Thursday, March 31, 2016

3, 2, 1 . . . Blast Off!

Miles and Jonas got rockets from the Easter Bunny this year.  They put them together (well we thought Miles had finished, but today at launch-time we realized Miles had a step left to do) and have been waiting for a good day to go out and launch them.  Monday was horrible and windy.  Tuesday was blizzardy.  Wednesday wasn't much better and we had no time anyways.

That brings us to today, Thursday.  Did we have the time?  Heck no.  But could I stand another day living with a boy-who-couldn't-fly-his-rocket (aka Moanas Jonas)?  Heck no.  So we squeezed it in and after a few times of nothing happening, Jonas' rocket finally blasted.  It was fun!  Then he did it again and it was fun again!  But the parachute didn't open because the bottom had blasted off.  So we didn't get to blast it a third time.  But Jonas can fix his rocket and do it again another time.

Finally, Jonas was satisfied!  It was really fun watching it blast off.

 A boy and his rocket.

Running out after the rocket after its first flight!

3, 2, 1 . . . Blast off!

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Lucy looses another tooth

"I cried before I lost my tooth and then I didn't cry anymore.  I was scared when it was not even wiggly.  When I got it out, it feeled funny.  Because it was soooo feeling bad.  Now it's the end."

I'm 37

This is the 2nd time in my life that my birthday has fallen on Easter.  I didn't mind that at all.  I was a little bummed about my birthday falling on fast Sunday however.  But I made up for that on Monday by eating some yummy Easter chocolate!

Easter/my birthday was a nice day.  After I survived the morning (how many more of these do I have to do alone!?), we made it to church and all was well there.  The primary kids sang me "You've had a birthday."  I lead it - which was awesome since 3-year olds can lead better than I do.  :)

After church we did a few things, including reading the Friend and making resurrection rolls (which Ben and I didn't get to eat - boohoo).  I then made the whole family go on a walk, pulling out the "it's my birthday" card - since I can only do that once a year!  We had a fun walk with our family, including the 2 dogs.  We ran in to our neighbors at the park as we were walking by and we visited with them for a while.

Dinner was more of a "what Emily wants," as opposed to a traditional Easter dinner:  homemade tomato soup and homemade Artisan bread (homemade by me . . . :).  It was delicious.  Ben made and decorated an awesome rice krispie cake - go Ben!

We watched a bunch of Bible videos related to Easter Sunday and that was pretty much that.

Our Easter activities


 As I said on FB, "Thanks, Emmy, for keeping Easter mornin' real."  Why was she crying?  She didn't like her shoe options and wasn't a fan of her hair.  Oh boy.

 Lucy and her first-bought Easter dress.

 Emmy wanted to redeem herself after church with some better pictures.  :)  This is her first-bought Easter dress as well.

Love, love, love.

Thursday, March 24, 2016

My girls

 When my girls are sweet, there hardly is anything sweeter.  (When they are not so sweet, that's a whole other story!)

Sweet Lucy was tired after music class yesterday and so she went upstairs and took a nap.  She was just too cute to not take a picture.  :)

And my cute girls dressing themselves up as twins.  I love it!  I did have to step in about the boots.  Both girls were fighting over one pair of boots they wanted to wear.  So I told them that to be truly twins, they would each have to wear one boot from each pair.  They totally bought in to it and so there ya go.  Cuties.

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Happy 50th Wedding Anniversary!

Jim and Diana have been married for 50 years today - congratulations!  They are a wonderful and beautiful couple and continue to be great examples to their family.  We love them very much!

Here are a few pictures from their anniversary weekend with their children:
 Ben, Debbie, Jim, Laura, Joe, and Diana.  They went to the temple on Saturday morning and did family work - including sealing Diana's parents.  Ben said it was a wonderful experience!

 Ben's sister, Debbie, somewhat recreated Jim and Diana's wedding cake.  It looked beautiful!!!

 Cutting the cake . . .

 Feeding each other . . .

 And kissing!  I think this was one of Emmy's favorite part of the weekend - Grandma and Grandpa kissing!  She told me about it several times.  :)

I loved how they decorated Jim and Diana's car.  So awesome.

Again, congrats!

Sunday, March 20, 2016

A couple of firsts today . . .

Miles was sustained to hold the office of a deacon in sacrament meeting last Sunday, March 13th - but, unfortunately, he had gone out to blow his nose and so was not present for his sustaining "vote."  Kind of funny.

