Saturday, July 31, 2010
Friday, July 30, 2010
Thursday, July 29, 2010
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
We started out with a pancake breakfast.
I know I've posted this link before, but in case you missed it, these are the best pancakes ever.
Tuesday, July 27, 2010
Sunday, July 25, 2010
The photo isn't great—I had just bitten into the very last one when I realized I still needed a picture for the recipe card.
Saturday, July 24, 2010
Friday, July 23, 2010
Clearly my greatest fear is being unprepared. And, let's face it, this is not entirely unfounded. If disaster struck right now, we've probably got enough food, but only because we'd die of thirst before it ran out. My approach to food storage has been sporadic and unorganized, an occasional trip to the cannery (okay, that means twice in 15 years) or putting together emergency backpacks, but then not bothering to rotate them (I'm pretty sure there are still diapers in Ainsley's).
I'm ready to change all that. After seeing how a little progress each week adds up on Scouting Mondays and Scrapbooking Thursdays, I've decided to add Food Storage Fridays. I'm not sure Friday is the best day for this, but I do like the alliteration. So today I did two things. First, I found a website I like: Food Storage Made Easy. I'm going to work on their Baby Steps. Second, I cleaned out the two 50-gallon water containers I just bought. Okay, technically, I'm still working on that. Letting them soak, then I need to get them into the basement, onto some boards (someone told me they should not be stored on cement) and then filled up.
Now, if someone could plan a birthday party for me, I might be able to sleep at night.
Thursday, July 22, 2010
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
Monday, July 19, 2010
Robbie has some catching up to do in order to get his Faith in God award by his birthday in only twelve days. He planned and made a nutritious meal (well, tacos, semi-nutritious at least) and also gave the FHE lesson on renewing baptismal covenants through the sacrament and staying faithful.
We also used the brownies as a service project, delivering some to a family in our neighborhood, and taking some to Rob's Grandpa, who has just had his knee replaced. We had a nice visit with his grandparents, at least until Ainsley broke an irreplaceable glass pitcher. I guess every silver-lining has a cloud.
Sunday, July 18, 2010
Saturday, July 17, 2010
Friday, July 16, 2010
Thursday, July 15, 2010
Free B.E.S.T. Sports Nutrition Clinics, August 4th—Cooking 101
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
Monday, July 12, 2010
Sunday, July 11, 2010
Saturday, July 10, 2010
I haven't stopped taking photos. In fact, since June 4th (my last post) I've taken 1637 photos and 27 movies. I've just quit telling the stories that go along with the photos. Last week I read this on Stacy Julian's blog:
There are too many [people] not telling their story because they are sinking in an ocean of excess photos.
We tend to assign an immense amount of value to photos because in the past, they have been rare and therefore extremely valuable. In other words, 12,000 photos are not as valuable as twelve. Stop and think about that for a minute.If you had only twelve photos from your childhood, they would automatically (regardless of their quality) be valuable–they are all you have.
12, 000 photos are not individually valuable, until you assign value to a few of them.
Excess photos create an environment of anxiety.
Creativity requires full engagement. To connect to that most essential place inside of you where emotion and memory come together to find expression, you really can’t feel anxious or distracted or overwhelmed.
Anxiety does not allow full engagement. You can hardly take a deep breath when you feel anxious, let alone find the calm and focus to fully engage!
I believe the antidote to all this anxiety is (quite simply) action. We need to learn to take action, in small chunks of time with small groups of images. We need to develop the skill of selecting a relatively small percentage of our digital images and then we need to assign value to them–somehow make them different from the rest. Make them rare.
So I've decided to start again, choosing only one (or so) photos to "make rare" and tell our story. Here's my photo for today: