Saturday was a cloudy, rainy day, so we spent most of the day inside. In between rain showers, we decided to get some fresh air. We wanted to visit the river bottom to see the leaves. However, the place I loved to go as a kid is all private property now, so we couldn't go there. So, we decided to cross the highway and visit the old bridge. I love that bridge and it was always a special treat when we went that way as kids. My Dad always told us it was a "talking" bridge. It was fun to take my family there! We've driven over it before, but we've never gotten out and spent time there like that. We had so much fun! Ken was just wonderful and took care of the kids while I wandered around with my camera. It was so beautiful! The bridge was great because it has so many fun angles to play with! We had a really nice time and I even found an ancient rusted over truck! The sun was going down and it was one of the most incredible sunsets I have ever seen!
Last Monday, we had a, little crazy (as always), but fun Family Home Evening. It seems that every night when we have FHE or scripture study, 90% of the conversation is getting the kids to stay in one spot and listen (within reason for a 5 and 3 year old, of course! :) ). So, we had a lesson about reverence. We sang some Primary songs and read a scripture about reverence. We also talked about it and did some role playing. For our activity, we made "reverence spots." I grabbed some towels from the dollar store and let the kids paint them. We put their names on them as well. They didn't turn out exactly as I had pictured, but the kids loved it and they really feel ownership in what they created. Taysum was very cute about it; he didn't want his name on it until he was done (just like an artist doesn't sign his/her work until it's done) and he named it, "Outer Space" (there are comets flying around). Here is Bailey's
Ken helped Hayden with his
It seems to be working so far. They have their own Book of Mormon and their own reverent spot. They have to stay on their spot and they need to be reverent when they are on that spot. Hopefully it's something that will help! :)
The week before, we had another FHE that I want to remember. Taysum had brought something home in his pocket from my Dad's classroom at school without asking. He was really excited to show it to me and didn't realize that it was wrong. That night, we talked about stealing. We did a lot of role playing. It was just one of "those" moments when I could see it click in his eyes and to see that he understood what I was trying to teach him (that's why I became a teacher...it is indescribable when you are able to help someone understand something!!) The kids were SO good and both participated through the whole thing! For the activity, we taught them to play "Who Stole the Cookie from the Cookie Jar" which they LOVED and want to play all the time now! Not all of our FHEs are nearly so effective or pleasant, but moments like these make all the trial and error SO very worth it!!
We've had a lot of fun having cousins Carissa and Celeste at our house during the day. Bailey loves playing with the girls and it keeps her busy. They color, read, play with toys, play pretend and play outside. Since Bailey doesn't have a sister, I'm glad that she gets along so well with Carissa! Here are some cute shots I caught:
In the middle of church, Bailey shouts out: I hope Jesus coming!! 1/2/11
Taysum got a card from his Kindergarten Teacher, Mrs. Floy, with a picture of her on it in the mail yesterday. Today he was tacking it to his bulletin board in his room and I heard him say, "I hope my teacher love me!" It was SO sweet! 8/13/10
At the pool, I asked Baiely if she wanted to wear her flip flops in the pool and she said, "No, I wear my feet." 7/10
Ken watched as Bailey tried to put up two fingers. He said, "Are you two?" and she said, "No...Peace!! Grandpa say Peace!" 7/10
We have some silk sunflowers in a basket as a centerpiece on our table. Along with the sunflowers there are some cat tails. The other night, Taysum informed us they are not cat tails, they are hot dog flowers! 6/10
I love the way Taysum's mind works...when I can figure it out! Tonight I made him a grilled cheese sandwhich for dinner; I told him it was hot and to wait for it to cool. He got up from the table and went to a fan we had going. He stood in front of it and opened his mouth wide and breathed in. He came back to the table, sat down and "blew the air" on to his sandwich!! He repeated this several times! I guess he thought the air from the fan would be cooler! Good thinking, T!! 6/9/10
I turned on some music and Bailey said, "Let's rock it, Mommy!! Rock and Roll!" 5/10
After a toot, which he politely excused himself for, Taysum said, "I have a Stinky Pete." (Toy Story II) 4/23/10
"This is the BEST dinner ever!!" Dinner was: chicken nuggets, french fries and pineapple. 9/09
We hung a picture of the Billings Temple in our living room. The next morning when T woke up and saw it he said, "It's the temple! I can't believe my eyes!" 9/09
Mom: Taysum, is Daddy silly? Taysum: No...Daddy's crazy!! 9/09
Some of Bailey's latest fun phrases: "Come on, Daddy (Mommy, Taysum)! Follow me!" "Help! Ayudame!" "Where's Taysum? Hmmm...you see him?" At stop lights and stop signs, "Ready, set....GO!"
"Stubby cake" How Taysum says stomachache. 7/13/09
This little conversation happened the other day while I was doing nothing in particular. Taysum, "Mom, what are you doing? Are you crazy?" Me, "I hope not!" 5/4/09