Monday, February 23, 2009

Nice weather for the weekend

I thought I would post some pics form our trip to Snow Canyon State Park. The kids loved playing in the sand dunes and enjoyed the hike we went on up a canyon.

I buried Noble's legs underneath sand. He just laughed and thought it was great.

AJ had lots of fun building castles. He has been really into castles lately.

This is our family up near the end of the canyon.

My boys while we ate our lunch before we took off to the sand dunes.

And this is me "trying" to look good. My husband finds me very atrractive so that is what is important!

Sunday, February 15, 2009

High School Tag

High School Tag

1. DID YOU DATE SOMEONE FROM YOUR SCHOOL? I went on dates, seldom at that, but I thought it silly to actually date a person. I needed my freedom.

2.WHAT KIND OF CAR DID YOU DRIVE? I didn't get my license till my senior year so I just got my moms red van. Never even owned a car till I was married. I loved to ride my bike instead.


4. WERE YOU A PARTY ANIMAL? Sure, it usually involved a little dancing and some crazy fun ( all clean mind you these where legal high school parties usually thrown by some church friends)

(Sorry forgot to flip, so please turn your head to the left)

5. WERE YOU CONSIDERED A FLIRT? I had to think but I guess I was. Not purposefully but it just kinda happened naturally. Hard to avoid when you have flowing blonde hair that whips around like in the commercials.

6. WERE YOU IN BAND, ORCHESTRA, OR CHOIR? I was on the color guard team in marching band, played percussion in symphonic and marching band another year, I played the piano and sang for our choir my senior year and I also occasionally played percussion for the community college orchestra (my friend played percussion for them and would call me if she needed help in an upcoming concert)

7. WERE YOU A NERD? I was a defenite band nerd. I guess I also took advanced classes but I don't know if that qualifies you as a nerd

8. WERE YOU ON ANY VARSITY TEAMS? The Winter Guard team, this is where the color guard competes without the band. It sounds weird to some but it was some really hard stuff and involved broken bones and concuissions for some. I only ended up with bruising over every part of my body.


10. CAN YOU STILL SING THE FIGHT SONG? I can sing the melody but I have never known the words, curse of being in band. I do know the words and melody to the Alma Mater.


12. WHERE DID YOU SIT FOR LUNCH? My junior and Senior year I hung out by the band room.

13. WHAT IS YOUR SCHOOL'S FULL NAME? Sherman E. Burroughs High School

14. WHAT IS YOUR SCHOOL'S MASCOT AND COLORS? We were Burros (no kidding) our colors were green, black, and white

15. WHO WAS HOMECOMING ROYALTY? I can't remember queen but the princesses were Dannon and Brandi. I don't know the guys

16. IF YOU COULD GO BACK AND DO IT AGAIN WOULD YOU? No but I would love to go back and do the first couple months of being married over and over again!

17. WHAT DO YOU REMEMBER MOST ABOUT GRADUATION? I remeber it was windy because we were outside and I was trying to accompany some friends and my music kept disapearing. I also remeber staying up all night playing gambling games to win prizes and eating a ton of food. By the time I left at 6am I felt like I wasn't safe to drive.

18. WHERE DID YOU GO SENIOR SKIP DAY? If I skipped I probably stayed home, since we lived hours away from any decent sized city.

19. WERE YOU IN ANY CLUBS? I was in pep club and I had my picture taken with habitat for humanity but I never went.

20. HAVE YOU GAINED SOME WEIGHT SINCE THEN? No but my body has shifted since high school. I think I had more muscle in high school due to running and being in physically good shape. That is compared to my post 2 babies and my deep love for any tasty dessert.

21.WHO WAS YOUR PROM DATE? Junior year was Jacob Butterworth. Senior year was Jacob Weingardner.
This pic is junior year

22. ARE YOU PLANNING ON GOING TO YOUR HIGH SCHOOL REUNION? Sure, why not if I get to show off my hott and amazing husband and the cutest kids ever!

