My 3 Monsters: Goings-On

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This weekend was the semiannual General Conference for our church. It was fabulously inspiring. It's nice every six months to get a big old kick-in-the-pants reminder that I can do better and be kinder and serve more. One of the things that sets the Mormon church apart from fellow Christian faiths is that we believe in continuing revelation. We believe that our prophet, Thomas S. Monson, leads our church under the direct guidance of our Heavenly Father and his son, Jesus Christ. It is a wonderful and exciting thing for us to hear him speak. He is always very kind and encouraging, but I always come away with an idea of what more I can do -- the desire to be a little better. I need that every once in a while.

Also this weekend, we had a movie night at church. It's fun to get together with our ward family (our local congregation) and visit. Brent has been called as our ward activities committee chairperson, so he was running the show kind-of. I've resigned myself to the fact that his calling will be an experiment in what we can spill in our van. You may recall the pinto beans and ham hocks of July . . . . Friday night I spilled a 5 gallon cooler of water in the back of the van which, oh happy day, re-released the pinto bean smell that had been precariously held at bay. Yeah . . .

Now, today, I'm working on a real-life kick-in-the-pants lesson of my own to wake my kids up. Remember the photos I posted of their bathroom a few weeks ago? How could you forget, right? Well, their bathroom continues to look like that. Actually, within 24 hour of each cleaning it falls into similar disarray. I'm done!!! I'm going to leave crap all over the living room today -- dirty dishes, used kleenexes (if I can bring myself to do that), clothes, etc. Then I'm going to go get a fabulous-looking dessert for Family Night tonight. We'll go about business as usual this evening (the kids will not even notice the mess) UNTIL it's time for dessert. Then I will tell them that they have to clean up MY mess in the living room before they can have treats. Because, hello, that's my life! I can't do stuff I want to do because I have to clean up their crap. Is that too mean? Will they get it? I'll let you know.


  1. I cannot wait to hear the outcome. . . because if it works, I am stealing your idea. Fabulous, fabulous stuff.

  2. You are a genius! Keep us posted. Remind them also that the THREE of them have to clean up after ONE little ole' you. While ONE of you must clean up after all THREEE of them - a much bigger job!
    You go mama! Good Luck!

  3. Love it!!!! Can't wait to hear how it goes.

  4. Sounds like a good idea! You must share how they stamp their feet and say it isn't fair..LOL! Good luck!


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