Ben likes to take the kids up to the top of Patterson Pass Road on really windy days. The view is great and the wind is strong!
Friday, July 11, 2014
I can't lie. Parenting is a tough business. Seth has been in rare form lately. I'm sure it's my fault primarily but he's been a stinker I think we'll want to remember this one day. Here's my text to Ben with the photo above: "I let him get a coloring book and then all through the store he wanted all kinds of other stuff. When I said no he'd say you never let us get a...I told him if he said it again he'd loose the coloring book. You can guess what happened next."
Here he was throwing a royal tantrum because I wouldn't "help" him climb to the top of the tree.
I rearranged my day and followed the spontaneous feeling that came and inspired me to create a mystery dinner for April Fools Day. It looked so wonderful on Pinterest! I had a bunch of random things spread all over the kitchen and the kids had to order 4 trickily titled items per course from the "menu" not knowing what exactly they were ordering. Late in the afternoon things got rather sticky, literally, when I dropped a glass dish of jello in the garage and the ever potty training Ammon pooped on the floor. That derailed my already tight cooking schedule and when Ben walked in things had gone from bad to worse. I tried to pull it together but no one liked the lobster bisque I bought, not even me, despite their love for the Studio C lobster bisque skit, and that was the main course. I can't remember where I had to go that night, but there wasn't time for the four courses I had planned. In the end the kids ate breadsticks and ice cream. I left tearful and hungry, frustrated with myself for not better realizing my limitations. Next year...Chinese takeout in a pizza box. For real!
These two missionaries, Elder Mahaa and Elder Smith, have been serving in our ward lately and our family has really come to love them. They work so hard teaching the gospel and are some of the friendliest missionaries we've ever met. We got to know them well as they taught our friend Allison and we've enjoyed several family dinners with them. Our kids are crazy when they come over but the Elders are so good at keeping the Spirit with us as they give us a little spiritual thought. I think it's because both Elders come from bigish families. We'll sure miss them when they're transfered.
Ben's working so hard to get everything ready for Mountain House High School to open in the fall. It's quite a job, but he's well prepared. Here's the construction so far overlooking the baseball field with a full rainbow in view. A sign of great things to come I think.