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Ten On Tuesday

1.  So I got the pictures from Jeremiah’s promotion ceremony at the end of April.  I was not too happy with the pictures.  We are all out of focus.  The guy taking the pictures must have bumped the camera and it focused on the cake.  I’m happy about it being focused on the cake but that wasn’t the important part.

2.  Here you go..

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3.  This is the one I am most disappointed in.  I hate being in pictures and this one would have been a good one had we been in focus.  I should have just set up my own camera and used my remote.

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4.  Stating the oath…

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 5.  Giving out gifts.  He gave my dad and Jacob coins (and made Jacob promise to not put it in his mouth) and gave the girls and me lovely flower arrangements.

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6.  It really was a lovely ceremony.  The cake was a hit.  I was pleased with how it turned out.

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7.  The pictures from our dining out turned out much better.  Apparently the person snapping pictures knew how to use the camera.  This one was from Mazie using my camera in front of our garage…

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(good picture-taking skills from my 12-year-old, dontyathink?  Maybe I should have had her take the ceremony pictures)

8.  This couple lives across the street from us.  And if that wasn’t lucky enough for them, he happens to have the pleasure of working with Jeremiah.  He is really the coolest captain out there.  She throws mad birthday parties and has the best laugh.  They have really awesome kids too.  It’s always a fun night if they are around!

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9.  We were able to get a good one of us just before Jeremiah thought it was funny to photobomb.

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The funny thing about this picture is that they had no idea he was there until the guy taking the picture showed them on the viewfinder.  It’s priceless.

10.  So that should sum up the last of the lagging I’ve been doing.  Summer break is well into its third week and we’ve been hanging around doing odds and ends here and there.  A day trip to Lagoon, going to the splash pad, reading, riding bikes/scooters/skates.  Just having fun.  We are gearing up for our big vacation around here and trying to stay calm about it.  To say we are all a bit excited is an understatement.  The kids have 2 weeks from tomorrow before their big trip to Camp No Rules, as Jacob is referring to it.  We have 2 weeks from Friday before heading to our trip to Jamaica.

Happy Tuesday!

Father’s Day

Today on Father’s Day, we would like to wish every dad we know a very happy day.  We are so blessed to have some pretty exceptional dads in our lives.  But that dad who lives in this house happens to be King, even if it uncool to have mom capture a kiss from dad on camera…

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Can you say “mini me”?  I mean if there ever was another matched dad and daughter, I’d like to meet them.  Same smile, brains, looks…

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And this boy thinks his dad hung the moon.  His dad is pretty awesome…

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I think I need a shirt that says, “This is my circus and these are my monkeys”.

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But I wouldn’t change that for all the normal in the world.

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Happy Father’s Day, Jeremiah!  We love you.

Big Round Up

Hi, my name is Megan.  I’m an avid procrastinator of this blog.  Sorry for the absence to anyone who actually reads this thing.  I actually have a really good excuse for some of the procrastination.  I’ve been waiting on the pictures from Jeremiah’s promotion ceremony to be downloaded from his office’s camera and they just keep lending out the camera before it gets done.  So we will skip it and return with that when I get those pictures.

1.  Anyway,  Jamie’s actual birthday was fun.  She was overwhelmed with all the gifts and love from our family around the country.  She felt very blessed to have so many people think of her on her big day.  So now (over a month later) she’s a whole decade old but nothing has changed otherwise.  She’s still a sweet, sensitive, caring young lady who thinks of others *usually* before herself.

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2.  Pop Pop visited for a couple of weeks.  He was here for all the big festivities…Jamie’s big 10, Jeremiah’s promotion, support while I was baking like a crazy woman for the whole thing, etc.  Seriously he planned his trip perfectly and I was able to keep what sanity I have because he helped me so.  As a treat, we took him to the Hogle Zoo, our first time there too.

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We were a bit disappointed that the giraffes were unable to be viewed since the exhibit was being renovated but we will go back to see it once it’s open.  We were happy to see the primates, however.  I mean, really, the kids like seeing their own kind ;-)

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3.  Mother’s Day weekend was super fun for us.  We drove all the way to California!  As soon as we left Utah, Arizona was amazing and the view was breathtaking.  It took us about 10 hours to Anaheim and we were so happy to be out of the car!

