Sunday, August 14, 2016

Cody Caught the Bug, Too

Cody was asked to bring a story about one of his ancestors for Sunday School today. I gave him my book that Mom and Uncle Ron put together and he found an ancestor he wanted to talk on - Aunt Mame. After class he told me he has to teach the lesson on how to do family history next week. I asked him if he knows how and he said no but that they gave him a couple websites to look up. After church he told me he created an account on one of the websites. He then told me how much he really likes family history and wants to start doing it.


He was so sincere. He said again he really likes it. I told him there's a special feeling with family history and he said he knows, he can feel it, too.

The Spirit of Elijah.

I love it!!!!!!!!

Sunday, July 17, 2016

He Caught the Bug!

Hunter: "We learned about the pioneers and heard some pioneer stories in primary today. I want to learn more pioneer stories and about our ancestors. It's pretty cool!"

Me: "That's awesome! I love the pioneers. They have a special place in my heart. I love learning about them. I have a book that Grandma Kenison and my Uncle Ron put together of some of our ancestors. You can look at it and learn about them. There's some stories in there."

Hunter: "No, Mom, there's a website that you go on. It's something Jesus. I can't remember the website name. But it tells you all about our ancestors and stories. We are related Joseph Smith, but..."

Me: "Brigham Young?"

Hunter: "Yes! We are related to Brigham Young."

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE that Hunter has caught the bug. I love family history and learning about our ancestors and where we come from. I am SO excited he wants to learn more about them.

Guess I need to check if we are related to Brigham Young now. :)

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Planting Flowers

Hunter has been off track now for a week and a half. On days that I work, he goes to school with me and works all day in the library. The librarians absolutely love him and he is a great help to them. He knows how to check in and out books, restock shelves, aid in putting up new bulletin boards, and has helped rearrange shelves and deep clean the library. He loves being there and begs to go in even on my days off.

So naturally, when I have Wednesdays and Thursdays off, you can imagine how bored he gets being the only kid home. Today seemed to drag for Hunt. We ran a few errands which bored him the whole time, and once we got home, he sat in front of the tv because he couldn't think of anything else to do.

I somehow talked him into planting flowers with me. We had ran to Shopko and bought some flowers with a good coupon I had, and now we need to get them into the ground. It took some coaxing, but he finally came out. His job was to dig the whole the flowers were to be planted in. He chose that job and ended up having some fun doing it. We had planted about 3-4 different flowers when he started talking about the dead people underneath. I thought he was asking if there were dead people buried here, but he quickly explained that every time we planted a flower, it was for the dead person they had just buried. Apparently we were planting a cemetery, Ha ha!

Oh, this kid has quite the imagination!

Monday, April 4, 2016

Our Spiritual Giant

Cody said our prayer tonight before bed. In it he said...

"Thank you for letting us live in the country where we can study this religion and act upon it."

Cody is such a spiritual giant. He always has been. From the time he learned how to pray, he wanted to always say them without help. I remember when he was about two, I was laying in bed next to him as he said his prayer before bed all by himself. I remember thinking, 'He could be our next prophet.' He is very in tune to the spirit. I love that about him. He is such a good kid.

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Clever Hunter

Hunter received his Arrow of Light tonight, and because of it, I gave him a liter of Coke. He was so excited!

Being the youngest, he knows his brothers will take what is rightfully his, so he has to get clever. As he was getting ready for bed, I looked over to see Hunter ripping the wrapper off his Coke and writing the words 'Hunter's Oil' and then drew a poison sign on it. Ha ha!

This kid is always coming up with some new clever idea.

I love it!

Saturday, February 27, 2016

I love listening to Hunter sing in the shower. It has to be one of my favorite things!

He doesn't know we can hear him, which makes it even better. He sings everything from Maroon 5, to Katy Perry, to Meghan Trainor. You'll know what his favorite songs are or the ones he's listened to today because those are the ones he sings. And you know what? He's really good!! I remember when he was about 4 years old. I brought him along to go Visiting Teaching with me. As we walked into a particular house, Hunter was singing. The lady stopped us in our tracks and listened to Hunter. She said, 'He is really good! And, he has a perfect pitch!' That was the first time I realized just how good he was.

Hunter loves music. He loves to sing, he loves the beat, and he loves to dance. He reminds me so much of my brother, John. John taught himself to play the piano and guitar. He's been in a couple of bands and has written his own music before. I remember when Uncle Ron took Jamie, John and I to Zion's National Park. It was the August before I got married, so Jamie was about 16 and John was about 12. We saw this cool movie while we were down there about elephants. About 3 months after our trip, John sat down at the piano and played the song from that movie. That's when we realized John had a special gift.

Makes me wonder how music will play a part in Hunter's life. He and John are SO much alike!!

Monday, January 25, 2016

You know you are loved when you find your 10-year-old in the kitchen making pudding for you and your husband to take with you to the doctor the next day for lunch. Hunter made us chocolate pudding and was hand beating it together with an egg whisk. Not a normal round whisk, but an egg whisk with only 4 metal loops that break up the yolks and whip the eggs together with. It's really only good for eggs or gravy, but it was the cutest thing seeing Hunter standing there mixing it up in a huge white bowl; a bowl big enough to hold 8 times the amount of pudding he was making. :)

He asked what else we wanted for lunch tomorrow so he could pack it up for us. My heart melted. It was hard telling him that we'd probably be home for lunch so he didn't need to pack anything. It didn't bother him. He just put some aluminum foil over the pudding, stuck it in the fridge, and went on his way, proud that he could help make his dad something for lunch when he knows we are meeting with the doc about the chemo plan he is now looking at.

Later on I snuck the bowl of pudding out of the fridge and put it into a smaller bowl so I had more room to put something else in there. As I was scooping it out of the big white bowl, I noticed it wasn't quite all the way mixed. Again, my heart melted for that cute boy I get to call my son. So I stirred it up a little more, poured it into another dish, and had a taste, or two, or three, of his yummy pudding. I love when he does this stuff for us. He sure feels big when he makes his pudding. :)