Thursday, October 20, 2016

Diving and Trapeze

My Evan McMullin shirt came finally!  Larkin told me her Romney shirt came two days after the election.  I told my kids I was going to wear this everyday until the election.  I don't think they believe me.
I took the boys to diving today.  Stockton had been going for awhile when Preston's teacher looked up to us in the bleachers and asked if Preston would like to dive with the Novice kids.  She didn't think any other lesson kids were planning on coming.  This worked out great! Stockton and Preston got to dive together, which was super cute, and we were able to leave more than an hour earlier than we had planned.
Preston & Stockton under the showers
Stockton is on the three meter and Preston is on the one.  I wish I would have captured the other time this happened, because I liked those dives better!
Stockton is on the three meter working on his 2 1/2 pike.  Preston is playing with cones.  He thinks flipping cones is almost as fun as diving and was quite proud that he landed a double cone flip.
Preston almost got landed on twice.  He goes sideways on his back dives.  Once he went right in front of the other board.  Jackson was on it ready to jump backwards into the water.  Luckily he didn't land on him.  The other time Preston came up under the three meter board right as Lauren was going off.  Tyce yelled for her to stop, but she couldn't.  She did some acrobatic move to avoid him.  Yikes.  Hopefully he'll be able to straighten out in the future!

Jorja went with Hailey to Classic roller skating ring and Stockton went with Gavin to a trapeze class. They both had a great time.  Stockton liked it more than he thought he would.  He wants to go again, but he doesn't want to had a specific class.  Basically he wants to do drop in classes where he can just come if he has free time.  I'm glad he tried it and I'm glad he liked it.  Hopefully he will find a time to go back.  The instructor told Stockton to do a toe touch.  Stockton had no idea what he was talking about.  Once the instructor explained it Stockton laughed and said, "A pike?"  He called it a pike for him the rest of the class.

Jorja went with Hailey and they were supposed to have someone else pick them up.  I wanted to watch the BYU/Boise St game.  I guess that fell through and Classic closed.  Hailey's phone ran out of batteries so they walked all the way to the movie theater so they could call us.  I do not like the idea that Jorja was walking down there so late at night.  I don't like that at all.  Mike is frustrated that her plans always change after she leaves our house.  Not sure what the best solution is.

The BYU/Boise State game was frustrating!  I wish Davis would have been able to play.  The defense was amazing, then would give up a huge play.  Fred Warners pick six was one of the best plays I have ever seen. I was joking with my brothers that he knew he had to score or his interception wouldn't have meant anything.  There were so many turnovers that BYU didn't capitalize on.  I randomly saw this tweet that made me laugh.
BYU ended up losing by 1.  With Boise State being undefeated and ranked 14th it is not the worse loss of the season.  BYU really should have lost by a lot more the way they were playing.  At one time the defense had more yards and points than the offense.  Yikes!

Wednesday, October 19, 2016


Today was the last day of school for the week!  Yay!  I picked up Stockton from school and we went straight to diving.  He told me all about the PSAT test he took today.  He thought it was hilarious that calcium carbonate was mentioned.  So did most of his friends.  Maysen called while we were driving and Stockton talked to her.  Once Stockton finished diving, we hurried to Cocoloco to pick up their new swimsuits. Mike met us there with Jorja and Preston.  Preston really wanted to wear his today.  He was adorable!  He has been wearing his jammers to practice, but they end up riding up his legs and it looks ridiculous.  I was finally able to see why diving usually prefers their divers to wear speedos.
Not the best picture, but he sure is adorable.  He loves his new swimsuit too.  Mike took Jorja and Stockton home after they finished getting the Cougar Dive logo stamped on their swimsuits.

Jorja went with her friend to watch the Alta/Corner Canyon game. They ended up watching it at their friend, Nathan's house.  Alta has been undefeated and Corner Canyon is hoping to make the playoffs. Corner Canyon ended up having a major comeback and winning in the final moments.  Sad for Alta.  This would have been their second time in school history going undefeated during the regular season.  Anyway, I'm not a big fan of rivalry games.  It seems to bring out the worst in people.  I didn't like reading some of the comments from parents of the other team.  Jorja seemed to have fun though.  She had her fingernails and face painted and looked adorable.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Belt Loops

Preston had pack meeting today.  It was the arrow of light ceremony for a few boys.  The last few times they have done this it has been this same guy.  He likes to burn their neckerchiefs to see if they are telling the truth.  I'm not sure why they keep asking him back when we are not supposed to have fire in the building.  He gets after the boys if their shirts are not tucked in.  He also gets on my nerves.  I try not to be irritated, but I am not successful.  I'll just leave it at that because thinking about the things he says just makes me angry.

