Hannah and Sabrina put together their own story box after watching Pinky Dinky Doo. They were on a real kick watching this show and love to tell stories just like Pinky. They found two cardboard moving boxes and we taped them together so they could both fit inside. Now they can use chalk to draw pictures of the stories they tell, and it erases really well by wiping with a dry cloth. Who needs a chalkboard? So clever.Read More
We took an afternoon to have lunch with Dad at his new office building. We also stopped by the employees store and saw an outdoor stage set up for the holidays. So we got this picture. The lighting isn’t good, but it was a fun little outing.
Christmas morning in the new pajamas. It was a great, relaxed day. We opened presents for a long time and then tried them all out. The highlights were Sabrina’s bike, Hannah’s Art Easel, Emma’s fashion package gift (clothes, accessories and some spending money), Hunter’s science kit package (many little science things to build, a Mythbusters t-shirt, a genius book, and some spending money).
As I was cleaning today, I went to wash up the metal filing cabinet in the office. As I scrubbed it I had a memory of the days when I was younger, maybe ten years old, and would go to my Dad’s offices to clean. We thought it was the coolest thing ever, because we were paid! I don’t remember how much we got, and it didn’t last too long (because apparently we weren’t doing a stellar job). But for some reason cleaning the offices and bathrooms was way more fun there than it was at home.
Our filing cabinet reminds me specifically of an office in the egg packing plant. It was a tiny little office and had a couple of the light tan metal cabinets for filing. There was a desk with a phone and chair, and that’s about it. The cabinets dominated the office, so I guess that’s why it stuck in my head.
Outside of that office there was a vending machine. The kind with the coil things that turn when you put your money in and then the food falls into the bottom and you push a rectangular door open to reach in and grab it. My sister Erica and I thought that was way fun, and used our little arms to reach through the door up to the snacks and try to pull things out of the coils. **Wince** I think we may have even gotten something once too. **Gasp** I have since repented.
I also remember huge stacks of wooden pallets for loading the eggs, and of course a fork lift. Oh, and there was a cardboard Jolly Green Giant in there somewhere too. I know there’s a picture of Erica with it somewhere.Read More
Notice anything new? I have updated the look of Bizzert! Thanks to Rob for helping me with all of the technical junk required!
As a welcome back to the newly redesigned site, I thought I’d try to remember how this all works by posting one of my current favorite songs. It’s called “So Long,” and since it’s been sooo long since I posted, I guess it’s appropriate 😉 You may recognize that this is from the Winnie the Pooh movie and is sung by Zooey Deschanel.
I’m coming into a new phase of life: having all of the kids in school. It’s made me think about what else I can do, now that I usually get a full nights sleep and don’t have the baby diapers or toddler messes that seem to suck the minutes out of every day in that parenting phase. I’ve spent a lot of my online energy on GenerationClean. Generation Clean is a way that I feel I can use my experience to help other children and families. Parents don’t get a manual, so I’m sort of putting one of my own together. I list and post resources for families, and generally add the positive and good things that I have found for my kids. It’s not even close to comprehensive yet, but I keep adding to it.
I just re-read a Sheri Dew book called No One Can Take Your Place that I was given years ago. I loved reading it, and it is the most powerful, motivational book I have read on the importance of finding your life’s mission and then living with purpose and faith. I also read the Opening of 2010 BYU Womens Conference by Julie Beck last night. It has a similar theme and both have helped me feel like my personal mission is to raise my family right, and help other families do the same. That sounds so trite when I write it like that, but it is a real push I feel to prepare my children for the crud that is, and will be, bombarding them throughout their lives.
I have a sort of family motto that I use in our home it is:
“Seek the good, then do good, to be good.”
