Friday, June 30, 2006

Water Water Everywhere

Gracie participated in her kindergarten year end program entitled, "Water Water Everywhere". She was quite nervouse about performing, even to the point where she, crying, told us she didn't want to do it. Erin and I gently insisted, and she did great. My dad took some photos of the concert.

The class spent the year leaning about water, and Gracie would frequently come home saying new words like, "evaporation" or "conservation" or "water cycle". I've got to hand it to her two teachers, Mrs. Jantzen and Ms. Jocelyn -- they were excellent.

Gracie's done kindergarten, and in September off to the new Tuscany School for grade one.

Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Quote of the Day

We rented mom a wheelchair so she could go out and Matt is in love with it!

Lara shouts from mom's room
Matt get the wheelchair off the trampoline

Sunday, June 25, 2006

I'm Tired!!!

I feel like Lara and Amy! I haven't slept through the night for about a week now and it's catching up to me. I haven't stopped to rest though. This week was busy. Gracie had her first all day field trip to Camp Kiwanis this week and she did awesome. She took her lunch and I completely over packed it. She had plenty of food. I didn't want her to get hungry. Matt also went to his first birthday party. There were about 7 little boys there and it was quite funny. They didn't really play together and they couldn't focus on things very long. Opening presents was interesting because they didn't get the concept of giving their gift away to someone. Anyway it was funny.

On friday I picked up mom a wheel chair so she could go to a movie. I hope she went because I haven't talked to her since. Matt was so in love with this chair he didn't want to leave when we dropped it off to mom. Needless to say he spent a lot of time crying on friday. We had our karaoke night at lara and sean's. It was reallly fun. Lara and I sang a duet to madonna's "material girl" It was a knock out duet and who ever sang the worst gets shut down. Well we sound too much alike because we got the exact same score the whole song. It was really funny. Thanks to all who came and sang with us it was great!

Yesturday (saturday) we spent the day out at Scott's bosses land near sundre. He's got a bunch of land and a man made pond that is quite big and 14 feet deep filled with rainbow trout. He also grows blue spruce trees there. We spent about 2 hours at the pond and scott caught two fish accidentally. He had thrown his line out and couldn't reel it in because it was tangled and the fish bit. We let the first one go but the second was too hooked to we brought it home and cooked it for dinner. The kids were slightly horrified but ended up trying it and liking it. Matt fell off the dock into the 14 foot deep pond and luckily Scott was right there to catch him but he did go in to the top of his head. He cried and within minutes said he had to pee. Cold water I guess!!! Is anyone shocked that he was the only kid to fall in???!!!

We then headed up to the little cabin area for some bbq'd hot dogs and other yummy treats. We spent another couple hours there eating and visiting. The kids played around us and I must say Matt is growing up. He can now play without us having to follow him where ever he goes. It is nice for all. We did have one accident though. Grace fell off the treehouse ladder. She landed on her back and then did a little back sommersault. She got a pretty good scrape on the underside of her right arm and a good winding but was not seriously hurt. It was scary for her!

We were glad to be home after a fun day and glad when all the kids crashed after a good bath and a little rainbow trout. I have to say Scott and I crashed too.

We made it through another sacrament meeting today. Half of which I was alone for because Scott was late getting to our ward from his meetings. I must say that the two hours the kids are in classes is really nice. It's sort of like free babysitting!! Tonight we are off to Kevin and Elise's for dinner. We haven't seen them in two weeks. That is too long.

Bye for now!

P.S. Hey Libby we'll go to Calaway Park anytime!!! And Girls are you getting ready for your afternoon off? I thing we'll start next tuesday July 4th. Let me know if you are in.

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

June 21, 2006

This is my test post… I had a nice day today …..

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

June 18, 2006 (Father's Day)

On Sunday, while over at mom and dad's place for dinner, we had one of those freak summer rainstorms where the sky is blue, the sun is out, and it's raining cats and dogs. We couldn't resist going out and playing in the rain. Here's some photos (click to enlarge).

The kids were quick to get wet, but Kevin lead the way for the adults. He eventually laid right down in the gutter, and bathed in the rain water. My dad has some photos of that.

It's quite remarkable to experience a rainstorm like this. The sun was out -- the sky was blue, there was a warm wind blowing. We had a similar storm right when I got home from my mission.

This photo doesn't really do justice to just how much it was raining. Trust me -- it was alot.

Sunday, June 18, 2006

Father's Day but no dad or husband to be found!

Well, there is much relief in our house because friday Gracie underwent her dental surgery and everything turned out fine. She now has three caps and no more cavities. Scott and I were very worried about her because she has such high anxiety when she goes to the dentist so the anesthetist ordered some sedative medicine for her. I have to say it was quite hilarious. She was so loopy and drowsy. She kept mumbling things and Scott kept trying to record her with his little voice recorder that he takes where ever he goes. The medicine made her experience going in the OR and coming out of recovery so much better than when she had her eye surgery. We are very blessed to live where we do and we are grateful for all those who had her in there prayers. Thanks to Libby especially for keeping Matt whe whole time we were gone!! Call me anytime to take the boys Libby!!! I owe you!

