We women have a lot to learn about simplifying our lives. We have to decide what is important and then move along at a pace that is comfortable for us. We have to develop the maturity to stop trying to prove something. We have to learn to be content with what we are." ~Marjorie Pay Hinckley~

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Monday, October 29, 2012

Letter W

As we read Charlotte's Web together, discovering the fate of Wilbur and Charlotte together, I felt like we live on a special little corner of the Earth where books take us to farms, to jungles, to oceans... on adventures we don't quite live ourselves. Letter W week has been fun, playing with Water, Webs, Wellen (waves),Wald (woods) and hearing music, seeing pictures, and discovering the world around us. And, with some zig zag writing on the chalkboard, there's hope that Lukas wrote his first letter besides O (because, well, that's just a bunch of circles!).

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Trunk Or Treat in Vista,CA

I LOOOOVE being in a family ward!! There's just a whole new level of awesome when it comes to ward parties!! They built this cool little spook alley (which sported a lit up spider web that attracted Lukas and all his friends) and he'd run in, look at everything then run out. Check out the awesome ghosties and headstones.  Paaha ha. And they called this a fall party. Happy Halloween!!!

See the deco? And the cute gnomes? Lukas was happy to sit by a little friend.

I can't even imagine how long this took to do, but the effect was quite festive. And just "Wow" when walking in. What a fun night of hanging out with ward and community friends!

That's our super nice bishop. I'm pretty sure his tshirt read "Expert Zombie Hunter". haha.

Lukas downed his fair share of salad like a champ, and we were excited to try all the different chiles brought! I entered the contest just for kicks (which is nice because then there's no disappointment if one loses), but my new friend Rachel spent over 8 hours making her authentic gourmet chili that even contained Spanish chocolate, which ALSO didn't win, and I do believe she was a bit saddened. She did an awesome job of making a real chili with real food, but alas, the People don't like real food. Just mostly mixes and fake food.  But she called the crowd pleaser right away- the White Chili. I was actually just super glad that half my pot was still full at the end of the night so that I don't have to make dinner tomorrow and that I knew there was a chili there with real vegetables in it to give my kiddo, and know he'd like it!! And we loooooved the loaves of baked bread someone made. White bread is like candy. I realized all over again how little we eat it as Lukas and I ate multiple pieces of buttered white bread yumminess together.

My Sweet Chili recipe. From off the internet a few years ago. Without meat. SO good. SOOO not ever winning anything more than a place on my kitchen table :)
See all those curls? The haircut just had to wait til after Halloween- with the Gnome thing and all.

We'll have to trim Jared's white cotton ball beard too.

I thought the centerpieces were so simple, pretty, and festive!

Someone made Thing One and Thing Two costumes from footie jammies, that reminded me of a friend's kids in Davis last year. (Angela!!)
Lukas and Papili try their shot at the catapult.

Their reactions were priceless.

Lukas' greatest moment of victory was choosing a first candy of the night from a huge bowl- a TWIZZLER- and after 3/4 the way through was so done with it. He has been SO excited all day today in anticipation of tonight- with the chance to go Trick-or-Treating and eat lots of candies!

Isn't the Robin Hood and Maid Marion couple adorable? Really! Can we be that cute when we're that age?

All the children & some parents met in the primary room briefly to join in a big costume parade around the gym. We went all together, and Lukas became quite proficient at waving at people with his impish little grin. He got lots and lots of waves and smiles back, and my heart was so happy for this cute, joy-spreading little man of mine!!

After Trunk-or-Treating, he sat in the car savoring in his spoils. I do believe lollipops are the end of all ends for this kid! He sucked on that Tootsie Pop (he called em OOPSIE-POPS) all the way home, and as you can see, was more than just a little excited about it. Last year, it was a Kit-Kat. This year, Toosie.

We almost forgot to get a picture of our trunk! We actually "decorated" it this year by covering everything with a green blanket, and shoving a pumpkin and happy flowers/fall things in there... with of course, the mushroom on top. We were gnomes again this year because Lukas could still wear the hat, and ...well... since we moved, it was still 'new'.

