Monday, April 12, 2010

Books, Books, Books

i have some children who are totally into reading.
all of them are great readers but for some it is a passion.

i saw Shawni post a few weeks ago about reading to her kids at night and some of the books that they have enjoyed. it was a great list.

i read to my kids but mostly the little ones.
i forget about the ones that are old enough to do it on their own.
i was getting a little tired of Dora, Curious George, Thomas the Train, Calvin and Hobbes, Dr. Suess and Berenstein Bears every night for the little boys.

that next day i stopped at our tiny local library and picked up a copy of Tale of Depereaux.
i had never read it.
i am sure that brooklyn had. i decided that we were going to forgo the traditional night time stories and read this as a family.

i have to say that more than anything else i loved the experience.
when it was bedtime my kids would all come with blankets into the family room and lay around and listen to me read.
i love that the chapters were so short that
IF we were in a really good spot and
IF my kids promised to go right to bed and not get out and
IF i got extra kisses
it was no big deal to add another chapter on.

i think that my little ones learned a great skill to quietly listen and comprehend a story without the stimulation of pictures to stunt their imagination.
i have to say that i was a little sad to be done with it.
we have not started another one, yet.
*note to self* put that on the list of things to do.

a couple other notes about books.......

1) charles once took about 2 years to read this really thick and somewhat boring biography of Abraham Lincoln. he read a lot of other books inbetween but almost every night he would pick this one up and read a little. i think that it helped put him to sleep. i admire his determination to see the book thru - even though i would laugh at him everytime that he picked it and ask when he was just going to be done. {as a note - i think that abraham lincoln was a great man and has an amazing story to tell - this book was just one that did him any justice}

2) i have never read the classic Children's book "where the wild things are"

3)brooklyn passed off one of her young women value projects by reading 50 books in 2009. if we are being was WAY more than 50 but she had a terrible time keeping track and those are just the ones that she could recall at a moments notice. {for example, she read Fire of the Covenant 2x last year but only counted it once - it is only a 794 page book} she is one of the fastest readers i have ever met. never take a book recommendation from her because she is not a good judge....she thinks that everything is great. hehe
Here is a list of books that she had recently been enjoying... the Percy Jackson and the Olympians, another run thru of the great standby Harry Potter, and some of the Twilight books.

4)brigham gets into different reading kicks. he does not always have a book that he is devouring but when he does.....i notice the he retreats to the bathroom. { i guess that he thinks that he can hide out in there and get some good reading time in before i catch that he is not doing his homework } on saturday night he finished this book.

i have never read it [another classic to add to my list} I knew that he had been reading but i did not realize how close he was to the end. it was late, maybe after 10, on saturday and all the kids were showered and in bed. i thought that all were asleep. all were NOT asleep.
i walked down the hallway and the boy's door was open. brigham was sitting on his dresser using the light from the hallway to read by. i caught him and asked what he was doing. he started crying.

i didn't yell at him.
i had not asked that mean.
i was confused.

he just looked at me with tears in his eyes and said, "this book is SO sad." Oh buddy - you melted my heart.
i asked him if he knew that it was going to be sad.
he told me, " yeah, this is the 2nd time that I read it but I promised myself that I wasn't going to cry this time. it is just SO sad though."
i just gave him a big hug and sent him off to the bathroom to collect himself.
he still has been talking about how great the book was and asked his teacher today if he could keep the book a little longer so his mom and dad could read it too.

5) emmelyne is catching her sister's bug of wanting to stay up and read.
she must have a little more self control than her sister and will put the book down when she knows that it is time to stop.

6) hudson continues to be fascinated with calvin and hobbes and now, much to my dismay, garfield comic books. he is a boy who will read in the dark of his room by the light of the hallway if necessary.

7) rexton is so happy being read to. he has a lot of great examples in this house to teach him how fun reading is. he still prefers Dora, Diego, Dr. Suess and anything with a dinosaur in it.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

The Food Nanny

i know that i have been m.i.a.

the computer issues that we have been having have nearly drained the life out of me.
at the computer desk i sit at right now there are 2 laptops {sick with issues}, 1 monitor, 2 desktop towers and an external hard drive.
it is like a computer graveyard over here.
since i have not had good access to my pictures i have put off posting.
well i am just going to get creative and post anyway.

this weekend was general conference for our church.
one of my 2 favorite weekends of the year.
{ the other one is when they have it again in October}
hudson calls it "pajama church" because we do not have to get dressed up to go to church and he gets to stay in his pajamas.
he even prayed for it to be "general conference this sunday"
getting dressed for church and going is not on his top list of things to do.
it is a lot better than it was.
he has cowboy boots that he gets to wear for church and that has helped ease the pain. between sessions on Saturday , Rachelle called me to have me watch a program that was being shown called the Food Nanny.
my girls and i watched the 30 minute show together.
it was a lot of fun.
she had some great ideas about dinner, family time, streamlining recipes and food preparation.
she has a book.
it is ironic that i had just seen her book sometime in that last week on someone's blog but i did not pay much attention to it then.
The Food Nanny Rescues Dinner (English)

you can watch an episode of her show on or check out her website at

on monday, brooklyn and i went thru her website and what we saw on the show and set up our next 2 weeks worth of meals.
brooklyn is using it as one of the projects that she is doing for her personal progress for young womens.
she had a great time working on it using the food nanny's method and shopping plan.
i am thrilled because the next 2 weeks worth of meals are on our calender and i do not have to think about it.
i almost always plan my menu a week at a time but rarely 2 weeks.
i am not as cool as my friend Shannon who has a whole month planned at any given moment. AMAZING!

here is the plan that we followed:
Monday - comfort food
Tuesday - Italian night
Wednesday - meatless/fish/breakfast for dinner
Thursday - Mexican
Friday - pizza
Saturday - grill
Sunday - family traditions

not that anyone is probably overly interested but here is the menu that brooklyn put together for our family for the next 2 weeks.
Monday - we had a special Sader dinner for FHE that we did not get to do on Sat
Tuesday - Chicken Fetucchini Alfredo, green salad, brocolli
Wednesday - Tuna casserole, pears {my family LOVES this - i just had a big salad that night}
Thursday - Alan's Taco Salad {had to go and rebuy my chips because my little boys got into the tortilla chips and ate them in my bed while they watched their "quiet time" movie! I was one unhappy mama when I got into bed last night!}
Friday - BBQ Chicken Pizza/Pepperoni Pizza {we are trying out the Food Nanny's whole wheat pizza dough recipe - we shall see}
Saturday - BBQ Tri tip with grilled red onions
Sunday - Honey Baked Ham {the real kind! - using a gift certificate that we got at Christmas whoo hoo}

Monday - Roasted chicken, red potatoes, green salad and applesauce
Tuesday - Spaghetti, green salad, canned pears
Wednesday - Puff Pancake with strawberries and whipped cream
Thursday - Gordita Crunch, mexican rice {brooklyn is trying to recreate something that she ate at Taco Bell - i am excited that she wants to try new things}
Friday - Homemade Pepperoni pizza
Saturday - {Emmelyne's birthday so she got to choose}
Homemade Swedish meatballs, Rice, Green Beans, Pears and Frozen Lemon Pie
Sunday - Hawaiian Haystacks

things that i have really liked about this so far: i do not have to think about dinner, i was able to shop for 2 weeks {minus the perishable stuff}, yesterday when I would have been preparing dinner I was able to make 4 loaves of whole wheat bread and honey butter, i am making some recipes that i have not made in a while, and my 13 year old is learning some homemaking skills that will benefit her for a lifetime.