We're livin' it up on the U.P. - that's Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Punkie is 6 and LOVED Kindergarten! Isaboo is 2 and she's a smiley whirl wind. We also call her Busy-Isi. This year we welcomed little Lorenzo to our family.

Life is great!

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Undercover Boss

Have you seen that new show on CBS called "Undercover Boss?" Basically CEO's and Owners of really large companies go undercover in their own company for a week. The purpose is for them to be able to actually see and experience what goes on at each level in their company. The "reason" that the show gives the workers, for the camera's following the new guy around, is that they are doing a show about what it is like for an entry level position employee in America (fake reason). Also, they have the CEO's and Owner's change their appearance and take the necessary steps so they won't be recognized: shave, leave their Corvette at home, wear cheaper clothes, stay in a cheap motel, etc.

I think this show is fascinating because the CEO's have a hard time doing the nitty-gritty work. They sometimes catch on, but when they do, it's after quite sometime of practice. I also find it interesting because the workers don't know they are working with the biggest boss of the company. They reveal things about their struggles in and outside of work. Many times the CEO's/Owners make personal connections with employees. The CEO's are inspired to make amazing changes in the company and some even give the people they made special connections with full paid vacations, scholarships, or other nice things.

This show made me think about my job. Being a mom. I thought, hmmm, I don't have a "big boss" so who would be undercover to watch me work? And then I started thinking about Heavenly Father being my "big boss." He is, isn't he? And he doesn't even go undercover to work by my side each and everyday. He knows my struggles and He helps me make amazing changes and blesses me in more ways than I even recognize. He literally, (paraphrased Malachi 3:10) "opens the windows of heaven, and pours me out blessings, that I do not have room enough to receive." That's because I pay my tithing...and because He loves me. Way better than a CEO or Owner.

I think that is so so so fascinating! What a wonderful and comforting blessing to know that Heavenly Father is your co-worker! (and mine!)

I love that show. But, even more, I love my Heavenly Father.

Monday, March 1, 2010

Mid-day Nap

When I put Marley to bed I used to read books to her. She loves to turn the pages and look at the pictures and listen to the stories. She has even started calling/requesting books by their title or topic or main charcter, which is cute. I love to hear her say, "erella." (Cinderella), "ambi" (Bambi) and "spiher" (Mrs. Spider's Tea Party).

But, for the past month I have been singing Primary songs and rocking her in the glider. She loves it! She has been going to bed easier too. After each song she says, "Song?" which means she wants another one, and I say, "Okay, how about?" and then I start singing another song. After I have sung 3 or 4 or 5 I say, "Okay, one more." And she pulls one hand out from under her blanket, puts it up by her face and puts up her index finger, nods her head and agrees to "One more." She has just started in the last week to say, "Song? How abooouuut..." so, I'm trying to give her a key word for each song so she can tell me which one she wants next. It's a really fun ritual.

When Nathan puts her to bed he still reads to her so she gets her own special routine with each parent. I also read to her throughout the day, whenever she brings me a book and says, "Book?"

Marley just fell asleep in my arms while I rocked her and sang to her and played with her wispy hair. I think the trick was playing with her hair. Slammed those eyes right shut.

I love her. I love being her mom-mee. And I love it when she takes a nap...what shall I do? Take a nap too!?!? No, I better finish planning the menu and make the shopping list.