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...
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