Saturday, April 24, 2010

Another day another bouquet!!

I'm probably telling too much by these pictures that were taken (just not very flattering), but adult birthdays I've decided can be hard. That's why Dave has done something different for my birthdays and I love it. He buys presents, but I only get to open one a day starting on my birthday. So for the first week of march, I'm excited to see what that day's present is going to be. The kids like it too. Also every year---for a really long time, my brother Jon, and his wife Lauren, send me a bouquet of tulips. I love it, and they always go on top of my piano for everyone to see when they come in!!

A close-up of my tulips. They are always so gorgeous! Obviously my picture taking needs some work though.
Some knives that work on my counter. They are plastic and I use them to cut rolls and such.
A purse, and my crunch a munch. It looks like I'm scratching my head wondering why it's red, but honestly I did pick it out, and then sent the link to Dave. It goes great with my new brown coat!

Nate's Baptism

Nate was baptized in March. There were four kids from our ward baptized. One of them was the grandson of Sis. Liffereth, so she spoke at Nate's baptism. When our family went into the font room, Nate ran into the font and started jumping up and down. He has been so excited for this moment. Once he got dunked, he ran out. Game over I guess!! Anyway it was a great time, and everyone came to our house afterward for sandwiches. I love baptisms, just another reminder of why were really here.

My big kids--let me tell you though, vacations are awesome!!
Nate and Dad. Dad is showing his teeth!!
Mom, Dad, and Nate.

This is the project that never ends

As a fifth grader this year Rachael was required to do a science project. She choose to find out whether or not cars stop at stop signs. Dave did most of this project with her, and she went around to different types of stops (4-way stops, 3-way stops, right-turn only stops), to see what her findings would be. The very first night they came home they counted 14 cars. 1 stopped. She also interviewed a police man. Well the night of the science fair came, and we weren't going to go, cause we had so much going on, and Dave was gone, but I took all the kids and trudged to the science fair. Lo and behold, she was one of ten finalists to move on to the next level at UVU.

The finalists who went on.
So at UVU I got to judge. I only had ten projects to judge, but it was nice since only the judges could be in with the kids at that time. So during my breaks I would run over to Rachael to see how she was doing (and grab some candy). At the awards ceremony that night, we were again surprised to hear her name called to go onto Regionals at BYU.

BYU was an all-day thing. The night before the kids came in to set up their projects. They were put in around 6 rooms, so there were a lot of projects. There were several different categories, and every category had a 4th, 3rd, 2nd, 1st, and grand finalist. Rachael's really good friend was called up to receive 3rd for her category and we were thrilled. When they started calling the 2nd place people Rachael was called up. I clapped and thought, cool she gets a trophy, then I though wait a minute my daughter's up there, I better get out my camera. Who knows what I was thinking. So the camera came out right at the end, and I was able to snap this picture.
Here Rachael is next to her friend. Rachael also received a check for 25 dollars. Only the grand finalists moved on to the next level. Rachael was thrilled and said, "Second is the best, I know I did well, but I don't have to do anymore!" So what is she going to do with her money? She wants to go get her ears pierced.

And the Last Shall Have His First

It happened, after days of wiggling Adam lost his first tooth. He was thrilled and the tooth fairy came right on time. He has since lost a second--and the tooth fairy wasn't so quick.

During all this Nathan decided to try his own science experiment. We've had a science house lately, which I will post about. Anyway, he put a lost tooth under his pillow and didn't tell anyone except Rachael and Jacob. He swore them to secrecy. A month later he came to us, told us of his experiment and determined the tooth fairy was not real. He now believes mom has a stash of teeth somewhere that she's been saving every time someone loses a tooth. He tried to convince Adam there was no such thing as well, but Adam was not too be fooled, and has adamantly stated he still believes, cause how else do you get a dollar? Can't wait to see what he comes up with for Christmas......

Thursday, April 01, 2010

Are you Smarter?

Rachael got to go down to UVU (formerly know as UVSC) to participate in Are you Smarter Than a 5th grader. They did well challenging the college students and won 2 of the 5 games.

Rachael was in three of the five games, and got a few of the questions right. One of my favorite questions was--what is the name of the Big Red Dog? Believe it or not, no one got that one right! It pays to watch PBS!
Before doing the game they got a tour of UVU and had lunch. Rachael was disappointed because they promised them frozen yogurt, but it took so long, that the kids had to get back to school. She was back up at UVU a couple of weeks later (post to follow), and I got her ice cream then. That fixes everything!

Nate turns Eight

Mmmm the breakfast of choice--cinnamon rolls!

The Nerf Gun from Uncle Craig. There are big plans being made for next summer, so beware!
Scriptures from Mom and Dad. Nate didn't get a case for them until the day of his baptism. So unbeknownst to us, he carried them to and from church for a month, in the box they came in. He was so relieved to get a case, because he told us later people kept making comments about his box!
Birthday Bingo. Nathan had a big birthday party with friends and got to invite 8 people. It was crazy fun!
The Brueck cake. I'm becoming a pro at perfecting these layers.

Legos, Legos, Everywhere

A few new collections from birthdays and Christmas. We love legos!

So this was February...

I know it's April, but lest you think we just sat around, I'm only posting our February. It's been crazy and busy, but birthday season is finally over and now we'll calm down a little--knock on wood!!! Here's random pictures and then I'll get down to the good stuff.

Our February is not complete without Dave being able to balance 12---that's right 12, cornbread muffins in one hand. Beat that!

Jacob hurt his wrist tripping over someone, landing on the tile with his hands out. We all know a nice kleenex wrap will work wonders for the pain!
A couple of scary rugrats!
Did I go to BYU? HECK YES!