26 April 2015

Amelia at 8















Happy Birthday Amelia!



























Amelia turned eight years old yesterday. We are still in shock. Time is going by too fast. I can remember watching Major Payne in L&D like it was yesterday. Justin and I remember how alert and in control of her faculties Amelia was just minutes old. She is still a bright, alert, smart little soul. We enjoyed a lovely day with our birthday girl. Ella spent most of the day with us after running a 5k earlier in the morning. Justin worked on cleaning up the yard, hanging tissue poms in the tree, and keeping the kids occupied. I cleaned a bit in the kitchen and assembled party food. We had lunch at Sonic so Amelia could have her favorite cherry limeade. Only 15 minutes away from party time a large storm system blipped on the radar. After all the kids arrived we rallied their help and got most of the party stuff back inside. It was chaos. Last year only half the invited kids attended her party, this year not one person forgot. She invited 12 then added 3 more later on. I was upset because most party packs come in groups of 12, that meant spending twice as much. We managed to squeeze 18 kids into the living room. Amelia wanted to eat food first so the kids loaded up and demolished all the food, only two veggie cups were left! The girls enjoyed drinking fizzy "tea" from Justin's fancy tea set. Will, Jack, Phillip, Everett, and Justin were severely outnumbered. Outside a deluge of rain and hail pounded our town. The kids made fancy headbands or hats for a crafty activity. Justin manned a glue gun for the first time. We played pass the tea cup, a version of musical chairs, to the tune of Hard Knock Life. Amelia was completely spoiled by all the gifts she received. I got her an American Doll earlier last year on a deep, deep discount. I collected/made outfits for the next six months. Amelia named her doll Samantha, or Sammy. Sammy has quite a large collection of clothing now! Ella's gift made me cry. She made Amelia a little book with a sweet letter, along with a large pack of Reese's Cups. I told Amelia that was my favorite gift of all time. She agreed, but noted that the Reese's Cups were her favorite. Silly girl. Evelyn was in scavenging heaven! All those half-eaten food plates! She finally got to satiate her snacking tendency. The storm passed by the time the party ended. We rushed outside to find piles of hail and flooded gutters. Evelyn got soaked playing in the gutters. Ella and Katelyn stayed for a late night with us. Amelia requested Oya Grill for dinner. The girls sat alone chattering and laughing much to our amusement. At home the girls watched the new Annie movie. Phillip found Amelia asleep on the floor next her new beloved doll Sunday morning.

Before the party, we had a busy week. Thursday was the busiest day. Phillip and Everett started the day making rainbow sugar by crushing fruity pebbles with my garlic press. Then they made a soup for Jen, their pickle friend. Jen was coming over for a "playdate" aka to learn how to use a silhouette cutter. We had plans to feed the missionaries, course I forgot that we also had Amelia's piano recital at the same time. I gave the Elder's some food money and wished them well. Amelia performed very well! She was a little nervous so kept stopping and starting her songs over. She had her songs memorized. I enjoyed an evening at the church learning how to make cute wreaths.

The boys and I made cupcakes, chocolate and vanilla, to take to Amelia's class on Friday. I used the batter to make mini-cupcakes for her party the next day. Phillip's speech teacher conducted an IEP with us, his preschool teacher, and the principal. He is doing very well! We all had stories to tell about Phillip's expressive eyebrows. Justin helped us deliver the treats to Amelia's class. I enjoyed making pizza's with the kids for dinner. They were very creative with their pizza dough shapes. Amelia made three heart pizzas, Phillip made a wolf, and Everett made triangles. Seems like the rest of the week was a blur of party prep and normal living. Amelia, Evelyn and I did sneak out to take a couple photos with a row of cherry trees. I love when the trees bloom.

19 April 2015

Puddles of Rain





















Mother Nature delivered the best set of rainstorms to our area. It rained softly and consistently for two days. The grass went from new green to deep green in just one day of this lovely rain. We did not get any of the snow that hit Utah, just lovely rain. Phillip led the herd of kids outside to jump in the puddles. The kids were soaking wet, muddy, and so happy with the rain. I love helping them don rain boots, rain coats, find cumberbrellas and head outside. Rain won't stop us from enjoying the outdoors. Evelyn joined in the fun this year. Phillip found some rain boots that will fit her in a couple years. She fell in love with the boots. So...I put on a couple pairs of thick socks, enough so that the boots would not fall off. She looked hilarious with her clown boots on. She has not figured out how to jump yet so looked on with envy as her siblings jumped and splashed. Evelyn finally figured out that dragging her feet made a fun water pattern so practiced her new moves. Then Everett showed her how to throw rocks (yipee) into the water. So fascinating. At one time she spotted a bird and tracked it through the sky with her eyes! So cute.

Monday Phillip had super hero day at school, he dressed up as the Silver Power Ranger. I taught FHE this week. Justin helped Phillip make brownies for dessert. The lesson was on the sacrament. Everett was my helper. I think the lesson went really well! We sat in a circle and talked about the ordinance. We all tasted some bread and talked about the tastes the bread left in our mouth and how those words relate to Christ, same with the water. Amelia taught us how to play "Mother, May I."

This week on Tuesday we met at the park gardens for preschool. I took photos of the boys making alphabet shapes with their bodies under the gazebo. Emily, Amber, and Sarah herded kids and tried to play some organized games. At one point Phillip stepped on a ball and performed a spectacular fall landing on his back. The move was almost comical, except he was concrete and hurt his head. Phillip had mustache day at preschool. He looked pretty handsome!

Thursday we all went to Amelia's school for Family Fun Night. Several classrooms are designated with certain activities and crafts. We enjoyed thumb print art, juggling, making rain stick, playing boomsticks, PE Monopoly, WII dancing, scratch art, planing flowers, MineCraft, and playing the piano. We had a lovely night! Everett was quite excited and gave random people hugs. He is so lovable. Carly and I went to see the late showing of Fast and Furious 7. We laughed and joked the entire time. My karate moves are so awesome. I needed a night off.

We almost had hair sprayed chicken for dinner. I was making chicken wings for dinner. I lined a pan with foil then sprayed it with PAM. I put the chicken down then decided it needed another coat of spray. I forgot that I put the spray away, so grabbed a similar sized can on the butcher block. The air smelled wonderful. I slapped my forehead once I realized the can was hairspray. Course, I did not put the hairspray away after fixing Amelia's hair that morning. I washed off the chicken and started over.

Amelia and I getting ready for her birthday party. We made 10-12 tissue pom-poms this week. We are hoping it will not rain or be toooooooooo windy. This week will be crazy. I spent a couple hours this week making up a price list and printing 6x9 envelopes in order to photograph Dance Steps Studio for their recitals. It will be a lot of work, over 65 dancers. Yikes. That happens on Saturday. I am hoping to be done before Amelia's birthday party starts. I will need to have everything ready that morning. Amelia requested a Tea Party this year.