Sunday, February 12, 2017


and cuddling and helping our sick little boys.

basketball (Landon and Owen on their first basketball teams and all of us at the church a few times)
and board games (Owen watches the clock starting at lunch time waiting for Jordan's end-of-work 1:30 time - "game time")
and Wii (a little)
and piano (an even littler maybe)
and peek-a-boo and other silly games with cute Isaac

to Provo several times for orthodontist appointments because I got braces! (which will hopefully be finished soon!) Despite my daily retainer wearing for the last 10 years, my bottom teeth were not staying so straight :(

orange juice smoothies every day with lunch 

Oh, what a lot of shoveling snow this year! And thank goodness for several kind neighbors too who helped us stay unburied with their snowblowers!

Sam books and book bag books (Owen) and Magic Treehouse books (Ellie) and all the books (Landon).  

Basement improvements (no more fireplace, closet, or strange end of stairs wall issue)  Summer vacation (Victoria, Canada!), Middle School plans for Landon (Portuguese, Trombone/flute?), How to support our Dual Immersion program at the kids' school, what to make for dinner

All the things, all the days (from our neighbor -- 'cleaning the house while you're children are growing is like shoveling snow while it's still snowing' ;)

Ellie's birthday with a rainbow birthday party and Ellie's baptism with lots of sweet visitors. And we still need to celebrate, but Isaac had one night last week where he slept all night long (woo hoo!)

Sitting and rolling and eating solid foods (Isaac), drawing pictures and recognizing letters (Porter), reading and shooting baskets (Owen), art projects and piano and all the Reflex math facts (Ellie), the Gettysburg address and the preamble to the constitution and lego building and piano (Landon), a new calling teaching Owen's primary class (Debbie), teaching the 12/13-year-old young men (Jordan). 

A visit from Kathie & Winslow, our new eating plan that includes dessert every night (!), beautiful February days (we hit 45 degrees and the kids were playing in the snow in shorts and t-shirts!)

Art of the Month Kid Scenes

Winslow's Christmas present was an 'Art of the Month' club subscription from our kiddos. We made these silly pictures for January and I just had so much fun! :)


Slept in with little Isaac
Kids Saturday morning Wii time
Hurry, quick super fast breakfast/play clothes/coats/shoes/get out the door
Run into Lee's for team treats and glazed donuts
Owen's basketball game -- great defending Owen! cuddling Porter, sharing a box of tissues
Realized I'm not feeling so good and wondering if these little boys will ever get better... called to ask my partner to teach the lesson for primary tomorrow.
Stop home to pick up library books
Drop off library books (no more fines accruing, hooray!)
Early to Landon's game, drills in the middle school halls while we wait
Landon's basketball game -- great playing Landon! "I saw those two really tall guys on the other team so I was just playing my best!" cuddling sleepy Isaac, cheering for these great boys
Lunch time at home - Olive Garden leftovers for me and Jordan, hooray!
Ellie off to "The Little Mermaid" play with a friend
Nap times, quiet times, planning the afternoon
Set up the baby monitor for a quick walk around the block with Jordan
Storage room clean out/organizing
Jordan wiring the internet back to his office (through the ceiling, across the bathroom and into his office - good job Jordan!)
Emptying the closet to prep for taking it apart
(Maybe we'll start making progress on our basement?)
Lots of cardboard boxes loaded up
A trip to Walmart recycling bins, to DI to drop off donations, dropping off my ipad for a screen repair, and Little Caesars pizza pick up, kids laughing like crazy in the back of the van (hooray for laughing instead of fighting!)
Pizza movie party, finishing Trolls
A few kids to bed
Jordan making reeces bars for his Young Men, taking turns with Isaac
More kids to bed
Looking at airbnb/hotels for our Provo trip this week... trying a new hotel
Reading Okay for Now with Jordan, feeding Isaac once more before sleep
Lights out