Friday, May 13, 2016

Second Grade City

All of the Second Graders at Sprucewood participated in Second Grade City as a culmination to their community and money units.  Each child had a job at a store or other business in the city.  They each had two rotations, one where they worked, and one where they were the consumers.  Evan had a great time working in the Post Office.  I came to help and was working at the Hospital.  The teachers did a great job or preparing the students for the day. The whole thing went off without a hitch and I was so glad I got to participate.  The Hospital was a popular stop!  Who knew second graders would choose to spend their time and money riding in an "ambulance" and having their wounds dressed.  Ha ha!  8 year olds are the best.  


Movie Theater

Ice Cream Shop

Post Office

Beauty Shop

Book Store

Candy Store

Second Graders ready to hear from their Mayor and kick off "Second Grade City" 

Evan counting his money for ice cream. 

Evan ordering his ice cream

Evan going for an ambulance ride

Evan having a broken arm set. 

Working in the Post Office 

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Camp Floyd Field Trip with Ryan

I went on a field trip with Ryan to Camp Floyd.  Camp Floyd is actually a Civil War camp in Utah!  Who knew!  The kids had a great time and learned so much.  The docents who run the camp were so great with the kids.  They did seven or eight rotations learning about what the soldiers would have been doing around this time in history.  Of course my favorite part was the school house.  The parent volunteers dressed up as school teachers and the kids got to come in and experience a little bit about what school would have been like.  They made candles, shot rifles, and made clay bricks.  They also had this fun little station where they acted out the Pony Express (see video).  

Sunday, May 08, 2016

Mother's Day 2016

Mother's Day was awesome this year, just like every year!  I love being spoiled by my boys and husband on Mother's Day.  They always do such a nice job.  The older I get, the more I realize how amazing my mom is (I know, right?) She raised me so well and I'm so grateful to her for that.  This photo of my mom snorkeling in Thailand is my absolute favorite!  She has such a cute smile I was so happy that she could come see Asia with us.  The EQ gave us a nice little bag of goodies and my kids (and husband) have learned not to ask me to share!  ha ha ha.  Colin got me some awesome flowers and a new pan!  Ah, motherhood.  Evan gave me the cutest little book he made at school and they've all been teasing me relentlessly about sleeping in.  The boys made my bed!  In the evening I invited my mom and the whole fam dam over for desserts.  It was perfect!  

Friday, May 06, 2016

Wax Museum

Booker T. Washington

My name is Booker T.  Washington. I was born a slave in April 5,1856 in a Virginia log cabin. As a child I had a poor quality cabin, My job was to fan flies away from my master's table at mealtime. At age nine I learned I was free and went to school for the first time ever.  I loved to read and education was always important to me.  When I became an adult I built Tuskegee University with my wife and students so I was the Dean, or principal there. I gave many speeches about how slaves should be free.  My most famous speech was called the Atlanta Compromise. After that important speech, I became the new leader of African Americans in the United States.  I started the National Negro Business League in 1900.  I lived exactly 100 years and I died November 14, 1956 and came to rest at Tuskegee University.

Friday, April 22, 2016

Grandma & Grandpa's Anniversary Party

Jess, Justin, Mom and I went to California for a quick weekend trip to see Grandma and Grandpa.  Our family threw them a party to celebrate their 67th wedding anniversary.  It was a bit of a whirlwind but it was such a blast.  I was kind of dreading the trip, thinking that my grandpa was going to be so ill, but we had the greatest time and I'm so glad we went.  We had the best time and laughed our heads off all weekend long.  I was so glad to spend some quality time with my grandparents and my siblings.  It isn't often that we don't have any kids with us.  Grandma and Grandpa were bummed that we didn't bring the kids, though so we'll have to bring them next time!  
Shout out to the Keaches for hosting an awesome party! 

Saturday, April 09, 2016

Evan's Baptism

Evan was baptized and confirmed a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.  
He was so excited to turn eight years old and make this big step.  He has been looking forward to it for a long time.  Our day was lovely and everything went very smoothly.  I was so glad to have so much family with us on this special day.  Colin's parents were able to come from Maryland and my whole family came out to support Evan on his big day.  We had a brunch afterward at our house.