Thursday, April 28, 2016

Awesome kid

This kid amazes me. He works hard at school, sports, and in any calling at church. Not only that but now that spring is here he will come home and on any random day decide the yard needs a little work so he'll edge, weed, mow, or till. He's even sprayed the weeds and the roses! I love how self starter he is and that he does it with out demanding money from me (although I paying for his phone and car insurance. ... ) he just does it. I just hope he knows how much I appreciate him and all the hard work he does around here. It's only a short time till he will be out on a mission and I'll be crying about the fact that no one else wants to do all the work he did! I hope his siblings appreciate him. They probably won't till he's serving his mission and I'm nagging them to do the yard work!

Big catch

Last summer we had a possum getting into our garden and eating my tomatoes so we set a live trap.  We never caught it! 3 weeks ago Ethan was spraying the weeds in the garden and reset the trap with no bait. He went back out to find momma possum with 9 babies clinging to her! It was very exciting for the kids. We took them out to the country and let them free.

New driver!

Ethan turned 16 last month, and got to take his drivers test today. I would have taken him sooner but I had no idea that getting an appointment would take so long! I'm proud of him for passing on his first try!

Friday, April 15, 2016

April birthday party with the Workman's

I have 4 nieces with April  birthdays! 2 of them share the 6th, one the 7th,and one the 12th. In fact I'm the only one of my siblings with out a kid born in April! We had a big party at Pietro's in Beaverton. The kids all had a blast! It was the first time all the grandkids had been together since Christmas. Larry didn't get to go because he had the flu.

Monday, April 4, 2016

General conference trip to Utah

Last January I challenged my kids to read the "Friend " magazine or The New Era magazine cover to cover every month and if they did we'd have a big prize! They ALL did it.  So we took all of them to Utah to attend the General Conference for our church. Ruth isn't old enough to go in so while we were in the meetings she spent time with my Aunt, Uncle, and cousin with her daughter. She had a wonderful time!  Which made it so much easier for us to enjoy our meetings.  Friday we toured Temple Square, This is the Place, and the Church History Museum.  (I did part of temple square with just the little girls while Larry took the older ones to do baptisms in the Salt Lake Temple).  Saturday was filed with conference, we were lucky enough to get tickets to both general meetings and the boys attended the priesthood meeting.  Sunday too and time with my cousins and aunt and uncle. We even ran into the White's  (a family from our ward who live around the corner) our stake President and dear friends that live in the other ward here in town. Such a small world! Everywhere we went we met people who knew friends of friends, or had some kind of connection. We truly are one big family and I find sisters everywhere I go!  It was a wonderful weekend and the kids traveled great!
Then also while we were gone we had our hard wood floors refinished. They are beautiful! I'm so excited to have beautiful floors!