Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Thursday, March 26, 2009
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Friday, March 20, 2009
The Winning Team!
We had quite the exciting few days last weekend. A school play, birthday party, and my boys church basketball team became the stake champions! They were playing against lots of their good buddies who were recently moved to another ward, but that didn't seem to stop them from playing their hardest. It was a really exciting game, and that's saying something coming from me! Tomorrow they get to go to a regional, multi- stake tournament in New Hampshire. The whole fam is going to go up there to cheer them on. Should be exciting!
Celebrating the big win:
My boys in action:
The coach of the other ward's team is our good buddy Matt, who the boys love! He wasn't too happy during this game though, sports are serious business for Matt!
Our team's coach (one of the boys YM leaders) is awesome. My boys worship the ground he walks on. He brought a bunch of his old ties to scouts one night and my boys each took one and wear it proudly. To quote my son: "Dax is the man." In fact, all of the Young Men's leaders in our ward rock. They are just awesome, I feel so lucky that they have such a great program and my kids love being involved in church youth activities. They teach them outdoor skills, basketball skills, and lots of other skills, but mostly they teach them by example how to be good people who want to live the gospel, make good choices and serve the Lord and His children.
It is so wonderful that they are provided with positive activities on a regular basis, and the chance to hang out with other kids with similar values. How many places do you think you could go to watch about 20 boys and three or four coaches, plus a whole bunch of spectators play a basketball game, and not hear one swear word? I challenge you to find one! It seems like every five minutes or so I'm taking them to some kind of church youth activity- and that's fine by me! They have great ward leaders, seminary teachers, and stake leaders too. I couldn't do this whole parenting of teenagers thing without all of them, not as well anyway. I love my church and the wonderful way it helps me raise my family!
True fans will know exactly what these initials mean! My 7th grader was in his school's performance of High School Musical last weekend, and it was great! (He is the skater dude in the black sweatshirt and green hair!) He didn't have a huge part but he did have a few lines and it was very exciting to see him perform them. He said his lines with lots of energy and volume! This was his first musical and he really enjoyed it. Being in this production was a big time commitment, and took a lot of effort on his part so I'm proud of him for doing it. These pictures aren't the greatest, you couldn't use the flash, but at least you get the idea.
Many adults aren't exactly in love with HSM, but I will admit that I am actually a pretty big fan. We own all three movies and I think they are great, especially the first one. Yes, they are a little cheesy, but I love the music and the big dance numbers. Most of all I'm happy that SOMEONE is producing entertainment for kids that has a positive message, and isn't loaded with images of teens drinking, doing drugs, sleeping around, and vandalizing stuff. There is so much of that kind of entertainment that I'll take whatever clean stuff I can get- and if it has a bunch of singing and dancing too, all the better! I think drama is a great activity and I'm glad we've got a budding actor in the family. I'm looking forward to lots more productions to come!
I've gotten pretty burned out on kid movies (since I've seen about 10 million of them), but I really liked this one and highly recommend it. I would have enjoyed it even without the kids! It has some similarities to the old one, but with lots more action (really young kids might find it scary though). Added bonus: no bad language or sexual references! A rare find these days.
Friday, March 13, 2009
My middle child turned 10 the other day- I can hardly believe it! We had a family birthday dinner for him the other night, with an interesting menu of enchiladas and banana cream pie! Tomorrow we're having a little party for a few friends. We're taking them to see "Race to Witch Mountain." I hope it's as good as the original one, but I doubt it will be!
Here he is with the "Volcano Guy" that I made him, similar to what I did a couple of years ago. I had saved this guy that he made out of construction paper quite a while ago and he had forgotten all about it, so it was a fun surprise. The original paper model is missing the feet and an eye, but you get the picture. I think it turned out to be a pretty good likeness. Someday I'd like to do some embroidery of their drawings like this. In fact, I'd love a whole quilt like that, but it will probably have to wait until someday when I have a little more time. Like when I'm a grandma. I probably won't have much time then either!
He is a great artist and writer with a great imagination. His other favorite presents were Sly Cooper 2 video game, the book "Monsterology," and some discs for playing World of Warcraft. He is definitely a fantasy buff, as most of the boys around here are! Happy Birthday big guy!
*update: after reading "Bigredep's" comment I'm going to explain this post! I posted this picture because normally I think protein/energy bars are disgusting and taste like sawdust, but I have had a few of these in the last week or so and they really are pretty good! In brand fairness I will also say that mint chocolate chip Cliff bars aren't bad either. Try one for yourself ep!
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
We've had quite the exciting couple of weeks. My husband fell and sprained his ankle playing basketball at the church one night last week. He couldn't really walk so stayed home icing and elevating the next day. After running around town picking up crutches and an ace bandage, I got home and received a call from the school saying that my kindergartner had an accident on the playground and fell and hit his head and I needed to come get him right away. The dreaded call for a Mom to get! So I raced over to the school and it was so bad we went straight to Children's hospital.
