weekend update.

It's Friday. I woke up with Scout this morning while everyone else was still sleeping. I poured my coffee, listened to the rain outside, watched the baby smile and squirm on my lap, and allowed the familiar buzz of Good Morning America to fill the living room. It's been a great start to a relaxing weekend... after last weekend's busy-ness, Rowan being sick this week, and a lot of socializing with friends and neighbors, I need a weekend of rest and recovery. All of that to say, I plan on staying in my yoga pants for three days. You've been warned, Salt Lake City.

Speaking of Salt Lake City, it's General Conference weekend. For those of you who aren't LDS-savvy, it's the bi-annual Latter-Day Saints gathering, complete with several sessions of talks and speeches from the leaders of the Mormon church. They're expecting over 100,000 people to descend upon Salt Lake City this weekend for General Conference - which means I'll be cooking at home this weekend and we'll be avoiding downtown.

I try to listen to the General Conference sessions as much as my time allows and I do this for a few reasons:

  1. I have several LDS friends and we love talking about matters of faith. So, listening to General Conference is a way to keep myself informed.
  2. I live in SLC, so staying up-to-date on what's happening in the church is a really important piece to understanding the culture here.
  3. I just find it interesting.

So, while my husband goes skiing in the backcountry with some dudes, I'll be at home, making my kid colored pancakes, snuggling my baby and listening to old white dudes talk about religion. It actually sounds like a dreamy morning in my book.

In other news, Rowan made his first cake this week, all by himself. Did you know that children in France start baking at a very young age, usually around 2?! I had no idea, though I'm not surprised. And, one of the first things they learn to make is Gâteau au Yaourt, or Yogurt Cake. I decided to try this with Ro and it was a big hit. We added chocolate chips to ours and it was damn good. He did a great job (insert proud mom face).

Lately, I've been trying to view & treat my home as a place of calm, rest and stability for everyone who lives here, especially Rowan, who struggles with anxiety... I've been cleaning a bit more than usual & keeping toys picked up (he does well with order & organization), having the TV off, turning music on, grabbing fresh flowers for the house and opening the blinds to let in lots of natural light. Baking is a huge part of that, too... it makes the house smell warm and inviting. So, getting Rowan in on the baking action was special & it put him in a great mood.

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Scout has quickly moved out of the infant/newborn stage and is now a full-on baby with a hilarious little personality. She smiles and squeals at every little thing and she's obsessed with her dad. It's really sweet to watch. Along with that big personality, she's strong and active. I fear that I'm going to have my hands full with this girl. I can't say that I mind, though. She's so damn cute, I'm pretty sure she could get away with murder.

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There's been a lot of talk on the web this week about feminism and Christianity. I have a lot of Big Thoughts and Feelings on the subject, but I'm not entirely sure I'm ready to jump into the conversation yet. I'll hold off for now. I admit it's been hard to love people in the midst of these conversations, so I think it might be best if I just keep my mouth shut until I'm able to be a bit more loving in my response. 

But, the web hasn't been filled with all heated rhetoric and controversy this week. There's been some great stuff worth sharing, too. Here are a few of my favorites:

In which Jezebel gives way to Deborah by Sarah Bessey

Being Gay at Jerry Falwell's University by Brandon Ambrosino for The Atlantic

The Faith of Marcus Mumford and Our Obsession with Christian Celebrity by Jason Boyett for A Deeper Story

Kid President meets the Actual President from SoulPancake on YouTube

That's my update for you this weekend. I have some exciting stuff coming up next week and I can't wait to share it with you. Until then, stay thirsty, my friends.