Sunday, August 21, 2016

August 21, 2016

Logan got the idea in his head that he wanted to do a sewing project.  I told him he would have to wait for Nana to visit, then she could help him...he had other ideas!  He asked Kessiah to help him...and those 2 got to work creating an emoji pillow.  I'm told Logan did almost all of the sewing!

One day this week, some of the kids were bored and decided to get creative!  They made a "river" from tin foil and the hose...then made boats out of tin foil to float down their river.

As part of science this week I had the 4 youngest do a STEM challenge where they had to build something using certain criteria...I actually let Mason and Corbin build whatever they wanted.  Sienna and Logan each had to choose what they were going to build and then were allotted a certain number of materials based on a budget.  They complained at first and even said it was impossible...but then they started trying to figure it out and did a great job.

This is Corbin's "thinking pose"  He sat there tapping his index finger on his head saying "I'm thinking"

Logan built a tower

Sienna built a bridge
Here are a few pictures from our art class this week.

Mason came home from church today with this picture he had drawn in Primary.  It just made my heart happy to see it.  I love my family so much...they are my everything!

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Summer is wrapping up

Summer is coming to a close.  We got back into our regular piano lesson times this week.  Early morning seminary started...Kessiah now has her driving permit so she drove to and from seminary every day!  Classes begin for Kessiah and Jenessa this week.  I think they are both ready to get down to business again.

We have been watching a lot of Olympics this week...although it is interesting to me to see how we had it on almost constantly at the beginning of the week but by yesterday it was only on for a couple of hours.

We started up our co-op with the Nyman's this week.  Our plan this year includes art, math, and a book club...I'm excited to see how it goes.  I got us started this week with art.

Kessiah and Jenessa got to ride horses this week for YW...they had a great time and want to be able to do it more often...we'll have to see how our schedule works out this fall.

Ryan had his birthday this week.  I thought Sienna did a fabulous job at helping Corbin and Mason come up with a creative idea for a birthday card.  Kessiah also helped Logan fold a paper plate into a cookie holder (he made snickerdoodles all by himself!).  It is great to see my girls growing up to love and serve their siblings.  And just because I didn't see Jenessa so anything on this day doesn't mean she doesn't do a lot to help with her siblings!

Sunday, January 31, 2016

January 2016

We are back in the swing of things with school, early morning seminary, and piano lessons. Seminary got off to a rough start because of the weather.  The first 2 days back were find...but then we were supposed to get 4-6 inches of the rest of the week was cancelled because of 2 hour delays at the public schools.

Logan and Mason are playing basketball with the YMCA.  We were excited when we found out that they were forming some teams in Prescott Valley and we wouldn't have to go over to Prescott.  They each have a practice once a week and a game every Saturday.

Sienna had fun this month in activity days...they spent one week cutting out maxi skirts and the next time they met they sewed them.  I went with one of our machines to help her...that was tough for me as I always delegate any sewing activities to Kessiah so I am way out of practice!  But she did a great job and the girls enjoyed showing them off at church.

We have our Shakespeare club up and going again.  This semester our plan is to perform the play "Twelfth Night" in April.  We have a community theatre whose director is going to help us.  Here are Kessiah and Jenessa at the auditions.

Friday, January 1, 2016

Happy New Year 2016

We started off the new year by trying something new...geocaching!  Ryan downloaded an app on his phone and we headed over to Watson Lake.  We found our first one fairly easy.

The second one we could not get to without a kayak because it was on a small island...and we had to get to another island before we could even get to the island that was our goal.  Everyone got to the first island...but I stayed on the mainland.

The third one was nowhere to be found even though we were in the right place.  It was a fun adventure as we didn't stick to the trails as we just followed the compass in the right times that made me just a little nervous!

Friday, July 31, 2015

Idaho Summer 2015

We enjoy going to Idaho every summer to spend time with Ryan's family.  It is the only time our kids get to see that side of the family.

We spent a wonderful day at Yellowstone.  It was fun to go hiking and enjoy the beautiful surroundings and catch glimpses of wildlife.  Some of us watched Old Faithful go off twice as we waited for the second group to catch up...and we were all hungry at lunch time! 

We also spent some time at a park while one of my nieces had a softball game.  The younger kids had a great time running around on the grass.

Utah/Idaho Summer 2015 Part 1

We enjoyed some time in Utah and Idaho...and ended up leaving Kessiah for an extra two weeks.  Nana and Papa were able to take her to an outdoor adventure camp that is part of her school.
On our way up we stopped at the Glen Canyon Visitors Center to eat...some went on the bridge.


Kessiah, Jenessa, Sienna, and Ryan had fun at Big Rock Candy Mountain doing some ropes courses.  During that time I had the boys in Richfield where we went to the park and went swimming.

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We went to Yellowstone with Kerry & Patty's family.  We enjoyed seeing "Old Faithful" and going on a couple of hikes.  During one part of the hike we went down a fairly steep hill to a river.  The little boys thought it was great fun to throw sand and rocks into the river.

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We don't always take the time to drive by the Idaho Falls Temple.  It was undergoing reconstruction so we couldn't get very close.

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