I normally have a friend I share a carpool with each week for elementary but Friday we told the kids we could ride bikes to school. The bike cage was chaos! It it was too small for the amount of bikes that come in and so kids even parked their bikes all around the outside of the cage. Hopefully we can get that changed while we're here.
Monday, August 29, 2016
The Saturday before the kids went back to school we wanted to do something fun so we went to the Classic Fun Center for skating and water slides.
We sang this song Sunday, which I've song many times before, but this time I actually paid attention to the words and the message and it touched my heart, so I took a picture of it to help me remember.
Annabelle is in the third grade. She's our cheerful, and spunky little girl.
Jane started the first grade which means it's her first year going to school full-time. She has done well so far and doesn't seem to have any complaints.
It's just me and Nora at home now. We miss them. The house is a lot quieter, and it stays a lot cleaner, which is nice, but we miss having them around.
and one day this week we ran errands to Costco and Sprouts and afterwards had a lunch date at Cafe Rio,
and she helps me cook in the late afternoons.
After lunch each day she'll work on some puzzles
and then we have school time for about 15 minutes.
Saturday, August 27, 2016
Luis flew in late Sunday night, and mom came with me to the airport to pick him up. We all loved our time with mom and Luis. The kids always tried to get them to do a game with them or just sit and visit. Monday classes started at 830am and went til 4pm. I went all day that day with mom and Luis but then mostly did evenings so that the kids weren't home all day without me, every day. Elisabeth and Charles did the babysitting, but really Annabelle is quite helpful as well, and we don't have any little babies and so they all kinda just do their own thing and take care of themselves which is nice. But it's nice to have mom around, reminding children to do their chores and to be kind :).
I attended classes on various topics including marriage, parenting, stress, meditating, time management, nutrition, cooking and more.
In my stress class with Miller, he said that James E Faust, if asked to do something or speak somewhere when his schedule was already full he would say, "That's touching my plimsoll line, so I'll have to say no, not this time." and then he would explain that just like a ship has a plimsoll line marked at the bottom to show when their was enough weight and you shouldn't add more, so we have plimsoll lines and we don't want to sink.
I was able to hear some old favorites like John Bytheway,
and Hank Smith. I also loved Brad Pearce who was a professional tennis player and he taught a class on teaching your children to be mentally tough and resilient. I hope he comes back again next year.
I also loved the stress class by Kevin Miller (the one mentioned above with the plimsoll line). I love the quote below and the scripture:
Friday, August 26, 2016
I'm a bit behind on this blog, but I will do my best to catch up this week, and since the kids are back to school, I think I can do it!
My mom and brother came from a visit from WA and NY so that we could attend BYU education week...more on that later. My mom arrived first and was here to congratulate us at the end of our mini triathlon. This is the multi-stake one that is free and that we did last year. This is a picture of me and my good friend Elisa L before the race.
And this is my good friend Gina (she was one of my first visiting teachers after I was married) and Elisabeth. This was Elisabeth's first ever triathlon even and she did amazing! After I finished the race (and I got the same time as last year, which was a little disappointing because I wanted a PR, but at least this time I placed 3rd for women which was fun), I got some water and waited to see Elisabeth come in on her bike. Once she came in on her bike, I took off my number and I ran the 2 miles with her again so that I could help her a long with words of encouragement :). It's exhausting and I'd trained with her prior, so I knew this would be a little bit of a struggle for her. But she jogged the whole 2 miles and she finished in 1 hour and 2 minutes!!! Awesome Elisabeth! She was so happy and proud of herself.I finished at 43:29 and Scott at 45:05 which was a PR for him! We all loved it and are looking forward to doing it again next year.
Wednesday, August 17, 2016
I was doing airplanes on my feet with Nora the other day and then all of my kids wanted a turn :). Charles is the heaviest at 80 lbs, but it was easy :).
This is what happens when you have a boy living in your house. He was apparently, jumping down the stairs and his knee hit this wall coming down :/, which seems a little odd to me, but odd and unlikely things do happen.