Tuesday, March 31, 2009
The definition for snuggling is:
to nestle into (a person or thing) for warmth, safety or affection
Doesn't everyone want to be warm, safe and loved! No wonder I love to snuggle so much, now to just keep my kids little forever so that they will always want to snuggle with me!!!
Sunday, March 29, 2009
Kaylee had a lot of family and friends come to her baptism and I'm so mad that I didn't get pictures of them. So instead of a photo of Kaylee in her beautiful baptism dress with her grandpa and grandma Thompson, I have her here tonight in PJ's with them. I did make a list of all of those who attended. Both sets of grandparents were there, and I'm making them write their testimonies to put in Kaylee's baptism book with hers.
Then trauma happened and I'm just sooo grateful that it wasn't worse!!! The picture below is of the run before the accident. Nathan and Kaylee were sledding down quite fast and Kaylee was on the front of the sled. She hit the corner of this railroad tie with her face. Yes I did say, her FACE. She let out a shrill scream and I let out an obsenity. I ran down and her nose was bleeding and starting to swell up. Good thing we had snow near by to ice it down. She was so good to keep ice on it. For a while we thought that maybe she had broken her nose. I kept making her look at me head on to check her out. So once again Spring Break has not been very smooth.
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
All the kiddos outside Uncle Warren's dairy.
Jacob climbing a little too high!
Feeding the calves. There was a tiny twin that was so cute.
Inside the milking barn, watching the process. A milk cow gives 10 to 12 GALLONS a DAY! The photo below would hurt any nursing mom.
We also went and saw the pigs and piglets. This pig above was HUGE!! Then on to the sheep and lambs. The girls always love the little lambs.
Next were the rabbits. She explained to the kids how a momma rabbit pulls the hair off of her chest and makes a nest to have her little ones in. A rabbit can have up to 12 litters a year. (That's one each month of the year!) One of the kids asked what they did with all of the rabbits and when she said eat them and sell them for meat I thought that Rebecca was going to start crying.
They also went in the hen house and she let them each gather an egg out of the nests to keep. I couldn't believe how excited the kids were to get an egg. HELLO! They could just get one out of our fridge!!! I guess it got them ready for Easter coming up. At any rate we really enjoyed seeing and touching all of the many baby animals. They are always so soft and cute.
Monday, March 23, 2009
Little did I know the day wouldn't flow as smoothly as the agenda had outlined. I first took the kids to an 8:30 orthodontist appointment for Jacob and Kaylee. (What a fun way to start out Spring Break!!!) Then we headed over to Bemis. The kids were excited and some of them were reminiscing about classes that they had taken there. Well, we go in and I find out that I have the date wrong. The family adventure demonstration and hands on projects had already taken place. AUGGGG!!!
So we load up in the van as some of the kids start freaking out about what we are going to do because it's supposed to be art day. Can I just say I hate when things don't flow smoothly!!! I did have a project for them at home and stopped at Michaels to pick up another.
We used the fun Crayola crayons from the birthday party to make T-shirts. It's fun because the older and younger kids can do the project. Ashley scribbled away as Jacob took his time on his cartoon.
The next project I had seen in Family Fun last year. They had made mosaic collage frames for mirrors. I thought it would be fun to put items around a frame (Michaels $1) and then put a picture of the kids in their frame to capture their age. I made all the kids scour the basement and junk drawer for little treasures that represent them. The boys had legos, kinex, army men, mini dragon...It was fun to see what everyone came up with. I'm mad that I didn't take a picture of the boys frames, but I'm way to tired to go round them up and take a picture. I will have to post it later. Anyway, as they would bring some trinkets to put in their pile, I would frown thinking that they probably shouldn't use it, but then would think again that it is one less little thing to pick up.
Looking around now at the house I think I should have made the agenda a Spring Cleaning Day instead of Art Day. I let the boys go off for a play date with two brothers late this afternoon and should have made them do their chores first. I just HATE when I get behind on the house, and if I'm not constantly cleaning I seem to get behind, especially due to my little string out everything Ashley and Jerrica.
Sunday, March 22, 2009
Rebecca was into her puppet kits. Aunt Kristy recommended these kits from Hobby Lobby. LOVE them!!! They are only $4 for a kit and each separate puppet comes with their own plastic needle, thread and parts. They are pre-holed so they are like sewing cards. Rebecca was so into ironing out the felt, sewing, glueing and just basically making them.
Nathan had an outdoor soccer game. The played their rivals the Wolves and beat them 4 to 3. Nathan had an incredible game. I enjoy watching his fancy footwork.
