Tuesday, October 14, 2014

My Meet The Mormons Review

So, here's my review on Meet the Mormons.
It's a documentary. My 6 year old whispered "when is the movie going to start?" about 15 minutes into it. It did hold all of my kids' attention though. Well the baby slept. It's not a thriller, and is not controversial. It just shows that our faith guides us in our normal decisions. So it's true. My faith for sure guides my decisions as a mom, as a friend, in my career(s), etc.

Our church is trying to say we're normal people I think. The intro shows how we're made fun of in various shows/movies so that's funny, and it sort of mentions that this movie will dispel some misconceptions. But it doesn't go into that at all, in my opinion. It just follows inspirational good people. I held back tears when it was showing the story about the mom who was in the process of shipping her son off on a mission. That story hit home since I have a brother in the Philippines serving happily too.

Here's a review site showing that it did well at the box office even though it was only showing in a couple of select theaters. (And that the numbers went down on Sunday, showing that mostly members went to see it.) But that's okay b/c most people will watch it on NetFlix later, both members of the church and not. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/meet-mormons-proves-box-office-740471 I read some reviews and critics were annoyed that the movie seemed to imply that moviegoers were ignorant to the fact that we come in all shapes and sizes and colors. It said it's not worth it to pay for a movie ticket price for an infomercial. I can see that. But I think the title is not misleading. It is really letting the audience meet some Mormons. That's it! It's sweet and a really good sampling.

But, if it leaves something to be desired, here's a newly released (I think) part of our church website which explains gospel topics. It's good reading for myself too. You know, how repetition is a good teacher or whatever? https://www.lds.org/topics Simple. So, you can look up our beliefs on a wide variety of topics, even the controversial ones like plural marriages. (Completely NOT a part of our church any more BTW.) So there you have it. If you have the money or the time to be uplifted, then go see it. If you are curious about anything in the church, I'll go again with you, or you can ask me, or you can go to that lds.org/topics website, or you can download the scriptures for free as an app on your phone (or read for free online of course) or you can come to church with me. Or to our fall festival the Friday before Halloween with your kids :)

Friday, October 10, 2014

Not a full circle

I have a wonderful family. Matt and his girls are here. 
When an action or idea starts, sputters, then ends with an accomplished satisfication and a resolution and reason especially with a heindsight "aha moment" realization for the beginning, it is said to have come "full circle." 
My days are only the first 1/2 to 3/4 of the circle. Then another half-empty day starts. I would like to one day complete a to do list; put a stamp on my pile of started thank you notes; feel like I taught Tyler something; connect with my Isaac; figure out something that Julia likes; make my husband proud; really pay attention to one of Dylan's creations; or style my hair. But I just accidentally end my days sleeping perpendicular to my pillow with dirty teeth then wake up late feeling unacomplished. 
The sad part: I actually try. 

Thursday, October 9, 2014

All fours

After work on Tuesday, we noticed that Julia got up on all fours like she has been doing for a while. But this time her belly was up. She has been mobile for a while. She still pivots and moves backwards. She is not rocking yet. I took her clothes off to show that her belly is up off of the ground. And her baby leg warmers just came in the mail today. And these are Honest Company diapers. When she had a bad diaper rash, I bought some. 
Today was a long day. All of my work days are. I miss seeing my babies. Tyler did not get a nap then transfered from one car seat to another but not into my mom's house. He asked repeatedly through tears if we could leave. Then he stayed up late. I ran out of frozen milk, my car charger for my pump does not work and although I bought batteries for the battery back up, I did not remember the battery pack thingy. Julia did not want formula. Then I was full so she spit up. But my kids had fun with friends and cousins. I got to see my brother's family and I have the weekend off. 

Friday, September 12, 2014

Pink Flamingos

I like to run in my neighborhood. It is more of a light jog. I meet new neighbors. I like love the skies, turn the corner, then love the skies all over again. I really stop and smell the roses. (I am not a fast runner.)
Look at this tangled tree.
My hair is out of control! I got it cut 2 days later. 
I love these pink flamingos! This pesticide company is missing the boat though, their logo/website/QR code/or at least name should be on them! I'd switch to a company who put pink flamingos in my yard over one that just puts ugly white ovals or rectangles in it. I might even consider hiring a company although I don't want pesticides in my yard! What a missed marketing idea. There are two houses in my neighborhood who actually have the pink flamingo yard ornaments. I've made friends with both so when Julia sits on her own, I'm going to do a Florida photo op in their yards! It's so fun having a girl. 
Also I love the resources in my neighborhood. I took the blessing dress in front of an abandoned door. I took some slats of a fence that had been disassembled and had been laying by the curb for a couple of weeks and fixed my neighbor's fence where it was missing some. I took some 2x4s so Steven can do a tools cub scout requirement with his Wolves. I am going to do the flamingo silly photo op soon, and I'm loving the resources my neighborhood has to offer! Random I know. 

