- not about the movie....altho i loved the movie...foster care/football/winner---jerk for sure.
- not one of my vents....sorry....altho i do feel one of those coming...just not today
- shoulda added bemused...but it would have spoiled the title...and i love me my titles
okay----there i am....working on one of my clever little ditties---- thinkin to mahself "self" I say... "lets find a cute picture of ace for the missionary post"....or "self" I say..."lets show them how funny baby ben is with chocolate all over his fingers"....or "self" i say..."lets tell 'em about Eden"....notice how unselfish---not self-centered ANY of these posts were---they werent about toilet paper or cooking----nay---they were about OTHERS!
i rarely post about my physical appearance---never has been a topic i enjoy---unless its to bellyache--there was the one crepe/wrinkle post--- but periodically i'm allowed to notice THINGS.....OH MY STINKIN GOSH KINDA THINGS!
DO YOU SEE WHAT I SEE? LOOK AGAIN!
A LITTLE CLOSER---NO--ITS NOT THE SAME PICTURE---JASMINE'S HAND IS DIFFERENT---OVER ON THE LEFT---BUT ITS NOT ABOUT JASMINE'S HAND
OH MY STINKIN GOSH-STINKIN GOSH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
long story short....okay---well not so short---
our focus with ace is................................. HIS MISSION! all roads lead to this goal---learn to cook, do well in school, focus on Duty To God award, stay awake in seminary, personal spiritual habits---all help him stay focused on where HE wants to be in 3 years....serving the Lord and spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ!
- for all of you who are aghast that you have missed all his birthdays----NOT TO WORRY!
the kid will be 16 in a month---but we talk about it---preach about it----dream about it----build it up----refer to it----its a family focus...... so we love to have the missionaries in our home...and he is so excited to be able to go out with the missionaries after he turns 16....we love good missionaries who love what they do.
now---there is a rule----2 missionaries cant be in a home without a man older than 16 also being there----think its the whole 'avoid the appearance of evil' thing----cause i dont think its a temptation thing---yeah---missionaries are like 19---and well, i'm NOT!
so we feed the missionaries every month...but david travels...and so do i.....(i know---get to the point, merf)...and we arent always at home for dinner together.....anyhoo----MOST of the time the missionaries "overlook" the rule and excuse it since ace is SO CLOSE to 16....they come in and eat dinner even if ---OH MY GOSH---brother jeppson isnt here....no prob..... and it doesnt bother me----
so tonight, 2 of our Elders (we have 2 sets in our ward---i fed the other set last night---in our home---IN our home).... Harker and Groth---both from idaho---came to the door---had a dinner appointment with us----they asked if Brother jeppson was home---nope---he is in South Padre Island on a "business" trip----so they stopped at our threshhold.... they werent even comin in! I HAD SLAVED ALL DAY OVER A HOT STOVE (okay---we were having pasta salad, fresh fruit salad & sloppy joes---so i had slaved yesterday over a crock pot and a cutting board---feel better?)
what to do!?! PICNIC!
we set up the card table and ate in our driveway.....it was windy and lovely....and a great way to be obedient to mission rules and still enjoy dinner together!
AND-----WHAT A TERRIFIC WAY TO TEACH ACE HOW IMPORTANT IT IS TO OBEY MISSION RULES....PERIOD.... No diSCUSSION ....DONE ...YESSIREE-BOB!
yay for good missionaries....
"obedience is the first law of heaven"
let's see---how do i say this delicately? eden made me look REALLY good during our late teens and twenties---there----thats good.
