Thursday, June 8, 2017

Work Hard, Play Hard

So far this summer we have been living the mantra "Work hard, Play hard."  There've been many long days outside working in the yard, hauling hay, spreading mulch, setting up trampoline pits, installing metal edging, and more!  But we've spent a lot of time partying it up--swimming, playdates, bowling, grandma's house fun, hooray!  A couple days ago we went to lunch with my mom and then bowling after.  Now, I may possibly be the world's worst bowler.  Not that I try to improve my skills--if I go bowling once a year that's a lot.  But even within the same 10 frame game, I'll get 3 gutter balls, and then a strike.  Eric will always say to me, "Do what you did for the strike again, keep your hand straight, look down the lane...."  Well, the problem is that I feel like I am doing the exact same thing when I bowl a strike as when I bowl a gutterball.  Nothing feels different (except my elation or disappointment at how many pins go tumbling).  And most of this game with grandma was no different.  I think by the end of the 8th frame I had 60 points.  I'd never broken 80 bowling anyway, but I was having a particularly bad game.  Last place the whole way.  (The kids did have bumpers though--maybe I should consider bumpers!)  Then by a stroke of luck I got a spare in the 9th frame.  So pressure was on for the 10th and last frame of the game.  I gave it a whirl and lo and behold got a strike!   Couldn't have been better timing!  So I got another roll since it was a strike--ANOTHER STRIKE!!!  2 in a row!  Knocked down about 7 my last roll and ended up handily winning the whole game--WITHOUT BUMPERS!  I ended up with a 97--my highest bowling score ever!  Needless to say I was pretty proud of myself (kidding).  But it was fun the make such a great comeback!  The kids loved it too.  They all cheered for each other.  Maggie was in first place for a lot of the game but her luck ran out (or got stolen by me) and ended up losing.  She'll get us next time!

 Joey was always eager to take his throws and once threw it too soon and hit the big black thing that comes down to set the pins, set the game board off, so we had to have the counter lady come fix it AND retrieve his ball stuck in the middle of the lane.  Oops, typical Joey.  He can find (cough: make) trouble like no one else.  Just last week he drew with pen on the walls and my white cabinets, and that some afternoon threw a remote at the downstairs tv and shattered our 55" plasma tv screen.  .......   It was one of those things where it is so bad you don't even get mad.  Seriously, I find myself more mad at the pen on the wall or spilled messses they leave than the big huge stuff--almost because I didn't even know how to react.  I left it at this--the tv is still on the wall (the glass didn't shatter but the screen inside did...it's hard to explain...) and I told the kids that was it for that tv.  They asked if I was going to buy a new one.  Nope.  I don't care.  I never watched tv there, and it was mostly the video game tv and I hate video games anyway.  So no skin off my back!  Anyway, Joey had a good game bowling, and he sure used those bumpers!
 A couple weeks ago, Eric had a conference in Washington DC, so we told Tyler if he got good grades he could go.  My some miracle in the 11th hour Tyler pulled it off and was able to go.  They had a blast.  They went to an Orioles game....
 Ate sushi... (I love that Tyler loves sushi--after being so picky when he was little he has come a long way!)
 Visited the house he lived in the first 2 years of his life...  (We've come a long way since those dental school days!--The entire house is like 14 feet wide, you can see from the picture.  I will forever love this little townhouse.  It's where our life really began!)
 And they visited a couple Smithsonian museums and just had a good time together.  It was great that Tyler was able to go and spend some quality time with dad.  Male bonding!

