Sunday, August 28, 2011

Happy Birthday to Me

 Friday night Troy had invited a few friends over to my parents to give me a sort of surprise dinner.  It was a lovely evening and Troy was just amazing in the set up and cooking of a variety of sliders!  It was so sweet and I was so impressed that he did this for me, mostly that he took the time to plan it and execute it so well.  And of course it was wonderful to sit and visit with friends.  You are awesome babe and did a great job.  Thanks for a great night!

 Funny story: My mom had asked a neighbor to make a cake for the evening, some chocolate strawberry cake that is to die for and she forgot.  So they ran to the store for this lovely white cake.  Sunday she brought the forgotten cake over to my moms so we had it on my birthday and YES, mmmm it was so delicious!  So glad she still made it!

Morgan made me this apron for my birthday, isn't it so darling?!?! She is doing so well on the sewing machine and it's so great to see her get so excited to make things for people. 

 The to die for cake :)

Of course a little drama over the birthday weekend...  Ana sprayed water at Tanya while they were washing my Suburban and so Tanya hit her in the face and gave her a little shiner, it was about gone this morning, we put a little make up over it before church and you can hardly see it (under right eye in the picture, Ana's left eye). 

Troy left this morning with the boys to go fishing in Alaska with his mom and dad this week (yes, crazy, they are missing the second week of school - I'm hoping we all survive).  So I've been a bit stressed this week with back to school, mixed up classes and teachers, over scheduled appointments to pick things for the house - just too excited to have the kids back in school, scheduling lots of Dr. appointments and getting Troy and the boys off.  I did have a little melt down this morning and yelled at everyone left home, while they were trying to make me my birthday breakfast!  Really bad move on my part but it was related to some past birthday trauma after the kids were adopted, still bad move.  So before 7:30am 3 of us were in tears and thank Heaven for Ana, she just gave me hugs and asked me if I could do her hair.  It just snapped me out of it and got us back on track.  So after multiple "I'm sorry" and explanations I think all is well, at least everyone went to bed happy and peace has been restored to the house :)  Phew, one more year behind me!

Thursday, August 25, 2011

first day of school - Monday Aug 22

 Troy made sliders for dinner Sunday night.  We had a turkey burger slider with humus in a pita and a beef onion slider on little buns.  Super yummy and super fun, especailly for me!  Didn't have to cook anything, just had to help them find things every five minutes - still much better than cooking it all!
 So funny to not see kids in uniforms!  Victor and Morgan are heading off to 7th grade at South Davis, Ana and Ethan look so cute in their uniforms as they are staying at the charter school (they actually started last week).  Tanya is staying at the Jr. high with the charter school, she left too early and didn't get a picture... I'll have to get that Monday.  Grant is going to High School this year, can you believe how grown up my cute little baby boy is?  He is thrilled he doesn't have to wear a uniform and was unusually willing to have his picture take this year.  Tall, hairy, no braces and no uniform, he feels like he is ruling the world!

 Morgan checked out her English book so that she could bring it home and read the stories in it!  Must have loved her first day of school.  Note: Monday and Tuesday were good days, Wednesday, yesterday a little rough.  Morgan saw a neighbor being teased on the bus, so she went to sit by her (Morgan seems to be the underdog protector) and so the boy started calling Morgan names. She stayed tough till she got home and then she fell apart.  Poor thing.  She knew the boy, loves his family, and didn't think he would be mean to her and so it sort of caught her off guard.  Victor's test scores finally were pulled from the charter school and they put him back a reading and English class so he was mad and upset, thinking I did it to him.  So he came home and fell apart and cried.  Tanya walked in while Victor was trying to explain to me the situation and she thought I had made him cry so she hid in her closet from me for a good hour.  I had to run an errand and when I got home Ana was screaming (this crazy three year old scream that drives me crazy) at Morgan and Tanya, Grant was trying to sort out who touched who's stuff in who's room.  I asked what happened and Tanya jumped back into the closet so I sent Ana upstairs and made Morgan pick up the basement.  Oh thank goodness for those hours that they are at school!  Otherwise I might have been yelling yesterday! 

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

First day of school and swimming

 Ethan, Ana and Tanya started school last Tuesday, August 17th.  Thursday Morgan and Victor had Back to School night for the Jr. High, we stopped at Orange Leaf as a reward for meeting every single one of their teachers!  Mmmm.  Friday we celebrated by swimming with friends and after they left we had a great time swimming with cousins.  Great way to end the summer.

Last swim day w cousins

 August 12 we swam one last time with the cousins before they headed back to PA.  Fun summer days!

playing with friends and making smores in the microwave.

Morgan's 12th birthday

 We bought a bag of limes for the kids to make limade... it was great entertainment for a couple hours.  They are definately harder to squeeze than lemons!
 Morgans been waiting for three months to turn 12 so that she could get her ears peirced.  She took a few good friends from school (the charter school, because she isn't going to go there this year) with her to Clairs to get her ears peirced.  After that we got ice cream and then went to see the Smurf movie.  It hasd a little more potty humor than the girls were expecting, but over all it was a great birthday party.  Her birthday was in July, but we had too many things going on and so we celebrated on August 11th!

 Friday Tanya headed up to hang out with Lena and Sara.  She said she had a great time.
 Morgan finishing up Volley ball camp!
Second picking from the garden, end of the beans and peas.  Yummy.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

swimming with cousins - august 8

Last day of swimming with the cousins before they headed back to PA.  Everyone loves to wear Ana's yellow flippers, Mason wore them all day.  The pool was up to 94 degrees so we ran the hose in the pool for a bit to cool it down and Ana became the pit stop.  She kept saying who needs some oil.  Very cute of her.