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Easter +

It had been my goal to start putting up a weekly update. 
But we're busy people: school, work, baby, etc. You understand.

The tube at the park
On the swing with Scott

JC's sister came down last weekend for their mom's birthday. It was great to see her. Apparently someone stole their mom's poppies from her front yard (who does that?) so we bought her new flowers for her birthday. JC's sister bought her an HP touch screen laptop. You can tell who the favorite child is, right? 
At least I am still the favorite in-law.

 Class is keeping me busy. I have 102943983 hours of reading every night, a course project that I'm not sure how to interpret the data (the colorful charts my program outputted look pretty), and weekly labs. The first midterm is this next Friday. The students I tutor also have midterms this week and want extra hours with me to prepare. Hello, go study and read the book. (No really, they want to learn but they have no study skills)

Hulk is always super excited when I get home. He'll be playing with JC when I come in and as soon as he sees me he smiles big and bee-lines it to me. It I don't pick him up the Hulk-monster comes out.

JC has been receiving tons of calls about apartments. While talking to someone in Kentucky, he said that JC was the most helpful manager he'd talked to. That's my man :)

Easter morning we listened to conference talks from Elder Cook (2010) and Elder Holland (2009) while I made cookies for my class (and then forgot them on the kitchen counter). I have an awesome and crazy class. It consists of two 7 yo boys. I don't know what I'd do if I had more. One is turning eight next month and mentions every class period how he's getting an iPhone 5 for his birthday (um, dad - my birthday is coming up, we should talk). Other topics that were brought up: spanking bums, Heaven is on the Sun, Jesus will die again when he reaches 750 years, Judaism vs Christianity, and Penny the dog,  just to name a few.
The topic I prepared was on the Resurrection of Jesus Christ - somehow we always manage to get sidetracked. It's mostly one boy spewing randomness. When it's inappropriate to the lesson (ie bum spanking) I tell him that's not something we're going to talk about. If it's incorrect doctrine (Jesus dying, again) I try to correct him. Teaching 7 yo's about death and how after we're resurrected we wont die again is hard.

I'm grateful for the sacrifice Christ made for me. Every moment I have a chance to be better and look forward with hope.

Why I celebrate Easter: here.


State of Jefferson and Women's Conference

We headed south for the weekend to visit family.
While there JC and my dad worked on our infamous car, I went on a 24 mile run with Hulk, Zac, Dad, and Gideon and then mom and I went to Women's Conference.
It was a good trip.

JC above with Dad working from bellow

To get to the backside of the engine they had to remove some shielding, exhaust manifold, and detach part of the exhaust pipe. All for a freeze plug. Lesson learned: always have a good 50/50 mix of coolant in your radiator.
It took them 4.5 hours. Part way through it started raining so they rigged a plastic canopy to stay dry.

On Saturday, we went for long run around Lithia Loop. Zac and I took turns pushing Hulk in the stroller while Dad pushed Gideon. It was good run with a lot of elevation gain. I was feeling really excited and prepared for the 50K I am going to run in May - not any more. There is a lot more training that I need to do and not a lot of time.

Women's Conference was very uplifting. The most popular quote is from Pres. Henry B. Eyring, "You are more alike, as daughters of God, than you are different." 
I felt that the conference emphasized recognizing we are all children of God and that we are all struggling along the same path. Instead of judging others and recognizing how others differ from ourselves, we should uplift and help each other in our common goal: to return to our Heavenly Father. The importance of temples was also mentioned several times.
I can't wait for General Conference this weekend! It's my favorite time of the year. I always feel spiritually buoyed and enjoy spending the next six months studying their written talks.

Hulk's new favorite toy is his walker. He cries when it gets stuck in a position and he can't use it. While I was in class today, JC had him walking around our living room for an hour.

Graduated to pushing the stroller