Anyway, here is a picture of Preston receiving his Duty to God and his Robotics belt loop.  I think Robotics was called something different, but I'm not going to look it up.  The Breens have done a great job and Preston should get his Bear next pack meeting.  It is nice to know if he goes to scouts everything will get taken care of.
Preston, Griffin, Sister Breen, Crew, Burke
Here is a snapshot of the leaderboard of a contest where John managed to break the top 100.  He was ousted out shortly after this.  Too bad I didn't get a picture when Brett was in the top five on one of the contests.

Monday, October 17, 2016

Happy Face

I saw this cartoon and it made me laugh.  It also made me think of Maysen.
We had a nice relaxing day at home.  Preston didn't have scouts because pack meeting will be tomorrow.  I didn't take Stockton to diving because it is fall break this week.  We aren't going out of town, so Stockton decided to do diving on Wednesday and Thursday when he won't have to worry about school.  By the picture below you can tell Stockton got a lot of studying done.  Just kidding!  He makes me laugh.
Stockton being a goofball
I watched the Blue Jays lose while working on Collin's stocking.  Here is a picture I sent to John showing him my progress.
Collin's stocking
The first inning of the game the Indians' pitcher's finger was gushing blood.  It was so gross!  Apparently when you are pitching you are not allowed to have a bandaid on your finger, or super glue to help the stitches hold.  He injured it a few days before working on a drone.  It was so gross!  Too bad the Indians still managed to win even though their starting pitcher left the game in the first inning!

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Teaching Primary

I taught my primary lesson today.  It didn't go too well.  I had a hard time preparing this lesson.  I'm trying to figure out teaching primary.  I haven't taught a class since I was first married . . . besides substituting. I do not like the primary manuals.  They are so boring.  I have a hard time staying awake while preparing my lesson, how am I supposed to teach it?  I didn't prepare as much material today as I did last week because I ran out of time.  Too bad one of the sacrament speakers didn't show up today and sacrament meeting ended ten minutes early. Why couldn't that have happened last week instead?  Oh, last week was fast Sunday.  Anyways, I felt like I was being eaten alive the first half of my lesson.  I feel really self conscious with the other team teacher in there.  I like her and I like having another teacher so I don't need to teach every week, it just kind of stresses me out.  Anyways, I finally stopped caring what the book wanted me to teach and was able to get a dialogue going with the students.  I tried to explain what it might have been like when Jesus asked to bring people who needed to be healed.  I focused on Luke and talked about his brother.  (Luke's brother didn't need to be healed, but we were pretending.)  Finally it worked and we were able to talk about these things.  The kids had a lot of questions and we went way off topic, but it was much better than before. Hopefully I can figure this out.  I'm teaching next week too. Fingers crossed it will go better than today!

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Silver Lake

Mike and I started the Body by Banks program today.  It will only be six weeks, but it sure is tough.  I can't believe I let myself get so out of shape, now I feel like I'm starting at the beginning.  I guess that is better than not starting at all.

We had a relief society activity at Becky's cabin.  It is beautiful up here. It was nice and relaxing.  I got to talk to Tiffany Maxfield on the way up.  I had been wanting to talk to her since Youth Conference, but our paths never crossed.  I wanted to thank her for letting Willy come.  She told me that Willy did great and told me about several of his antics.  He had never roasted marshmallows before.  Wow.  She also said that she was surprised how athletic Stockton was.  She wants Landon to convince him to join the track team.  She said he was fast and competitive.  The fast I believe, but the competitive?  With sports?  I asked Stockton about it later.  He said, "Well, you only got one chance in kickball."  That makes more sense.  If he was only going to get one chance to get on the base, you better believe he was getting on the base. I think Stockton would be excellent in pole vault.  He is already used to twisting his body while he is upside down.  He has also gotten super strong recently.  Being fast, strong, not afraid, and use to being upside down?  Those seem all like the perfect qualities for a pole vaulter.  Ha!
I left with the first group to come home.  I had a lot of fun and was still having fun, but I love being home best.

Friday, October 14, 2016

Jorja's Birthday Party

I had a huge mom fail today.  Jorja had her 14th birthday party and I didn't take one picture.  Not even a picture of her cake.  This is the first cake I have ever missed.  At least I can fix that on her real birthday. Jorja did have my cell phone during the party, so I hoped to get something on that, but I should have done something.  Anyways, Jorja seemed to have fun.  She planned the entire thing, thank heavens.  She had about ten girls come over and they went to the mall to do a video scavenger hunt.  Afterwords we had presents, Chick-Fil-A nuggets, fruit platter and a cold stone cake.  I will describe the cake since I did not take pictures.  Jorja picked a red velvet cake with sweet cream ice-cream.  She chose hot fudge and rainbow sprinkles as the mixins.  She had chocolate ganache frosting with strawberries on top.  The words "Happy birthday Jorja" were written in red.  Oh, the cake was rectangle.

