Monday, February 22, 2010

Kirsten's 9th Birthday!

A big birthday breakfast is a tradition that we do. Nathan cooked up scrambled eggs w/ cheese, bacon, orange rolls, and hashbrowns for the morning feast! Kirsten was a little estatic about not having to have cereal for our customary breakfast.
After school Kirsten went to Tara's, a friend and member of our ward who does hair and go her haircut...5 inches. Now she has long hair...
Now she doesn't. She liked having a change and she looks so cute with short hair. Now that Kirsten has started taking showers it is easier to get all the soap out too.
When dad got home from work we opened presents. Aunt Aubrey had dropped off balloons and skittles for Kirsten at school and she came home full of smiles and stories to tell. Dad brought her home flowers and Caleb and Zach picked out some whoppers and sixlets to add to the pile of loot. Mom threw in the gerbil pet shop gift and overall kirsten came out happy. Thank you to the cards from grandparents and aunts and uncles and phone calls. You all helped to make Kirsten's day more memorable and enjoyable! We went to the mall to eat and then played on the toys to get out all the remaining energy from the day.
On Sunday night, we surprised Kirsten with all her Aunts and Uncles who were in town for a pie party. I took Kirsten with me to drop off pack meeting reminders and drop off a lesson book to a newly called teacher as we tried to be sneaky in letting everyone make it to the house undetected. Camille and Andrew almost got discovered as we were making our way around the neighborhood and they drove by right in front of us. But Kirsten was very unaware of what we were up to and was blistfully surprised. Thanks to all of you who helped to celebrate with us. Kirsten got a surprise from aunt Rachel in the form of nail polish and lip gloss. She ate it up and we had to test out the new polish on Caleb and herself before going to bed.
I knew I'd forgot something when I discovered only two candles in the cupboard. We improvised and created a math pie...5+3+1= 9. Kirsten insisted that she wanted Lemon Merangue pie and I was hesitant, but she ate a big piece and seemed to enjoy it. We also had a chocolate pie that was ohhhhh so good. We had a great time visiting and enjoying seeing all the new tricks that Ellie had perfected. We got out all the old baby toys and watched her discover each new one with renewed excitement and curiosity. The musical duck puppet and the light up ball toys were the hit of the party.

First go at rolling skating

The kids had their first experience with wheels on their feet the day before Kirsten's 9th b-day and they were troopers! Classic skating also lets you bring scooters to ride as well, but Kirsten, Zach, Nathan and I rented skates and took to the crowds of people most of which were from our elementary school. We brought the scroller for Caleb so we could keep him contained but still be out with everyone. That didn't last long as he wanted to do something himself.
Caleb had no fear and no concept of other people either as he got on his scooter and set out in the arena with nathan trying to keep up as Caleb darted out and often times trying to go against the flow of traffic. Thank goodness he didn't get hurt in any of his collisions.
I remember relying on the wall alot when I first started skating. Kirsten got more confidence as the night went on, but wanted to return to using the scooter because it was faster and she could then go hang out with her friends.
Zach found out that by using the stroller he didn't fall as much and the stroller was like training wheels in aiding him to steady himself on the skates. Colby had a turn in the stroller while Zach pushed him around. Zach had a blast , but poor Colby had had enough.
Kirsten back on her scooter rolling along with David a boy from her class.
All 5 of us on this eventful night! Although we were all sore from using new muscle we had a great time! Nathan is still nursing a bruised tail bone from the game of wipe out! The game entailed getting down on the floor or falling to the floor as fast as you can in a gender war when the announcer cut the music. I don' think the creater of this game intended the participants to be 33 year olds.

January going out with a whoosh!

The end of January brought with it a great wind storm with winds at 72miles per hour. I had just put the kids to bed when I heard things start to bang around outside. My first thought was "Allie, our dog is outside." I decided to go out and bring her in. She was running around and was more than happy to come in the garage. When I got her in, I foolishly went out again to grab the sandbox lids to put them under the playhouse, but while going to get one the other flew up and hit the back of my leg...it hurt like the dickens, but didn't look that bad that night...the next morning though it looked pretty scary. (the photos below.) I stopped trying to gather the odds and end then around the yard and went to the shed to get allie's kennel. The door was caving in because of the wind pressure and I had to pull really hard outward to get it open. It was like a live nightmare when I got the one door open the whole roof of the shed lifted up and was propelled backwards, up and over the fence and into the neighbors house...cracking their siding. I was a little shaken up and then decided to just get to work and started making my way against the wind to bring some pieces into the garage. The pieces were like big sails that just pushed me back the little I'd come. After getting one piece in the garage, I realized that his was a futile attempt and grabbed the kennel next (I wouldn't have even got the kennel, but to leave allie in the garage with free rein wouldn' t be adviced. She doesn't chew on as many things, but she does get creative in her exploration.) Just my luck the kennel that was so convient for storing because it could collapse, now wouldn't open. I gave up and called my ever helpful neighbor, Cody. He came over and helped me secure the fence with twine since the fence latch broke off when the find caught it, helped me dimantle the remaining pieces of the tramp that were swinging toward the house and windows, and successfully set up allie's kennel so I could go in the house with the first reason I went out in the first place accomplished. I felt sick as I listened to the wind wrip away our shingles on the roof, but there was nothing I could do. When Nathan got home, he wanted to go out and see the damage, but again there was nothing that he could do either which mad it all the more frustrating. The wind stayed strong until about 1am, and we finally were able to try to sleep. We took pics the next morning.
The wind storm blew off alot more shingles than we originally thought. Nathan came home earlier from work on Friday to try and replace the missing pieces, but the next snow storm and night came upon us unprepared. We figured the exposed paper would last for a little bit. When the next day saturday found snow on the roof, Nathan brushed off the snow with a broom and we went up to start the process of repairing. Our neighbors helped watch the kids so we could both work and even our Bishop came over to help. I felt awful for taking the Bishop away from his family, but really appreciated what he accomplish on the repair allowing us to at least cover bare spot with the shingles and nails and then later to glue them all down. Another lesson I learned: I'm not cut out to be a roofer and I'm really out of shape when using a hammor for about 4.5 hours makes me sore.
The shed roof went over our fence and into the house on the left.
Two holes were created as the roof and the metal support beam went slamming into the siding.
The bruise that I deserved for being stupid enough to go out into a wind storm. The night of the storm only the pink dot was there...the next morning I felt a little more justified that it hurt so much when the color started forming the bruise. Lesson Learned: stay out of wind storms...the dog is find in her dog house. The tramp was a complete loss as the frame was bend beyong what we could try to jimmy and the shed...we'll try to reassemble after the weather gets warmer and we can find longer screws that can reattatch where the existing ones were wripped out. With a little luck we could hammer out the bend in the support frame! Wish us luck with that fun project.

January...Being Creative!

My cute kids just hanging out together on the window ledge in the spare room!

In the middle of January the snow was abating, but the kids got creative with the little pile left from shoveling the driveway. The neighbor kids joined in and all were having a blast! Linnie...
Little Zach's turn...or those of you who don't know our next door neighbor and friend is also named Zach, but to distinguish between the two we call them "little and big."
Big Zach's turn...

videoKirsten was trying to help Caleb get a turn, but the little bump they created for a slide was of balance by the weight of Caleb joining Kirsten on the sled. They had fun nevertheless and that's what counts.