Lots of play, but as I said, lots of work too!  We ended up hiring someone to install the sprinkler system (we were going to do it ourselves but every weekend was rainy so it was setting us back too long)--but we installed all the metal edging.  We had to cut and weld rebar pieces to the edging to help it stay in the ground.  So we gave Tyler the job of cutting the rebar into small pieces.  He was petrified of the sparks that went flying--so he put on glasses, a sweatshirt and a hat.  As you can see:  (keep in mind it was over 80 degrees out)...
 But that wasn't enough it turns out.  (I didn't get a picture of this one)  Tyler was still afraid of the sparks so he pulled the strings around the hood of the sweatshirt and tightened it around his face so that the only thing visible were his nose and glasses.  It was seriously hilarious.  Too bad I didn't get a pic of it!  But after a TON of work we eventually got all the edging in.  And then brought in some mulch for the backyard.  Worked a few days getting that spread out.  Had the boys gathering rocks and dumping them in our ever-growing dump pile (it's very classy)...  As you can also see I can't keep Tyler in jeans.  EVERY time I buy him a new pair he outgrows them in a month.  He had no jeans that fit so you'll have to excuse the floods....yes I did buy him some new jeans after this.
 And then it was back to play.  The younger kids went to my mom's house and of course, played in the sprinklers and water (I'm sure they can't wait to get grass to play on at our house!)  It is always fun at grandma's!

The sprinklers are in, the edging is in, so it was time for the hydroseed.  We got that put in about a week ago.  It's been THE BIGGEST PAIN!  The trick is to keep it moist all the time, but not soggy and never let puddles form.  Well guess what...that is impossible.  I end up with puddles, so I water less, but then there are dry spots, so I water a little more and there are puddles.  I've tried hand watering the dry spots but it takes forever.  Plus I have to do it 3 times a day.  So we spent a while messing with the sprinklers to try to even it out.  After trying everything we still have trouble spots, but you know what, it's as good as it's gonna get.  I just really hope this stinking grass grows!  I told Eric if this doesn't grow I am not doing seed again, I'll put sod right over the top of it, no matter how much it costs!  But my fingers are crossed that in the end it will work out....   Here's the back yard after it got seeded....

 And now more work.  Our fields are growing amazingly well--they better be with all the rain we had this spring!  So got it cut and baled and spent Saturday morning hauling it all to the barn.
 Tyler is smiling, but it was hot and scratchy!  But we got it done.  I can't wait until all the boys are old enough to help so I don't have to!
 Now more playing--Jake had his birthday party (not really a party, more like a get together with his buddies) at Aunt Jessica's pool.  They boys had a blast!  They all play so well and even after 4 hours in the water they wanted to stay!  The boys had to go home but My kids and I stayed another 2 hours!  Phew!  It's ok because Eric and Tyler are gone at scout camp all week so I've got to find things to do anyway.  Shockingly my kids weren't sunburned even though I only applied sunblock at the beginning!
So far summer has been good...here's to the rest of it!

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Springing into Spring!

Time sure does fly when things are crazy!  The horse drama had a sad ending, I'm sorry to say.  After going up every few hours for a few more days, the little foal was not doing well.  We figured we would just keep on doing what we were doing, but she had developed big open wounds on her fetlocks (that she walk on).  So we took her in to see the vet to clean the wounds and figure out what do with her feet, as well as get some general prognosis advice and information.  We told the vet the whole story, and he said we really needed to do some blood tests.  So we did, and the results showed that the foal didn't get enough colostrum within the early hours of life.  He told us that she would need a plasma transfer (which costs $1000) and even that would only give her a 50/50 chance.  Well...that was just too expensive for bad odds anyway, so we had him euthanize her.  Boo hoo.  Joey was with us and he was crying, it was so sad.  But at least she died peacefully and didn't have to suffer.  Rest in peace little pony!
 Although Dutch, the mom, took it well, Crazy Alice did not.  After we had separated the horses (before we had the foal put down), Alice would do one of 2 things: 1) she would stand like this at the fence STARING DOWN the foal.  It was creepy.  Or 2) she would chase like hellfire a couple of the other horses in the field with her.  It was so bad--she would chase them full bore as hard and fast as she could and it she caught them she'd kick and bite them.  For no reason!  Poor Penny had run so hard and so long that when Eric went in the pen to help she actually ran behind Eric for protection!  Eric scared Alice off and we put Penny in with Dutch and the baby.  I thought Alice was going to kill her!  She practically had fire spewing from her nostrils!
 Well, amidst all of the horse drama we managed to celebrate Easter.  The Easter bunny found us once again and left baskets of candy stuffed to the brim!
 We had dinner at Katie's house--I made 2 cakes.  The first is a chocolate spartak cake.  It has 7 layers of thin cake with frosting.  It was a new recipe I tried and it was actually super delicious.  It was hard to make but it has to sit in the fridge for 1-2 days before serving so I got to do it on a day I didn't have much going on.   The picture I took showed the first slice which got a little smoothed, but the rest of the slices were nice and layered looking.  The other cake is a recipe I've had for a long time, Fresh Strawberry cake.  I love it.  It is really sweet but has such a nice strawberry flavor.  The only problem was dinner and dessert was so good I ate too much!


 Maggie has been getting in the cooking spirit herself as well--lately she's been bringing home library books from school that are cookbooks!  These two cracked me up.  We actually made a couple and they were good.  A new family favorite is slow cooker pulled chicken tacos.  Yum!  Maybe I can get Maggie to cook dinners then I can have nights off...
 Guess who finally lost their first tooth?  Joey has been DYING to have his teeth come out and has been incessant about asking Eric to see how loose it is.  Finally Eric gave in to Joey's pleadings and pulled his tooth out.  It probably could've used another few days, but Joey wasn't having it.  So Eric pulled out the pliers from the tool drawer and popped it right out.  I've never seen a kid so excited!  And Joey is also by far the toughest of our kids--our older kids have learned NEVER to let dad know you have a loose tooth.  But Joey?  He came back a couple days later and had Eric pull out the other bottom tooth!  LOL, no whining or saying it hurt.  I think this is Joey's way of earning money (tooth fairy).  We'd better be careful or one day he will come home and need a full set of dentures!
 Jacob had a fun thing he got to do..his friend Breyton invited him to go to the big Supercross race in Salt Lake.  They even got to go into the pits and meet the drivers and stuff.  The bad news was his friend got sick in the middle of it and spent half the night throwing up in the bathroom!  What a bummer!
 I love to cook and bake (and it shows in my figure, ha ha).  I love making crusty bread loaves in my dutch oven and I found a recipe to make a 5 seed crusty loaf---doesn't this look delicious!  It was sooooo good!
 Okay, folk, this is happening outside my house the end of April...really, Mother Nature???  It lasted several hours too.
 I took my boys and a few cousins and friends to the homeless shelter in Provo to serve dinner.  It was a great experience and opportunity to serve others.  The boys had a good time doing it and even have asked to go back!  I would have taken Maggie and Joey but you have to be 10 years old.  But the bummer of the night was that Katie's back window of her car got smashed in!  Oh no!  I've been there before and nothing has ever happened so I hope it was a fluke, but I felt bad for Katie....
A couple funny moments:

Joey and I got stuck waiting at a train crossing while a really long train lined with coal cars passed in front of us.  Joey asked where it was going and I told him I didn't know, to which he replied, "Oh, it's going to the North Pole to Santa!  Wow, that's a LLOOOOOTTTT of naughty kids getting coal this year."

Joey asked Eric last night at dinner, "Dad, what's it like to be a cowboy?"  Cute, and it made Eric feel manly and awesome.

Maggie likes to watch the America's Got Talent videos, especially the ones of kids.  She told us all one evening she wanted to be on the show.  Tyler asked her what her talent would be and she said "I will do pole dancing."   Ummmmmm......what are they teaching her in her dance class???

Lastly, I just wanted to point out that I can really tell I'm getting older now.  How?  The difference between how I look BEFORE I get ready and AFTER I get ready is getting steadily wider and more dramatic.  And I don't even wear that much makeup or anything, but I'm getting to the point where, boy, I really need it!

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Horse Mania and More!

Lots has been happening lately!  I guess it's that time of year again...lovely spring.  School programs, sports, baby horses born....busy times!

