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."

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Monday, February 16, 2015

With All Our Love

Dear Boys,

Happy Valentine's Day! Not that you needed to be out looking for love. Just that your love overflows from your home. Dad brought me home a dozen What-A-Burgers last night so I didn't have to cook. Nothing says love like hamburgers! Lying in bed last night I played him my love song for 2015, Alicia Keyes' Not Even the King." He made me laugh. "Yeah, but Miss Keyes still has money."

One morning when I was loading up the dishwasher, I put in the container I had used to make Breyer's bubbles for the back deck. The next thing I know there are piles of bubbles coming out the bottom of the dishwasher! Always rinse out that dish soap! Breyer and I spent thirty minutes scooping out bubble foam from the dishwasher before I could safely start it again. Of course she thought the bubbles were wonderful.

Sawyer got a call from the all star basketball coach. He told us that every game coaches put in a couple of votes of who was the best player, and then at the end of the season they tally the votes. Sawyer got the most votes in the league. All star season is just a couple of weekend tournaments. I let him know about baseball try outs so he cancelled the practice on that date for me. He was looking for a place to practice so I offered up the church court, carpet and all. His regular team tromped 48-5.

(Given a technical on this push)

Poor Miller. He came home on Friday after his 1/2 day at school, Valentine's party included, and pretty much went down for the count. He still wanted to play in his game Saturday morning, where he scored 9 out of the 11 points, and then really couldn't get off the couch. Dad and he had to drive to Fort Worth, the nearest urgent care center, getting back at 10:30 p.m., and then back again with the medicine at 11:30 p.m. for strep throat. His coloring was awful by the time he went to bed. He spent the whole day spitting in the sick it hurt so much to swallow. I stayed home from church with him today.

I had my first cub scout leaders' meeting this week. The old cub master leaves this up coming Saturday to take his son to a scout troop, after the crossover, and I'll begin my three year tenure as cub master. I have two immediate goals. Increase membership, and use our church facilities.

Our family had to clean the church this week, by assignment, and Porter, Cooper and Breyer came with me to help the lady who has the calling to organize it. She's been cleaning every week for six years, and loves it. Breyer handled the push vacuum, Cooper had the backpack vacuum, Porter had the really large one, and I had a medium one. We also did all the windows, light switches, glass doors, and all the sweeping. Basically everything except bathrooms, mopping and trash. It's good to serve. Our tradition dictates ice cream for everyone that cleans, so we picked up the limited Breyer's peppermint cookie.  Yum!

Porter spent the day (5 a.m. to 5 p.m.) on the bus to the campus of Texas A&M, part of his WIT club he was chosen to be a part of (Workforce Industry Training), in partnership with the Nuclear Power Institute and the Texas Engineering Experimentation at Texas A&M University, and this was the first of their school visits.

Porter only has one more game to play this week, and he'll start track. He's very excited to begin hurdles and pole vaulting here. He also got asked to be the mascot for next year, Pete the Pirate, and if he says yes, will be going to cheer camp this summer. Arg!

Cooper went up in the afternoon, but Dad and Sawyer got to the scout camp out, after Porter and Sawyer's games, nine p.m. something. Unfortunately the battery to the camera needed to be charged so he only got a photo of the night visitors. Cooper had a tent all set up for them. They went on a three mile hike, with packs, in the morning, and were home by noon. Gotta love Texas winter weather. Speaking of packs, stick close to your brothers. Cooper and Sawyer have every enviable camping gadget filling every pack nook and cranny. They're well stocked, well prepared, and ultimate scouters. Very cute.

They came home with enough scout fever to set up the tent inside the house, and have a camp out, Breyer's first, as there is no school tomorrow.

Hunter, this is Breyer showing you her telescope eyes. She was looking through the telescope this week, and had to practice her telescope eyes with Dad.

We love you! We're grateful your both still our Valentines!



Sunday, February 15, 2015

We make our own luck!

Forget Friday the Thirteenth

Friday, February 13, 2015