My Older Son

Clearly Cameron doesn’t think like most people. We already know this. But every so often he’ll do or say something that makes me just look at him and wonder about just how different he is. Ian assures me he is fine and while not normal for everyone, definitely normal for a child of his.

Wednesday evening we went to the library. We had brought along quite a few books to donate and so while the kids and I were inside picking books to check out, Jamie drove around to the back to drop off the books we were donating. He ended up parking in a different spot before coming into the library. When we left Cameron looked at the van and said “Which side do I sit on?” and after I told him he went and opened my door accidentally. His response was “I just forgot.”

Absent Minded Professor definitely describes Cameron. Sometimes he’ll walk into walls and then say something like “I was just thinking about how sharks lose 20,000 teeth in 10 years and didn’t notice the wall.” He pops out with facts like that quite a bit, almost always something science related. I guess he gets that sort of thing naturally. His father thinks about things like how we could colonize Mars, but at least he doesn’t walk into walls while thinking it.

My Daughter

Yesterday Ani was working in her Explode the Code book (EtC sure does give me a lot of blog fodder!) and one of the yes or no questions was something like “A puzzle can fit on a table.” Rather than answer yes or no, Ani wrote in “It depends on the size of the table and the size of the puzzle.” Indeed.

Last night I told Jamie that my holds at the library were ready. We’re getting Three Tales of My Father’s Dragon to read aloud because the big kids loved the first book (My Father’s Dragon) in the trilogy so much and two books for me to read, Jeans and 1491. Ani’s response was “Why does Mommie read boring books about history?” Apparently fantasy with lots of magic appeals to her. No wonder she devours Rainbow Magic, Unicorn Secrets, and Secrets of Droon books.

Family Home Evening

In our church we set aside Monday nights as Family Home Evening. There are never any church activities and you hesitate to call other members on Monday nights and if you do you tend to apologize for calling on Monday night. We’ve not been the most diligent at always doing Family Home Evening, particularly when Jamie has a college class on Mondays and we forget to do it on Sunday or Tuesday instead. Lately we’ve been making an effort to have Family Home Evening every week and it has been very nice.

What is Family Home Evening? Aside from simply being together at home as a family (or not at home depending on what you choose to do that week), there is a lesson of some sort, prayers, and often singing and likely refreshments, too. Our pattern for the evening is an opening song, almost always a primary song due to the ages of our kids, opening prayer, lesson, closing song, closing prayer. We don’t usually have refreshments really, though the kids always have a bedtime snack no matter what day of the week it is.

Some recent lessons we have done:
Jamie drew an engine, two train cars, and a caboose and I cut them out beforehand and wrote “Our dear Heavenly Father” on the engine, “We thank thee” on one car, “We ask thee” on the other, and “In the name of Jesus Christ, Amen” on the caboose. We colored the train parts and discussed the four parts of a prayer. The kids put them in order and we talked about why you thank first and ask second. We talked about what amen means. Cameron thought it meant “The end.” Since that lesson he’s often been very thoughtful at the end of a prayer to make sure he really agrees before saying amen. Then we put the assembled prayer train on our wall (where it still is actually).

Being Spiritually Prepared
We told the parable of the Ten Virgins and talked about what it means. Then we talked about how we fill our virtual oil lamps. Then we took clay and made our own “lamps.” Mine turned out looking more like a bowl. Ian got all artistic and made a rather realistic looking oil lamp. Cameron made two little ones. Ani took forever and carved words in hers.

Families Are Forever
I wrote the names of many of our ancestors on slips of construction paper beforehand. We talked about the sealing ordinance done in the temple and how Jamie and I were sealed when we got married so our kids are automatically sealed to us at birth and that I am sealed to my parents and so on. We talked about how later that week my father would be sealed to his parents and his mother and father would be sealed and his mother would be sealed to her parents and our chain would be unbroken for many generations. We created three chains and talked about how just one person would bring those chains together. We added Grandmomma’s slip of paper to the chains and ended up with one big, albeit convoluted, chain.

Little Sins Can Be Big Problems
I got the idea for this lesson from a friend. We each put a small rock in our shoe and then we went for a walk. We talked about how the rock was only a little thing like a little sin is a little thing. Of course after a little amount of time the little rocks were bothering us all (well, according to Cameron, not him) and so we removed them from our shoes. We discussed repentance and how it gets rid of the “little thing” bothering us. Ani is wonderful with all these lessons. She plays right into my hands and says all the right things to move the lesson along perfectly. She was very disturbed by the rock in her shoe. She put it in her arch. Cameron had put his at his toes so I think that’s why it didn’t bother him.

Sleeping Baby

Fritz has started falling asleep laying on the floor wherever he happens to stop. I did that as a baby and apparently so did my grandfather, the very one my baby is named after. The other night he fell asleep hanging over the chair on the air vent in our bedroom. Fritz likes to take the cover off the air vent and get inside the vent so we have to put the chair over it to make it so he can’t get the cover off.

Revised: Dear Explode the Code: Get a Better Artist

The other day I posted about the thumb in the T section of Get Ready for the Code. Well, a friend looked at her copy of Get Ready for the Code and said she thought it was a toe. You know, I think she’s right! They meant for it to be a toe. But here is why they need a new artist. It’s a really, really long toe and so I thought it was a thumb and my son thought it was a finger. So there you go. The picture does make sense in the T section, it’s just drawn poorly.

Crazy Child

As if it wasn’t enough to wake up before 6 am to read, last night Ani read until 10 pm and then woke up at 3 am and read until 4 am and then was up for the day before 7 am. I guess she just doesn’t require much sleep.

An Unbroken Chain

This evening my parents and I met my brother and sister-in-law at the Temple. Jamie stayed outside with the kids while the rest of us went inside. First, my brother and sister-in-law were proxy for the sealing for time and all eternity of my grandparents. Then, my parents were proxy for my grandmother’s parents and I was proxy for my grandmother in the sealing of my grandmother to her mother and father. Finally, my brother was proxy for my grandfather, my mother was proxy for my grandfather, and my father was sealed to his parents.

And thus we have an unbroken chain. Ian and I are sealed to each other and our children are sealed to us. I am sealed to my parents. My parents are sealed to their parents. Their parents are sealed to their parents. And so on for several generations. It is a wonderful thing.

When it’s a good book…

…you apparently want to read it so much you wake up early to read. Ani has fallen in love with the Rainbow Magic books (Rainbow and Weather Fairies). We picked up a bunch at the library last night and by the time we finished our errands she had read one of them. She read another after we got home. She woke up at 5:55 this morning and read a third one and then read yet another one after that.

Dear Explode the Code: Pick a better T word!

Cameron’s learning his letters and is working in Get Ready for the Code. Everything has been fine except for one of the T words: thumb. Now, I know that thumb starts with T, but my just learning the letter sounds son doesn’t because it doesn’t start with the sound he expects for a T word. Having already learned the sound F makes, Cameron decided that the thumb must be a finger and was just put in the wrong part of the book.