Sunday, March 1, 2015

With Almost All of My Love

Dear Boys,

We definitely need to work on the communication thing. Even though we've had school cancelled two days, really unusual for Texas, and one day where they sent all the kids home after just arriving, we never lost power. Even with all the baseball try outs, basketball tournaments, practices, soccer scrimmages, track and vaulting practices, scouts being cancelled, we got every notification. Including phone calls. So I'm still at a loss as to why THIS: "Have you guys met my boyfriend Tanner?  — with Tanner Schenewark."is what I read on Facebook,, when clearly it should be important enough to let your mother know OVER.THE.PHONE!

And, lest you think I only have one offender, think again. All week long we hear about the impending chess tournament drama, how said son went 10-0 in team competition yet still was under the impression he was deemed unworthy of representing the team in the chess tournament, only to find out he went. Do we know how he did? No. We just have a semi-lame, albeit we-re-grateful-for-any-picture of said son playing blind chess.

Not as much love as last week,



P.P.S. We're grateful to your freshmen year roommate including you in his spontaneous dinner with his dad and cousin. Mark of a true friendship, consider yourself blessed.

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Friday, February 27, 2015

Super Stars

Schenewark Family,

I just wanted to let you know how much I truly enjoy having Miller and Sawyer at Oak Woods! They are both such excellent boys! They are polite, kind, courteous, and they love to read! I love being their librarian! Thanks for sharing them with us at Oakwoods!

Mrs. Oliver

Thursday, February 26, 2015

A Texas Snow Day

Can you see it?

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Young Republicans Club

"One of my favorite Utah senators, Senator Mike Lee!"

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Freezing Can Be Fun

#doesn't matter

Sunday, February 22, 2015

With All Our Love

Dear Tanner and Hunter,

Of interest here in our area, Stephenville where Dad works at Tarleton State University, is the city where the trial for the death of Chris Kyle, of American Sniper has been held. The court house square has been barricaded to cars, all traffic comes in on foot, and the media portion is large. It began almost two weeks ago.

I used this quote in my lesson today.

Obviously we don't have Chris Kyle adversity, or the Nixon kind of adversity or Aunt Becky or Grampy. But just a reminder that when we're in our "boat," during white-water rapids, we want to hold onto the boat, with both hands. And, it's not as easy to be as committed when we're in the boat during times of relative calm.

Breyer is funny! Her diet is so different than what I would choose to eat. She couldn't agree on anything breakfast-y I offered, so I went to the fridge, and she chose peas and corn vegetable leftovers. She has a peanut butter and Nutella sandwich everyday, most of the times that's her breakfast as well.

Cooper had two soccer practices this week. A one hour practice that ends at 7 p.m. has them playing in the dark, so the coach told them to bring flashlights as the field lights haven't been turning on.. It's pretty funny watching the flashlights bob up and down the field.

Sawyer had basketball practice Wednesday and Thursday and a game Friday evening. Porter went to the high school soccer game, Cooper played with a friend at his practice field, so I went by myself. He probably scored 25 out of their 31 points, mostly on put backs or passes underneath.

The best laugh of the week was at Miller's basketball game Saturday afternoon. We arrived just as the game was about to begin (the batteries had slowed the clock down fifteen minutes), so the coach had Miller sit the first quarter. This normally wouldn't cause the seat to shake from our convulsions, except the league here allows each coach to select which competing player they want to sit on the bench for the entire second quarter. The coach thought he was sitting our two best players, and then Miller is let loose. His jaw was hanging, he was rubbing his chin, scratching his head, and asking our coach why. The 4-2 score went up to 14-2 before the buzzer ended what he thought was going to be his catch-up quarter.

Saturday morning Dad took Sawyer and Cooper to the stake center in Weatherford for Sawy'ers priesthood preview. He had his picture taken with the stake president, both in scout uniforms, and before he left, he was given a framed 5x7 copy. Impressive. The boys' troop was in charge of the flag ceremony.

Saturday evening was the blue and gold banquet for Miller, received his Wolf rank. I was also introduced as next year's cub master. Feeling a bit overwhelmed with this new responsibility, not going to lie. The community pack is pretty big, and I don't have a know how of the resources I need.

It was also the ward chili cook off. I'm now two for two! I got the most unique certificate because my chili had a mixture of black beans. Authentic Texas chili has no beans, so there were a lot of entries vying for that category..

Your father has been collecting snowy pictures from Massachusetts. Your grandparents, aunts and uncles, and cousins, are in the thick of all that wintery weather.

His favorite stories are over people bickering over the parking spaces they spend time and energy shoveling, sometimes trying to save, only to have another car take their spot.

Of course the invitation to anyone tired of that kind of weather, to visit warm Texas, is always open.

This fire pit made him dream a little of playing in the snow. Oh, the good old days ;-) Your brothers found out that there's no school tomorrow. After having three weeks off last year, they are giddy to finally have one day off. 27 degrees and a couple inches of ice by the morning. Of course they're hoping for more than one day. Breyer insisted Cooper set up the tent to have a camp out. That's the second time, and she might last five minutes inside. Oh well. She was thoroughly entertained for a long time working on her camp out. Now she plans on watching tv in the morning, in the tent, in front of the fireplace. With hot chocolate.

All right boys. That's the week in a wrap. We love you! Be good, remember who you are and where you're going.



Saturday, February 21, 2015

Friday, February 20, 2015

The Dearest Delivery

Four balloons, one big bear, lots of apples and huge boxes of candy came knocking at our door.
She could hardly carry it when the carrier passed it to the Princess.
She'll never be the same.
When the doorbell rings, she'll always go running!

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Happy 4th Birthday!

Strawberry milk, in honor of our favorite neighbor's birthday tradition for a princess!
"I want a girl with a short sweater, and a loooooooooooong swallow."