Wednesday, August 27, 2008

This and That

Alright, time for some odds and ends...

Where we went last Saturday. Friday night we stayed in Independence and had dinner at the Hereford House- yum! I opted not to bring my camera into the park, after we got completely soaked last year at Elitches in Denver.

The Mamba or as Genna kept calling it the Mamma. The boys went on it, us girls had a grand ol' time on the Merry Go Round.

Didn't get a picture, but Sunday we got to see both of my sisters and their families, which was very nice!

A sneak peak of my incredibly fantastic birthday present made by Amber. Seriously, how lucky am I? I promise I'll show you more of them later!

A few fun things that I found recently...

my cool new vintage scale + ugly, but necessary outlet

tiny little wreath and pear

Daddy and what I think is one of our 6 babies who fledged from our bluebird box this spring and summer

Wrapping Idea- kraft paper + clearance candy + homemade card

Card I made for my Sorority Sister(Yikes, her birthday was in March)

Connor got his drum for band yesterday and it has been played nonstop since. Don't you wish you were me?

Jameson broke his arm today at recess. He fell flat on his face after losing his grip while hanging from a soccer goal post. He gets his permanent cast next Tuesday.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

First Day of School

Wow, I can't believe summer is over and it is time for school again.

I forgot in my mega post to mention our school shopping excursion. We took a few days and went to Lincoln to get all the necessary supplies. This year, I gave my kids an envelope, their list of required supplies, a set amount of money and then they had to do their own shopping. It worked out wonderfully. I was no longer the bad guy because I wouldn't let them get everything that they wanted. They realized that when you have a budget, you are going to have to really thing about what you are buying. They all decided to use their backpacks from last year, in order to spend more on the clothes that they wanted to get.

Anyway, back to the first day of school. It is so nice to get back into a regular routine. I have to tell you, we fail pretty miserably at having any sort of a schedule during the summertime. Of course, with the fairs still going on the week before school starts, we didn't do a great job of practicing getting up early and it was a little bit of a challenge.

But despite a slow start, everyone was ready to go back to school. Genna especially. She has Mrs. Sweat this year, who was also Connor's Kindergarten teacher. Jameson is in 6th Grade and is no longer at the same building as the other two kids. He gets to ride the bus over to Unadilla, which is also a new experience for him.

In order to help this transition time, I did a few things to make it easier on the kids.

I made a lunch container for each of them in the pantry. My kids take their lunch all but 1 day a week. Hopefully it will be easy for them to pull out their container, pick out a few things, make a sandwich and call it good. Right now, there is a lot of prepackaged stuff- fishy crackers, applesauce, juice boxes, fruit snacks. I am also hoping this will help the battles over who gets the last pudding cup, since I am dividing them up evenly when I stock their container.

I also made up a little job station with sticks that will help them remember after school what needs to be done. It will be a good way for me to monitor what is being done as well. There are pictures on the end of Genna's sticks. We also decided to give the kids a weekly allowance, which is in the white envelopes. That way they'll be able to have their own money to buy an ice cream after lunch, save up and buy a State Football t-shirt or whatever they decide to spend it on. I read in a book about how our children will never learn to be responsible with money, if they don't have experiences with it.

Anyway, it is really quiet in my house now. Thankfully, I have lots of projects to keep me busy. I sub for the first time tomorrow and I am hoping I can sneak down and eat lunch with one of my kids.

Bishop Bennett

For the past year Troy has been serving as the first counselor in the Nebraska City Ward bishopbric. Bishop Herrick has been serving for 5 years now and we knew his time was soon up. When Troy got a phone call to meet with the Stake President, we weren't really too surprised to find out what his new calling was going to be.

On Sunday Troy was sustained as the new Bishop in our Ward. It has been a humbling experience for Troy, but I know he is going to do a wonderful job. I know there are going to be some sacrifices coming up for our family, but thankfully I know there will be blessings as well.

Instead of blogging this past month...

We went to Troy's 20 year class reunion. I even embarrassed myself on the golf course.

We had the Bennett family reunion the first Sunday in August. It was so nice to have Orin home from Iraq for a few weeks.

We took a trip to Kansas to visit my sister. We had such a nice time. Here are a few of the highlights..

We packed a lot into just a few short days. The kids had fun playing with Ashlyn, doing water balloons, having root beer floats in the cups like Grandma Olson's, washing the car, watching movies (Alvin and the Chipmunks, the Spiderwick Chronicles and Nim's Island), making these cookies, getting slushies at Sonic, and playing the new College Football game on the Wii. Lorilee and I had hopes of getting some sewing projects done, but instead we spend a lot of time looking at blogs, thrift store shopping and just hanging out.

When we got home we found that our chrysalis' had hatched. It was fun to watch these two beautiful black swallowtail butterflies take their first flight.

The day we got home we got a phone call to go and meet with the Stake President. More on that in another post.

Troy and his brother have a booth for their business in 4 county fairs and when we got back the Cass County fair was going on. Michelle and I run the booth during the days and then the guys take care of it at night. So I got back and worked 2 days at the Cass County fair and then got ready for the Otoe County fair.

During that time we snuck a night out as a family, because we knew with our schedule coming up, those would be far and few between. We had fun minature golfing up in Lincoln.

It was a lot of work getting ready for the Otoe County fair. Between the kids and I we entered 147 items in the fair and we made $213. I'll say it again, it was a lot of work, but also a lot of fun. The kids spent a day at Grandma's while I worked and she helped them get some of their blue ribbon entries together.

In between fairs, I was able to squeeze in an afternoon to go out with my good friends Cheryl and Tami. We went to Art Chicks in Louisville to celebrate my birthday. You dress up, have lunch and dance. It was seriously so much fun! Afterwards we went antique shopping and had a wonderful time.

The last day of the Otoe County fair is the parade and they do wrist bands for the rides. Troy, Connor and I marched in the parade with the Cub Scouts.

Then it was onto the rides. Thank goodness Genna had fun time riding because the boys both went on only a few rides and they got sick. We met up with Troy's Aunt June and his cousins who were also doing rides and had a fun afternoon together.

And to finish catching you up on last week a few things I don't have pictures of- Jameson had a wart removed- which ended up being a much bigger deal than we thought it was going to be. He had to miss his last golf league because he couldn't bend his elbow. Troy and I went to the funeral of Dean Bennett, one of his Dad's cousins. Suzie, his wife, is Genna's primary teacher. It was such a beautiful service. We are so sad for his family that they are missing him, but grateful that he is no longer suffering. And then we had a recruiting night at the swimming pool.

Phew, now you are all caught up until Sunday. Thanks for reading this mega post!