Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Jonah = Sticker Pad

Couldn't leave littlest brother out of the sticker fun!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Grandma Tucker's Turn

While my grandpa was hunting, we decided to take a trip to Twin Falls to see my grandma. I didn't take very many pictures to prove it, but we had so much fun!

We spent lots of time looking through my grandma's hope chest/family history binders, making treats, playing with the kids, and just talking. 

The kids had just as much fun as I did.

Grandma was so patient while she showed them each of her collectible boxes.

She had cleaned out her toy cupboard right before we came, so the kids got to keep a few things. They were really excited about it, and they still carry those toys around and tell me that they are from Grandma. Ellie calls this crocheted Grover "Gilbert," and it cracks me up.

We found a picture of Gran D in her baby book!

And of course Grandma had to get some story time in. It was funny to hear Ellie's confusion as she heard some of the New Testament names since they are names of her siblings, cousins, uncles, etc. I guess that's something we need to work on distinguishing between!

Grandma and I were really excited to take the kids outside to jump in the leaves... But they were much more interested in raking them into a giant pile.

We had to force them into the pile, and even then they didn't enjoy it all that much. Strange. What kid doesn't like jumping in leaf piles?

But overall we had a great time. I'm so glad I could spend that time alone with my Grandma.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Kindness is Powerful

I love this quote:

image from here.

     I think we sometimes forget that there is no need to be loud, forceful, demeaning, or coercive to be powerful. Often the greatest power or influence can be felt quietly - in a kind word, a thoughtful act of service, an understanding glance, a hug.

     I have never known a situation to be made better by unkindness, but I have felt the opposite to be true many, many times. 

    After all, "What wisdom can you find that is greater than kindness?" 
                  -Jean Jacques Rousseau 

     Find the rest of Dallin H. Oaks' talk here.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Grandpa Tucker Visits

Grandpa Tucker stopped by on Saturday on his way to go hunting. 

Ellie sat next to him the entire time and asked question after question after question.

And I love this picture. All three of the kids are captivated, but in their own way: Ellie is right up front and center, Nathan is back a little ways getting used to the situation but still wanting to be part of it, and Jonah is looking up from whatever he was playing with on the floor. That is a perfect depiction of each of their personalities. 

I'm so glad we got to see him, even if it was only for a few minutes!

Friday, October 10, 2014

Meet the Mormons Movie

     The movie "Meet the Mormons" comes out in theaters today! This movie is not a proselytizing effort, and there will not be missionaries anywhere near the theaters. It is simply a look into the lives of 6 devout "Mormons" or members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Those who have seen it say it is uplifting, inspiring, and brings your thoughts to Jesus Christ.

     The description from the Mormon Newsroom says:

     "This film is an opportunity for people to meet — in a very personal way — members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Filmed on location around the globe, “Meet the Mormons” takes viewers on a journey into the day-to-day lives of six Church members in the U.S., Costa Rica and Nepal. From their individual passions to their daily struggles, each story paints a picture as rich and unique as the next while challenging stereotypes that surround the Mormon faith."

     So if you have ever wondered what we "Mormons" are like, you can get tickets to the movie here. All proceeds from "Meet the Mormons" will go to the American Red Cross.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Miss Sassy Pants

Ellie just asked me if she could have some goldfish crackers and I told her no because we would be having lunch soon. Apparently that wasn't the answer she was looking for because she said, threateningly, "I'm going to show you my underwear if you don't get me some goldfish!" 

(Reminds me a little of the story I told in this post with my brother.)

Let's just say that her comment didn't get her any goldfish... It did give me a good laugh though!

This girl can be sassy, but I'm sure glad she's mine! 

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Big Sisters Have Super Powers

     Jonah absolutely LOVES his siblings, especially Ellie. And she loves him right back. 

     She can always make him happy, no matter how sad he is:

     His little man-laugh cracks me up every time.