Sunday, April 28, 2019


Things have been good around here. I'm still staying fully booked at VIP which is awesome. I've started working just M-F again which has been really good. Having a full weekend off is great. Plus with the time change I can still work 20 hours a week. So I'm feeling really good about that. Scott's work is going good. He is leading his branch in overall performance for the quarter which is really great! Way to go Scott!

We are trying to figure out what we should do with our house and what options we have. We met with my brother who is a realtor. We went over our options and at least at this point we are leaning toward getting a shed in the back yard. No joke! There are lots of pictures and videos of people converting sheds to spare rooms. We would have it be the office/extra living space. An escape away from home! Ha. Anyway we don't really know and we aren't great at making these kinds of decisions. They stress me out! Moving seems terrible and exciting at the same time. There are some things that are hard to replace like our fully shaded backyard, the kids walk to school (which is beyond amazing, and necessary if I am going to sub and coach next year) and Scott has a no traffic 8 minute drive to work. Those things are hard to give up even if we are crowded. Anyway who knows, we will probably just put if off and do nothing for awhile. 

On Friday night I went to watch some of my basketball players compete at the track meet. After that Scott and I met some friends for a dinner date. The rest of the weekend we have just been chilling and doing house and yard work. 

Willow has found her spot on our patio couch. She better not pee!

The kids and neighbor friend (who practically lives here) having a backyard picnic. 
Lowes adventrue (Piper did not want to come). 

Sunday, April 21, 2019

Happy Easter

Just like that our basketball season is done. I'm excited to be done and have more freedom. Overall it was pretty good. The dynamics with A team weren't the same as B team in a bad way. B team kids know that they aren't good enough for A team and there's a camaraderie that gets built among the team. That does not happen with A team at all. A team members are more competitive and less inclusive of the players on the team who aren't as good. Unlike my 8th grade B team that lost 2 games and won 8 games my A team only won 2 games. It was more painful for sure! Ha. Three games we got killed and three games we lost with three points or less difference and we won 2 games. So overall not too terrible really. I didn't have any parent complaints (that I know of) and the athletic director gave me a good review so I'd say that's a success! 

On Friday night we went to our nephew's b-day party and later we watched a movie with some friends. On Saturday morning I took the kids to our local Albertson's for their Easter egg hunt. It is the best! Less than 5 minute drive, easy parking, and you don't have to worry about the weather! 

We didn't do much for Easter. I hid their Easter baskets and made a special Easter dinner but other than that nothing much. At one point Scott checked on the sprinklers and the kids put on their swimming suits to run through the sprinklers. It was cold! They lasted outside for at least an hour. I couldn't believe it. BRRR! 

7th Grade A-Team!

Albertson's Easter Egg Hunt. Ryan's face! Ha

Easter Baskets

Cute Easter Bunny
Crazy Kids!
It's hard to see but a mommy duck and her little ducklings came in our back yard. AHHH!

Sunday, April 14, 2019

Girls Weekend and Grass!

I had a busy week last week. I made it through okay. My team got killed against Eagle. It was so painful. They are playing a lot of teams that have better skills and probably better coaches no doubt. We lost by a lot against Victory as well but that game at least didn't feel as painful. We only have 2 games left. I hope we win at least one more game. 

On Thursday we had a meet up for local VIPKID teachers. They had an Easter egg hunt for the kids and the teachers. I won a Dino key chain and another teacher switched with me so I could have my own Dino doll. I'm so excited! I'll post a pic when I get it. The weather was terrible and we got rained out. 

On Friday late afternoon/early evening I met up with my sister and sister in laws so we could carpool to our airbnb in Hagerman ID. We were trying to find a spot where we could sort of meet in the middle for the Eastern and Western Idahoans. My sister flew in from Seattle. The airbnb was actually pretty cute and was right next to the water. It had tons of windows and it was like indoor camping! My favorite way to camp. We ate dinner and gabbed that evening until late. The next day we attempted a little hike that turned out to be a walk in a field! Ha. We got some sunshine and fresh air at least. The weather on Saturday was perfect, sunny and no wind. Amazing! We ate food and played games. Later in the evening we went and checked out the Malad gorge and 1000 springs. It was a fun little outing. That night we watched a movie. We got up and left this morning. I was happy to get back early and spend some time with my family and get some things done today. Overall it was a really fun successful girls trip.

While I was gone Scott spent the entire day trying to salvage our sad backyard. He picked up compost, sod, and a rototiller and worked all day long. I'm still worried the grass won't grow back there. We will see what happens this summer. Keep your fingers crossed for us! 

Easter egg hunt. Ryan is in the distance.

The view from the house.

Windows everywhere!

Yummy dinner!

Our field hike.

I forced everyone to participate in Speak Out! So fun. I kill at that game. Teaching English to Chinese students for the past 2 years is finally paying off! Ha. 

Taking this bridge picture was no joke! We could not get the timing right on the camera. Anna kept running back and forth. It was torturous! We were shocked we actually got a decent one! Everyone was there except for Christy and Amanda. 

Getting the compost.


Ooo la la! 

Sunday, April 7, 2019

Summerwind Skippers

Last week seemed to drag and fly by at the same time. On Tuesday I was like how is it only Tuesday? Now it's Sunday and I'm like how are we already at Sunday? Ha. It was a bit crazy town coming back from spring break and jumping back into things. Things are always a little more crazy when I'm coaching and teaching online. My girls got slaughtered against Heritage on Tuesday. It was painful! Ha. Within a couple of minutes it was 20 to 0. I think the final score was 7 to 55. I don't think any of my teams have lost that badly before. Our game on Thursday was a much better match. It was a close game but we came out with the win 33 to 24. This week we play Eagle and I think we will most likely lose, Heritage and Eagle are always the best teams. I'm just hoping it will be a closer game than it was against Heritage. Our game on Thursday will be our last home game and it should be a close game. I think Victory might be a better team but I think we could beat them if all the stars align.

Piper has a science project we need to figure out sometime today. All of the good experiments have already been done. We are really struggling to think of what to do. Gabby had her Summerwind Skippers spring show. Summerwind Skippers are a little famous they competed on America's Got Talent a few years ago. They are really good. The head coach is the PE teacher at Summerwind and she runs a program once a week for any elementary students that are interested. It's pretty cool. Gabby is the only one that wanted to participate. She wants to do all the things.
All the participants. 
Here are a couple of videos.

On Saturday night Scott and I went out to dinner. Now that we don't have to pay for babysitters anymore we feel like we can get out a lot now. It's the best! Later we went and hung out with some of our friends. Tonight we are going to go have dessert and play some games with some of our other friends.

It's been rainy off and on all weekend. We did escape to the school yesterday and played some basketball. I'm going to be interested to see if Corbin plays and is any good in 7th grade. Gabby already shows lots of promise with her baller skills.

Well this week I have to sub tomorrow and Tuedsay. On Tuesday I will go from teaching online to subbing to coaching a game. I don't think I will get home until 7:00. I'm DREADING it. I hope that it's not as terrible as it seems. I will try to take a nap in a chair during my prep period that day.

Alright that's all.
Gabby's rabbit sketch