A week or so ago Marcus went to sleep on the couch with the blanket over his head while I was cooking dinner. This is how I found him. Dripping with sweat. I took all the blankets and jammies off of him before putting him in bed. I felt so bad for him.
The highlight of the night was dad blowing the horn and freaking Desmond out. He was screaming like no one has ever screamed before. haha. So funny.
Since the world is supposed to end tonight, I have been thinking about somethings that I want to do before I die. This Bucket List is not inclusive and will be added to over time. Luckily I know that the world is not going to end tonight at 6pm, so I have a little more time to work on these.
1. Take a woodworking class
2. Take a family trip to Disneyland
3. Travel to Italy and Greece with Eric
4. Drive without a destination, and find a fun hotel to stay in.
5. Go watch the Summer Olympics
6. Go skinny dipping.
7. Volunteer at a homeless shelter.
8. Compete in an Olympic Length Triathlon.
9. Hike Mount Timp
10. Visit Boston and watch a Bruins hockey game.
11. Take the Family to a Reds game in Cincinnati
12. Go on a trip of all church history sites in the East.
13. Pay for the person's toll meal behind me in a drive thru.
14. Go Snowboarding
15. Raise $1000 for BYU athletics
16. Go on a Cruise.
17. Help pay for a non family members mission.
18. Grow a garden.
19. Go back and visit Eric’s mission.
20. Take a cooking class.
21. Take cake decorating classes
22. Go surfing in Hawaii
23. Go horseback riding.
24. Watch a meteor shower.
25. Throw a surprise birthday party.
26. Swim with dolphins.
27. Write a love poem for Eric
28. Go to a Tim McGraw Concert
29. Ride 100 miles on a bike at one time.
30. Write a Biography about an ancestor.
31. Go indoor skydiving.
32. Start my own Charity. (victims of child abuse)
33. Go snowshoeing
34. Go Cross Country Skiing.
Parenting is an interesting thing. I don't think I ever appreciated all the work and foundation that my parents laid for me as a child. I was raised to say please and thank you, to have respect for my elders, hold the door for the person behind me, say excuse me when it was needed, and to love people for who they are.The world has evolved. Many of the defining qualities that shaped societies 50 years ago are hard to find. There are many times as a parent that I am not sure how to shape my children into what I envision them being; honest, good citizens of society who help improve this nation. I want them to stand for truth and goodness. As a parent I have often found it overwhelming that their lived depend on the foundation that they form while they are young.
One of my favorite books is 'Standing for Something' by President Hinckley. It is a book that I often turn to in order to remind myself of the basic qualities that my children not only need to know, but need to live. The 10 virtues in which he focuses in this book are Love, Honesty, Morality, Civility, Learning, Forgiveness, Thrift and Industry, Gratitude, Optimism, and Faith. If my children could master each of these I would feel accomplished in my mothering.
So, with Mother's Day and Father's Day upon us I wanted to thank all of my parents, not just the biological ones, who have helped shape my husband and I as well as our children. Thank You for your examples and sacrifices.