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Apr 23, 2017

Nothing to Sneeze At

Thursday was a rough day and I was glad that it was Sally's turn to be in charge of Cub Scouts. All the boys in our den have already earned their Wolf badges, so we have resorted to teaching them some of the electives.

Sally chose Germs Alive! and the boys loved it (except for the washing their hands part). I think their favorite was when Sally handed each of them a balloon. We rolled down the tops and held them for the boys while they stuffed in silver stars and white paper confetti.

Then the boys blew up their balloons (except for Curly; his asthma kept getting in the way). I tied knots and they spread out the sheet Sally had hoped would work as a drop cloth. Actually, it turns out that when you pop a large balloon with a pushpin to mimic the activity of the germs that disperse during a sneeze, that a sheet is just way too small.

Some of those "germs" were thrown 20 feet or so. We were all a bit surprised!

The boys gathered stars while Sally and I ran the vacuums. Cleanup wasn't too bad and we were all home by 5:00. Now that's nothing to sneeze at...

Apr 22, 2017

Field Tripping With Baby Doll

I had so much fun this week going on a field trip with Baby Doll to Wheeler Farm! There were lots of parents, so I only had Baby Doll and her cute friend in my group. When we first got there, we decided to walk around for the 20 minutes we had to wait for our tour guide.

And when I say walk, I mean half-run.

They wanted to see everything! As we headed back to the big barn, I realized that all of those things would be shown to us again on our little tour. We had an opportunity to watch a blacksmith at work, to ride on a wagon pulled by a tractor, and to shake a little container of cream into homemade butter. (Baby Doll was extremely serious about that task and finished it off so it could be opened in front of the kids.)

There were baby animals, but not as many as I had hoped. Another month and we probably could have seen several more.When our tour was over, we headed for the pavilion and the playground to eat our lunches and wait for the buses to take us back to the school.

When we climbed on the bus, I was rather dismayed to see that my girls had chosen the very back row. I tend to get carsick, so this was not a happy moment for me. Unfortunately, I had little time to worry about my own stomach since I was pretty sure Baby Doll regretted her decision within about 2 minutes of riding over bumpy roads.

Thankfully, we made it back to the school with our lunches still intact and a vow from my daughter to NEVER ride in the back seats of the bus again.

Apr 20, 2017

Monster Concert

Did I tell you Gamer broke his kneecap? It happened a week or so ago and now he has a cast that goes up to his mid-thigh. It's his right leg, so of course he can't drive. Bossy is working, so you know what that means. We have been busy helping get their kids where they need to go.

Today was the craziest one so far. Curly and Scout were participating in a Monster Band Concert for elementary-aged kids at Riverton High School. Bossy's neighborhood school was involved as well, so that meant that Taco, Burrito, and Salsa were also part of it. The problem was that the kids were supposed to be there at 4:00. Our school is out at 3:25 which would have made it hard, but Bossy's school gets out at 3:55 and that would have been impossible. When Bossy headed off to work at 2:00, I told her I would take care of things.

Posing for a pic after helping put away chairs and cleaning up the stage.

So I checked out my kids at 2:50, dropped them at the house, and headed for the grandkids' school. After waiting while they located their scooters, we finally got to their house about 3:20. Once again it was waiting while they put on their church clothes, gathered their instruments, and packed a dinner.

That's just how I feel today...
At 3:40 we arrived back at the house to pick up Scout and Curly. Thank goodness they were ready and waiting on the porch. I dropped them off at the high school at 3:55, so everything worked out fine.

Grandpa and I headed back over at 6:30 for a 7:00 concert. They played 9 numbers and the entire thing took exactly 23 minutes (according to Scout). They did a great job, but it was an awful lot of stress for such a short period of time.

Now it's on to the next thing...

Apr 19, 2017

Spring Sports in Utah

Spring sports are always a bit dicey in Utah. We never quite know about the weather. At 3:00 this afternoon I asked the Dog Walker to look up the evening's storms for me. He told me that at 6:00 we had a 100% chance of rain. So I waited patiently for Curly's practice and Baby Doll's and Sport's games to cancel.

But they didn't.

