Cute bags, part 2

I just have to comment on the bags that I gave Scott’s cousins (see this post).  They loved them!  And that just makes feel so good.  They were so excited when I gave them the bags.  And then I saw them on Sunday and they told them that both of them had been sketching in their sketch books all day.

Cute bags

I made these bags for Scott’s cousins who have babysat for free for us during the last two + years. Each one includes some candy, earrings, a box of pastels and a sketch pad.

Cute bags

One of my favorite quotes

I got this quote one time in Sunday School and have had it in my Book of Mormon ever since because I liked it so much. At least, I kept in my scriptures until my daughters decided to pull it out. So I will post it here so that I remember it. It is by Elder M. Russell Ballard.

“Life isn’t always easy. At some point in our journey we may feel much as the pioneers did as they crossed Iowa–up to our knees in mud, forced to bury some of our dreams along the way. We all face rocky ridges, with the wind in our face and winter coming on too soon. Sometimes it seems as though there is no end to the dust that stings our eyes and clouds our vision. Sharp edges of despair and discouragement jut out of the terrain to slow our passage…Occasionally we reach the top of one summit in life, as the pioneers did, only to see more mountain peaks ahead, higher and more challenging than the one we have just traversed. Tapping unseen reserviors of faith and endurance, we, as did our forebears, inch ever forward toward that day when our voices can join with those of all pioneers who have endured in faith, singing ‘All is well! All is well!'” (in Ensign, May 1997, 61.)

We made it up to the Y and back

We: meaning Emily, me, Scott, Katie, and Rachel made it to the Y and back down tonight with no casualties.  Katie actually hiked most of the way up.  And probably back down again, but we were in a hurry to get the kids home.  Rachel did pretty good in the baby backpack…she got tired at the end.  I carried her all the way down and boy were my legs shaking at the end!

I’m a resource waster

It’s true. I can be blamed for the hours of productive time lost by several people I know because I posted a fun little game. (Scott called it the best post ever, by the way.) This is a warning: this game can be addictive!

How cute are these pictures?

My old photography major roommate Kelli posted some awesome pictures of her niece on her blog. How cute are those pictures? They are for her niece’s birthday party and I would love if I had some cute pictures of my kids inviting all of you to their birthday parties!

Try this game!

It’s hard. Check it out here. Then let me know what your best time is. So far, I have only gotten 4.04 seconds. Oh I just got 20.812 seconds!  It takes a little practice.

Goal accomplished

After I ran my 5k, I had to make a new goal or else I might quit running. Since I’ve been living here, I’ve always kind of wanted to run up the hill (or more like mountain) behind the temple. (I know, kind of a sick desire) So I decided that would be my new goal. Today I did it–I ran from the MTC to the top of the hill behind the temple! My new goal now is to not die at the top of the hill from being out of breath but to continue running back down the hill.

Time outs

We have been putting Katie in time out when she tells us no after we ask her to do something. We sit her down on a chair in the kitchen against the wall and ask her not to move until the 2:00 minute timer beeps.

So then we leave the room and she screams.

And then Rachel gets curious about what Katie is screaming about.  So she crawls in and peeks her head around the corner.

And then this is what we hear from Katie:  “GO AWAY RACHEL! I’M IN TROUBLE.  I’M SAD.  GO AWAY!”