Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Dressed for the weather?

Yesterday was a beautiful day.  It was in the mid 60's with a pretty good breeze.  We spent a good part of the day outside.  When the older kids got home and they were all outside playing, I started looking at them all and then I had to take a picture.  It was so funny!  Were we all dressed for the same weather and playing in the same yard?  Maddi had on a hooded sweatshirt with long pants.  Makenna had on a furry sweater with capris and flip flops.  Zane and Dillon had on long pants and t-shirts and garden gloves (with flowers).  Zeke had on his muscle shirt, shorts and boots and Olivia had on a swimsuit (that's my girl!).  I made them all line up so I could take a picture.  It made me giggle just a little:)

Monday, March 29, 2010

Airplanes

Mommy, I know why they are called airplanes.  Because they have air in them and they are planes.

Early Morning Conversations

Olivia:  I'm hungry.  We hvae chips?
Me:  No you can't have chips.
Olivia:  We have cheeseballs?
Me:  No, no cheeseballs.
Olivia:  We have chocolate?
Me:  No chocolate.
Olivia:  Why not?  I hungry!
Me:  Then you need to eat breakfast.
Olivia:  I not want breakfast.  I have lunch yet?
Me:  No.
Olivia:  How come?
Me:  Because it's breakfast time.
Olivia:  But I can't reach it.
Me:  Reach what?
Olivia:  The butter!
Me: What?  Why do you need to reach the butter?  We don't have butter for breakfast!
Olivia:  I want butter for breakfast!
Zeke:  What a silly thing she said!

I love mornings!

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Forgiveness

Why can it be so hard sometimes to forgive someone?  We all do things in life that hurt someone else. When we do, we all want to be forgiven right?  Most of the time forgiveness comes easily. But there are times that the feelings linger and that we just can't seem to let go of what happened.  The Savior, of course, gave the perfect example of forgiveness.  While yet suffering on the cross he spoke to His Father in Heaven and said, "Father forgive them for they know not what they do."  If He can forgive while they were still in the act of tormenting and crucifying Him, why can I sometimes not forgive a small wrong doing?  How can I ask the Lord for forgiveness when I can not forgive others?  The scriptures say, "Lord forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors."  To forgive requires humility.  When I am too stubborn to forgive I usually am filled with pride and become judgemental and harsh.  It's not a feeling I like to have, yet it is a feeling that I bring on myself.  I like to blame it on those who have hurt me but I am the only one that can control my feelings and I am the only one that can allow the actions of others to turn my heart.  Their actions may have hurt me in the beginning, but it then becomes my actions that cause continued hurt.  Our hearts need to be filled with love, forgiveness, faith and a willingness to obey in order to keep us on the path that leads back to our Father in Heaven.  In a talk from Thomas S. Monson he quoted poet George Herbert saying, "He that cannot forgive others breaks the bridge over which he himself must pass if he would ever reach heaven, for everyone has need of forgivness."  We all do things for which we need forgiveness and we cannot be forgiven if we do not ourselves forgive.  Yet, with all the knowlegde that we have, it still can be hard, at times, to forgive.  What then, will hep us along that path to forgiving others when it seems too hard?  Well, I don't know all the answers because it is something that I am struggling with at this moment, but I do know a few things. 

The first is prayer.  The scriptures say, "Let your hearts be full, drawn out in prayer unto God continually."  Prayer is so important in the heart changing process of forgiveness. Turning our hearts and souls over to the Savior and our Father in Heaven allows the spirit to come and soften us.  It allows the One who has suffered all to blanket us in His love and help us to know that He has felt our pain and our hurt.  I, personally, do not want to be one of the ones driving the nails deeper into His hands.  I don't want to be one of His drops of blood, yet when I am so unable to forgive that's what I become.  So prayer, for me, is the most important thing I can do to forgive others.

Another thing is to read the scriptures.  In John the Savior taught, "search the scriptures; for...they are they which testify of me."   The Lord can speak to us through the words of the scriptures.  Here we can learn our purpose in life.  We can learn faith, repentance, hope, love, forgiveness and so much more.  All that we need is here for us.  We can learn from the teachings and our hearts can be softened, and we can find the ability to forgive.