We spent yesturday doing things around the house. I went garage saling in the morning and picked up a few things for the kids. I got Matt a little bike that is like a race car. It has a steering wheel and he sits in in a chair. He hardly got off it all day. I also got him some tonka trucks for the sand box. Grace chose some little girly toys for herself. It was fun. Scott mowed the lawn which, I have to say, looks so much better since all the rain and the Scott's turf builder we put on in a month ago. I cleaned the van then went to costco with Lara while Grace was at a birthday party. During that time Scott worked on his talk for today. He gave two talks at different wards. It's father's day and we haven't yet seen him today. SAD!! I managed the kids all by myself at church today. I only had to drag matt and grace out once (I left Hannah with my friend). Grace was trying to get her new toothbrush away from Matt and was going in for a full tackle. It wasn't pretty. I dragged them outside and talked in my sternest voice saying that daddy wasn't here to help me so they better behave! We went back in to sacrament meeting and then Hannah started to fuss. Needless to say, all four of us spent the rest of the time in the hall. Well, Matt spent some of that time in the men's bathroom while I stood at the door trying to get him out! Boy it was fun!!

I haven't done a quote of the week in a while so here it is. This was sung during breakfast on saturday morning when the kids were going mental!!

Erin sings
"There is beauty all around..."
Scott sings
"When the kids aren't home
There is joy in every sound
When we're all alone"
I had a good laugh!!!

Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Practically Assailable

I read Moby Dick some years ago, and today had cause to remember a portion of it (which I'm quoting below mostly so I can have quick access to it in the future). This is some of my most favorite writting:

That captain was Ahab. And then it was, that suddenly sweeping his sickle-shaped lower jaw beneath him, Moby Dick had reaped away Ahab's leg, as a mower a blade of grass in the field. No turbaned Turk, no hired Venetian or Malay, could have smote him with more seeming malice. Small reason was there to doubt, then, that ever since that almost fatal encounter, Ahab had cherished a wild vindictiveness against the whale, all the more fell for that in his frantic morbidness he at last came to identify with him, not only all his bodily woes, but all his intellectual and spiritual exasperations.

The White Whale swam before him as the monomaniac incarnation of all those malicious agencies which some deep men feel eating in them, till they are left living on with half a heart and half a lung. That intangible malignity which has been from the beginning; to whose dominion even the modern Christians ascribe one-half of the worlds; which the ancient Ophites of the east reverenced in their statue devil; -- Ahab did not fall down and worship it like them; but deliriously transferring its idea to the abhorred white whale, he pitted himself, all mutilated, against it.

All that most maddens and torments; all that stirs up the lees of things; all truth with malice in it; all that cracks the sinews and cakes the brain; all the subtle demonisms of life and thought; all evil, to crazy Ahab, were visibly personified, and made practically assailable in Moby Dick. He piled upon the whale's white hump the sum of all the general rage and hate felt by his whole race from Adam down; and then, as if his chest had been a mortar, he burst his hot heart's shell upon it.

Sunday, June 11, 2006

June 10,2006

We had a nice evening at the Cardel Theater with this weekend -- Jeff Shipley arranged for the Elder's quorum and families to watch a movie (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory). The theater was very nice (surprisingly nice -- given that anyone can rent it for free), and the kids had a great time. I seidled up to CJ Burton for a quick lesson about aperture and depth of field -- thanks CJ.

Saturday, June 10, 2006

It's saturday today. It's a day full of ups and downs. Matt decided to wake up at 6:00 am today and that is toooo early for me. Needless to say he has shown his colors today because of fatigue. Gracie had another birthday party today. She made the card herself and it always amazes me how children learn so quickly. She is starting to be curious about cursiv and is trying to print her name all loopy and together. It's really cute. Hannah continues to be a joy. I had a little moment last night when I was talking to someone about her. I told them that I hold her because I want to hold her and not usually because I have to. I love her. I love them all.

Last night we went to President Miller's for a Highcouncil BBQ. It was nice to be at their beautiful home. The food was of course excellent as it was the president's famous tritip beef and chicken. We were lucky enough to bring a roast home and I have to say it is already almost gone. We have been picking at it all day. We brought Hannah to our little party and she was a hit. She only fussed when we started to eat and she was upset because she wasn't eating too. I gave her a little bread but that didn't tide her over very long.

I promised Libby I would put the recipe for Dill chicken on my blog. It's Scott's favorite dinner. Here it is.

Dill Chicken
2 cans cream of mushroom soup
1 1/2 tablespoons dill weed
1 cup sour cream
1-2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 package of onion soup mix
Pour over 3-6 chicken breasts

cook in crockpot for 6 hours on low
or cook in oven covered with foil for 2 hours at 325

serve over rice or potatoes
make extra sauce the more chicken breasts you use.

Monday, June 05, 2006