I've nothing interesting to say, but I wanted to record some of the good stuff from the weekend:
-- Worked from home Friday -- I was far more productive than I usually am at work (no interruptions, nobody knocking on my cubicle wall, no meetings to distract me ...).
-- Went to the temple that night to attend a sealing ceremony for some friends from the ward, who were sealed together and to their two little girls. It was an uniquely special experience. In addition, we finished the last endowment we need to do before next Tuesday's sealing assignment where we intend to do some of my own family names. Traffic was bad getting there, so we didn't have time to eat dinner before getting to the temple, and ended up going out to eat afterwards at Subway. It was a late night, but the babysitter didn't mind (she loves the money ...).
-- Saturday I got up and mowed the lawn, then we turned on the Olympics and left that on pretty much all day. The kids are loving having the TV on all day, and they're excited every time that the U.S.A. wins something. They're being exposed to lots of things they'd never really seen before, such as synchronized swimming, field hockey, and fencing. Pretty cool.
-- In the afternoon, we went to the movies (with free tickets from our grocery store, believe it or not) where I took our youngest to "Wall-E" again (delightful!) and my wife took the two oldest to "Journey to the Center of the Earth". About 30 minutes into the latter, my wife showed up in the "Wall-E" theater where I was at to deliver our daughter, who was too freaked out to stay in the other movie. Our oldest, apparently, barely managed to stay in his chair from being so scared. Awesome.
-- Later that night, we got yet another babysitter so my wife and I could go to the Saturday session of Stake Conference. It was a late night, but happily the babysitter, one we've never used before, managed the kids very well (we'll be using her again). Topics of conversation were activation of "prospective Elders", true conversion to the Gospel of Jesus Christ, service, home teaching, caring for and serving the youth; and doing our duty, even when it's really difficult (specifically related to Proposition 8, which was NOT specifically addressed one way or the other in the meeting, as was appropriate).
-- Sunday I went to Priesthood Leadership Meeting at 7 am and then traded my wife off so she could practice with the stake choir prior to Stake Conference at 10 am. The meeting went well, but the kids weren't well-behaved towards the end. One speaker, a recently returned missionary, was absolutely phenomenal, but I'm drawing a blank on his subject.
-- I spent the rest of the evening pretty much doing nothing except talking on the telephone with my parents (which I try to do every Sunday), and my younger sister, who called to wish me a happy birthday (it was great talking to her!).
-- Oh, and the Olympics were on the TV nearly all the time.
-- Then we watched Stargate for an hour -- it's been a while since we've seen it, and I missed it!
-- And today, I got up late and came to work. It's been a ho-hum day.
From far away, they look the same.
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