Monday, July 16, 2012

Tender Hearted

I was at Girl's Camp all week last week.  Over the weekend, Seth and I celebrated our 12 year anniversary.  Today was my first full day back with my kids.  Today Gordon was just sitting and looking at me.  I asked him what was wrong and with tears in his eyes, he said, "I was just thinking about when you die.  I can't get it out of my mind.  I love you so much and I don't want you to die."

Maybe a week was too long.

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Cousin Swap

 We got to have a cousin swap this past weekend.  We traded two kids (Jared and Mia) for one (Gabriel).  Gabriel fits in right between Gordon and Ellis.  It was so much fun having him with us.  We have been missing him.  Super glad to have Jared and Mia back though.
We tried to do some fun things.  We went on a hike trying to find a place called Nobletts.  We were not successful in finding the water fall, but we did have a nice hike.

 Ellis was excited to be taller than a tree.  Everything was so beautiful in this canyon.
 I don't even like pine trees, but this baby pine made me reconsider my thoughts on pine trees.  Good thing this wasn't a puppy or I would have brought it home.
 I love the look on Gordon and Ellis' faces.  They are so identical.  We didn't get far into the hike before Gordon was asking to turn back.  He informed me that he doesn't like hiking.  He would really get into it and then he would ask if we could head back.  At one point a butterfly landed on some horse poop.  Gordon said, "Gross! That butterfly is pollinating the horse poop!"
 Eyes wide open must be a Leary trait.  Even Gabriel does it.
 I love hiking pictures from the back.  We bought these camel packs when we went to Moab.  They boys were so excited to be able to wear them.  I was glad to have them because I didn't get stuck carrying 4 water bottles back to the car.
I think Gabriel might have been most excited when we had to stop in the middle of the road and wait for these cows to pass us.  The cows were calmer than the boys were in the car.

The next day we went to play at the "Mario Playground" at the school.

Kids - Update

 Jared had a fantastic year in fifth grade.  He was able to really grow and accomplish some hard things.  He was the only student in the whole Middle School to get a 100% on his math core test.  His response to it?  "Well, it would be hard to get less than a 100% on the test because if you figure the problem out and the answer you got isn't one of the multiple choice answers, you need to figure it out again."  He is so logical.  Jared started piano lessons and is doing a fantastic job with it.  He will practice a piece a few times and memorize it.  He has a bunch of pieces he can just pull out of his head.  He loves to play and I love to listen to him.  He is such a good boy and tries to make good choices.

 Ellis is finished with Kindergarten now.  He loves going to school and is an excellent reader.  He is picking up math concepts quickly and we are often rewarded with math facts as we eat dinner or say anything about numbers.  Ellis is quick to smile and loves to laugh.  He is going to be in the Spanish Dual Immersion class next year.  He is so excited to be able to teach me Spanish.  He is supposed to be fluent in speaking Spanish by the end of first grade and in writing in Spanish by the end of third grade.  If he continues with Spanish throughout high school, he will be able to graduate with a Minor in Spanish. Ellis' birthday is coming up and he can't wait to have a party.  We are lucky to have Ellis in our family.

 Gordon has been practicing making funny faces so that when I take his picture, he will be prepared.  He is such a funny boy.  Gordon has spent his whole life trying to figure things out.  He gets troubled by things he can't control, like earthquakes and tornadoes.  He is always asking "why".  Gordon loves Math and Science.  His favorite Science experiment from first grade was putting 3 skittles in water and watching to see what happened.  Try it.  You won't be disappointed.  Gordon is learning all about fractions and multiplication this summer.  He loves non-fiction books and math games.  Gordon likes to be on his own.  He is happy to play games by himself but he especially loves to boss Ellis around.  Gordon does what he wants, when he wants; which is both good and bad.  He is not easily pressured into things but he doesn't listen when he is asked to do something.  Gordon does not like to be tickled or teased.  Gordon is a delight in our home.  He loves to be hugged.  When it is just me with Gordon, he will talk and talk.  He hides in the background a lot around the other kids. I "get" Gordon and we get along very well.  Gordon likes to say that he doesn't like books but if there is a book lying on the table, Gordon is the one that will pick it up and read it. Can't imagine life without our Gordon.

Mia is our fun loving girl.  She likes to be challenged. We had been talking about Home Schooling Mia and when I found out who her teacher for next year would be, I was positive that I would Home School her.  She came home from school on the last day and said, "I have Mrs. ________ and I can't wait to got to school next year!"  Not because she had heard Mrs. _________ was a super nice teacher, but quite the opposite.  I have heard nothing good about her - even from other educators.  The other kids in Mia's class started to cry about having this teacher, but Mia looked at the challenge and knew she could do it.  I love this about Mia.  Mia really loves her brothers.  She can make some delicious desserts and is very interested in cooking lately.  She has a kind heart and seems to get along really well with anyone who will let her boss them around.  Mia has a great sense of humor and is getting better every day at laughing at herself.  Mia likes to climb trees.  We have a small tree in front of our house and she likes to climb the tree and has a basket that she will send down for supplies as needed.  One of my favorite things to hear from Mia is, "Can I eat my lunch in the tree?" Oh, how I love this girl.  She is my pal and is always eager to play with me.  Mia knows who she is and doesn't bend to peer pressure.  A trait that I am sure will help her much in the future.