Saturday, August 29, 2009


Tonight, I am responsible for our stake picnic. I hope to have at least 500 people in attendance. Once this picnic is over, I will finish being the Cultural Events Chairperson.

This week we finished our reading of Democracy in America, vol. 1.

Thursday evening we finished our last book discussion with our PALMS group. I hesitate with this one because I imagine it will start again but for now it's finished.

I finished worrying and talked the talk with my son about sex and maturation on Monday morning. It turned out to be a fun experience. I tried to share from the female point of view and general development of both male and female bodies. I had just finished a prayer about wanting to talk to Eli and he walks into my room. There was my sign to share with him. Next comes the girls. I found Brad Wilcox and Linda & Richard Eyre's books very helpful.

We finished celebrating Eli's birthday. It was an all day activity this past Monday. He's 12 now. With help from mom he finished his Faith in God program. With help from dad he finished reading the Book of Mormon.

Lastly, I finish this lame post.

Monday, August 17, 2009

My First Attempt at Hosting a Cottage Meeting...

I sent the following letter to what seems to be the top three mayoral candidates for the city of Provo. I am attempting to host a cottage meeting at my home next week. So far Mr. Clark is attending, Mr. Curtis may send a representative and I hope that Mr. Allphin will be able to attend in person as I think that would help to bring more citizens. (I'm guessing)

Greetings Mayoral Candidates,

I'm Nickie _____, I will be voting on September 15th. I live in the Rivergrove neighborhood, and I would like to invite you, (the three major candidates for mayor) to my home for a cottage meeting.

Here's my proposal:

I'm extending an invitation to attend our colloquium on Thursday August 27th at 7:00pm. We are discussing Alexis de Tocqueville's Democracy in America.
We meet for one hour and have a number of families attend at any given time. At 8:00pm we would like to open the floor to provide each candidate with 15 minutes to share his proposals and vision for the future of Provo. After which you would then take questions from the audience.

I have a large home and can comfortably seat 45 people in my living room. We will invite members of our neighborhood, the homeschooling community, and faculty from BYU. (Not to mention those who love chickens)

Would this opportunity work for you?

If you can attend the colloquium, we will discuss the last three chapters (16-18) of the first volume. It's about 160 pages.

Looking forward to receiving your response.

Friday, August 14, 2009

Sixteen Square Blocks...

Just two complaints. That's all. Amazing. I had us walk from the entrance of Chinatown all the way across and back.

This time I went with a plan. I made sure we stopped often for "snacks" Chinese of course. Most were pastries that really didn't taste that great so I cheated and bought chocolate covered fortune cookies which I'm skeptical as to how authentic they where and I broke down for chocolate dipped macaroons. I love macaroons. The lady said they were Chinese. Go figure maybe they are.

As we walked back through Chinatown we came upon a fund raising act. It was so

loud and firecrackers were going off left and right. Drums beating crazily and these dog-like dragon costumes swaying about.

It was fun. Just two complaints and lots of thank yous from bringing them to such an interesting place.

Dedicated To Flicker...

It is with regret that I share the sad news of Flicker's demise.

Flicker was Bethany's eight year old birthday present. He was a lovely singer and brought many minutes of joy when he sang.

Sadly Flicker became ill a few months ago and on the 30th of July Beth found him laying peacefully in his seed bowl.

We held a lovely burial and kind words where offered by those in attendance. Mainly myself and our children.

Flicker was laid to rest beside the new honey locust tree along the back hill side.

A lovely place to rest if you're a bird.

Honey...It's What's For Breakfast...

That's right. It's time for extortion of the bee hives. I guess extortion isn't the right word because I'm not threatening, I'm simply taking without asking. Well, they do owe me for all those bee stings.

I think we are close to harvesting at the minimum 60 pounds of honey. I'll let you know next week. In the mean time here is a picture of Beth with some honeycomb that we removed.

What does the honey taste like? Two weeks ago it had the flavor of mint and what I thought was elderberry. Interesting.

The honeycomb was a refreshing change from gum.

This will be our first attempt at extracting. I have no idea what we are in for but they say you don't want any bees coming into the house with you...bees love honey. Oh boy.

Complaints Come With Rewards...

There are times when I think I'm going to pull the hair from my children's scalps.
These feeling are usually associated with complaints. Such as "why do we have to do this", or "how much longer", or "I'm tired of walking why are you doing this to us", or some other saying which I'm sure you have heard at some point in your child raising years.

Last week I forced my kids to walk around San Francisco. And I did hear a number of complaints BUT I also heard statements like this; "Oh Mom thanks for making us come here", or "I'm so glad we did this", or "this is neat I'm sorry I complained mom."

If I just wait and don't let myself get to the "I want to pull your hair stage" there is almost always a positive reward in the end.

Example: From Fisherman's Wharf, I marched the kids a number of blocks until we arrived at Lomdard the bottom of Lombard street that is. There was much complaining while we hiked up three or four very steep streets to finally get to the famous destination and then I heard, "this is great", "thanks for bringing us mom", "look how far you can see" ,"wow we climbed all the way up here". You see, the complaining often comes with rewards if I just let it pass without getting upset. I wonder if my kids do this more when they don't know what to expect from a new experience. I think I just hit on something here.