Tuesday, December 5, 2017

First half of November

Poor Nora stayed home sick from school; low fever, stuffy head and a sore throat. She slept while I cleaned. We read books together. She slept while I cooked. We rubber essential oils on her feet and back. I'm sure she'll be on the mend soon, but it was nice to have her around for the day. It was a pajama kind of day. 
We made a quick stop at Bath adn Body Works as they were having a $3 soap sale (normally $6). And they even wrapped them in cellophane, free of charge. Just getting prepared for Christmas, teacher gifts etc.
Once the drywall was all done we had a lot to do before we got the carpet in: wiping down the walls,
we primed the walls and ceiling,

Scott spray painted the doors, ceiling and baseboards/trim. We did forget about a couple of closet doors that I painted with a brush later...it just doesn't look as good with a brush. 
I painted the gym, then we put the gym floor down during FHE, 

I spent the weekday mornings (mostly) painting the rest of the walls, 
and I picked out and ordered the carpet. 

We made a pumpkin roll one Sunday afternoon...we often make baked goods on Sunday, it's a fun family activity. 

And Nora kept sneaking the powdered sugar.

Jane was recognized at school for being 'perfectly honest' in their builder of the month assembly. We're so proud of her.

And we had another student of the month! Elisabeth was recognized by her health teacher. So proud of all the kids! 

Jane is playing indoor soccer this season and Scott is coaching! She's having fun playing with a few of her good friends on the team.

Date night with Nora at Kneaders!

Elisabeth had a busy Saturday, she ran a 5k (fundraiser/eagle scout project) in the morning with Charles and Scott, then she came home feeling sick and feverish, and while she rested on the couch I jolted her out of her peace after I got a text from her piano teacher reminding us she had a piano compeition in ten minutes! We made it, a little late, but she did it and she made it to the finalists recital for that evening! We came home, she got back into her comfy clothes to rest for a bit until the recital. 

She ended up winning 2nd place for her division.
We took this after our wards primary program. This was my first time writing and conducting a primary program (I've written one before) and it went well. The kids did beautifully and all the small musical numbers were perfect as was the ASL to gethsemane. I know the Lord was with me, helping me to keep a clear and focused mind, and with the children as they sang.

Another Sunday baked treat, pumpkin cookies with butter cream frosting!

 The girls have been into creating movies lately using an app called imovie. It all started when Elisabeth made a movie trailer for a book report at school. It's a really cool trailer. And now the kids have made several short movies combining short clips and pictures.

Sunday, December 3, 2017

End of October

October was when the drywallers came in and hung drywall, did the mud, tape and texture. It took about 7ish working days which seemed so fast since we can only work at things in the evenings or on weekends when we get an hour or two! 

Jane, Annabelle and Elisabeth all had Fall/Halloween piano recitals and all played beautifully. Charles doesn't have recitals with guitar but he's learning so much and really likes it. He will have his first band concert in December where he'll be on the percussion!

Elisabeth finished reading the Doctrine and Covenants and Pearl of Great Price so we celebrated with a dinner date and she chose Chuck-a-Rama.

The weather has been cooling down so Scott and I have been doing more indoor exercise. Sometimes the kids will join in on Saturdays. 

 The Wilcox family had a few extra tickets to the BYU football game so Scott, Charles and his friend Michael were able to go.
 They got to high-five some of the players after the game which was a highlight! And BYU won which was a pleasant surprise.
 The tickets come with a tent buffet plus they give you vouchers for other treats so Scott and Charles each got their own Cougar Tail, which is basically 3 maple bars combined into one!
 Ben and Brigham Wilcox, Michael and Charles.
 Scott, Brian and Maren Wilcox, and Brian's sister.
 We had a ward Trunk or Treat and soup dinner. Jane and her good friend Sammi both dressed up as Mal from Decendants. Jane didn't want to wear her wig because it was scratchy, and it was pretty out of control with hairs that were impossible to tame. Thanks Becca and Bella for letting us have the costume, it was a dream come true for Jane!
 As per usual, we set aside a bunch of candy which we will use when we make gingerbread houses.
 Annabelle was kind enough to help Nora with her halloween makeup. 
 I surprised the kids on Halloween by making chocolate chip pumpkin muffins and bringing it to them at school with a little note to have a "bootiful" day.
 Charles was kind enough to help Jane with her piano on Halloween while I was helping others get ready. He took a little siesta while he helped...he's that good!
 We didn't get a picture with Elisabeth because she ran out early with her friend Emma, but we did get her in her minion costume for her piano recital. Charles was an army guy (in grampa Smith's old jacket), Jane was Mal, Annabelle was Jasmine and Nora was a pirate (which costume we got from a costume swap the library put on. Brilliant!)
 I wore dad's sarape.

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Quick trip to Mexico with Mom and Becca. Part 2.

