Saturday, December 31, 2011

New York...New York

From beginning to end it is all Madeline!  Madeline took all the pictures from our New York trip...she edited and put them all together for a photo story.  Madeline needed to do a 10 hour project for a church assignment and this took her over that mark.  GREAT job Maddy...everyone enjoy!

Saturday, December 10, 2011

The Walker 6 Twelve Days of Christmas

On the First day of Christmas, my daughter said to me, “Can you toss me a roll of TP?”

It seems like an ongoing thing, that the last person to use the last little bit of toilet paper can’t seem to ever replace it. So, if you are the next one in line, it would behoove you to check to see if you have all the right “equipment” ready before you get to the business at hand.

On the Second day of Christmas, my true love said to me, “Where are the keys to the van?”

LeeAnne typically returns home with her hands full and as such, the keys to the vehicles rarely end up in the key container. Thankfully, they can always be found in her purse, usually 3 or 4 sets at a time!

On the Third day of Christmas, my true love said to all, “Aw MAN, REALLY!!”

Have you ever awoken from a nap or been in deep thought when a child runs into the room yelling at a sibling about sharing their prospective air space or similar inconsequently thing. The correct words can never be found.

On the Fourth day of Christmas, Savannah said to me, “Does someone have my shoes?”

This one is good. We all left together on a camping trip. The travel time required a potty break here and there.  At our first rest stop break, Savannah realized she had no shoes. In her haste to make it out the door, she thought that they were already in the van somewhere. Thankfully, her sister packed extra.

On the Fifth day of Christmas, Jonah said to me (while running to the bus), “I need 5 bucks for lunch!”

I bet this has never happened to anyone. Child remembers something important for school, just as the bus in pulling up.

On the Sixth day of Christmas, Mom said to me, “Why can’t the darn cat pee in the box?”

Our cat Calli is challenged. When she has to do her business, she can’t seem to figure out that she needs to keep her rear down and misses.

On the Seventh day of Christmas, my true love said to me, “Who took all the water bottles?”

We are a water family. Besides a little bit milk for cereal and cooking, we mostly drink water. We also like our water cold. So, Mom purchased each person their very own water bottles to use for lunches or whatever. The problem is that there is one among us who either forgets their bottle at school, bed, van, etc. or is too lazy to refill it when it is empty. This person then proceeds to “borrow” someone else’s bottle, which inherently, falls into the same abyss and will continue to "borrow" until there are none left!

On the Eighth day of Christmas, Savannah says to me (at any time of the day), “What are we having for dinner?”

Savannah loves eating dinner. She will ask “What’s for dinner?” right after eating breakfast, when she returns home from school or whenever she feels it needs to be asked.

On the Ninth day of Christmas, Dad says to me, “Where are all the darn phones?”

We have three cordless phones in the house; one for downstairs, one for upstairs in the kitchen and one in Mom and Dad’s room. Each has their own charger and place. Dad will get home from work and, as typically happens with 6 people in the house, the phone will ring. Unfortunately for him, none of the phones are where they should be. Most likely, they are stuck between the cushions of the couches, under a bed, in the bathroom etc. One phone had to be replaced because he believes someone took it outside and it went for a ride on top of a car. Who knows……

On the Tenth day of Christmas, Dad says to me, “Does anyone know how to shut off the lights in this house?”

The first thing Dad does when he gets home from work is to turn off all the lights, computers and such in the house that are left unattended. He starts downstairs and makes his way upstairs until he turns everything off. He really gets bugged when people leave the lights on and there is no one home.

On the Eleventh day of Christmas, Mom says to Jonah, “Turn off the Xbox, NOW!”

Jonah is allotted a certain amount of time on the Xbox. The problem happens when his time is up. Something to the affect of “Just one more minute, I am not done with my level yet” or “just a little more time, I haven’t passed a save point yet.” Yeah, right………

On the Twelfth day of Christmas, my true love said to me, “Who’s idea was it to have kids?”

LeeAnne and I will look into each others eyes after some recent heated exchange and the question doesn't even need to be verbalized. Parents, have you ever thought that question? When you have babies, they are so cute and cuddly. They let you dress them and play with them. You are their whole world. Then they get older. Man how things change! We just love teenagers!

We modeled these 12 days of Walker 6 Christmas on a newer Christmas song called the 12 Pains of Christmas. If you get a chance to hear it, it is pretty funny.

We do love our kids and although they are turning us grey early, we wouldn't change anything. They do make us laugh and are the joy of our lives. We pray that they can succeed and that our eternal family will be together forever.

But seriously, in our home, Christmas is our favorite time of the year. In fact, Maddy wishes there could be Christmas music on the radio all year round. (Dad won’t officially listen to it until after Thanksgiving though.)  We love the good and positive mood that it puts everyone in. We love purchasing a tree every year and decorating it as a family. We love how the season reminds of what is really important, that being our relationship with our Savior, Jesus Christ, and our family.

Being a parent, I often think of what it must have been like to be Joseph and Mary back during that time in history. We recently attended a live Nativity at another local congregation of our church. Every year this is a fantastic event that usually takes place the first weekend in December, that at least for me, starts the Christmas time off in the right spirit. This year, in particular, a young couple, that represented Joseph and Mary, had their baby there representing the Savior. This is the first time that I have ever seen this. It touched my heart because, I think, we often forget that Jesus Christ was a little baby, that cried for the same things that our children cried for, yet He was\is divine. On this night, the little baby was just a bit fussy. I wonder if the baby Jesus was ever fussy. I wonder how Joseph and Mary reacted to this divine gift, as they were new parents, figuring all of it out, keeping in the back of their minds, continually, His divine nature and potential.

I often think that when someone says, “I know how you feel,” does that person really know? Well, there is one person that does and He really has felt it all. He understands what it feels like to be a fussy baby, to being all alone, to being over joyed with love for his followers and friends, to being so physically tired that He felt He couldn’t go on, but knew that His people needed Him, and then found the inner energy to continue to minister to His children for hours and hours.

I am eternally grateful for all that He is and what He has done for me. I hope someday that we, together with our families, can return to live with Him someday and see Him standing next to our Heavenly Father with open arms waiting for our hugs.

During a recent Christmas devotional, our prophet, Thomas S. Monson said, “Christmas is what we make of it.” He is so true. As we think about giving and receiving gifts this holiday season, let’s keep the reason for the season in the front of our minds. Sometimes, the best gifts don’t cost a thing.

Merry Christmas

David Walker – Captain and fearless leader of the Walker 6