Thursday, January 31, 2008
I took Max out for a bit after he woke up from his first nap. He is SO cute bundled up in his little blue snow suit!
We watched Geoff & Justin play a little snow baseball. Geoff likes this form of baseball as there is an endless supply of snow baseballs, and he doesn't have to chase & recover them! Justin (and Geoff) love to EXPLODE each ball!
Wednesday, January 30, 2008
and invited him to go with he and his family. I told him he could go on one condition...that he take pictures so I could blog the happy occasion! This is what I got...
Last month Justin recited "The Living Christ" which he had memorized. This month, he brought the Valentine perler bead train he made, and showed the kids how he made it. They all really loved how he made his own pattern and made it 3-D.
I LOVE this group of home schoolers. The mothers are amazing and have become dear friends and inspiring mentors. The kids are incredible.
Me on the other hand, will type a few words in the computer for a book search, then stop and go get Max who is attacking some innocent little girl. Come back, type in the rest of my search, and go retrieve Max who is now kicking the library blocks around like a soccer ball. I try to memorize the location of the book I'm trying to find while Max wiggles and squirms frantically. I find the 300's for a Titanic narrative for Justin, and wait...where is Max?? Wow, he almost made it outside! Back to the 300's to find 392.1. I almost find the .1 when I hear, "Oh, how cute...I wonder if he's our new volunteer!" Max is behind the library check out desk. Go get Max, and finally I find the Titanic book. But wait, where did Max go? Of course, he's eating the soil out of one the the plants, Yum! And there you have it, the first 10 minutes of my library visit. We stayed for over an hour. The story doesn't change much, it's just 50 minutes more of Justin enjoying his books and me chasing Max.
This is a picture of the reading bears they have in our library. Justin will read there, and Max tries to pull thier eyes out.
When we came back from our school activity, I put Max down, and Justin & I headed outside for another three hours to make yet another snow creation. Justin loves doing snow sculptures, and like his Nanna, is quite talented. This time we are making a snow diesel. He wants it to look like the one he is trying to earn. So that was my other three hours spent as a volunteer slave laborer for Justin--I shoveled and packed while he directed, sculpted and carved. Here is a picture of the finished product, and a picture of the Temple he and Geoff made while at Grandma's house in UT a couple of weeks ago, and the train they made at Nanna's house last year.
Tuesday, January 29, 2008
Monday, January 28, 2008
Max has 2 FAVORITE books that he brings to us to be read at least daily. He LOVES these books!!!:
We love all of Sandra Boynton's books...they are great!
(We've been memorizing the scripture found in 1 John 4:7-9.) There's nothing like a child who internalizes what he is taught!" Maybe we should celebrate His love this coming holiday!
Now I have someone who is on my side...MAX!!! Like myself, Max likes to discard things rather than retrieve them from the trash... although he has very little digression. Yesterday, we found the following items in two trash cans, the bath tub, and his laundry basket...two of our handset phones, various toys, some of Justin's socks, a couple of kitchen utensils, two pacifiers, a few squares of toilet paper, and one of my shoes.
A week ago, I predicted Max to be a soccer player, but now I'm beginning to think he likes to play basketball!
Sunday, January 27, 2008
One of my favorite passages of counsel from President Hinckley given in 1995 & 2005 General Conference:
Now my brethren and sisters, the time has come for us to:
DeMourdants are wonderful friends. I LOVE when you make a connection with a family where ALL members love the association. We love spending time with them!
Saturday, January 26, 2008
Friday, January 25, 2008
Karen paid Justin generously (again) with an almost completed coin collection of the 51 states' quarters. She has collected all but 5 of the coins which are yet to be printed this year. Justin came home and searched the house for all our quarters to see if he could find the 'Utah' quarter, but had no luck. What a fun payment. Above is a picture of Karen, and Justin with his new coin collection.
After the movie, and Justin in bed, we worked on finishing our home plan. We have a goal to submit it for approval by the end of January. We've really been trying to simplify it, and design it so we can live in it and finish parts of it later. It will be a single level, with a basement. As we were trying to decide whether to have a full basement or not, Geoff suggested that we build a full basement and leave part of it unfinished for now. I asked if we have need for the other part. Geoff's response made me laugh, "of course we need it! We're building this house to stand through the millennium, and we can finish those rooms for Jacob and Oakley!" Of course, I couldn't refuse... and Geoff is truly designing a house to stand for all time! The question really is, will WE stay there for more than a year????
Wednesday, January 23, 2008
I realized at that moment that he has been spending too much time with his dad designing 'green' homes!!!
We're practicing up for the Olympics! Having good snow isn't so common here in Eagle, so when it comes, it is so fun to play! Today, we did a lot of sledding. We starting in our own back yard (which has a great little hill), and after we put Max down for a nap, Justin and I sought out something a little more exhilarating. After about an hour of searching the hills, we found the perfect spot and sledded another hour. We came out with only one minor finger injury when Justin ran into a tree. All in all, it was a great day. We hope it snows again soon. (The pictures are from our back yard.)
Tuesday, January 22, 2008
The story was about a man named Dr. Dolittle. He could talk to animals, because his parrot
My favorite part was when Doctor Dolittle made the pirates into seed farmers for the canaries.
Monday, January 21, 2008
Ironically enough, he chose the biggest driveway on the block. We agreed that we would just shovel it for free, so people would see what a good job he does. So we bundled up Max, Justin & myself, and headed over. After a few minutes of shoveling, our neighbor Karen came out, and thanked us for shoveling her driveway. I told her about Justin's career plans, and that she was the lucky recipient of a free 'shovelin'.
I must say I was VERY IMPRESSED with Justin's determination to do a good job. He shoveled hard, and kept at it until the driveway was clear. When he finished, Karen 'tipped' him $10. WOW!! She also asked if Justin would be interested in always shoveling her walks. He was so excited, and is hopeful for a prosperous career.
Friday, January 18, 2008
The parrots were shy, and didn't want to do many of their learned tricks while they were in so much company (10 little children and several moms). But, we are told that anytime they hear the phone ring, they say, "hello." At 5:00 pm they want to watch the news with thier family and squawk relentlessly until they are let out of their cage (When they squawked, the sound was practically deafening. Justin held his hands over his ears most of the time we were there). They also know how to whisper! They were very big, with brilliant colors. It was especially fun to see the Macaws, as we are currently reading Dr. Dolittle, and Dr. Dolittle's trusty guide is a clever Macaw.
We only anticipated observing the parrots, but then they brought in their dog, Benny--the BIGGEST dog I have ever seen. To be licked by this dog, was to take a bath. I kept my distance somewhat, and the kids LOVED him!
Wednesday, January 9, 2008
We Miss Oakley SO MUCH!! Needless to say, we go forward with the knowledge that Oakley (and Jacob) will be apart of us again soon. Gratefully we have so many wonderful memories that bring many smiles and laughs. We all love to remember moments with him.
HAPPY 4TH BIRTHDAY OAKLEY...WE LOVE YOU!