The last thing that helps me is to do service.  Sometimes I do service for the people who I cannot seem to forgive, sometimes it is for someone else.  No matter who though, it always helps me feel better.  The Savior set the perfect example of service.  He spent His life serving and He gave His life serving.  Service will bring us closer to Him and thus help our hearts be filled with love towards those around us.  When we try to act like Jesus, His spirit will help us along our way.

Why am I going off on this?  Well, because I need it.  My spirit needs to be softened.  My heart needs to be filled.  Forgiveness can be such a cleansing process.  When we extend our forgiveness, it's like we reach this freedom that's almost indescribable.  It is liberating and exhilarating.  Being unforgiving is such a heavy, burdensome feeling.  It weighs you down and sucks up all your energies.  To finally let that go is amazing.  I need to let it go.  I need to suck up my pride and be free.  Will it be hard for me?  Yes.  Despite my knowledge, it will still be hard.  But I know the path I need to go and I have started down it.  I know to whom I can turn for guidance and reassurance.  He will lengthen my stride and help me along, if I will but continue on the path.  He gives us strength when we are weak, He lifts us up when we are down, He lightens our load when it's too heavy to carry.  All I have to do is ask. 

Friday, March 26, 2010

How Many Times Do I Have to Say No?

Ha!  You think Im talking about my children, huh?  No I'm talking about Michael's old boss.   She called a few days ago with another job offer. The second time since October.  We've already worked for her twice.  It didn't work those two times, but now she's back again.  It's the same story with a different twist.  No one can replace you.  We need you.  Nothing is the same without you.  How would you like to live in Kentucky?  We're buying a place there.  We have new plans and a new goal.  WHATEVER!!  How about an I'm sorry we screwed you over.  Here's the $10,000 we took from you that you worked so hard to earn.  Here's the money from the raise we promised you and never gave you. Thank you for all you do for us.  Thank you for your hard work.  I was wrong you were right.  Where's that?  Ha!  Needless to say, we didn't take the job.  As I've stated before, we loved the farm setting.  We love the community of Hendricks.  We love Lincoln HI Elementary.  We love our friends there.  But we can't go back, at least not with her.  It always makes me stop and want to look though.  Even though I know it would never work.  There is so much I love there that I have to think about it for a day or two before we turn our backs on the offer.  So, how may times do I have to tell you no?  We're up to four times now!  We'll see if it goes any higher!

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Easter Bunny Story

Easter is almost here so we have started our rouds of telling the Easter Bunny story and making our Easter Bunny car treats.  We did it yesterday for playgroup and I wil start going to the school next week and doing it in the classrooms for my kids.  It is another fun tradition that we have started that the kids look forward to every year and eve though they already know the story, they still get excited to hear it.  I, of course, love being able to do it with them.  I will be sad when they outgrow all of these things that we do.  Anyways, I am going to post the story and our pictures from yesterday.

On a calm, quiet night in the early spring, the Easter Bunny comes with treats to bring.
He goes to each house and leaves goodies galore and if you’ve been good, he leaves a few more!
How does one little Bunny hop so far in one night? How does one little Bunny accomplish this plight?
Can he hop that far without even stopping? Does he hop and hop and then keep on hopping?
I’ll tell you a secret that you must never repeat. I’ll tell you how the Easter Bunny brings you treats.
You know Santa has reindeer that fly through the air and the tooth fairy has wings that take her here and there.
Well, the Easter Bunny has something too. The Easter Bunny has something new.
It’s small and it’s fast and it looks pretty cool. He can take it to work he can take it to school.
But most important it can take him and his basket of eggs to your house without any sore muscles or legs!
Can you guess what this is that can take him so far? You bet! The Easter Bunny has a new car!
It’s not like the ones that you and I see. It’s got to be extra special for the Easter Bunny.
Instead of metal and rubber and all that stuff it’s made of chocolate and candy and marshmallow fluff.
The wheels are round candies that are so sweet to eat. If one falls off, you just add a new treat.
The seat that he sits on is not a bore. It’s soft and it’s chocolate. Do you want to hear more?
The headlights are chocolates of all different hues, some pink, some green, and some light blue.
The steering wheel is also good to the tasting. It looks like a lifesaver with a horn of white frosting.
It’s all so delicious and seems too good to be true, but the Easter Bunny told me. I believe him. Do you?



