A good portion of my life has been spent playing the piano for everyone else's diva moments. Now it's my turn. I invite you to accompany ME through my life's diva and, well, not so diva-like moments. It'll be entertaining. Promise.

Thursday, May 28, 2009


Well, with 4 more days of school left, the school principal, Mrs. Thomas, officially presented the second grade class of 2009-2010 yesterday at Kaylee's awards assembly! It was awesome! (and long...) Kaylee got all A's for the whole year, as well as recognition in music and reading. (I wonder why...she takes after mom and dad! except for the all A's part... :)
Way to go Kay! We're so proud of you!!

Memorial Day Fun in the Sun!

We went out to a really neat condo in Port Aransas with our friends the Olivas - had great food and great fun. It was Aaron's first time in the swimming pool - he was a little nervous for about 5 minutes and was loving life after that. The water temp was perfect and there was a walkway from the pool that took you right out to the beach on the Gulf! It was so awesome! Thanks Gabe and Jen for a great timeThis one is for you Jen - right back at you for the nasty bowling pic :)

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Out of the mouth of babes...

Kaylee: Momma, Aaron is bundles of joy to me.
Me: He is bundles of joy to me too.
Kaylee: I just love him.

She must have read my last post.

5 minutes later in the middle of a big hug:

Kaylee: I just can't stand loving you.
Me: Why not?
Kaylee: I just love you too much.

Friday, May 8, 2009

Swine Flu Vacation!

Here's what we did...

Aaron's first time at the beach - he wasn't too keen on it at first, but started enjoying himself after a little while.

Another reason why I love being home...while everyone else was scrambling for last minute child care arrangements, I hopped in the car with my two little bundles of joy and headed out to Padre Island. Sadly, the vacation was cut short by a week, but we had fun while it lasted. Hurray for beaches and unexpected vacations!

Monday, May 4, 2009

Elder Bednar ROCKS!

I listened to his talk from the CES fireside last night and LOVED IT! Here are some of my favorite points...
  • the great principle of happiness consists in having a body
  • the body and the spirit together constitute our reality and identity
  • when the body and spirit are together we can experience a fullness of joy; when they are separated we cannot
  • the adversary's method of attack is to get us both to misuse and minimize our bodies
  • one of the ways we misuse our bodies is by worshipping the false idol of body language
  • he spent most of the talk giving examples of how we minimize our bodies, which is the most subtle and diabolical of Satan's attacks
  • sometimes we neglect eternal relationships for digital distractions that have no lasting value
  • he talked about mind and spirit-numbing online games, and then argued that video-gaming and computer-mediated communication can minimize the importance of our physical bodies
  • technology can be used to replicate reality, augment reality, and create virtual reality
  • a high degree of fidelity (or similarity between reality and a representation of reality) contributes to the effectiveness of the technological experience
  • this simulation can be constructive if the fidelity is high and the purposes of the technology is good
  • the simulation or model can lead to spiritual impairment and danger if the fidelity is high and the purposes are bad
  • he raised an apostolic voice of warning (that was a "hey there, wake up and pay attention all of you who got lost during the fidelity bit) of the impact of some types of cyberspace interactions on our souls
  • the adversary can disconnect us gradually and physically from things as they really are
  • he encourages us to think and act as if we were in our premortal, unembodied state
  • here's an exact quote: "Please be careful of becoming so immersed and engrossed in pixels, texting, earbugs, twittering, online social networking and potentially addicting uses of the internet that you fail to recognize the importance of your physical body and miss the richness of person to person communication. Beware of digital displays and data in many forms of computer-related interaction that can displace the full range of physical attraction and experience"
  • another quote: "Now brothers and sisters, please understand, I am not suggesting all technology is bad - it is not. Nor am I saying we should not use it's many capabilities in appropriate ways to learn, to communicate, to lift and brighten lives, and to build the church - of course we should. But I am raising a warning voice that we should not squander and damage authentic relationships by obsessing over contrived ones."
  • another one: "Lucifer will encourage you to misuse and to minimize the importance of your physical body. He will attempt to substitute the monotony of virtual repitition for the infinite variety of God's creations and convince us we are merely mortal things to be acted upon, instead of eternal souls blessed with moral agency to act for ourselves. Deviously he entices embodied spirits to forfeit the blessings and learning experiences according to the flesh that are made possible through the Father's plan of happiness and the Atonement of the Only Begotten Son."
  • one more: "Initially the investment of time may seem relatively harmless - rationalized as a few minutes of needed relief from a hectic daily schedule. But important opportunities are missed for developing interpersonal skills, for laughing and crying together, and for creating a rich, enduring bond of emotional intimacy. Progressively, seemingly innocent entertainment can become a form of pernicious enslavement. To feel the warmth of a hug from an eternal companion, or to see the sincerity in the eyes of another person as testimony is shared - all of theses things experienced as they really are, through the instrument of our physical body, could be sacrificed for a high-fidelity fantasy that has no lasting value. If you and I are not vigilant, we could become past feeling, as Laman and Lemuel did, long ago."
  • Towards the end he asked 2 questions: 1. Does the use of various technologies and media invite or impede the constant companionship of the Holy Ghost in your life?" 2. Does the time you spend using various technologies and media enlarge or restrict your capacity to live, to love, and to serve in meaningful ways?

This was a powerful talk. I felt the truth of what he was speaking about so deeply. What a timely message for the times we live in!!

Sunday, May 3, 2009

What to do....

Well, we are faced with a tough decision and need your input! Here's the question: should we, or should we not get rid of the dog? Sparky has been trying our patience big-time lately. Let me give you a bit of background. We got Sparky (a miniature schnauzer) about two and a half years ago from a dear friend for Christmas. He was about 6 weeks old then, which makes him about 2 and a half now. Sparky has never made it past the teething phase. (By the way, if any dog experts out there know how long the teething phase really lasts, the info would be much appreciated.) By this, I mean he bites everything he can lay his teeth into, with a particular preference for leather. After going through 3 sets of scriptures, some siding on the back of our house, an area of grass in the backyard, and countless stuffed animals and books of Kaylee's, we are wondering if anything can be done - if so, we haven't figured out what it is yet, and are quickly losing patience. Sparky is an "outside" dog, meaning he stays outside during the day and sleeps in our room at night. We don't feel comfortable with him inside the house, unless it's at night and we're watching a movie - then he'll usually sleep on one of the couches. If we leave him to his own devices inside the house he will immediately find something to chew on - it's like having another baby inside the house. We would like him to be inside the house more, but don't know how to train him to not chew up everything in sight, short of following him around 24/7 and that's impossible with 2 kids and a household to manage.

SO, we have read, listened, and watched several bits of advice, and are trying to figure out if we are not doing it right, have not been doing it long enough and consistently, or if the dog is just daft. We want a dog who feels like part of the family, but it doesn't feel that way right now. We need to figure out how to get from pest and budget drainer to man's best friend. Cesar Milan, where are you when I need you??!!