Friday, October 31, 2008

Happy Halloween

I seriously love Halloween. I love the decorations, the colors, the smells, everything. This morning, I scheduled a witches make-over with Logan and Jensyn. I also took Bailey and Boston as well. It was over at a day spa at Gardner Village so we were also able to walk around a bit to see the witches and take some cute pictures. Oh my word, did their personalities really come out today. Logan, when given the chance to get made over like a witch, she barely ok'd the green face, but definitely would not allow the black eye brows or the fabulous eye lashes. John and I decided tonight that she is very much like him-maybe a minimalist? Jensyn on the other hand! She loved every single minute of being pampered. She had so much fun. She let the stylist put on eyelashes, eyebrows, a green face, red lipstick, a large snake in her hair, the whole thing! She looked so...much like...Jensyn! I loved the time that I was able to spend with them this morning. I would love to be able to do this every year, and I might, but I am thinking more along the lines of letting the girls have witch parties every year instead. I would then make up their friends like witches since I have the know how now.
We took out the Ranger trick-or-treating since we brought it down from the cabin this last trip and took the snowmobiles up. The girls got lots and lots of candy and had the time of their lives running from house to house.
...and Jack was a dracula.

I love Halloween! Is it time to decorate my house for Christmas now?

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

That's what you get when you are the Historian!

I keep receiving numerous phone calls about my kids' picture being in the paper!

"Did you even know?" they would all ask me

I always just have to laugh a little. I guess I am just partial to my own kids, and that, people, is the reason they are in the paper! You can do whatever you want when YOU are the historian in the PTA. Funny, huh!

(I tried to black out the school name!)

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Christmas Meadows

General Conference

We spent this October General Conference at our cabin in Christmas Meadows. We were happy to be there with my mom and dad, and also John and Janice. Conference was amazing, as it always is. I was particularly impressed with the talk given by our wonderful Prophet, Thomas S. Monson, at the close of the Sunday morning session. When I taught my lesson in Relief Society last Sunday, I brought this talk up. He talked a lot on change, and how change affects each and every one of us. I have read, and re-read his words, and am drenched in tears. He could not have spoken more eloquently and sincere. For my reminder, I wanted to post some of my favorite parts of his talk.

“Nothing is as constant as change.”

"Day by day, minute by minute, second by second we went from where we were to where we are now. The lives of all of us, of course, go through similar alterations and changes. The difference between the changes in my life and the changes in yours is only in the details. Time never stands still; it must steadily march on, and with the marching come the changes. This is our one and only chance at mortal life—here and now. The longer we live, the greater is our realization that it is brief. Opportunities come, and then they are gone. I believe that among the greatest lessons we are to learn in this short sojourn upon the earth are lessons that help us distinguish between what is important and what is not. I plead with you not to let those most important things pass you by as you plan for that illusive and non-existent future when you will have time to do all that you want to do. Instead, find joy in the journey—now."

"If you are still in the process of raising children, be aware that the tiny fingerprints that show up on almost every newly cleaned surface, the toys scattered about the house, the piles and piles of laundry to be tackled will disappear all too soon and that you will—to your surprise—miss them profoundly."

"Stresses in our lives come regardless of our circumstances. We must deal with them the best we can. But we should not let them get in the way of what is most important—and what is most important almost always involves the people around us. Often we assume that they must know how much we love them. But we should never assume; we should let them know. Wrote William Shakespeare, “They do not love that do not show their love.” We will never regret the kind words spoken or the affection shown. Rather, our regrets will come if such things are omitted from our relationships with those who mean the most to us."

"Let us relish life as we live it, find joy in the journey, and share our love with friends and family. One day each of us will run out of tomorrows."

“Do . . . human beings ever realize life while they live it—every, every minute?”

"Our realization of what is most important in life goes hand in hand with gratitude for our blessings."

"Despite the changes which come into our lives and with gratitude in our hearts, may we fill our days—as much as we can—with those things which matter most. May we cherish those we hold dear and express our love to them in word and in deed."

"Let us follow Him. Let us emulate His example. Let us obey His word. By so doing, we give to Him the divine gift of gratitude."

