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Sunday, April 20, 2014

The Play is the Thing...

This was the week of Suessical.  Allison (and Jeremy doing photos) had a long dress rehearsal Monday afternoon and evening and then Allison had 7 performances in 5 days.  She lived and slept Suessical, going out to eat and hang out with cast members after the matinees (while her hard working joy kill of a mom ran to the grocery store next door).  She loved every minute of it and was so happy when someone she knew came to see her in it.  So days were spent driving to and from the Covey center in Provo, doing hair, ushering and attending performances.  It was a busy but fun week.  I love seeing Allison just letting loose on the stage.  Or other places like when I take her carpool out for ice cream after an evening performance.

One night our Activity day girls got to go which meant Robyn got to see her twice.  On Saturday we all went as a family, even my brother David who was in town on his way from Moab back to California.  Spencer even reluctantly and grudgingly brought his baby.

Monday morning Spencer came home with twins - PB and J.

He had to carry them with him to every class and activity.  Every night at 2 am he had to get up with them.  He refused to ever, ever let me take a photo of him carrying his babies.  Going to young men's carrying his twins just stretched his self consiousness to the breaking point.  And then on Friday...

he came home with Kathryn, robotic baby.  It has sensors that makes it cry at intervals till it is fed, changed, burped or held.  And Spencer needs to be able to respond within 2 minutes at all times as he is wearing the corresponding sensor for the baby to recognize around his wrist.  Spencer spent the weekend very unhappy with this assignment and full of embarrassment that anyone might see him or hear her cry.  He would walk around muttering about "my freaking health class" while his baby would go from a gentle cry to a very loud demanding cry.  Going to church and to Allison's play was super painful for him.  The middle of the night cries just made me laugh.  He is so happy to be turning his baby back in to the school tomorrow and swears he is not going to be a parent for a long, long time.  This week we registered Spencer for high school.  It felt strange to be figuring out when he would take Drivers Ed and which MEHAP teacher would be best.  Doesn't seem like he would be old enough to be doing this yet.

Robyn came home my parents Monday night late.  She was so excited to show me the temporary tattoos my sister had painted all over her arms.  I really missed having her be around, our house seemed so empty and quiet.  When I was teaching art this week I saw an essay of hers on the wall and thought it summed up her life quite well.

I got to be at school a little more than usual this week because of health week.  I would help hand out tickets as kids ran laps or one day participated with the police in a seat belt safety machine.  It was fun to see Robyn running around with her friends and circling back periodically to give me a hug.  Allison would circle around to give me a pinch when my back was turned and then run away giggling.

This year we split up Easter a little bit.  Sunday kids woke up to Easter baskets and to find the eggs they dyed yesterday were hidden around the house.

Then after our traditional breakfast of egg salad sandwiches (my brother David said that was a little hard core for breakfast but kids insisted) we went about our day of church stuff, going up to the canyon to play and hanging out trying to help Jeremy with some shots he needed for the church.

After a dinner of leftovers and bunny rolls and seeing David off we did a family home evening where we went through the atonement and the cruxifiction.  And then we sent everyone off to bed - my favorite part.  Tomorrow we are having bunny Monday with Jason's family.  A big easter egg candy hunt and a traditional dinner.  I am liking the splitting up of the holiday.  It makes it seem not so crazy.  And honestly after this week I am ready to slow things down a bit.

I didn't even do Easter dresses this year but Robyn improvised.  She bought herself a scarf in China Town with my parents and got sunglasses in her basket - she was set for church.

Taylor is still doing well.  This week I finished up our paperwork and went to turn everything into the court clerk and pay all the fees.  Now we just have to wait for the court date to be set.  Hopefully in a month we will officially be Taylor's guardians.  Now to register him for the I am not kidding.

This Friday night our new respite worker started, Sarah.  She is an aide at Taylor's school so already knows Taylor pretty well.  I think the full court press by Robyn who wanted to show her every doll she ever owned took her a little off guard but she rallied quickly.  Jeremy and I got to enjoy dinner out with friends without worrying about what was going on at home.

One day this week I told Jeremy I am just tired.  For no reason but I just needed to lay down and take a nap.  So I did.  It has been one of those weeks.  Wonderful and happy but just full of stuff.  Things come up.  Getting the battery replaced in the van.  Getting the garage door fixed.  Trying to find pants for Spencer that would actually fit.  Getting all our taxes in and paid.  Just stuff.  So this week I am looking forward to more family and less stuff time.  And I will enjoy it all the more because of a week of craziness and activities.  And to start it all off with a bang - tomorrow we head to the dentist for Robyn to get her glow in the dark butterfly decorated retainer (her choice) and for her to get several teeth pulled.  She is very excited.  The tooth fairy better start stocking up now.