Tuesday, July 15, 2014

March M*A*R*C*H March

In March Grace got a new bike. She was thrilled to move up to a real bike from her tricycle. I thought I might try to teach her to ride without the training wheels right away, but that didn't happen. She loves that it is purple, her favorite color.

 The weather was so nice that we went to a playground for the first time this year.

We found out a couple days before the spelling bee finals that Richie had made the finals for his grade. He hadn't been practicing the words on the spelling list, so his Dad started drilling him on them the night before the spelling bee. Richie was very reluctant to practice, but he worked for a couple hours on the word list. We went and watched the spelling bee and he did so well! The top three won trophies and he really wanted a trophy. There were probably 25-30 kids in the finals and one by one they were being eliminated and Richie kept spelling his words correctly! It was so exciting and stressful. Finally it was down to four and he was one of them. The other three kids always do well in the spelling bee, so he had some major competition, but I could tell he was really excited about being so close to getting a trophy. He didn't end up in the top three, and he was very disappointed, but we were so proud of him! Fourth place out of that group was nothing to be ashamed of. I would have loved it if he was in the top three, but he did amazing, considering he only started practicing the words the night before. The last name of the boy that won was Shakespeare, and apparently he wins every year. They were up to the 5th grade words by the time the bee finally ended, so Richie did great, considering!

Wednesday, July 2, 2014


 In February we went ice skating at Merlin Olsen Park. Sophia had been asking to go ice skating ever since she saw the rink at the beginning of the winter and on the first Monday of the month, Dad came home and said we were going ice skating for Family Home Evening. I wasn't sure how we were going to manage all four kids between the two of us, but the kids were all really excited about it. It was a snowy, cold night so we bundled up and went down the the rink.

Sophia was a natural! She zoomed around the ice really easily and was just in heaven. She loved it so much.

Richie had a more difficult time. He kept losing his balance and he fell and hit his elbow over and over. It was really discouraging for him, not to mention painful.

Grace had fun, she would carefully scoot to get around, but mostly she would lie down on the ice and make snow angels.
It was a fun night, and while not all the kids were very enthusiastic about going skating again, Sophia couldn't wait for us to do it again. However, we didn't make it back to the rink before the weather warmed up and melted it.

A few days later the girls enjoyed the last big snow storm of the season.

When my mother-in-law took the girls to Idaho after my surgery, Richie stayed home because he still had a half day of school. While he was at school I decided on a whim to go get my hair cut. 

Richie and I got to go out to lunch and to "The Lego Movie."

We had some woodland visitors in the back yard. They were coming all winter and eating the apples under the snow, but this was the first time we saw them. They stayed that entire afternoon.

We also had a visit from some Valentine's fairies.