Tuesday, July 28, 2009
We were singing "We are a Happy Family" in Taite's class on Sunday. She loved it, we have little puppets that the kids get to pick which people we sing about. They don't get tired of it. Well when we got home, Taite comes up to me and said, "Do you want to hear how I sing that song all by myself?"
If you couldn't hear it, she is a "sad family" because she can't live by Oma! It went on and on, but this is all I could record. She was too upset to continue~ Do you think this girl will ever recover from being dragged away from her most beloved Oma? Or have I scarred her for life?
She still is happy sometimes...here she is making her other favorite person laugh!
Saturday, July 25, 2009
Awwww! What a cute couple! Well that cute couple in 9 years of marriage, 6 pregnancies and babies in those 9 years...but only 2 attempts at a vacation alone! You heard me right, attempts. When I was pregnant with Taite, so 4 years ago, we tried to get away to a cabin in Heber. That trip lasted a day and a half until we had to come home early. Bailey got a double ear infection and a really high fever.
Fast forward 4 years, a couple of weeks ago, we left my fabulous sister-in-law ALONE with our 5 kids plus her own kiddo! What a great lady huh? We were SO excited! Even though I was excited, I cried like a baby on our drive down....oh well, I am aware I am a total wuss.
Well, back on the homefront poor Becky had much more than emotions to deal with. Pretty much as soon as we left, the throwing up began. One after another our kids dropped like flies. At first Becky kept reassuring me that it was okay, but soon that all changed. Bec was such a trooper, I wanted to go home immediately and relieve her from....well....hell. Matt however was not throwing in the towel. It wasn't until the second night, the phone rang at about 2 am. Matt answered and I could hear a very tired "I am done."
What a champ for even putting up with it for 2 days. 4 of our 5 kids had the stomach flu- ewww! I headed home bright and early that morning. Game over, tapped out!
So strike 2 for vacations with the hubby. At the rate we have gone, it will be another 4 or 5 years before we give it another go. But hey, maybe we will make it to 3 days this next time!
Matt won a gift card and came up to the hotel room insisting that I take it and go shopping. I was not allowed to spend the money on the kids or him. What a great guy! But we all know how much I hate shopping, so I talked him into going bowling with me! I was SO excited to go golfing too, but I had to leave before we could make that happen. Matt went without me...no fair!
That is right...French Lick! Home to the amazing Larry Bird. Matt's company had their annual sales conference at this awesome resort. It was awesome, really old and SO beautiful. We had a great time!
Even though my stay was short, we had fun. I finally got to meet everyone that Matt works with at Great Lakes Hybrids. Matt LOVES his job and now after meeting everyone, I can see why he is SO happy with what he is doing. Wonderful people and a very friendly, family oriented company. Everyone was very nice. It just makes me really happy that he got this job and loves it! I don't care what he does for a living, as long as he is happy. Boy is he happy! I was extremely impressed with Great Lakes, they are truly amazing. It was an fabulous time, I got to sleep in, no one woke me up in the night! That right there was GREAT!
Friday, July 24, 2009
Anyway, I started teaching Taite at home because, as some of you know, I taught Preschool at Learning Dynamics Preschool in Utah for 2 years! I LOVED it! Once you go to a school like Learning Dynamics, there is no going back...it is THAT good. So obviously there is nothing out here that compares in my very biased opinion. That is when I decided to teach Taite myself. She is doing awesome with the Learning Dynamics program and she loves it just like the other two girls did. For the older girls' "summer school" I just bought some workbooks through their elementary and give them lessons from that.
"Hey, Mrs. Johnson!"
For those of my friends living in Utah, if you are looking for a preschool for your little one check out Leaning Dynamics! You will not be disappointed and it is worth every cent. I appreciate their academic approach instead of a playgroup atmosphere. Both years that I taught with my classes of 12 students, there was not one student that wasn't reading by the end of the year, most were 4 years old. Several of my students were reading well beyond kindergarten level. I think reading is SO important and you can't start that too early. Ellery and Bailey were both reading at 1st-2nd grade levels entering Kindergarten. It is just awesome, can you tell I love it?
It is all thanks to my Mom. She insisted that she would help me send Ellery there when she was 3. My Mom's dear friend is the owner and creator and I believe, honestly, that it is an inspired reading program. I just love it! My Mom and Cheryl Lant served on the Primary General Board together and Sister Lant is now the Primary General President, she is just an awesome lady and I loved working in her schools, I miss it.
I sound like a commercial for Learning Dynamics....hum, where is my check? Ha ha!
Go Learning Dynamics!
Thursday, July 23, 2009
Sunday, July 19, 2009
So much fun! Cy in his studly goggles. Girls are going to totally go for those son!
He is always worth the wait!
Bailey on the other hand does not mind the attention!
She got so many wonderful gifts, but the highlight for her was
Friday, July 17, 2009
He is still my tall and skinny bean pole! He was in the 97% for height at a whopping 30.5 inches! Wahoo! I see him as my tall ripped power forward. Where Cy is a Karl Malone or a Charles Barkley (in his prime, not the lovable fatty he has become) Gus will be a David Robinson, a lean machine, only a forward. He was only in the 50% for weight...only Taite has ever dipped that low! It makes me laugh at how different he and Cy are, its kind of fun. Gus was 21 lbs today and Cy weighed that at 4 1/2 months! I love my Goose, he is just trying to spare his poor Mama's back!
He is very coordinated and very mobile, into everything! But, it wasn't all good news today, he is going to see a speech therapist because he really isn't up to speed on his speech, not much progress at all. He makes very few noises and they are mostly all growling. I am not worried, but I think it will be good to visit with the therapist. Okay, I am a little nervous.
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Ellie, Ellie, Ellie! On a last little side note, I have to tell a funny about Ellery. When we sat down to plan this little party, she got out some paper and was taking very detailed notes and making a very detailed list. Every single day pretty much, she would rehearse with me what we still had left to do to prepare for the party. As we accomplished something or purchased something she would check it off her list. Then the day of the party, she asked me for a clipboard. I said okay and she told me that she wanted to check each name off the list when the guest arrived. Then as we played each game she could check it off as well. Talk about OCD in the planning area, can't imagine where she gets it from! He he he! That a girl!