Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Wacky Hair Day . . .

brought to you by Black Canyon Surgical Center.

So one of our fundraising ideas is to have monthly Spirit Days that are sponsored by businesses in our community.  I was hoping someone else would take over this (getting the sponsors), but that didn't happen so last week I was scrabbling to find a business that would sponsor us.  It came down to the wire and I needed to get flyers made, so I convinced Ben to ask his work.  He did and they said yes.  Yay!  (By sponsoring Spirit Day, the business will match the money our students bring in - to participate in Spirit Day each student needs to be in $1.  I'll put a "thank you" in the paper listing the business that sponsored us.)  I did find out that there are some banks that are very interested in sponsoring us, so hopefully we can line them up!

Anyways, here is what we came up with:

Lucy didn't want to be left out, of course!

Fun, fun!

Friday, September 25, 2015

Child Labor

My kitchen helper:


Monday, September 21, 2015

We're Due An . . . Update!

I'm tired - that's my update.  :)  Life is busy - that's my update, too.  But I'll bore you (if you read this all) by giving you a more full update on everyone.  Yes, everyone.

Lucy - she loves her preschool and goes on Tuesdays and Thursdays.  She has a cute music class, called Let's Play Music, on Wednesdays - which she loves as well.  Gymnastics on Tuesday afternoons.  Other than that, she is mainly stuck at home or running errands with me.  We've started some basic reading on Starfall - some days reading clicks for her, other days . . . not at all.  She's in to laughing uncontrollably at times.

Emmy - she has thrown quite the fits this past week.  Lots of stomping of feet and gnashing of teeth.  Other than that, she's really sweet.  Sugar and spice is this one!  She doesn't like Miles (and that's putting it waaaaay nicer than how she puts it . . .).  They butt heads a ton.  She likes school, but doesn't like her class - they are not very good, per her report.  Sometimes when she is doing her reading, she is mad and so she'll read in a very mad voice.  I tell her that someday I am going to record it and email it to her teacher.  She's a beautiful nut of a gal.

Jonas - he has a 3-month substitute teacher while his "real" teacher is out on maternity leave.  I think he's a bigger fan of his "real" teacher.  He is doing flag-football. ("Why do you guys always make me do sports?" was a question he asked Ben the other week.  We didn't make him, he wanted to - was what we reminded him . . . )  He has fun, but has no clue really about the game - and that really shows through on his Saturday games.  Sigh.  The coach thought he played way better last Saturday - but he pretty much looked the same to me.  Sigh.  He's a great kid, though, and besides his whining, he doesn't cause too much trouble.

Miles - he continues to be . . . Miles.  Which is a struggle for me!  He doesn't like Emmy.  I went on a field trip with him and the rest of the 6th grade today.  It was kind of boring, really.  But it was at a pretty site and was probably good for those kids to just get out of town, I guess.  It was nice driving, though - Miles got to ride with me instead of having to take the bus.  We played "Bowling Dice" on the way up and again on the way back.  It was pretty tricky to do while driving . . . yet I feel it was safer than sending Miles on the bus on that crazy 4WD of a road (though that's not why I drove - I didn't have a clue beforehand of what kind of road we had to drive on)!  We were behind the buses and at one quite narrow and tight curve, one bus' wheel was pretty darn close to the edge.  Miles was super happy to have not been on the bus!  Some kid invited Miles to eat lunch with his group.  Later, when I asked what his name way, Miles didn't know.  But he did know the boy was in his CREW class.  CREW is a special, new class that Miles' school is doing.  I think it is to develop relationships with other kids and talk about issues that they are facing.  Or, as Miles put it, "to help us bond. . . I don't know why, though?!"  Classic Miles.  He really likes middle school and loves his after-school class on Tuesday - baking cookies.

Me - I was put in the primary presidency a couple of weeks ago and have done the past 3 sharing times.  One more time to go and then I'm off for 2 months!  I like being in the primary.  I was released from being a primary teacher.  Also, last week, I was released from being the Cubmaster and Den Leader.  I think I am a little sad about that.  I went on Saturday with my cub scouts boys on a previously-planned hiking trip.  Plus, I will go again this Wednesday - just to finish off some requirements we were working on.  I also feel bad - the new Cubmaster has 4 young kids, a husband who won't be around most Wednesday nights and thus she'll have to bring all 4 kids - it just sounds so familiar.  And it was hard (so, yes, I also feel relieved at the release).  I feel badly about having someone else have to go through that!  I'm busy with being the non-official PAC (PTA) president.  I don't want to be the president, so I haven't said that I am.  But I would say I am acting like one . . . Luckily our school's PAC is made up of just a few of us and so we aren't very official.  If someone wants to make it more official, I will vote for them to be the president.

