Thursday, October 25, 2012

Uncle Derek

So Uncle Derek and his girlfriend Renee came for a short visit last night.  They hail from Alaska, so quite the distance for them.  They spent some time in Littleton with Renee's brother and his family.  Then us.  Then who knows where else?  :)

Emmy was SUPER excited about having Derek come.  She asked me all day long - "When is Uncle Derek going to come?"  I was hoping he'd live up to her expectations. . . and he did.  She played all over him and he was great.  What an uncle!  He and Renee also brought some sweet gifts for everyone:  smoke salmon for we adults, adorable hats and mittens and a yo-yo for the girls, and rubber-band guns and socks for the boys.  The kids treasure them!

Here are 2 shots of the same thing, just because I can't decide which one is better.

I loved meeting Renee and just visiting with both of them.  They are both very cool.  :)

Sunday, October 21, 2012

The Grass Stains

Saturday was the Grass Stains last soccer game.  They had gone . . . undefeated for the entire season.  Despite that, they were actually a good team - really!  Even though there were scores like 0-05 or even 0-10, they played well.  They would probably get the "most improved" award if there was such a thing.  Their biggest downfall?  There was not one aggressive kid on the team.  There were kids who could dribble well, defend great, and goalie great - but no one aggressively went after the ball nor aggressively kept the ball.  Ben loved his little team, though.  They were just a bunch of sweet, good kids with great, supportive families.

 Goalie Emmy!  With the super "defender of the line" who literally just stayed right on the line.  He was awesome.

 She's getting ready!


 Thar she goes.

Ben and I wanted to get the kids medals - most teams in the district receive something on their last game.  We looked a little too late and it would have cost a bit more than we wanted, so be made our own medals.  With washers.  They were a hit.  I'll have to get a close up some time.

 Here is Ben presenting Emmy with her medal.  Her "gold medal" as she calls it.

Good job Grass Stains!  Oh, and their last game was by far the best game they ever played.  They were super fantastic.  The ending score:  2-3.  So close!  (We had only scored one other goal the last 5 games. . . so 2 was a huge deal for us!)

Friday, October 19, 2012

F is for Friendship Fruit Pizza

This week was my turn hosting preschool.  I was doing it on friendship (the letter "F").  On Thursday we made Friendship Fruit Pizza.
 Each girl rolled out their cookie dough/pizza crust.  Then I baked them.  While they were baking each girl had a fruit and chopped them up - bananas, strawberries, grapes, and kiwis.
 After the cookies cooled a bit, the girls frosted it with a sweetened cream-cheese mix and then they topped it how they wanted.  Then they had to wait until everyone was finished so I could get a picture of the cuties with their yummies.
Lucy is ever-present at our preschool, of course.  I didn't make her wait. . . 

P.S.  The adorable aprons were made my another mom.  I love them!

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

a Video and a Joke

I don't know why the girls started singing this, but they did.  On their own.  When I started recording them I didn't want them to see the camera - so as not to inhibit their song (thus the few seconds of me recording our wall).  The video picture ends up fuzzy, but at least it captured their song!

Jonas brought home a book full of school jokes.  Like all jokes - some are funny, some not at all.  Anyways, as I was reading a Fancy Nancy book there was a joke on the side of the page and so I thought Jonas would appreciate it.

I read, "What do you call a 100-year old ant?"

Jonas replied. "A dead ant."

True, oh so true.

(the real answer:  "an antique")

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Harry Potter Closet

The boys (well, first just Miles) begged to sleep in the Harry Potter closet (yes, a real life closet under the stairs. . . :).  We said "on the weekend."  The weekend came and so on Saturday night the boys got to sleep in their cozy space amidst winter coats galore.  They didn't fall asleep until later, but they slept fine all night!  Crazies.

