Archive for August 2005

Buddy Goes To School

Samuel started preschool at Challenger School this week. After spending the last three years in the car while Nancy shuttled Emily, Anne, and Caroline to Challenger School, Samuel knew all about it and was excited to attend.

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Ready For The First Day of School

Our kids have really enjoyed Challenger School over the years. Nancy and I been pleased that all of our kids have learned to read at Challenger School before they started kindergarten. Challenger School also has a K-8 program that is very academically rigorous (Challenger 3rd graders are rumored to have 3 hours of homework every night) but the tuition fees are out of our price range.

When I asked Samuel what he did on the first day of school he said that he painted with “kid paints”, sang the “bumble bee song” (“I’m bringing home a baby bumble bee…”), learned about the letter ‘M’, sat in a circle on the floor, and had recess. You can’t beat that for a first day of preschool.

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All Smiles After a Fun Day

I Was Walking Really Fast And My Shoe Just Flew Up On The Roof

Today the kids were in the other room while Nancy and I were in the computer room. Soon the air was filled with the sounds of Samuel’s wails. When Nancy inquired as to what happened, Anne said, “Samuel got kicked”. When we asked Anne who had kicked Samuel, she told one of the best whoppers that I’ve ever heard:

“I was sitting on the couch just reading my book and I was kicking my leg because I just like kicking. I didn’t know that Samuel was there and my kick accidentally kicked Samuel in the head.”

I had a hard time keeping myself from laughing out loud when she told me that one. I’ll give her an “A” for creativity but she still got busted and sent to her room because no self respecting parent would ever let a kid get away with “… I was kicking my leg because I just like kicking…”.

Of course that reminds me of some of the greatest whoppers of all time:

  • “I was walking really fast and my shoe just flew up on the roof” – Told by Nathan in response to a query on why his shoe was sitting on the roof right next to the basketball hoop
  • “I found a jar of pennies down by the snack bar at the school” – Told by Kelly in response to a query on why she had a jar of pennies and candy in her possession while at the same time a jar of pennies was missing from Dad’s closet

I know I’ve told my fair share of whoppers but none probably as creative as the above classics. Does anyone else remember any classic whoppers that I should add to my list?

27 Aug 2005 15:18:00 UPDATE – Changed the culprit of the second whopper from Nate to Kelly. Sorry about that Nate.

Summer Fun

This summer Grandma Connie has inviated various sets of grandkids to spend a week with her in Cedar City. Samuel and Texas went a couple of weeks ago. This past week was Emily and Annie’s turn.

Grandma Connie has a new house in Cedar that is very Connie-esque. I like my Mom’s taste in colors, art, and overall decor; however, when she messes with the physical layout of homes she ends up with rooms that just don’t make any sense to me. A few examples: the little bathroom downstairs in her Salt Lake home and the ‘closet-bedroom’ in her Cedar home. Anyone who knows Grandma Connie will know what I’m talking about. (Mom, we love you – don’t take it personally. I would like you to be my interior decorator – just not my architect.)

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The Girls in Grandma’s New Kitchen

Anyway, Grandma Connie’s new house is pretty and the kids enjoyed staying there. Best of all she has a jetted tub which the kids think is just as good as a jacuzzi. Thanks Grandpa Kent and Grandma Connie for giving our kids a fun summer and for giving Nancy and I some peace and quiet for a change.

On Thursday Nancy, Texas Samuel, baby, and I drove down to Cedar City to have a vacation day of our own and to bring the kids back. The drive went by fairly quickly (our kids have always been pretty good travelers and we’ve been fortunate to have suffered only two major barf incidents on our summer vacations over the years) and we got to Cedar in time to play at the park for an hour before sunset.

On Friday everyone drove to Washington, Utah (just outside of St. George) to look up the headstone of Mrs Fan’s great-great grandfather in the Washington City Cemetery. Mrs Fan’s dad has been working on his genealogy and wanted a photo of the headstone:

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Grandpa Levi’s Headstone – Washington City, Utah

Turns out old Grandpa Levi was an Indian fighter. Also in the Washington cemetery were several old Mormon polygamists buried next to their various wives and other interesting headstones dating back to the first Mormon pioneers in Southern Utah. I enjoyed wandering around and reading the old headstones but not everyone shared my enthusiasm as they were back in the car and anxious to go before I was really ready to leave.

On the way home from Washington we stopped off at Silver Reef, an old silver mining ghost town. Ghost town isn’t really the right word – several people live in Silver Reef and the town is quickly becoming an attractive place for California refugees to build retirement homes. The highlight of Silver Reef was a big 4-foot snake that Grandpa Kent picked up with a stick and scared the girls with. Actually, Grandma Connie was probably more scared of the snake than the girls. Nancy and I were in the car and couldn’t actually hear what Grandma Connie was saying but we could see her stamp her foot and get mad at Grandpa Kent for playing with the snake and I’ll bet $20 that Grandma Connie was saying “Kent! Kent! Stop that! Put it down! Kent! Don’t play with that!”. Unfortunately, Nancy and I weren’t quick enough with the camera to get a picture of Grandpa and the snake before Grandma made him leave it alone.

After lunch, Nancy, Emily, Anne, and I went to see Camelot at Southern Utah University’s Utah Shakespearean Festival. The play was so good that Emily and Anne surprised me and sat through it (3 hours long) with only a few minor wiggles. After the play it was time to attend the Cedar High Redmen football game against the Park City Miners. Watching the crowd was just as much fun as watching the actual game. My favorite part was when the politically incorrect “Redman” (Cedar Mascot) came skateboarding down the track surrounding the football field being towed by a moped. In terms of entertainment bang for your buck, nothing compares to the atmosphere at a small-town football game.

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Emily and Anne at the Washington Cemetary

On Saturday morning we loaded the kids in the car and zoomed back to Salt Lake with only two potty stops – the end of a perfect weekend trip.

The Mummy Awakens

Well, 2005 hasn’t turned out to be a great year as far as keeping our family website up to date. Family, work, gardening, church calling, and general laziness have all taken a toll on our website. I promise to get back in the swing of things and put up some new pictures and articles this week.

One bit of good news is that we’ve finally resolved some of our house woes (rusting stucco and leaky window). Ivory Homes fixed the leaky window for free even though it wasn’t under warranty and the stucco subcontractor is fixing the stucco as well. Although we’ve had our complaints about Ivory I must say that they came through for us on the window. Next up on the home improvement list is pouring a back patio. I’m not sure the project is one that I can tackle by myself (my handyman skills tend to max out on stuff like painting the living room or patching holes in the drywall) but I’ll be sure to post a picture when it is done.