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.