Pumpkins inscribed with ghoulish faces and illuminated by candles are a sure sign of the Halloween season. Porches are lined with carved pumpkins often depicting a face which may be cheerful, scary, or comical. Some pumpkins are not mere faces, but have actual characters etched on them.
Our skills used at our annual pumpkin carving party with the Fulk’s continue to improve. This year some challenged their carving skills, and carved more detailed and intricate designs. Other’s continued with the “old reliable” patterns. Whatever your pleasure, they were all fabulous!
Once the carving was complete, the pumpkins were illuminated and became Jack-o’-Lanterns. Each pumpkin’s charm came to life. They are now ready to light the way of the scary trick-or-treaters on Halloween night.
We love our annual pumpkin carving party with our wonderful friends! The night is always filled with great food, fun, and fabulous company!
Glowing in the dark!
Last night Mike was inducted into the National Honors Society at Bountiful High School. To get an invitation for this event, you must have a grade point average of 3.8 or higher and complete hours of community service. The pictures are poor quality because I had to take them secretively. Mike doesn't like the lime-light, but I'm proud of him and had to post it on our family scrapbook sight (ie. the blog).
Tuesday, October 11, 2011
Mike answered to the Halloween Dance last week. At dinner, he asked his siblings and brother-in-laws, how he should answer. They came up with a creative, and unique plan.
Using the "leaf" theme that the person who had asked him had used, he composed a sign that read: I would be blown away to go to the dance with you. The sign was to be placed underneath a pile of leaves that he and his friends had raked at numerous houses. He borrowed a leaf blower from his brother-in-law to complete the task.
After delivering a pile of leaves and poster to her porch, his friend Jeremy hid in the bushes with the leaf blower. When the mother and daughters answered the door, Jeremy turned on the blower and started blowing the leaves.
The mom and daughters started screaming in fright. They thought Jeremy had a chain saw. A helpful neighbor heard the commotion and ran across the street to save them. He chased Jeremy down the street for some time before he gave up his pursuit.
Mike's potential date was laughing the next day at school. Hopefully, all is well and she will still be taking him to the dance. As for Jeremy, he deserves the friend of the year award.
Friday, October 7, 2011
Ben and Lizzy played in the Annual Duet Recital for the students of Linda Jo Whitman, their piano teacher. Ben played with Dallas Whitman, A Mysterious Adventure by Bober. Lizzy performed Rhythm and Boogie, written by Bastien, with Allie Foster.
All students participated in the Duet Federation which was held the next day. The students perform two duets that were judged. Lizzy and Ben both did a fabulous job!
Remember this? I am happily enjoying the perks of another Personal Progress Value Project! Kate helped Lizzy type and organize my recipes. This is a project I have wanted to do for quite some time, but have never gotten around to it. Thanks girls!
Now, to get the boys' involved. I am sure there are some things I can benefit from in the Duty To God Booklet, and Ben's scouting book!
I used to hyperventilate and get severe anxiety each time a new booklet was introduced. However, I am learning that (1) the kids have amazing advisors that help them with these accomplishments, (2) I have personally been a recipient of great service, and most importantly (3) the kids are learning great skills, their testimonies are getting stronger, and they are learning to serve others.
Thursday, October 6, 2011
It has been said that Steve Jobs has changed the world as we know it. He is remembered and defined as a visionary man, a genius. Many lives have been dramatically changed by the technology he produced.
Unfortunately, I am a little "behind the times". My limited knowledge and antiquated "techno -gear" has not brought me to the "Apple Sphere". My wish list still includes: an I-Phone, an I Pad, an Apple Computer, and an I-Pod, all of which I do not own yet. Someday, I hope to purchase some of these items and to have an even greater appreciation of Steve Jobs and his extraordinary abilities.
As I have read news articles on this acommplished man, and watched eulogies of his life, I have a great admiration for him. His life has and will inspire many. There are several quotes from his commencement speech at Stanford University that are particularly profound to me. They are as follows:
"Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose."
"Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life. Don't be trapped by dogma - which is living with the results of other people's thinking. Don't let the noise of others' opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary."
"Remembering that I'll be dead soon is the most important tool I've ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life, Because almost everything - all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure - these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important."
He has taught me to live in the moment. Be yourself. Do not fear rejection, or failure, and live each moment as if it were your last.
We have learned a lot from this brilliant man, his legacy lives on.
Sunday, October 2, 2011
It takes a lot of courage for a teenage boy not to retaliate when a nice vehicle that you have been driving has been defiled. I was really proud of Mike for withstanding the temptation to even the score.
Last night, his friends gathered on the front lawn discussing what they were going to do. Each time I would drive in and out of the driveway taking kids here and there, I would roll down my window, smile, and say, "take the high road Mike".
At curfew, when he checked in with me, I asked if he taken revenge. He smiled and informed me that he had not. What a good kid!
Saturday, October 1, 2011
Some pranks are not funny at all. This happens to fall in that category for me. Unfortunately, one of the passengers in the truck left the window down; fortunately, we have seat covers covering the seats. We believe it was road-kill, but none the less, disgusting. Mike came home, and scrubbed, and scrubbed to get the raccoon blood out of the seat covers.
Mike knows who was behind the shenanigans and wants to retaliate. I think its best left alone. I had to guarantee him punishment immunity in order for him to confess his retaliatory plan. I hope he takes the high road, and does nothing, but if by chance he follows through with his plan, it is at least not harmful or mean.