Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Quiet whisperings

Last night we had the opportunity to go to the temple/ visitor center and see the Reflections of Christ collection, beautiful photography of scenes in Christs life. It is interesting to see the kids go into the visitor center and automatically they have a certain reverence about them. Especially when they are at the feet of the Cristi's. They definitely were not perfect, but there was a change. The photography was beautiful, and the spirit was definitely there. If you haven't seen the pics. here is the link to the reflections web site, its way better in person.

I wish I had my camera because the reflection pool outside had the fountains going which I haven't seen on since I was a kid. Anyways, I love the feeling and sense of peace we carry with us every time we leave the temple. I am so grateful we have one so close. I am really excited for the temple in Gilbert to be built! I wonder what it will look like?

When we got home Kaden was being rarely quiet, and he was eating his dinner without any fuss, and being ohhhh so sweet. After I gave him a bath I was putting his diaper and jammies on when he became intensly quiet and his eyes started to go side to side, and he started moving his head like he was trying to see something behind him. Here is how our conversation went...
Me: Kaden what do you hear?
Kaden: No response
Me: Kaden what do you hear, is it a cricket? (thinking he heard something outside because the tv was not on)
Kaden: No
Me: Is it a bird?
Kaden: No
Me: Is it a friend?
Kaden: No
Me: Is it an angel?
Kaden:No, its Jesus Mom!!
Wow, that blew me away. I'll admit... I was a little stunned. After that feeling quickly passed, I just laughed and asked what He said. Kaden did not answer me. I do wonder what our precious sweet little children still hear and see?
My silly boy!

Saturday, April 26, 2008

Superstition Farm!

On Tues. for our Achievement Day's activitie we took the girls (and our kids) to the Superstition Farm for a tour of the place. It was totally fun and the girls said they loved it, and I think all the younger kids (Kaden, Emma, Noah, and Neela) seemed to have a super fun time as well. They usually only do tours on Sat. but they made a special exception for us! They started us off with a little lecture about how they started the farm, and of coarse the cow's, how much they eat, what they eat, showed us some of their medicine, the different kinds of milk, blah blah blah. It was cute though because there was some interesting chickens and a dog just roaming around where we were, the kids loved that. Then it was off the petting zoo.

Kaden feeding the goats.
The bunny Peanut.

Loverboy the horse

This is one of the chickens that was roaming around. His name is Einstein, isn't he cute.The donkey from Shrek. Or, that's what I told Kaden anyways. Then they took us on a hay ride around the farm. There is a mister under those shade things that make it 15-20 degrees cooler than it is outside.

This is my fav. cow. She is a jersey cow, we learned that they make a more creamy milk. Good for ice cream, Yummy!

After that they had a milk bar where there was all different kinds of milk you can taste. I had pistachio. It was delicious!

By the way, did you know that their cows, (I don't know if it's all cows) produce 15gal. of milk a day. Wow mama, poor cows, talk about sore, and tender breast!

Monday, April 21, 2008

One week catch up.

I was trying to remember what we did last week because I didn't post anything. I started to get bummed thinking we were boring because I couldn't think of anything. Then I looked at my camera and decided we did a few fun things, so here they are. Probably boring for you, but hey, this blog really is for me to keep note anyways!
FHE at the park. Mark on the long board, I was rollerblading, and Kaden on his trike (some of the time).

We took the kids to the mall to play on the water pad. They totally loved it, except the wind was blowing so they were shivering and had purple lips the whole time.

On Friday Candee and I took the kids to an open gym at Arizona Olympians. Can I just tell you that Kaden LOVED every second of it!! I will have to say, sO dId I. It is really just for the kids to play, and practice if you have them in gymnastics, but I couldn't help it. I kept finding myself in the foam pit a few times, and running and leaping across the spring floor and the tumbling tramp. Shaking my booty to the beat of the music they had playing, (I hope no one saw) Ohhhh FUN!!! We will definitely be going back there. Too bad I didn't get very many pics. I was to busy enjoying myself.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008


I thought this was interesting. Everything is here for a reason right!

- A sliced Carrot : looks like the human eye. The pupil, iris and radiating lines look just like the human eye...and YES science now shows that carrots greatly enhance blood flow to and function of the eyes.
- A Tomato : has four chambers and is red. The heart is red and has four chambers. All of the research shows tomatoes are indeed pure heart and blood food.
- Grapes : hang in a cluster that has the shape of the heart. Each grape looks like a blood cell and all of the research today shows that grapes are also profound heart and blood vitalizing food.
- A Walnut : looks like a little brain, a left and right hemisphere, upper cerebrums and lower cerebellums. Even the wrinkles or folds are on the nut just like the neo-cortex. We now know that walnuts help develop over 3 dozen neuron-transmitters for brain function.
- Kidney Beans : actually heal and help maintain kidney function and yes, they look exactly like the human kidneys.
- Celery, Bok Choy, Rhubarb : and more look just like bones. These foods specifically target bone strength. Bones are 23% sodium and these foods are 23% sodium. If you don't have enough sodium in your diet the body pulls it from the bones, making them weak. Thesefoods replenish the skeletal needs of the body.
- Eggplant, Avocadoes and Pears : target the health and function of the womb and cervix of the female - they look just like these organs. Today's research shows that when a woman eats 1 avocado a week, it balances hormones, sheds unwanted birth weight and prevents cervical cancers. And how profound is this? ... It takes exactly 9 months to grow an avocado from blossom to ripened fruit. There are over 14,000 photolytic chemical constituents of nutrition in each one of these foods (modern science has only studied and named about 141 of them).
- Figs : are full of seeds and hang in twos when they grow. Figs male sterility.
- Sweet Potatoes : look like the pancreas and actually balance the glycemic index of diabetics.
- Olives : assist the health and function of the ovaries
- Grapefruits, oranges, and other Citrus fruits : look just like the mammary glands of the female and actually assist the health of the breasts and the movement of lymph in and out of the breasts.
- Onions : look like body cells. Today's research shows that onions help clear waste materials from all of the body cells. They even produce tears which wash the epithelial layers of the eyes.

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Kaden's new friend Gizmo is growing so fast. I guess it helps that Kaden likes to feed him every chance he can get. We are having so much fun with him, except he keeps escaping from his cage. Then he sneaks to the neighbors house where we have found him on many of occasions hiding under their bushes. (Yes, I am mean... We have the cage outside because I don't like animals living in the house.) So I guess it's not so bad that he over feeds him for now. Today we found Gizmo trying to sneak out of his cage and he got stuck half way through. Keep stuffing him Kaden, soon he'll be so fat there wont even be a chance. One less thing I have to worry about.

Tuesday, April 1, 2008


This past weekend we were able to take our last trip to the dunes for this season. ( It's already too hot.) We went with Matt and Candee and their kids, and some friends met us there. Even Chad and Matt H. showed up! What a treat for Mark, he loves having his friends around. This was Candee's first time there, and she did awesome! I wish I had some pics of her riding the huge bowls. Kaden loved the fact that he got to ride his quad literally ALL DAY! I felt bad because every time someone would leave to go on a ride he would try to follow. Those towering sand hills dont even phase him. (what am I in for?) No BIG mishaps, a few falls here and there, and Brik getting ran over by Kaden, total accident,but luckily no real injuries. BIG THANKS to and Joe and Erin for letting us take their trailer. A fun time was had by all.

This is how Birk got ran over. He decided to do a dismount when Kaden was following.
Kaden and Sadee.

Mark Sand boarding

Check this biff out!

The kids having fun!