We got these little gems in the mail much to my excitement. No more baggies, lost lunch boxes, soggy food, etc..... They keep all the food seperated even if the boxes get tossed around in a backpack, oh yeah, and the kids got to decorate them themselves. Lunches will be much more fun at the Markland household, Sometimes I am such a cool mom it hurts,Man you kidletts are lucky :)
Thursday, June 30, 2011
Wednesday, June 29, 2011
Tuesday, June 28, 2011
Monday, June 27, 2011
9 Years ago today Don Juan and I got married . marrying my best friend was the best choice I ever made. I never thought on that day in 2002 that i could love Don Juan any more than I did at that instant, but oh how I do. He is my everything and I am so lucky to have him
Friday, June 24, 2011
Thursday, June 23, 2011
Wednesday, June 22, 2011
There is nothing better than eating dinner outside on the patio. food Just tastes better out there no?
Tuesday, June 21, 2011
I love my sisters. We have so much fun together even just driving in the car. I swear I almost peed my pants three times on Saturday, all while sitting in the car, all caused by something one of us said. No boys all day, just girls. it was nice.
P.S Don Juan just told me that J.K Rowling is making a big announcement Thursday June 23rd. Can we say Harry Potter Prequel? Heck yeah! Woot Woot!
Monday, June 20, 2011
Friday, June 17, 2011
Thursday, June 16, 2011
Wednesday, June 15, 2011
Tuesday, June 14, 2011
how clean is clean enough?
I would actually appreciate any and all comments here I really am wondering what other people think, and how you handle this situation in your house.
P.S even if you comment to tell me that your kids rooms are always clean and it is not an issue at all I will still consider you my friend,,,,, maybe..... Yes you will still be my friend but I cant promise I wont lock myself in the bathroom and cry about how much better of a mom you are. So if you want that on your head so be it :)
Monday, June 13, 2011
Sunday, June 12, 2011
First, the parking lot was on top of the basketball court. I knew things were going to be surprising, but I hadn't realized that I was taking something as trivial as our parking lot for granted. The family I drove with was one of the three families in the ward that owned a car. Unlike my ward back home, parking was not going to be an issue.
As we entered the building the entire Bishopric and local missionaries welcomed everyone in. It was so welcoming. So endearing.
The building was small, maybe half the size of our chapel with ceiling fans dotting the ceiling; I could hear the fans' soft hum throughout the rest meeting. Th tile floor was polished and reflective. The chapel was lined with nine rows of seven plastic chairs each. I suppose I'll never have room to complain when I don't get one of the soft relief society chairs ever again.
As scorching as the sun was outside, inside the air wad surprisingly chilly; the baray of fans kept the air moving. It was almost as if we were attending church outside; the chapel was so bright and so open.
I was amazed at the Spirit. All but one priesthood holder was wearing a white shirt. Walking in, I met Bishop Bassa. He was a short man (maybe 5'3") and grinned constantly.
(I learned he was just put in as Bishop last week due to the previos bishop stealing funds and creating a violent revolt against the Stake Presidency in sacrament meeting.)
Bishop Bassa was so proud of his ward. He loves the work. Truly loves it. Learning this was his second time being Bishop, you couldn't tell. He had the energy and enthusiasm of a rookie. Even with all of the challenges he was up against (no auxiliary presidencies, no teachers, animosity amongst families, etc.) he was still excited to start sacrament meeting. What an example he is for me. He took me around and introduced me to his family, the Stake presidency, and other members of the ward. It was so Spiritual to see someone so in love with the Lord's work.
Our first speaker was a youth speaker who was leaving on his mission the next week. He wore a traditional barone (a Filipino dress shirt with no tie) and had black hair cut very short. He looked like a missionary. His smile was infectious. Though he spoke illango, I knew his testimony was true. At one point in his talk he broke down in tears and I could feel the Spirit. I know he is going to be a strong missionary. I wish our youth could see this and feel how eager as he was to serve a full-time mission.
The Bishop spoke next--in English (which helped a ton). He spoke about the atonement and how he knows the Savior's power is real. All of the answers and concerns we have in our lives can be found in the scriptures. He spoke of Enos and how we can all relate to his struggle. We need to forgive. Forgiveness. It is a very difficult commandment to follow. The Lord will give us strength to follow this commandment.
President Comby (2nd Counselor in the Stake Presidency) spoke about Forgiveness and not being offended. He challenged everyone to read every talk from conference over the next six months. He said that forgiveness and showing one cannot be easily offended is a sign of spiritual maturity. We cannot be offended and we must forgive others or our religion is useless. The vicious tongue is the most dangerous weapon that men possess. Rather than using one finger to point at others, why mot use all five fingers to reach out and serve them.
