Monday, November 8, 2010
Monday, October 18, 2010
And of course the kids can't all be sick at the same time. That would be too nice to mom. That would mean she would only have to stay up all night one time and then sleep the next day while all the sick kids sleep. NOPE, not gonna happen.
Instead it starts with one. One child at 2 am who can't get the door open of the bedroom to get to the bathroom because she is still asleep and therefore throws up all over the door. She has forgotten her mother's words of "if you can't make it to the bathroom, throw up on your blanket". This is much easier to clean up than the carpet. The mom is alerted after Oldest daughter comes in yelling something about throw up.
After a shower and some clean up, this child now has a bucket (gallon ice cream buckets, the best) and is resting on the couch while the mom is cleaning up the rest of the mess in the carpet. Only now, 1st child is in the room next to the child with the trigger gag so he is now throwing up. (he did remember to throw up on the blanket, good boy). Now two are sick, but only one has the true bug causing the sick. The Dad is pretending to be asleep because his trigger gag is just as bad as the boy's.
By 4 am all children are clean. EVERY bed now has a bucket next to it, and all seem to be asleep. Except for the mom who now needs to wined down to be able to go to sleep to be able to get up in 3 hours.
This was Sunday Night.
This same thing happened again Monday and Tuesday night light Groundhog Day only they all had buckets this time and it was a different child.
I was SO happy that this last week was a short week. The kids all had Thursday and Friday off. I thought for sure we would all be able to rest on Thursday and be all better by Saturday. Well, the kids were all better, but then it was my turn to get it. Horrible, horrible.
Then The oldest who thought she was going to be better than the sick, could not hold out any longer. I think she got it the worst. She was probably tired from being the one to get the mom every time someone was sick.
The dad is the only one that did not get so sick he thought death would be better, but it is only Monday and who knows what 2 am tonight will bring.
As for me, I feel much better today. And all kids went to school.
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
We have been talking about the importance of having a strong work ethic. Our kids don't have a lot of chores and almost never have to do the dishes while we are here in Grandma's house. But the few jobs they do have, do not get done regularly. So, last night for FHE, The Dad shared a website with us call My Job Chart (http://www.myjobchart.com).
He was able to create individual job charts for the kids. When they are done with the job, they log in to their own chart and mark that they have completed it. They are really excited about it. The Dad was also able to create a reward system where each job has so many points assigned to it. When the kids accumulate enough points, they can cash them in at the Job Store.
One of the jobs on the chart is to have personal scripture study. I know they are probably not reading for a long time, but we are hoping this will get them in the habit of reading themselves in addition to family reading time.
Kelsey seems to be the most excited about the job chart. She always wants to log in to check off her jobs. She may be excited because her jobs consist of brushing her hair, getting dressed, making her bed, saying her prayers, and reading scriptures. She is excited to do all these things BY-HER-SELF. Even reading the scriptures. She has been carrying around a Bible and opening it to read whenever.
This afternoon, she came to me with Hosea chapter 11 open. She pointed to the words then proceeded to tell me...
"Mom, it says here that you need to give me markers to make a puppet with this brown bag."
I figured I should give her the markers to make the puppet since she did receive personal revelation from the scriptures. Who am I to tell her that is not right?
Thursday, September 30, 2010
Sydney has started the 5th grade this year. She says she likes to be in school, but doesn't really like school. She enjoys being social. She has started playing the flute this year, and seems to be really enjoying it. Last night she asked if she could bring the flute to school. I thought maybe she had a show and tell and wanted to play for her class. Nope... she wanted to be able to play at recess. We talked about it and decided that was probably not the best place to practice. I am glad she has an interest. She is still pretty good with math and is working hard on her reading. Now if we could just get her to organize herself...I guess we just work on one thing at a time.
Austin has started the 3rd grade. When did the baby boy start growing up? He was baptized this year and started Cub Scouts. (I need to post picture of him in is uniform.) He also likes school and has really been doing a good job of getting home to get his homework done quickly. He is also quick to get his 25 minutes of reading done before dinner. I am sure the motivation for that is his desire to play flag football. He started that two weeks ago, and the rule is that he has to have his homework done before 5 o'clock in order to go to football. This has been a great incentive. Now I need to find the next sport that will continue this great work since football ends at Halloween.
Kelsey is pretty mad she is not going to school. She talks about turning 5 and how that will change her life over night because she will get to go to school. I keep reminding her that she will still have to wait until the next school year to start in August. I think it is sinking in. We register her for Kindergarten on March 10th. WOW! That is coming fast.
Another change this school year... THE DAD GOT A NEW JOB!!! WOOO HOOOO!!! He is so happy. He was working for Integra Telecom in the customer service department for almost 2 years. He said it was not a hard job and that the people he worked with were great (for the most part), but he did not feel challenged. He has been applying to anything and everything for the past year here in UT and networking to meet new people since it seems that job come from the people you know. Well, thank goodness we know Dave!!! Yes, my cousin Dave. An opening came available at ProPay and Dave told The Dad about it. He applied. He got the job. The Dad is so happy when he comes home from work. But he says his brain is so tired. He is learning new things. Then this week they put him "on call". Even though he is tied pretty tight to his new Black Berry, he is excoted to have the responsibility.
I am home with the Kelsey and watching my cousin Jeremy's little boy. He is 15 months old and plays very nicely by himself or with Kelsey (if she will let him). I am also subbing again this year. I have already been once and will go again this Friday. Julie is kind enough to watch the little kids for me while I am out on those days.
It is nice to have the chaos of summer over, but we have now fallen into a new chaos of practices, homework, appointments, and more.
Monday, September 27, 2010
Thursday, September 23, 2010
He was baptized a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on June 5. We had a great time with friends and family. He was also excited to be baptized on the same day as one of his friends from Primary.
Monday, September 20, 2010
Saturday, July 3, 2010
We started with packing her bag to make sure she had enough clothes and washed what she needed and wanted to take. We discovered that she only owns one pair of long pants. So we went to DI and got three more pairs of pants. All for the great price of $22.00. I like getting deals and on things she will wear!
Then we headed over to Wal-Mart to get good bug spray and the last of the bathroom stuff she needed. We ended up with that plus a new backpack and a 2 liter water bladder that goes in it. I think she will be glad to have so much water. She was worried because she heard on the news about a girl that died last week at Girls Camp of heat stroke. So water was an issue for my dear 1st year daughter.
We also got a new camera that will fit in my pocket when we go do fun family things. The one I had before was big and bulky and the compartment door for the batteries was broken. I am letting Allynn take it with her. She is very excited. She wanted to know if she needed to bring an extra SD Card. Her dad reassured her that the card she had would hold 1000 pictures. I think she will be covered. And thank goodness for digital photos so we don't have to develop EVERY THING she takes a picture of.
We had a chat about keeping track of her stuff and practiced rolling up the sleeping bag so it would fit back into the stuff bag. She thought I was crazy, but I feel better now that I saw her do it.
Everything has her name on it. (She wouldn't let me write it in her underwear.)
I am sure she will do just fine. It is the mom that may have a hard, long week.
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
Austin is in Reading Camp ( a fun way to say summer school). He is loving it. He goes to school from 9 to noon and then has the rest of the day to do whatever he wants, after his room is clean, clothes are put away, and anything else I can think of that he should do to help out.
Allynn is in Summer band. She is learning how to play the trombone. She decided she wanted to be part of the marching band and realized it is too hard to march with the cello. He seems to be having a good time. She goes to band every morning from 10 to 11. Then she comes home to make sure she has her jobs done and then got to hang out with her friends. This hanging out does not always mean she leaves the house. I find a lot of this hanging out time is done on facebook where the small group can chat with each other without leaving the house.
Sydney is not in any extra activities this summer. She is happy to watch TV while the others are out. But once they get home she is ready to be out doing something else. She just had her 10th birthday and got a nice new bike. She feels like she has new freedom. She rides her bike over to her friends houses to see if they can play instead of calling them on the phone. Then if they can't she just rides back home. She is having a good time.
Kelsey does not seem to have changed her routine much at all except for refusing any kind of nap at all in the early afternoon. Now she goes and goes until she crashes somewhere. And most days manages to keep moving until she is forced to go to bed at 10 when the other kids are going to bed. (Even then only because I am going to bed and I dread what they were all conspire to do while I am sleeping.)
As for family fun, we have been...
Visited with family
picnicked at Vivian Park
swimming at the rec. pool
cleaning out drawers
getting ready for Peter and Whitney
watching Cake Boss, West Wing, and Gilmore Girls
Camping at Maple Dell
and Camping at Utah Lake
We have more camping planned. I also found some free bowling passes at fatcats. And I am sure there will be more swimming.
