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Thursday, March 12, 2009


This is the face of . . . cheekiness:

Family prayers in the evenings can produce some rather interesting behavior. Here, Anders is perched atop his bunk rail like a monkey, folding his arms, waiting expectantly for us to get the show on the road.

This is the face of . . . flattery:

You know what they say, "Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery." Since half my life is spent right there in that chair (and, yes, my bum is growing a shelf), I am indeed flattered that my children find it so fascinating to "be mom." Here is Soren navigating the mouse, selecting home videos for the boys to watch together. You wouldn't believe how hard they laugh at their old selves.

This is the face of . . . insult and injury:

Soren fell off the top bunk and caught himself with his nose on the carpet. Can we say rug burn? And to add insult to injury, he claims that Anders pushed him off while his eyes were closed and he was trying to sleep. *yeah right*

This is the face of . . . serenity:

What would you do if you couldn't buy food in the stores? What if truckers went on strike or a natural disaster occurred and we couldn't rely on stores for our necessities? What if your husband or wife lost their job? Are you prepared? We aren't completely prepared, but we've finally taken the first step toward being so. This week Dan and I went to the cannery and canned three months worth of food for our four-person family. It was actually a lot of fun. Another friend from the ward, Tami, had scheduled a separate appointment at the same time. We three were the only people there and we worked out an assembly line to expedite the process and help each other out. We now have cans and cans of white whole wheat, rice, oats, beans, flour, sugar, potato flakes, and more residing underneath our recently-raised bed. The peace that comes from being prepared is phenomenal. I highly recommend it. Apparently people everywhere have been feeling the urgency of acquiring emergency essentials and food storage as our Church leaders have advised for years and years and years. In Utah, appointments for the cannery are at least three months out now. Here in San Diego, appointments have been increasing in demand and the current availability is about three weeks out where it used to be easy to call up the day of and receive permission to can. Ensign messages discussing preparedness are increasing in frequency and urgency. So what are you doing to become prepared? We've planted a garden and picked up a three-month supply of food staples. What else do we need to do? Any advice?

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K said...

I thought the dining room itself was pretty serene. We buy cases at the grocery store. We need to buy more. Or we could come and live with you? My problem is that we have so little place to put anything - no basement and a garage crammed with grown kids' stuff. But yeah. You'd rather sleep on it than starve, eh?

Marcia said...

Bravo! So glad to see you are getting your food supply. You'll be a blessing to others, especially non-LDS who don't know to do this.

Great pictures of the kids. Darling really.

Scott and Karin said...

Next up....WATER! We store ours in those huge water drums in the garage.

Liz said...

Actually, we've got two of those in our garage already. 110 gallons to be exact. Thanks. I had forgotten about our water. We're in better shape than I thought we were! :0)

Alicia said...

Love ALL the pictures. Well except the pooping horse. I guess they never get potty trained. Your little guys are so cute and very intelligent. I can't believe Soren just talked and talked with that little girl. Maybe it comes with age, but Logan hardly talks to kids. He mainly just talks to adults.