Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Snow Day #6

We now have a fun new adventure. It's called freezing rain. No school today because the roads were seriously ice skating rinks. I wish our kids had ice skates. They could have been skating up and down the road. I saw a video of some kids in Moses Lake doing so! 

They thought it was fun to slide down the driveway on just their bottoms. 

The vehicle parked outside was just covered in ice. 

We are now in school until June 16th. 

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Elizabeth's rocks

Elizabeth's obsessions is rocks. She picks them up everywhere and has many different collections. She has some in a box. She has some that she chipped out of a rock (Christmas present). 

Elizabeth got a rock tumbler for Christmas. Elizabeth and Jeremy started off with these jagged rocks that came with the tumbler. They also added a few more of Elizabeth's favorites. Then, the put them in the tumbler. They switched grits a few times. The last one was called "polish." 

Here are the finished products. They are very smooth and shiny. They are much smaller! Now, Elizabeth has more pretty rocks to add to her collection.

Here she is posing with all of her favorites. 

Monday, January 16, 2017


Today, Elizabeth asked me what an antique was.

I told her I thought it was a special item that was probably 100 years old.

She said, "Wow, Gram's house is just FULL of antiques! Everything there is really old. Did you grow up in an antique house?"

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Dryer Lint

Continuing in my series of ridiculous things the kids fight over....

Lately, the fight has been over who gets to empty the dryer lint trap.

When they hear the dryer buzz, there is a race to the dryer to see who gets there first. It is usually Nathan, so then Elizabeth cries and cries and says she wants to be the one to get to do the lint.

As usual, I had to make the rule that Nathan gets to retrieve the lint on odd days, and Elizabeth gets to retrieve the lint on even days.

At least they are attempting to do laundry, I guess.

It's not as bad as the fights over the dried up playdoh or the carpet fuzz.

Saturday, January 14, 2017


One of our neighbors is on the Richland basketball team so we went to watch her play last night! Her team was playing their rival Hanford. Sadly, she didn't play in the game until the last 4 minutes. However, she had a great 4 minutes. She hit a 3 point shot!

Nathan enjoyed watching the game. Elizabeth liked it, but her attention span wasn't quite as long. We had brought her coloring supplies so she colored with her friend Charlotte.

Here she is dribbling the basketball down court. 

We stuck around to watch the boys game too. 

The teams running out before the game. Hanford had  a LOT of cheerleaders. 

Nathan was interested in watching all the ongoing events. He liked the band, the cheerleaders, and the Hanford gear they were selling. He wanted a Hanford scarf and Elizabeth wanted the pom poms. Elizabeth kept running into several of her 1st grade friends. It seemed all the little girls had coloring books and crayons. I guess she wasn't the only one with parents who brought entertainment!

The game tip off! Richland had a very tall player who was 7'3." Of course, he did the tip off. Just for reference, the Hanford guy jumping is 6'1" and looked very short! 

Nathan was amazed at how tall that guy was. Most all of the guys out there were over 6 feet, but that guy made them all look so tiny! 

It was very cold walking in and out of the game. It was 1 degree! Jeremy was lucky enough to find a somewhat close parking spot. 

Friday, January 13, 2017

Practicing Magic

Here are a few pictures I took awhile ago of Elizabeth practicing her magic tricks. 

This is pulling a rabbit out of a hat. 

Some kind of "disappearing under the cup" trick. 

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Snow Day #5

Today is Snow Day #5! Hopefully, today will be the last full day of no school. It's finally stopped snowing this morning and is supposed to get REALLY cold. 

The kids have been busy digging tunnels. Here is Nathan peeking out of one of his. 

Scrambling through his tunnel. 

Elizabeth built a snow cave to block the wind. She pretends she's a little arctic fox that curls up. 

With help from the 12 year old next door, they were able to build her a tunnel. 

Sledding down the huge snow berms. 

An overview of our snow.