Wednesday, February 19, 2014

The Lego Movie

We had enough Scene points and coupons from cereal boxes that we were able to get tickets for all of us to see a movie for free. We had been wanting to see The Lego Movie.  It was playing yesterday at 4:15.  Dave said if he left work right on time he could make it.  I took the kids into town early and got tickets, we then ran a few errands and went back to the theater.  I thought it might be sold out, so we got there early.  We walked in 35 minutes before the show started and it was completely empty.  I was quite surprised.  We thought maybe more people would want to see the 3D version that started half and hour after the regular one.  Maybe that is why it was empty.  Having a big open area to ourselves Cora couldn't help but do her gymnastics, Leah was preforming songs and comedy routines at the front and Blake walked between every single row.  An attendant came in and looked at us funny and left again.  We were getting down to only 15 min till the movie started and still no one.  Soon I was going to have to go meet Dave outside to give him his ticket.  A different attendant came in and kinda smiled at us and said, 'so what movie do you want to see?'  I thought wouldn't that be funny if we were the only ones and could pick any movie we wanted.  We told her we were there to see The Lego Movie.  She asked if we preferred regular or 3D.  We said regular for sure.  She said that one was showing next door, we were in the wrong theater.  We quickly moved to the correct location and luckily got decent seats all together, because it did sell out.  We felt pretty stupid:) Years ago when my kids were small I would tell them scripture stories before bed.  When Cora was 2 I was telling her Noah's ark.  I was listing all the animals that went inside. Long boring lists so she would fall asleep. This night Dave overheard and when I crawled into bed he was smiling and said, 'so Noah took the whales and fished out of the water and into the boat so they wouldn't drown??'  It was the first time I realized that duh he could leave the fish in the sea.  I know, very stupid.  Now whenever I do something very duh like my kids say to me 'and there were whales in the ark, right mom'  I got that a few times yesterday.  The movie was good.  Lots of funny parts, but had a very unexpected twist we can't decide if we like or not.  I would see it again for sure, but not sure about buying.  We will see.

These books are amazing.  I use them all the time and thought I should share.  So much good info about vitamins and minerals and the best foods to get them from and what we need them for.  Also a helpful section on how to help our bodies heal themselves with proper nutrition and natural resources.  Since getting these I have not had to bug Natalie as much.  I am not saying food will heal everything, I will have to stay on iron the rest of my life, but this is a big help.  A wealth of information.

Monday, February 17, 2014

Puzey Olympics

We each made a flag to represent our 'country'.

Our events were: basketball, badminton, helicopter flying, Just Dance Wii and Mario Kart Wii. 

Dave thought it would be funny to wear his jersey from high school.

Blake killed on the helicopter flying.

Dave showing off his cool badminton moves.

Leah kicked every one's butt in Just Dance and was way ahead in Mario Kart.  Then at the last second Cora slipped in front on Mario and Leah was TICKED.  Not a good looser.  She is still pouting.

Blake presented the medals.

Our finalist over all.
Bronze: Leah (see still mad)
Silver: Cora
 Gold: Dave

We had a really great time spending Family Day together.  Right up until the end, when Leah decided she didn't want to play anymore. But the rest of us are still very happy:)  Dave and Cora made us bacon, waffles, whipped cream, and strawberries for breakfast.  We then headed to the church to start our Olympics.  Everyone is now working on projects quietly on their own until dinner and FHE. And we are having nice weather.  Above 0.  Its awesome.

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Happpy Valentine's Day

We had a perfect, quiet, relaxed Valentine's day.  I decided to not even take pictures.  Just enjoy.  At first Dave didn't think he was going to be there, but needed to prepare a talk for Sunday, so he ended coming home.  (He has the walls up and had heard it was supposed to blow.  Dave is a little worried about the walls being blown over in a big wind and is trying to get trusses up, to hold it all together,  before it comes).  He got home just as we were pulling the pork out of the oven.  Good timing!  Cora had set the table with a pink and lace cloth, she added flowers she had gotten (or stolen really) at school and lots of candles. We ate sesame pork over rice, asparagus, and sliced oranges.  Opened a bottle of Martinelli's and had cupcakes.  We then watched a movie and had white chocolate cinnamon popcorn. We were trying to pick a romantic comedy since it was Valentine's Day and had pretty much decided that 'How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days' was going to be the winner.  Then at the library 'Despicable Me 2' had finally come in.  Dave had not seen it yet and we decided that it had enough of a love story to count.:)  I liked it a lot better the second time.  Another one I need to buy.
Blake and Leah enjoyed their school parties.  Treats and Just Dance for Leah.  Treats and Valentine exchange for Blake.  At Cora's school the week before Valentine's Day for a dollar you can send a flower to someone and write a note.  It is one of their (many) fundraisers.  They send them to friends, teachers, whatever.  Her friends were all in a teasing mood with one boy, so they each sent him a couple flowers.  He is a really good friend of theirs.  I gathered he was a bit embarrassed by all the attention and the girls ended up stealing their flowers back.
It was a great day had by all.  Dave then did a little research on his talk, Cora went babysitting, I read for a while and Blake and Leah went to bed.
Happy Valentine's Day to all!!!

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Olympic Lego

Blake was very bored the other day, so I told him to go build the Olympics with Lego.  Cora was sewing, but Leah decided to join him.  I wish I would have invented Lego.  Hours of entertainment every time.  They have taken some down and rebuild others.  It is making it a little difficult to practice piano.  I don't think either of the girls care.  A close up of some of my favorites.

Leah did the Olympic rings and the torch.

Leah did the handstand on the bars.  She did a couple of summer games just because.  I should have got a close up of the synchronized swimming.  It was pretty funny.  Blake did the skating of maybe it is hockey.

Blake also did the ski jump which I think is really ingenious. Also the bobsled by Blake

At this point Cora joined them and decided they needed someone to watch.  We were getting low on Lego.  She wanted to make a whole stadium of people.  In the end it was Oscar the Grouch watching.

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Valentine's Prep

Leah and a girl at school made this box for the box derby at school.  They were all given the same scooter to put it on. (I am sure all schools use the same type of scooter for gym class so you can all picture it. Flat, square, four tiny wheels)  Our school has two halls that you walk up.  They raced down these halls.
Leah has so much fun.

Her team won first place. 

We have started getting ready for Valentine's Day.  Writing out all those names gets very tedious sometimes.  Leah did 33 in the time that Blake did 10.  And he was the one that was begging me to start them.

Finally got our Valentine Heart Chains up.  I have been wanting to do this for a couple weeks. Cora, Leah and I made them to hang.

What the kids are giving out this year. No idea why this picture is crooked. 

Just curious picture.  Cora is still smaller than I was, but knew the height was close.  So I had her try it on.  I have really been thinking about what to do with my wedding dress.  Both the girls are going to be taller than me.  Unless Cora is done growing now.  I sure hope not.  So even if they DID want to use it, it would not work.  I know that some people have turned it into their temple dress.  I would have to put in new sleeves and make it more fitted on the bottom.  Not sure I want to cut it up. I know exactly what I am doing with the girls blessing dress. But I feel bad that my wedding dress just sits in the back of my closet.  What have you done with yours??

Monday, February 3, 2014

Super Bowl...Kinda.....K, not really:)

Week Recap
Monday:  I had a fabulous lunch at Natalie's, with her, Mom, and Nicole.  (and Ryan and Ben) Enjoyed spending my birthday with them.  After school Leah made me a cake.  She remembered the eggs just as she was putting it in the oven.  So she pulled it back out and tried to stir them in. Actually worked.
Tuesday: It was New Beginnings.  Leah was so incredibly excited.  She can't wait to go to YWs.  Cora did a really good job of introducing her sister and the Mia Maid program.  She had prepared well.  I am sure it was a wonderful evening, but mid afternoon I got in a really irritable mood.  Haven't been like that since I was probably 14.  EVERYTHING rubbed me the wrong way. I was picking apart everything any one did or said all day.  It was really bad. By the end Dave was laughing at me and I knew I just needed to put myself to bed.
Wednesday:  I woke up much happier
Thursday:  Leah's class was going skiing this day.  We decided to take the other two out of school and all go.  Cora had a game that night and I wasn't sure if she missed school if they would let her play.  I emailed the coach and she said absolutely, family is important.  Then the Principal also called and encouraged me to take her.  They had a great time.  I sat in the lodge.  Still a little nervous to be strapped into boots racing down hills after breaking my ankle.  Dave said the kids are all doing so good it amazes him.  It is not going to be long and they will be skiing the top of the mountain with him. That is what he has been waiting for since we first took Cora 11 years ago.  Cora could do it she is still just a bit nervous and Blake wants to do everything Dad does.  When Dave goes through a steep part, he will look over the edge and think about it.  Quit often he will go for it and does great.  They have all FAR surpassed my skill. We were a little worried about Cora being tired for the game, but she was fine and again played well.
Friday:  My kids had a PD day.  Blake and Leah chose to stay home as Cora and I went grocery shopping.  That evening Cora was babysitting for a family in the ward and Dave and I went to our first High Priest Social.  It's been about 5 years, we figured it was time.
Saturday:  Because Dave had taken Thursday off, I told the kids they needed to work extra hard on the house on Saturday.  It was -20, and we had a lot of heavy hauling.  Everyone stayed right with us and worked hard.  Leah didn't get distracted and did very well.  She cried about being cold and hating it for about a 1/2 hour, but Jared had brought over his Mr. Heater and we turned it on for her to warm up.  She was once again her happy, quirky self.  I sat by it a few times myself.  So thankful Jared brought it over. The kids entertained themselves by quoting the entire movie Frozen.
Sunday:  We had a 'Super Bowl' Party.  We don't watch sports on TV and even if we wanted to we don't have one.  I had seen all these delicious looking things to make for Super Bowl Sunday and came up with a plan.  I had a variety of things to try.  Some we put in the crock-pot, some in the oven, so we could be right ready when we got home.  Then we picked out a football movie.  I had really wanted to watch Rudy, but guess we don't have it.  Our choices where Blind Side and Radio.  The kids had never seen Radio, so Radio is was. We had our Super Bowl spread and our Super Bowl Football Movie.

Our spread consisted of, meatballs, pulled pork sliders, strawberries, apples, 7 layer dip and chips, ham wraps, mini eggs, nibs, and turtle cheesecake cheese ball with chocolate fingers.  I forgot the carrots and had made a really good cookie that has crushed Oreos and white chocolate chips.  But the cookies were sooo good and I made them Thursday, they were long gone by Saturday night.  We had a good time and think I will have to do it again.  I told Dave to make it more authentic we should have discussed the making of the movie and the characters for 2 hours before hand then after the movie we should analyze and think what they could have done different for another 4.  But alas Dave and I had a Family History Fireside to get to and didn't have time.  Other wise for sure:)