Mar 1, 2015


We ALWAYS look forward to the weekend.

Saturday was a great day.  We didn't do anything exciting.  And we spent a lot of time doing chores around the house.  But the sun was out!  It was exactly the kind of day we needed to do and everyone was happy.

The boys stayed in their jammies all morning.  Actually Colson stayed in his all day!  They were up before Chris and I and when I came downstairs, I found them on the couch together, playing Minecraft.

Then they spent the next couple of hours on our bed, building with Legos. Cannon brought the big tub of Legos in and all three of the 'CR's'  (Chris, Cannon and Colson) built and created and played and talked.  Colson got into my books and "read" us stories.  He's pretty created.  Cannon was still on the bed, in his jammies at lunch time!  That's what Saturday's are all about.  Relaxing and playing and not being in any kind of a rush.

Chris worked on the motorhome all day, cleaning the inside a bit and then moving the couches and chairs to the back so he could pull up the carpet.  It was pretty dirty and the roof leaked this winter, so it really needed to be pulled out.  We ended up buying some hardwood for the a very small part of the entryway and then carpet.  It is nothing fancy, but will look better than what was there.  Now comes the hard part of installing it.

I spent most of the day doing chores.  Grocery shopping, cleaning the kitchen and picking up around the house, laundry, etc.  I did get outside to play some, read a little bit, and worked on some school things.  Chris was busy with the motorhome so I did the weed eating and mowed the lawn.  I kept up on all of the basketball games going on throughout the day and was able to sit and watch the end of a couple games in the evening....both of the teams I was rooting for lost.  You can't win them all!  

The sun was out but it was breezy, so it was chilly outside. However, the boys got out to ride bikes some and play in the yard.  Cannon spent most of the afternoon outside playing and helping Chris. Colson was in and out, in and out, in and out.  Typical.  He did surprise me with a flower!

Thank goodness for the weekends!

Enjoying every moment!

Ava's Visit

A sweet, kind, wonderful third grader in my class was diagnosed with caner in early January.  It was quick and sudden.  She was at school Thursday and by Friday, she was having her kidney removed at Seattle Children's hospital.  She has a cancer called Wilms, which effects children.  Her cancer was already pretty aggressive so she she is receiving some heavy duty treatment.  Radiation and Chemo started about a week after her diagnosis.

Her family, friends, school, community and even strangers have rallied around her family to raise money, show support, and send love and prayers.  Many of us have purchased t-shirts and bracelets and wear them on Friday's, which is one of the days she has chemo.

My class has stayed in touch with her through cards and notes, pictures that we have sent, texts I have shared and information on a Facebook page that has been set up.  We've all missed her terribly.

Last Tuesday, she was feeling up for a visit and we all couldn't have been more excited!  Ava came at the end of the day, was able to say hi to the front office staff and some of the other third graders and then spent the about 20 minutes with our class just talking.  It was wonderful and much needed for everyone.

We can't wait until she comes back for another visit!

I'm proud of my class for how they are handling this situation.  They have learned a lot about cancer but also about how to be kind, caring, and compassionate.  They've learned to think of others first. They have learned to deal with a difficult situation.  They have learned that whatever happens in life, to stay strong and keep the faith.  I am proud of them.

Enjoying every moment.

Feb 22, 2015

Get Outside!

We've been lucky to have some wonderfully sunny February days the past two weeks.  It's great to see the sun and I've been pushing the boys outside to play and enjoy the dry weather.  They haven't needed me to ask twice.
Playing in the raised beds. 

Playing in the sandbox at Greg and Brenda's. 

Colson enjoying the sun!

Out riding his quad. 

Cannon riding his motorcycle.

The boys checking out the fire hydrant...

Enjoying every moment.

Feb 20, 2015

My Little Valentine's

I was able to snap some quick pictures of the boys last weekend.  They don't really like to pose for pictures....who does?!  But, I got a few taken before they got too out of control, which wasn't too long after I started.  

Such cuties!
Enjoying every moment!

Feb 15, 2015

Ride the Duck!

We are currently on our mid-winter break.  Our district doesn't have a week off, but just a Friday and Monday.  (Monday is President's Day)   I knew we weren't going to be off on any big trip, which was fine.  But I wanted to do something fun with the kids.  So after some research, I decided to take the boys to 'Ride the Duck' which is a tourist activity near the Seattle Center.  We have seen the 'ducks' out and about and have always said we wanted to that.

The weather cooperated for us after a number of days of rain.  The temperatures were warmer and perfect for the open windows of the 'duck.'

The tour is an hour and a half, with about an hour touring around the city of Seattle and the other half an hour cruising Lake Union.  We saw some great views of the city, got up close to some other city attractions and had a lot of fun.  The driver/tour guide was informative and funny.  There was lots of music and jokes. We were definitely entertained!  Both boys enjoyed it, as did I.

After we were done, we headed across the street to ride the monorail to Westlake Center.  Colson wanted to ride the escalators, so we did...three stories down and three stories back up.  Then the boys got to stop at the candy store.  They spent quite a bit of time looking over every bin full of candy, trying to decide what to get.  They each decided on a few pieces of many different types.  We then sat in the food court and ate some lunch....and candy!

It was a great day!

Enjoying every moment!

Feb 14, 2015

Valentine's Day

Happy Heart Day!

I love that Valentine's Day falls on a Saturday this year.  We get to enjoy the entire day and not feel rushed to do something special.

Chris and I actually had a night out last night.  We went to dinner and a movie.  Both of us enjoyed a great dinner at Outback Steakhouse and then headed over to the movie theater and saw American Sniper.  We loved going out to dinner since we don't do that very often.  And it was nice to go without kids.  Uninterrupted conversation and eating.  No stopping to cut food or stop arguments!
The movie was very good, too.  We had heard many good reviews from friends and family.

Today, we enjoyed being at home all day.  (minus a quick trip to the grocery store for me and a trip to the auto parts store for Chris.)  The sun came out, the clouds parted and we actually had a nice, warm sunny day.  The boys played inside and outside.  Chris washed my car and his jeep.  I cleaned and vacuumed my car out and spent some time weeding and cutting back bushes.

We all ate too much Valentine candy to celebrate the day and enjoyed a nice dinner at home.  I BBQ'd marinated tri-tip steak and we had mashed potatoes, salad and rolls.  It was very good. (Leftovers for tomorrow, too!)

Cherishing the simplicity of today.

Enjoying every moment!

Pre-Valentine's Day

Since we didn't have school on Friday, February 13th and Valentine's Day was on a weekend day, everyone celebrated at school on Thursday.  

Colson made his Valentine Bag and got to pass out his Valentine's to his preschool classmates.  He told me they set all of the bags out on the table and everyone went around and put their Valentine's in. :)

Cannon worked on his bag earlier this week.  He also made a nice hand-made Valentine card for Chris and I.  He had his party later in the afternoon.  I wasn't able to stop by at that time, but he said it was fun.  That was about all I got out of him!  

My class had their celebration in the afternoon as well.  They opened Valentine's, frosted cookies and then had some time to do stations, all having to do with hearts and friendship.  It was a nice, relaxing, laid back hour.  The kids enjoyed it.  

When we got home from school, the boys had fun sorting through their Valentines and eating some of the treats.  They also got two cards in the mail.  One from Auntie Kanga and the other from Granny Joy.  

Exciting day!
Enjoying every moment!