Read the full letter to see our family pictures at the bottom of the post.
December is here. Only two full weeks until Christmas break (our girls are counting the days 😉 This week has been a wet one. On Thursday we had flash flood warnings a few times during the day. A few different measurements and reports showed over 3.5″ of rain in 24 hours. We’ve needed the moisture and this will help. Luckily we haven’t had any water problems in the house, although we got a little mud that came down along the side of our yard from the neighbor above us.
We had a great week. Ridgeline Yuba City opened for service on Wednesday. Tuesday was our open house and we had a good turn out from parents, community members and other service providers. How blessed we have been to have things run so smoothly when opening a new location to serve medically fragile children.
Quincee was back to preschool after a two week break. She had a blast and just loves her teacher Mrs. Mertens and the two classroom aides (their names escape me at the moment but I think Miss Patty and Miss Michelle).
We received report cards for all the girls (including Quincee) for the first Trimester. Wow, a third of the way through the year. Time sure flies! Quincee passed off all her colors, most of her shapes and numbers and is working on her alphabet. Kennedy, Madie, Olivia and Mya did great. They work hard and we have such responsible kids that try their best. What a blessing! Carrie is awesome for keeping track of all the girls and their homework and their school stuff. I’m not sure how she does it but she’s rock’n the mom of 5 girls in school thing! (And look’n good doin’ it!). Since Mya started school we’ve done this little reward program where (sorry for the math and complex formulas but hey… this is me 😉 The girls get a $1 for each A or B times by half their grade. Example, Mya is in 8th grade. She had 6 A’s (straight A student!!). So 6 A’s times half her grade (4) equals $24 for her report card. Anything lower than a B is not paid. It’s a little something for them to look forward to at report card time for their hard effort!
Mya had a Young Women’s white elephant party on Friday night. She got the biggest cat book I’ve ever seen (seriously 2’x 3′) and about 100 pages full of “super cute kitty’s” She’s been on cloud nine ever since and the girls are lov’n looking through the book at all the different types of cats. Carrie went too and said there were close to 50 kids at the party! What a riot.
The Jarman family invited us over on Saturday night to watch Polar Express with their family and the Tom and Lynne Rath family (Lynne was just called as the 2nd counselor in the Young Women’s organization and will be Mya’s leader) and Tim & Kim Mavy family (they’ve lived in the ward about the same amount of time as our family and have 3 small children). We had a good time eating hot dogs and chili and eating treats while watching the Polar Express
On Saturday we spent the day helping Scott and Danette Davis and their three kids (Asher, Shilo & Jeremiah) move into their new home. Carrie watched their kids on Thursday and Friday and was a huge help to Danette (who is a few months pregnant with their fourth child). Saturday morning we had 10 guys from the Alta Sierra ward come over at 9 AM and we moved all their stuff in less than two hours. It was rainy so we had a U-Haul truck even though the move was only a few house down the street. We wrapped up moving and cleaning and organizing with the Davis family by 3:30. We love their family and enjoy their friendship (Danette is our director of nursing at Ridgeline and Scott does our landscaping.)
Olivia had an indoor soccer game on Wednesday this week. She played hard and did a great job in goal as well on the field. They didn’t win the game but held tough with the other team. Most the teams in their league are all boys and Liv’s team is all girls so it makes for some unique opportunities for the girls on her team to fight hard and stand strong against other teams who might have a little more talent or physical ability.
So… Pictures went better than I expected. Imagine trying to get 5 girls on the same page with outfits, hair, accessories etc. Then get them to a location, weather has to cooperate (which it didn’t the first day we scheduled and so we cancelled) and then get everyone to do their beautiful smiles and personalities at the same moment in time to capture it in “The Family Picture”.
Quincee refused to cooperate for the first 15 minutes of the photo shoot and we thought we were going to have to cancel and try again another day. However, she finally warmed up to the idea and we got some pretty cool pictures.
Enjoy the pictures and we love you!
Download the zip file of all the pictures (warning large file ~ 38 mb )