Friday, April 29, 2011
Monday, April 25, 2011
Chelsey and I hid them on Friday on our 3rd floor. It's a pretty small area and I thought for sure they'd have all the eggs found in seconds.
I think it's cute how they get along so well. I was really glad that they came over for Easter. I think I would have felt really lonely being here all by myself. I did feel a little bad for Travis though. It was a shame Sean wasn't there to keep him company. He had to put up with me and Chelsey's chatter the whole night. Hahahahaha... I think the kids had a really good time though. Happy Easter everyone!
Juan had made a Dora piñata for Andrea's party. Everyone got a whack at it. Juan made it a little too sturdy and everyone was having trouble making a serious dent in it. Terryn's attention span lasts about 2 seconds and so he wasn't interested in waiting in line to hit the piñata. After he saw everyone else do it, he started wanting to have a turn to Ezra let him go in front of him.
Terryn mostly poked it with the stick, but he did manage to finally take a few good whacks at it.
Juan kept hitting him with the piñata and then when Ezra would take a swing at it, it was already out of reach. The kids all got about 2 turns because the thing would not break. I think he finally had the bigger guys hit it without blindfold and it finally came down.
Terryn didn't really understand that you were supposed to pick up the candy that fell out. We had to encourage him a little at first, but then he got the hang of it.
Even the Parks were at the party. Little Jackson is so cute. He was crawling around inside for awhile. I can't believe how big he is now!
Sibylle could see how tired I was getting and so she offered the services of her kids to take Terryn swimming. That was a FABULOUS idea. Everybody at the party was starting to turn their attention to the pool anyway. I had planned on us swimming so I had his stuff with me. Terryn had fun playing with Emilio in the pool.
I was grateful for the break and could rest for a bit. Seriously, Terryn literally RAN around for the first part of the party. It was great to be able to take Terryn home worn out. He slept well that night despite how much sugar he ate and I think he had fun.
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
Monday, April 18, 2011
Thursday, April 14, 2011
Friday, April 8, 2011
This newer place is 5 stories of playground mayhem. Terryn LOVED it! It's cleaner than the other place we usually go too. The other thing I like about it is that it's all located in one room so I don't have to go follow him everywhere. The other place has four separate rooms and so I have to go running after Terryn everywhere.
Being pregnant, it's nice to be able to pick a spot and sit and watch him play without having to lug yourself around on playground equipment that's not really made for someone your size.
This place had all sorts of fun things to do. It had tons of slides, tunnels, tubes, a ball pit and lots of toys.
One of Terryn's favorite things to do was spin this propeller around and around. If I couldn't figure out where he was and that thing was spinning... it was him doing it. So funny. The above picture shows him spinning the propeller.
And of course the ultimate fun time was the ball pit. He was scared of it at first, but he got over that real quick. When I went to see how he liked the pit, I couldn't find him. He was hiding underneath the balls. He liked to just lay there with himself all covered up. I had to keep taking balls off him to take the picture so you could see him.
Tuesday, April 5, 2011
I don’t know if I’ve ever appreciated General Conference as much as I did this particular time. I have been so starved for the Spirit it seems that I just devoured the words of the Prophet, Apostles and General Authorities.
Going to church here in Vietnam is not without its spiritual moments, but for me it is difficult to feel the Spirit most of the time. I have a high energy two-year old that won’t sit still and whines during Sacrament meeting and then I teach a bi-lingual nursery during second and third hour. This means that the kids mostly play because I can’t speak Vietnamese so they don’t understand anything I say to them. Church has become, for me, more of a chore than a spiritual experience and I would be lying if I said this hasn't been a big trial for me.
Even after listening to just the first sessions of General Conference, I felt the cleansing and purifying power of the Holy Ghost. It’s like it lifted out the fuss and haze of my starving soul. I read the scriptures and pray, so I do seek for the Spirit outside of Church, but nothing is quite like the bearing of pure testimony and doctrine that we receive from General Conference.
I just want to share how much I love the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I love my Saviour Jesus Christ. I know that he truly sacrificed himself to give his eternal atonement so that we could be happy and free. I’m so grateful to know the truth and even though times can be trying and difficult, I know where I can turn for peace and strength.
Monday, April 4, 2011
Sunday, April 3, 2011
He took another swallow or two of the bread and then he stared taking bites of the entire piece and spitting them out on the table. When he made an orderly line of the bitten-off bread and had managed to do it to the entire piece, he looked up at me with those pleading, big blue eyes and said, "Cookie?"