Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Random Happenings in April

We had our huge dead pine tree cut down and the stump removed. On one hand I was glad to hear it was bark beetles that got into the tree and killed it with nothing much I could have done (I really don't know what I am doing with any plants here in the desert). On the other hand it was a great big beautiful shady tree and it is sad it died.

Lots of playing here at home with Rand and Seth while Rhianna is off to school.

Seth is just cute.

Rand lost his second tooth.
We went on a ward temple trip. Some of the members watched our kids at a church nearby the temple. I took a sister back to the temple that hadn't been in years. Steve took two newer members to do baptisms. It was a wonderful day up in Mesa. On the way home, nearly everyone was asleep, which left Rand with an upside-down imprint of the R from his sticker on his face.

Rand and Seth made instruments at Bookman's for our playgroup today.

Rhianna and Rand are in swim lessons - yes this early in the year. But it is already getting hot. And hopefully lessons will help them swim better at the reunion in Boston and during the summer here.

We had a busy day today...gas, car wash, playgroup making instruments, grocery shopping, lunch, TV while mom pre-made dinner for the missionaries, pick Rhianna up from school, home for a little, swimming lessons, dinner...Then we relaxed and watched an episode of Life. I love these amazing shows about the Earth and the plants and animals. And my 2 boys fell asleep on me. It was a good day.

Friday, April 16, 2010

Space Presentation


Have I said yet how much I LOVE Rhianna's 2nd grade class this year?? Today they had their space presentations. This time not only did they have to do a poster and presentation but also a model. There were many different 3-models and posters, one girl dressed like an alien, and even an Earth cake showing the different layers that everyone got to eat.

Rhianna wanted to do the Solar System. She read books and picked out a fact for each planet. She planned out the poster and did most of the work (I just helped by drawing the boxes and orbits in pencil) - she typed the facts and drew the planets and did all the work outlining in markers.

As she was preparing we were trying to think of ideas for the model. In my mind I was thinking this was going to be a big task with so much in the solar system. Then one day Rhianna says why don't I do it like this and starts twisting her hands and spinning around - and I thought it was great! We went to work getting all the pieces to make this work. Steve found the planets online, we got the hat and gloves at the dollar store, and then some old buttons. I did most of the sewing but Rhianna helped. I think it is just fantastic and so creative and fun. You will see that she is happy. She did a great job presenting her poster and facts first and then here is her model demonstration:

video

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Testing

This is testing week for our schools. 2nd grade is the first year kids have to take a test called the Stanford 10. Over the past week they have been doing a bit of review for the test and showing the kids how to bubble in answers etc. Which brings me to writing this post about Rhianna. I love that she loves school. She even loves the tests. For the past week or so she has been asking me to make her practice tests. So I finally did yesterday. That wasn't enough, so she made practice tests for me and Rand. This morning she said she was both excited and nervous. Nervous because she has never taken the tests before but excited because she thinks it will be fun and she will do well. So happy testing to all of you out there also nearing tests/finals!

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Beautiful Easter Weekend


What a wonderful chance we had to spend Easter weekend in Salt Lake City at General Conference with my parents and brothers. Here is a recap of some of the things we did:

Flew on planes - a first for Seth. We met the pilot on our first flight and the kids got to go into the cabin after we landed. They all did great and enjoyed the juice and pretzels. The flight home we even flew the first portion to Denver with Grandma and Grandpa and then continued home to Tucson.

Played in snow! Very exciting and very cold for those of us from Arizona. But we got some good snowball throwing in until little hands were too cold.

Visited buildings around Temple Square. We went on a tour of the Conference Center including the roof. We went around the Joseph Smith Memorial building and saw the Joseph Smith movie - wonderfully done showing his fun personality but also very sad hard things in his life. We were all in tears at the end. Not only was the movie touching, but also listening to the questions and comments of Rhianna and Rand throughout the movie. We also touched the temple, went to the Primary/RS/YW building and the visitor's center and saw many other buildings from a distance. Seth's favorite was all the water fountains both in and out of buildings.

Went to Conference. Steve and I went Saturday morning, and Rhianna went Saturday morning with my dad. Steve went to Priesthood Session and I also got to go to the Sunday morning Mormon Tabernacle Choir broadcast and conference session with my dad. My dad has served as an Area Seventy for 7 years and was released on Saturday afternoon. Now he and my mom will serve as mission president/companion in the India Bangalore Mission. I was very glad to be able to hear all these talks, many focused on parents teaching their children. And to be there for the talk about mothers and daughters - with my mother nearby watching my boys and my daughter (whose little head I could barely see down below with my dad) was a highlight. Then Sunday morning was beautiful - wonderful thoughts and talks about the Savior. I am so glad we could be there with my parents.

Ate good food. My parents got us the room at the Marriott with breakfast at the restaurant included. So we had a huge buffet and the best and biggest breakfast we will eat in a long time. Plus access to the concierge floor - Seth learned quickly about elevators and treats up on the 16th floor. Plus we went out for a few meals. My brother Michael is going to leave in June to serve a mission in Brazil so we all went to Rodizio Grill together. My family will not be disappointed to know our sleep genes live on - Seth could relax at these places and so often fell asleep eating.
At Nauvoo Cafe - after just one bite
At Rodizio Grill - this time with a little more food eaten

Swimming. The pool was just about the perfect temperature and only 3 1/2-4 1/2 feet deep so just perfect for us. We went swimming nearly every night and had fun.

And that's it. The rest of the time was just filled with relaxing and talking and enjoying being together. I am glad we got to see my family and I am excited for the reunion in Boston. We hope you all had a wonderful Easter as well!!