B has been saving up her money to buy a pet for herself. This child finds it nearly IMPOSSIBLE to save money, feeling the need to spend it the second it lands in her pocket, so saving enough for a new pet was a huge deal. Tonight, she and her dad went shopping around, checking out what pets are out there. After snuggling with a few bunnies, she thinks she wants to get one. We shall see!
The YW spent this week's activity preparing three fun Valentine's Day crafts to give to someone they love. TJ wanted to make a chocolate bar card for one of the YW leaders who couldn't make it, due to a nasty fall. She also made ME a mug (a white mug, with a note written on it with sharpie, then baked so it will become permanent), and a card with cute hearts shaped from buttons for her friend, K. A fun activity!
TJ took my place as the girls' piano teacher tonight, as I was feeling sick and didn't feel up to it. It was wonderful to hear her patience with her sisters and to see her using her talents to bless others. A wonderful evening!
Our good friends, the C's, surprised us with a lovely dinner date at East Side Marios to celebrate Lyndon's birthday! What a treat! We enjoyed the food, but the company was even better. We love you guys!
A stellar family home evening to remember! Tj taught a wonderful lesson, B read the scripture, BB lead the music, and JJ prayed. We all enjoyed the lesson on the Atonement, and then played headbanz, and enjoyed some ice cream together. A FHE for the record books!
A wonderful introduction to the 2013 Youth Theme: Stand Ye in Holy Places And Be Not Moved. We enjoyed wonderful talks from members of the Stake YM and YW presidencies (including from my handsome hubby), sang some hymns (accompanied by TJ!), played a fun variation of the game "Museum Currator", ate a wonderful lasagna meal, and finished off with more talks. I enjoyed the inclusion of videos that the church has been putting out to help us understand the theme, and the spirit I felt was very strong. I feel encouraged (as a parent and a young women's leader) to stand in holy places this year and to see the spirit work in my life. It is going to be an epic year!
We enjoyed a night out at the movies with our good friends, the Cuellars. We went to the late show, so our husbands could first go to the temple to help with youth baptisms. The late show + an almost 3 hour long movie = some exhausted old people!! Still, we enjoyed the movie and can't wait for the next ones!
An unusual warm streak with above zero temperatures has made for a slushy driveway! Thank heavens for little helpers, willing to clear it! JJ was a little concerned, though, about how the stuff in the snow might hurt the environment. She wasn't sure quite where to put it. Her solution was to send it into space. Maybe in a few years, JJ ;)
B borrowed a recipe book from the library and wanted to bake some cookies from it. We didn't have the needed ingredients, but we went to work making our own version with Devils food chocolate cake mix, and cream cheese icing. They turned out amazing, and B was able to pass off one of her Faith In God goals!
TJ started voice lessons with this fabulous lady and is very excited to be learning and improving her talent. We shall see what this new endeavor (with Sing Like A Star) holds for her!
A beautiful, frosty, freezing, sunrise. The trees looked beautiful with all of the frost, but the bite in the air (-35) I could do without. I'll just enjoy the sunrise from inside, thank you.
BB busy getting some reading in on a Sunday evening. Does she realize how blessed she is to know, at age 8, how to read? I hope she continues her love of reading and finds the joy in immersing herself in the written word.
We were treated to "dinner" (We're talking a bowl of pretzels and a bottle of water) and a show! B and TJ sang, JJ took our orders, and BB sort of ran the whole show! The best part had to be the "donation" box - but only if we really loved the show ;)
Three of the cutest Musketeers ever, waiting to give the (from left to right) talk, prayer, and scripture. JJ gave a fabulous talk on the topic of "I have a Heavenly Father who knows and loves me". She did great!
A gorgeous Saturday, perfect for going exploring at our favorite place - the Science Center! This time, we brought along our good lil' buddy, A, and she had a blast. The best part was when BB and JJ were chosen to be helpers for the Space show.