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Dear Dylan, You're 8-1/2 years old!

Dear Dylan,
You're 8-1/2 years old.
This week, you are the Star Of The Week in Ms. Deming's 3rd grade class!
This means you have a little extra work to do but you LOVE it. You got to decorate and fill out a poster all about yourself. I only helped with the photos.
Which reminds me, ever since Kindergarten, you have loved to color. For your 7th birthday here, you got a sketch pad and LOVED it as you can see from this photo!
There are a lot of things that have not changed over the years. You worry other parents with your climbing and jumping skills. You jump off of high things, are fearless even with roller coasters, and have been an excellent climber. One time for homework, you wrote a "How-To" on how to climb a tree the right way. I remember it included first removing your shoes in the instructions so you could grip better. You climb like a monkey but land on your feet like a cat. 
You love sports. You have many sports that you like and we will try more I'm sure. Your dad coaches your baseball team when it's in season. You can be crazy silly in the dugout but are focused and are one of the few who gets to pitch for your team. You started when you were so small! 

When we went to the beach with your Grandpa Gille, I asked what the best part of the day was and you said it was when the two of you were playing catch out in the water. You have been moving up through your Tae Kwon Do belts since you were 5 and always pass each stage with flying colors. You memorize the basic motions easily. Your favorite sport now is soccer. You play it any chance you get. If we're going to a pool party, you ask if you can bring your soccer ball. If we're going to the park, you ask if you can bring your soccer ball. You took your soccer ball to school until you finally bought one for Coach D and another friend donated one to your class. You are on a team now and run your little heart out! On your first game last Friday, you scored a hat trick which means you scored 3 goals!
That day you played at recess, in PE, in your game, then were ready to play with your friends after Isaac's game still! Here is a photo of you from your first soccer team, the Rams.
You love to swim and have been swimming since you were two. 
 You made the decision to follow Jesus' example and got baptized into our church on your 8th birthday. You pray and read your scriptures and consistently choose the right instead of making bad decisions. 
You are a good big brother. You have been since you were almost two and your little brother Isaac was born. 
You still help him along with your other brother Tyler. 
And I can tell you have a strong sense of duty to helping your baby sister Julia. When she is fussy, you are quick to figure out how to hold her, even when that means that she slobbers on your arm or down your back - yuck!
You used to like superheroes. You loved Spiderman the most.
You and Isaac shared a superhero birthday party!
But now you are into other things like Legos,
learning about rocks and gemstones, and like playing with your good friends!
Dylan, you aim to please. You are quick to say sorry and really mean it if you make a mistake. You are a good friend and include everyone who would like to join you. You are so cute! You care about your hair now and grew it out over the summer. You have your own opinions but understand when they differ from mine and when you have to sacrifice. You would love your own room but when I explained why it's good to learn how to have a room mate now, you have not asked since. I like how you know how to listen the first time I say something. You do not give me resistance in doing homework even when your brother is finished and gets to play. You like being organized. You like the beach. You like going and doing fun things but also enjoy staying in, eating pizza, and having a family movie night. You write your own talks when you give speeches in church. You are giving one in church this Sunday! You take the initiative to create. You create forts in the living room with your brothers and with your friends. You create wall art for your desk area. You created space on shelves for your treasures. You would love to create things outside and are eager to learn new things, like how to crack open a coconut. I love that I can always count on you. Even when you would rather do something else, you will help me, will share with your siblings, will scrub the dishes, will clean your room, etc. Yay for being a star student, it got me to write your half birthday letter a month late.
I appreciate and love you my Dylan.
Love, Mom

Friday, August 29, 2014

Dear Tyler, You're 3!

Dear Tyler,
You're 3 years old now! You are 3 like Ivy. She is your best friend. You ask when she is going to come over again. You ask when you can go over to her house. If you're doing something fun, you wish she could be doing it with you. You plan to share with her. You two are little best friends.
You tell me you love me. And that you love me MORE. No MORE!
You are funny and you know it. You are smart and reason well. You are sweet. You are still my baby boy and you know it. I love you so so so much. MORE than you love me!
love, Mommy

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Happy 3, my Tyler T!

Today is your birthday party day. You woke up asking what day it was. Monday.
"Is this the day Ivy comes over?" Yes.
"Yay! Is this my birthday?" Yes.

