Sunday, June 25, 2017

Father's Day, track, Summer activities

Father's Day was the day after Elisabeth's birthday celebration. We made a special breakfast for dad, bacon, waffles and eggs, and for dinner he wanted to use the new grill/smoker we got him for his gift. 
As my dad passed away almost two years ago, today we pulled up some videos and pictures and looked at them together for a bit. 

Me and Scott with our dad's.
Scott grilling the kabobs we put together for dinner.
Jane is our little tumbler and she does gymnastics moves everywhere we go including stores, baseball games, and swimming pools.

Nora thought her goggles half filled with water were hilarious, and so did I!
We invited the Haggins over for FHE one Monday night where Elisabeth and Bella prepared a lesson and then we did smores and played outside for a bit (tossing a ball, girls on trampoline).

Nora and Bella in the pool.

Walking to Walmart one evening around 830pm. We're not late nighters so this unplanned, but Elisabeth needed a gift for a birthday party the following day and it was so beautiful outside that we had to walk.
Jane looks so cute on the piano with her feet dangling off the edge of the seat, no where near the floor.
Annabelle and Annika at their track meet, getting ready for one of their runs...I believe this one was the 400 meter.

Bella making some gluten free brownies for the family. She made these all on her own, which she said was the first time she's done baking completely solo. She did great!

Bee swarm, cub camp, swim lessons, sealing, E birthday party

We've put together a Summer schedule that requires the kids to get some physical, mental and spiritual exercise each morning before they get to play. Elisabeth is able to train with the high school cross country team over the summer which is 6 mornings each week, so she's good there, and for the rest of the kids, we either go out for a walk, a bike ride, play a sport or do the trampoline each morning while it's still cool outside. Then we come in and they have some scripture study time, we clean and do chores including practicing their instrument, and then we have an hour of school time in which we read and do other subjects. Bella, my sister's daughter, is here with us for a couple of weeks as Becca is having some back issues right now and will be having surgery, so she joins in on the fun and they all actually quite enjoy doing their morning routine. My elementary kids also recently had their assessment at their new school, American Preparatory Academy, and while their, they gave them each a 'stay sharp over the summer' workbook which also has an hour of school time so we're just switching over to that and using that format which includes 20 minutes of reading, math, science, and keyboarding. I have a feeling I'm going to like this school :). 
Charles pulled out the dishwasher with a little too much force one morning and broke some brackets off the top rack. $10 and 2 days of handwashing dishes later, and he was in the free and clear :). 

I took this one morning while the cross country team was finishing up a practice.
We met Scott for lunch one day at Wheeler farm (the day before Bella arrived) and took pictures with these cool wood carvings. 

One afternoon I dropped Jane off at piano lesson, came home 5 minutes later and there was this huge swarm of bees in front of our house! I was afraid to open the garage, thinking I'd let bees into the house, so I waited outside in the van for a couple of minutes and watched as they began to swarm to one spot on our little maple tree.
Here you can see the ball-like shape they made while thousands gathered to that one spot on the tree.
After doing a quick internet search, I called a local beekeeper who gladly came over that day and picked them up for free. He was fascinating to watch, with his suit, climbing up and shaking them off into a bucket and then putting them into a wooden box. Once he had the queen in the box the rest just all came to her.
Charles finished off his last baseball game. They did well, winning probably over half of the games, and Charles really enjoyed it.
I am the Webelos cub leader so one day last week I went to camp with my Webelos. They are such a good group of boys!

All five of my kids finished up swim lessons during the second week of June and they all improved. Elisabeth and Charles did a freestyle stroke school and the other kiddos were working on basic swim skills.

Rachel(my cousin) and Peter Lassen and their 2 children were sealed in the Provo City Center temple last week. It was such a neat, and sweet experience to be there as witnesses to that special and sacred ceremony.

We celebrated Elisabeth's birthday 10 days early as she has good friends going out of town for various camps and vacations, and since me and the kids will be in Idaho on her birthday and Scott will be in Utah, we just pretended like that day was her actual birthday and did the whole birthday celebration thing! She got a dress, skirt, pants, a couple shirts, waffle stingers and my old fit bit from Scott and I and then both sides of grandparents gave her money to go shopping with, which she did :).
She requested that we rent the clubhouse for her birthday ($25/day which is not bad). The girls swam first, then we came in and ate and did the ice cream cake, then they watched BEauty and the Beast and played some games in the game room.

Since we had the clubhouse rented for the entire day, we cleaned up around 4 and then our friends the Wilcox's and Hansen's came over that night and we had dinner together and let the kids play/watch movies while we visited and played some games. Happy Birthday Elisabeth! We sure love you and are proud of the young woman you are becoming (we have a teen!!!).

