Monday, April 26, 2010

Morning at the Park and Some Fun Pics

This morning after we dropped the older kiddos off at school, Joe, Cori, Kailyn and I decided to head over to Gage Park to play. We played on the swings,

traveled to far away places on a train

and pretended to be monkeys.

It was a busy morning.

The next 2 pics are just cute ones that I took of Kai Kai.
This is Kai Kai helping Daddy mow the lawn on Saturday.

And this is Kai Kai sleeping with her Hippo, Tippo. She loves her Tippo! I love how she tucks her hand under her chin when she sleeps.

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Soccer Update!

On Saturday the kiddos played in their soccer games and they all did incredible! But the excitement was that Joe and Sterling both scored goals in their games! Way to go you two boys!Joe's face was priceless when he made his goal and he ran over to Rob and I to get a hug (but we had to send him back to keep playing). Sterling was doing wonderful in his game dribbbling and getting past the defenders. He came close to scoring a few times during the game and was just thrilled when he got the ball past the goalie. We are so proud of them both! Emmy and Cori also played really well even though they didn't score. Cori just basically followed his coach around for the first quarter of the game, but he eventually managed to run and even kick the ball a few times. Emmy was a great defender for her team. She did great keeping up with where the ball was and what was going without getting distracted or bored. She was also an aggressive attacker and was all over the place trying to get the ball and score. Good job Kiddos!

Friday, April 23, 2010

State Assesment Score

Sterling got his State Assesment scores today and we are very proud of him. His class took the tests in reading and in math. The scores are ranked from 0-100%. For each subject there are 5 different performance categories that can be scored in. They are: academic warning, approaching standard, meets standard, exceeds standards and exemplary. For 3rd grade to meet standards they must score at least 67% in reading and 70% in Math. As you can see Sterling did incredibly well, with a 92% in reading and a 93% in Math. This puts him in exemplary in both subjects! We are so proud of him! Way to go Buddy!

Mom, where do baby worms come from?

When a mommy worm and a daddy worm love eachother...

Amazing what you can find after it rains...try explaining this to your kids! ;-)

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Joe and the Great Oobleck

Since it was raining today I decided to do something fun with Joe other than the usual "watch TV". I made him some Oobleck to play with. If you're not familiar with Oobleck, it's just a mixture of cornstarch (2 cups) and water (1 cup) and food coloring if you'd like. What makes Oobleck so cool is that it acts like both a solid and a liquid. If you squeeze it, it turns solid,

but if you pour it or just let it sit in your hands,
it turns runny like a liquid. Joe had fun playing with it with his hands, and then he decided to experiment with it using his cars. He drove through it and discovered that the faster he tried to push it, the slower the car went.

He also drizzled it all over his monster trucks like slime and then had fun washing them.

We also poured the Oobleck into a bowl and set a car on top of it after which it promptly sank. It really is just like quicksand. Next time we'll have to get out his army people and sink them in it too!

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Homework Helper

Here is Kai Kai helping Emmy with her homework. Isn't Kai Kai the best sister ever?!

Monday, April 19, 2010

Soccer and a Haircut

Soccer games were saturday and I managed to remember to take some action shots of the kiddos so here are the cuties!





After soccer games I took Sterling to get his haircut and he really needed it! That boy gets shaggy so fast! If only Kailyn's hair would grow as much as Sterling's does, then she might not STILL be bald! So here are shots of Sterling's new haircut:

He is SO handsome!

Saturday, April 10, 2010


It's that season again. We have the 4 older kids signed up for soccer this year and today was everyone's first game.

Joe and Cori are on the same team and they played first. Joe was an attacker (think running all over the field chasing the ball, trying to score) and Cori played defender (think stand in one general area and keep the ball away from the goal). Joe was great, running all over, kicking the ball. He even came close to the goal a couple of times. Cori on the other hand just kind of stood there staring, dumbfounded as kids ran around the field. He doesn't seem to really understand the whole concept of soccer yet, but we'll work on it. At one point one of his coaches was actually pushing him from behind to try and get him to chase after the ball. It was hilarious! He did manage to kick it once when the other team just happened to kick it right to him. He looked at the ball for a second, pulled back his leg...and gently kicked it away from him. We were so excited though and he was so proud of himself! Although we "don't keep score", if we had, our team would have lost...but that's ok. The kids had fun anyway! Great game Joe and Cori!!

