Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Assemblies and Friends

The week is winding down and the school year is wrapping up. Today was filled with the kids assemblies and Noah's kindergarten graduation. The cutest was off the charts. Noah was in the back row and sure enough, this girl who is a foot taller than him was right in front. I mentioned it to his teacher and she very sweetly moved him. She rocks!
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And this is Noah and his best friend, Levi. They became great friends this year and plot to go over each others house everyday.
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I wasn't planning on bringing Noah home after his assembly but lots of parents were, so he wanted to come home. Whatever, grades are turned in. Who cares? So, we came home and I made him his favorite....Taylor Swift pancakes.
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This is Ben and his best friend, Andrew. They are like two peas in a pod. They worked on this moray eel project and got to present it together the other night.
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Ben got Principal's List, which is all A's. He also go in to the million word club. 11 kids in the entire school read over a million words. Only two were third graders. The rest were all 5th and 6th grade. Ben was one of the kids who did it. I'm so proud of him and love that he loves to read. This doesn't even count all the comic books he reads. They have to take a quiz on the book and pass with 80% or better for the book to count towards their reading goal. Comic books don't count. Well, they do to Ben!




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Emily got Principal's List, again all A's. I'm so proud of her. She works hard and if she doesn't do well on an assignment, she'll do it again to improve her grade.


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This picture isn't the greatest as Emily was like "Aw, Mom, don't take a picture." But, I did anyway, because that's what us Moms do. I'm just like my Mother. :) This is the first year that I feel like Emily really developed some strong friendships. She always had friends, but she could take or leave them. She really loves this group of girls, and it's sweet to see their friendship grow.

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Thursday, May 14, 2015

Concerts

The last two weeks of school is chaos. I try to take it day by day, but I'm drowning.

The past two nights, the kids had their music concerts. Noah and Ben were one night. The next night was the higher grades, so Em had hers then.

Here are pics of them all dressed up.
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Then, I tried to get all three. The three of them never turn out well. Someone always has a dorky smile and someone else is looking away and someone else is hunched over.
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Here's Em the next night dressed up.
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And, I fail again. Oh well, they are still cute.
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The them of the boys night was a very silly concert.

Noah's Kinder class sang C is for Cookie and Do Your Ears Hang Low.


Ben's class sang the them from Adam's Family, Gilligan's Island and The Flinstones.


The teacher wrapped up the concert and then realized they didn't come back to the ending of Gilligan's Island. So, it started back up again.


Emily's night was a tribute to the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame. We heard everything from Hendrix to The Beatles to U2. I love their music teacher. Emily's class sang No Fun by The Stooges, Danny Says by The Ramones and Good Riddance by Green Day.


It was a great and busy couple of days! We are in the home stretch. Five days of school left.
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Monday, May 11, 2015

Mother's Day

Here are some pics of Mother's Day:

We started the day with our usual waffles and bacon. Yum! I got cards and gifts and Ben even made me a comic book.

Then, we went for a nice hike.
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Then, we went to the pool, and David grilled me a yummy fillet mignon, roasted red potatoes and brussel sprouts! YUM!

Then, I taught the kids how to roll their eyes into their heads.
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It was a nice day.
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Sunday, May 3, 2015

Around Our House

The school year is quickly coming to a close.  They have 14 days left of school!  Now is the last three weeks where everything happens, final reports are due, music concerts are happening, volunteer lunch, field trips, graduation for Noah, assemblies for the other kids.  It's chaos.  

Usually, we have nothing going on for the weekend.  This weekend we packed so much in that I'm exhausted.  I try not to do that.

We went to the zoo because it was free day, and I don't pass up free.  Wow, our sky is really blue.  People who visit often say that and I just don't think much about it.  But, that is a blue sky.

There are some wallaby's behind the kids, buy you can't see them.  Iphone photos aren't the greatest.


It was also free comic book day.  Ben looks forward to it as much as Halloween and Christmas.  They let us take one of everything, so Ben got like 30!  Then, he spent about 4 hours in his room reading.


We had a block party in our neighborhood.  The best was David got out there to jump rope.  He's awesome.  It was a huge feast with tons of neighbors.  I love this little area where we live.


