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Monday, October 18, 2010

Some Monday Thoughts

I've been working hard on Bria's Halloween costume this weekend.  The one with yards and yards of black fabric.  It's a little difficult to see what on earth I am doing with such a huge pile of dark fabric in my lap, but it's coming along nicely.  I have the bodice done, but only one of the sleeves put in, although the other sleeve is ready to go.  (The sleeves are about 4 yards of fabric all by themselves.)  I keep telling myself that it's only a costume when I make an error that would be fatal if I were sewing something like a prom dress.  Yes, it's only a costume.  Nobody will see where I didn't match up seams just right or I puckered a stitch.  Hopefully I'll be finished by the end of this week.

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Sophia's Primary class was working on learning the first Article of Faith yesterday at church.  Even though she is a Sunbeam, the entire Jr. Primary meets together, so she gets to do things like memorize the Articles of Faith with everybody else.  Last night she recited it for me, just how she remembered:

"We believe in God, the Jesus Father, and his baby child the Holy Ghost.  Number one!"

Can't get any more adorable than that!

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Since my dad replaced both of our toilets, I now have two old toilets sitting on my back deck.  Very classy, I tell you.  Hopefully we'll get them to the dump soon, but it does make me giggle every time I look out the back window.

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I've been doing better at saying "no" to people, but not that much better considering I have now found myself roped into singing and then accompanying another singer at a recital this weekend.  I had originally said no to participating in this one at all because life is too crazy, but, well, I guess I need to work on saying "no" the second time, too.  (It doesn't help that the person who really needs me to help out with it is my own husband, and since I kind of like him....)

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I'm becoming a little bit obsessed with sixteenth century English royalty.  I am in the middle of reading The Other Boleyn Girl, and have to put the book down and do some research on all of these characters and practices every few chapters or so.  Fascinating stuff.  And then it bugs me at how historically inaccurate the book really is, but it's still fascinating. What should I read next?

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Happy Monday!

20 comments :

  1. You seem like the type of girl who would be right at home in sixteenth century royalty.

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  2. NOOOOOO. Don't dump the toilets. Those are great for all sorts of cool things. Planter boxes, fish bowls, scaring your neighbors by sitting on them outside.....oh, too much fun could be had.

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  3. I did the exact same thing when I read The Other Boleyn Girl. I stayed up until ridiculous hours of the night Googling facts about the time period.

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  4. You need to do some toilet bowl flower planters...now that is Klass-AY!

    As for reading, I've been reading "The Four Queens". It's about 4 sisters who all became queens of England, France and Naples in the 1200s. I read "The Lady Queen: The notrious reighn of Joanna 1". She was queen of Naples in the 1300s and the great-grand daughter of Beatrice, the youngest of the Four Queens. Both have been really great historical books. I tell you, sometimes truth is better than fiction.

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  5. Your article of faith story is adorable. My kids were singing "Kansashemasu" all day yesterday, after the primary chorister was teaching them the Thank you song.

    Keep practicing on the No. I've gotten good, but my husband could use some serious work.

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  6. Could Sophia GET any more darling? Really! I'll take her off your hands if you ever...I don't know, go crazy. ;)

    You are one of the most incredibly talented, accomplished, determined, and intelligent women I've had the fortune to "meet." Is there anything you don't do? Or know? =]

    I'm with you about historical accuracy. It makes me crazy when people totally mess that up. =P

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  7. That is hilarious. I'm sure you could take fabulous pics of the toilets! LOL!

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  8. That is hilarious. I'm sure you could take fabulous pics of the toilets! LOL!

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  9. I think you need to post a picture of the toilets on the deck. Just for history's sake.

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  10. You need to read all the other Tudor England books by Phillipa Gregory. The same thing happened to me when I read the Other Boelyn girl. I was totally engrossed in the history and time period.
    And yes, her books aren't totally historically accurate- but she can write one heck of a story!

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  11. I love making Halloween costumes for my kids. My girls are both going to be the blue fairy from Pinochio this year (we'll see how they turn out). I would love to see pictures of Bria's costume!

    I agree, we need a picture of the double toilets on deck :) If you were living in my hometown, you could sell them for serious money... we visited my parents this weekend and I saw way too many houses with toilets on their front porch or in their yard filled with flowers... kinda cute, I guess, but not for me.

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  12. I haven't started my costumes yet, but have a rare no-sew year this year. Lots of spray paint, though.

    My sunbeam is learning the first article of faith, too. He skips the "and in the Holy Ghost" and just yells "Ghost!" I wonder what he thinks he is talking about? :)

    I liked that book, although I didn't care for the sex talk. I think I will try another of her books set in the same time. She has several out, I think. Another historical fiction around that time is called Portrait of an Unknown Woman by Vanora Bennett. It is about Sir Thomas More's family.

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  13. Ok, your daughter's version of the 1st article of faith cracked me up! Our Sunbeams are also working on memorizing this for our Primary program next week... I'll have to listen closely for any "not quite, but close" versions... ;)

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  14. I remember Lucy reciting the fourth article of faith and saying, "baptism by emergancy, and the laying on of pants."

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  15. I can't wait to see what amazing costumes you will all have this year,. You always outdo yourself!

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  16. Sophia's rendition of the 1st Article of Faith has me in stitches!

    p.s.-I agree with Sam's comment. :)

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  17. I seriously laughed out loud at Sophia's version! So cute!

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  18. Oh, I got obsessed with British Royalty after seeing the movie of the Other Boleyn Girl. After the movie I read,"Six Wives, The Queens of Henry VIII" by David Starkey. Then I read a biography of Queen Elizabeth 1, from there I read a biography of Queen Victoria after seeing a movie from the library of her and I finished up with a biography of The Duchess of Devonshire (interesting life) after seeing a movie about her too. I blogged about my obsession last February and put in a plug for this for my 40th b-day this Nov., but I'm pretty sure I'll have to buy it myself (-: Check this link: http://www.firebox.com/video/883

    I think I'm out of my royalty stage now and after seeing the trend of reading about leading female royalty I've moved on to Helen of Troy!

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  19. I just read Uchtdorf's talk on doing less from the last Gen Conf. Still trying to digest it and apply it to my life. Still trying to figure out 3 Halloween costumes in the next few days myself...

    Carry on, girl, carry on. :)

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  20. You're a superstar, making Halloween costumes on top of everything else. And what kind of pushy person asks again after you say "no" once!?! :)

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