Friday, January 14, 2011

Book of Testimonies

The following photos show the book of testimonies given to Ma and Pa Heywood that everyone contributed to the content of, and which Karleigh built with her own bare hands.

They love it! Feel free to add updates, additions, etc. at any time. You may also add memories, because that's what it says in the title page.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Jadon the piggy bank and his mission

[Jadon playing with his Tootsie Roll piggie bank.]

Karleigh: What are you saving your money for?
Jadon: For the billings.
Why don't you save it for something else, like a mission. Do you know what a mission is?
No, what is it?
It's where you go and talk to people about Jesus Christ.
Well, my mission is to go climb mountains and go hiking and shoot animals with my gun.
That's not a mission, that's hunting.
No, that's my mission.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

"Can you make this every time?"

Jadon and Ethan loved this. Especially Jadon. He polished off Karleigh's last third, too.
Persimmons from our Bountiful Baskets order, everything else from Winco's bulk section.

Five grain cereal (handful)
Mueslix (ditto)
Dried Cranberries
Fresh Diced Persimmon
Rolled Oats

Cooked the first two in water and salt, added the oats to help soak up a little extra water, and then added the rest.

Never had persimmons till the other day. Came with our "you get what you get" order from Bountiful Baskets (after one such order, I like it - especially coming at about 57 cents a pound for a variety of fruits and vegetables). Persimmons are lightly sweet, mild flavor, texture probably much like a fresh squash, pretty tasty. (I've since found that as they ripen, persimmons become softer and juicier)

Thursday, November 11, 2010

What does a snowman look like before fall is over?

Click photo for more.

It was after dark yesterday when we came home from a second photo shoot for Pearl Jane (after which, Jadon wanted a photo shoot of his own, photos to be posted here soon). Karleigh had run off to teach book arts, and when the rest of us got home, the boys and I played in yesterday's snow.

After putting Ethan to bed, Jadon and I made this sweet snowman, with carrot nose and frozen blueberry eyes. Raisins don't stick so well, we discovered, which is what we used the first time we made it; the top fell off the first time. That's a semicolon. Sadly, it toppled over again before Karleigh got home to see it. That's Christian's hat on its head, I've been informed.

I've discovered that to get a three year old to happily get ready for bed, without a "no", or an "I'm not tired," or an, "I want another story," to be heard of, brushing his teeth, going pee, putting on pajamas, all without complaint, is to build a snowman together, and drink hot chocolate afterward. Maybe playing at his cousin's house before all this helps, too. And having a photo shoot with him, too. Maybe the trick is wearing him out with extra wonderful attention, instead of regular old distracted, sometimes annoyed, attention.

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Happy Halloween?

Yesterday, Karleigh and the kids got caught in a hail storm during the trunk-or-treat (it's sorta like trick-or-treating, but it's not). Karleigh raced through the parking lot to get home and out of the cold. Kacie had gone with them, but Christian freaked at the storm and she bailed out early. Ethan had fun with it, sticking his hand out into the hail, beaming at the pile of candy building in his lap, but Jadon clutched the umbrella and looked none too pleased that the day he'd looked forward to for months was a cold, cold sham. He's over it now. I think. Glad I stayed home. It was cool to stand outside my door and watch the head of the storm roll in from the west just a few hundred feet over head, unleash, and clear out, over in fifteen minutes or less. Very cool.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

100% Chance of Yumdiddlyumptious

(Click for larger view.)

The 70% chance of cinnamon rolls came a day later than expected.

It was worth the wait. This may have been the finest cinnamon roll I have yet tasted (I've made some innovations). Or, perhaps that's the way it always is after a year away from them.

This is Ethan with the last mouthful of his first ever cinnamon roll. He's giving the sign for "Please", as in, "More, please." Not half an hour later as I was in the other room, and Karleigh away teaching a book arts class, it got too quiet. Ethan was sneaking seconds. Rookie, he was picking at one of the funky end pieces. Click photo for a bite-by-bite (almost) set of photos.

Jadon, playing with some leftover bit of flour. He played for at least an hour.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Sometimes They're Cute Sunday - Part III

After dinner I said, "Jadon why don't you do the dishes." His response: "Let me go get my stool."

Monday, October 25, 2010


Today's Forecast: Snow.
Tomorrow's Forecast: 70% chance of cinnamon rolls.
This is the view outside our apartment. I'd stare out the window all day if it wasn't dominated by the foreground view of the parking lot, chain link fence and telephone wires.

Sometimes They're Cute Sunday - Part II

Jadon chose what to wear to Church today. And he made a duck in nursery.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Sometimes They're Cute Sunday - Part I

Had to unclog the sink today. Afterwards, I put back the stuff underneath the sink, and Ethan helped. First, he played with them on the kitchen floor, stacking them on top of each other. The next time I need to occupy him for half an hour I know what toys to get out for him.

Okay, okay, okay, they're pretty much almost always cute. Sometimes.

Snow Swimming

Took Jadon to the pool at Snow yesterday, and he swam for an hour forty-five minutes. He loved it. Even with the thirty girl scouts there. He outlasted me by forty-five minutes, because at about an hour into lazily swimming about, it wasn't feeling warm anymore, so I got out and watched from poolside. His only other pool experience had been his grandma and grandpa Heywood's unheated pool, so he was loving how warm it was.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Jadon Reads the Scriptures

Tonight, after finishing our scripture reading time, Jadon said "I want to read a scripture without you helping me read. I can read it myself."

Daniel said " Show me."

So Jadon got out his Book of Mormon and turned it to a place in Mosiah and started to read(word for word):

"And I spoke unto my father and upond these plates and I made these plates for God and I supposed the pond."