Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Accidental mess and Stake Pioneer Day Celebration

Saturday was our first day of mostly work day for weeks.  It felt good to get our piling projects worked on.  I had worked on getting the house cleaned all week so that we could work on some other things... then on Friday and Saturday we had 7 kids in the house for most of the day and all that cleaning had to be re done.  On Saturday was the worst one though... Jer emptied and cleaned the garage, I took a load of stuff to the dump and went to fill up the gas can so we could mow the lawn.  While he was outside and I was gone, the 7 kids found a spray bottle and "washed" their toys with them on the back porch and had a tea party with it in the kitchen.  Result?  The baby oil that I had in the spray bottle to keep flies off the dog when there were chickens next door was now all over our outdoor patio, the back door window, the toys, the entire kitchen... especially the floor, the walls all up the stairs where kids put their hands when going to get more toys, and the kids bathroom.  It's taken me three days to really clean up the oil from everything.  I'm glad they thought it was water though... if they'd done that knowing it was oil I would have been so much more angry. 

Saturday was the day that our Stake celebrated Pioneer Day.  We had a 5k, pancake breakfast, kids parade, face painting, pioneer games (tug o war, sack races, wheelbarrow races, plain old foot races, etc...), and the fire engine that came to spray everyone down.  We didn't get the kids up early enough for the 5k, and we forgot about the fire engine and left before that, but the kids Loved the races and the parade.  They ran out of food before we got to it, so we had some juice and enjoyed the rest of it.  I do wish we'd stayed for the fire engine though.  Then our neighbor hosts a bbque and firework show every year.  When I say firework show, I really mean the big stuff.  It's what I remember the stadium of fire being years ago.  It's fun to chat with neighbors, lay on your blanket in the grass and giggle with the kids as the fireworks explode above you.  My favorite is Seth.  He had absolutely no idea what we were doing, but I got him to come lay by me... after the first pause in the fireworks he clapped and said, "Yay!"  Then at each pause after that, he'd do the same thing.  The finally was a little too loud for him, but the rest was so cute.  

Sunday morning was hard because of staying up so late though!  It's hard to decide whether tired kids at church is worth it, but I do love the socializing.

Pictures from my phone

This is what I remember from growing up with my Dad.  The daily pile on Dad on his bed parties.  He was such a tolerant Dad... we used to comb his hair with weird things and dog pile him all the time.

And ignore my mess... I pulled out my project box to try to finish some projects and they all got stacked in the corner of my bedroom... one by one I'll get them done or throw them out.  What I love is Seth absolutely reclining to watch our movie about the pioneers.  Complete relaxation.

Love this woman.  She was out gardening and came in for a minute.  She ended up holding this baby that wouldn't look away from her for a moment. 

This is Sam "cleaning" his room.  To be fair, that is all bedding... problem is?  Half of it's Evelyn's bedding and stuffed animals.  Do you think he could fit in the bed?

Cute brothers cuddled up and one got knocked out.

Free Slurpee day from 7-Eleven

Seth was the happiest kid the day I bought this toy for him.  He carts around his trains and sometimes even sleeps with them.  I thought this assortment was especially awesome.  Trains, lego man, My Little Pony, duplo lego, plastic carrots... awesome.

Temple to temple 5k

This is a fun event.  As much as I don't like getting kids out of bed early, I think the temple to temple is worth it.  Jer and Grandpa Robertson ran it.  Amy and her kids, Seth, and me and my kids all walked it.  Jer came back and took Sam to run the last mile or so of it.  Evelyn walked the whole thing with her shoes on the wrong feet and wouldn't let me fix them.  I swear that this event gets bigger and bigger every year.  I don't love being in the middle of lots of people, so I kind of hang back a little and let the crowds go first.  It was fun to see a lady pulling a handcart and a man "driving" a covered wagon.  (It was on his bike).  And the neatest part was that this was the first year that there was an actual finished temple at the end of it.  At the very end of it I ran into my good friend Michelle.  That's always fun.

I love this picture.... so sweet!

Tea party

One of the fun traditions at Grandma Robertson's house is a tea party.  In the past, Diane has been a main tea party preper, but since they've moved Aubrey and Amy have taken over.  I love that it's an all the grandkids thing instead of a girl or boy thing.  Some of the older boys are getting silly about it and it's funny to watch.  James is 12 and he was joking with Aubrey and ended up coming to the tea party with a bow in his hair. Can I just say that children are beautiful and individual. 

Mo Willems

It was pretty easy to say no to buying a lot of souvenirs in New York, but I did say yes to a Mo Willems shirt for each of the kids.  They LOVE them and so do I.   


Ada's friend's Dad died last week.  Ada wanted to do something for her, so she, Lizzie, Sam and Evelyn made her brownies.  Then they took them over in their wagon to deliver.  I love this kind of mess.  Mess for a purpose rather than just to make a mess.


