Friday, October 9, 2015

Five Things for Friday

It's actually ten things today. Woo-hoo!
I'm doing a hashtag to end each "thing" today. Oooh, creative!

1. I read this in my scriptures this week, and I couldn't agree with it more:

"...we were exceedingly rejoiced when we came to the seashore..."
-1 Nephi 17:6 (The Book of Mormon)

I too am "exceedingly rejoiced" when I go to the seashore. I think I should do a cross-stitch sampler of this verse along with a little graphic of ocean waves and hang it up at the Cape house.
This is likely not going to happen, at least not for many years, but it's a nice idea.

2. This week I started volunteering in Sam's kindergarten class. It's a new experience for me, since I wasn't able to do it when John was in kindergarten because Sam was a baby. I enjoyed working with the kids and I'm looking forward to being a classroom volunteer this year. The kids are really cute and fun!

That evening was Back-to-School Night for kindergarten. It was really cute and fun (yeah, I just said that in a previous sentence. Almost everything about kindergarten is really cute and fun.) I think Sam's teacher is the best, and the classroom is a happy, stimulating place for the kids to be. Sam is doing really well and has adjusted to kindergarten perfectly.

Don't my picture-taking skills amaze you?

3. My dad was here during the past week, which was nice. But he left yesterday, and now I can eat in peace again! 

4. I really enjoy dipping my fingertips in hot candle wax. I like the way it feels, the way it solidifies, and the way I can just pop them off, one by one. It's addictive! 
I took pictures.

5. I made mashed potatoes for dinner last night and they turned out lumpy and pretty gross. I got sidetracked while making them due to a certain mischievous group of boys, and it made a difference. A bad difference. #mashedpotatoesfail

6. The boys and I were in the car listening to NPR yesterday evening and there was a story about the proven positive effects of doing Bedtime Math with your kids. John, who was busy playing a game on his iPad, declared in a confrontational voice, "I'm NOT doing Bedtime Math." It was funny. He's so staunchly anti-intellectual sometimes that it makes me laugh (when it doesn't make me cry, ha ha).

7. One of my favorite general authorities is President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, who's the Second Counselor in the First Presidency. I like to call him the Silver Fox. He posted this handwritten note on Facebook  this week:

 I love everything about this. One of the reasons I particularly like it is because that's been one of my personal philosophies in life for many years--just because you can't see something or don't know about something or don't understand something doesn't mean it's not true or doesn't exist. There are absolute truths in life, in science, and in the grand scheme of things that will always be true no matter how many people don't believe or simply don't know about them. I believe that one day every person who has ever lived will learn about these truths and know for themselves that they are indeed facts--incredibly meaningful facts that mean everything.
#faith #deepthoughts

8. I've been happy with my hair this week. It's been a rare good hair week.
#naturallyblond #shorthairdontcare #dumbthoughts

9. I saw two pretty sunsets this week, both on the same street and at approximately the same time.
Monday evening:
Not the best view, but the sky was glowing and so pretty.

And Tuesday evening, further up the street and closer to the actual sunset:

10. I'm looking forward to The Mom Conference next week. It's all online so you can watch it from the comfort of home and choose which presenters you want to listen to. I really enjoyed it last year and I learned a lot about various topics. It's also totally free. If you're interested, check it out here (scroll down to see the speakers and topics). I definitely recommend it.

My weekend plans include playdates (for the kids, not me), movies, some housework, enjoying the fine fall weather, and hopefully getting in some good D.E.A.R. time (bonus points for you if you know what that means!).