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Throw Back Thursday

Is it really a throw back if it happened last month?  Well, on this blog and for today, we’re going with it.  On this last full day of school for this school year, I figured I would play catch up before heading to school for a water balloon toss with my soon-to-be-sixth grader!

So Spring Break…It happened to fall right around Easter.  So we stayed home and had a wonderful weekend just the 5 of us.  We started the longer weekend with a silly thing called a half marathon.  If you’ve never run 13.1 miles or wanted to, you make be wondering “what were you thinking”…the answer is…I have absolutely no idea.  I just felt like it was time, found a training schedule on pinterest, talked Jeremiah into running with me, and here we are.  Our first half marathon is in the bag.  It was the hardest physical thing I have ever done aside from birthing babies.  I am proud to say I accomplished one.  I am happy for the experience.  I would like to do another to get a better time but I felt this way with all my races.  My first half marathon was a good experience.  I learned a lot about myself…I’m stronger than I thought…yes, I should listen to my husband a little more often ;-).  So here is our finish selfie…The race started at 36 degrees and was 52 when we finished.  So we were a little ripe…

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And our finisher medal.

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Funny story, we paid for these but not everyone did.  But everyone seemed to get one and since Jeremiah was running with me (instead of me running with him) there were not enough left for us to get ours.  So we waiting for them to come in the mail.  I may have sassed an innocent volunteer when he said they were out.  I may have told him that I just ran 13.1 miles and I wanted my finisher medal like a little brat.  He should have sassed back stating that we should have run faster but he was nice and explained that they would be shipped free of charge, of course.  So when it came in the mail, I may have proudly displayed it on my neck for the remainder of the day.  Maybe. 😉

After the race, we took the kids to Boondocks Family Fun Center.  Neither of us wanted to slug the rest of the day and not be able to move the rest of the weekend, so we figured some go carts racing and mini golf were in order…

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Easter was, well, Easter.  Ham and all the fixings, eggs, candy, kids in heaven.

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Every year, I do a fancy dessert.  I let the kids pick it out this year.  Thanks to Pinterest or Facebook (not sure where it came from now) they all agreed on Peanut Butter Cup lasagna.  Pudding, cool whip, peanut butter cups, nutter butters, peanut butter drizzle, and chocolate drizzle.  It was, to put it mildly, a huge hit.

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Mama’s Day:  I know this was only a few weeks ago but just go with it.  Anyone who knows me knows that I adore homemade things.  Especially made by my kids.  So to get handcrafted gifts from my kids is the ultimate special treat for me.  I got some pretty cool coupons from Mazie and Jacob and a cool banner from Jamie.

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Jeremiah found an interesting way to give me a gift this year.  He made me break a plate in the drive way…

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You see, if one more plate broke, I could get new plates.  And wouldn’t you know, no one would help me with that.  I mean, when I was pregnant, I broke things left and right but when I really wanted new plates I couldn’t break one more plate.  Not one.  So we went outside to smash my last plate.

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December 2014

I try to blog.  I really do.  But then I think about how much time it takes to sit here and create a blog and how many other things I should be doing and then I just don’t blog.  So for now, you get posts when I post.  It’s that simple.

But here is a wrap up of December.  Enjoy!

First, we will begin with my birthday.  I mean it is really important and all.  38.  A few years ago, it seemed like such a big number.  An old number.  But now that I’m here, it’s not so bad.  I mean, yeah I have to admit to being 38 and it sounds old but you really are as old as you feel.  And I don’t feel old.  Or at least what I would have thought I would feel like at this age.  I’m not really sure what I was expecting.  All of a sudden, I just turn into an old lady?  That’s not really my style anyway.  I’ll grow old by gracefully fighting it every step of the way.  I mean, 40 is the new 20 right?  Actually I don’t want to go back to my 20’s.  I kind of like it right now.  I’m good.  Am I making sense?