Ben - has had a few more days off than planned these past few weeks.  The surgery center has just been super slow lately!  I'm not totally sure why . . . ?  It did allow him to finish up his Ward Conference church talk way ahead of time, which was nice.  He meets with the head-honcho nurse at the hospital tomorrow - just to see if he can get clearance to do cases there.  Like on-call weekends, or something.  Oh, and not as a nurse.  As a RNFA - first assist.  He loves watching BYU football - plus any other college football games.  He's really happy when BYU wins (twice!) and not so happy when they lose (once!).  We went on a date-night last Friday (we're doing a babysitting-swap thing with my friend Csilla) and played tennis.  He beat me, as always - 6-2.  But I came really close in a lot of those games.  :)

Wilson - he is old and slightly grumpy.  Tolerates Brigham.  Wants to steal Brigham's chew bones.  Still cute.

Brigham - growing like a weed.  Adorable and loved.  Has the cutest bark.  Has the best temperament ever.  Just sooooooo cute.

And one picture for fun:
Half of my crazy-cuties.

Monday, September 14, 2015

Emmy's baptism

Emmy got baptized this past Saturday.  It was nice event and all went well - even with me forgetting to bring her a change of underclothes and a brush.  :)

My parents couldn't make it, of course.  They are a little far away in Germany.  But Ben's parents came over from Littleton and so that made it really special.  Grandpa Max gave the talk on the Holy Ghost and he did such a great job.  Grace, one of our kids' cousins, also come over with Jim and Diana.  The rest of Grace's family couldn't make it due to soccer games, cross-country meets, etc., so we were happy that Grace was available and wanted to come!  She added so much to the weekend.  My kids all love her - my girls especially!  Lucy and Emmy adore Grace.  For good reason, too - Grace is just about perfect.  :)

Anyways, it was a sweet experience and we're happy for Emmy.

 The two whities before Emmy's baptism.  Cute.

Mom and dad with baptism girl.

 Here is the Maxwell group, taken after Emmy was baptized.

 What a cutie.  Her dress was given to us by Aunt Debbie and cousin Claire.  Claire wore it when she was baptized.  I love that is is a family dress!  It was beautiful and Emmy loves it.

 Grandpa Max, Emmy, and Grandma Diana.

 Emmy, Grace, Grandma and Grandpa.

 The siblings.

The crazy siblings.

Flag-football for J

So Jonas is doing his first year of flag-football.  He kind of wanted to and so I encouraged him to give it a try.  He likes it . . . maybe?  Jonas is just so hard - it's so hard to find what he really likes and what he's in to.  He really doesn't pay much attention during his practices . . . and unfortunately that showed at his first football game this past Saturday.  It was kind of painful to watch.  I think he had a good time, but he did comment to me something like, "But I didn't get to play much."  Which was a direct result of him not knowing what to do when he was out on the field.  Maybe he'll try harder at practices.  But probably not.  Sigh.

Preschool at our house . . . with the letter B

Last week we hosted Lucy's preschool group.  There are 6 kids - five girls and one boy.  :)  It's a very sweet and good and fun group.  It's a lot of work and planning for those 2 days, but now I'm off for 5 weeks.  It's perfect - I love doing homeschool preschool!  And this year is my last year . . . 


 B is for Bear snacks.


 Painting bow-tie noodles for butterflies.

Free-time - jumping on the tramp!

Lucy wanted me to make a slow-motion video, so this was for her:

Sunday, September 06, 2015


We did a FHE a few weeks ago.  I had this theme of "being a light."  I saw some cool things on pinterest that I wanted to do.  One was a wood letter with lights - check out this.  Then I saw another cool idea for letters and thought I would maybe blend the two ideas.  So I stenciled out the letters, Ben cut them, and the kids painted them for FHE.  But then they were pretty cool looking as is that I don't think we'll add the lights anymore.  Right?  Especially that the lights I had gotten are colored lights . . .?

(No, they are not real glasses.  But Miles does love wearing them.)

Wednesday, September 02, 2015

Goodbye to August, Hello to September

 Here are our happenings for August.  Please take note of the spelling change by one of my children on the 12th.  It's actually spelled Crested Butte.  Well played whoever you are (I'm positive it's one of my boys . . . but which one?)

 Lucy's first day of preschool on September 1st.  Yay!  (I would have gotten some more/better pictures, but my friend came over to cut my hair and so I was running late. . .)

Lucy loves these dogs - especially Brigham.  She tells him all the time.  :)  It's sooooo cute.