Friday, December 28, 2012

Grammy Says...

Kellie: Mom, why do you have a tambourine in your car?

Mom: I wanted to play the tambourine along with the songs on the radio.

Erin and Kellie: (chuckling)

Mom: What?

Miriam: I don't think she's joking.

Mom: Why is it so funny?

Erin, Miriam, and Kellie: ROFL

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Brightening My Day Today

Am I the only one who gets emotional watching flash mobs? There's just something so joyful about them. This one is a classic:


I can't get enough of this talk from Elder M. Russell Ballard. Whether you're Christian or not, it's worth a read.

"Imagine what good we can do in the world if we all join together, united as followers of Christ, anxiously and busily responding to the needs of others and serving those around us—our families, our friends, our neighbors, our fellow citizens....What would be the cumulative effect of millions of small, compassionate acts performed daily by us because of our heartfelt Christian love for others? Over time this would have a transformative effect upon all of our Heavenly Father’s children through the extension of His love to them through us. Our troubled world needs this love of Christ today more than ever, and it will need it even more in the years ahead..."


waiting for the buswaiting for the bus

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Things That Warmed My Heart Today

This song from Over the Rhine




Life Is Precious from Blogging Vanities

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Spread a Little Love


I had a conversation with a friend recently about why I don't watch the news. Well, Friday is why: Something like this happens, and it's sensationalized and analyzed and talked about over and over and over again, and I start to feel afraid and hopeless and helpless, and I despair for mankind and life feels so heavy.

I don't need to be reminded how bad people can be. I want to wake up every day believing that people at their core are good. I need to believe that there is more goodness in the world than evil.

I have some posts half-written in my drafts folder: Rylan's birthday, bike stuff, Christmas prep, yada yada yada. What feels appropriate to me right now, here on this blog in the week leading up to Christmas, is to spread a little love, and I want to invite you to do the same. If you have a blog, please share a story, a quote, a video, a song, anything that reminds you that people are more good than bad. If you don't have a blog, facebook will do. Even twitter. Let's flood the internet with love and kindness and charity.

Here's my start:

A few years ago, I wrote down the following experience that I had early one morning at a Dunkin Donuts:
"A few months ago, Michael needed a ride to work really early in the morning, and the only way I could get my sleepy boys to put on shoes and head out to the car was to promise them some donuts. You'd think they'd be grateful for the treat, but as typical three- and four-year-olds, they spent the morning fighting and complaining, and by the time we were settled at a table in Dunkin Donuts, I was pretty frazzled. It was 8:00 in the morning, and the day was not looking good.

"And then a nice gentleman at the next table started teasing my boys and making them laugh. He showed us pictures of his twin grandkids and told us some jokes. In short, he brightened the morning.

"I left Dunkin Donuts feeling truly grateful for the kindness of a man that I will never see again."
All these years later, I still often think about that man and the favor he did for me. He's the type of person I want to be like - not someone so cocooned in their own life and troubles that they miss the opportunity to help another person, but someone who's always willing to share a little happiness

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Beginnings and Endings

The day after my family went home after Thanksgiving, Cole came into my room (after he was supposed to be in bed) and said, "Mom. Can we talk about beginnings and endings?"

I said, "I have no idea what you're talking about."

He said in a quivering voice, "Endings - like when people have to go home and you start to miss them. And beginnings - like when you have to go back to school. I don't like beginnings or endings."

My sweet, sensitive little boy, I know what you mean...

Thanksgiving 2012
The kid's table
Thanksgiving 2012
Thanksgiving 2012
Nearly grown-up Ashton
Thanksgiving 2012
Kellie and Josh seem to be having a competition that involves popping into other people's photos.
Thanksgiving 2012
Alex spent the night at my house. He was miserable without his Mommy and Daddy, and spent the whole night facing the door.
Thanksgiving 2012
We went to Pullen Park to try to get some family photos. Half of Raleigh had the same idea, and some members of my family get really grumpy in crowds. Trying to lighten the mood, Eli decided to slide down a hill of leaves. It was awesome, so he did it again on another hill. Unfortunately, the leaves on that hill were covering up a bunch of rocks that tore off a good chunk of his knee. Good family memories!

Also, my kids have a nasty habit of getting sick anytime we're around my family. This time it was Rylan, who developed a horrible cough. Thankfully, he waited to share his germs until after the holiday, but over the past week, first Michael, then me, and now Eli have picked it up. I am now making it my goal in life to celebrate a Thanksgiving without any illness.

Saturday, December 1, 2012

A Cappy (Not Crappy) Birthday

The theme for Cole's birthday party this year was unofficially "Kirby."

For those not obsessed with video games, Kirby is a character in several Nintendo games and an anime TV series. He's a tiny pink blob that can inhale and swallow his enemies, thereby absorbing their abilities. He lives in a place called Cappy Town, inhabited by the Cappies and ruled over by Kirby's enemy King Dedede.

Cole asked for Kirby's Return to Dreamland Wii game for his birthday. Then he asked for a Kirby cake. Then he decided to rent a Kirby video for his party. Then all of a sudden, it was an Everything Kirby Birthday.

Cole's 9th B-day

If I really wanted to be good at decorating cakes, I would either need to make a lot more cakes or start making a test-run cake. Once again, the idea I had in my head for how to make the requested-theme cake did not work out as planned.
  • Taste = 9 stars (Michael said it was too sweet)
  • Resemblance to Kirby = 10 stars (if I do say so myself)
  • Execution of Cake-Decorating Idea = 2 stars (and a big pink mess)
Cole's 9th B-day

Obligatory blowing out the candles photo...

Cole's 9th B-day

Awesome best friend...

Cole at Nine Years Old
  • favorite color: green
  • favorite food: kadu
  • favorite dessert: chocolate three-layer cake
  • favorite thing to do: play on his GameBoy
  • favorite video game: Kirby's Return to Dreamland
  • favorite subject in school: computer lab
  • favorite book series: Percy Jackson
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