Tuesday, September 27, 2011


4AM-Andy gets home from work
7AM- Shower, get everyone dressed, make 3 cold lunches, do everyone's hair, breakfast, wash dishes, vacuum preschool
8:15AM-Drop Maddie off with friends that she will catch a ride with to school, drop Garen off at preschool
8:30-set up preschool and pack Sophie's bag of toys and snack for day care
9:00-Rec center Zumba and Sophie in daycare
9:30AM-Andy goes back to work for the next 18 hours
10:30-pick Sophie and a preschooler up from day care, take a 5 minute shower
11:00-Garen comes home from first preschool, I teach 10 preschoolers for the next 4 hours.
3:30-Maddie gets home, homework, laundry, cook dinner
5:00-Maddie's Gymnastics
6:30-Maddie finishes gymnastics and Garen goes to soccer practice
7pm-Activity days starts
7:30-pick up Garen from Soccer
8pm-Maddie finishes Activity days, take friends home, showers, teeth, stories
9pm-kids in bed, clean up
12am-finally go to sleep.

Monday, September 26, 2011

So tired!

It's hard for a 2 year old to keep up with a 5 and 8 year olds schedule.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

A very full Sunday

The day started at 6:30 AM. We had to be ready and out the door by 8 so we could make it to the Farson Branch sacrament meeting by 9. Andy works with the branch president out there and somehow we got roped into speaking out there. My friend was nice enough to take our kids for us during this time.
I usually try to avoid speaking in my own ward let alone another ward, but I survived and it was a good experience. I had never been to a small branch before and the members were more than welcoming.
We made it back in time to get the kids dressed and some lunch before heading to our church at 1. The kids had their sacrament primary program. They both did great with their speaking parts and sang all the songs. Sophie was not happy that she couldn't go join them!
After a lovely Sunday school lesson, I got to teach the Laurels class a very in depth lesson on dating.
After church we had the shredded bbq pork that I had put in the crock pot earlier in the day and Andy had some home teaching to do, then finally time to relax!

Saturday, September 24, 2011

More snapshots of our Saturday soccer games

Garen played at 9 this morning, then we headed to the primary program practice. We had to ditch the practice early to make it to Maddie's game at 12. A busy morning for the kids but they played great!

Garen actually kicked the ball a couple times this game-

he's checking out the shadow of his muscles-
It looks like he's trying to move the ball with his mind-I don't think it worked.

Garen's Soccer Pictures

Wednesday, September 21, 2011


Since a lot of my time is filled up with teaching preschool, cleaning the preschool, and preparing for preschool, here are some preschool shots of my kids-

Austin and Garen playing in the moon sand-
painting with Earth worms-

Garen and Weston raindrop painting-
investigating rocks-
lacing letter blocks-

Pretty in Pink

I can't tell you how many times a day this little cutie makes me laugh with her witty little comments and her made up words.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Stake Conference

Last night Andy and I got a babysitter and were able to go the the adult session of stake conference. We got to hear Richard G. Scott of the quorum of the 12 apostles talk as well as Elder Price of the quorum of the Seventy. It was very uplifting and I'm so glad we went! At the end he took questions from the congregation and his answers were so inspiring and honest and quite funny. It made me want to become more like him and our other leaders and ultimately Christ.
Today we got to take the kids to hear the apostle speak. It was incredibly crowded and over two hours long so it was a little bit of a struggle with the kids but very much worth it.

Soccer in the Rain

Saturday Garen had a soccer game at 9am and with the 45 degree weather and the rain I assumed it would be canceled-it wasn't. Garen played like a champ while the rest of us huddled under umbrellas. He cracked us up the whole time as we watched him dance in his own world on the side lines, and do silly things during the game. He loves soccer but has no desire right now to be competitive.
getting a pep talk from his coach-
I think Garen was trying to be funny here, but it doesn't look very appreciated by the apposing player-

After Garen's game and his team pictures we got a short break form the field and then head back again for Maddie's game. I didn't take pictures at her game, but she did amazing! There were times when the other team was about to score a goal and Maddie would fly out of no where and kick it from them before they had a chance to shoot-I am thoroughly impressed with her speed and passion for soccer this year!

Monday, September 12, 2011

Princess Playgroup

Sophie's in a playgroup that switches houses every Monday between 7 little 2 and 3 year old girls. Today it was at our house. We painted, dressed up, played with playdough, ate a snack, and sang songs.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Soccer Games

Soccer has pretty much taken over my life for a bit. Maddie practices every Wed/Friday night and Gare practices every Tues/Thurs night and they both have games every Saturday-so 5 days a week I am devoted to Soccer.

Maddie and Garen had their first soccer games today. Maddie played so hard and did really well. She even scored a goal!
I love this picture, it tells the whole story. Maddie is on the far right with her arms up in the air after she sees the ball go in the goal.

Garen wasn't super interested in kicking the ball that much, but he's learning. He was super excited about his treat and drink after though.

The Little Lizard

Maddie caught this little horned toad lizard in the field on her way home from school yesterday. They build it a little habitat in a box-and Sophie couldn't get enough of him!

Just Friends Rollerblading

Ariana moved here last January just a block from our house. Her and Maddie are in the same church class, did Girl Scouts together, and are now in the same 3rd grade class. They are best friends-I'm so glad she has such a good, sweet best friend. And it helps that Ariana's mom is also one of my best friends!

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Back to School, Back to School

We started the school year off with some wonderful school blessing from Andy. He blessed that Maddie would make good choices and be able to be a good friend and know how to comfort people. He blessed Garen with courage to try new things and to learn and grow more fully at preschool, and Sophie wasn't going to be skipped; she hoped right up in the chair after Maddie and Garen for her school blessing. It was sweet to watch her sit very still with arms folded and eye squeezed tightly shut. It's going to be a good year!
Maddie headed to third grade today. She was so excited and had a wonderful day! She loves her teacher and all her friends in her class. I think it's going to be a good year!
Sophie started in my preschool today. It was Super hero day so Sophie came as Super Girl. She really enjoyed preschool but 4 hours of school is a long time for a 2 year old. She's been great with the potty training but did pee her pants at school today. But she loved all the songs, the coloring, and show and tell.

Garen went to the CDC till 11 this morning than straight to my preschool as Iron man. He embraced the character and enjoyed every moment of both preschools followed by a soccer practice.