Friday, August 11, 2017

Is it school time yet?

Yes, I'm ready for my kids to go back to school. They have about 2 weeks left before school starts up again. I think they are looking forward to seeing their friends and teachers again. We've had a pretty good summer, but they are spending way to much time together. They always seem to be fighting.

I am looking forward to school supply shopping, though I don't know what all they need. I guess we could start with the basics and go from there. Andy is starting in the Junior/Senior High and I think we'll get him one big binder with folders for each class, like a trapper keeper. I loved the one I had as a kid. I've seen zipper ones in the store and I think that would be really good for him. He needs to be organized and take his homework seriously. He's so much like me it's scary. I never liked homework either. Sometimes I wish I could talk to my younger self and tell me all the things I need to do for a better future, like do homework. One day when the kids are grown up I hope to take a few college courses. Of course it will be stuff I'm actually interested in and will hopefully do well. I want to learn more math and languages. I'd love to learn Spanish and get better at German.

The kids are doing laundry. I'm scared. I told them what to do. We'll see how it goes. I've also taught them how to wash dishes, but I have to fill the sink with water. If they do it they don't get the water nearly hot enough. Sometimes I make it too hot and we let the dishes soak for a few minutes. I'm trying really hard to teach them the basics of homemaking. I've heard of kids moving out at 18 and having no clue what to do. I don't want that for my kids. Now I want them to make brownies. We have a mix they can use, so it will be really easy.

For my birthday this summer I got yarn from a few people. I really needed yarn and that was all I asked for. I made Emmy a hat, scarf, finger-less mittens, and leg warmers.
 I'm still working on some stuff for Andy.

Recently, Andy and I went on a quick trip to Idaho. Part of the trip was spent on the Snake River. Here's Andy in the cavity of a large rock.
 We had a lot of fun. We were with the church youth group and all the kids were so great. We went to the temple and did baptisms, then toured a food storehouse, then went to the river and explored and swam, then went to an escape room activity, then slept at a campground. Of course all this included eating lunch and dinner along the way. It was great and I can't wait till next time.

Monday, April 24, 2017

We Bought a House

We bought a house. It's just a little thing, but it is big enough for us. I never wanted anything too big. We've been moved in for a week now. A couple days ago one of my sisters asked over the phone if I was all unpacked. Yeah, right! I'll be totally unpacked in two years, maybe.

I'm very excited about the back yard. There are two little garden plots and there is already rhubarb growing. Aw, yeah! Tomorrow, while the kids are at school, I'll try to make rhubarb crisp and rhubarb muffins. I think I have everything I need and I just need to find my recipe box for the crisp recipe. Emmy has a Guide to the Smurfs with a muffin recipe in it that we used to make rhubarb muffins a few years ago and they turned out really good. The kids are pretty excited for the treats. I really ought to make chocolate chip cookies for Derek to take to work. He loves to share with his employees. People really seem to like my cookies and I don't hate baking.

I am getting excited for my family trips this summer. My family is having our last big reunion. That means next time Mom and Dad are not going to pay for everything. Just to be clear, we never asked them to pay for everything, they just knew we could use the help. I've been in charge of the talent show for many of the reunions in the past, so this time I volunteered to be in charge of the games. It should be really great. It's going to be a lot of work, but I've already started making pieces and collecting questions and what not. We will be doing big group games. Before we had games for just the children or teams for Minute to Win It style games. This year I am doing Family Feud, Wheel of Fortune, Match Game, and Giant Trivial Pursuit. I think they will be as fun to watch as it will be to play. Of course I'll be the host for most of these and not participating, and that is okay. I'm not as quick on my feet as some people in my family. Let's just say I'm really looking forward to Match Game. Of course Trivial Pursuit I will be able to play with the others. I love to answer questions. I'll bring several card sets and we can choose which to do or pick a different topic each turn or by player. So, I may request Star Wars questions while the little kids may want Disney questions and Gram and Granddad may want Baby Boomer questions. It should be great. We'll just need someone to be question master and hope they don't mix up the cards. I'm a real stickler about my games. My mom and I made a spinning wheel for the Wheel of Fortune. It just has points, no money. Should work out fine. I made giant dice, 1 foot cubed, for the Giant Trivial Pursuit. I still need to get my game board, yet. I'm knocking around a few ideas, whether to use cardboard or felt, and how big it needs to be. Luckily most of the card sets have the same colors. I'm glad they did that.

About a week after we get home from my family reunion we will go on a big fishing trip with some of Derek's family. Andrew has been 3 years, Emmy has gone 2 years, and last year was the first time for Derek and me. He isn't sure if he'll be able to get the time off this year. He's requested for both trips, but thinks he'll only get one and that is okay. I think he would have fun with either activity, but he'd prefer the fishing. This year I have to get Emmy and new camping chair. She has a little kid one and she needs an adult size now. In my head she is still 3 feet tall, but when she stands in front of me she comes up to my chin. Andy, of course, is my height already. He's only 12, but we have high hopes for him. Yes, that was an intended pun.

Andy and Emmy are making friends at their new school. On Friday they walked home with another little girl who lives somewhere on our street. My kids came inside and she walked on. I've been letting them walk home after school. They keep saying that since Andrew is 12 that I should be okay with it. They are still letting me walk them to the corner in the morning, though. It's very tough for me to let them go without me. We told them that if anyone tried to kidnap them they are allowed to kick, bite, pinch, scratch, or anything else it would take. Not that I'm worried about them being abducted from this tiny little town we've moved into, but that sort of thing does happen. Most children that are kidnapped are taken by the non-custodial parent, so mine would be abducted by psychos. Really makes me feel better.

