Monday, March 26, 2012

And she picked...

The purple frames:

Cute, huh?

Monday, March 19, 2012

This Week's "Field Trip"

How many kids get excited to visit the dentist? Mine do. Eye exam? Yep. Well, except maybe Joey, because he hates getting drops put in his eyes (gets that from Rob).

But they love trying on glasses...

Joey's vision is 20/15, but he can't resist a prop. I love the Napolean Dynamite specs. If he grows his hair out again, it'll be the perfect Halloween costume.

The big news is that Ellie needs glasses, just a little long-distance correction. She liked these three pair:

So, what's your vote? I'll post her choice when we pick them up next week...

Finally, the kids with those awesome disposable sunglasses:

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Lucky...No, Blessed

Ever since the boys quit soccer, our Saturdays have been blissfully open. This week was an exception. The boys left at 7:45 a.m. for a merit badge day. I joined them for a couple of leader classes from 10:00-12:00. Robbie had most of the merit badges they offered, so he came home with me after lunch, and Joey stayed until 4:00 and worked on rank advancement. Here they are in the fingerprinting class, which they both enjoyed. Their other favorite was the electronics badge.

Robbie and I hurried home, changed and cut brownies to take to Grandpa Backman's 90th birthday open house. We feel so lucky to have him in our lives.

I wish I'd thought to get a photo with all three Robert Backmans...

It was great to see Rob's brother Rich, from Atlanta. We missed Matt & his family, and of course Joe wasn't there.

Judy is the oldest of seven daughters. We love all of Rob's aunts.

Here's a shot of all the family there—two of the Champneys came from California and Texas, and the Prices came from California, Texas and Germany! It was so fun to see everyone.

These are the grandkids who made it:

And the great-grandkids—this should have been a video, not a picture. It was pretty comical.

We picked Joey up just in time for a photo before everyone went home.

We had dinner at El Farol's with the Marshes, and I didn't even have my phone camera with me for a photo. When we finally got home I collapsed finished my gospel doctrine lesson. It was a productive, fun, exhausting day. Not much time for St. Patrick's Day traditions, but the leprechauns did make an appearance the night before, leaving gold Rolos inside the kids' lockers. And as Ainsley pointed out, we didn't want to wear green anyway...that's Slytherin's color. :)

Friday, March 16, 2012

Lucky Charms Graph

In case anyone else is doing a kindergarten learning center on St. Patrick's Day. :) I couldn't find a graph that was free and high resolution with all eight charms, so I made one. Feel free to use it. Just give each kid a baggy with Lucky Charms in it, have them sort their charms into piles, then color in the graph with a matching crayon. When they're done, they can eat the cereal.

Monday, March 12, 2012

Twelve Photos on 3.12.12

My "theme" this month is color.
  • I love the way the girl's rooms turned out—that's another post to come, but here's a sneak peek.
  • I'm also so excited to see a few flowers and green leaves sprouting up and can't wait for Spring!
  • I stocked up on lots of colorful fruits and veggies at Target, and will be making yummy Spring Rolls this week.
  • Ainsley spent most of the morning coloring—right now she's into Bratz Girls' coloring pages (I can't stand them, but I guess it's better than watching TV all morning).
  • I painted the girls' fingernails green for St. Patrick's Day.
  • Rob very grudgingly agreed to let me take a photo of him wearing the new shirt I picked up at Costco—I love the color!
  • Robbie had a water polo game tonight. Water polo is seriously fun to watch, even though it makes me tired just watching. :) They won.
  • Finally, I found Joey reading in his room, instead of putting on his pj's. No collage of photos representing this day would be complete without piles of dirty clothes. Just keeping it real.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Mr. Dramatic

It seems like every haircut Joey gets takes an inordinate amount of coaxing and/or bribery, and is usually a picture taking event, because it happens so rarely. I guess if long hair is the worst form of rebellion we get, we'll count ourselves lucky.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

School happenings

Joey's class is studying debate, and he did a good job arguing against vending machines in elementary schools.

The kindergarten classes had a "Kindy 500" road trip. They were each assigned a state and made a cardboard car—Ainsley got Arkansas, which was a bit of a challenge. We used the state seal for headlights, the state flag for tail lights, and although ASU is represented on the license plates, the Razorbacks have decals on both side doors. There's a bumper sticker for Bill Clinton's hometown too. We probably should have added a Walmart sticker on there somewhere...

The Kindy 500 happened to fall on the same day as Dr. Seuss day, thus the crazy hair and socks.