Friday, February 26, 2016

A few things. . .

Well we had a busy afternoon/evening yesterday.  Miles had a wrestling scrimmage match and then right after that he had a choir performance.  In the middle of that was getting Emmy to gymnastics and picking her up early to go to Miles' choir show.  Plus grabbing some dinner at Subway!  Here are a few pictures from Miles' wrestling:

 The wrestling scrimmage consisted of Miles' school (Centennial), the only other middle school in town (Columbine) and the other middle school in our district (Olathe - about 10 miles north of us).  The kids got in their size/weight groups and then were divided into groups of 4.  Each kid was given a number and then the coach would yell out what 2 numbers (kids) were to wrestle.  Then they would wrestle for 30 seconds and that's how the scrimmage went.  Miles isn't really good, but we're super pleased that he is doing this (he practices every day of the week - coming home at 5:30 on M, T, Th, and F; on Wednesday he has practice before school).  This is the most sports this child has ever seen in his combined life!  So it's a great thing for him to be involved in.  Of course we wish he were great, but that's okay, too.

This was Miles for his choir performance.  Every child is in choir for 1 quarter - Miles has it this quarter and so he was part of the show.  He was excited about it and I think he actually enjoys choir.  But he does not enjoy his classmates - he thinks they are very rude to the teacher!  In fact, today he told me he wants to go to Peak (a online/homeschool-ish school) next year because he is tired of mean kids.  This was a few minutes before he responded, "Nobody cares," to something Emmy said.  Hmmmm.

Here are some pictures of our home project:
We got the counter all in and set - today was the first day we could actually sit at it.  The kids were super excited about it.

 Just another picture.  Of course there is still work to do - like framing it in, etc.  But we're getting there!  (Although we'll have to wait almost a month, until Randy is back from another job, to finish up everything!)

We don't have stools, yet, so the kids were kneeling (or not, in Miles' case) on our chairs.

So this was funny . . . in deciding what type of counter-type we wanted, I was more of like, "Um, just chalkboard would be good with me!"  Ben was more like, "Let's go look at the granite tops."  So we did, only to find out that wasn't going to be an option (no custom-cutting for small jobs).  Then we found this porcelain tile and both loved it and agreed on it.  After our decision was made, I had the thought, "I bet we can write chalk on it."  And we can!  Awesome.  It totally wipes off - the tile is like a black slate, only not.  :)


The kids like the chalk, too.  :)

We've got a fun weekend ahead of us (hopefully!).  We are heading to Provo in the morning and will catch a BYU women's gymnastics meet in the afternoon.  Then that night we're going to some BYU dance show.  On Sunday we'll head up to Heber and hang out with the Christian Sabey clan - go to their ward, hang-out all day, eat dinner with them, etc.  Then we'll go back down to Provo (we're staying at a hotel since my parents' place is rented out).  Monday morning we've got  tickets for the new Provo Temple Open House.  Very cool!  So we're excited.

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Free Hockey Clinic

So some of my friends told me about this free hockey clinic at the ice rink in Junction.  My girls' friends were going, too, and so Emmy and Lucy agreed to go.  :)  The girls ended up getting jerseys, sticks, hockey cards (you know, like baseball cards only with hockey players . . .), stickers, etc.  It was a good turnout and the girls had fun!

Afterwards our friends invited us to Chick Fil A - the girls' first time.  When Emmy asked what it was and I told her it was fast-food, Emmy replied, "YES!  I love fast-food!"  Awesome.  The girls got to play with their friends at the play-place there and just had a fun time.  It was a good Saturday evening activity in Junction!

The pictures aren't great since they are taken from behind the plastic guard/shield thing, but whatevs.

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Lucy isn't quite as sweet and innocent as she looks . . .

While I was reading with Jonas tonight, Lucy wanted to type on the computer.  Okay, I said.

Yet, she sort of "lost" word documents and ended up on lds.org.  But furthermore when I came over to help her out on the computer, I looked at another tab she had opened and saw she had typed in


Any ideas on what she was trying to do?