For the treat get a Little Debbie snack roll.  That is the cars body.  Using vanilla frosting attach four mini vanilla wafers for wheels, two M&Ms for headlights, a life saver for the steering wheel and a marshmallow bunny peep on top for the bunny.  Kids love it!

Dressed for all Occasions

Olivia is always prepared for whatever lies ahead.  The other day she was getting ready to go outside to play.  She had on her stripey dress (as she calls it), her mud boots and her winter hat with the ear flaps (backwards).  No matter what weather South Dakota was going to throw at her that day, she was ready and she looked good!

She also loves to dress up.  She comes  up with all sorts of good outfits.  This one I really liked. Her pioneer dress, Makenna's old red glasses (upside down) and her blue flowered bucket hat.

Catch Up

It has been a while since I last wrote.  We have been busy, mostly enjoying the warmer weather.  Zeke, Olivia and I have gone to the zoo a few times and everyone has spet quite a bit of time outside.  It has been great!  Our most exciting event was the leprechauns coming on St. Parick's Day.  The kids get so excited about it every year.  This year the treasure hunt ended up in the barn.  The kids almost didn' find their bags of gold because the barn leprechaun hid them a little too well.  Their bags were filled with gold colored treats, gold note pad and some markers.  Dilln wasvey upset that the gold was not actual money.  The leprechaun will have to reword thier clues next year!  Anyways, it was a lot of fun and I'm so glad that we get to do it every year.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Princess Lollipop and Princess Hoppy Hop

Olivia loves to sing the song "I love you, a bushel and a peck" only she sings it "I love you a bushy and a peck."  She knows the while song and she sings it all the time.  It is just so cute that I needed to ge it recorded.  Maddi and Makenna have gotten Build a Bears on thier 8th birthdays from thier grandma and Olivia loves them so I thought that would be a good way to do it.  I bought the little sound chip and recorded her singing the song.  Then Michael and I found the cutest bunny that we both knew she would love and got it for her.  We were right - she absolutely loves it!  It goes everywehere with her now and she les to push it's hand and listen to herself sing.  She named the bunny Hoppy Hop (Hoppy for short).  Of course it is a princess just like her so we have Princess Lollipop and Princess Hoppy Hop.  Unfortunately for Maddi, Olivia has "borrowed" all of Maddi's bear clothes and uses them for her bunny.  Maddi's bear clothes are pink and pink is Olivia's favorite color.  Maddi is a good sport about it and lets Olivia use them.

Monday, March 15, 2010

Katie's Birthday

Yesterday was my sister Katie's 40th birthday.  She died in July of 1972.  Even though none of us other kids met her here in this life she has had  huge impact on my family and on each of us individually.  For her birthday all of us kids wrote letters to put in a book for mom and dad.  I put the book together with pictures of Katie, the letters and some poems I wrote.  There is also a page that has pictures of all of us with our own families.  Mom and Dad had seven children all together and they now have 25 grandchildren with more, I'm sure, to come (not from me though :))  Today, in honor of her birthday I would like to share parts of the letters that we wrote.  It will be a long post, but I love all the letters that my siblings wrote.  Our family will be able to be together forever because of this beautiful little girl.

from me:
I know there were many different things that probably led you to the church but I can't help but think that her little life played a role in Heavenly Father's personal plan for you. I have heard you talk about what a special spirit she had and even though she never learned to talk you knew that she understood what was going on and that she had more knowledge than she was able to express.

I am so thankful to and for her. What an amazing thing to be able to say that I have a sister who is perfect! All she needed was a body. I am so thankful to Heavenly Father too. He knew the impact she would have. Through her, you were able to accept the gospel when the time was right. Her life was able to prepare your hearts for the truth.

