"He is there not only when we cry out from the burden of sin but also when we cry out for any other reason." -Bruce D. Porter

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Alex Playing School

I got a little video of Alex.  Everyday after he gets home from school he heads to his room and plays school.  I can't remember a day when he doesn't!

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Kindergarten Checkup

Today we took Karsten to get his Kindergarten Checkup at the pediatric clinic at Walter Reed.  Thankfully, Karsten has no medical history, so it was a pretty quick appointment.  Unfortunately for Karsten, we had some shots to get.  He was pretty good about it.  He cried a tiny bit, but was over it pretty quick.  Karsten weighs 41.5 pounds and is 41 inches tall.  He's only in the 12th percentile for height.  Not sure whose genes he's got or if he'll have a growth spurt later on in life. His sight is great and his hearing is great.  The nurse was so patient with him as he wanted to see if he could keep reading the eye chart as it got smaller and smaller.

Ok, this is something I need to add to my list of funny stories about the kids, but I'd thought I'd share it here first.  A few weeks ago I told the kids the story of Samson and Delilah from the Bible, you know the story about Samson's strength and then he finally gives in and tells Delilah where his strength comes from and she betrays him and cuts off his hair?  Well, yesterday I was telling Karsten that he needed a haircut.  He turns to me and says, "I don't want my hair cut, I want to be strong."  I knew what he was talking about and thought it was cute but had to ask him anyway what he was talking about.  He says, "You know, that story you told us?"  He's such a funny guy!

Monday, May 17, 2010


Tonight for our activity for Family Home Evening, we played sardines.  For those of you would don't know how to play sardines, basically it is the opposite of Hide-and-Seek.  In sardines, one person hides, and then everyone goes and finds them.  When you find them you hide with them!  You don't want to be the last one left wandering the dark house!  Oh, did I mention that you are suppose to turn all the lights in the house off as well?  So fun!  My family knows all about this game!  I think Sandra and Dennis taught us how to play Sardines.  Anyways, Dane is so funny to play with.  He walks into a room and asks, is anyone in here?  Then he leaves.  Like anyone is going to tell him they're hiding in there?  When I was "it", Kate found me first and everyone was wandering around looking for a while.  I could hear Dane and Karsten coming and they finally came into the room we were hiding in and then Dane says real loud, "I found them, wait, no I didn't", realizing he wasn't suppose to tell everyone else where we were at. We were trying so hard not to laugh!  Luckily, a few of the others hadn't heard him, so we weren't given away.  And then when it was Dane's turn to hide, Todd decided to trick everyone because the kids wouldn't stop following him, so Todd hid in the shower and all the kids started hiding there with him and I joined them and then we were like, "where's Dane?" and Todd just started laughing at us.  It was fun.

Sunday, May 16, 2010


 Every other Sunday Todd only stays for Sacrament meeting because he has worked the night before and has to work Sunday night as well.  So today after church, the kids had to stay with mom during choir practice.  Now for the Alex part.  Alex, Alex, Alex.  Sometimes you just have to shake your head and let him do what he's doing.  One of Alex's favorite things to do is organize the hymn books in the pews.  A Spanish ward meets after our ward, so we also have Spanish hymn books.  Each book holder gets one Spanish hymnal and two English hymnals, and of course the Spanish hymnal must sit in between the two English.  Alex usually just straightens the books in each row while mom's in choir practice.  Well, today he decides to take every single hymnal out of their holders, and pile them up on the back bench.  I have no idea why.  By the time all the books have been removed, choir is over.  But Alex hasn't finished his organizing yet!  So we sit and wait for him to put all the hymn books back.  He doesn't want any help because it has to be just so.  Well, it was already after 1 p.m. and I knew he was hungry.  So when 1:30 was rolling around, we got him convinced that it was ok for Kate and Emily to help, but only if they placed the hymn books correctly.  Those OCD tendencies he has are so funny.  He is sweating bullets and I know he's starving, but he's got to get the hymn books placed just right.  I see this as a great calling for him in the future.  He even wanted to bring one of the hymn books home that had fallen out of it's cover so he could fix it!  Patience, we are definatley learning patience.