1. I had the chance to go and talk to a group of future adoptive parents about adopting a child with special needs. I was reminded once again how truly blessed we are to have Brett in our home. I love the happiness and love he brings into the home. I can’t imagine life without him. Baseball season starts this Saturday for him and he can’t wait!
2. Friday night kicked out our weekend of a social activity every night. We haven’t done that for a long long time. We had an adult game night at church. It was great to get to know a number of the newer couples in the ward. Owen brought and set up our rock band which was a huge hit with the 30 something crowd. Watching Brett as the xbox and the TV were taken away from our home was great. He couldn’t believe that we were carrying away his precious TV and XBOX, and he kept reminding us to bring it home!
3. Saturday afternoon was our neighborhood annual easter egg hunt. When the Next-door Mom who organizes the event asked Becky if she was coming, Becky’s response was, “I wouldn’t miss it”. It was a beautiful day. The sun was shinning and it was in the 60’s. What a great way to get us so ready for summer! Brett ran his heart out to find eggs, and afterwards he was beat, and headed inside to enjoy his collected treasure of Tootsie rolls.
4. Saturday night there was an Eagle Court of Honor for 7 guys from our ward. It was a great night and we loved to see the slide show of how much they have grown up in the last 4 – 6 years.
5. Easter was wonderful. I loved being able to read the 4 gospels prior to easter this year to be reminded over and over and over and over again about the great life and example of Jesus Christ. So grateful for his love which he shows to me daily.
6. We had 2 families over for Easter dinner. We had so much fun with them. One is an amazing storyteller add to that he was the scout master for many years. Needless to say we sat around the table for a couple of hours laughing and laughing at all his stories of the leaders and kids. Dinners get much easier and easier as the kids get older. Brett and his two friends (age 6 and 4) went into his room, which happened to be where we had put our miniature hamster. They had been in there a little while and we started to hear their yells over the noise of our laughter. We headed in to see what was happening. The room was trashed. The shredded wood chip which lined the hamster cage was spread all over the floor. The three boys were pointing to a corner of the closet and yep – you guessed it – the hamster was hiding from them in the corner. He was rescued and taken upstairs to Lindsay’s room to safeguard him through the rest of the night. Monday Brett told me what had happened. Brett held out his hand to tell me that the hamster had “climbed” onto his hand. Then he just happened to crawl right off.
7. Sunday night after everyone left and the kids were in bed, Lindsay and I got to spend a wonderful 45 minutes together while she painted my toe and finger nails. It was so much fun to spend one on one time with her. It has seemed like forever. Love her.
8. Owen is HOME ALL WEEK!!!! He came home last Wednesday night and doesn’t leave again until next Monday. It has been the second week of January since he has been home for a whole week. Dinner last night and FHE was wonderful.
9. Brock has a job interview today at Becky’s most desired job location, a hotel. Becky has told him since he got home – go work at a hotel, go work at a hotel, go work at a hotel. Hopefully all goes well and he will become the first hotel desk clerk in the family.
10. I have learned so much this week with my photography assignment. We have to do 7 – 10 self portraits. “Ughh,” was my first response. I generally don’t like how I look in a lot of photos. I have learned lots, cried a little and realized how much you do learn when taking pictures of yourself. Somehow I look so much better leaning over the back of the couch than sitting forward facing in one. Go figure. I found some great websites with lots of great ideas. SO I’ve tried some.
Needless to say here are a couple of things I’ve learned: Fans/wind really works much better with long hair than short hair;
Your front room can become your photo studio – hang up a blanket and the bookcase becomes a backdrop.
Focusing on the eyes can be really tricky, esp when you try to focus on someone who isn’t there when you are focusing. Thanks to my great assistant for being my focus model only (she still refuses to have her picture taken).
Well, check back tomorrow to see my humble attempts at taking pictures of myself. Unless there is another exercise for self-portraits, you’ll probably never see this many of me in the next year combined. Okay, maybe throughout the year, but not in a single post.