Sunday, April 18, 2010

Seeing signs of spring...

So this week was back to school for the kids since Spring Break. We really haven't adjusted to daylight savings and the terrible late night schedule we had over the break so getting the kids up wasn't easy but at least it is getting lighter! Taran found out Monday that he made the Chamber Choir. This a prestigious choir. They sang at Carnegie Hall this year and last year were 2nd in the nation by 1 point! Most of his guy friends who tried out also made it too. He is pretty excited even though some of his girl friends did not because they will still do A Capella and he will take that also. This will mess up his schedule a bit and he may not be able to take come classes for a local scholarship--you have to take extra science and math. So I told him, "you better get a job!" That was after I congratulated him on making it! As I have written before I am learning to step back and let my kids make important decisions so if he gets his ACT up to the 30s he will get a scholarship to BYU which is where he wants to go. Luckily Timo is on track but it is likely that the money will run out before they both could get it anyway! Izak and I had scouts Monday afternoon. That night we played flashlight hide and seek for family night.

Tuesday I helped out in Zane's class. Timo wasn't feeling well so I picked him up after his AP class. I went to the temple when Taran got home from school. Tim had Zane's soccer practice that night. Timo was too ill to go to his lacrosse game that night. So I went shopping for some stuff for this silent auction basket I had to do for our PTA fundraiser this week.

Wednesday playgroup was here so I decided to take the girls to Thanksgiving Point farm to see the animals. Unfortunately one of the girls did not want to get in the car! So her mom took her with her to run errands. So I had only one other girl than Gwen! As you can see in the collage they had fun and Gwen's favorite was the bunnies. We had to look at them twice. The baby animals were so cute. We bought corn to feed them and the girls pretty much through their kernels at the animals. They still got it! Zane was at his friend Marc's all afternoon. It got progressively nicer all week. I was able to get all the rest of the stuff I needed for the silent auction basket. That night Tim was busy and I had a scout committee meeting.

Thursday I spent the whole morning weeding. Gwen played in her bike and scooter and helped at times. I spread Preen over the areas I had weeded. It was very satisfying. My allergies started acting up so I showered after I got Gwen lunch. I kept the doors open and I seemed fine after my shower. The cool breeze was nice in house. Zane went to his friend Camden's after school. This was our crazy afternoon: Emily piano, Micah scouts, Timo lacrosse, Izak soccer practice, Emily and Micah soccer practice, Taran coaches a soccer practice, regional basketball game Timo, Timo and Taran soccer practice--Tim coaches. Luckily Taran can drive people around so he helped out.

Friday I walked to Walmart with Gwen. We got a birthday present for Izak's friend and milk. I tried to weed some more, just get as much done as Thursday. Zane's friend Marc came over. I rented some movies from Redbox. They watch Alvin & the Chipmunks the Squeakquel. The loved it, I have no opion since I did not watch it. It was a little overcast but not cold. Taran called me from school sick so I checked him out of school. He took some medicine and went to bed. His Spring Fling date started out that night with a fire up the canyon and s'mores so he didn't want to ruin it for his date. Tim gave him a blessing and he was fine in the end. A wonderful miracle! Izak went to a friend's birthday and they took all the friends up to their cabin in Midway--an hour away from here. They had dinner and road ATVs and other activities. He had a great time. Zane's friend Isaac came over for the afternoon and they collected potato bugs. Gwen played with Max her buddy across the street. Timo hung out with friends once he got his stuff done. Tim took Emily to get new cleats in between fixing the toilet in the basement. Micah watched Alvin with Zane and Gwen while I watched the Family Movie on NBC-Secrets of the Mountain while I exercised. Tim described it best, he said that it reminded him of the movies on the Hallmark Channel. It was a good family show.

