There is a little face with a tongue sticking out on his right calf. Funny!
So, I said, "Who got in the markers?" I know it wasn't Wesley, cause not only can he not draw smiley faces yet, but I'm sure it would be hard to turn himself enough to be able to draw on himself in these particular place. Melodie?!?!
Ethan posing in front of a Contintental Soldier. Grandma and Grandpa Hibbert and Aunt Beka came out to see some sights on the east coast before she started school (she just returned from her Church mission in San Fransisco). So we (Tiff, Ethan, Hyrum, and Wesley) drove up from Virginia to spend the day with them (Joe and Mel were in school, and Corey was at work). We went and visited the Brinton Farm home, the Brandywine Battlefield, and then to Valley Forge. It was a great day, I loved living back east!
Just some pictures from our visit to Kirtland, Ohio, last year.In front of the Newel K. Whitney Store
And the Whitney home where Joseph Smith and Emma stayed for a time when they lived in Kirtland. The home has been restored, but the front step that we are standing on is the original. It was neat to think of walking where the prophet Joseph walked. It would be fun to travel back through time and meet the early Saints.
In the Sacred Grove in Palmyra, New York. Look at Wesley's eyes, he seems to be pondering things of eternity~ July 2006
Standing in front of the Smith Home (a replica built where the original cabin stood) July 2006
Well, Corey and I have been following the campaign coverage since we were in Virginia, and really followed it in Brazil when our mail contact with the US was YouTube (we enjoyed watching the debates online). Anyway, seeing how there is lots of talk out there about Mormons, I thought I'd write. I love this transcript from Glenn Beck's show - http://www.glennbeck.com/news/12052007.shtml Amen. Today I found a comment on Townhall.com to a Michael Medved article about how Mormonism is a cult with a link to a YouTube video with animation that I find ugly, here is the link in case you want to watch it - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n5dscqcNOGM (a cartoon supposedly "banned" by the church. I mostly have a hard time watching it because I think the drawings are gross and it has spooky music that gives the message they want to imply "Mormon's are freaky!") But for anyone who wants to know what I think, here's two links I whole heartedly endorse -
I firmly believe that Joseph Smith was not only a good and honset man, but I believe that he was a man chosen by God to be a prophet, the prophet to usher in the last dispensation of time before the return of Jesus Christ. If anyone has any questions about the teachings of the LDS church, I'm willing to try and answer them as I know them. I do think there is some explanation to the cosmos (see my post about the Universe on November 7th - so I do believe some things said in that animated documentary are true, but they mix it with ideas of their own creation.)
Wednesday, December 12th was Melodie's happy birthday. And here's a picture of the gang with Grandma Hibbert. As you can see from the expression of Joseph in the front, he was a bit rowdy. He and Ethan were tackling each other and running around screaming. Mom called me the next morning and said that after we left she watched a Dateline documentary about the 7-tuplets, so she called to reassure me that my kids were not abnormally rambunctious, they are just normal kids (who had too much sugar and cake).
I don't know if any of you have seen the show Mission Organization on HGTV, but I think it is my favorite show. I went over to a friends house on Wednesday and helped her clear out a desk in their kitchen, and it was so fun! I am her visiting teacher for church, and somehow we starting talking about messy basements and clutter, and I told her I'd let her borrow my book "CLUTTER'S LAST STAND" By Don Aslett (thanks to Mother for introducing me to that book). She took me to her kitchen desk, where she was unable to close the bottom desk drawer because it was full of junk and something fell behind the drawer when she opened it and now it wouldn't close. So I came over and we did a complete overhaul. Using the techniques that I learned from watching probably a hundred episodes of Mission Organization during our 9 months in Virginia, we were able to clear out her desk and filled three garbage cans full of trash. We were easily able to find places for her other things, and I just thought it was so fun, and she says she knows that there are tons of people that need help clearing out stuff and that I should do it for a business if I really like it. I do think that would be a fun job. Any suggestions for what I could name my business if I did that? I'm doing a little research online. I am going over to her house again on Monday and we're going to tackle her boys' rooms. Should be fun!
We are enjoying the snow this year. Last year in Virginia we barely got an inch. They did cancel school that day though, so that made it seem like we had a lot (but honestly, they gotta toughen up out there). So this year we are having fun. We haven't made any great snow caves yet, but the kids have a fort out front. I'm waiting for another fresh fall of snow to go out and make a serious fortress, if I can get Abi to sleep long enough for us to make some good progress. Below are Joe and Mel with a snowman (probably more of a snowkid).
Don't you just love how babies always look like they are in total amazement? They must feel like they are in over their heads with this whole mortal life thing... maybe feeling like they really weren't given the heads up as to what life would really be like.
Just thought I'd add some pictures - these were taken Aug 27th of Joe and Mel on the first day of school. (...and you can see half of Wesley on the right in his diaper. Luckily it wasn't too cold yet.)
Here are the kids catching the bus. The bus picks them up right across the street, so I can see it from the front room window which is very convenient. Also, notice the great view of the mountains that we have! I miss the trees of Virginia, but love the Utah mountains!
I just finished reading a book that I picked up at church called "The Kolob Theorem" by Lynn M. Hilton. It was a quick read, but has caused me much to ponder. But the more I ponder, the more I know that I just can't comprehend it. The book is available online here: http://www.hiltonbooks.com/The_Kolob_Theorem.pdf
Grant has been the fatherly figure while Corey's been gone in India. He was even nice enough to put on the Darth Vader costume for the kids (it's quite the process putting it on, plus the leather body suit gets very very hot and sweaty). Thanks Grant!
P.S. Nice sneakers, Darth!
Joe as the Jedi Knight Obi Wan Kenobi
Melodie as Snow White
Ethan as the Karate Kid
Hyrum as a... Um, he's dressed as... well, I guess he's a barefoot pajama-wearing "Superman-Power Ranger" playing badminton?
Tiffanie as a BYU Cougar, Abigail as herself, and Corey dressed as a cordless phone.