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Sunday, January 22, 2017

Life Is Good

Life is good.  This little cutie turned 11 this week.  With no school Monday (thank goodness, I think all school weeks should be 4 days long!), we spread out the celebration.  Jeremy took her out for her birthday lunch where she learned the joys of fried ice cream and they shared their love of all things nachos. 

Then Allison and I took her to the mall to get her ears pierced for her birthday.  Lots of tears and nerves.  My favorite moment was right as they did it she was saying "ow, ow" in a high squeaky voice and then squeaked out a "thank-you" to the 2 ladies.

 For her actual birthday she got her requested pancakes and sausages in bed (getting up even earlier was an act of love I tell you), took muffin tops to school, and then I sense a theme here as for her actual birthday she had me make her nachos and then had Jeremy take her to Macey's for a butterscotch dipped ice cream cone.

 Saturday she and her friend Nylie got to go have their special birthday outing with Kneaders french toast and color me mine.  We had a huge snowstorm that morning which made for an ice sheet in the roads.  Luckily Jeremy had a photo shoot in Provo that morning so we were all able to slip and slide down to Provo together in the truck.

And if you are bored and there is an empty photo booth nearby you have fun with mom's phone:

Allison and her friend Evy were my video stars at Olive Garden as they modeled how you act and don't act when you go out to eat.  I am teaching a unit on restaurant and dating skills - my kids are already laughing at the thought.

Jeremy and Spencer went up to catch a Grizzlies hockey game where Allison's choir was singing the national anthem.

Allison and Robyn's theater group had their try-outs for the play Singing in the Rain.  Allison had a bunch of call back which she was very excited about.  They both love how they were cast as tappers and dancers.  Robyn gets to yell out a line and Allison gets to sing a solo so they are both super excited.  We hear 'Moses supposes his toeses are roses" a LOT around here lately.  So the crazy season of theater begins with costume fittings and extra practices.

We were able to have the Hall's over for our monthly dinner.  We discovered a new game and kids were quick to break out Red Neck Life yet again.

Spencer asked a girl out on a date for which we were all cheering him on.  He didn't want to ask the girls who he was asking out until Allison pointed out that they could make a much better poster than he could.  So he scanned pintrest, found a poster and then Allison cranked it out with Robyn jumping up and down and singing songs like K-I-S-S-I-N-G.  Good times.  Jeremy wouldn't let him text to follow up on details so Spencer went over to have a face to face conversation to plan things out.  I was proud of him as that was way out of his comfort zone and it took him 3 tries of getting all spruced up and getting his nerves under control before she was home when he went over to her house.

I started student teaching two weeks ago.  The first week Jeremy left at 5:30 to fly to California for a week just as I was getting dressed.  I am grateful that a sweet 19 year old in our ward agreed to come over every morning to sit with Taylor and get him on the bus.  The second day, I learned sadly that my school has zero internet access as I left after school the first day to numerous texts her.  "Do you have a cat?  The bus isn't here yet.  An hour later, the bus still isn't here" Luckily her mom and my neighbor handled it all for me.  New bus driver, new route meant over an hour delay.  This week is much easier and Taylor seems to be getting used to getting ready early.  I am starting to get a bit ahead on writing lesson plans which has helped with the pressure of it all.  I won't lie though, I come home and I better be able to get a snack and get some exercise before I deal with more kid drama.  As I have learned after some ugly afternoons, my patience is a little tapped out after working 8 straight hours.  No lunch breaks just eat when kids eat so its rather a constant going all day long.  I am pretty lucky to be where I am and work with a teacher I can learn a lot from.  its just an adjustment especially the early morning side of it and trying to think of lesson plans at night when kids are all around me and need to talk.

I will let Jeremy tell you more of what is going on with him.  I picked up his meds the day he got back from CA and he has learned a lot in this last week.  First he takes the meds right before he falls asleep with a snack and a big drink of water and this helps control the really bad nausea.  Most of the time he feels good just tired, like he has the flu.  And sometimes the gut pain just kicks in and there is nothing he can do about it.  Pain killers don't seem to work so he just lives through it.  I don't think we have actually said Suck it up Buttercup to him but kids are getting used to just assuming he will do stuff for them as am I.

Our ward had a fast for Jeremy.  The feeling of prayers and support for him and our family is just overwhelming.  I am fine to talk about the cancer, about our family and everything else.  Someone tells me they are praying for us or they love me and boom I just fall apart crying.  The love people show towards us cannot be comprehended.