I feel much more busy!!
Thursday, May 13, 2010
Sunday, May 9, 2010
I have so many things to blog about, I just don't know where to start. Maybe once school is out, I won't be so busy.
Allynn and the Cello
School coming to an end
Saturday, April 24, 2010
Kelsey on the other hand does not seem to enjoy the storms too much. She happened to be upstairs when a huge clap of thunder rang out. She came running down the stairs to seek comfort.
Mom: "Kelsey, what's wrong?"
Kelsey: "I am scared and shaking like a little leaf."
Kelsey: "Because if I get struck by lightning, I will get sent back to the future."
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Friday, March 12, 2010
We had just finished dinner and we were talking about my parents trip to California for the weekend. My mom had gone to the library to get a stack of books on CD for the drive. Then we were talking about what libraries have better selections.
I was thinking in my head that if they weren't so expensive, I would probably go buy the book I wanted.
Then out loud I said "Maybe if I go get my ears checked and I have to get a hearing aide, I could get a discount on audio books online." Those around me agreed for a moment. Then my brilliant mom said, " If you were blind you could get them for free." We then all looked at each other and started laughing because it dawned on us that if I can't hear, then why would I want to get the audio book.
It is not as funny now that I have written it all down. But my dad had a good laugh at my expense.
My response was "Is that a basketball team?" Which leads me into my next funny story.
Last Friday we were sitting at dinner - everyone was still there at the table. We started talking about the weekend and what was going on. I remembered that the Academy Awards would be on Sunday. I said to everyone at the table "Oh ya, the Oscars will be on and I want to watch that." Without skipping a beat Austin asks, "What is that? It is a basketball team?"
We all laughed and told him what it was. I don't think he got it. But it was funny.
Saturday, February 27, 2010
How the time has flown by.
We had a fun filled day planned. I subbed in the morning, so Kelsey went to Aunt Julie's house. Then I picked her up for lunch with Grandma and Aunt Jan (the other birthday girl). Kelsey was so excited... When I scooped her out of her bed to get ready for the day at 6:15 am, before her eyes were open she asked, "Is it my party?"
ALL DAY BIG GIRL!!All ready for the day
On the way home after lunch.
We asked her what she wanted for dinner - - she said, "Cake". so we had cake and taco soup for dessert. It was a very fun and Purple day!
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
During the last 14 years we have...
Gone to San Jose State University in San Jose
Had a daughter
Moved to Hollister, Ca
Made good friends
Moved to Singapore
Traveled around the Pacific Rim
Gone to Disneyland
Moved back to Hollister, CA
Had another daughter
Worked for ISCS/Sun Microsystems
Made good friends
Gone to Disneyland
Worked for McWhorter's
Worked for Dishnetwork
Had a son
Moved to American Fork, Ut
Worked for DirecTV
Moved to Reno, NV
Made more good friends
Gone to Disneyland
Gone back to school
Had another daughter
Gone Snowmobiling in West Yellowstone
Worked for Microsoft
Gone Camping with family
Watched lots of kids
Worked for Integra Telecom
Moved back to American Fork, UT
Gone camping in West Yellowstone, MT
Two graduations from University of Phoenix
Gone to Hoover Dam
Gone to Grand Canyon
Gone Snowmobiling with family
And just yesterday took kids and Husband cross country skiing for the first time.
We are already talking about more adventures we would like to have this year. We love eachother and are having a great time together.
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
This is the cartoon that Peter used to watch over and over and over. I remember a couple of episodes were recored on VHS so he could watch them whenever he wanted. After going to see Sherlock Homes during Christmas, we were reminded of this cartoon. One of the episodes had Bravestar battling Moriarty who had built a time machine which brought him to the future. Anyway, different things over the years have reminded us of this episode and the chant of "Moriarty is king, we much do as he com ands. Na na na na na na, Na na na na na na." I tried to find that episode on YouTube but did not. So I just posted one for a memory.
Tuesday, February 9, 2010
January flew by. The girls have been playing basketball and loving it. Allynn is on a 6th grade team so they get one night a week to practice and then play a game of two 20 minute halves on Saturdays. Sydney is on a 4th grade team so they practice for ab out 20 minutes and then play a 20 minute game on Saturdays. It has been fun to watch them. Watching Allynn play has brought back all my memories of playing basketball in West Yellowstone for the Lady Wolverines. I played 6th and 7th grade and then we moved in 8th grade. Then thinking of West Yellowstone reminds me of all the other stuff we did when we lived there. I will have to share more of those memories.
