Sunday, August 31, 2014

August 23-29: Kindergarten!

August 23.  Saturday was a fun day.  We celebrated Brayden's birthday with pizza and donuts for lunch with Karston, and Grandma and Grandpa.



Next we headed over to the "Bounce House" where the kids proved they have WAY more energy than their adult counterparts.  (Shocking, I know).  I will have to upload pictures later after I get them from Grandma and Grandpa.  We ended the day with dinner at the Stake Center and the Stake Fair.  The boys got their faces painted and Brayden took a dip in the dunk tank.





August 24.  The boys were lucky enough to get a sleepover at Grandma and Grandpa's with cousins.  On Sunday we we joined them after church for dinner.

August 25.  Monday was a big day!  Kimball started Kindergarten.  He looked so grown up.  Grandma, Grandpa, Brayden and Karston joined us for dinner and Family Home Evening.  We talked about priesthood blessing and then Bryce gave the kids father's blessings for the new school year.


August 26.  Tuesday we tried our best to get into the new groove of a school schedule.  I worked and the kids played.


August 27.  By Wednesday Stan was still having a hard time with Kimball at school and all the attention he was getting.  So I decided that I would take Stan and Abby to the Museum of Natural Curiosity.  We arrived at 9:30 and I forgot it didn't open until 10am.  Ooops!  They were very patient.


Once inside we had lots of fun.





August 28.  Thursday morning Kimball woke us up at 5:00am having lost his second tooth!  Thankfully he went back to bed.


After we got up I noticed that the female flower on the pumpkin plant was in bloom.  We went out and pollinated it with one of the male flowers.  If we don't get a pumpkin from this, I am at a loss.



This is what picking up a kindergartener with younger siblings looks like.



In the evening, the Elder's Quorum Presidency worked to put the giant slip and slide together for the party on Saturday.  The kids were able to help test it.



August 29.  Friday Kimball made it through his week of school.  We spent the afternoon playing at home with Mom trying to get caught up on laundry and looking forward to the weekend.  The weeks are going to seem so different with Kimball in school every day.



Sunday, August 24, 2014

August 16-22: Kindergarten and Lagoon!

August 16.  The tooth fairy was very generous and left Kimball $2 for his first tooth.  He then insisted on going to the dollar store as soon as it opened to spend it.  He bought two tarantulas and a snake.  On Saturday we also did a little back to school shopping.  The boys each got new underwear, new pajamas and a first day of school outfit.  Abby got some pajamas too!

August 17.  On Sunday I made healthy Chocolate Star Wars cupcakes with zucchini and applesauce.  Kimball told me "These are really good even though they are healthy."


I thought Abby looked really cute at church in her "I am a Child of God" crown from nursery.  On Sunday I was also set apart in my new calling as Gospel Doctrine Teacher.  I wasn't planning on teaching and even called the new Sunday School President to confirm, but there was no teacher so I had to wing it.  I figure it can only get better from here.  I also sang "Come Thou Fount" in a small group in Sacrament Meeting.  It was a busy Sabbath.


August 18.  This week was a little strange for me.  I have worked nearly every day this summer with the help of London.  Unfortunately our favorite baby sitter is off to college at USU.  On Monday, our neighbor Nancy helped out a little so I could stay on top of things.  Bryce had his interview with the University of Houston today.  They were an hour late due to technically difficulties and our internet cut out several times, but all in all I think he presented his best self.  We can only wait and see.

On Monday afternoon the boys got out the Mega Bloks and spent an hour playing very nicely with each other while Abby napped.  They love playing "pets."  Here is Stan feeding his latest pet.  



August 19.  Tuesday I did a little work and then we went to IKEA.  I wanted to get one of these to house all of the kids stuffed animals.  


In the evening was Back to School night and I took Kimball over to meet his teacher and see his classroom.  He is pretty excited.  I left Abby and Stan home with Bryce because Abby had been running a temperature.  Kimball had one last week without any other symptoms.  I think it must be going around.



