Thursday, February 10, 2011

Another overdue update.  Life has been going along quite normally; except for 6 snow days within a 2 week time frame.  Basically I've come to the conclusion that if it snows, school will be canceled.  No question.  Last week my kids had 4 snow days in a row, and this week today and now tomorrow were/are canceled. Good thing I like snow days!  Last week Lee's work was canceled 2 days in a row and I LOVED that!  A mini-holiday.

I mainly like snow days for selfish reasons....I get to sleep in (I don't know why but my kids are GREAT in the morning, no joke!), I don't have to go anywhere, and it saves me money! For the money part: I am saving gas money because I am using the van less--and it's not an environmental thing, far from.  It's my own pocket book I am concerned about. Also money wise, I don't have to pay for school lunches--which my kids eat once a week at school--AND the items I've bought for sack lunches I will use next week, thus saving me a little more money. (Not much grant you, but every $1 counts.)

Back to the snow days:  here is a funny movie of Clark.  It's only 15 seconds long.  Take a peek.

A picture one of my kids took.  Oh and thanks to my friend Stephanie's comment--THANKS STEPH!--our camera did NOT die!  We saw on little hole on it that might be a re-set button, and I think it was because now our camera works! 
Jan 27 2011 Ruth

Elden loves all things boy.  It's so cute! Filling his daddy's shoes!  Or bike shoes I should say.
Jan 29 2001 Elden

Jan 29 2011 Elden

My sister Lois made these awesome "roses" for us sisters for Christmas.  THANKS!
Jan 30 2011 Ruth

One morning during a snow day the kids had a little dance session.  Well, okay, I think this picture is from that.  If not, it fits!
Feb 1, 2011 Shanna

Feb 2, 2011 Snow Day

Feb 2, 2011 Elden

Feb 2, 2011 Lee Shanna Clark

Feb2, 2011 Haley

Feb 2, 2011 Shanna

Feb 2, 2011 Lee

Feb 2, 2011 Clark

Feb 2, 2011 Cal

Elden was helping Clark unload the dishwasher last week.  So sweet!
Feb 3, 2011 Clark and Elden

My stud! Everyone need a little warmth on a chilly afternoon.
Feb 3, 2011 Lee Cal Haley

Multipurpose!  I will buy sleds someday, I promise. 
Feb 3, 2011 Clark



Last week Lee was gone picking up a bed that some friends of ours were borrowing.  I was cleaning and the boys were upstairs in the tub.  I didn't want Elden up there with them because I wasn't up there.  Anyway, he wandered in the shower with Shanna.  At first my instinct was to pull him out.  But then I realized he was enjoying it and he wouldn't drown so I left him.

Our boys get Lego magazines in the mail--mainly catalogs.  We aren't sure if that is a good thing or not because they look at them all the time.  I figure it must be better than all those commercials they don't see....right?  Anyway, in the bottom corner of one magazine was this itty-bitty train.  Clark made it one morning.  It's so cute! 
Feb 6, 2011 train

Told you it was itty-bitty.  Like mister headless man?
Feb 6, 2011 train (2)

SO, I am finally posting the picture of the amazing Family Home Evening board Mike and Lena made for me.  Thanks you guys!  And a BIG THANKS to Mike!  He did most of the labor.  I LOVE IT!  My kids are excited about it too. Lately they ask "what am I?" for family home evening and they get excited when I tell them what they will be for the next family home evening. 
FHE Chart Feb 9, 2011

 My brother Sheldon, who is currently serving in Italy on a mission turned 21 on Monday!  I can't believe he will be home from his mission in essentially TWO WEEKS! So exciting!  (And an awkward for the missionary...well, it was for me.  I wanted to go home, but I didn't.) Other exciting news for me and Lee....I filed our taxes and we got the money already!  Some of the money is going to our three-month food supply. I will finish the three-month supply off this weekend with one more trip to the store--Aldi. I also went ahead and did a three-month supply of household/personal items. All of the three-month supply stuff cost a lot more than I thought, but it is comforting to know we will be okay for at least 3 months after we end our Army job! Next step in food storage, a year supply of the basics: wheat, rice, powdered milk, chocolate chips....

In other happenings, I went to a couple of baptisms recently.  First the son and then a week later the mom, and the son baptized the mom.  Very wonderful. A couple of weekends ago I went to a baby shower for my friend Melissa, and a few days later went to good-bye gathering for my friend Jenny who moved. I also went to a fun activity at the church yesterday for Relief Society sisters.  And I have been busy with visiting teaching.  I am almost done collecting the reports for the month of January and handing out new routes (1 route left!).  Before I know it, it will be time to start working on February numbers.

My grandma went to the hospital last week and is not doing well.  She is currently in a care center. She has had a good life and her journey here is coming to a close.  She will have a joyous reunion with many people in the spirit world after she passes. My Aunt Anna Lee and Uncle Lee have been taking wonderful care of her the past several years in their home and my cousin Howard has been looking over her and managing her care of health as he is a doctor.  I am very grateful for all that they've done for my grandma.  I am grateful that there are so many of my family members near by that offer love and support--now and the past several years.  I have a wonderful family!

OH and Lee and I have been LOVING Lark Rise to Candleford.  SO GOOD!  Lois told me that they are probably filming their last sad!  And today in the mail we got a sweet Valentine from our friends the Yorgasons and card and a letter from my friend Penny. THANKS! I love getting things in the mail!


Jenn Randall said...

SOOO fun Ruth! I am amazed you have as much snow stuff for all the kids as you do! We don't have boots for everyone and we've lived where it snows for a couple years now! I hope you are enjoying life as much as it seems. Five kids is so much more than full-time...excellent work at letting them enjoy life.

Cinderella, the A-Train and Our Little Caboose said...

I LOVE the picture of Elden in the shower haha. That made my day. I am glad you guys have been enjoying the snow! With only one car Noah and I have been sticking around the house and I am too lame to take him out in the freezing snow (I know, real lame right?). Anyway...I hope the snow melts, but that is only for selfish reasons. I am ready for spring.

Love the post Ruth.

Lee-Ruth-Clark-Cal-Shanna-Haley-Elden said...

I just barely bought boots for my girls this year and for my boys last year. Elden had a pair of boots...but I can't find them! I don't take Elden out either. We let him go out last week when the snow was hard on top. And Lee mainly takes the kids out. I've been in the snow with them a couple of times but my kids are good at entertaining themselves and I probably take too much advantage of that!

Lois said...

Looks like you are having fun! Elden looks so cute in those pjs!! If Armageddon comes - I'll be sure to go to your house. Then I'll be able to eat a nice fresh chocolate chip cookie while the world is ending. :)

britt said...

I LOVE the little train that Clark made! And the cute picture of Elden in the shower with his clothes on!

Korin Lopez said...

That is the cutest picture of Eldon in the shower! I loved the snow days too....until this last Friday!

Nyberg Family said...

I JUST started Lark Rise to Candleford this week!!! My mother-in-law told me about it and I LOVE it! I forgot that she told me that it was still in production, SUCH a great show!