Monday, August 25, 2014

First day of school blues....

Not really, no blues here.
All things considered, they all seemed to have a good first day back to school.

some pics....

The bus was the worst part of the day. Haley got off just fine, but the boys' bus was more than 20 minutes late. I ended up driving them to school after waiting for the bus to come. They would have been late to school if I hadn't taken them. I was late for work instead, and didn't get a chance to get a picture of them with their cute teachers. Oh well.
Justin also got sent home on the wrong bus. 
He had to be routed back to the school and Jon had to drive down and pick him up. 
Turned out ok though, and Justin didn't even seem fazed by the mistake. 
I'm just glad he wasn't traumatized. :)
Hopefully tomorrow, it will go much smoother. 

Sunday, August 24, 2014

School Years Eve

I saw that somewhere on Pinterest the other day. I was looking for some ideas to help start the new school year off in a fun way. Seems like most of the people in our house are dreading the big day tomorrow. I think Haley is the only one really looking forward to going back to school.

My feelings are mixed. They usually are, but I'm a bit less ready than usual this year. For starters, summer really did go by so fast. Then, with my job this year, I didn't really get to spend much time with them over the summer doing fun things. I think summer really sucked for my kids this year. You'd think they'd all be dying to get out of the house. I am looking forward to getting back into the routine that the school year brings, not so much to having to wake up earlier every day.

Jason and Justin got to go meet their teachers Thursday night, they seem pretty amazing. I hope the boys will like them. Jason keeps telling me he hates school, but I think he'll be find once he gets back into the habit. He is such a helpful boy, and both his teacher so far gave just adored him. I hope he'll continue to be my rock star. I'm a little concerned that Justin will have problems tomorrow morning. He typically has a tough time starting a new school year, and he hasn't really said if he's excited or not to go back, but this evening he seemed pretty subdued about it; so I'm a bit worried tomorrow morning will be filled with tears from him. Fingers are crossed that it will be better than I'm expecting. The boys will also be riding the bus for the first time this year and so I'm a bit nervous about that. I'll be following the bus to school in the morning (I want to get pics with their teachers, among other concerns), but I'm mostly worried about whether they'll recognize the stop they're supposed to get off at on the way home. I'll be saying extra prayers tomorrow.

Ashley won't be taking seminary this year. She ditched quite a bit last year, so I made a deal with her then, that if she would just finish out the school year, I wouldn't force her to take it this year. I also told her that I do expect her to continue attending church regularly instead. I'm also hoping to be better at family prayer and scripture study in the mornings to help make up the difference. I'm not historically good at making this a regular occurrence, so hopefully I can turn over a new leaf this year. Another concern with Ashley last year was her grades. They dropped dramatically, mostly because she wasn't doing her homework. When I talked to her about it, she would say that she didn't understand why she had to do homework, or that she was just having trouble focusing. We did take her to a psychologist to rule out anything like ADD or depression. He seemed pretty confident that it was neither. I'm pretty sure she wasn't doing drugs or being bullied. The consensus seemed to be that it was just the adjustment to high school life. Though, I'm not convinced she wasn't perhaps a little bit depressed. I'm pretty lazy too, and that's probably rubbed off on her a bit. I can understand not wanting to do homework, but find it hard to understand why she can't grasp that it needs to be done anyway. HOPING for a better year for her. We've told her we expect her best effort. Certainly doesn't have to be all A's, just passing grades. She is SO not a people person, and is really not looking forward to the new year. I'm hoping she'll come to at least enjoy it this year.

As for Haley, she is looking forward to school. I'm so happy someone is! She will be taking two band classes this year. Intermediate band, and Jazz band. She's excited for that. Last year she learned to play the baritone, which she'll continue this year and is thinking that she'll probably play the trombone for Jazz band. I hope she'll have an awesome year.

To try to boost everyone's spirits I threw a little School Years Eve party this evening. I was inspired by Stephanie Nielson and how she always throws a wonderful back to school feast for her children before the start of their school year. Ours certainly wasn't a feast, but I tried to prep some yummy finger foods that we all like to eat and bought the kids a few fun treats from the dollar store.

They seemed to enjoy the extra bit of fun. Maybe I'll make it a tradition.

