Sunday, November 12, 2017

It's My Birthday!

Daylight Savings is extra rough if you are me and you work with students in China. With the time change I lose an hour of work and when I'm only working 2-3 hours a day that's pretty significant. I decided to try to get up a half hour earlier so as to not lose so much of my paycheck but also so I won't have to get up at 3:45 AM, just 4:15! Ha, Yuck. It's not natural! When I'm starting to work at 4:30 it just doesn't see right! Now my bedtime is 9:00. I really have to plan to make that happen but it has to happen or I don't function well. 

My subbing gig is going well. I had one class that was not listening so I made them run laps. Boom! This should be my last week with this job but the teacher I'm subbing for will find out at her follow up appointment if she can return to work and if she can't I may be working the week after Thanksgiving as well. Either way I get a week off for Thanksgiving. Holla! 

Monday was my birthday. Scott got up early to make me a yummy breakfast before I left to go sub. I got lots of birthday wishes which was nice. After work we went to a Mexican restaurant recommended by a friend and we liked it. We came home and had Costco pumpkin pie (so good)! 

On Saturday some friends took me to breakfast at Kneaders for my b-day. YUM! I still have another rain-check birthday lunch to look forward to. Birthdays are the gifts that keep on giving. LOVE! Later that night Scott and I met up with some friends and had their molted lava cake. 

Scott made dinner all this week and I was able to catch up with stuff like housework and errands over the weekend. I'm ready to face a new week! 

One of my friends bought me some cute workout clothes for my birthday since she knows I'm subbing PE everyday and need them. She also brought over some delicious cupcakes. She's the best!

Scott bought me some birthday flowers and SEE's Chocolates. My favorite! 

Free birthday fried ice-cream! 

Gabby birthday note.

Piper birthday note

A Piper picture. She's an artist too. 

Sunday, November 5, 2017


It was a crazy busy week. In addition to starting my 2 1/2 week sub job I also had something going on every night of the week. I had a friend surprise me that she was in town. She and her family were visiting Boise for the week. They moved to Tennessee 2 or 3 years ago so her husband could get his Ph. D. We got together on Monday for a some thrift stores shopping and they came over Wednesday night and brought us pizzas for dinner. We were able to catch up for a few hours and our kids had a great time playing and it was fun. That was a nice surprise in my week. She came to my door with some expensive shampoo for my birthday. A fun birthday surprise for sure.

On Monday night my friend Karen wanted someone to go the Rocky Horror Picture Show with her. I had no idea what I was getting into. Ha. It was an experience for sure. Tons of people in the audience came dressed up and throughout the movie the audience participated by throwing rice, dancing and all kinds of mayhem. The movie was wack but the experience was pretty fun. Luckily we bailed early because we were both over it and I could still go to bed early. Winning.

Tuesday was Halloween! I went and helped in Piper's class party. I was in charge of the spider hat/headband station. It was nuts. I was trying to frantically measure, staple and cut headbands and help the kids with their spider legs. I could have definitely used another adult at that station. That night we went trick or treating and had a grand time. I feel like I am in the golden ages with my kids and I am loving it. They are just the most perfect fun ages right now.

On Wednesday I started my sub job and it's been going good. The teacher I'm subbing for was really strict and had a good system so it made it easy to step in. I've also gotten more strict in my old age so it's going well. I get to wear sweats to work and 8 minutes of every class period is changing time for the kids. It's a sweet gig.

Thursday night I had book club and on Friday night a bunch of my friends got together for dinner and a movie for my birthday. It was a great time. This weekend I got a lot of rest time and some house and yard work done. I'm ready to start a new week. I'm glad this week there is less stuff happening in the evening. It won't be as exhausting.

Ryan has been in a pull up for a year. My other kids potty trained day and night at the same time so Ryan is the first kid I've had to deal with pull ups. I was a little worried he might be in them for years to come but luckily he just started waking up dry and sleeps in underwear now. Hooray!

Ryan quote on Halloween, "No Piper, it's not Happy Halloween. It's creepy Halloween."

Spider Hats

"Trick or Treat"

Gabby cat

Piper witch (I should have gotten a better picture of her hat it's the best).

Captain America

Corbin ninja. I think he's been a ninja 3 years in a row. He could barely squeeze into it this year. 

Corbin convincced Piper to help him fill his leaf bag and she was rushing to fill it up.

