March 30, 2009
This was the idea behind our presentation at church on Sunday. We were asked to represent a family that had passed away before learning about the restored gospel. We shared a modified version of my grandparents lives and deaths. At the end of our presentation we asked if anyone "had our names" indicating the completion of the temple work on our behalf. Eliza (Michelle) had her work completed and was able to progress with the three youngest boys. Matthew (David) was 8 1/2 when he died and no one had his name or mine (William). David and I were not allowed to progress. The point was that families want to be together but that is not possible until all their work is completed, for everyone in the family. And it was a heart-wrenching experience to watch our family be separated and there was nothing we could do about it.
We felt the spirit very strongly in our meeting and it helped to reinforce the importance of being married to the right person, in the right place, by the right authority. I'll have to admit that I didn't make it through the whole presentation without a few tears. In fact, I couldn't sing the intermediate or closing hymns all the way through. I feel so fortunate to have such a wonderful family and it brings me great comfort to know that we are sealed together forever.
March 28, 2009
Donovan had the early 9:00 game and was the first one from his team to arrive. I got to spend a few minutes working on a few kicks and passes with Donovan while we had the field to ourselves. Soon the coach and the other kids showed up and they began doing their soccer drills.
Donovan is still trying to get the hang of it but he is starting to recognize the object of the game...to score a goal.
Today, Donovan (#7) score his first goal! This is the scrum just before the triumphant moment!
David (#10) had to sit, waiting with eager anticipation, for his opportunity to play. He was suffering from an intermittent cough but would let that stop him from playing with his friends. In spite of being slightly sick he was still out there playing hard.
David also scored a goal this morning. This is the kick that sent the ball to the back of the goal.
Michael and Aleky were not very happy about having to sit outside in the cold weather. Aleky was especially vocal about his displeasure. He came home and went right back to bed.
March 21, 2009
After the party Michelle took a short little nap but that didn't dim the memory of an excited 6 year old boy! So when Michelle woke up she let me know about her deal with David. So out came the kites and off to the park we went (I love that the park is just on the other side of our fence!). Since we haven't flown kites during our entire married lives it took a few tries to get the kites up in the sky. After several attempt we discovered that some wind (or at least a gentle breeze) aids in kite flying. If there isn't any wind a run around the park can simulate a breeze.
We did manage to get the kites flying and Donovan and David were tickled to be able to fly the kites all by themselves. The only sad part was that the breeze was so mild that the kite flight was only a few minutes. But now that we've been successful we can do it again. Hopefully Michael is feeling better the next time we fly kites so he can enjoy the experience too.
(finally posted 8/3/14)
And how does he play soccer, just go where the other kids are going. They must know something important.Well, he's still getting the nack of it. Maybe we'll have to practice a little more.
Aleky is still excited about the game. He's there cheering on his big brothers.
David's team was a little slow showing up for the pre-game practice so David got a little one-on-one coaching. A litte dribbling practice and goal shooting accuracy practice. Of course we're just here to watch the games!
David's team this year is quite an athletic group. Last year he stood out at the active athlete. So far, he's just one of the crowd. But this is a great break away moment in the game.
The coach is working on some of the more advanced aspect of the game. This game's emphasis: passing the ball to a team mate.
And just what are kids supposed to do when it isn't their turn to play. Keep an eye on the ball and discover the other team's weaknesses so that you can exploit them and score lots of goals!
We're pretty fortunate this season to have both boys games at the same soccer field and generally the same times. But we're a little concerned about any subsequent seasons and practice/game scheduling.
I have no idea where that idea came from. Michelle had me look through the pictures to try and guess which cake Michael had chosen and I wasn't even close. I thought the bulldozer cake with an Oreo dirt pile looked pretty tempting. About the only thing we can figure is that the lady bugs were red which is Michael's color (for personal identification of his household items).
In any case, Michelle went to work. I'm no cake expert but I think she created another masterpiece.
March 20, 2009
Our boys have decided that they are best qualified to help with such an endeavor. Under the careful supervision of Uncle Kyle, the work of turning the soil has commenced. Even our neighbor Sara has decided that the scope and size of this project required addition (wo)man hours. And let me tell you what...this is the perfect work for young boys (playing in the dirt). Donovan and Michael actually got their little trowels and started turning the dirt, just like Uncle Kyle.
March 19, 2009
Today's match-up went well. David's team won 6-0. Based on this games performance we should have an exciting season.
Donovan got to have his first experience playing an organized game of soccer. In warm ups he appeared to be a competitive soccer genius. However, once play began he just was on of the crowd.
But soccer at this age is about the treats (during and) after the game. That's what makes is all worthwhile. Donovan's game ended in a tie 2-2.
March 17, 2009
March 13, 2009
March 12, 2009
The report and comments made it sound very successful. The sisters enjoyed the opportunity to share something about themselves. They were able to learn a little bit more about each other and strengthen the bonds of friendship and sisterhood. They enjoyed a wonderful dinner. And it sounded like it turned out to be a very spiritual and touching evening as well.
I'm always excited to see Michelle put so much effort into a project or program. She has some amazing insights and amazing attention to details. I know that she will stress for weeks before the event, trying to coordinate every last detail. But in the end things go so well and everyone generally has a good time.
While Michelle put together such a wonderfully uplifting evening I was home with the boys. We had a good time as well, although it wasn't quite a spiritually uplifting it certainly was entertaining. David showed me how poorly I play the Wii (Mario Kart). We had bathes and everyone was in bed, just a little late.