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Saturday, November 1, 2014

November 1st-My Thankful November

I canNOT believe it's November again. I think I say that with every passing month.

Well, it's time again for me to take some time to reflect on the things I am thankful for.

So today, I am thankful for cooler temperatures.
I have been waiting and waiting for the temperature to dip a bit. It's so nice to have my house open all day long with the fresh air coming in. It also helps that electric bill dip down too. A double blessing!


Friday, October 31, 2014

Happy Halloween!

I can't believe it's already the end of October!



Don't they all look thrilled?
Haley claimed she was just trying to stay in part by not smiling, 
'cause she's...Batman!
And apparently Batman doesn't smile. 






The boys were pretty wiped out after two hours of walking around neighborhoods.
I seem to remember being out for much longer than that when I was a kid, but then it's all relative. It was probably only an hour but just felt longer 'cause I was younger. ;)
The girls went trick or treating with us too. Haley was asked a couple of times how old she is. She's still just twelve, but at 5'6, I guess they think she's older. She's taller than Ashley by about three inches. Poor kid, might be her last year to trick or treat. Before I know it, they'll be asking to go to parties on Halloween instead of trick or treating. Sniff.



Ashley's Birthday

Ashley turned sixteen years old this month.
For her birthday, she chose to spend the day doing a couple of things she wanted to do.
She invited one of her good friends from school to go along with us.

We started out at local animal sanctuary (Gilcrease Nature Sanctuary). 
It was fun to walk around and visit with the animals...













 They have a ton of parrots and birds here, they were fascinating to watch and talk to. One of them was so cute, he kept trying to rest his little claws on the palm of my hands.

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 I just love snapping pictires of the kids on a bridge.



Stopped for lunch at Panda Express (one of Ashley's favorite places to eat).






This little guy was almost impossible to snap a picture of, he was camera shy or something. Kept swimming away whenever I tried to take his picture.


 Look closely at this one, that little ^ guy right in the center is a fish!



 Getting friendly with the animatronic dinosaurs.
I'll skip sharing my selfie with a dinosaur...you're welcome.



(trapped in a bubble)

We had lots of fun. I'm glad she chose those places to visit.


We ended the day with cheesecake and presents.
I can't believe I have a sixteen year old now. Which reminds me, she got her learner's permit in the mail this week. She is excited to learn how to drive. She also put in her first application for a job last night. Eek!!



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. 
sigh.
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.