Friday, May 30, 2008
We brought goodies and a cooler full with drinks from home to enjoy as we watched the movie. After awe were set the girls were ready to watch the movie the only problem was we still had a whole hour before it would even start. So we took them to the playground, over by the concession facility, to get some energy out before the movie started. The movie was really good and we really had a great evening together. Ashlyn and Aubrey fell asleep about half way through the movie. Autumn loved the movie and stayed up to see the whole thing. We will definitely be doing this again.
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
Autumn is on her 2nd year of lessons and is still learning the basic. She can go under the water for 8 seconds with her eyes open and is learning to feel relaxed in the water.
Monday, May 26, 2008
Today we stayed close to home and played at the park. We meet up with some friends and grilled hot dogs and hamburgers. The kids rode their scooters and bikes and the adults talked and ran after the kids. Noah and Ashlyn even got into the swing of things when they started to play softball. We came back home and played games until bed time. What a fantastic day we had.
Sunday, May 25, 2008
On Saturday we took them to the Oakland Temple, through San Fransisco, played a little at Ocean Beach, drove over the Golden Gate Bridge to Old Sausalito, walked around the Palace of Fine Arts, and spent the evening walking up and down Fisherman's Wharf.
On Sunday we had a nice relaxing time visiting and playing games. We are glad that they could come and spend some time with us. It was a lot of fun.
Thursday, May 22, 2008
Ashlyn just finished up her last unit at school on "Being Afraid". Her teacher sent home a homework assignment to build a model of a habitat for an animal that she is afraid of. Ashlyn choose the Black Widow Spider and gathered as much information about the Black Widow Spider as she could. There was a research organizer sheet to fill out and keep her on track. She had 3 weeks to complete the project and prepare a 2-3min. presentation to share What animal she was afraid of and Why, Where the animal lives, and How it makes its habitat. She is only a 1st grader.
She First had to create a Black widow Spider out of black model magic clay. With a red hour glass shape under its belly and a glossy finish on the spider using clear nail polish. Noah and Ashlyn choose a box to place gathered bark and wood pieces. They cut out a square window on the side of the box so that you could look in to see the Black Widow. She placed the spider under the wood pieces and strung up a web. She rolled a cotton ball until it looked like an egg sac. She painted the wood pieces and egg sac with glow in the dark paint. Then we placed 3 glow sticks in various places inside wood pieces. Then she wrote Beware: Black Widow!!! and her habitat was complete. She wrote her presentation questions on index cards and practiced on us. Her teacher said she did an outstanding job on her presentation and habitat. She also said Ashlyn was the most organized in the class. We are so glad that Ashlyn is doing so well in school and loving 1st grade.
Monday, May 19, 2008
On Sat. I had a garage sale with a friend in the horrible heat and managed to make some money too. I am surprised I did as well as I did. Noah worked on the yard and the girls went back and forth from mom to dad and dad to mom We did reward ourselves that evening with a swim at the club house pool.
Thursday, May 15, 2008
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
On Sat. Noah's sister Rachel, her son Logan and our brother-in law Kurt came to spend the day with us. We went to the farmers market where we bought some yummy strawberries, oranges, and bread. We went out to eat at Uno Chicago Grill and then headed back to our house. At home we rested, visited, played out side, and played the game Apples to Apples. We had a BBQ with marinated chicken, veggies, fruit, and for dessert strawberry jello angel food cake. It was a very good evening.
On Mother's Day Sunday I was greeted by three smiling faces that gave me kisses, hugs, and their cards. What wonderful gifts I awoke to. At church the girls sang to me and we were served great big delicious Cinnamon rolls and fruit. The rest of the day was spent being pampered by my family. Noah cooked an awesome dinner and made me cherry chocolate ice cream for dessert. I had a table full of gifts to open and I loved every single thing I was given.
Monday, May 12, 2008
Sunday, May 11, 2008
I am a father and a mother now, and so I know
Hard work is mixed together with the fun;
You learned that when you raised me long ago.
I think of all the things you gave to me: Sacrifice, devotion, love and tears,
Your heart, your mind, your energy and soul--
All these you spent on me throughout the years.
You loved me with a never-failing love
You gave me strength and sweet security,
And then you did the hardest thing of all:
You let me separate and set me free.
Every day, I try my best to be the kind of person like you were to me.
By Joanna Fuchs
Friday, May 9, 2008
Wednesday, May 7, 2008
You may have thought I didn't see,
Or that I hadn't heard,
Life lessons that you taught to me,
But I got every word.
Perhaps you thought I missed it all,
And that we'd grow apart,
But Dad, I picked up everything,
It's written on my heart.
Without you, Dad, I wouldn't be
The woman I am today;
You built a strong foundation
No one can take away.
I've grown up with your values,
And I'm very glad I did;
So here's to you, dear father,
From your forever grateful kid.
By Joanna Fuchs
Tuesday, May 6, 2008
South of the Border S'mores
This recipe is from the May issue of Family Fun magazine.
|2||flour tortillas (8-10 inch)|
|3||large marshmallows, cut in half|
|2||tablespoons milk chocolate chips|
|1/2||teaspoon cinnamon sugar, mixture|
- Generously coat a medium skillet with vegetable spray and heat it over medium heat.
- Place a tortilla in the skillet, then sprinkle the marshmallow halves and the chocolate chips evenly over it.
- Top with the second tortilla and spray it with vegetable spray as well.
- Cook the tortilla stack for 1-2 minutes or until lightly browned, then carefully flip it and cook on the other side for an additional 1-2 minutes.
- Remove the tortillas to a cutting board, sprinkle the cinnamon sugar over the top, then cut the s-more into quarters.
- Makes 4 S'Mores.
Thursday, May 1, 2008
Here Aubrey is making due without her binky.
Here she is walking around the house in Ashlyn's shoes (on the wrong feet) and to see her walk in those big old shoes was priceless. She loves shoes.