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Saturday, January 22, 2011

Sewing Basics!

Macey will come up with an urge to do something and wants to have done it yesterday!  She decided she wanted to learn how-to sew.  The way she worded it to me, "I want to learn how to sew, but you probably won't teach me."  When have I ever denied such a request.

It did make things a little difficult to grant such a request since my sewing machine is currently not working.  However, Macey's friend Janiel has a mom that is an excellent seamstress.  I suggested we team up with them.  Smart move on my part, if I do say so myself.  She already had a pattern and had previously taught a 4-H sewing class back in Utah.  Bonus!

Monday night Macey and I made a run to JoAnn's for fabric = $7.  Tuesday we got started about 11am at the Prime's house.  The girls pinned on the pattern, cut out the fabric and sewed their pj pants all on their own with minimal interference from the moms.

Nicole was an awesome teacher.  The most help they needed was feeding the elastic through the waistband.
Nicole Prime & daughter, Janiel
Janiel sewing

Macey sewing - first time!

 We started about 11am and finished about 2:30p.  We even had lunch in between.  I was so surprised they were able to go home with their finished product!  What an accomplishment.
Two fun friends!

Two silly girls!

Friday, January 21, 2011

Bowling Bonanza!

We had a long weekend with the kids being out of school on Monday & Tuesday.  We had considered going to Orlando but didn't really make firm plans (not unlike us).  It was probably a good thing though because Macey came down with a fever on Saturday through the morning hours of Monday.

So Monday our two choices were Miniature Golfing or Bowling.  We had decided on Miniature Golfing until we got in the car and on our way.  The sky had gotten quite dark & cloudy and it seemed like rain was in the near future - so we headed bowling.  Good choice as it did soon start pouring down.



Macey won the first game and John won the second.  We had a really good time.  Perfect rainy day activity.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

I Love Grandma, She Loves Me!

Grandma Swensen arrived late on Tuesday night.  Parker & Macey got to stay up late and go to the airport to pick her up.  Wednesday after school we spent a few minutes at the park at the end of our street.  It's only been two days and both kids have asked if they can come home early from school or better yet just stay home.  I have conceded that they will be allowed to miss one whole day of school sometime during the three weeks that she is here but not to incessantly bug be about it every day.

She has also already played the game 'Life' with them while John & I were gone last night to Young Men/Young Women.

Today Is A Beautiful Day!

Tree in our front yard.
 Well it's not cold anymore!  Weather is warming up.  Today it is . . .
74°F | 
Current: Partly Cloudy
Wind: SE at 7 mph
Humidity: 68%
We have been so spoiled with so little humidity for so long that the slightest bit has prompted the 'ugh!' response.  However, we will not complain.  This really is the perfect weather.  We will save our 'ugh' thoughts for when it is 90-100 degrees and 100% humidity!

We had some rain on Monday.  As Macey and I were coming home from running errands we got a nice surprise - a double rainbow!

 We ran in the house and brought the guys out to enjoy it with us!

Friday, January 14, 2011

Brrrrr! It's Cold Outside!

We have lived in Florida for over 10 years now.  No one is more amazed we are.  Who would have thought - definitely not us! 

We have had one of the coldest winters ever here.  December 2010 was the coldest Dec on record.  I think we have had our heat on more this winter than in all the other years combined.  WOW!

Today in Naples the weather is:
Current: Sunny
Wind: NE at 11 mph
Humidity: 69%

The first time each year that we turn the heat on (if we have to), we have to make sure it is not in the middle of the night.  Every time the heater kicks on for the first time of the year the smoke alarms go off.  The dust that has accumulated on the coils burns itself off (or so I've been told) and the although there is no 'fire' the smoke alarms go off.
Yesterday morning when I drove the kids to the bus the car said 37 degrees.  This morning it was 47 degrees.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Our Shadow Is Gone - Jan. 6, 2011

I don't remember exactly what the day consisted of but it seemed like it was kind of a busy day.  With what - I'm having a hard time remembering now.

After school though - Macey had invited her friend Janiel over after school.  Her friend Jenna from across the street was here when Janiel arrived.  I was visiting for a few minutes with Nicole, Janiel's mom when she dropped her off.  Her other little girls got out of the car and we were all mingling together.

Next thing I know the older girls come bounding down the stairs all talking at once.  "Mom, one of the hamsters is dead."  My next words, "Really?  Are you sure?" They all said at once, "Yes, yes, and the other one is eating it."   YUK!  Trying to be calm, "Ok, well, bring the cage down so we can figure it out and take care of it."  So, they bring the cage down and yes, yuk!  It was a little disturbing.  Nicole and I tried to shoo the littlier girls away.  I didn't really want them to see that.  Dead it was.  Ham the hamster was still alive but our Shadow was gone.

Quickly, I'm instructing all three bigger girls to do different things - never mind that its not their hamster.  "Macey, where's the shoebox from your new tennis shoes from Christmas?" "Find a bucket in the garage so we can get the other hamster out of the cage so we can clean it."  "Get one of the old towels out in the garage so we can clean and dry the cage."    "Where's the leather glove?" (the remaining hamster nips when we have cleaned the cage so therefore the need for protective hand covering).

The girls were going to go bury it - Macey carrying the shoebox coffin, Janiel carrying the camera to take pictures of the burial and Jenna carrying the shovel.
Jenna, Macey & Janiel

Shoebox for Shadow
However, I decided they needed to wait for Parker since it was his hamster that had died.  I headed to the bus stop to get him.  He got home and they all headed into the 'woods' behind our house together.

It wasn't too long before Parker came back in upset & mad.  He and Macey had been arguing about who was going to do what.  Who got to choose the spot to bury Shadow, who got to dig the hole, who got to do this and who got to do that.  So I go out back hollering for Macey to come here!  I made her friends stay in the backyard while Parker, Macey and I hash out in the house all the "he said this, and she said that, and he did this and she did that"stuff!  Macey talks back in a nasty tone and gets herself in more trouble and then ends up in tears which isn't unusual lately.  I had to tell her that if she & Parker couldn't come to a resolution then the friends would have to go home.  Family comes first.

In the end it was one of those teaching moments where we get to talk through their actions and words.  About the fact that if they had just been thinking of the others feelings, been willing to communicate more clearly with each other and willing to really listen to what the other person was saying - all the arguing could have been avoided.
What is really fair?  How should things be divided?  Who should do what?  How would you feel if the tables were turned and the other person was treating you the way you are treating them or they are saying to you what you are saying to them?  If one person decides on the 'burial' spot then maybe the other person should get to dig the entire hole.  Macey was concerned that her friends wouldn't get to do anything.  I had to point out that it wasn't their hamster that had died.  They could each put a shovelful of dirt on after, etc.

It all worked out in the end.

You hope the whole process produces some good because these teaching moments can be exhausting and emotionally draining for the mom at times.

There wasn't much play time after all this.  Our time was limited as it was.  Everyone got a small, quick, personal microwaved pizza (friends, too) before needing to get out the door and down to the the other ward's building to help a friend set up for her son's Eagle Court of Honor.  Whew!  What a day!

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Ringing In The New Year 2011!

Ready to ring in the New Year!
Macey & Alli Gator
The coolest dog in the world!
Macey and Parker.
Got to make some noise.
Parker sipping some sparkling cider.

                     Sparklers for some nighttime fun. 
Our New Year's Eve was fairly laid back and spent with just the (4) of us.  We enjoyed our time together.  We had homemade hamburgers - best I've made, went on a walk, watched some football and a movie and watched the ball drop to ring in the NEW YEAR 2011 and wave goodbye to 2010!

Earlier that day - We slept in and then got going.  Parker went to work on a Scout Activity & Macey was invited along to play with her friend.  John headed off to the office for a few hours himself.  What to do?  I thought my time was limited so I didn't do much - normal things - straightening the house, dishes & laundry.

Nothing went according to plan so was somewhat of a wasted day for me.  Parker's friend that was going to come over got sick.  Since he didn't come I didn't go to pick Parker up from the Scout Activity early.  So they both stayed for the day basically.  I did get a letter mailed to Riley and a 'get-well' package off to Austin.  Then a  few returns done and groceries bought for the weekend.

I'm not sure if it had gone differently if I would have felt like diving in to a new project before the new year began - lazy I guess.  I know the list I have made for myself is a long one.