He was then set-apart as a deacon after church with just our family present.  It was a nice blessing.

So today was his first day of passing the sacrament.  He also was in charge of bringing the bread and so Miles and I made some last night.  He did a fine job!  He was about 2 feet shorter than the rest of the group of there.  But that was to be expected.  Jonas commented on his stature and I told Jonas that it won't be much different for him when he's up there.  :)  Cute, short boys.

I also had a first today.  I drove Ben's stick-shift truck to church.  It was super scary!  I had thoughtfully planned my route.  I stalled twice on my way there; it was at a 4-way stop and I had to wave people on.  It was awesome.  Then coming home I waited until most people were gone from the parking lot.  I also planned a strategic way home that worked out just dandy.  I didn't stall once.  I pretty much stayed in 2nd-gear (my route is all through neighborhoods), but did venture into 3rd a few times.

I'm glad that's over with.

Saturday, March 19, 2016

And We're Done!

So . . . wrestling season is now over.  Miles' school participated in its final match of the season today.  Luckily it was close at Olathe Middle/High School.  I am not a big fan of wrestling matches - and that is putting it lightly.  They are torture!  You sit and wait for sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo long for a match - that might last a couple minutes at best.  Then you sit and wait for sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo long again for another match.

So Miles had to be at his school at 6 am today (and Ben is out of town again today and so it was all me for this tournament as well - not that Ben planned it that way!  He would have loved to have been there.) and the match started at 9 am (but I guess it began early at like 8:30 - I guess wrestling people can do that - tell all the parents it starts at 9 but then begin a half-hour early.  What?!  It's happened before . . .)

Anyways, (yes, I am going to make this post seem as long as a wrestling match, so bear with me) Miles had a "bye" the first round - as did 3 other kids in his weight group.  Yet there were only 5 kids in his group and so only one match occurred from their group that first round.  And rounds take forever because you start with the light-weights (65 lbs.; Miles was in the next group at 75 lbs.) and then go up to the heavy weights (as in 285 lbs.!  It went from the 200 lbs. group right to the 285 - there was nothing in between).  And that takes like 2 hours.  Then you have a 40-minute break and your child still has not wrestled!

Finally Miles wrestled at 11:15.  And he lasted 15 seconds, maybe 20.  He got pinned.  He was actually bummed about it.  He didn't realize it is considered a "pin" if your shoulders are down, but not your back.  Poor kid.  But I'm sure he'd been told that a time or two . . .?

Then we waited and waited some more.  I think his whole weight-group was "byed" a round.  I was dying.  Jonas was dying more.  Miles was slightly dying - but occupied by his book at least.

Then Miles went up for the 3rd-or-4th- place match.  He lasted all 3 periods, but lost.  He had 0 points and his opponent had 6.  He had some decent moves and blocked some moves his opponent was trying on him.  But he wrestled mainly on the defense and reaction side of things.  But he wasn't horrible.  So technically he took "4th" but that was only by default really - he only "won" the round he was "byed" on - if that makes sense?  If you have a "bye," it is counted as a win.

We thought about staying for the award ceremony, but none of us could hold on for any more.  So, six hours later (for Jonas and I), and 8 1/2 hours later for Miles, we left and came back home.

One good thing was that Miles did get to watch the 2 kids vying for 1st or 2nd in his weight group.  The first kid that Miles wrestled was in this match and ended up winning.  In fact, he pinned the 2nd-place finisher in the first 30 seconds as well.  I think that made Miles feel a little better.

 The hand-shake.

 So this is the kid that ended up taking 1st in Miles' group.  (P.S.  I knew as soon as I saw this kid that Miles didn't really have much of a chance . . . I'm not sure what it was . . . but we sort of all knew it!  Oh, but I didn't say that to Miles . . . )

 One of the ways that Miles entertained himself during those long hours.

 But this is mainly what he did.  I did see some 8th graders laughing at him.  Whatevs!  :)  He read about 3/4 of his book.

Two troopers - but not necessarily always happy troopers (mostly Jonas, but Miles as well.  Oh, and me, too.  Definitely).

Again, we are super happy that Miles tried wrestling.  It was a huge thing for this "non-sporty" kid of ours.  He enjoyed practices.  But not so much the waiting and waiting at the matches.  We'll see what happens next year . . . ?

Friday, March 18, 2016

Wait, what?! My last week of preschool?!

