Thursday, May 21, 2009

Stories for Boys

For some reason this song has been stuck in my head. No, this post really has nothing to do with the song and no, you probably haven't heard the song except Tiff. It's a very old, early U2 song. Anyway, this post might be long but I am doing that on purpose to test your true devotion ;)
I understand why people don't read blogs. It is like me and Twitter. I think twitter sounds cool but I already feel "plugged in" with facebook and the blog. I don't feel like adding any more computer to my life. So while I don't have anything but positive thoughts about Twitter I am just happier being less cool. I am sure many people feel this way about blogs (why I don't know but...still...). So I understand that people don't read them but I have to say that it is very annoying when they don't!!
Blogs are such a nice way to distribute information. They aren't for two way contact. They can't really provide that needed acceptance or assurance that you get from two way communication. I mean comments can make you feel like people care but you'll never be fully satisfied if you depend on comments to make sure people like you ;) Blogs, however, are great for keeping connected in a different way. They are like a weekly or monthly Christmas letter which is always fun and wonderful.
My youngest brother doesn't read the blog. This is sort of the point of my post but not the whole reason (stay tuned). This doesn't bother me but it is a little annoying when we get together and my sister and other brother and my sister-in-law are all caught up on pictures and stories and my brother spends the whole time going "What, I never saw that?" "What, when did you do that?" "Josh said what? Math can ride without training wheels...when did that happen?" Of course, with this particular brother it would still probably happen even if he did read our blog ;)
For this reason I have a secret that I think you should only be privileged to if you read the blog. It's like a reward for reading the blog...it's not really a great reward ;) I am sure chocolate would be a better reward but still...
This way when we go and visit in summer you can already feel like you are in the know when it will be a big surprise to others. (Are you feeling special yet?) Plus, there will probably be many who don't bother to read the whole thing (if I was in your shoes I probably wouldn't) so then they won't know either....
I went to my 12 week appointment today. Everything looks good so I figure it's time to spread the word. Obviously I am super sick and although we are happy I think it would be fair to say that Heavenly Father and I aren't on good terms right now. I am sure I will forgive him in December but right now all I have to say is "WHY???" At least it isn't twins. Was it worth all that reading? Probably not...
I am due the first week of December. Who thinks it will be a girl this time? The boys all want a girl so they don't have to "share" their toys. John and I don't really care but a secret part of me thinks I wouldn't know what to do if I got a girl...
I am trying to convince Josh to start changing diapers. Five children is a lot! I am glad we don't have to get a different vehicle but we may need to get therapy if I live through this pregnancy ;)
Happy Thursday...this is my longest post ever!!

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Texas Bound...

We are going to be in Austin from about the 5th to the 8th of June. If anyone has time I would love to do a lunch/dinner/dessert, etc some night because I still miss you dearly. I know it is a busy week with school ending but let me know if you want to get together. If not, I will see a lot of you at church hopefully ;)

Monday, May 11, 2009

I'm not crying...

Every Sat the boys have a list of jobs to do along with one job on weekdays. Hyrum probably struggles the most. He always ends up doing his jobs because he doesn't get any screen time until they are done but there is a LOT of complaining and stomping and crying. "It's tooooo boring." "My heart is too tired." "My brain says it can't do it." It goes on and on but lately Hy has been doing better. On Sat morning John told the boys to start their jobs. Hyrum walked upstairs and started his jobs. About a minute later Hyrum asked John, "I am not crying...why?" John didn't really understand so he said "what?" Hyrum answered, "I am doing work and I am not crying...why dad?" John went into a long discussion about how is he growing up and how he's starting to understand that work is good for us. Hy didn't seemed convinced but just said "okay" and finished his work happily.

Sunday, May 3, 2009

I need a king with lightning (said by Hy today)

I substituted as Hyrum's primary teacher today. I started to worry a little bit when...

They asked the question, what do mothers do? The first boy answered "nurture" The next couple of kids, "cook" and "clean". I think people expect my boys to give good answers. The singing leader walked up to Hyrum. What do mothers do, Hyrum? His somber reply, "die". Which, if you think about it, they all pretty much do "die" at one point or another anyway. [Hyrum's been sort of thinking about death and the resurrection lately so I sort of understood where he's coming from]. So, then I notice that in the rest of sharing time he's working on a couple of pictures in a notebook of his. Picture #1 entitled "Dark Fighter". Picture #2 entitled "Dark King". Well, if you put two and two together you might get a little worried about our little Hyrum. After primary was over there was one drawing left on the ground. It was a footprint talking about following Jesus and it had about 30 hearts meticulously drawn all around the footprint. I was asking all the little girls who left their picture but no one would fess up and I sort of forgot about it. Later in the car I noticed that Hyrum was holding the picture. "Hyrum, is that your picture?" "Yep" See, don't worry about Hyrum.