I think this was the first time I've taken the bus with all the schoolkids on a field trip. All I can say is WOW. And possibly OUCH. A new definition of torture, perhaps? I sat toward the back of the bus, which, I should have remembered from my own school days, is where all the noisy boys sit. As soon as we were on the bus, the chaos ensued. They were good about staying in their seats, but the noise level was out of this world! I thought, "Surely they'll calm down after a few minutes." Not so. It took about 30 minutes to reach our destination (the city landfill), and they were going strong the entire way. At one point, a couple of the kids literally had a screaming match. I had to go to my happy place inside my head. Finally, the bus was coming up to a red light, and I took my cue and headed up to the front to take haven with the other adults. You can see Micah with his buddies. I was in charge of making sure six kids didn't get lost or into trouble. The adults weren't too thrilled with the idea of a field trip to the landfill, but I was actually looking forward to it. What does happen with our garbage, recycling, and green waste? Did you know that each person produces an average of 5.5 pounds of garbage per day? And most of what it taken to the landfill are items that are easily recycled. It was a good reminder.
Sunday, May 27, 2012
We've had some ups and downs with our temps here in Utah for the past few weeks. We hit a record high last week, then we get some cold, wet days. On this particular day, the three youngest took advantage of the sunshine and decided to break out the hose to wash the car. They consider it a treat!
Sunday, May 20, 2012
This was the first time I'd ever run in an official race of some sort (if you're not counting 5th grade track, ha ha). It was a daunting goal to set, but I knew if so many others did it, then I could, too.
Mira's preschool had a field trip to Wheeler Farm, which we'd attended a couple of years previously. But this time was different in that I didn't have all the kids with me. It was just the two of us, and that was nice. (Thanks, Mom, for holding down the fort.)
Monday, May 14, 2012
Yesterday was a wonderful day with my mom. She came up, along with my dad, as well as Chad's parents and sister. (I should've taken pictures.) They went to church with us, sat through Primary while I did Singing Time, and then had a meal back at home. (It was lovely to sit next to my mom during Relief Society while Chad did Singing Time in Senior Primary for me, thank you, Sweets.) I grilled up salmon and shrimp, we had corn on the cob, watermelon, brown rice, and garlic bread. For dessert we had a lovely Strawberry Cheesecake Trifle.
As far as moms go, I did rather well for myself (if I had any say in that!). Mom is selfless and thoughtful. She, along with Dad, gave us a wonderful childhood. She's always looking out for us, even her children are in their 30's. If there's anything she can do, you don't have to ask twice. In fact, many times, you don't even have to ask. She just anticipates. She is gracious and kind to people around her. What a gem we have in her. Love you, Mom!
I just adore this photo. Here is Matthew, chillin' in his caterpillar chair, Elmo positioned with Matthew acting as puppeteer, while watching Elmo on the screen. He was one happy boy.
I can scarcely believe our Colin is now eleven years old. Just in the past several weeks, he's really demonstrated increased maturity. We are so proud of the boy he's becoming. It's a joy to watch him grow and learn. For his birthday breakfast, I made one of his favorites: chocolate chip pancakes. The pancakes practically caught on fire because of all the candles (you old man!)
Some special things about Colin:
*He really looks after Matthew and cares for him, plays with him, takes him off my hands if I'm really busy.
*He practices violin and piano daily and has made great progress. His teachers love working with him.
*He does very well in school. On the big test, the CRT, he was one of the top scorers in the 95th percentile
*He adores scouts and is excited about all the adventurous things he'll get to do.
*Collecting so-called junk from the field behind our house is a big hobby of his, Micah's and Orion's. He'll head up making fliers, organizing their stuff, and keeping track of everything.
*He's good at so many things, it's hard to whittle it down to just a few. He loves basketball, tennis, and soccer.
*Colin's not shy about raising his hand to answer a question at school or church. He's happy to participate.
*Every single fast and testimony meeting he gets up to share his testimony at the pulpit. He's brave and such a great example. I know it's not easy to get up, but he's told us that he just feels like he needs to.
*If there is something he's done wrong, or feels bad about, he cannot keep it from us. He just has to confess. He's such a good boy.
His birthday was Wednesday, and then just this Friday, Chad and I decided it was time to try Colin out as a babysitter. It had been in the works for a while. We just needed to see that he was ready for the challenge. He'd proven himself by his actions at home and we knew he could do it. Chad came home Friday after work, we fed the kids and left Colin in charge while we went out to dinner and ran some errands. We had a few rules: #1 Colin is in charge, #2 No one calls us except for Colin, #4 Do not answer the door or phone. He kept Matthew occupied for an hour before getting him ready for bed. Then he put on a DVD (movie night, baby!) and served up some brownies. Afterward, he shooed the kids off to brush teeth and get in bed. We walked in just as they were settling in. He did awesome! We only had 2 phone calls from them and nothing extreme. How exciting for us and for Colin! He earned a few bucks, and made us and himself proud.
Saturday, May 5, 2012
Last year we had such a great time at the Scout-O-Rama, we wanted to be sure to make it there again this year. I trailed the girls, while Chad took on the boys. We split the difference with Matthew. The girls enjoyed a rope swing and...I don't know what to call the other thing they did.
Friday we had some friends over for dinner. It had been two years since we were last together. There was a lot of catching up to do. Ella and Baily Hincks were best buds within minutes.
The kids were going through the dress up closet and found this little gem for Matthew. Micah talked it up and was able to get Matthew into it enthusiastically. We had fun pretending he was chasing us, ready to eat us up. Adorable!