At 4:00 the weather was fine. That is when my friend, Brooke, picked up Sport to take him to his game. At 4:45 when we headed for Curly's practice and ultimately Baby Doll's game, it was overcast, but still no rain. As we settled in at the park, my sweetie texted me to ask if games had been cancelled. "Nope," I punched into my phone before I headed to the dirt to play catch with Baby Doll.

About midway through the third inning, the drops started to come. (Yeah, it was probably about 6:00...) They didn't want to call the game without lightning present, so on they played. Please remember these girls are 8 and under. At 6, Baby Doll is still not the youngest on her team.

By the 5th and final inning, we were all drenched. One of the other games had been called for rain. Our little girls forged on. We already had one game to make up from last week and nobody wanted to go through that again. Bottom of the 5th and it was our last at-bats. Baby Doll had struck out in the previous inning, so I knew that she would not bat again.

Everyone was quite relieved when the first batter struck out. The lady sitting behind me kindly shielded my drenched hair with her umbrella. Baby Doll joined us. The second batter struck out.

We could all feel it now. Almost time to go home. Baby Doll's little friend, Charlie, who is only 5, was up. Her hoodie was soaked through so another little girl offered her windbreaker. Charlie's huge tears mingled with the rain that pelted all of our faces as she headed for the plate. She has never hit a ball in a game or practice, but still she approached the plate.

Strike one... strike two... the tears never let up, and neither did she. Her third big swing... strike three! She ran to the dugout and we all sighed with relief as we quickly gathered up and ran to our vehicles and their promised heat and shelter.

Half an hour later I had all my kids gathered up and getting dry. They called Sport's game early, but decided that at 9 - 1 they wouldn't have to replay it. Curly's team waited out practice in a shed to stay dry. But I couldn't stop thinking about Charlie. She truly didn't want to be there. No one would have blamed her for refusing to bat. And her little friend who sacrificed her own coat.... Or the lady behind me sharing her umbrella....

There are still people out there raising good and kind children. Children who go to bat for their team even when they absolutely don't want to. Children who strike out over and over but still they try with that amazing hope that makes them believe that they truly can smack that ball right out of the park.

That same hope that makes us believe that just because the weather forecast says 100% chance of rain in Utah, we can still play a ballgame.

Apr 18, 2017

Happy Birthday, Twiz!

One of my amazing SIL's had a birthday that we celebrated on Easter Sunday. It was a good day to celebrate since we had the family mostly together anyway. Princess and The Frog were the only ones missing since they had a prior commitment at his parents' house for the holiday. Prima Donna even joined us!

My sweetie outdid himself with the cooking, providing us with an amazing country fried pork reminiscent of their missions in Texas. I made the cake, but Teach did the decorating. We don't do real candles for adults because if we did, we just might possibly burn the house down, so the kids obliged by making themselves into candles that were extinguished when Twiz blew in their direction. Curly had to be the stubborn trick candle, of course.

My favorite part was a mini-concert courtesy of Prima Donna, Scout, Curly, and Sport. They all played their various instruments in a lively rendition of "Happy Birthday!" That might just have to become a new tradition.

Happy Birthday, Twiz!

Apr 17, 2017

The True Meaning of Easter

I love this new video put out by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints! Sometimes I tend to get caught up in the egg hunts and the treats. But they don't speak to my heart like watching videos that teach about the life of my Savior, Jesus Christ. His teachings are just as relevant and applicable today as they are tomorrow and yesterday.

He is the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. And He shall reign forever and ever.

Apr 16, 2017

Hope You Have A Wonderful Easter

Today was such a crazy day!

It started at 7:30 this morning when Bossy called to remind me about the egg hunt at Smith's. I declined but offered the kids if she wanted to come by and get them up. An hour or so later they returned with huge baskets full of candy!

Meanwhile, Drama Queen was making amazing Belgian waffles with fresh strawberries and whipped cream. We had to hustle to get to the park in time for the city egg hunt. Crafty had been out there helping set up since 8:30. There were hundreds of kids milling around, jockeying for position.

