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Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Time flies

Wow these two weeks seem to have flown by really fast.  Last week Spencer spent every afternoon doing range for two hours.  This is where he goes to a local high school where they have an enclosed driving range with an instructor in a tower talking to kids over radios in the car.  So he got lots of driving practice (and no, I still can't bring myself to drive with him yet - I am such a wimp) and several good stories.  One of my favorites, "yes car number 3 you have now found the windshield wipers - now find the turn signal".  He had a great time but between that and volleyball it kept him hopping and out of trouble.

Allison has been working with a friend to earn money for the FCCLA competition next week up in Salt Lake City.  She has been practicing her tap dancing rat routine in the garage and singing Shrek songs all over the house.  I was proud of her for setting up a date night at the movies with our neighbor Allyce who is disabled.  She has really enjoyed becoming her friend.  Allison has taken to checking my blog every week to make sure I am not posting anything embarrassing and it has helped me realize that I have reached that point.  So no more talking about mood swings and eye rolling in my kids - just suffice it to say that I have some wonderful teenagers around here and we will all persevere through all the teenage stuff that exists right now.

The girls had their piano recital this week and I was proud of both of them.  Allison was disappointed in herself because she could have been better prepared.  Good lesson learned for next time.

The last two weeks have seen Jeremy busy working on stuff for the outdoors expo his company has been putting on.  It is going on this weekend and seems to be doing well.  He is getting wiped out and is ready to stop being on his feet all day but seems to be enjoying it.  I took kids and a couple of friends down Friday night to explore, shoot BB guns (Allison was thrilled she was the only one to get 4 bull-eyes), get their faces painted and see a very cool reptile show.

Saturday night I took our kids back to attend a hypnotist show.  It was hilarious and our kids were up late laughing and having a great time watching people dance, act and do all sorts of comedy.

We have had a few church things going on lately.  Jeremy got to go up to SLC to take photos of a dinner that the church set up.  With him gone on youth night Robyn and Taylor got to enjoy the benefits of eating dinner at the church and watching YW play volleyball.

We got to clean the church one night while Jeremy took photos again.  Which worked out really well as he had thrown out his back that day.  I even got to go one night after the temple was closed to clean.  It was a neat feeling to be there late at night with the organ playing and spend a few hours polishing and cleaning the endowment rooms all by myself.  Throw in a couple of firesides and life has been full church wise.

I took Jasper in to get his staples out yesterday.  He did not want to go with the vet at all and spent a good thirty minutes after shaking violently.  He has mellowed out since he got attacked but is still grumpy around new people.  I hope he can re-learn to be friendly to everyone again.  He wore a onesie for a few days to protect his staples.  Robyn got her words messed up and kept telling everyone that her dog got a weiner.  I didn't catch it for two days after she had already told all her friends and church class.  We had to explain to her the confusion after we had laughed a bunch. 

I got to go on a field trip with Taylor's class this week to see a play.  Moving seven wheelchairs in and out of a bus and a theater takes a few extra hands.  I learned that I only have to take two college classes to get my level 1 teacher certificate back so I have been looking at doing that and seeing if a part time teaching job can be found.  This year has definitely taught me how important it is for me to be home when my kids are home.

So life seems to pass by more quickly than I would like right now.  I cheer when we get to all just stay home at night and veg.  Thanks to my parents birthday present I went and got a gate for our garden this week.  Now we just have to install it and no more chickens eating our vegetables!  We had a scare this week when Robyn met me after school crying that Jasper had killed a chicken.  Turns out Penny is really, really good at playing possum.  You can even poke her and she won't react.  Many tears were shed till she decided to get up and walk away.