Tuesday, December 18, 2007

A few things about Nicholas

Earlier this year in a previous post I wrote about firsts with my children. This week Nicholas and I had another...this was the first time we really played ball together. We have several wiffle balls and this fat kids bat and we took turns pitching to each other. It was a lot of fun and I think he's already a better pitcher than me!

He also gave a talk Sunday in primary and read nearly the whole thing. This was really neat for me to see since when we practiced on Saturday he seemed to have a much harder time reading. Either he had more of it memorized than I thought or else he really read it...I like to think the latter!!

ps. I wrote this on Sunday but didn't post it since I thought I had a picture of us playing baseball, but Tonya took a different picture of us. As I re-read this entry I noticed what could have been a typo. It wasn't a fat kid's bat we used, but a fat bat for kids!

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Sunday, October 14, 2007

Dinosaurs live!

Yesterday Nicholas and I went to see the new touring show "Walking with Dinosaurs" and it was spectacular! Regretfully I didn't take my camera or I would have posted a picture here. Nicholas's love of dinosaurs is definitely one way that we are different. I never got into them the way he does when I was a child. I saw the ads for the show and really knew he would like it but I wasn't especially excited about it. But now, all I can say is the show is completely worth the money and is truly something you should go see. Yes, they are puppets, but they are life-size puppets and are truly amazing. Seeing and being within 50-100 feet of these magnificent animals was like nothing I've ever seen before and I'm still overcome with how beautiful it was to see them! I especially thought the Brachiosaurs were so beautiful--they were so huge! I think the only thing that could probably compare would be to see a whale in the ocean. Of course the tyrannosaurus rex was the star of the show--no the T-Rex's baby was the star of the show, but again to see that giant animal walking around...just magnificent.

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Monday, June 4, 2007

Lather, Rinse and Obey!

I could really use some of Dr. D’s brainwashing shampoo and cranium rinse for the next time our kids take a bath! Tonya was not feeling well today so I came home early to help take care of the Nicholas and Madeleine. All I asked was to clean up the toy room which should have taken 15-20 minutes. An hour and a half later it was still not completely done and I was super frustrated with the children. Tonya keeps telling me I come home at the worst time of the day for the children--when they're tired and hungry (which leads to cranky). Everytime I take care of the children though, my appreciation for mothers deepens. It's a hard job!

On a second note, as I was telling Nicholas about how unhappy it makes me when he doesn't follow directions the phrase "If you love me keep my commandments" came to mind. I really can understand that now. If you want to show respect and love to someone, you show that by doing what they ask. It's a pretty simple concept but as far as the scriptural reference it never sunk in until tonight. It makes me think, how much do I show my love for God by keeping his commandments? It also kind of makes sense anyway, since most of us don't interract with God on a face to face level, how else can we demonstrate love towards God? Basically everything good that we do can probably be linked to some kind of commandment so on a basic level keeping the commandments shouldn't be that hard. What would show a deeper love for God would be following those commandments that individually we each have a hard time following. This is what I love about the Gospel, its cyclical nature: God gives us commandments to be better people and as we realize they are not hindrances to our freedom and actually follow them we rise to a higher plateau of peace and happiness. As we continue this cycle of receiving and following we are then able to let God lead us to becoming enlightened and exalted beings. And this all comes from the simplest of things: keeping his commandments.

Being a consistent disciplinarian is tough and it's something I need to work on. In the mean time I think I need to find some of that shampoo--for me and my kids!

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Monday, April 9, 2007

My pretty girl


It's been forever since I've updated my photo album so in the meantime here's a cute picture of Madeleine (I'm going to try and update the album some time this month). She wore a really pretty outfit for Easter with this hat also. We went with Tonya's Grammie to church on Easter Sunday and the pastor commented on all the pretty Easter bonnets and asked everyone with one on to stand up. I think Madeleine was one of only about three other people. Of course everyone thought she was so adorable!

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Saturday, March 31, 2007

Childhood playmates and family relationships


Is there anything cuter than your first child's "first love"? Five year old Nicholas has been going to pre-school this year and one of his friends is Maggie. Maggie came over to play today and last night Tonya told me that one day this week when Maggie was leaving for home after school she puckered her lips and made kissing sounds to Nicholas. Obviously at this age there's no real romance but it is just so sweet and makes both me and Tonya feel happy and kind of giddy. It was really kind of fun to see them interacting together today.

I didn't realize until just now that there are still plenty of "firsts" for us to experience with Nicholas and Madeleine. A child's first step or first time speaking is definitely a milestone but it seems that as children begin to get older the "firsts" get to be more exciting and fun. Maybe even more meaningful because now that you can communicate better with your child it is shared by both parties on a deeper level.

Lately I've really been thankful that I've been so blessed to have such a great family. In today's world of high divorce rates I continuously feel that every anniversary Tonya and I reach is a milestone in itself. Some may wonder if it's even worth trying anymore to make a relationship work after going through a terrible one, but there are thousands of examples out there of really great marriages, marriages that took a lot of work to get where they are. Thank God for those examples, for something to aspire to.

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Tuesday, February 6, 2007

A budding writer

Here's Nicholas's latest practice at writing his name. He started with his first name only and asked Tonya "Is that my whole name?" She then wrote his whole name down for him to copy. I know most of this is pretty faint but I wanted to at least make some of what he did available for you...but especially for his grandparents!

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