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The Trials of a Busy Mom

Month: June 2006 (page 2 of 3)


We didn’t end up going to Lagoon on Saturday, since we found out the passes are good for ANY day this season.

We DID go up to “family night” at camp Maple Dell. We saw Cole and the other dirty campers, saw some skits, heard some songs, and a nice patriotic program. And Cole came home safe and sound on Saturday. He accomplished 4 merit badges, which I’m proud of, but I know he could have done more. He didn’t pass his swimming test, and blames it on the very cold lake water. I feel kind of responsible that Cole doens’t have any athletic abilities. His parents are not athletic, and I guess we’ve passed that along to him. We’ve got to get out and be more active as a family so he’s not so timid in those situations.

Saturday was dance recital day for the girls, and they did their best. Very cute! Jenna loved her frilly red and white polka dot dress (think Minnie Mouse) and both she and Natalie did great. Even though it was long (an hour and a half), John did quite well sitting through it (thanks to the water bottle I had in my purse). He even watched a lot of the dances, and enjoyed the movie-theater seats there at the Junior High School.

Sunday we had a lovely Father’s Day, and Ryan even enjoyed his presents. The kids (well, me) made him breakfast in bed, and then we had pork ribs for dinner (his choice).

This week is a week to get the laundry tackled, get things organized, and get everyone packed for our trip!

Happy Father’s Day!

A local radio station sponsored a Father’s Day Contest, where you write an entry about the father in your life, and they will honor the winners with a day at Lagoon on the Saturday before Father’s day. Well, of COURSE I entered. But then I forgot about it. I mean, that was all the way last week that I entered, so I wasn’t thinking about it. Imagine my delight when Scot from Kosy called me and told me that they had picked my entry, and we would be getting Lagoon passes for the entire family. They are even including food vouchers good at certain venders in the park, and there’s a little meet-n-greet for the winners and thier families where there will be drawings for MORE prizes, such as DVDs, Lagoon passports, etc. WOW!

When I told Ryan about it, he asked what I had written about him, lies? Of course not! Just your general schmooze, suck-up letter. I’m pretty good at schmoozing and sucking up when I need to! So, here it is, my entry (all of it’s true, by the way) about my wonderful husband and the father of my children–Ryan.

Ryan is the best husband, father and friend you will ever hope to meet. He loves his children, and has never been afraid to change diapers, bathe kids, or hold babies. In fact, he LOVEs babies and will always find a cute baby at church or family events to hold. He’s great with the kids! He plays with them, teaches them, and reads to them. He’s not the best at doing little girls’ hair, but if necessary he will do his best with a lopsided ponytail.

He’s a great problem solver, especially when it comes to computers. It seems he’s always got someone’s computer over here to debug, dejunk, and speed up their harddrive. At one time we had three extra computers on the floor waiting for him to look at them. He never charges for his services, but does it to be kind.

Ryan also likes to do electrical wiring, and has helped numerous people do wiring for their houses. There is never a charge for his services, except maybe dinner if you offer to feed him while he’s at your house working. He has an affinity for phones, even though he doesn’t really like to talk on them, and can always help you put in another phone jack if you need one.

We have an 85 year old neighbor from a previous neighborhood who calls frequently with computer questions. She tells me all the time what a lifesaver he is in helping her get her computer back to work so she can do her family history. The kids love to go with him to her house (she always gives them cookies), and what a good example of service he is. What would she do without Ryan?

Ryan is also a wonderful son to his parents. He is always available to help them with electrical, computer problems or other fix it jobs. He’s equally handy and helpful to his in-laws, who love him like their own son.

Ryan has always supported our family so that Mom can stay home with the kids, and he is great at supporting all of us in our activities. I recently was in a concert and he brought all five kids (even the two year old) to come to Mom’s concert.

What a lucky girl I am to have such a fabulous husband! We all love him, and would love to honor him at your Lagoon Father’s day Party.

Irrational Fears


For those of you who knit…

Just don’t knit any of these.

We finished the Book

In trying to motivate my kids to finish the Book of Mormon (we’ve done quite well at reading so far in the summer, by the way), I told them that when we finished, we would take them to a Book of Mormon themed restaraunt. They at first didn’t believe that there was a Book of Mormon restarant out there (maybe someone should work on that. There could be Nephi burgers, or Moroni Shakes, maybe Abinidi fries or something like that), but when I told them that the people in the Book of Mormon were actually the early American people, like the Incas and the Mayan indians, they got excited about it.

They were so excited to finish and go this week, that we read 4 chapters yesterday! So, last night (kids’ night–how convenient!) we went to the Mayan for dinner, and everyone had a great time. Everyone except Cole, that is, who is still at scout camp. Megan felt a little bad about going without him, but I assured her that he’s probably having the time of his life right now and hopefully he won’t mind so much that we had a little fun without him.

