Wednesday, April 23, 2014

An Update - with pictures

Well you should all be happy to know that I don't have all the time in the world for this, so hopefully my updates will be brief and to the point!  :)  I tend to get wordy with these things . . .

Ben -
So nothing really new in terms of his bishoping.  Same stuff there, pretty much.  He is almost finished with a RNFA course/certification that he has been working on.  RNFA = Registered Nurse First Assistant.  When he "first assists" a case, he is more hands-on and can do "fun" things like suture up a patient, help prepare a graft, etc.  He finished up his tests and course work a while ago and just this past week he finished up all his clinical hours.  Now he has a case study and some doc's recommendations and then he'll be done.  He's done great with and actually likes it!  He's actually happy and excited when he comes home from work on a day that he was able to first assist.  The docs love him and thinks he's great.  He started this program a couple of months before he was called to be the bishop.  But, after learning he could not get back his refund, he decided to go ahead with it and do it.  I'm proud of him for accomplishing this!
Bishop Ben Maxwell with our beloved Elders.  Elder Hawks, Elder P. (not sure how to spell it, but it sounds like Pin-Yay), and Elder Jacobsen.  Elder P. and Jacobsen just got transfered yesterday.  We will miss them both, but especially Jacobsen.  He's been in this area, and in our ward, for 5-6 months.  He's a great kid and is totally loved and adored by my girls.  I'm mentally exhausted after watching my girls play with the Elders.

Me -
I've been doing Girls on the Run for the past couple of months.  It does make for some crazy Tuesday and Thursday afternoons.  But I do like the girls, of course, and it's a good program.  I just might need to take a break from it before I wear myself out and Emmy is finally old enough to join.  :)  Tomorrow is our practice 5K and it's a big deal - we're trying to make it even a little more special as there is a number of girls that won't make it to the real 5K in Junction (many have some practice "first communion" that day).  I made racing bibs for each girl and I think they turned out pretty cute.  We've got snacks, shirts to give them (from GOTR, not us their coaches), music will be blaring, cheering-on posters, etc.  Not much else new is going on with me.  I'm really despising my wake-up time of 5:15.  I'm tired of it.  I day-dream of Ben's work changing their schedule so he wouldn't have to leave until 6:45 in the morning - it would help so much!  But oh well.  Life will go on - it just starts earlier than I want.  Thank goodness for Sundays when I get to sleep in until 7!

Miles -
He's doing just fine.  He continues to talk in a ridiculous way that drives me completely BoNKerS.  "Me don't want to."  "Me go outside."  I told him this morning if he spoke like that again that he can have a baby's bedtime of 7pm.  Seriously.  And, unfortunatly, it's not only his baby talk that drives me crazy.  It's his talking/answering questions with made-up words.  Sigh.  His grade is getting to go on a field trip to Mesa Verde.  He's been begging to go (long before the field trip idea came to be) and so this is perfect!  I get to go and chaperon (he actually wants me to, which I'm not sure why . . .) and so that will be fun.  He had one of his art works chosen to be in the district's art show:

Jonas - 
He's been unusually super UN-sweet lately.  Sigh.  Mainly to Emmy - he's just not nice to her.  I'm not sure what it is, but hopefully he'll get over it and realize he has a pretty fantastic little sister.  He tries to show love to Lucy, but usually just ends up annoying her.  It's kind of sad, but also he needs to learn the right ways to show someone affection.  :)  He always wants to play with friends.  Life revolves around friends for him; they are a very important part of his life.  He'd be a video-game addict if he had no parents or parents who didn't care.  Luckily he just gets 20 minutes a week of computer-time.  He wants to buy an i-pod.  To which we say, "Fine, but you'll still only get 20 minutes of play-time."  I don't think he'll have enough money for a while . . .  I got a call from his teacher last week.  Apparently Jonas had been kissing girls - on the hand.  He had told me this the day before - but it was just one girl, one time, during recess.  Apparently the next day he was trying to kiss a whole bunch of hands during class.  I was encouraged by his great teacher to talk with him about the inappropriateness of this.  Which we did.  Of course it's hilarious.  But, also of course, it's not right, especially during class time.  :)  He has gotten a little better since he played his first soccer game, but still isn't the most aggressive of players.  Though his last game was much better than the first.  We are reading the 3rd Harry Potter together - he reads one side, me the other.  He's a good reader, but I wouldn't say he loves it.  He also had an art-piece chosen for the district show:

Emmy - she is pretty darn adorable.  I went in to her class this past Monday and it was fun.  She has a fantastic teacher and a class full of boys - about 8 girls in her class and 15 boys!  She's a good girl - and only once has been on "yellow."  (Green is good, Blue is above good, and Yellow is "warning" and I don't know what the last color is?)  I think for talking or something.  Her reading is coming along and it's cute to hear her read a book.  She is a great little soccer player - yes, she can improve her skills, but she's always going after the ball and isn't afraid to get in and kick it.  She's super fun to watch.  She is going to really, really, really miss Elder Jacobsen.  Her class did a music performance today.  She's been soooooo excited about it and has talked about it for weeks!  She was really sad that Ben couldn't come, so I did take a few pictures and even one video:

Lucy - 
She's pretty great.  She keeps busy with story time at the library, gymnastics, a Mostly Music program, playing at the park, grocery shopping plus other errands, making bread with me, listening to "toddler music" on Pandora while I work on something, etc., etc.  She needs to be better at sharing her stuff with friends, and taking turns, and not always declaring, "It's My turn!" at gymnastics (it's usually not and she knows it :).  She makes me smile a lot and am glad to have a cute, little buddy with me (most of the time).  I'm trying to teach her to say, "Thank You" when she gets a compliment - instead of her usual reply:  "I know." !  She always wants to be the one who says the prayer at mealtimes and bedtime.  She's going to miss Elder Jacobsen.

After Emmy's music show today we got to go to her class and the kids all had snacks and juice.  Lucy loves to be a part of everything!  Cute sisters!

1 comment:

erinmalia said...

i love this post so much. first, that's so great for ben. what an accomplishment. i wonder what he'll do with all of his free time. oh wait... :)

yes, i totally get being done with waking up so early. i feel the same way, but what to do? maybe when all four kids are in school, you can run after they're in school? so you won't wake up so early to do it?

hahaha. miles and rhett ARE the same! rhett loves baby talk and i do the same thing: "you want to take a nap in the port-a-crib, baby rhett?"

that social butterfly jonas.

kindergartners are so cute! emmy especially.

and that lucy. such a baby of the family. hahaha.