Jamesy Talking

Eliza has started calling James “Jamesy” this week. We’re not sure where she got that name because we have never called him that. She is so cute with him. She has been getting better and better at sharing. While she tries to share sometimes, she often will say “I had it first” and take the thing away. She has done this even to us. She has also started praying by herself. At night for her personal prayer she will say several sentences on her own. Usually thankful for things that have happened in the day. She always reminds us that she needs to do scriptures and prayer at morning and at night. Today in church when it was time for the prayer on the water she started reciting the prayer before the priests started. I was totally surprised. She knew the first few sentences by herself and then repeated the prayer after the priests. She is getting better and better at being reverent and I just have to gently remind her these day to fold her arms.

James's first time swinging. He wasn't quite sure what to make of it.
James’s first time swinging. He wasn’t quite sure what to make of it.
Eliza loves the park!
Eliza loves the park!

James has started talking in his own little language. He will come up to us and make a bunch of sounds and just be so pleased with himself. We’re sure he thinks he’s making sense to us and that he’s communicating but . . . we have no idea what he’s talking about. It’s really cute though. He does have a few words that we know. He has words for mama, dada and Eliza. When he sees her he will point and say “zaza (daida)” and get so smiley. He is eating better and better these days.

James is starting to learn how to fold his arms for prayer.
James is starting to learn how to fold his arms for prayer.

We parents had a crazy week. One or the other of us was gone every night this week. Monday we were all home for FHE and that was good but the rest of the week was nuts. We had scout court of honor on Tuesday that we all attended. Wednesday, Sarah was gone to the family history center, Thursday Sarah had bookclub and I was prepping for my scout camp this weekend. Friday I was gone camping and Saturday we were actually on a date.

Eliza made a tail out of her snuggle.
Eliza made a tail out of her snuggle.

Our friends the Larsens invited us to go with them to Top Golf with them for a birthday party. It was kind of last minute but we decide we’d just go. We got one of the young women to watch the kids and went with them. Top Golf is a glorified driving range that is somewhat reminiscent of a bowling alley. We got some tasty food and then hit balls for 2 hours. We had  a good time and both of us did pretty well considering that we’d never actually hit a golf ball before.

Before church this week Eliza wanted to do the bunny's hair.
Before church this week Eliza wanted to do the bunny’s hair.

Having fun around home

Well this has been a much calmer week than the last few. We mostly stayed around the house and didn’t get out and about too much. We have all been a bit tired and so the few things we did this week were kind of a big deal!

Eliza calls these little scriptures her "scripture power" scriptures.
Eliza calls these little scriptures her “scripture power” scriptures.

Monday we had our normal family home evening. We try to set quarterly goals and that is what we worked on this Monday. We are pretty good about making goals every 3 months. We’re less good about actually following through with our goals. One of our goals this time was to try to get to bed earlier. I think we did pretty well this week but we were still tired for some reason. Maybe the kids had something to do with it.

Eliza helping cook something
Eliza helping cook something
Eliza will get really excited about playing Candy Land and then lose interest after 10 minutes or so. Oh to be 2!
Eliza will get really excited about playing Candy Land and then lose interest after 10 minutes or so. Oh to be 2!

We had the missionaries over for dinner on Wednesday. We have sisters in our ward now and they are doing better than elders have in a long time. Sarah said that they actually had a full sheet of investigators at their coordination meeting on Saturday which is something that the Elders never had. I hope that we can find a way to help.

Eliza likes to help James with his water
Eliza likes to help James with his water
Eliza got to eat on the couch after she crashed early before eating dinner after we went swimming.
Eliza got to eat on the couch after she crashed early before eating dinner after we went swimming.

We went to the temple on Friday night and left the kids with the Larsens. Eliza was excited to go and play but it turns out that James is totally a mama’s boy, and he had a hard time once he realized that we were gone. The temple was good and it was good for Sarah and me to get away and have some time to talk and be alone.

James it totally a Mama's boy
James it totally a Mama’s boy
Hanging out in the mother's room at church
Hanging out in the mother’s room at church

Saturday we just did our normal Saturday things. We did a bit of cleaning and fertilized the lawn. In the afternoon we took the kids swimming. Eliza has gotten a million times more brave than she was the first time we took her this summer. She loves to jump in and is even putting her face in the water and likes to jump in with the water over her head. We missed swimming lessons for her this summer but we definitely need to get her into them next year. She loves the water. James had a good time too. He basically just wanted to be held and splash. Eliza wanted him to jump in with her a few times and that was super cute.

Eliza often sleeps with her "Pookie Books"
Eliza often sleeps with her “Pookie Books”

We had the letter from the first presidency about the supreme court decision read in our meetings this week. I think it went pretty good and no one seemed to react badly to it. I pray that we can learn to live with this in a Christlike way and that we can keep our religious freedom. I know a gay couple at work and I work with both of them really closely and it was a hard experience this week to get a letter from them saying that they had gotten “married.” I respect both of them professionally and I would even call one of them my friend. I really want my relationship with these people to be good and Christlike but also I want people that I work with to know what my standards are. I am still doing soul searching on this and trying very hard to act with kindness to them and to be careful in what I post online or in social media about this because I don’t want to be misunderstood.

I feel that in order to truly understand why I am against “gay marriage” you really have to understand the entirety of the restored gospel. I think it is probably very difficult, if not impossible, to get to this point is a simple blog post or in a simple statement online. I hope that we, as a family, can learn how we are to appropriately react in these situations.