The party was ending just as the BYU/Mississippi State game was starting.  That was nice timing.  The double overtime win was quite exciting.  Mike and I are starting a Body by Banks exercise program in the morning, so hopefully the late night won't come back to haunt us!

Thursday, October 13, 2016


Mike and Preston have been making gargoyles and griffins and things like that with the 3D printer.  Mike then puts lights in their eyes.  I think he is turning our storage room into a castle for the wands.  He wants to make the door to the storage room look like the outside of the castle.  The gargoyles are going to guard it, or decorate it.  Something like that.  Mike and Preston have been having a lot of fun.
Jorja went to the Alta football game tonight.  They had another big win. They are undefeated this year.  Jorja has also gone to more football games than Maysen and Stockton combined.  We picked her up at 10:00.  I wonder why they had a football game on a weekday.  At least she has late start tomorrow.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016


I took Preston to diving today.  We left a little early so we could stop by doTerra.  Preston loves the oils.  When I got my bag Preston grabbed it and yelled in a super sweet voice, "Oils!"  Then he dropped to the floor to look what I had picked up.  Several people laughed at him.  He was so cute.

Mike took Stockton and Jorja to Stake Standards Night.  I got a text while I was at the pool from Mike.  It said, "I think very few things annoy Stockton more than being on stake youth council."  Oh boy.  This is going to be a very long year.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Just Diving

I took Stockton to diving again today.  He didn't have Young Mens tonight because they are having a stake standards night tomorrow.  By getting Stockton's two days over with I will just take Preston the rest of the week.  Then Mike doesn't need to come down at all.  See how nice I am?

Monday, October 10, 2016

Maysen's 19th Birthday

It's weird that I didn't see Maysen on her birthday today.  First one ever.  I don't like that.  I did talk to her though.  I asked her when would be the best time to call.  I didn't want to bother her and I know Mondays are a really busy day.  We made plans for me to call at noon.  I had my eye on the clock the entire day.  Then the countdown began. 11:11.  11:24.  11:45.  12:15.  Wait, what?  I was busy doing laundry I couldn't believe I missed calling her at exactly 12:00.  I dropped all of Stockton's clothes I had and grabbed my phone frantically trying to get to her.  While I was doing that I got a call from Maysen.  She had been waiting for me.  I felt so bad!  It was nice to talk to her for just a bit though.

I took Stockton to diving today.  Preston had a field trip with scouts.  I reminded him of scouts before I left, but I had no way of knowing if he remembered when he got home.  I guess it wasn't really a field trip. They just walked around the neighborhood asking for food for the food bank.  I had to stop and sign a permission slip for him though.  Weird. Not that the scout leaders are weird, just the new rules are.

I asked Jorja to sleep in her own room today.  She wasn't too happy about that.  Tuesday is late start, so she needs to get up earlier than the boys.  I thought this would be easier, plus she needs to start sleeping in her room by herself one day.  Preston was sad when he went to sleep. He wanted to play a game.  It was too late to do that, Preston didn't understand.

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Old Pictures

We had dinner over at Steve and Shannon's today.  Scoop was in town. It was nice to see him.  He gave Mike his baby book and some random pictures.  Everyone got a great laugh at one of his student body pictures.  This is not the picture they chose to hand up in the halls at Alta, or the one chosen for the yearbook.
Mike, Matt, Heath, Shandon, Bryce
Emily, Sheena

Dinner was nice.  Sherry and her family were there.  Lisa and her family came later.  Stockton had fun playing ping pong with any willing opponent.  Steve made hamburgers.  We watched the presidential debate.  I can't believe that these are the two main candidates.  Sure hope Evan McMullin pulls off a miracle.  I missed the awesome Blue Jays game.  I accidentally left my phone home, so I missed all of my brothers messages talking about it.  It was fun to read when we got home though.

Jorja is still sleeping in the boys' room.  I wonder how long she is going to do that.  She does not like sleeping in her room without Maysen. These guys sure miss their sister.

Saturday, October 8, 2016

Empty Jar

Nothing too exciting.  Just cleaning, watching the BYU game (which was great!), shopping with Jorja for her birthday party and preparing for my lesson on Sunday.  I called and talked to Maysen this morning. I wondered if she would like Mike and I to come and take her out to lunch for her birthday on Monday.  She didn't think that was necessary. I asked her about conference.  She had a nice relaxing conference at her apartment.  We listened to conference upstairs, which is different than normal.  I told her that the kids asked where the treats were.  We usually play conference bingo with lots and lots of treats.  I answered that I didn't get any this time.  Stockton brought a jar and asked me if I knew what it was.  He said it was a jar filled with all of our family traditions.  Maysen laughed at that story and asked why I didn't put it on the blog.  I am just too forgetful.  I did pull out some of my gingerbread candy for them so they are no longer deprived.

