Sunday, September 14, 2014


On 9-11 Washington Elementary always pays tribute to those who laid down their lives for our freedom and they have an assembly out in front of the school where they invite local officers of the law whether it be police, fire and soldiers to come.  Then they line up with students in between them (students are picked that have a parent serving in the armed forces) and the Captain of the Flag Crew gets the flag and gives it to the first person in line who then salutes the next person in line and passes it on.  The Flag Crew Captain follows the flag carefully from a distance and then at the end receives it back to take it to the flag pole to unfurl it and raise it.  Well, Ben was asked at the beginning of the year by Mr. Ivie to be on the Flag Crew which meant that he would have to go to school everyday early to help put the flag up with 3 other boys and stay after school to take it down.  Little did I know that he was the Captain.  I was very impressed with him and how seriously he took his responsibility.

He let one of the other boys hook the flag on but then he traded him places so that he could raise it all the way and then lower it to half mast in honor of those who have fallen on that day 13 years ago.

Then the 3rd grade...David's grade...sang God Bless The USA.  It was great.  I am so grateful for my freedom and that my kids understand the importance of it.



I was thinking on Saturday why exactly do we do this Lowe's thing?  Brian works there but we don't go do it with his family.  His family doesn't do it.  The people that go are...I hate to say it...but I figure we are a part of it...a lower class of people.  I don't mean to belittle anyone who goes there.  I think it's awesome.  I think it's great that people think it's beneath them to go to something as trivial as a free craft at a hardware store.  That's fine with me because it means that it's yet another one of those things we do by ourselves that I don't want a lot of people to know about or they'll take it over.  We don't go to train our kids in the way of carpentry or the fine art of sticker placement.  We don't go for the certificate or patch they get when they are done, even though they are really cool.  We go to spend some time outside of our house with our kids.  Something different that we didn't have to plan.  It helps us all learn patience and understanding.  It's helped us all learn the importance of following directions...Josh.  Plus it's fun.

This Kalo in her 2 beautiful kids Lina and Siua.  We love them!  They are how we even found out and got started doing this.  Kalo spends every second she can with her kids.  She is an amazing example to me.  She is always looking for fun things to do with them and told me about this.  So we came along and now she can't get rid of us.  This project was from 3 weeks ago.  It was a puppet.  You hold the stick that comes out of his back and his arms and legs dangle about.  Josh was gone so Sophie got to make her own.  Josh is notorious for trying to make it without looking at the directions and he ALWAYS messes up.

 It came with a bunch of cut outs that you can use so the robot can trample on them.  Ben loved it.

 Yesterday we made binoculars!  They were awesome!  Josh decided not to build one himself and he let Sophie do it.  He help Ben out instead.  It was great to see them work together.  They'd never do that at home.  We got there early, which we never do, because David's flag football game started at 11.  So we needed to get in and get out.  But when you're there early sometimes all of the tables are full so you just sit down and make them on the floor. 

Once they got them done we were really surprised at how well they really worked.  And how big they made your eyeball look!  You know the guinea pig on the movie Bedtime Stories, Bugsy?  Yep.  That's what they looked like.

But when you turn them around the other way your eyes look super tiny.

 OK, so here is an example of how well they work.  See the blue sign waaay down the aisle above the guy wearing a red shirts head?  Now look through the binoculars.  Cool huh?

 Kalo and her cute kids showed up as we were just getting done.

 And of course the certificate and badge after you get all done.  You can't forget that.

It's P-raid time again!

It's that time of year again!  Homecoming was this week and the parade was really fun.  It was longer that usual.  Josh ran with the Cross Country Team and Sophie was on the band "float".  Isn't she the most adorable thing you've ever seen?

Here's Ray walking with his HOSA group which Sophie's a part of.

Here's Miles running with the Cross Country team.  He was very flirty with this girl.  I need to find out her name.

 And Josh.  He's made a lot of new friends which I'm very happy about.
Here are Paige and Kaylee!!!  Art Club.

Last but not least is my good friend Shandon.  He's in Pine View's Les Mis that is coming up in Nov.  I'm excited to see it.

Then yesterday was the Rodeo parade. Here is this years picture compared to last years picture.  Sorry haven't grown at all.  But I am very proud that you both are so dedicated and responsible.

Movie in the Park

Once a month during the summer Washington City has a movie night in the park.  They have a 2 story movie screen that they put up so you can see the movie from anywhere.  This month they showed the Lego Movie.  This is a cute movie.  Men LOVE this movie.  Anyway, we showed up about 10 minutes late because they just start it at dusk so it's just whenever.  So we sat waay back in the back and saved a spot for Jalee and her kids because I knew they hadn't left yet either.  She showed up about 5 minutes later.  The weather was great.  The movie was awesome.  The kids were quiet.  It was nice.  After the movie was over we found out why...