November 27, 2009


Hello to our bowling bums.

The scores are in.
Josh, Jacqui, Kacin, Kyler, Laura, Eric.
Bumpers boost scores.
Except for Eric's. One round, he managed to miss all the pins anyways.
But he made out ok in the end.

November 26, 2009

Swinging and Spinning

There are some cool parks in Eagar.
Gotta love the hand-pumping swings. Except they revealed the fact that I have no arm muscles.

I am so glad that the merry-go-round still exists. It has been so long since I have seen one at a park. I thought they were outlawed because they are too "dangerous".
Which they really are too dangerous, especially if you're a 6-year old boy and you insist on hanging off and so you run into the nice uncle who is pushing you and you tumble to the ground.

November 25, 2009

Birthdays, Breakfast, and a Pilgrim

Happy Birthday to a little boy and his aunt.
A day in which,
Ky was a pilgrim in his class reenactment of the first Thanksgiving.
His part, "There are Indians on the land!"

We kidnapped the aunt for a birthday breakfast!

Love you both!!

November 23, 2009

We're Thankful

As part of Kacin's Family Home Evening lesson on being thankful, we passed the camera around and secretly each took 5 pictures of things we were really grateful for.
Be prepared for some interesting and not so flattering pictures.
We're Thankful for . . .

"so our family can go places"

"the sink so we have water"

"I like candy so much."

"to open and close it"

"to go up and down, up and down"

"to watch shows. I really do learn things!"

"to go to the bathroom"

"my Jesus"

"I love to play with my brother."

"my dad tickles and plays with me"

"my mom gives my hugs"

"my scriptures and books"

"emails, blogs, pictures, work"

"my comfortable shoes and my feet to walk"

"my fun family! Loves!"

"light and sunshine"

"the temple we were sealed in and all the important work we do in temples"

"playing games"

I will not write what he said . . .

"many good ideas come while on the toilet"

"my fun boys"

"my beautiful, nice wife"

November 21, 2009

Lesson Learned

You would think that three and half years studying education at a university and 4 years school teaching experience would have given me enough wisdom and know how, but no.
I felt the pressure.
 I was asked to work with the Mia-maids in our ward (probably the shortest calling I'll ever have--2 months from start to move date).
I had been to YW's once (a combined lesson). I wasn't introduced to anyone. I didn't know the girls that I would be working with. It was pretty much guaranteed, they didn't know me.
I was asked to give the lesson the next Sunday. Oh sure, not a problem. I was told the lesson number and then the next many minutes were spent on
discussing the best website for handouts . . .
where to get them copied so they look the nicest, the fact that the girls love to keep them, one girl is scrapbooking
all of her handouts, it turns out really cute to make it this way. . . 
The pressure was on.
I left feeling nervous, and worrying, not about the topic of the lesson or how to share it with them, but what will my dang handout look like??
Sure, I used handouts before when I taught . . . if they were relevant and I could create them in 15 min. or less!
For the next few days, everytime I sat down to prepare my lesson my thoughts always seemed to dwell on those handouts! So I went to the suggested website and no doubt about it there was some pretty cutsie stuff. But I could never make up my mind . . . or seem to find the time . . . which in the end resulted in
no spectacular, life-changing handout
and a not so well prepared lesson.
A lesson in which I stumbled over my words and my face went red
(which really isn't too surprising considering I'm an All-red).
And I whined to Eric about how badly it went afterwards.
Which really should've been expected.

Lesson Learned: When you revolve your teaching and the learning around how cute your handout will be, you probably won't be doing much teaching or seeing much learning.

A Star Wars Birthday Party

Kyler invited a few friends to celebrate his 6th birthday
Star Wars style.

Master Eric trained and tested the young jedi through a series of games and activities.

When they were deemed ready, they destroyed the Death Star!

Kyler was very excited about his first 'friends' birthday party and we're so glad he had a fun time!

Pre-party Activities:
Playing Star Wars together . . .

and a little yummy yummy blue frosting

and a ride.