Ok so here are a few pixs from my 38th celebrations.  The kids were a little disappointed in not having a cake this year but it was ok since I opted for my primal fudge instead.  The mess says it all…

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And homemade cards/gifts are my very favorite thing…

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Jeremiah works with some pretty spectacular people who have become very good friends.  Once a month we all get together, sometimes with kids, sometimes without.  It always is a good time.  IMG_0144

During December the party was a bit of a going away from one of the crew.  So this one was a bit bittersweet.  These two happened to live across the street from us as well.  Jacob happened to love their oldest daughter but their second daughter happened to love Jacob.  Yep, our very first love triangle.  Also their twin boy and girl are just adorable.  I was given the name Missa Megan by the little boy who may have been a little excite to see me every once in a while.  You know I have a thing for little blonde haired blue eye boys!

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Jamie had 2 concerts with her choir club.  One was at the Ogden amphitheater.  This was all I was allowed to get for that one…

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But she made up for it by posing for the next concert which was at school…

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Christmas came and went and it was so much fun this year.  Pop Pop arrived in early December and joined us for Christmas this year.  The kids (and us parents too) were over the moon about it.

Jacob was in charge of making the reindeer food and placing the treats and milk out for Santa…

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So after watching Rudolf, the kid went to bed…

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The adults had to get everything ready quietly which was tricky but we managed…

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And then Christmas morning was crazy with hot chocolate, cookies, and presents…lots and lots of presents…

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And then Pop Pop went home.  Boo!

We did manage to do a little exploring of Utah while Pop Pop was here.  We hopped on the front runner (the commuter train around here) and took it into Salt Lake City to Temple Square to see the Christmas lights.  The kids were excited about the whole thing but Jacob was a little over the top with the train.  I have to say, it was simply amazing to see all the lights.

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It was a lovely holiday season.  That’s all I have downloaded from my camera.  More to come some other day…Thanks for looking!

End Of Summer/Back To School 2014

So the kids were in Pennsylvania for almost 2 weeks this summer without us parents.  They were so excited about the whole trip.  Mostly because Jacob came up with the whole trip being named “Camp No Rules”.

Here are some pictures from Pop Pop’s camera of things they did in PA…

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Fun was had all over PA.  They went to Gettysburg, Knoeble’s amusement park, Hershey’s chocolate factory, Penns Cave, Color Me Mine.  They also had great fun with Stahr Mam and Pappy John but I haven’t gotten any pictures from that part.  They had fun seeing all the family and just hanging without us interfering.  Those pictures above are in no particular order.  Those were just the few I picked from a cd that had way too many to post.  I also have no pictures from their time with Gramma (what’s up with that, Mom?).

And this one is just ’cause I love my baby brother so, so much.  The picture was begging to be posted…

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While that doesn’t show their whole trip, just know they are still talking about being in Pennsylvania.  They really enjoyed their trip!

Pinterest has been fun for us this summer.  This is one of the activities I took pictures of.  We did the ivory soap experiment.  We put a bar of ivory soap (I’ve read this does not work with other bars of soap) on a plate and popped it in the microwave…

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Then we started the microwave for 2 minutes.  At 40 second down, the soap started to expand and continued for the rest of the time…

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When the time was up, we let it cool to touch.  The kids were surprised by the way it felt.  It looked fluffy and light but kind of crumbled to the touch.  It was smooth like soap should be and they could pack it back together but they couldn’t form anything other than solid shapes.

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It was pretty could to see.  Not really worth buying a pack of 8 bars to use one for this experiment but it’s soap.  It will be used up.  Plus the whole kitchen smelled of ivory soap for the rest of the day.

First day of school…Two weeks ago!  I can’t believe school has been in session for 2 weeks already.  The kids are loving this year so far.  After registering Mazie for 8th grade about 3 weeks ago, she was so ready to start school.  I can’t believe she is in her last year of middle school!

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After reading her bio on the school’s website, Jamie was so excited to meet her 5th grade teacher this year.  Plus she had just recently updated her eyeglasses so she was ready to show them off…

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Jacob was a little hesitant about starting 2nd grade until back to school night a few days before school started.  He met his teacher and quickly knew it was going to be a good year.  The fact that she happened to be pretty had nothing to do with it. 😉

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So looking at these pictures, I’m left wondering how my kids got so old.  It’s a mystery to me, really!

