Tuesday, August 22, 2017

2017 Bow Hunt Part 1

Kevin and Derrick both bought an archery tag for elk this year. In the past we have been hit or miss going on the hunt as a family and Kevin has had friends come here and there. This year, with the school situation, it was easier for us to go and it was just us for the opening days. We required the kids to get a week ahead for their online classes and we left right after the first day of high school. 

We immediately got a flat tire just north of Panguitch. I drove back home to grab the Excursion's spare while Kevin put his spare on. After seeing the condition of the truck spare tire, he decided he needed an extra spare which he picked up in Panguitch. There was a crack going around the inside wall of the tire, even though the spare was new, it had never been used for years. The spare I brought ended up having a bulge and the used tire they happened to have in Panguitch was pretty much used. Kevin drove on the cracked spare and made it just fine with plans to replace it when we got home. 

We brought 3 horses and each of the girls got to go on one of the hunts with them. I went on opening morning and we ended up in the middle of an elk herd, listening to them bugle back and forth. The trees and brush were thick so we only saw about 5 and there wasn't a clear shot. It was an amazing experience! Sam went with them that evening and had many adventures with Carmel, her horse. She hugged bushes she didn't want to hug and landed on her feet when she got swept off. Lots of laughs. The boys ended up getting off to sneak closer to some elk and left her with the horses. When they looked back her way, there was a large herd of elk right behind her. They tried hand signals to help her see but she was clueless until they started to run away. KayDee went on Monday morning and they didn't see any elk but they saw 2 coyotes and Derrick resumed the adventurous ride on Carmel as she insisted on jumping every log they came to. 

We enjoyed going to the Boulder ward on Sunday. We arrived early and talked with the family history consultant and looked at what we could do for our history. The kids enjoyed their youth classes and the teacher loved that they participated. It's a small ward so new was interesting. They wanted to go paintball with them this week but we won't be there for it. 

Kevin stayed to continue hunting and the rest of us came home for school the next day. I replaced the spare that goes to the Excursion and sent it back up with his parents to help the drive home be less exciting. 

Derrick went back with Kevin's parents today after school since they will be back before he has school again. 

Part 2 coming soon!

First day of School 2017

We have changed things up this year. We decided to do a combo of Utah Online school and high school this year. We were hoping to give the kids a break from all the negative that comes with public school and still have them participate in a positive way. Basically we are using the school system to our advantage and so far it is working.
Samantha is in 10th grade and wanted to do only "fun" classes at school so she chose show choir, ballroom dance and seminary. Derrick is in 8th grade and had to do the classes that were at the same time to keep drive time to a minimum. He is taking keyboarding, choir and English. The rest of their classes will be done online. KayDee is in 6th grade and is only doing Utah Online because she is still in elementary school.
They really enjoy the online classes and are doing well adjusting to our new schedule. Since we chose to do school this way, the older kids are in school 2-3 days a week for only the morning. We have scoped out activities they each want to do, especially KayDee, so they can participate with other kids doing things they enjoy. We think it will work well, but if it doesn't we can go back to the old way.

Monday, February 6, 2017

15 Years Old!

 Samantha spent her 15th birthday with the drill team performing at state. They did an awesome job and came away with 2nd place in all the dances and 2nd overall. Kevin and I drove up with the student bus as chaperones and Sam drove back with us. We had fun supporting her and her team!We celebrated her birthday the next day.

Samantha is a great teenager. We have loved her energy and her happiness. She enjoys pinterest with her friends and has texted more this year. She is still playing the piano and flute. She decided to start drawing again and still loves to read. She has enjoyed her year dancing with the drill team but plans to focus on music and drama next year. She helps at home with our rabbits and gets her chores done. She has cooked more this year and still loves to sing. She loves being unique even though it makes it hard to fit in sometimes. She got her braces off right before her birthday and loves the freedom retainers bring. We are looking forward to her getting her driving permit and continuing to learn and grow. She is a very good student and is getting straight A's as she enjoys most of her classes. She loves the gospel of Jesus Christ and tries hard to make good choices. She enjoys going to the temple and seminary, which she said was a class that is priority to her.
We love Samantha and are so happy she is our daughter. She makes us smile and we love how she loves life. We enjoy her talents and learning from her.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Sledding for Grandpa's Birthday

We went sledding for my dad's birthday since there was so much snow! It was a great time! Kevin kept waiting for the kids to move out of the way for his turn and they just took too long! He jumped on his sled and said "time to go bowling!" After that, he couldn't go down the hill without someone throwing snowballs or their tube at him. Kevin, Diane and I did some pretty awesome train sledding which received Kevin's consequences as well. Lots of laughing!
We enjoyed chili for dinner and brownies and ice cream to finish the celebration.