Here is a video to make you smile. Clark recorded Benjamin crawling from his room down the hallway, this is just one small segment. He is such a sweet, happy little boy.
Monday, April 27, 2009
Here are a few fun pictures of the trip:
Rebecca is our little cowgirl. When we visit farms, she always climbs the fences to watch everything.
Friday, April 24, 2009
Benjamin and I had fun swinging and then when he got tired, he liked staring up into the trees and watching the birds. We love bird watching around here because there are so many different kinds of birds: Mockingbirds, Finches, Doves, Red-winged Black birds, Grackles, Killdeers, Scissored-tailed Flycatchers, Cardinals... Just to name a few, and those few I have spotted around our house and neighborhood.
Saturday, April 18, 2009
Now for the uncomfortable part... When my in-laws were visiting, they sounded sad that they hadn't seen any fire ants yet. I thought I would do them a favor and send a little video of a colony living near my house. This is why we are very careful not to tread on their big, beautiful homes. (Fire ants are very aggressive; they first bite you and while holding on will then sting you)
I hope you enjoyed that. If you can't see very well, the dirt looks like it turned red but that is really lots and lots of ants pouring out to attack the disturber. These ants build mountains all around and the mountains seem to get bigger just after a rain storm. I always thought it was interesting that one of the first things our little children learned while they were still very young is to spot a fire ant colony. The things our children learn to stay safe.
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Here are some fun pictures of the fun.
David and Rebecca getting ready to go on an egg hunt! Our hunt was done by the Primary out behind the church, it turned out to be really fun!
Counting all her eggs she found.
David finding eggs.
David enjoying his Easter morning. You might notice the olives in the background. We decided to add something to their Easter treat that might remind them of Christ and the real reason for Easter. We put olives in and when the children asked why, we told them of Gethsemane and how it was an olive tree garden, etc. I hope to continue the tradition of adding something each Easter that will help us remember the real reason for Easter: Christ's sacrifice and resurrection.
Rebecca ready for church.
Benjamin on Easter, munching his toes.
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
We had a wonderful General Conference weekend. For those who don't know what this is, it happens twice a year where our church gathers world wide to listen to the prophet and apostles and other general leaders. You can find the talks here.
Our family has a few traditions we keep during this wonderful meeting that we watch on our computer at home. We have a bowl of candy for good listeners, the children pick a word to listen for (for example: "love"), and when the good listener hears that word they get to eat a piece of candy. The children really love this game and it also helps them to listen.
From early on in our marriage Clark and I have enjoyed eating deviled eggs for our lunch during one of the sessions. I don't know why we chose this, but I think we had it once and loved eating them and just decided to make it a tradition.
In the past, Clark would come home from Priesthood session and I would sit with him and eat ice cream and hear all that he heard there. We haven't kept consistent with that, mainly because it is too late for ice cream for us; however, he still tells me all that he heard. I am amazed at how well he relays the messages to me. When I go to read them later in the Ensign I feel like I already heard the whole talk before, and then I remember it was Clark who shared the talk with me.
I love listening to the Prophet, the Apostles, and the General Authorities. I feel more determined to live a Christ-like life, to be better in my life, and serve others more freely. My testimony of the truthfulness of the gospel is strengthened. I love General Conference.