Friday, October 14, 2016

General Conference October 2016

Another conference came and too quickly passed. It is a weekend we all look forward to as we have the chance to listen to the words of our modern day prophets.
 The 2 big kids listened and took notes or sculpted with clay during talks.  Preston worked on puzzles and activities while trying to be quiet.  He also loved being in charge of finding the pictures of the speakers to put up on his board.

As usual, a few favorite notes from the kids to share

"Have you ever been thankful?  If you have I am going to tell you how I be thankful.  When I get something I want I am thankful.  But how are [we] thankful?  I have good or bad feelings.  A good one means you did something good.  A bad one means you did something bad."
"Elder Cornish was talking about how to go back to Heaven. 1. Don't say you can not do it.  2. Try a lot."

"Elder Ballard was talking about the Book of Mormon.  Where will you go to learn more?  In the Book of Mormon.  The Book of Mormon teaches you something.  Go and read it."

I won't transribe Brielle's, but I'll just point out my favorite part.  I think she was getting tired by the end of the last session of conference (almost 8 hours over 2 days).  In Elder Ashton's talk she wrote that he said "You need to love the Lord as much as you love gummy worms and more than that!".  He did not actually say that, but she was eating gummy worms at the time and made her own thoughts based on what he said.  :)

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Fly-on-the-wall Tuesday

Another 7 months have past since the last time I tracked.  The summer flew by with lots of fun.  Kids are back to school and we've settled into a new fall routine of sorts.

Here is another glimpse of our current life-at least what I tracked on the hour marks on Tuesday, September 6th.

Plan for the Day
6:00-Up to Make James Smoothie
James takes off for the day at 6:15-riding his bike the long way to the train station.  We have a few minutes on the front porch to talk before starting the day.  I get on the treadmill to get a run in before kids start getting up and needing me.

7:00-Scripture Study

After a late night last night with the Labor Day holiday kids are still asleep. I'm taking advantage of the quiet time.

8:00-Breakfast with Kids
Kids all woke up a little after 7 and started getting ready for the day.  We eat breakfast about 7:45 together.  Since we don't drive to school anymore we do our 'devotional time' at the table that we use to do in the car on the way to school.  Tuesday is our 'Tuesday talk' day.

9:00-Driving Preston to school

I walked the kids to school and pick up Preston's friend.  I drive them both over to Aunt Annie's house for their preschool time and then head off to run some errands. 

10:00-Cleaning Garage
errands went quickly, being without kids.  Home now to quickly get some cleaning done before Preston gets home.  Slowly trying to sort through all the stuff we moved back out to the garage.

11:00-Cleaning Bathrooms
Tuesdays are bathroom cleaning days.  Kids bathroom will look nice until they get home from school.  And then suddenly there will be dirt and toothpaste everywhere again.

12:00-Dinner Prep
My friend picked Preston up and brought him home.  He is happy to help me finish up some jobs and work on getting dinner ready

1:00-Stories with Preston
Reading stories with Preston before he has a quiet time.  He doesn't nap anymore, but will usually stay in his room to read books or do puzzles for 30 minutes or so.  Usually this is when I can get my scripture study done, but I was lucky to have time this morning instead.

2:00-Computer Work
Have some emails that need responding to and planning for upcoming baby shower.  Preston is 'helping me' by cutting things out while I work.

3:00-Afternoon Smoothies
Kids get home from school just after 3.  I'm getting after school snack ready.  I got out the halloween box so we can start to discuss costumes and Preston is enjoying playing dress up.

4:00-Preston to Swim
While Preston has his swimming lesson I can help Brielle and Ethan with homework as we watch from the grass on the hill.

5:00-Magic Minutes

Home from swimming and everyone working on their jobs and helping clean house.  Doing a more thorough job than usual as James messaged to let me know the former owner of the house is planning to stop by to pick up a package and we want to show him the new floors and paint job.

