Sunday, February 26, 2017

2017–week 8

sunday: random cousin fun. gramma laurie had glow sticks. the girls were using them as bun accessories.045
also sunday: Christie's bum foot in its gigantic boot.046
Monday: on our way out of sacramento, the railroad tracks barely above the flooding.047
Tuesday: back home and enjoying my morning coffee in my souvenir black bear diner mug.048
Wednesday: my dad is cleaning out his garage and bringing me boxes to go through... this one had easter grass. I wanted to scream. I hate easter grass. hate it hate it hate it.049
Thursday: Layla has been having some jaw pain, but Thursday was bad. she called me from school in so much pain she was almost in tears. we got in to see the dentist in the afternoon, and she referred us to a specialist we will see next week. could be molars, could be arthritis, we shall see. 052
also Thursday: neighbors are out of town which means some pet-sitting. Bonez gets to accompany me to visit Gretzkie. happy pups.054
Friday: I have been trying to come up with the best (least ugly), functional method of keeping track of the kids' chores. came up with this. They will go in frames on the wall to be marked off.001
Saturday: Micah is learning checkers strategy.002

Sunday, February 19, 2017

2017–week 7

Sunday: After much stress and prep and planning, we pulled off our “fish pong” carnival game for the blue and gold banquet. the kids all seemed to have fun with the game and enjoyed our “pond scum” swedish fish jello prizes.023

monday: say hello to the new dapelo family van! fondly named “paper, snow, a ghost!” she’s a 2014 chrysler town and country.032

also monday: of course, it’s last minute valentine addressing.033

Tuesday: i love dave’s beard, i really do, but i HATE the trimming and all the little hairs that get all over the place. makes me crazy. they make these awesome contraptions called “beard bibs” that have suction cup thingies on them that fasten to the mirror so the bib catches all the hairs… i’ve been telling dave he needs one. and then he showed up with a trash bag and some scotch tape. it mostly worked…034

thursday: after driving as far as Weed on wednesday, we stayed the night in a marginally ghetto motel 6 with 2 full-sized beds for the 5 of us, and got up the next morning to make the rest of the drive to EG. first stop was breakfast at the original black bear diner! 039040

friday: girls all out for nails before the wedding. this was layla’s first gel manicure. hoping it lasts!041

also friday: some odd (but totally typical) family shenanigans… attempting to trade places on the beam without falling off. it was quite amusing.042

saturday: late in the evening after much post-wedding partying. 044

Sunday, February 12, 2017

2017–week 6

sunday: so it begins… that fun evening game where you’re keeping one eye out the window at the falling snow, and the other eye on your phone, bouncing back and forth between the forecast and the news source for school closures that may have been already announced. i may or may not have yelped in glee and thrown my phone in the air when i refreshed it for the millionth time and saw BELLEVUE listed as closed! no work for me!IMG_2813IMG_2812

monday: most of these will go into a separate “snow day” insert in the book. school was cancelled for pretty much the entire western half of the state, so much fun was had, playing in the snow.

i took a picture of shane taking a picture of his measurements of snow on the fence. lol.IMG_2815

a “new and improved” way to do dog sledding… i think they’re both confused.IMG_2817

layla seemed to think this was the best way to get micah across the ditch full of frigid water…IMG_2826

somehow, he made it, and then they decided it would be a good idea to jump it. i’m pleased to report that no one fell in.IMG_2829

happy, happy husky.IMG_2832

this time layla is the one mushing.IMG_2833

at some point that morning, we wound up with most of the neighborhood in our yard, so i mommed them all and made hot chocolate.IMG_2836IMG_2837

how shane and grant “played” in the snow… they went up the road to test out their 4wd and do donuts and all that obnoxious stuff that big boys with big toys do in the snow… and then grant got stuck in the ditch in front of our house and shane had to tow him out… again.IMG_2844

also monday: since layla inherited daddy’s lack of flexibility, he gets to help her stretch. IMG_2841

tuesday: never thought i’d see this! a snow plow on our dead end road! IMG_2843

also tuesday: silly dog.IMG_2848

wednesday: funny texts from layla. can’t even blame autocorrect.IMG_2867

thursday: 3rd grade music concert.004

saturday: the creation of the swedish fish aquarium cups as prizes for tomorrows “fish pong” carnival game for the blue and gold banquet. 001

also saturday: another meet, this time hosted by our gym. layla’s team took second.020

Sunday, February 5, 2017

2017–week 5

sunday: another meet. layla’s team took 3rd.IMG_2770

also sunday: micah’s cub scout den at the police department.IMG_2778

and attempting to get out of a jail cell.IMG_2774

monday: shane is taking a cooking class this semester, and one of his assignments was to cook dinner. he made us homemade mac&cheese with peas and carrots. it was good! then he made some muffins that were not so good. and he learned that there is a difference between baking soda and baking powderIMG_2791

bonez being particularly helpful… pretty sure something was dropped.IMG_2789

wednesday: layla came home from school all excited that she had learned to play la bamba on the flute.IMG_2802

also wednesday: business expo at the school. as a project for language arts, the kids had to create a business proposal, logo, brochures, and a model of their business. then they had to present them to families at the school that evening. big surprise, layla’s was a gym.IMG_2803IMG_2804

thursday: trying out the game Farkle, that gramma laurie gave us for christmas. we found it to be very fun!IMG_2806

also thursday: after shane’s JROTC promotion ceremony.IMG_2808

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