Posted by: rebsky1 | March 29, 2015

Spring Break and Birthdays

We had a new adventure as a family for spring break this year: we drove from our house to Tempe, AZ on Friday the 6th but we didn’t begin our journey until after Russ got off work.  We have never done this before and we weren’t sure we would make it all the way (because we are wimpy when it comes to driving at night) but we succeeded.  We just really wanted to have as much time at our vacation location as possible.  We got away around 4:45 pm and arrived at 11:15 pm.  We were grateful it went well.

Russ’s niece and her husband were so kind to let us come and stay with them for our trip (thanks Mike and Heidi!).  Saturday we enjoyed the Aloha Festival where we got to (try to) learn the ukulele and make paper leis and eat some good food.

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We then enjoyed an incredible park (Riverview Park) where I got to climb to the top of a 50 foot climbing tower and the kids enjoyed the splash pad and the zipline and all sorts of other fun toys.  I definitely recommend going there if you are in there area with kids (actually, even if you don’t have kids I would just pretend like you do because it is such a fun park). There was even someone there painting faces.

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On Sunday we went to church and I was very glad we weren’t home trying to get to church at 8:30 on the first day of daylight savings.  The kids actually didn’t have to adjust to daylight savings until we needed to wake up for church the following week.  We enjoyed a relaxing sabbath day with a nice walk around the neighborhood, a delicious kebab dinner and some games.

Monday morning Russ and I left the kids and found a pool and did some lap swimming, which was really great, even though I can’t go for very long before my legs are rubber.  Later in the morning we did some shopping while Heidi and Melissa watched the kids for us.  Then we went to lunch at Raising Cane’s and got dessert at Slickables, both of which were very tasty.  The kids enjoyed some time in the hot tub swimming pool and we watched Big Hero 6 that day as well.

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Tuesday we hit the Children’s Museum in the morning.  It was fun, but very crowded with a couple of different schools in the area having field trips there.  DSCF1308 DSCF1312 DSCF1314 DSCF1315 DSCF1325 DSCF1326 DSCF1328

Russ and I deserted our kids again (I am sensing a theme here…sorry to make you babysit so much, Melissa, Heidi and Mike!) and did some more shopping and dinner.  The kids got to watch another movie while we were out – Wreck-It Ralph (which Russ and I haven’t seen) and enjoyed a delicious dinner prepared by Heidi.

Wednesday we did more shopping (yet another theme that has to be present whenever we leave town since we have little access to shopping at home) before enjoying lunch with everyone at Chick-fil-A (another first, for me and the kids, at least).  From there we parted ways and hit the road for home.  We had an uneventful return trip (other than losing an hour) and were happy to be home again at the end of the day.

Saturday we were thrilled to be able to celebrate Connor’s 3rd birthday.  This was the first time we have been home for his birthday and it was wonderful.  We needed to clean our rental, so we took the kids with us and they played at the school playground across the street while we worked at the rental.  We got things taken care of there and enjoyed the rest of the day playing with the kids. Connor is such a fun boy.  He loves his older brother and sister and playing right along with them. He loves to be silly and really enjoys riding his bike.  He is a good worker and is great at sharing.  We are so glad he is part of our lives.DSCF1329 DSCF1333 DSCF1335

Russ turned a year older on Friday.  Jessica was kind to babysit for us in the morning so Russ and I took a motorcycle ride south of town and went on a hike and then went to lunch at the new Chinese restaurant in town.  That night we had pizza, watched “How to Train Your Dragon 2″ and enjoyed strawberry-lime shortcake with coconut cream.  I had a fun day and hopefully Russ did too!

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Posted by: rebsky1 | March 1, 2015

More snow!

Last week on Monday school was cancelled due to the snow.  It has been snowing much of the day today, but it is warm enough that it is not really accumulating.  It was snowy yesterday morning and I got to shovel.  I love shoveling snow and I have a great husband who isn’t afraid of housework so yesterday morning he vacuumed downstairs while I got to go outside and shovel.  I was in heaven!  This love is probably incomprehensible to some of you, but I think my love of shoveling stems from memories of shoveling with my family.  My dad worked for a landscape company and during the winters that is what he did.  He would leave in the middle of the night, shovel all day, get home in the early evening and then shovel the neighborhood too.  I worked for that landscaping company also and was able to shovel snow with him a couple of times.  I also enjoyed shoveling our driveway (and sometimes our roof) as a family.  Working together always creates great memories.  The snow also makes me less homesick for my Idaho mountains.

Russ and I were able to attend a session at the temple yesterday.  When it finished we had the privilege of being able to stay and help clean the temple.  I think it is so wonderful when we get the opportunity to help take care of the facilities that we use in the church.  It gives us a sense of responsibility and ownership.  I love having my kids go help clean the church.  I remember doing it with my family and once again have great memories of working together to get it looking nice for Sunday meetings.  A statement from “The Family: A Proclamation to the World” has always rung true with me: “Successful marriages and families are established and maintained on principles of … work and wholesome recreational activities.”

Posted by: rebsky1 | February 22, 2015

Snow!

We woke up to snow this morning! It has been so warm lately and the winter has been very pathetic, so it is nice to have some more moisture here, especially snow for the mountain.  We have had some sick kids in the house.  Connor had RSV and needed the nebulizer quite a bit.  It is nice to have him healthy again.  Now Brooklyn is sick.  She had a runny nose yesterday and then was up a lot in the night with a fever, cough and sore throat.  Russ and I played tag team staying home from church with her today.  He went to his early meetings then he came home so I could take the boys to their classes and go to Relief Society.  Then I came home so that he could go fulfill his responsibilities during sacrament meeting.  She sure has been sick a LOT lately.  Hopefully she will outgrow it soon.

For valentine’s day Austin decided to make a snake box.  I thought he did a good job. For breakfast on Valentine’s day we had blueberry muffins dyed pink and pink milk.  Russ and I had a date planned, but Russ was sick, so we cancelled and just relaxed at home that day.

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Friday night we had some people over for dinner.  The girl had just returned from her mission to Joao Pessoa.  It was so fun to speak Portuguese and talk about the places that we served.  I think technology is such a blessing to missionaries now.  Digital cameras have made it so much easier to take a lot more pictures and email and facebook and such things make it so much easier to stay in touch with the people.  I wish I had that when I was a missionary.  There are some people I have really wondered about ever since coming home.  Mailing letters was the only way to communicate and there weren’t even good addresses for a lot of the people so after a couple of unanswered letters, I had no other resources for reaching out. I am glad things are easier now.

Posted by: rebsky1 | February 10, 2015

Concert

There was a community concert tonight and Russ had been asked to play a solo and also a duet with Austin.  Russ was also able to play a duet with his mom.  They all worked really hard on their songs and I was so proud of how they did.  I videoed the performance with Connor on my lap, so it is a bit shaky, and it will be a bit long for some of you, but it was awesome and I wanted to share it. The first video is of Austin’s duet and Mom Pincock’s duet.  The second video is Russ’s solo.

Also, Austin was pretty excited when finally, a few days ago, he lost his second front tooth.  It has been hanging in there since being loose at the end of December.  We needed Karla around to pull it out a month ago (though he wouldn’t have allowed it).

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Posted by: rebsky1 | February 6, 2015

Nap

When I was getting Connor ready for his nap he said,

“Mom, can I just have a short nap because I am just short tired.”

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