Friday, May 30, 2014

5th Grade BBQ

Today all 3 of the 5th grade classes spent the afternoon outside, having a BBQ, playing games, launching rockets they had made, and ended with a giant water balloon fight. Unfortunately I didn't get a lot of pictures, since I had to take Brinley home for a nap, but it was a ton of fun, and I love being able to attend all these school events with the kids.

Thursday, May 29, 2014


Today was a little bittersweet, it was Jasen's 5th Grade Graduation. Not only did Jasen receive his promotion certificate, he also earned the President's Education Award for Academic Excellence. He was one of about 10 kids in the entire 5th grade to earn it, and I am so proud of him. He is such a smart cookie, and he works really hard in school. His teacher this year, Mrs. McDowell, is so awesome! She pushed him to learn new things, to read new things, try harder, do more, be better, and to go beyond what I think he might have with someone else. She was so good for him, and I'm so happy that he had her as his teacher. We are really gonna miss her! Jasen takes pride in being in the Challenge (GATE) program, and he is really looking forward to being pushed more in a self contained challenge program, along with extra science classes, in middle school. This boy amazes me a little each day with his knowledge and understanding of things on every level, and I am beyond proud to be his mom!

Monday, May 26, 2014


Since we stayed in town this weekend, we decided to go down to the river and do some fishing today. It was pretty slow, but Cahl helped Hunter catch a nice rainbow that measured in at 15". He was so excited about it, and even ate it for lunch!

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Bruneau Dunes

Today we decided to go down to Bruneau Sand Dunes for the day. Jasen is the only one of us who's been there, and it was fun. The kids fished for quite a while, and they all climbed one of the smaller dunes, then the boys decided to climb the biggest dune. It took them 2 hours to climb to the top, play a bit, and come back down. By the time they were done they were pooped. But they are very proud of themselves, and it was a fun day.

Thursday, May 22, 2014


The windows came and have been installed! The framers came and fixed a few minor things, the electrical, plumbing, hvac, and gas are done. Cahl, Jasen and I went in and insulated all the hot water lines, and next up is insulation followed by drywall and siding.

Friday, May 16, 2014

Fun Fair

Tonight was the annual Fun Fair at the elementary school. My parents, sister and niece came, and it was a lot of fun.


Thursday, May 15, 2014

Preschool Party

Today was Brinley's last day of preschool this year. Her class had a play day, with treats and a bounce house. Then at the end, Miss Susan told a little about each of them, and gave each of them a certificate, photos of themselves on the first day of school and almost last, and a little gift bag for summer. Brinley has really loved school, and making new friends. She loves her teacher, Miss Susan, who is awesome. She has learned so much, and it's been so fun to watch her learning and growing. She is already super excited to go back to Miss Susan's in the fall!


Monday, May 12, 2014

Dance Recital

Tonight was Brinley's first dance recital! She loves dance so much, and she was so excited about the performance. It is so fun for me, since I was in dance for so many years growing up, and Cahl loves that Brinley is in dance too. The recital was awesome, and all of the dancers did great. Brinley's class had 2 dances- ballet to "Scales and Arpeggios" from The Aristocats, and tap to "A Spoonful of Sugar" from Mary Poppins. She was fabulous, of course, and we are so proud of her!

Saturday, May 10, 2014

House- Second Floor

Well, the second floor and the roof of the new house are done. The glass sliding door is in, as well as the three other exterior doors. The windows that were delivered were wrong. So new windows have been ordered, and they are up next, along with plumbing, gas, hvac, and electrical.

Friday, May 9, 2014

Pack Night

Last night was Jasen's scout Pack Night. It was a big night for him, and he brought home a ton of awards this month. He earned his: Engineer, Craftsman, Geologist, Communicator, Traveler, and Forester pins. He also earned 2 compass points, the Leave No Trace Award and the World Conservation Award. It was also a special night, since it was his Arrow of Light ceremony as well. Most Arrow of Light's are done about the time the boys turn 11 and graduate out of Cub Scouts and into Boy Scouts, so oftentimes the leaders ask a few older boy scouts to help present the award, and welcome the boys into the Boy Scout troop. Tristan was one of the older boys asked this time, and it was sweet that he got to be a part of Jasen's ceremony.