Friday, August 22, 2014

Anniversary, Temple Open House, and getting ready for School

Stephen and I celebrated our 11th wedding anniversary on August 16th.  Stephen's parents took the kids for the weekend and although I love them, it was real nice to have some time with just the two of us without children.  I am very grateful for Stephen and I am so glad that through our trials in life that we are there for each other every step of the way.
 August has been real busy.  We made time to go to the Ogden Temple Open House though this week.  We had a wonderful time.  The Ogden Temple was where my parents got married over 37 years ago and here we were able to see it newly reconstructed and looking beautiful.  I didn't want to have to carry a camera around the temple so we just took pictures with my phone.  You have to love technology. Sadly though since it was bright outside it was hard to see what you were trying to actually take a picture of so if some of the pictures seem off or at weird angles it's probably because they were being taken blindly.





 School starts next week for my boys.  Vance is in third grade.  He is at the same school he's been at since kindergarten, but he has a brand new principal and we think he'll be real good.  His teacher seems like a sweet woman.  She is young, I am thinking maybe late 20's.  Sadly, Vance will be having eye surgery in September, right at the beginning, but I hope that doesn't put him behind for long.
 Tanner is going to a new school this year.  They have an accelerated program in our school district and kids have to be tested into the program.  Tanner and his cousin Jillian both got in.  They only offer this program at a few schools in the district though so they'll have a little commute.  I really hope this is a good program for him and that it keeps his creative brain active and that he can find more happiness in that type of classroom than constantly being frustrated with his peers or getting used to being lazy with school work.  It'll prove to be an interesting year.
I plan to do preschool with Porter again this year.  It feels kind of weird thinking that this will be my last year to do it with my own children.  It's a fun age and is kind of hard to watch them get older, bigger, smarter, and ask harder questions I don't know how to answer.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Beginning of August

We made a trip to Rexburg, Idaho to see my younger sister, her husband, and one of my brothers.  It was wonderful to see them and to spend some time in Rexburg.  That is where Stephen and I met and fell in love.  We both got associate degrees from BYU-Idaho.  We also had Vance and Tanner while we lived there so it is a place full of lots of happy memories for us.  There are many aspects I miss about it, however I don't think I could ever go back to those cold winters.  Rose took some family pictures for us as well as pictures of each of the boys, and some of Stephen and I too.  I was so happy she was willing to do that.  We got some despite kids being moody.

Porter finished the reading lessons I've been doing with him.  He has enjoyed learning to read more.  He started picking it up on his own so I decided I better teach him before he'd completely taught himself.  I suppose seeing his brothers reading made him determined to know how to do it himself.
Here are a few more pictures that Rose took.



This weekend Stephen and I will celebrate our 11 year wedding anniversary.  Love that man.  :)

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

July

We are already nearing the end of July.  We have been doing Scripture Heroes from the Old Testament this month.  Here are the boys with their coats of many colors when we talked about Joseph in Egypt.
 The boys rediscovered how much they love playing with Legos when we were at my parents.  They have a box of my brothers old Legos so they've been playing with them a lot this month.
 They boy's cousin celebrated his 7th birthday.  He had a Ninja themed birthday party.  The kids all had a blast.
We have been doing lots of reading, chores, Scripture Hero stuff, and some fun seeing family when we can.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Summer Fun

I have let myself get a little behind posting here.  We had a good June.  We celebrated Stephen's birthday.
 We also celebrated Father's Day which happened to fall on Stephen's birthday this year.
 We went to an Air Show on the base near our house and had a lot of fun doing that.
 We just got back from visiting my parents in Washington and had a fabulous time there.
Bring on July!  I can't believe how fast time flies.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

School is Out!

We are in our second week of Summer Vacation!  I haven't know whether to jump for joy or hide in my room and cry.  Summer is great, but it also presents it's own challenges.

Here is Vance with a cute dinosaur he made at school.
 Here are Vance and Tanner on their last day of school.  They were happy to be done.  
I decided to do a Scripture Hero Camp with the boys this Summer.  So far it is going alright.  I have to break up plenty of fights, but they enjoy the activities I plan and I like the idea of getting more familiar with some awesome people in the scriptures.  This is a picture of the kids in a tent we made in the living room after we talked about Lehi's family leaving Jerusalem and going to the wilderness.
 If you want to find out more check out This LDS Mom.  Not that I needed another blog, but I wanted a place where I could share my religious related stuff that wasn't as personal as this blog.  I didn't really think my preschool blog was the best place to share it, not to mention I will stop posting on that when Porter goes to kindergarten in another year.

Monday, May 12, 2014

Teacher Appreciation Week and Mother's Day

Since last week was Teacher Appreciation week the boys tried to do some special things for their teachers.  They took them notes, a little treat and on Friday they took their teacher's roses that Stephen folded and put on twisted wire.  We have enjoyed their teachers this year and are thankful for them.  I am glad that Stephen is so talented and was willing to stay up late one night after work to get these folded for the boys.  They were very excited to give them to their teachers.  The rose is real pretty.  The picture doesn't do it justice.
 On Sunday was Mother's Day.  I had to play the piano in Sacrament Meeting for the primary kids to sing, but I was grateful I didn't have to speak.  However, Stephen did have to speak.  He did well though.  It was a good meeting.  All three speakers were interesting and the primary kids did well with their singing.  I do love my boys and am very grateful for them.  I am also grateful for many mothers in my life, but most especially my own dear mom.

Monday, May 5, 2014

It's May

It is May already and apparently I only blogged once in April.  Oops.  April was a good month though.
Here's a picture of the boys enjoying the nicer weather.
 Rosemary, Steven, and Glen came to town one weekend in April.  Rose and Steven had a wedding to attend.  We had a good time seeing all of them.  Rose took pictures for the newlyweds and she'd just gotten a brand new camera so she took the boys in the back yard before they left for the ceremony and got used to her camera by taking a few pictures of the boys.


The boys came up with some of their own posing ideas.

 We also celebrated Easter in April.  All the boys got new ties.





 I also had my birthday at the end of the month.  Stephen and I enjoyed some time to ourselves the day before my birthday while the kids had fun with Grandma, Grandpa Jeppson, and Kimberly.  On my birthday we enjoyed the day together as a family.

We decided to get a family membership to the new aquarium down here with Christmas money.  Yay.  It is a brand new facility.  We had a great time.  We all enjoyed it and look forward to going back.
 This penguin just floated near the glass watching people which tickled Tanner and Porter to no end.

They have this fun rope and net thing you can climb across.  Vance's fear of heights got the better of him and Porter went along on Stephen's back, but Tanner did it all by himself!
Here's a cute picture of Tanner in the shark tunnel. How I managed to get zero sea animals behind him in the shot is a mystery to me.  I am talented like that apparently.