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Sunday, October 6, 2013

Conference Weekend

Conference weekend was wonderful and went by way too fast.  Robyn came down early Saturday morning and knew the drill as she quickly assembled her nest on the floor and settled in for the long haul.  And its always helpful if an older sister decided to try to push your buttons - really brings in the spirit.
Saturday morning some amazing neighbors of ours put on a breakfast for anyone who could come and asked people to donate for a friend's medical costs who just finished chemo for breast cancer.  It was a great way to get everyone up and going in the chilly morning.
And then kids settled in to listen to some great talks.  Allison's YW leaders gave her some nail polish to paint her nails while she listened to conference and took notes and thought about standing in holy places.  Seminary assigned Spencer to do a paper on a talk so he was paying better attention as well.  Jeremy and Spencer tried a new tradition this year for priesthood.  It involved lots of nachos, horchata for Taylor and kicking the girls out of the house for the broadcast.

Saturday night Allison had a birthday party to go to so Robyn with her friend Kelly and I did our own girls' night out.  We went to a craft store for me and then ice skating.  This week it has hit me how much my kids are starting to live in their own world.  They want me there but I am no longer the center of their life so much.  Mixed feelings about it.  They want to do things and have conversations without me knowing about them.  Ice skating with Robyn and Kelly involved me doing slow circles and them wanting to check in with me every 10 minutes or so.  Otherwise they wanted me quiet and out of their hair.  Allison has had the same thing this week.  Don't suggest I wear something or do something mom, I will figure it out on my own!

For Sunday, Jason and Kelly's family came over for waffles and to spend the day.  In between session we ran up to the canyon to hike for a bit.  It was beautiful, muddy and snowballs were involved.  And no one fell asleep for the second session so the plan worked.

It has been a little bit of a canyon week as Tuesday thanks to some kids being willing to shoulder the extra work involved, we drove the canyon in the convertible with some friends who also just got a convertible.  I never tire of looking at the changing leaves and feeling the crisp air.  I am hoping to get in one more bike ride up there before the snow really settles in.

It was a lot of family time this weekend as Friday night we went to see one of my favorite groups, The Lower Lights perform.  Allison brought her friend Alena and they told me they didn't like the concert set up of having to arrive before the doors open to get a seat, listening to two warm up bands before the main act starts etc.  So we did end up leaving before full whine set in and before the end but I got to hear several of my favorite songs and some I had never heard before.  Taylor was really tired by the end but when he liked the song he sure perked up and started clapping.  Cousins joined us so kids were thrilled as were we.  I tried to convince them we could talk while waiting the hour and a half for the concert to start but electronics won out.

This week Allison had her 12 year old check-up.  That means shots.  She had been dreading it all week and cringed every time the door opened with her hands hugging her upper arms.  So they did the shots first so she could get the hard part over with.  She was a trooper as Robyn was a pill, chanting about how she didn't have to get shots and she wouldn't cry etc.  But Allison was thrilled when the doctor predicted she would keep growing awhile longer and hit 5'3". 

It has gotten dark here in the morning and really cold.  That means hot chocolate and kids becoming book worms at night and in the morning.  Robyn discovered Boxcar Children and Fairy Realm and has been lost in those books lately.

This week I registered in the lottery for the Ogden Marathon.  Inspired by my sister-in-law Griselda and the fact that I turn 40 in a few months, I figure if I ever want to do one I better do it now.  See if I get in.  Then I might start really worrying about it.  For now I figure I can just plan on walking a lot!  This week I had an old lady moment.  I woke up unable to turn my head.  Not sure what I did to my neck but it wouldn't go away for a few days.  I felt like I was moving like a robot.  But not to worry I had a chocolate stash for emergencies to call upon.  I can now almost turn my head so the chocolate must be working. 

I love these few weeks after conference when I get to re-listen and try to figure out how to apply the conference talks to our family.  My hardest part is I tend to make a list of everything I want to work on and try to do it all at once.  Good thing I have Jeremy to reel me in a bit.