Book of the Week: How will You Measure?

Most self-help or motivational books are generally the same.  I won't say this one is too different than the rest.  But I loved it anyway!  What I liked about it is that it was written with a business perspective, showing how the to apply business principles in your relationships.

My favorite quote (when speaking of raising children):
"The hot water that makes a carrot soft hardens an egg."

This books just put some things into perspective for me, reminding me what is really most important and what really matters in the end.


Joyful Monday with Dr. Seuss

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Saturday, March 2nd

We all have our favorite Dr. Seuss book.  I have a few.  The only one I remember from growing up was The Cat in the Hat.  When my kids were younger I fell in love with Fox in Socks.  Later I recognized the value in his deeper books such as Diffendoofer Day and Oh, the Places You'll Go.  No child should grow up without Dr. Seuss!   Here are some fun ways to celebrate his day:

This one is obvious.  Choose your favorite or read them all!

Discuss the idea and purpose of using a pseudonym as an author.

Activity:  Have your child create their own Dr. Seuss-style book.  Once the kids are familiar with the general writings they could practically do this on their own!  Have the children create pseudonyms for themselves!

Just stumbled up on this great math site with some great activities to incorporate in your Dr. Seuss celebration.

Read the biography of Dr. Seuss.  Compare and contrast his actual life with the pretend life he led through his fabulous books!  How do you think his life prepared him to become such a writer?

Dr. Seuss wrote in magazines such as Life and Vanity Fair.  Find some of his old articles to read with the kids.  Have the kids then create a magazine article on the life of Dr. Seuss or on one of his books.

Explore the meaning of the phrase: "the thinks you can think" (from Mulberry Street).  Thoughts often led to some pretty amazing inventions.  Have the children choose an invention they couldn't live without and study the scientist behind that invention.  Then, have the kids come up with their own inventions!

Make Oobleck!!

Just for Fun
Watch your favorite Dr. Seuss movie!


It's Great to be 8!!

We have a birthday boy in our house today! 

Who is Joel? 

Joel is super silly .

If there's even a remote possibility of a quiet Hathaway, it would be him.

Joel is super observant - - both intellectually and emotionally.
He memorized all of the Presidents of the United States at the age of 6.  He can't remember them all right now but it was pretty amazing at the time!  He's just got that kind of a brain.

Joel is a super soccer star.

Joel is persistent - - he never gives up when achieving a goal.

Joel is content.  He doesn't like conflict and just likes to go at his own pace.

He is excited to get baptized and eager to start Cub Scouts!

Happy Birthday, Joel!


Book of the Week

I can't even tell you how amazing this book is!  

Get it. 
Read it. 
Love it.


My Love

Once upon a time there was a girl who had a crush on a different guy every week....Until she met her match!

"Hey, you want to go out to lunch with me on Thursday?  I know this great place where you can get a burrito this big for five bucks and we can split it!"

Yep.  That is how he asked me out on our very first date.

Little did I know a week later I would know he was the man I was supposed to marry.  Ah, the Lord works in mysterious ways!

Well, several years later I asked my love what he missed most from our dating years.  He mentioned missing surprises he'd find in his apartment.  Yes, I would decorate it every month.  One I remember the most was putting Swedish fish into blue balloons and then scattering the balloons all over his floor.  Accompanying them was a big poster that read, "Of all the fishies in the sea, I'm sure glad you picked me."  (cheese!!!!)

I hadn't realized those escapades were so meaningful to him.  So, I decided every Valentine's Day I would surprise him.  Some things I have done:

take the tags out of Hershey's kisses and replace them with my own typed messages and then scatter them all over his office

 On butcher paper write the top ten reasons why I love him and tape to his office door

 decorate his car to find after work

send him a singing quartet (4 men singing to another man, yeah, you get the picture)

 set up a "restaurant" in our living room for when he comes home from work, the kids were the chefs and  waiters

Deliver a huge teddy bear with balloons to his office, the balloons were filled with messages why I love him

This is by far one of my favorite traditions!  I encourage you to ask your own spouse what he misses most from your dating years and make your romance come alive again!  And, as my parents used to say, "It's the cheese that holds the marriage together."

Happy Valentine's Day!!


My Sister

Today is my sister's birthday.

I think we all look back at our childhood years and think of at least one person with a great impact and influence.  When I was little I loved being Andrea's sister.  Why?  Because she had the best clothes and they were all handed down to me!  :-)  I always thought she was the coolest person. 

Ad was the one who helped me through my first year of college.  She's the one who..... 

taught me
 how to wear makeup

validated my "love a different 
guy every week" emotions,

 dyed my hair a hideous 
orange color.  :-)  

and inspired me even more than 
I already was to be a great mother.

I remember calling with multiple questions when my kids were really little, just knowing she'd have the answers.  When she is filled with confidence the room just lights up!  Her laughter is contagious and she has a great love for her children.  

From her I've learned....

Everyone makes mistakes
but repentance is real.

