Wednesday, March 24, 2010

what a glorious day...

The weather was right... and the sunshine did us some good!!

Andrew came home from preschool today with a kite he made "all by himself." He was so pleased with it, and could not wait to test it out!! Afterall... (in Andrew's words)... March is the perfect time to fly a kite!!!

After much running, jumping, chasing, twirling, sliding, digging, and bike pedaling... some refreshment was in order.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

thanks to some brief moments of WARMER weather...

...we have been able to escape the indoors.
We are greatly looking forward to the day that the warm weather 
decides to stay!

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

I often struggle...

with getting Andrew to eat.

He is very picky (has been since he was a tiny baby), and is very reluctant to try anything new. Even when I have made something, and he does actually taste it and like it, there is no guarantee that I will ever be able to get him to eat it again. It can be very frustrating!!! Tonight for dinner I made chicken wraps. I served dinner and Andrew freaked out that this "thing" was on his plate. Kevin happened to be up on campus late, so I was on my own. We argued about it and finally I told him he just needed to take one bite... just a taste... thats IT!!! Well, he refused. He then stormed out of the room, ran up the stairs, went to his room and shut the door behind him. I was frustrated, so I waited a few minutes before going up to check on him. After I felt calm I went up to his room in hopes of encouraging him to come back down to eat.

When I went in... this.... is what I saw...

How could I be upset?!? I asked Andrew if he would like to come and eat, and he said, "No Mom, I am reading my Book of Mormon." I then told him I would give him a few more minutes then come back. A few minutes later I go back in, and he is still sitting on his bed, flipping through the book, one page at a time. Me: Andrew, are you ready to go eat? Andrew: No Mom, this is a LONG book!!! By that time Carrie and I had already finished eating. A few minutes later I went in to check yet again, and THIS is what I saw...

I don't think there is a more beautiful sight then to see my kids "reading" the Book of Mormon. True they are not really reading, and true they don't understand the full importance of this book yet... but it did my heart good to see that. What an amazing reminder this was to me of how important that is not only for myself, but for my family. It is my responsibility to teach my children the gospel. I never anticipated how much my children could teach me, and at such young ages. The blessings of being a mother are tremendous. I love the gospel of Jesus Christ, and I love my family. For these reasons I will strive to live in the way my Heavenly Father would have me live. I want to be with my family forever.