(love this picture of them----that is TRULY a BILL facial expression)
she tells me about their plans, her frustrations, discouragements and successes.
she cries when I cry----this was at the opening of Mrs Beasley at Christmas 2009
she comes to see my shows and claps! she laughs at the funny stuff in my life and is rightly indignant when i need that.
this is eden holding Jonas at Christmas---she gives each new baby a Harley Davidson ensemble!
eden holding ben---what a great smile she has----never wore braces! (so, of course---I did!)
eden loves my kids----and now she loves my grandkids....
eden loves dogs---well, animals....but its about dogs----after we took a 2 year break from pets---eden presented us with our Chloe as a family for Thanksgiving 5 years ago. We have shared the joy, frustration, aging and death of many beloved pets together.
the family gathered in Arlington for Cannon's blessing at Christmas 2008.
eden (and now insert bill's name) comes up for holidays and events---and not just to be hosted---they come up to work! and happily! (this is an AMAZING PICTURE of bill! yay for big smiles! even while he is working in my kitchen (notice the crowded counter around them!)-they work in my kitchen for weddings, showers, blessings----they are family in the best sense of the word.
..more than that they are friends.
david, ace, jasmine, david, ben & i all went to eden's house for Easter dinner. Eden did easter baskets for each of us....bill grilled outside....it was all about our comfort and enjoyment. We went to the InnerSpace Caverns in Georgetown---that was fun....but walking around Ikea with her is just as fun....or just around Walmart...altho Central Market is more fun than Walmart.
back to this past weekened.....she had her menu planned out---on paper an hour by hour schedule of when to cook what (yeah---we got that from our parents)----i mocked her a bit---but just enough to reassure her that i would do the SAME thing! we laughed when ben got chocolate all over her carpet (yes--there's a blog w/pictures coming about that!)...she even smiled when Ace set a paper towel on fire in her microwave (showing how a grape catches fire in a microwave---but the paper towel was a MUCH bigger flame---and her smile was NOT totally sincere!)---we watched 1963's Cinderella with jasmine and sang all the songs out loud.
'and by their fruits, ye shall know them'----the garden of THIS eden is full of service to others and love for her family. i am blessed to benefit from her good fruits!
i like Eden
with my kids, i have always tried to do something on april 1st to commemorate this important holiday....usually dealing with food....
examples of our celebratory events:
- waking the kids up early to have banana splits for breakfast
- eating dinner with random kitchen utensils
- picnics on the front room floor
- breakfast for dinner (before it was cool and accepted!)
- coloring food ---- yeah----dont try this one---i colored scrambled eggs red...looked like muscle...it was gross..... green was received much better
one of my favorites was to make my kids lunches.....BUT
I'd give them empty lunchsacks....(elementary kids are not that bright---they didnt check inside their lunches)....i would weigh it down with something to give the impression that there was more than just a NOTE that said:
then, of course, I would show up at lunchtime with a Happy Meal or a Subway sandwich or such----
Ace, my baby, is 4 years younger than his closest sibling---so by the time he started going to school...i was tired....and up to my ears in teenagers....so he didnt benefit from my cleverness.....
but this year, my focus has been to give Ace the experiences that my other children had as a group.....sit-down family dinners, playing games as a family, consistent, quality family home evenings,.... stuff we got away from while we were up to our ears....
so....ace would be the beneficiary of my clever 'substitute the lunch' april fools day prank.
ace put a Lunchable in his backpack for his lunch (okay---the other kids NEVER got lunchables---but there has to be a benefit of being the youngest).... so i snuck...yes, snuck.... and pulled out said lunchable---and inserted my own version of lunch:
- v-8 can which i had poked a hole in the bottom and emptied of its liquid
- grapes---but only the stems---no fruit
- sandwich----with the filling being a piece of paper that said "Happy April 1st!"
- 3 $1 bills under the paper (inside the bread) so he could actually buy an edible lunch.
CLEVER---RIGHT? OF COURSE, RIGHT! (name the musical--absolutely nothing to do with this post)
at 11:30 i get a text....from ace...."mom, look in the front room...i think my lunch fell out of my backpack"
YAY! MY CLEVERNESS WORKED! HAHAHA---WHAT A GREAT JOKE.
"Ha-Ha! Ace! check your backpack---look in the sack! gotcha!"
pause............. "I thought it was an old lunch. I threw it away".
"Noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo! there was money in the sandwich!"
yeah---my cleverness bit me back.
but....ace....smelling cash.....got a pass and went back to his previous class...pawed thru the trash....found his sack....pulled out the money...and had quesadillas for lunch.
april fools on me!