Yep, she was trying to get on Netflix and watch some shows.

That naughty girl.  She should thank her lucky stars she's otherwise adorable, cute, and good.  :)

Sunday, February 14, 2016

A Busy 5-Day Weekend So Far . . .

For some reason my kids had Friday off and then have Monday and Tuesday off.  Crazy!  I think we've done enough on Friday and Saturday that now we just need to stay home and clean - yay!

Friday we went up to Telluride.  I think this is my 3rd winter trip there - check out trip 1 and trip 2.  And again, we did the same thing:  sled, eat, ice skate (but it was so warm up there that the outdoor rink was really just slush!), bus ride, and for the grande finale - the gondola ride.  It's a long day, but very fun and the kids just love, love, love the plentiful snow that Telluride has to offer!

This year we had even more friends make the trip with us - I had Patty (my friend) and her son Ivan (Jonas' friend) come.  Miles invited Malachi and so we took him with us.  Then my friend Heather came with her kids Holly (Emmy's friend), Lila (Lucy's friend), and Clara - the cutest 2-year old.  Fun, times again!

 Jonas doing front-flips in to the snow.

 Clara - in her mom's sunglasses - and Emmy.  There were some way-cool snow-caves and tunnels that the kids explored for a while!

 All the kids eating mustache blow-pops (Emmy's and Jonas' valentines) and getting ready to hop on the bus.

Clara, Lucy, and Lila on the gondola.  :)

My kids' favorite sledding video of the day.  (If it comes up . . .)

One more video.

Now on to Saturday.  I had bought these really good coupons from groupon for the Glenwood Adventure Park.  We had planned to go for a fun New Year's day activity.  But as it was a high of 15 that day, we opted to cross-country ski instead.  15 degrees is great for cross-country, but not so great for a park and rides, etc.

So we've been waiting for a free and good-weather Saturday and finally (2 weeks before our coupons expired) got one on Saturday - or supposed to have gotten one.  We were expecting the temperatures to be at least 15 degrees warmer (the weather forecast all week, including the day before, showed sunny and 57-degree).  I think it was more like 37-degrees and cloudy.  So we weren't quite dressed for it and it was just colder than we had thought and hoped for.  Anyways, enough about the weather!  The kids really didn't complain - maybe Ben and I did. . .

The park has rides, laser tag, 4-D movies, 2 cave tours, etc.  We went on the alpine coaster first and all the kids loved it.  When we were ready to go again (after we'd done a few other things), it had shut down due to some computer problem and never reopened for the rest of the day.  My kids were super bummed.  So was I.  But we still enjoyed the 4-D movies (four of them - each about 5 minutes long).  It made Ben feel kind of awful.  :)  The seats move and you watch it in 3-D.  Awesome.  Laser tag was a blast.  Lucy wouldn't do it at first, but then was talked in to it and loved it and wanted to do it again and again.  I was awful, but still had fun.  The two caves were really cool!  Ben thought they were actually neater and bigger than Timpanogas Cave (where he worked for a couple of years).  All the kids really loved them.  We (mean the three oldest kids and myself) went on the Zip Line.  It was . . . high.  Not too bad, really, but definitely cold.  :)  Anyways, we didn't leave the town of Glenwood Springs until 8pm - and it's a 2 1/2-hour drive home.  Another long day!  The kids had a blast and we parents had fun, too.

 The kids in line for their first 4-D movie.  Lucy was not a fan of the moving seats - but, more especially, the spraying water.

 The zip-line - Jonas and Miles are way back there.  You sit on the seats, it pulls you all the back, you sit for a few seconds, then you zip forward.

 Here they come!  Jonas was pretty freaked before, but did fine - although he did scream the whole way.  :)

 Emmy was brave - even though this picture doesn't show it.  :)

 The whole family!

 The kids inside the Fairy Cave.

 There was this little wooden shed where you could see what it is like exploring caves.

The group at our last cave tour - the King's crown, I think.