Friday, October 7, 2016

Jorja's Friday

Today was Preston's short day.  The best part of short day is Preston always is willing to play with me when he gets home.  We played a game of Dominion, of course.  Jorja's friend Hailey came over.  Jorja did her nails and then they went to a dessert shop called Create.  They ended up at Alta's football game.  Alta had a huge win for their homecoming game.  I picked her up from the football field around 10:00.  I was pretty tired.  I'm not use to these late nights anymore!

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Pep Rally

I actually made dinner today.  This is the first time I tried 'dinner in a pumpkin'.  It was my cousin Jana's recipe.  Except I added some squash.  The only thing that wasn't delicious was the squash.
A few weeks ago, Ashley asked Mike and I if we could come to Alta's Homecoming Pep Rally to be introduced as alumni.  I thought we were going to have to play weird relays and I had been dreading it.  I convinced Sherry and Shannon to come too.  Turns out they just introduced us.  It was funny because Ashley asked for an accomplishment she could mention about us.  I texted back, "Oh boy. Mike was Student Body Attorney General, on the wrestling team and on the Academic Decathlon team.  I just went to class."  When Ashley introduced me she said, "Stephanie Smith.  She went to class and married her high school sweetheart."  I guess I did that too.  When Shannon was introduced she did a summersault.  Sherry then one-uped her and did a roundoff.  I don't think she did a backhand spring, but I didn't get a perfect view.  It was super funny.  Sherry was on the gymnastic team.  She was also MORP queen.  Haha!

Mike has started making a door and a window for the playhouse.  He sure has fun with his projects.
 Mike & Preston

Wednesday, October 5, 2016


I spent a lot of time at BYU today.  I picked up Stockton from school and went straight to Provo.  He worked on his back doubles.  I do love watching him dive.
I like this video because it has his reverse double from Monday on top and the back double from today on the bottom.  It would be cool if I could get a front and inward double and have them all go at the same time, I don't think I have enough talent for that though.

Stockton and I waited for Preston and Mike to come.  They were a bit late because traffic was horrible.  They did shut down both lanes of I-15 this morning, but Mike and Preston were caught in a different mess. Once they arrived we traded Stockton and Preston.  Mike took Stockton home, after stopping at Firehouse Subs.  I stayed and watched Preston be adorable.  We stopped at 7-11 for pizza and slurpees on the way home.  Well, Preston got those things, I am trying to get back on the wagon with my eating habits.

Jorja was going to start diving today.  She brought a swimming suit to school.  She texted me at the end of the day saying she was having a bad day and didn't want to go to diving.  I was a bit frustrated because I had already written the check and she had told me she wanted to go. Luckily I brought my checkbook with me, so I got a new check in the binder.  Then she texted me saying she wanted to go. Okay.  I told Mike so he could pick her up.  I decided not to switch the checks until she was in the jeep.  Good thing because she texted me again and said she decided she didn't want to go.  This was my reply back to her.  "Okay. You really need to get better about making a decision and sticking with it.  It is driving me insane.  Make good use of your time so I don't regret this.  Love you."  She claims she wants to start diving in November. We'll see.

Jorja and Katlyn did finish their video project for their English class.  It is due on Friday and they were a bit worried about getting it done. While Jorja was showing me the video on her iPod, she got kind of a mean text from a boy at her school.  I tried to talk to her about it, but she downplayed it and didn't want to discuss it with me.  I hope she is okay.  She takes social things too hard.  I need her to be more like Maysen and I need Maysen to be a bit more like Jorja.  Those girls are so incredibly different!  I love them both to pieces.

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Jorja's Last Game

Jorja had her last softball game of the season today.  Her team finished in first place.  Jorja played left field, pitcher and catcher today.
After the game, Jorja and I went to Chick-Fil-A.  One of her teammates, Emily, was there.  She loved that.  Jorja was still wearing her catchers gear while she ate.  I guess she was not ready for this season to end.

Stockton had an American Ninja Warrior activity for Young Mens today.  He enjoyed it except the pogo stick party.  Johny told me he won first place.  Stockton didn't confirm that though.