P.S.  On a slightly related note:  the boys are currently locked inside their bedrooms.  Ben is currently trying to get them out.  It hasn't worked out yet.  (It's been about 30 minutes.)  They didn't do anything I guess - except for shutting their door.  We have antique knobs and they are rather tricky at times.  Times like this apparently.  Miles is happy about the whole situation  because he had just been banished to sleeping in the basement all week - "Yay!  I don't have to go to the basement yet!"  Lest you think Miles is that sneaky, the door was locked before he was given his exile orders. . .

Update:  2 hours later and the boys are freed.  It was a grand adventure for the boys, I'm sure.  The credit card trick didn't work.  The wire trick (Ben's own idea) didn't work.  Ben ended up having to take off some trim to get access.  Blah.  Not exactly what Ben wanted to spend his Sunday evening doing. . . 

Sunday, October 07, 2012

Our Weekend and an Update

Conference weekend was nice.  Friday night I went to my book-club and, as always, completely enjoyed it. We missed the Saturday morning session of conference as Emmy had a soccer game.  While their team is definitely improving, they have yet to score a goal - well, a goal in their opponent's net (I think at least a couple have been scored in their own net. . . ).  There were some moments when I thought for sure they would score, but alas.  Their team, the Grass Stains, are super cute, though.  Just a bunch of somewhat timid and sweet kids.  No need to mention the game's score. . .

I went to church in the afternoon and watched that session.  It was nice.  I got home, we went on a family bike ride, ate dinner, and then Ben headed out to Priesthood session.  Jonas helped me make some cookies while Miles was working on his homework (he'd also been temporarily banned from my presence. . .).  When Ben got home the boys had cookies and milk and Ben shared what the men had spoken on during the priesthood session.  Ben and I have done that since we've been married, but this was the first time the boys had been "invited."  It was great and the boys had good thoughts and questions.

Sunday morning we had our "Swedish baked pancakes."  YUM.  This is our 4th year of making them for conference Sunday.  (Think thick crepes.)  Then we all went to church and watched the morning session.  While Ben and I don't get the fullest out of it since we were trying to deal with our kids, it's still super nice to go to church.  During the afternoon session we watched it at home.  Lucy napped for 1/2 of it and the older 3 kids got to play "conference bingo."  Something they always look forward to and love.  It was a good weekend.

So I'll try and do a little update on the fam (but they always tend to turn out not so "little". . .)

Ben:  He is working on an advanced certification in surgical nursing, called a First Assistant.  When he completes the course/training, he'll be able to do more hands-on assisting with surgeries (like suturing up patients, etc.).  He is still the Young Men's president, but we do have some boundary changes happening at the end of the month and so we'll see what happens.  He likes coaching Emmy's team and thinks he'll do it again.

Me:  I am enjoying my runs with Lucy.  Plus, I got a second-hand bike trailer and I love riding the girls in it.  They love it, too.  Especially Emmy.  I picked up Emmy with the bike trailer twice this week from her pre-school - it made her so happy.  I did an even longer trek and rode out to this Mostly Music program we sometimes go to on Friday mornings.  It's totally fun just being out, but it's work, too!  Luckily my girls are relatively small!  I worked on the Primary's sacrament meeting program, only to have the date moved 2 weeks earlier.  That meant a lot of things, but mainly:  1.  I am going to be the only one from the presidency there that day, and 2.  I had to pretty much disregard my program and come up with something else (the something else is much simpler and didn't take much work.  At least I did get practice with writing a program, right!?).  Our primary has not and will not do a single practice in the chapel.  Wish us luck.

Miles:  He is 1/2 way through the 3rd Harry Potter book.  He enjoyed the first 2 and is liking this one, too.  He has chosen to be Harry Potter for Halloween and I'm excited to work on his costume.  He does well in school and is very smart.  But that doesn't mean his spelling is great, nor does that necessarily mean he always remember his capitalizations.  Sigh.  He is not a social butterfly at school.  He is in no way shy, but just independent.  He'll read at recess and things like that.  Kids like him (at least I think!), but he just does his own thing mostly.  We have 2 friends come over to our house on Wednesdays (their mom is our Relief Society president and she is also a teacher at the school this year).  One boy is in 2nd and the other in 5th.  Miles loves having the 5th grader over and they seem to have a lot of fun together.

