Friday, April 29, 2011

April Update

We kicked off the month of April by attending the Clark County Fair and Rodeo. We usually spend both Thursday and Friday at the fair, but this year we decided to just go on Thursday.  I went to the fair that morning with Kevin's kindergarten class and enjoyed experiencing the fair with four adorable five-year-olds. At noon, I went home and picked up Makenna and Matthew, dropped Makenna off at her friend Natasha's house, then hooked up with Jonathon's class. Unfortunately, there was really horrible, dusty wind that day and we could barely stand up or see straight, so Jonathon's class ended up going back to the school early. We'd pre-purchased carnival tickets. so we stuck it out to get our money's worth and the children enjoyed the carnival rides. Makenna spent the day at the carnival with her friend Natasha, so we didn't see much of her. On Friday, I gave my kids the option of attending school or staying home. Makenna chose to stay home, but all my boys went to school and were one of just a handful of students in class that day.

Later in the month, we enjoyed Spring Break relaxing at home, picnicking at the Valley of Fire, playing with friends at the park, and spending time together. That weekend, Jared took the kids down to Newport Beach to celebrate Easter with his family.

Here is a little update on what the kids have been up to this month-

Kevin  had a great month. To our immense relief, his missing glasses turned up. He looks so adorable in them! I wish he was wearing them for his pictures, but he forgot them. He picked out his own clothes that day, as you can probably tell by his mismatched outfit. I was just relieved that he had put his shirt on correctly since most mornings he puts it on backwards and I have switch it around. He also likes to wear his clothes over his pajamas, and I usually let him do it. One week he took layering to a whole new level and wore his pajamas, three shirts, and a jacket to school. Silly boy!

Kevin continues to enjoy having play dates with his friend Dominic, playing the wii, and attending kindergarten. Each week he looks forward to a "Fun Friday", the day when he and the other kids get to play with toys and eat treats at kindergarten. This month Kevin has enjoyed watching "Johnny Test" on Netflix and reading Green Eggs and Ham with me. A couple of weeks ago he lost his first tooth and was subsequently visited by the tooth fairy. 

Lately Kevin has been obsessed with my "tummy", rubbing it, kissing it, lying on it, and squeezing the "chub." It drives me crazy, but I am trying to endure it as best as I can since he obviously finds it extremely comforting.

My favorite moment each day is seeing a cute little blond boy with glasses and a big smile jumping off the school and running towards me. He is such a sweetheart!

Jonathon's birthday is coming up in May, so he's been busily trying to finish all his Wolf requirements, happily planning his birthday festivities, and anxiously anticipating the arrival of a watch he ordered for his birthday. He continues to pass of his math facts at school at lightning speed and has been finishing his homework during his daily ride home on the school bus.

A few weeks ago Jonathon made homemade paper wallets for everyone in the family. They actually turned out pretty cute. Hopefully I can get some pictures of them on next month's "Update" post.

A few days ago Jonathon put a carton of chocolate pudding in his backpack, which got all over his music folder and textbook. He was pretty upset over it, but we were able to replace the folder and clean up the book, so it all worked out okay.

After weeks of listening to Matthew's pleas, I finally agreed to take him to the store to buy a magnifying glass. On the way there, he told me that he wanted to use it to set things on fire. Needless to say, we had a long talk before we actually made the purchase.  I told him he could set little leaves or twigs on fire as long as he was very careful.  He enjoyed doing that few that for a few weeks until the smell of smoke led me to a full-blown log fire in our front yard. Since then he's been prohibited from starting fires, but that didn't keep him from taking his magnifying glass to school, where it was confiscated. He's been begging me to go pick it up for him, but I'm not feeling particularly inclined to do so.

A few weeks ago, Matthew discovered on Netflix a 65-episode documentary on the Universe. He's been it everyday, much to the chagrin of his youngest brother.

I can't believe that he'll be going onto Middle School next year!! Where has the time gone??

As mentioned in an earlier post, Makenna made the Lyon Locomotion Dance Team again. Hooray! She had a great experience this past year and is looking forward to what will hopefully be another great year. Unfortunately, their dance coach, Sara Leavitt, is moving to Utah. She did an amazing job and will be greatly missed. Their new coach will have some big shoes to fill.

This morning was a crazy one in our household. To start at the beginning, last night Makenna's best friend Natasha came over at 9 p.m. to spend the night in anticipation of the school's pride trip to Knott's Berry Farm the following morning. Were they ever hyper?!! At eleven thirty p.m. I had to come out and tell them that if they wanted me to get them to the school by 3:10 a.m. to leave for the trip, they had better let me some sleep. I reminded them to wake me up a few minutes before they needed to leave, then went back to bed. Next thing I knew, a frantic Makenna rushed into my room and announced that it was already 3:50 a.m. and she had slept through her alarm. We had a few minutes of panic, but it all turned out okay. Fortunately, the principal had been kind enough to hold the bus for them so they were still able to go.  Whew!!!  Hopefully she had a fabulous time at Knott's Berry Farm and made it on time for the return bus trip. She and her group should be eating at the Barstow McDonald's right now.

We are looking forward to next month! May means May Day Dances, Jonathon's birthday, and the winding down of the school year. Hopefully, it will be a great month!

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