Sunday, April 19, 2015

With All Our Love

Dear Tanner and Hunter,

We love you! We are more than excited to have Hunter home very soon. Breyer has decided she'll be playing with you all day long, her personal, live toy. Speaking of your sister, she told me last night, while going to bed, she had had a lovely day. So assuming I was the reason behind her having such a lovely day asked, "Was it because I took you to the park?" No. "Was it because I bought you a shake?" No. "Was it the doughnuts I brought home for breakfast?" No. "Why was your day so lovely, Miss B?" "Because I got to wrestle with Miller and I didn't get hurt." He is her life, she calls him her prince, and she has already announced their engagement. Breyer has also decided, in part because of our most missed Ohio neighbors, and her love for your aunt's dachshund, Rosie, that she wants to be called Rose.

She hasn't wanted to go to her class at church. I am not above bribes. Today, I calmly told her she could sit by her prince, and dream about drinking root beer when she got home. It worked. And she did.

Cooper and Breyer had a lot of laughs today after church. He convinced her she needed a backpack. She looked like a drunk Sponge Bob.

Wednesday morning Porter and his track team participated in a regional track meet. He placed sixth, with twelve feet, and came home cooked. His white skin was almost purple, and by evening he had blisters all over his shoulders and upper arms. He wore as little as possible to school, and by the following evening wasn't in as much pain. He's still very, very red, and is peeling in places.

Friday evening Dad drove Porter to the Mormon prom in Fort Worth. He got all spiffed up...but was in pain every time a fancy girl put her hand on his shoulder to dance ;-) Dad had a good time chaperoning.

Saturday morning Sawyer played in a last minute all star basketball tournament here in town. The refs, not calling anything short of intentional, allowed the first game to degenerate to jungle ball. The second game was much better, and after reminding Sawyer to keep his feet underneath him, he only fell once vs. ten times in the first game. He was almost their only scorer in both games, both which were lost.

(Marble tracks on the wall from Cooper's class)

We stopped at the adoption clinic the local animal shelter sponsored Saturday afternoon. Breyer was fully aware that we have to have a fence before a dog, and enjoyed petting the dogs. She still thinks she wants a dachshund.

Your father took the three older boys to the Dallas temple Saturday afternoon. It was Sawyer's first time, and enjoyed himself immensely. Isn't he so so cute?

Your father loves driving them up and back, and finding good places to eat.When he heard everybody else was going to a pizza place he left in the opposite direction and went to Rudy's, one of his favorite BBQ places. Your brothers do know how to eat!

My lesson today was on the restoration of the gospel, and why it was necessary. I loved this quote by L. Tom Perry, one of my favorite apostles: "The gospel has been restored to the earth for all those who will listen and obey." I'm grateful you listen. I'm thankful you obey. What more could a mother ask for?



Saturday, April 18, 2015

Friday, April 17, 2015

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Doing Good Daily!

Here are the planters at the middle school we filled. Breyer was a big help, scooping in dirt with her sand shovel. Miller mostly rode his bicycle around the maze of sidewalks and parking lots. We picked out red, white and blue for the pots near the flagpole, and purple and yellow (school colors) for the pots near the front doors.

Monday, April 13, 2015

With All Our Love

Dear Tanner and Hunter,

What a week! Most of our activities were sport related. Imagine that, only four boys left at home, and we're still cheering on the sidelines. One of my favorite things to do after being in the house all day is to sit outside at a baseball game, and watch you boys play.

Porter had a second track meet this week. Dad left work early and traveled to Joshua, and just missed seeing him jump. He came in fourth place, not too shabby when there's nine schools!

Cooper's still practicing with his soccer team but can't play in their games because he's too old. He was also asked by the high school tennis coach to begin coming to their Saturday tennis clinics, so he went this week. She saw him when the middle school eighth graders were touring the high school facilities, and "starred" his name so she could remember to ask him to try out.

Sawyer had a great game yesterday. He had a one RBI double, and a two RBI triple. He also pitched the last inning, after pitching three innings in his Friday night game. Dad usually stays with him, and I leave and go on to Miller's game. And, with two outs, and two strikes on the batter, he stole his way from first to home pitch by pitch. The next pitch the batter struck out.

I keep forgetting to take pictures at Miller's game, as I always have to do the book! Miller hit a home run the first time at bat Friday evening, but couldn't hit another one just right. On Saturday, he made an out at first, and then ran towards home knowing his catcher wasn't watching, and dove to make the tag on the runner nearing the plate. Got him out, got a lot of cheers, and trotted back to first. I heard someone in the stands say, "That boy is focused." That he is. He loves to play.

The wildflowers across the street are breathtaking. Dad comes home from work everyday and wanders over to take pictures. Others stop in their cars, hauling out their children, and smashing the bluebonnets, to pose their children in the midst. I too am guilty of such an act with your sister. Perhaps we should post a sign, "Wildlife Management," to discard others who will come to trample?

I hope this photo cheered you up as much as it did me. What a lovely thing to see after knowing Grampy had been in the hospital all week. I'm so glad he finally came home today. Thank goodness for ice cream, and the uncle that thought to bring it. Just what this doctor would order ;-)

We love you two boys dearly! We miss your warm bodies here at the house. Skype is so flat, and the connection tonight was awful. Come home soon!



Saturday, April 11, 2015

‪#‎National Sibling Day

"A lot of great posts out there about siblings on this National sibling day. But tonight I witnessed this and thought: There it is. Right there. The source of the sibling love in my world. I won the lottery for parents. And they produced some mighty fine siblings for me, for which ‪#‎IamEternallyGrateful‬."

Thanks, Jen!


Love and basketball for the perfect Wednesday night #DateNight. 

Friday, April 10, 2015

"Man of My Dreams"

"Tanner is always singing me love songs, making me laugh, and communicating with me via freestyle rap.. I think I'll keep him."

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Water Polo Win!

Hunter's water polo team takes the championship game!