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post #161 of 628
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The other scripture to remember is that we do not need to run faster than we have strength.

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This is the season for little babies. Everything else really is secondary. Later will be the season for long study time and perfectly rotated food storage and immaculate living rooms.
yes yes yes yes yes

You have to remember to fill your own cup, because if you do not, you will not have anything to give. that's why I don't feel *too* badly about spending a bit of time online every day--the socializing is my mental/emotional lifeline (I love my kids, but I need more grown up conversation!)

Although, it is important to remember that we shouldn't just give up either...we can't do it all right now, but we do need to keep trying. On the food storage, for example--not being able to do it perfectly doens't mean to not try at all...we still need to do our best!
post #162 of 628
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3 months and two years. The two year old draws on the newspaper pages we don't want to read. Everyone naps at the same time every day, anyway, so we just join them on Sunday. The two year old loves books - we've been sure to instill that in him. We're pretty mellow people and I think the kid pick up on that. I'm sure it will be a different dynamic if we have more children and become outnumbered.
post #163 of 628
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3 months and two years. The two year old draws on the newspaper pages we don't want to read. Everyone naps at the same time every day, anyway, so we just join them on Sunday. The two year old loves books - we've been sure to instill that in him. We're pretty mellow people and I think the kid pick up on that. I'm sure it will be a different dynamic if we have more children and become outnumbered.
When I prayed and fasted about having our 3rd I was surprised at the answer, b/c I wasn't ready. Actually going from 2 to 3 kids has been easier than going from 1 to 2 for us (b/c of our circumstances and the kids personalities, etc). However, having a third does change elements. The outnumbering, bigger car, 3 naps to do or trying to get 1 or 2 down while the other(s) are awake. Ours are 4, 2.5 and 5 months. It's adventurous, fun and tiring!
post #164 of 628
My older kids (9 and 7) love it when we have "down time", i.e., everyone has quiet time in their rooms. They read or draw or play "quietly" (with reminders) with each other, read scriptures, etc. They're girls, and not hugely active ones (working on that). DS is 4 and he will still have a "quiet time" in his bed, whether he sleeps or not. DD is 20 mos. and she sometimes will play in our room (quietly?) while we rest and sometimes she'll sleep and sometimes we have to take turns playing with her while the other one sleeps. We're on afternoon church this year so we get up slowly (about 8 am). Actually I prefer am church on SO many counts, but we're making progress, and we'll get our turn for morning in Jan.
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Baptism stories

I think i mentioend that we've been collecting baptism stories for Willy as he is preparing for baptism this summer. This week in FHE we kicked it off with reading about Christ's baptism. These stories have struck such a chord with me though that I decided to collect and preserve them... so if you're interested, I'm collecting them here. I am just starting to put them up, and will continue to do so for a good long while...but I thought I would share in case anyone else is interested in doing something similar.
post #166 of 628
Just popping in to say that I'm so thankful for my new Visiting Teacher.

She came by for a visit today. She had a whole handful of papers, including the printouts of lessons for February and March, an invitation to the RS dinner this month (is it that time already!?), and most wonderful of all, a printout of names and numbers of people I can call for childcare during my homebirth. I asked her specifically to come over, since she was willing, seemed excited rather than put-off by the idea of homebirth, and fairly available compared to my friends. But she does have a few days near my due date that she'll be unavailable, so she got together with the whole RS presidency and came up with a list of people who could help if she was unavailable. This came very shortly after I had been racking my brain trying to figure out who I should ask to be back-up, just in case she can't make it. She must be very in tune with the Spirit to take care of that detail for me, without me ever mentioning it to her. So now I have a nice little printout of names and numbers (including cells) that I can call once I'm in labor and want someone over to help with the kids if they need extra care.

And I was just thinking, how cool is it that she's so interested in being part of this, even though it's such a new idea to her? Her oldest son and new wife just learned they were pregnant - her first grandchild. She also has two teenage kids at home. I'm sure the topic of helping with my homebirth will at very least come up in conversation. Which gets those future parents thinking about birth options. And if it's a really great experience for my VT to be a part of, maybe she'd even feel comfortable sharing her thoughts with her kids and open them up to new ideas.

Turning the calendar tomorrow is freaking me out a little bit, though. I can actually see my due date now. Just over 3 weeks away. I'm not really emotionally ready for it, yet. I'm eager (and very hopeful) for an awesome birth experience, but DS's labor was extremely intense and fairly overwhelmed me, I suppose because of its quicker pace. I'm not too eager to experience that again, even if I know it will end well, you know?

My friend told me of an awesome blessing she experienced today. Earlier when we were talking about nursing and teeth, I mentioned her story. Her 3rd daughter, about 1.5 years old, went in today under general anesthesia for dental work related to rot. They didn't know whether they would have to pull all her front teeth, or what. But it turns out they didn't have to pull any, and just did some fillings and sealants. Which was longer and more expensive, but such a blessing to my friend who was worried about the developmental effects of losing front teeth that her 2nd daughter experienced. She was practically in tears, she was so happy that they could save her teeth.
post #167 of 628
Becky-yay for an awesome VT!!

Ok, I think it was Alisa that asked for the flannel board book? Sorry, I've been busy the last couple days. The one I have, I just checked out from the library. It is "The Flannel Board Storytelling Book second edition" by Judy Sierra. It has the pages you can copy to cut out & trace for your characters along w/ the stories. Some of the stories are classics and others are very obscure that I've never heard of. The character outlines are very simple so they're great if you want to do just felt pieces, but you may be able to find better animal outlines elsewhere. I am actually going to go through it today w/ some post its and pick which ones I want to use. There is also a section on how to make the story board and different materials you can use.
post #168 of 628
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Leiahs - I've been meaning to ask you an OT question - how do you like the casting choices for Twilight?