23. DID YOU HAVE A JOB IN HIGH SCHOOL? I was a paper delivery girl. I worked at pizza Hut for a while and also did telemarketing for the newspaper in town. I also volunteered at the day care on base.

24. WERE YOU AN HONOR STUDENT? I believe so, I had good grades except for one C, apparently if you don't do your homework for class your teacher gives a low grade. I still passed that math final with a 110% second highest grade in the class, I didn't need homework.

25. DID YOU TAKE SEMINARY? All four years. First 2 years at 6:30am and the last 2 years at 5:30am, now that is dedication!

26. WHAT WOULD YOU CONSIDER YOUR MOST FUN TIME? Band trips and Band camp, need I say more?

27. WERE YOU CONSIDERED SHY OR OUTGOING? I think I was outgoing but I guess I was shy a little bit at first.

28. ANY LAST MEMORIES YOU WOULD LIKE TO SHARE? I have to keep this G rated so no band bus stories which is where some of my funniest memories come from. Sorry kids.
Sorry I have more pics up stairs but I am to lazy to get them and they are all already in an album and taped down. So no crazy senior pics, these 3 were from my junior year.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

My Boy in Preschool

So AJ ended up qualifying through the school district for their preschool. I met his teacher which made me feel better. I got to talk to her for a while and she understood how he learns and will work with him in a similar way and also try and guide him so he can learn also from the teacher. She also told me that they work with the kids 2 on 1. This is 2 kids and one teacher. This way they have interaction with the teacher and have some peer interaction to try and help them along. I think that will be great for AJ. He doesn't get to start until he is 3 so I have a few more weeks to get used to it. Luckily he will be going right across the street from us so I won't feel like he is a world away. It actually might encourage me to get out and exercise.

Well, besides that not much else has been going on. Noble is learning new words all the time. He is starting to say 'ball', because he plays with them all the time. He also asks 'wha is it' all the time to and then after I tell him what ever it is he know responds with 'oh'. What a cute and funny kid.
Brady is doing good, and so am I most days. I am just trying to keep sanity through this new stage we have entered with the boys.
Hope everyone has a Happy Valentines day, we are sending our love.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Who Ever thought of Standerdized Testing????

So yesterday AJ had some testing done to see if he qualifies for a preschool. The test they gave was a standerdized test. Now I never had a problem with these tests growing up because I did well with them. Now that I have a little boy that has a mind of his own I being to understand the argument for how STUPID these things are. The lady would ask questions and I would say he doesn't know that word but you can substitute it for this word and he would get it but she said she couldn't. Then when AJ wanted to do something she asked but in a different way she would not let him because "it has to be done exactly the same by every kid" and of course AJ got mad and thru a huge fit that she wasn't letting him do the task. So I explained to her that my method of teaching at home, which by the way has gotten us the most progress in AJ's communication, is to let him lead me to what he wants to learn. So, if he wants to learn about Joey's (baby kangaroos) we get books about them at the library, or if he wants to learn how to make a snowman out of playdough, we learn how to do that. He has really advanced lately with this method of teaching instead of forcing him to try and learn. So this is what I told her and she told me that he will probably fail in the school system if he can only learn this way and he will never succeed in life. Really, I thought to empower a kid with self confidence and knowledge, that that will give him more ability to succeed than some stupid method of teaching they generlize to the standard good student. Sorry about this rant. I must explain that I am not an avid supporter of home schooling, and what I mean is that I don't think it is the only way. But I also know that public school is not for everyone. After this meeting I really felt like I either need to make a ton of money to send AJ to a Montessori school, where I feel he would learn the most, or I need to be prepared to home school him if he doesn't seem to be doing well in public school. I am still just appaled at what the lady said. I think she thought that we all need to be one way and that is the only way to succeed. I have to meet with her again in a week and I definitly think I will be telling her my mind, or maybe I will be cooled down by then.