Winston Churchill

Friday, July 30, 2010

Grateful to be a Mom

Wow, where has July gone?  I could swear that the 4th was just last weekend and yet here we are at the end of the month already.  So, I'm one of the Relief Society teachers in our ward and it was my turn to teach this last Sunday.  The lesson was on Mother's teaching their children which is a topic I've had some experience with (I was so happy about that!)  I've only been a teacher since last December.  This was my 5th time teaching and I'm still trying to get used to it.  I'm fine with teaching children and even the youth but for some reason, teaching adults is very intimidating to me. 

Anyway, in preparing for this lesson, I was able to think back through all my experiences as a mother and all that being a mother has taught me over the years.  I think I've probably learned more from my children than I've taught them.  How wise Heavenly Father is to let us learn through our experiences.  I've always been better with hands on teaching rather than lectures anyway.  I guess in my ramblings here what I'm trying to say is that I'm so grateful to be a mom and for all the trials and joys involved with being a parent. 

I have to give kudo's to Brad as well - he's so loving and supportive.  He's been great over the last 7 months - offering me words of encouragement when I felt overwhelmed with this calling and helping me with my lesson preparations.  He has such great insight.  He'll read through the lessons and ask me a few questions or make a few comments about the topic and I'm off and running with ideas - things I never would have thought of on my own.  Thank you Brad for all you do to help me and enrich my life.  I don't know what I'd do without you and our wonderful boys.  You guys are my treasures and I'll be eternally grateful to Heavenly Father for guiding us to meet when we did and blessing us with three amazing boys who inspire me to try and be my best.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Rock Shapes

Last week we went to Lake Powell for our 2nd trip this summer. Winston made a game of looking for shapes in the rocks and on the 2nd day of our trip while we were boating up the Escalante arm, he suddenly called out, "Hey, there's a finger!"  At first, I couldn't see what he was looking at, but then I saw it - a shape on the rock that looked like someone holding up their pointer finger.  So we pulled over and took a picture while Winston happily posed in front of what he'd found.  

What a clever little guy he is - not to mention observant!

Monday, July 5, 2010

First Primary Talk

Yesterday, Winston gave his first talk in Primary. He loves to get up in front of people - our little man is not shy, in fact he loves the attention.  He's already given the prayer and a scripture and thoroughly loved it.  Needles to say, he was so excited to give his first talk.   I helped him put together some things to say about Zack and Bo - his missionary brothers and how they're teaching the gospel and helping the people where they are.  For his props, I made a German flag and a Japanese flag to hold up.  On Sunday morning while we were getting ready for church, Winston found one of Bo's old ties in his closet and just had to wear it for his talk.  He did such a good job and was so proud to talk about his brothers and their missions.  Here are some pictures of Winston holding the flags and wearing Bo's old tie.  Way to go Winston.  We're so proud of you!

Sunday, July 4, 2010

A 4th of July to Celebrate

We had our annual 4th of July picnic party at my Mom's yesterday.  It was complete with a water fight for the kids and Winston had a ball.  He loved squirting his cousins and was a good sport about getting squirted.  We enjoyed lots of great food and time with my family.    Winston loved the water so much he stayed in the wadding pool until his teeth were chattering but he kept insisting that he wasn't cold.  He's such a boy!  Here's a link to make a cake like the one shown above.  Time to enjoy some fireworks with the neighbors.  Have a happy 4th of July!