So, I have been working on the 97 day challenge and I've been okay with it so far. Last night I headed to bed before Tyler and then I heard him padding in to bed. I hollared out to him not to laugh at me when he came in because I was lifting weights while I was reading my scriptures. Yeah? Whatcha think of those tacos, folks? A little multi-tasking. Instead of reps I was lifting by verses and it seemed to work out. Not that my arms are skinnier, but I am making up some pages on the good 'ol BOM.
Speaking of the scriptures. I do think it's important-tay to focus on applying the scriptures to my own life. So, starting in Nephi it's all about Lehi and his family packing up and heading to the wilderness. I had to laugh to myself in the scripture that reads, "And it came to pass that he departed into the wilderness. And he left his house, and the land of his inheritance, and his gold, and his silver, and his precious things, and took nothing with him, save it were his family, and provisions, and tents, and departed into the wilderness." So, Tyler was in there and I read aloud to him the scripture how it would apply to us ever having to pack up and leave with our family (which I imagine would happen because of some emergency not because our life was being threatened for our beliefs), but I had to change part of it: "And it came to pass that he departed into the wilderness. And he left his house, and the land of his inheritance, and his gold, and his silver, and his precious things, and took nothing with him, save it were his family, and his honkin' huge 72-hour kit garbage can, and tents, and departed into the wilderness." A few weeks ago for Family Night we talked about getting a 72 hour kit together and Tyler had this handbook that suggested a garbage can on wheels would be good to hold all the provisions (food, water, clothes, bedding, etc.) in case we had to evacuate quickly. So two weeks ago Tyler goes on Monday night to Wal-Mart with Brevin (who had to return the candy bar he stole . . . does anybody else wonder how futile "Family Night" really is if after weekly lessons on righteous living your 4 year old steals a Hershey Bar? Just curious, but I digress.) and the two of them bring home this honkin' huge garbage can. I am not kidding when I tell you that two of our kids can sleep in this thing if it's tipped on it's side. At first I was thinking, "WOW," but Tyler's rationale is that we have a lot of people we need a big can. Well, Monday night's project was to add the water to the can. Yeah, 14 gallons of water is HEAVY and I basically had to put my foot down about leaving all that water out of the can. I mean, yeah, it fits, but WHO CAN LIFT the packed garbage can into the car? I'm guessing there are pretty good odds that Tyler wouldn't be home when/if we ever had to leave quickly and I could just envision myself unpacking the whole dang can just so I can lift it in the car. Rest assured, though, Tyler did listen to me and has the water stacked to be put in the car seperately. He also made sure the big ol can will fit in the car, and it will with some shimmy technique. I can't be more sincere when I say, "Please spare us from any kind of evacuation disaster!!!" By the end of the 26 weeks (the FHE program is called 26 weeks to family preparedness) this can may be the death of me!
On a different note, sorta. I thought I should tell you how GREAT it is when Caylee gives you a shout out in her daily prayers. She has started praying for us with our "nicknames" which is really just someone/thing you really like. The first time she did it I had to have her repeat who she blessed as she rattled off, "Please bless Spiderman, Obe Kanobe, Sharpay, and Hannah Montana." She explained they were code names for the kids in the family. After my weekend away to see Wicked, loving it so much, I am now reference in Caylee's prayers as "Wicked." And Tyler became "Golf" this morning since he was headed out to play with some other guys from work. Silly girl.
A couple other things before I head to bed. Some of you have asked about my printing my blog. I know there are websites that can do that for you now (my SIL says it doesn't support Old Blogger, though), but I just did mine the old fashioned copy and paste into a Word Document. YEah, I am simple like that. I shrunk some of the pictures, but printed most of them. I saved the docs by month so the files wouldn't be too big with pics and all. They months averaged about 15-25 regular 8 1/2 x 11 pages. I just hole punched them and put them in a 3 ring binder. I guess depending on how much a person blogs would determine the size of the binder, but my 2007 pretty much fills up a 1 1/2 inch binder. It's been more of a journal than I thought.
Secondly, without publicly outing anyone, I just want to CONGRATULATE a couple of our friends who are GONNA HAVE BABIES. I am totally happy for you and your families, and I know you like to read in private and not comment too much, so I won't out you or anything, but WOO-HOO. I really hope you're feeling good. Just think, ladies, a couple more kiddos and you'll be hanging in Crazy-ville with the Barlow 7! Love to y'all!
OH, and Happy Valentine's Day Lovers!