Friday, March 30, 2012

Checking In+Weekend Plans

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This week was another whirlwind!  My brother came to town on Sunday and left yesterday.  My kids were in heaven to have an uncle doting on them, and I was reminded how nice it can be to have an extra set of hands around during the day.  I was also reminded that single life feels like eons ago.  When my brother was ready to get the party started for the night, I was ready to crawl into bed.  By get the party started, I mean begin the baking.  He dabbled with culinary school and loves a little time in the kitchen.  As much fun as it was to make very involved+decadent s'mores cupcakes, it also made me realize how different my current approach to cooking is.  I'm all about simple but delicious because I can't spend 3 hours on cupcakes in this stage of life, and I'm totally ok with that.

Construction started Monday, and my house is filled with the sound of hammering and loud music (currently listening to two turntables and a microphone).  Framing and electrical should be about finished this afternoon, and I've still got my head in the clouds planning rooms and figuring out how it's all going to come together.

Today will be spent cleaning and shopping and cooking in preparation for General Conference this weekend.  I need to get rid of some more of this clutter that's making me crazy, so I'm sure I'll be paying a visit to DI today.  I've planned a few favorite crock pot dinners so I can spend the days listening instead of cooking, and Miss A requested our favorite sweet chex mix as a conference snack.

I've spent the last month getting excited about Conference this weekend as we've been teaching the kids in primary about the importance of this event.  I had the opportunity to review the messages taught at Conference 6 months ago, and it was a gift for me to review those words and to share the things that stood out to me with kids who were eager to learn.  I hope my excitement for the coming conference rubbed off on them.  For me, Conference is a time every 6 months to refocus.  It's an opportunity to be quiet and to listen and to learn and to feel.  It's a springboard for growth in the coming months.  It's a reaffirmation of the love of my Heavenly Father.  It centers me.  It brings peace.  I hope you'll take the opportunity to watch.

I'll be back soon.  I'm sure my head and heart will be way too full of things to share after the messages of the weekend.

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