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And one more video,

this one so my mom in Switzerland can see how cute her granddaughter is:

"Oh How Lovely Was the Morning"

Here's Lillian playing "Oh How Lovely Was the Morning" last Sunday morning just before the Primary Program where she played for the whole congregation. It isn't perfect, but for an 8-year-old? Pretty impressive.

Tagged . . .

Katie tagged me for a me me me post, so here goes.

It is a requirement that you post these rules before you give the facts.
-You must list one fact that is somehow relevant to your life for each letter of your middle name.
-If you don't have a middle name, use the middle name you would have liked to have had.
-At the end of your post, you need to choose one person for each letter of your middle name to tag.

M -- Mother. I think this description defines me so much. My life would certainly be different if I hadn't chosen to have children, but I certainly have no regrets. My life is the one I have chosen freely for myself, and I'm grateful to be the center of our home and the center of our children's lives (at least for now -- I keep hearing that someday they'll grow up!).

E -- Excited. I get excited about silly things -- like when I get a great deal on something or when I finish a book I love or when the leaves change colors or when the weather is perfect. My latest e…

The MOM song . . .

Courtesy of my friend Carol -- substitute a few words/situations and you have my life!

For the first time in 5 years . . .

I had a daytime half an hour at the library with just ONE child!!!!!!! I felt like shouting hooray when the twins BOTH went into the storytime room and I turned around with Eliza. There were a lot of other moms around, though, and I'm not sure they would have understood my enthusiasm.

To put it in perspective, here's how many kids I've managed at storytime each week the last few years:

Last year: 4. Michael was old enough for the "big kid" storytime but refused to go. Ever try to bring 4 kids upstairs to the "study area" where all the best non-fiction books are? Needless to say, I didn't get much browsing time for myself:

2 years ago: 3. Michael old enough for storytime, wouldn't go.

3 years ago: 3. Joey would go to the big kid storytime, Michael, Sarah & Allison weren't old enough.

It was so refreshing. I honestly felt free carrying Eliza around. I brought home a dozen books JUST FOR ME -- in fact, I brought home more books for …
What I'm up to:

*My neck in laundry. I do it just once a week all at once, at least 10 loads. I know that's not how you're "supposed" to do it, but that's the only way I can ever feel finished with it. I've tried it other ways, two days a week or one load a day, but it just doesn't work for me.

*Potty-training two strong-willed girls. See last post.

*Yearbook Chair for our K-8 School. I earned this post by signing up for the committee and saying I'd chair it if no one else wanted to. This entitles me to attend those coveted PTA meetings each month. I was so excited when I got 10 people to sign up for the committee. Monday was our first meeting. Attendance: 2. Excitement gone.

*Dealing with a Frustrating School Schedule. The charter school we go to is building a new school (just a block from our house -- hooray!), but because of contruction delays we have to go to the old school (3 miles away -- grrr!). Because there is not room for everyon…

"At least I'm not potty-training a dog, too!"

That's what I thought this morning when I was visiting with a dear friend. She has five children, ages 11 months to 10 years, and recently aquired an adorable little dog named Toto. A few days ago she arrived late to a playdate earlier this week because of vague and unexplained "dog problems." And last night she attended a dog training session with her 10 year old, where she learned all sorts of tips and even picked up a free sample of a wonderful spray that you use when the dog does not use the great outdoors for its bathroom.

Then again, maybe I would have picked up some good tips? I'm working on potty-training the twins, with mostly success this time. I say "this time" because this is about the fourth time I have tried in earnest to train them, and it is a miracle it is finally getting through.

But back to my main point. I've decided that potty-training isn't for wimps (or my DH either, apparently, as he so far has managed to wriggle out of a…


My friend Carol says I should update my blog. I have neglected this thing for a long time, haven't I? Life has been unusually busy. Starting in January, I began taking care of my husband's grandmother. I would go each evening to her assisted living facility and talk with her and then help her get ready for bed. I really enjoyed the service and it continued until June 30th, when she fell and broke her hip just a few days before her only son was to return home from a three-year mission in Armenia. She's now in a rehabilitation facility and DH's dad is in charge of her care again. I still visit regularly, but not on a daily basis.

In April, DH & I took our second child, Joseph (6) and Eliza, who was 6 months at the time, on a trip around the world to visit DH's parents in Armenia. It was a fabulous trip, though hard for me to leave the other four kids at home. My brother & his wife stayed with them.

I've not had as much time for designing, but I fit…

My Girls!

I'm so blessed to have them in my life. I've been extra busy lately, but I wanted to take a small moment and update this blog. I took these pictures of the girls just before Church a bit ago and I think they turned out lovely. A & S give each other such sweet hugs and the three older girls just adore Eliza.

I've taken on a new responsibility in my life and I thoroughly enjoy it. DH's 94-year-old Grandmother has lived on her own for years in a town about an hour away. Four week ago, it was decided the time had come for her to move to assisted living in our town. The change has been very tough on her, and I've been very involved in her care. The first few weeks were pretty rough and I was checking on her several times a day and then staying with her in the evening. She had a cold, and fell once, wich didn't help matters much. I got babysitters after school nearly every day so I could be there and run errands. She has gradually adjusted to her surroundings, a…

Great New Designs

I have some great new designs out -- I've been having so much fun with designing lately:

Sweet Snow is at Scrapbook-Elements Check it out here Christmas Blessings Page Set is now at Scrapbook-Elements:
Music Doodles at Scrapbook-Elements here: are small kits sized just right for a layout or two -- and priced right too! Check out my first collection at Scrapbook-Elements here:
Holiday Doodles are just right to add a fun touch to your pages! Found at Scrapbook-Elements here: