Saturday, September 22, 2012

Girls Night Out in Park City

 Jen Hudgins came back to town so we drove up to Park City for dinner.  Extremely expensive and we were sitting there for about four hours.  The waitress hated us.  Probably because my friends are so gorgeous and funny. 
 Rachel...doing something funny.
Loree, me, Sally, Cynthia, Jen, Tonya, Rachel

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Canning Stuff at the Cannery

Our ward (church congregation) had some time scheduled at the cannery.  So we met my friend Marcy there, donned our cool hair coverings, aprons, and gloves, and dug into macaroni, flour, dried carrots, and various other things.  It was a good learning experience for the kids and they had great fun for the first hour.  Then they got bored.  Marcy's kids were really hard workers.  I need my kids to hang out with her kids more often.

I have watched all of these kids grow up.  In fact, I held Ryan (the girl in yellow) at church when she was a baby. 

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Fall Leaf Expedition

We decided one night to drive up into the canyon and do some fall leaf gathering.  We printed off a packet to learn about why leaves change and all that jazz, and then grabbed some pizza.  We had a picnic, gathered leaves, and generally had a grand old time in the mountains.

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Karen Turns 70

My Aunt Karen turned 70 this year, so we had a surprise party for her.  Sean and Kristen flew in from Fargo, Jeanne and Donna flew up from Arizona.  We met at a restaurant in Orem and surprised her there.  It was hilarious, and so fun for us to all be together without kids anywhere around us until later.  Eric was conducting a stake out, but his yellow shoes were glaring.
 Kristen and Cheryl
 Erin, Donna, Sean and Evie (my mom)
 This is what happens when we all get together and try to keep from being seen.
 It gets really strange.  45 year olds start squatting.
 But it was all worth it when we saw Karen's face.  She definitely doesn't look 70!
 Kristen, Sean, Erin, Gordy, Mike, Karen
 After dinner we went back to the house for dessert, and the kids had decorated.
 Jack and Karen - no really, she is 70!

They blew out their candles (their birthdays are a day apart).

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Knights of Freedom and Liberty Girls Begins 2012

 This year as part of our homeschool, we joined a Commonwealth School.  Josh goes to a group with 10 boys ages 8-11.  They read about and study the lives of statesmen.  This semester we read biographies of John Smith, Squanto, and William Bradford.  I volunteered to be one of the mentors, so I get to be on this journey with him.  The boys are amazing.  They do exhibitions and share stories, along with having book discussions.  We also do crafts and activities.  The best part is that they have time for swordplay with foam swords.  We meet at my friend's house who has a lot of space to roam, so the boys have all sorts of adventures.
 Lady Rebecca is our fearless leader.
 The boys have a motto that they recite, poetry to memorize, and we say the Pledge of Allegiance and open every meeting with a prayer. 

 We also voted at the beginning of the semester on a King, a Prince, and a Lord Chancellor to run the show.  The boys had the opportunity to give a speech on why they thought they should be elected.  Josh wasn't interested, being one of the younger boys.

 Red faced from swordplay, but kicking back and enjoying the show.

 My cute friend Paige, who oddly enough was my friend who started the charter school that my kids went to for a few years, is the leader of Clara's Liberty Girls group.  The Liberty Girls read American Girl Doll books and have activities centered around what girls would do during that time period.  This semester we read the Kaya series.  Josh really loved the books as well.  We had a good time reading them together and talking about what it would be like to be a Native American in the 1700s.  Between Kaya and the biographies, I have learned a great deal!
 One fun Saturday the Liberty Girls families met at a lake and went fishing and had a picnic. 
 Josh also started as a Bear this year.  He turned 9 in September.  He is such a funny kid.  We are looking at braces early in 2013, but I'll take those blue eyes and freckles and that dimple.

I am so blessed to have my two kiddos.  We aren't a big family, but we have a lot of love for each other.  My kids don't have a crafty mom, but they get 100s of kisses a day!

Friday, September 7, 2012

Fun on the Farm

We like to get an annual membership to Thanksgiving Point, and decided to go visit Farm Country one day.  Josh isn't a huge animal freak, but Clara is.  He tolerates it as long as I allow him to wear sweats and flip flops.

 Clara squealed over every animal. 

 She has also been a horse freak since about birth.