I really can't express in words all my feelings. I just hope that I can show my gratitude through the way that I live my life. What a blessing we have been given! What an opportunity we have to be members of Heavenly Father's true church. I hope and pray with all my heart that I will live in a manner that is pleasing to Him and that I will be able to teach my children through the spirit. As I watch our family grow, I can't help but imagine what the reunion will be like in heaven. I can't wait to thank Katie for her special life and for her special spirit that is still a part of all of our lives.

The love that I hear in your voices every time you talk about her is amazing. It is strong and deep and true. You can't say her name without love pouring out. It's in your voice, it's in your eyes, it's in your entire being. What a blessing to have been able to see that through out my life. It is a love that you don’t see very often and that too has made a big impression on me.

 I am so thankful for a sweet little baby girl who came here for a short while to help us all be together for ever.


from Stephen:
As I reflect back on my life, it is difficult to imagine or conceive how it would be different were it not for the influence of the church or the gospel. I would never have served a mission. I would likely never have
met or married Julie, and who knows if I would have a family of my own.  I would also not have attended BYU, which would very likely have led to an entirely different career.

It's amazing to think how so many major milestones in my life could have been so dramatically affected by one little baby that I've never even met, but such are the Lord's ways. "Out of small and simple things are great things brought to pass."

I often find myself struggling and striving to make a difference everyday in my work, my home, or at church and often feel as if my struggles are in vain. So when I consider how Katie was able to do it
simply by being born with the special spirit she has, it show's so clearly how the Lord can make so much more out of us than we can of ourselves, if we will but align ourselves to his will.
I'm grateful for Katie's life and the influence she had with Mom and Dad. I look forward to the day when I can thank her personally and renew the relationship that I'm sure we had in the preexistence.

From Sarah:
I remember growing up hearing about Katie and what a beautiful child she was. I remember looking at her pictures and wondering about her and her short life. Mom would always talk about how they communicated even though Katie never talked. Mom said she never needed too. They could just look at each other and they would know what the other was thinking. I’ve always known there was a special bond between Mom and Dad and Katie. How could there not be with the mission Katie was sent here for.

I always liked hearing the stories about Katie. I never really understood the importance of the stories until the first time I was able to go visit her grave. All the stories and memories told of Katie took on new meaning and had a new feeling to them after that first visit to her gravesite. It felt like we were making new memories of Katie and like I was a part of them.

The summer of 2006 when we all were able to go to Katie’s grave and clean it off and put flowers on it was one of the neatest experiences I have had. It was the first time our whole family was together. I remember thinking it might be the only time this happened. It was a moment I will never forget.

from Jon:
The story that sticks with me most is the one about the day/night she died. According to Mom and Dad, she knew the time was at hand to depart and chose to sit with Dad...to convey to him that she loved him and wanted him to know that. Back in those times (as far as I have read) men were supposed to be stoic and macho...no crying. Well....I would have cried for years.

In fact, when we went back to Nashville to visit and clean her grave, I did cry...quite a bit. I felt as if she were there watching us....smiling. That is something else that I will never forget. Before then, I had never had the opportunity nor the privilege to visit her humble grave sight. The emotion that encapsulated that minuscule plot of earth on this vast planet is something that I will never forget. It was like nothing I had ever felt before...in the middle of nowhere...far from home...meaningless to everyone but us. But that minuscule plot of God's earth made me feel more than I have ever felt for something of that nature. It was similar to a child being born and all of the emotions in which that entails...contained within an almost unfathomably tiny piece of earth...a modest brass marker...a name on it... "Kathryn Anne Cantrell." What a beautiful name. And I am certain...what a beautiful spirit.

from Spener:
Now, as I ponder on what Katie did for us, as a family, I'm even more grateful. We all have families of our own and most of us are sealed in the temple. I wonder if that would have happened any other way and, knowing myself, I doubt it. She had to do it for us. In a small way, I can compare her to our Savior. Nothing truly compares to Him and what he did, but she did sacrifice her life to save many, many people. I believe she did it knowingly and willingly, as did He, because she loves us. Christ said, "Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends." Christ also said, "Let no man be afraid to lay down his life for my sake; for whoso layeth down his life for my sake shall find it again." Katie will find her life again and she will receive her eternal reward in the Celestial Kingdom. She sacrificed her life for ours as well as for the gospel of Jesus Christ - so that it could be spread by our family across the world. Her sacrifice will allow generations of our Heavenly Father's children to be born in the covenant and enjoy the blessings of the gospel. We're seeing that unfold before our eyes. One sacrifice will bless hundreds and thousands of lives now and in the eternities. And it all goes back to one small, selfless, special baby girl. Someday I'll meet her again, and remember her from before, and thank her again for being my big sister.