To love those placed in your path

Life is full of good times (she makes me laugh!)

Nothing is impossible with the Lord!!

Happy Birthday, Addie!  
Just remember:  
"They're not wrinkles, They're crinkles" 
(Mirror, Mirror)


Pancake Recipes

Apple Cinnamon Pancakes
1 1/2 c. milk
2 eggs
1/3 c. solid shortening
1 1/2 c. flour
2 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. cinnamon
2 medium apples (quartered)

Directions:  Put all ingredients in blender.  Cover and "mix" until apples are finely chopped.  Pour on griddle.

German Pancakes
3 eggs
1/2 c. flour
1/2 c. milk
2 TBSP butter
salt, cinnamon and vanilla to taste

Directions:  Melt butter in 9" pie dish.  Add & mix all ingredients.  Bake @450 for 10-15 minutes.  Serve with fruit syrup (below) and powdered sugar, or fresh fruit and whipped cream.

Fruit Syrup (via my friend Heidi)
1 c. sugar
2 TBSP cornstarch
1 c. water
1 c. berries (fresh or frozen)
1 TBSP butter

Directions:  In saucepan combine sugar and cornstarch, add water and get to a boil.  Boil 3 minutes, stirring constantly.  Stir in fruit.  Reduce heat and simmer 8 minutes.  Take off heat.  Stir in butter.  YUM!!!

Overnight Wheat Pancakes (sugar free and delicious)
Day 1
3 1/2 c. buttermilk or keefer
1/4 c. olive oil
2 tsp. vanilla
2 c. grain (i.e. wheat or barley)
1 c. oats
Directions:  Blend until thick.  Let sit in blender overnight.

Day 2
Add 2 eggs
Enough liquid to get vortex going in blender.
2 tsp. salt
4 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda

Serve with strawberries and whipped cream (or syrup, but it defeats the sugar free part of these pancakes).


Happy Pancake Week

This week is Pancake week!  
Our favorite way to celebrate is by making a different pancake recipe every day.  

Other fun activities to think about for this week:


Start with my favorite, The Pancake by Anita Lobel.  She is fabulous and this is a great fun story about a pancake who runs away and outsmarts a fox!

For the elementary-aged student this one is full of magic and fun.  Bring french culture into your home and have french pancakes (a.k.a. crepes) one day!

For the upper elementary age group you can also try The Dancing Pancake by Eileen Spinelli.

Round is a Pancake.  A basic way to introduce shapes to your young one, make different shaped pancakes.

"I'm a little Pancake"    
(Sung to the tune of I'm a Little Tea Pot) 
I'm a little Pancake, round and brown.
Here is my upside,
Here is my down.
When I am ready, take a bite,
Flip me over,
I’m a lovely sight.

Cool-Math-Games has a great math game to go along with our pancake theme.

Math brain challenge:  Three Pancakes

 Test the difference between the many recipes out there for the perfect Buttermilk pancakes.  This was fascinating to read and I really want to try it!  Also, you could just test regular milk pancakes against buttermilk pancakes and see what a difference they make, if any.  I'm learning that science is really all about asking questions and working to figure out the answers!  Maybe you could test the baking powder or salt content.  Why do you need salt, baking powder and baking soda in pancakes??  This really could be an all-day project!!

Read this simple article on the history of pancakes.  You could then choose one culture mentioned in the article to study further.

Fun and Games

Pancake toss 
Provide each child with a frying pan or plate and a pancake. Set a timer for 1 minute and see how many times they can toss their pancake back and forth to each other.  Team with the most tosses wins!



Husbands Love Your Wives...

...And wives love your husband.  I don't talk a lot about marriage here.  However, at the adult meeting of stake conference a few months ago marriage was the theme of Elder Clark's talk.  It was fabulous. He gave us 5 things to work on within our marriages:

1) Involve the Lord

2) Money

3) Communication

4) Pride

5) Romance.... 10 kisses a day!

He said, "If the marriage isn't working, the family isn't working.  If the family isn't working society isn't working."  

I think I don't really like talking about my marriage.  I feel like the marital relationship is so much more sacred and private that I don't want to reveal all my weaknesses in being a wife where motherhood is just all about being real and out there in the open for me.  Because marriage is such a private and intimate relationship it's almost easier to compare ourselves with others than we do with motherhood because we see everyone "parent" but we don't really see what goes on between husband and wife.

I will say this....my hubby and I have both been making strides in our relationship.  And yet 14 years of habit makes for a difficult struggle to make changes.  Any marriage can always be better, right?  Some maybe more so than others.  Elder Clark also said that "Marriage is the university to become like God."  And it's so true.  I think this is the one relationship in which I personally need to "put off the natural man" most often.

So, this may be why I don't talk marriage so much as motherhood on this blog.  I am in love with my husband and honestly wonder how I could have found such a perfect match for myself.  But it is the most intimate relationship, the one you'll have for the longest period of time on the earth, and the one that will continue after this life.  I guess it should be the one we work on the most!
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