I can't believe I did this, but I actually signed up for a "student-led conference" with my middle schooler; this was in lieu of a parent-teacher conference which apparently is soooooo not progressive.
You heard me, my daughter came home on the bus and I packed her up in the car and drove right back to school with her, where she had a Google presentation all ready for me about how she's performing.
Plus, we stopped by her
You know this song? Of course you do, it plays on the radio every 30 seconds.
Phillip and I were listening to Pandora one night and this song came on (surprise, surprise) so I asked him what he thought of it.
Considering it, he said "I think about 70% of me loves 80% of you."
"Gee, thanks," I laughed.
He looked at me seriously and said, "What? Statistically, that's highly compatible."
Reasons I can't leave my toddler alone while I'm in the shower anymore:
I found our wireless computer keyboard upside down on the floor with the plastic tabs on the back broken off. When I asked what happened, I was informed that the toddler was jumping on it.
Actually, the reasons why I shouldn't shower while he's awake anymore have probably gone through the alphabet several times already, including this (see Take #2) and this.
Then again, there's this memorable shower moment courtesy of his sister, so maybe I just shouldn't shower at all anymore.
This past weekend, our family was able to just sit still for a few hours and listen to General Conference, a worldwide broadcast from our church. Church leaders spoke on different spiritual topics, and as always, as I listened I could feel my priorities sliding back into their proper places.
Can we do this every weekend?
We try to get our kids involved, too. As you can see here they paid rapt attention for several hours:
|Disclaimer: this is during the opening hymn from the choir about 30 seconds in. Our kids may not have actually looked like this the entire time.|
A few years ago I got the idea from Christina at Hands Full and Loving It to print out pictures of our church leaders and have the kids attach a treat to each picture.
When that person speaks, we pass out their treat. It's since become a tradition in our family to attach our apostle Quentin L. Cook's picture to the package of cookies. The kids call him "Quentin L. Cookies," so he's obviously their favorite now.
|Thank you, Elder Cookies.|
While they eat their treats, we all take a few notes on what that person talked about and put them in a Ziploc bag along with the speaker's picture. Throughout the next few months we periodically pull out a bag and review it at Family Home Evening (like a weekly family devotional.)
If you tuned in to General Conference this week, how does your family like to do it?
There were many great thoughts given during Conference that I hope to go back and re-read and re-watch later, but if I had to pick my favorite it would probably be this one:
The speaker is a leader of my church who is German, telling about some parallels between Jesus as the good shepherd and the destruction he witnessed as a boy during WWII in Germany. Well worth 20 minutes of your time.
And yes, since you noticed, he does look terribly good for a 75-year-old.
At recess, my 4th grader started an ongoing rap battle with a friend (according to her, it was the friend's idea). She's rapping as Darth Vader and her friend is Voldemort.
I didn't get the full details, but I think my favorite diss from Darth Vader (i.e: my daughter) to Voldemort is: "I gotta whole army, you ain't even gotta nose."
This kid is going places.
I took this photo and thought it was deserving of a caption contest. What do you think the kids are staring at in there?
Best answer gets shared at the dinner table at our house next Friday.