we were going to the potato thingy in Salt Lake. I have a rule that we aren't supposed to use the word "thing" if we don't know what we want to say. They have to describe it. So she said, "You know the roads where there are lots of roads and some are up high." It took me a few seconds to figure it out, but then I said, "You mean the spaghetti bowl?" Yep, that was it. She knew it was food related.
I don't have any funny things about Alex right now because of my bad memory, so I'll say something good. I went to his midterm parent-teacher conferences yesterday and he is doing really well in all of his classes. His highest is a 105.05% in English and his lowest is 93.96% in pre-algebra. His band teacher said he is doing great with the trombone and he even asked if he could play the Darth Vader theme song (or something like that) for the class after he figured out how to play it on his own at home. His pre-algebra teacher said that maybe he should be in algebra instead, but usually only 8th and 9th graders take it. He always tells me the class is too easy. I wish I had that talent! His English teacher said that Alex should take honors English next year and that he scored second highest in the school on the reading level test. All my children love to read--at least for now. I won't brag about what every teacher said, but it was so nice to hear how great he is doing. Last year was a bit of a struggle for some reason.
Every night after Alex, Elisa and Sabrina say their prayers, I always sing a song to the tune of Frère Jacques. The words are: "Buenas noches. Buenas noches. Te amo. Te amo. Besos y abrazos. Besos y abrazos." And then kissing sounds instead of the bell sounds. I made it up when Alex and Elisa were little and still do it every night. Then I ask them to tell me the best and worst things about their day. They don't like to go to bed until we do both of them.
This is one the kids don't do as often now as they used to. When we used to be stopped at a red light they would chant, "Verde, verde", which means "green, green". Then if we were coming up to a light that we couldn't see yet they would chant, "Stay green if you are" over and over.
In order to encourage us to show love to each other and serve each other, I started a tradition a few years ago. I have a stuffed bear holding a box that has a lid. If you have the bear, you do something nice for someone in the family, write them a nice note and put it in the box with the bear. Then you put the bear on the person's bed. It is fun to see them do things for each other and to be so happy when they get to read the letter to them and fun for me too.
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Besides that painting, he brought several of his other works with him. He is very talented and his pieces are beautiful. He illustrated for the book Daughter of a King by Rachel Ann Nunes. My favorite painting he took to the museum was Little Tender. I did find out his website and went onto it later that week. He only had a few prints available for sale there, but not the ones I wanted.
Then a couple of months ago, I was driving in Mapleton and saw a sign that said ART SALE. I thought I'd stop to see what was there since I've been looking for pictures for my walls. It was David Lindsley selling some of his prints. I bought a beautiful one called Safely in His Arms. I also bought a larger one of Jesus with the Nephites. He said that he painted it for a temple in Arizona. I can't remember which one he said it is in.
Check out his website: http://davidlindsley.com/ He not only has his paintings and prints, but he has his new project. http://www.bearubs.com/ They are kids books and coloring books that are really cute. There are also games and activities for kids on that site. Sabrina has fun on there.
Safely in His Arms http://davidlindsley.com/notecard.asp?ID=3
Little Tender http://davidlindsley.com/images/tender2.jpg
Monday, September 22, 2008
I started going there years ago when I first heard about it and went every day. Then somewhere along the way, I forgot about it, but recently found it again. All you have to do is click on a button on the website and the sponsors pay for 1.1 cups of food to be given to the needy. There are also links there to click and help with literacy, breast cancer, child health, the rainforest and animal rescue.
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
This recipe is very easy and I don't feel as guilty eating them as other brownies. (So I can eat half a pan, right?) I have used fat-free sweetened condensed milk too. When I took the photo, I made the brownies and then used a cookie cutter to cut out circles. Then I stacked 3 per person and put each person's initials on their own tower. It's just sitting in pureed strawberries.
1 (14-oz) can low-fat sweetened condensed milk
1/3 c. cocoa
3/4 c. semisweet chocolate chips
4 Egg whites
1/4 c. flour
1 t. baking powder
1 t. vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 350 F. Spray 13x9-inch baking pan with cooking spray. In 2-qt microwaveable bowl, combine sweetened condensed milk, cocoa and chips. Cook in microwave on 100% power for 2 minutes or until chips melt, stirring after each minute. Stir in remaining ingredients. Turn into prepared pan. Bake 20 minutes or until center is set. Cool. Store tightly covered at room temperature (if there are any leftovers).
Shishlik (Israeli Skewers)
This marinade makes the meat sooo tender and full of flavor. I grilled it outside and we all loved it.