Monday, October 3, 2016

Preston's Principal's Pride

Preston received a Principal's Pride award today.  Once a month teachers pick one student out of their class that exemplifies the theme for the month.  This month's theme was bully free.  I'm not sure how I feel about their principal yet.  This is her second year here.  The last principal was amazing.  This one seems a bit of an airhead.  The weirdest thing was she would say, "These are the bully-free kids for fourth grade!"  Or things like that, which seems to imply that all the other kids are bullys.  It was weird.  I'm glad Preston was noticed for being bully-free though, he is such a sweet boy.  I talked to him and said, "Now, you know you will not be picked for a Principal's Pride award for the rest of the year.  When the Principal says 'these are the respectful students' don't thing that means you are not respectful." Anyway, I thought it was a bit odd.
Preston in the orange jacket
We had a long diving day today.  Stockton now has to be at BYU at 3:00.  He gets out of school at 2:25.  I waited for him in the carpool lane and we headed straight to Provo.  Traffic is tons better at this time though.  We were shocked to see we got there at 3:10.  Stockton learned his reverse double, which was awesome.
Stockton Reverse Double
Mike brought Preston to diving at his regular time.  Stockton and I had left about twenty minutes before.  Preston was a bit late because I got a text from his piano teacher saying he had lessons today in stead of Tuesday.  She had talked to me earlier about needing to switch, but I thought she was going to call and let me know the final plan.  I left Preston a message and hoped he saw it.  He did, but didn't get home from piano right on time.  Jorja was planning on starting this week, but she has been going on Mondays to a pitching clinic with her friend. The pitchers need to bring their own catchers.  Anyway, today the friend never showed up.  I was annoyed.

Katlyn came over to work on a video project with Jorja.  They portrayed themselves as bullys in the video.  Maybe Preston needs to give them some lessons on how to behave.
When they finished Jorja wanted to play 'bigger or better'.  They started with a piece of gum and ended with a chest full of chocolate coins and candy, a bag of pirate booty and a flower arrangement of candy.  Quite the accomplishment.
Katlyn & Jorja
Apparently Jorja did most of the talking at the houses.  Katlyn told her she was good talking to people.  Jorja said, "Those are words I never thought I would hear."  Jorja has really come out of her shell lately.

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Chris and Jane

We watched conference again today.  I love it.  One of my favorite times of the year.  My dad went to the Sunday afternoon session with his cousins Chris and Jane.  They came over to dinner afterwards.  It was fun to see them.  I hope they had a great time at conference.  I didn't get any pictures of them, but I did manage to get pictures of Anne. Jorja painted all of the girls' fingernails again.  Anne was excited to be included.  She was so cute saying, "I'm getting my fingernails painted." Over and over again.
 Anne & Jorja
There was a giant lightning storm tonight.  Matt walked outside to put things in the car.  It wasn't raining at all, but about five seconds after he walked outside we saw a giant flash and then extremely loud thunder. The flash was in the front and back of our house at the same time.  I looked at Sam and said, "I hope Matt didn't just die."  Luckily he did not.

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Stockton's ACT

This morning I decided to see if the results of Stockton's ACT test were posted.  He took the test about three weeks ago.  Yes they were and he did great!
Stockton said, "It's nice knowing that I did as good as Maysen."  He will take the test again with all the juniors, but it is nice to have this result already in place.  There will be no stress next time.

We watched General Conference in our upstairs room this time.  It was a bit weird not having Maysen around.  Mike took Jorja to her softball practice in the middle of the first session.  They are planning on watching it later.  I love conference.  I love listening to Heavenly Father's servants.  It fills me with such peace.  I usually watch conference at least twice.  Hopefully I can figure out our new tv system so I can watch it again.

We stayed up late tonight.  They kids all fell asleep in Jorja's room.  She still doesn't enjoy sleeping alone.  I'm sure she will get use to it, but it is cute how the boys watch out for her.

Friday, September 30, 2016

Hanging with The Porge

Stockton and I drove up around Roy this morning, about an hour and a half.  I had never been that way before that I can remember.  We went to my friend Jaime Staker's fathers funeral.  Well, just his viewing. Just enough to see Jaime and tell her how sad we were for her.  Then we drove home.  It was nice to have Stockton on the trip with me.  Jorja was just getting up when we got home.  That girl can sleep!  Her friends picked her up and they went to DI.  They called me a few hours later to pick them up from Create, a delicious dessert shop.

