Thursday, March 31, 2011

A Gift from a friend

ornaments 003

Look what someone gave to me last night!! Christmas Ornaments!  I LOVE THESE!!

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Another Step Forward

Patrick and Buddy are now both working at Domino’s Pizza in Conway.

dominos 003   I had been praying mightily for…… …….something… for my family… guidance for the ganglings……we need to move forward.  I worry them growing up without a father to show them the way.  Then Fred, a family friend and owner of Domino’s in Conway,  approached Patrick with a job offer, then offered Buddy a job 10 days later.

dominos 005

I am seeing how the good men in my sons’ lives—the mentors, the scout masters, the Young Men’s presidents, the home teachers, those who serve, give rides, church leaders, family friends-- are being used by the Lord to shape them, teach them things, guide them in ways I don’t know how. 

Sunday, March 27, 2011

College Entrance Essay

I have always loved this.


This is supposedly an actual essay written by an extremely creative college applicant to NYU. The author was accepted and is reportedly now attending NYU.


I am a dynamic figure, often seen scaling walls and crushing ice. I have been known to remodel train stations on my lunch breaks, making them more efficient in the area of heat retention. I translate ethnic slurs for Cuban refugees, I write award-winning operas, I manage time efficiently.

Occasionally, I tread water for three days in a row. I woo women with my sensuous and godlike trombone playing. I can pilot bicycles up severe inclines with unflagging speed, and I cook 30-minute brownies in 20 minutes.

I am an expert in stucco, a veteran in love, and an outlaw in Peru.

Using only a hoe and a large glass of water, I once single-handedly defended a small village in the Amazon basin from a horde of ferocious army ants. I play bluegrass cello. I was scouted by the Mets. I am the subject of numerous documentaries. When I'm bored, I build large suspension bridges in my yard. I enjoy urban hang gliding. On Wednesdays, after school, I repair electrical appliances free of charge.

I am an abstract artist, a concrete analyst, and a ruthless bookie. Critics worldwide swoon over my original line of corduroy evening wear. I don't perspire.

I am a private citizen, yet I receive fan mail. I have been caller number nine and have won the weekend passes. Last summer I toured New Jersey with a traveling centrifugal force demonstration. I bat .400. My deft floral arrangements have earned me fame in international botany circles. Children trust me.

I can hurl tennis rackets at small moving objects with deadly accuracy. I once read Paradise lost, Moby Dick, and David Copperfield in one day and still had time to refurbish an entire dining room that evening. I know the exact location of every food item in the supermarket. I have performed several covert operations for the CIA. I sleep once a week; when I do sleep, I sleep in a chair. While on vacation in Canada, I successfully negotiated with a group of terrorists who had seized a small bakery. The laws of physics do not apply to me.

I balance, I weave, I dodge, I frolic, and my bills are all paid. On weekends, to let off steam, I participate in full-contact origami. Years ago I discovered the meaning of life, but forgot to write it down. I have made extraordinary four course meals using only a mouli and a toaster oven.

I breed prize-winning clams. I have won bullfights in San Juan, cliff-diving competitions in Sri Lanka, and spelling bees at the Kremlin. I have played Hamlet, I have performed open-heart surgery, and I have spoken with Elvis.

But, I have not yet gone to college.


Viking Helmet with Horns

Katie made her first Viking helmet with wings on the side and now she makes the one with horns, just like Ruffnut and Tuffnut’s helmets on “How to Train Your Dragon.”

She started with the basic directions (found here,) but added horns instead.  She made horns with newspaper, then taped them in shape with masking tape.   They were then hot glued in place.

saturday 001

She primed with white craft paint to cover the newspaper print.

saturday 002

She selected different colors for this helmet..

saturday 006

..and made her horns two-toned.

saturday2 006

nearly finished

Knitting Lessons 009

The completed project with jewels!!

video and helmet2 004

Our House, Saturday, March 26

The YSAs in our house invited a couple of YSA friends over for an afternoon of fun and food.  Momma baked bread and made soup.


Mary is teaching Chelcy to knit.

saturday 003

Thomas found the “Pirates of the Caribbean” chess set and the boys started to play.

saturday 005

Thomas won, despite Patrick taking most of the pieces that Thomas likes to play with the most.  “Don’t you hate it when your favorite toys get taken away?”,  I asked.

saturday 006

Katie had been working on another Viking helmet and started painting today.

saturday 008

Buddy plays piano for us while all this is going on.  He challenges the winner of the chess game.

saturday2 001

Chelcy is so proud of herself, as she IS learning to knit.

saturday2 005

It is getting easier!!

saturday2 006

Katie is almost done.

saturday2 007

Thomas says, “One wrong move and you have my queen!!”

saturday2 008

“Really?  How is that?”, asks Buddy.

Knitting Lessons 015

After a while, Buddy and Chelcy play together the medley of “The Army of Helaman” and  “As Sisters in Zion.”  We filmed it on our camera, but our computer doesn’t like the file.  We’ll keep trying to put it up.

Knitting Lessons 003

Chelcy is really getting somewhere with her knitting.  Mary is thrilled with her progress. Who’s got happy girls?

video and helmet2 005

Katie’s finished Viking helmet!

Tuesday, March 8, 2011


 I found something in today's post at the Latter-Day Homeschool blog. "A 'Classic' is anything that changes, molds and influences one for righteousness."--from A Thomas Jefferson Education
I really don't care to limit myself to the "classics" to be reading a good book.  I believe there are many authors out there creating great works of good influence outside of "classics."  If I had to leave, taking only the best things with me what books, other than scriptures, would I take with me?
My list of classics are
Fire of the Covenant by Gerald Lund
The Kingdom and the Crown series by Gerald Lund
Before the Dawn by Dean Hughs
The Peacegiver by James Ferrell
Anything by Sheri Dew
Bad Girl Creek series
Harry Potter series
The Enoch Letters-Neal A. Maxwell
The Great and Terrible series by Chris Stewart
The Millennial Glory series by Wendi L Edwards

What would my children take?  something to consider for FHE

Monday, March 7, 2011

Zebra Duck Tape

Katie fashioned my Potty Mouth tool in Zebra Style this morning.  (when you use potty mouth--idiot, stupid, dumb--you have to clean the toilet)  I'm reaching the point when I can come out of the bathroom for a few hours. 

Per week.

zebra brush 001

There is a God and He loves Duck tape. And Me.


Thursday, March 3, 2011


It is a nice day out. Today I planted some flowers and will probably plant some sugar snap peas

flowers 3-3-11 001

Purple stocks

flowers 3-3-11 002

Light purple pansies

The little old man on the corner was out in his garden, today, taking stock of how things are.  When he is out and about he always graces you with a Peace Sign as you drive by.  It’s been a long winter without him.  Life is good.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Buddy’s Lego Transformer

One of Buddy’s favorite pastimes is to build transformers out of his collection of Legos.

buddy and lego 001 buddy and lego 002

Here we have his creation, which always must have a face.

leggos 001

And now the transformation begins….

  • swivel the hands in

leggos 002


  • flip the arms up and snap together

leggos 003


  • swivel armor plate up to hide face

leggos 004 


  • snap legs together

leggos 005


  • “push thighs down into legs”

leggos 006


  • push “hip bones down into legs” and we have our ship.

leggos 007

I really like the handlebars.

leggos 008 

Great job, Buddy!

And, yes, that is a tie-dye damask tablecloth underneath it all.