My kids always do well and they filled their baskets. As we were walking back to the car, Curly saw a little guy about 2 who was too late for the egg hunt. I don't think the boy understood, but his mom sure did and she looked pretty upset. Curly scooped several huge handfuls of his treats into their basket. The mom was so grateful and Curly grinned all the way to the car.

Our afternoon was filled with our family egg hunt, coloring eggs, and a barbecue. My sweetie grilled hot dogs and we kept the meal light and easy since the kids were already gorging themselves with sweets. Bossy did an amazing job as always with the treats for the egg hunt. Lil Sis and her family joined us and everyone was here except Prima Donna.

Then my sweetie and I, Grandpa, and Crafty took off for Ogden so we could watch Prima Donna perform and then bring her home to share Easter with us. Now it's late and I'm more than ready for sleep.

Happy Easter everyone!

Apr 14, 2017

Prima Donna's New Play

My sweetie and I took a trip up to Weber State tonight to watch Prima Donna in her new play. I knew the subject matter was the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire, but I couldn't remember all the details so I pulled it up on Google while my sweetie was driving.

It is a terribly tragic true story that changed many of our factory laws in the United States. This huge fire killed 146 people because they were locked inside and they were unable to escape. Prima Donna is one of the main characters and she does a fabulous job! I just love watching her on stage. She is so convincing as a performer and this one didn't even show off her incredible voice.

After her portion of the show was over (it was a series of 1-act plays), we left the theatre and waited for her in the lobby until we could go for some dinner. Chili's was one of our options since most of the eating places in Ogden seem to close about 9:30 on weeknights.

My favorite part was the laughter and conversation as well as the Molten Chocolate Cake. Prima Donna raved about it when we first came in so even though we were completely stuffed by dinner, we just had to order one. We each ate a little and then she boxed up the rest and took it home for breakfast tomorrow.

How I love and miss that girl!
Growing up is just so hard...on the mamas too.

Apr 13, 2017

Looking Beautiful

Yesterday Scout and I spent nearly 4 hours at SuperCuts color class getting our hair done. It was so fun at first. But then she was finished with her all-over color and she became pretty impatient waiting. Next time maybe she will remember to bring a book with her. It just takes a while to make me look good...

Today was our first full day watching Twizlet. I was up late with a sewing contract I had to finish, so Crafty took care of our sweet girl this morning. I had my turn this afternoon. We even took a short nap together.

Baby Doll just loves playing with her. It will be so fun for the two of them when they are a bit older.


Apr 12, 2017

General Conference

The Dog Walker has been after me for days to put up this picture he took of the temple Sport made during the sessions of General Conference.

Sport made this one without a kit or even a picture. He didn't have very many specialty pieces, he just had to make due with what he had and as you can see, it turned out great!

He has many skills. Master builder is just one of them.

It is spring break for us, so I haven't been perfect at posting every day. Too busy living life to write about it, but I promise I will get you all caught up when the weekend is over.

Apr 9, 2017

Storm's of Life

Yesterday it rained all morning so all the ball games were cancelled, but the kids still had their dance competition in Taylorsville. After they were finished, we piled into the van around 2:00 and headed to Sanpete County for our niece's wedding.

It was held at the Moroni Opera House. My SIL did a great job making the place beautiful. The kids shared their vows and when they were finished, they moved all the tables in and we enjoyed a nice dinner. I, of course, had to find a sweet baby to hold for a while since Teach and Twiz weren't able to come.

I'm no good at taking selfies...

This one belongs to another niece and is slightly older than Twizlet, but way cute and snuggly. After that we traveled to my MIL's house where my sweetie installed some railings for her so she could get more easily on and off her front porch. He ran into trouble and the task took much longer than expected. We didn't get on the road until about 9:00 pm.

The first 30 minutes of the drive were uneventful. In fact, I didn't believe him when he said he could see snowflakes. Thirty minutes later, we were in Spanish Fork Canyon and one of the worst snowstorms I can remember. The winds were so high it was difficult to stay on the road and the snow that was really more like tiny ice pellets slammed against our van from all sides. I was glad the kids slept through it.

I sort of wish I had slept through it...

In some weird way, my sweetie and I were facing these crazy storms of life for just a few minutes together and it all seemed rather symbolic. By the time we left the canyon and headed into Spanish Fork the storm was calming down and by Provo it had largely disappeared.

