Monday, May 26, 2014
Thursday, Sam did his kindergarten placement test for school. He was supposed to id colors, count to 10, id letters, etc... Because of his interest in Ada's school work this year he was able to count to 100, read the color names as well as id the colors, and read simple words. The teacher jokingly told him,"Sam! Stop being so smart!" He said,"But I just thought of it!"
On another note, my birthday was awesome... We've enjoyed having all our kids in swimming lessons, though they are a little impatient to wait their turns. Ada caught the bouquet at my cousin, Garrett's wedding on Saturday, and Sam has loved playing T-Ball where Ada has decided that it's not as fun as it looked. Probably because you play it out in the hot sun.
Tuesday, May 20, 2014
On a similar note, this last week has been one of firsts. Last Friday night, Ada learned to ride a bike without training wheels. (She could have done it long ago, but she didn't have any motivation to. Friday she saw Sam's friend, Blake, doing it and she asked to try on his bike,) And yesterday marked the first swimming class for all three kiddos... Evelyn and Sam kept begging for more. Ada put her face right in the water without plugging her nose. Sam and Ada also had their first T-Ball practice. I was just going to put Sam in T-Ball with three of his buddies from our ward, but we got to the practice and they only had 6 of the 12 spots filled... Ada and the coach asked if she could join the team. So we did. They had fun.
Monday, May 19, 2014
Thursday, May 15, 2014
Tues, Jer took me out on a big date for a combined birthday/mother's day present. We went to Tucanos for dinner (yum, but I definitely ate too much... I tried refusing every couple of meats that went around... I still ended up really full.) And Jer took me to Solase for a massage. Heaven! I never thought that I'd like massages, but honestly when you are pregnant or just had a baby there is nothing better. I haven't had any leg cramps since Tuesday and my arms that were falling asleep at night aren't doing that anymore... Oh, it's so nice! The last one that I had was just after Evelyn was born... I can't believe that it's been about 3 years... my baby's not that old is she?!
This Mother's Day, I've been thinking a lot about the very many women who've influenced my life. My wonderful Mom and her determination, love, and soooo much patience... my Grandma Ellis and her hugs, stories and songs. My Grandma Wilcox and her desire for education. My Mother in law Judy and her constant acceptance of me as a friend. My sisters and their ability to listen and to fix things. All my awesome sister in laws, whom I've come to love for their different personalities and strengths (I have 9 sister in laws... I really do love them all.) And I have to list Muriel Thoele... she's been in my thoughts this week. She is the BYU knitting lady... she used to sit on the sideline at every BYU basketball or football game and just knit and knit and knit. She was also my Sunday School teacher for 3 or so years in a row. She was the only teacher for our very rowdy class of mostly teenage boys. She loved every single one of us, taught us in ways that we each could understand, didn't lose her temper when the class got too awful, and always always always encouraged class participation. She walked strips of paper to each persons home every week with the reading assignment and any special instructions. She'd visit with each of us when she'd run into us. She gave us all jars full of questions to ponder during the year for Christmas, and she even hosted a couple of 'English dinners' for us in her home (She's from Wales). When her Great-niece came to stay with her during the summer, she called me and asked me to come by... we hit it off and spent the summer hanging out and were pen pals for years... Janelle and I got to stay with her family when we visited Wales. Muriel was never married, but she cared for each of her rowdy bunch as much as if we were her own. I know a couple of kids that were rough that have turned out better even when their siblings have not... I'm sure that it's because of her diligent care. Last I heard, she's not doing very well... she's in her 90's and I'm sure that she's sick of life... but I'm glad that she's been my friend. She makes me better for knowing her.
Saturday, May 10, 2014
Wednesday, May 7, 2014
I hate popcorn in the house. My kids love it... So we compromise and buy it every now and then. Mostly we eat it with Grandma Robertson as our movie treat. I have found that none of my kids can remember the word Buttered. They ask for popcorn flavor... Not the one without popcorn flavoring, that's just Yuck. I can't wait to see their reactions when they learn that popcorn flavored popcorn is really the one they think is Yuck.
Right now, his favorite song to listen to in the car is God Rest ye Merry Gentlemen. I can't get the CDs out of our CD player, so Christmas is still mixed in with the 3 kids CDs and a couple others that have been there for months. As soon as we get in the car, he asks for number 6-6... CD 6, song 6. If Ada interrupts his listening he says, "Quiet, this song is important. It's about Jesus." I never told him that it was important. He just asked what the song was about. Since the one we have in there is instrumental only, I went ahead and sang the words to him. He asked if it was about Jesus, I said yes. He asks for it repeated over and over again. I've reached the limit of two times in one car ride, but I love that he loves the song and that he thinks about Christ.