Saturday, October 31, 2009

Halloween eve

Well, Halloween started a little early for the Singer kids. On Halloween eve they had no school (Nevada Day). They were invited to their friends halloween party, so naturally they went. They had food, games, prizes, and who can forget, CANDY! The kids all had a "screamin'" good time. I didn't have my camera since the battery was dead and I left it home to charge. I hope to get pictures from my friend who took some. Then, we came home and I made cornbread for the ward "fall festival". The kids played video games, since they finished their chores earlier that day and there was only 2or3 hours before we had to go to our next party. Anyway, the ward party was fun and a lot of people came. (We actually had to put out more tables and chairs.) We ate first, all kinds of chili, chowders and soups. Delicious! and cornbread and other side items that go with those things. Yum! Then, they started the trunk r' treating, or should I say trick r' treating, since it was indoors. The kids had their fill of candy for one day, (or for one year). But they still went to bed o.k. so I guess they didn't have too much. When we got home I took each of their candy bags and emptied them into a big glass jar while they were getting ready for bed. They weren't happy about that, but oh well. I wasn't happy about it either when my mom did it when I was a kid. It doesn't mean it is not a good idea, though right?! Here are some pictures of the kids in their costumes....Dallin was such a good sport this year. He wanted to be a Quittich seeker
but I ran out of time and made this target costume for him. He also let Calvin and his friends
try to "get the target" with their play guns and swords at one of their parties. Calvin wanted to be snake eyes, but settled for a ninja.
I also ran out of time and already had the stuff for a ninja.
He is always easy to please.
He loved being a ninji.
(He bought the sword with his own money.)Elsa is all about pink. She wanted to be supergirl in pink.
She made a pretty cute one don't you think?
Even with striped leggings (which she picked out), good thing too
because the costume ended up a little too short.
My favorite part of it is the "S".All month all Abby talked about was how she was going to be
a gingerbread girl for Halloween. I'm probably biased, but she is
one very cute gingerbread girl!
(BTW - The pink/brown outfit is the original outfit.
She got it wet, so she had to change her
outfit to the green/flower one.) Which is cute too.This the girls decorating their treat bags.
Yes, Papa we found yet another use for your bags.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

