Will’s Entry: Fall

29 Dec

 

Fall came and went. Here were some highlights.

For awhile, Kristin had been suspecting that Elena wasn’t seeing correctly. She liked to be REALLY close when Kristin was reading books. Surprisingly, she wasn’t the type to be real close when watching TV but we still had our suspicions. So the next time the kids had their checkups, she encouraged the doctor to check their vision. Both Jason and Sierra passed and then it was Elena’s turn.

Doctor: Can you read the top letter?

Elena: One?

(Hmmm, maybe she doesn’t know her letters so well. We’ll try a sailboat.)

D: How about now?

Elena: I don’t know.

Yep, she has about 20/200 vision which isn’t good enough to drive without corrective lens. So here’s a cute Halloween pic and I think the first day she wore glasses.

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We live in a good age for glasses. We found an internet site that provides them inexpensively. I think she actually looks even cuter with them. She has 3 distinctive and unique pairs. Surprisingly, she rotates and wears a different pair everyday in a pattern. Sheesh, I don’t know where such weirdness comes from!

Another highlight was that Sierra was baptized. It was a great experience. She made her own program which includes an illustration that has me asking Sierra if she will be mean, her saying “No”, and deeming her worthy for baptism. Also, Maddy gave her a “quiz” about Baptism which freaked Sierra out. She must have test-anxiety. Grandma Kay just gave her all the answers in her Holy Ghost talk. So take a close look at the water level in this picture. It’s LOW, maybe to my knees. It’s usually closer to the end of the railing (waist level). The group before us pulled the plug. Good thing she’s so little and I’m such an accomplished baptizer. Everything went great.

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Friday museum and Chinese

29 Jun

We had a great day on Friday. We enjoyed the afternoon at the Museum of natural curiosity with Maddy and then headed up to dinner for some delicious Chinese food with Christina, ho, and Joanna.

   
                If you notice the sign says Elena. Maddy and Sierra put it up there for her. She was so excited.         Maddy in the dark cave.     Sierra held on for 308 seconds. I had to make her stop when the guys came to pick us up for dinner.  

Wills entry: Hang Time

25 Jun

I enjoy my job. And sometimes there’s parks. This time they give us free tickets to hang time. Here are some of the highlights.  

           

Airplanes

24 Jun

Not sure why didn’t blog yesterday, but today I will blog. Maybe it was because I had a migraine all morning, so the kids just watch TV while I laid in bed. Or maybe it really was not an interesting day.

For the last little bit I have been teaching the kids how to clean the bathrooms. We clean the bathrooms in the afternoon. I forget how much patience and how time intensive it is to have kids clean bathrooms. They clean, I help, and then I have to clean it once they’ve left. I just have to keep telling myself this is a good skill I am teaching the kids.

We did go to the library yesterday as well. Lots of reading books, the kids by themselves and me reading to the kids.

Today has been kind of an interesting day. We went to play volleyball in the morning and unfortunately there was an incident that happened. Before I talk about what happened, here is a picture of Elena playing with Gavin and Lexie. She sure loves chasing after him. He is such a great kid.

  
An older boy, junior high age, showed himself to Sierra today. I was very proud of her for leaving the situation and coming to talk to me about it.

I told her how proud I was of her that she came and talk to me about what happened. I was proud of her for walking out of the situation. We had a conversation with all the kids about the boys choice, and how wrong it was for him to do that.

I am really upset about what happened. After everything I explain to the kids that now at Volleyball they need to stay on the stage or in the gym. They will not be able to go out into the hallways or into the classrooms anymore. I explain to them that it is not a punishment, I want to help keep them safe. We need to make sure we protect ourselves from situations like these. They all understood. I did talk to the step mother who is a friend of mine. She is handling the situation with her husband.

On other news we have been folding paper airplanes and playing crazy eights like crazy. We have paper airplanes all over the house. We checked a book out on how to fold different types of paper airplanes. Needless to say the kids are really enjoying it.

  

Cain pictures 2

22 Jun

Here are a bunch or random pictures that I took while at the cabin. I don’t think they need to be introduced. Enjoy! are

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Cabin pictures 1

21 Jun

We had a great weekend at the cabin. Suzanne and Preston invited us up. She rented a razor for Saturday as a birthday/Father’s Day present for Preston. We did a lot of playing outside, at the river bank, and at the fire pit.

 Will spent Saturday creating a dam. His erection still stands after one day. Preston and the kids helped build it up even bigger on Sunday morning.  
We spent a lot of time skipping rocks.           

Will was searching for rocks for his dam.     Sierra was the best rock finder for skipping rocks. She has an amazing ability for finding them.      

Cherry pickers

19 Jun

The kids often take walks around the neighborhood. Last time I walked up the street with Sierra there’s a cherry tree next to our house that I picked a cherry off for her. She now is obsessed with going and picking cherries from the tree. She has recruited her brother and sister to help her as well. I don’t think sister Larsen will mind too much🙂

   
 

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