Mary

Uranus Project

Dallin had a project to do on the planet Uranus. He had to make a model and write a report. He also chose to make a poster. Of course we procrastinated and waited until the last day to finish it up. I think it turned out pretty neat. Good job Dallin!Did you know Uranus is the farthest planet you can see without a telescope?? You do now!

Teacher appreciation!

So, next week is Teacher Appreciation at the kids' school. I've never done anything for the teachers in the past but this year I decided it would be fun to thank the teacher's for doing such a good job. I thought it would be fun to make them each a cute pencil holder to put on their desks. I think they turned out really cute and I'm contemplating making one for myself! I hope the teachers like them. The first one is for Andrew's teacher; Mrs. Jackson, the second is for Eliza's teacher; Mrs. Westwook, and the third is for Dallin's teacher; Mrs.

Piano Festivals

Last Saturday Dallin got to participate in Festivals this year for the first time and he really enjoyed it. He had to memorize 2 songs and play a 2 octave scale in front of a judge. He practiced hard and it sure paid off. He scored 99 out of 100 points. Some of the judge's comments were: "Fine interpretation, great dynamics, well prepared, good strong chords and control, and you have a great talent!" The 2 songs he played were, "Trumpet Tune" and "Jiggity Jig." Here's a video of Dallin playing "Jiggity Jig" in the lobby afterwards.

Family Fun!

Wednesday afternoon we packed up the car with kids, milk jugs, and guns and picked up the kids from school and headed to the desert. Joseph and Dallin have been talking about going shooting for months and we finally had a window of time we could go do it. Here's the pro taking his turn!Here's the targets (no, that isn't our microwave):Joe took one kid out at a time and helped them shoot his .22 (I think that's what it's called!) While the other kids were waiting they had fun in the car either watching the jugs get hid or climbing over the seats.

Baseball's Opening Day

Dallin decided he wanted to play baseball again this year. It's his first year of regular kid pitched baseball. Last year it was coach pitch and they didn't even keep score. This year they had a draft and everything. We're talking big time folks! His team is the Colorado Rockies (from Idaho). So far he's had a fun time practicing with his team. Tonight they had "Opening Day" for all the teams to get their shirts and hats and have pictures taken. Oh yeah, they also had hotdogs and drinks for everyone but that didn't really pan out...that's a whole other story. We ended up having dinner at Dairy Queen.

Penny's 1st Birthday!

On April 4th our little baby turned ONE! I can't believe she's already that old! I remember her birth like it was yesterday. This year has just flown by. Penny is such a fun little girl and we all love her to pieces. Some of the things Penny has done in her first year include:
1. She's been walking for a month and a half and is so cute doing it. It's weird to see something so little walking around like it's no big deal!
2. She can say lots of words, some of them are: Hi! Momma, Dad, Eliza, Yeah, Uh-oh, meow, woof.
3. She can shake her head no, clap her hands, play peek-a-boo.
4. She likes to be held and is getting quite particular about when and where she wants to be held.
5. She's a great eater and we can't figure out how she can't eat so much and still only weigh 15 pounds.
Overall Penny is a super kid and we are so glad she's part of our family. Now, take a walk down memory lane with me. Here is Penny minutes after she was born.Here she is a few weeks old. So tiny!
Here's the Birthday Girl!! She wasn't quite sure what was expected of her. Once the kids showed her what to do she got mad at them for continuing to help her.She was very interested in what came out of the package. A cute new outfit from Grandma and Grandpa M.She just kept patting this package. The kids again had to show her what she was supposed to do.

Here she is with her new boom box! Look at Molly in the background. She wasn't very happy that nothing was for her. Notice the baby she's holding, that's another of Penny's gifts. Molly adopted it as her's.
Since's Penny's birthday fell on Easter this year I made her an Easter Egg cake. It was easy and still cute.
Singing Happy Birthday!Penny absolutely loved eating the cake. She was grabbing it and stuffing it in her mouth as fast as she could. Here's a little video of her eating. By this time though she had kind of slowed down.

She had 2 plates of cake!!
This past year was so fun having Penny in our home and we can't wait to see all the fun things she does this year. We sure do love you Penny Pie!

