Daily Life, Thoughts

The Chosen Makes You Think

So this past week I finally sat down and watched The Chosen. My husband and I and some of our kids watched it over the course of a few days. It has been awhile since we had a series to watch together. Again, I have pretty high standards. I don’t tolerate much swearing and immorality even though the story “is so good”.

I’d seen this series advertised and I didn’t give it really a second thought. Then I saw a gal I follow on Instagram saying she finally gave it a good try and got hooked and binge watched it multiple times. Okay I thought, I’ll give it a shot. I downloaded the app and started to watch it. I got maybe halfway through the first episode and I was hooked.

It was so good!

Do I think that it is 100% accurate? No. But what I do think is that it is good.

For I remember the word of God which saith by their works ye shall know them; for if their works be good, then they are good also.

Moroni 7:5

I was praying and wondering if it was a good thing and the answer I got was “If it brings you to Christ it is a good thing.” Good enough for me.

I am excited for Season 2. The first one made me cry, made me laugh, and made me feel more of a longing to have more of a relationship with my Savior. He is my elder brother. The Chosen I don’t think took away from the deity of Christ, but rather showed him in more of a 3D perspective. It reminded me that He knows me and loves me and understands what it is like to go through mortality.

So this weekend if you have some time and even if you think you don’t, you should give the show a chance.

Daily Life

All Day Errands

I decided last night that today I was going to take Alex to work so I could go shopping and take my sister-in-law her missionary tags that came in the mail to my house. I could have mailed it but figured she’d want it sooner.

I woke up at 4 a.m. because Evangeline was fussing. She’s getting her molars in so she has been uncomfortable. I couldn’t go back to sleep. So I got up and ready to go. Lauren, who was babysitting for me, couldn’t sleep either so I gave her instructions.

After I dropped Alex off I headed to Pocatello, Idaho. It isn’t too long of a drive and I enjoyed the time alone. I dropped the tags off to a stunned and excited sister-in-law and headed to Walmart to get the weekly shopping done while I waited for Costco to open. I found the kids favorite ice cream that is hard to get near my house -Farr Better’s Playdough Ice cream. I got some for this weekend.

Then I headed to Costco. I thought it would be opened at 9. Nope. Not until 10. There was even a policeman patrolling the entrance. I didn’t have time to wait. I had to be done shopping in time to pick Alex up from work. I went to Sam’s Club instead.

The thing I noticed was that the early crowd is cautious. They stay away from people, wear masks, etc. I’m going to make a mask for the next time I go out. I will probably hate it but I’ll do it.

When I got home and after all the groceries were unloaded I started to put together the 72-hr kits.

I might be crazy but I bought pencil boxes for some of the food. The plan is for it to stay in one place and to keep from getting smashed. Every time we switch out the kits the food is smashed and unrecognizable. Live and learn. I hope this works.
I also bought food that doesn’t expire until at least 8 months from now. The plan is to switch stuff out every six months. So we’ll eat this food in six months.

I have a few more food stuffs to buy- I’m thinking cans of spaghettios and some other canned food the kids will eat. Then I need to get the clothes. I might do a post on everything I’ve got in them later when I get them all the way completed.

Alex and I even stopped at a couple more stores later. We needed fence posts for the garden and figure if we got them today we should be set for two weeks at least and shouldn’t need to go out again.

When I was driving home my friend that I haven’t talked to in probably eight months called me. I’ve seen her driving about town but never talked. It was good to catch up. Hopefully this whole Covid deal will be over soon and when the weather warms up I’ll be able to go visit her in person.

When we got home I was tired from the days doings and didn’t want to make dinner but ended up helping Alex anyways. We had beef stroganoff with homemade noodles. The kids complained but what else is new. I’m not a food photographer so I’ll spare you, but trust me, it was good.

Tomorrow is General Conference! My family is all pretty excited. Yes, you can think we’re weird but that’s okay with us. I hope you’ll tune in!

