Sunday, September 30, 2007

Maintaing Chastity

Today was the craziest day for me. I had the opportunity to teach our young women about chastity. I had read the lesson and started preparing for this lesson early on, but the bottom line is that it is not easy to talk to young girls about sex and chastity. So at the last minute I just got nervous and I hope I got my message across. The lesson I had today was based on some excerpts from The Miracle of Forgiveness by Spencer W. Kimball. I just love how he wrote. He told it like it should be. I think these lessons are put in the church manuals because some parents these days sort of sugar coat the whole sex talk to teenagers. I quite frankly would have benefited from a lesson such as this one in my youth. My little Beehives call these lessons the "awkward" lessons. They sure do makes us all feel uncomfortable, but I think that it is good to open these girls' awareness of what they should do should they ever find themselves in a situation that will jeapordize their standards and sadly many of our youth will find themselves in very difficult circumstances. And even worse many of our youth will fall between the cracks. I fell through the cracks, and it is a miracle that I came back with such little knowledge and exposure to the church's standards. Someone must have been praying really hard for me while I went through my stage. Looking back at my life, I could have ended up in a really scary situation. I am just so glad I met Brad, and that I have the gospel back in my life. I used the following visual aides for my lesson, I thought they were kind of cute.




Friday, September 28, 2007

Playdates Equal Mom's Sanity

Today Bradley was invited to Bryce's Play Date. The kids had so much. I am so glad the kids had so much fun. I always feel so much better when I know Bradley was able to play and run around with other children. It helps him get worn out and rest better. Yesterday my VT was over with her little boy and he did the same. I guess that is why it is so important to have more than just one child, it helps them get worn out and it helps mom stay sane.

Thursday, September 27, 2007

To Die For Blueberry Muffins

I have spent most of the day today baking these delicious blueberry muffins that a friend of mine introduced me to. They are literally to die for, but mine are not coming out so great. I don't know if its because the wheat flour I used is a little too old or they seem to cook sooner than the time the recipe calls for. But the bottom line is that they are great. I have gone under this wheat grinding frenzy all day today. I am finally able to use my grain grinder that Brad got me for Mother's Day. I have kept it in a cabinet because I could not unassemble it to clean the oil from the burss. I have come to the conclusion that I have I have all these cooking appliances (intruments) but I never use them, so I am going to start focusing to on using some of these tools for my cooking.

Sunday, September 23, 2007

BOOK! Books!

So I took upon myself the task of reading Little Women this year, after well over 4 months of struggling to get through the pages of Little Women, I convinced myself that I would just watched the movie, so I watched the 1930's version of Little Women's (which by the way was phenomenal) and I spoiled the end of the book for myself. I have been known to do this to myself in the past. I did it for Pride and Prejudice, and I think that is about it. It usually happens right at the end just when I am about to finish the book, I get tempted and there you have it I give in to temptation too quickly. So I have recommitted myself as a true reader that I would not watch the movie on my next book before I am completely done. So currently I am reading The Work and The Glory, its a novel with 9 volumes. I am so proud of myself because I finished the 2nd book within 3 weeks, and I am already on my 3rd book. I just love it. It really is a great novel by Gerald N. Lund, I highly recommend it to those who are interested in LDS History.

This is Bradley: Relaxing

This is Bradley when he does not get what he wants.

And sometimes I am just silly!


So my dear high school friend came in last weekend. You can tell that I like to entertain people. Well I do. Anyhow, I get excited when I see friends so it motivates me to keep my house looking clean and neat or somewhat neat and it motivates me to get home projects done. So back to my lovely guests from Saturday. My BFF Derly (who by the way will be an MD at the end of May, kuddos to Derly) was in town so I welcomed him with burguers and some other yummy food. We invited two other High School friends of ours who live in town, and only one showed up. Claudia Saurez, she is awesome. So we had dinner while Brad laid in bed with a terrible cough and little Bradley ran from our bedroom to the living room making sure all the present people were doing okay. We watched movies and we played WII. Yes, I got the dedicated future doc hooked on WII, he guaranteed me that on my first visit to his office we would be playing WII as his first medical evaluation. JK. It was an awesome night much needed from the present people.
My lovely mother in the kitchen at her best.
Today we cooked a "Guisado de Calabazita y Puerco con Arroz Cafe".

Easy Sundays

My mother was in for the weekend . We don't do much on her visit. She usually arrives exhausted and we cook most of the time. So I let her in my new little secret about eating habits, and I guess I will let you all know about it too. So I joined the infamous "Weight Watchers". And I love it. I am learning how to cook with more vegetables and a lot healthier. I simply love it. I see food in a totally new perspective It has been great. Along with eating properly I have returned to train for my half marathon. I am up to jogging/ fast walking 3.5 miles in 48 minutes. I am so excited. Hopefully this week my training goes better and I will do better this coming weekend. Anyhow, I have to say that I am so happy because I have lost a total of 7 pounds in 3 weeks. One may say that isn't much, but I know that I have worked my butty off to loose those 7 lbs and they are not coming back so easily. Yesterday and this morning while my mom and I were cooking and chatting in the kitchen my mom mentioned that my grandma cooked many dishes without meat because they were so poor, but she always found a way to substitute the meat with something delicious. I was thinking ,"I wonder if when I am my mom's age I will still remember all the delicious food she cooks and if I will acquire her delectable taste of cooking like she did from her mother". She is really and incredible cook. I sincerely enjoy my time with my mom in the kitchen its our bonding time. I don't remember doing this with her when I lived back at home, but since I moved out of the house we have made the kitchen our safe haven everywhere I have lived. My mom always shares great stories about my grandma, and we just chit chat about the family (not gossip). I love having my mom over she truly is a great woman.