I had been begging Jorja to go to a Mom and Daughter thing tonight. She didn't want to, but I kept pestering her.  Her original plans fell through so she talked Kate into going with us.  We played on these hoops, silks and hammocks.  It was a blast!  Also, super hard.  The pictures are almost all blurry because it was hard to keep from spinning.  We did the hoops first.
 Jorja & Stephanie
 Jorja & Kate
Our second area was silks, but we snuck a little hammock in.  We liked this much more.  Stockton has a friend that he dives with named Gavin. I ran into Gavin and his mom Shannon there.  Shannon invited me tonight.  She has been going here since the spring.  Her entire family hangs out here.  Shannon and her daughter were crazy on the silks. They could climb to the ceiling.  Shannon's muscles were huge!  Her daughter was doing crazy stuff way up high.  It was nuts!  Jorja was mesmerized.
Kate & Jorja
Jorja got to be really good at doing this hammock flip thing.  I got up in the position once but was too terrified to throw myself forward.  It doesn't look that scary, but it was.  Too scary for me and Kate.  Jorja on the other hand did it over and over.
 Kate & Jorja
 Jorja & Kate
Jorja wants to take a silks class with her friends.  She would love to do the things Gavin's sister was doing!  We'll have to see if we can figure it out.  We were planning on her starting diving this month.  So many things to do, so little time!

I finished the night watching the BYU/Toledo game.  That game was crazy!  So glad they came away with a win . . . finally!

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Dive Party

Preston had short day today.  They usually don't give the kids short day unless it is Friday, but because of Parent/Teacher conference they got to have short day today.  That worked out great for me!  I was able to take Preston and Stockton with me together to diving.  I gave Preston a book to read on the way up and he had it finished before his class started.  I didn't expect that!  I have loved watching Preston dive!  He has been very teachable and has been so happy.  I was worried at first and had to beg him the first day, but not anymore!  Two classes and he was in love.  He says his coaches are really nice and I love how he is learning the proper technique from the beginning.
Keyka & Preston
After Preston finished with his lesson I took him over to Hang Time. Stockton was already there.  They had a diving opening social. Stockton said it was a lot more fun this year than it was last year. Probably because he knew the people this year.  Also, Tyce would get everyone together for a game of dodgeball.  Tyce also knows the people better this year.  He just started at BYU last summer I think.  Preston had fun except when the Hang Time people announced dodgeball was now only for those 14 and up.  They had a separate dodgeball for the younger kids.  Preston didn't like that because he wanted to be with Stockton.

I brought the boys straight to Jorja's softball game.  We only got to see a few minutes.  Jorja was in left field when we came.  Her team won the game which has clinched the championship for them.  Jorja has one more game left this season.  She has loved it.  She was so nervous before the season started and now she doesn't want it to end.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Airhead Math Teacher

I didn't feel well today.  Still, I managed to get up at 4:45 to start my exercise.  The only problem is yesterday I went before school to the church baseball diamond and caught while Jorja practiced pitching. Now my shoes have mud on them.  Some of the exercises felt weird without shoes, especially when I was on the treadmill.  I really should get new ones.  I have had these for several years and the traction is completely gone.

I had parent/teacher conference for Preston this morning.  He is doing fantastic.  I love hearing him talk in Chinese.  I love both of his teachers too.

I had parent/teacher conference for Jorja this afternoon.  I do not love all of her teachers.  Jorja has student led conferences, which are just a joke.  I hate them.  We go to their second period class and listen while they read us papers they fill out.  We don't get to talk to the teachers unless we make a special effort.  I always feel uncomfortable and like I'm bothering them.  The administration says that we are allowed to talk to the other teachers, but it doesn't feel like it.  Well, talking to Ms. Wu was fine.  She was totally nice.  Jorja's math teacher, not so much. Jorja has all As except for a D- in math.  A D MINUS!  It is annoying because there is only one quiz that is in the grade.  This quiz was taken the day after Jorja missed class for being sick.  She got 6 out of 9 on it. She retook the quiz, but it has never been changed.  I went up to the teacher and asked her about Jorja's grade.  I told her she had a D- and we needed to figure out how to fix that.  She said that I needed to lighten up and it was her fault for only having a few things in there to be graded.  (A few things?  Try one!)  I told her that seeing a D- on her grade was giving me anxiety.  She just looked at me like I was the biggest waste of time.  I don't know how to explain it.  I asked her if she had Jorja's make up quiz in there or if this grade was from the first time she took it.  She told me that she had the second one.  I said, "Really?  Jorja, is this the first quiz or the second one?"  Jorja with a slight panic in her eyes said it was the first.  Her teacher looked it up. She was quite annoyed with me at this point.  (The feeling was mutual.) She pulled up Jorja's grade and said, "Oh!  There is only one quiz on here.  How did that happen?"  Exactly.  She said, "Well, it looks like I'll be busy this weekend."  Jorja had this same math teacher last year.  She always complained that her teacher didn't teach them.  She would say things like, "I'm not sure how to do this, so we will learn it together." Also, they don't have math books.  Only worksheets.  I try to help her but I would like to look at a few examples so I don't teach her wrong.  I have had Stockton work with her the last few days.  Hopefully he can keep her from falling behind.  I'm not worried about her falling behind in this class, I'm worried that she will have learned nothing in two years and not be able to handle math in high school.

