*For Madeline's 11th birthday, Shawn and I presented her with tickets to a Mindy Gledhill concert. Maddie LOVES Mindy Gledhill and has bought quite a few of her songs and listens to them frequently on i-tunes. I was the lucky parent that she selected to bring along with her to the concert (one of us needed to be home with Pace or we would have BOTH taken her.) It was a fun evening with Maddie - we did get a picture of Mindy and Maddie looking into the camera, but Maddie forbids me using the picture as she thinks it is a bad one of herself:)
*My SIL, Suzette, has been dating this guy (Kory) since this last summer:
*Isabelle LOVES to jump rope! She has started attending a jump roping clinic on Monday afternoons, put on by the high school jump roping team (they're really good!!) Yesterday she was practicing a new trick, but couldn't quite get it. I borrowed her rope for a minute and showed her how, but she was still having troubles, so I stood behind her (without her jumping) and held onto her arms to show her how her arms were supposed to go. All of a sudden she forgot and actually jumped while I was leaning over her from behind. My teeth went all the way through my tongue on both sides, and I was seeing stars for awhile. I'm still slurring my speech because I have to try to talk without moving my tongue - OUCH!!
Belle pausing to talk to her friend Cambrie:
Isabelle is so cute with babies:
*Meanwhile, Abram can't get enough of Pace:
This morning he was "helping" me bath Pace. First he scrubbed his head with that spongy scrubber-thing that they send home with you from the hospital. Pace was very patient. Then he helped lotion him all up, putting lotion all over him, but not really rubbing it all in:) When Abram is trying to get smiles he gets right in Pace's face and if Pace turns his head he jumps to the other side and gets in his face again. It's hilarious!
*I'm enjoying Abram's imagination. This is what my entry-way table looks like right now:
This is what it looks like after Abram plays there:
This is where he sat in the car - (dinosaur with a car in it's mouth):
*This was a Saturday job list. I guess Belle didn't want Pace to feel left out! She made him a list of tasks to do and even crossed them off throughout the day as he accomplished them. I tried making the pic bigger, but then it just got too blurry:
*Shawn told Caden, when school started, that he wanted him to do some sort of after -school activity- he didn't care what, but he felt like he needed to stay busier. (Caden NEVER has any homework, unless he is helping one of the kids with theirs:). He's even taking a Trigonometry class this year and still no homework!) Anyway, he told Shawn that he wants to build things. So he and Shawn put their heads together and they planned out some lockers for the mudroom. He and Shawn went and cut all the wood for them, and then Shawn left town. Caden built these all by himself while he was gone:
Under the bench is storage that fits big Tupperware containers for seasonal clothes
We love these lockers he built! Now he is making a few more on the other side of the room, this time designed entirely by himself, and also something for shoes. I will have to add pictures when the room is completely finished! Next he is going to make cabinets in the garage. I can't believe what a good job he is doing!! It's such a great experience for him - he knows his way around the lumber yard and can run a lot -maybe all-of the power tools now.
*These wild turkeys are making a mess of our yard! Literally!! And the crazy bird-brains keep getting up on our trampoline and leaving great surprises behind... which is unfortunate because the kids really enjoy the trampline the most in the spring and in the fall. Lately, soon after everyone gets home from school, the kids all go out and jump for awhile. The little boys are very disappointed when Caden can't come jump with them because he hoses off the tramp for them:)
*Nolan made treats for family home evening this week. He chose Peanut Butter Balls. I will include the recipe because my kids love them...they are delicious AND nutritious!
Recipe is as follows:
Peanut Butter Balls
1/2 C. Honey
3/4 C. Peanut Butter
1 tsp. Vanilla
3/4 C. Dry Milk
1/2 C. Oatmeal
1/4 C. Wheat Germ
Roll into balls and eat them up!
Anyway, I got a kick out of Nolan's PB Balls. Usually we make them large enough that everyone gets about two a piece. He was so pleased with himself because he made 52 or so of them and figured that THIS TIME everyone would get at least four!!! Some of them were very minute indeed!:
*Last night we went to Kami's choir concert. Last spring Kami tried out for this choir and she has been really enjoying it! She accompanied the choir for one of the songs and did a fantastic, flawless job! She didn't looks a bit nervous, but she said that she has never been so nervous - she felt like her whole body was shaking, even the insides of her stomach!!:) She has never played for such a huge audience before! Kami after the concert with her supportive friends, Carli, Annie, Chloe, and Maryn (who also sang in the choir)
A group of the local boys that agreed to have their picture taken: