Monday, March 31, 2008

One Enchanted Evening!!!

I am a big fan of happily ever afters (there is a reason I can still beat the pants off my kids at Disney Scene It...), but this movie was a little over the top even for me...

Even still, I couldn't resist the funness of having the ultimate sleepover party to watch the movie. From left to right: Katie, Corrine, Caroline, Hailey, Athena, Kwynn and McKynna (Audra, if I mixed them up, let me know and I will fix it!!! and sorry girls!!!).
The silliness reigned, but even DJ got into the movie (and watched more of it than I did), although he was anti-photographic evidence!!!

Thanks to the friends who came over!!!

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Hailey & Katie's Adventures

It is spring break, and getting my kids to help do anything was impossible. All they wanted to do was sit around and watch tv. Suddenly it wouldn't work (those darn cables!!! lol).

I remembered that one of my friends at church had mentioned the Lincoln Safari program going on this year, and decided to start up. We NEEDED to go outside!!!

I told Hailey and Katie that I would take them someplace fun if they got their chores done. AMAZING!!! The chores got done!!!

The Easter Bunny (wink wink - thanks mom!!!) gave Hailey and Katie these really cute short sleeved zipper hoodies, so we put them on, swung by the libary to pick up the expedition kit, and were on our way to Antelope Park's Veteran's Memorial Garden.

Katie got to do the first rubbing.

I'm really excited to go to all the different places and see what Lincoln has to offer!!!

Thanks to Jaana and Christy for sharing this program!!!

Don't forget to check Wandering Waldos for all of Hailey and Katie's great adventures this summer!

Monday, March 24, 2008

It's all how you see it!!!!

I'm trying to find out which store sells this mirror!

Mail this to other women. Now, don't break the chain! One female broke the chain, her plumbing became so bad, she now has an outhouse! OK gals, now that you have had your laugh, remember... Breast Cancer Awareness... Go have those boobs checked out and stay healthy! Pass the message on to your mothers, sisters, daughters, aunts, cousins, friends, and even your enemies. Because the WORST enemy is Breast Cancer

Sunday, March 23, 2008

Easter pictures

Happy Easter everyone!!!!

The Easter Bunny visited Grandma and Grandpa Hill's house this year, and although it was a bit cold, we still got our huntin in!!!!

Even Uncle Orron, Elizabeth and Great-Grandma Miller got into the fun!!!

These are some of our eggs!!!

Hailey and Katie got new dresses for Easter from Grandma Hill! The flowers were leftover from a wedding Hailey and Katie helped with last night!!

Katie finds more eggs on the deck chairs!!!

The balcony was a great place to hide those eggs!!!

Grandpa Hill had a great time recording the hunt!!!
Aunt Whitney froze, but loved watching!

Aunt Irene, Uncle Orron and Elizabeth searched for the eggs too. It took her a little bit, but Elizabeth finally got the idea and picked up eggs too!!

Saturday, March 22, 2008

Always... Clean

Either they finally hired a women to head up the research and development department, or some man got sick of his wife complaining. Suffice to say, I am ecstatic!!!

Monday, March 17, 2008

Katie Watch DAY 5

The story of the Savior visiting Mary, Martha, and Lazarus has been on my mind today. One sister is bustling about, trying to get the housekeeping done, and the other is sitting at the Savior's feet, listening to His words. When the Savior is asked why He tolerates the lack of serviceable action on the part of the other sister, He states that she has selected the "better part."

Don't get me wrong, I'm sure the Savior expects us to keep our houses clean, and eat, so we maintain our existance, but I know He also wants us to choose those things that are most important.

I struggle with this sometimes. Okay, a lot. I always have 900 million things going on, things to do, etc. I get caught up in the day-to-days, rather than choosing the better part, even though I try to fit the better part in.

Take the last 5 days for example. I pretty much had to let a bunch of things go (work, church activities, a wedding) to take care of this little miss.

She was diagnosed with the flu on Friday, after suffering through symptoms on Thursday. I am not one to medicate immediately, but I knew she was sick, and I knew DJ would get it, and then Hailey and then probably me, so off to the doctor we went. Sure enough, DJ caught it, but (knock loudly on wood) Hailey and I did not. Nonetheless, all the things I had planned went down the toilet (it was a pattern of the weekend). We have all been taking

since Friday evening. Katie's fever broke on Saturday morning, but the doctor mandated a 48 hour quarantine period. She was slated to go back to school today, but some digestive pyrotechnics (I love that phrase) prevented her from attending, so once again I am home from work.
COOL!!! I can get stuff done!!
Except that my baby is sick... Cleaning the house is important. Doing my internet stuff for my job is important, but cuddling my kid is "the better part." She is sleeping now, that she has had her lunch, and should rest for awhile anyways, so I can get stuff done.
I think the Lord gives us sick kids and sick selves to remind us that our busy-ness is small stuff, and that we need to remember to take a break, smell the roses, and spend time with family!!!

Saturday, March 8, 2008

Changing the world...

Okay, for anyone who knows me, you know that I sometimes have a little trouble using nice words to express my less than stellar feelings. I admit it, I am kinda a pottymouth sometimes, but I saw this news site, and had to share.

Effectively, this high school kid created this club in his school that says that they are not going to cuss. He lives in South Pasadena California. There are now 10000 members extending all over the world in just six months. I'm happy to say, that I joined them.

This week is especially exciting because the city of South Pasadena has instituted an official "No Cussing" week. There was a prolamation from the Mayor, and Senator and everything.

I would love to see a chapter start here in Lincoln. I think it would be great if our kids all became members of it. To start up, you have to find an organization in the area that would be willing to sponsor the chapter (to the tune of $300 to pay for t-shirts for 50 members). I'm going to send a message to my boss to see if my company will cover it, but if anyone else has some ideas of companies that might be willing to contribute, that would be great, just let me know.

Sunday, March 2, 2008

My Grandpa

This is a picture of my grandpa - Edwin Miller. He is my mom's dad. I love this man. While I was growing up, he was the grandpa who could make the Donald Duck noises, and who was always working. I love this man.

My grandpa is not a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He has been Luthern all his life, because that is what his mother raised him to be. He has been taking the discussions from two very intrepid sister missionaries lately.

Today I told my grandfather a story that I haven't been able to share with him for 3 years. I told him that his mother had her temple work done several years ago, and that she and my great-grandfather were waiting for him to join them. It was a very interesting experience, and I hope that he understands how important it was for me.

I would love to see my grandparents go to the temple together and get sealed for time and all eternity, but I know that I may not see that in my lifetime. I'm okay with that too. I know that they are both good people.

That is something I think we all should remember, we are all children of God, and He loves all of us, members of the church and non-members of the church.

I told my grandfather a profoundly powerful event in my life today, and he believed it. The Spirit spoke to him, and he validated my experience that his mother used to have experiences like I did, impressions and experiences that have no explanation other than that they just are. He has had them too, and because of that, I think he was more willing to accept my story.

I love my grandfather so much! I'm glad that he is living here, near us, now. It has truly been wonderful getting to know him.

Saturday, March 1, 2008

Flat Stanley

I took Hailey and Katie to the Lied Center Family Fun Fest to see Flat Stanley. Before the show, the cast was out walking around, so, of course, we got a picture!
They were also having a lot of fun activities, including filming of an interview to be broadcast on Nebraska Public Television.

This is the logo for the touring musical. It was really fun!