1. Last weekend was our Stake Conference at church. We had the privilege of having Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints come to it. Our stake president was relieved of duty after 10 faithful years of service, and one of his counselors was called to be the new stake president. It was kind of a big deal. I love Elder Holland, and was greatly looking forward to hearing him talk. But, we didn’t get a babysitter for the adult session on Saturday night, so I stayed home while Josh attended it. Josh attended a Priesthood leadership session on Saturday, and took good notes so he could discuss it with me. On Sunday, Josh was on-stage at the newly remodeled Clowes Memorial Hall on Butler University campus, singing in the stake choir. I had the joy of trying to convince my three kids to cooperate all by myself for more than two hours (we got there early because the choir met early)… Needless to say, I ended up in the hall/lobby for much of the conference, missing just about everything. I was totally bummed, but I hear all the speakers were great.
2. I started reading a book I requested at the library called Give them Grace: Dazzling Your Kids With the Love of Jesus, but stopped reading it after the first chapter. The authors chose not only to be ignorant of Mormon beliefs, but also blatantly anti-Mormon, spewing forth hateful generalizations and strong words. Plus, I realize now their method of bringing kids to Jesus is wrong. I have read other Christian Parenting books (see this review) and found them to be very helpful. This one will not be one of them. I have started reading Into the Minds of Babes: How Screen Time Affects Young Children that has been super fascinating! I’ll have to share more on it later.
3. Monday marked the first day of fall semester for my husband. He’s taking his two hardest classes of his master’s program, and teaching two different classes as well. He will only have classes Mondays and Wednesdays this semester, but they’ll be very long days for all of us.
4. I got a bee sting on Monday! As I was driving my kids to the park that evening, with the windows down, I had this painful stab in the back of my neck. I slapped the bug and threw it aside. It later landed on the speedometer and I saw that it was a bee, not a biting fly like I first thought! But, then again, it did feel like a had just got a shot! And it hurt. A lot. My daughters were very worried about me. I then went on to break out in an itchy rash all over. Apparently I am now allergic to bee stings, despite the numerous stings of my childhood. But one dose of Benadryl took care of me.
5. Tuesday we had playgroup. it was very fun. And warm.
6. I went running on Tuesday and Thursday morning. My legs are tired, but I’m happy I’m exercising regularly. Feels great. Josh has gone biking several times, each time for at least 20 miles. He’s a machine. He just got clip-less pedals for his bike and new tires, and is enjoying how help him ride even faster.
8. Wednesday night we went to the airport to pick up some friends. My girls were excited to go to the airport, even though they ended up being disappointed as we didn’t get out to check it out, or to play with the friends we had picked up. But, I told them we were doing a service by picking them up, and that was a good thing, and that we could play later with them.
9. I went visiting teaching yesterday. I have a new companion and three new people on my route. It was our first time doing it together. Thankfully my partner is my friend and lives a mile away from me. Hopefully it will mean we visit with all of our sisters every month.
10. Michael had his 5-month (we missed the 4-month appointment due to vacation) today! He is 27.5″ long, and 18lbs 8oz. This kid is BIG. And adorable. I love him like CRAZY! He is such an easy-going little boy. Smiling, laughing (he laughed the whole way home from the airport at the two-year old we had picked up), and grabbing toys. He drools a lot, and almost always needs to wear a bib because of it. He sleeps through the night, from about 8:30pm to 5:30-6:30am and then goes back to bed until about 9am. He then takes a nap in the afternoon, at the same time his sisters take a nap (it’s awesome!). He nurses once every 3 hours and still hasn’t had any baby cereal or food. He can spin around in a circle, and back up a little bit when left on the floor to play. He prefers tummy time to laying on his back.