Last, President Candari (the Stake President) spoke. Again his topic was forgiveness (clearly relating to the earlier incidents in the ward). He challenged every member to read "The miracle of forgiveness" every year. He said to follow your church leaders. Trust them. Trust the priesthood. Submit ourselves to priesthood authority and guidance of Lord. There is opposition in all things. Life is not without challenge. When we stop infecting ourselves by being offended we can submit and follow the Lord. We must forgive and we must forget. Without priesthood authority we would get lost. We will lose everything if we do not forgive and forget. Temple blessings, family blessings, even our own peace of mind is lost if we do not forgive. Whether your priesthood leader is wrong or righty, the commandment is to sustain. Those who try our patience, and require us to submit to the Lord, in the end become our best friends because without them we would not be as good as we could be. Trials will either be what breaks us or what builds us.
We closed by singing a rigorous and acapela version of "count your blessings." Clearly,that is wonderful advice for all of us to follow.
Most of all, I was amazed at how unifying the Gospel is. On the other side of the world, in a ward littered with issues much more sizable than our own, the message is still the same: love one another, follow the Lord, repent. Bishop Bassa is not discouraged though he faces incredible challenges. His passion for the work and testimony that the Lord's work cannot be frustrated is clear with every handshake and smile he freely gives. It was such an enormous testimony builder for me to see living proof that we are all Children of God and that loving thy neibor as thyself can produce miracles. I am more thankful today to have my family and live where I live. I am more thankful today to partake of the blessings of Heavenly Father. Last, I am more thankful today to know this church is true.
Friday, June 10, 2011
Hello There Sweetums. How we have just realized we could skype each other is beyond me. I love that we can see each others reactions when we chat, and tell stories only we find funny. I do not however appreciate the camera on my computer always making me look so bad. I wish it had a button that would make it so you would see me all glammed up when in all reality I am sitting here in my Jammas with my sleeping mask still on my head. Microsoft, skype or whoever, call me we can work something out, this idea is golden. This has made this horrifically long trip a little less lonely... a LITTLE less lonely so don't get any crazy traveling ideas. How wonderful is it that you got to see Kennedy's tooth come out, in the background while we were chatting? You must be so proud!
Thursday, June 9, 2011
On second thought maybe I should bribe them into the fenced backyard with a Popsicle.........
But then I would have to fold my laundry because I couldn't blame not getting it done on being worried about the kidletts out front........
Popsicles it is!
The School year is done so we had an end of the school year party for the Kidletts. Just our family nothing big, I made their favorite food ( mac and cheese ) I didn't make them eat anything healthy for the entire meal,and they all got a new book for them to enjoy over the summer.
Logan- Getting Straight A' s and reading like a champ
Kennedy- Starting to read and writing her full name correctly
Jude- Uhhh well, he is kind of potty trained. but he has started listening so much better so we highlighted that. ( got to look for the good right? )
And then we introduced our new incentive program for the kidletts
Sticker charts don't work ( plus I hate them )
Chore charts are left ignored
So....... New idea
Drum roll please......................
Don and I at all times have Markland Money with us. The kidletts get money for things like being nice to their sibling, keeping their room clean, doing their chores, helping around the house without being asked etc..... they use this money to do fun stuff, going to the movies, getting ice cream or whatever else they want to do. At the register when the clerk rings us up they pay me and then I in turn pay the clerk. Not only does it teach them to help around the house but it is amazing seeing them debate whether they want to do something based on how much money they have and whether it is worth them giving up their hard earned dough!
There are a few rules
1. They can never, never , never ask for Markland Money
2. They don't get it every time they do something good or their room is clean etc.... they never know when I will give it out so they are constantly on the ball hoping I am feeling generous
3. They lose it they lost it. No replacement money. they need to be responsible for it.
4. No Bragging about how much money they have. We need humble kidletts here.
5. If I find their money lying around It is gone. I pick it up and it goes back into the Markland Money bank.
It has been working out fantastically! the kids have been so helpful and their rooms have been clean and there has been no complaints when I ask them to do something. Don juan and I have been sure to keep some in our wallets because as we are out with he kids we have had opportunities to give them a tad for good behavior, and by not giving them the Markland money every time it is not breaking the bank, we can control how much money we want out there to possibly be "spent"
We started this to give them a fun way to be rewarded for good behavior and it amazingly has turned into a wonderful money management lesson. It is really teaching them the value of money which was an unexpected bonus!P.S If you are thinking I had a lame set up for the party I would like to mention a few things
1. I am not a domestic Goddess, cute table settings and nifty name pates are not my forte
2. This was supposed to be outside but we got an unexpected wind and thunderstorm about 5 minuted before the shin dig started
3. I am not creative when it comes to making beautiful things,I enjoy looking at them but I fall seriously short when trying to create them.