Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Murder Party

Joyanne invited her friends to a dinner murder party.
They had a delicious dinner, and then they had to work together to solve a murder mystery.

They were a bunch of silly teenage girls, but it didn't take them long to solve the mystery.
They finished the night off with watching the movie, "Clue".

Taking the girls home was quite the adventure and took about 2 hours.
One girl, who was 15 years old, could not remember how to get home.
We had to drive around for about 15 minutes until the girl could see something familiar and guide us to her house.

The night was a long one, but very fun!

Aquarium Night

We went to the Loveland Living Aquarium for a work party.
We also won a 6-man tent.
The kids loved seeing all the sharks, manta rays, and the many variety of fish there were.

Life is cruising along at a clipping pace, with lots of fun activities that are filling our summer days.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Lasik Eye Surgery

A couple weeks ago I went in to see if I would qualify for surgery on my eyes so I wouldn't have to wear glasses or contacts anymore.
I proceeded with the surgery, and now I see fabulously well.
The first day my eyes stung and burned quite a bit, but I managed to do okay.
 The days following the surgery went pretty well.
 My eyes now have almost completely healed.
 It's great to wake up and not have to worry about putting on contacts or wearing glasses.
 And now I can wear sunglasses, and I really enjoy them!

Happy Father's Day

Happy Father's Day, Dad!
Daddy actually didn't realize today was Father's Day when he woke up.
He thought Father's day was in July.
 He was happy to sleep in after a late night, or should I say early morning, of work.
After church, he searched for the few presents we got him.

Daddy is such a great man, and he works hard for our family.
He loves to spend time with his kids.
He loves the gospel and is a great example of how to live it well.

Hammock Time

Dad bought us a hammock and, boy, oh, boy, it sure is cozy.
I asked Hiram to take a picture of me in the hammock, but the funny boy took one of himself first.

The kids will come out to the hammock with their books and sit here for hours reading.
Dad and I are paying the kids a penny for every page they read this summer, so we have some super readers!

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Hiking in Ogden

This last Saturday we went hiking up Waterfall Canyon in Ogden.
Everyone hiked well, except me.
I didn't realize how out of shape I'm in.
Walking up the hill with a backpack on really winded me.
Grant said to me, "Mom, why are you such a slow poke?"
Usually Grant is the one lagging behind.

But, we all finally made it up the canyon, and the waterfall was refreshing and beautiful.

Dad was the best at hiking. He hiked all the way up, then hiked back down 20 minutes to help Grant and I the rest of the way up.

The kids loved the waterfall, but the water was sure cold!

Recital and Talent Show

Joyanne had her piano recital towards the end of May.
She has really improved this year.
The students performed a "Mob bop" concert, where there were duet songs, trios, and then multiple kids playing on each of the 6 or 7 pianos and keyboards that were there.
The concert was amazing, light-hearted and fun.
Joyanne played in nearly every group song.

Hiram performed in his school talent show the last week of school.
He did a magic trick that blew the kids' minds.
He asked for 3 volunteers to give him a number that was from 1 to 1000.
He had another volunteer add the numbers up, and tell the answer.
In the audience someone else had been holding an envelope since the beginning of the trick.
He opened the envelope and inside was the same number to the answer of the addition problem they had solved.
Hiram is getting to be quite the magician.

Memorial Day

Dad worked lots of overtime this weekend, so I took the kids to family in the Salt Lake area.
We visited graves on Memorial Day with Grandma and Grandpa.

In the afternoon we were able to swim at David and Susan's.
The water was so refreshing on this hot day.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Happy Books

For Family Home Evening, this week, we worked on making "Happy Books".
We filled our Happy Books with pictures, words, and quotes that inspire us and make us happy.
So when we are sad or down, we can look at our happy books.
We used church magazines, like the "Friend", "New Era", and the "Ensign" for pictures, words, and quotes.
We also read out loud inspiring quotes that we liked with each other.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Nathan and Noah

Nathan has been up visiting Noah at our house this last week.
They have had fun playing on the bounce house, riding bikes, riding the 4-wheeler, and just hanging together.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Horses, Reports, and Cute Kitty

I've been taking horse lessons and today I was able to have a quick ride.
Grant also was able to ride a bit and loved it!