After a good night’s sleep, we headed to the one place we’ve missed almost as much as our friend…Disneyland and California Adventure, of course. IMG_0001

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After waiting in line to wait in line (Jeremiah waited in the fast pass line for the new Cars ride just so we could wait in the shorter line for the actual ride), we headed for a few rides in California Adventure (and I snapped pictures).

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Radiator Springs was simply amazing.  Like just out of the Cars movie, amazing.  The Disney peeps really pulled it out for this renovation.  It was something to see.  And the ride we waited in line to wait in the shorter line was worth the wait.  Even I rode the ride!

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After a quick lunch and our fill of California Adventure, we headed over to Disneyland.  This place holds so many memories for us.  Like the first time Mazie met Cinderella and she walked Mazie across the park.  Or the time Jamie told Winnie the Pooh that she was potty trained.  We couldn’t possibly skip it while in California.  So we picked a few of our favorite Disney things and crammed them into the afternoon and were pretty satisfied with our Disney experience by the end of the day.  The girls insisted on Autopia for one of our must dos.  Mazie was tall enough to ride by herself (not well but still by herself).  On a side note, it’s a good thing we have 4 years until she is able to actually drive for real.

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And Jamie was able to drive if I pressed the pedal.  Fine with me because I could stop us, if needed…

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Then I decided to just enjoy walking around with my family and taking in all the things at Disneyland.  I did take a few pictures of the parade which is always a must when we are there…

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After getting dinner in Downtown Disney, we headed back to the hotel and passed out.  The next day, we played in the pool at the hotel and did homework that was due when we returned home, just relaxed.  The kids were in a wedding this weekend so we went to the rehearsal.  We found out then that Jacob was actually carrying the real wedding rings on his pillow.  So I had to tell him we was really the most important person (besides the bride and groom, of course) and he had to be so so careful with his pillow.  We were so worried about that part that we may have forgotten to tell the kids that they were going to have to stand for the whole ceremony.  Luckily, the bride and groom kept the ceremony short and sweet (like ours 15 years ago!) that they didn’t seem to notice!  But more on the wedding in a minute…

4.  We got up early one morning to make the 45 minute trek to Redondo Beach to meet up with the Laughreys, the Pikes, and the Shertzers for breakfast.  It was so great to see everyone and catch up (as much catching up as you can do in an hour).  We are a good lookin’ bunch, donchathink? (This picture is minus Wally who was snapping the picture and Cory-I’m not sure where he happened to disappear to).

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5.  Now onto the wedding.  So we drove back to Anaheim with just enough time to get ready (girls needed hair curled) and head to the church.  Jacob was so handsome in his little suit and was so proud to be wearing it.  He was honored when they asked if he would “be in charge of the rings”.  He did such a great job.IMG_0058

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my handsome men :-)

and one with me and my little man

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The girls were beautiful, of course, in their matching dresses and with pretty bouquets.  They, too, were honored when Erin and Tony asked if they would be in the wedding.  They walked behind Jacob down the aisle to the altar and Jacob escorted Jamie back down the aisle at the end of the ceremony.

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These were taken after the ceremony while we were waiting on the bride and groom to make their getaway.

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We made our way to the reception and the kids were so excited that they did so well.  They were proud of themselves but not prouder than I was.  I think every person at the ceremony came up to complement us on the kids.  It was nice to hear.

The bridal party was introduced with a little bio.  The kids were first and I was a little late catching all of Mazie’s bio.  But Jamie’s bio and Jacob’s bio were in full.  They were all well done and the kids loved it!  Congratulations Tony and Erin! We wish you many, many years of wedding bliss!!

6.  So we get up super early the next day to drive all the way back to Utah.  It was depressing.  We had such a beautiful scenic drive until we got to Utah.  The Valley of Doom and Gloom.  Seriously.  It literally was snowing many inches of snow.  On Mother’s Day.  We had to slow to a crawl and sometimes a stop on the pass.  There were many accidents and, of course, everyone had to pee and no rest stops in sight.  When we were able to stop at a rest stop (in flip-flops in snow), we overheard a trucker tell someone on his phone that he wasn’t going to make his delivery because they closed the pass.  Thank Goodness we left when we did and did not get stuck there.  We were able to make it home (an extra 1 1/2 hours of driving).  This was my mother’s day…

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I’m one blessed Mama with these three in my life (and, of course, my wonderful husband who made it possible for me to be called Mom).

