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Wouldn't it be lovely if, with just a twitch of the nose, life, or any aspect of it could be changed. Instead, positive changes always seem to involve tremendously hard work, determination, and endless setbacks. How lovely it would be to have the powers of Samantha Stephens.

Thursday, June 22, 2006


The sun woke me, but I lay in bed waiting for Darrin's alarm to go off at 5:30. He got up and started getting ready for work. I read/prayed, and went to the computer. I browsed blogs, read archives, sent messages, commented. I left for my run. It wasn't warm this morning, and the wind was cold. We've had some local brush/forest fires, so the air quality wasn't as pure as normal. Result--asthma. I hate that I have it. Unfortunately, it's not something I can ignore. I cut my run short and went home.

I let the kids sleep till 8:00, then roused everyone. DJ got up and started his chores. He wants to have a movie night with friends tomorrow, so he's putting on the "perfect child" face. That's alright--I can't be unhappy about getting help with the housework. Adam ate breakfast and went to clean his room. I knew he was going back to bed. Tabitha started cleaning her room--it will take her a couple of hours. She is the only one I know who can totally trash a bedroom in five minutes. Her room is perpetually filthy. I cleaned closets and vacuumed.

Around 11:30 my dad called. He wanted to take the kids to the park for lunch. Tabitha and Adam wanted to go. DJ had already made arrangements to meet some friends, so he didn't join them. I went to a local vegetarian restaurant to meet my piano buddies (from my April concert) for lunch. One of them is moving to New Mexico next week. We had a really nice lunch.

I got home around 1:45. DJ was still there. I asked what was up? Why wasn't he with his friends. Apparently he'd been distracted by a computer game and missed them. He got on his bike and went to the library. He worries me sometimes--very much a loner who prefers to listen to music and read books, even though he enjoys being with friends. I'm glad we're hosting the movie night for him tomorrow. I worked for a couple of hours, set up some appointments with some late tax filers, and practiced.

I took Tabitha and Adam to the store to shop for some groceries. It's a cool night, so I'm making chicken soup. Darrin is still battling whatever stomach bug got to him last week, so maybe this will help. We made the soup together. DJ set the table. Darrin arrived home on time tonight--that's rare. We ate, and DJ, Adam and I left for youth activities; Darrin went to do Bishop interviews; Tabitha stayed home with the remote.

I spent an hour with the Laurels of our stake (16-17 year-old girls). We did some weird craft for girls' camp which will happen next month. I love talking with them. I'll be their seminary teacher next year, so we're making plans to keep things exciting. Also, Youth Conference is next week and I'm presenting a workshop, so I was trying to bribe them all to choose my class over the other two choices. They're very cute--I really love working with them. There was watermelon for refreshments. I don't like watermelon, so I didn't join them. I went to look for Adam, to give him a ride home.

I located Adam and we went home. I let him watch some TV with Tabitha until Darrin and DJ got home around 9:00. We did our nightly routine and sent the kids to bed for reading time. I had them turn out their lights at 9:30. I went to bed 30 minutes later. I'm not sure when Darrin joined me, but I woke for a kiss, and went back to sleep.


  • At Thursday, June 22, 2006 7:13:00 AM, Blogger Elbow said…

    You have kids and you take care of them and they love you and you love them...that's amazing.

    What's it like being a parent? It sounds so fun.

  • At Thursday, June 22, 2006 7:32:00 AM, Blogger Samantha said…

    I'm not a good one to ask. I'm not your typical parent. DJ tells me I'm not a "real" mom, because we love to talk, play, be around each other. He asks me to screen his music for him. We rarely have conflict.

    Adam asks me out on dates (he's 12). He likes to talk about books, friends, and whether or not there is a God. He's very interested in puberty, and asks me about every minute change he perceives in his body. Recently, his favorite topic to discuss with me was nocturnal emissions. Darrin says, "Better you than me!" Adam buys me flowers with his allowance.

    Tabitha makes me nuts. She's as messy as I am orderly. She spontaneously breaks into song--which would be nice if she didn't do it so loudly and if her voice was better. She loves to cuddle--not something I'm particularly good at, but I do it anyway. Physically, she's built like me and has my endless energy. I adore her.

    For me, parenting IS fun. But I haven't had any terrifically negative experiences yet. I read every parenting book I can get, and go to every parenting class offered. I love my kids. I want them to grow up happy, confident, strong. I want so much for them.

    Someday, they will break my heart.

  • At Thursday, June 22, 2006 3:34:00 PM, Blogger Ward Cleaver said…

    Like it or not....good and/or bad....YOU ARE a good mother....a good parent.

    Looks like....sounds're making Darrin out to be a scapegoat.

  • At Thursday, June 22, 2006 8:00:00 PM, Blogger Samantha said…



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