Daily Life

The Days Blend

You know, the days kind of blend together. I struggled to get out of bed again. I don’t know how Alex gets up with so little sleep. I can’t. But then I don’t have to support the family by going to work either. That would make a difference. He had trouble getting up too. Going to bed too late this week. Tonight’s plan is to go to bed insanely early. Like 8:30. Yes, that is insanely early to me.

The kids got themselves up, like they always do, thank goodness. I love that about my kids. Michael is just naturally like that and set the example for all the kids that followed. It has made my life so much easier. They all left cheerful this morning which made a difference, too. Michael’s play was performed for two of the local elementary schools so he wore his costume to school today. It was so cute seeing him go in a Sunday suit with a bow tie and a bowler hat. Alex is going to go see the play tomorrow and then I will go on Friday with my mom, dad, and sister. If we do that then we don’t need a babysitter. And we don’t have to bring the baby which would mean I might as well not even go because trying to control a toddler is like trying to control an octopus that can run. It doesn’t work.

Today I saw that Little Women is in the cheap theaters so I am planning on taking Lauren to see it this weekend. A little girl outing. I will probably take Elizabeth with us to see it. Not Evangeline. Not this time. I am looking forward to actually watching the movie.

This morning when I went to the garage to feed the cats and take out the garbage there was another cat, not ours, in the garage. I don’t know if it is getting friendly with my cats or just there for the food. Benjamin got Skylar to go after the cat. I am glad that she can tell the difference but I doubt the other cat really cares.

And speaking of garbage, we missed garbage day last week. And of course this week I did some decluttering and cleaning and have more garbage than usual. Ugh. It always happens that way. I forget and have excess garbage. I had taken the garbage out for years every single week. The last year or so Edgar had helped so it usually got taken out. He left last week and I didn’t think about it. I heard the garbage man come but I couldn’t get up to take it out or Evangeline would scream. I should have just let her scream. Oh well. I have since set an alarm to remind me to get me back in the habit of taking the can out to the street.

Evangeline was a busy baby who just needed my attention all day. That’s fine. I got stuff done earlier and so it wasn’t a big deal. By the time the kids got home though I was ready for a break. I took one in the form of making and after school snack and dinner. Remember how I made bread dough on Monday and stuck in in the fridge for later? Well today was later. I needed a fairly quick snack and so I put the dough on the pans to warm up and then baked them. The smell was amazing and the flavor was pretty good, too. I think I might do that more often. Make a giant batch and keep it in the fridge for when I need some fast-ish food.

After school Edgar called the kids. When I was a missionary we could only call our family twice a year. The rules have thankfully changed and now with technology we can video call and once a week. The kids talked to him and they updated each other on what was going on. It was fun for them. Evangeline was holding the phone and kissed it.

Later, for dinner, I made cabbage and hamburger to go with the bread. I usually make it into a deconstructed egg roll type dish but I decided to just use salt, pepper, butter, and red pepper flakes. All but three people at it. Not bad. And really no leftovers. That is a win in my book. I like leftovers, but sometimes it is annoying to have the fridge full of them. And honestly the cabbage is a horrible leftover. The after effects are unpleasant.

After dinner I was fed up. The dog has been shadowing me for, well, three years. I reached my limit today. She literally matches my every step. I move, she moves. It is insanity. I told the kids to get her away from me and take care of her. And while they were at it they were to clean the kitchen like I would. I cook for them and clean up after them every day and I was done. The little ones did the basement and the older ones the kitchen. I have yet to go up and see if they have. I seriously doubt they did a good job even though I know they know how. I’ll let you know later.

We all chilled for awhile and then since I needed an early bed time we ended the night just after 7. We turned off all the electronics and we had a discussion on listening to the Holy Spirit. Alex and I asked them what they needed to do to hear the whisperings of the Spirit. They all answered the usual, read scriptures, be kind, say prayers, be good. It really is just the simple things and being a good person that makes such a big difference in whether we can hear the Savior speak to us through the Holy Ghost.  It was a good discussion, though short.

I will end here so that we can go to bed because everything is so much better when you aren’t tired.