We've actually had some pretty big things - actually, one big thing - happen around here, which is one of the reasons I haven't blogged about the little things. I keep thinking, "I want to write about this," but then I don't want to write about it until I can post about the big news, and then I go to bed at night instead of blogging, and I get so far behind.
Anyway. Time to get caught up.
Halloween was crazy. Brian and I went to the hospital, because it felt like I had the beginnings of appendicitis. It turned out it was only the stomach flu, but I promise it didn't feel like any stomach flu I've ever had. We were there for a couple hours and came home just in time for Brian to go trick-or-treating with the kids. Brian's parents came over to watch the kids while we were gone, so they were the lucky ones who got to get everyone dressed in their costumes. The tights I laid out for Rebecca were too small, and Marcus broke the zipper on his air force costume, so Grandma had to sew him in. I also didn't get any pictures. Brian's mom sent me the ones she took, but now I can't find them on my computer.
Nevermind. Found them! Nope, these are the after trick-or-treating pictures. It works.
Marcus had a colossal Minecraft birthday party. He invited six kids from his class along with their families, four or five families from the ward, our whole family, and the Burtons. We had it at the church, because that is a lot of people! Normally we don't do huge parties, but he kind of didn't get any birthday at all last year. I remember it was around February-ish and we were at Costco, and we decided to buy a cake, and then I was like, "Let's put candles on it and it could finally be Marcus' birthday cake!" He didn't go for that. I don't remember why he didn't have a birthday last year, though.
So we invited a huge amount of people, and the only ones that showed up were family and the Burtons. Honestly, Marcus was a little sad his other friends didn't come, but I think it turned out great, and it was so much more comfortable for me to be relaxing and enjoying instead of feeling like I have to mingle and entertain.
|More Minecraft food!|
|We had the Great Kobini come do a magic show. This was his first birthday party magic show, and he did a great job! (We didn't know him before, but it turned out that his dad and Brian went to school together.)|
|Gary likes Oreos. A lot.|
|Blowing out the candles.|
Alyssa started going to McLoughlin Middle School. She is having a blast!
She kept losing her temper with us, so finally one day I asked, "What's going on? Why are you so angry?"
She responded with, "I never see my cousins. I never see my friends. I never see anyone!"
Brian, Alyssa, and I had a talk the next night where we explored our options, and chose to give middle school a try. I registered her the next day. She has all of her classes with her cousin, Callie, and her other two cousins are in the same team, but on a different schedule than them. She's giving band a try, playing the flute, and she's making good progress. She gets frustrated sometimes, but really, she's catching on better than she thinks. We've been practicing together for the last two days, and her tone has improved a ton!
|First day at McLoughlin!|
Ethan's still homeschooling and attending MCP. For the most part he's working well on his own, and it's amazing how much more time it feels we have to only have one child to teach instead of two. He just started learning how to code, and he's loving that. Yesterday we were walking into Costco, and he was telling me that circles have sides. I was trying to tell him that every math test I've seen says that squares have four sides, triangles have three sides, and circles have zero sides, because they don't have any corners. The man walking beside us kept smiling, and then he said, "I hate to tell you this, but he's right." Ethan then explained that he drew a circle using code, and he had to turn a corner lots and lots of time to draw a lot of sides.
Soccer ended, so we have our Saturdays back. Ethan had improved a ton this year. He's a lot more confidant in his abilities, which means he's going for the ball more. Marcus loves soccer so much. He's lucky that his team has decided to play indoor soccer through the winter. I don't know when that will start up again, though.
|Normally I'm not a big fan of doing trophies for the kids, but Marcus cherishes and loves his trophy so much.|
|I don't remember who Becca was talking to, or if anyone was actually on the phone...|
|Thinking of his wish|
|Wishing. He smothered that cheesecake in caramel sauce all by himself.|