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Because the sun is shining today

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and the wind is blowing a lot kinder than it was last night, I am going to share some things.

This is my mr. and little mr. j, recently blowing out the candles on one of their birthday cakes.  Can you guess which one?  (Hint: look at the smoke--it makes me laugh--we had to open the windows.)

These are all the fourth graders lined up to stake their claim at the annual Land Run at our school. Little mr. b and two awesome friends did some stratigerizing and got that prime stake right in front.  I was so proud and then we sat down and ate our picnic lunch.
For more information on the Oklahoma Land Run, watch this: and fyi-if my dog was a horse, it would be Tom Cruise's and if I punched her, it would break my hand and there were no big accidents today like on this video, I did see one child in a red shirt take a tumble, and the red head Nora and her husband are Sooners. Oh, and no fourth graders were shot, thank goodness.





This is miss s, who is getting a lot of that beautiful hair cut off to…

What do you want to know?

Alright-here's a question for you.
What do you want to know?

Maybe I know.
Maybe I can find the answer.

So, what is vexing your versing?

Big Life Lesson

This one's a doosey.
I learned it early in life.
I used to not like it.
I have accepted it.
And I am at peace.

Life is not fair.

It never has been & probably never will be.
All one can do is deal with it.

Sunday School

Today I learned (again) that even though I am wiped out, I really shouldn't take long naps because then I will be wired at bedtime. Will I use this wisdom in the future?  I don't think so.

Really, it was a great Sunday.
Great talks in Sacrament meeting and then I got to substitute in mr. b's Primary class.  After that, a great Relief Society lesson.

In Primary, the lesson used the story of Jacob and Esau to teach how our values effect our choices (and although is didn't state it--the consequences of our choices).  Esau sold his birthright for some dinner.  He must have been really hungry.  Satisfying hunger = temorary value, keeping birthright = eternal value.
We make choices everyday.  I think I'm going to think more about where my choices are coming from this week.

In Relief Society, out lesson came from a general conference talk given last Novemeber by Elder D. Todd Christofferson.  When I read it last night (woo hoo-I actually read the lesson in advance for onc…

A Perfectly Natural Thing to Do

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Find this "child's favorite chair" here.
While out and about today, I saw something funny. And I think you will get a chuckle out of it, too.
After shopping at a deptarment store that sells chocolate milk, yet-not the dreaded WM, I was unloading the new supplies in the back of my vehicle and as habit has it, I was surveying the area. (I like to know what's going on around me.)
A row over, with it's open hatch facing me, was parked a mini SUV. A little girl, probably 4 or 5 was standing inside the back. She pulled down her bottoms and sat on something. Quickly, I looked away. And giggled. Because, I haven't a qualm about public restrooms, but baring it all in public is truly a brave concept to me. That child will probably never have stage fright.
And then I thought about the consequences of having a full potty in the back of my vehicle with all my new supplies. Eww, yuck. But then I found this:

Find a portapotty here.
I hope they had one of these.
And then. because I found th…

Monday, Monday on Thursday

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Monday my high school driver came home from school early feeling ill.

Monday I went to the gym, bought dog food & ran another errand that I can't remember.
We did mr. j's "learning" and loads of laundry.
Then little mr. j and I finished planting the rest of the petunias that didn't get planted Friday because it started raining.

So, tired and proud of my work, I got in the shower to prepare for the chaos that comes after 3:30pm on weekdays.
And as I step out of the shower, the phone rings.

"Mom, are you going to pick me up?"
And my missions accomplished pride quickly deflated.
Out of all I did, I forgot one very important "to do."
Naked me said, "I'll be right there."
I forgot that I needed to pick up my other high school daughter, who does not drive.
Monday, Monday.
I'm just glad I remembered to get dressed before stepping out to get her.

The Dog (part 2)

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Talk of the dog not being part of our family has gone by the wayside, much to the relief of two young people living at our house. (You might not have even known that talk was going on, but it was.)
A friend came over and said, "Your dog feels ostracized." Oh, the enlightenment. 
So, certain children have been paying her more attention and it looks like it is working. Thank goodness. Her, the dog's not my friend's, behavior has really improved with the attention now being given.
I guess this dog's a lot like me.  Ok for awhile, but if ignored for too long goes a bit crazy.

So, don't feel obligated, but it's ok if you leave comments on this thing sometimes. 
Just a little "hi" or something's great. 
I know there are a couple of you reading out there.
Sometimes I just feel a little alone.

Me, the bad mom

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Item can be found here. (We totally didn't pay that stated price.)
Some days, I just don't do a good job at being a mom.
For example:
A couple of evenings ago, I took little mr. j out on a shopping excursion, because he was in need of some new shoes. Whilst at the shopping emporium, I remembered an event he was scheduled to attend in two days. A big event. A birthday party for a friend.

So proud of remembering, I said, "Hey, let's go get a gift for your friend."
He was so precious trolling the toy isles. He decided on an awesome car related gift (of course). And he proceeded to carry the thing all around for the rest of our shopping trip. And home.

He also stated that he really, really wanted one of these things.

When we got home, he wanted to immediately show his dad the prize.
He went in and I brought all our "stuff" in. (Because when one is shoe shopping at such a vast emporium, it is really easy to remember all the things one has forgotten one &quo…

Sunday School

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Gospel Library iTunes ap
In case you missed it, the link above is apparently awesome.  (According the my mr.)
Especially if you are asked to substitute Primary or Sunday School last minute and have the technology.
It's approved and official and everything is on it.

Maybe someday I will really know.
For now, I will have to go by faith.
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This is an after church post edit.
Our congregation's meeting time has changed from 8:30am to 8:00am, due to parking lot issues for the congregations that follow us.
I've been of the mind that 8:30am is pretty early to begin with.
This shall be interesting.

Oh

Tonight I have learned that I need a cat and an iPad.

Playing Possum

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Picture and a load of information about possums can be found here. (information like --poop, prevention & their legal status--very important stuff)
I've been lying low of late. Maybe even playing possum.

Here's where we become versed on that saying.  The following comes from the website linked above.  You should visit. It's awesome possum.

“Playing Possum”
Figure 5. (The picture above)  When caught out in the daylight with little chance of escape, or when attacked, the opossum will “play possum.”


The opossum is a slow runner and when threatened will usually growl, hiss, and bare its teeth or try to escape by climbing the nearest tree. However, when caught out in the daylight with little chance of escape, or when attacked, the opossum will “play possum.” This is a surprisingly effective defense commonly seen in insects. In such cases the opossum will fall on its side, curl its body, open its drooling mouth, and excrete droppings—all to give the appearance of being dead.


Happy Easter

Early Sunday School

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Picture from here.
Two Sundays a year, I get to go to church in my pajamas!  It's great.
And because I live in the Central Time Zone, I get to sleep in too! Woo hoo!
Because you see, two Sundays a year, our regular meetings are not held and we have the opportunity to hear the things God wants us to know right now.  Kind of like modern day scripture being given over the pulpit.
We get to stay home (because technology is so awesome) and listen to some wonderful counsel.

I belong to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  I believe we have a living prophet here on this earth.  The messages he and the other people will be giving at this spring's "General Conference," are pertinent to our situation in the world right now.  The messages are usually directed at the members of the Church, but I think everyone who might or can hear these messages will profit.

To find out broadcast times & get an audio or video stream of this, click here.
Also, if you get KBYU on …