Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
No, I'm just sick, like disgusted with myself sick, because of something that happened last night...or rather early this morning. Lately, Taysum has been soaked at night and needs a complete change. I kind of think it was because of the medicine he was on because that's when it started and it's not happening as often since he's been off of it. So, he came into our room and said my name. I just kind of grunted a "Huh?" because I was still mostly asleep. By the second, "Mom?" I was awake, but not excited to change him again, so I just made another, "Huh?" sound. I was hoping Ken would wake up and take a turn because I was really tired. After the third, "Mom and Huh?" (I know...I'm getting more and more disgusted with myself the more I think about this!!) my conniving worked and Ken woke up. He asked T what he needed and he said, "I want to talk to Mom." Ken said, "Mommy is sleeping." T still sleeps in our room sometimes and we have a pillow and blanket on the floor for him, so Ken got him settled. Again, "I want to talk to Mom!" I was still thinking he was wet, so I didn't say any thing.
After the third, "I want to talk to Mom!" and not hearing Ken or T saying anything about being wet...it hit me that he wasn't wet and he wanted to talk to me! Ken had gotten him settled and I said, "What?" Very kindly (thinking I had really been asleep) Ken said, "Nothing...it's OK." I felt SO bad and it was killing me wanting to know what Taysum wanted to say. He started coughing a bit, so I asked him if he was OK and if he wanted some water, trying to strike up a conversation. He said (kind of sadly) he was OK and that was the end of it!
It just breaks my heart thinking of it now! It took me awhile to even fall asleep again because I felt bad and was so curious as to what he was going to say! So, I guess Ken is out of getting up with the kids for awhile!!
Monday, October 19, 2009
Last weekend we went to the temple. Our kids were SO excited to see the temple! Our wonderful Young Women babysat for those who wanted to attend a session. It's pretty rare for Ken and I to attend a session together and it was wonderful! T & B really enjoyed "the girls." They both ran up and hugged one of the YW that babysit them every once in a while. They really love Makenzie!
After that, we went and got some lunch at A&W. Then we took the kids to see the temple. We dropped Ken off for the Youth Baptisms. We went to Wal Mart and the bread store. Then we went to pick up Ken.
I wish I could remember who, but one of the leaders of the Church encouraged us to take our children to the temple grounds and let them touch the temple. T really loved that idea.
We're hoping his glasses will help him with some fine-motor skills he has been struggling with and maybe he won't sit so close to the TV all the time!
I am so impressed and thankful that Taysum is so well taken care of at VIP. His teachers are all so wonderful and really interested in his progress. When we first got there, T was so excited to introduce everyone. He put his hand out and said, "Ms. Carol, this is Grandma!" He switched hands and said, "Grandma, this is Ms. Carol!" It was pretty cute! He is learning to write his name and to make choices and decisions, make a plan and follow through with his plan. This is working towards story plans and sequencing. They also teach him that mistakes are OK. It's just a wonderful program! He LOVES to go to school and can't wait until he can go again. He always tells his teachers, "Thanks for school!"
I just loved this and had to get a picture of it! The picture below is of me at about the same age! It is my earliest memory. I remember sitting there and my dad putting the headphones on me. I remember being surprised and my eyes widening (even though they are closed in this picture) wondering where the music was coming from. I also remember I really liked it! When I put them on Bailey, she said, "Music!" She was listening to a You Tube clip of five little girls singing The National Anthem.
This conference was just extra special. I had such a wonderful, overwhelming feeling of love and appreciation for my family...especially my kids. They had so much fun together and it was so wonderful to hear them laugh and play together. I'm so blessed that they love each other so much! Even our new little one made him/herself known for the first time on Sunday. It was during a particularly joyful moment when I was feeling such love and joy and I felt the first movements of life. It was a perfect moment!!
There was one grumpy moment...well, couple hours on Saturday. Taysum had had school pictures earlier that week, and the lady who did them was taking pictures of siblings and families that weekend. We signed up at a great time...we'd have time for lunch and pictures and get back in time for the second session. Well, they were an hour behind and Bailey was already crabby for lack of a nap. We decided to stay and wait, because they were having so much fun at Taysum's school. I'm excited to see how they turned out, but I felt bad that B was so upset and we missed so much conference.
That night, during Priesthood session, Mom and Lindsay and her kids came over. We've started a tradition of dipping chocolates during the Priesthood Session. This is our third year doing it and it went really smoothly this time; we had a great time dipping, eating and talking!
Sunday was a wonderful day! We really enjoyed the last two sessions of Conference. I find myself getting SO excited for Conference when ever it gets close. I just find such comfort, peace and inspiration and determination to try better. I'm so thankful for the Gospel and a living prophet of God on the earth!
These are some quotes that really stuck out to me:
Ken and I were really touched by Elder David A. Bednar's talk. It gave us...hope!!
"In my office is a beautiful painting of a wheat field. The painting is a vast collection of individual brushstrokes--none of which in isolation is very interesting or impressive. In fact, if you stand close to the canvas, all you can see is a mass of seemingly unrelated and unattractive streaks of yellow and gold and brown paint. However, as you gradually move away from the canvas, all of the individual brushstrokes combine together and produce a magnificent landscape of a wheat field. Many ordinary, individual brushstrokes work together to create a captivating and beautiful painting.
Each family prayer, each episode of family scripture study, and each family home evening is a brushstroke on the canvas of our souls. No one event may appear to be very impressive or memorable. But just as the yellow and gold and brown strokes of paint complement each other and produce an impressive masterpiece, so our consistency in doing seemingly small things can lead to significant spiritual results. 'Wherefore, be not weary in well-doing, for ye are laying the foundation of a great work. And out of small things proceedeth that which is great' (Doctrine & Covenants 64:33). Consistency is a key principle as we lay the foundation of a great work in our individual lives and as we become more diligent and concerned in our own homes."
President Dieter F. Uchtdorf
"Though we are incomplete, God loves us completely. Though we are imperfect, He loves us perfectly. Though we may feel lost and without compass, God's love encompasses us completely."
Elder Neil L. Andersen
"Sometimes in our repentance, in our daily efforts to become more Christlike, we find ourselves repeatedly struggling with the same difficulties. As if we were climbing a tree-covered mountain, at times we don't see our progress until we get closer to the top and look back from the high ridges. Don't be discouraged. If you are striving and working to repent, you are in the process of repenting." "Repentance always means that there is greater happiness ahead."
President Henry B. Eyring
"...for all, the message of the restored gospel of Jesus Christ is that we can and must expect to become better as long as we live."
Elder Russell M. Nelson
"'Real intent' means that one really intends to follow the divine direction given."
Our sweet little bundle of Grace and joy!!
Ken and the Scouts go camping every month of the year without fail! When it's nice, he takes Taysum with him. The scouts are so good to Taysum. They get really excited when they find out T is going, too. One of the scouts chatted me on Facebook one time before a camp out and said, "Are Brother Cutler and Taysum coming?" When I told him they were he was very excited. They always give him high fives in the hall at church, too. It makes me so happy and so thankful for such good youth in our ward!
Good old mountain mud!
Someone had built a funny little structure out of driftwood and T had a fun time in the "tent"