The kids all want to go back!  Which may or may not happen, we'll see.  But I think if we do, we'll do it when it's warmer!

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Preschool . . . letters H and I

So last week I hosted preschool at my house.  We were on the letter H.  We did "healthy heart" on Tuesday and learned about our hearts, made toy stethoscopes (which didn't really work, but whatevs), and did my wonderful ABC Yoga DVD.  Awesome.

Thursday was just "hearts" and so we did lots of candy-heart stuff and frosted cookie bars, etc.

Then this past Tuesday I did it again b/c the gal that was supposed to couldn't.  We did the letter I - which is funny b/c we aren't doing it in ABC order, but this worked out as such.  The kids are cute and sweet - for the most part . . .

 Yoga . . . on camping mats.  Just like last year.  :)

 Just too cute.  They super loved it and were super in to it.

 Here's the group frosting their cookie bars.  I had given them STRICT instructions to not lick their knives.  I think I scared them enough that no one did.  :)

 Lucy working very diligently on her cookies.  She loaded them up with candy hearts galore!

 Odell and Isaac - our lone boy.

 Jane wanted me to take her picture of her lovely cookies.  I caught a great shot of Lucy in the background . . . :)

 Graphing candy hearts.  I do love me some graphs!

 The good student Lucy.

I is for igloo.  I had put all the stuff the kids had made in a grocery bag . . . including the marshmallow igloos they made.  As the parents came and we visited on the porch, I went in to grab Odell's (Scarlett is pictured above) bag.  Lo-and-behold Wilson's face was stuffed inside eating all of her igloo's marshmallows.  Wilson!

Sunday, February 07, 2016

Ski Trip 2016

This year, for our annual 2-day/1-night ski trip, we went to Powderhorn.  Powderhorn is located on the Grand Mesa - a winter wonderland.  As we climbed higher and higher on the mountain road, the wall of snow on the sides grew taller and taller.  It's always impressive!

Since the temperature was not hitting double-digits until after 11 or so, we decided to do a 1/2 day of skiing on Friday.  Lucy and I got lift tickets for the "EZ rider" lift only that day and we hung out there all afternoon.  This was Lucy's first time really skiing on her own down the mountain.  We didn't tether her up or anything!  The runs off the EZ rider lift are perfect for her and we were able to practice our turns and just have fun.  Lucy did great.  Ben and the other kids mainly hung out elsewhere on the mountain - having a great time as well!  As Ben said, "It's the first time in 10 years [though, really, it's more like 12] that I've actually got to really ski!"  Miles, Jonas, and Emmy are now adept enough skiers that it's actually fun for us adults as well.  Ben took the kids down lots of blues and they did awesome.  The boys went on a couple of black-diamond mogul runs and Ben said they did great there, too.

We had a fun night at our place we stayed at - that was literally right on the mountain.  In fact, you can just ski right up to it!

Saturday morning we were back at the mountain for a full-day of skiing.  Lucy and I got to go on the fast quad lift and there was a great green-run off it they we did a few times.  I did a couple runs with the older kids and enjoyed some "real" skiing.  Honestly, it was amazing to ski!  Then I hung out with Lucy for the rest of the day on the EZ lift and had a good time there, too.

It's always an awesome family adventure and neat to see our kids getting better each year!

 The crazy, goofy boys playing Catan.

 I had to post this picture because it's the only one of Ben!  We had a good time playing Catan - especially Ben as he won.  :)

 The girls enjoyed reading some books they found at the place.

 Two cute girls on the lift.

 Four awesome skiers!

 Me and my skiing buddy.  :)

 Awesome Jonas.  But I can't stand how he slouches on the lift!  Aiyiyi, he's just gonna slip off one of these days . . . kidding (I hope).

 I don't know how many times I heard Emmy say, "I love skiing!"

Jonas, our little trickster!

Lucy loved going on the "rollers."

This was a fun run - the "magical forest," as it was called.  There were these little animal cut-outs and we'd ski back and forth to each animal.  Fun, fun.