Sunday, October 30, 2011

Ten on Sunday

1. Sorry, no pictures! I hate trying to upload photos on this blog. It takes forever and my patience level is running low at the moment. I might upload some pics, later on! Plus, we attended Stake Conference last Sunday and it threw off my whole Sunday schedule. I really enjoyed being home for the whole afternoon. I still hate this afternoon church business, please don't come onto my blog and tell me why you love it. I hate when people do that on my blog or Facebook page. Seriously, I'm really getting tired of this but what can I do...delete people? I might just go ahead and do it!

2. The past two weeks are a blur at the moment. Soccer season finally finished up, yippee!!!!! Yesterday, I had nothing planned and it was AWESOME! For the past two months, every Saturday I was super busy from Sunrise to Sunset! I don't mind being busy but it was starting to feel more like a taxi driver then a mom! I started off the day, meeting up with my friends. We haven't seen each other in about two weeks in I needed my fix! I love them, it's so nice to have friends you can truly trust that are my true friends. The love me no matter what, I can't stand fake people, if I catch anyone using a super big fake smile and super cheery voice when talking to me it's a sure way to make me run to the other corner and have nothing to do with you. Someone at church keeps acting super fake towards tome...I'm really getting annoyed with this individual, if she does it again to me. I might have to call her out on it. If you want to be my friend then pull me a side and ask how I'm doing. I swear, the level off fakeness at church is ridiculous. I know who my true friends are at church that care about me and my family.

3. Okay, I'm off my rant back to running with my friends. The rest of the day, we spent at home doing nothing. I was trying to enjoy myself but I started to get really bored. So, I loaded up the kids plus the two neighbor kids and we ended up to the park. Afterwards, I wasn't up to cooking dinner so we went out for dinner. The food didn't agree with me so well and I ended up going to bed early.

4. The rest of the week, Leah and Logan had their very last Soccer games on Monday night. Yeah, no more Soccer until Spring time!

5. A couple of days ago Landon fell off my friend's retaining wall and loaded super hard on the pavement. Leroy rushed Landon to Urgent Care for x-rays and stuff! It turned out his wrist is sprained not broken. Baseball season is now over for Landon but they will still have one last game for the season but he will be missing it.

6. Leah learned out to knit using a loom. I have pictures but I'm too lazy at the moment to upload them.

7. The kids attended a ridiculous amount of Halloween celebrations on Friday. Leah's preschool class went Trick or Treat at the Town center in the morning. As soon as the boys got off the bus in the afternoon we headed down to Leroy's work for a huge Fall Festival plus trick or treating which we spent close to three hours eating yummy funnel cakes, bounce houses, plus carnival games. After that event ended, we drove right over to the church for a Chili cook off (all the chili I tried were gross) I will remember next year to stick with the Mac and Cheese only. The night ended with Trunk N Treat! I thought I was going to pass out by the end of the night from pure exhaustion. Oh, I spent majority of the time by myself with all the kids. Why does Leroy always disappears?

8. The sun room remodel project is still not done. I'm really starting to lose my patients with this project. I want it done, hopefully this next week.

9. Logan's parent teacher's conference went better than expected. Logan's a great student and his writing skills are Proficient. She told me that she has very few students in her class that are Proficient. Logan's writing skills are really good which doesn't surpise me because his always writing stories at home. Landon's parent teacher's conference went really well, also! Landon is one of her top students for the whole class. His currently doing 4th grade work. According to her, Landon is PREFECT!!!! She wished all of her students were just like him.

10. Last weekend, Leroy signed up the boys for their first gun shooting competition. I know, I'm starting to sound a little bit redneck. Leah and I attended for part of the day, I'm really proud of my boys. They did a great job!

