We just got home from our visit to the dentist. Clebration time….all the kids were “decay free,” says the dentist! This is so awesome! Maybe I am doing something right as a mom. Yeah, ok maybe I am bragging a little bit…sorry, but I am just so glad my kids don’t have to go through the pain I did as a child. I had way too many cavities…which meant shots in the mouth. OUCH! Maybe that’s why I don’t like candy as much as I did when I was young. I know I ate enough of it to last me two lifetimes.

Chow, Shan

Pictures Added

I added some pictures today. This blog is not as user friendly as I would like for it to be. I am sure once I get accustomed to it’s “inner workings” it will be no problem. The program just doesn’t think the way I do.

I posted a picture I took of myself with my self timer. Fortunately, my photo software was able to sharpen the image because I haven’t figured out how to tell my camera how to focus before the 10 seconds are up.

You will also see a picture of me with the kids on their first day of school last week. It was Wednesday, August 13, 2008. We treated them to a donut breakfast before taking them all to school. They were so excited to wear their new school clothes and see their friends. A did not even give me a hug. She just sat down where she was supposed to & with a huge grin on her face. I was so shocked & surprised that I just talked with some of the other moms, waved to her and I was out the door. I thought, “that was easy!” You have to understand last year at pre-k she would hug on my leg & beg me not to leave. The teachers would have to pry her away from me as she cried her eyes out. I remember when K went to Kindergarten. I had to choke back the tears as I saw my first born begin her school years. If it were not for having a very long summer, with not much time to myself, I might have found myself doing the same thing since A is our last. After I dropped the kids off to school I went to the floor store to look around & get some ideas of prices. I then rushed home to read more of Breaking Dawn. Hubby & I had a nice quiet lunch at a local Chinese restaurant, checked out progress on new home and did some grocery shopping before picking the kids up from school. All kids agreed it was a successful first day of 8th grade, 4th grade and Kindergarten!

The next photo is of Dad & kids. Every year right before school hubby gives the kids a Father’s Blessing. This is a special prayer for each child. We did this during our Family Home Evening on Monday, August 11, 2008. The kids are so still & quiet…reverent as the prayers are given and you can feel the sweet spirit of the Holy Ghost. It is a great way to start off the school year!

Today I met with the builder at our home site & spoke to the city engineer about our drainage issues. The development does not have sewer or curbs. Therefore we will have to bury a huge drainage pipe to drain the water. Anyway, I witnessed the framing crew putting up the tallest peak of our home. It is a miracle to see how they have built our home. We go almost every day so I have seen it go up little by little; but I still just marvel as I look at it. I feel blessed beyond measure.

I guess that is enough writing for today. Until next time…be grateful…it’s the secret to happiness!

I CAN read fiction!

I read 4 books in a week in a half! My days of reading just non-fiction are over!…Thanks to Stephenie Meyer and her “Twilight Saga.” I have never felt this way about a book or books before. To be honest, I probably have only read one or two fiction books in the last 20 years from cover to cover. It’s an ADD thing, ya know. All I can say is that I am thankful my friends persuaded me into reading Twilight. I bought it on August 1st and finished it on August 5th (498 pages!). I was hooked! The next day I bought the other 3 books (just as many pages or more) and spent all my spare time reading. My kids were shocked to see their mom reading a book besides the scriptures…especially a fiction book. They could not believe how fast I went through them & asked me questions about the book constantly. I was happy to oblige whenever I was not reading since I wanted to think & talk about it all the time. These characters were constantly on my mind.

I have always been a movie girl. Reading has never been a passion of mine, those of you who know me, know this. But I have never thought about a movie or characters in a movie as I have with these books. I am actually considering reading them again because I don’t want to leave this make believe world. Yes, that is how great they are!

I can not wait for the movie to come out this fall. It will be released on November 21st! I am hoping that each book will be made into a movie. If the movie is anything like the book, I will totally love it! Thanks Stephenie Meyer for giving me something awesome to read after my kids go to bed!


I finally WANT my own Blog!

I have always looked at blogs as something I just don’t have time for. I think the other reason I didn’t want one was due to the danger involved. Unfortuntely, in these latter days you have to be extremely cautious. People want to steal your identity or want to harm you or your family. Nevertheless, I finally decided the pros outweigh the cons, especially where my extended family & far away friends are concerned. I am looking at this as sort of a special “public” journal for my family & friends. I hope I can begin a new tradition by writing & posting in this on a regular basis. Honestly, I think it will save me time instead of writing endless e-mails.