Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Kegan's First Day of School

Kegan started Kindergarten yesterday. I think he enjoyed it. It also wasn't very long. Monday is a short day here. All students get out 1 hour earlier. So Kegan goes to school on Monday from 12:08 to 2:30. They had enough time to draw a self portrait, begin making a paper bag puppet, and play outside a little bit. Those are the things Kegan told me about anyway. So here's my Monday schedule:

8:00 take Anna to school

12:00 take Kegan to school

Make a quick run to Walmart between shuttles!

1:15 Pick up Anna

2:30 Pick up Kegan

We live very close to the school, so it's not terrible. The rest of the week Kegan attends Kindergarten from 12:38 to 3:30.

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Soccer Saturday

We have 3 kids signed up for soccer this year. (We only have 3 kids, BTW!) So it makes for an exciting Saturday. All the kids had practice last week and received their uniforms. Then they all had games on Saturday. Yes that's one practice before their first game. Well it was pretty exciting. Garrett and Kegan had games at the exact same time, but at least at the same school. Actually all of Garrett's and Kegan's games are all at the exact same time this season (same place too). I felt real soccer mom-ish walking between the games. And once sitting at Garrett's game, but yelling for Kegan! I am not sure how the stars aligned for this season, but Kegan is on a team of almost all girls; only one other boy. None of the kids have played except Kegan, so with only one short practice under their belts, Kegan's team didn't do so well. The team they played against has obviously played together before, and they have a really great coach. Kegan scored his team's only goal but against like 10 or something from the other team!

Garrett's team well is an Under 5 team. First time for everyone, but they were cute out there. I think Garrett helped score a couple of goals, but it's hard for me to tell who actually kicked the ball in since there are 8 kids right in front of the goal. Garrett's teams has only 1 girl, how does that work out? Of the game, Garrett says, "We won." I really don't know what the score was. Both teams scored several goals.

After the boys' games, we had a little down time where Nick worked on some soccer skills with the boys in the backyard, then we headed to a different school for Anna's game. For only one practice and the first game, Anna's team did quite well. They won 4-0, and Anna scored a goal! The U9 teams are not co-ed, so just girls which Anna likes. Her team has some things to work on, but it looks like it will go well.

First Week of School

So Anna has enjoyed school so far. She got over the horrible fact that her class is in a portable and is enjoying it now. In Mrs. Romberg's class there is opportunity to move your behavior stick up--not just down. So if you reach "Top Banana" you get to put your name into a drawing for a prize. Anna was happy to reach "Top Banana" once last week. I asked her what you have to do to earn top banana, but she wasn't exactly sure.

Kegan starts tomorrow!

Monday, August 18, 2008

First Day of School

Anna started school today. We met her teacher last Thursday, Ms. Romberg. Anna was not happy at all that her class is in a portable this year. Two third grade classes are in portables this year. There were 2 first grade classes added this year, so the third grade got the boot. I tried to comfort her by telling her that I had 3rd grade in a portable, cool, huh? She didn't think so. Well she must have gotten over the worry because she hurried right on to class today. I didn't know if I should go early or not. At this school the kids can't enter their classrooms until 5 minutes before start time. So we left at 7:50 to arrive at 7:55. It was perfect timing, the teacher was just opening her door. So there were plenty of parents, but not as crowded as I thought it could be. Then I saw the bike racks; they were completely full!! So probably only the youngest kids get walked to class here!
All of the classrooms here have outside entrances (as well as indoor entrances). So each class lines up outside of their classroom door until the teacher opens the door. They then enter into mudrooms where they have cubbies for bags, coats, etc. There is no mudroom for the portable, though. Too bad. I will have to give an update of the actual first day when Anna gets home.

Last Summer Activities

So here is a 5.7 climb called Rockepella. It was a great climb for the kids. Anna (above) touched the roof before coming down. The roof is the rock jutting out above her. Brooke, Jesse, Corbin, Nick, Ann, and I were able to make it over the roof to the top of the climb.

Kegan made it to the "roof" of the climb.

We had to go back to AF Canyon a couple of days later to really do the 5.7 climb. We still didn't make it off the trail before dark, but we had more lights this time.

Rock Climbing in American Fork Canyon. Ann and Nick got so excited that they put their stuff down and started getting ready for this easy 5.7 climb. After both of them struggled with this climb I wondered if we were at the right spot. I went further on the trail and found some other rock climbers on the 5.7 climb that we were looking for. The climb Ann and Nick did was a 5.10a (that's pretty difficult; not for kids). Even with just a few climbers attempting, the trek took a while. We were on the trail to go back to the car in the dark.

Jesse and Nick on their Crest Trail Ride. Ann is taking the picture. Nick was happy to have shocks and disc brakes this year!

Thursday, August 7, 2008

August Activities

Aunt Ann is in town; you know you are in for a good ride!
Ann, the kids, and I tried out the Jordan River Trail. We had a good time. Garrett lagged behind a little, but he did it!

Look Mom, "no hands."

Cook Family at Alta. The boys hiked the black diamond that they skiied this winter!

Novell Revenue Reporting Boating Outing

Revenue Reporting Team

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Catch Up

I have failed to make some posts recently because I don't have any pictures of some of the fun things we have done. So without picts, I'll just let you know. On July 24, we had an awesome water fight! We had come home from the neighborbood party, and we broke out with water guns. It was Kegan and I against Nick and Garrett. Now it was about 10:00 at night, so we had the dark to hide in. We enjoyed not having a fully fenced yard that we could run around the entire house. We all got pretty wet, and the little boys were shivering by the end!

For Nick's summer work party, we went boating with his manager! I do have pictures of this, I'll have to load them up. So Nick and I did a little wakeboarding. Anna did knee boarding, and everyone did some tubing. A fun day at the lake.

I took the kids to Seven Peaks Water Park. No camera here, but we had so much fun! We went on tube rides, slides, lazy river, tadpole pool, wave pool, and more slides. One of Anna's friends came along with us (Olivia). I took the kids to the slide called Flash Flood. An adult can hold one child on this slide. Well Olivia was too scared to try it by herself, so I had to send my little 4 year old Garrett by himself!! He had a life jacket on, and he did awesome!!

We have still been on the house hunt, but we are disappointed that we will not be in a house before school starts on August 18. Here Kindergarten starts a week later than the rest of the kids.