Well, after our Uhaul disaster (they gave us a smaller truck than they guaranteed, and threw in a tiny trailer to help, but it was still much too small; so Scott ended up having to make another trip back to Denver from Utah over the weekend to get the rest of our stuff before the next tenant was to move in; thankfully Jim Redd from our church ward here offered to go with him which we really appreciated), it was so nice to be home again with the entire family, even if the house was filled with boxes.
Monday, May 25, 2015
We moved to Utah last weekend! More on that in the post Wednesday this week (hopefully, if I can get internet set up in time). For now we need to go back to the week before the move and catch up. Friday afternoon Scott flew in from Utah and the girls and I picked him up at the airport since he left his truck at our house in Utah. His flight was a little late so the girls and I had some time to visit and sing in the van, in the cell phone lot, while we waited.
Near the end of the party the girls came and told us that there were free paddle boat rides being offered for just a couple of hours that day. We all decided to go for a ride.
We were home for about an hour before Scott and Charles took off for the Stake Father and Son camp out. While they were out, us girls got Thai food delivered to the house and we watched High School Musical 2 and ate popcorn and aussie licorice.
Wednesday, May 20, 2015
Well, last week was our last week apart from Dad before we all move to Utah. His last trip out to Utah was for 12 days, which meant he was there over Mother's Day weekend, which wasn't our favorite thing, but he was able to get a lot done on the unfinished laundry/storage room which made it better. There were several plumbing problems at the house that surfaced while he was there and so it was such a blessing to have him there to get that all taken care of. I know it was discouraging for him at times to have yet another plumbing issue to fix before he could move on with his projects, but prayers were answered in the form of loving friends and neighbors who, of their own free will and accord, would just randomly show up and spend time helping out with various projects and I know that helped lift his spirits and bring hope and light when things were looking dismal.
While Scott was busy working on our home in Utah, the kids and I tried to live a somewhat normal schedule, keeping up with school, soccer and piano lessons but also trying to get things cleaned and organized for our move. We even packed a few boxes of books. For Family Home Evening Monday night, we had our lesson during dinner and then rode our bikes to Zinga Frozen Yogurt for our activity and dessert. We had two free frozen yogurts that we had to use before we moved so this was the perfect time :).
Here's the boxes of books we packed up before Scott got home. We also took down all the wall hangings.
Last week we also got the kids school teachers, and their piano teacher, a little 'teacher appreciation' gift since school is almost over and we're moving. We did Jamba Juice gift cards for their school teachers and a Chipotle gift card for their piano teacher.
Monday, May 18, 2015
Scott was in Utah for Mother's Day this year, but the kids, on their own, stepped up to make it a special day. The night before Mother's Day I was told not to come downstairs until 730am. I told them okay, but also reminded them that I had some extra green smoothie in the fridge that I was planning on having in the morning for breakfast (it's what I have every day for breakfast, and it's been that way for 5 years). Sunday morning I heard kids getting up around 630am. I sat in bed and read my scriptures and listened as the older kids
struggled helped the younger kids get ready for church. I may have smiled knowingly a couple of times when I heard 3 year old Nora screech about not wanting to wear a particular dress; even at three, that girl has some very decided opinions about clothes and fashion. It was nice to have that hour to myself in the morning to read and get ready.
At 730, Annabelle came in to call me down for dinner, but I noticed she looked a bit put-out. It looked like she had been crying. I asked her what the matter was and she told me that Elisabeth and Charles only made four pancakes and so they told her she couldn't have any because 2 were going to mom and then Jane and Nora, the youngest, each needed to have one. I assured Annabelle that she could have one of mine which cheered her up instantly. The dining table was all set with place mats, plates and forks, and their were strawberries along with the pancakes, and of course my green smoothie. I asked Elisabeth about there only being four pancakes and she said she forgot to double the recipe (and it looked like she made some quite a bit larger than I normally do). I cut all the pancakes in half so that everyone got some and then made some toast as well.
Once breakfast was all cleaned up we headed to church. I taught Jane's CTR 4 class which is the smallest class in our ward with only 3-4 kids that come each week. I brought my Nativity dress ups and had the kids act out the story of Nephi, Laman and Lemuel getting the plates (scriptures) from King Laban.
Once we finished acting out our story, the kids asked if they could 'play house', and so they did :). We built a little tent with blankets and James was Father Lehi and the girls were other members of his family :). They loved it! I don't know why I haven't ever done this before for a Primary class.
Carmelitos are a personal favorite of mine. I try to justify eating them by reminding myself that they're made with chopped nuts, oats, butter and whole wheat flour...but then there is also an entire jar of Mrs. Richardson's caramel, butterscotch and white chocolate chips and brown sugar. But for mother's day, it's all good. We were good and shared with the missionaries and then I froze the leftovers and brought them over to a farewell get together my good friend and neighbor, Desi planned.
Friday, May 15, 2015
I miss Scott the most at night and on weekends, because that's usually when he's home with us. During the day life is pretty normal, though it was nice to have him around to help with evening rides on piano lesson day or early morning student leadership meetings, but we've been able to work it out alright. Thursday before piano lessons, since they start about 30 minutes after school is out and they are very near to the school, I took the kids to the park to play since they didn't have any homework. Normally, if they have homework, we'll drive to the library which is also close, and they'll finish their homework and then check out material.