7.  So being back in Utah with three weeks left of the school year, the weeks went fast.  All of a sudden, the kids had field trips and field day and projects due and all the end of the year festivities.  Mazie had one final band concert (at least at this school).  I am so impressed with these kids.  The band teacher is kind of flaky and they had to kind of pick it up on their own.  They worked hard and it showed.

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Mazie has officially started private lessons with a teacher close to the base.  When she had a trial lesson last week, I was taken back by how much the instructor reminded me of my old elementary band teacher, Mr. Bowman.  Anyone remember him?  He was crazy and awesome and everything a band teacher should be.  He set the standard for what we were to expect from our instructors.  Our high school band teacher fit the bill as well.  We were blessed to have great instructors and I can’t wait to hear her improvement over the next few weeks.  Mazie is super excited about this instructor as they have similar personalities.  Being excited about music warms my heart!

8.  So the end of the year just showed up whether we were ready for it or not.  The last day of school pictures…

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So with that we now have a 2nd, 5th, and 8th grader in the house.  *sigh*  You can see the first day of school here.

That’s that for now.  Hopefully, sometime soon, I can get the pictures from Jeremiah’s promotion and put them up here for all to see.  And maybe I can see if there were any photos taken of us at the dining out last week.  Who knows?  Maybe I will actually start blogging regularly.  It’s possible, not likely, but possible. ;-)

Ten on Tuesday

1.  Easter was pretty laid back here.  Pretty uneventful which is just the way we like it.  The kids searched for eggs…in their jammies…

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2.  That’s just how we egg-rolled this year.  (sorry, I couldn’t resist)

3.  Pop Pop arrived and it’s been non-stop since.  If you are friends with me on facebook or follow me on twitter, you know there was a lot going on this weekend.

4.  Jamie’s birthday party was this weekend.  We celebrated her 10th (*sigh*) birthday at Color Me Mine in Ogden.  We had a grand time.  The one serious picture I took and Jamie’s eyes were closed…

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so we took a silly one too…

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5.  The kids colored their pieces and then they were sent to the back to get glazed and baked.  Then they enjoyed birthday cake with Olaf on top…

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6.  I’m still at a loss because tonight, on her birthday eve, I have no idea how this…

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and this…

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and this…

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turn into this…

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7.  Jamie and Jeremiah went on their annual date too.  They went to see Rio 2 (which Jamie highly recommends) and to eat at Olive Garden.  She told us when she arrived home that there was no way she was going to fit into her wedding dress next week if she didn’t stop eating!

8.  Today was a fun day for our family.  The kids stayed home from school so they wouldn’t be late for Jeremiah’s promotion ceremony.  Since his promotion to Lt. Col is official May 1, he just couldn’t take away from Jamie’s birthday tomorrow so he decided to take off tomorrow and do the ceremony today.  The kids loved putting on his new rank and were so proud of dad.  Pictures to come since I didn’t pick up my camera during the ceremony.   Hopefully the photographer there got some good ones.

9.  So tomorrow we have 2 tweens in the house and a newly promoted Lt. Col.  Big changes going on around here.

10.  That is all for now.  I have to update the Stahrs Cakes blog and hope to do it soon.  Stay tuned!

Happy Tuesday!

Ten On Tuesday

1.  Quarter Update:  The quarter has passed.  Jacob had another x-ray yesterday to see where it was and it was no longer there.  I didn’t realize how much I was holding my breath over the last two weeks until we were told there was no more quarter.  I definitely felt lighter today!

2.  Mazie was named Student of the Month for her CTE class.  She was pretty happy about that good news.

3.  Parent/Teacher conferences are this week.

4.  We had Flat Stanley visiting us last week.  We took him to the Natural History Museum of Utah.  He seemed to have fun. ;-)

5.  Mazie gets to go to that same museum for a field trip on Friday.  She’s excited since she knows her way around now.

6.  Jacob is doing a basketball camp at school.  For the next few Wednesdays, he gets to stay after school to learn some skills.  He’s pretty excited.

7.  All three kids got all As on their report card for last quarter.  I’m pretty proud of those smarties!

8.  Jamie’s big 10th birthday is in three weeks. *sigh*  She is having a party at Color Me Mine and a “Frozen” themed cake.

