Abby joined her ballerina sisters on the fridge of fame. I love these magnets.
Andy and I went on a date one day and checked out my old boss’s new store in the mall. He and a friend started this company that sells trendy clothes he goes down to Los Angeles to pick out for women and kids. I tried on some things they suggested and chose this flowy top.
We did the Clot Trot again this year. We walked/ran the mile. This is the ninth year and I think we have been to all of them. Andy’s boss’s son started the Clot Trot to bring awareness to blood disorders like Hemophilia. He has Hemophilia which prevents blood from clotting.
We went to a Richland High School play, “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown”. It was fun, but not very well attended.
Abby enjoyed posing with the characters after the show. Charlie Brown was one of our former Cub Scouts.
Olivia had a concert with all the elementary and middle schools in Richland orchestras. I like to take pictures at the rehearsal during the day when I volunteer to chaperone because then I can enjoy the concert more.
Olivia really enjoys playing the violin.
My reign as PTA President is almost over and maybe I’ll have time to really blog again…. I went and bought donuts for Morning with Mom a few weeks ago and I even got to hang out with my kids to eat them because we had enough dads helping serve them this year.
Olivia was in an invitation only Honor Orchestra for Richland School District students. It was for elementary and middle schoolers. They had three levels and Olivia played well enough to be in the middle group. She met with this group every Monday for an hour, but didn’t start until February when we heard about it.
A mini miracle happened this month.
I paid my tithing from my job at Kohl’s on the first Sunday of the month like I normally do, even though it only left about $50 in my account for groceries (I deposit my check in a separate account from Andy’s check and use my check for household things, groceries, and music lessons, etc.) I was a little worried about only having $50 for the week and considered just waiting a week when I’d have a little bit bigger check, but paid it anyway.
Monday morning I had a knock at my door from a man who works for our city. They come every two years to trim our tree out of the powerlines in the backyard. He asked me if I was the one who was begging him to chop down the tree a few years ago. I sure was! And since then, huge branches fell onto our house
and did quite a bit of damage, barely missing our kids who were playing outside at the time the branches fell, so I wanted it out! He said they could take it down (and the tree growing in the fence that has grown back a few times after getting chopped down) in the next few weeks for free. HOORAY! (The tree had been chopped out of the powerlines, but that left the rest of the tree hanging over our house.)
I came home the following day from an errand to men standing in my front yard talking about my trees. They asked if they could come over the next day to take it down and the day after that to finish it up. Absolutely!
Here’s the tree before the big cut and the littler tree behind it in the fence. The space in the middle that’s skinnier is where the branches were that fell a few summers ago.
The Wednesday they started cutting down the tree in the back. Our front yard trees have grown a lot too!
After it was chopped down, we had quite a bit of wood to get rid of (they warned me and I am still trying to unload the last bit of it). Just so you can tell just how big the tree is, here’s Abby on a section of it. The green on the stump behind her is so it won’t regrow (and it’s since faded in color).
Olivia braided her hair the day before this and Abby wouldn’t let me take it out.
Vincent had to try it out after school too.
Olivia stayed home from school about a month ago because both of her ears were plugged up for some reason. I took her to the doctor to find out why and the doctor said she had thick, thick ear wax plugging both ears. She tried to use a special water hose rinse to flush it out and it wouldn’t work. (She said this time was only about the second time it hadn’t worked for her in all her years as a pediatrician). She recommended ear wax softener drops once a day for a week and then had us come back in to try again. It STILL didn’t work the second time, so she had us make an appointment with a specialist who would be able to get it out easier with different tools. That appointment was about a month out so I hoped our doctor would still be able to get it. Finally on the third appointment, it did come out. It was like the top of a pencil eraser in size and super hard. I was able to cancel the specialist appointment which was great because we have lousy insurance and pay out of pocket until we hit a high deductible. The day of the appointment our doctor got the earwax out was also the Monday the tree guy came. I’m calling it a tithing blessing for both. Taking the tree down ourselves would have cost at least $5,000 and I assume the specialist would have been a few hundred. HUGE blessings!