from Sam:
When her sojourn on earth came to an end, your spiritual quest began in earnest.  As you sought answers to life's most important questions, you experienced a mighty change of heart when the light of the gospel filled your minds and souls.  I cannot imagine what you felt upon reading Mormon's epistle to Moroni, as recorded in Moroni chapter eight and again upon learning that family ties can extend beyond the grave.  Perhaps like Alma, your souls were filled with joy as exceeding as was your pain.  Like Lehi, you began to understand how God "shall consecrate thine afflictions for thy gain."

And so I cannot honor Katie, without paying tribute to her parents - you, who had the unshakable faith, courage and determination to enter, and press forward with steadfastness, in the strait and narrow path which leads to eternal life.
 
 
So Happy Birthday Katie!  You will always be in our hearts and a part of who we are.  We love you!  And to mom and dad - thank you for teaching us about Jesus Christ and being the examples that you are.  As Sam stated, he "first believed because you believed."  I know that goes for all of us.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Mom

Just an update from my last blog.  My mom was released from the hospital.. They determined that she did not have a stroke, it as just her body reacting to extremely high blood sugar levels.  All her tests came back normal so there was no damage done.  She does, however, have to start insulin shots.  She has made it 6 years without having to do that by controlling her diet and exercising.  Now that no longer works so she has to move on to insulin.  She doesn't like the idea but if it will keep her going then she will be okay with it.  I am so glad that she is okay.  My mom is some one who I share everything with (well, most everything). We have become really good friends over the years and I cherish the relationship I have with her.  I love our phone conversations and their once a year visits.  I can't imagine not having her to call.  In fact, this morning I called to check on her and 2 hours later I was just hanging up the phone!  Anyways, I am glad she is back home and hopefully once they get the insulin going and her body regulates she will have no more problems.

Monday, March 8, 2010

Unexpected News

I got a call from my mom tonight. I was expecting news that she had recieved my package.  Instead she was calling me from a hospital in Utah.  She has been having problems with her bood sugar (she is diabetic).  Her next appointment would have included starting her on insulin.  This morning she woke up with a pain in her shoulder going up her neck.  She was also sick to her stomach and she was having speech problems.  They were afraid she was having a heart attack.  They headed to Utah where all her medical things are taken care of.  They gave her an EKG and an MRI.  They think she had a mini stroke.  The doctor said if they don't get it fixed she will have a major stroke soon.  She will have to stay the night.  They will be doing more tests tomorrow, including some on her neck to see what all is going on there.  If all comes back okay they will release her tomorrow afternoon.  Obviously that is what we are hoping for.  If not they will admit her and do what needs to be done.  Anyways, not quite what I was expecting from the phone call.   Makes it really hard to be here right now.  I know I couldn't do anything if I were closer, but at least I would be able to see her. So to all of you who read this, please keep her in your prayers.  Thank you.

Preparing for the Leprechauns

Saturday morning we started getting ready for the Leprechauns to come.  The kids were finally all feeling better but it was raining outside so we were still stuck in the house.  We decided to get some sacks and deorate them for our leprechaun hunt.  Each year on St. Patrick's Day the leprechauns come to our house and make a treasure hunt for the kids.  It starts with the kids going outside and calling the Leprechauns.  After they have called them they have to run in the house and hide  kids aren't allowed to see the leprechauns.  While the kids are hiding the leprchauns come and hide treasures for them. They leave clues for the kids to help them find the "pot of gold."  When the leprechauns leave the kids come out and begin the hunt.  It's always tons of fun and the kids look forward to it every year.  Anyways, to help the leprechauns out, each one decorated their treasure bag for the hunt.  It was a god way to pass a rainy Saturday.

