Started the day with a fun idea. I wrote out a few activities, games, & fun things to do on strips and folded them up and put them into a bucket -- the bucket o' fun. Then each hour the boys got to choose something from the bucket and we did it. 10:00 - play Pop up Pirate. 11:00 - play Loopin' Louie. 12:20 - have a parade. But then it was time for Anna's nap, so that game got put aside.
We had hamburgers for dinner and Scott majorly burned 3 of his fingers on a burner that said "off" but was actually on high. (A small assembly error that we quickly corrected). He's got some pretty big blisters on his fingers now.
General Conference! I love general conference weekend. In the past, though, as I try to pay attention to the speakers I get so annoyed by all the noise the kids generate. So this year we put our little tv/dvd player in the boys' room, started them on Star Wars, and shut the door. It worked magically for both sessions. Although, now their room stinks to high heaven. Why are boys so smelly? I'm washing their sheets today and the window is open to air things out. Let's hope it works.
In the morning session I sooo enjoyed Elder Holland's talk (he's always my favorite). He spoke about our words and how we should be careful with how we use them. Examples included the verbal and emotional abuse that can occur from a husband to his wife. Then speaking to women he said that we have such angelic, gentle voices by nature -- but to hear them become shrill is not very becoming. He also commented on gossip and caddyness -- things that we should not use our words for. He addressed the words we speak to our children -- that we should uplift & encourage them, everything we say should be constructive and never to call them things like fat, lazy, stupid, etc. because those words will leave an imprint on our children forever. And finally the words we use when speaking to ourselves -- we shouldn't think negatively of ourselves.
I really enjoyed hearing the Tabernacle Choir sing. "Come Thou Fount" was absolutely beautiful -- gave me goosebumps. That is such an amazing song. I always wonder why it isn't in the hymnbook.
In the afternoon I enjoyed Bonnie Parkin's talk (sad to see her released from the general RS Presidency -- she is amazing). She spoke on gratitude -- gratitude is an expression of our faith, and lots of other good thoughts. And it was pretty cool to see conference back in the tabernacle for just one session as they did the rededication -- definitely one of those historic moments in church history.
5:00 -- the clothespin game from the bucket-o-fun. Have you ever played this before? Basically you stand or kneel over a bowl or jar (depends on the degree of difficulty you want) . . . put the clothespin to your chin and drop it and try to get it into the bowl. oober-simple, mildly entertaining, and gets your kids to concentrate on the task at hand.
I can already tell you what we'll be doing. Watching more general conference.
And hooray! Spring break is over! I'm anxious to get back to our routine and to ship these boys out for a few hours each day.