This month Reanne participated in the 5th grade wax museum. This is a project where the students study about and dress up as a person from history. Reanne was Annie Oakley, which she was very excited about. The 5th graders line the halls of school, where they are perfectly still until someone presses their "button". Then they tell you about themselves. Reanne did a great job.
Sierra turned 8 this year. We finally had her friend party last Saturday. I guess I didn't realize how many friends she had until they were all in my house. The door bell kept ringing and ringing. It was fun to meet them all. That really is a cute age.
Everyone I have talked with this year told me that they hate Halloween. I like Halloween. I have to admit that I didn't enjoy it as much this year because of how busy I was, but I like Halloween.
I like it because my kids like it and I like to see them happy. I like how you can pretend you are someone different for one day and that you have an excuse to eat totally unhealthy for a little while. I like to see people's creativity with costumes they have made and houses they have decorated. I really like to see the smiles that adults have as they give out candy at the door to the kids. I also love any excuse to form family traditions and spend time together. It's rare that we are all together doing something fun these days.
This year Reanne was an Enderman from Minecraft, Sierra was the cutest pirate ever, and Grant was a Clone Trooper.
We also had our annual Halloween dinner, where we featured some new dishes.
Swamp Creature Pot Pies
Fruit Drink with a spooky hand
and Moldy Brain
Everything was a big hit and our tummies were very full. Our Halloween dinners are kind of like Thanksgiving. There are so many fun things to try, you want a little of everything. And it is especially fun to share the night with family. Thanks Mom and Tracy for contributing to the meal and sharing in our tradition.
Well....keeping very busy. Jess's school schedule is pretty intense. He is pretty much always studying or writing a paper in English or Spanish. Jess lost his part time job but quickly got another part time job, which was a huge blessing. His new one involves lots of organizational skills so keep us in your prayers. :) I have picked up more hours working to help make ends meet. Right now we are pretty much even with how many hours we work and how much we make. Hopefully that won't last forever.
The other thing I have been working on a lot is our food storage. I think I have filled up at least 8 or 9 dozen jars in the last few months. This will be a very good thing for us in the next few months. For the first time since we have lived in our new house, our food storage room is packed. That makes me feel really good.
The other day Reanne came home from Activity Days with a service jar. She decided to pick something out that night. She ended up drawing a picture for Sierra and putting it on her bed as a surprise.
Sierra came up to me later and told me that "Even though Reanne tells everyone that she doesn't like me, I know she really does."
I have been trying hard to not buy sweet stuff. After a while of that I get strong cravings for anything with sugar. This happened the other night and so we made a fruit pizza. The kids cut up the fruit. They took that job very seriously. I have never seen strawberries minced before. It wasn't the most beautiful fruit pizza but they had a lot of fun cooking with mom.
I've always told the kids that if they don't see me around, to write me a note telling me which friend they are going to be with so I know where they are. One day I found this note from Grant. I was so proud of the little guy to not only remember the rule, but to write the note all by himself.
I found this picture later. I think it is so fun to have a boy. All my pictures before now have been of flowers, rainbows and ponies. How fun is it to get an airplane!
I took Sierra and Grant to the new splash park in Springville at the end of summer. Now that Reanne knows how to swim, she has more fun at the Rec. Center. We didn't get out as much as usual this summer, so they had a lot of fun.
I missed pictures on the first day of school because I was rushing off to clean someone's house. But I got them all today on Grant's first day of school. He was taking the day seriously as you can tell by his picture. What a bunch of cuties.
Grant turned 5! I can't believe how fast the time has gone. We decided to celebrate by having his first friend birthday party. We reused all the Star Wars stuff from Reanne's party 3 years ago. He was so excited.
I just love this little guy. He is such a wonderful addition to our family. He is cheerful and loves life. He loves his sisters and his friends. He loves to learn about all things boy and he loves to laugh. That's what I love most about him. Happy Birthday Grant.
We went camping in the California mountains a couple weeks ago. It is a place I have gone many times but my children have never been there. Sierra was excited to see "her" mountains and some Redwood trees. Grant was excited to see his cousin William, who is only 6 weeks younger than he is. Reanne was most excited for the car ride. Go figure. They all had a lot of fun and we were glad we went.
Sierra pointing to "her" forest.
A picture of camp
All the kids ran in an obstacle course race. They had to crash through boxes at the end. Reanne and Grant both got 3rd place in their age group.
Reanne learned how to repel off the rocks above camp.
The landscaping company finished the sprinkling system and curbing a few weeks ago. On Memorial Day weekend we got our sod delivered and put in. Every day almost since then I have been working in the backyard. It doesn't seem like there is a lot done, there is still so much to do, but I have spent many, many hours weeding, putting weed guard fabric down and mulch. I am REALLY missing Jess!
This is the only picture I have (before the build) of all the trash trees that were growing along our fence line. We must have had 10 at least that Jess cut down and hauled away last fall.
These are taken after the landscaping company came to rip out the trunks and roots of the trees we cut down. The top picture also shows the concrete ditch that also had to be removed. Reanne could stand in the holes that were left and not be seen.
Here is what the yard looks like today. The sod is starting to root and the burned pieces are mostly coming back. You can see some of the fruit trees that I planted along the fence and the first grow beds that my dad helped me to build. It looks like I could fit at least 6 more back there in that space...but I am needing to take a break. I have pretty much run out of steam...and mulch.
We signed Grant up for T-Ball so he could discover the joys of throwing and hitting again. I feel like he would have been better at this when he was 2, when all he did was throw things. He is on the Braves with a few of his neighbor friends. He has already had two games, both of which he said they won, although they don't keep score. It is really cute to watch him.
When Jess and I first started dating he asked me to come listen to him play in a friend's band. I knew he played the bass guitar so I asked him if he was playing bass in the band. He told me that he would have, but they were short a drummer so they had asked him to fill in. I was pretty worried for him and thought that he would embarrass himself. I thought, just because he is nice doesn't mean that he should try to play something he wasn't familiar with to please the band. A few times I asked him if he was SURE that he wanted to play that night. When the night arrived to listen to him play I was so nervous. When the band started I was shocked. Jess was great at the drums! I didn't know it but he learned the drums before he knew how to play the bass guitar. We laugh over that night sometimes.
Last night Jess played the drums again for a friend's band. The kids and I went to see him. It was loud and not really our style of music, but Jess did great. And for this concert he had some groupies. Reanne made posters to put all over the garage. Sierra and Grant watched until their eyes got to tired. I was having a bit of deja vu, but as I watched this time I was surrounded by kids. It was an odd but good sensation.