A nice Saturday

I feel like I’m expending a fair amount of mental energy these days, and really just loving a day to decompress with my wife and children without interruption or concern. Today was one of those days. I woke up and read some of Steve Jobs biography and then did some pumpkin carving research. I read up on techniques and downloaded some templates I knew the kids would love—Angry Birds, Sonic the Hedgehog, Mario, Yugi Oh. Daria bought pumpkins and carving instruments earlier in the week so we set up and carved away. Dylan carved a Legend of Zelda Triforce pumpkin design and Daria and I helped Brigs and Noah. It was funny coaxing them into pulling the seeds and goo out as they really don’t get their hands dirty all too often. But they dug right in and did...

Painting

The past couple of nights I’ve stolen an hour or so to paint a room with my four boys. I love the feeling of working alongside my family on a project. The boys are all quite proud of their handiwork and the paint job turned out great. It was quite adorable when Brigs and Joshua painted their names on the wall. A classic moment.

Fun Filled Week

This past week we spent an amazing 3 days at Echo Lake, Montana. Activities included: Swimming, Kayaking, Jet-Skiing, Wakeboarding, Tubing, Quadding on the ATV’s, putting together a playground and watching movies. Jam packed fun! Everyone got a ton of sunshine and the water was 80°F. Absolutely amazing.This is exactly what our family needed as I transition to the new job and the trip really got our summer off to an incredible start. Dylan learned how to wakeboard and it was a real treat to watch him. I even managed to get in some solid reading time on my Jack Canfield book and the New Testament and the Book of Mormon. We also went to the Calgary Stampede: The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth. My In-Laws graciously got us tickets to the grandstand show which...

Breaking Out

There is something about youth that commands admiration. Watching Dylan enter adolescence has been nothing but enjoyable to experience. Always the mature and thoughtful boy, Dylan “the obedient” has been easy to parent in so many regards. Adding to our joy is watching the new talents he is developing and the ripening of his personality in his new environment—junior high. Dylan is in band this year and playing the bass clarinet, I’m excited to see his playing accelerate this year. I can hardly wait to see a concert. He’s also playing basketball again and I’ve had a ball watching his games. I’m really impressed how well he takes direction and tips from coaches and family, improving each shift. He’s really developing...

Ever so Close in My Arms

This past week, as on other nights, I had the moment to reflect on my wonderful brood of boys. The last of the Muirhead boy birthdays past this week (excepting myself), with Noah turning one on Friday. The last few nights I’ve been able to hold Noah until he fell asleep in my arms and peacefully observe his gentle baby breaths. As I enjoyed him, it conjured up other nights with other sweet breaths of my little children. I have a very sweet set of boys, still full of affection. My heart stirs each time Joshua insists on a hug and a kiss before I leave for the door. My reentry nearly always starts with the running of Brigs into my arms, his eyes abright with expression and his valiant smile in tow. Dylan always brings news of his latest accomplishments, and...

Halloween 2005

It is that wonderful time of year where we all get to play make believe. I think the dressing up is just as fun as the candy, if not more since I can eat candy pretty much whenever I want. This year Dylan is going as Frodo Baggins of Lord of the Rings fame, Joshua is going to be a Dragon, complete with wings, and Brigham is going as a Turtle, Noah is going to be a little Lamb. I’ve seen most of them dressed up and they all look amazing or cute in their costumes. Daria and I are trying to figure out our costumes still, although I do have a special costume planned for Monday at school. Just in case someone from university is actually reading this before Halloween I won’t be revealing my costume just yet-but it is sure to get a response, particularly...

Eaten Alive

Fortunately there weren’t any mosquitoes to speak of at the Royal Tyrell Museum (it was too hot for even annoying species). We had a blast checking out all the ancient fossils of our extinct jurassic fascination. Even better was trying to keep up with Joshua through the crowds of people that he navigated through with ease. Isn’t Dylan just growing like crazy? It seems like just yesterday he was the size of a microraptor. My how he’s grown.

Whadda Kid

Dylan has had a fabulous weekend to shine. As Daria has noted Dylan had a breakthrough in his basketball. I was mega-impressed. Dylan had an even greater accomplishment this Sunday as he delivered a talk to his children’s church group on the First Vision which marked the beginning of the Restoration of precious truths to the earth. What I found most impressive was Dylan’s initiative. After learning about his assignment to speak I gave him a copy of the book Our Heritage, and told him it would be a good place to start researching his talk. Well that 11-year old of mine did just that and read the source material and prepared a summary in his own words of the history of Joseph Smith leading up to and including the First Vision. Last night he came down to...

Dylan’s Basketball

Dylan has now played in two basketball games this season with about 6 practices and seems to be enjoying his teammates and coaches. I like the coaches right now too. They play balanced lines and the league seems structured to change lines every 5 minutes or so by the referrees whistle. Dylan is learning and his court movement is improving each game. He’s got defense down pretty good and covers his man well. We are working on building Dylan’s killer instinct to rush the boards for rebounds. He is also a pretty good dribbler, though he plays forward so doesn’t handle the ball too much in games. He knows how to protect the ball and makes wise passes. It is incredibly weird to be sitting on the sidelines of your son’s basketball games instead...

Gorgeous Prints

We just had these 4 incredible prints of our boys printed at 10″x 10″ in size. Believe it or not that is cropped from the original size even at 200+ resolution. We framed each boy in these delightfully square double matted frames which are hanging up in our room on our wall of fame. Daria has already alluded to how much we are enjoying our new sanctuary of a bedroom and these shots just add to our enjoyment. It’s nice to be in that room and review in my mind how important my kids are. Having such great photos of them is a great visual reminder to guide my thoughts about nurturing, teaching, loving and planning for them and our family.