This sort of sums up the way I believe we become good people. Good is not something you can just “be.” First, we need to surround ourselves with good things, and then act in a way that reflects the good we have found. The combination of these things is what makes us into a “good person.” It is a formula that I think about every time I tell my children,”be good!” I recognized that idea again when I read Julie Beck’s statement:
Let us talk now about how we choose to walk with the Lord. First of all, we have to know what our responsibilities are and how to fulfill them (SEEK GOOD). We know that, as women of God, this is a time when we need an increase of faith and personal righteousness. Never at any time in the world have we needed more faith from the women of God… The kind of faith that creates miracles and calls down the powers of angels and heavenly help. That kind of increase of faith and personal righteousness will strengthen us. Never at any time in the history of the world have we needed stronger families and stronger homes. It is out of those homes and families that the next generation comes. As each of us walks out of our own home every day, how strong is that home that we are leaving? Is it a bastion of strength and power for us?
There has never been a time when we have needed more seeking out and helping those in need. There are so many around us who are struggling because of the mischief caused by the adversary and the difficulties of mortal life. We know from reading in the scriptures that even the best of the best of the Lord’s favored people will not escape mortal life. We will have experiences that test us and try us, and it is the network of help that we provide for each other (DO GOOD) that strengthens us. These are individual responsibilities, and they are also group responsibilities … We understand the power of a group working in faith, strengthening homes, and seeking out to help one another…
I want to be a part of a network that provides help for others. I hope I can do that with Generation Clean.
Rob is once again looking for a new job. It seems that the Lord has a plan for our family that requires lots of moving and meeting new friends. But maybe this time we’ll be able to stay where we’re at; It doesn’t look likely now because the jobs with most promise are in Washington state, Virginia and the Los Angeles area. I suppose the move back to LA would be the least dramatic since we’ve lived there before and if we were able to go back to the same city there would be less to adjust to.
I registered Sabrina for kindergarten. I had to register at the school our address is assigned, even though we weren’t able to get in there when we first moved in and have been going to another school. I still need to turn in a request for an intra-district transfer. (It may all be moot if there’s a move, but since I love paperwork so much I decided to get it done anyway.)
Sabrina lost her third tooth after school last week. We usually hang around for 20 minutes and some of the kids stay and play on the playground together while the moms chat. She was running around having a great time and realized that her tooth was gone. She drew a picture for the tooth fairy of how it all happened and the tooth fairy left her 4 state quarters as usual.
Emma sent in her availability for the New Testament movie shoot. She will be an extra and we’ll travel for the filming in Utah sometime between July and October. She’s now training the fourth graders that will be on traffic patrol next year. She’s done a great job on the squad and has never complained about having to get up and be there early on Tuesdays. (The rest of us have done a little complaining though.)
Hannah’s class has done an exhaustive study of ocean animals this year. They just presented a memorized poem called “Commotion in the Ocean” that teaches all about the different creatures and was so cute. Her part was the dolphin: “The wonderful thing about dolphins, is hearing them trying to speak, it’s not how do you do? as I say to you, It’s more of a click, whistle, squeak!”
Hunter has a million inventions swirling around in his brain. Right now he’s working on a kaleidescope ceiling, a bedroom door that opens like a garage door, and a global tunnel that will take you from one side of the world to the other in 11 minutes. He’s got his sights set high, so who knows what he’ll come up with once he has some more math, science, and engineering classes under his belt.Read More
This video reminds me of you. I know that your hard work will pay off. Love~ Mom
Sabrina made this poster when she was the star of the week at preschool. It says:
I am 4 years old. My favorite color is pink.
My favorite animal is a unicorn. My favorite food is mac and cheese.
She drew a picture of herself with a friend and of her family.
Disneyworld is my favorite place. (She’s never been there, but thinks it’s even cooler than Disneyland.)
When I grow up I want to be a mom.
My favorite thing to do is play store.
If I had one wish, I would wish to live in Oregon. (She drew herself playing with cousin Kate. It would be fun to live where she is!)
Here are some highlights from her first field trip to the pumpkin patch:Read More