January also brought lots of opportunities for Jason to interview for different positions within the company he is currently working for. He did not get the new positions, but he is becoming known by the managers and his work is being noticed. So far for three positions he is the number 2 choice. We are hoping with a little more time and experience he will become the number 1 choice. He likes the company and would really like to experience new opportunities with them. He keeps plugging along for now. The kids and I like the job he has now because he leaves at the same time every day and comes home at the same time every day. We like having him around.
January also gave Jason an opportunity to interview with a company in Sacramento. A friend of his from Reno (actually an old boss) called him to say they might have an opening for a project manager in Sacramento. So we went out for a long weekend for that interview. Over the phone the job sounded great, but once we learned a few more details, we are not sure it is the right fit for our family right now. There has not been any offer yet, and the company wants to interview a few more candidates. We are kind of hoping we don't get an offer so the decision of whether to take it or not is an easy one. They told us it would be a while before they made any final decisions. We figured it wouldn't be until March before they made any headway. I guess they were still defining the job. We shall see.
Now we are into Feburary. Bring it on.
Friday, January 15, 2010
I guess that is all I can say about my day. Oh yeah, and I am going back for more on Tuesday. Maybe it will be like having a baby and by Tuesday morning I will have forgotten the pain until it it too late and I am in the middle of the day. :)
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
I did a half day sub job on Monday - I like those. I have not quite graduated from 1st grade (except for the one half day 4th grade - and one half day kindergarten). I am really liking 1st grade. There are three teachers from the same school that call me at least once a week. It is nice to have that one day out. I am still always nervous driving to the school, but once I am there I fall into the routine and all goes well. This week I will also be in on Friday and then Tuesday and Friday next week. I really like having the days planned in advance.
So... girls are in basketball. They love it. Allynn says there is much more running involved than she expected. (6th grade girls are playing the full court). Sydney has only had a practice so far. Not as much running yet. They are both having fun! Both girls were asked to play nice and not get hurt.
While taking Allynn to basketball practice today Kelsey informed me that she needed a ballet class where I could "drop her off... Not basketball...ballet". I guess I will be looking into 3 year old (almost 4) classes in ballet.
I posted previously about a sledding trip we took. Austin crashed into the post of a backstop. Anyway... He got a bruise and then seemed to be fine on Monday when it was time to go to school. He does not complain about any pain so we thought he was fine. Well, now he does not walk right. The Dad decided it was time to go to the doctor to make sure there is not any damage to his body we cannot see. The Dad goes to an Osteopath (for lack of a better description chiropractor/MD). This doctor did a great job of asking Austin questions about what hurts and what doesn't.
A problem we have with Austin is that he seems to remember everything we talk about - but not always in a good way. The dad and I have been talking about Austin's gait for a few days. We can see there is a slight crookedness to the way Austin is walking. We tried not to talk about it when his ears are listening because then a limp is added to the walk. The doctor had Austin do a few things which helped to determine if there was anything wrong. I am not sure if Austin walking back and forth in the small exam room gave the doctor all the information he needed, but I felt like it was a thorough exam. Then we were sent to get X-rays of his pelvis, left hip, and left knee. We should know more tomorrow.
All this brings me to the mail we got two days ago. In the envelope was the Year End EOB (Explanation of Benefits). Between The Dad and Allynn we hit the family deductible. Why couldn't Austin have had all this done before the 31st of December. I am really hoping we do not fulfill anymore maximum deductibles this year! (But if we have to... lets hit the mark by April so the rest of the year is paid for).
Wednesday, January 6, 2010
Aunt Kathy posted one of me and my two sisters. I found some fun ones of her wedding. Some cute ones of Noelle and Andrea. I am starting to get overwhelmed I don't know where to start. None of them really have stories, they were just cute fun pictures. And I like to look at pictures.
Tuesday, January 5, 2010
4 gallons of milk
1 bag of 5 stalks of Romain Lettuce
1 bag of colorful bell peppers
1 large bag of broccoli
2 25lb bags of flour
I was so shocked at the register. I am resolved to make a menu and keep my food costs down.
Tomorrow night for dinner we are having Sloppy Joe's on homemade buns with salad and broccoli. It sounds good to me. I know Kelsey will eat the broccoli, Austin will eat the meat and bun, Sydney might eat the bun with or without meat, Allynn will eat all of it. The dad eats what I fix. Grandma and Grandpa... I hope they like it.