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Ok, that’s better.  Now I can claim these kids! 🙂

 

Jamaica

July 10 marked 15 years of wedded bliss for Jeremiah and me.  We decided that we should do something for just the two of us and I reluctantly agreed on a week for us to go somewhere fabulous without the kids.  So we went to planning on our vacation.  We decided on a Sandals resort and after much research decided on the Negril, Jamaica location.  An all-inclusive resort in Jamaica?  I think I could get on board with being without the kids for a week for the first since having them.  Then I realized that they were going to Pennsylvania and leaving before our trip and getting back after.  Which meant I was going to be without kids for nearly 2 whole weeks!  What?! I had to figure out how to be ok without the kids for almost 2 weeks?  I literally had  to look at the Sandals website almost daily to calm my nerves as the days were leading up to the kids leaving for Pennsylvania.  And guess what?  I was just fine.  I knew the actual trip was going to be amazing and it really was.  It was the few days before and after that I was here at home without the kids that was really hard on me.  But, again, I survived.

So now onto the good stuff.  The few pictures that I took and that we purchased from the resort.  Let me start by saying, if you are thinking of doing a trip like this know that it is truly an all-inclusive resort.   We only paid extra for our one excursion which we set up before we got there, our beach sunset dinner for our actual anniversary day which we set up before we got there, and pictures and souvenirs.

Our room had a swim up to the pool just outside that overlooked the beach.  This was our view from our patio…

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We enjoyed breakfast here a few mornings…

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We spent every morning on the beach where we had chairs that were reserved for us with a cooler full of water.  It was nice letting someone pamper us for a week.  IMG_0019

We also had a couples massage.  The last time we had a massage was 11 years ago when we went to Hawaii.  I was in so much pain after because it felt like the therapist was taking out her problems on me.  I swore them off.  But I decided to try it again and it was amazing.  I have never been so relaxed.  The therapist that was massaging me said I had three knots in my neck.  I jokingly told her that they each had a name since I have three kids!  IMG_0037

We went on a tour of the island on a sunset cruise.  At the end of the cruise, everyone was doing shots on the bar.  That was fun.  Alcohol was completely included and there was a lot of it.  In fact, the one bartender would see Jeremiah coming and call out, “Hey Rum and Coke!”

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There were lots of critters around.  Peacocks would join us for breakfast, starfish in the ocean, little sand crabs.  We saw lots of crabs actually.  This one greeted us on our patio on day…

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We had reservations at the one restaurant one night.  It happened to be at sunset and we were seated right next to the beach…

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We did a few things that were way outside of my box.  We went kayaking.  Yep, I’ve never done that and was terrified the whole time but, when I finally was on the sand again, I was happy I did it with my love.  We also went snorkeling.  I was so scared going into it but was so excited.  It took a bit to figure out how to breathe with the mask and such but I got the hang of it and was happy there was a photographer catching us feeding the colorful fish with a piece of melon even if I was in a bathing suit…

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On our actual anniversary day, we set up to have a dinner on the beach at sunset.  It was just the two of us and it was amazing.  We had such a great time just enjoying the view and not having to eat in 20 minutes because a little one was going to throw a fit or start fighting with another one.

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It was a trip to remember and we will be going to a sandals resort again.  It was the first vacation we’ve taken that we both felt it was a true vacation and we didn’t need days to recuperate.  It was truly amazing.

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Next up, what the kids did while they were in Pennsylvania!

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!

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!

Pumpkin Patch

We took the kids to a local pumpkin patch a few weekends ago.  We went to Black Island Farms and we had a blast.

IMG_0012There were so many things to see and do.  There was a little petting zoo with all kinds of farm animals.  There were little pot belly pig races.  The kids thought those were cute.  There were all kinds of slides and things for the kids to climb all over and huge corn mazes…

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IMG_0033Jacob really wanted to take this pumpkin home with us.  We convinced him to get on the tractor with us to go to the field so he could pick out an even better one…

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He agreed and I even got a smooch out of it!

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The kids got really excited when our driver told us we were the first to have our pick of this field.  They couldn’t wait to find their perfect pumpkins!

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Jeremiah may have been excited about it too.

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When the kids picked their perfect pumpkins, they loaded the tractor and we headed back to the parking lot, content with our pickings…

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And I was pretty happy with the view…

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