Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Our First Blue and Gold

Our first Blue and Gold banquet for cub scouts was a great time. The theme was Carnival (not to be confused with Carnivale, though you have no idea how tempted I was to bring a risque cake). The task was to decorate a themed cake. With the banquet on Tuesday night, Monday night's FHE was the perfect time to get it done.

Audrey was in charge of m&m sorting:


Maggie made the flag pennant:


Amos frosted and placed:


I googled the cake idea, and I thought I scrolled down far enough, but it I did not. There were two other cakes with rice crispy ferris wheels. Thankfully, none of the boys seemed to mind once they were eating the cakes.



Saturday, February 20, 2016

The Non-Skiers Pass the Time

Ski season has been in full swing for a couple months, and the non-skiers have been enjoying it as much as the skiers. In fact, I should probably make it less appealing for Maggie to stay home with me if I want her to be a skier. For the most part we passed the time running errands, getting lunch, and shopping. For a couple Saturdays we worked on the Lego set I got for Christmas. It was really fun. I eased Maggie into "helping," but I quickly realized she's much better at it than I am. She is able to look at the picture on the box, and the pieces and put it together sans directions. It's pretty darn awesome. Quite often as I turned the page for the next step, she was there handing me the already assembled pieces.

Of course she's still a 7 year old and totally loves playing with the minifigures too.




Ward, on the other hand is a total nightmare =) There is a strict no touching anything policy in place for him.


Audrey was pretty disappointed to come home from skiing to a completed building, but I made it up to her by having her help me with a mini Seattle Temple I bought off of Etsy (Thanks for the tip, Kate!).



Friday, February 19, 2016

Safe in Suva

I interrupt our regularly scheduled back dated programming to bring you a post in real time!

I know, it's crazy.

Last weekend the kids had mid-winter break. As soon as I figured out it coordinated with Grammy and Grampy Shaver's mission farewell, I knew we had to go to Eagle. I am so glad we did. We had a great weekend. We got to see Grammy and Grampy (and our cousins, Carrie and Allison) speak in church and be there when Grammy and Grampy got set apart as missionaries and put their pin in the Stake President's missionary map. They are in a very small group that have two pins in his map. There are about 450 pins in his map representing missionaries who have gone out while he's been Stake President.

Outside the Stake center post-setting apart:


The missionaries:


In spite of intentionally saving a bulletin from Sacrament meeting, I didn't have a single one that didn't get colored in. I tried.



The Church news had a great spread about the Suva Temple Open house. Not the exact article, but you can read about it here.


Just a few hours after we left Idaho for Seattle Monday morning, Grammy and Grampy flew to Salt Lake for a couple days of training at the Salt Lake Temple. Then, Wednesday, they flew to LAX and then on to Fiji! We received an email that they made it safe yesterday, and another one today that they are settled waiting for the cultural celebration that marks the re-opening of the Fiji Temple. Pres. Eyring and Elder Cook are there for the occasion.

Their feet on Fiji soil!:


First shot of the Suva Temple from Grampy:


I am greatly looking forward to the plethora of Temple shots my Dad will send us. At least if it's anything like his last mission.

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Thursday, February 11, 2016

Mid-Winter Break 2016

Some time in January, I connected the dots that our mid-winter break (read: 5 days with four kids who want to be constantly entertained) perfectly coincided with the weekend Grammy and Grampy would be giving their farewell talks before their mission. It took about half a second to book the plane tickets.

Our flight left about 10 p.m. Thursday night and we got into Boise 12:30 a.m. Friday morning. No one slept. They all held on through the weekend though and no one crashed until we made it back home (on a 6 a.m. flight!).


They were up and at 'em Friday morning jumping on the trampoline FIRST thing.


We stopped by the Meridian (in Eagle) temple site to check on their progress. Amos also got to complete one of his cub scout requirements. 












After the temple inspection, we took Maggie to Deseret Book for her first set of scriptures. The plan was for the kids to receive them as a baptism present, but Amos asked to read his scriptures at the ripe age of 7.5 and it seemed odd to make him wait. So, the tradition of "sometime in your baptism year" is set.



Classic Maggie choice on the scripture bag.

I wrote about Sunday already, but it was a great day to all attend church together.


Sunday night was the last supper and then it was right back Seattle Monday morning.




We had a great trip and can't wait for the next one!

Valentine's Day 2016

Valentine's Day fell during our Mid-Winter school break, so all of the kids celebrated early during the week before. They had a great time filling out valentines for their friends, and an even better time receiving them.








Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Dads and Donuts

Every year the PTSA puts on "Dads and Donuts" and it is a favorite around here. It's so nice that Eric can go into work a little late, so he can take the kids.


This year, Maggie stayed home from school sick. Audrey was happy as a clam to be her stand in.