Month: May 2012

Happy Mother’s Day!

 - by Brittny

Happy Mother’s Day to all you mothers out there! I’m so grateful for the opportunity I have to be a mother, and for the cute little boys I am privileged to raise and a wonderful husband who supports me in this endeavor.  I feel truly blessed.

I woke up yesterday morning to find these on our kitchen table –

I guess Eric knew better than to think that he would be up as early or earlier than me so he left some presents for me out on the table with notes.  On the left is a questionaire that we had Sam fill out with questions about me (more on that later), in the middle is a shirt that says Mom in binary and on the right is a docking station for my smartphone.  I’m especially excited about the docking station because it makes it so my phone becomes a bedside clock at night.  This is useful because we have a rule that Sam is not allowed to come into our room before 7am, but once 7am hits I’ll often let him climb into bed with us in the hope that I can get some more sleep while he snuggles with us.  He’d been pretty good about this rule for awhile but over the past few weeks he’s started coming in around 6am and climbing in bed – meaning I’m getting even less sleep than usual (I blame the sun coming up earlier).  If I can easily turn and see the time then it’s easy for me to say, “no Sam, it’s not 7 yet, go back to bed”.  Unfortunately recently it’s been too difficult to get to my phone to check the time and I’ll let him into bed only to find out an hour later that it’s STILL not 7am.  Anyways, excited to be able to use that :)  Thank you Eric for the sweet gifts, they will be put to good use!

Since it was Sunday we of course had church.  Our Elders & High Priest Quorums had organized to take over all the auxiliaries for the women so we could attend Sunday School and Relief Society.  I was very impressed with my Eric for signing up for 2 different assignments – teaching the 10 & 11 year olds during the 2nd hour of church, and helping in the nursery during the 3rd hour of church!  It made me once again proud to be married to the kind of man who is willing to pitch in and do his part (and even above and beyond) to help serve others.  I’m a lucky woman to have him :)

During the second hour of church it was probably a little bit busier for me than usual since I’m the Primary Secretary.  Just with making sure the men knew who was in their class, checking that every class was covered, kids accounted for etc.  Eric was going to take Daniel into his Sunday School class that he was teaching but Daniel got hurt a few minutes into class and so we ended up in the mother’s lounge to nurse him a little bit.  That was ok since I had intended to stay near the primary during that hour to make sure things went ok for sharing time.  Plus, it was really fun to watch Brother Peters and Brother Knudsen running the sharing time and singing time.  They mentioned how hyper the kids were and I just laughed – the kids were actually behaving much better for the men than they did usually!  It was funny to see the difference in perspective.   It was also interesting to see the difference in how the men ran the primary from how the women run it.  One thing I noticed was that everything was a competition and they had to have prizes and winning and losing was a big deal.  I don’t think I’ve ever seen those kinds of competitions on a normal Sunday!  Not that one way is better or worse, but it’s just interesting to see the different approaches.  I’ve read a few books recently about the differences between men and women in their brain development and communication so I always find it fascinating to see those differences at play.  (For those of you who are interested some of those books were – The Male Brain, The Female Brain (both by Louann Brizendine), and Eve & the Choice Made in Eden by Beverly Campbell)

During the third hour Eric took Daniel so I could go to Relief Society.  That was a real treat.  On a week by week basis I don’t feel like I’m missing out in not getting to go to Relief Society, I really love my calling and the people that I serve with and wouldn’t give that up.  But I love going to Relief Society and it felt so good to be back in there again, even just for a week.  I have a feeling men don’t need Priesthood meeting quite like women need Relief Society.  There’s just something so energizing and renewing about just being there amongst the women of our ward that isn’t present anywhere else.  I just want to say a huge THANK YOU to all the men in our ward who pitched in so that the women could spend that time together in Relief Society.  It was appreciated more than you’ll know.  And especially a huge thank you to my own Eric for all that he did both in relieving teachers and taking our Daniel.

After church we went up to Eric’s sister Katrina’s house for dinner with his family.  Sam was in heaven just being up with his cousins.  It’s so nice to have such wonderful family, and especially to have them so close!  When I was growing up, and even up until the past few years, I always expected and desired that when I had my own family we’d live far away from our families.  Now however I just wish we lived closer to more family than we do. What a blessing to be able to see your family frequently and spend time building those most important relationships.  What a silly desire to want to be off on our own!