He had fallen of a swing and split his head open really badly right over and into his right eyebrow. It was totally obvious that he needed stitches. I am not good with blood, wounds, needles or any of those things, and driving downtown in the city is extremely stressful for me. Two of my worst phobias put to the test in one day!Since my hubby was down for the count at home I really didn't have any choice but to take care of the situation. I said a little prayer, or a few actually in the car that I could get through this, and I know that is what saved me. When they started the procedure in the ER, I waited for the dizziness and sickness that usually hits me to come, and it didn't. It was the least affected by that kind of thing I've ever been. That was a really big blessing. I went totally the wrong way to the hospital at first, but then turned around and finally found it. By the time I got into the ER, I was so flustered and shaken up that I couldn't really think straight. I sat down to check in and the lady started asking me questions, simple ones like, what is his birthdate? What is his middle name? I couldn't think of the answers! I had to pause and think about each one! After a minute the nice lady was like, that's ok, take your time. I'm sure she deals with freaked out parents all the time so she's used to it!
Well anyway, to make a longish story shortish, 6 hours and 20 stitches later we were back home. He was such a trooper, very brave. They gave him some medication to relax him so he doesn't remember getting the stitches, he thinks he slept through it all. Thank goodness, because it took her about an hour to get it all fixed up.
He actually likes having a beat up looking face, he thinks it makes him look tough! When he lost his first tooth last month, he said, " I wish I had a black eye too, then I'd look really cool!" Last week he lost tooth #2 so here is a picture of him with his cute little gap-toothed smile. The top picture is the day he got his stitches out, it looked much worse when it first happened. He had huge scratches all down the side of his face. Now he just has a little scar- it looks like an upside down Y forking down through his eyebrow. Good thing he's a boy!
As if that all weren't enough, my oldest son has had this nasty, horrible looking skin infection (picked up from wrestling no doubt- it grosses me out just to think about how he got it), for a month. I will spare you pictures, but let me just say, it's not pretty. This thing is so stubborn, he is now on double antibiotics which we are hoping will finally kill it! It started on his leg and then the other day jumped up to his face! He had to miss two days of school this week, and has been to the doctor's office 3x in the last couple of weeks. My sister says this is what I signed up for when I had 5 kids, and she is right except I hope we get a break for a while!
This is actually pretty mild compared to other messes she's made! We call her destructo baby. I've never seen a kid who gets into more stuff, so fast. She has very good coordination so she can unscrew lids and things like that easily, and now she pushes chairs up to counters and climbs up, enabling her to get into even more. When you turn around to clean up one mess, you turn back and there is another one, it's pretty amazing! Yesterday, just in the time it took me to make dinner, she smeared greasy lotion all over herself, smashed and threw tortilla chips all over the kitchen, cleaned the papers off the kitchen counter with a sweeping motion, wrote on herself and her doll with a marker, painted white out on her lips, and played with a knife. This is pretty average for her. If it's quiet, you know you're in trouble! She keeps us on our toes, this one does. She loves Curious George and I can see why- they have a lot in common! As I was starting to write this post, I realized I couldn't hear or see her- a bad sign, so I went racing outside in my socks in the rain to make sure she hadn't escaped again (a neighbor found her crying shoeless in the snow out front a couple of weeks ago). Luckily, she was just upstairs running around with no diaper on (she likes to take her diaper off all the time too). Good thing for her she's so sweet and so darn cute!
Saturday, March 07, 2009
God In Nature
The Lord is great, the Lord is great!
The skies are his castle's countless rooms,
his carriage is storm,
thunder and lightning his horses.
The Lord is great, the Lord is great!
The rosy dawn is but a reflection
of the hem of his cloak,
and, compared with his splendor
the setting of the sun
is just a flaming light.
He looks down to earth graciously,
and the earth turns green, blossoms
When he scolds,
rocks burst into flame
and the sea and the sky tremble!
Praise the Almighty Lord God,
you lights of his castle,
you hosts of the sun
blaze to his glory,
you continents, sing his praises!
-Ewald Christian von Kleist (English translation Clive Williams)
photo credit: Mark Mabry
Thursday, March 05, 2009
With a slight bit of embarassment, I admit that for the first time ever, I have ordered something "as seen on TV." These things had better work, because if there is one thing I am lacking, it is space! In our family, it is a fun pastime to make fun of those commercials- our current favorite to mock is the "Snuggie." And who can forget- clap on clap off- The Clapper! A classic. Mighty Putty is pretty funny too. I'm sure you can look these up on Youtube if you don't know what I'm talking about.
So anyway, despite our tendency to poke fun, I kept seeing these commercials for the Space Bags and thinking, wow, I could really use those. I could show you the huge stacks of clothes and blankets I've got lying around everywhere in my house, but I think that's more embarassment than I can take!
Anyway, I should have them in about 3-4 weeks, just in time to put away all the winter stuff (I hope- of course we did get 8 inches of snow on Monday, for Pete's sake!) I will try them out and then report back to you. If I'm not completey satisfied I can return them for a full refund, right?
So, how can I lose?