Saturday, May 21, 2016

Jumping & Playing Around

So parts of this post aren't chronological, but that is the great thing about my blog...I get to arrange it as I please! 

A few family fun activities....

We went to a trampoline place in Charlottesville on their Family Night.  When we first arrived just one girl was jumping.  She soon left and we had the entire place to ourselves.  At one point we played a couple of rounds of capture the flag with the family.  Even a couple of workers joined in.  I think that was my favorite part of the night! Of course I took pictures....
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For a cute fundraiser, a middle school group "flamingoed" us.  We had to "pay a fee" to have them removed.  I paid extra to have them moved to Lee's office!  There is a tiny plot of landscaping under his sign in town, and they put the flamingos there.  We aren't pros at our lawn...but are making a tiny effort this year.  I think the flamingos ate some dandelions, don't you?

Yummy eats.

I started doing a sock folding "game" with just one child, and would rotate through the kids having them help me (except Clark as he does his own laundry).  Now they all want to join in and play the "sock game".  So cute.


A member of our congregation is in a rehab facility.  We've been wanting to visit him for awhile and finally did for family home evening one night.  Thanks to my friend Brittany (who had gone on the same trip--thanks!) I knew that there was a custard stand nearby.  Yummy treat.
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We let Elden be in charge of the "game" for that same family home evening and he wanted to fly paper airplanes.  Also nearby we found this dead-end and it was the perfect spot.
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Lastly, the boys had their spring piano recital!  They did a nice job.  And even though their music is out they both had their pieces memorized.

Weird lighting and shadows, but here is the picture I picked from the lot.  I love going to their recitals.  Next year we'll have four kids in piano!  Shanna and Haley start this summer. 
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Friday, May 20, 2016

School Fun

We've participated in a few school activities lately.   The girls and Elden each had more field trips that aren't documented here, as I didn't go on them.  But to document what we've been up to on the school end:

Cal's Spring Concert.  It was a fun concert where the fifth graders played xylophones.  They had each piece memorized too.
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I didn't even think about Cal dressing up!  Lee got the memo though....
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I went with the girls to Carter Mountain for a learning field trip that was all about soil: composting, absorption and chemical make-up.
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Carter Mountain is an apple orchard.  They treated us to apple donuts, apple cider (thanks to our field trip fee!) and a wagon ride through the orchard.
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My random photo: I sent some fun packages!  There are a lot of birthdays in May!
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As you probably know I go to the school once a week and make copies for several teachers.  I really enjoy helps that I know the copy machine so well now!  This particular time I changed the toner.  Very easy.
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Some of the teachers gave me some fun gifts for volunteering this year.  They are so thoughtful!
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I am getting close to 150 hours of volunteering this year!
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One of the gifts from a teacher was a giftcard to a local restaurant.  Lee and I had fun using it one day for lunch.  Yum, love calzones.
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I snuck in one more field trip with Elden.  I could have gone on the last one, but just didn't want to.  They went to a trampoline place that our family recently went to. Hopefully Elden didn't mind too much! Anyway, the field trip we went on was to the JMU Planetarium.  It's a pretty cool presentation and sometime it would be fun to attend their star gazing activities in the evenings.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Shanna and Haley turn 9!

The big day came that the girls were counting down for....their 9th birthday! They were so excited for their birthday.  I just love "kid excitement".  It's so cute and refreshing. 

This year they decided (more Shanna) to share a cake instead of having two little ones.  I didn't want to bake two cakes, which I have done in the past.  They both wanted a temple (love that!) and Haley wanted a butterfly on it.  I did my best to deliver!


A glimpse of the butterfly...which actually was supposed to be purple. Oops!


I know Shanna wanted a friend party, and probably Haley too, but I just am not a party planner/carrying out person.  I love having guests in our home, but I like to keep it simple.  And I love having birthdays with family.  We missed having our friends the Franke's with us. 

The kids.  Wow, I'm going to blink and they'll be all grown up too soon!


It's always fun getting a $2 bill from Grandma and Grandpa Bartholomew.  The girls loved their card and money from Grandma and Grandpa Robertson too.






The requested present....crutches!  (Brittany, does Clara still play with hers?)  Shanna has been using them almost EVERYDAY since her birthday.  Too funny.

The other requested present: Pokemon cards!  It's funny because I don't like the Pokemon movies or the books (the books are annoying to read....for my brain anyway).  But oddly enough I don't mind the cards.  I think it's fun when the kids get together to look at them and play games together with them. 

The girls received dolls for Christmas and I thought their birthday would be a fun time to gift some clothes and accessories. 


Haley put on one of the new outfit on her doll.  And her lunchbox?  I can't get over how cute and little it is!  I was never into dolls growing up. Okay, I was a little but not a whole lot.  But the little items that go with these dolls are just soooo cute.  I think I might need to save more money for Christmas presents....ha ha.


More crutch action.  She hasn't pulled them out yet today, but I am sure she will!  And it was perfect timing (sadly) the night before the girls' birthday Shanna's friend and neighbor broke her foot and was on crutches too.  Glad Shanna is just using them for fun.

It's such a joy to have Shanna and Haley in our family! I always wanted two girls at least, so they could have a sister. Well, that happened and they came at the same time much to my shock. (I thought I was having one baby, not two!)  Check out a few of their birth photos here. We love our girls!