20 January 2013


This week Amelia taught our FHE lesson on Monday. She first chose a coloring page then I helped her build a lesson around the picture. The picture showed Jesus with some children so we shared the Book of Mormon story in 3 Nephi. She did a great job! I love that she can do so much lately. Everett is quite the color artist. Even with numerous reminders to color on paper he has started sharing his talent on other surfaces. I started to make Valentine shirts for the kids...only took me a couple hours...spaced over 5 days. Geesh.
Tuesday we went to the gym again for basketball and soccer. Everett was super cranky so we did not stay the entire time. Plus the daycare kids ended up on the other side of the gym divider causing most of the kids to drift to the more exciting side. Everett loved played 1-2-3 Go! I caught Phillip looking longingly at the fire alarm. He was swiftly moved to a new place. Justin came home for lunch to a very upset Jenni. Phillip had found the pink fabric paint I used for Amelia's Valentines shirt. He decorated the inside of the playhouse, the pretend food, then stole into the main living area and painted the love seat arm rest. I found him spreading pink goo on the foot rests of my new elliptical machine. Justin got some of the pink out of the couch...some. Phillip is too sneaky for me to corral at all times. He was in big time trouble. I was so exhausted that I took a 2.5 hour nap. Little nerds.
Wednesday Phillip sat for storytime for 10 minutes! Last week he only lasted 7 minutes. That was pretty amazing. I worry about him in Sunbeams! I got a haircut on Thursday. Arick, who cut my hair, actually listened to me and cut one side much shorter. Now when my hair is dry both sides look even! Hooray. I enjoyed helping with Mia's class this week. I helped three kids decorate snowmen. Amelia gets a big kick when Justin or I come help out each week. Our street front was packed most of the weekend with cars and traffic attending all the basketball games. Sometimes it is hard to get out of our own driveway with all the parked cars.
Friday Justin could not come home for lunch. Phillip moped around for a while asking, "where my dad? I want my Dad" etc. Around the time Justin was due home I sent all the kids outside to welcome him home. Everett yelled from the doorstep, Phillip pounded the truck, and Amelia gave him a hug. Justin loves coming home. A while later Phillip called Batman with his personal hand phone. He said, "Hi Batman. I Pillip. I find my dad. OK! Bye." Complete with a deep Batman voice. Justin and I thoroughly enjoyed watching the "new" Sherlock Holmes movie, Game of Shadows. It was very clever and amusing.
For some odd reason our house is relatively clean until Friday night, then it all goes to pot for the weekend. Maybe I expect more help that never comes. My good friend Kelly came over and saw some of our Saturday insanity. Soooooo embarrassed. Guess those kids (and Justin and I) are busy making too many memories. We enjoyed a fun hour at the park before lunch. It was nice to get out together while the weather was not too cold. I don't envy the Utahns with their inversion AND cold temps. No inversion here...too windy! Justin went out and tested his new handgun. He bought one shortly after the Sandyhook tragedy. It was a good excuse to get one! While Justin and I worked on cleaning the kitchen Phillip decided to eat a container of carmel with his toes. He tracked goo from his room to the living room to the dining room to the kitchen. He was a gooey mess. I made him lick his toes before washing off the goop. Silly kid. Our Bountiful Baskets did not arrive until 6:30 on Saturday. It was a later evening than usual. Amelia played with Ella while I volunteered a bit. There were quite a few volunteers! We scored a huge box of apples and a flat a strawberries. Phillip ate almost an entire box of berries...well, if you call "eating berries" biting off the ends only.
Amelia left her backpack on Annie's bus Monday afternoon. She was a literal mess off an on for the rest of her day. We said a prayer that Annie would find her backpack. I called Jean at her school early the next morning and had her call Annie. The backpack was found and Amelia came home a happy girl on Tuesday. Inside the lost backpack was her second report card. She did really well this past quarter. She is top of her class in reading, math, and social skills. No surprise there. Her teacher asked us to help her recognize the dime. Most of this week we had fun pretend buying stuff like broken crayons, paper, and utensils as she practiced using real coins. She is one smart cookie. Jean the dragon also made a reappearance two weeks ago. Some friends at school would not let Amelia play dragons with them because she only had her unicorn-pegasus, Victoria with her at school. I reminded her of Jean the dragon who lived in the garage. Since then Jean is alive and well. This morning she stayed home from church to cuddle with Victoria and sleep to the noise machine. I love hearing her imagine all these fun creatures.