You asked for cupcakes and goldfish. Daddy ordered a cake for you. I had planned on getting or making cupcakes for you for your party then having a cake on your birthday with the family. Daddy did not know that so ordered a blue Dora cake. And scheduled me to pick it up after car line in the morning. Um. I had to go home, get Clara, then go with 4 kids!!! Babies!!
You and Ivy got cookies. Then the cake. 
I had Julia in the sling. Rediculous. But a good ice breaker. Lots if people had something to say to us. 
But worth it. You got to decorate the cake yourself. 
 Tyler wanted a Dora The Explorer party which is fitting since his guests are all girls. But he also likes Diego. And, he calls Diego Jake from Jake and the Neverland Pirates. So we combined them into one party. The Dora Publix cake was pink and they wouldn't alter their specialty cake but said they could do a blue cake and let us put the figurines on top ourselves. Tyler thought that was a great idea!

I wanted you to have a party but we were not sure if we wanted a big pool party again. I figured I could do a play date with other moms. But even that seemed like it could be hard to handle. Since my hands are more than full enough with my two babies. So I invited your best friends only. Ivy and Altazara. I have tried hanging with my friend Marissa but we have been so scheduled that it has been way too long. I invited her and her sweet daughter. So Tyler had 3 guests. All girls. And Clara and Julia of course. Lucky guy!

Last night I cleaned. Steven cleaned more. I sewed some bean bags for my friend Sarah. They are corn hole bags.
Then I remembered that I should make Tyler a crown a day early, for his party. Then I made a matching bow for Julia. And Clara. And Ivy, Altazara, and Maddie. And extra for variety to finish off that fabric.
Then, thankfully, Julia awoke thus sending me to bed. At 4:15 am.

Tyler waking up being excited made it so worth it. I love when magic happens while my family sleeps. 
Ivy came over first. And gave Tyler his present and told him it was Ninja Turtles legos and a water bottle and some Dr. Seuss cards. He waited to open it until later. 
Tyler liked his decorations. We dropped off the boys, came back for Clara, and mosied on over to Publix. I could not think of another way. The kids are good. So good. Really, they are wonderful. 
We came back for "pupcakes" (muffins),

to prep some food and feed Clara Beara. Friends came just after I cleaned off my cereal mess on her face. We played a little, let Clara nap, sunscreened, took a photo of the big kids in their hair bows and crown, then jumped in the pool.
I was a little embarrassed that I had not first inspected the pool. Leaves from the day before's storms dropped lots of leaves into the pool.

The pool deck had another more embarrassing surprise which I could not clean up. Elisabeth volunteered and somehow I let her. What a bad hostess. Later, the big umbrella blew over. Luckily away from the pool fence. I got in with Julia. The water was not cold. But was a little cooler than normal. Clara woke up so I sat her in a stroller in the shade.I should have put her matching bow on. It would have been cute to get all fo the bows in a photo. But there was no way for that today. How do single parents survive?!
It was sort of cool and breezy so we went inside for lunch. Tyler got out of the pool first. A cool day for once.
 Maddie was eating cake looking at Tyler eating his cake from 2 years before.
 So I invited my friends, then they helped me by being baby holders. Julia fell asleep as you can see. She was awake in the picture before. I put her in the basinet and she stayed asleep.
 We sang to Tyler.

 He blew out two candles in one breath.
 Then said he left one for Ivy.
 So they blew it out together.
 Cake!!! Tyler loved his cake.
 I had to practically force Tyler to open presents. Ivy was ready. She opened most of them for him.
I wanted him to do one but he told Ivy she could help him on that side. They opened it together.
 Tyler did a happy dance for his Jake the Neverland Pirate wooden puzzles set from Altazara!
 The party was about over. Clara seemed tired and it was nap time for all. Julia stayed asleep for a while, Ivy and Tyler went to bed. I put Clara in the crib but she just played for a half hour. I watched on the monitor as she talked to Tyler. She was happy so I left her for a while. Then I got her, she wasn't tired. She just appreciated the quiet familiar crib I think. She and I played in the quiet living room until Julia awoke.
Then, when I had to leave the room, I had to barricaide Julia.
 I let Clara climb the stairs. She climbed all the way to the top twice. Then I realized she liked that a bit too much so I had to re-direct, then block them too.

 Clara got to stay awake for her mommy. Tyler and Ivy stayed asleep in the car line.
I made honey lime chicken enchiladas for dinner and took a tiny nap. 30 minutes. Then I drove to work to do the ALS ice bucket challenge with them. Silly since I am the one who nominated the office. Oh well, I did it again :) Click here to see.  What a fantastic birthday eve!