It's about that time

Yeah it's been quite a long time since I posted. I'm sorry that I've put it off for so long.
October has been a busy month for us. The first weekend was the craft/yard sale at the kids elementary school, which I found out after Clint and I decided and paid for the lot to sell our checkerboards, etc.,, that Clint had plans already that weekend to go mountain biking with the scouts. So..... I invited my sister and Mom to come and help me. Well, they decided to come, with Hannah's 3 babies. It was total madness, but I was glad they were there to help, because my kids had a primary program that Sunday, so they had a practice that Saturday during the fair. So my Mom took the kids, then went to the airport to get her purse that she left(which is a miracle that it was still there in Vegas) when she had a layover on her way to Utah. She didn't even notice that it had fallen out of her bag. Anyway, the plan was for her to go to the airport get her purse then pick the kids on her way back. With construction at the airport, she was delayed and luckily Clint came home early so when the kids called home to see if anyone was picking them up, Clint went to get them and brought them back to the fair. The babies were pretty good at the craft sale for the most part. Maisy got a little tired and fell asleep on my shoulder, so I laid her down in the pack n' play and tried to distract Laurel from throwing toys in on Maisy. (I was successful. Anyway, the rest of the weekend we tried to organize my house, but didn't have much success with that. We decided that traveling with babies that age was impossible and they needed their schedules to not change. Despite everything with the kids and babies, the craft sale did not go as well as we might have liked. Although we had a lot of people interested in ordering a custom made checkerboard and other things and took our cards. So we'll see what happens there shall we? I forgot about conference. I loved conference this time. Of course I love every session. This one was really good though. The talks were inspiring and just plain good. During the Sunday sessions Clint, Calvin and I were working on a puzzle, with a little help from Elsa. While the other kids did their own puzzles and activities. It was nice to have all the kids occupied for atleast a few minutes so Clint and I could listen. Here is the puzzle we worked on...and Elsa too.This past weekend we had our own yard sale. We did a lot better than the yard sale at the school. It was a pretty good day and the weather was perfect. There were a lot of people out early in the morning. We sold mostly Clint's tools, some used but most still in their packages, and the halloween costumes that I made or bought on clearance a couple years ago, but never used or used once, matchbox cars (still in their boxes), and dvd's/videos, scrapbooking supplies, etc. we're going to do another one to get rid of the rest of our stuff that we didn't sell. I'm working on de-junking our home, so I'm sure I'll find more stuff to sell or just trash. My goal is too have my home clean and de-junked by Thanksgiving. Wish me luck.
Today, Sunday, was a good day. We had 2 really good talks in Sacrament meeting. The last one was the 2nd counselor in the stake presidency. He talked about prayer and really listening to the spirit being careful not to listen to our own bias'. He gave an example of a young woman whose parents and older siblings went to BYU and she has always wanted to go there, and when she prayed about it, it felt right. After her first semester, she came home and was talking to Pres. Wilson (the 2nd counselor) and through her tears said that she knew she needed to go to UNLV, but wanted to go to BYU and as she prayed about this at the time she let her bias' answer her prayers. It made me wonder if I had ever have done that. Maybe, but I'll be more aware from now on. He also talked about priesthood blessings and knowing and understand the feelings and will of God. He then gave the example of a bishop who got a call in the middle of the night from a young father whose wife had suddenly collapsed on the kitchen floor earlier that day and was now in the hospital unresponsive and unconscious. The father had called his bishop to come help him give her a blessing. The Bishop rushed down to the hospital and the second he laid his hands on her head he felt peace, that everything was going to be fine. So he blessed her that she would be healed and live to raise their five children. The bishop went home and a few hours later and father called him, sobbing, telling him that she had passed away. The Bishop hung up the phone and knelt down right there in the middle of the living room and prayed sobbing, and asked the Lord what he had done wrong. The spirit whispered to him that he got the feeling right but the Lord's will wrong. The Lord was taking one of his daughters home and he was giving a feeling of peace to assure the family that everything was going to be fine, that they would be together for eternity. Pres. Wilson also tied in that we need to be careful not the get hung up or offended on what people say in blessings or over the pulpit. For example, he told of himself giving a young woman a blessing that her pregnancy would go well and talked a little about the baby and called the baby a he. The woman remembered that and took it as a sign (if you will) and thought she was going to have a boy.
(She really wanted a boy) Well, she had a girl and her faith was shaken because of this. Pres. Wilson didn't realize that he had called the baby a he and warned us or rather the priesthood holders to be careful when they gave blessings. Anyway, it was just a really great talk and I learned a lot from it. Don't you just love those kind of talks! Then, after church Clint and I went to choir practice, for the first time, and it was fun. We are practicing for the Christmas program. When it was over, we ate cookies and came home, then Clint went to visit a couple of people then went to a meeting where a woman, who had researched ways to get scholarships was talking about just that. Clint said that it was a good meeting.

Friday, October 09, 2009

Happy Halloween

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Sunday, October 04, 2009

Baking muffins

Last Monday, Abby and I made blueberry muffins for breakfast. She was so excited! She loves to help me in the kitchen. Whether it's making dinner, cookies, bread, or even doing the dishes. I love having her in the kitchen with me and I hope she never loses her love for being right next to me, helping, cooking and learning new things.
The muffins were D-lious!
Thanks Grandma and Papa for the cooking set and muffin mix.
Maybe when Grandma and Aunt Hannah come Abby and Grandma can make something together. Abby would LOVE it!

Calvin's a wolf!

After much hard work from Calvin and his Mom, (Now I know why the Mom's get a pin too.) Calvin's FINALLY a Wolf. Just in time too. He turns 9 in November, so now he has about a month to work on getting some arrow points.

Dallin got an activity badge too. He's almost got his Webelos badge, then he'll work on his Arrow of Light. I can't believe he's going to be an 11 year old scout in April. Look how tall he is!