Jaden did a fabulous job on his Utah County project.
He presents his project with a clear, loud voice and is animated as he tells about his counties.
Jaden's teacher, Mr. Wells couldn't say enough good about Jaden.
He said Jaden remembers things so well, even the smallest detail about things.
Mr. Wells also said Jaden is a wiz at math.
He's excited to see where Jaden goes with all his smartness.

As I came out of the Elementary school, this cute kitty rubbed up against my leg, seeking for attention.
I picked him up and petted him.
I took him into the school office to see what to do about the kitty, but they just told me to leave it where I found it.
I set him back down, but the kitty followed me into the road to the truck.
I knew if I left the kitty, he would probably get run over, so I took him home.
I posted on Facebook hoping someone would claim him.
He is so cute and adorable.
He loves to be held and petted.
I kinda wanna keep him.

Friday, May 12, 2017

Secret Sneaky Spies

These secret spies were spotted sneaking all around the house.
They were observing everything and running around together having fun.
They play together all the time, jumping on the trampoline, playing board games, playing cars, doing just about everything together.
Such brotherly love!

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Utah is Great!

Utah is great!
That is what Jaden sang about and talked about in his school program.

Daddy, Grant and I enjoyed seeing how good Jaden sang and hearing his memorized speaking part.

Yay! We sold our clunky, old van today.
It had a horrible grinding sound, a cracked windshield, a dent in back, no visor on the right side, and the windows don't work very well.
So goodbye little van!
Thanks for your years of service.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Happy Birthday, Daddy!

What a great Dad our family is blessed with.
We enjoyed the day doing a variety of activities.
Daddy found all his presents, and he was happy with what he received.
We went to Logan to try and see Chuck Norris, but the line was too long.
We did see him from a distance, but we didn't shake his hand or get a picture with him.

We played tennis as a family.
Salami sandwiches was Dad's choice for dinner, and it was yummmmy!

And, this cake was my masterpiece for the day.
I made a strawberry cake, cut it in half, filled it with whipped strawberry frosting and real strawberries.
Then I frosted the top and sides.
It sure tasted good.

The chocolate frosted strawberry cupcakes were delicious too.

Daddy is such a service oriented person.
He did the dishes, made dinner, and spent so much time with all of us.
We are so blessed to have this great man in our life who does so much for us!

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Concerts and School Presentations

Joyanne performed in her final concert with the Northern Utah Youth Symphony.
She played extremely well and with such emotion and feeling.
They played some lively songs from "Phantom of the Opera" and "How to Train Your Dragon".
But the favorite was "Nocturne in Blue"!
The audience just loved hearing how well they all played.

Jaden did a presentation on geothermal energy that was quite impressive.
He spoke loudly and clearly and his topic was interesting to listen to.
Jaden has been in the LEAP program, which is for gifted and talented students.
He has worked on many projects and learned a lot this year.

Monday, May 8, 2017

Soccer Season

All 5 boys played soccer this season.
Grant loved the treats, but by the end, he was playing all right.
James was a go-getter, and he would follow the ball with a determined look on his face.
His team was great at passing the ball to each other and getting it down the field.
Jaden played hard on his team.
He was a good goalie, played a forward with attacking fury, but I think he like mid-fielder best.
Noah and Hiram were on the same team.
They took first place in the championship.
Noah was amazing to watch as he weaved in and around the soccer players.
He knew how to pass the ball well, and he made quite a few goals himself.
Hiram also played really well.
No player scared Hiram off.
He would go after the ball, no matter who had it, and when he got to the ball, he would kick it clear across the field.

Soccer season was very busy, but lots of fun!