Maggie had her second grade program a couple weeks ago--filled with cute songs and Maggie's smiling face!  She did great on her part and loved being on stage (shocking).  I can't believe she's going into 3rd grade next year!  Even though I've seen this program 3 times now (I'm even starting to learn some songs) it is cute seeing each child's different personality.  Tyler was new at school during his and was guessing on most of the words, Jake stood there unsmiling and barely pretending to mouth the words to the songs, but Maggie was on the top of the world--smiling the WHOLE time and singing her little heart out.  I think she would have preferred a solo show--MAGGIE'S SECOND GRADE PROGRAM.
General Conference was a week ago.  We watched most of it on tv -- we've pretty much given up on the kids sitting and listening and taking notes on their primary handouts.  At this point we consider it a success if they stay in the room.  So We brought in and dumped out the entire bin of Legos--it worked pretty well!  (They weren't so happy about clean-up though...)
Last Monday we decided to do something as a family instead of working on the yard.  So we hit Bam Bam's BBQ (drooling) for lunch and then went to the BYU baseball game.  It was so fun!  Mostly because we met up with Grandma Calder who didn't hesitate to dole out treat after treat!  I think between us all we had just about everything on the menu.  It was really a blast (BYU lost though).
We always let the kids get a CougarTail (a 2 foot long delicious maple bar) at BYU events.  We hadn't gotten one and Joey asked grandma: "Can I have a pony tail?"  Grandma, "A What?"  Joey: "I mean a raccoon tail."  "Huh?"  It took her a minute to figure out he really wanted a cougar tail!  Just couldn't remember the name.  Well, he got his treat!

Over spring break we stuck around here while Eric worked but we did some fun stuff during the day. On Wednesday we went to Salt Lake City and walked through the Joseph Smith Memorial Building (we even saw Elder Bednar), temple square, had lunch at the Garden Room, and went to the church history museum.  It was a nice getaway and fun to take the train up there too!
We went up to see the Christus statue and while running up the spiral path Joey pranced along singing, "I'm going to heaven!  I'm going to heaven!"  If you've been there you know there is a huge spiral path leading up to a second floor and the entire path is painted with a huge mural of stars and planets and space.  It is really beautiful and I never though about it, but it does kind of feel like going up to heaven!  At the top we had the kids pose for a shot--Joey MAY or MAY NOT have slightly climbed on it before I could stop him.  Luckily I caught him before he started swinging on an arm or something.
Taking the train to fun town!
Tyler is progressing awesomely at scouts.  He's close to getting his eagle.  I couldn't make it to a court of honor but my friend snapped this cute pic of Eric and Ty (Eric is the assistant scoutmaster).  I just love Tyler's face in it! (And we have bought him a shirt that actually fits him since this pic was taken....)
Eric and the boys went camping with some friends (more on that in a minute) so me and the girls from our friend's family (we love you Carly's!) decided to try our hand at some homemade creme brûlée.  I hate this picture of me but I had to show off our handiwork---it was crazy delish!
As I said, Eric, Tyler, Jake and some friends (Jim, Porter and Eli Carly) went down to Escalante and camped/hiked Coyote Gulch.  Apparently (since I've never been) it is an awesome hike through a canyon with a river in it, waterfalls, slot canyons, slick rock, etc.  I am so proud of my husband--he took so many amazing pictures!  Since I didn't go I don't have too much commentary about the funny/disgusting things the boys did, but the picture look amazing!  I can't wait to go myself some day!
Tyler headed down into a slot canyon.

They had to hike through the river a lot...
Is this amazing or what!  I'm so proud of Eric for taking pics!  He even did a group shot.

This looks awesome.
Love these two boys!  Especially when they are getting along!
Not sure how I would feel about this part if I were there....

I hope this part wasn't as treacherous as it looks!
So I know that's a ton of pictures of the hike but it is only a fraction of what eric took!  But it gives you a pretty good idea of what it was like. 

