A family in our ward, one that we totally didn't suspect, surprised us with the 12 days of Christmas. My kids were so excited to see what came every night. It helped to bring the spirit of Christmas into our home. I will protect the identify of the family, lest they hit your family next year. But thank you!
Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Sophia was terrified of this ride, that shot up straight up and lowered us up and down many times before touching the ground.
Opening more treasures.
Silly String fight with loot from their stockings.
We took one morning to explore a new park in downtown H*. The kids insisted on packing a picnic and away we went.The park was complete with playground, ice skating rink, bocci ball court, fun sculptures, small pond, European type courtyard, and wide open spaces.
Where did we spend most of our time? On the hills, of course, they're such a rare find down here, and our kids can't get enough of one when we stumble upon one.
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
As if last week wasn't crazy enough for me, my sweet neighbor knocked on my door last Wednesday. Her mother had gone into a comma and she had to leave right away. She needed a dog sitter, and I couldn't say no...
The problem is, I'm not a dog person, and I already had four extra children I was caring for...
But the next morning she brought over Maggie, a crate and Maggie's suitcase. Maggie is like her child, and Maggie made herself right at home, making it quite difficult for me to enforce ground rules, like, stay off the couch, and don't come upstairs.
Luckily for me, other than that, Maggie is a very well behaved dog. I'm really surprised at how well she tolerates children, I don't think she's been around kids very much before. Preston sits on her, tries to ride her, chases her, feeds her, and she doesn't seem to mind, or at least tolerates it very well. You can see Preston, playing in her crate. This was right after I caught him pouring water from her dish into his cup, and drinking it. When I snatched the cup away, he proceeded to drink from the dish. His other specialty is mixing the water with the food and dumping it on the tile.
Porter and Sophia are equally smitten with her. Porter is constantly wanting to take her on walks, or he's chasing her around the house or the back yard. Maggie has slept with Porter the last two nights.
Sophia's teaching me. I put on my mean face and voice when I was trying to get Maggie to go down stairs. Sophia said "Mom, you can't talk to her like that, you have to be nice." I told her that she should show me how to do it.... and she did. "Oh Maggie, come on Maggie, let's go down stairs now." Of course, the dog followed her right down.
Maggie's owner told us Maggie doesn't really walk any more but I think Maggie hasn't had the incentive to walk, because we've seen her move very quickly chasing kids or being chased or running on the bike path with Porter or Sophia at the leash. We think Maggie is loosing weight.
We watched our friends four children for one week, last week. They will watch our kids for a week in the spring. Every day was ended with the traditional story. It's a great incentive to motivate everyone to quickly prepare for bed.
The week went well with seven children under one roof. They were such good kids. We were even early to school every single day (something I don't always accomplish with getting one child to school). I just started loading the car half an hour before school started, and was usually successful in departing 15 minutes in advance. The last morning, everyone was used to the routine, and it only took me eight minutes t0 load up, we were really early that day.
We had a 2nd grader, a 1st grader, a kindergartner, a pre-k, 2 pre-schoolers and Preston. Wow... my head hurt with all of the schedules. The only person I forgot to pick up was Sophia, and I didn't really forget, I knew I had to pick her up, I just miscalculated my ability to get there in time. It doesn't work to leave Sam's club at 3:15 when you have to pick up your child at the same time.
The most comical moment of the week for me, was when I picked up Elly, the kindergartner. She had two different shoes on, one big white sneaker and one small pink skecher type shoe. I just started laughing. How could I not notice something like that when I loaded an unloaded the car that morning? When I asked her why she wore those shoes, her reply was "I couldn't find the matches." What a sweet heart to not complain. I laughed all night about that.
Things went so well, but every night I was exhausted and anti-social. I had hoped to go to Enrichment and a going away party that week, but by the end of the day, all I wanted to do was retire for the evening.
I think the week was hardest on their youngest, a three year old. The first day he was so excited for the sleepover, and kept asking me when it would be bedtime. The second day, he asked me when his mom was coming to pick him up. I responded that the sleepover is going on and on, he completely melted down on me, insisting that the sleepover needed to be over.
All in all it was a good week.
Sunday, December 14, 2008
As you watch the video, you will see Sophia circle her chair over an over and over at the end. It wasn't in the choreography, nor had she ever done that before in practice. But it was cute...