Monday, March 31, 2014

Blue & Gold Again

I'm supposed to be done with Blue and Gold dinners for a while since I no longer have a cub scout but Sam is the cubmaster and I am the primary counselor over scouts so we still get to be there! I went to the church earlier in the day to help set-up and Tucker and his friends had fun playing with the pretend fire. I snagged the other two pictures from other people and obviously my older boys did not mind still being at a cub scout activity, especially because there is food and friends involved!

Friday, March 28, 2014

School Daze

Tucker usually does his journal on his own now so it's fun to take a look every once in a while and see what he has written.  The first one says "I played Uno with my family. I wan (won). It is a fun game. And I was just really impressed with his elephant drawing in this other one.
Jordan spent a good 20+ hours on this boxcar derby project for PE.  This still isn't finished, it is a water bottle that still needs a label but I didn't get a final picture since his friend finished it off and took it to school.  They had to do something that related to health and then Jordan sat inside it while his friend pushed him on a little cart.
More awards pictures, Kolby got Math and Language awards along with his highest honor award for straight A's and Tucker was student of the month.
The kindergarten had a boxcar derby during their transportation unit.   I was happy to already have this bus that he and Kolby made a few months ago and almost all the other cars were much more involved but he didn't seem to care, the only thing he said is "my car is smaller than all the other cars."
Brady and Jordan both got "Distinguished Honors" awards for their straight A's at the middle school.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Wordless Wednesday

Monday, March 24, 2014

Valentine Spam

In the 10 years I've had kids in school, this is the first time we've had to do a Valentine box.  Tucker liked the idea of having the kids feed him Valentine's so this is what we came up with.

We ad the usual Valentine's and candy hearts on the table when the kids came down.  I also had the cookies with their name because there was a YW from the ward selling them as a fundraiser.  Eden was happy to let me put a heart in her hair this year and the kids enjoyed the strawberries and cinnamon rolls for breakfast.
It was my turn to plan our Valentine date which we usually do on another night but this year the only night that worked was that night so in the morning I gave Sam this note but didn't tell him what we would be doing:
it says:
 Hear Ye, Hear Ye 

You are hereby invited this evening to King Arthur's royal feast in Camelot!

Before it begins, feel free to enjoy the knights and as many "ni" as you wish to enjoy and load up your "coconut" with the liquid of "the Lady of the Lake"

As for the feast, we will start with the "not dead yet" and "animal food trough" accompanied by some "lovely filth" along with the option of some "crunchy frog"

We will then move on to the next course with some lovely smelling "elderberries" and "shrubbery" (if you want) that also comes with "a dead parrot"

Make sure you save room for the next course, as you enjoy some "cheese soup" along with "an African Swallow" and the ever popular "Spam".

Finally, you have the option to finish it off with some "wafer" "thin mints" or maybe "she turned me into a newt"

Please join us for this feast....on Second thought, let's not go to Camelot it is a silly place! (report in later for the new location!) And remember, this is supposed to be a happy occasion, let's not bicker and argue about who killed who!

Happy Valentine's Day!

I was able to be at the beginning of Tucker's Valentine party at school because I was doing the kindergarten folders anyway.  He always wants me to do "centers" so he was happy I was there for a few minutes.
We decided to do this fun little Valentine for the grandparents this year.  I thought it turned out pretty cute!
Sam was working late so I knew we wouldn't have time to go out to eat.  All the food on the scroll meant something and we ate in the parking lot outside the play I surprised him with, Spamalot!  He was so excited.  It was too dark to get any good pictures but I had to have something to remember what we did (and we never actually opened the spam, I just had to have it there)!

Sunday, March 23, 2014

I love to see the Gilbert Temple

I took off to Arizona one week with the kids in February, mainly to attend the Gilbert Temple open house but of course we had a great time hanging out as well.  When we first got there, they started telling made up stories from book and pretty soon they had most of the kids gathered around and laughing.
Mandi and Nicki and I took the chance to have a little girls night out since Nicki and I were without our dates around!  We saw a movie and had dinner at Ruby Tuesday.  Not the best dinner or the best movie, but the best company and we had a good time!

I just had to take some pictures of what the bathroom looks like at Mandi's house on Sunday morning when she has 7 girls with hair that needs to be done for church!
Tucker lost his 4th tooth while we were there, it had been barely hanging on for a while so he asked me how to get it out.  Since he wouldn't let anyone pull it, I suggested he eat an apple.  He ate one and told me it didn't work but later he ate another and that did the trick!  He was also impressed that the tooth fairy found him in AZ and I was impressed that the tooth fairy remembered on that busy night!
Finally, Monday morning we were off to the Temple open house.  We got a lot of comments about our brood of 18 kids total.  We were asked if we were a day care and we were also asked if we were a primary.  I also got a lot of comments about Tucker in his suit and bow tie.  They were so excited walking up and asking a lot of questions.

We had, had an FHE the night before with all the kids about temples and I think they felt the spirit and noticed the things we talked about. Tucker had fun noticing the Agave flower that is in the design all over the place and of course everyone was impressed with the gigantic beautiful chandelier. The spirit was really so strong and it was so neat to be there with our family and the temple was so beautiful, I know it is a memory that we will all cherish.  We tried to get some pictures in front of the fountain after but some of the kids were not into it and the sun was in their faces and we had to hurry with so many people around, but I think we still got a couple of fun shots!

After the tour we wanted to take the kids for a special lunch.  There is nothing more exciting to our kids than a buffet so Golden Corral it was!  Brady took these pictures at lunch before we headed home to CA.  We are thankful to the Tollison's for hosting us and to the Kitchen's for coming down to be with us!

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Flashback to the BYU years

The picture hunting started because one of my roommates from BYU started posting old pictures.  Here are a few of the ones I found, the first one is decorating our Christmas tree our 2nd year, it was covered in homemade ornaments of pictures of men cut from magazines.

This roommate and I worked at the games as event staff my third year, eventually Sam did too.  Don't you love our orange shirts?

A trip to some falls during my third year

During our first year, we took a trip up to SLC to see the lights and decided to try chestnut that had been roasting on an open fire.

They surprised me with a little party at TGI Friday's on my birthday our second year, I think this was on the way out.

This is the best I could get out of this picture, but this is Callie who started this picture thing and I by the dorms!