Lately one of the most frequent things I hear from June is “I good helper Mommy!  I help!”  Today she was helping with the vacuum.  Of course one does vacuum best with sparkly jelly shoes and a flowery dress.

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Jacey’s kindergarten “Moosical” was last Friday in the elementary school gymnasium.  She was so excited that Justin, June and I would be there to watch.  It was during school, so Jack didn’t get to go, but we took pictures.  She was a goat and also had a speaking part which she talked about all week.  After the program she wanted a picture with her teacher (all the teachers were dressed like farmers, with the students being goats, chickens, cows and pigs.)  I put some of the videos on smugmug, so click on the side panel for more on the Moosical!


Posted in Everyday life, Jacey

Timber Rattlers

The kids won a free ticket to the Timber Rattlers baseball game for reading 300 minutes a month for school.  The elementary school PTO had a tailgate party in the parking lot, so we enjoyed hotdogs, chips, soda, and cookies.  Then we headed inside.  This is the first year the kids were interested in the game, and it was a pretty good game!  Lots of hits, lots of runs and plenty of sideline shenanigans with the brat gun shooting brats into the stand, the running cheeses, and Fang the mascot.  It was a windy and chilly night, but we made it until the 7th inning, then headed home since it was a school night.

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Jack’s Birthday

Per our tradition, we met Granny and Grumps at Highcliff State Park for Jack’s birthday.  This year was chillier than most, but luckily we avoided most of the rain that was in the area.  Saturday and Sunday were beautiful days, about 55 degrees and mostly sunny.  We hiked for miles around the park, stopped for snacks and breaks and were back to the campsite for late lunches both days.

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April Fool!

This year I actually had a plan for April Fools Day!   The kids were trying to get me before school about crazy animals in the backyard, so of course I had to keep running to the window because they thought it was so hilarious to “fool” me.  While they were gone, June and I made cherry jello, but put it in cups with a straw.

It hardened nicely by the time school was over, and when Jack and Jacey came running in they spied the cups on the counter.  Jacey was excited that I made “kool-aid” for them.  They both started sucking on their straws… and sucking and sucking…  the looks on their faces were priceless.  Jacey even started tipping her cup over and just couldn’t figure out why the “kool-aid” wasn’t moving!  Finally they pulled their straws out and realized it was JELLO!  Ha!  April Fools on them!

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Jacey is 6!

Jacey had a great birthday weekend.  We had a LOT of stuff going on!  Thursday night we made s’mores on a stick for her school birthday treat.  Jacey and June were good helpers getting the marshmallows on the stick and chocolate on the crackers…and eating everything in between.

Friday after school we were invited to a “Frozen” party!  There would be decorations, crafts, snowflake sandwiches, and a viewing of the movie frozen.  14 kids, 5 moms, lots of food.  We made puppy chow with purple and maroon m&m’s because those seemed to go with the theme.  The kids had a great time!  They spent their time playing, coloring, and singing along to the movie.

Saturday Jacey had soccer and then two of her friends came over to play, eat macaroni, do a few crafts, have a cupcake and open presents.  The girls were very well behaved and seemed to really enjoy the stickers and foam door hangers that we had for them to work on.

Jacey had a great party!  Afterward she got invited to see a St Patty’s Day parade with her friend Madelyn.  We followed it all up with Chinese food for dinner and movie all snuggled up on the couch.

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Flossing is very important.  Jacey was trying to teach June how to floss but she couldn’t do it properly.  She handed the floss to Jacey and said “you do it!”

Posted in Everyday life, Jacey, June

Jack’s Bridge for Gnomes

One of Jack’s recent school projects was to draw/design a bridge and then construct it out of recyclables.  The story presented was about gnomes trying to get to their homes, but they had to cross the lake to get there.  The bridge had to hold three crayons and be at least one crayon wide.  Jack’s held A LOT more than three crayons, but he forgot how many.  His teacher took a picture of his bridge at school.

The second photo is of his land formations which they built out of clay.


Posted in Everyday life, Jack

Jacey’s Private Lunch

I was waiting for June to finish her speech class, so I was sitting in the elementary school lobby.  All of a sudden Jacey walks in with her lunch tray and three little boys.  She was very surprised to see me and said to her friend Max, “That is my real mom.  Really, it is.”  Max got to eat lunch at the private table for being the PBIS good behavior winner and he got to choose three friends to eat with him.  Jacey was one of them.  They were all very chatty and said how much they liked eating in the lobby because it was a lot quieter and they could see outside.  I took a picture of them and then June came out and was so excited to see Jacey!  We left them to eat their lunch.

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More projects!

With St Patrick’s day coming up and snow falling outside, June and I spread out projects all over the floor this morning.  We finished up our garland for the fireplace.  June helped me glue all the pieces together for our felt leprechauns.  We used a big needle and yarn and she handed me the leprechauns and shamrocks in a pattern to string up.

Next we finished tying on our material scraps to a wire hanger to make a wreath.  June found all the green material in my scrap bucket, I cut strips 1″x6″ and tied them to a wire hanger.

I also found a bunny pattern in the pile of Grandma Terry’s pattern.  It didn’t look too fussy, so I thought I would try it.  I bought some fur material, sewed him up and June claimed him right away. She named him Marley Fluffy Marie Neils.  He’s soft and squishy.  Jacey now requested one made out of hot pink fur.  That one is in the works.

Posted in Crafts, Everyday life

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