Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Becca's a Ballerina

Becca had her first day of ballet today.  She was beyond excited.  The minute I told her she would be starting today, she ran and got her ballet bag and started pulling her leotard out.  It was kind of a bummer, though, because we hadn't bought tights yet, so she couldn't get dressed until we got to the studio.  (I've learned my lesson: buy the thicker, expensive tights at the studio, and you'll end up actually saving money, because they actually last.)

She loved every minute of her class.  She was in ballet heaven!

Such a small class!

In other news:

1. The waffle iron died. 

This is the waffle iron that Brian would bring over to my apartment building and plug in in the hallway to make me breakfast sometimes when I was an early morning janitor.  It was too early in the morning for him to be allowed in my apartment, so we ate out in the hallway. 

Now it's missing two legs and the bottom handle, and we're on the hunt for a new one.  We have an awesome flip-over belgian waffler iron that my parents gave us for Christmas, but Becca and I are the only ones who prefer the thick waffles to the thin ones, so we definitely need to get one for the rest of the family to enjoy.

We had Cousin Callie spend the night, and Alyssa had to get a picture of her with Callie the Cat.

3. We did awesome with getting back into our morning school schedule today.  I got up to work on editing my book, then I went running, and when I got back Ethan and Marcus made their beds and got ready for the day, and Marcus had time to eat breakfast without me having to say, "You're going to be late!  Go get dressed so you can eat and get going!" 

So we're making progress.  This has been the first morning in a long time that I've worked on my book.  I'm trying to go into ultra get-it-done mode.  The original goal was to send it to publishers at the first of the year, and I've got to get a move on if I'm going to make that.  It's fun to go back and read through it, but I admit that it needs a lot of work.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

School Is In Session

School started this week.  Marcus is doing first grade at McGee and Alyssa and Ethan are both still at home and MCP. 

Becca opened the door as he was leaning against it!

Alyssa and Ethan started at Jackstown University on Wednesday, and they have done great the past couple of days.  I suppose it helps that our K12 courses didn't process until today, so they've only had a few classes to do. 

We got laptops for school this year, which is turning out to be completely awesome.  It means the kids log into Homeschool Planet each morning and can easily see what they need to do, and they can both do their Teaching Textbooks at the same time, instead of waiting for their turn on the computer. 

One of my goals this year is to take more time to have fun.  I want to make sure we're going to the library each week, making cookies around holidays, playing games together.  I know I'm going ot have to force myself to do that sometimes, because it's really easy to get caught up in the "have-to's" of cleaning and school work.  But we can't have fun if we don't get the work done, so I think having things more easily accessible and more streamlined is going to be a great thing.

We're studying the Old Testament this year, and just going through the lessons for Discover the Scriptures and putting them into our Homeschool Planet planner was such a fun thing to do.  It took me two hours to go input all the lessons, and it was so fun to go through a quick overview of the Old Testament.

Marcus' teacher seems great, and even though he was upset that he didn't get a laptop along with the other two kids, he's happy to be at McGee, and I think he's going to have a great year.

Lewis Company Picnic Picture Overload

Making biscuits with Aunt Kim

Sweet Baby Clyde was not impressed.

Phil vs Dave

Grandma Roses got TONS of ice cream!


 Alyssa turned twelve this past month.  She's excited to be in Young Womens, and I'm proud of the young woman she is becoming.  She is helpful and loving in our family.  She is doing a great job with her school work.  She is just awesome!

We went to Fujiyamas the night before her birthday with cousins.
Bunny Dave, Sara, Kayleigh, Sariah


Jed (Chubbs), Annaliese, Birthday Girl, Bead Necklace Brian

Marcus, Tegel, Ethan

We had a huge get together with the whole family on her birthday.  We would always go to the Hanford Company Picnic each summer while growing up, and we were able to continue that tradition even as adults, but now that Dad is retired, we can't go anymore.  So we decided to have a Lewis Company Picnic!  It just so happened that the only time it worked was on Alyssa's birthday.  Her special day wasn't full of fabulous birthday happenings, but it was a pretty great day.

She had so much fun this is the most she held still for a picture.
 We celebrated again on Sunday at Grandma and Grandpa Jacks' house.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Let's Just Shove All Of July Into One Post, Shall We?

 1. We've found the best recipe for baked french toast.  We make it using Hawaiian bread, and it turns out so yummy.
I have such good helpers!

snitching some brown sugar

2.  We went to the 4th of July Parade.  We parked right by Pasco High and walked down to Sylvester, and it was fun to show the kids where I went to high school and Seminary.

cousins in the middle school marching band

3. I love this kid.  I have no idea what's on his nose.

 4. We finally got a table for the patio!  We've spent a few evenings playing games as a family.  Apples to Apples didn't work, because Marcus doesn't read well enough to know what's on the cards, and the kids didn't know half the people or things on the cards, anyway.  "Who's Fidel Castro?"  Carcasonne was a big hit, especially since the m&m's were the perfect colors to be our score markers.

 5. Rebecca's 3rd birthday.  Oh, how I love this girl!  She is such a sweet thing.  She loves to help, especially in the kitchen.  If she sees me in the kitchen, she's immediately asking for the step ladder so she can help.  We got her a toddler bike, but found it was a bit small, so I then took her to Walmart to exchange it and get something a little bigger.  We spent the day as a family, then Brian's dad came over after dinner for cake.
She came to get me - "My birthday is in the kitchen!"

We at least put pants on her before taking her to the store.

She had a hard time pulling the present out of the bag.

A really hard time.

But she loved it once she got it out!

 6. Brian and I went on the Youth Trek as a ma and pa.  It was hot (106 degrees) and slightly horrible, but such a wonderful experience.  Hopefully I'll do a complete post on it when the stake posts the pictures, since we didn't bring our cameras or phones.  Our family made our flag on the first afternoon, after trekking through the heat and dust and resting for a couple hours, recovering from heat exhaustion.  We were proud of ourselves for making it through the first day, but we knew there were still hard times to come.  They tried to keep us hydrated, but I don't think anyone was prepared for what such high temperatures would do to us.  We had one "son" dry heaving on the side of the trail at one point, and just before doing the hard rope pull, Brian had nausea, dizziness, and tunnel vision.  We trekked into Zion (Bing Canyon) the next day, instead of following the original route, and it was so much better to be on the grass and in the trees.  On Wednesday and Thursday we trekked out of Bing Canyon, then right back to it, so we could still get a feel for what the pioneers had to go through without killing ourselves.  It was such a fun time, and I fell in love with all the kids in our trek family.  My favorite part of the whole week was the women's pull.  Sister Wamsely and Sister Freeman gave great talks before it, saying that the point of it wasn't to show off for the guys and shove it in their face that we could do it, too, but they said the point was to work together as sisters to get through hard things.  Walking up the mountain with two of my girls (the others stayed behind that day) and talking about how we need the Priesthood and how the women work with the men as a team, and how we can make it through hard things as sisters was such a spiritual experience.  I couldn't stop crying when we made it to the top, and the medical staff kept coming to me, squirting me with water and asking if I was okay.  I was finally able to convince them that physically I was fine, and Brian hugged me for a few minutes.  I tried to get things under control, got myself to stop crying, then said, "Okay, I'm fine.  I'm fine now....No, I'm not!" and started crying all over again.