Jer is working to get the furnace and water heaters vented correctly so that our new roof won't leak. And while he had the roof cut open we had a hail/rainstorm that was amazing. Luckily Jer was able to keep most of it out.
Tuesday, my sister, Janelle invited us to have Thai food at her house for her birthday. It was fun to hang out.
Sam's Tuesday soccer game went well, a little sunny, so Seth and I hid under the umbrella during the game. Sam made his first goal of the season, it was awesome.
Ada's soccer game Thursday game was awesome. Thursday was great for her in general. She got the part in the Aladdin play that she tried out for the week before (shopkeeper - which she wanted because it was a speaking part but not a main part), and was approached by a recruiting coach. All in a positive day for her. While she was playing at her game, the coach from the competitive team asked me if I was number 11's mom. He said that she was a great player. She's always been a very solid player but I never thought "star player". He said that he'd talked to the ref and he'd told him to watch her during the game because he'd been impressed with her in previous games. And he said that he was impressed and wanted her to try out for his team. We had always said we weren't going to do competition because of the money and time involved, but I told Ada that I'd let her decide. She was going to try out and then decide if she qualified. A day later I got a text saying that they cancelled her tryout (I'm guessing they found plan A and Ada was plan B). It's a relief to me timewise, but I am super proud of her. And yes, as a player she's always where she needs to be and has a nice strong kick. She's a great goalie, even if she doesn't believe it, and is a good mid fielder as long as it isn't too hot to be running around a ton. Either way, it was a great compliment to her to be approached. It surprised her, but I think that's a great surprise to be had!
Mutual was a YW's glow in the dark dance. It was fun. Ada had on pokemon socks and the eyes glowed in the dark. I thought it was hilarious. I spent most of my time hiding the glow in the dark bouncy balls that kept hitting people in the face when they got thrown and calming down our autistic Laurel that has a fear of balloons popping. I'd distract her and she'd be fine for a while until someone would go by hitting a balloon around. Then I'd distract her again. It's good for her to learn to cope, but the learning curve is not always fun.
On Friday we went to Holtz The Planets. It was fun to go to the symphony again. Silvia loved it, especially when the played the Star Wars theme. She thought that was great. Friday morning I helped fill in for a friend of mine with her home daycare. She has pneumonia. I had 6 kids under the age of 5, plus mine. I've filled in for her before, but usually it's a bit of a mix of big kids and little.... this time all little. They were good, they ate what I made for lunch, they all cooperated at diaper times except one. Monday, I filled in again. This time with 8 kids. It went well, but my kids don't appreciate having to pick up the house after they all leave. What they don't know is that the $200-$300 she'll pay me will be part of their Christmas. Maybe they'd be happier about it if they did know? My kids are very cute with the little ones when they get home from school though. Ada went and "cooked" with one, Seth played with the preschoolers, Evelyn and Sam kicked balls around with a couple of the little boys. It was cute.
Sunday, the kids played with legos...
Sunday, Karsen came to visit with Silvia. She was our mission nurse and these two were companions for a long time in Guayaquil. Karsen said that Silvia was her favorite companion. And go figure.... now neither of them can eat gluten and have problems with anxiety. Maybe they just understood each others struggles really well. It was nice to visit and send Silvia off to meet Karsen's family. She also had one of the missionaries that baptized her come yesterday. Silvia had seen on facebook that he worked at a dentist office 10 minutes from here. We tried to stop by and surprise him, but apparently they don't work on Fridays. So she contacted him and he came to take her for the afternoon to meet his family and catch up. I think that meeting people again after you finish your mission is a huge joy.
Silvia also gave me a rather kind compliment. She said that when she's at home, she gets stressed out and gets angry especially with her son for not doing things perfectly or keeping things clean. She said that watching me care for kids that are not mine and then treat my own kids with as much love and care as the ones that I was being paid to watch, she realized that she needed to be kinder to her son and let him be a child and make mistakes and still be loved. She struggles from anxiety. As she told me about her relationship with her father and the bad things that came from that, I can understand why she gets so wound up. I also hope that she does see more clearly that her relationship with her son doesn't have to be a reaction to the relationship she had with her father. I told her that that's why I like travelling and visiting. I learn from each and every person something that can help me learn and be better myself. That's one of the more valuable results from going places.
I love driving this thing. I wouldn't mind this kind of job as a daily thing as long as I could drive a John Deere! It's a nice mower.
These are from last week, but I went and did the lawn with Seth on Tuesday while everyone was at school and work. It was a little cold, so Seth cuddled up in my big jacket and watched a movie on my phone. When he was done he helped me mow.... he sat on my lap and helped me steer. It reminded me of my dad and grandpa putting us up on the tractor growing up. Especially my brother McKay. Seth had the biggest blast and is now asking me to let him help me again next time.
I stole these from Judy. Playing in the pool one last time before it gets shut up for the winter.