James gets home right about 6 so we can eat together.  Ethan can not keep his legs under the table for a meal.  Ever.  Or use his fork. We've been eating dinner inside for the summer with the heat and the bugs.  Looking forward to fall time where we might move back out again and not have our house so dark closing all the blinds to keep out the sun.

7:00-Family Scriptures
We move around for scriptures, depending on where the most people are at the time.  All three kids happened to already be in Brielle's room tonight, so James and I joined them in there for family scriptures before getting kids to bed.  Then James hurried over to the school for a meeting about possible mudslides in the future for our neighborhood.

8:00-packing kids lunches
Kids start school later now, so I could back lunches in the morning, but I still like having them done at night and ready to go.  Helps mornings not feel too rushed.  Preston is in bed.  Brielle and Ethan are still reading, but should be asleep soon.

Monday is usually a laundry day, but I'm catching up on yesterday, since it was a holiday.  I'm listening to a book and enjoying the quiet house again.

10:00-Prepping tomorrows dinner
Tomorrow is going to be another busy day, so I'm getting a head start on dinner.  James is just getting home from a meeting.

11:00-Checking on kids and heading to bed

Had a chance to catch up with James about the meeting and his day.  Stopping off at kids rooms to check on them before I head to bed.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Back to School

The kids have been back to school for 3 weeks and are doing well.  We didn't get great pictures--we got back from vacation the night before and were doing well to get everyone up with a lunch and backpack.  I though about re-trying...but it is what it is.
Sunny first day of school morning.  "Close your eyes while I count to three, then open them" James said.  Ethan and Preston apparently thought they should open their mouth instead of their eyes.
Everyone happily racing to school. 
The transition to the new school as gone pretty smoothly.  Ethan had a friend in his class already and quickly made more.  Brielle's teacher moved a lot as a child and has been very kind to help Brielle feel welcomed into the class.
Preston is doing a neighborhood preschool coop this year with a cousin and friend.  He is loving it.  We are rotating houses for teaching and also going on a field trip together every couple of weeks.  

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Final Week of Summer

James had a conference to attend in Sacramento area.  We went up with him and while he worked we got to play with cousins for the last week before school started.  It was 
We went to explore the Black Chasm Caverns.  We've been to another set of caves in the area.  It is amazing how different they can be from each other.  This one had helictite crystals, which grow sideways out from the cave and were very interesting.
Close to the Black Chasm Cavern was the Indian Grinding Rock State Park.  We hiked around the area as we explored and learned about the Miwok village.
It was a warm day but the area was beautiful with a lot of interesting things to see.
Some of the other things we did were exploring Old Town Sacramento. 

We took another day trip up to Coloma to learn about the discovery of Gold in California.  
And went to play in the American River close by.
It was cold, but the kids (and Grandma) were brave enough to jump in and float the river.  The kids loved that, and also the trip to Sunsplash water park that we didn't take pictures of.

Even with all of our outings, the kids always just love the chance to be at home and play together.  Elise had an idea to make candy art, which ended up being a fun activity for everyone.

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Summer of Cousins

It wasn't all planned out at the beginning, but it ends up that the kids were able to spend their whole summer vacation with cousins...In different places and from both sides of the family.  It's been a full summer with lots of opportunities.  The kids have loved it.  Everything is more fun with cousins.  Here is a glypse at a few of our activities during summer break:
Checking out the helicopter with 9 out of the 10 Finlay grandkids.
Swim lessons (with 8 Finlay grandkids all having swim lessons during the same time slot).  
Free Slurpee Day
A week in Idaho to visit and play with the Asay cousins
Boat Tour
Playground trips
Boulder Rolling
Touch-a-truck and other outings
Morro Bay with the Allisons
too much fun playing games
The zoo with Bo and Alana in town from Georgia
playing at Tongva Park in Santa Monica
The summer has been packed with fun.  We didn't have time for some things that we planned, and didn't have the down days we'd expected...but everyday is a good day when you get to spend time with family you love.