We worked out the kinks and now we are homemade ice cream makers in our house. It’s probably not a good thing since it’s so fatty and loaded with sugar but it sure tastes awesome. We’ve made vanilla, strawberry, root beer, and banana. Root beer is my favorite so far. 

Only four more days of school. I am really looking forward to the summer break. I took tomorrow off work because they’re doing an all day fishing trip.  I’m so out on an all day fishing trip with all the special needs kids in Millard. Noooo thank you. I don’t even like being outside in the humidity let alone having to handle live fish and pee in an outhouse.

We had a cook out this week for the seniors who will be leaving us this year. The weather was actually pretty nice but with the humidity, within an hour your clothes are sticking to you and your hair is all tangled and looking like crap.  I could quite happily spend my summer indoors. My plan to turn into a hermit cat lady is working out great. 



Savannah and a few girls from class at their bowling field trip this morning.

I got up thinking I really didn’t want to go to work and, for no reason I could think of, I shouldn’t go to work. I did go of course….. I shouldn’t have.  Sometimes I should just listen to that inspiration.

On the way to drop Evelyn and Chance off at school, Chance realized he forgot his backpack at home. I turn around to go get it as Daniel texts me that Isaiah’s field day is today and he needs a sack lunch. Evelyn is staying the night at a friend’s house tonight was and being picked up by her friend’s mom after school. Carrying her clothes and makeup bag into the school would be the death of her social life. (OMG what if someone saw me?) By the time I got Chance’s backpack, Isaiah’s lunch, and Evelyn’s makeup bag to her friend’s mom’s workplace, I was an hour late to work.

I thought I’d run home on my lunch break and as I’m sitting at my kitchen table, my boss calls me and says I need to get back to school quickly because Isaiah is running around our football field out of control and no one can catch him. The reason he was at our football field is because his class took their “field day” at our school.

I high-tail it back to school to witness Isaiah’s fake crying surrounded by Officer Caniglia (our officer at school), Isaiah’s teacher (who is also my principal’s husband…ugh), Isaiah’s principal, and two paras. I kinda lost my mind and yelled at him in front of everyone. I would’ve probably beat his butt right there but the officer grunted at me when I threatened that.

I should have called in “sick” and went to Isaiah’s field day. He wouldn’t try that garbage with mom around. So, much for pleading my case against moving Isaiah to a level three school. The district is trying to outsource his education next year to a school that deals with really bad kids. Long story short…I’m fighting it. I’m confident it’ll all work out in the end. It’s just difficult right now.

My birthday was nice. Daniel got me an ice cream maker that is proving to be a huge pain in the butt because we can’t figure out how to put the lid on it correctly and attach the motor. After struggling for a half hour and watching our ice melt, we gave up. I think we need a YouTube video.

I got a job for the summer. I dragged my feet long so long that I wasn’t sure I would find anything before summer. I applied for summer school para and Walmart a few days ago. Walmart called me today and after a 5 minute phone interview and a 10 minute face-to-face interview, they hired me as a cashier. So, I start there next week. I’ve never worked retail. Hopefully, It’ll be good.


Happy Sunday!

Savannah had a field trip last week. She went to Platte River State Park with the rest of the 5th graders. She caught this bass. Her teacher caught one that was almost as tall as Savannah. They took a picture and I’ll post it if I remember. I’m so bad about blogging lately.

I took a funny picture of Evelyn last week. This was at Scheels in the sporting goods department. We were waiting for our appointment at the Apple Store across the street. Evelyn had locked her phone so badly that we needed an expert to fix it. 

We are down the homeward stretch until summer break and I’m still dragging my feet getting anything planned for summer employment. 

The prom for our special needs kids was last night. I went for a little while and took Isaiah and Evelyn with me. Isaiah did some dancing. Click here.   The video is kinda dark but you can see Isaiah. That boy can crash a party


I have been fighting with a head cold all week. Every day I thought, as I was sitting on the couch in the morning, “I should’ve just call in sick..” but every day I just went ahead and went to work thinking I can just work a half a day. So I was pretty proud of myself when Friday came along and I had made it the whole week.
This morning I had a girls camp meeting at 8 AM but when my alarm went off, I said no no no no. This time I’m really not getting out of bed. So I didnt until 8:30 and then took the girls to karate. 
I thought I would just do a couple errands and then go back home and take a nap but I ended up doing errands until dinner time. While the girls were at karate, I ran over to Burlington and found some shorts and a couple shirts for Isaiah. I was looking for pants but he’s so tall and skinny that he’s between sizes. So I opted for shorts.

