(OK I totally cheated on the "quilting part" some other very cool lady with a way cooler machine than me did that...but you can still leave your flattering comments...)
Sunday, June 28, 2009
Here we are taking out the canoes to Keatron island. My girls still call it chincoteauge island (which they so named after reading "Misty of Chincoteauge" last year). The water was choppier than it has ever been been. I was more than a little nervous. This was Sara's first ride with us. I had her, Kate and my camera on my canoe. I am a very poor swimmer. Next time we need to plan better.
So what did we do for fun? First we had to get in the spirit by making masks. Then we danced. We did lots of dancing. I tried to get the girls into a funky groove. We tried all sorts of crazy alien dances. They even danced with hula hoop space ships. Then we posed in the weirdest alien poses they could muster. We played Galactic asteroid toss. And when on a secret alien mission to collect very important space artifacts.
Thursday, June 25, 2009
The Arrow of Light Award is the highest rank in Cub Scouting. A Webelos Scout should set his sights on it early. It's tougher to earn than the Webelos badge, but he can do it! The Cub Scout will have to earn the Webelos Badge and at least eight activity badges, including citizen, Readyman, and Fitness. The total must include one from each of the five activity groups.
By the time he has earned the Arrow of Light Award, he will have learned many things about a lot of subjects - and a lot about Boy Scouting. He will be ready to join a Boy Scout troop!
HE DID IT!
Props to the most awesome cub scout leader ever, Sister Gale. She had Chase as a Wolf and a Webelo. Without her, I don't know if I would have been "on the ball" enough to help Chase along.
Chase has had a fantastic year of scouting. I have seen him working to pass off requirements, keeping track of things, keeping records etc... He was so excited to be getting his Webelos badge and then his Arrow of Light.
Here are some pictures from his ceremony. This was our second Arrow of Light ceremony to prepare for. They are so much fun. I think a good ceremony makes a huge impact. and hopefully lasting memories.
Thursday, June 11, 2009
But anyway, her is something beautiful to make you smile today. Thanks Kathryn!
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
Monday, June 8, 2009
Saturday, June 6, 2009
This is our third choice. Click here for more details.
Every house is in a different ward. Mostly different schools too. But each of them has something we really love about it.
The first house is on a cleared acre. Ready for us to put in a garden, orchard, beautiful deck. Whatever we want, it is a clean slate. The property backs up to a greenbelt with a seasonal stream that runs through. The house is a shocker. The garage alone is almost as big as my house. But what really sells it is the possibility for entertaining. We always have wanted a house that lends itself to having company. The kitchen is huge, with a gathering room right off the kitchen with beautiful french doors going out to the patio. But best of all there is a bonus room perfect for toys now and big kid games like pool, air hockey and fus ball later. And then off of that room is a theater room. No windows, split-leveled seating, and a TV for a wall. Super awesome.
The second house is a bit over the "Dave" budget. But it is a gem. No costs were spared. The carpeting alone is like walking on a cloud. The master bathroom has a tub sunk into the floor. Then downstairs is a perfect family room with a wet bar, a scrapbook room, a sauna, three beautiful bedrooms with their own sliding doors to the backyard and two huge closets (more like rooms)for storage. The house is right in town. We would have very nice views out of our wall of windows. But the kitchen is bad and NO PANTRY. It is also in the "older" ward. But five minutes to work, school, shopping and play!
The third house has beautiful curb appeal. It is in a very nice neighborhood. All the homes are on an acre so there is lots of space and privacy. It is in the ward Dave and I liked the most too. We love the lot for this property. Nothing really special about the house. Just good and solid and it meets all of our needs. But the land is awesome. We would have our own seasonal pond. It was beautiful. We would have to clean up some of the wildness of the lot to get views of the pond from the house. But it was so pretty.
Anyway...lots of choices! You can place a vote on the sidebar. Let's see which house has the most "friend and family" appeal!
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
This little girl that I know loves candy. She knows where it is in every store she goes to. Even if she has never been there before. It's like she has a sixth sense, or super powers. That's got to be it. This little Bit must have super human smell. And that scense of smell is specifically trained at detecting sweets.
One day we were at a Chevron filling up gas on our way down to California and I came out from taking a potty break to hear this little candy-holic squealing with delight. As I came around the corner this is what I saw. There she was running up and down the candy isle filling her arms with treats. I couldn't help but think she was acting as if she we on some game show. You know like the people they used to stick in the "money machine" and you would watch them frantically grab for bills.
She really wanted one of those nerds rope things. I helped her buy the Dots. They were gone in minutes. I don't know how she ate them so fast. I thought I would find them all spilled out all over the car. Nope...she ate them all...in minutes.
When she is at home she goes to the pantry, points to the door and goes uhnn. I think that means she wants something. So I open the door, and we play this game. I point to things she might like or can have and she goes uh-uh. I think that means no. So then we go to the fridge. Nothing in there looks good either.
I have a secret stash though that I try to hide from her. But if I get something yummy out, even if she is way upstairs. She knows. It's that super smell power she has. She tummy surfs down the steps in no time. Then she is standing there below me pulling at my shirt. I think she is developing another super power. It rarely expresses itself in humans. It is way more common for puppies to develop the super power of "puppy eye". But this little girl...her eyes are so big and pretty. And she is an expert at letting them get all filled up with tears.
She gets what she wants. But someday I think I'm going to have to sign her up for candy-holics anonymous.
Tuesday, June 2, 2009
This was forever ago it seems but I am finally posting it. This is Emily's second recital. We weren't clever enough the first time to make a video. (how can that be right...just spaced it) Emily has gone through a little bit of a rough spell with piano lately. She isn't patient enough to read the sheet music and wants to learn everything by ear. But I won't play it for her because I want her to learn the notes.
We fought, sweat, blood and tears (OK just tears, but LOTS of them) to help her learn this song. It was her sole thing to practice for probably two months. But she finally grasped it. Once she new how it should sound she took off with it and she plays it wonderfully now.
Her teacher, Brother Robertson, says there is a learning hump children have to get over before they really start to take off. I think Emily will be there soon.
In the meantime. Whether Emily is playing something beautiful or slamming out notes, it is good to hear her music in our home. And she still loves it. Even after all the struggling and that...is unusual and very welcome.
Monday, June 1, 2009
We have really enjoyed Kate's Co-op preschool. I volunteered in her class about three times a month and got to have lots of learning fun with her. We enjoyed a field trip every month. Kate loved all of the science experiments she got to do. Ms. Laurel was a fantastic teacher.
I think Kate's favorite part was that her class was right across the hall from Emily's class. She got to see her at school three times a week. And really feels like Chloe Clark is her school too.