Monday, April 7, 2014

Spring Break

Vance got a stronger prescription on his glasses in hopes to train his eye to stay forward instead of turning in which meant new glasses for him.  We all really like the look of them and Vance  says they are more comfortable than his other pairs too.
 Spring Break was 2 days long, although they got another day off because it was the end of their term and that was a "teacher day" so they had 3 days off.  I thought it was kind of a weak Spring Break, but I guess they will get out sooner for Summer Vacation.  Stephen dropped us off at the library one day on his way to work and after the library we went to the park next to it and played before walking home.  We left just in time because it started raining shortly after getting home and then that turned to snow.  They don't have jackets on in the picture, but it was real cold.  They wore jackets on the walk home. I felt like we were in Idaho with the weird cold weather.
 Vance playing at the park.
 Tanner playing at the park.
 We enjoyed sitting at home as a family watching General Conference this past weekend.  We don't get any tv stations so we hooked Stephen's tablet to the tv and ran it through the internet.  We had some coloring contests to keep the kids happy and quiet. It worked really well with the oldest two.  Porter enjoyed watching on the tablet rather than the big tv.  Maybe he felt like it was more personal. :)

Monday, March 24, 2014


Frozen came out this week so we decided to have a little Frozen party on Saturday and watch the movie as a family.  Tanner did most of the drawings and hung them around the house.
 Above, he did all but the Olaf on the left which Vance drew.  Of course, he threw a penguin in the mix.  Not that there is a penguin in the movie at any given time.
 Elsa and her ice castle.
This was hung in his bedroom.  A mountain leading to the ice castle.
 We made Olaf doughnuts.  We used three mini donuts, a doughnut hole, pretzel sticks, an orange Mike 'N Ike, and mini chocolate chips.
 Porter enjoyed his powdered doughnuts.
 We did a few activities including each boy making their own Olaf.  They also colored some coloring pages and we enjoyed having some popcorn while we watched the movie.  In the evening we had blue jell-o.  That was supposed to look like ice cubes.  They all said they had a good Frozen day.

Monday, March 17, 2014


We had fun celebrating Porter's fourth birthday.  I was looking forward to making a monster cake, but he insisted on cupcakes with the papers on top so we did that instead and really it was much easier on me. We love having Porter in our family!
 This is his cool pose.  Has he seen old pictures of his Uncle Eric... ;)

 He was very excited to get Sonic the Hedgehog from my parents. It out-shined the gifts we got him.
 Today was St. Patrick's Day.  The boys were excited to were their green, festive shirts.
We also took Vance to a Pediatric Opthamologist today.  He is still having troubles with one eye turning in sometimes.  The doctor wants to give him a stronger prescription on his glasses and see if we can't train his eye to look forward as it is supposed to.  We'll go back in three months to see if things are progressing.  We are hoping to avoid surgery if we can.  Thankfully, he was confident that we can fix his issue without it leading to his eye being turned in permanently.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Happy Birthday Porter!

Happy Birthday Porter!  He really wanted his slideshow song this year to be "Let It Go" from Frozen.  I didn't think it was very fitting, but who am I to get in the way of a him and his current favorite song.  :) 

Monday, March 10, 2014

March is Here!

Hooray for March!  I love Spring time and March means Spring here or very near.
I am still making sure to take a picture a week so here are pictures from the last three weeks.
Porter and I did a "Go Dog! Go."  preschool theme.  We had a lot of fun.  We played Red Light, Green Light with the signs he has in this picture.  Love that little face.
 Tanner and Porter spend a lot of time outside.  Vance does as well, but since he is in school longer I don't get quite as many pictures of them playing.  I have no idea what they are doing in this picture besides playing and having fun, but it cracks me up.
 I did get a picture of Vance outside last week.  He is so big and grown up!

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Scouts and Valentine's

Vance got a cold shortly after we had gotten over them and he passed it onto Tanner who got a bad case of coughing that he is still trying to get rid of completely.  Here is the little sickie. 
 Last week I made the boys valentines for them to pass out at school.  Tanner wanted Avenger ones and Vance wanted Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.  They thought they were great and I was happy not to waste money on the store bought ones.
 Last week was also Vance's Blue and Gold Banquet with his Cub Scout Troop.  He earned his Bobcat and was able to get the badge at the banquet.  He looks pretty cute in his uniform.

Monday, February 3, 2014

It's February!

We survived another January!  Hooray.  We have been doing pretty routine stuff.  I was glad to have a much more mellow month since November and December seemed pretty crazy.
Porter and I have continued to try and do preschool at least 3 times a week.  Occasionally it happens less, sometimes more.  One of his favorite things that we did in January was a Robot theme.  He was able to decorate a box that I had cut out holes in for his arms and head.  He thought it was fantastic and even had a little robot voice.
 Vance started Cub Scouts in January and he loves it.  He is all set with his uniform.  He looks quite grown up to me in it.  He was able to pass off the remaining things he needed to do to earn his Bobcat stuff this passed week so he'll be moving onto the Wolf stuff.  He is currently the only Wolf in our ward until June I believe.
We also met with Vance and Tanner's teacher this passed week.  They are both doing well with school.  It does make life easier than if they were struggling or hated it.  I feel quite fortunate that isn't the case.