Thursday, October 30, 2014

The Golden Ticket

If you want to try out for the regional band, you had to perform for the band teachers, and be awarded a "Golden Ticket" to continue.
Cooper was the first to receive it out of both bands in the middle school (close to 100 kids), and he was asked to move up to Honors Band, even though he'll have to switch a couple of classes.

His practicing paid off!
Way to toot that horn, Coop!

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Monday, October 27, 2014

With All Our Love

Dear Thing 1 and Thing 2,

Halloween is quickly approaching, and the drooling for candy has begun, the anticipation of candy collecting is climbing frantically towards the top, and the thrill of wearing costumes to get candy is making your siblings a quiver. Here is a small preview of better things to come ;-)

I came upon a thought I think you might enjoy: Sveater Vest Vednesday. Please do, and send photos! I'm sure Porter will join you in this weekly tradition yet to be! You'd be a smashing duo of fashion and intelligence.

Your father has been playing Yahtzee with some of the boys today. He came smiling into the room, and said, "We should have named Sawyer something different. Tanner, Hunter, Porter, Cooper, Yahtzee! He's too funny. Sawyer loves that game. He also said instead of Tanner, he should have been Uno, and Porter TriDominoes, Miller Quirkle, and Breyer Taboo ;-) Too bad we don't have any that would qualify for Phase Ten.

I've been reading a few things in the news that caught my eye recently. The first was that the Church through its humanitarian arm, LDS Charities, sent food and other emergency supplies to more than 1,500 Latter-day Saint families and others in Sierra Leone during the recent state of emergency — "The Ebola-virus outbreak, which has claimed the lives of 500 citizens, including two members of the Church. LDS Charities provided rice, cooking oil, hygiene supplies and chlorine to families. The supplies arrived during a government-mandated lock down."

Also, in the New York Times I learned that heavier babies are smarter. "New data suggest that the thresholds to maximize a child’s health seem to be higher. Seven-pound babies appear to be healthier than six-pound babies — and to fare better in school as they age. The same goes for eight-pound babies compared with seven-pound babies, and nine-pound babies compared with eight-pound babies. Weight, of course, may partly be an indicator of broader fetal health, but it seems to be a meaningful one: The chunkier the baby, the better it does on average, all the way up to almost 10 pounds."

And, in Science Alert, I learned that because of their unique compound eyes, the mantis shrimp can see cancer and the activity of our neurons. Now this technology is being put into smart phones so people can scan themselves to see if they have any form of cancer. How cool is that?

While we were stopping by the library, Dad got stopped by an enthusiastic Friends of the Granbury Library member, who proceeded to tell him our downtown square use to have FOURTEEN saloons! Can you imagine? That's almost every building!

By now you might have heard Dad picked up a hybrid of a car, Toyota Prius. He's tired of driving the 12 passenger beast 37 miles each way, spending close to $600 a month in gas. So he figured a small car payment, 45 MPH and an insurance payment would come in cheaper, perhaps by $200. It's a light gold, 2008, with 101K miles. He hasn't stopped driving ;-) Now I've got wheels, except it's been so long I forget the van's sitting outside the front door.

Here are some photos to recap the week:

Miller and Sawyer had their first pack was pretty boring for them as they haven't been there long enough to earn anything. But, Miller got up and participated in the Wolf skit, which is great for him.

Having my own set of wheels means I can take the kids to the park on a Friday after school. So I did. Breyer was very grateful to get out of the house!

Dad took Breyer to a Halloween food craft class at the HEB grocery store down the road. She made some spooky smiles, one with peanut butter and one with caramel. How fun for her to go on a date.

Dad wanted Sawyer to build a fishing pole holder out of the wood left behind by the previous owner. He put it together all by himself. We just have to anchor it to a wall.

We love you boys. Love to laugh with you! Be good, be safe, be brothers.


Saturday, October 25, 2014

Pumpkin Pizazz


All you need is a power drill...

A cute partner...

A dark corner...

And a candle!

Friday, October 24, 2014

Super Stars!

"I nominated Sawyer for the Shining Star award because he is a wonderful role model for our fifth grade team. Sawyer is respectful, responsible, and works hard.He is prepared for class and does what is expected. He always has a smile, a great attitude, and enjoys helping others. He manages his time well, which allows him computer time or time to read. He is a joy to have in my class, and I know that he will be very successful someday." Mrs. Travis

"Congratulations! Your child Miller has been selected to receive the Terrific Kid Award for the first six weeks of the school year!"

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Easy Entertaining!

When the spin cycle starts, the Princess hops aboard for a shake!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

SuperGirl SuperPowers

Nothing like a SuperGirl Smile with a few scrawny wildflowers to brighten your day!

Monday, October 20, 2014

With All Our Love

Dear Tanner and Hunter,

What a fun thing to talk to you tonight! We miss laughing with you! You didn't tell me about your dinner invite and leftovers, though! Glad somebody is always thinking of you! God bless Marie!

We didn't have any balloons land in our backyard, as I had hoped, but we did catch a few on the airport field. There were a LOT of people that came to see the balloons. People in Granbury LOVE to get out and do fun things! There were a few booths selling trinkets, and a stage with music equipment. They turned on a nice, slow, old country song, and it was too good to pass up. Your dad and I danced in the middle of the field, with our children's mouths hanging open. We laughed and laughed, as we danced and danced. And even though no one else joined us, I'm glad I have a husband who is willing to put up with my eccentricities.

And wouldn't you know it was get a free coffee (we got hot chocolate) all week long at the Race Trac gas station, all week, but we stopped by after watching the balloons fill. Your siblings LOVE a good freebie ;-)

We invited a family over for crepes tonight, who have children the same age as everybody here except Breyer. Porter spent the entire afternoon cooking a quadruple batch of crepes, in his festive Hawaiian attire. He's your father's scoutmaster.

While your brother was cooking, Cooper had everybody else in the library building a fort. Can you see the tunnel? It goes to the back corner. Porter got in there to read scriptures, and became the "mystical voice" while he was reading them out loud. Entertainment is so easily found over here!

After this week's incident involving a missing Cooper and the sheriff's office, we now have ensured every child has our phone numbers in their backpacks. I'm glad Cooper tried calling you, It was unfortunate you were in class, and your number was the only one he knew. I probably will have a thing or two to say to the athletic department about not having any cross country schedule available on line or in print. He had no idea it was happening until he showed up for school.

Basketball officially begins next week for Porter. I think there are try outs still, but he's hung in there thus far. He got a pair of basketball shoes from the school - last year's model - in his size. Introducing his Nike 2013 Hyperdunks!

I was reminded of the story of Ananias and Sapphira, in the Book of Acts, who sold their property, and held back a portion of the value in their tithe. They broke their covenants in lying to God, and paid the consequence by "giving up the ghost." Never hold back, be honest and true with yourselves and others.

We love you dearly. Thanks for being happy together, and loving us as well.