As for Jerrica, she was busy writing all over my walls. I have never had one sooo into this writing thing. Then Ashley is busy changing into as many outfits as she can during the day. I don't know what the deal is with this clothes phase, but I'm not enjoying it! Kaylee made a chocolate dessert with my help tonight and was so proud of her part in it. She sure loves baking.
Anyway, that's the weekend in a nutshell. I'm really excited for this Spring Break week. I have a lot of fun themed days planned. I just got off the phone with Alesha and she gave me a cute idea to hide the proposed plan for the day in the cold cereal box for the kids to find in the morning. I better get on it, thanks for the idea Lee!
Friday, March 20, 2009
1. Dress up and photo. They talked about how the soldiers would have to hold very still and almost always had a serious face. (very hard for giggly Kaylee to do). They talked about how huge the camera equipment was and how long they would have to pose for the shot. The teacher printed up a photo for each kiddo.
4. Drum and Bugle corp station was outstide. (Thank goodness!) They talked about the importance of these instruments in the war.
5. Then there was a game section where they had cards, checkers and dominos. They told of how the pieces were made out of bone and how the soldiers would play these games. When Ryan talked to our family about Afganistan he talked about how the soldiers would play X-box. The games have changed!!!
Anyway, that's just a quick synopsis of the day. Kaylee and I had fun together. I was excited to hear her share so many facts with her brothers and sisters tonight.
"Nathan, that's awesome! I don't think I could run it that fast"
"Mom, Coach Labosco wrote our times on our hands. I probably should keep it on my hand in case she forgets my time"
(Yeah right Nathan, considering that we just started Spring Break and I'm SURE she might need you to keep that on in case SHE forgets. I better glove that hand right away!!!)
Thursday, March 19, 2009
I took a piece of plastic clay
And Idly fashioned it one day.
And as my fingers pressed it still,
It moved and yielded to my will.
I came again when days had passed,
This bit of clay was hard at last.
The form I gave it, still it bore
But I could change it never more.
I took a piece of living clay,
And gently formed it day by day.
I molded it with power and art.
It was a child’s soft and tender heart.
I came again when years had gone:
It was a man I looked upon.
He still that early impact bore
And I could change it never more.
-Billie C. Dunston-Hill
Little by little I am molding my own children, and I know that there will come a time when the molding is not taken as easily as it is now. I think that is going to be difficult for me. However, I am thankful for the time that I have been given today. I'm also grateful for their many other teachers, grandparents, and coaches that help in this molding process.
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
A leprechaun did come to our house and reek a little havoc this morning. The boys rolled their eyes, but the girls enjoyed all of the antics. Now to get ready for Stephen's Lucky Night!!! We won't go into detail on that one.
Sunday, March 15, 2009
She wanted the 8 girls from her class and then her soccer team to come to her party. They ALL RSVP'ed so we had quite a crowd. It was an art theme. I set up a connected maze of tables and chairs so that they were all kind of sitting together down in the basement. We made tote bags. I bought the fabric Crayola crayons and had them color on plain paper and then we ironed their pictures onto their bags. It was interesting to see how different the pictures were. We also did furry eyed pencils. The girls played pictionary ( an art game). Thanks for the idea Tanya. I also had them go on an art treasure hunt.
The cake was also an art cake. I had framed Kaylee's self-portrait that she had made and set it on a little easel. Then I put mini paint sets in each cupcake and had them circling the cake.
We also had 7 games on this Saturday. The four older kids had basketball and then the three that are in soccer had soccer games as well. One game was in Denver. Thanks for taking hime Kris!! How was it all possible?!? - many incredible friends, sisters, husband, Kaylee's siblings and my mom. A big thanks to each of you for all of your help!!!
Thursday, March 12, 2009
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Anyway, Monday was gorgeuos outside so after the YMCA I came home and worked outside for a few hours. Did I mention that I brought home a new Blue Spruce and Austrian Pine on the way home from the YMCA?!? Anyway I planted, raked, replaced mulch, and took some pictures of my Spring coming.
Monday, March 9, 2009
Speaking of Jacob, here is his latest school projects. The above expression is one of happiness to be finished with his "Silver". He had to make an element and do a report on it. I was not happy myself to find that the element Jacob had chosen had sooo many protons and electrons. I was very adamant that Nathan choose his element a little more wisely next year.
Then below is Jacob's cell model. We had to use playdough, pasta and beans. Oh the fun that school projects are!!!!!!
Also, tonight was Jacob's last basketball practice. The coach had a parent vs. boys scrimmage. We had fun playing against Jacob. Jacob even had four points in the game. The team then had a big pizza party at Pizza Hut afterwards. Anyway, that is the Jacob update.