Sunday, June 11, 2017

Broken Bracket, End of School

Charles has had his braces on for a few weeks now and we weren't supposed to have another visit until July, but while playing catch with a baseball in the backyard with a neighbor, the ball hit him in the mouth and it broke a bracket off and bent his wire. His gum and lip were bleeding but his teeth were fine, thank goodness! So to the orthodontist we went; luckily they got him right in a fixed it quick and he only missed about an hour of school that morning.  
 And speaking of school, this kids had their last day of school on June 3rd! We had some field day activities that Nora and I helped with (mostly we were spectators as they played kickball, though we did hand out some otter pops). Now the kids are all in swim lessons at an outdoor pool, they all get into their individual classes at the same time which is nice. They have one more week of lessons and then we'll take some time off. Jane and Elisabeth are still attending Jolley's tumbling, Charles' baseball season is nearly finished up and Annabelle is in track so things are still pretty busy. I'm looking forward to July when we won't have swim lessons and when Jolley's takes a month off.

Stacey and Mark go their temple recommends to do baptism for the dead, and Scott and I were happy to join them when they went! It was beautiful and I was able to do some family names which was amazing. Afterward we had dinner at Cubbys. We sure love this cute couple. 

Charles sometimes will go down to the basement with Scott and help him out with projects. Here he was helping with the outlets. 

We thought this was cute, Jane and Nora in the bathroom, and Jane it fixing Nora's hair. 

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Just Serve: running with angels 5k, Garnicas and Romneys for Memorial weekend

We recently had a lesson in church about the Just Serve website so that week for Family Home Evening, we went onto the website as a family and found an area where our whole family could serve: at the Running with Angels 5k where we helped at a water station.
We had to get everyone up early since we had to be there by 630am, but they didn't seem to mind and really enjoyed serving and being there in the racing community. We have all run races in the past so it was fun to be on the other side of things, not the runners, but the volunteers helping. It's good to get a new perspective on things.
We got to ride in one of their golf carts to our water station which the kids thought was a lot of fun.
And the coolest, sweetest thing happened while we were there. I saw Bob Marks as we were working our station! Bob was my boss at the BYU copy center for a few years and we got very close. He was like a second dad; he gave me lots of wise advice into my dating life and life in general, and when I was pregnant and so sick, he took care of me, bringing me food, and mouth wash for when I threw up, and when things were slow, he'd suggest I lay down for a bit and have a quick nap. We exchange Christmas cards each year, but I hadn't seen him in probably close to ten years so it was wonderful seeing him and catching up!

I took this picture on a Sunday afternoon after church when all the kids were in the kitchen baking. And they weren't just baking one thing, we had three different things they were working on: blondies, cookies and a molasses bread. You can tell they are my children :)! 

Here's a shot of Charles with his baseball team, the Philies.
Nora and I went to Scheels to look for some running shoes for me, and we had to take a ride on the ferris wheel. I can't remember the last time I went on a Ferris Wheel! And $1 per person is not bad.
Our Garnica and Romney cousins (my brother and sister's families) came to visit us over Memorial Day weekend! We LOVED it! The cousins are so close in age that they all just adore spending time together. We went to BYU with the Garnica's as soon as they arrived (Romney's came a day later).
We toured Studio C which was a hit.

We saw Steven from Studio C...this is the back of him! :) I also saw Jeremy but the kids were so busy playing with the green screen photo booth that they missed him!

We finished our BYU adventure with a stop at the Creamery for some ice cream. You really can't beat their ice cream prices.
Jane participated in her first grade talent show with several of her friends. They did a tumbling routine which they made up on their own and it was super cute!

Elisabeth finished reading the Book of Mormon for the second time! We are so proud of her and her righteous desires.
Saturday morning was our neighborhoods annual bike parade and breakfast. We hooked all the cousins up with bikes and scooters and went for a stroll around the block. 

Here we are at the breakfast:
This cute girl Ellen was amazing and such a sweetheart. Love that cutie! And notice the Flag in the background? Becca made that for me for my birthday and brought it down! I love it!
Nora and Cora were besties. 

We checked out the new Bluffdale park while they were here. It is HUGE! We love it and have been lots of times since. I love all the paved trails for running :). It's called Wardle regional park.

Annabelle and Jane earned the "leader in me" award at school. Great job girls!
Annabelle joined track with her good friend Annika. Annika's mom, Elisa Ludwig, and I run together sometimes and are close friends, and it's been fun to see the girls running together.

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Braces, Mother's Day

Elisabeth has been working hard at keeping her grades up; she was so excited to get A's all year, and one A- (she actually wasn't happy about the A-, but I think it's still amazing and awesome!)
 Charles got braces in May, and Elisabeth got bottom braces and an expander on top. Next month she'll also get top braces on top. She's getting a cute little gap in between her top teeth from her expander.
We celebrated his braces with In N Out Burger, and Elisabeth wanted Menchies Frozen Yogurt. 

 We found a canopy for our patio table at Walmart for $30 which was the best price I've seen!
Elisabeth made this poster for her Spanish class.

Since the weather warmed up, Nora and I rode bikes with the kids to school a few times. On the way home, we slowed our pace and enjoyed the beautiful outdoors. And I might have been singing "Oh what a beautiful morning! Oh what a beautiful day! I've got a beautiful feeling, everything's going my way!"Nora didn't like my singing :). 

 Annabelle did a wax museum project for school and she chose to research Emma Watson.
 Nora's date month was April, but we never got around to her date, so May we took her out for Cold Stone ice cream.
 Nora loves to make yogurt pops! And I love the sign above Nora's head, which is completely true.
 Charles had a red crayon in his pocket when he did his got all over all his clothes. You can't tell on the dark stuff, but you can certainly still see it on the white items. Boo. Hopefully he learned his lesson to check pockets and not put crayons in them.
 I found this picture amongst Annabelle's school items.
 The pool opened in the beginning of May so we've been going when we can. It'll be so nice to have in the summer; we'll probably work it into our daily routine: exercise, chores, reading, swim!
 Saturday's we spend the mornings deep cleaning the inside of the house and doing yard work. Charles has gotten pretty good at mowing and edging.
 Here are the girls deep cleaning the bathroom. They've gotten good at that too.
 Elisabeth participated in the Salt Lake piano competition in May. She didn't place, but she played beautifully!
 We try to get together with the Hansen and Wilcox families every month, sometimes on dinner/temple dates, sometimes as a whole family for a game night. This month we went to The Red Iguana Mexican Restaurant in SLC. It was so yummy!
 Scott is working on the electrical this month. He's got a lot of the canned lights in, some on dimmer switches! We're hoping he can finish up all the electrical this month and then start on the plumbing for July.

 Mother's Day! I sure love this kiddos of mine and am grateful I have the opportunity to be their mother.

 I went to Deseret Book last month and picked up multiple copies of the Ensign, one for me and Scott and the three oldest kids so we can start our Cover to Cover challenge which is an idea I got from my friend Lindsay, where we read the conference magazine from cover to cover and then we do something special, probably a dinner date.