Monday, September 29, 2008
I had to borrow money from him earlier this month when I had spent all of my "allowance" and still had a week to go before the next pay check. The family had to eat and thank goodness Chase is a miser. So I promised to pay him a dollar interest and to ask the bank for a 100 dollar bill to replace all the ones, fives and twenties he lent me. Chase has always been infatuated with large bills (especially $2 bills) so I figured having the one big bill would make it easier to save and not spend.
Well we went to our scout pack meeting last Thursday and Chase wanted to show off his $100 bill even though Dad told him to leave his money in the car. Of course, you guessed it, he lost all $110 dollars playing around outside as we waited for someone to show up with a key that worked. As we started the pack meeting Chase realized it was missing. Poor boy he looked so pale and I knew he was fighting hard not to cry. A few of the moms and I went out with him to search. Eventually the ten dollar bill was found but not the hundred. We looked for an hour before we had just looked everywhere and it was too dark to see anymore.
About half way through our looking I asked Chase if he had said a prayer. I think this was a real awakener for me about how poor my own testimony of prayer is. I struggled for a few minutes before suggesting the idea to Chase, worried that if he did pray and his prayer wasn't answered the way he wanted, he wouldn't believe in the power of prayer anymore. As a mother I wanted him to get what he wanted. He had worked so hard for that money and I was proud of him for saving it for a worthy purpose and not just a video game. Anyway, he had said a prayer already. But I hadn't. So I headed over to some secluded bushes and asked the Lord to bless Chase with the recovery of his money. I realized and acknowledged in the prayer that the Lord would have to choose what lesson was best for Chase:
A: Chase you have done a great job working hard and saving and because of your faith I will deliver the money into your hands (or something like that)
B: Chase you showed pride by bragging about and showing your money off to your friends today. You need to learn to be humble and have better taste. Next time keep your blessings to yourself and don't flaunt them before your friends. But because of your faith in prayer I will comfort you and provide ways for you to re-earn your savings...(maybe)
Anyway I acknowledged that either blessing would be valuable but my heart was breaking for him and I knew that he would be devastated. I wanted the Lord to choose answer A so badly that I was afraid to pray and then get answer B or something similar in response.
Well after we came to the conclusion that the money was no longer outside and had either blown away or was picked up by somebody we gathered up to head inside for what was left of pack meeting. As we came to the door a set of missionaries arrived. We told them we had lost the money and that if they could keep their ears to the ground (in case they heard of someone finding it) we would be grateful. A few minutes later I went in and heard them on the phone. They had called a set of missionaries that had been to the chaple earlier (when we were arriving) and asked if they had seen it. Those missionaries had found the money but had to leave on splits to make their appointments before they could go around the church asking for it's owner. What a miracle. I mean really. Who finds a $100 bill and returns it? missionaries. How does the Lord prevent a little boys summer savings from blowing away in the wind? missionaries.
I said a silent prayer of the most sincere gratitude I had felt for something in a long time. The Lord had answered the prayers of a child. Not just any child, my child and in so doing he blessed not only him but a very faithless mother. I am so grateful for the love the Lord has for my little family. I like to think that it was the Lord's love for me in addition to his love for Chase that helped him to decide on option A.
Chase bore his testimony in Sacrament meeting this Sunday about what a good experience he had. I think it is the second time he has done so. It was so wonderful to listen to his increase of faith. And again I was thankful for such a wonderful lesson learned.
Monday, September 22, 2008
We were supposed to go on a 15 mile bike ride this weekend (and will someday soon...I'm crossing everything on my body that is crossible). But total gloom, chill fog and rain were a huge determining factor in canceling our excursion. So off we went to Tacoma. Can you believe that we have not explored the closest "big" city to us in the three years we have lived here? We have been to Point Defiance and Ruston Way to eat and crab but that's it. Saturday we actually did Tacoma stuff. I got our day trip plan from Sunset magazine. Another real favorite. I steal them every time I visit the doctor. (I am such a larcenist, that would be a really good Christmas idea if anyone is looking) We started at the Tacoma Museum of Glass. It was way more awesome than I could have hoped. We were thinking two hours would be plenty of time. Wrong-o. I wish we had more time. We went first to the factory arena and actually witnessed first hand glass blowing. Then we went to the Children's Art room and the kids and I made stained glass creations (out of plastic). I was so impressed with their kids program. I am going to do it with my achievement day girls. They have this cool contest every month. Kids turn in their ideas for a glass creation. Something funky and colorful. The artisans look through the entries every month and then choose one to create. They make one for the child and keep one for the museum. Totally cool. We loved the displays and exhibitions. We really enjoyed every minute we had there. It is free every third Thursday night. We will be going back for sure.