Jorja had a softball friend come over today.  They played in the batting cage for quite awhile and seemed to have a great time.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

No Catching

I had parent/teacher conferences for Stockton today.  He is doing really well.  I hope he can keep it up.  This year is going to be such a rough year.  I got home just in time to hop in the car with Mike, Stockton and Jorja.  Jorja had a softball game.  She pitched two innings.  She did really well, but it is hard to watch her pitch.  Catching is much less stressful on the mom.  They won their game and didn't even need their last at-bats.  Jorja's first inning she was able to get out of it without any runs.  This was also the first game that Jorja didn't catch.  Stockton was able to finish his homework at the game. That was nice.  He asked if he could do that instead of Young Mens.  They were going to a skate park. I didn't seem the harm in him missing that one.

Preston had a busy day.  He went to scouts right after school.  They had a field trip.  They went to Waterford to see their Robotics program.  I changed Preston's piano to 5:30, which was when we were told they would be back.  They didn't get back until 6:00 and Preston got there at 6:15.  Luckily his piano teacher is super nice.  She also knew there was a field trip.  She had sent me a message asking where Preston was, but I didn't see it until close to 7:00 because of parent/teacher conference. I'm glad she was able to still fit him in.

Monday, September 26, 2016

I'm Not an Idiot

I have been trying to get videos uploaded for awhile, but have had no success.  Too bad.  They were super cute.  Stockton and Preston both went to diving today.  I picked Stockton up from school and we stopped by the swimsuit store to get his new team suit.  I dropped him off and then went back to the store where I waited for Mike and Jorja.  They got suits too.  Hopefully Jorja will start diving next month.  We'll see if she likes it, but she is loving softball right now so I don't know how much she will be able to commit to diving.  Anyway, Mike took Jorja home and I took Preston back to diving.  We walked in and Stockton was on the board.  I had enough time to glance at him before alarms started going off all over the place.  The fire alarm was going and everyone had to get out.  Stockton laughed and thought it was a great way to get out of doing his back double.  That is what he was preparing for and he hasn't done it on purpose before.  We waited and waited and waited.  Twenty minutes later the swim coach called the police department.  The alarm hadn't triggered whatever it triggers to let them know.  We then had to wait for them to come and say we could go back inside.  The entire time the alarm was going off like crazy! Preston ended up starting his class thirty minutes late.  At least they went long, so it worked out.  During free time Preston tried some new things.  He did his falling back dive over and over.  It was adorable. That was what I was trying to upload.  He also did three front flips. One he smacked on his back.  I am so proud of him for trying new things.  So far he is loving it.  Stockton, Preston and I stopped by Firehouse subs on the way home.  We watched the first part of the debate while we were there.  I can't believe these are our two choices for president.  I hope Evan McMullin can pull off a miracle.  Wouldn't that be amazing?

I got a weird phone call earlier in the day.  Someone called saying that Windows was sending alerts from my computer.  Several red flags went off in my mind.  First, it was obvious English wasn't her first language. Second, I use a Mac.  We do have other computers in this house that use Windows, but this question was never asked.  She wanted me to get on my computer and do some things to stop these alerts.  I told her I thought she was just trying to trick me and take control of my computer.  She said, "No, let me give you your computer ID number.  It is a number only you and I have, that way you will know I am telling the truth."  I thought, "Okay, let's see what she says."  I wrote down a huge long number.  Around 20 digits with dashes and letters.  She then said, "Do you know how to look up your computer ID?"  As politely as I could I said, "No, I don't.  I'll have my husband help me.  Do you have a number I can call you back on once I have the ID?"  Well, I didn't get to finish the entire sentence before she started yelling at me.  I would say she called me every name in the book, but she only called me one name.  Over and over again in different varieties.  "F-U!  You're an *@&% lady.  You don't know *^^**& English."  Over and over again.  I asked why she was yelling at me which gave me more foul language.  I said, "Wow.  No way are you from customer support."  More yelling and cursing followed by, "I'm going to shut down your computer you *@%$^^ lady!"  I yelled back, "Do it!  Go ahead!  Do it!"  More cursing. I said, "I'm not an idiot.  No way am I letting you get control of my computer."  Followed by more cursing until I hung up.  I was shaking so bad after that conversation.  Well, more like an attack.  I called Mike. As I was telling him the story I could hear him say, "Oh no."  I think he thought I fell for it.  Mike said that people do this all the time.  They get control of your computer and then lock you out.  They make you pay money to them to unlock it.  He thinks that if I would have looked up the computer ID number (which doesn't exist) that would have infected my computer right there.  I'm so glad I have heard Mike tell me many crazy stories like this so I knew immediately not to touch my computer. The sad part is, they probably are able to do this to a lot of people, especially older people.  Creepy.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Back Home

