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[Comments] (1) Happy Birthday, Dad!: Sometimes John asks me if I miss my dad and the answer is usually "no." He has been gone for over 2/3 of my life. I've been married for longer than I had my dad. It's just been a long time.

But sometimes I do miss him.

Dalton: What took you so long?
Me: I was talking.
Dalton: How come you always have to talk every single day?
Me: Ladies like to talk.
*turns Pick a Little, Talk a Little on Youtube*
*starts crying*

Queen of Pigs: Sienna and John have dumped out my piggy bank full of international coins

50 pence! That's Peppa Pig money.
...I don't see Peppa Pig.

Coronation Day: Today John was called as second counselor in our new bishopric. We did not see this coming. We knew we were getting a new bishop today, and even guessed (correctly) who it would be. And sure, we were suspicious about the Stake President wanting to meet with both of us the day before a new bishop was called. But we still managed to be surprised when the words left his mouth.

So, two things. First, John is so sad to leave his calling as Gospel Doctrine teacher. Most of the ward is also sad about this. He is an amazing teacher and really enjoyed putting his lessons together. Tough act to follow.

Second, he is going to do great at his new calling as well. He is really excited to learn something new and serve in new ways in the Church. We're barely getting oriented - what other kind of major life changes do you only get a few hours' notice for? - but he is ready to dig in.

The new bishop, the other counselor, and our former bishop (now a member of the Stake Presidency) came over this afternoon to ordain John as a High Priest and set him apart. The Bishop said he had a feeling he would be called to be Bishop and as soon as he was called, he thought of a focus on loving individuals. And then John's name came to his mind as a counselor. We've joked before about assignments and callings that seemed more practical or neopotistic than revelatory, but there's no doubt to me that this call was given by revelation. It's not a case of this guy calling his friends - we barely know him, me even more than John (they have a son Sienna's age whom I worked with in nursery (and also sons Maggie and Arthur's ages)). And there are dozens of other worthy men in the ward that could fulfill the calling. But John can definitely do a great job at loving individually. He's shown that in his Sunday School lessons.

Anyway, an interesting life twist and a new adventure. We're excited. I received many condolences at church today, some of which annoyed me. I definitely need, and have already arranged for, help during Sacrament Meeting. Sienna can be ridiculous, and I generally have to feed Arthur then so I can take care of my family history calling 2nd hour. But I'm not super worried about getting the kids ready for church on my own, or about him being gone one night a week. In fact, I think that will make him work less! haha.

That Sounds Nice :

Sienna: where am I going today?
We have swim lessons later.
Sienna (wandering out of the room): I think I'm not going to cry about it today.

Bait and Switch: Since Arthur officially goes to bed and sleeps most of the night, John and I arranged to go to the temple last night. We sat in the 8:00 session when one of the workers asked for volunteers to do a sealing session, as the room was too full. Most of the people there were clearly parties with the two live endowments, so we volunteered. The temple president did the sealings, since they didn't have any sealers available. It was a short session, but he taught us a lot about the sealing ordinance and the sealing power in between, which was neat. Afterwards, we got to go to the celestial room, and since it was between sessions, John and I were the only people there by the time we left. Bonus: we went to bed a lot earlier than planned.

Hollywood and Harry: For the first part of our four day weekend, we went up to Hollywood. John found us a great apartment, right off Hollywood Blvd. The kids were impressed that we were steps away from the "holly stars". We went up Thursday night after Spring Fling/Open House at the school. On Friday morning, we went to the subway station and took the train, zillion escalators, and tram to Universal Studios, mostly to check out the new Harry Potter section. The setting is awesome, and the attention to detail. However, it was too crowded to enjoy the shops (we didn't even go into Ollivander's... 45 minute wait?) and the rides were disappointing. The first ride was a small roller coaster - short, but Sienna could go on it, and the line was also short and fast loading. The other ride involved a lengthy wait through the halls of Hogwarts. The line was cool - the first time at least - and we all waited together, even though the little kids couldn't go. But, neither John nor I liked the ride. It was a sort of virtual roller coaster. It's 3D, and you sit in a four person bench that moves with the elements of the ride - all of which are scary! The premise is that you're sneaking out of the castle to watch a Quidditch game and a dragon escapes. Which would have been awesome, but then they threw in acromantula, dementors, and the whomping willow and it was all too much. The frozen butterbeer was great, though!

The only other time I've ever been to Universal was when I was pregnant with Maggie. Not only was that 10 years ago, but I couldn't go on any of the rides. So it was a new experience. I was pleasantly surprised with all the non-Harry Potter stuff we did, which was pretty much everything. Jurassic Park was fun, The Mummy was scary, but I closed my eyes and enjoyed the ride part, and I really liked Transformers. The Minion ride was also fun and we got to see the evil minion character. Sienna screamed in terror, but then begged us to wait in line to see Megatron. You just never know with that girl.

Saturday morning, we went to Griffith Park to do pony ride. We drove to the observatory after, but there was less than no parking, so we went to a brunch place instead, then came home and relaxed. Maggie finally finished reading Harry Potter this week, so we watched most of the first part of The Deathly Hallows tonight. More weekend to come!


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