A few nights ago we got a call from Jessica that our horses got out (of course it was the middle of the night--it couldn't have been during the day, that would have been too easy).  She said the sheriff was there (and none too happy about it) and that they had corralled them into a large field about 3/4 mile from her house.  She told us to "follow the lights" to find them (at that point we know it wasn't good).  Luckily once we got there we were able to catch them without too much trouble (it's amazing what a little corn will do) but then we had to walk them the ways back to Jessica's house.  We must have looked crazy walking horses in the middle of the night down the street.  We got them back ok, it was odd that the gate was wide open.  We do have a horse that knows how to shake the chain on the gate enough to get it to open so we figured that's what happened, even though we try to make sure the chain is in a place she can't get it.  Well I found out the next morning that a friend's horses had gotten out around the same time in the same way--the gate was wide open!  Although I can't imagine someone driving up Jessica's driveway to open the gate it is awfully coincidental that it happened on the same night as our friend's (and the other place was the field where we used to keep our horses!--even MORE coincidental).  At least it was a bright full moon--we didn't even need flashlights to catch the horses.  

So the biggest excitement/stress/surprise came early this morning.  Well, I guess I need to go back a couple months.  We have 2 horses we tried to breed--Dutch and Crazy Alice.  Crazy Alice was due a month before Dutch, but we were positive Dutch did not get pregnant.  Even the guy helping with the "breeding process" said that.  But we knew for sure Alice was.  So we waited.  A couple months ago the boys called while Eric and I were out on a date saying there was a dead deer head in the middle of the driveway.  ????  So Eric and I headed home and went and checked it out.  It took us a minute to realize what we were looking at--it was definitely a head, but also what looked like a little leg, and it had no fur and the skin was pink and translucent.  After a few seconds Eric said, "That's not a deer--that's a horse!"  We looked at the back side of the horses and from what we deduced Dutch actually had gotten pregnant and this was her miscarried baby.  We got flashlights and searched the field for more "parts" but didn't find much more than a leg and bloody spot in the snow....and lots of dog prints going off in all directions.  Yuck.  
So we let some time pass and kept getting ready for Crazy Alice to have her baby.  We figured she'd have it around the middle of March.  We waited but no baby; we looked at her belly and she didn't look pregnant; we felt it and didn't feel any movement.  We then figured it must have been ALICE'S baby that was miscarried and we now have no pregnant horses.  Ok.  Oh well.
Then this morning we got a call from Jessica (where the horses are right now) saying we have a baby horse!  WHAT?!  So now we figure Alice didn't miscarry and just went into labor a little late.  Eric wen't up briefly before work, mostly to check out the foal's legs (the front feet are wonky) but we've since found out they will be just fine and it is common.  Then I went up a couple hours later and things were weird....Alice was taking no interest in the baby--in fact, no one was.  Except for a couple of the horses coming over and biting her making her yelp.  GRRR!!!  Stupid horses.  I called Eric and told him something was off--the baby was just laying down and not nursing and no other horses were paying attention to her except to bully her.  Eric called Rex and he said that because the foal was brown it COULD NOT be Alice's and was, in fact, Dutch's baby!  Holy Hannah!  We went up and looked and lo and behold, Dutch was bloody-ish behind and full of squirting milk.  So we figure out that since Alice lost her baby, and Alice is also leader of the pack, that she had bullied Dutch away from the baby and was trying to either claim it as her own or do away with it.  It was a real emergency--this foal had been without any food at all since birth--and it essential they eat in the first hour of being born.  This poor little foal was on the verge of dying!!!!  It was a serious situation--Eric and I met up there on his lunch break.  He separated mom and baby from the rest of the horses first thing.  Mom and baby then started hanging around each other, but the baby was so weak she could barely stand up.  We tried getting her to latch on but the damage was done by Alice and she couldn't figure it out.  Poor thing was so hungry she would suck on anything from my hand, to her mom's knees but she just couldn't find the teat.  So we hustled and milked the mom to  get at least something in that foal and fed it to her through a syringe in her mouth.  It was messy and tricky but we together managed to get about 8 oz in her.  Eric had to go back to work so I stayed and working for another 2 hours got another 6-7 oz in her.  But she kept laying down because she was so weak.  And no matter how hard I tried I could not get her to find the nipple.  At one point she basically fell down, closed her eyes and was breathing very rapidly and I thought I was watching her die.  I have to say I broke down in some tears at that point.  I kept feeding her as much as I could but then had to go. 
Luckily Eric was able to get a hold of the horseman we bought Dutch from and he sent his daughter (who we have now dubbed The Horse Whisperer) down to help.  I went back up and she had the foal on the nipple for a few seconds at a time!  She showed me how to do it, then we milked and fed the baby 2 bottles worth of milk, and kept working with her to nurse.  She finally started catching on!  She is still very weak and needs support to eat so for the next few days we will be up there every 2-3 hours (fun for us--yes at night too) making sure she is getting all the nutrients she needs.  The girl also showed us some tips with our other horses--she is seriously amazing.  But by the time left at 8 pm the baby was nursing better on her own.  We will still be checking on her but I think everything will turn out ok.  It really was touch and go there for a while.  But here is mom, and baby resting after a hard time working on feeding.  Wish us luck with this duo!

