Saturday, August 6, 2016

Girls Camp

 Amelia and I's "talent" for the variety show.

I'm sooo lucky! I got to go to girls camp this year with Amelia. It was her first year! I went as the certification leader for the 1st years. (This means I help teach the girls all the fun camping, first aid, and other skills they need to know as 1st year girls). I Love girls camp. We had a wonderful week and this last picture is Amelia with her cabin mates. Amelia loved the zip line and did it over and over. I did the polar bear plunge for the first time EVER (this was my 6th year and I had never done it before). We had a great time!

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Celebrating

We've had a longish journey that I've shared with some, Ruth shares with everyone.... but I've kept quiet mostly until my kids talk about it, or someone asks. Not because it's a secret or even something bad, but because we didn't take the traditional route and many people can have strong feelings about that. A year or two ago I probably would have too. But I've learned a lot, still am. So I made a different choice that when I tell people they either look at me like I'm crazy, or that I believe in witchcraft, or something like that. But here's shortish version. Ruth failed 2 hearing screenings in kindergarten. So I took her to an ENT. Doctor to see what was wrong. They found fluid in her ears, and her hearing was really low. Which was shocking to me because of all my kids her speech developed the clearest. (They said the fluid had been there a long time.) The Doctor recommended that she have tubes put in her ears, and her tonsils and adenoids removed. Don't start showering me with comments on how great the surgery is and all the benefits. ... I've had 3 kids have tubes in their ears, and one who has had the tonsil and adenoids  removed, I know they work great.... BUT I've learned enough to know these are symptoms of something else.  So I did some research. We started with a totally milk free diet. I saw a big difference in her. I took her in after a month and a half of dairy free and they said there was less fluid but there was still fluid. I wasn't sure what to do. Then my amazing friend saw a Natura path doctor for her allergy issues and she was telling me what they were going to do for her. Then she found me one closer to us. I waited a few days,  I prayed about what to do. Then I just knew I needed to call and did. I took Ruth in and she was tested, I can't remember the name of the test I'd have to look it up. But they found a looooong list of things she reacts to. The doctor gave her some drops to take 2x a day to help clear out the toxins, then she did six N.A.E.T treatments (I think that's what is called). It helped desensitize her from all the allergens. When she was all done he tested her again to see if she was reacting to any of them. She was all clear!  So we went out to have ice cream to celebrate.  (Which by the way she so chose sorbet. I guess she lost her love of ice cream.) We also went to swim at the aquatic center in Corvallis. Some of our dietary changes will be permanent. Not because of allergies, but because it's healthier for all of us. Now some of those things can be an occasional food not an all the time food. Now my little girl is doing better and it cost me a fraction of what surgery would have cost (even though my insurance doesn't pay one dime for the treatment! ) AND she didn't take one medication.

Vacation

We spent last week at Prineville Reservoir. We had a wonderful time with friends and family. I don't get as many pictures as I use to because I'm busy participating. Tyrah and Macquarie did the horse shoe ski this year! Lia and Jocie learned on 2 skis. Everyone had fun, no major sun burns, no broken equipment, but we did have a little rain the first couple days. But after that it was hot, hot, hot! (Which is why we go there!) We ate way to much sugar but had a great time!

Thursday, July 14, 2016

7-11

Every July 7th 7-11 gives away free Slurpees we have gone the last 3 or 4 years (it's the only day my kids ever get one)

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Girls only afternoon

Today it was just me and the girls in the pool. We had a good time! Then we dried off on the swings. Ruth asked for a "spider ride". After I gave her one Amelia and Hayden had to have one. It was pretty funny.

Prankster Jr.

My kids love hearing about the pranks I pull at girls camp.  They also love April fools day because I usually prank them in some small way. I bought this pack of fake ketchup for this April fools day, but we were in Utah and I didn't end up using it. The kids found it and Ruth so badly wanted to use it on daddy. Yesterday she put it on his pillow. He went to bed so late and I was already in bed so there was no light on her didn't see it and tossed it off his pillow. So today she tried again. I may or may not have given him a heads up so he could "play along" so she'd get the reaction she wanted. So today when he got home from work he went in our room to get something and saw it. He said loudly "who's been in our room! " Ruth came running and giggling,  "it's just a prank! " She was so proud, and it was so cute. I'm training them young.

Brock's bordom buster

Brock saw this on pintrest and wanted to try it. He didn't have everything they had so he had to change it some. Plus there were some things he thought would just work better so it's his own design inspired by one on pintrest. He's pretty excited to start some other new things that he saw, only change them up too. Oh the joys of summer freedom!

Saturday, June 25, 2016

First lake trip of 2016

We've been dying to get out on the lake but have had commitments every weekend this month, so today was our first day out! It was kind of a bummer Ethan couldn't go because he was scheduled to work. We also had 3 cousins for the weekend which means we didn't have enough room in the boat for everyone. So since we were down one "life gaurd" (or some one grown up enough to watch any extra kids on shore) we needed to enlist some help. Thankfully one of my former young women was able to come with us. We took Raechyl White with us to help out with kids. She also got lots of boat time to make it worth her day. Plus I try to feed people well when they are doing me a favor. We got to spend an entire day boating, eating, and swimming. Only a few minor sun burns and very tired kids. Totally worth it!  Amelia is really looking good on the wake board. She is way better then me! (Although I'm not that good)

Friday, June 24, 2016

Teddy Bear day

This week's Thursday theme day was teddy bear day. This time all 3 of the older kids were gone for youth conference. It's called "the path of the Savior" I hope to post about that later.  But with just the 2 girls and a friend I aimed for one they would like and the older kids wouldn't be to disappointed that they missed. So we went with teddy bears. We had teddy bear pancakes, teddy bear picnic, with honey sandwiches, and ants on a log. We sewed a teddy bear, went on a bear hunt, made bear cookies, and listened to Elvis sing about being "your teddy bear". I even did Ruth's hair to look like bear ears.  I think we all had a really fun day. Today my girls were still telling me they loved it. So I guess it was a hit. Oh they also read a bunch of Barenstien Bear books.

Fancy Nancy day

Thursday theme day is back for the summer. This week Brock and Amelia were gone camping and fishing with grandpa Davis so we went with a theme just for these 2 girls. We dressed fancy, talked fancy (Ruth now uses the work alfresco in a sentence properly.) We read fancy Nancy books, we ate fancy pancakes and ate in fancy dishes for dinner.