Hopefully I remember to snap a bunch of pictures in the morning.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Midnight snack

I'd been in bed for half an hour last night, when the girls' bedroom door opened again. The bathroom light went on and a few minutes later it went off. Then another light went on.
What is Ashley doing now? I wondered. She's forever staying up later these days. It's summer time, so not really a big deal, but it was almost midnight and I had hoped the whole household was tucked in for the night.
It wasn't too much longer before I heard some rustling noises coming from the kitchen.
I got up to try to curb whatever mess she was making. I walk into the kitchen and see her legs below an open freezer door.
"What are you doing now?" I ask, walking into the kitchen where I find not only Ashley, but her sister as well; both getting ready to enjoy a waffle bowl full of mint chocolate chip ice cream.
"Seriously you guys!? It's midnight, you're supposed to be in bed!" I exclaim in my loudest whisper.
I walk out of the room and back to bed, shaking my head and hiding a smile.
It's not often I find these sisters enjoying some quality time with each other.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Oh my Heaven, how can they be seven?

Seven years have gone by in a flash. 
These little men celebrated their 7th year in our family today.

They had a lot of fun. Started their celebration off with a scavenger hunt for their birthday presents.

 Sent them all through the house looking for their gifts. 

 Once they found everything, we headed out to Chuck E Cheese for a little family celebration.
We hadn't planned on doing a big party this year, but we did invite the little boy from downstairs. They play together a lot. 

Afterwards, we came back home to open presents.....
 And have cake and ice cream....

Make a wish!!

I love my boys. Can't even imagine how our lives would be without them.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Oh my goodness, how the time gets away from me.
How can it be July already? 
I've done zero on this blog this year. 

So sad.

Thought I'd take a moment and post a few pics.
It's kind of sad, I've hardly taken any pictures this year.
Lost my mojo four years ago, and I have yet to find it. 

So, in no particular order; and definitely not in chronological order...

my cute little guys playing basketball at school. This was probably in January.

Family selfie in the van, I think this was in June.

My Ashley. They had a boys vs girls day at school. I think this was in May. Ashley decided to express her view that neither sex is better than the other by going dressed as a she man.

 Haley had a class project to create a totem pole to symbolize herself. Wouldn't you know it, she waited til two nights before it was due to remind me about it. She's lucky to have a creative older sister who was willing and wonderfully helpful to get the project completed on time. This is the finished piece.

 Jon went fishing with his brother and some of the guys from work. Here's what he caught.

Haley's birthday cake (January). It's been a pretty low-key year this year. That cake looks pretty sad if you ask me.

One of Jason's award ceremonies. He received an academic excellence award. Justin also received awards ths year; not sure where those pics are. Parenting at it's finest. :/

We're right in the middle of summer time boredom. 
No big plans for the summer.
There is a birthday to be celebrated next week. Can't believe my two little guys will be turning seven already!

Maybe I'll check my cell phone for pics. That's probably where they're all at. 
(fingers crossed)

Friday, January 10, 2014

Just a random Friday night.

I'm happy to be able to say that I got my temple recommend renewed last night. Yay!! Now I can get back to the temple.

On another note, tomorrow is my wedding anniversary. Seventeen years!!
I'm so blessed to have such a loving and affectionate husband. He's so good to me.
I'm one lucky girl!

I love this series:
We've been waiting impatiently for the new season to begin here in the US on the 19th of this month. Thanks to the fact that my Ashley is a genius, she figured out how we could see it a few weeks early.
I've seen the first two episodes and I think the last episode airs this Sunday. Looking forward to enjoying it then. Then I'll just be depressed when it's over that we have to wait another year at least for another season (assuming they put out another season).
That's it for now.

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

A New Year


Well, I have to start the year out with a blog post don't I?
Just seems wrong not to.

I'm not sure if I'll pick a word or phrase for the year. Still pondering on it.
I'm also debating whether or not I'll make any resolutions.
There are plenty of things I'd like to do better, but I'm pretty bad at follow-through. :)

I don't know about you, but things feel a little better this year. I have a little more hope than I've had the past couple years that this will be a good year. Hopefully I didn't just jinx myself!!

This month will mark 17 years of marriage for me, and my 42nd year. It's also my Haley-bop's birthday this month. She'll be turning the big 1-2!! Ay-yi-yi!
Not sure I'm ready for another teenager.

Anyway, hope you all have a beautiful 2014!!

Wednesday, December 25, 2013