Thursday, May 31, 2007
Tuesday, May 29, 2007
Thursday, May 24, 2007
I took some pictures of the walls in my classroom so ya'll could see what they looked like and so I could remember what I did 4 years from now AND it took me forever to make everything so I wanted to somehow document all that hard work and celebrate how good I thought it looked :)
This was my favorite wall-- doesn't that map look cool. I made the whole thing from scratch. Impressed? I love that line from the Doctrine and Covenants, Shall We not go on in so great a cause?! It is inspiring to me. One of the teachers told me he would pay me 100 bucks to make it for him exactly like that 4 years from now. I said 300.
That phrase "I have learned for myself" from the Joseph Smith History kind of became a theme for my class this year. I even made that frame of the First Vision in Jenny's Dad's frame shop.
On this wall I had all the latter-day prophets with their signatures under each of their pictures. We spent the last week and a half doing a rotation at seminary talking a little about each of their lives. I learned a lot about them and have some GOOD stories...One story I told was actually told by the new Relief Society counselor at Women's Conference (this comes from our friend Holly who went and heard this from her) As she met with President Faust, overwhelmed with her new call, she began to weep. He wept with her and grabbed her hands and said, "We are all just ordinary people doing the Lord's work. I will pray for you if you will pray for me." Awesome, huh? They are ordinary men and women, but they are great because they follow the example and commandments of the Master.
Aloha Springville...Aloha Provo.
Tuesday, May 22, 2007
The elementary school by our house does a "Rock Canyon Extravanagnza" every year (I guess) and we went to it this year. It is a big fundraiser for the school, and it is supposedly pretty successful. They had big auctions during it and some things were going for some big bucks. We walked over there and bought some tickets and let Jackson play some games (although I was more interested in him winning than he was) and ride the train and the dolphin swing and the big blowup slide. He really liked the slide when he rode it with Jenny, but was pretty upset when I threw him down by himself. Who'd've thought? We stayed most the night and had sno cones and pizza and nachos and had a real fun time all together. I love the summer!
Monday, May 21, 2007
Since Loopy is not of the blogging kind (yet) I have decided to blog for her. Plus, I cannot stop thinking about how much fun she is having, or had (not sure when she comes back). Jenny and I have wanted to go on this hike for a while actually. This was a pre-Hawaii thought even. Some of her aunts have done it and LOVED it. I tried to get our priests to go for high adventure this year, but no go. (Maybe next year?) Anyways--supposedly a pretty grueling, hot hike in the desert until you hit the waterfall oasis, which is supposed to be breathtaking. IAm sure Lindsey will tell it better since her description won't have such choice phrases as: "supposedly" and "I've heard". She can say "It is" or "I saw". But here are some pictures to satisfy my obsession and fill us in on Lindsey's life all at the same time.
Sunday, May 20, 2007
1. Do not go when it is hot. *
2. Do not choose runs that go straight up the side of the mountain
3. Thank your lucky stars you are not pushing two children (one of them nicknamed Chunky)
4. Bring water--running dehydrated makes it harder. *
5. Walk when you have to. *
6. Walk when you want to.
7. When you get a side cramp, push on it while you exhale forcefully (like you do when you do a crunch-not like when you are in labor) I will include a video.*
(ok really, it is real. I did it on my marathon and I taught this other lady during the run too and I became her best friend...I should have charged her)
8. Also, if you eat bananas it is supposed to help with cramping.*
In conclusion-- my 4 mile run kicked my bootie and I gave up hopes of running the 1/2 marathon 6 times in the course of the run...but then I remembered when I trained for my first one, after I finished my first 5 mile run (EVER) I thought to myself...I can never do this! That was too hard! And yet I felt really good about doing it. If I let my limited experience speak: IT gets easier. Its always harder getting there. We all have to push through these first "few" weeks and it does get easier. So NO GIVING UP!!! We can do it!
Thursday, May 17, 2007
Wednesday, May 16, 2007
Monday, May 14, 2007
Thursday, May 10, 2007
Wednesday, May 09, 2007
Sunday, May 06, 2007
There will be music. There will be dancing. There will be pinata. And I will do a salsa dance (at Holly's request) at next years Cinco de Mayo party. So mark it on your calendar now, because you won't want to miss it! Saturday, (as all of you know because you either came or I invited you) we had an impromptu Cinco de Mayo party. I woke up and realized what day it was and immediately changed clothes into the most Mexican thing I could find, went out and bought stuff for salsa, a sombrero, and a pinata (all the necesities for a glorious Mexican celebration). Jenny kept asking me all day who was coming to this so called Cinco de Mayo party. People will come Jenny, I says. If I build it, peoples will come. And they came. Not by the scores, but we had a good time. And they were all people we liked! So we went to bed that night super excited. Well, at least me. I'm an extrovert, so other people give me energy. Plus, any more people in that room and someone would have gotten a stick to the face since we busted the tiger (i think it was a tiger) pinata in our living room. One of the highlights of the night was Jenny doing a Lightening McQueen impression. She can show it to you all another time if you want. She takes appointments. This was worth everyone coming. Even better than the candy (which wasn't that cheap dum dum, bubble gum, tootsie roll combo package either...this was high quality eating) So, lo siento to everyone who missed it, but we are planning another one for next year. Our goal is to get the Provo cops called on us. Should be a blast. Until next time...Happy Seis de Mayo to you all. Ole'
Friday, May 04, 2007
Wednesday, May 02, 2007
Tuesday, May 01, 2007
You know...say what you may. Analyze history. Tell me what Joseph Smith was thinking. Tell me what I believe if you want. But one simple burning truth remains in my heart. As real as any other of my senses, the Holy Ghost spoke to my heart about these truths. The seed is good and I have tried to nourish that tree. It has enlarged my soul, it has enlightened my mind, and has become delicious to me. So I continue as I have been, because of a testimony I strive to recapture every day of my life.
These are my thoughts...(Without trying to to sound presumptuous or arrogant or show-offy, I want to express something important to me.)