Jonas:  He wrote some pretty classic stories this week.  He wrote 3 of them, but I'll share the one where he is a character:  Title:  Jonas and Bella.  "Jonas and Bella got mered (married).  They kist.  Bella had a babe gril named Lucy.  They liv haple evr aftr."  His others were titled, "Alonzo and Bella," and "Alonzo and Aayiana."  The kids all liked it and asked him to write more.  Ha.  Even his teacher asked me if I had read his stories.  :)  He, too, is an advanced reader.  I would also say he's advanced in math, too - though I have not been "officially" informed of that.  But he's actually pretty good at it; he catches on quickly.  He always wants to have his best buddy, Jake, over.  He sometimes cries when it doesn't work out.  He really likes the 2nd grader (Gabe) who comes over on Wednesdays.  They are great buds, too.  We're not totally sure on what he'll be for Halloween, but we're thinking the Indian, Little Bear, from The Indian in the Cupboard (we're trying to stick to a literary theme).

Emmy:  She adores her preschools and everyday asks, "Is it school for me today?"  I'm still completely convinced we did the right thing in not starting her this year, though.  I think she is a little less mature than her brothers were at this point, and she is also less academically inclined.  It's not that she's not smart, she's just kind of lazy.  Emmy and I will do some "school" a couple of times a week and she always begs to do her "computer reading" (www.starfall.com).  But, oftentimes, half-way through she complains she is "tired."  But she is doing alright with reading and I think she'll be fine (at least I hope so!).  She and Lucy have been playing so wild lately!  They each seem to love it - until one of them gets hurt. . .  But they are fun, cute sisters.  She loves singing in the bike-trailer and is completely adorable as she does so.  She wants to be Fancy Nancy for Halloween.  Perfect!

Lucy:  I don't know where to start or stop with this gal.  She's not so perfect anymore - she has her tantrums, her obstinance (which spell-checker is telling me is not a word, but I think it's prefect for her), her sometimes scratching behavior, etc.  But she just packs so much personality in her little body that she's just irresistible, really.  She really loves to talk.  She uses the toilet at times.  She loves gymnastics and tells everybody that she does it and then shows them some of her moves (headstands, handstands, leg up in the air, etc.).  It's great.  Although she is the youngest child, she definitely does not act like it.  She's a boss.  She's a leader.  She's a director.  She's a hoot.

The end.

Thursday, October 04, 2012

Stopping to smell the roses

So Lucy and I have been able to get out on our runs the past couple of weeks, since I haven't been in charge of the pre-school group.  It's lovely and makes me oh so happy.  Lucy is content with it, too.  While we don't stop to smell the roses, I do stop and let her feed the ducks (which are about the 1/2 way point on our run).  She loves it.  Sometimes I am even super-nice and let her get out of the stroller.  She was funny today and kept running after ducks to feed them, but they kept running from her - until she'd finally throw the food.  Lucy likes to wave to all the cars as we run by.  I find it hilarious.

On Tuesday I told her that when we'd get back from running, I'd paint her nails.  It was all she talked about for the rest of the run.  Here are some pics of her and her cute nails (that, ahem, didn't last too long. . .):

Tuesday, October 02, 2012

Modeling Miles

It's been awhile since I've sewn or done anything, really.  So when Miles got invited to his friend's birthday party (a girl friend), I knew I was going to make what I had recently told my sister to make for her son's friend's birthday (sense?) - an apron.

 The apron.

I made Miles model it for me.  He felt a bit silly and wanted to make sure my blog readers knew it was for his friend.  :)  (I think he looks adorable. . .) We made a little cookie-mix in the jar, too.

I think his friend liked it - I know her mother did.  :)  I was also told that another friend gave an apron for the girl's American Doll.  How funny and perfect that worked out.  Too bad we didn't coordinate the fabric!