I’m going to take a wild guess and assume you have a busy week ahead of you. So rather than study and discuss a talk this week, take the time to review the Christmas story with your own family. If you’re looking for something to get you in the right spirit, here is a lovely video with clips from the Bible Videos mixed with excerpts from the First Presidency’s Christmas devotional messages. Enjoy.
And have a very merry Christmas.
Some of you may have (or have had) 6 year olds that you think are pretty cute and clever and all that. With all due respect to your own wonderful children, my Clark is really something else. He has this unabashed enthusiasm about things. He feels stuff all the way. His happy is bouncy-like, and his sadness is of the weeping and wailing variety. Today the tears and tragic cries flowed freely when his post-baseball game brownie fell out of the package onto the ground below the bleachers. Oh, the suffering. He loves to laugh, giggle, scheme, and grin mischievously about things. He also likes to sneak food, hide his clean laundry in the back of his closet instead of putting it away, and make way too many jokes about underwear and other bathroom-related topics, but that’s all fodder for another post. Clark is a boy with heart.
So we made this video a little over a week ago because he kept singing this song over and over again around the house and it occured to me, You know, I really ought to record this for posterity’s sake because it really is kind of priceless. So I convinced him to come over to the computer camera and sing his song for me. Unfortunately, the stupid program kept cutting off the recording partway through, so he had to start over many, many times. By the time we got to the final (and first complete) recording, he had somehow come up with a whole bunch of “actions” to go along with his singing (oh, the actions!). And maybe it’s just me, his proud and totally amused mom, but I think this is a classic. It’s definitely classic Clark, and maybe I’m delusional thinking that anyone else will find it as equally endearing and awkwardly hilarious as I do, but I decided to share it anyway. But then I thought, What if it really is as great as I think it is and it goes viral and then I’ll have to go on those early morning talk shows? I’m wearing my pajamas and yesterday’s mascara in this video. I don’t even have anything to wear on TV, and I need a haircut, plus we’d be sitting there on national television and Clark would crack some joke about underwear or something and I’d be mortified. So enjoy the video, but not too much.
Dear readers, this is my Clark:
Make sure you watch this with your husband so he knows you’re normal. I shared this video with Jessica at Duck Duck Cow and I’m stealing her idea. If you think you’ve got a video that will make me laugh-cry, leave a link in the comments. I promise I’ll watch every one and comment on it. Can’t wait to see some of your favorites.
You know how some kids pick their nose and eat their boogers? (I’m afraid Natalie might be one of those kids.) Not Grant! No way. Never in a million years would he do that because it’s disgusting. Instead, Grant likes to wipe his boogers on furniture, car windows, carpet… whatever’s handy.
I recently discovered that the side of his bed looks like this:
No, your eyes are not playing tricks on you. It really IS that gross. So now, his bed has been equipped with this:
And if that isn’t bad enough, there have been other totally unacceptable infractions of the no-booger-wiping rule. The lastest was so dire that I did what any good mother would do and forced my child to make a public, internet-based confession.
Did you see all that heartfelt remorse? The sorrow? The wailing? Um, yeah. Well, Clark and Natalie were jealous about Grant’s debut on the big screen, so the climbing, whining and button-pushing resulted in this:
I know, I know, you are SO impressed. Feel free to send an Academy Award, or Xanax, whichever seems more appropriate.