Saturday, March 6, 2010

My Week

We have had quite the week here.  Monday was fine.  Tuesday morning Michael left for Salt Lake.  He wouldn't be back until Sunday.  Tuesday afternoon I took Zeke and Olivia to the zoo.  They loved it.  It was really nice to be getting out of the house.  Tuesday evening I started feeling really sick.  The later it got the worse I felt.  Maddi and Makenna had church that night so I had to take them, plus one of the other girls from church needed a ride.  She lives about 15 minutes from us, 30 minutes from church.  So it took us 45 minutes to get there and 45 minutes to get home.  Their activity was supposed to be done by 8pm but it went over a little.  While they were there I took the other kids to Walmart to find a filter for the vacuum. No luck and I was still feeling horrible - worried that I may not make it home before things started happening!  We got home a little after 9pm.  The kids hurried got pjs on and picked out clothes for the next day, had some oreos for a treat and off to bed we went.  Zeke slept with me.  I was afraid to go to sleep because of how horrible I was feeling.  Stomach cramps were getting worse, I was up and down to the bathroom, no fun.  Around midnight Zeke started crying because his stomach hurt so bad.  I pulled off the covers and tried to get him to the bathroom to throw up.  No luck.  Pizza and Oreos all over my bed and him!  I got him in the shower, got the sheets off the bed and cleaned the matress, put a towel on the wet spot, got him out of the shower and dressed again and washed out the dirty stuff in the shower.  Then I cleaned and lysoled that, put a new sheet on the bed and went to get him his own blanket (just in case:) While I was getting his blanket for him I kicked my little toe on his wooden barn.  It hurt - really bad!  I wanted to cry, but I went and got an empty ice cream bucket instead for him to throw up in next time.  I couldn't sleep after that because he was so restless.  He threw up again at 2am, then 3:45 am and finally at 5:30 am.  By 6am we were both asleep.  6:30 the alram went off.  6:35 the phone rang.  Not a good start to the day.  I still felt horrible.  When the kids got up for school Maddi and Dillon informed me that they didn't feel well either.  Shortly there after Dillon went to the bathroom and threw up.  Zane and Makenna went to school.  Michael called and I told him of our lovely night.  When Olivia woke up I left all the kids with Maddi and ran to the store to get sprite.  There I was with some sweat pants one size too small, hair not combed, huge dark circles uner my eyes and a cart full of sprite!  Dillon threw up again while I was gone.  Then again later that morning.  I took a little nap in the morning while the kids watched TV.  That afternoon Dillon threw up all over the stairs.  It was horrible!  I cleaned it, lysoled it, started more laundry and made everyone take a nap.  Poor little Olivia was bored out of her head. She was the only one not sick.  She stayed up singing and dancing while we all slept.  That evening every one felt good enough to have crackers and applesauce.  I was supposed to babysit the next day but got out of it.  Thank goodness!  We made it through the night without any problems (or so I thought).  When I got up to make sure the girls were awake Makenna met me at the bottom of the stairs.  She informed me that she had thrown up in her bed at 11pm so she went to sleep on the daybed.  Then she threw up on the daybed so she went to sleep on the couch.  I asked her why she didn't come tell me and she said she didn't want to wake me.  Very sweet and thoughful, but...Her bed was covered!  There was drying puke everywhere!  I got it all over me while trying to get her bedding off and clean up everywhere (railings, floor, etc.)  I put it all in the laundry room floor, stripped off my pukey clothes and went upstairs to get the other kids ready for school.  Maddi and Zane went to school, Dillon and Makenna stayed home.  Makenna took and bath while I was getting them ready.  When she got out I brought all the nastiness upstairs to clean out in the tub  It was "agusting" as Olivia would say.  The bathtub started getting clogged from all the chunks so I had to start scooping it out with my hands and putting it in the toilet.   Once again, I cleaned and lysoled the bathroom.  As I was finishing Michael called, so I again told him of our lovely morning.  Then I went and showered.  I felt so gross!  The shower helped.  Later that mornin I ended up kicking my little toe again!  It hurt so bad!  I thought it was bad the first time, it's much worse the second time!  We made it through the day with no more thowing up.  Friday I was able to send everyone to school!  Zeke and I were feeling much better so we went to the store and the post office just to get out and get some fresh air.  Then I gave them a wagon ride while I went to check the mail.  By the afternoon I was feeling sick again so I layed down while they watched TV.  When the kids got home from school they decided they would do their chores so we could go eat supper at IHOP  They did a very good job so I took them.  Then we came home and watched Bedtime Stories and had ice cream cones.  Olivia got tired and went to bed, Dillon slept with me and the others slept down in the basement.  Anyways, that was my week!  Michael picked a good one to go out of town!  So far Olivia hasn't been hit with it.  I hope she won't.  It's horrible and very painful!  I'm hoping today will be a good day and that the rain won't come and maybe we can all go to the zoo!  And, in case you were wondering, my little toe is still sore but I can walk without a limp (shoes still hurt but the weather is in the 30's so I can wear flip flops)!

