Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Despite my lack of posting, we have actually been quite busy. So, for those of you who care, I am going to pretend that I have been on top of things and postdate a couple of things - so you can go back and read up on our goings on. And for those of you who don't, just look for my next post in a couple of months or so. (I have high hopes of posting Christmas photos before March.)
Have a Merry Christmas!
Sunday, December 14, 2008
Thursday, December 11, 2008
After returning from St. George, we had just a few days to do the laundry and pack up again before heading to Chicago for Grandpa Quincy's wedding. In a nutshell, it went something like this...
Bitter cold, lots of eating out at fancy places (not an easy task with 4 kids), lots of wedding festivities, pink fluffy dresses, pink ties, dancing, saw a show (The Million Dollar Quartet), new American Girl dolls for the girls and lunch at the American Girl store (a highlight for them), a trip to the Museum of Science and Industry for the boys (Jonas would have spent days there if he could), 3 trips to The Fudge Pot for chocolate treats, an attempt to see the zoo, but too cold, hats, scarves gloves, coats for all and still bitter cold. We look forward to returning in warmer weather!
Monday, December 1, 2008
We did manage to squeeze in one last adventure on our way home. While we were driving on the freeway, the hood latch on the suburban broke. It was very windy and we were obviously traveling at highway speeds, so the hood flew up, bent back and smashed into the windshield. Despite being unable to see anything, Shawn was able to slow down and pull over to the side of the road. It was pretty frightening and we felt extremely blessed that it all ended so well. Samantha cried and yelled "we're doomed, we're doomed!" over and over again until we convinced her that we couldn't call the tow truck and get help unless she stopped. Fortunately, Shawn's mom and Doug were just 10 miles ahead of us in Beaver. We stopped there and were able to secure the hood down so we could drive the car home. It doesn't look pretty, but it could have been so much worse. We figure we will at least need a new hood, a new windshield, new wipers, etc. , etc... One of the first things we did after pulling over was to give a prayer of thanks for our safety. And despite the delay, we still managed to make it to Thanksgiving dinner at the Stewarts - almost on time.
A little like this...
Sunday, November 2, 2008
Jonas on the soccer field.
Fall was full of soccer. Jonas did Impact Soccer Academy this year. This involved a lot of time. We were all relieved when the fall season finally ended. But Jonas did have fun playing on the team with his friend Stuart and his cousin Robbie.
Samantha, Amelia and Megan in their "duds".
Megan was an elephant although she did not want to wear her costume trick-or-treating. She just went as herself. It still worked though, as far as I know, she got candy at every house she stopped at.
Amelia was a pumpkin. She loves Halloween and talks about her costume, sings songs, etc.. for weeks in advance and then is very disappointed when it is all over.
Samantha was a gnome on a toadstool. We saw this costume in a magazine at the dentist's office and she decided that was what she wanted to be. Somehow, we managed to make it work and it held together until she got home.
Somewhere Jonas got the idea that he wanted to be a mop. (It could be because that is what we always call him - due to the amount and length of his hair.) At least it was an easy costume to pull off. He especially enjoyed spraying everyone with his "mop and glo".
And that is the quick version of October at our house.
Sunday, October 5, 2008
Samantha got into the festivities by donning not only her typical apron and chef hat but also a hairnet and purple eyeshadow. Maybe she is an aspiring lunchlady.
We all ate our fill and then it was time to clean up. (Darn it!) This includes baths for everyone - to remove the sugar coating. We love conference Sundays!
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Sunday, July 27, 2008
A few weeks back, our neighbors approached us about buying in on half of their boat. We have always talked about owning a boat, but it hasn't ever reached the top of our priority list. We went out on the boat, and talked to everyone we know who owns a boat. In doing this we heard every time, without fail, that boating has been the best family time that any of these people have had. (Also several warnings that it makes absolutely zero financial sense - which we heartily agree with.) After taking a couple of boating trips with all the kids, we decided we had found an activity that everyone really enjoyed (a rare thing in and of itself.) When Jonas first climbed in the boat after tubing, he yelled "that was totally awesome!" On her first time out, Amelia literally didn't stop giggling the entire time and she begs daily to go out on the "big boat" again. So, we decided that for a 10 year old boat, the price was just about right, and we took the plunge, so to speak. We figured this was a good way to see if we truly are a boating family. So far, so good. We are having a great time! An open invitation exists to anyone we know to come and join us on the lake. Just call us and tell us when.
Thursday, July 17, 2008
Wednesday, July 9, 2008
Sunday, June 8, 2008
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
This is my car. This is an essential part of my life. Without it, I could not run the Stringham Family Taxi Service, and where would I be then? (In a much simpler, possibly dull place, I am sure. ) May is an absolutely insanely crazy time at our house. And I think it all culminates in this one week. We have 3 kids playing soccer with either practices or games 2 days a week for each of them. I play soccer once a week. Shawn has lots of extra band practices because Studentfest is this weekend, plus since Summer Solstice is only weeks away, the Eddie band has also commenced practicing. And swim team started this week for Jonas and Samantha. Of course, we also still have piano, harp and dance going on.
Thursday, May 1, 2008
This cold, rainy, snowy, weather is making me crazy, and therefore quite a bit less tolerant of all the lovely things that my children do. Four times in the past 2 days, I have walked into a bathroom to find the entire roll of toilet paper unrolled and piled up on the floor, with parts of it shredded and spread all over. (Kind of makes me wish I hadn't bought the big rolls.) I dream of cleaning up a room and coming back 5 minutes later to find that it is still clean. But alas, it is not to be. (Perhaps if it would stay warm enough, I could send the kids outside!) Instead I come back to see that my 1 year old has poured herself some cereal or that both Amelia and Megan have helped themselves to yogurt, and in the process, Megan has painted both herself and the counter with it. And one of my favorites is to find my girls making "phone calls". (We have quite a history of dialing 9-1-1 around here, so this is never a good situation.) This all happens in the time it takes me to go change a load of laundry or run to the bathroom, mind you.
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
Tuesday, April 8, 2008
Monday, March 31, 2008
As per our request to the Easter Bunny, he came and filled the Easter baskets and hid the eggs on Saturday morning. The kids enjoyed hunting for their baskets and eggs and spent the morning playing with the fun things they got. We spent the afternoon at the dinosaur tracks and then went swimming at the pool with the rest of the city. We also made a stop in the ghost town of Grafton on our way back from Zion on Friday. Our kids were remarkably good despite the lack of sleep and constant busyness of the weekend. We were all very sad to have to return home. We were really enjoying the sunshine and warm weather, but all good things must come to an end I suppose.
For spring break, we took a little trip to St. George. We spent a day hiking at Zion. I couldn't believe how pleasant and happy the kids were. I kept asking Shawn, "What's going on here? Who's kids are these?" Most of our outings result in a great deal of whining and crying by at least one, if not all of the kids at one time or another. They all did a great job hiking and seemed to have fun. We hiked the Emerald Pools, and it was beautiful. It gave us hope that we may actually be able to do this a little more regularly - and enjoy it. (At some point in our hiking past, it was determined that one of our children - I won't mention names here - would never be invited to hike again. I think we may have overcome that particular obstacle. Hooray for the Stringham children! (This doesn't mean that we are yet ready for general public appearances. This whole weekend may have just been a fluke. Only time will tell.)