Sunday, December 13, 2009
Keston - yep Keston did it - he is on the Honor Roll for the first trimester. I would like to say he worked hard but he is like his Uncle Rob and just coasts along in school and he finally applied a minimal amount of effort and he made it. Just think what would happen if he actually brought home homework or studied for a test. I hope he keeps it up for the second trimester! Way to go Keston.
Chad - you may want to sit down for this one - but he read 200+ minutes this week to reach his 1000 minutes before Christmas goal. Yippee and he is even asking for books for Christmas. I did say you better sit down. Will he keep up the momentum over Christmas, stay tuned. Next stop - those awful spelling tests.
Tylissa - for her first trimester of High School she has a 3.571 GPA. Her goal is to just do great and she is working so hard. She has a A- in Honors English can you believe that. I don't know where she got her brains but she definitely works hard and long on her homework.
Thanks for letting me take a moment to boast and now (or maybe soon) I will be humble again.
oh - ending quote of the day from Chad and it is a repeat of what I posted on Facebook but Friday at work was the holiday party so everyone in the office was dressed up and looking great. I did my hair and even wore eyeliner and I was looking good and feeling great until I came home and leave it to Chad to keep me centered . . . I was laying on the floor and he comes up and starts pulling at my forehead and says "Mom, you have enough lines on your forehead that it looks like snake skin" Oh feel the love!
Thursday, December 10, 2009
Our furnace went on strike briefly Tuesday - it was over worked and underpaid. With a little love and affection we kept it working but the house was a brisk 60 degrees before we got it running smoothly. I basically parked my hiney on the heat vent and the kids couldn't figure out why the house wasn't warming up faster.
Chilly chilly chilly - but I love dressing in the layers (a big cheer for long underwear). Why I'm not sure but I enjoy the gloves, hats, scarves - as long as I don't have to be out in the cold for extended periods of time (5 minutes tops). Poor Keston is freezing at the bus stop every morning.
Hopefully it will warm up enough to snow. Yep we have a skiff and that is all. The brown grass can still been seen. I'm dreaming of a white Christmas . . .
So what have we been up to . . . well the strangest thing is that in Chad's class each student needs to read 1000 minutes before Christmas. Those who love and adore Chad know that this is not a strong point and he is fabulous at making excuses not to read. It is a rare occasion for him to finish a book. Well make anything into a competition and that boy is on board. So yesterday morning I asked him to do something and I don't remember what but his response was "I can't mom, I have to read" I nearly burnt myself with the curling iron. So in the last two days he has read almost 200 minutes. He came home, did his homework and then went somewhere quiet to read. No bribes necessary. I should get a picture just to prove it to everyone. He says tomorrow is the deadline and he is getting close to the 1000 minutes so tonight will be another round of reading. I know so pick your chin up off the computer desk and say Great Job Chad!
Tylissa got her first mid-term report card from High School and she had all As and Bs - you go girl. She also received her first recruitment letter from a University. She didn't care at all but holy schmoly it was even signed by the president of the university. No stamp - no scan. She is going to be gone tomorrow. But great things are coming her way - I can feel it.
Keston has to be surgically removed from the computer screen. He is getting involved in the STAND club at school and this is the first week that he has had missing assignments. We made it almost 4 months. Keston made the comment last night coming home from the church that he only has a few more Sundays of Primary. How did that happen?
Val still has a job - the city actually laid off someone from the Fire Department this week. Scary, we'll see what happens with the new city manager. I may have a new job - we've been talking about it for a couple of months and I had my interview, hopefully next week I will know something.
Tylissa will be getting up soon for Seminary. How much more can I do . . .
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Well I'm off to take another nap.
He did it all by himself (I did help get some of the guts out) but the carving was all him.
Saturday, October 24, 2009
The grand entrance!
Anyhoo, Sorry that it is not the right side up so just tilt you head and enjoy. It was the shortest race he had to run at 1.3 miles and his time was 10:01. I'm so proud of that kid.
Getting in the starting gates.
After the race - I told him if anyone gets in his way to blind them with his whiteness!
This was the race the week before in Pablo. Thanks to kind friends they snapped a picture (he's in the back) because I was with Chad at football this week. We had to alternate.
Missoula was Keston's last race for the year - he got sick and then it got really cold. He went to practice a couple of times but then his fever came back so I told him he would have to wait until next year. It was a great year and I can't wait too see what he will do next year!
Monday, September 28, 2009
Sunday, September 27, 2009
Walking in the parade - Braves on the Warpath!