We will miss the shade from the tree, but that’s about it. I won’t miss cleaning up leaves year-round, all the stupid sycamore balls all over the yard, or worrying the tree was going to fall on our house everytime the wind blew, which it does very often here!
A super nice lady in our ward offered Olivia her violin that her dad bought her in 1950 when she was in elementary school (the same one my kids go to). Olivia and I went over to check it out and she sold it to her for just $25. It’s been sitting under our friend’s bed for 50 years now, since she stopped playing after high school so we need to get it fixed up, but we found a connection and are hopeful that it will be well worth it.
A newspaper clipping that was in the case:
A man in Richland made the violin and Ruminoff, a famous violinist, played it!
Our school carnival, that includes silent auction, bake sale, concessions, and SO many booths and fun games was this past weekend. It was a little bit crazy for me that week making sure all the people in charge of each of those categories were taken care of and seeing where I needed to help, but they all did such a great job, I just had to go buy the food for concessions and I helped with ticket sales on the night of the carnival (I finally gave up being in charge of bake sale after six years.) It was a successful carnival and a lot of fun! I love that I can count on our awesome PTA team at our school to do what they say they will.
Saturday I hosted a free House Party for Bertolli. They sent coupons for their pasta sauce and some cute basil plants. I decided that we’d have a pasta sauce tasting party. Abby ate FOUR plates full of the pasta with red sauce.
Vincent loved the red sauce too.
Unfortunately, the only people available out of all the ones I invited to attend was our neighbor and her daughter, although we had a really fun time with them!
The kids planted their basil plants in the tiny containers and are watching them daily.
I like seeing these lined up in my kitchen window.
Olivia had a spring concert at her school for strings and marimba this week.
She was way in the back for the first part with the whole group, but then the advanced kids (who have been playing for two years) came to the front to play three songs too.
Watch the Indian Dance song here
Our neighbor girl came with Andy and I. We left Elizabeth home to babysit Abby and Vincent since they don’t always behave the best at concerts.
Olivia had two turns to play the fun drums for the marimba group. They all dance and bounce around when they aren’t playing and it’s really fun to watch. Watch one song here
Olivia had turns playing the real marimbas too. They have to shift around for each song since they have so many kids in their group. They get to play again next week with ALL of the marimbas in our school district, so that should be really cool.
The music teacher at our school is moving to the school where her kids go next year. We are going to miss her so much! She has kids coming to her five mornings a week for orchestra and choir and the marimbas practice four days a week at lunchtime. She goes above and beyond for sure!
In other news, I finally got my garden planted. It’s only the end of May, so maybe by July or August we’ll have some produce, more than our strawberries that take care of themselves every year. That’s okay though because June is crammed with stuff and we’ll be too busy to garden a lot anyway.
Elizabeth is making some good friends in middle school and is excited for summertime when she can read more. She was assigned a book by James Patterson (Maximum Ride) for a class at school and asked to read 30 pages over the weekend out of the 400 pages in the book. She finished the whole book that weekend and asked for the rest in the eight book series. She only has one more to go before she finishes the whole thing. It’s only been two weeks and all the books are about the same length.
Vincent’s practicing piano more and enjoys when he’s improving, but gets a little frustrated trying to learn new things. He loves Cub Scouts and all the things they get to do there.
Abby’s still my little helper and I’m hoping that she’ll be all ready for all day kindergarten in the fall. We skipped preschool with her because life was so busy this school year and I just couldn’t fit it in. She is doing ballet and goes to church with kids her age and speaks fairly clearly (other than her r’s) and in full sentences. She’s a smart kid. She is going to struggle with taking turns and following directions though, I think and she doesn’t write much yet, but she’ll catch on quick.
Andy’s enjoying the Teacher’s at church and planning summer campouts and activities for them.
I’m getting through the rest of the school year as PTA President plus Primary President plus working plus all these concerts plus plus plus. I’m looking forward to retiring from PTA for a bit, although I still plan to help here and there. In the fall with Abby in school all day, I should be able to shift my work schedule to work while they are at school and be home in the evenings and I’m looking forward to that.