The Cutest Blog on the Block

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Home School Campout





The night started out with a dutch oven dinner and then one of the dads told an old indian legend that ended with a chant that started the fire - magically. After roasting marshmellows, the adults visited and the kids played like crazy. These are the same kids that they go to clubs with, park day and Friday Fun Classes so our kids have developed good friendships.

I had been wanting to disect a fish for science and when it came down to it I couldn't get myself to actually touch the thing so Chris Jones did the dirty work for me. I like to look, just not touch. It was pretty cool to see the heart, liver, brains, stomach and contents. Even the eye was pretty cool once the ooze was cleared away.


Porter adopted one of the fish that his friend Dylan caught as his pet. Despite the fact that it was dead, he took it around with him and thought it was a fine idea to put it in a fish tank at home. That one took a little explaining about decomposition.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Big Brother Christian

Dear Christian,
I just want you to know how thankful I am to have you in our family. You are the kind of big brother I think every kid should have. I know it is a hard job at times, but someone has to be the oldest and I'm so glad that it is you. Your brother look up to you and want to be around you and do what you do. This is a good thing because you have so many wonderful qualities. You are brave, friendly, kind, creative, thoughtful, sensitive to the Spirit and a hard worker. You do thing even if you are scared or afraid. You reach out to others and befriend the lonely. I see kindness as you play with your baby brother. You have made so many tools out of random things. If you want a bow and arrow and we don't have one, you find a way to make one. You even made a few racoon traps. You are a great inventor. You think deeply of the things of life and strive to find answers. You are aware of the Holy Ghost and are very good at following his promptings.

Thanks for being the one in our family to grow up first.

It doesn't matter to me what you become, but I want you to be happy. I know you have the tools to walk on that path and make good decisions.

I love you bud!
Mom

PS Here you and Bubs are playing dress-ups at Grandma's house. He loves playing with you and is a very lucky kid to have you in his life.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Lagoon

This was Stafford's first ride ever in his life. I put him in with Porter because I was a little nervous about how Stafford would react. I told Porter to hold onto S. He took the job very seriously. I tried to explain that he didn't have to hold onto his neck, but the message didn't get through.


I took Christian to go on some of the bigger rides and Grandma and Grandpa stayed with the younger three. Here are the three little guys.


I often wonder what is going through my kids' heads. Stafford is very serious right here. I think that he thinks that he is really driving and one false turn will result in a very serious crash - complete with an airbag in his face.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Pioneer Day

We celebrated this day by pulling old fashioned taffy and a BBQ at Granny Day's house. My kids' best friends in the neighborhood are the Day Family. They have two married daughters who give the kids lost of attention when they visit, a 16yo son that has adopted them as the brothers he never had. Also two other girls ages 13 and 9 who are great babysitters. The boys love it there and sometimes go over just to play with their dogs, Copper and Cleo. Anyway, we joined their family for a BBQ at Granny Day's house that is just around the corner. (Gramps was the bishop when Glenn was a boy.) After a great meal, we celebrated with fireworks that the 16 year old started with a blow torch - that was a hit with the boys. Somehow at one point they started dry grass on fire. I'm not sure if it was the 5 year old's idea or the 16 year old. I'm finding they aren't much different as they grow older.

We bought a pre-packaged array of fireworks. I'm certain it was called the Package of Pain. There were not only the loud shrill whistles that make you cover your ear due to the pain of hearing damage, but there were about a million (or so it seemed) of one that is like a strobe light. It is so bright that everyone has to look away due to the pain of eye damage. I kept thinking, "How is this fun?" I'm still not sure, but hurrah for the pioneers and in their honor I now can't hear or see as well as I could before the festivities.

Warrick was so tired that in the middle of the cracks and pops, he curled up on the grass and fell asleep.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Grandparents

Grandparents are magical and so is going to their house. The hard part is saying good-bye.


Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Chuck - A - Grandma


Somehow when my parents visit or when we visit them we often eat at least one meal at Chuck-A-Rama. My younger kids really think it is called "Chuck-A-Grandma". I'm starting to believe it too.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Jolley's Ranch


We often go up the canyon to roast hot dogs and marshmallows. This is a picture of when we went with the Wiltbank family. (We knew them while we lived in Colorado. We lost touch with them when we both moved and then found out we lived only a mile away from each other. Small world.)

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Boys Club - Walking Sticks


For boys club we made walking sticks and then went on a hike.

Part of the hike included the discovery of a rock that when pried open there was a stone box with silver plates in them - they were actually Hersey bars. It was a great object lesson on the Golden Plates by my friend Gloria J. The kids thought it was pretty exciting that they were hidden there. We have been to that spot several times since we moved here and didn't know that box was there until now.

They spent the rest of the morning playing at the park at Jolley's Ranch and running through the sprinklers.

Stafford

Let me explain. My friend printed her blog and I loved it. That is the reason I have started to blog more - for my family history. I realize that posts like this only interest me, but it is here so that I can remember the things I think I'll never forget.

