Fall

September 30, 2009

Some thoughts today, because it’s rainy and I’m feeling thoughtful.

Feeling fall nesting coming on.  It’s conference weekend and I’m wanting to clean and organize the house from the summer mania.  Put up fall decorations.  Plan for the Stoddard Family Halloween Feast.  Wanting to bake yummy warm tasty things to eat.  Bread, zucchini bread, cookies.  Mmmm.  Also wanting to make and can the pizza sauce to use up all those tomatoes.  Make the Pechuga Over Rice recipe from the Mexican resteraunt in Cody we went to last month.  (Maybe I can talk Chef Dave into cooking it while I take Syd to piano lessons?).  Maybe turn the fireplace on and read a book on the couch.  But then there are also these things I’d like to do.

Go sage hen hunting with Dave.  Not because I necessary like to kill things, but because I love being out in the crisp fall air and walking and just being outside.  Seeing the soft sagey colors of the fall sagebrush and the red and orange leaves of the desert bushes and the dried wheat colored grasses. 

I’m in the mood to take photographs of the fall colors.  Maybe take a little hike or a walk and play with my camera.  I’d like to learn more about taking pictures like this (Pioneer Woman – Your Fall Bokeh).  Can I do that with my point and shoot? 

I’d like to sit and scrapbook.  I’ve been wanting to do a mini book of our bike trip.  Still need to do a book of our cruise from a couple of years ago.  Not to mention all the other thousand of photos I have to scrapbook and scan into the computer. 

There’s also the yard.  Which needs some grass.  I really need to see grass in the spring.  I’m tired of dirt and rocks.  Tired of a dirt and dust and weed yard.  I want to plant some bulbs and watch them come up in the spring.  That would make me happy. 

Cuddle on the couch with Dave and watch a good movie.  Get tired and dreamy and fall asleep on the couch next to him.  Sleep in on Sunday.  Mmmm.  That sounds good too.

Looks like I’ve got my weekend all planned doesn’t it?  I don’t know that all that will get accomplished…but I may see some of it. While I cringe a little at the thought of winter coming around the corner, part of me looks forward to it.  The peace and quiet of it.  The being at home comfy of it.  The time to do homey things.  Mostly I just love fall because it’s still in between.  It’s still decent enough to be outdoors, but it’s not the crazy coming and going and busyness of summer.  We aren’t trying to pack something into every second because our summers seem so short.  Now is the time to pull back from that a little bit and take a breath and slow down a little bit.  At least that’s how I’d like it to be.  Sometimes it still seems a bit crazy, probably because I let it get that way.  But it is different.  It is at least a little slower and softer.  So, here’s to fall and my favorite months of the year!

1st Day of School 2009

September 27, 2009

It’s way past time to post the back to school pics for this year.  I’m just really behind on what I’ve been wanting to blog about.  Not that I have a ton of people reading, but this has become a journal/family history/scrapbook of sorts and so I keep doing it!  That and I like it!

This is a more special event than usual because it is Dillan’s first year of official school, and Syd’s going off to Jr. High.  Dillan is off and running with Kindergarten.  He is so eager that I really don’t have a hard time watching him go.  Sometimes I wonder at my mommyness because I’ve really not ever gotten weepy or sad with my kids going off to school.  I didn’t with Dillan either, even though he’s the baby.  Back to him being so eager, he actually thought he would learn to read the first day of school!  We were talking about books and reading them or something when we all got home later that 1st day, and he said told me he would be able to read them tonight.  I had to explain that he wouldn’t quite be able to read after one day and that it took some time.  He wasn’t really very happy about it.  Silly kid! 

Hayley has a great teacher who substituted last year so she is really excited to have him as her teacher and is loving school this year.  She has some good friends in her class this year, although she is still sad that her best friend moved.  She misses her. 

Sydnie was nervous about Jr. High.  She wanted me to walk her in the first day, and I kept asking if she was sure she wanted me to (me, thinking, she really won’t want to be embarrased by bringing her mom to school).  But, she insisted, and so I went and sure enough.  We walked through the doors, she saw absolutely no parents, and started walking really fast in front of us and finally turned around and said “Mom, you can go ahead and go”.  She is having a good time and liking all the variety of classes and different atmosphere of Jr. High. 

