Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Pinewood Derby

 Every year the pinewood derby seems to be a big deal at our house.  This year they said siblings could make cars and unofficially race them if they want.  I was really on the fence if we should do that or not because we are so busy but Bob thought it was a great idea.  He asked the kids who wanted to make them and of course they all did.  So Bob and I ended up helping the kids make four cars.

Bob was finishing up making his CNC machine so he "helped" the kids by cutting out their cars on it.  The kids got to design their cars on the computer and then watch the machine cut them out.  They then got to sand and paint them.
 I helped them with coming up with their ideas of how they wanted their car to look.

Bob helped the kids with the weights.  I said we shouldn't bother with them because I just don't care that much about the outcome of the race but once again Bob asked the kids if they wanted their cars to go fast and they all shouted "yes."
Tucker's car.  His is the only one we used the official pinewood derby kit to make.  The rest were made out of wood we had around the house.
 Penelope's shoe car.
 Scarlett wanted one that looked like a car with the number 5 on it.
 Leon had the hardest time picking a car design.  We looked up ideas online and he pretty much wanted everything.  He finally settled on fire, but I had to force him to make a decision.
 It was kind of funny because last year Bob and Tucker were really into making the car as fast as possible.  They talked a lot about aerodynamics and many youtube videos were watched.  This year bob just helped Tucker make it how he wanted and didn't worry about speed very much.  The funny thing is that his car turned out faster this year than before.
 The kids always get so excited to watch the races.

Tucker got first place!  There was a mixup with the scores and a glitch in the computer so we first thought he got second, which was fine.  Once everything was recalculated we realized that Tucker got first in the Bears and first overall.  He was thrilled and got to go to districts.  I thought I might be having the baby around that time and wouldn't go.  Unfortunately, districts have came and gone and I'm still pregnant.

Tucker was so excited to race at districts.  He didn't place but I was really happy with how he managed to keep a good attitude the entire time.  It was long for everyone else and the other kids were getting restless.
We have one more year of the pinewood derby and then a break for a few years until Leon turns 8.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Watch What I'm Wearing

This skirt felt so tight!  I'm about 39 weeks pregnant in these pictures and was hoping to not have to come up with another maternity outfit!  It was kind of funny because I was telling Bob how I don't have anything else to wear to church and how next week I might just have to wear something again.  He laughed because he pretty much wears the same thing every week to church.  I do repeat outfits, I think I have about five maternity shirts and three pairs of pants I rotate through during the week. but for some reason while pregnant I was feeling like I had to come up with something new to wear each week.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Dentist Day

I finally got around to taking all the kids to the dentist again.  This actually was Leon's first time, I probably should have taken him before he was four.  In fact I think the pediatrician wants me to take them when they turn one, but it just seems like such a waste of time and money if they aren't having any dental issues.  I'm sure there are reasons to take them early, I just don't know about them.

Anyway, all the kids went back at the same time and I got to hang out in the waiting room all by myself!  It was awesome!  I took some pictures through this little window, filled out paperwork and played on my phone, before I knew it they started coming back out.

Once they were all done we went into the office and talked to the dentist.  He pulled up the x-rays of each child's mouth and talked about their teeth.  This part was pretty stressfully because the kids were being crazy in the room with their little toys and two of them were fighting about who got to stand by me.  I was trying to quiet them and listen to the dentist at the same time, it was a little frustrating, but we made it though.

None of the kids have cavities!!!!  I was excited about that because our insurance wouldn't cover it if they did.  He also said that some of the kids might need braces, but for now we should just keep and eye on them and see what happens.   I don't want to get braces on my kids anyway so I was happy about that too.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Muffins With Moms

Last week the girls school had their annual Muffins with Moms day where we got to come and read with them while eating muffins.  I was thinking of how easy it was for me to go because I don't have work to take off from or a napping baby to worry about... yet.  I was kind of excited, when in the past I haven't looked forward to these things because I usually disrupts nap time.  I just brought Tucker and Leon with me and they did great!  Tucker sat and read a book that he brought from home and Leon was quiet also and sat with me.
 We first went to Scarlett's classroom because it was the first one we walked by.  She showed me her desk and classroom.  All of which I've seen before but she was very excited that I was there and she got to show me.  Then I signed her out and we went and hung out in Penelope's classroom.  She read a few books to us and then we did a little Easter project on the computer.  Both girls have laptops in their classroom that they are expected to use and they almost have enough where they barely even have to share.  Pretty different than my kindergarten experience.
 It only lasted about 45 minutes but it was a nice way to end the school week.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Easter Fun

I felt pretty preoccupied with baby stuff this Easter.  It was hard for me to focus on Easter or plan things to do when I wasn't sure if I would have the baby or not.  I honestly just wanted to not be pregnant anymore.  But Easter has came and went with no baby...

Saturday I took the kids to a public egg hunt.  It wasn't our favorite one but we went to a park we've never been to before and the kids liked it.  They split the kids up into different age groups and the way they split it Scarlett got to go twice.  They had 2 and under, 3 to 5, then they went into grades with Kindergarten to first, second to third and fourth to fifth.  Scarlett being both 5 and in kindergarten she fit into both groups.  I wasn't really going to let her go twice, but she was pretty slow the first round and didn't get very much so we let her go again.  Tucker still got way more than she did so I don't feel bad.

I didn't get nearly enough pictures but like I said, I wasn't caring as much about Easter festivities as I usually do.  We squeezed in just enough time to decorate eggs.
We also made some Easter treats and read lots of Easter stories in the friend.  One story had a recipe for Easter rolls that ended up hallow in the middle to represent the empty tomb.  The kids really wanted to make those and so we did.  They were a little harder to make than we expected but in the end they did work.  We ate them for breakfast Easter morning.

During church the girls wore cute Easter hats and the choir and primary sang.  Bob, Tucker, and Penelope are all in the choir but Bob ended up being the only one to sing in front of sacrament meeting.  Penelope just likes to go to the choir practices not their performances and Tucker was being grumpy that morning.  Both songs sounded really good.

At home after church we had a small egg hunt.  The one at the park was more like a race.  At home we did a hunt where we really hid the eggs.  Each child had a different egg color to look for so they all got the same amount.  Days before Easter the kids kept asking to have them hidden hard.  I guess I hid them a little too hard because Tucker still can't find all of his.  I'm not telling him either.  It is kind of nice having him busy looking for his egg.

I went for a walk this morning and saw my neighbors pretty tree.  I love spring.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Easter Hosanna

Happy Easter!

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Watch What I'm Wearing

Happy Easter!!!  It is such a special and religious day.  For now though I want to talk about fashion.  I love all the Easter clothes and the tradition of buying new Easter dresses.  That didn't really happen for us this year because I couldn't find dresses I wanted for the girls for the right price.  Why is it so hard to find a nice dress with some sort of sleeves?  That's ok though, if I do find dresses later I'll just have to get them then.  Easter for me is usually when things start to feel more like spring.  I can't wait for warmer weather.

I'm about 38 weeks pregnant in this picture.

I wanted to get one picture with the kids before I have the baby.  The sun was in their faces though and they weren't happy about it.