Month: August 2014

SOS: Lessons learned at home last longest (Labor Day Post)

SOS: Lessons learned at home last longest (Labor Day Post)

(This is one of the few pictures of me as a baby. I definitely learned how to smile from my mom. She smiles all day long!) You know I love alliteration. President Monson has said a few things using alliteration that I love. One is, 

FF: Timpanogos Storytelling Festival (or “How the cookie crumbles”)

FF: Timpanogos Storytelling Festival (or “How the cookie crumbles”)

Some incredible entertainment doesn’t have to be all bells and whistles. Take storytelling, for example: you’re sitting, listening, and one person’s voice takes you on an adventure that is just as good as any movie you’ve been to for a while. THAT is what I 

GQ: Jumping in the fridge, magic wands, and corn on the curb

GQ: Jumping in the fridge, magic wands, and corn on the curb

jumping in the fridge

We’ve had some family quotables popping up lately.

When I was a teenager, and my mom said something funny, we’d called it a “mommily.” Now that I’m the mom, mommilies are prolific. When I have a lot on my mind (when do I not?!?), I’ll say something that I don’t mean at all, such as when I discussing how I wanted Anna to do something the other day while I got ready. I said to her, “I’m going to go jump in the fridge…”

Peter piled a dinner plate with chips and shredded cheese before heading to the microwave. As he passed, I raised my eyebrows at his plate. “Some people like to eat,” he defended, “and I might be one of those people.” Let me tell you: this 10 year old’s appetite is certainly matching his growing. Maybe he will have his dad’s genes after all! (I’ve wondered if my genes for shortness must be predominant, since none of our children have “shot up” so far.)

Rebecca tried out for the musical “Cinderella.” When she came home from school, and I told her I needed her help with cleaning up the kitchen, she said, “Now I really wish I had a magic wand.”

Amen, sista.

Peter made up a great joke the other day:

“What do you call corn on the side of the road?” (Corn on the curb!) We decided he might be world famous for that one.

Lane was starting to sauter something in a pan the other night and stuck a very generous portion of butter in the pan. Peter, surprised, cried out, “Dad! That’s too much butter!” Lane whispered, “Shhh!”

So fun to remember the funny things we say in families! Happy Remembering,

Liz 🙂

LOL: Oh, I’m so embarrassed!

LOL: Oh, I’m so embarrassed!

A mom apologized to me recently for the way her children were behaving while we visited together the other day. Even as I stood there chatting with her, I knew of the internal angst she might be feeling. I have been in her shoes so 

3T: Seek early

3T: Seek early

Sleep feels fairly precious to me these days since insomnia is something that I deal with. Some mornings, I feel like there is no way on earth I can get up early. I decide it’s not wise for me to get up as early as 

SOS: Family Search Memories app

SOS: Family Search Memories app

Family Search Memories appTonight for FHE, Julia was demonstrating how to upload a photo to Family Search. While she was waiting for the umpteen thousand photos on the laptop to load (ah, the beauty of digital cameras), I went to the Apple App Store on my phone to see how the Family Search app works. I found that there is a new Memories app, and it is GREAT! I was able to start uploading photos from my phone directly onto my account. Love it! I love how easy it is getting to do family history for my OWN family! It will be so much easier for families to avoid the piles and piles of photos and stuff that we have collected over the years and simply upload memories directly to their family’s online resources.

I was even thinking that perhaps couples just beginning their families won’t even need to really create a physical personal history box, as I did for our children, but instead simply set up accounts online.

Such a time and money saver!

So cool.

It’s fun to think about one of Lane’s mission companions who has worked for years on Family Search and helped all of these fabulous tools be prepared. Thank you!!

Happy Memory Recording,

Liz 🙂

 

RTW: First comes “Fab Five”

RTW: First comes “Fab Five”

This first week of school went well: only a few tantrums. (I know: I tried not to have any. Maybe I’ll do better next year.) I love the first week of school: everyone’s excitement and energy, hardly homework, some of the lessons not started, getting 

Happy Birthday!

Happy Birthday!

(Anna contemplating her birthday wish when she turned 8.) Birthdays are a big deal at our home. Each child is such a gift to our family, and we want them to feel it not only by the way we treat them every day, but also by 

HM: Hitting the target: 21 years

HM: Hitting the target: 21 years

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I know that photos of shooting might be controversial, but that’s only if you aren’t from Wyoming, which Lane is.

And one of the ways we nurture each other and our children is through wholesome recreational activities. In our family, learning how to shoot a target safely for fun is one of those.

Lane and I had barely started dating in January 1993, when for our second date we drove up the mountain road to a spot where we could shoot targets. I hadn’t ever done that before, but I hit the target on my first or second try. That impressed him! (I figure an unseen angel was helping to hold my arms steady since I nailed it like that.) On the way home from that date, Lane asked me how many children I wanted (!). Even though I wanted 12, I only had the courage to say that I wanted maybe 8 or 10. When he said he wanted 12 children, that hit the target for me. Now the door was open to pursue this relationship! From there to getting engaged, I’d say it was a pretty steady route.

Now that it has been 21 years since we got married, I have to say that we hit the target finding each other and taking that leap of faith. Neither I nor Lane is perfect, but I think we have been perfect for each other. He has continued to gently steady me when I am afraid or needing help, just like he is doing in these photos from a recent jaunt out to shoot targets again.

We couldn’t have done it without help. God has been there for us when we needed that help every day. I am so grateful to be “happily married,” thanks to Heavenly Father’s help and our mutual commitment to keeping our covenants.

Our family memorized this line in The Family: A Proclamation to the World last week: “Successful marriages and families are established and maintained on principles of faith, prayer, repentance, forgiveness, respect, love, compassion, work, and wholesome recreational activities.” We can attest to this. We have acted on each one of those principles, and I believe (knowing my stubbornness) that our marriage will continue to require them. Without the atonement, we wouldn’t be where we are today, and I’m grateful to get to continue moving forward, both of us holding onto each other and to the atonement of Christ.

Happy Holding Onto Your Spouse and Together to the Lord,

Liz 🙂

Mmmm: Back-to-school blessings (stepping in heaven)

Mmmm: Back-to-school blessings (stepping in heaven)

The best part of our family summer vacation wasn’t the long, beautiful bike ride we took to the restaurant for a delicious dinner. It wasn’t the afternoon at the pool watching crazy dives off the diving board (with the lifeguard refereeing Lane’s jumps) and playing