9.  Jeremiah’s big promotion is in three weeks as well.  Lots of parties going on here…

10.  It was just glorious outside today.  I had the windows open all day and just aired out all the stale air.  It was so nice.  I’ve been so ready for Spring to be Spring.

Happy Tuesday!

Spring Break 2014

Our Spring Break came and went what with 5 whole days off of school.  It sure is a difference from the whole 2 weeks we had in Colorado.  We just kind of hung around and relaxed for a change.  And the kids were ready to go back to school today!

1.  Quarter Update:  As you may remember, last week Jacob swallowed a quarter.  Still not sure how but it’s in there.  Friday he had his 7 year check up and we did a few more x-rays to see what was going on with this quarter.  Turns out that it hadn’t moved at all from his Wednesday x-rays.  This started a little bit of worry in the doctor.  She called a GI specialist who ordered a few more x-rays.  After a total of 6 x-rays (since Wednesday) we find out that the quarter is in fact in his stomach and can stay there for up to 4 weeks!  We were asked to just monitor his poop for signs of a quarter and otherwise come back on Monday for another x-ray to see what’s going on.  Monday’s x-rays (2 more) showed the quarter is on the move, still in the stomach but on the move, nonetheless.  We check it again next week.

2.  Jacob’s new theme song is Radioactive by Imagine Dragons.  I may have joked with him about heating some food up for me for supper.  All he would have to do is hold it and count to 60!  He didn’t find humor in that.

3.  I took the kids to school on Jacob’s birthday and when we arrived, it was just the right time to snap Jacob’s official birth picture…

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4.  This is his first year that school was in session over his birthday.  So he was pretty excited to share some mini chocolate cupcakes with his friends at school.  IMG_0008

5.  When he got home, Jamie and I made Jacob homemade fettuccine noodle while dad worked on the alfredo sauce, shrimp, and meatballs (yes that is what he ordered).  Then the neighbor kids came over to wish him a happy birthday while he blew out his seven candles…

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My little jokester.  He asked for all kinds of dress up things for boys.  He couldn’t wait to try them out!

6.  We celebrated Jacob’s birthday at Sky Trampoline Arena.  The only thing he wanted for his party was to have as many boys as possible at the party.  We do not have many boys in the neighborhood and with Spring Break (good job scheduling things, mom!) we didn’t have many to choose from.  He was ok with the girls showing up since there were actually more boys anyway.

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We were missing a boy in this picture.  Not sure how that happened.  But there were 6 boys and only 4 girls, officially!

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He wanted a Lego cake for his party.  He wanted a green piece that was chocolate cake and two white cakes that were blue and yellow.  I don’t think I did too bad of a job!  All the kids asked for seconds.  So that’s good, right?

7.  March happened to be Mustache March around here.  Jeremiah’s offices never made such a big deal out of it before so he thought he would join in the fun this year.  31 long days of facial hair.  Don’t get me wrong, I like seeing men with facial hair.  Beards fascinate me.  I always want to touch them when I see them.  Not that I would go up to a complete stranger to do so but still.  So facial hair is not a bad thing…unless you want to kiss it.  I personally do not like facial hair tickling my nose when I want to give my husband a kiss.  So on Monday, I took this of Jeremiah in all his facial (and head) hair and then ordered him to remove it so I could kiss his handsome face…and he obliged…

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8.  We had kind of weird weather for Spring Break here.  It would rain on minute and snow the next.  I’m kind of over the white stuff and we haven’t had much here.  I can’t even imagine what it’s like for our eastern friends.

9.  We received a package in the mail on Monday holding A Flat Stanley and his passport book.  We are so excited to take him into the city and then send him off on his next adventure.  He’s had quite a few up to now.

10.  Speaking of passports, Jeremiah and I have an appointment on Friday to get our passport photos and applications sent in so we can go to Jamaica in July.  I’m kind of really excited. ;-)

Ten On Tuesday

1.  Jacob and I went on our annual birthday date on Saturday.  He wanted to go for wings and see the “Mr. Peabody movie”.  So we did.  We tried boneless parmesan garlic chicken wings (which are yummy, btw) and the movie was spectacular.  We loved it all.  On the way to the movie, Jacob said that he was happy he decided to come on the date because he was having so much fun.  I had no idea he was considering not going but I’m glad he decided to go as well.  :-)

2.  He bought me flowers for our date.

IMG_00033.  So today is our last day with a six-year-old in the house.  Our last one.  No more six-year-olds ever.  I’m pretty devastated by that last statement.

