How to do this? Most people don't blog as a family record but I post for that any family or friends who care what we are up to! So let's see...
Monday, Labor Day, Tim and Timo played tennis in the morning. Maddie our niece spent the night so she and Emily watched some of Emma the movie after our donut breakfast. Tim took her home and then went to Lehi Trafalga to mini-golf with the younger kids--they also went on the water bumper boats and got wet! I got food ready for the family BBQ. Timo doesn't like that mini-golf course so he stayed home and did homework. Taran had gone to his roommate Nic's family cabin so we didn't see him. If he had gotten back earlier he would have joined us. Timo and went early to my mom's to help set up and prepare our fruit. It was also to commemorate my mom's birthday which had been Wednesday.
Tuesday I was able to attend the temple earlier than normal so it wasn't as busy. I also did my other errands and exercised while Gwen was at Luke's after preschool. That night we had scouts and soccer stuff. It was last fitness test visit to the Rec Center then Izak and half our scouts had a game in Orem and with construction and traffic we left early. Tim met me there and I went home to finish up dinner. Micah had soccer practice but I got a ride for him. Timo had a homecoming planning meeting--cute huh? Taran was in the neighborhood with some of his BYU zoobies to find out his friend Tyler's mission call. He is going to California Ventura Spanish speaking! Then he a few friends ate at our house and visited. It was fun.
Wednesday after Gwen's preschool we went to my parents' to watch my dad so my mom could go to lunch with a friend in honor of her birthday. We had a nice visit and got back just before the kids. Micah had scouts and a soccer game which they destroyed every kid scored who played! Izak had soccer practice. Tim got home to feed the kids and was going to go to the Meet the Candidates but both Emily and Timo had early YW/YM so no babysitter and he didn't want to take them! I had a choir board meeting that night.
Thursday was our turn to have Luke over after preschool. I took the straight to the duck pond.
They had fun and then we headed home for lunch and such. Tim actually was working from home because he wasn't feeling well. He did play tennis with his friend Ryan which has been doing for awhile now. He feels like exercise helps him feel better. I usually don't feel that way! That night Izak had a game and I was taking my friend Linda to a doctor's appointment. She called a couple of hours before and had another ride doing errands so that lady was going to just take her from the errands. I had arranged Izak to get a ride with his friend Kaden. So Kaden's mom took him and Tim brought them both home. They won and Izak scored 2 goals that game. I had RS Meeting that night, Back to School. It was a great activity with 'school lunch' served by the lunchladies, and our schedule rotated to different classes! I came away with some inspiring ideas!
Friday Gwen and I watched my niece's baby June! She and her husband were able to go to the temple. We are so glad to help out! That afternoon we got a crazy rain/thunderstorm with lightning so Zane's soccer practice was canceled. Rest of the details of the day are hazy!
Saturday we only had 2 soccer games! Very mellow for us! Emily did referee at 8:30 AM so we were up for that and Izak ended up helping her because the other ref got stuck at the Stake Volleyball game and the rules say that a player can't leave until the game is over! She was there after that game. Zane scored in his game 2 times! He told he was going to do that! I should have had the video camera! Gwen's soccer game was funny to watch her hop around and almost get into the game! Tim took the kids to his parents' to watch the BYU vs. Texas game. Timo went to a friend's to watch. A close one, but a loss. I stayed home and finished up things I needed to for my lesson and on Sunday and what not.
Sunday we had a sister missionary farewell. It was great. Tim stayed home not feeling well still. I had gotten up with a cough at about 3 AM so I taught my lesson and ran home. I crashed. Most of my class does not go to sharing time. They were actually practicing the Primary Program so the 2 kids were gone for my lesson that day. Too bad, I shared some cool Mormon Messages for Youth in my lesson! That night after dinner my parents stopped by it was nice to see my dad out and about. They joined us for Emily's devotional. It was nice to have them here.
Okay one more week!
Monday I went to my mom's so she could get her haircut. Gwen came with but mostly watched a movie. We got back in time to pick up Zoe and go to Irish dance. They are darling! I had scouts that afternoon. For Family Night we went up the canyon on a walk, it's just beautiful!
Tuesday I met with the principal about our reading program/contest we do in the fall that I am in charge of! We made some decisions that I can go on. I went to the temple after voting in our city primary election. I called Tim who had taken a sick day--yep he was still not well, after the temple to see if he wanted to go to the Urgent Care. He consented so I came home and got him. It was near Costco where I had planned to go right after the temple. I dropped him off and went into to Costco and when I was done I called him. They x-rayed his chest for pneumonia. He had it starting in his left lung so they gave him a prescription for antibiotics and an inhaler. We stopped at our local Walmart on the way home to get his prescription but they were going to lunch so I went back later to get them! I took my friend Merrily a birthday gift and picked up Gwen from Luke's. We picked the meds. Gwen went to Zoe's to play after we got back. The other kids started up piano again. Emily had Charlotte's Web tryouts that day and got home later than usual. It was nice that night we didn't have anything but Micah's soccer practice. I did take Emily and some of her friends to the 8th grade football game. One of the girl's dad brought them home!