1½ c. olive oil
2 T. lemon juice
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 onion, finely chopped
1/4 c. parsley, chopped
2 T. salt
½ t. pepper
½ t. dried thyme
2 lbs. beef steak, cubed
Make the marinade by combining all ingredients except the meat in a bowl and mix well. Add the meat to the marinade; mix and coat well. Marinate for 2 hours in the refrigerator; drain liquid and skewer the meat. Broil skewers in a preheated broiler for about 7 minutes on each side or until cooked OR cook on grill. Brush with olive oil before serving. Yield: 6 servings
1 c. raspberry yogurt
1 c. vanilla frozen yogurt
½ banana chunks, frozen
1 ½ c. frozen raspberries
Pour all liquid ingredients into the blender. Add all frozen ingredients. Blend until smooth. Serve immediately. Yield: 3 to 5 servings
My kids are always making me laugh or think. I wish I would have written things down when they were younger so I could remember what they did. Here are just a few things I do remember. It's easier for me to remember Sabrina's moments since she is the youngest, it's not that I love her more. :) Hopefully I will think of more. I also put some traditions we have in our family in case my senility gets worse so I can be reminded of them.
When Alexander was about 6 years old, we had him make a bank to save money for his mission. We told him it was for his mission fund. He decorated it and wrote on it "Missin fun". I hope that's not how he feels when he's on his mission (even if it's true).
When we are in an elevator with no one else, the kids and I walk around in a circle over and over until the door opens. Then the person who is closest to the door when it opens is the winner.
I sang the song Beautiful Dreamer to all my chilren when they were babies and Sabrina still wants me to sing it to her every night. If Robin is home when the kids go to bed, he sings her his version of Duérmete, Mi Niño.
Sunday, September 14, 2008
It's easy to plan the lessons based on those truths, but it's not always so easy for me while I am teaching and no one is listening to me or the Spirit. I will just keep praying and continue to know that if I do my part, I will be blessed.
For any gospel teachers reading this (which does include mothers and MANY other roles), here are a couple of wonderful treasures to read.
The Power of Student Discovery and Sharing by John Hilton III
Friday, September 12, 2008
So, I thought back on my reactions. Unfortunately, I seem to often have a will of my own. I would love to know and immediately accept the Lord's will, but sometimes I have a desire that seems righteous and I pray and fast, but it isn't what Heavenly Father has planned for me. It goes back to the quote below. Do I have faith to know that he knows what is best for me? That he is in control and can change things or take away problems IF that is what would help me progress and grow? That whatever he wants me to do is absolutely what I should do without doubt or questioning? Sometimes I have felt great peace and love when things don't go as I planned. I have been faithful. Other times, I have been more rebellious and questioned what else I could have done to change the situation instead of accepting that Heavenly Father sees the end. He sees why what we go through is necessary. I don't. I am glad to have this blog to write down these thoughts so I can remind myself the next time something doesn't seem to go the way I hoped.
I was also excited to see that Gene R. Cook wrote several books in Spanish. He served as a mission president and other callings in Latin America so he knows Spanish. I love listening to books on CD or reading them (when I can), but so often I can't share the best of them with the people in my ward who don't know English. There are not very many LDS books in Spanish, especially considering how many members speak Spanish. I hope that some of the wonderful, special members who do speak Spanish can start writing some so that those members can feel uplifted and educated the way that I can.
Thursday, September 11, 2008
Richard G. Scott, “Trust in the Lord,” Ensign, Nov 1995, 16
Faith is my middle name and I love it. It is a nice reminder to me of what is important. I have been thinking about faith often lately. How can I have more perfect faith? How will I know if I do? I love the quote above. Faith is not only believing that Heavenly Father exists and that Jesus really did suffer and die for each of us, it is knowing that our loving Heavenly Father knows us and sees us always. He is always aware of our heartaches and our joys, our weaknesses and our efforts to progress. The more I learn and grow in the gospel, the more I can see His hand in my life. I am planning a Family Home Evening lesson for 2 Mondays from now that is on accepting the will of the Lord and prayer. It may not seem connected, but it really is. They both have a lot to do with faith also. I will post my lesson on here to share the quotes and ideas I find.
Off topic---Thankfully, the Sunday after my last post, my Sunday School class went much better. I decided to do several activities (even though they often don't want to participate). First, I broke them up and had them build towers with Sabrina's blocks. I was afraid they'd think it was too juvenile, but they seemed to enjoy it. We talked about how important a good foundation is to build on, like Christ being our foundation. Then later as we read in Helaman about Nephi and Lehi being named for the prophets so they could always remember to be like them. I found the meanings for the names of the students in my class and printed them out. I gave them to each of them and asked them if they thought their name was appropriate. They all wanted to know what each other's names meant. I didn't know they'd enjoy that part so much. I have a few new things planned to introduce for next week, but I'll write about that another time...maybe once I see if it works or not.