"Brothers and sisters, my sincere prayer is that we may adapt to the changes in our lives, that we may realize what is most important, that we may express our gratitude always and thus find joy in the journey. In the name of Jesus Christ, amen."

I think that just about sums it up. He is amazing. That is pretty much all I have to say about that.

I am so grateful for my family. I love my children, I love to hear their footsteps pattering on the ground. I love to see their faces each morning. I love the small and simple talk with them. I love the light in their eyes. I am the luckiest person in the world to have the family I have.

Friday, October 24, 2008

My Baby Turns 1!

(John Daniel McAllister VI)

My baby Jack, is no longer a baby! This year has gone by so extremely fast. I cannot believe that he turned 1 already. He was born weighing in at a whopping 9 lbs 3 oz and 21 inches long. He is such a fun baby, though, and in general has always slept through the night, though he had a few rough months during the teething phase. I felt like I wanted to post a few of my favorite pictures through his life. I love you, Jack-man!

Lucky or coincidence, he was born exactly 9 months to the day before Hogan, his best friend, I'm sure, and not too far after that, Fischer came along. We are so excited for them to be dudes forever!

From the Mouths of Babes

Jensyn: (singing I am a Child of God) "I am THE Child of God."

Mom: "Logan, where did you find that?" (talking about a red tricycle of Jensyn's which has been missing for months!)

Logan: "In daddy's barn! I am washing it for Jensyn"

Mom: "Where are you taking it?" (she picks up the trike and hauls it through the dusty pasture towards the barn)

Logan: "To dry it off."

Mom: "With what?"

Logan: "Dads air compressor."

A few minutes later, sure enough, I hear her pulling the trigger and drying off the trike. It was sparkling clean!

Logan: "Mom, I love you to heaven and back."

Jensyn: "Where is daddy?" (she is just waking up)

Mom: "He is at work, it is a work day!"

Jensyn: "He pwomised he would be home today!"

Logan: "Can I text dad?" (Do you think you are 16?)


What is all of the hype about this? Casey let me borrow the first book in this series. I got almost half way through the book, just after the part where Edward comes clean with Bella. I seriously was so bored! I have never done this before, but, I put the book down and haven't returned. Too much out of this world stuff for me. I would much rather stick to my usual, predictable, Richard Paul Evans and Nicholas Sparks. Someone is going to have to fill me in on what happens for the rest of the book and the rest of the series, if I can stay awake to listen!

I have begun reading RPE's new book, Grace. I haven't found the time that I need (2 hours, start to finish) to actually finish the book, but I have started. This, my friends is what I am trying to be up to!

She's 5?

Seriously? A Kindergartener? She is so cute! I can't believe that school pictures can even turn out so cute. I love to see the progress of school-age children, especially my own! I love you, Logan!

I'm Totally Lame!

I found this on a friends blog and wanted to try it for myself. I put my
I-pod on shuffle and listed the songs on each of the titles as they come up. No skipping songs! This would be the soundtrack to my life, based on the shuffled songs, in order, on my I-pod.

Opening Credits: "The First Cut is the Deepest"--Sheryl Crow
Waking up:"Red High Heels"--Kellie Pickler
First Day At School:"In this Skin"--Jessica Simpson
Falling In Love:"Hello"--Sugarland
Fight Song:"I Try"--Macy Gray
Breaking Up: "Give My Love to Rose"--Johnny Cash
Prom:"When the Stars go Blue"--Tim McGraw
Life's OK:"Vote for Me" (Napoleon Dynamite dialogue!)
Mental Breakdown:"Real Good Man"--Tim McGraw
Driving:"Everybody Hurts"--REM
Flashback:"Control the Flame"--The Lightning Seeds
Getting Back Together:"Drops of Jupiter"--Train
Wedding:"Raining on Sunday"--Keith Urban
Birth of Child:"With You"--Jessica Simpson
Final Battle:"Not a Moment Too Soon"--Tim McGraw
Death Scene:"Cowboy Take me Away"--Dixie Chicks
Funeral Song:"You're Not Alone"--Michael McLean

Huh, interesting. It has been awhile since I have listened to my I-pod. I do have some fun music on there since I am always downloading the latest for my yearly family videos that I make.

Seriously, I am lame!