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Snow Glad It's Spring!

Spring has come with a vengeance, in true Utah fashion.  Winter was long and snow-filled and then suddenly it was 75 degrees and sunny!  Then it rained.  Then it was sunny.  Then it rained.  And it rained again.  Today it is sunny but now it is supposed to rain some more and even snow!  Goodness. I got myself all excited about some warm DRY days ahead but I'm left with disappointment.  I know we need the rain, but I need my concrete poured in my backyard.....my needs should trump the rain, right??

Well, even though spring is a big tease, we enjoyed some snowy days as winter came to a close.  With a little family help we got the mini-4-wheeler running and the kids have been enjoying feeling adventurous riding around.  Joey had to wait his turn though...
 Maggie tried doing some donuts on the driveway.
 Look at that little pink fluff ball go!  She said something funny the other night.  I always tuck my kids in, just about every night.  It is a great time to connect with them about their day for a few minutes and get some hugs in before they go to sleep.  I like doing it...WHEN they are actually ready for bed when I come to tuck them in.  However most nights I come downstairs and they haven't yet gotten in their pjs, or brushed their teeth, etc.  So I end up standing around waiting for them while they do that, then I don't want to hang out as long because I've already been down waiting for them for 10 minutes.  It drives me nuts.  One night, after waiting an eternity for Maggie to change and brush her teeth and pick up her towels and on and on, I finally told Maggie she would have to tuck herself in that night because she was taking so long.  I meant it too--I was tired of being taken advantage of!  I determined to teach her a lesson right then and there, that if she couldn't be ready on time she would have to tuck herself in.  She said, "I can't tuck myself in, only you can!" I asked her why she can't tuck herself in and she told me, "Because I'm not a professional tucker-inner like you are."  Well, who can argue with that?  So I tucked her in.
 In the front room of our house we have our piano, and (shockingly) it is where all music practice happens--piano and guitar.  Most of the time, when the kids start to play their song, Ziggy will prance into the room, sit or lay down, and start singing along!  OOOOwwwwwwwww, oooooowwwwwwww, wwoooowwwww...."  We laugh so hard about it every time and she always does it (except of course when we try to show someone).  She's loud too!  For a dog that hardly ever barks, she's got quite the set of pipes!  Here she is showing off her skills....
 Every year at school the kindergarten does what they call a "Kindy 500."  It is a day where the kindergartners bring in cars they've made of cardboard and "travel" the USA (around the school to different stations where they talk about different places).  It's pretty cute--they get assigned license plate states even.  This year Joey got Rhode Island so we decided to make a fishing boat!  I tried my best to be creative director (a difficult feat for me since I am a little bit of a control freak).  That's why his boat isn't cute painted white with wood lines, etc.  He wanted it yellow, blue and green.  I even let him paint a lot of it (mom points for that one).  We put a fishing pole on the back with a bowl of gummy worm bait (which lasted about 5 minutes before the bait mysteriously disappeared).  He had a ton of fun!
 Tyler got in as much skiing as he could this winter--he skied every single run at Sundance, even the double black diamonds!  He went a lot with his friends.  Eric said he's getting so good he's having a hard time keeping up with him!  Tyler really loves to ski, and now that he's got his yellow pants and helmet he loves it even more.  Now he just needs a yellow jacket and he will look like a giant banana cruising the slopes!
 Jake had his first and only Pinewood derby last week.  When deciding how to design his car I asked him one very important question, "Do you want to design a fun looking car, or do you want to win?"  Because I've learned you can't have it both ways.  Without hesitation he looked me in the eyes and said, "I want to win."  So we went to work.  Tyler did 2 Pinewood derby and his first car he made a cute bear design.....and lost.  The second time he wanted to win so we did some research and designed a speed magnet and (drum roll) he took first place!  So we did the same design for Jake's car, different paint job.  There was a lot of smack talking going on with those cub scouts so I was worried whether or not the "Soccer Screamer" (as Jake dubbed his car) would pull through.  Well (second drum roll) it didn't fail us!  Jake took first place and was so happy!  It was a close race but only one can bring home the Golden Hot Wheel Trophy.....

