Wednesday, November 25, 2009

What I'm Grateful For

Around Thanksgiving time it's natural to think of things for which we are grateful. President Thomas S. Monson, President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints said: "Our realization of what is most important in life goes hand in hand with gratitude for our blessings" (October 2008 General Conference).

When I think about what I am grateful for, President Monson's statement rings true. These things are truly important to me... Here are a few:

* My relationship with Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ
* The atonement of Jesus Christ
* The restoration of the Church of Jesus Christ and all its ordinances
* My husband
* My children
* Inspiration by the Spirit
* My health
* A home
* Extended family members
* Friends
* Temples
* Opportunity for education and learning
* Good books
* The beauty of the earth
* Living in a free land
* Motherhood
* Life

Happy Thanksgiving!

Friday, November 6, 2009

New and Surprising

Recently, we've had a few interesting experiences...

1. Two snowstorms in October- Having lived in Cheyenne for 2.5 years, I thought we'd seen it all: high winds, hail storms in July, highways shutting down in winter storms, etc. But, a snowstorm the first week of October beat it all. I'd never seen snow in October before, let alone twice! Apparently, the amount of snow we got last month was the average amount of snow this area gets in one winter.

Our backyard after the first snow storm:
After the second snow storm:
2. My first auction - A friend had told me about an auction in town and I wanted to go see it for myself. She was supposed to come with me but spaced it. I was nervous but decided to go by myself anyway.

It was definitely an interesting experience! I made a an embarrassing mistake on my first bid and won a box of sheet music for $65. That was a lot more than I wanted to pay for it! Seeing the shocked look on my face, the auctioneer was kind enough to redo the bid. Someone else got a steal on the music once I was out of the bidding. I did get a swivel rocker for $10, a chair for $5, and VCR for $5.
3. A new bed. We finally got around to getting Charlie a twin bed. Can you tell what he thinks? We were worried about him falling out of bed but so far so good!
4. A trip to the park - It's the beginning of November, hardly a time you'd think of going to the park. Well... apparently in Cheyenne anything is possible! It was gorgeous and 66 degrees so we made sure to spend it out of doors. I took the kids to our favorite park in town. We took a little walk and afterward my plan was to let the kids play at the playground. As we ended the walk, I suddenly remembered that a new children's garden had just opened at the park so we went there to see it. What a great place! The kids loved all the neat water features there. It was really hard to tear the kids away.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Trunk or Treat

I LOVE HALLOWEEN!! My favorite part is seeing all the kids in their cute costumes, especially my own. Would you believe I bought Ellie's at 5:20 PM on Halloween? Charlie wanted to be Thomas the Tank Engine again this year and fortunately we were able to borrow one from a friend.

Traditionally, our stake does a carnival at the stake center. They set up games and activities in different rooms. The kids get candy as prizes.It's so fun for the whole family. Unfortunately it was canceled because last year there was such a huge turnout it became a fire hazard.

Luckily, we still had our ward's trunk-or-treat last night. It was even better because it was combined with the ward that shares our building so we had a bigger crowd. The kids got tons of candy. I think we have enough candy to last us the whole next year.

Easy Jack-O-Lantern

Here's how you can do a jack-o-lantern in 5 minutes:

Grab a pumpkin and some permanent markers, any colors you want. Draw face on pumpkin with child's help. Take picture. So easy and cute! No mess!

Notice the red ear? That was Charlie's idea.