Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Sound of Music

Loved attending AHS production of Sound of Music. I mistakenly deleted our email with tickets but Kenna and I found some empty seats and it worked out! Ran into Tina Davis the kids Kindermusik teacher. Her daughter was one of the leads and man were these kids talented!! From sets to lighting and ultimately the fantastic singing! Love that kenna enjoys theater like I do 😀

Saturday, April 07, 2018

Zach's 9th Birthday Party

As the kids get older we have a hard time trying to make birthdays fun and unique. Luckily the new gym in town that we happen to belong to does children's birthday parties! So, let them control 12 crazy 9 year old boys and I don't have to clean up.....SOLD!

Zach has a really eclectic group of friends and they are all such sweet kids. Loud, but sweet! They had a great time swimming and making up pool games. One of the kiddos got sick with about 5 minutes left which had the party run a little short...sorry Trail Point Pool staff...oops!

Then began the shuffle into the changing room to get boys showered and changed. So glad josh could help with that! They are equal parts crazy hyper boys and insecure young men who want their privacy...tricky with that many of them!

Opened presents and ate cake, then they enjoyed playing foosball and ping pong while we waited for parents. Great experience and I'd highly recommend it! My neighbor also makes these AMAZING cookies...she is so talented! Sent one home with each boy and they thought they were pretty cool!

Happy birthday my sweet boy!!

Friday, April 06, 2018

Spring Break

We had a low-key spring break here. No traveling for us, just a lot of going through the house and decluttering. We did have a couple fun days where we made homemade donuts, went to sky zone with some friends, got to play in some pretty nice weather outside. We are saving up our money and time for epic road trip this summer. Stay tuned for that!

Grayson and I tackled the garage one day. Taking everything out cleaning it all and put it all back in was rewarding. We had so much junk!  We watch Nolan one day and took him and some of Kenna’s friends to sky zone. 

Kenna got to undertake her first job! Her friend Chloe was saving money for show choir camp and invited Kenna to work with her at her dad’s landscaping company. She got to stay overnight at their house (with indoor pool!) and got treated to fancy lunches every day. She even made $10 an hour! I told her this is not really how first jobs are supposed to go. She definitely was working hard potting Nearly 300 large plants. Rhett raved about what a hard worker and a great addition to the team she was. I’m very proud of her and her work ethic, and her easy-going disposition. Such a wonderful girl!

We also had a very short visit with Shoemaker‘s. They came to visit for a few days to pick up a large piece of carpet and it up staying for the weekend. Really fun to see everybody.

Crocker Cruisers

For the last school year I have run the Crocker Cruiser program. It was the brainchild of a friend of mine, and a lot of work, but so much fun for the kids. Essentially they run twice a week during recess (optional program) In the attempt to rack up enough miles to equate to a marathon. 

So far this school year 75 kids already completed this with three running two marathons, so far. It is such an awesome way to teach the kids goalsetting, endurance, responsibility, and it gives kids that have a hard time finding something to do a creative outlet at recess time. I have met so many wonderful people that are so giving of their time, and it’s giving me a chance to get to know a lot of people at the school. Grayson and McKenna just love the program! I have to organize the volunteers, six of them twice a week, and overall about 650 hours of volunteer time in the school year. I track the mileage by kid, teacher, and grade district competition amongst the different teachers.There’s lots of incentives along the way with kids grabbing a straw turning that in for a punch on theit card and then getting a charm every 2 1/2 miles. So fun! 

At the end of the year we organize a fun day for all the marathon finishers. They get a T-shirt and an actual marathon medal from the Des Moines marathon. 

Zachs haircut

Our kids have great hair. It’s thick, easy to style, for the most part off at their personalities perfectly. Most recently Zach has liked having his hair pretty long. He says it makes him unique and like a rocker! Last week I decided he needed a trim as it was starting to hang in his eyes, and he decided he wanted it shorter. I feel like a kid age 5 years in five minutes! Such a handsome boy!

Monday, March 12, 2018

Smart Kiddos

We’re so lucky to have such brilliant kids! We got zachs CoGat back-98th percentile measured over three different variables. Such a smarter!

Kenna has always exceeded in standardized testing usually in the mid 90th percentile!

And not to be left out Grayson scored highest in the entire 1st grade in his reading also way above benchmark in math...we are so happy to have such smart sweet kids!!!! 

I just live Mrs. longnecker! She realized early on that Grayson needed a challenge so she formed a special math group that he meets with weekly to keep him challenged. Such a wonderful teacher!!!

Cooking up a storm

Tried the new salt plate Kenna/daddy got me for Christmas...best salmon ever!! And we did a fairly good job copycatting Pizza Hut deep dish pizzas!

Kenna’s art

Kenna has been very into sketching lately. Watching YouTube, referencing books. She’s really getting quite good!!!