Tuesday, March 19, 2013


 I mentioned a bit ago that we finally got enough snow to go skiing.  (Finally.)  And while later, we finally got a bunch of good, wet snow, so we could make a snowman!  Most of the stuff that we get here is all powder and fluff.  Not good for packing.  So we were thrilled that we could make snowballs and snowmen and all kinds of fun things. 

I even had a bag of baby carrots sitting in the fridge that no one was going to eat because no one at my house likes carrots (and yet I still bought them, wishful thinking I guess).  So we gave Mr. Snowman a nose and some eyes.  Ella took a little break to eat a carrot.  The cold must have been getting to her at this point.

Then we gave the snowman. . . a necklace?  A very low smile?

And I guess we put some very lopsided buttons on.  Things started getting crazy.  Meanwhile, Ella decided to lay down and try to make snow angels.

And since we had more carrots, why not put some in the back of his head, too?  Then we get to see his carroty face from our window, as well as from the street!

 A job well done.  Ella refused to stand up.  I don't blame her.  It took a lot of work to stick all those carrots in.

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Weekly Quote 3/17/13

The Weekly Quote returns!  Name that movie!  (I even gave you a hint, it's from a movie.)

Oratory Skills

A few weeks ago we got a postcard in the mail telling us Julia was giving a talk in Primary.  (I sort of can't believe that I have a kid old enough to give a talk in Primary.  But I digress.)  Julia immediately set to work drawing pictures to accompany her talk.  And then she dictated the talk to Clark, who typed it up for her. 

By the by, did you know Julia can read?  I mean, really read?  She's been learning words for a while, but she is a full on, confident READER these days.  She is reading cereal boxes and street signs and anything she can get her hands on.  She read Nate the Great to me the other day.  No joke: she's a reader. 

So, let's review.  She wrote her talk.  She drew pictures for her talk.  And she read her talk.  With minimal help from her parents.  I was BURSTING with pride.  In full disclosure, Clark did plug in the scripture at the end, but other than that, it was all Julia. 

Here we have the pictures, followed by a video of one of our practice runs.  First the text:

"When we were in heaven, God had a plan for us so we could come to earth.  He thought that would make us happy because he wanted us to go to Earth.  Then he made the Earth with water and plants and animals and trees.  Then he sent us all to Earth.  The prophet Lehi said, "men are that they might have joy."  In the name of Jesus Christ, amen."

 Picture #1: The brown dots are Heavenly Father and Jesus.  We have a yellow sun in the blue sky, and a tree, and some grass at the bottom.  I'm pretty sure this is God creating the Earth.

Picture #2: The Earth.  Signed by Julia.  The tails on her a's get a little crazy.

Picture #3: Julia, on Earth.  

 Pretty good, right?  Here's the delivery:

Proud mom, right here.