Finally I noticed some peel on the floor and when I turned the orange over, this is how it looked:
Kami with a family that she loves in the Phillipines:
And one COOL dude!:
Nolan has been involved in this activity called "battle of the books" at school. He LOVES to read and there was a list of books that he had to read, and then they formed into teams and the teams compete against each other answering questions about the books. The competitions have been going on for a month or two, and he would come home about once a week and say, "we had a book battle today. My team won!" This week he told us that they were having the final battle and he had made it to the top two teams. He mentioned several times that he really wanted Shawn and I to come to the "battle". We asked him if parents were allowed to go watch, and he checked with his teacher and she told him they could. We had NO IDEA what a big deal this is here!! ALL of the parents were there, and they were talking about all of the studying that their kids had been doing and asked me if Nolan studied for a long time the night before. (He hadn't). The parents informed me that the winning team would go to regionals. I think they even have nationals. I was glad that we went to watch!
Nolan answered every question for his team but one and we were really proud of him! His team ended up losing by three points, though. I guess we know to take it more seriously next year, if he wants to do it!
His team is on the right:
I took this one before the "battle" began:
Holding their second place plaques:
I had a tri-stake leadership meeting in the tri-cities that the bishop had me attend on Wednesday night, and didn't get home until 10:00. Shawn had been telling the girls they needed to go to bed, but Isabelle said that she needed to talk to me first. She had something weighing heavily on her conscience, and told me that she and her friend had skipped mutual. She said that they got there early and went upstairs and got talking, and when they noticed the time, they realized that they were 15 minutes late. They were worried that they would get into trouble, but still headed down to go in. They reached the door and a leader, that they are scared of, was standing right in the doorway, so they chickened out and headed for the bathroom where they stayed until it was over. She felt TERRIBLE and said that she was never going to do it again!! What a little sweetheart! I love that she tells me everything and has a healthy conscience. Also, she said that it was fine if I blogged about it:)
The view from my kitchen window one morning:
We've been making an effort to do better about keeping the Sabbath Day Holy around here, and one thing, among others, that we have been working to do is to have church clothes ironed and ready the day before. It's always interesting to see what kids have done with their clothes the week before. Abram apparently decided that his white shirt was clean enough to wear again and *amazingly enough* hung it up. Shawn and I got a good laugh about the way he hung things:D
Shawn happened to see Pace crawl out of bed one morning, and called me to come see. Pace didn't want to take the time to look for pajamas the night before, so he stuck his legs into the arms of the shirt he had worn that day and used it for pajamas...