Annual Egg Dye Fest 2010

After lunch I boiled up 48 eggs and let the games begin! The kids each had their own technique for dying the eggs. Dallin was a thinker and had a plan for each egg.Matthew did about 4 green before he realized there were other colors!
Eliza was meticulous in drawing on all her eggs. For one she kept saying, "I'm making an evil egg." When she finally pulled it out of the dye this is what it looked like! We all got a good laugh.

Ducklings, bunnies, and chicks, oh my!

After lunch today we headed to CAL Ranch to see the baby animals they had there. Molly loved just standing there watching the animals.They liked watching the baby chicks jump over each other.I think Molly would have been content to watch them all day.

Bowling!

Today was day 2 of Spring Break. I'm using the term "Spring" loosely because it has been winter weather here. If only the snow would stop falling. Anyway, instead of flying kites or having picnics we spent our day doing things indoor. After going to CAL Ranch to see the baby animals we made our way to the Rex and did a round of bowling. It started out fine but after 70 frames the little kids were done. I think the last 3 round Dallin, Eliza, and Andrew bowled for everyone else. Here's Molly amazed that there's such a thing as "real" bowling, all she's known up until today was the Wii.I love this look of concentration.

Roses Just Because

Joseph surprised my with a dozen roses and a box of chocolates! In the note he said something about how much he loved me or something! I think I'll keep him!

Penny Planes

Dallin had a project in school recently where he needed to make something to sell for a section in economics and then bring it to school and sell it. The only rule was that you couldn't buy anything to make it. I was going to have him make some paper clip necklaces and sell them to all the girls. Joe didn't know about my lame idea and he came up with the idea of making some airplanes out of balsa wood (thanks Grandpa Comstock!). Obviously Joe's idea was better than mine, I admit it! So, Joe and Dallin came up with some patterns and started working together. They made 4 planes and tested them. Turns out they needed some weight added, so they added some pennies and called them Penny Planes. Dallin painted them with the help of Eliza (Molly even helped. After I tucked her in that night I heard some noise upstairs. I went up to investigate and Molly was sitting at the table with the leftover paint, repainting one of the planes wings. Oops! She was even using a different color! What a good helper.) Anyway, the morning the project was due Dallin woke up throwing up and didn't get to be at school to sell them.

Grillin' in the snow!

This evening for dinner I decided I wanted hamburgers on the barby. The weather was cold but dry when I turned on the grill. By the time I got the burgers on, the snow had started falling. Brrr. This is how we jump into spring in Rexburg! After Family Night the kids wanted to go outside and watch Joe do some stuff with his RC airplane. It was pretty cold out and here's Eliza all bundled up. For anyone who has seen the movie Penelope, Eliza was trying to look like her.

Sister's Retreat 2010

So, awhile back I got this idea in my head that it would be fun to take Penny and go for a 2 day visit to my sister, Sarah's house. She liked the idea and soon I had my bus ticket and she had the agenda planned. Two days isn't very long but we managed to pack every minute full of fun-ness. I left my house at 1:45 AM Monday morning and rode the 6 hour bus ride to the Boise airport. The ride was long and VERY loud. It sounded like some screws were loose and the thing was going to fall apart. Penny slept more than I did! Once at the airport I got Penny changed and put in my contacts (without a mirror!) and then the fun began. I tried to document our trip with pictures but half the time forgot to take pictures. Our first stop of the day was Great Harvest for breakfast. We shared their giant cinnamon roll. Then off to Old Navy to waste time until Costco opened. I love Costco and wish there was one in Rexburg. Sarah said I had the look of awe and wonder throughout the whole store. I got what I was going for though, MUFFINS!! Both of us picked up some Melatonin supplement; I wonder why we'd ever need that!

The Shamrock Dance

Last Saturday night I got to go on a super fun date with Joseph. We really enjoyed our time together dancing and laughing and holding each other close.

Sewing, sewing, sewing!