Anyways, I'm not in the best mood at the moment. I'm going to go back to bed and get some more sleep.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Ten on Sunday

1. It's truly amazing how different each of my children are from each other. Poor Logan is stuck in the middle of Landon and Leah. I have been working hard on trying to help Logan to become his own person and help him find his own special skills and talents. Last week, I noticed he was working really hard all by himself writing in his notebook. He was really really short sentences about random things. Anyways, he started off this week writing and illustrating books. I didn't get a chance to take a picture of his first book but it was called "Snowman" and it was about a snowman that melts! We stapled the book and he gave it to his teacher as a gift. It wasn't the next day and Logan started another another book. His next story is called "The Three Seeds" and it's 16 pages long. Landon told me that it's a circle story. It's a story that goes around and around but it's a little bit different each time. I was really surprised that the book is about three seeds and only one of the seeds survives and grows into a flower. Leroy wants me to take his book down to Kinko's and get it bound for him. So, who knows maybe Logan will grow up to become an author?
2. My neighbor invited us over for a Halloween Party at their house which required all of the quest to come dressed up. (I really wanted to throw my own Halloween party but sadly the Sun-room is still not finished. The workers took a week off and hopefully, they will be back at it soon. I'm so ready for it to be done!) My neighbor spent three weeks planning the party. She had her whole house decorated and had a ton of really cute ideas which I might have to go ahead and steal from her...hee hee! Leah decided to go to the party dressed as a Princess Ballerina and the boys wore their old Harry Potter costumes.
3. Soccer season is coming to an end, very shortly. Logan played soccer once before when he was about four years old but he never really played. He would just lay on the field and watch the clouds. He begged me to sign him up for the Fall but after the first game he told me he didn't want to play soccer anymore. Too bad, I already paid the money and I told him he had to finish up the season. It's been a rough season for Logan. He was complaining about how he hasn't made a single goal all season long. It doesn't help that he has to sit through all of the Leah's games and watch her make one goal after another. Well, I told him he has to get aggressive and just go after the ball. His coach and I have noticed that he always backs off from the ball during the games but his strong during the practices. Logan decided to step it up and he went after the ball. He didn't give up and he managed to score a goal not just one goal but two! After his game, Logan couldn't wait to see his daddy to tell him the news. Oh, I almost forgot, when Logan made his first goal his coach was so excited for him. He went over to Logan to give him a high five. So, what did Logan do? He took off running and his coach was chasing after him trying to give him a high five. His coach was so proud of him as well!
4. I'm going to make these Ritz Spider treats for the kids to share with their soccer friends. I'm going to be busy this week trying to get geared up for Halloween.5. I love my new running group that my friend Sennet set up. We didn't have too many people show for yesterday's morning run but I still managed to have a good time. It was just me and one other girl that I didn't really know at all but we decided to go ahead and run together. It turns out she grew up overseas in West Africa which I thought was really cool because my parents are serving a mission in South Africa; not exactly the same but close enough.

6. We managed to run six miles in under 59 minutes. It's really nice to run with someone because you can push each other. I thought for sure, I was going to pass out at the end. I haven't had that good of a run in a couple of weeks.

7. The new running group is always having new challenges which are the prefect thing for me. I'm really not that good at setting goals for myself. The first challenge was to complete 1000 jump ropes which I did but it took me about 45 minutes. By the time, I was done it felt like I just finished running six miles. I had no idea how intense jumping rope can be...holy cow! It's hard!!!!!!!!!!!!1

8. The other challenge was to complete 250 sit ups! I completed this challenge in less than 12 minutes. I did a combination of sit ups with and without using a five pound weight. It's been three days and I'm still super sore! I need to do more sit ups!

9. Leroy's driving my new car, I'm not surprised this happened. He know claims he drives more than I do with the kids. So, I'm back to the van! Oh well, I should of know better. He claims, he will give it back to me to drive once it's completely fixed and repaired but I'm holding my breath on that one!

10. Landon attended his first Student Council meeting. The Student Council is organizing a special Veteran's Day assembly down at the Memorial at Lake Bella Vista. The student council members have to make cards to pass out to all of the veterans that will be attending the special program with the students from Cooper Elementary. Landon's really excited about being on Student Council and hopefully, it will be a positive experience for Landon serving in the community. I never served on a student council so this is all new to me and I'm so proud of my son for being elected by his class mates to represent his class!

11. I'm not sure what's going on this week, I still need to sit down and figure it out. Every week has been jammed back, I can't wait for November to get here. No more sports, but Leroy wants me to sign up the boys for martial arts again. I'm not sure if I really want to commit myself to that again but we will see!

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Ten on Sunday

1. I did get a chance last Sunday to write up my list of weekly events. We always try to take the kids to church to watch Sunday morning's general conference which meant a lot less free time before heading to the chapel. Attending church really helps to invite the spirit and we all agree we get more out of conference.

