[Photo: Gorgeous sunset I just happened upon last week while driving.]
Here we are a week into June and I am still talking about May. Such is the way my life rolls these days .
** Cory participated in his school’s First Grade Musical – Wackadoodle Zoo. At first he was pretty shy about participating. He didn’t want to wear his costume (which consisted of merely wearing the color brown since he and his classmates were bears) or sing the songs. I told him he didn’t have to. However, before the night time parent performance, all the first grade classes performed their musical for the rest of the school. Apparently he learned how painless it was and how fun it could be. When he got home after school he joyfully exclaimed how he wanted to change his clothes into the right colors and how he couldn’t wait to perform (sing and say his line) that night for us. I loved how during the whole performance he kept coyly waving at us. He couldn’t seem to keep the huge grin off his face. Priceless for sure! Of course we celebrated with ice cream after!
** Keri attended 5th Grade Camp with the rest of her classmates. She enjoyed the experience and learned a lot about plants, nature and the environment.
** Not only do we celebrate Mother’s Day in May, but a few days later we have our anniversary and Randy’s birthday – a triple celebration in a little over a week! My sister was in town during the special occasions and she kindly let us go out a couple of times. We celebrated our 14th wedding anniversary – where has all the time gone?! I still feel like I am in my mid-twenties, not in my mid-to-upper thirties?!
** Keri participated in her 5th Grade Rock Concert. What was neat about this performance is the music teachers basically gave the students free reign. They sang, danced and provided their own accompaniment. Keri chose to play the marimba - a most fascinating and large instrument – but she also wishes she could have sang. The classes all chose modern pop/rock songs (One Republic, Kelly Clarkson, Adele, Coldplay, Mike Posner, K’nann and The Black Eyed Peas) and the teachers even put on a performance when they sang “Don’t Stop Believing.”
** Cory has turned into a reading machine?! Holy smokes! That kid will blaze through a book super fast. It is not uncommon for him to read over a couple of hours a day. He enjoys both fiction and non-fiction. He loves to read by the moonlight in the evening after he is already in bed – the lights are out in his room, but his curtains are open so he can see.
** Eli has recently taken an interest in the alphabet letters. At night he likes me to sit down next to him so he can “count the letters” on my shirt – there’s a “B” for “big boy buster,” ”H” for “hot” and “N” for nice words. He also likes to dress up as one of his favorite villains - Shape Bandit from Team Umizoomi. He has a cape, a mask and a shape bag. Lately he loves any and every show or book that has a clear cut hero and miscreant.
** Keri got a tooth pulled. I was impressed with how brave she was. And here she is in a lovely picture with yet another loose tooth (which has since fallen out):
** Ari is now fully weaned and mostly sleeps through the night (6:30 pm – 6:30 am). Hooray! I also have him down to one nap a day, though it is not a great one yet. He has perfected his crawl/scoot and he is wicked fast. He will stand on his own and he loves to push chairs around our hardwood floor, but I have yet to see him take his first steps.
** Randy has been taking the kids hiking to different places nearby. I have finally been getting back into a regular gym routine. Hooray for all of us being healthy and fit!
** I have been learning a lot lately about healing and forgiveness. I have reread this talk by President Uchtdorf several times.
** I have been mentally attempting to prepare and gear up for Summer. Some things on my mind – planning how to keep my sanity while all the kids are home, trying to figure out how to keep the sibling rivalry (mainly between the older boys) to a minimum, participating in the many summer reading programs, getting ready for family to come visit, mentally and physically preparing for our upcoming road trip, and transitioning and preparing to have a daughter in middle school this Fall.
Now we can bring on June … and hopefully the sun will soon come out to play!