They are just growing so much!  It seems like it happens in the blink of an eye anymore.  Some days you look at them, I mean really look, and think to yourself…when did he start getting taller, when did she change from cute to a pretty young lady.  Some days they drive you crazy and some days you just want to hold them and not let them go out into the world and keep them safe.  But you let them go, excited for them, scared for them, and hoping they will make good choices.  Happy new school year kiddos!

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Summer Soccer

September 27, 2009

I signed the kids up for community soccer for the month of August.  My kids have never played soccer before and since we didn’t play softball this year and since I thought they needed to broaden their horizons, we  well, mom decided on soccer for our summer sport.  Dillan was the only one that was really excited.  Sydnie and Hayley just kept saying they didn’t think they would like it and they were mad I didn’t sign them up for softball.  Sure, they thought the socks and shin guards were cool and made them feel sporty, but I just couldn’t convince them.  Even Sydnie’s first practice went bad.  She fell or got kicked or something (we hadn’t gotten shin guards yet) and got into the truck crying and say she wasn’t going back.  Well, this is the daughter that if you don’t push her a little she won’t do anything.  So I pushed and she pushed and I told her she had to go to all her practices and see what she thought and then we’d talk about it.  Well, after two weeks of practice, the subject never came up again…..hmmm.  She ended up really enjoying it and having fun, not to mention some exercise!  Hayley, who likes every sport pretty much, decided she would add soccer to her definate likes.  I think it may now rate almost as high as basketball.  And Dillan, well, I wished it was captured in these pictures, but he spent most of his games with a constant smile on his face.  So I think that means he really liked it too!

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SF Class of '89 - 2009

SF Class of '89 - 2009

Dave and I had our 20 year class reunion this summer.  It was fun to see the people that came.  I wish there would have been more come.  What is it about class reunions that either excite people to see old classmates again, or fill them with dread to even think about high school again.  Then there are those who I think just aren’t really interested.  I have some of these same mixed emotions myself.  I do know that you couldn’t pay me enough to go back to high school again.  Not that I had terrible experiences looking back.  It’s just that whole coming of age thing, and trying to figure out who you are and where you fit it.  Just all the drama that now seems so silly, yet you still remember it.  And some of it still hurts, or is embarassing, or makes you laugh, or makes you angry.  It doesn’t really matter anymore, but some of those experiences and feelings are so ingrained in you that it’s hard to let some of them go. 

It’s really hard to believe it’s been 20 years.  I find myself staring forward at one of the decade birthdays to come and wondering how the heck that happened!  I remember my Grandma Kirkham once talking to me about getting old and how she said inside she always felt like she just stayed 25 even though her body aged.  I kind of feel the same way.  It’s like your body and time keeps moving on but inside you don’t necessarily feel older.  I look at the past 20 years and wonder what’s to come.  There have been great, wonderful, awful, sad experiences and I wonder what more I’ll be blessed with, but also what I might have to endure. 

On my friends blog she had a post the other day that referenced a talk by Elder Dallin H. Oaks (here) that talked about becoming.  “The Apostle Paul taught that the Lord’s teachings and teachers were given that we may all attain “the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ” (Eph. 4:13). This process requires far more than acquiring knowledge. It is not even enough for us to be convinced of the gospel; we must act and think so that we are converted by it. In contrast to the institutions of the world, which teach us to know something, the gospel of Jesus Christ challenges us to becomesomething.”  This talked really hit home for me with this idea of “becoming”.  I really needed to hear some of the things from this talk.  (A big thanks to Tanyss for leading me to it!)

A Wrinkle in Time (Time Series, #1) A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle

My rating: 5 of 5 stars
It’s funny that I have read almost every Madeleine L’Engle book but this series. For most people I’m sure these are what they read first. L’Engle has always been a favorite of mine and reading these books was like returning to a childhood friend, and I remember the feelings reading her books has always given me. I was impressed in this book of her references to faith and spiritual things. I think I may set these aside for me to read the whole series this winter to my kids.

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The Graveyard Book The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
A great, imaginative story! At first I was a little worried by the opening chapter and wondered about how dark this book was going to be. (My 10 year wouldn’t even let me finish reading Coraline to her because she thought it was too scary.) This story is very charming with a great main character who is raised by ghosts and “others” in a graveyard.

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The Wednesday Wars The Wednesday Wars by Gary D. Schmidt

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
This was a great book. It had plenty of humor and feel good moments. I loved all the Shakespeare references and lines. It shows how a good teacher can really influence someone and help them to start to see their own possibilities.

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Thanks to my Brother In Law Ben who recommended this book!