Warning: Reading these musings may cause the reader to wonder, ponder health, mental or spiritual matters, scratch their head, be informed yet gain zero useful information or breakout in laughter. All thoughts are the property of my pea sized brain. All the information is as true as I beleive it to be... as I walk the journey of "releasing with a vote of thanks" my fat cells for a job well done.
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This past week was lots of fun! Kimber, Ben and Ray came to visit! Ben is super silly. He can do lots of things now that he didn't do when the moved away. He says lots of new words. He climbs everything. He can control a remote control car. He can eat an apple a day. He really likes Curious George. He loves to play with Lilli... not not so much with the rest of us.
They all arrived on Wednesday night and stayed through Sunday afternoon.
We had spent most of the day making pies and cleaning up rooms to switch people around.
Thursday was spent cooking food and cleaning up messes before the BIG dinner in the late afternoon... and Kimber, Ben and Ray went over to the Jessops' house for hair cuts. Ben was not impressed with hair cuts.
John was a big help. I needed it. For some reason my neck and shoulders seized up. I could hardly move. He worked like a champ and got the turkey in the oven and the potatoes peeled. Hannah helped make the deviled eggs. We made a tons of those... not because we like them, but because our chickens are producing eggs like gang busters (although, I did go to eat one today and there were no eggs to be found!)
Yvonne, Isaac and Jacob came for dinner too. They brought ham, sweet potatoes, green beans, and some pies.
The day was fairly relaxing with most of us on a computer of some sort, doing what we do best.
... and we even watched football and the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade.
... late in the afternoon we all went to the movies. The majority of us went to see Frozen. It was super cute. I really enjoyed the music in it. The three teens (Jacob, Hannah and Chad) went to the Catching Fire movie. They said it was ok, but that the end made them laugh.
We came home from the movies and the kids all stayed up and played board games. Sadly, Isaac went to the ER that night. Turns out he had pancreatitus and gall stones. He stayed in the hospital until today. He even had surgery on Sunday. Thankfully, he is on the mend. Meanwhile, Friday Hannah and Lilli went over to the beach with Yvonne and Jacob. Kimber and Ben stayed around us at home. John cleaned up the yard a bit and canned a ton of chicken. I worked on Christmas stuff and tried to get me back and neck to relax.
Saturday I got in to see a new to me chiropractor. He was able to help me out a bunch. Kimber and I also went shopping for fabric with Yvonne. Sticker shock! Those fabric stores can be spendy! We also played more games and watched movies at home. Because Isaac was in the hospital, Yvonne and Jacob hung out most of the weekend at our house.
We also participated in the Community Messiah Sing-a-long. Hannah sang in a small group from the high school. I ran all the tech stuff. John sang as one of the Three Kings. I also sang "Refiner's Fire" from the Messiah. Then we all sang in the Messiah choruses as well. It was kind if fun. I do have to admit, I was a little worried because I've developed a ton of chest congestion. I was worried I wouldn't be able to make it through that very difficult song. But I did.
Sunday was also exciting because Lilli and I spent the morning in Urgent Care. She was hanging off the bunk bed talking to Hannah and lost her grip. Hannah wasn't able to push her back onto the bed so Lilli fell to the floor. She landed funny on her hand. Hannah did some first-aid and in the morning it seemed pretty clear that we needed to get an x-ray.
It turns out that a little bone in her wrist may have a compression fracture. However, it is a small bone and it was pushed up into her hand funny, so there wasn't a clear picture of the damage. They decided it would be "better safe than sorry" and put her in a fiberglass splint and sling for the next 10 days. The theory is that in 10 days mending would be easily detected if there was a break and than a cast could be prescribed. If there was in fact, no break than no harm done. At the very least she has a severe sprain. Truth is, that is worse in my book. it's hard to completely heal those peaky ligaments. At any rate, she is working this injury. She is left handed and she has wounded her left arm, so she thinks she should get out of school.
other big news... Hannah learned to make rolls. They look great and I hear they taste pretty good too!
... and those silly seminary students of mine added a few pictures to my phone. I had passed my phone around to get everyone's cell phone so I could text everyone if Seminary was cancelled. They decided that i needed a few more pictures.
According to the Prophet Joseph Smith, “the title-page of the Book of Mormon is a literal translation, taken from the very last leaf, on the left hand side of the collection or book of plates, which contained the record which has been translated, the language of the whole running the same as all Hebrew writing in general; and that said title page is not by any means a modern composition, either of mine or of any other man who has lived or does live in this generation” (History of the Church, 1:71).
That means it’s scripture too! That is why today I start my Book of Mormon study with the title page.
I am part of the House of Israel. My children and their children are a part of the House of Israel. This Book is written for me and for them.
I love that the Title page declares that this book is a “gift”… now this book I am marking will become a “gift” for my grandson. How cool is that? I feel like Nephi, writing my testimony of Jesus Christ and of the gospel plan as I study God’s word so …
I have noticed a ton of resistance to dress codes in schools. I have something to say... get over it.
A dress code is not about body shaming. It is not about control. It's not about taking away individuality. The dress code is not about making social divisions. It is not about taking away individual rights.
A dress code is about keeping a professional environment where real work happens. Contrary to popular belief, woman don't get to wear whatever they want when ever they want in "the real world."
Every profession has some kind of dress code. Nurses, doctors, real estate brokers, vets, and even McDonald's workers have a dress code. Even farmers and day labors wear clothing appropriate to the work they do. School is a professional environment where the student's "job" is to be the student - to learn - and the teachers' job is to open the possibilities in young minds and to create an environment where people - all people - can learn. Th…
Today may be the last day of the year, but it was the first day of the month around the Boyack house. Today was Once-a-Month-Cooking day. The funny thing is that it usually ends up lasting longer than a month. Our last big cooking day lasted from September to now. The thing is, I don't always pull from the freezer. Weekend we cook from scratch. However, with my voice lessons in late afternoons and sometimes play practice or performance I am too tired to think about dinner. Making dinner ahead saved me so much money from September to Christmas that I was able to pay for half of Christmas from the savings from the food budget. Plus, we had much healthier meals!
After collecting which recipes we wanted to make, and making a shopping list, John headed to the store around noon. We started the cooking and assembly around 1:00 and ended all the cooking by 7:00. In that time we made 35 dinners. We have the fix-in's in the cupboard to make 15 more quick and easy meals. We …