Monday, October 4, 2010

See No Evil, Hear No Evil, Speak No Evil

The motivating factor for everything I do in my life is to somehow teach my children to make good choices. Although right now I have power over virtually every aspect of their lives, my power (especially with Sophie and Syrena) is fizzling. But if I can teach them now to see things for what they really are, and to give them tools to use when they are in trouble, they will make choices that will open doors for them and bring happiness into their lives. Sounds easy.
As you can tell, from my last few posts, my kids are CAH-RAY-ZEE about Harry Potter. They make potions on the back porch, "fly" around on brooms, and Syrena wears my old glasses all the time, pretending she is Moaning Myrtle. We had the missionaries over for dinner last week, and my kids and the missionaries spent the entire dinner talking about Harry Potter. BOTH elders knew everything there was to know about Harry and totally charmed my kids. I realized that those elders were of "the Harry Potter generation"--those lucky kids who got to grow up along with Harry.
One reason why I love the Harry Potter books is that they go right along with my motherly agenda of teaching my kids how to thwart evil influences. And J.K. does it so effectively.
The other day Sophie was making "Hogwarts" letters for everyone in the family. In the first Harry Potter book it mentions that the letters were "sealed with the Hogwarts coat of arms." Being a smart figure-it-out-for-yourself kind of gal, on the envelope she drew a jacket surrounded by a group of severed arms.
Well, we talked about what a "coat of arms" really is, and then I got one of those brilliant ideas that you know only comes from heaven. Lets make our own Dyreng Family Coat of Arms! (minus the severed arms.)
So using the Hogwart's coat of arms as a reference, for family night we brainstormed our own version and came up with this:

Lest you think that we had a delightful evening discussing what makes our family wonderful and how we are going to preserve our children's purity forever, let me just tell you that Danny was screaming, Sophie and Syrena kept pulling out their books to read and Naomi insisted on climbing on my head. When the torture was finally over, the girls all decided to make their own coat of arms. Syrena's motto at the bottom of hers was "Stay Away From Dementors."

So you've made it to the bottom of this post which is amazing because I never read blog posts this long, but I did want to mention one more thing. Having the desire to lenthen their childhood as long as I can I've told them that they have to wait to read the 4th Harry Potter book. ("But don't worry, you can read the 1st, 2nd and 3rd books as many times as you want!") They moan and groan...I tell them I was 25 when I read the forth book! For some reason that doesn't stop the eyes from rolling. But I still have some power over them, and I will wield it while I still can.


  1. Okay, so you admit it then, you've never read ANY of my posts because they are ALL longer than yours. :-)

    My favorite part? Besides the coat of arms (both Marcos and I thought of Ammon - he would have a great coat of arms, or maybe a coat of technicolored arms dangling off?), my absolute favorite part is that Syrena pretends to be Moaning Myrtle. Of all of the characters in that book!

  2. awesome plan of action! I'm loving that idea. I wonder what my little family would come up with?

    We are H.P. fans here as well, but my kids don't know anything really. They haven't read the books. I'm sure that phase will begin soon. Your family is a great example of what we should be doing. Our last FHE I spent more time yelling at my kids to sit and listen then we did teaching a lesson. And Eva cried EVERY moment of it.

    The lesson of course is that we should still have family night, just not invite the children right? he he

  3. Hehe.. Favorite part: Everything. Joshua would get a kick out of this :)

  4. Our F.H.E. was on Service and Sarah danced through the whole thing.

    I was inspired by your Coat of Arms. I love the motto, and the drawing was beautiful. What does the upper write hand cut out doll stand for?

  5. Your family is so cool. Even though they torture and annoy you while you try to explain your lovely drawing.

    I love Syrena's interpretation of a coat of arms!

  6. You are so creative. And how fun to relive Harry Potter with your kids. Can't wait for that!

  7. Chelsea, you are an amazing mother! I love your creativity in teaching your children. I love how you brought general conference "up close and personal" for your family. Keep up the great work!