So as I mentioned at the beginning of this post we gave a questionaire to Sam with questions about me that he was supposed to answer.  We also gave him the same questionaire to answer about his grandmas.  I typed up the answers and thought you might enjoy seeing them here.  One of the most fun parts (in my opinion) is comparing Sam’s answers for each person. Here’s his responses –

Answers about Grannie- Eric's mom

Answers about Bobo - Brittny's mom

Answers about his mom

So at first it looks really nice that Sam thinks I only weigh 60 pounds… until you consider that he thinks his grandmas weigh between 2 and 5 lbs.  That means that he thinks I’m approximately 12-30 times heavier than his grandmas… thanks Sam :P  I really just enjoyed doing this exercise with Sam, I tried not to edit his answers but just type whatever he said, regardless of how much sense it made.  Hopefully I’ll remember to do this again next year so we can see if his responses have changed.

Before I wrap this post up I just want to express my thanks to our mothers for all they have done and still do to help mold us into the people we are today.  The longer I’m a mother the more impressed I am with the remarkable women who raised us and the time, effort and sacrifices that they made on our behalf.  I hope to one day be the kind of mother they are.

Sam’s Vain Repetitions

 - by Brittny

On Saturday we were talking with Sam about going to nursery and he mentioned that the other kids tell him no to praying. Sam is extremely articulate for his age and I would imagine that he frequently volunteers to give the prayer in nursery. I would imagine that the other kids might not appreciate his prayers as much as we do at home. Sam says a lot of the same things over and over in his prayers and we find it amusing what his unique vain repetitions are.  I thought I’d take a minute to record some of these here:

  • Thank you for Mommy & Daddy that they should go on a date this morning and Grannie and Grandpa that they should go on a date too –  We’re not sure how this started but every prayer Sam says includes this line.  I especially love that he’s not just praying that we *will* go on a date, but thankful that we *did* go on a date (even though Eric and I pretty rarely go on formal dates).  I also enjoy the fact that Eric and I apparently need help in this area, as do his parents, but my parents are doing just fine.  Good job Mom & Dad :)  Maybe Sam is just reinforcing John Wooden’s quote – “The best thing a father can do for his children is to love their mother.”  Recently when we’ll ask him to say the prayer he will first protest “I can only do ones with Grannie and Grandpa in them”, which we tell him is great, we love his prayers with Grannie and Grandpa in them.
  • Please bless Daniel that he can be a good example to his baby brother – I guess Daniel has a baby brother that we don’t know about (!?)  I’m pretty sure this came about because we’ve before prayed for Sam that he could be a good example to his baby brother.  Every so often Sam changes it and prays that Daniel can be a good example to his big brother
  • Please bless this food that it will give us the nourish and strengthen us – For those of you who aren’t really familiar with Mormon culture I should explain.  Normally when someone is giving a prayer prior to a meal they will ask for a blessing over the food.  Often that involves using the phrase “please bless this food to give us the nourishment and strength that we need” or “please bless this food to nourish and strengthen us.”  I guess Eric and I have used each of these phrases frequently enough  that Sam has mashed them into a single phrase.  The best part is he will say this even if we aren’t sitting down to eat anything!
  • Please bless daddy that he can travel home safely – Again, this is said pretty much in every prayer, even if Sam is sitting on Eric’s lap, clearly negating the need for Eric to travel home safely, although we are not ungrateful for the added blessing of safety the next time he is away from us :)
That pretty well sums up the items that routinely make it into Sam’s prayers.  The other thing that’s really funny is that whenever Sam is praying he switches to a really sweet, high-pitched intonation and cadence.  It totally cracks us up.  Here are some other things that Sam has prayed for before that haven’t made it into his regular lineup but we enjoyed nonetheless –
  • Please bless that we can go to Grannie and Grandpa’s and Bobo’s, and Uncle Mike’s and eat food and rice and that we can watch Rio and do good things today – Too bad we weren’t able to do all those things , that would have made for a fun day!
  • Please bless Daniel, to nourish and strengthen us – We laughed about this one for days.  Evidently Sam was taking to cannibalism and Daniel was going to be the first to go!
  • Thank you that I am Superman – This was just last night.  Sam had gotten some new Superman pajamas and was wearing them while saying his prayers.  This was just such a cute way to phrase it and we loved it!
  • Thank you for headphones and hot dogs and Aunt Tay Tay – This is an old one and I’ve posted about it before, but I think it bears repeating.  Taylor was just honored that Sam was as thankful for her as he was for headphones and hot dogs – that’s high praise from Sam!

I’m sure there’s lots of other things I could post about that Sam has prayed for in the past, but that’s all I can come up with off the top of my head and from a search through my GMail/Google Talk history.  We sure like this kid and his awesome personality.