Friday, May 1, 2015

April Fools

The day that all hail broke loose and these fools had a blast in it.

the after-hail party: hot cocoa in the hot tub

Then - on the eve of April Fool's Day- I was making pancakes for the kids and realized I hadn't done any April Fool's anything - I mean, what kind of mother am I!?  So I started in on the deception....
Me: "So, dad and I have something really important to talk about with you guys.  Do you want to talk about it now or should we wait until dad gets home"
Kids: "Now!!! Now!"
Me: "Ok, so are you guys ready for this?  We.. are... moving.... to Alaska ... in a week"
pause  "So that means you have one week to tell your friends goodbye"
Lucy looks sad and Luke jumps up and excitedly says "I'm going to say goodbye to them right now!!" and runs to the door.  
Me:  "No, no not yet! Come sit back down.  ... so guys - you will have to go to a boarding school.  It's a school where you have to sleep over AT the school and will only come home on the weekends"
Luke: "cool!"
(this isn't working - they are way to accepting of this!"
"and there's another thing.  They don't have candy in Alaska.  So, we can't ever have candy except maybe once a year if grandma sends us a package or something"
"well, there is just one more thing.  And it's the saddest thing of all.....  They don't allow babies in Alaska.  So we will have to leave baby Freddy here with the cousins until he's old enough to come live with us in Alaska."
Lucy looks like she's going to cry.  Maryanne looks really confused.  And Luke just starts yelling.  "WHAT!!!??  So, they just DON'T allow BABIES!!!???  That is so dumb!!  And why are they so SO mean!!?  Why would you not allow babies?  It's just SO mean!!"
And that's when I pulled out the old
"April Fools!" 
Luke said "you mean about the baby thing?"
"No, the whole thing"
Luke:  "The candy thing too!"
"No guys - the WHOLE thing.  We aren't moving"
Luke looked a little disappointed that his adventure to Alaska had been cancelled.  
What a weird holiday right?  
The next morning when Lucy came out of her room she said "Hey mom, remember yesterday how you said that sad joke?"

Monday, April 27, 2015

Spring Break

It seems like every year we get a "snow break" right before our spring break.  This year we actually got fluffy Utah-type snow and were out of school for about 5 days!


Monday:  The Zoo
we finally renewed our membership after about a year and a half.  It was good to be back

Tues: St. Patrick's Day

We got a visit from Lenny the Leprechaun (a real secret leprechaun!) with bags of goodies for each of us.  Rainbows (skittles), clouds (marshmallows) and gold (rolos).  We like Lenny.

We took our lunches and ate a picnic in the Wilson's driveway.  random.

 Wed: Children's Museum
They got a new playground in the front and the kids loved it

Luke and Michael - a friend from his class.

Some rollerblading on .... I think this was maybe Friday?

 And Saturday: Discovery Center of America in Union City, TN (about 2 hours north of us)
 statue buddies

 keva planks - we liked these so much we bought some for home.

our future geologist  
(should be noted that this has been his new future career choice for about a year now.  We just went to the Rock Show this weekend and today he set up a rock museum in his room with little signs and labels.  And tonight he earned his geology belt loop in scouts)

 davey crocket

pottery dude.  we bought a big bowl he made.

huge dude with a ball cap whose 48 foot leg doubles as a slide.  pretty cool.  And Luke in the maze.
 Really fun week.  I never really understood when moms were excited to have their kids out of school because I just thought wouldn't that just be more work?   But I do now.  I never knew that school was actually hard for parents.  I thought you just sent your kid to school and you are done.  But there are so many little things you have to keep track of: forms to sign, money to send in, homework to do, teacher appreciation days, lunches to pack, themed weeks with dress up days, pta meetings, box tops, projects, etc etc etc...oh and of course the early wake-ups and rushed mornings.   Man - a school break is actually a break for the parents too.  And I didn't realize how much you'd miss your kid either.  The school gets him for so much of the day!  So lately, we've been seeing such a fun side of Luke.  He really is sinking his teeth into certain subjects - like geology, astronomy, robots and animals.  His favorite animal is a fox.  It's fun to see him up late with his lamp still on reading away.  Part of me stresses about him getting enough sleep and the other part of me just is happy that he's had hours soaking up interesting facts about the solar system or whatever.  Such a fun age.  We were so happy to have him home. 

Every story has a beginning...

Joey and Katie first met in Mr. Hawkes 3rd grade class at Valley Elementary. They became good friends in Jr. High and best friends in High School. Katie wrote to Joey on his mission in Tiajuana and Joey wrote to Katie later on her mission in Tokyo. Years later at the ripe old age of 25, these best friends finally fell in love... or maybe just realized they were already in love. They got married on January 22, 2004.

happy kids

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