 The kids had a day off school so I took them and some friends to Lowe's Airports.  They have a new Ninja Warrior course.  It looked so fun!  I wanted to try it but I had on flip-flops so they wouldn't let me.  But even Joey tried!
 Joey didn't make it past the first bumper (he's a little too short) but Tyler made it all the way through, and Jake did awesome too!  It was fun to watch.
 The rock show comes to Spanish Fork once or twice a year, so when we saw it was coming last week we had to go.  Jake has turned into quite the rockhound.  He wants to be a geologist when he grows up....and I think he actually might!  He's got a huge rock collection and keeps adding to it.  He was in seventh heaven at the rock show.   All the kids loved it.....for me, it's a little stressful keeping track of everyone.  Here's Maggie showing off her brute strength.... (it's pumice and weighs only a few ounces).
 Here's a sunny day riding the 4-wheeler...I think Utah has the craziest weather!!!!
 I got roped into helping Joey's class on a field trip to Thanksgiving Point.  I have been on field trips before and NEVER enjoy them--way too much stress.  But the teacher needed help so I told her I would go.  The bus ride up was LOUD but I had a great bench buddy....
 The kids got to see some really fun stuff...lots of animals, riding ponies, having lunch....all was going great (much better than expected)......until a horse bit one of the boys in my groups fingers.  Chomped it.  A big huge draft horse.  All I heard was a scream, look down and see the horse with it's head out the gate, teeth bared, chomped down on this little hand.  Yikes!  I boinked the horse on the nose and he let go after a few seconds but the damage was done.  The poor little guy had a big scrape on his finger and it looked so sore!  I quickly bandaged it up and hoped not too many others saw what a terrible parent helper I was!! Maybe this will be my last field trip.....
 Last night was super fun--Eric and I went to a nice dinner and Salt Lake and then saw The Lion King musical at the new Eccles Theater.  It was awesome!  I loved it.  Here's my sad attempt at a selfie---I need more practice I think.
One cute story--the other morning Maggie came upstairs before school and said, "Mom, how long does the wetter take?"  Me: "What?"   Maggie: "How long will my clothes take in the wetter?"  Me: "You got your clothes wet?"  Maggie: "They are in the wetter."  Me: "What is the wetter?"  Maggie: "You know, you put them in the wetter to get wet, then you put them in the dryer to dry them?"  Ha ha.  (She was talking about the washing machine).   I thought that was cute, and also pretty logical--if the one that dries is called the dryer, then the one that wets should be the wetter!  Kids are so funny.  Why do adults have to complicate everything?