I sorted out the looters loot, chucked the bubble gum, and began the trade. He REALLY wanted his M&Ms (which I KNEW he'd get) so I traded him some Sun Drops which are the same thing without the food coloring & garbage in M&Ms. The chocolate tastes better too! I know, I know. This is the ultimate food nerdiness of me. I don't know how long I'll get away with this, but so far, it's okay. I told Lukas that I'd trade him out of his junk candy for good candy. He was MORE than happy with those new m&ms that he was jumping all over our bed (still in candy excitement... of the whole evening really) and even offered some to us. Love his generosity.

What he GOT in exchange is AWEsome! Gummy Bears made with fruit juice. A kit-kat type bar, a sucker, and some chocolate 'rocks' and little chocolate pieces wrapped in Halloween foil. Awesome, huh!!

Brought to you by NaturalCandyStore.com. I also already ordered the candies we'll use for our advent calendar so that I don't have to cringe every morning we pull something out of it!

The new good stash replaced the old bad stash.

Which is now smartly hidden in the Corn Meal container, and will be handed out to the sparce number of trick or treaters we will get on Wednesday night.

It was a wonderful "Halloween Night"- and we felt so grateful to get to use the stickers and book Mom & Dad sent! Tomorrow we'll decorate our big pumpkin, which Lukas discovered outside this morning by the front door (since I went grocery shopping late last night) and was wide eyed and open mouthed to discover "ein RIESIGER Kuerbis!" (a HUGE pumpkin!) and little gourds on the breakfast table. Such little things are HUGE joys for him.
The Farnsworths: parents Steven & Rachel with Lukas' friends Adele and Dexter. Aren't their costumes awesome?!

Lukas' little buddy Will, who dressed as a guitar :) He's such a sweet boy!!

Tuesday, October 23, 2012


Freedom... to run wild on the beach.

Freedom... from restrictive neck wear.

Freedom... to climb, jump, play, and just BE.

A view of "the way home" on a beautiful day!

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

die Bucherei (Library)

 It had been one of those mornings.  See?  Then the lady we (Lukas and I) visit teach and love to hang out with, called us. We were on for a trip to the library. Susan couldn't have been happier that the theme of the day was cats, and that the author of a book had a name from her family history. She even had her cat shirt on! Perfect! Afterward the children could color a picture of a cat trying to catch a fish from a bowl. Notice that Lukas' picture is covered with black and blue crayon. It was, he says, so that the cat couldn't see the fish and couldn't catch him.  Green Peace, we have another member for your Coalition on Saving the Fish right here in the library. And as if the amazingly decorated and FULL of books part wasn't enough, they too had the wonderful library computer programs Lukas loves, like "Grandma and Me" in German, and Arthur- the same story we read at home. It's the little things. And he had a ball. Thank you to Susan Hall.

Monday, October 15, 2012

What Little Boys are Made of....

Moving here has been an adventure in and of itself. Navigating the new ward, new classes, new places to visit, and hoping that Lukas could find some friends to hang out with. Most of the kids his age have many siblings who are older, so getting together becomes quite a chore to those moms, and when they DO get together, sometimes Lukas becomes an outlet for their frustration as being the last kid (and I reflect as the 'last kid'... was I that kid? haha), so I keep waiting, watching, and hoping something clicks.

Then I met lots of other newer families in the ward, including Kristyn's. She's a mom of three kids who just moved here 2 weeks after we did. Her oldest, Thacker ("Backer" as Lukas calls him) is 5 and in Kindergarten. The younger boy, Bennett, is 5 months younger than Lukas, and then there's Baby Tatum who's just about 3-4 months old.  We asked her to babysit the boys during another night of those crazy Foster Care classes, and the boys had a blast, and played in the dirt out back. She was a little worried because he was so filthy that she dumped him in the tub with the other kids and washed his clothes. I couldn't have been happier. A dirty Lukas is a happy Lukas. And he loves baths. Especially if someone else jumps in. And I knew her a little by then from some sporadic dates for yoga, and was totally fine with it.  Lukas really likes Bennett and they play imagination games really well together. On this day, they even managed to get out the boogie boards and ride them down the hill. Lovin' it! (FYI: The bowties/ mustaches are just streamers pieces and painters' tape.)

I'm so grateful for all the little people friends he's made since moving here and am looking forward to being here for a long time.