Friday, Annabelle and I made CTR and Temple sugar cookies for Mark Haggins baptism which was the following day. It was nice to have Annabelle's help and company as we rolled out dough and decorated the cookies; Jane and Nora also helped cut out a couple of the cookies from the dough.
Wednesday, March 8, 2017
This is what our monthly calendar looks like as a blank slate, and by blank slate I mean, we leave the items on the calendar that are the same every month, and then once the extras are cleared, this is what we have, and then I fill in the other items like recitals, dates, birthdays, games, hikes, temple trips, special events etc. I cannot function well without both my monthly dry-erase board calendar and also my phone calendar which is regularly sending me reminders. And since I got my smart Garmin for Christmas which is connected to my phone, I also get those reminders buzzing in on my wrist, which I love and need!
Remember our nice mudroom that Scott and I made this year? This is what it looks like right after the kids get home from school. I need to be better about making them put it away nicely EVERY time. Yep, nagging mom here. But I'll do it with a smile and a cheerful voice :).
This will be a bathroom on the left, and a small guest room on the right.
Nora is on lesson 76 from her "how to teach your child to read in 100 easy lessons' book. She is doing amazing! Reading is really starting to click which is wonderful and I've loved seeing her huge leaps of progress over these past few months.
I took this picture of Annabelle in her jazz dance class. The class is not very big for the 12 girls they have packed in there, but she still loves it.
Sweet Mark Haggin came over Saturday to help Scott in the basement. They got most of the floor framing laid. By the way, he is getting baptized this Saturday! We are so happy for him and his family!
Monday, March 6, 2017
I made each of the kids their own Chatbooks from pictures on my iphone. Then I set up a 'series' on Chatbooks for each child, so that whenever I have 60 pictures of each child on Instagram(it keeps track using my hashtags, like #Elisabethdorothy) then it'll automatically print off a Chatbook and send it to me. The kids were excited to have their own books.
Jane started tumbling in November this school year and she is LOVING it! She rarely walks anywhere anymore, but rather does cartwheels and front and back walkovers in place of walking. And she is flexible!
Saturday Scott and I went to the SLC temple to do sealings.
Many Sundays Scott will make puffed wheat cereal. We love it and here is Nora helping him out :).
Tuesday, February 28, 2017
Over Presidents Day weekend, I flew out to Seattle to stay with my mom for a few days. My kids had school off and Scott was able to work a little from home and take some time off, so they could play and have some special time together.
I loved having some special time with mom. We did a lot of visiting and we got to eat some good foods. After I arrived we went to an Indian buffet for lunch which was delicious.
We were also able to attend a healthy eating cooking class at the hospital which was so fun, and we went to the Seattle Center on Saturday and got lunch at the food court where we ate rice bowls with lentils, tempeh, sauteed mushrooms and veggies etc.
Mom moved a couple of months ago, and so I was able to see her new place for the first time. It's perfect for her, in a quiet and peaceful neighborhood with everything she needs on one floor.
I took this picture of the kitchen floor I swept after I got back from my trip to Seattle...looks like the kids weren't on top of their chores while mom was away :). They had lots of fun with dad though, which was nice for all of them, swimming, shopping, eating out, watching movies etc.
Monday, February 27, 2017
We only have one Valentine's tradition that we are faithful about keeping from year to year and that is our love letters. Scott and I started this tradition a long time ago where each of us writes a love letter to each member of the family, and we try to be specific with a memory of love from that year. As the children have gotten older, some of them have begun to reciprocate and so Scott and I get several love letters as well (from each other and from the children). I LOVE this tradition! At the end of the day, I collect all of the love letters and put them in a special box under my bed for safekeeping. The plan is that when they turn 18, or are moving out, I will put them into a book for them to keep.