Tomorrow I am going to search the boxes for my yarn and crochet hooks. I really miss making things. I packed up my apartment 2 months ago and everything went into storage. We were only supposed to stay with my parents for a couple of weeks before we moved into our new house, but then a series of obstacles called for us to start over and find a new house. We stayed with my parents for about 11 weeks and all our stuff was in storage except for some clothing we kept out of the boxes and anything that we bought within that time. It was tough to not be able to have stuff to make things. I started looking at pinterest much more often. I found several crochet projects I want to try. I saw some darling crocheted gingerbread houses for Christmastime. My sister-in-law Heather asked when I was going to give her one and I said this year for Christmas. I don't think it's too early to start making gifts.

Well, it's almost 2am and I'm finally tired so I'm gonna go to bed now. Nighty-Night!

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Too Soon? Nah.

I was talking to my mom the other day about popsicle stick puzzles. She gave me some unused Christmas cards and I got out my trusty paper cutter and the decoupage.  Let's just say that there will be about 20 more of these puzzles coming.

Here are all the sticks in a jumble.

 Two puzzles done.

One puzzle flipped over and reassembled.

The last puzzle flipped and reassembled.

So much fun and so easy to do.

Flaming Gorge

Every year some of Derek's family go on a big fishing trip to Flaming Gorge, which sits on the Utah/Wyoming border. Andy and Emmy have each gotten to go before, but this year was the first year that Derek and I got to go. I pretty much just handed the camera to the kids and here are some pictures that they took.
Of course not everyone who was there was captured on film.

I can't believe it's been over a year since I posted last. So many things have gone on.  This past April there was a Daddy/Daughter dance here in town. Derek took Emmy to it. She had so much fun. Derek's mom made Emmy's dress. She wore a big puffy petticoat underneath so that it would go out.

 The kids got to show off their artwork at the end of the school year.
 Andy's class did a piece of horticultural artwork.

 Emmy's class did these watercolor stream pictures.

We got to go see a musical play this year. The children's theater put on Disney's Alice in Wonderland. Emmy dressed up in her Alice dress from last summer.  Here she is next to Normal-Sized Alice, Shrunken-down Alice, and another little girl we know who also dressed up as Alice to watch the show.

 The kids were in school choir last year. Here they are singing in the city park on Memorial Day. Look at the left side of the stage.

This kids both got awards at the end of school, but I don't remember for what and the pictures are hard to read.

Well, that was all this past Spring. I guess I'd better post my pictures from our vacation soon.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

2015 Family Reunion

So I just got back yesterday from my reunion.  I had so much fun.  The kids and I got to go to Indiana and see my siblings and niblings, and my dad's family and my mom's family.  Three reunions in all.  Crazy!  I didn't get pictures of everything, but here are some.

Andrew and Emmy on the plane at the beginning of our trip Sunday night.

Caelin, Andrew, and Emmy on the way to Middlebury from the Indianapolis airport in our rental car Monday morning.

A visit to the Krider Gardens in Middlebury so that Emmy could sit on the mushrooms while dressed as Alice in Wonderland.

After that we got donuts at the Essenhaus bakery and took them back to our cabin where we were staying.  Andrew had a round creme filled.

Emmy had a long john like me.  I had to cut mine in half and finish it the next day.

The next morning we went to the Essenhaus for breakfast with my sister Naomi and her kids Cooper and Chloe.

Then we went to a shopping center and got this picture outside the toy store.
That's Chloe as Thing 1, Andrew as Thing 2, and Emmy as Curious George.

That night we roasted marshmallows and had s'mores.

Wednesday we went to Bonneyville Mill park and had a picnic.

Then we went to East Park across from where I grew up.  There's my brother Samuel watching out for his little daughter with our old house in the background.

We went across the street to Memorial Park to look at the cannons.  I used to love climbing on these when I was a kid.  Here's Andrew and one of my sister Sarah's daughters.

That night we went to my cousin Susie's house.  One of her daughters found some kittens for my kids to pet.  They really liked the kittens.

Then one of the girls took my kids for a pony cart ride.  The kids would have liked to sit on the pony, but Susie said it wasn't broke enough yet.  I asked Susie's permission to photograph her daughter.

On Saturday morning we went to breakfast with my friend Janelle and her family.  After that we went shopping to find Andrew a new shirt.  That morning I discovered he was out of clean clothes.  We went to Yoder's department store to get him a Shipshewana t-shirt.  Emmy saw this hat and wanted it.  I think she looks like a pilgrim or pioneer.

After my dad's reunion on Saturday some of us went to his brother Glen's house.  We were sitting on the porch talking when all of a sudden we heard this thing come putt-putting out of a garage.  Dad just couldn't resist playing with Glen's toys.

We left for home on Monday and made it as far as Phoenix where we were too late to catch the plane to Reno.  We had to sleep in the airport for a few hours.  Here's Emmy sleeping on me.

Here's Andrew just waking up.

We finally got home 12 hours after we expected, which was fine.  Derek's mom picked us up from the airport.  We were very grateful that someone could make it on such short notice.  I didn't get picture of everything.  I didn't get pictures on Thursday or Friday.  I guess I was just too busy having fun.  Those days we did the talent show, minute to win it games, and my kids and I visited Janelle.

Friday, June 12, 2015

Beauty and the Beast

Tonight Emmy and I got to have a Girls Night Out with Aunt Michelle, Cousin Hannah, and Nana.  We went to Beauty and the Beast Jr.  All the players were kids or teenagers.  It was really cute.  Everyone did a great job, but I think Gaston and Le Fou were my favorite.  Afterwards we got to say hello to some of the cast members.  Emmy knew two of the little girls from school.  One was a napkin and other things.

One was Chip.

We also said hello to the Wardrobe, but we didn't get a picture with her.  Then Emmy got to talk to Belle.  She was very sweet.

I'm very happy we got to go.