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~

Loehrmann Family Favorite Recipes

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Go Cougs!

Football breeds excitement. And gatherings of people staring at and yelling at the TV. One of the EQ Counselors invited everyone over to watch the game. Food,drinks, and good company on hand, and a new Veggie Tales Movie for the kids after half time. Man I hope Lukas never plays football. Aside from all the crazy concussion business, it is FOUR HOURS LONG!!!! I mean, basketball is an hour, plus some breaks. Soccer? 90 minutes and done. But football. aghhuuhgh! haha. The up side? More time to hang out with fun people!

Thursday, September 19, 2013

New Bed

After growing out of the crib bed long ago, and sleeping on Montessori type mats for a WHILE now, I saw a free bed on Craigslist, and borrowed a neighbors truck to go get it. With Lukas, since Jared was at home with his operated foot up. Just 4 big pieces and even a trundle to go underneath! So pretty! And Lukas was THRILLED to help me buy some hardware at Home Depot and put it together. We fixed the trundle hinge and made him a little nest, SO excited for him to sleep in it finally!!! "I love my bed!!!!", he would say excitedly. And he's very protective of it. It's simple construction and he doesn't want it to break. :)

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

A Country Fair! A Family Affair!

The Relief Society Quarterly Activity was a County Fair: A Family Affair, to help the Relief Society Sisters once again focus on Family History. There were booths about scrapbooks, journals, family reunions, memory books, preserving photos, creating family histories and interviews, homemade soap, a temple craft, and even a station with lap tops to look up some names. I did the journaling station, and had photo books and journals set up. I'm laughing at all the silly pictures we took in the photo booth. The one with this terrible wrestling mask was funny. Pretty representative of the day. And Lukas was the only kid to sit through the whole thing, not in the nursery, since both his parents were helping set up, present, and (Jared) taste test the pie. Once Lukas knew what Jared was doing, there was no sending him anywhere else. Haha. Thanks Kristyn for the cool pictures. P.S. Family (read Oma Karin and my Mom): Please contribute family history names, send us photocopies of family trees, and please start to scan in any and all pictures you have so we can help do some temple work too. We're close to a temple, and get to go often with the youth. We need names!!!

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Doorbell Ditching Has Become a New Favorite Sport. Literally. We ring. We Run. That's how we do fitness.

Playing with Jacob

Jacob's mom is taking a bookkeeping class. I get to watch Jacob, and in return my kid gets entertained by someone else's kid and I (ironically) get a break, aside from the occasional squabble or Lincoln Log dilemma (those are surely not realistic for little kids. At least not these little kids. It's hard when something has to be put together a 'certain' way in order to be successful...thus my issue with them and other sets of toys that have only one function. Anyhow, having Jacob at our house so often during the fall semester is awesome!!! He is good at drawing, and enjoys it- which means Lukas will attempt it, which stretches him in an area he otherwise shies away from.  And, they just have fun together! Good friends are icing on the cake of life. 

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Prepare for Implosion

Update: Jared's surgery went fine. They pulled out a piece of cartilage floating around by pumping his leg full of water, apparently. (And this surgery was 3 months after the incident. Yay HMO and American Healthcare. Jared said in Germany this never would've happened.) He's been on crutches now for 3 weeks. He's got almost 3 more weeks still of crutches and not allowed to put any weight on it whatsoever until the 6 week mark is up. He can shower finally, once the doctor took off the dressings. Before that, he and Lukas both got baths. Joy.

 He cannot drive, so I am a chauffeur for any meetings (for Elders Quorum, German School, German Exchange Program, Soccer Team Boosters, School, or otherwise) unless he works out a ride otherwise. I am so so so grateful for those who make "otherwise" possible. Bless you.  He's been a great sport about it. Really. Such a good positive attitude. SOOOOO much better than when that blasted Achilles blew. Like night and day comparison actually.  I am so glad we survived that.   The biggest downers withe the surgery for me include driving the car more than ever before to bring people from A to Z, filling the 5 gallon water jugs and hauling them home, taking out the trash and getting recycling done... all things that Jared did before... along with just helping me in general to clear the table, tidy up, or checking on Lukas at night... putting him to bed.  So my days are longer to get everything really done.

That leads me to the implosion factor. Between Jared's Elders Quorum calling, German School Principal and Teacher job, German Exchange Program Coordinator Assignment, Soccer Team Coach, and his actual job teaching in the HS, he has a brain full of to-dos, and I'm so surprised at how little I hear about most of these things. He just gets them done calmly in his own way, and really tries to be home when he's home.  Each has it's own time to get done and it's not like they are all happening at the same time or all the time. Just lots to keep track of on the calendar.