We went to see Avengers.  Ben always had a thing for Spider Man.  For Noah, it's Captain America.  He completed the outfit with snow boots.


My friend from high school, who now lives up here in Prescott, is moving to Hawaii.  They were getting rid of her daughters gymnastics stuff.  I got Emily this beam and mat.  She is in heaven!  So, this room has seen a airplane teeter totter, spider dome and now a gym.  I love it.


We desperately needed a new faucet.  We have for about 5 years.  It leaks and it's nasty.  They took some shortcuts building this house and this was one of them.  I bought the faucet at Costco and David thought he'd tackle it next time my Dad came up.  Well, my Dad and Suzy are on their way to Idaho in a few days and David decided to try it on his own.  I'm so, so proud of him.  It came with some frustrations, but not a single cuss word.  :)  He leaves that to me.


So, that was our weekend.  I'm beat and ready for next weekend.  But, it was fun!

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Taylor Swift Pancakes and Other Stuff

Ben's third grade class won a recycling challenge at school, so they got a park day to help plant trees and stuff. They also got a tree to take home. That's the tree next to his left hand. It's about 2 inches high. I'm going to take a picture as him and the tree grow, providing I don't kill it first. The tree, not Ben.

Noah is OBSESSED with pancakes lately. I made him some the other day. He likes the little silver dollar ones and then he just picks them up and dips them in syrup. I made some silver dollar and then what I call penny pancakes for fun. They are super tiny, the size of a penny. Noah, said, "Oh, they are so cute, just like Taylor Swift." Now, he asks for Taylor Swift pancakes. That's what he had for dinner tonight.

The kids made obstacle courses with every cushion and pillow in the house. Then, they built a fort. They probably played with all of this for about 8 hours this weekend. It's been rainy, can you tell? I'm glad they can amuse themselves with each other and cushions for hours and hours.

I have to write down a few things the kids said this week that just made me laugh.

I gave Ben a pair of 8 slim pants as all of his pants were dirty. He put them on and he claimed they were tight in his crotch area. I told him they looked fine and would stretch out. To which he told me, "They are going to mess up my agility." What 9 year old says that? Ben.

So, this may not be appropriate, but it's hysterical. It's no secret around here that Noah likes boobs. Some guys like legs, some like butts, Noah likes boobs. This was our conversation:

Noah: Why do you have boobs and other girls don't?
Me: Because I'm older. Girls get boobs when they are around 10. Emily is starting to get boobs. All girls get boobs.
Noah: So, Jasmine and Benna (in his class) are going to have boobs one day?
Me: Yes.
Noah: Nice. (with a big smile on his face)

I tell ya, there is never a dull moment around here.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Spring Recital

Today was Emily's Spring Piano Recital. It's always so nice to get together and watch our girls perform.

She looked so pretty in her pink dress.
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I know all the girls are nervous, but they all do so well.
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Here's Em with her piano teacher, Ms. Stacy.
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Here are all the piano girls. Ms. Stacy took on a fifth student a few months ago. It's crazy that they are all 9 and 10 year old.
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After, she got a certificate and a framed picture of her little hands playing piano. Her teacher took a picture of each of the girls hands and they all got that as a gift. It's so cute.
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I watch her little hands all the time as she plays, and I'm just so impressed. She's been playing for a little over 2 1/2 years, and she amazes me with her talent.

Here's a video of her performance. She played Spring, Can Can, Fur Elise and a duet of Aloutte with her teacher.



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Saturday, April 11, 2015

Salad Anyone?

Today, David and I tackled the backyard. We had been neglecting it for 6 months and the leaves from the Fall had sat there about as long as we could take. It was a big job and we worked great as a team and filled up our huge garbage can with yard clippings. I like that. It makes me happy to throw stuff out.

Noah was "helping". Then, he came inside for a bit. Then, when he came back outside he showed us his salad he made.


Yep, that would be some leaves from the yard. Then, he added about the entire bottle of crushed red pepper flakes and some vinegar.

My first reaction was OMG, don't eat that! He was so proud of himself. Can you imagine if he would've tried a spoonful? We'd still be scraping him off the ceiling it would've been so hot