Saturday we had 2 soccer games at 9 AM and Emily refereed at 9 AM. So I took Micah to his with Gwen and Zane. Tim coached Timo and Taran's team. During Timo's game he rolled his foot really bad when he kicked another kid's foot. Luckily my mom was there and she was able to bring him home during the game when it started hurting really bad. It was really swollen and he had heard a pop. Meanwhile Micah scored 3 goals in his game. Taran scored 2 goals in his game and then went to coach his team after his game ended. Tim called me about Timo on my way home. So when I got there I formulated a plan. My mom took Emily to her game--which I was going to do but now I needed to get Timo to the doctor. Tim had to referee at that time. My mom had planned to watch Emily any way and Emily had a ride home from her game so my mom didn't have to drive back up here. I picked up Izak from refereeing and he went with another player to his game and Tim went to his game as soon as he was done. Izak had to be there early to warm up or Tim might have been able to take him. In between everything I kept calling our doctor's office to get an after hours appointment. They were there they just didn't have anyone answering at the time--the nurse was doing both jobs. I finally decided I would take Timo to Urgent care. It's $10 more co-pay but in the end I think it saved us money and time. I also called his coach to let him know Timo was hurt would not be at the game that afternoon. Tim had arranged to have his assistant coach Zane's team since he was going to drive Timo but now he took over Izak who I was going to take. Taran took Zane, Micah and Gwen to Zane's game. I took Timo to Urgent care after Taran got home from coaching his game. Luckily it's just a bad sprain but he can't put any pressure on it all week so we is on crutches. They splint wrapped it and gave me an air cast for the second week. He handled it all fine with Ibuprofen. It tried to buy crutches at Walmart but they were out. I got Timo and Emily lunch at Wendy's. Taran got the other kids lunch at Wendy's and I think Tim took Izak to Wendy's too. It was our splurge and helped us handle the crazy schedule! Zane scored in his game too. Taran promised him a frosty when he got hurt and wouldn't go back in so he went back in! Taran came home and crashed and Timo did too. Emily finished her chores and the little boys had done theirs Friday night so they got to play. They did water balloons while I weeded. They had a lot of fun. Gwen joined in and a few of the neighbor kids. Tim worked on the sprinklers to make sure they survived winter and went back to the toilet problem it was constantly running and he changed a part he thought would fix it and it didn't. Then stuff started breaking off so after about 20 trips to Home Depot he got it totally fixed. YEAH! I even helped a little. Taran wrote his talk for church today and then got ready for his date. Unfortunately I was still in weeding mode and looked like a cross between Napoleon Dynamite and Professor Sprout when Taran's date showed up! Tim had sprayed weeds too. His date was very gracious and fun to talk to. Taran had a really fun night; they ate a girl's house and went to the dance and after they went to Wendy's for Frostys! Can you tell that Wendy's has a monopoly where we live? (we are getting a McDonalds) Meanwhile Tim and cleaned up after dinner and went to Coldstone to use some of a gift certificate he got for his birthday. I got banana and chocolate shavings--it was yummy! We also looked at plants at Home Depot and got the last supplies for the toilet and more Preen. Exciting stuff! Emily held down the fort. She, Izak and Micah did Timo's chores. They also watched a Spongebob dvd that I rented and Alvin before I took them back at about 8:50 PM! I also rented Minor Details which was filmed at AF Junior! It was a cute show, Emily, Izak and I watched it. Timo's friends came over and shot hoops at our house and visited before they went over to his friend's. He got over there on crutches. We watched The Blind Side while we ironed and folded laundry. Timo got home just after we started and Taran saw the end with us. Loved it! Taran and the little boys want to watch it now. We borrowed it from my parents, hopefully no one wants it back soon. It was a late night.

Today Taran spoke and he did a good job. The meetings were good, as usual. We had Manly choir here. Tim and Timo had hometeaching. Timo had singing practice with a group from school which are neighbor kids too but they have to sing for their choir teacher this week in small groups. They chose Come Thou Fount. It sounds great. Timo also had BYC so he had a very busy day on crutches!

So that was long and detailed, sorry! This week is another busy one but still good. I feel rejuvenated by spring being here even though I am battling allergies. I hope to plant some more plants soon! I feel very blessed to have so much good in my life when I know so many struggle.


The Cranes said...

I don't know how you keep track of everyone and everything!!

Shellie said...

Yes, I love spring, and the best part is summer follows. Sounds like fun busy stuff.