I've been burning the candle at both ends for too long, so now I'm sick with a nasty cold and had a fever for the last two days. For all those who think I have allllll this time on my hands because I have only one kid, let me just set the record straight for once. You are right. I have time on my hands. 24 hours in a day actually. Just like you. And I fill it. Just like you. The difference is probably that I have much more flexibility in my schedule than many... like those who have a hellish school drop off schedule (especially the poor moms who have to drive to three or more different schools! Yes! Awful! I totally feel for you Katrina!!) or tons of activities to constantly get to.  Usually we just have a couple "have tos"-- i.e. things I'm paying for, like Lukas' new music class, and German School, and soon a gymnastics class. Otherwise, I've got my young women's calling, which means planning Mutual Tuesdays, teaching sometimes on Sundays, Night of Excellence to plan, and training YW in their callings. And there's low-stress playgroup  & Lukas' Let's Play Music class on Wednesdays. I do preschool for Lukas and his friend twice a week, since I watch the other boy while his mom takes some college classes. It's awesome since it's Lukas' best friend- so it's guaranteed looked-forward-to play time!!. And now I have my paying job teaching German School on Saturdays. I get 6-7 year olds for a few hours Saturday mornings while their friends are probably at soccer or baseball fields.It's a nice outlet to use my teaching skills and German language skills to earn some money. Kinda funny that I sort of work for Jared since he's the principal.  On top of that, there are fun things like visiting teaching (I visit super interesting people who I wouldn't have met/hung out with otherwise! LOL) and get to help with RS activities, like this month's on family history: I'm doing a booth on journaling, showing my blog books, and things like that.

But even with all that I do have time. UnadulteratedTime others don't have. So we are the ones to watch other people's kids during the day, help people with 4.5 kids unpack moving boxes, visit ward members who could use a friend, help activate, motivate, regulate and set things straight. Since we live right next to the High School we have an occasional drop in from a young woman who needs to talk. Boy are they sometimes in over their heads, but they all have to live it and go through it. .In there somewhere though is making dinner, doing laundry, grocery shopping, and planning my lessons for Saturday, and dragging Lukas along the whole way.

So ask us in November how we're doing. Because that is when Jared's soccer season starts. That's one big piece of straw on this haystack. I just hope he can drive by then! (smerk)

Saturday, September 14, 2013

German Teacher

Taught German school for the first time today. Fun to be back in teacher mode...for one day a week. Lukas loved his kindergarten teacher, Frau Self! Open registration still! Come join! Saturday mornings!

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

National Newsline

Tonight, President Obama will be on TV explaining why he thinks America should start a new war in Syria

Friday, September 6, 2013

Feely Box

Put stuff in it that starts with the same sound for each new preschool week/session.

Play = working!

I'm a huge fan of free play in a setting that lends itself to creativity and learning. I was thrilled when the kids played at this park along side a dried up creek bed. They worked together to haul a log over to the play structure then help each other climb it. Physics, teamwork, creativity. Love it!

Shark attack

Lukas was recently invited to a party that I completely forgot about. With Jared's surgery the day before, and fixing our car's brake rotors and my broken cell phone the morning of, it was literally fhe Last thing in mg mind. In fact, when fhe kid's thoughtful mother called 1/2 hour into it, Lukas had been snoozing away for over an hour! I woke him and asked him if he wanted to go. (To a birthday party? Is the pope Catholic?)

Swim clothes on and out the door within 10 minutes, the little man was so tired, but so glad he got to go. After all, these shark fins have gotten mileage in our house ever since! 

When all was done, I felt so grateful that someone else's cup runneth over when my plate is full.

Monday, September 2, 2013

Apparently it is a war-zone out here.

Photo: Apparently it is a war-zone out here.
This moment was captured during a spontaneous trip to the beach on an overcast day. A dry beach day, we call it. We happened to run into a woman from the ward with her two boys there, who took right to playing with Lukas. They'd built a bunker and would jump out occasionally and shoot at things. Imaginary can't see-em kind of things. They.Had.A.Ball!!!!

Then this other kid came over. A number of socially awkward moments ensued. Looking back, it's funny how we consider the awesomeness of our own kids when confronted with a 6 year old with smoker's cough (second hand smoke anyone?), whose mom even jumped into the boys' soccer game to "show him how it's done" and would yell at him about every little thing... in her overbearing, deep raspy voice. The kid would jump, hit, kick and not let up sometimes while playing with the other three. I felt bad for the kid, living in that family. Reminded me of Pete's Dragon.  Makes me always stop, take note of what we're doing, and feel grateful for my little boy and all the personality he has and is, and all the time and energy it takes to do what we do in our family.