Monday, February 6, 2017

New Testament reading complete, Sprouts, Trampoline, U of U gymnastics

Once Elisabeth finished reading the Book of Mormon last year, she decided the New Testament would be next and she finished it last week! We've told the children that when they finish a book of scripture they get to go on a dinner date with mom and dad so this weekend Elisabeth choose Cafe Rio for dinner. We like to do a dinner date because it's a good setting for us to not only celebrate, but also to talk with her about things she learned, things she liked reading or things that might have been confusing to understand. 
Most every Wednesday Nora and I shop at Sprouts because it's their Double Ad day which means they honor the sales from last week as well as the upcoming week so there are lots of good prices. And their produce(and large bulk section with tons of grains and some treats) is always fantastic and a great price which is the majority of what I buy, so it's a fabulous place to shop any day of the week. 
 The temperature has warmed this week and the snow melted enough over the past few days that we were finally able to go out on a Saturday morning and set up the trampoline that the kids grandparents (both sets) got them for Christmas! Scott and Charles did the majority of the work.
 The girls and I were their moral support and we did help when they accidentally put the net on inside out which meant we had to take off the pad, take off all the springs, turn it the right way, and put the springs back on. This was particularly frustrating to Scott who read the instruction manual, and found that their was nothing in the instructions about which way the net should face. So we made sure to help lots and smile and say, "it's okay, we'll help and we'll have it fixed in no time!" And we did. With five hands busy at work, we had the problem remedied in half hour, maybe less.

 That afternoon we went to University of Utah (our first time there) for a gymnastics meet that we got free tickets for. Yes we are BYU fans, we attended BYU and we met there, but just because I love one school does not mean that I don't like another, even if it is a rival.  The girls and I were thrilled to witness our first ever live, collegiate gymnastics meet!
The boys on the other hand, were less than thrilled, but they took one for the team. It's called compromise and we do this a lot in marriage and in families and with loved ones...sometimes we(the girls) attend other sports events with the boys or watch them on TV, even though we'd rather be doing something else. And isn't it wonderful that we get an opportunity to do something selfless? It builds character. Scott may, or may not have taken a little siesta. I sure love this good man!

Friday, January 27, 2017

Board, Scripture Study, Garmin, Moana, More Snow, Scott's 36th Birthday

Charles wanted something for his closet to hang his hats on, so Scott and Charles made this peg board one Saturday afternoon. 
Each morning I study my scriptures for about half hour, usually before I exercise, but every once in awhile I have to do it after, and this was one of those of the kiddos caught it on camera. You can see all my highlighting pencils, plus I keep a journal where I write down principles and precepts, and right now as I'm reading the New Testament, I also have a special spot in my journal for parables/analogies and I'm documenting when Christ is going and coming to different places which I'm finding is constant. He is always out doing the will of the Father, blessing and preaching and serving. An amazing example of missionary work.
This was my Christmas present and I love that it tracks run, bike and swim, but I also love that it tells me when I have messages on my phone, the weather, and that it keeps track of my steps and when I'm not moving enough it'll vibrate and the text 'move' will appear, along with a red bar, and then another and another until I move enough. And it will set goals for me that will change slightly each day depending on whether I get more or less steps the day before.
The kids were off of school one Tuesday this month and since the movie theater does a discounted viewing on Tuesdays I took them to see Moana. Our 4 year old neighbor Stormy came along as well because both of her parents had to work.
We almost never go to the movies so this was a real treat. 

More snow! 

This was my view while doing a downward dog pose for yoga.
And more snow!
Scott turned 36 this month! We got him a tool chest, weights, bike tights and wool running socks.
For breakfast we had egg and sausage mcmuffins,
Nora and I met him for lunch at Paradise Bakery,
And for dinner we had stuffed pasta shells and a Pizookie for dessert. I am so grateful for Scott. He is my best friend, my favorite part of the day, always a light in my life that daily puts a smile on my face (just being in his presence puts a smile on my face). I am looking forward to an eternity with him by my side! P.S. we did a lunch date instead of a dinner date because we had gymnastics, I had cub scouts and Elisabeth had piano that evening...and it's fun to do the birthday dinner together as a family.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Snow, Charles' 11th Birthday

We have gotten SO much snow here in Utah over December and January! It's just kind of constant, but Charles doesn't seem to mind because it means he gets to earn some money shoveling our drive. 
My sister Becca made this board for our family for Christmas and I LOVE it! It shows the love that happened between two people, from NC and WA.
At the beginning of the month, Charles turned 11! He has graduated out of the cub scouts (though he did that a few months ago when he received his webelo and arrow of light), and moved up to the 11 year old scout group.
We sure love this boy and he loved getting a few favorites for his birthday, including several food items (this boy LOVES food! Like his mamma :))
I had to take a picture of this Rice Krispies box because of the sentimental value. We rarely buy cereal, it's sort of become a birthday treat, and Rice Krispies is what Charles specifically requested for his birthday cereal, which was my dad's favorite cereal...he called it 'crisps' in his thick spanish accent, and Charles opens it the same way dad did, by impatiently ripping the top.
As per tradition, I picked up Charles from school and we went to lunch. He choose Subway. 

He requested pasta with white sauce for dinner and cream puffs for dessert.
The Saturday after his birthday, Scott took Charles and his friend Beau and Jane and Nora to Airborne where they jumped on trampolines and inflatables to their hearts content, and then got burgers and pizza for the family. Elisabeth and Annabelle stayed home this time because they'll be going to Airborne next month for Annabelle's friend celebration.