Just like the storms of life.

Apr 8, 2017

Guest Blogger: Elder's Quorum Family Party by the Dog Walker

This isn't us right now, but it was the only picture I found with all of us in it.
It's been a while since I guest blogged. But I still think it's just been recent the last time I did. But I'm just doing it, because my mother asked me to, because she has to wake up early in the morning to do another busy day. It's just like all of us. Anyway, I'm guest blogging on something that happened. One Sunday when we were at church, I got an invitation from Elder's Quorum to a Family Party at our Church that would happen on the 7th of April. I was worried about it at first, but I looked at my work schedule and it said that I didn't have to work that day. Some people were reluctant to go, because they thought it was more like a party for the Elders. But others had baseball games to attend/play. So, it left me with Scout and Baby Doll. Scout and Baby Doll were so excited to attend the party. We saw a bunch of families in our ward that were playing games and eating food. Baby Doll and Scout thought it was a lot of fun at first, but then Scout wasn't feeling good, and Baby Doll wanted to stay a little longer, but I had to try to convince both of them that we should either chose what we can do. Scout said she wants to go home, because she wasn't feeling good and Baby Doll wanted to stay because the ward was doing a Family Competition in all of the games, and also Baby Doll was complaining that we never get to have fun like that all the time. I told her that we should just go home and have some other fun. At least we were allowed to take some treats home to share with the family. I wonder if you sometimes get invited to ward parties like that? If you have, then you might have experienced the same kind of thing that I have, but I hope it was still fun for you and your family.

Apr 7, 2017

Reason 483

You probably get tired of hearing about my crazy days, but this one was even worse than usual.

It was the first day we had Twizlet all day and Twiz brought her by about 7:20. You know how I feel about early mornings...

She was so good though, no problems, really. Scout, Curly, and Baby Doll were the BEST babysitters! I spent all morning putting numbers on the baseball caps for Bossy's team. At 1:00 I went to the doctor with Grandpa. He had to have a physical for his Honor Flight the end of this month. He passed with "flying" colors you will be happy to know.

When we were finished I had about 20 minutes to write up a couple of new Tupperware orders, scan and email the physical information to my sister, and make myself a fast pass so I could get my blood drawn quickly. My appointment was at the church at 2:30 and last time I donated blood it took me over an hour. I didn't have that much time.

Fortunately, I was finished and home by 3:25. That gave me just enough time to pull on my scout shirt and gather my treats before we had to drive back to the church. The boys met us there and then we went to West Jordan to the Conservation Park. We have been there before, but it is always fun and a little different each time. The Dog Walker went with me instead of Sport since his baseball practice started at 5:00 and he didn't want to be late.

All four of my ballplayers had practices tonight. We had to make the decision for Scout to go to her dance class instead of practice because after she finished with Activity Days, she would have been late anyway. Besides, I'm not sure I could have gotten her there in time to make it worth it.

I dropped off each scout, then drove for the next two hours just getting kids where they needed to be. Drama Queen took Twizlet back to her mama so I didn't have to worry about her which was fabulous because I was totally exhausted by the time we were finished. Thankfully, my sweetie was at home making dinner when I arrived.
Reason 483 why I love that man!

Apr 5, 2017

A Few of My Favorite Things

This morning was so nice. My sweetie took the kids to school and I hibernated beneath my electric blanket until 9:00. Scout had to be taken to work at 10:00, so I couldn't justify any longer.

My second favorite part of the day was going out to SuperCuts and getting my hair cut. I think I've told you before how much I love being pampered so I wasn't going to share except that when I pulled out my phone to look for pics, I had about 50 pics of the back of my head because the kids thought it would be funny. So how could I not share? It was especially fun because Princess is on spring break so she came over and had her hair cut with me. I always love seeing her.

Setting up.

 I also wanted to give you a glimpse of Sport's band festival. Typically they haven't allowed parents to watch, but this year was an exception. I dropped him early at West Jordan Middle and then fought my way through traffic to get back home  to chase more kids around. I arrived back at the school about 10 minutes before his group took the stage. They did a fabulous job!

All done.


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