Tuesday, July 8, 2014
Sunday, May 11, 2014
Winter camping in Texas is like spring camping in Utah. The weather is perfect. Maybe Texas has a very short winter and really long spring. Either way, here are some outside fun we've had this Winter/Spring, 2014.
Olivia fell asleep standing up. :)
Together we did a mini triathlon. Finished in 2 hours
The first time we visited Angie Carilie, or at least its the first of many I hope.
DewBerry picking on Mother's Day at Angie Carilie house.
Posted by Crystalyn at 9:25 PM
At the first of the year sometime we had a piano recital here in our house. Taylor started playing the piano at the beginning of his 3rd grade year and Cameron started the same day. He was starting his 1st grade year. At this point they have been learning the piano 4 and 1/2 years. Mason started his 1st grade year so he's been playing 1 1/2. I see great things come of piano practice. To name a few, Taylor gained a better level of confidence in himself from learning a hard songs and accomplishing hard things. Cameron gained a better perspective of himself. He sees himself as a person with multiple talents. Mason has had to concentrate from beginning to end of songs or else he gets it wrong. It's really helped him in school. I really believe school would not be as easy as it is for Mason or Cameron or Taylor without piano keeping their brain actively learning.
And we bought this piano for only $60 put in $200 fixing a few keys and tuning it. Then retuned it when we moved to Texas but that is it so far. I dream of someday replacing all the keys and restoring the wires and pads needed so it plays nice. I think the woodworking and design of the piano is beautiful. I even like the natural peina that has built up. Some day when we aren't paying $135-$180 a month on piano lessons. If I did the math right, Taylor's Junior year in High School will be Olivia's 1st grade year in school, so that means paying for 5 kid's piano lessons.
Posted by Crystalyn at 8:08 PM
SNOW DAY. School didn't open until 10:00. The boys came home from school and the snow was still around and so they filled their buckets full of snowballs and had a real snowball fight. The friends around are usually Josh and Matt, and then Grayson and Blake and Gabe.
Posted by Crystalyn at 7:40 PM
Everyone had to figure out how to give gifts without any financial help from the parents. In the end everyone found perfect gifts and they enjoyed giving them just as much as receiving. It was a great Christmas.
Cameron made Aaron a Gaint Jenga game.
Emmett was lots of fun with each gift he open or anyone else opened.
Emmett on Santa's lap
Three generations of women. Glenda's only daughter is Crystalyn and then Crystalyn's only daughter, Olivia.
Emmett and Olivia with Grandma Borgstrom
Olivia did not want to even get near Santa. She trusted me enough to hold her and take a quick picture
In a big way we created a princess out of Olivia. Each time she gets something pink or purple we would said, "Ohh so cute."
Posted by Crystalyn at 7:14 PM