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Grandparents are here, Piano at Macey's, Christmas, top 10, Books Read

My friend Lindsay told me about Macey's piano they put out at Christmas and allow people to come play Christmas music for tips. So I went when they had their sign ups and signed our kids up for an hour and a half slot. When the day arrived, Charles unfortunately was throwing up all night and couldn't make it, so we let Jane do her Jolly Old St Nicholas number a few times throughout the hour and a half and then Annabelle had several Christmas songs she'd learned that she played a few times throughout, and then Elisabeth played through 4 of our Christmas books, and she filled the majority of the time.  They ended up making $46, and we divided it up by time played, so we gave Elisabeth 21, Jane got 5, Annabelle got 15 and we gave Charles 5 as well since he'd worked hard to learn multiple songs to play for this event even though he couldn't perform the day of. 

They really enjoyed this so I think we'll do it again next year. Grandma and Grandpa had arrived the day before from NC so they were able to come and listen for awhile too, and then Scott took them shopping. 

 We loved our time with Scott's parents, exercising, playing, visiting, doing the Wii, dancing etc.

 Elisabeth invited a couple of friends over and we made Christmas sugar cookies one afternoon.
 I love these pictures of the family playing telestrations. They got in lots of good laughs!

 And Elisabeth and grandpa playing Master Mind

 Scott and I made our traditional strombolli on Christmas Eve.
 And we performed the nativity.
 And sang lots of Christmas songs in between each scene.
Sunday was Christmas. Jane and Nora started coming into our bedroom at 1230am, and then every hour! I guess they went downstairs at 1am and grandma brought them back up. We had told them no earlier than 530, so they waited until then to do stockings, but they had a hard time sleeping. We all were up by 6am and we did stockings and gifts, then had an easy breakfast (cereal mostly) and went to our 9am church which was only 1 hour. They had a special musical program in which Elisabeth played O Holy Night on the piano, dad did a trio to We Three Kings, and all three of us sang in the choir for three songs. It was beautiful. After church we came home put the traditional cinnamon rolls and egg casserole in the oven and had a brunch. 

These cinnamon rolls are whole grain, and SO super yummy and soft! You can find the recipe on my website, click HERE for the recipe.  

 Annabelle got a sewing kit and sewing lessons for her Christmas present and she wanted to get started early (her lessons aren't until February; 4, 2-hour lessons).
 Annabelle also got a water color set for Christmas and we all sat down to paint a couple of times. This is my first water color painting (I tried to copy an image I found on my phone), and Scott was so proud he wanted to take it to work((I thought he was making fun of me, but he seems serious enough) so I asked him to snap a picture first.
 The hazards of cooking. While pulling a thermometer out of a loaf of bread, I accidentally skimmed my finger on the top of the 350 degree oven and it instantly blistered. Now it looks more like an open wound.
 Anyone else find something off about our dinner setting? Footballs and other toys sometimes find their way onto the table; usually the kids set them down there as they are setting the table and forget to pick them up again.
 Charles got hives this week on his arms and legs. We're not sure what it was from but he had it for a couple of day. We gave him some allergy medicine and rubbed lavender essential oil on him which seemed to help.
 December 31st I finished reading the Book of Mormon! I started in the end of July this year after I'd finished the New Testament (which I started 7 months prior). I kept a journal with me as I read each day and wrote down the precepts/principles and LOVED it! I learned so much.
2016 was a good year! Probably our top 10 from 2016 would include (but not in this order):
1) our move
2) visits from family
3) vacations to visit family in WA and ID, Grand Canyon, Bryce Canyon, St George
4) our half marathons
5) kids reading the book of mormon on their own for the first time
6) elisabeth starting YW and going to the temple
7) our triathlon and other races
8) home improvement projects in the last house and this house
9) BYU education week with my mom and brother
10) recitals and performances from all the kids hard work in piano and other activities

Books I Read in 2016:

1. Old Testament*
2. Book of Mormon*
3. The invention of Wings by sue monk kidd ^*
4. Willpower: rediscovering the greatest human strength by Roy Baumeister
5. Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage*
6. The Anatomy of Peace: Resolving the Heart of Conflict by Berrett-Koehler Publishers ^*
7. Your Anxious Child: How Parents and Teachers Can Relieve Anxiety in Children by John S Dacey
8. A Lion and a Lamb by Rand H. Packer ^
9. Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Belin Olympics by Daniel James Brown ^*
10. Young Runners: The Complete Guide to Healthy Running for Kids from 5 to 18 by Marc Bloom*
11. Holes by Louis Sachar (audio book w/kids)
12. Palace of Stone by Shannon Hale (audio book with kids)
13. Blackmoore by Julianne Donaldson
14. Edenbrooke by Julianne Donaldson *
15. The Rent Collector by Camron Wright *
16. The Acid Alkaline Balance Diet: An Innovative Program for Ridding Your Body of Acidic Wastes by Felicia Drury Kliment
17. Tennis Shoes Among the Nephites by Chris Heimerdinger (audio book w/kids)
18. Eat Move Sleep: How Small Choices Lead to Big Changes by Tom Rath
19. The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondo *
20. The Beauty Detox Solution: Eat your way to radiant skin, renewed energy and the body you've always wanted by Kimberly Snyder *
21. The Mansion by Henry Van Dyke *
22. Financial Peace by Dave Ramsey*
23. Dressing Your Truth by Carol Tuttle

^ book club pick