I spent my Sabbath doing digital scrapbooking. I finished Connor's entire first year. Now THAT's my kind of scrapbooking!

Tonight we're actually going to have a formal family home evening. We're picking up some Crayons (Connor's always breaking them and Michael's sells them for $1.00) and we're going to color in the page from the Friend and talk about the picture. Oh - while I'm at Michael's I should look into laminate paper for flannel board figures.

I got my 72 hour kit almost complete -I don't have copies of our important documents in there yet, or extra clothes. It feels very nice to have it there. I included a stuffed animal for Connor and a teething ring for Deirdre. Someone mentioned I should add a copy of the scriptures. I put in a baby sling but I'm thinking I should have that out so I can slide it on quickly.

Time to go shopping!
post #169 of 628
So, for our FHE today, we went up to the Church Museum of History and Art and went to the I am a Child of God exhibit. It's pretty cool, so if you haven't been and you're in the area, you should definitely go. Anyway, I was checking out another exhibit on women in the Church, and I saw a copy of A Midwife's Tale in one of the display cases! It turns out the author is LDS, and the first piece she wrote was for the Ensign. How cool is that?
post #170 of 628
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Leiahs - I've been meaning to ask you an OT question - how do you like the casting choices for Twilight?
My obsession has dwindled a quite a bit (phew!), but I have been loosely following the casting. I think I like their choice for Edward...his face and demeanor fit fairly well with my imagination. Alice might work, except she needs much shorter hair. Esme and Rosalie don't fit my imagination at all. As for Bella, I'm not sure. She seems too tall and thin from the pictures. I'll have to see her in action.

Honestly, I'm not familiar with any of them as far as acting skills go. Even my memory of Robert Pattinson in Harry Potter is sketchy at best. I'm just hoping the movie turns out enjoyable, and sticks closely to the book.
post #171 of 628
We got a couple of FHE books and have used them for the last 2 weeks. It's so convenient to have everything planned for us and it's gone really well. We're also doing better at personal and family scripture study. Hopefully we can keep it up since we all feel so much better and I've been alot more patient with dd!
post #172 of 628
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So, for our FHE today, we went up to the Church Museum of History and Art and went to the I am a Child of God exhibit. It's pretty cool, so if you haven't been and you're in the area, you should definitely go. Anyway, I was checking out another exhibit on women in the Church, and I saw a copy of A Midwife's Tale in one of the display cases! It turns out the author is LDS, and the first piece she wrote was for the Ensign. How cool is that?

That's awesome!

For FHE tonight, we slept. We all went down for what was supposed to be a brief nap at 6:30 and didn't wake up until 10:00. Now we're going to be up until tomorrow morning, I'm sure! It's 11:35 and I'm having popcorn for dinner.
post #173 of 628
We did our FHE out of the Friend. We talked about the Sacrament and had the girls practice being reverant. I think we're going to practice that every day, to help prepare them for Sunday. They both did remarkably well!
post #174 of 628
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Anyone know where to get contact or laminate paper in Orem/Provo?
post #175 of 628
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Anyone? Bueller? Bueller?



We just got our Ensign and Friend magazine today. It includes a separate memorial to President Hinckley. It made NCD tear up a little. He doesn't cry very often so it was very sweet to see.

The friend has tons of fun stuff in it. It is such a perfect resource. I want to encourage you all to get it if you don't have it. It's definitely making things easier around here.

The Ensign is extra thick and dedicated entirely to Jesus Christ and the Atonement. I look forward to reading it cover to cover.
post #176 of 628
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Anyone? Bueller? Bueller?
You can get stuff laminated at Stevenson's Genealogy Center in Provo pretty inexpensively. I did that more often before I got my own hot laminator for Christmas one year. But it is a bit of a pain to bring kids with you -- my DS always wanted to wander around the store (and crawl around on the dirty carpet) while I was copying and laminating, so it was somewhat nervewracking. They have lots of paper and supplies at kid level, so it isn't exactly a toddler-proof store. But I certainly did a bunch of it anyway... I'd cut out all the pieces at home and just run a bunch through the machine at Stevenson's, then come home to cut out and assemble everything. I still use them now and then when I'm making file folder games and stuff, since my laminator isn't big enough to do a file folder.

As far as cold laminate, I think you can get clear contact paper at Wal-Mart? I've never done cold laminate, so I honestly don't know for certain.
post #177 of 628
i've gotten clear contact paper at wal-mart before. i know our library lets you laminate for pretty cheap and your kids are a little better entertained/safer there.

for fhe we went to the macey's caselot sale and stocked up. after dinner i printed off the home storage pamphlet and copied and pasted the images into word and printed them onto some old magnet paper i found lying around. my dd put the magnets up as i read the pamphlet. we played an indoor version of the basketball game poison and then went back to maceys for ice cream cones.
post #178 of 628
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i've gotten clear contact paper at wal-mart before. i know our library lets you laminate for pretty cheap and your kids are a little better entertained/safer there.
: But what could be more entertaining/safer than Wal-Mart? :
post #179 of 628
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WE are all sick as dogs here. Most of our playgroup has the flu and fevers so we shared and shared alike.:

It's nice to have a husband who can bless his sick family!

DS must feel the Spirit acutely during blessings because when he gets hurt or feels sick, he puts NCD's hand on his head to ask for a blessing. It's such a faith strengthener!
post #180 of 628
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WE are all sick as dogs here. Most of our playgroup has the flu and fevers so we shared and shared alike.:

It's nice to have a husband who can bless his sick family!

DS must feel the Spirit acutely during blessings because when he gets hurt or feels sick, he puts NCD's hand on his head to ask for a blessing. It's such a faith strengthener!
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