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Broken Bracket, End of School

Charles has had his braces on for a few weeks now and we weren't supposed to have another visit until July, but while playing catch with a baseball in the backyard with a neighbor, the ball hit him in the mouth and it broke a bracket off and bent his wire. His gum and lip were bleeding but his teeth were fine, thank goodness! So to the orthodontist we went; luckily they got him right in a fixed it quick and he only missed about an hour of school that morning.  
 And speaking of school, this kids had their last day of school on June 3rd! We had some field day activities that Nora and I helped with (mostly we were spectators as they played kickball, though we did hand out some otter pops). Now the kids are all in swim lessons at an outdoor pool, they all get into their individual classes at the same time which is nice. They have one more week of lessons and then we'll take some time off. Jane and Elisabeth are still attending Jolley's tumbling, Charles' baseball season is nearly finished up and Annabelle is in track so things are still pretty busy. I'm looking forward to July when we won't have swim lessons and when Jolley's takes a month off.

Stacey and Mark go their temple recommends to do baptism for the dead, and Scott and I were happy to join them when they went! It was beautiful and I was able to do some family names which was amazing. Afterward we had dinner at Cubbys. We sure love this cute couple. 

Charles sometimes will go down to the basement with Scott and help him out with projects. Here he was helping with the outlets. 

We thought this was cute, Jane and Nora in the bathroom, and Jane it fixing Nora's hair. 

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Just Serve: running with angels 5k, Garnicas and Romneys for Memorial weekend

We recently had a lesson in church about the Just Serve website so that week for Family Home Evening, we went onto the website as a family and found an area where our whole family could serve: at the Running with Angels 5k where we helped at a water station.
We had to get everyone up early since we had to be there by 630am, but they didn't seem to mind and really enjoyed serving and being there in the racing community. We have all run races in the past so it was fun to be on the other side of things, not the runners, but the volunteers helping. It's good to get a new perspective on things.
We got to ride in one of their golf carts to our water station which the kids thought was a lot of fun.
And the coolest, sweetest thing happened while we were there. I saw Bob Marks as we were working our station! Bob was my boss at the BYU copy center for a few years and we got very close. He was like a second dad; he gave me lots of wise advice into my dating life and life in general, and when I was pregnant and so sick, he took care of me, bringing me food, and mouth wash for when I threw up, and when things were slow, he'd suggest I lay down for a bit and have a quick nap. We exchange Christmas cards each year, but I hadn't seen him in probably close to ten years so it was wonderful seeing him and catching up!

I took this picture on a Sunday afternoon after church when all the kids were in the kitchen baking. And they weren't just baking one thing, we had three different things they were working on: blondies, cookies and a molasses bread. You can tell they are my children :)! 

Here's a shot of Charles with his baseball team, the Philies.
Nora and I went to Scheels to look for some running shoes for me, and we had to take a ride on the ferris wheel. I can't remember the last time I went on a Ferris Wheel! And $1 per person is not bad.
Our Garnica and Romney cousins (my brother and sister's families) came to visit us over Memorial Day weekend! We LOVED it! The cousins are so close in age that they all just adore spending time together. We went to BYU with the Garnica's as soon as they arrived (Romney's came a day later).
We toured Studio C which was a hit.

We saw Steven from Studio C...this is the back of him! :) I also saw Jeremy but the kids were so busy playing with the green screen photo booth that they missed him!

We finished our BYU adventure with a stop at the Creamery for some ice cream. You really can't beat their ice cream prices.
Jane participated in her first grade talent show with several of her friends. They did a tumbling routine which they made up on their own and it was super cute!

Elisabeth finished reading the Book of Mormon for the second time! We are so proud of her and her righteous desires.
Saturday morning was our neighborhoods annual bike parade and breakfast. We hooked all the cousins up with bikes and scooters and went for a stroll around the block. 

Here we are at the breakfast:
This cute girl Ellen was amazing and such a sweetheart. Love that cutie! And notice the Flag in the background? Becca made that for me for my birthday and brought it down! I love it!
Nora and Cora were besties. 

We checked out the new Bluffdale park while they were here. It is HUGE! We love it and have been lots of times since. I love all the paved trails for running :). It's called Wardle regional park.

Annabelle and Jane earned the "leader in me" award at school. Great job girls!
Annabelle joined track with her good friend Annika. Annika's mom, Elisa Ludwig, and I run together sometimes and are close friends, and it's been fun to see the girls running together.