Sunday, January 29, 2012

Happy Birthday Both GRANDPAS!!!!

The kids wanted to share something special for Grandpas Birthday. Since both grandpas have Birthdays this month this is for you both ! We love you Happy Birthday!
We also included the Taco Cannon song and a special grandpa poem memorized special for your Birthday from Susan. Edmund wanted to do a poem too but we don't know where he came up with his.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

The Girls from Ames: A Story of Women and Friendship by Jeffrey Zaslow

I liked this book because I could relate. It is about a group of girls that have known each other since they were little girls and they went through high school and all kinds of coming of age experiences and they still keep in touch after 40 years. The part I didn't like in this book was when the author tried to glamorize the high school booze parties and many many boyfriends the girls had during that time period in their lives. I did like the last 1/4 of the book when it seemed to be more genuine and real about life and the difficulties of being a mom or loosing a child or getting cancer. I really think the girls were honest and the friendships really helped them through these hard times. They were real people near the end of the book not just bragging spoiled teenagers. I also like how the parent relationships were referred to often and learned from later in life.

Broken Book, Healing Book

I also re-read:
Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli
and Brisingr (Inheritance #3) by Christopher Paolini

Friday, January 20, 2012

Fashion Review for a new Beehive Girl!

 Susan is 12 and is as silly as they come. She is tall and skinny and has been wearing the same thing for the last 6 months to church. All the Beehive girls are so stylish and all attend public school but one. So what do you do with a girl with no fashion sense? Grandma Carol decided to help her out a bit. But this was not easy task because she is PICKY! She also had to make the clothes without Susan right there to try them on and adjust them so this was double tricky. (now if we could only get her to brush her hair!)
 Here is her new black skirt with the polka-dots on the bottom. She was already wearing the socks and she wouldn't take them off so just ignore them in all the pictures. The Jacket was also remade for a nice touch over the long reddish brown top layered with a shirt underneath. So Cute!
 Here is is without the jacket. Also super cute!
 The next outfit was a brown skirt taken in on the top so it fit her waist. Then a cute shirt under with a lacy fringe added to make it longer and also on top so that it went up higher on the neck. It is perfect! I don't think she will wear the hood up while at church.

Thank you Grandma for helping Susan feel as beautiful as she is with a little help from some cute outfits.
Susan's feet are destined to be as big as her mom's she is already wearing a women's size 7 1/2 wide on the front and skinny on the back! Maybe I should do a post about all the shoes she has gone through in the last 6 months! CRAZY! I love her and am so glad she is my beautiful creative and kind daughter!

Tuesday, January 17, 2012


  Jill was sad that she didn't get to be in the Sheep Speak - cousin news letter Grandma Arlene prints and sends out for all the cousins. I just always forget to take pictures of her doing interesting things. So this is all Jill!!!!

This is Jill getting ready to go out and do the chores on a very cold  evening. She has to wear boots because it is messy in the barn and a long walk through the snow to get there, a hat and gloves so she doesn't start crying that she can't feel her fingers. A very warm coat zipped all the way up with pockets for eggs if there is too many to carry in her hand. A head lamp so she can use her hands to do things like feed the rabbits and chickens and an extra flashlight for security. We always turn all the lights off on the way out so we can look at the stars when we are standing in the middle of the field. (We only do this for a few seconds because it is too cold to look for very long) You can see the constellation Orion in the Eastern part of the sky. We also always look for the Temple, which is to the south of our barn and a great view at night, all bright with the towers on both sides lit up. It is about 5 miles from our house. And you can always find it in Cache Valley to help you know where you are if you think you are lost. Jill likes to say, "I know where we are I can see the temple." It is like a security blanket.

 Jill started a gymnastics class offered to homeschoolers. We get a great price because it is during the morning when the gym is usually empty. Some of her friends and cousins are taking the class too. She likes to do things on the parallel bars.
 She loves gymnastics and goes every Monday. The last 15 min. of class all the little siblings can come out on the floor with their moms and it is free time. There is a huge foam pit and two large trampolines. Lots of other stuff and beams...a parachute and of course a lot of soft pads all over the floors.
Edmund loves his class at the end when he just jumps into the pit over and over for 15 min. Last week his dad came and jumped in with him. He also likes to climb. He calls himself spiderman. I didn't get any pictures of him because he was too fast and I had to hold on to him so he didn't get hurt. Okay back to Jill.

Jill had a dentist appointment. The second out of 4 scheduled for this year. Yes it is only January! She has 8 cavities and one was so big it couldn't wait any longer. The tooth was caped and her face was numbed. She just stayed on the couch the rest of the day being sad. 
I would be sad too if my brother had an appointment the same day to get his molars sealed. He held so still and was such a good boy so then his mom took him to get a treat. He picked out a HUGE bag of cheese puffs and then ate them all in front of you. Poor Jill couldn't chew because her mouth hurt and she likes cheese puffs too. 
Her mom made her a yogurt shake later.
We also rearranged the the girls room and added a bed for Jill. She is on a trundle and it sticks out part way from under the lower bunk so there would still be room for all of Susan's treasures. The room just seems to be getting smaller and smaller no matter how we arrange it.

On a different thread...
Family home evening we had tickle fights and then ate a very funny looking apple pie without any ice cream. Everyone did so many talents we are all talented out. All the kids said their poems for school, practiced their piano pieces and songs for the tryout, danced and yelled then finally we finished and everyone went to bed!