Saturday morning around 8am, we met Mahonry's family (who are LDS) and shared a shuttle with them to the Mexico City temple where Stephany and Mahonry would be sealed for time and all eternity. 
They have rooms (old missionary dorms) at the temple that you can rent out for the night for super cheap, so that's where we stored our stuff and got ready, though we decided to stay in a hotel in the city. 

 I packed my blender bottle and a greens and protein packet for each day of my trip. I knew I wouldn't be able to have my green smoothie every day and I wasn't sure how many greens and salads I would be getting, so I wanted to be prepared. I had one almost every day; I just dumped a packet inside, added water from a bottle, and gave it a shake. Then I'd find a bathroom where I could clean out my blender bottle and store it for later use. It worked out really nicely.
 Stephany and Mahonry!
 We were at the temple from 1pm until around 8pm because it was Stephany's first time and so there was lots to do. Her dear family, who are not members of the LDS church, met us there and got some food and then waited for us for quite some time and then we took pictures outside the temple. By this time it was getting dark.

 Stephany and Mahonry with her mother Gabby, sister Lizeth and her husband Gio and baby.
After pictures we met her two brothers at a restaurant in Mexico City for a late dinner. 

 There was a mariachi band playing! And the food was fabulous! I love mexican food.
 This is what I had. I think they called them mini enchiladas and each one was filled with something different (cheese, mushrooms and spinach I believe)

 We stayed in the Sheraton Maria Isabel in Mexico City which was right in the middle of where everything is going on. I was pleased to see they kept a book of mormon and a bible in the hotel nightstand.
 This was the view from our window. Just across a small street was the Angel of Independence.

Dia de los Muertos is coming up in a couple of weeks (Nov 2), so they had some huge skulls set up on the streets. 

Sunday was our only day to explore because of our short trip and all the wedding festivities, so the family picked us up(just me and Becca as my mom wanted to stay back at the hotel and rest as her feet and ankles were very swollen, holding water) in the morning and we journeyed to the pyramids. While we waited for the family to arrive, we walked across the street to where they had closed the road (they do this every sunday morning) and had bikers and runners everywhere, and also a tent set up where people were doing Zumba. I joined in for a couple of minutes. 

 I think it looks so neat to see the houses all built up and colorful on the sides of the mountains. Though Miguel told us they are really not nice at all when you get up close; very poor areas, but government had them paint them those colors so it'd look nicer. I suppose it's like a monet.
 This is just before we started our climb up the Pyramid of the Sun. Miguel, Becca and I went to the top, along with Santi and Gio, and Gabby went up about half way. It's a pretty steep climb and there were tons of people doing it. We had to wait in line to get up to the first level and then wait in line again once we were on the first level to climb to the next level.

 Miguel taking a little break.

 After we climbed the Sun Pyramid, I ran over to the Moon Pyramid and climbed that one real quick as well and then met up with the family near the little shops that were set up. These pyramids were built just before Christ was born they think, so I can't help but wonder if he came to visit the people here, as we know from the Book of Mormon that once he was resurrected, he not only visited the people in Jerusalem, but also came over to the America's as he had 'other sheep' here as well.

 This cute old lady was selling corn on the side of the street and we stopped to buy some as that was on Becca's list of things to do since they make them up fancy with mayo and salt and pepper, chili powder and lime juice I believe. I was taking some pictures of the corn and the lady in spanish told me to take a picture of her and she posed for this, pretending to eat the corn on the cob :).
 It was delicious!

 After we had lunch at La Gruta, a mexican restaurant right by the caves where they have Aztec dancers and dancers from other parts of the country.

 My dad danced like the guy in the picture below, all dressed up with his sombrero with his hands behind his back and a lot of fancy foot work. He danced in a fair and also sometimes at home around the house so this was especially fun for me to see.
 Me, 5 year old Santi, and Becca driving home from the Pyramids. Santi and I become buddies while at La Gruta as I took him to the park and walked around with him. He knew my spanish was not very good and was patient with me :), but we managed to communicate just fine, though I'm sure I sounded like a struggling 2 year old with my incorrect conjugations etc. I told Santi he'll have to come visit us in Utah someday and he can meet Nora our 5 year old, and play with our kids. He was thrilled by the idea and asked Miguel, his dad, right away if they could go.
There was a festival of painted animals going on right outside our hotel once we got back and there were literally thousands of people swarming the streets with their faces painted etc. We went out for a few minutes and Santi got his face painted, but then we were all tired from all our really late nights, so we said goodbye, as we were taking off back to USA the following morning, and we turned into our hotel, had a nice dinner together in the restaurant inside with just me, Mom and Becca and then packed up, talked with our families and went to bed. We are so grateful we were able to make this quick trip to Mexico work for all three of us, and that we were able to be there with Stephany in the temple, as representatives of the family. We are so grateful to the family and their kindness and generosity while we were there, always taking us around, and being so sweet. I am also so grateful to the Lord for watching over us on this trip, keeping us safe, and especially for blessing my mom that she did as well as she did in her condition.