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

Friday, September 26, 2014

Snail Races

Funny homeschooling moments

Riding home in the car with fish for the aquarium while shooting every letter 'i' we saw along the way. One of those moments where I realized how ridiculous this must look, but love it.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Snorkeling at La Jolla Cove

We took all the young women to La Jolla Cove to snorkel. Before going in, we did some First Aid Certification for camp, and I did a presentation on animals they may see, including the famous Giribaldi Fish, seen in the Dr. Seuss books. And we saw them everywhere! Underneath the surface, there is this other entire world that lies hidden by a plane of shimmering water. At one point, directly underneath us swam a sea lion, and I felt my eyes bulging out of my goggles. You see, I unwisely read up on this place before coming here, and read about how mean the large sea lions could be.(500 pounds of mean!) And how they would occasionally challenge swimmers out here, protecting their territory. They've actually taken over much of this cove and another, causing an uproar among locals who are for vs. against the rights of animals to lay claim to the space. Anyhow, getting in the water and breathing through the snorkel takes getting used to initially. I literally had to think about breathing slowly, because my initial reaction was survival- quick breaths, until I got the hang of it. Then it was amazing! I could swim and swim, always looking down to see the swaying grasses below me as I went. A surreal feeling for sure. The adrenaline rush from the breathing, the sights, and the incoming swells of water distracted me from the fact that for me the water was still quite cold! (When I got out I'm sure my lips were a bit blue!) It was amazing! I can't wait to buy a wetsuit and go again!! Who wants to visit and try it out??

Friday, September 19, 2014

Another Reason I like this School

During break, the kids bring their snack outside, find a place at a table, or a rock as it may be to eat. I like how much choice they have to choose where to be and what to do during break, so as to allow their minds to wander and relax. Meanwhile, I take my kiddos back to a study room for another block of learning time. In Lukas' kindergarten class, after the morning math and literacy centers, they do some science experiments, have a long recess, then music and free play.

Saturday, September 13, 2014


Just scored the first goal of his Life

Today was a day to pack in a bottle and store on the shelf! After collecting bottles from his 'customers', we went to his soccer game. The third one of the season already! And today was 'game on'! The kids worked pretty well together, and try less and less to get the ball from their own teammates, and try more to use their teammates for help instead.  Lukas scored the first goal of his life! Super exciting! (And on Uncle Joel's birthday!! Happy bday Joel!!) He is so used to being the gentle giant, and 'sharing', that getting him out on the soccer field where he should 'be aggressive' and go take the ball is kind of a foreign concept.  We made a deal for every time he goes after the ball and touches it, (not just haphazardly touches it) and wha-la! Tons more touches on the ball! He's definitely a kid who responds well to positive motivation! And might I add, it is comical to watch 5 year olds play soccer. There are so many reasons to smile, and giggle, and cheer on that it's a fun experience for the parents too :) At the end of every game the parents make a tunnel with their arms for the kids to run through while cheering and they love it. Almost as much as team snack at the end.

We took off for the Lagoon afterwards where we went kayaking. We made it to a distant spot to pull off and have lunch on the beach and play in the water before paddling back. Lukas gave the oars a try and especially liked riding the waves when a boat or jet ski wake would reach us! I imagined how God gives us this whole earth to enjoy, and that of course our families are happier when we have wholesome recreational activities together, because we're unplugged, we're enjoying His creations, and we're doing that together, building memories.

 Then we took our sticky ocean water selves to the beach for a couple of hours to enjoy this beautiful hot weather. There was a heat advisory out today, so staying anywhere near water was the best option for us. At the beach Jared and I went boogie boarding. (I know. I actually went it, which means it was really stinkin' hot!). I caught some HUGE waves, and even though it sometimes felt like I was in a washing machine on the way back in, it was wonderful to cool off, and to experience the loud roar of waves from within one! And on our beach it's okay to be loud, because the digging of shovels and hollering of people pales in comparison to the steady crashing of the surf! We built sandcastles together, played with kelp, and Lukas brought his kickboard to boogie board in the surf.