Then we ate dinner at the coolest place. It was just down the street called The Dock Street Sandwich Company. We felt like total celebrities. I have never had such amazing customer service. The menu was small but the food was delicious. But more than anything, we loved Shannon our server and daughter of the owners. She even diced up fruit for Sara!!!! They had the kids draw pictures for them after dinner and framed them and hung them up right then and there. It was so much fun. We will go back again as well.
For desert we went to Hello Cupcake for the prettiest, yummiest tasting cupcakes around. The girls were especially excited. The frosting was sooo good.
It was such a great "indoor" weekend. So if you are visiting us next or thinking about it. You can be sure we will take you on this very fun adventure in Tacoma if it happens to be raining...and the chances are good:-)
These are a few of my favorite things...
I barely can catch her dancing on camera. As soon as I bring out the camera she is distracted from rocking out. But I kid you not every time we turn on the music she starts swaying back and forth. She has been doing it for months. We all love it. I was so worried she would grow out of it as she got older. I'm glad she is still a swinger and a swayer. Maybe this one will be my little ballerina!
And yes Rock Band really is one of her favorite games. It is a true family affair over here!
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
So here it is, the Wilcox plan:
First the kids get up and we all wash up.
Then it is downstairs for scripture study. (I'll have to post about that another day)
Then it is back to getting ready for school with the help of this handy dandy chart!
Emily has always needed a little extra help in the getting dressed department. She can spend an hour starring at her closet wondering what to wear. So I came up with this little flip book to help her decide.
We had a fashion show where she tried on every piece of clothes except play clothes that I don't let her wear to school. Then I made a section in the book with whole outfits that I bought to go together. There is a section of shirts and a section for bottoms. She can flip around and try different combinations until she finds what she wants to wear and then can go and get all the "pieces" that are in the picture that she needs.
When they are done with their chart Chase is off to school and Emily has a very convenient extra 30 minutes. This is the perfect time to do her piano practice. I haven't had a single complaint out of her yet. I know we are still in the "honeymoon" phase of her just starting. I sit down and do it with her. I think the trade off of working for getting some one on one time with me is the trick here. Then off she goes.
When the kids come home they have until 6:00 to play with friends either outside, in the house, on play dates or in the park. At 6:00 I call them in and we have dinner, do homework, read from what ever book we are reading in and then the kids pull sticks, without looking, for chores. There are three free sticks in the bunch and they are always hopeful that one of their two chores or maybe even both will be free-bees. But I think they also like the change everyday, instead of doing the same old chore everyday.
After all of that if they have extra time they can do whatever they want until bedtime.
Bed time is a 8:00 and then much to my relief the day is over!!!
And so far it is working well...
Friday, September 12, 2008
Q: What is something Mommy always says to you?
Q: What makes Mommy happy?
Q: What makes Mommy sad?
A: When I don't be good
Q: What does Mommy do to make you laugh?
A: Tickle me
Q: What was Mom like when she was a little?
A: I think you had smooth hair
Q: How old do you think your Mommy is?
Q: How tall is your Mommy?
A: Real big like a giant
Q: What is Mommy's favorite thing to do?
A: Cuddle me
Q: What does Mommy do when you're not around?
A: You are sad and not happy and you kind of take a rest
Q: What would Mommy be famous for?
A: Do cool things like handstands or go under water or climb trees and roast marshmallows
Q: What is Mommy really good at?
A: Painting the walls
Q: What does your Mom do for her job?
A: Paint and babysit
Q: What is your Mommy's favorite food?
Q: What makes you proud of your Mommy?
A: When you say we can go camping
Q: If I were a cartoon character who would I be?
A: Hmmmmm, What not to wear (I don't think she got it)
Q: What do you and your Mommy do together?
A: Play, watch cartoons, eat
Q: How are you and your Mommy the same?
A: I have curly hair and your have curly hair, Do you like caterpillars?
Q: How are you and your Mom different?
A: You have big arms and can go under water but I can't, you have different color eyes but I have blue
Q: How do you know your Mommy loves you?
A: Because you keep telling me, because when I say "I love you", you say "I love you too the mostest"