Emmy's team played next, but I didn't get to see a single moment of the game. See, Joe and Cori's team had pictures right after their game so I went with them and Rob took Emmy over to her field. I won't name the business that was doing the pictures, but it starts with Z...and it's not the first year they've done them. So we get down for pics and there are like, 3 teams waiting to have theirs taken and only 1 photographer. For each team, they take a team picture (or several depending on how cooperative the kiddos are) and then each player gets an individual picture. And with about 10 people on a team it can take awhile, especially if they're younger. So we wait....and wait....and wait. About 45 minutes pass before it's our turn! Can we say ridiculous! At the very least there should have been 2 photographers if not more. By the time we're finishing, Emmy's game is over and I'm more than a little annoyed. This company couldn't have been more unprepared or disorganized if they'd intentionally set out to be! Fortunately we never buy the pics. I mean, why spend that kind of money when you can bring your own camera and take your own! The thing that gets me is that this isn't the first year they've done the pics and they assign the time for the teams so why weren't they more prepared and ready to get the kids through them? Who knows. Emmy's team pictures are next week so I hope Z is more prepared and things go faster. I'll have to wait until her next game to give you details since I didn't see her this time. Rob did say that Emmy played really well and almost scored. I can't wait to see her play next week!

Finally we had Sterling's game. Man! That kid can run! He also played attacker most of the game and he was all over the field! He didn't score at all, but he was sure persistent and one of the better players on his team. In fact, he is one of three boys on his team. Unfortunately for those three boys, the coach's daughter got to pick their team color and she choose...PINK. Apparently, it didn't occur to the coach that IF there were boys on his team, which is inevitable since they don't have all girls teams, they may not appreciate having to wear pink. Luckily the boys are good sports about it and they call themselves the Pink Panthers. Although Sterling's team played hard, they lost and didn't even manage to score one goal. Again, not that we're keeping score, but if we were.... ;-)

Overall it was a long day out in the sun, but the weather was nice and the kids were really well behaved and had lots of fun.

Monday, April 5, 2010

Our Silly Kai Kai

Sometimes we wonder about our baby girl...can you blame us?

Krazy Kai Kai

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Easter 2010

We had a fantastic Easter this year. It all started this morinng with a trek downstiars to find the Easter baksets that the Easter Bunny left. After that we ate some candy and then the eggs that we had dyed last night. Later, we headed to Manhattan to spend the day with my family. General Conference, which is the world wide conference for our church, was this weekend, so we watched that on BYU TV while the kids played Conference Bingo or built with legos. After the first session we had a lunch of sandwiches, salad and chips. Clara and I then went to hide the 96 eggs we had so the kiddos could have their Easter egg hunt. They had so much fun running around my mom's yard together finding all the eggs.

Even Kai Kai "found" a couple.

When they had them all we divided up the eggs and the kids pigged out on candy and brownies that John had made for us. We watched the second session of conference and then had an Easter dinner afterwards. John made his fabulous chili and I made Cheesy Ham and Potato soup. The Smiths also joined us for the food and fun bringing delicious rolls and potato salad. Afterwards, the kids just ran outside and had fun playing. It was such a fun day.

I am so glad that we were able to spend the day with family having fun and enjoying General Conference. I do have to say that it is such a blessing that we are able to share the same religion with our family and to know that we have the same values and beliefs. It was so nice to be able to not only watch Conference together, but to also discuss the things that were talked about with all the kids to help them gain a better undestanding of the Gospel. Even though it was hard for the kids to sit still for each of the two hour sessions, I know that, if nothing else, we are setting a good example for them and establishing habits and priorities that will be important in their lives. I love the Gospel and the church and am grateful for the knowledge that I have of the plan of salvation. I am so thankful for the priesthood that allows us to be sealed together for time and all eternity as a family. I am grateful for the atonement and the resurrection and becasue of that, I know that I will someday see my son, my dad and all my other family members who have died and that they will still be my family. We are truly blessed in our life! Happy Easter!

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Carving Soap

Who knew that carving soap could be so dangerous? As a requirement for cub scouts Sterling was carving a bar of soap into...well....something I guess. Apparently, it got too thin and broke while he was cutting and he managed to "carve" his finger instead. The cut was only about a 1/4" long, but right on the inside of his knuckle and kinda deep. Rob said it ws fine, put a band aid on it. I wasn't so sure, so off to urgent care we go. Sure enough, they decided that it needed to be glued shut, but didn't need stitches. After a little whinning (but NOT crying) because the iodine and glue do sting, it was all better. I guess the plus side to this is that at least the soap was clean...and Sterling managed to cut it while urgent care was still open so that we didn't have to make a trip to the ER. All I can say is, "Is 2010 over yet?" ;-)

A conversation with Cori

After several minutes of Cori talking about nothing in particular:
Me: Cori, you talk a lot.
C: Yeah, that's because I'm a talker!
At least he's honest!

Robert Allen