Monday, January 09, 2012


My nephew has a blog where he posts different pictures he looks at under his new microscope and then we have to guess what it is. We thought it would be fun to play the game too. I know, gross but yet so fascinating!

Happy New Year!

 Grandma shared a whole bag of Persimmons with this little guy. He could have eaten them all in one day! They are his favorite but since they are my favorite too we only eat a few a day and share them.
Here you have FHE with the talented Susan wrapping her little brother up like a burrito. We couldn't stop laughing as he hopped around the room like a jumping inch worm. 
 Jill got a doll house for Christmas from her cousins. They had too many doll houses so they shared. She loves to play with the whole family of dolls. Her favorite is the swing and the little dog. Sometimes the Pollypockets join the fun too.
It finally snowed! There wasn't any snow for Christmas but the end of the first week in Jan. it finally covered the mud and made the world a beautiful place. Too bad it is below freezing so it makes it hard to play outside for very long.
 With the new year comes going back to school. Peter has a hard time getting ready on time in the morning. He can't find his shoes, his coat or his backpack. The girls just keep all these things in one place together but for some reason these are always missing. If he isn't ready in time then he gets left when his dad leaves for work in the morning. This makes his mom very angry because then she has to wake the little kids up and get them dressed and try to get him to school on time. This is Peter barely making it on time to ride with his dad on the first day back to school this year!
Friday they get out early and this Friday I was waiting for my alarm to go off to go pick them up when I got a phone call saying, "mom where are you?" Oh, rats I forgot that Friday was out early! Then my alarm went off at the regular time for picking up the rest of the week. I don't have enough space to set it for Friday early pick up.

 It is Science Fair time! Here is Peter making brownies. He is trying to prove in a taste test if you know what is in the brownie before eating them does this effect how you rate the taste. He switched out the oil ingredient and added things like Spinach, applesauce and shortening, oh and the scariest one he added Bacon grease.

 He had to make sure he didn't get them mixed up. He labeled all the pans and plates. Cutting the brownies was the hard part. They kind of just crumbled or mushed together.

 This was a very mushy bacon grease brownie. I think the smoked flavor was a bit over powering.

 Here are a few test subjects. I think after eating 10 different brownie pieces in the end you are so tired of brownies you would rate them lower. The first couple bites are delicious the 8-10th is blah.

 We still need to organize the data and see if he hypothesis was correct. It was interesting to have older and younger people participate. There were so many variables that the test is a bit flawed but it was still fun do. The science fair is the first week of February.

Here is Susan's project about potatoes. She is using the information from the last project she did on potatoes but going a step further. She wants to find a healthier snack to deep fried french fries. She is using a method of baking them instead of frying. She wants to find out which type out of 200 species of potatoes would be the crispiest using this baked fry method. She only has 3 different types. Russet, Red and Sweet potato.
 Here she is measuring the crispiness by how far she can bend them before they break. They were all bendy so this didn't really work.
 The sweet potatoes just burnt. I think they had too much sugar in them to be cooked at the same temperature and time as the other two.
They all tasted just great but not the burnt ones. Her hypothesis was proven to be incorrect and we don't know what went wrong. The Red potato was the crispiest at this method and she thought for sure the Russet would be crispier. Science is always fun and hopefully we will be able to present the information correctly for an A.

Tuesday, January 03, 2012

Michael Vey: The Prisoner in Cell 25 by Richard Paul Evans

This was an interesting book about a boy with Tourettes syndrome. He finds out he has a special power that has to do with electricity. He isn't the only one and soon he is on an adventure he would have rather skipped all together. His life will never be the same and the world depends on him remembering what his mother always told him. If he can have integrity even when facing life or death decisions he just might survive.
I found the explanations about tourettes very educational and a glimpse in a teenagers life with this condition also eye opening. I also liked how the book uses a lot of science and doesn't dumb down the characters. There is one that is really smart and he sounds smart even though he doesn't look smart.
I can't wait to read the sequel!

Healing Book

Books Read in 2011, Goal was 50 for the year, read 52!!!

A Christmas Dress For Ellen
 Sorry about the list not fitting  in a nice straight row. I didn't know how to change it on the blog so the books and titles are all over the place! You would think after blogging all this time I could figure this out!

 Christmas Readings for the L.D.S. Family

The Christmas Shoes

A Year Down Yonder

How the Grinch Stole Christmas!

A Christmas Story: The Book That Inspired the Hilarious Classic Film

A Christmas Carol



A Long Way from Chicago

Timothy of the Cay

The Cay

The Way of Kings (Stormlight Archive, #1)

The Silent Boy

Daughters in My Kingdom: The History and Work of Relief Society

Gathering Blue (The Giver, #2)

Messenger (The Giver, #3)

Spellweaver: A Novel of the Nine Kingdoms

A Tapestry of Spells: A Novel of the Nine Kingdoms


A Red Herring Without Mustard (A Flavia de Luce Mystery #3)

Star of the Morning (Nine Kingdoms, #1)

Saving CeeCee Honeycutt

The Highwayman of Tanglewood

Cartels and Combinations

A Dance for Three

My Name Is Sus5an Smith: The 5 Is Silent

Thoughts of a Grasshopper: Essays and Oddities

Starclimber (Matt Cruse, #3)

Skybreaker (Matt Cruse, #2)

Airborn (Matt Cruse, #1)

StarScout Rising - First Trail


For Love of Ivy

Jacob Have I Loved

I, Coriander

The Lone Star Ranger

Friendship Bread

Mr. Popper's Penguins