Monday, July 25, 2016

A Day

Today was long, but good, with only a little hysteria.  Miriam, Cowen, Eli, and I went mountain biking this morning.  Timothy put the big, squishy seat on my bike so it was a pretty comfortable ride.  Thank you, husband!  I haven't been biking in years and it was Eli's first time on the Bonneville Shoreline Trail.  We both did pretty well, considering.  It was super sweet when the boys would get ahead of me by a bit, and then stop and watch and wait to make sure I made it okay.  Love them.  Then right at the very end Eli got caught up in a root and took a tumble off the side of the trail.  He was crying pretty loudly after he fell, and I was behind him so I got to see Cowen, who was far in front, dive off his bike and sprint back to Eli in obvious alarm.  Brother love.  Eli bruised his inner thigh and limped the rest of the day, but was otherwise unharmed.  I asked him later if he felt more macho because of his injury and he said, "No," in an irritated way.  A few seconds later he said, "Maybe."  Ha.  I love boys.

The other highlight of my day was watching Cowen carry around his new-to-him old-timey looking scout bag.  He kept calling it his sea bag and talking about planning a Brotherband based reunion.  I always know what they've been reading!  A little while ago Emeline was playing a game where she was a badger who didn't know she was really an elf.  She had just finished reading Incident at Hawk's Hill and the Lost Cities books by Shannon Messenger.

Timothy fixed the garburator so Miriam was able to do her dishes.  She's my hero.  We had a lot of dishes built up.  I tried a new peach, fresh mozz cheese, basil salad and it was delicious.  I'm a fan.  We did some school and now I'm supposed to be working on my new church assignment--it is a roadshow kind of deal--but I think I will go to bed.  Maybe by the time I've washed my face and brushed my teeth this adorable baby rolling around by my feet will be worn out and ready for bed.

Oh--I just remembered.  I changed Clover's diaper the other day and she enthusiastically yelled, "Bum!"  Another new word!  She says it all the time now because she thinks she's funny when everyone laughs when she says it.  I think 18 month olds are God's greatest creation and Clover is pretty much a perfect example of the species.

Three yearolds, on the other hand . . ..  I made five batches of blackberry jam on Saturday night and Oskar climbed on the counter the next morning and pulled one of the containers onto the floor and wasted almost the whole thing.  So much time and money wasted.  Such is life with a three year old.  Good thing he is really cute.

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Emeline is Funny

The kids and I were practicing our HIGHLY SECRET karaoke song for the family reunion. I grumbled a bit about how some of the lyrics went and Emeline said, "Maybe that's why she didn't want to be with him anymore--his bad grammar."
I feel that poor grammar is one of the better reasons for breaking up with someone.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Some things lately

Emeline had to write a commandment on her paper in primary last Sunday. The paper had a large CTR on it that she had colored. Her commandment, "Donte read the books that you are suposd to put away--Moms orders." She might be my daughter. 

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Memorial Day

We also felt the need for physical activity on Memorial Day.  We started a health and fitness unit so we did a fitness pre-test.  It was fun and very, very hot!  I didn't do everything (vertical leap, long jump, or sit-ups), but I did do: three boy push-ups, 22 girl push-ups, four Aussie pull ups, an 18.33 second 100 meter dash, a 10:50 minute mile, 1/2 inch over my toes for the sit and reach, and a measly 15 second wall sit.

For awhile there, while I ran the mile, I thought I would pull a Lindsay Ann and have my insides become my outsides, but I managed to stay together and finish!  Wahoo!  Only Cowen and I ran the mile.  (Timothy was the official timer and coach and babysitter so he only had me time the 100 dash for him and didn't do the mile.)

The kids had such a blast doing the long jump.  Miriam started out at 81 and ended with 135--so confidence and risk-taking increased.  Excellent.  I wish we had access to a high jump set-up.

When we got home we were all super tired and worn out so Timothy and the kids watched a movie and I relaxed.  After the movie we ate watermelon and went to bed.  It was a lovely day.

Tonight Miriam and I went on a ride on the tandem with Emeline on her own bike.  My favorite part of the night was when I went faster than Miriam likes to go (so like, 1 mile an hour rather than .2 miles per hour) and she started hyperventilating and yelling things like, "No, no!  Stop, you VILE VERMIN!"  It was hilarious.  We only fell over because of a root once.  We are improving.  :)

Today for school we read a book about why you should be fit and then we watched the 2016 Humans Are Amazing video on youtube.  Holy smokes, people do stupid, risky things.  We all much preferred the capoeira videos we watched afterwards.  The kids and I decided that should be our family sport.  Oh, we also watched a video of a squash championship to try and figure out what squash is.  Interesting.  Good times.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

April 15, 2016


 I never know what the children will be wearing when they emerge from the downstairs toy room.  I particularly loved Clover's outfit that day.  I'm not sure which helpful sibling gets credit for the ensemble, but it was cute, cute, cute!

April 14, 2016

 I don't know exactly what was going on with the boys this day, but I do remember a great deal of giggling and posing.

 Emeline and Clover.
 Harriet got her first Saturday's work assignment--vacuuming the downstairs.  She was pretty excited (at least, for the first two weeks).
 Doing the edges.

 I'm pretty sure that you are a more effective vacuumer if you wear a Scottish dress.  There was that study done once . . ..

I took about twenty more pictures.  She was just so cute and earnest about the whole endeavor.  What a big girl!!!

April 6, 2016 Oskar and Annabel