We are back home again safe and sound.  Today was spent cleaning and driving.  We stopped at a church in Afton, Wyoming on the way home. After church Mike took the girls back to Utah State and I brought our three other children home.  We listened to the first half of Gregor the Overlander on the way up and the second half on the way home.  It was nice to have a story to listen to, but it was also really hard.  It made me sleepy.  The story wasn't very interesting and I always fall asleep to stories on television.  Jorja got her trail mix out for me and I ate a lot of that, even though I didn't like it.  It helped keep me awake.  I stopped at a gas station in Evanston.  I filled up some water bottles with water.  I was fine after that, although I felt sick when I got home.  Too much water and trail mix. At least we got home safely, that's all that matters. Mike got home about an hour and a half after we did.  Next week is going to be super busy.  Life sure moves by fast!

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Maysen's Early Birthday

Sam and Anne made breakfast for us this morning.  Anne was so cute sitting on the floor stirring the egg mixture.  She was a little shy when I wanted to take her picture though.
Poor Anne has asthma.  She has to have an inhaler twice a day.  This is the preventative one.  She also has an emergency one.  Hopefully this is something she will grow out of.
Anne and Matt's hand
Sam and I listened to the BYU game.  They almost pulled it off . . . again . . . I sure hope this season turns around fast!  We also listened to Womens Conference on the radio.  Mike, Matt and Stockton played frisbee golf.

We celebrated Maysen's 19th birthday today.  Yikes!  We aren't sure if we will see Maysen before her birthday.  There is a chance if Maysen decides she would like to come home over conference weekend or the next, but most likely she will just want to stay at school.  At least we were able to have a small celebration with her.  Jorja picked out the cake.  I forgot to buy candles, but luckily we were able to make it work with candles we found at the cabin.
Preston, Jeff & Sam, Maysen, Stockton's legs
 Maysen's 19th birthday cake
 Preston, Anne, Maysen, Stockton's thumbs
I was really excited about Maysen's birthday present.  Right as she was opening it Stockton said, "Mom!  You are missing pictures!" Or something like that.  I turned to find my phone and missed Maysen's reaction.  Oh well.  We got her a printer.  I think she is pretty pleased with it.  Now she will be able to print papers without going to the computer lab.  Most of her papers are turned in on line, but I still think it will come in handy.  We really wanted to get her a laptop, but we think she will like and appreciate this more.
Matt, Maysen, Demetria and Alison stayed up late playing Dominion. Maysen won that game.  Mike played Pirates with them today.  Later Mike played Pirates with Stockton and Preston while Maysen watched Pirates of the Caribbean with Demetria and Alison.  Maysen, Demetria, Alison and I took the 4-wheelers over to Steve and Sharon's cabin to look for movies.  I was hoping they were there so we could say hi, but I wasn't surprised no one was home.  The girls picked out several movies they were interested in.  Pirates was the winner.  Along with Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.  I think just Maysen and Alison watched that one.  I went to bed.  I have always wanted to see that movie though.

I laughed when I saw this dictionary someone pulled out at the cabin.  I thought, that has got to be old!  I knew Renee's madden name was Brown.  I took a picture and texted it to Jordyn asking how old she thought this was.
Right after I sent it I noticed this inscription on the front cover.  That answered my question.  1974.  42 years.  That is how old I am!

Friday, September 23, 2016

Cabin Temple

Mike met Maysen at her apartment around noon.  He fixed her scanner, her speakers and her lamp.  Nice.  He took Maysen out to lunch at Angie's.  They both said it was delicious.  Mike then brought Maysen, Demetria and Alison up to the Star Valley Temple dedication. We were worried they wouldn't make it, but they got there in plenty of time.  They were there way before us.  We were late, but luckily were still able to go through.  Preston was so excited to see Maysen.  He wouldn't stop hugging her.
Stockton's eye, Preston, Maysen
After watching the video at the church we loaded up on a bus to take us to the temple.  First step: booties.  Anne loved her booties.  She was sad at the end when she needed to 'throw them away'.  Once Sam explained that they were going to have other people use them she seemed to be okay.
Stockton, Preston
 Sam & Jeff, Anne, Jorja
I don't think I've ever gone through a small temple before.  The celestial room was tiny!  It was still pretty.  I'm glad we were able to make it!
Stephanie, Maysen, Stockton
Jorja, Preston (and Shiver), Mike
 Preston & Shiver
Anne loved, loved, loved, loved, loved riding the bus.  They were super nice and it was raining really hard outside.  Plus she didn't need to be in her carseat and that is always fun.
Anne & Jorja
It is great having a temple up at the cabin, but it isn't super close.  Still, it's fun to drive by when we go the Wyoming way.