Oct 5, 2015

Two Graduation Certificates

Guess what came in the mail this weekend?

Two, count them, TWO graduation certificates!

You would think this would be big news, but nobody even told me about them. In fact, the Dog Walker has had his for over 48 hours and he just barely brought it in for me to see. The way I found the one for Princess was by picking it up off the floor in the office. Thank goodness it was still in its protective cardboard sleeve.

I know they are just pieces of paper, but they are definitely a major trip down memory lane. It's sort of like looking at a picture of your child when they have graduated from preschool and then how they look walking into their first day of middle school. There is so much growth that took place during the earning of that diploma; so much sweat and even a bunch of tears.

I remember the first classes for the Dog Walker. He was so nervous about doing it wrong and he didn't know what to expect. We registered for half online and half in the classroom because I wanted him to experience college life with the scholarship so generously given from Salt Lake Community College. He was unsure and afraid, still a boy in so many ways.

That was 3 years ago. Same thing with Princess. She was just getting into the swing of things

when she decided she wanted to earn her Associates degree while she was still in high school. I don't think she had any idea how much work that would take; how many activities she would have to miss, even a family vacation so that she could graduate with a 4.0 and High Honors.

I'm so proud of these two. It's way more than just a couple of pieces of paper. And tomorrow, I will get them into frames and add them to our growing wall of fame.

Oct 4, 2015

Conference Weekend

It was a ridiculously crazy day today.

We got up early this morning so we could clean the church before the morning session of General Conference for our church. The session started at 10:00 and that was the same time Gamer was picking up me and Curly so we could go to Centerville for football. Curly and Burrito were playing on the same fields at the same time, but they each had different opponents. My sweetie took off the other direction so that he could watch Sport play. (They won their game 37 - 0.)

I sat in the car and listened to the second hour of conference on the radio, but I turned it off during the closing song so I could walk over to the field and watch Curly's game. I could have waited. As it turned out, they started their game 45 minutes late! By the time they had warmed up for nearly two hours, these little guys were ready to go home, or at least run over to McDonald's for lunch.

The game ended 0 - 0 and they went into overtime at 2:00, just as the afternoon session of conference started. I downloaded it on my phone so I could hear the announcements about the 3 new apostles in between yelling at my boy to "HIT HARD!"

Neither team scored on the first overtime and they went into a second. Murray went first that time and they scored a touchdown, but they didn't get their extra point. Then Curly's team had their chance. They pushed it up the middle and finally scored. Our coach came dancing off the field. I don't think he remembered he still had to help the guys score the extra point before the game would be officially over.

They lined back up and made a pretty little pass into the end zone. Game over. Bingham 7, Murray 6. Curly was happy, but mostly he was starving and could hardly wait until we drove to Wendy's for a 99-cent cheeseburger.

We listened to the afternoon session all the way home, then it was time to start the tomato sauce and the chili. It was a huge undertaking and we ended up with a large pot of chili and two stockpots full of tomato sauce. We also got 11 quarts of beans and Bossy had the kids pick the apples so it looks like my week will be filled with canning.

At some point the guys left us for the Priesthood session and Crafty and Princess left for a dance performance. We were still up when Prima Donna's bus arrived from Cedar City and the Shakespeare competition. Then Teach had a guy friend drop by about 1:00 AM and I'm chaperoning, so I don't think I'll be sleeping any time soon.

And how was your weekend?

Oct 2, 2015

A Playdate With Teach

I have never had my nails professionally done before. In fact, it's a rare day that I even allow the girls to put polish on my fingernails. I keep them short and functional. That's kind of my mode.

Until today.

Teach had the day off and she has been after me for weeks to go with her to get our nails done. She even offered to pay for our little playdate. I finally figured I had put her off long enough and she was really serious, so right after lunch, we headed to the nail salon.

I had absolutely no idea what I was doing, so I pointed to Teach and said, "Do mine just like hers." That served me well. In less than an hour, I had these fabulous gel nails that are supposed to last for at least 2 weeks (I'm thinking more like two days...) The white part on the end is called a french tip. It probably looks better on someone like Teach with longer nails.

After being spoiled at the salon, I offered Teach my ColdStone coupon and we went across the street for a little ice cream. We split one, so it was just enough.

I'm not used to this kind of special treatment, and I was probably not as grateful as I should have been, so "Thank you, Teach! My favorite part was just spending the afternoon with you."

Oct 1, 2015

Weird Wednesday

It seems like my family has been doing a lot of weird stuff lately or at least that is what I found when I started looking for pics on my cell phone. I thought it might be fun to share. Maybe we could create a new meme. How about Weird Wednesday?

Fajita thought it would be fun to sit in the garbage can... until she got stuck...

Prima Donna is waiting for her turn to perform her monologue for the Shakespeare night at the high school. She isn't really weird, but the piece she chose to recite is definitely out there!

Crafty and Prima Donna waiting for the filming of their dances for Reflections at the dance studio. Yeah, it's that time of year again. The deadlines seem to move up a little more each year.

 Bossy's frustration with trying to find just the right mat for Fajita's photography entry. Isn't she cute?!

Prima Donna and I were waiting somewhat impatiently for the parent meeting to start for the musical. We had to do something to keep us entertained.

Why is it we are always waiting? Sport and I at Parent Teacher Conferences tonight. The librarian gave him this little squishy ball and we couldn't stop squeezing it (until some weird liquid started gooshing out).

 Yeah, she really is stuck!

Hope you had a wonderful weird Wednesday just like mine.
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