4.  Jacob was not going to turn seven without a big deal.  Tonight he swallowed a quarter.  A QUARTER, people!  I have no idea how he did it.  One second I was telling him to put the quarter in his piggy bank and not in his mouth because it was dirty.  Next, he’s coming down the stairs with tears in his eyes because he not only had it in his mouth but swallowed it.  Since he was breathing fine, the doctor told us to take him for a x-ray tomorrow to make sure it is in his stomach.  He ate supper and played outside like nothing happened.

5.  Here’s hoping that seven-year-old boys listen a little better than six-year-old boys!

6.  I went along with the fourth graders to the Natural History Museum of Utah on Thursday.  It was quite fun.  I had 5 boys and 3 girls in my group.  Thankfully the girls helped me keep the boys inline since they probably shouldn’t have been grouped together.

7.  Jeremiah went snowboarding for the first (and probably only) time on Friday.  It was a military day at Powder Mountain.  He had bruised knees, elbows, bum, and was so sore that he could barely move all weekend.  Today he said was the first he felt like he had a good workout.  Oh, I almost forgot about the cracked helmet.  He fell so hard one time that he cracked his rented helmet.  The helmet came front and broke his sunglasses (leaving a mark on his cheek).  One of the guys with him said he was at least 100 yards ahead of him and he heard Jeremiah crack his head.  So thank God he had a helmet.

8.  Mazie is so excited about her CTE class (home ec for those old enough to know what that is plus a bit of business added throughout the year).  She will be sewing pajama pants.  Today she started learning about the machines she will be using in class.

9.  I made 70 mini cupcakes today.  I had no idea I was going to get that many out of my batches.  I only needed 25 for school tomorrow and a star-shaped cake with some cuppies for tomorrow night.  Needless to say, some are going to work tomorrow.

10.  The birthday banner is hung, the boy’s crown is out, his star is ready to go…I can’t believe he is going to be seven tomorrow.  I’m not going to get much sleep tonight worrying about his little quarter stunt and the fact that he’s just too big too fast.  *sigh*

Happy Tuesday!

 

Ten On Tuesday

1.  I bought a new scale last week.  The one we replaced was the old-fashioned kind where it would bounce back and forth until landing on the weight.  The new scale is digital and apparently pretty accurate.  It told me I was 14 pounds heavier than my old scale did.  I checked it with 3 other scales.  The new one is right, unfortunately.  So more motivation, right?

2.  I’ve been working out with a group of ladies for about 3 weeks.  They are teaching me how to use the machines at the gym and what weights to use and what exercises to do.  It’s been fun.  Excruciatingly painful, but fun! ;-)

3.  Jacob had a field trip to McDonald’s today.  They were given lunch and a tour of the place.  The point was for the kids to see the finance part of a restaurant and see how money works in a place like that.  He said his favorite thing about the trip was playing at the play place.  He did tell me all about the kitchen, fridge, and freezer and was excited about watching them make french fries.  So there’s hope that he got something out of it that was beneficial.

4.  Jamie had a field trip to Snow Basin on Friday.  She was given a choice to snowboard or ski.  She chose snowboarding.  When she came home, she announced that snowboarding is a spectator sport for her and then pulled up her bangs to show me why.  The side of her forehead decided to try to break up a bit of snow.  The snow won.  She still has a bit of a brush-burn-type bruise but otherwise is just fine.

5.  Speaking of field trips, Jeremiah is going to Snow Basin on Friday…to snowboard for the first time.  He’s been skiing a few times but never snowboarding.  Hopefully he will come home with no broken pieces.

6.  Mazie has a HighMarket day on Thursday.  The junior high kids get into groups and make a product.  Then they set up a table and sell their goods.  Kind of like a craft fair.  Her group made bracelets and things out of duct tape.  She’s really excited about it.  It should be fun to see what the other groups are doing and how it all works out.

7.  Tonight after supper, Jamie and Jacob were riding bikes in the sun.  Then it started to snow.  Just a quick squall that didn’t amount to anything but they were bummed since they had to come inside.