I didn't realize it, but this week was my last week of doing preschool.  Sniff, sniff.  Yay, yay!  Both emotions.  :)  It's been a great ride and I've done it with all of my children.  I'm pretty lucky, really.  Lucy has been a joy - for the most part.  She does so good with all of the preschool work I have the kids do.  She - along with most of the other kids - are super ready for kindergarten in the fall.  Anyways, here are my pictures of my Tuesday and Thursday preschool:

Tuesday I focused on the letter U.  We started off, after reading a book (these kids just LOVE listening to books!), at our stations.  I loved doing stations - we had 6 stations, each for 5 minutes.  So there was 30 minutes taken up right there.  Awesome.

 There were some fun stations this time.  The kids mostly enjoyed it.  :)

 Another activity we did was "paint" an UP house - from the movie.  I later drew lines from the balloons (fingerprints) to the house.  This is cute, little Dory.

 I extended our check-out of the screen, projector, and speakers from the library so we could use them one more time.  I invited the preschoolers to stay late on Tuesday and after a lunch the kids all got to watch the movie.  Fun and cute!

Then Thursday I did a "green eggs and ham" theme since it was St. Patrick's Day.  We had some fun activities to do - including making our own green eggs and ham:
 Yum!  The kids loved the eggs - well except for Odell.  They begged for more.

 Yum, yum.

 Later we made some "green eggs and ham" treats - waffle-like pretzel, with a melting wafer, then with a green M'nM.  Well we ran out of green so some were yellow.  The kids did well making them!

 Isaac, Lucy, and Scarlett did well, too!  I had to quickly stick them in the freezer to harden them up in time to send them home with the kids.

And, of course, playtime!  It's all the kids really want.  :)  Lucy loves Dory's hair in this picture.  Fun, fun.

And that is that!  It's been real, homeschool preschool.  :)

Friday, March 11, 2016

Party at the House!

So Miles' birthday party (remember, our kids get them every four years) was on Thursday night.  The kids had a half day on Thursday and no school on Friday, so it was a good night for his party.

We started at 5:30 and had dinner.  I created a menu with coded names for the 20 dinner items - including utensils.  Like "medusa's hair" for spaghetti, "vampire goop" for spaghetti sauce, and "road splitter" for fork.  The kids had to fill out 5 things they wanted for each of the 4 courses.  Then Ben and I served up their orders.  It was pretty funny!  I think the kids really liked it, too.  They were always excited to see what crazy combination they ended up with for a course.  They really only figured out the clues once the food started arriving.  "Oh this is that."

 Miles finished up his bird lego sets and decided to put them as a centerpiece.

 The kids filling out their menus!

 Haha, this was my favorite first course:  Aiden's.  He got a toothpick (pine stick), knife (kno kneed for a k), fork (road splitter), spoon (oral cavity loader), and parmesan cheese (stinky feet).  He had no idea he ordered all the utensils!

Jonas apparently did not get any utensils, while Ivan got a spoon for his salad (rabbit's delight) and noodles.

After dinner we played some "Minute to Win It" games.  They were fun, too.  And funny.
 Oh Miles opened some present first, then on to the games . . .

 This was our second game - Face the Cookie.  You put a cookie on your forehead and have to use your facial muscles to get it in your mouth.  If it falls to the floor, you have to start over.

 Emmy had fun!

 Miles rocked this game and was the winner.  I guess he was like the grand champ or something at his 5th grade trip last year.  :)

 Awww, the sweet taste of success!

 Too funny.

 This game was "noodling" or something.  String 5 noodles on an extra long toothpick without your hands.  Aiden did great at this!

 Miles finally got his 5th noodle on.

 "Suck it Up."  You had to suck up all the marshmallows in your bowl and dump them on the table.  Ivan was the winner at this!

 Miles was a close 2nd.

"Tear it Up."  There were 8 strands of toilet paper with a cup on each end (for tension).  The kids had to knock down their strand with rubber bands.  It was tough!  Ben was surprised at the lack of rubber-band shooting skills these boys had.  Jonas was the only one that knocked his down - but since he started shooting early one round, he was disqualified!  :)

Then it was time for some peace and quiet for Ben and I the movie.  Miles chose one of his favorite movies to watch, Ice Age:  Continental Drift.  I actually do like the Ice Age movies; they are super funny.  Anyways, it was a great set-up downstairs and the kids all had fun.  And were quiet!

 It looks pretty cool and cozy down there!

Such cute sisters!

The movie ended right before 9 and that was perfect timing!  The kids all left and that was that!

A fun party for a 12-year old and his siblings and friends.