We’ve also celebrated finishing the Book of Mormon by having a Book of Mormon party and making our own movies of our favorite stories. This time I told them to write the date they finished in the back of their books, but they haven’t yet discovered the joy of marking their scriptures and didn’t want to “ruin” their books, so they didn’t do that.

This morning, when I said it was time to read scriptures, they were a little confused at why we would start reading it again, but they didn’t complain about it. What do you do to make your scripture study interesting?

And away they go with a VROOM VROOM

The Hippy Vanagan just left. Man, that thing is loud!

We had a fun time with Robin and the kids while they were here, and now it’s my job to try to get my kids back into the mindset that they actually do jobs. Hmmmm. Maybe I’ll just let them veg out in front of the tv while I read a book. It sounds much easier.

Random Weekend Thoughts

Cole leaves for a week of scout camp today. One week, and I won’t have any news about how he’s doing unless there’s some emergency. I’m putting my trust in Brother Haws. I think yesterday Cole must have been trying to annoy the heck out of me so I won’t be an emotional weepy mom at seeing him go today. He didn’t give me a list of what he needed until Sunday, and didn’t get that stuff organized until Sunday night. At 9:00 he said, “Oh. I’m supposed to take all my stuff over to Brother Haws’ house tonight.” So, at 9:30 (which is kind of late to be making social calls, I think), he and Ryan took his stuff over. I’m sure he’ll have a Fabulous Time, and I have faith that I can keep it together without worrying about him excessively. I just dropped him off, and the scout leaders PROMISED they would take care of my boy.

Robin’s here with her kids and her vanagan. The kids were so excited to sleep out there last night! There were 6 kids crammed into bed space for about 4, and they were chatting and laughing all night. Since my window is the closest to where they were parked, I could hear them chatting and lauging all night. At 11:20 or so I went out there with my mean mom face and said if I had to come out again and tell them to be quiet, they were all coming INSIDE to sleep. That got them. I didn’t hear very much noise from them after that.

Thursday night I went to a concert by Kurt Bestor. We had a little bit of trouble finding the concert because
a-I didn’t actually have the tickets tell me where the concert was, and
b-I’m an idiot,
But we did eventually find the Rose Wagner Theater, not to be confused with Libby Gardner Hall–they are not interchangeable, as we found out. I took three friends with me to this fabulous concert, and we had FRONT ROW SEATS! Well, two of us had front row seats, and the other two were on row N or something like that, but at intermission they came and joined us in the front, since there was no one else there. As my friend Maranda said, “Kurt’s pretty easy on the eyes,” and his music was fabulous. I really enjoyed hearing the stories of where he was in his life when he wrote those songs. I liked it so much, I bought the new CD. Fabulous.

On Saturday night, we went to see Ryan Shupe and the Rubberband in concert. It was kind of a last minute decision to go, since I had won tickets to the Beach Boys for Saturday night and we were planning on going to that. But when I learned that Ryan Shupe was in town and mentioned it to my friend Mich, she got really excited, and soon the tickets were bought. We took our two oldest sons, and they had a blast. We had a blast, too. We saw Julene and Italo there, too, so it became a family and freind fest. We were of course way back on the lawn seating, but it was still a great show. We love Ryan Shupe!

Sunday I taught my lesson in RS, and it went just fine. Not the best lesson ever, but it was still fine. And there were treats, so I think people enjoy my lessons just for the fact that I feed them.

Today we’ll be doing…I have no idea. But I’m sure we’ll have some fun. Oh, I know–We’re hosting the group FHE, and I’m planning on doing a “Father’s Day Game Show.” I’ll have to let you know how it goes.

This picture does not go with my rambling thoughts, I just wanted to put it up.

A new pet!

We have a new pet in our household, and we’re all very excited about it! As many of you know, Ryan is severely allergic to dogs, cats, rabbits, horses, guinea pigs–basically anything with fur. So we are kind of limited in our selection of pets to….let’s see….birds and….uh…reptiles?…maybe fish, too. So, you get the picture that we can’t really have a lot of pets aound here, right?

So, imagine our surprise when Ryan allowed, no INVITED (actually, he ordered) a new pet into the house.

We’re all really excited about the new pet, and let him roam freely around the house. He’s very good, doesn’t make a whole lot of noise, and picks up our crumbs. He will choke on larger items like barrettes, though, so we have to be careful of those things. When he’s not scavenging around looking for crumbs, he sleeps quietly in his spot, and doesn’t bother us at all. I think he’s the perfect pet!

The kids are excited, too. They have named him “Dust Bunny”, and I think they’ve been secretly feeding it stuff (like marshmallows). But they got really excited about cleaning up their rooms so the new pet could be free to roam around their rooms–even under the bed. So, as far as pets go, I’d highly recomend this one!


Here’s Jenna at her preschool graduation:

And here’s Cole at his 6th grade graduation. Notice how he dressed up so nicely for the occasion:


What time is it, John?


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