8.  Jacob turns 7 one week from tomorrow.  Time is going way too fast for this Mama.

9.  Jamie came home from school yesterday in tears.  Big crocodile tears streaming down her face.  It took me a good 10 minutes to calm her down enough to tell me what was wrong.  Her teacher is no longer her teacher for personal reasons.  I am sure it was an extremely tough decision for her to make.  She is a great teacher and Jamie adores her.  So yesterday was rough for Jamie (as I’m sure for her teacher and other students).  This made me think of all the great teachers we have had up to this point.  My kids have been blessed with some spectacular teachers in their lives.  This means that we’ve been blessed as parents because these terrific teachers have made learning fun and interesting for my kids.  So thank you to all the great teachers out there who care enough to make learning awesome!

10.  I love my husband.  This is not new news.  Just something I wanted to share.

On that note, Happy Tuesday!

Ten On Tuesday

1.  Jacob woke up on Saturday and stated that it was one of his very favorite days of the year.  The rest of his very favorite days of the year are March 2-31, with March 26 being his absolute favorite.  So the whole month of March is his very favorite!

2.  Since his 7th anniversary of his birth is coming up on his absolute favorite day of the year, I would like to share some of what is on his birthday list.  Besides the obvious cars and trucks and other boy things, he has asked for a baby brother and a baby sister.  I tried to tell him that regardless of the fact that we can not medically add humans to our family anymore there just isn’t enough time to grow a baby.  He decided to keep them both on his list.

3.  Jacob said he wants to see the Mr. Peabody movie and go for wings for our annual date.  It’s our first with something other than just eating supper.  He seems excited to go this year which makes me happy!

4.  If you heard squeaking today (like an old hinge needing to be oiled), it may have been my lower body.  I may have overdone my workout just a bit on Monday and then added to it today.  I can barely walk without wincing (or crying) but I’m looking forward to tomorrow’s workout.  May as well get the rest of my body sore while I’m at it!  After nearly 7 years of not exercising with weights, I’d say I’m doing pretty well.  At least I can move, not well, but I’m still moving.

5.  Speaking of tomorrow, there is a scheduled power outage for the housing area on base.  From 8am to 4pm.  Six whole hours of no power.  Good thing the kids are in school most of that time.  For those of you who have lived in base housing, is this a normal thing?  This is the second time for a scheduled power outage.  The last one was scheduled for 4 hours but didn’t take that long.  I’m hoping tomorrow’s doesn’t last all day.

6.  The kids are taking a little vacation this summer…without the parents.  All three of them are going to Pennsylvania for almost 2 whole weeks.  Plane tickets have been purchased so there is no turning back.  Pop Pop has graciously invited them to stay with him while Jeremiah and I celebrate our 15th wedding anniversary.  It will be the longest time I have spent away from any of the kids since birthing them.  The longest up until now has been 4 whole days when Mazie was 18 months.  God, help me!

7.  What are Jeremiah and I going to be doing?  We are taking a trip to a Sandals resort in Negril, Jamaica.  Aside from being away from the kids for that long, I simply can.not.wait.  It’s going to be fun!

8.  It’s going to get busy around here pretty quickly.  The Stahrs have lots going on in the next few months…Jacob’s birthday, Jamie’s birthday, there’s a promotion to Lt Col in there, a wedding in California, just to name a few.

9.  It’s been raining here.  A lot.  While I realize that rain is better than snow (for those of you East of us, sorry for the whining), it’s just so gloomy.  I guess it’s just going to take some getting used to…all this doom and gloom…I miss the 300 days of sun in colorful Colorado.  At least the grass is turning green.  There’s a plus!

10.  Since I’ve been such a great blogger lately, I may have forgotten to update about Jacob and Jeremiah’s Man Day a few weeks ago.  Jeremiah surprised Jacob with tickets to the Monster Truck Jam in Salt Lake City.  Jacob tried his hardest to guess the surprise for days with things like getting gas or running errands.  He had no clue it was for them to see monster trucks.  When they got home, I asked how it went.  Jacob ran up to me and said, “It was incredible”.  He didn’t even know where to start, he was so excited about what they saw.  Huge points for Dad!  I can’t wait for my surprise Girls Day.

Happy Tuesday!

10 on Tuesday on Wednesday

This was supposed to be a 10 on Tuesday but now it’s Wednesday and we’ll just go with it.  Ok?  Great!