Once home, it was back into H20. As if we're fish that need constant hydration (or sand washed off of very dirty limbs!). The elders met us at the grill area for dinner with our neighbors while Lukas washed off the heat (and all his left over grit) with Kaelyn & Reane...his pseudo sisters. :)

A day to bottle. A day to just be. To be together. Just the boys and me!

Things we are learning

J: "Lukas, was bekommt der Körper, wenn man einatmet?" (Wir studieren den Koerper: Lungen)
L: "asthma!"  (hee hee)

(What does the body get when you breathe?)

Beim Fussball zum anderen Kind:
L: "No need for name calling."

Love this kid!

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Personal Progress - Out of the mouth of a 5 year old Boy

If you ever participated in the Young Women's Organization's "Personal Progress" program as a youth, you may know that it was lots of experiences and projects spread out over 6 years.  I finished when I was in my last YW year and didn't think much of it.

Til I moved to Vista.

There are girls here done. For the second. And third time. And I can't help by wonder why. (I know).
Most are one time through, but done by 16. And I mean DONE by 16. Then they either ditch church altogether, or ride out the last 2 years in a blissful state of being done/checking out/ and showing up for only the funnest things, and even then it can be sketchy. 

So when the new YW president just got called and I got called back in again as the 1st c, I sighed an inner sigh when we were challenged to complete Personal Progress in a year. 

Let me repeat. One year. 

So here I sat at the BYU game Saturday night, personal progress book in hand (in the telephone, actually), wondering what I could complete in one evening. (Or one hour. Let's be honest here.) And came across this little ditty: Divine Nature number one: Read some stuff, think about it, write down the application and goals. Okay, now we're talkin'! So in my phone I highlighted these verses into blogger and thought on the bold attributes I should figure out how to develop. All of them, it said. So I began asking Lukas how a person could gain more humility. The word for humility is really close to the word 'courageous' in German, so now, in hindsight, I can completely understand what he was talking about. But only after I shed a few tears from laughter tears...when he wasn't looking anymore of course! 

Div. Nat. 1-
23 And now I would that ye should be humble, and be submissive and gentle; easy to be entreated; full of patience and long-suffering; being temperate in all things; being diligent in keeping the commandments of God at all times; asking for whatsoever things ye stand in need, both spiritual and temporal; always returning thanks unto God for whatsoever things ye do receive.
24 And see that ye have faith, hope, and charity, and then ye will always abound in good works.
45 Let thy bowels also be full of charity towards all men, and to the household of faith, and let virtue garnish thy thoughts unceasingly; then shall thy confidence wax strong in the presence of God; and the doctrine of the priesthood shall distil upon thy soul as the dews from heaven.

How to achieve?
Humble: Demutig
L;"wenn du die Lichter ausmachst..." Wenn du die junge Damen ängster machst, dann fühlen sich mutiger."  (If you turn out the lights.... when you scare the young women, then they'll feel more courageous!)

Gentle: Sanfter
"Wenn du ein Beispiel machst." (When you set an example.)

Patience: Geduld
"wenn du etwas ganz lange machst, und dann müssen sie ganz lange warten. "
-ist das wie Du Geduld gelernt hast?
(L; If you do something for a long time, then they have to wait a whole long while. Me: Is that how you've learned patience? L: Yeah!)

I'm seeing this challenge in a whole new light now. I'm going to get some great quotes and sweet experiences with a special little boy!!

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

A Different Kind of School Experience

A day like today seems a bit typical so far. We do some tracing, some paper assignments, some learning games, then we're off to an adventure to learn in a different way. There are letters and sounds to be found along the way, and just life to be observed and lived. That may even include a Relief Society Meeting on how to make different breads, which Lukas especially loves because there are always samples. Well-rounded school day, I'd say!