Monday, September 30, 2013

it takes a village...

Our village has an annual "clean up the village day" that my kids look forward to each year. This year, they not only got to help pick up trash with one of those trash claws, they also got to plant flowers. I love that in our village, people from all over the world gather to do things together.

Some of these pictures aren't mine because I wasn't there for more than a minute (I went to the temple with the youth from church), but I stole them off Facebook.
Josh would only go pick up trash if I let him wear his superhero costume. And he only stayed out about 20 minutes.
 Ashley's sweet friend from Africa. They're in the same class at school. I'm glad I got to see this picture, since I wasn't there to see it in person.

 Ethan and Ashley stayed out about 2 1/2 hours, working hard. They were rewarded with a pizza at the end, and also a container of herbs they can grow (or kill, knowing us).

A friend from church, who also lives in the village, said she was impressed at how good Ethan and Ashley were. Chris came home (he was exhausted after finishing his big, hairy qualifying exams), so they didn't have any parents to supervise them, but they were being respectful and even talking easily about scouts and church stuff to their friends. It makes a mom proud to hear things like that.


  1. First of all, love your new banner!
    Second, love Josh's superhero attire for such a superhero job! Sometimes I think I need to make a Superwoman costume for myself and wear it almost every day. Especially when I feel like I accomplish a lot during the day.
    Third, I am always impressed at how well behaved Ethan and Ashley are. Is it age or are you really the luckiest mom in the world?!

    1. haha...thanks Dasha!
      I think you need a superhero costume for sure. and you can make me one, too. I can wear it when I go shopping and have to haul bags through the parking lot and up the stairs, and maybe when I drag my laundry around. Then we can have a superhero party when you come visit, and we'll get our picture taken together :)