1.  The girls had a mini cheer camp a few weeks ago.  They practice short dance routines and a cheer or two and then performed at one of the boys basketball games.  It was quite fun to watch.  Jamie surprised me most by being able to do a Herkie jump.  Trust me, she jumps a little like her mama so I wasn’t really expecting her to get off the ground but she did it and was so pleased.  This isn’t a great picture but you can see her doing it nonetheless.

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2.  Mazie was a natural.  I mean, really, did you think otherwise.  Big mouth, lots of energy, bouncy…

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Seriously, the girls had fun and Mazie has decided that she wants to try out for the cheerleading squad in the Spring.  I guess the apple didn’t fall too far from the tree. ;-)

3.  I cleaned out my way of eating one month ago by following the Paleo or Caveman way of eating.  Basically, if the cavemen didn’t eat it, I don’t either.   I am sugar, dairy, and grain free and feel great!  I eat lots of veggies, fruits, and meats.  I have never had this much energy, ever.  Quite frankly, I was tired of being so tired all the time.  So it’s been great and I look forward to finding more recipes to enjoy!

4.  Since I started that by the way, I have lost 6 pounds and 12 inches total off of my body.  Four inches just off my hips…yep, the saddle bags are leaving…because I have had so much energy, I’ve been able to make it through insanity workout and running as well.  Jeremiah has been meeting me at the gym to run on the track when it’s too cold or rainy outside.

5.  Jeremiah had an office olympics at work today.  I really wish I could have seen some of those uniformed officers competing with the hula hoop.  Jeremiah’s group, known as the misfits, won 3 gold medals and a bronze medal.  I’m not really sure that constitutes work these days but it was a nice break from their normal routine.

6.  Mazie and I registered her for her 8th grade classes yesterday.  I had to go into one of her classes to help her fill out her form.  The counselor seriously has no clue how to be a counselor in my opinion.  Mazie had clearly marked her electives by number (#1, #2, #3, etc) and the counselor asked her which was her first choice.  I was ready to smack her since I wasn’t her biggest fan after dealing with her about the whole band situation (if you follow me on facebook you will understand where I’m coming from).  Mazie simply said, “I already marked them in the order I would like them to be.” The counselor mumbled under her breath that the choices that were on the paper were going to be picked first and not her write ins.  Mama Bear may have appeared out a little and snapped that she already couldn’t choose Band I or II (which was already on the form and not a write in) because the school isn’t offering Band II and she wrote what she wants instead.  I swear I said it as calmly as I could and the counselor proceeded to make a note on the form to make sure Mazie would get what she asked for.   I gave Mazie a hug and kiss and left her to the rest of her class.  I really don’t like when Mama Bear has to come out.  It doesn’t happen often and it typically involves someone being stupid.  I really hated out flippant the counselor seemed to be about the whole situation.

7.  Jamie and Jacob both have Valentine’s parties on Friday.  They worked really hard on their Valentines cards to their friends.  Jeremiah and I are going out on Saturday since we have a really cool (read FREE) live in babysitter! Thanks Mazie.  On Sunday, Jeremiah and Jacob are having a Man Day and going to the city to see the Monster Truck Jam.  Meanwhile the girls are going to Target to spend money. :-)

8.  Jacob fell yesterday.  It was quite funny actually.  He just tripped over his own two feet and landed flat on his face.  No bruises or anything to complain about but the kid would not stop crying.  His pride was wounded way too much since he did it in front of his pretty little sisters.  Dad and I happened to be there too.  So I snuggled with him for a good 10 minutes on the big chair.  Just him and me.  It was so nice even if he was upset.  Hey Jacob, you can fall anytime you want to…I’ll be here.

9.  So we’ve been watching the olympics.  They’ve been entertaining.  Jacob is seriously irritated with the “backwards” commercials.  You know, the commercials that start with the olympic athlete and go back to when they were barely walking and on skates or skis.  Every time one comes one he sighs and says, “Ugh, another backwards commercial!”

10.  I am impatiently waiting on a FedEx delivery.  It is going to up my Cool Mom status a lot so naturally I can not wait!  I’m just going to say that my “Mother of the Year” plaque would be cool if it was red and ready to hang…I’d fill you in but Mazie and Jamie read the blog.

On that cliff hanger, I’m out.  Happy Tuesday!

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