Walking to the bus stop: "Hey Mom, let's pretend that I'm a doll that you found, except that I look like a kid, and I'm really big, and you found me and you wound me up and now I can walk ... [walks with her arms out stiff and her legs straight for a few steps] And now let's pretend I can also turn into a unicorn and I'm flapping my wings and I can make rainbows with my horn! [flaps arms while running]"
Talking about Justice O'Connor's childhood [after reading a book about her]: "Hey, I know, maybe her Dad was a spy! That's how they got the pictures! [in the book]"
We had Thai tacos last night for dinner. Well, I'm not sure that's really their name (I kind of made them up), but the fresh thinly sliced veggies balanced by the sweet-salty chicken and piquant fresh ginger, alongside the garlicky peanut sauce reminded me of the yummy Thai meals we ate with our friends the Smiths back in Sandy. Which reminds me: we need to make Thai soup again (Melody taught me how).
Everything looked so pretty laid out on the table that I had to take a picture. A successful experimental dinner night—hooray!
Yesterday, Mr. Nick held Calvin Jesse while we were at choir. I was serving as the substitute pianist; Miss Lucy was running around in the gym with her bestest friend ever, Grace. And then a funny thing happened.
Calvin started to fuss a bit, so Nick held him out in front so that they could look at each other face to face. Just then the choir director had the basses run through their part. And as they were singing, Calvin started to smile, and then suddenly he started saying "huh, huh, huh, huh" over and over again. This continued for about 30 seconds—the sopranos were turning around in their seats to see what was going on!
So it's going down on the record: Calvin Jesse likes to sing.
(He's not singing here, just chatting with Dad, but it will still make you smile)
So, we live in a place where it gets pretty cold all winter long. This year we decided to check out the ice-skating rink. I stayed off the ice with Calvin, and Nick took Lucy out for over two hours! She loved it, and they had these great little metal sleigh-like things that helped her balance.
(Miss Lucy, all in pink of course)
(Nick stayed close by, but she was doing really well all on her own!)
If you're Mormon, and a woman, or have a daughter, you may be interested in some of the current discussions regarding Mormonism, feminism, sexuality, and power taking place. Lately there has been a virtual "flurry" of various blog posts and essays discussing one or more of these topics. These are the ones I think have been the best (i.e., most thought-provoking):
1. For a succinct overview from which to begin, see Peggy Fletcher Stack's article in the Salt Lake Tribune entitled "Mormon Feminism: It's Back."
2. A similar, though more in-depth, overview is available in a podcast from the Radio West radio program. The show, entitled "Mormon Feminism Today," was broadcast in September and includes interviews with Claudia Bushman and Joanna Brooks.
3. Patheos recently hosted a symposium on Mormon Feminism with a wide range of participants that gives a good idea of some of the complexities and varying perspectives involved in the issue.
4. The Mormon Women Project features interviews with faithful Latter-day Saint women. Quoting from their "About" page: "This digital library will show that among the 7 million women currently members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, there is stunning diversity and strength that may not always be recognized. The MWP is particularly interested in highlighting the righteous choices women make in all circumstances and locations. It celebrates women who have made deliberate choices — with the help of the Spirit and personal revelation — to overcome personal trials, magnify motherhood, contribute to communities outside their homes, or be converted to the Gospel." When anyone says Mormon women are all the same, send them here.
5. If you work with young women, read this essay by Kathryn Soper: "Why Standards Night is Substandard: Teaching Sexuality to the Young Women."
6. And finally, for an articulate response to and reformulation of Soper's essay, read this by Rosalynde Welch: "Women, Desire, and the Hidden Discourse."