Monday, January 5, 2009

When Family Home Evening Takes an Unexpected Turn

We were sadly unprepared for Family Home Evening tonight. Before it started James and I were racking our tired brains for ideas.

Me: "Do you have an idea for a lesson?"

Him: "No."

Me: "How about a New Year's resolution for our family?"

Him: *crickets chirping*

Him: "How about listening to the Holy Spirit?"

Me: "Sounds great."

Him: "Kids, it's time for Family Home Evening!"

James told them the story of how two Thanksgivings ago, we were saved from hitting a deer or two on the highway because I felt prompted to wait and pray for safety. Great lesson. Professor listened in his usual awe, Lion halfway did and Princess paid no attention. Typical unplanned FHE.

Then somehow the kids got on the subject of what to name the baby. I think Lion asked about it. Then they started coming up with names. Here is a list, not in its entirety. I can't remember all of them, and refuse to post some of them because when kids get silly, random body parts are supposedly allowable names for a sibling. I guess I should accept that, since they've used them on each other before. There were also crazy made-up ones that I forgot as soon as I heard them.

Anakin Skywalker
Darth Vader (suggested multiple times by Lion. They watched Star Wars for the first time on New Year's.)
Luke Skywalker
Obi-Wan Kenobi
Glacier (Suggested several times by Professor with a very hopeful voice)
James Junior, nicknamed JJ
Jaden (There's a kid in Lion's Primary class whose name is Jaidon)

I wish I could remember more, but I was laughing too hard. My mind is a sieve anyway, and most things fall through even when I'm not pregnant. When I am, well, it's a good thing I don't run a country or anything.

My vote is for the most original one. Princess came up with it. Every kid in the world wishes to have a name so cool. Ready?


Are you sure?

Ok, here it is:

Elephant Toot-Toot.

What kid wouldn't love that name? He/she wouldn't have to worry about insults, because he/she'd already have one built in.

And I have to admit, 'Glacier' is kind of cool. Haha. I just made a joke without realizing it. But our kids have more traditional names, so it wouldn't fit in our family. Maybe I can sell it to a celebrity for a couple mil.

See the great experiences you can share when you have a family night?

Ah, the memories.


Heidi Ashworth said...

You're right, they'll remember that one for a long time. Impromptu talent shows are great, too.

Jeni said...

I was also thinking as I read the list that Glacier was kind of "cool," and also picking up on the pun. Great minds think alike. I actually do think it's kind of cool, but I agree, try to sell it to Brangelina. It doesn't quite fit with the beautiful names you've given your other children.

Nancy Face said...

What an awesome Family Night it turned out to be! :)

I really LOVE Star Wars! :)

Kelline said...

Isn't it funny the names kids come up with? We all had a blast picking out names for the twins together!

InTheFastLane said...

They have such GREAT suggestions! I am SURE you will be picking one from the list. LOL!

Kimberly said...

Oh the cuteness!

An Ordinary Mom said...

Now this is what FHE is all about ... what great memories you are building!

LexiconLuvr said...

Nothing better than a night spent brainstorming. And hey, if you don't name the baby Glacier, you can always name a character Glacier. (Ah...books. Like little "clone" children running loose.)

Congrats on the pregnancy! That's awesome!


No Cool Story said...

Anakin Skywalker and Glacier (said with a hopeful voice) are my favorite.

Elephant Toot-Toot. Toot-Toot for short :D

James said...

It's so much fun to hear the creative things children come up with, isn't it? We should be glad our Princess is still somewhat of a lady. She could have said, "Elephant Flatulence" or "Elephant Fart".

Uh-oh. Saying things like this is just asking for trouble. Perhaps I ought to knock on wood just to be safe...

mindyluwho said...

My boys would agree with all the Star Wars names. They have watched that 1001 times at least!

Michal said...

my kids all want a baby named obi-wan. for a girl? buttercup. i think they watch too many movies!

my favorite unplanned family home evening is testimony meeting. it is so cool to hear your kids' testimonies and it takes no planning. just bear yours and give them a turn.

Jen said...

These are great! LOL, my son would vote for Anakin I'm sure.

Melain said...

Glacier is a total celebrity kid name! You should do it! My daughter tried for MONTHS to get me to name my littlest Sebastian. She cried when we brought him home with the wrong name.