Wednesday, November 30, 2016
*He sleeps every night with his two teddy bears: Teddy and Teddette.
*He also sleeps with Jack.
*Food choices are now much broader than they once were. He enjoys meats and soups. Casseroles he'll tolerate, but doesn't appreciate his food being mixed together. Blueberries are still a favorite.
*His teachers tell me he is an ideal student. He is respectful, is a good worker, and gets along with others.
*Basketball, tennis, and soccer are his favorite sports, he tells me.
*Favorite books are Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Bad Kitty, Frog and Toad, and Dr. Seuss. (Being the youngest siblings means you grow up faster than the other kids did at the same age.)
*Apart from recess and lunch, Matthew says math is his favorite subject.
*He is not shy about saying things in French. He loves to count things out loud in French, and show me new words he is learning.
*Friends he loves to play with: Phoenix and Alyssa Badger, Kyle Harris, Braxton Henrie (who moved months ago), Sammy Aguero.
*When playing around at home, Matthew loves to jump on the tramp, jump off the tree onto the tramp, ride bikes, jump rope, and run. He tells me he needs to get out his energy.
*Running seems to be a strength of his. Recently, he ran with Chad, Mira, and me. We ran 2 miles, and he kept pace with Chad the entire time. I was so impressed! So many times he'll want to run home from a friend's house, the mailbox, church, etc.
*Matthew's typical jobs around the house are: taking Jack for walks, emptying the dishwasher, taking out garbages, cleaning his room, etc.
*While still 5 years old, Matthew loved reading the Book of Mormon. He was fun to watch because he would super-speed scan "read" the pages. But he would sit down and take the time to be in the scriptures. He was proud when he could say he got to Alma. Many time we sat down together to read a page.
*Minecraft is a favorite! He normally gets about an hour. Turning off the computer after Minecraft is hard for him, but he tries to be agreeable so he can play again another day.
Monday, November 28, 2016
Saturday, November 26, 2016
Uncle Dale (Dad Barnett's brother) and Aunt Pat have a pretty little cabin in the Uintah Mountains in Wyoming which they've been telling us we need to come visit. They built it several years ago, with the help of Dad Barnett. When we learned they got running water, we were excited to go--haha!
The start of an adventure!
Those are some happy boys.
What a pretty little campsite.
I'm sure having a pond right here made the camping trip even better for Matthew.
Micah and Colin were such awesome big brothers. They knew how excited Matthew was to go on this backpacking trip. They made it special for him.
If I could zoom in on Matthew's face here, that smile says it all!
Enjoying some hot chocolate: