Sunday, October 3, 2010

Why I'm glad we went to the cabin even though M was car-sick...

We spent the weekend at the family cabin.  I don't have a single picture of the fun and excitement...  because the whole point was family togetherness and spiritual growth.  (spiritual growth isn't very photogenic)

Hold Up!  okay, for those of you non-LDS blog readers - you need to know that this past weekend was a bi-annual chance for our church to join together (well, not physically...) and hear from our prophet and some of the other leaders of our church.  Feel free to find out more at LDS.org if you're curious, stymied, or just plain weirded out that I just got all "churchy" on my otherwise hilarious non-secular blog.  Bear with though - I've avoided dropping any other lingo into the post so you should feel right at home :)

It is a LOT easier to listen to general conference while surrounded by rolling hills and multi-colored aspen.  Miles and miles of nothing but us.   Or so I hear...  unfortunately I was still plagued by the fact that I took my five children (who are not fond of sitting for hours of conference despite the promised treats) and for the first time ever at the cabin someone was camped nearby.

Someone with kids even younger than mine.

Kids with a lot of lung capacity.  At hours when lung capacity is NOT a welcome trait.

Truth be told - I did probably catch more of the talks than some years...  For 2 of the sessions I sat at the dining room table and put together a puzzle with the eldest.  Putting together a puzzle does not require much in the way of speech, and it keeps you awake...  this was PURE genius on my part.  The younger kids?  Well, building with blocks does keep you awake (especially when said block makes contact with your back) and doesn't Require speech... let's just say that there are LOTS of blocks at the cabin... maybe LOTS and LOTS of blocks even.  There could be millions of blocks in that room and I still think my kids would accuse each other of taking the block they were just about to use. 'nuff said.

You know what gem of wisdom I'm going to remember most from conference this year???  I know, you're DYING to hear it...

so here it is... straight from... ummm... someone's mouth.  Hey, give me a break - when you listen on the radio instead of watching on TV there are a few things that get lost in translation!

The words?   "You stupid Cow" - yep...  that's what I'm walking away with.

and before you all drop to your knees and beg forgiveness for my blasphemous ways... I mean it.  I loved that story...*  and I wonder why on earth I continue to be a stupid cow... why I keep breaking through all the fences that are meant to protect me - and especially why I keep gorging myself on a field of wheat putting my life in danger...

seriously.  I'm going to not be a stupid cow this week.  or die trying.

On a related note - 3 carb free days did NOT kill me.  even at the cabin.  Will I be doing it again soon?  My family hopes not.

*for the record, I didn't MEAN to purposely leave out the story... usually I can link to a youTube of it or something... but it's still early and apparently the LDS youTube crew is still observing their day of rest. See, there I am, being a stupid cow again!!!


and the picture - that's from some moocowfanclub.com place... because I never did see a real cow this weekend to take a picture of and then photoshop it...

11 comments:

Camille said...

We usually spend General Conference weekend with "family togetherness" as well and it usually turns out the same as yours did. And I need to read the talk about the "stupid cow". That was the only time my girls stopped what they were doing to listen. Mostly because we're not allowed to say "stupid". :)

T said...

haha - my little girl came up to me with her hand covering her mouth and asked if he'd said the S word :)

Saimi said...

How cool that your family went to the hills to listen to conference! What a great idea!

Don't you just love President Monson's sense of humor! He's so funny!

Heather B said...

I loved that story, and can totally relate to your sense of frustration. Why do I have to make things so hard for myself? Especially when I know the better way...

Glad you enjoyed the cabin!

ps--we do puzzles, too.

Barbaloot said...

Love the picture!

I don't think I could do conference on the radio...I would zone out too easily. I need to be watching. And even then, I feel asleep for the space of two talks. Wouldn't you know that "stupid cow" was one of them! Now I'll have to look it up since it's been the most talked about one!!

Becky said...

The "stupid cow" story has to be the best Conference story ever. Loved it.

Sorry 'bout the noisy neighbors, though.

One Cluttered Brain said...

haha! Glad you had a memorable weekend!
LOL....
No pics?
Ok...I'll let it slide this once. *sigh*

Cheeseboy said...

I'd LOVE to go to our cabin for GC, but it is in Island Park, ID and it's not worth the drive.

Although, I like the idea of a puzzle. Might keep my older one somewhat calm.

Amy said...

I loved the Stupid Cow comment as well. There were several moments that made me laugh during the sessions. It was such an awesome conference.

Jen T said...

That Stupid cow comment was classic. I also loved Elder Jensen's talk on teenagers. Are you gonna leave your kid on the railroad tracks because you are afraid you will offend them? Yeah, good one!

Charlotte said...

That was a great line! My favorite was, "You may be asking yourself, what does this have to do with flying an airplane?"

I watched conference up in my bedroom and left the kids with it on in the family room. They made a mess, but I could hear.