This little guy is not a talker, but he says a lot of gibberish. He can understand quite a bit, but can't quite get his ideas into words just yet.

His first word was, "Mmmmm," said the way you say it when something tastes very good. He used it appropriately too.

His second word was, "Uh-uh," meaning no to most people, but that is pretty much how he answers every question. I guess if you're not sure what is being asked then just say no - it's safer that way.

He can say "Hi!" and "Ma!" and likes to use those a lot. "Ma" actually means "help I'm stuck" too.

He also has added "Ba," for bye.

He clapped and waved way before our other kids, but walked later about just after a year old. His first crawl was more like he was dragging his lame leg. I love to see similarities with the kids and also their differences.

My favorites are when I say hold my hand and we are walking together, his hand shoots up in the air without even looking. Glenn asked him where his binkie is and he walked to the couch and started looking in the cushions.

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Cowboys Can't Have Hunting Dogs



As Warrick and Porter ate a bowl of cereal at the table, Glenn hears Warrick say in a very serious tone, "If you're ever a cowboy, you do not want a hunting dog." Porter replied, "Yeah, you do. Cowboys need hunting dogs. That's what cowboys do." Warrick said emphatically and put off that his brother didn't see the obvious, "They'll hunt down your horse and chickens." Porter saw the wisdom in that point and said, "Oh yeah, right."

Tortilla Roll-Ups

We tried this last night and I really loved it. Glenn even liked it when wraps generally are not his thing. I like summer meals that don't involve the oven.

This is for two. The kids had plain sandwiches.

1 high fiber, whole wheat tortilla/wrap (Glenn had a white flour tortilla.)
1 T. cream cheese (Or enough to cover the tortilla)
2 tsp. green chilies or 505 Green Chili Salsa
1-2 green onions sliced
Shredded lettuce
2 slices nitrate-free sandwich meat (we used ham)

Spread the cream cheese over the tortilla. Add the green chilies, green onions, lettuce and sandwich meat. Roll the tortilla. (Optional slice into 1/2 inch thick circles.)

I got this recipe at cleaneatingdiet.blogspot.com. (I'd make it into a cool litte link if I remembered how. Sorry.)

Thursday, August 6, 2009

The Grotto


This is a perfect hike for young kids. It is short. It has several places to cross the strem on flat logs. At the end is this beautiful water area. Christian was still with his grandparents when we went on thie hike. It is hard doing family things when the family is not complete. We miss Christian.




Suddenly at the end of the hike you turn a corner and this is what you see. (Plus a cute little couple sitting on a rock, so in love. :)

The First Day of School




We started school August 3rd. We kicked off the day by wearing new school clothes and going with Glenn to IHOP for breakfast. When we got home we went to our desks ($1each at the school district warehouse.) and started school.


We're starting school this early in the year because we take a lot of breaks during the year. In the winter, sometimes we just want to go sledding and in the spring, who can sit indoors? Also, my kids are excited about their new curriculum this year and so I thought I would start while the excitement was still there. (Update: that excitement lasted about 1 1/2 days.:)

We are using K12 for Christian's curriculum.

For Porter we are going to use Happy Phonics (A program that focuses on games to learn how to read by Diane Hopkins.) And Math U See for math. I have heard a lot of good things about this math program and I'm excited to try it. I still have not purchased it yet because I'm not sure what level to put him in. I think he could jump to 1st grade math, but I want him to like it so I'm leaning toward doing Kindergarten so that he can breeze through it and feel accomplished and will be on the same level as the kids that are in his grade. He will join Christian for science.

Warrick does workbooks and colors while I teach the others. Often times he can do what Porter does and I just water it down for him.

This is part of Porter's math. There are numbers on each card and he puts and unit cube to match the number.

This is Warrick's version of what Porter did.


All of the boys will participate in enrichment classes each Friday with the homeschool group that I belong to. These are classes that vary from dance and orchestra to health and history. They have good friends in this group and also attend clubs during the week with the same kids.

We are also going to attend a Options Program at a local Charter School on Tuesdays. This is another enrichment program. We will take classes like art, PE, and science lab.

I'm excited for all of these options and opportunities for my boys. Hopefully they will all workout, but if they don't I know I have other options and avenues we can travel.

This fall Christian will also do flag football and soccer and Porter will do soccer too.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Christian


Christian is spending a few days with my parents down south. I miss him! He is a great kid to have around the house. He is sweet and kind and sometimes he is even helpful. I saw some pictures of him at church on a bulletin board and it hit me how the days of a simple eight year old are fleeting. Soon he will be older, have more complex problems, and won't even live in the same home. I want to cherish his youth. I want to enjoy all of his questions (I want to, but that doesn't mean that I will.) and curiosity of youth. I want to bask in his hugs and in him wanting to be in the same room as me. As four little ones flank the sides of me whereever I go, I want to remember that one day they will be far away.

His brothers miss him, his dad misses him, and so does his mom.