Saturday, May 28, 2011

I was upstairs cleaning up some of our family's miscellaneous clutter in Mom's attic yesterday. Leif hadn't had a nap yet but he was being good and entertaining himself downstairs. Next thing I knew, he'd found himself a healthy snack and a comfortable spot to rest on top of the table.

Notice his arm in the chip bag.

Pyramid Project

This past school year Jenny Hanson, Travis Hanson and I taught a science/math class for our Commonwealth school on Fridays. It was a great learning experience for me and I really enjoyed getting to know this wonderful group of kids! We had lots of great discussions, interesting field trips, and they worked hard on their presentations.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Randomness

I don't feel like making multiple posts, so this will be very random......just warning you.

Leif having a grand time at Hop 2 it. Isn't that such a look of joy?
Heidi and Hannah having a fun time together.
In our science class that we had this spring, we had a great friend-- Jim Cornell, come lead a rat dissection for us.

I loved having someone there who could explain what we were looking at. The smell brought back memories of all our dissection projects at Shoshone Falls and looking back at those photos I realize how fast everyone is growing. sigh.I thought this was a cute photo of Grandpa Pearson with Leif. Every 5 years the dams are supposed to open the spill gates to make sure they are in working order. It was so amazing to watch all the water come spilling out. Here's a before picture-And AFTER, with the spill gates open.
The spill gate right before it opens.
Well, enough of the randomness. I need to go change a stinky diaper!

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Lagoon 2011

Our yearly trip to Lagoon for clogging finals was this weekend! The kids scored really well on their "Lonely Goatherd" dance and Hailey earned All Star All American for her Acapella and Acapella duet. Hailey with her friends Abby and Kia.
We had a fun time at the park but the hotel stay was awful- (Leif didn't want to sleep because he had a terrible cold, Heidi got a stomach ache in the middle of the night and moaned for a few hours, the curtains wouldn't close so the light from the parking lot was shining in my eyes, the beds felt like boards.....but enough complaining all ready! I should just know by now that when our family travels, it means sleepless nights.)

Because Heidi was still feeling a little woozy in the morning, she did kiddie rides with Leif and I all morning. We had fun riding the train, the sky ride and the little cars together.
Taylor shelled out the bucks for he and Joel to ride the Sky Coaster this year, which is a huge bungee jump done in the prone position, so our family calls it the Super Man. Oh WOW! It would have gave me a heart attack to do it, but they loved it. Here they are gearing up for the ride.
The beginning of their ascent up......up.......up. I'm glad Joel is brave enough to do fun things like that with Taylor, since I am a big chicken. I think I would have to be paid 5,000 dollars before I would consider doing this. And even then......I might back out. Hopefully this little video works.

video

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

My mind has been feeling so unsettled lately. Mostly because I am worrying about Joel's job interviews and wondering where or IF we will be moving and if I should be collecting boxes or not. I really dislike not knowing what the next few months will hold because it makes it so hard to make plans. Do I start to raise some chicks, or not? Should I dig a small garden area here, or not? Should I sign Torsten up for Drivers Ed. here in Hagerman, or wait? On grey windy days, the weather doesn't help and I get depressed about it all. I never realized until the last few years that my mood is affected so much by the sunlight, or lack thereof! But today---- well, it was a BEAUTIFUL day!! So sunny, no wind (amazing!) the lilacs are blooming and the birds are out in full force, and this morning it was warm enough to do school on the trampoline. (That is no easy task, between the inclination for the kids to bounce when someone is trying to write, and then the cat attacking Heidi's feather pen and scratching Reagan. :-) Then this afternoon, we went to Great Grandma and Grandpa's house so the big kids could mow the lawn and do tractor work. While they worked on that, I took the 3 younger kids and the 3 neighbor kids to my parents so I could plant flowers. The combination of the dazzling colors of the dahlias and gerbera daisies and smelling fresh dirt, and hearing the kids happy chatter as they explored the canal and found snakes, snails, and plenty of mud, made for a light and happy heart.
Later in the day, I took the kids to their Wednesday night activity, which was loading and hauling wood for a widow in the ward, and as I drove down the sun dappled street, surrounded by green trees, fields,plateaus and crossed over pretty Billingsley Creek, I realized no matter where we live, it's all good. It's a beautiful world!

Recent happenings: Grandpa Pearson came to visit us for a week for Taylor's birthday. It was so fun to see him.He brought boxes of grapefruit and oranges from his back yard. Yum! I've made a gallon of fresh squeezed orange juice.

Torsten trying out our new 100 dollar mower. We now own 4 working mowers which comes in handy for mowing at all our grandmas' houses. All these mowers have been either free or very cheap and just required some tuneups and small parts. Yay to Joel for being such a handyman!

Big Leif baby, admiring one of his favorite people in the world.
The combined birthday party we had for Taylor, Kyler and Mom.Life is truly good.