Monday, January 4, 2010
Sunday, January 3, 2010
In the middle of Sacrament meeting, she told me she wanted to go the Nursery - not Primary. Then when it came time to go to Primary she still did not want to go. I should have taken her down the other hallway, but I didn't think walking past the Nursery would cause any trouble.
She was devastated. Huge tears as she walked by the Nursery door. And one of the teachers was in the hall greeting the other children. Kelsey and I kept walking. We got the to Primary room door and she would not go in. None of the other kidlets had a hard time going from Nursery to Primary. This was a new experience for me. I also needed to go in to sit with my class.
Sister Brown saw that she was in distress and lovingly helped her to her class. This is why we have a Primary Presidency to love and care for our children.
Once we started singing the opening song, she was fine. She even raised her hand to participate in Sharing Time, only her comment had nothing to do with the lesson. She just needed to make sure everyone knew her birthday was on purple.
Now that's the Kelsey I know. :)
Saturday, January 2, 2010
Once everyone was done, we piled into the van to take all the Christmas boxes back to the storage unit and then to Costco to get a sled. Tuesday when Austin and I went to Costco they had lots of sleds. We talked about getting one at that time, but I wasn't sure if I had enough money. So we decided to come back another day. Well, today was the "another day" and all the sleds were GONE! We totally missed out. Next we went to Wal-mart since we had seen tons of sleds there, too. NOPE! All gone. Grandma Alger had already called a tire place to see if they had inner tubes, but they didn't. So our last chance was Cal-Ranch. I would consider Cal-
Ranch to be a country feed store with sections for automotive and hardware. We like the store. We find fun things there sometimes. We thought for sure they would have sleds. NOPE. The sleds were gone there too. So we looked around to see if we could find something else we could sled with.
Sure enough we found something. They were made for sledding, but they were just a flat piece of blue plastic with a hole in one end for a handle. The kidlets didn't care. They thought it would be fun.
We left the store and headed out to find some hills. We went to a park our cousins had told us about. And it was fun. Until Austin crashed. They all went down a few times. The blue plastic was harder to use than they thought it would be, but it was sure fast once they got the hang of it.
They started on the small hill and kept moving over until they were with the other kids going down a pretty long hill. Allynn, Sydney and Austin were having a great time. Kelsey didn't like the blue plastic so she found some little people around her age and bummed one of their disk sleds. That hill was much more of a gentle slop which was her right speed.
I didn't see what happened, but all of a sudden Sydney was coming over to us to say that Austin was hurt. I didn't want to have to trek over to where he was just for him to get up and want to go down again. Then we saw another parent looking down at him and felt the need to go check it out. Austin had gone down the hill and crashed into the poll of the fence at the bottom of the hill. He has a nice bruise on his left hip, and is limping around the house. I think he will be alright.
It was fun while it lasted. And we are glad we didn't end up at the ER with broken bones.
Friday, January 1, 2010
I am looking forward to new opportunities and new adventures in 2010. I hope for more days of substitute teaching. The girls are starting basketball this month. I am looking forward to being busy with happy, uplifting things. I am looking forward to a new group of children to teach in Primary. Hopefully they will be more attentive than my own son was for me.
I am looking forward to the economy getting better, little by little. We certainly did our part during Christmas and New Years by having big FOOD parties.
I am looking forward to joining the Rec Center and have set a goal to use it everyday. (There is an indoor track. I think I can push myself to go walk around with Kelsey.) The Rec Center also has a pool and I would like to look into the Water Aerobics. I just want to feel better with less aches and pains and better breathing.
I am looking forward to the days getting longer. I am tired of the night and the cold. I have a nice sweater, so I am working on not being cold, but I would like the sun to be out more!
The one resolution I have for myself is to make sure I read the scriptures with my kidlets EVERYDAY! We have family prayer down pat. So much so that on Monday, the kids didn't have school so The Dad didn't wake them up at the usual 6:45 am. I thought they would appreciate the ability to sleep in. NOPE.
Austin: "Where's Dad?"
MOM: "He had to go to work."
Austin: "Dad couldn't have gone to work today."
Kelsey: "Because he didn't get me for famy payer"
So... for the rest of the week, they were woken up early - we said family prayer - and they all went back to bed. No grumbling at all.
So... Happy New Year to all. This will be a great one! I just know it!!!!