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

My Little Olympian

The kindergarteners at Tri-Valley held their own olympics last week.  They started off with a flag ceremony Monday.  Each child had to make their own flag.  It had to have their favorite color and shape.  It also had to have their favorite thing and some how they had to incorporate their name or initials into it.  Dillon had a green flag with red circles.  Inside the circles he had pictures of buffalo and cowboys.  His name was Flying D bar C Ranch.  On the bottom of the flag he put brown fringe to look like leather.  He was quite proud of it.  Tuesday their first event was counting to 100.  He got a gold medal in that.  Wednesday he had to say his phone number and  address.  He got 2 silvers for that.  Thursday he had to tie his shoes and read some frequency words.  He got gold in shoe tying and bronze in reading.  Friday was the medal ceremony. He was home sick that day but Zane brought his medals home to him.  He was so proud.  We had to get a picture of him with all his medals just like the olympic athletes.  They are now in his treasure box to be kept safe forever!

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Yeah for the Zoo!

I took my babysitting money from last month and got a membership to the zoo.   The weather was beautiful today- around 30 degrees - so Zeke, Olivia and I went to the zoo.  We had the place to ourselves for the most part.  All the animals were out and we got really close to some.  One of the wolves came right up to the glass as Zeke and Olivia looked through.  That got them really excited.  One of the birds in a display right across from the wolves was trying to peck at them from the other side of the glass.  As we walked down the path between the two exhibits they followed, wolves on one side sniffing and birds on the other side making some awful loud noise.  The kids loved it!  Olivia thought they were following us because they liked her pink princess shoes.  I think it was lunch time!  After the zoo we went to McDonalds with an indoor playland for lunch.  It was a very fun day out of the house.  We look forward to many more afternoons spent that way!

Monday, March 1, 2010

Michael's New Suit

Now that Michael is in the bishopric he gets the privilage of wearing a suit to church every Sunday.  Well, Michael has never owned a suit.  At one point he had a suit coat that I found at a thrift store.  He wore that for a short time and then decided he was not a suit kind of guy.  He moved on to wearing his shirt and tie with his vests.  It looked very nice, but...now he has to put them aside and put a suit on.  Well, my oldest brother, knowing Michael didn't own a suit, called Men's Warehouse and ordered him a very nice navy blue one (it brings out his hair and eyes).  Yesterday was his first day to wear it.  He got all kinds of comments and friendly teasing at church and he survived a whole day in it (and I mean "whole". He had meetings from 6:45 am to 3pm and then more from 6pm to 8pm)!  When he got home I took pictures of him so we could send them out.  He hates pictures but he went along with the torture.  After all, he'd been in a suit for hours, what was 5 more minutes in front of a camera?  He did request one special picture for Sam, my brother who bought the suit.  He found his nastiest, dirtiest, most lop-sided black felt hat with Zane's bolo tie and posed.  I'm sure it brought a smile to Sam's face like it did to Michael's.  I personally think he looks very handsome in his new suit!  Thank you Sam for the gift and Grandma-Great for the tie to go along with it!