Ladies night

Crazy movie night
Surprise visit from my friend Chelsey. So fun!

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Ryan Turns 4!

This last week was good. On Wednesday I invited a bunch of my old ward friends over for lunch. I had a big turnout. It was fun to catch up with everyone. I only subbed on Thursday last week because there was no school on Friday. I ended up doing a last minute job. I had to shower and get ready stat. I did two half day jobs. It was kind of nice. I had time to go home for lunch in between jobs and it broke up the day a little bit changing schools. I was a resource room aid at two schools I've been to before. It's really nice when I get to do a job that I'm already familiar with. I start my 13 day sub job this week. EEK! I hope it goes well. I just need to be strict (not my strong suit) and it should be fine.

On Friday the kids were out of school. We just hung out. That night I had some girlfriends over to watch a movie. On Saturday I went and helped a friend move and then we went and got breakfast. We had a family Halloween party with my book club friends in the afternoon. On our way there out car engine started steaming up so we had to turn around. I ended up having to take the kids by myself. The kids had a fun time there. My friend goes all out with her Halloween party. I should have taken some pictures! Later on Scott and I had an adult Halloween party. We dressed up like characters from a TV show called Dexter. He's a serial killer on the series. Scott dressed up as Dexter and I dressed up like one of his victims. On the show he wraps them in saran wrap. My friend went ALL out. Her house was covered in decorations. It was awesome.

Today was Ryan's birthday! We had a special breakfast. Later we went to Pojos and then to Burger King for lunch. After naps (me and Scott) we carved some pumpkins. After dinner we had cake, presents and played some games. It was a good day. We love our little Ryan beast!

Piper and Ryan quizzing each other. So cute!

My ladies lunch!

Kids table

Family Photo Shoot. See more pics here.

The Halloween Party had face painting. 

The adult party. The couple to the lefft was my favorite costume. Can you tell who they are??? I should have gotten a better picture of them. They are Mary and George Bailey from It's a Wonderful Life. They came in black and white. I loved it so much!


I just got murdered!

Ryan's B-Day

Colie and Rustin's present
Nana and Papa present

Playing Games

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Gabby Crafts Up a Storm

 I'm somewhat adjusting to my new schedule. I subbed at the same middle school on Thursday and Friday. I actually took a two and a half week job in November there. I will be subbing 6th Grade PE. Hopefully it's not too awful. It might be intense working both jobs everyday but it's just for a few weeks, plus the paycheck in December will be sweet! I'm hoping I can plan and be able to manage it okay. Scott will have to meet with his clients after school and he's going to have a go at cooking the dinners. Should be interesting! 

I had a first last week. I called 911. It was awful. After school on Wednesday I asked Corbin where Gabby was and he said jump rope club. Cool, she signed up for it and it must have been the first practice. At 4:45 Scott went to go and pick her up and she wasn't there and she never checked into jump rope club. I didn't want to waste any more time looking for her without calling 911. It was a horrible call to make. LUCKILY about 5 minutes later they found her at the school. She was at the after school reading program (that I didn't write down when it was starting). I had to call 911 back and say never mind. It was really scary for a little bit. 

We went to a funeral on Wednesday night. Some of our friends in the ward ended up leaving the church around the same time we did. They have three gay children. We became close to them and think of them sort like an extra set of parents. Their oldest daughter got in a motorcycle wreck and died. She is close to my age. We didn't know her but we went in support of our friends. It's really sad. My friend's heart is broken. It's such a tough thing.

Scott's sister Mandy came up for a short visit. It was fun to see her. She brought Attie and the kids were so excited to play with her. I didn't get to hang out too much with her because I went to bed early and subbed on Friday. She left Friday after dinner. It was a good, short visit. 

We had some friends over Friday night to watch a scary movie. It was fun! I don't know why I like scary movies They are the worst! Ha. Gabby spent the entire weekend crafting, crafting, crafting. She's like Buddy from the movie Elf. The rest of us had a nice relaxing weekend. It was nice! Onto another week. Bring it! Ha.

I love Gabby's water color paintings

She actually made this garland a few weeks ago.

Vampire Bat



Spider web and spider


More ghosts

A previous pumpkin craft.

Ghosts and pumpkins

Rat and the Hat

I made caramel popcorn balls. Yum!