1. Husband's Birthday--Darren's birthday was on Tuesday, and I was grateful for a day to celebrate him! I had fun surprising him with some birthday decorations and gifts and, as always, he reacted to my efforts with such gratitude and excitement. He also received some generous gifts from both sets of parents and well wishes from other family and friends. Happy birthday, Darren. Sure love you!
2. Birthday Cake--Darren always requests the same type of birthday cake: white confetti cake with rainbow chip frosting. I definitely don't mind since it's my favorite, too!
3. Activity Days Moose--We had a surprise visitor during our Primary Activity Days on Wednesday--a baby moose! This poor thing looked like he'd had a bit of a tough time with patches of missing fur, but he was still cute. ;) We had to keep the girls inside until he decided to move on, but I was excited to finally capture a moose on film ... and a baby one at that!
I texted this picture to my parents and brother, and I have to include some of their responses. They crack me up! :)
4. Spring Flowers--I decided to celebrate the first day of spring this week with some fresh flowers for our kitchen. There are few things that brighten up a room like some pretty petals, I think. I am SO ready for this new season!
5. Spring Cleaning--Putting the new, fresh flowers in a vase totally energized me to start some spring cleaning around our apartment. I rearranged some items in our kitchen and started going through my closet trying to decide what was ready to go and what new items I might need for spring. ;) Have I mentioned how excited I am for some warmer weather?
6. Base Camp Challenge--Friday I subbed for an 8th grade Language Arts teacher. This was the last day before Spring Break and, oh my, these students were a handful. Middle school isn't my favorite, and this day seemed especially rough. Fortunately, the principal arranged for an assembly during the last hour of school. The assembly was a competition between 6th, 7th, and 8th grade base camps (homerooms). The teachers of each base camp were in charge of keeping track of their class's points during the competition. One of the students I had taught that day came running up to me saying they needed me to fill in for their teacher ... and they ended up winning the entire competition! The students were SO excited. It was a happy moment, and I was sure glad to end the day on a high note.
7. Library Card--I am the proud new owner of a Pinedale Library card! Pinedale has a beautiful new library. I have gone there a few times to work on my computer, but I had yet to check anything out. Now I can (and have)! It makes me feel like more of an official Pinedale resident. :)
8. Girls' Night--I was invited over to my neighbor's house last night for a girls' night. My neighbor, Sharlyn, is so sweet, and I really admire her family. She has three boys and three girls ranging in ages from 12 to 2, and they are all so adorable. Her husband took the boys out last night and Sharlyn and the girls invited a couple of ladies from the ward over to watch the LDS Pride and Prejudice (boy, did that take me back!). It was so fun to hang out with these women and girls!
9. New Primary Lyrics--Today during opening exercises in Primary, the chorister asked the kids to close their eyes while they sang "I Love to See the Temple" as part of a game. I was sitting next to one of the little guys in my class and started to notice he was changing some lyrics. I know he knows the song, but I guess he was feeling creative and uninhibited with his eyes closed. He was sitting very calmly with his arms folded. He would sing the correct words and then insert lines like "I am being so reverent. I am peaceful" to the tune of the song. I love these sweet kids!
10. Sunday Cat Nap--It has been a while since I've taken a Sunday nap. Today after church, however, I was relaxing on the couch while Darren and I were watching T.V., sun rays were coming through the window and warming the couch, and I began to doze. I never fell into a deep sleep, always somewhat aware of what was going on on the television, but it was SO relaxing. It was the perfect way to spend part of the afternoon!