Sunday, March 15, 2015

Lest we forget..

June. She won't be forgotten. The girl is extremely stubborn and has become quite a voice in our family. Her opinions WILL be heard! She's also extremely loving and lovable (as always), and although she demands we take her seriously, she doesn't take any of us seriously. She laughs and giggles (mostly at or with Cole) whenever Geof or I are trying to teach a point, and it's almost impossible to get angry with her. June, thank you for always being such a light to our family. You goof!

When I cut my hair. June brought my pony tail to church mutual that night and was fascinated with it. Had to show everyone. 
She's taking regular piano lessons now and has good posture and strong fingers! 
Basketball. She picked it up!! Made six baskets in one game!
Bon Air's got Talent. Sang, That's No Way to treat a Ladybug, with her friend, Caroline. 
My favorite lunch date. 
Cousin Brielle, Kendall's youngest. 
Finally! Her own AG doll! (;  

..and there's more

Our Dayne..continues on in her creative quests. Geof and I are amazed at what this girl has figured out at a young age: do the necessary (homework, chores, etc) efficiently and without making a fuss, so I can move on to what REALLY interests me (which changes daily; dancing, playdough doll clothing designer, more dancing--which she loves to teach June, and of course duct tape crafting). She is popular at school and happy. Besides her parents, she might have the hardest time leaving Richmond. This year she really has blossomed and I'm afraid to admit that I'm seeing a little bit of a young woman emerge. :((
Lucky to have a heart as kind as Dayne's in our family.

2nd season of basketball. I'm so glad my girls did basketball. I was (am) terrified of this sport. Just want them to be confident. 

And then a few months passed..

..and I felt this urge to write.  To somehow encapsulate my kids in the stage they are now...which is swiftly fleeting. Cole is 12! My baby is twelve. Yes, I know I've already posted about his bday, but I still can't get over that we have an almost teenager in the house. And I can sincerely say that I feel I'm becoming a better mom to Cole and that's nice. So nice. I've let go of all the guilt that constantly nagged at me and didn't even help the situation. What a waste! So freeing to let go of it and accept the present situation, what's happening, and to just live. I did pull Cole out of school two weeks ago, and although I've had to threaten him a few times that I'd send him back to school, overall, it's been a good thing and I'm seeing a much happier, more confident boy. He's excited and possibly a little anxious for our move to Spokane. I hope he thinks of it as a fresh start and a time to make some lasting Friendships. When we drove back from out west this summer, the kids and I stayed at my best friend from middle school, Tiffany's. We told stories all night and laughed and laughed. I want that for my kids. And I know Cole wants a good friend like that. I also know Cole has a good heart and wants to be Good. I think that's why sometimes he isolated himself from kids at school...just hadn't found a group that had the standards that he was used to living. He has developed some new friendships in the last few months, though. So glad.
Cole's favorite, almost daily thing to do, is to go out back, and either with recycling or leaves, start a fire. We don't mind bc it gets him outside and cleans up our yard. Cole has also always been trustworthy with these kinds of things. He seems to be aware of what is dangerous and what's not. Even more than most kids his age. I appreciate that about him. He's pretty self sufficient. I sure love my Cole boy.

Cole made a three layer carrot cake as part of homeschool. Gosh, home school can be great..
Worker boy. Whether it's shoveling snow or rocks, we've kept Cole busy working these last few months. 
Always up for snuggling Junie. 

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

December 2014..already??!

Cole is 12!! He has already gone to three mutual activities and we're so excited for him to receive the Aaronic Priesthood on Sunday. What a blessing for a man to be given a power from God to bless the lives of others. I hope Cole feels a change in his life and a desire to be GOoD.  He has had such a busy school year so far. Spent six weeks in WA this summer after 5th grade graduation, played in CA and Utah and started middle school off with a bang!! Tried out for soccer, decided to do cross country, broke his arm at sky zone trampoline park, ran anyway, and made it to the county wide meet (oh, and he also rocked rec soccer, as usual). He also started cello this year and although he feels very behind bc of his broken arm, he's pushing himself and I'm sure we'll be great soon. He has a new appreciation for piano now...saying it's "easy" and he "loves it". Nice...
Middle school homework has been quite the adjustment with the introduction to multiple teachers and classrooms and "chromebooks", but he (and his parents) are figuring it out...slowly but surely.

Dayne is in 4th grade and is totally social and a relatively easy, self entertained girl. She misses homeschooling (so do I), but loves to give GIVE to her friends and with her new duct taping PASSION,  she's always creating new crafts to gift her friends and teachers. Wallets, flower pens,  back packs,  purses, bracelets. ..you name it. She and June just started dance, and along with Cole, are also doing bball for the winter and continue with piano. Dayne's getting really good at piano. Unlike me, she can play by ear really well and enjoys memorizing songs. She seems to really like piano...especially if I'm not bugging her to play the right notes or get her timing down. .

June. Little June is not so little. Her clothes are all too small and I can barely hold her anymore!! She's feeling more confident in reading and her teachers all adore her. She and Daddy have bonded quite a bit the last few months. .dancing and singing and playing together. Lucky girls have such a good daddy.June is excited to be starting piano and also is getting ready to perform again in Bon Air's talent show.

