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What I’ve Been Up to: November

by heather
What I've been up to: Thing 1 had a birthday. If you live in the St. George area, the Sand Hollow Aquatic Center is the best deal for you birthday party money. $65 gets you an hour and a half of swimming for 12 kids, plus a hot snack bar item, a drink, a balloon and a party favor for each child. The kids get some healthy activity and I don't have to worry about all of the stress that comes with hosting a children's party at my house. (You do however have to book at least 2 weeks in advance.) Respiratory Read more [...]

What I’ve Been Up to: October 2013

by heather
What I have been up to: I made my son a sackboy costume for Halloween. When I was in high school my mom wanted me to take sewing. I opted for Spanish, anatomy and orchestra. I think in the long run those classes have served me well, but the week before Halloween I was really wishing that I had a better idea of what I was doing. However, it turned out descent and he loved it so much he wants to wear it next year for Halloween too. Visited some friends on the Wasatch front. :) I made Read more [...]

Young Men’s Lesson on Rape Culture

by heather
Here's the lesson I prepared for the Young Men. It has a lot of overlap with the lesson that I gave to the Young Women. I gave it to them today, and I have to say talking to a group of adolescent boys about sexual assault is kind of intimidating. What I said didn't come out as smoothly as I what I wrote, but I hope they listened enough that really understood the take-home message that they need to be kind to one another. I'm going to start my lesson today with a mini history lesson. I know that Read more [...]

Book Review: And They Were Not Ashamed

by heather
This is not really my area of expertise and I generally don't review books that I dislike so much that I can't bring myself to finish them, but I have had several friends request that I review this book on my blog. So here we go... When I decided that I wanted to talk about rape culture to my Young Women, my bishop recommended that I read And They Were Not Ashamed: Strengthening Marriage through Sexual Fulfillment by Laura Brotherson. Ok, so I ordered it and started reading. No where in the Read more [...]

Quotes from September

by heather
“I've got two daughters who will have to make their way in this skinny-obsessed world, and it worries me, because I don't want them to be empty-headed, self-obsessed, emaciated clones; I'd rather they were independent, interesting, idealistic, kind, opinionated, original, funny – a thousand things, before 'thin'. And frankly, I'd rather they didn't give a gust of stinking chihuahua flatulence whether the woman standing next to them has fleshier knees than they do. Let my girls be Hermiones, rather Read more [...]

What I’ve been up to: August 2013

by heather
What I've been up to: I didn't get into graduate school. The program is very competitive and the fact that my application wasn't complete (One transcript office sent my transcript to the wrong school and it took 2 weeks to get a hold of someone who was even willing to write down my name.) made it one of the first on the chopping block. Of course that was a little disappointing, but I think it is for the best. I can still take a few classes online that will count toward my degree (at a lower tuition Read more [...]

Thoughts on Communicating with The Ones We Love

by heather
Last week when at the park with my friend and our kids, we had an interesting conversation. We were talking about communication and how we want to teach our kids that 1) They can talk to us as parents and that 2)They need to talk to their peers. If they are in a situation with friends or a boyfriend/girlfriend, they need to feel like they can speak up and say 'Hey, I don't feel comfortable with this', and not go along with something just because they're afraid of rejection or hurting someones feelings. Read more [...]

What I’ve Been Up To: July 2013

by heather
What I’ve been doing: Visited the Grand Canyon My toddler has decided that she wants to be potty-trained. No actual success yet. But everyday she takes a few minutes to sit on the potty. Baby steps... School shopping for my kids In an attempt to keep the kids busy I enrolled them in some day camps. Painting for Thing 1 and World Traveling for Thing 2. Found a great bedroom set for Thing 2 on KSL for $200. Organized and de-cluttered his room. Perhaps it will be easier to keep clean. Read more [...]

Young Women’s Lesson on Rape Culture

by heather
With various events in the news in recent months I really felt strongly that my Young Women need to hear and understand about rape and rape culture. I am also aware that it is a sensitive subject, so I talked to the YW's president and the Bishop about it and it was eventually decided that I should talk to all of the YW in my ward, not just my class. It was going to be a fireside, but with scheduling it turned into a 5th Sunday lesson. Here's more or less what I said. I hope that by sharing it, that Read more [...]

Moments with My 5-year-old

by heather
I haven't found a stage of parenting that I don't love, of course it's easy to say that now, because I generally get to sleep through the night, but I am really enjoying Thing 2 and where he's at right now. He's independant enough that he can manage his own seat-belt, most wrappers and he doesn't need to be carried. He's still young enough that mean kids haven't made him shy and he has a great sense of wonder about him. He's got imagination and enthusiasm and he's just fun to be around. Here are Read more [...]

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