Monday, July 31, 2017

Long haired cat

When we got her, she wasn't long haired. Within a few months she had thick pretty and hard to care for fur. For a couple years I would cut out the big knots as they developed. This year we just bit the bullet and shaved her. She has a little lion tail. The kid's think it is hilarious.

Catch up

There's a lot to catch up about, but to start.... this picture.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Growing up

Ada learned a new skill today. She learned that mowing is harder than it looks but that she can do a good job anyways.

Helping in Nellie's house

We actually got to help Nellie for a minute. We went to wish Grandpa a happy birthday and ended up getting nice and dusty. Seth loved being in there... I think they all enjoyed it except Evelyn.  I'm excited to see how it comes out. Janelle has a beautiful sense of design.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Ham sandwich

My kids said they were making a ham sandwich. My mom always called this a puppy pile. She said we were like puppies piling on each other and chewing each others ears.

Friday, July 7, 2017

Fireworks

We did fireworks at our house because of the deck supplies on the front driveway at their house.  Driving through all of the other people's firework shows on the way up was kind of cool.  Very striking.  Seth loved the fireworks from the safety of the car, but wanted me to be holding him with his La-La and Doggie with my ears over his ears.











These guys were throwing Harry Potter spells at each other with their sparklers.  It was cute until they started getting too enthusiastic.









Robertson Family Reunion

This reunion, we worked hard.  Jer, Marg, James, Emily and Grandpa got all the post holes dug for the new deck.  I helped a little on Monday night, but Seth was potty training and needed more attention from me on Tuesday.  I was also keeping him out of the pool because he's our last kid with Molluscum and I didn't want him begging to be in the pool.  He played happily enough with Ian though. 


Sam was in heaven.  Soda, swimming and the Wii.  He was happy as a clam.

My brother struck gold with this game.  He got us Hogwarts Battle for Christmas.  Everyone we've played it with has loved it.

Seth was laughing at Grandma Robertson.




He's doing really well so far.  He has been in underwear since Monday and has averaged about 1-2 accidents a day.  Only one poop mess so far.  My hope is to get him to not have any accidents while at home in the next bit, then to get him to tell me when he needs to go instead of me telling him. 

Dinner.
Maisy, Cy, Jonathan, Sophie, Lucy, Harrison, Sam and Eli.  The bottom picture includes Henry, Aubrey and Joseph.


LucyJayne, Ellie, Seth, Ian, Hal
I took a picture of Ada and her aged cousins when they were little, Sam and his cousins, I need to take a picture of Evelyn and her aged cousins sometime.... but we tried to get Seth and his age group.  We got everyone except Susan, Samuel and Duncan.
 
I think Evelyn's group is Graham, Millie, Cyrus, Samuel, Josh, Arwen, and Taylor.

Seth and Ellie used to be wary of each other and possessive.  They're learning to play together and I love it.  Amy and Walter are still in the thick of getting better from the birth and the pneumonia, so they weren't a big part of the reunion, but their kids were.


Monday, July 3, 2017

Sammy's baptism

On Saturday, we had the privilege to baptize our Sam.  He was so prepared.  I've heard his testimony several times, he's very knowledgeable about gospel things for an 8 year old, and he has a deep desire to live with Heavenly Father again.  I pray that he will continue to learn and grow in his covenants. 
 
The entire Primary Presidency was gone this weekend, but I got the programs and Dad dealt with the baptism clothes.  It worked out okay.

 
We weren't expecting many people originally, but his friends and family filled the room.  It was really neat.  Both sets of grandparents (who were the witnesses and Grandma Wilcox gave a prayer), his Hansen cousins, Gilchrist family (Sharon led the music), Tarkington cousins, Morisse family, Aunt Nella (who did the talk on baptism), Uncle Seth (who gave a prayer), the Wheelhouse family (Becca's Sam's piano teacher and played the piano for us), the Tuckers, Pinegars, Lees, Clingers, Snelsons, etc.... are a few that I remember there.  I loved being part of Sam's baptism in lots of ways.  I gave a talk on the Holy Ghost and accompanied the cousins singing "Nephi's courage".  My favorite thing was being there for part of his baptismal interview.  I loved all the things that Sam said and what the Bishop had to say about him.  


Dad did the baptism and gave him the gift of the Holy Ghost.  We're so blessed to be surrounded by amazing Priesthood holders.  Just for Sam's record, the people in the circle were: Dad, both Grandpa's, Bishop Wheelhouse, Bro Snelson, Uncle Seth and Uncle Brad.


Kayaking

I don't often go off with friends now days.  Most of what I do involves family, cousins, grandparents, aunts and uncles.  I do have a lot of roommates that are single that ask me to play.  Occassionally we do.  This time I scheduled going kayaking with Robyn and Michelle up American Fork canyon.  Michelle cancelled on us and there was a fire and they weren't letting anyone up the canyon, so we went to the Highland Glen Park.  It was clean, lots of parking, lots of shade.  It was a little crowded because of the fire, but it was still fun.


It was Robyn's first time paddle boarding.  She did awesome.

Misc

Thank you again library for offering freebies for reading.  My kids loved the free Menchies ice cream.

This week, we also met my parents and sister Sharon for furniture shopping.  It was fun to look at stuff.  We need a new couch eventually, and a new table.... ours is small for our growing family, but not this year I guess.  Sharon just bought a new house and they made enough on their old one to get a couch and a dining set.  Perfect... so we all looked together.  I found a table I like, but it's about $1000. 

I found this too.  I love it!  If we had any more kids, I'd agree to this in a heartbeat. 

This is his current summer look... plus an owl backpack that he loves.

This week, we also had to go get Daddy some new glasses.  His frames snapped on our last hiking outing and his second pair of glasses are terrible from all the scout trips and things he's done the last 6 years.  All the kids wanted to try some on too.  I made them do it one pair at a time and they had to put them back before getting another down.  They did pretty well.  I wish they'd follow that rule at home too....  This pair was my favorite on Evelyn.

Seth would put some on and then pose with his tongue out every time.

Ada liked all the bright patterned ones.  I told her that these make her look like a librarian.  Cutie.

We went over to spend some time with my side of the family Saturday evening.  They made yummy bbque and we played games.  This kid loves the independence that comes with stools.  He could easily get his own dinner and carried a play drill around all night.