Once the girls got out of karate, we went to Gordman’s. Gordman’s is closing most of their stores. (All of the stores in our area anyway). So I had to go see how good the sales were. We were not disappointed!! I found clothes for everybody even Trevor. They are pretty tricky with the checkout lines which wrapped around the store. And you really don’t realize it until you have an arm full of stuff and you’re ready to check out. We stood in the checkout line for an hour.
So that killed a couple hours first thing this morning. Then it was time to pick up Evelyns Friend Jessica. I dropped Jessica and Evelyn off at the Oakview mall while Savannah and I went to buy a birthday present for her friend Hayden. 
Then I mailed Brittany and Carey’s Easter box and took Savannah to her birthday party. On the way home Evelyn called and said she was ready to be picked up from the mall. 
I had subway for breakfast and Freddys for lunch. Not the best dieting day. I stood on my feet all day but not really a lot of walking. I’m being easy on myself however. I don’t feel well but I still got a whole bunch of stuff done.
Tonight we are watching Ferris Bueller’s Day off as a family. I can’t believe that nobody in our family has seen it except me and Daniel. Tonight is also the first session of stake conference. So will go to that too.

I am looking forward to an uneventful Sunday!

Spring Break and beyond 

I didn’t ease into spring break gently. I pretty much slept until 10 every day.  I still made it to the pool every day but not at the usual 5:30am. Other than that, I spent a lot of time on the couch.

The kids and I also went to Beauty and the Beast during break.

A couple weeks ago,  the Bishop re-organized the young women’s presidentcy at church. So we got a new young women’s president and I’m the first counselor. I have to tell you, I’m super excited. I was already excited about going to girls camp but now I get to work with the girls every week. I love the young women president. She’s fun and kinda irreverent. Definitely someone who has a big testimony of the gospel but doesn’t take herself too seriously.

This weekend is general conference. (It’s where we listen messages from the prophet and general authorities on TV and computers instead of the usual church meetings.) As I get older, I enjoy conference so much more than when I was a kid. #1 I understand it more, and #2, I want to live my life more in harmony with The Savior. I get so much strength out of listening to the apostles testimony of Jesus. 

Bowser and Daisy are oblivious to conference! We have a “no-napping” rule and they just don’t obey!

I made a springtime popcorn to munch on today. It’s salted popcorn with Wilson candy melts in pink and lavender. Then, pastel m&ms thrown in for extra sweetness. It’s addictive like crack so be careful if you make it.


I finished my blanket for Sandy and started on another one for Evelyn. Hers will be teal and white. I love the optical illusion of it being woven. I’m looking forward to spring break so I’ll have time to knit more. 

I’ve been pretty good about making it to the pool almost every day.  I rotate between running on the elliptical and swimming. The scale isn’t moving very fast but my clothes aren’t tight any more. So, that’s progress. I hurt my leg a couple weeks ago and the only time it doesn’t hurt is when I’m moving. The good side is I’m getting a bazillion steps in a day. 

Savannah and Evelyn are testing in karate next week. They’re testing for their red and orange belts respectively. 

Isaiah is doing well at his new school. It’s quite obvious his behavior for the day is intentional because he either has a 10% or a 90% on his point card. (You start out with 100 and lose points based on behavior throughout the day)

Chance discovered he likes sewing. He’s taking “Textiles” at school (Home Ec for us old people). I got an email from his teacher saying he’s rocking the sewing class. His first project is a pillow. I’ll post a picture when he finishes.

Trevor ended up in the emergency room this morning for the second time for the same thing. He has a hernia that needs to be repaired. This time, they referred him to a surgeon. So, it looks like he’ll spend his 25th birthday recovering.