General Conference Weekend– always the same, but different

Since General Conference weekend means Legos at our house, it felt especially fitting to attend the grand opening of our local Lego store. And yes, Gabe left the house with his awesome bedhead.
At home, we cut out a baby quilt (you can see the house started out pretty clean)

and gathered the last of my fall roses,

then the Lego construction began…

 But the party didn’t really start until Ben arrived.

the two kings of goofy-faced photos

Between sessions on Saturday, Mary begged Ben to jump on the tramp with her. Now Stefan does whatever Mary asks– all the trampoline games are directed by her. But Ben is cut from a crazier mold– he holds backflip contests with her, crack the egg and leapfrog.

Hansie using his time to create a stop motion Lego movie.

I just can’t decide which photo I love more.

Sunday morning of General Conference we always, always, always make crepes. For breakfast we fill them with strawberries, Nutella, whip cream, lemon, powdered sugar, bananas (but not all at the same time!). Lunch crepes we fill with ham, swiss, spinach and mushrooms.

a mushroom slicer works perfectly for strawberries

Finishing a baby quilt.

Hans explains fairy houses to an adorable visitor.
And Gabe, darling Gabe didn’t comb his hair all weekend, or change his shirt and let’s not ask about his underwear.

As always, the General Conference speakers were incredible. This time, their talks felt especially loving, understanding and kind. To me, the overall message was, “We know life is hard, but hang in there have faith, know you are loved and not alone.” Faith doesn’t protect us from pain and tragedy but it does help us cope with life’s inevitable heartache. I’m hesitant to offer a list of favorite talks since I feel like I need to relisten to most of them (you can find all of conference right here) but I’ll recommend Elder Holland’s words on depression Like a Broken Vessel and Elder Uchtdorf’s welcoming words Come, Join With Us.

But honestly, truly, every single talk was beautiful and inspired. And the perfect background sound for cleaning my kitchen– which is exactly where I’m going right now.

October 1, 2013



  1. Anon

    October 9, 2013

    LOVE your quilt!

  2. Anon

    October 9, 2013

    LOVE your quilt!

  3. Jen@mysentimentaljamboree

    October 9, 2013

    Outstanding photos as always. I just finished reading Taza’s post about her General Conference weekend. They also made crepes. The quilt is lovely. What a beautiful life you and your family have. Thank you always for sharing!

  4. Jeanelle

    October 9, 2013

    I totally agree with you about conference. I felt so comforted by all of the different messages…even those that had nothing to do with me or my heartaches or circumstances. There was just abounding love this weekend and after a rough few months in my world, I feel hopeful and lifted up and happy. The quilt is beautiful and I love the Mary/bunnies in the window pics. Adorable!

  5. Lisa

    October 10, 2013

    I love everything about your day…but especially Gabe’s hair. Oh and I love the black and white pic of Mary and the bunnies. She is looking so very grown up.

  6. katieo

    October 10, 2013

    What a beautiful life!

  7. Chocolate on my Cranium

    October 10, 2013

    I have to laugh at the differences with what comes out at conference time – legos at your house, sewing projects (crocheting or knitting) at mine, with the boys sword playing with butter knives. Some day we will have to get together to even it all out! 🙂

  8. Tracy

    October 10, 2013

    Thank you for some recommendations…as a nomo I do enjoy many of the messages. Also crepes. I enjoy crepes and we always use your recipe. xo

  9. Emmy

    October 10, 2013

    What a great idea with the Legos for during conference!! My son would totally sit and listen the whole time if we let him do that.

    Conference really did seem even better this year, I mean it is always good but this time wow! To me it felt like they were much more straight forward to, much more this is how it is and this is what we should do, which I really think is needed now days.

    Your pictures are beautiful! I came from Sellabit Mum’s blog today- you are one of her 5 favorite, as soon as she said something about you living your faith and 6 kids I figured you must be Mormon too 🙂 It’s nice to meet you and I look forward to reading your blog more.

  10. Jenn

    October 10, 2013

    What a lovely weekend at your house!

  11. ellen

    October 10, 2013

    Tell me more about that baby quilt. I like the black & white photo best. And what is that strawberry contraption?!?

  12. Michelle

    October 11, 2013

    Thanks for your comments! I love seeing some names and faces I haven’t seen for a while. And it sounds like the B&W photo wins.

    Ellen– the strawberry slicer is actually a mushroom slicer. They sell them at lots of kitchen stores. And I’ll send you info on the quilt. It’s a combination of a pattern and making it up as we go along. 🙂

  13. Michelle

    October 13, 2013

    I loooved the photo of her feet, too.

    Love you.

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