Sunday, April 27, 2008

Teaching Moment

I've been thinking today about this memorable moment Ella shared with her Nanna and cousin Sarah, after the most recent General Young Women meeting on March 29th, 2008.

Mom gave an amazing talk (in my opinion, one of her very best both in content and delivery) to a packed Conference Center. The talk is now online here to read, hear or view.

After the meeting, she was told she would need to deliver her address once more due to a microphone malfunction.

Waiting for the camera men, Nanna and her cheering section took their places:

Nanna is pointing out that
they are being featured on the jumbotron screens!
Note that Ella is sitting in as President.

While performing the sound check, Ella and Sarah were able to enjoy a teaching moment, where they learned from Nanna - while standing center stage - about the walnut tree grown by President Hinckley which later became the Conference Center podium.

I am grateful for the many heartfelt sermons that have been taught from this pulpit, including lessons, such as this, taught simply at unexpected moments.

Saturday, April 26, 2008

Out of the Mouths of Babes

On Friday, while visiting the LDS Museum of Church History, Louisa and I were talking about a few pictures depicting events recorded in the Book of Mormon.

Our conversation:

Me: "Louisa, what does this picture show?"
Louisa: "Jesus"
Me: "What is Jesus doing?"
Louisa: "Showing the people His dress."

Me: "See this picture of Lehi and his family?"
Louisa: "They are sailing to a new land."
Me: (Surprised that she knew that much) "Really?"
Louisa: "Yes. On a pirate ship."

Friday, April 25, 2008

We're Drinking...

We've been drinking lots of Superfood lately. Although the color is less than desirable, the taste is great. And, as a mom, I feel a bit better when my picky eater will down some fruits and veggies (even if they are in liquid form).

Anyone else a fan? Also, do any of you have a recipe for a lower-cost, homemade version of this concoction?

Thursday, April 24, 2008

What Spice Are You?

Here's what I learned about myself today.

Take this with a grain of salt...

You Are Black Pepper

You may be considered ordinary by some, but you're far from boring.

You elevate the mood of any discussion, and people miss you when you're not around.

You are secretly very dominant and powerful. Most can only take you in small doses.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008


by Louisa

"Playing is important; it keeps us alive."

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

How Did You Celebrate Earth Day?

We celebrated Earth Day by visiting the great Salt Lake City landfill.

I didn't imagine that it would be a picturesque field trip, and did not come prepared with my camera.

But this is exactly what it looked like:

Beautiful blue skies contrasted by great loads of garbage, and inordinate numbers of gulls. However, even more shocking than the vast garbage piles were the amount of empty plastic grocery bags cluttering the landfill, clinging to border fences and soaring in the breeze through the surrounding areas.

Today I learned that there are great costs to our environment associated with the use of free plastic bags.

Plastic bag facts:
• The US uses 100 billion plastic shopping bags annually, according to The Wall Street Journal.
• An estimated 12 million barrels of oil is required to make that many bags.
• Four of 5 grocery bags in the US are now plastic.
• Plastic bags are among the 12 items of debris most often found intercoastal cleanups, according to the Center for Marine Conservation.
• Plastic bags take up to 1,000 years to degrade in a landfill (and many of them never make it to the landfill, they get caught in fences, trees and even the throats of birds).

I have pledged to:
* Bring my own reusable bags to the grocery store (Costco sells a set of 3 for $3 that are durable and the perfect size). I will keep them in my car and at my home.
* I will no longer let myself throw away a clean, plastic grocery bag. It will be reused (over and over again).
* I will ask my favorite stores to stop providing bags for free, or to offer a discount for not using the bags.

(Many thanks to Ella's amazing first grade teacher, Miss Lee, who organized the field trip.)

Saturday, April 19, 2008

Flowers are Blooming

Our Spring garden is in bloom!

I now think that the full days of planting and the associated sore muscles last Fall were well worth it!

Seeing it makes me so happy.

Friday, April 18, 2008

Morning Thoughts

Ella awoke this morning, came directly to my room and said,

"I have had a powerful thought: I can do anything if I just try."

Ella later explained that she woke with "the most beautiful painting" in her mind. Her heart told her that she can paint it on paper, if she works very, very hard.

I believe her.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Love this Kid!

Ain't she sweet?!?!

Friday, April 11, 2008

Playin' Possum

Just came home from dropping off the babysitter after our Friday night date.

All was good.

Then I hit a Possum. In our driveway. On accident. It screamed loudly at me, did a wild dance, then ran and hid inside some blocks by our garage.

What do I do now? Leave it? Look for it tomorrow? Call animal control?

It is quite cute (except for the scream, the glowing eyes... oh, and the limp).

Update 9:45 a.m., 4/12: Possums don't live in Utah. And this animal had a longish bushy tail with a pink nose and no markings (as we would expect with a raccoon). Any help you can provide to identify the animal?

Update 10:13 a.m., 4/12: Maybe a baby ferret? And would that mean it was someone's pet? If so, I feel terrible. I'm going to go check to see if it is still hiding.

Update 10:45 a.m., 4/12: The animal is gone. Just spoke with my neighbor Emily, who confirmed a ferret sighting last night (15 minutes prior to our arrival home). As their family was driving down our street, they saw the animal. It ran under their car also.

Anyone lost a pet ferret? Or is this a wild (however untrained in the ways of the world) animal?

Sunday, April 06, 2008

New Young Women Leaders Announced

5 April 2008

A new Young Women general presidency for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was announced today by President Dieter F. Uchtdorf. Elaine S. Dalton succeeds Susan W. Tanner as Young Women general president, with Mary N. Cook as first counselor and Ann M. Dibb as second counselor.

Sister Elaine S. Dalton has served in all the auxiliaries of the Church on both ward and stake levels. Prior to her calling as Young Women General President, she had been serving as first counselor to Sister Tanner. She had previously served on the Young Women General Board and prior to that service she was a stake Young Women president.

Sister Dalton enjoys tennis, running and hiking with her family. She loves to read, especially the scriptures.

She was born and raised in Ogden, Utah and received her bachelor’s degree in English from Brigham Young University. She married Stephen E. Dalton and they are the parents of five sons and one daughter.

Historic Weekend


First Counselor Mary N. Cook (left), and Second Counseler Ann M. Dibb (right), welcome newly sustained Elaine S. Dalton (center) and congratulate her on her calling as Young Women General President.
(Scott C. Sommerdorf/The Salt Lake Tribune)

Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Happy April Fool's Day

I'm remembering back today to April 1st, 2005.

I had my 6 week postpartum visit (after having given birth to Louisa - conceived through fertility), and announced to my husband and family the news... the Dr. found me to be miraculously pregnant.

All were shocked, excited and horrified... for a few hours. When the real news came out that I, in fact, was not pregnant, they were just plain mad.

The chuckles and inside grins I experienced made it all worthwhile!