Geof and me..in the thick of our kids' busy schedule. Feeling okay with it at this point bc it's winter, but will be ready for a change when the weather improves. I recently got my real estate license after lots of studying and hope to be able to help Geof and my uncle Glen flip some homes. If I have a knack for it. ..I might do it for other people as well..

Monday, June 9, 2014

New York City-June 2014

Just a few pics from our trip. Our kids do so well having us drag them all over the city. This is where Geof. is most happy-exploring. I wish I had his stamina. 










Thursday, February 13, 2014

Feb. 2014

Time to post. It's been since November!? It's a snow day outside..so possibly a perfect time to catch up. Cole turned 11 the beginning of December. We can't believe how close he is to being a teenager...and how much he acts like he already IS one! He still plays soccer and has the energy of an active two year old (seriously! He does NOT slow down!), which has helped him in his new sport of basketball. I'm surprised at how much I've enjoyed watching all three of my kids play basketball. I wasn't too excited about signing them up, only because I've never had any interest in the sport, but it's a fast-paced game and it keeps my kids moving constantly. It's been awesome. And all three are doing great! Cole is quick and there's not many that can keep up with him..he's working on shooting and dribbling, but gets better every practice. Dayne is still figuring out the game, but when she's on, she on! She's fast like Cole, and is very good about staying on the teammate she's assigned to cover. Junie loves dribbling (with both hands!) and although she hasn't learned how to run and dribble (but who has at six?), she's mastering the skill and gets extremely excited at making a basket. Mostly, she runs alongside the more experienced (boys) on her team and shouts out, "pass! pass to me!" in a high, cheerleader-y voice. ;)

We spent another Christmas in Richmond with just family..it was nice. We did the usual Byrd Theatre showing of "It's a Wonderful Life". June continues to tell us, "I do NOT want to go to that black and white movie ever again on Christmas". Sorry, June..it's a tradition. We love it. They have christmas carols accompanied by the "Mighty Wurlitzer" and then a showing of the movie, both of Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. I'm sure June will come to appreciate it eventually.

Two weeks after Christmas, Le Anne flies in to watch the kids, and I fly out to Romania! Thea was finished with her 8.5 months of work/study abroad, and Steve and Amy needed someone to pick her up. Lucky me!! It was wonderful. The first few days were only challenging because I like to be social and the nuns were quiet and although most of them spoke "enough" English, they weren't as comfortable speaking it. However, by the end of my trip, we had warmed up to each other (it helps to push yourself on people). I was able to help around the monastery and the nuns were so sweet and kind. Very pure hearts. Adriana and her daughter Diana (Adriana is not a nun, but a doctor, and stays at the monastery most weekends with her daughter Diana) were awesome hostesses (we stayed at their apartment a few nights--when I arrived and when we were leaving) and spoke English so well..it was nice to have someone to communicate with so freely. Adriana and nun Antonia took me and Thea on a two day road trip to some salt mines, a beautiful city called Sighisoara, and my favorite, Transylvania. We went to Bran castle and stayed in a beautiful quaint bed and breakfast there. I wanted to bring my family back!

Thea and I fly back and got home Jan 17, and Friday night. On Sat morning we woke up and drove to Florida to go to Universal Studios/Harry Potter World. It was a cold week in Florida, but we enjoyed it. Mostly though, I was anxious to get back to my renovated kitchen...which I love!

Thursday, October 31, 2013

A little more summer, please?

Here we are almost to November (Happy Halloween, everyone!) and I'm just now remembering to post some pics from summer. Geof and I stole a weekend away and camped at False Cape State Park in August (I think it was early August, if I can remember). It was wonderful. Our dear friends, Arla and Ned Halpin, offered to take our kids so we could get away. On Friday night we went to Kings Dominion (per my request), and then took off Saturday morning towards Va Beach, False Cape being just south of it. Apparently, campers can only hike, bike, or canoe in and we opted to bike in. Fun. Harder than we thought because we got stuck in a HUGE rain/thunderstorm turned to hailstorm, but the following day turned into a beautiful one full of sunshine. Just wish it had lasted longer.






A short time later, I was crazy enough to think a road trip alone, with my kids was a good idea. We did Amish country, some pretty camping near Seneca Lake, NY, and then up to Palmyra. I might have already posted pics from my phone from this trip...

It was extremely fun/hard, but looking back has always been easier for me than the present. In retrospect, it was a wonderful trip full of lovely times and happy kids..and a happy mom. Kind of. Fun story: we were almost to the tippy top of our walk into Watkin's Glen (this was where we camped in NY near Seneca Lake), which is two miles each way, when a woman stopped us and told poor, lazy, June that she was almost there and that there'd be ice cream at the top! I tried to stop the woman from offering further detail on said ice cream, explaining that I didn't have a cent on me. She immediately unzipped her back pack and pulled $20 out and handed it to June, telling her to "hurry up and get up the steps" so we could enjoy our treat! She managed to race up the last 100 steps (there's 832 steps in all!) and made it to the top with little to no exertion. And while eating her cone, she lost her first tooth!!

                                               *pics are not in order














 Pics I just found from our drive. The knife had just been purchased at an Amish store.