Monday morning I pulled out my sewing machine, dusted it off, and got busy! I had quite a few projects just waiting for me to tackle them. First I mended some pants and a dress, then I actually attempted sewing a semi-formal dress. It looked nice...on the hanger. When I put it on before hemming it I had a breakdown. It accentuated all my negatives and ignored my postives. There was NO WAY I could wear it anywhere with my body shape right now. So, sorry, no picture of that!! The next day I attacked my pile! I sewed binding onto 4 blankets, 3 to put in storage for backup gifts or futrue babies and the other one for Miss Penny. Molly swiped her fleecey blanket shortly after Penny was born so I made her a new one. Once all those blankets were done I ended up buying a dress that was too short and I added a 3 inch border to the bottom of it and I LOVE IT! Pictures of that will be posted in a couple weeks when I wear it on a hot date!! Somewhere in the midst of all the sewing I finally finished Penny's crib bumper. I started it 10 months ago and FINALLY added the finishing touches and got it in her bed. Better late than never, right?!

Dr. Jekyll and Miss Hyde

This afternoon Molly wanted to wear this bandana on her head and then she wanted some pictures taken. Here's here little poses.

Reflection

So, I've been in a contemplative, reflective mood the past few days and in the course of thinking and pondering I have figured out a couple things about myself. Every so often I get in this funk where no matter what happens I cannot shake this feeling of gloom. I am presently in that state of mind. Through the use of my journal I have been able to reflect on each day and I realized my solemn state coincides with when Joe is at work for more than 3 days in a row. I think this week he works 8 days in a row with only a couple nights home. I consider myself as pretty independent but it's nice to have the companionship and the closeness of my best friend and lover. When he is gone long stretches I only have the companionship of our six beautiful children.

Fear does strange things.

So, this is pretty much going to be a venting post. Venting my fears of going under the knife! I had a doctor's appointment today with the ear, nose, throat doc and he is strongly recommending me having my tonsils removed. I was so nervous just for the appointment today, I can't even imagine how my stomach is going to feel the day of the surgery. I learned a few things today:
1. I could never survive solitary confinement! I sat in the little room for 2 hours with nothing to do but watch the seconds tick away on the digital clock, and that is precisely what I did. Ok, I didn't just watch the clock, I did mathematically related activites in my head while watching the clock. Without a clock I would've gone nuts. I'm not used to being able to just sit with no noise, no kids, no book, no nothing!
2. I learned that since I've previously had a para-something absess behind my tonsil I'm 40% more likely to get another one and the next time it could be a lot worse (I'm not sure what could get worse than 3 antibiotics and vicadin but I didn't say anything!) and involve my neck and chest.

Eliza grew up a notch today!

For the past 2 weeks Eliza has been begging me, pleading to me, bribing me ("I'll give you a dollar mom") to let her get her ears pierced. Finally, I decided that she was old enough to make that decision. So, this morning she wrote me a note telling me what a great mom I am and that she loves me. The last line of the note said, "I've been wondering if I could get my ears persed today. I love you." I thought, I guess today is as good of a day as any so I took the 3 girls and we headed out to get her ears pierced. I told her that she needed to decide before we left whether or not she was going to follow through and actually do it or chicken out once we got there. She assured me that this was what she wanted to do. So, I signed all the paperwork and she picked out the earrings she wanted and then she freaked out. She denied ever wanting them pierced. I had told the guy that my daughter wanted to get her ears pierced and at this point I'm sure he was thinking "Yeah right lady, I'm sure this was your daughter's idea." After 10 minutes of me trying to soothe her and remind her that she did indeed beg me for this oppurtunity she finally got brave and let them near her.

Bountiful Baskets!!

I didn't want to leave my last post at the top very long due to its graphic nature so here's what new at our house. I heard from my sister all about this great co-op called Bountiful Baskets where you can get 30lbs of fruits and veggies for $15. I thought it was too good to be true but alas it was not. Today was our second time getting the basket. I have to say, this time the fruits and veggies are more to our tastes than last time! It's fun though, you never no what you're going to get and you can't beat the price. This week we got corn on the cob, strawberries, sweet potatoes, tomotoes, pineapple, really large grapefruit type things, apples, cucumbers, bananas, baby spinach, melon, and a butternut squash.