Saturday night was the dance and Tylissa met up with some friends. She hasn't even been to a stake dance before but she went. I learned the biggest lesson from her. In my mind it takes a while to get ready for a high school dance. She showered and got dressed. I was freakin' out because she wouldn't even let me blow dry her hair. I was in tears thinking she has now marked herself as the "girl-with-wet-hair" and she will never dance, she'll become the outcast. High school kids can be very cruel and I didn't want her to go through that.
Well she went to the dance with wet hair and no makeup - she doesn't bother with that stuff and she had a fabulous time. She came home with smiles. I wish I had her confidence. She is who she is. You can like her the way she is and if you don't like her for what she is then she doesn't really care. She is not changing for her friends. WOW! She is one amazing girl - how I got so lucky is beyond me.
Thursday, September 24, 2009
Thursday, September 10, 2009
I am loving football season - Chad comes home and gets his homework done with no complaining. He is ready to go 1/2 hour before we need to leave the house. And now he is using a hanger. What will happen when the season is over?
Monday, August 31, 2009
Keston headed off to the bus stop. All of a sudden he wanted jeans and boy did he grow up overnight. He is the lone soldier at the middle school.
His goal is to get on the honor roll so keep asking him how he is doing! And he started cross country (running not skiing) today and boy was he exhausted. His first meet is on Sept 12. Stay tuned for more updates.
Tylissa's first day at Flathead High School. Can you believe it? She did okay on the first day because it was only freshman. The second day her facebook said "highschoolers are really really tall"
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Back to all the cavities. Did you know that if you have a more acidic mouth you are more prone to cavities? Acid + Sugar = explosive cavities. Not I, so Chad is in the high risk area. So we can spend $40 dollars every couple of months to buy him specialized toothpaste, mouth rise, and spray to keep his acid down or spend way more than that every year to fill all the cavities. Poor kid. He better have great eyesight!
Friday, August 21, 2009
We went to fair for the first time in years. Chad was still in a stroller last time we went. It is nice to have all the kids big enough to go on any ride they want. I even tried to relive my youth and went on Zipper and the boys talked me into going on Kamakazi. Here are some fun pictures.
Chad and I on the ferris wheel - it's a good thing his nose was clean!
The boys on Kamakazi - they are right there in the front and they went on this ride over and over. We didn't get Tylissa on there, she was not to pleased with me after Zipper.
Tylissa got her face painted and her favorite part is looking at all the animals. The miniature horses and bunnies were her favorite. Although the baby donkeys were adorable. Notice the haircut - more info further down.
Granny - I now understand the evilness behind the innocent looking Berry-Go-Round apple/berry ride. Sure is goes around slow and it is in the "kiddie" section of the fair. DO NOT be deceived! See that big wheel - do ya! The kids have control over how fast that EVIL apple/berry thing spins! The use that big wheel to make it spin and they had it going so fast I almost lost my lunch and I have never felt that way after a ride. I should have paid more attention to Tylissa's face - it looks like she was plotting her evil plan. Give me the Zipper any day but not the Berry-Go-Round.
This is the kids on the last row of the pirate ship. Talk about give you butterflies in your stomach on the giant swing. Next round we'll move more to the middle. Tylissa was mad at me after this one too.
What is this? - oh yeah - double trouble. We had a great visit from Rob and Becky. They took the Chad and Tylissa to the waterslides (Keston was at camp). Sorry I had to work guys, but thanks for coming down to see us.
We had Tylissa's open house at the high school yesterday. Wouldn't you know it that she goes from one end of the high school to the opposite side (meaning outside and across the street). We might need to borrow Austin's power scooter so she can get to class on time.
Sunday, July 26, 2009
Most of the youth from the ward, getting ready to head out.
The cutest pioneer ever!
Pa loading up the handcart.
The "Porter" family Riley, Haley, Abby, Billy, Sierra, Tejia, Pa, Tylissa, Ma, Kylie, and Sam. A great family and a young family. They only had two boys who were 14 and two 17 year olds, the rest of the group was 14-15 years old but they did great!
Keston crossing the river.
Never let the kid hold the camera - this is what comes out of it. Who wouldn't love this face?
Taking a much needed break.
Hiking in the bear grass and vetch.
The grand suite in the mountains.
The whole group at the top - they had to split into two groups because there were so many, so the Priests started at one end and the Deacons and Teachers started at the other end. They met in the middle.
What happened to using a leaf - give it up for Charmin On the Go. And it's not what you think in the blue sack - thats the shovel. Again leave the camera in the hands of the kid and this is what you get.
At the end they had fun on the swinging foot bridge. Notice Keston's lovely attire. He forgot his pants so the whole time he wore his swimsuit over his long underwear.
They made it to the end. Always beautiful in the Bob Marshall Wilderness. Val would live there if he could.