Success (pronounced Sook-chess which is the Romanian pronunciation)! I would say that today was a success, in that I didn’t get angry or lose my sanity. Since it was Stake Conference, it was held in an auditorium that we’d only been to once. We got lost on the way and were pretty frustrated but we had left an hour and a half early, so we did make it there a little early. One additional issue is that the conference is in Russian or Ukrainian (depending on the speaker), and we wear a headset to hear the translation. To be honest, I actually only heard about 10 minutes of the speakers. That’s mainly because I was out with Amelia for about an hour in a room just outside, but you can’t hear anything and the English translation headset only worked inside the auditorium. I was able to go to the Saturday night adult session while Darryl stayed home with the girls, so that was wonderful.

Thank you to everyone who gave suggestions for ideas to do with kids during church. Marz, I didn’t have a chance to do the picture book thing, but I do want to try it. During the week I tried to get ready. I made some tacky looking lacing cards with cardboard, scrapbook paper, and a shoelace. I also sewed some large buttons on a cut up shirt (that we were going to give away) for Kathryn to practice buttoning. And I made some “workbook pages”, drawing shapes and a few letters for Kathryn to trace. I had no idea if she would like or be able to do any of these things, but I figured it was worth a shot. Plus, I felt good that I was putting forth some kind of effort. I got her a special treat of gummy bears besides her regular snack, too.

Here is how Kathryn looked before we left for church. She LOVES going to church, and it helps me be in a

better mood that she is so excited. She is usually trying to open the door while I’m still getting my coat on. We got this coat and hat for her from a family in our branch. I think it is the cutest thing ever.

The workbook pages and the tracing cards were a hit! While I was out with Amelia, Darryl said Kathryn loved tracing the shapes and letters and was very good at it. She did all the pages twice that I had made (just 4 or 5 little pages). Amelia conveniently fell asleep in Darryl’s arms (which hasn’t happened in ages) so I got to take care of Kathryn the second hour. We did the lacing cards a few times and took a couple trips to the potty. I think she just wanted to go up and down the 2 flights of stairs on the way to the potty. At that point I couldn’t blame her, because it was already longer than a regular Sacrament Meeting.

Of course in July, we’ll be having 5 consecutive stake conferences on the plane ride home. :)

5 Responses to “Conference Report”

You’re going home? For good or just to visit? I thought you were going to be in Ukraine for 2 years.

Just a visit, so that means two long flights.

Sounds like a pretty succcessful day. I am sure Darryl will not think that this is terribly weird, but after finally rejoycing that all our snow was gone (and watching our neighbors basement flood from the melting) it has been snowing for over 24 hours now. While this photo was taken in January, I am very serious that this is what it looks like on our deck once again.
A week ago Brad took the snow tires off his car. Thankfully he hadn’t gotten around to mine yet since I need a new “summer” tire. Hope you are enjoying more spring like weather. (I heard from my friends in the PNW that there has been some snow there this weekend as well!)

sdffdfd Your hard work paid off! What great great ideas. A lot of people
don’t even try, but it’s always always worth it. You’re a
great Mom!

That is really cool that Kathryn gets excting about going to Church. I agree you are a great mom.

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