Monday, February 15, 2016


Clint and Rick were watching TV together last month and they turned on a hockey game.  Clint shouted "I love hockey!!!"  To our knowledge he has never seen hockey, or played hockey before.  We never watch hockey, we know nothing about hockey, and none of us have ever even been ice skating, save for one time when Katie was super tiny.  But Clint from that moment on began using his light saber as a hockey stick and a ball for a puck.  He seems to know more about it than we thought. So I called the ice arena at the rec center and they just happened to have free hockey lessons on Friday nights until the end of the month.  They also were in sign ups for ice skating lessons which I figured might help him play hockey.  Our friend Mark loaned Clint all the gear he would need to get started, and off we went.
Clint spent the first lesson mostly on his butt.  He was incredibly discouraged that he couldn't skate like the other kids.  But his coach stood him up, put a puck in front of his stick and Clint whacked it.  Of course he fell right after the hit.  But the drive to keep going is in him.  The next week he started ice skating lessons, and of course still kept falling.  Again he was a bit discouraged, but he kept at it.  Last night he had his second hockey lesson and lo and behold he didn't fall near as much.  When he did fall he was able to get himself back up, and moving again.
Rick and I are in awe that he could find a sport at age 5 that didn't come at anyone's recommendation, and that he seems to love it as much as he does.  He plays for an hour and come out smelling (and these are his words) like and old dead crocodile.  What a boy!

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Old Miss Molly

Our pup Molly is a pup no more.  She turns 12 this year.  We took her to the vet a few weeks ago to get some fatty tumors removed, and her teeth cleaned.  The Dr noticed some congestion and found that her heart is enlarged.

She's on heart medicine now.  It seems like just yesterday she was our tiny puppy, chewing the carpet,  eating our clothes, and anything she could get her tiny teeth on.

She has been a constant in our quickly changing lives.  She has put up with all the babies coming into our house, and she lets them lay on her, wrestle her, and tug her ears with nary a snap.  She has been amazing with them.  She loves her food more than she loves anything.  She lets me know when it's dinner time, and she's enjoying her pills now because we wrap them in lunchmeat.
She makes me laugh, and she makes me crazy.  Turn your back for a second and she's on the table eating off your plate.  As naughty as she can be she's made herself an integral part of our lives.  We will be making her happy and comfortable for the rest of her life.

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Growing Up

Clint lost his first tooth this week.  He went to the dentist last month and was told that the bottom two were loose.  He didn't know what to do about it, or how to properly wiggle it to make it looser.  But thankfully his big sister showed him how.  At school he was complaining how it hurt so his teacher (Me) yanked it out.  He was so excited!!!  He put it under his pillow that night and the tooth fairy gave him $5!  He is saving up for a new Star Wars toy.

Saturday, January 2, 2016

Christmas Vacation Part 2

Christmas was a blast!  The kids got all they asked for and more.  But three days after Christmas my friend Jennifer and I were off to Salt Lake for a softball workshop at the University of Utah.  Oh my heck!!!!  Two moms and six kids is not remotely easy. I'm talking an insanely good time.   

 The girls haven't picked up their mitts since August and they were psyched to jump back into it.  U of U has a great program for the girls to get some new workout tips, and to work on skill building.  They got a lot out of it.  Don't you love Clint and Dalton watching a movie in the background.  The little kids were such troopers, being hauled all over town, and sitting at the training waiting for their sisters.  

Softball and snow.  Who would think this would happen.  Katie hopes to be a future Ute!  And looking around their campus I'd love her to go here too!

We got home on the 30th and while we had a day to recuperate it wasn't enough time to rest up for the long New Years Eve bash.  Even I was in bed by 9!  Katie and Rick made it till midnight by watching Star Wars.  Clint passed out around 11.  
School starts next week and while I am sad to have to get properly dressed each day, I am excited to see my students and get on with the rest of the year.  After all...summer vacation is only 5 short months away!  WOOT!!!

Saturday, December 26, 2015

Christmas Break Part 1

 Grammie and Papa came to spend Christmas with us.  They had to come between storms and thank goodness they made it when they did because last week was full of snow, wind, and COLD!
Winter in Wyoming sometimes involves quite a bit of snow.  Last year we didn't get as much as we'd have liked.  This year we seem to be getting more.  We got about 6 inches this last week, and so we took advantage.  Exercise involved shoveling snow....
...and sledding!!!

We have a perfect little kid hill behind our house and we all enjoyed making runs down the hill.

Abby was WORN OUT!  Papa gave her a lift home.
My dad turned 60 this year and he was here for the celebration.  That was a treat for us all!!!!  I think all of us adults are going on a major diet after all the celebration the season brings!
We spent two days sledding. Grammie and Papa got all the kids sleds, and they had a blast racing, falling, making snow angels, and enjoying the frozen outdoors!!!

Saturday, December 19, 2015

Merry Christmas

 The kids had their Christmas concert this past week, and since it's near impossible to get us all looking presentable I figured this was the best time to get some Christmas photos of the little angels.  Clint is looking particularly dapper in his snazzy suit.  Two years ago we went to the very same concert, with only Katie preforming, and I told Clint he had to dress up (you nice clothes) he decided to go as a minion.  And while that wasn't exactly what I meant by dressing up, I let him go that way because well who cared right?  But this year he indulged me and dressed very well!
 I can't believe it but this was Katie's Christmas dress when she was 4.  My mom made it for her years ago, and it fits Abby now.  She loves wearing dresses!!!  She can't wait until it is her turn to sing on stage, and it is bittersweet for Rick to think this is the last year she will be sitting with him.
 Katie had a duet in the Christmas program this year on her recorder.  She practiced so hard and was able to be first chair in the concert.  For us non musical folks first chair is reserved for the best player.    Katie is in the oldest class in the school.  We always saw her as our little girl, and I suppose she will always remain our little girl, but she is a leader in her school now and we couldn't be prouder!
These three kids sure do make us proud.  They are such great kids, full of fun, and just enough mischief to keep us on our toes.  Please ignore the mess surrounding them.  It was a busy night getting ready for the concert, the kids give us like 5 seconds to smile in front of the tree before all hell would break loose, and we were running late.  Cleaning up our mess would have to wait for another day.
We wish you all a VERY Merry Christmas!!!

Monday, December 7, 2015

Breakfast with Santa

 Clint wants the Millennium Falcon with Nerf darts

Abby wants a BIG bow for her hair.  

Katie doesn't know what she wants but I sure hope she figures it out soon!  Our school puts on a breakfast with Santa event every year.  This year was particularly fun.  For one Rick didn't have to help cook for the event.  He enjoyed getting to spend the time with us rather than watch from the kitchen.  For another my friend Shonna put together a super fun event, complete with a candy bar...which during set up I may have been the unofficial taste tester.

There were crafts to do which was lots of fun, and now the tree has a few new ornaments!

Breakfast was wonderful, eggs, pancakes, sausage, bacon, and a coffee, hot chocolate, and juice bar (aren't we fancy?!?!)

Abby partook in both juice and chocolate milk, and ate her weight in scrambled eggs.  

It was a great day to catch up with friends, young and old.  There were kids I taught 6 years ago who came back to volunteer as elves for the event, or who came with their parents and siblings.  There were school and church families who we rarely see, and we were able to catch up tell stories, laugh, and reminisce.  I am proud to be a part of such a wonderful community of people, and to call this place my home!