Sunday, May 3, 2015

Bad News and Bizarre Pictures

Wednesday was the wrap-up of Kid's Book Club for the 2014-15 school year.  Book club has been a lot of fun with great kids. It has been a pleasure to get to know them better.  But a sad thing happened at book club-- do you see the cute gal in pink?
She colored and brought me this lovely picture of Hello Kitty.
And then she fell off the trampoline (George was the only one there with her) and broke her arm. 
I feel terrible.  We've had book club for 5+ years and and no one has ever gotten seriously hurt.  That trampoline is 11 years old with a perfect record of no serious injuries.  So while I don't think any unreasonable risks were taken, it is no good to have a child injured on your watch.  And it's strange that within a week Clark broke his leg/ankle and now my young book club friend broke her arm. 
 We read the book A Grain of Rice, so we had fried rice and fortune cookies. 
The Grain of Rice is a math story, so we had a math contest with buzzers.  Buzzers make math fun!  And this book, Bedtime Math is quite a hit with Cannon and Faith, in that, they beg for more math questions.  A miracle of math.
On another day, a friend dared Cannon to rub mud on his face.
Why?  Why did this seem like a good idea? 
I guess we hadn't covered the topic of dares and how they really aren't a good idea.
And on another day Bethany fed Faith chocolate pudding while Faith acted like Peter eating his baby food. 
Am I the only one who finds this picture funny? 
In other disturbing pictures of Bethany feeding people...
I think she may have a problem.

Friday, May 1, 2015

Happy Birthday, Shakespeare!

Last week our family book club celebrated Shakespeare's birthday by acting out several famous scenes.  Andrea chose the scenes, handed us our scripts, and ten minutes later--voila!  Instant Shakespeare!  Here are Clark, London, and Zach performing a scene from Richard III.  London and Zach were plotting Clark's death and Clark awoke to try to talk them out of it, but to no avail.  Clark was murdered, and a very convincing death it was.   I don't think this scence was originally intended to be funny, but the ways these boys performed it, it was hilarious.
Elinor, Faith, and McKinley were the three witches in Macbeth.  "Bubble, bubble, toil and trouble!"
I can understand that Shakespeare isn't everyone's cup of tea, but you simply must believe me when I tell you what fun this was.  Oh my goodness--we laughed and we have some serious thespians in our midst!
They were a good audience.
Bethany and Tanner performing a scene from the always controversial,  The Taming of the Shrew.
There was another scene with Jakob and Raven doing Much Ado About Nothing, but I don't have a picture to share.  They were very good as well.
The littles were my favorite-- Andrea had big cue cards and directed them in a super simplified Macbeth.  They were so into it and committed!
The adult did a scene from Comedy of Errors.  Have you ever seen so much action in a bowing shot?  True art, I tell you. 

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Clark Broke and Other Family Happenings

Clark came home late from Young Men's basketball last Wednesday night with a hurt ankle.  He could hobble on it-- barely.  He went to bed and although he had heard a "pop" at the moment of injury, we hoped it was just a rolled or sprained ankle.
 We received a phone call from him the next morning, "I can't walk."
Abe went downstairs to help him hop upstairs and head off to the Instacare for an X-ray.
  Sure enough, he fractured the tip of his fibula (skinny leg bone at the ankle).
This is his first broken bone and only the second for our family.  He'll be in this very attractive boot cast for 4-6 weeks.
In other news, George made this lovely bird feeder at his neighborhood preschool.  He is so very proud of it and attached to it.  Now, keep in mind that George is very attached to many things.  And while the bird feeder is a useful thing, George is attached to many things that don't appear to have any value to anyone else in the world.  He is a bit of hoarder.
Bethany and Elinor and I went to a "Freaky Friday" Young Women's activity this evening.  They were supposed to dress like a mom and I was supposed to be a teenager.  What do you think?
Elinor had my beloved chuck wagon dinner bell and was mussed from working in the kitchen.  It was an improvement on the dark circles she had previously put under her eyes to make herself look like she was tired from a lack of sleep.  I preferred she not represent me in such a fashion,  even if that would have been accurate.
Bethany was great with child, with another baby strapped to her back.  I must make motherhood look pretty glamorous!
We had too much fun at the girls' spring choir concert Saturday night. 
When the choir sang alone they did some modern gospel songs-- complete with swaying and clapping.  Not your average LDS Primary songs!  But really beautiful and inspiring.
As wonderful as the choir was, the acapella group Voice Male really stole the show with a most entertaining concert following the choir.  They sang "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" together and then the choir go to go sit down with their families and enjoy Voice Male.  So, so funny. 

Pics of Pete

Elinor's photo shoot of Peter in glasses.  Just fun.
At eight months Peter has mellowed out quite a bit and we are enjoying him immensely.  Good sleep, however, still eludes us all.
Hello, Blue Eyes.
Here he is wearing the lion costume bought on clearance when Clark was a baby.  It's been well loved over the years.  Years from now will I be able to name which baby this is just by looking at the picture?  I doubt it.  He looks very much like his siblings.
Hanging out at the softball games.
Pete at the piano.

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Meanwhile, Back at the Ranch

Don't feel too sorry for the people left behind while we went to Orlando.  Abe still worked, but with his flexible schedule, he was able to spend a lot of time with these little people and they lived it up!
This was the Sunday dinner on the day we left.  Please note they actually set the table-- true, it is with paper and plastic, but that totally counts.  And, they have a fruit to go with it.  I think this might have been the only real sit-down meal in my absence, but it makes me feel better knowing they can do it.
They went to Thanksgiving Point to the Museum of Curiosity-- a favorite destination.
They were daring and adventurous!
In the wind chamber.  We have had a Thanksgiving Point membership this year as part of Cannon's science class and we've made good use of it.  This week I plan to go to the Tulip Festival-- something I've been wanting to do for about five years. 
They got slurpees and then sent me this picture via text while we were at one of the parks on a very hot day.  I actually had a moment of jealousy.
Abe enjoyed driving the choir bus Monday afternoon -- which is all the kids in our neighborhood who sing in the children's choir.
Favorite picture of the week-- Elinor after stealing and sliding into home!
As amazing as Abe is, he couldn't be two places at once, so Grandma and Grandpa Cannon came to be with Cannon at his choir concert.
He is in the middle of the second row of the Prep choir.
Beautiful Elinor baked a cake while I was gone.
I almost cried when Abe sent a picture of how she decorated it.....
I was missing them right about then as well.
And because we need another snake like we need a hole in the head, when some neighbors offered us this beautiful ball python for free, we couldn't refuse.  After the very unfortunate incident in the summer of 2012 when I accidentally caused the death of Clark's most beloved snake, Ledge, I have a hard time refusing him a snake.
They played in sprinklers on the trampoline the day after a snowstorm.  I probably wouldn't have encouraged such an activity, but I was off galavanting all over Florida, so I didn't get a say:)
Nor would I have encouraged Cannon to wear a bolo tie to church.  However, Abe took them all to church so I will keep my comments to myself.  I'm glad they went to church.
We were most happily reunited the following Sunday evening.
Elinor handed the snake over to Clark.
Souvenirs were distributed--A Spiderman notebook and pen for George.
An R2D2 football for Cannon.
A Mickey Mouse softball necklace for Faith.
And of course, Elinor's wand from Olivander's-- willow with a unicorn hair core.  What joy!
All in all, Abe is a pretty awesome dad, they are seriously rocking kids,  no one was injured and the house was not too much worse for the wear.