August 20.  On Wednesday Kimball had is kindergarten assessment at his new school.  He did really well and is ready to read!  Afterwards we went to Sam's Club and loaded up on treats for Lagoon.  

August 21.  Thursday was Lagoon Day!



Abby liked going on the rides but wouldn't go on any alone--only with Stan.  




Kimball got to go on a lot of big kid rides with his cousins.  He loved it!



 


Once Dad discovered that Kimball was 46 inches in shoes and thus tall enough to go on roller coasters, he took him on Wicked!  Kimball was a little scared but ended up loving it.  Wicked was his favorite ride of the day and he was pretty proud to be a big kid!



I didn't get a picture but I took the boys on Rattlesnake Rapids with John, Jill, Luke, Ellie, Jake and Miles.  Stan and I got drenched.  It might have been ok if it was a hot day, but it was chilly.  Poor Stan!  We eventually recovered when I came up with the plan to dry his shirt with a hand dryer in the bathroom.




By the end of the day Stan was running a fever and feeling pretty crummy.  :(


August 22.  Friday morning we went to the viewing of one of Bryce's cousins.  She was about 44 years old with two small children (8 and 5).  She had some heath problems and had fallen in their home.  Her husband found her after returning from his graveyard shift.  So heartbreaking.  Bryce stayed for the funeral.   

After the viewing I took the kids shopping for new shoes for school.  Then I did a little work while they went to a neighbor's.  When I picked them up Stan was complaining of a stomach ache.  He had complained earlier in the day but his symptoms went away.  Given how miserable he seemed I took him to the after hours clinic.  The doctor didn't find anything so we went to dinner at Rumbi Island.  I don't know what to make of our little Stan.  He is a middle child who craves attention, but Bryce worries he has some other digestive issues.  We will keep an eye on him.





Saturday, August 16, 2014

August 9-15: An interview, a birthday and a tooth!

August 9.  Saturday morning Abby woke up with quite the bed head.  We also discovered the snail had escaped.  Kimball took it rather well, but wanted me to spend the day hunting for a new pet.  Um, no.


For dinner we drove up to Clearfield to have a BBQ with Brad and Heidi Bateman and Amy Rasmussen and her family.  Bryce was in an institute choir with Brad and Amy.  It was a really fun evening.


August 10.  After Church on Sunday we had dinner at Charlotte's house for our monthly siblings dinner.  It's always fun to spend time with cousins.

August 11.  Monday was a pretty exciting day because Bryce found out that the University of Houston wanted to interview him by Skype for the Associate Director of Technology Commercialization.  

August 12.  Tuesday I spent the morning taking the office apart.  What it really entailed was emptying the shelved behind Bryce's desk and rearranging everything to make it look nice for the interview.  It's a real improvement from the cluttered mess that was there.  But it took several days to put things back or throw them away.  


This is how it looks now, but with some family pictures.  Notice the diploma on the wall.  Nice!


Aug 13.  Pumpkin update.  I was pretty pleased to see that we were actually growing a pumpkin.  However, this little guy has since fallen off the vine.  Here's hoping we get another.


We have been enjoying the hammock.


Wednesday evening we celebrated Stan's birthday (even though his actual birthday is on Saturday).  We invited all our cousins and a few friends to the Rec Center for a swimming party.  It was so much fun.  Happy birthday to our four year old!






 



August 14.  Thursday I spent the entire day at the at the Court Improvement Summit.  It was a really good program and a great chance to network and connect with other stakeholders in child welfare.


L to R.  Jose Silva (parental defender in Utah County), David Boyer (PDA co-director), Me

August 15.  After spending the morning at the conference, I swung by to pick up Luke so he could come play which made for a fun afternoon for the boys.  Kimball discovered his tooth was very loose.  A few hours after the video he wiggled and twisted it out!  Here's hoping the tooth fairy does her job.






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