Sunday, May 27, 2012

Favorite Flowers

This list of a few of my favorite flowers makes me want to work in my garden.




Holly Hock

I have lots of good memories with Holly Hock. My grandma used to make Holly Hock dolls for me and my sisters.


Bleeding Heart



Ivory Hearts


Lotus or WaterLily


Snap Dragons


Lily of the Valley


Gladiolus flower


Lily

Lily


Tiger Lily

Rose


Orchid


Cherry Blossoms

Lilac

My Favorite Super Hero


Captain America is by far my favorite super hero followed closely by Superman.

First off, to my knowledge, Captain America has never slept around. He respects women with the kind of golden years respect, where women had equal rights, but a man would still open doors and stand when they entered the room. He even address ladies as "ma’am."

He is religious. One of my favorite lines from the new Avengers movie is Captain America's testimony. “There’s only one God, ma’am, and I’m pretty sure he doesn't dress like that.”

He hasn't been desensitized by the ever increasing media stimulation and corruption. Back in his day, they would NEVER show some of the things that are shown on T.V. today.

War hero. Who doesn't like a patriotic stud?

Respect of power. He wasn't always strong. It was a gift given to him and he never took it for granted. 

Leadership skills. He never asked to be the leader, never aspired to that position, but he was the best man for the job and everyone knew it.

He punched out Hitler. Seriously, how many of us wish we can do that.


<3<3<3 Captain America <3<3<3

ANWA Writers Conference

This year I had the amazing opportunity to speak at the ANWA writers conference in Phoenix. 


I met so many wonderful people and had many enlightening conversations with people in the literary community. I even got to share my scriptures with Larry Brooks, an award winning and best selling author.

Everyone did a fantastic job putting on the conference. 
The hotel and food was super good too.
















Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Two of the Best Marriages

Two of the Best Marriages in Culinary History

1. Peanut Butter and Chocolate







2. Chocolate and Mint!

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Motivation


I've been talking to Kal'el about potty training for a while now. I'm not pushing anything, but I started noticing signs that he might be ready.


Me: Kal'el do you want to go potty?
Kal'el: No! *runs away*

(the next day)

Me: You are going to love being potty trained. Then you can wear underwear like Superman and Batman. *wondering if that is a good example since I want my kid to wear his underwear under his pants and not over them.*
Kal'el: No! *runs away*

(the next day)

Me: Kal'el if you go potty in the toilet you can have this:


He ran into the bathroom, took off his diaper, pees in the potty, wipes himself with toilet paper, then pushes the step stool up to the sink and washes his hands.



I just finished filling up his new candy dispenser.

Now to teach him to flush.






Friday, May 11, 2012

Letter from Church Museum Staff

Dear Artists:

The Church History Museum is now accepting submissions for the International Art Competition for Youth! We know youth would appreciate a personal invitation from an artist and encourage you to invite any young, emerging artists you know to enter the competition. This is a wonderful opportunity for youth to share their talent with the world!

Youth between the ages of 13-18 may submit (they must have turned 13 by January 1, 2012). The deadline for submissions is less than one month away – Friday, June 1, 2012 – so please invite youth to submit as soon as possible. Any young artists who have questions can visit our website at lds.org/youthartcomp or contact youthartcomp@ldschurch.org .

Sincerely, 
Church Museum Staff

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Spider Slayer Achievement





After washing away all the webs from the back porch and cleaning the garage, I've have killed enough spiders to earn my  "Spider Slayer Achievement."

Superman's Mommy



So my kid has superpowers.
I'm not sure how he got his powers--it must have been something in my breast milk.

We've been to seven different doctors in the last year and they all say something different. Kal'el's diagnosis ranges from "He's just a boy" to "Sever Sensory Disorder" and the latest "Autism". 

I still like my breast milk/super power theory, everything else scares me. But I have to admit something is different about my kid.

Kal'el is a Sensory Seeker. Symptoms include:

• Splashing in mud, seeking dirty types of play 
• Dumping toy bins rummaging through them aimlessly
• Chewing on inedible objects or shirt collar
• Rubbing against walls or furniture and bumping into people
• Loves spinning in circles, amusement rides, and is constantly moving
• Fidgets, has difficulty sitting still and takes bold risks
• Frequently wants bear hugs and vigorous playground activities
• Seeks visually stimulating screens, shiny objects, strobe lights, or sunlight – may want to watch endless TV or constantly play video games
• Loves loud noises, TV or music volume, crowds and places with lots of action
Problems sleeping
• Enjoys strong odors, even unattractive ones
• May lick or taste inedible objects and prefers spicy or hot foods
• Frequently attempt to engage in rough play, such as wrestling*


Last year I worked with an Occupational Therapist to help with my son's sleeping problems. Kal'el sleeps through the night now (most nights) 
I know most parents wake up several times during the night to take care of their newborn baby, but CAN YOU IMAGINE going almost three years without a good nights sleep.

He is also a dare-devil. I always said he would make a great inspector because when he first walks into a room he B-lines for the most dangerous thing to impale himself with or jump off of.
Now something about me-- I have PTS which manifest its self in hyper-vigilance. 
What a combination. Very stressful.

Now the amazing stuff:
Kal'el is VERY VERY strong. The therapist says she has never seen a kid so cut. Kal'el has muscles like he's already hit puberty. Kal'el is taking karate right now, but we can't have him in the group classes because he keeps beating up the 7-year-olds and it takes a full grown adult to put him in a hold when he gets out of control.

Kal'el also has enhanced pain resistance. As long as I don't freak out when he falls, runs into, etc. then he wont freak out.

Kal'el is also very ingenuitive. Meaning, he will watch how you put up the guard gate. You can see him figuring it out, coming up with an escape plan. Then when you turn your back he uses his books or blocks to pry up the lever. I will lock the door so he can't get out then the next thing I know he is trying to undo the screws with part of his action figure.


So my kid has super powers. I don't know how Martha Kent raised Superman without the house falling apart every time he sneezed or had a tantrum. Maybe I should get a farm and have Kal'el haul wood or dig holes for fence posts.

Either way I have the responsibility of raising a superhero. I must teach him to control his strength, respect others, use his gifts to work hard, save damsels in distress, and mow the lawn.
I need to teach him to be gentle with animals and people who are smaller (and bigger) than him.
I need to allow him to explore, build with his hands, and not freak out when he wants to ride his bike really really fast or jump off the couch onto a pile of pillows or chew his favorite blanket to bits.... or gets a motorcycle.