Sometimes I think kids act clueless just to get out of doing something.  Example.... Sam, the 7 year old, has had chores for a long time... but I asked him to mop with just water today because of the oil mess they made on the floor on Saturday (more to post later).  He went down and brought up each of the three mops in turn and asked if he could use it... I have one for bathrooms, one that's the "easy mop" for sticky spills and the one that I actually use on a regular basis.  That's the one he brought up last.  Then he went down to find the mop head for it and comes back with my dusting rags, then some bathroom wash rags, then with dad's electronic cleaning rags.... I tell him that it's  one of the two down there that have elastic on it.  I tell him that elastic is the stuff on his pants that is stretchy and keep them on his waist... he comes back up with a shower curtain.  Non-plussed at this point, I take him down to the rags and pull them out.  I ask him if anything that he's been bringing me have anything stretch on them... he says no, so I ask why he's been bringing them instead of still looking for one.  I help him get it and he takes a good 2 minutes trying to figure out where it goes on the mop when there's only one place.  I finally ask if he's ever seen me mopping and where has he seen it when I'm mopping... he put it on right away.  Yeah, I think today is the act helpless so I don't have to actually do your chore day.

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Evelyn strikes again

After learning about Christ and the 10 lepers in Primary today and after praying for her Grandma Wilcox's broken toes and Aunt Sharon with her baby.... she threw this in her prayer, "And please bless Grandma not to be a leper anymore." Yeah, Grandma Robertson has the flu, not leprosy.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

New York trip

I had a really neat opportunity last week.  My SIL Margaret was the main speaker and the moderator at a Law Conference in New York.  She needed someone to watch her baby while she was gone, so she invited me to come too.  I talked to Jer.  I didn't think that I'd be able to when she first asked me because of my kids, but when I told Jer about it he pretty much dumped me on the airplane and said, "Go have fun!"  It was very hot, but I did have fun.  It was fun to walk around New York, it was fun to have Margaret all to myself for a while, and it was fun to make Hal smile.  He's a very smiley kid.

I asked Ada what she wanted.  She said that she wanted a picture with me in front of a very big building... I said, "Done."

The Manhattan temple.  Last time Jer and I came to New York we went in.  This temple has amazing stained glass and as soon as the doors to the street close, it's absolutely silent inside.  That's a big feat for New York.

The first day, we walked over to where the conference was so have Marg check in.  Then we went to hang out and have dinner after.

He thought all the new sights were pretty cool.

We went to Café Lala.  Amazing food!  It's also the café that You've got Mail was filmed at.  It has a really fun atmosphere and the Cauliflower cheese sandwich is to die for.

Marg went back to the hotel to work on her speech and I took a walk to Central Park.  On the way there I ran into this crew.  Jer and I bought Mo Willems first book back in 2006... last time we were in New York.  Turns out that he was having an exhibit at the city history museum.  We went through that right before we left... I was so giddy to show my kids.  They all love the pigeon, knuffle bunny and Gerald and Piggy books.

I got to Central park just at the right time to see some lightning bugs and watch the sun going down.

I also ran into this lady that had a Pikachu costume.  I asked her if I could take a picture with it, so she handed me the head and said sure.  I thought it was funny that there are all these Pokémon Go players running around and I've never played the game, but I found a Pikachu.

We visited Gray's Papaya after Marg gave her part of the conference.  She said it went really well and I'm glad that she had one thing less to worry about. 

On the subway.

My favorite thing was The Cloisters.  I LOVED all the sculpture, the history, the humanity... as an artist, I love trying to figure out why and what the artist was thinking.  Most everything that we saw was between 900 AD and 1300 AD from all over Europe.  This one was carved out of Alabaster.  This is the kind of talent that I want to achieve.

I've loved these tapestries since I was a little girl watching The Last Unicorn with my family.  I thought these were in France when they were in New York this whole time.  Could you imagine being a Lady in the cold castle stitching away beautiful patterns to cover your walls. 

This doorway was from France and is the only style of doorway with the five dips in the door.

I loved all the different tops of these amazing columns.

This amazing part of the building was a monastery that ended up being used as a stable before being bought and brought to the US.

This section of the building is on loan from the Spanish government.

This is a tiny Book of Hours done for the Queen of France.

Story of King Arthur and the round table.

More beautiful alabaster.

Medieval garden.

Ecuadorian food!  I haven't had it in 11 years, but it was delicious!  The minestra wasn't as good as the stuff that I'm used to, but the rest was marvelous.

Hal wanted some too.

These guys were in Times Square.  It was weird to have Times Square be all walking and no cars allowed.  There were a lot of people.  It was fun to go to the Disney store, and a good reminder to teach my kids about good morals. 

With a stop at Carnegie Deli!

This was Shakespeare's first folio.

Mo Willems!

Thanks Marg!  It was marvelous!