Flashback memory: I remember my first time living on my own in Hawaii and living in my first off campus housing. I remember waking up General Conference morning and being surprised to find my roommates in their pajamas watching conference. I was completely shocked. I always thought people in Utah watched conference at home in their church clothes. I always thought it was disrespectful to be lounging around in your bed clothes. I don't judge anyone that does this but I thought it was the strangest thing ever. So, we keep up the tradition of attending only one session at church because that's all that I can handle with three kids.

2. Logan is making some huge progress at school. I found this sheet of paper pinned to his wall next to his bed. I'm going to try to read his journal entry to you and it will bring a smile on your face. Plus, I caught him this morning writing sentences on a piece of paper this morning. Just a couple of weeks ago he could barely read sight words and writing sentences he couldn't do it.

"Hermit Crab"
By Logan S.

I like cats and dogs. I wot a hermit crab so badle I im saving up my mane and my bruther mone and I ife I do no get the hermit crad at ul I will not be happe nevr evre ugun ur I will mabe will be happe cinuv happe and I will.

Okay, translation:

I like cats and dogs. I want a hermit crab so badly. I'm saving up my money and my brother's money and if I don't get the hermit crab. I will not be happy never again. I will be happy if I get my hermit crab.

3. Right Choice Corn Maze, do I really need to say anything about this place. It's awesome and it's super cheap. Go with a group and get the group rate of $4 per person and you get to do everything at the corn maze. The best part of the event: spending time with my baptist friends plus with my daughter! I'm really enjoying this time with her. She will be going to big kid's school next year and this time is so precious even though she's driving me crazy most days. Also, the new attraction at the corn maze is this huge jumping's like a trampoline but only cooler! The best part of the whole day!
4. Soccer season is in full swing which is a good thing because I'm getting tired of spending all of my Saturday's at the soccer/ball field. Leah's coach came up to me yesterday and told me that Leah's the best player on her team. At first, I thought the coach was just saying that to be nice. I didn't believe her at all. Leah's the youngest player on her team plus it's her first year playing soccer. Leah's coach told me that she's has some awesome skills. She's always going for the play, she's a strong kicker, and she has amazing control of the ball. I'm so proud of my little girl. I always knew my daughter was special! She's going to do amazing things with her life! Go, LEAH!!!!!!5. Landon was invited to attend a birthday party for a little girl in his class at the local roller rink. It's not as big as Roxy Wheels but still a ton of fun. I decided to bring the other two kids. I know they weren't invited but I figured I would just pay from them to go roller skating party. Well, not to many kids came to the party and the mom let Leah and Logan join in the party. It turns out, the birthday girl's younger sister is in Logan's class at school. Annabelle's mother and I were laughing about it. How often does it happen that siblings are all in the same classes. A couple of years ago, they use to have free roller skating on Monday nights but they did away with it and we hadn't been back since. The kids were so excited to be skating again. Landon tried inline skates for the first time and he loved it. He hardly felled down at all. Logan stuck with traditional skates and he was landing on his butt more times than I can count on one hand. By the end of the night, he wasn't falling down as often. I tried traditional skates with Leah but she just couldn't figure it out. She we went with the preschooler skates and she loved it.
Leah skating around by herself, no she wouldn't let me help her.
She's Ms. Independent!

Limbo time, check out Logan's bright orange skates! Plus, do you see Leah in the line trying to do the Limbo!

Air Hockey, I love this game!

6. House remodel is coming along nicely. Check out the photos!

7. I'm training for another half marathon. It's a couple of weeks away, but I'm already worrying about it that reminds me I still need to sign up for it. Of course, my arches are killing me again. Why can't I run long distances without any pain. It's more of a nuisances than anything else. This happens every single time. I might head down to Rush Running and see about different type of inserts.

8. Leroy just set up his man cave downstairs. He bought a stupid flat screen tv. The kids enjoyed watching Lion King 3D last night in the man cave. I'm really not pleased about this purchased but I'm going to try to keep my mouth shut about it.

9. I'm working hard on digital scrap booking. It's really addicting but it's soooooo much faster than regular scrap booking. I'm trying to work on a calendar, all about me journals for the kids for xmas, and a couple of scrapbooks from Halloween past events.

10. I'm still working on Halloween Costumes for the boys. I still have no plan in place, we might end up purchasing costumes for them. It's not as fun, as dressing up Leah!

Well, I can't think of anything else going on but this is just a short overview of our past week as a family!