Wednesday I did stuff around the house until I picked up Gwen. We invited Zoe and Sophie over to play after lunch and they came. Zoe didn't stay as long but Sophie hung around so that was really fun for Gwen. She has been really weird about going to other people's houses these past months she told me it is because she will miss me. I helped her see Tuesday that she didn't even think of me! So maybe this will be better! I had a choir tour meeting for Timo (I am helping with that a little) and Izak had soccer practice. I had a break in between and did my Friends of Scouting thing. Then I had a scout committee meeting. We have a new committee chair and he is really on fire to help the Life Scouts--Timo has been a Life scout for almost 4 years! I gave some of my thoughts, needs as a parent.
Thursday Tim got up earlier than usual to go to the temple with the Elders Quorum Presidency. So I did the whole morning thing myself! Crazy--but I did it! My Visiting Teachers came over. I really like the lesson this month. Luke came here after preschoolthey played well although I could tell Gwen was tired since she cried whenever she didn't get her way. Poor Luke! But I got some cute photos of them as pirates--she said that she is Elizabeth Swan!
Emily had call backs that day for the play and came home all down and out that she had blown it. We had another lighter evening so Tim and I went on a date to Coldstone--my gift certificate from my birthday. On our way home we saw lanterns in the sky just like in Tangled the Disney movie. We drove around until we found the source, an evening reception at a park! Very cool!
Friday Gwen and I went to watch baby June. Anna ran an errand and went to a dentist appointment. We took her to the park in the stroller and Gwen swung and played on the playground. I brought Gwen a lunch and she ate it in the park. We came back to Anna's after she was done. We read some books we brought. And June slept! The weather started turning cooler. Then a storm rolled in. We had planned our campout for that night for our 11 year olds. We used the pavilion at the park to do some of our skill stuff and our dinner and canmpfire program. We hate to reschedule esp. when BYU's next 2 home games are on Friday nights! So it stopped raining enough that one dad volunteered to have the boys sleep in their large tent in the yard. I guess it rained again that night and they got wet and didn't sleep much!
Saturday we met to make and eat breakfast at my co-leader's house (where we usually camp). After some faulty camp stove issues we got it going and it was yummy! Meanwhile Emily had found out she got the part as Fern in Charlotte's Web! She was thrilled and surprised. Drama people, never can trust their judgement! Gwen had a game at 9 AM that I took her to and Tim went to get Taran to help us out! She wouldn't play at first but Tim told me to tell her she wouldn't get to watch a movie if she didn't play and it worked! Then we ran to Izak's game, Tim had dropped him off on his way to get Taran. Izak scored not too long after we got there so I am glad we weren't any later than we were! They did well. We had a short break and then 2 games plus Emily and Izak were refereeing 2 games. But our stake conference adult meeting got changed to 1 PM so Timo and Taran got the kids to their stuff. Luckily Emily and Izak refereed Zane's game and then the one right after that! Stake Conference was great! We had an area seventy Elder Wirthin (?) not Wirthlin. But he is a BYU Law Professor right now. He had some great insights to the scriptures about families. After Stake Conference we finished up chores. I took Taran over to Walmart to get his groceries. He paid for them but I did the price matching with some of the items he bought. Then Tim took Taran and Micah down to Provo. Taran was meeting up with friends to go to the game. Micah was going with Tim. They ate dinner at the Creamery. I took Emily, Izak, Zane and Gwen to my mom's to watch the BYU vs UTAH (rivalry game). We don't get the channel so it gives us an excuse to visit family who do! My mom made dinner for us and had lots of comfort food! Which was good since BYU unraveled. It was frustrating and Zane was just sobbing in the 3rd quarter! Gwen had fallen asleep so we went home before it was OFFICIALLY over. What a bummer! What is going on? It just doesn't add up. I did take a photo of this beautiful sunset we saw that night. A tender mercy!
Today we had stake conference. Taran had a farewell for his friend Jared so he spent the night here since it was at 9 AM. Tim had leadership meetings at 7 AM. Tim and Emily sang in the choir so we left shortly after Tim got home from the 7 AM meeting. Timo was in the choir but woke up with a cold. It was a great meeting. I really love conferences. Our Stake President gave an excellent talk on Sacrament Meeting/taking the sacrament. The seventy also gave another excellent talk. We came home after and had our big meal. Taran joined us later. He was full from the farewell open house food but ate dessert with us! Then we all had a little nap time--well not all some of the kids played Settlers of Catan. The BYU game was so late that it was early for Tim to get to that meeting this morning. After the nap Tim took Taran back to BYU. We had pancakes for dinner! The kids loved it. We weren't that hungry after the big meal earlier. Now everyone is in bed. We are hoping to join them even after the nap we are still tired! Here is a photo of EMily and Taran. He is a celebrity at our house everyone wants to talk to him and be with him and he is really patient and gracious with them. It is very sweet. We miss him but he is doing well and having a great experience--he played in a huge BYU vs UTAH dodgeball game Saturday at Thanksgiving Point and is planning on being in a flash mob at BYU in a couple of weeks! Good times and memories!
If you actually made it this far, have a great week! Fall is on it's way here!