Sunday, May 8, 2016

Mother's Day

For Mother's Day, Mom, Dad, and Grandma Olson came to church with us at 9 am.  Mom and Grandma helped with Sunday School at 10:30 am.  Then we all went to Hacienda Real for lunch.  After lunch we drove over to our new house to show Grandma and to see what else had been completed.  

In the afternoon, the girls and I went to the Sunken Gardens and the garden by the zoo.  We took a ton of pictures together!!  My favorite is when they sat back to back and then mine with them.

Monday, May 2, 2016

Giraffe Research Project

Mena researched about giraffe's and then presented her report.  Pam, the reading teacher at Kahoa, is also a friend of mine from church.  Pam listened to Mena's presentation and then emailed me a picture.

Girl Scout Animal Report

The Girl Scouts have learned about animals this year and gave a presentation to their parents to earn the rest of their patch additions.

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Our New House!

Each year, Northeast High School students build a house in partnership with Lincoln Housing Authority, and NeighborWorks.  This year the Sowers Club also contributed some money.  Families have to have been on Section 8 housing assistance and have to apply to buy this house.  This year I was chosen to buy the house.  The girls and I have been regularly driving by to monitor the progress.

The Floor Plans that I received when I applied to be chosen to buy the house:

The first time we drove past the house (3 pictures taken on November 1, 2015, before we had been chosen):

The house is now enclosed (3 pictures taken on November 22, 2015, before we'd been chosen):

Windows and doors have been installed and the roof is shingled (3 pictures taken on March 28, 2016, after I'd found out that I was in the top 3 choices for buying the house):

One picture taken on April 7th when I found out I was chosen to buy the house:

One picture taken April 22nd as the siding was going up:


I'd booked a site for us to go camping with my family this weekend, but due to my allergies and a sinus infection the doctor said I shouldn't go.  Pollen counts are at an 11.8 (out of 12) today.  When the doctor told me I shouldn't go, I told him I was telling my kids that he said we couldn't go.  He asked if they could read and wrote the prescription telling them "no camping."

Mena asked why the girls couldn't go with Grandma and Grandpa.  So after talking with mom, we arranged for me to bring the girls out Saturday morning and then I'll pick them back up Sunday at lunch time.  Last night the girls went to bed fairly easily knowing they got to go camping today.  Mena was up at 5:40 am and Maggie was up by 6 am!  I've never known my children to get ready so fast.  (Too bad that won't happen on a school day!!)  While I was in the shower, they even moved everything from the couch to the front porch so it was closer to being packed in the car.

When we arrived at the campground, I visited with Mom and Dad for awhile.  Maggie told me to leave!  So I went to lunch with a friend and am updating this blog since I have the day to myself.

Mena left me a picture of us roasting marshmallows so I could pretend while she was gone.

Maggie was tired when she came home.  It's been a long time since she fell asleep on me!

Sunday, April 17, 2016

One Church, One Family, One Service

The Cherub Choir sang during our first "One Church, One Family, One Service."  Instead of our usual 9 am and 10:30 am services, we had one 10 am service during which we confirmed this year's confirmation class.  We also had a Waffle Man fundraiser which was a yummy lunch for the girls and I following the service.

Friday, April 15, 2016

Maggie's Caterpillar

Again, not a piece of creativity that will save well so I took a picture.