Slip and Slide

2 08 2009

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This was one of Tanner’s birthday presents from our next door neighbors Scott and Ricky. It was a big hit. The boys played on it for at least an hour and a half. By the time we turned the water off, the backyard was totally soaked and a small river was running down the hill.

— Jared


Tanner’s Fourth Birthday

19 07 2009

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No way Tanner was going to wait to try out his new baseball helmet and t-ball set.

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— Jared

Skating Lessons

15 03 2009

It’s been a busy month and a half since I posted last. Life isn’t showing any signs of quieting down, but this afternoon has been lovely and relaxing, so I’m grabbing the chance to post some photos that have been waiting.

Cute little hockey skates

These are pictures from Grant and Tanner’s skating lesson on Wednesday, February 18th. The boys had eight weeks of skating lessons and I got to go to the second to last. Grant was able to balance and skate quickly and by the end of the lesson on the 18th Tanner was able to skate for a little ways without an instructor helping him which made it an exciting day to watch.

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– Jared

Week in Review

25 01 2009

It’s been a busy week

Sunday, January 18

Another snow storm and church was canceled for the second week in a row.

Monday, January 19

Had the day off for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Made french toast for breakfast and spent the afternoon sledding.

Tuesday, January 20

Listened to President Obama’s inauguration while waiting to pick up Grant from Preschool and the watched it on the internet with the boys sitting on my lap. It’ll be interesting to see if they remember watching it.

Finished introducing the Cub Scouts to chess for their belt loop. We had a quick review of how the pieces move and then six games going at once. Two of the older boys played each other, but we had adults to play against all the other cubs. They seemed to have fun, so hopefully it was a good introduction for them.

Wednesday, January 21

Grant and Tanner’s second week of ice skating lessons. Getting everyone out the door in order to get them to the rink in time is a bit of a challenge, but they’re still having a good time.

Thursday, January 22

Tanner’s first dentist appointment. Amazingly, he’s been looking forward to the dentist since Grant came home with a toys and dental floss. I wish we had brought a camera, because it would have been a great shot of him sitting in the dentist’s chair with huge green sun glasses on.

We also had an interesting visit from the HVAC man due to a lack of heat after we got home from the dentist appointment. He found a fully unfolded napkin and an 8 1/2 x 11 inch page from a Lego catalog mysteriously in the furnace’s air filter.

Friday, Janary 23

Nothing to report.

Saturday, January 24

Portsmouth Ward got slaughter by around 40 points by Exeter Ward in the Stake Basketball Tournament. Losing meant we didn’t have to spend the whole day waiting to play again, but it would have been nice if the score was a little closer. We did go out to breakfast at a great little place after the game with about half the players and their families.

Since we were in the area, we also stopped at Highland Hardwoods so I could show Jenn and the boys where most of my wood comes from. It was cold because they had both of the huge doors open on each end and the wind was blowing straight through, but Grant kept asking for pieces of wood to take home and we found that they now have eucalyptus in stock.

Sunday, January 25

Tanner gave his first prayer in Primary. He’s been looking forward to it since he was assigned three weeks ago and he did a great job. When we were home I told him he did a great job and a sad / concerned face he said “But I forgot to say please bless us that we’ll have a safe ride home.” We told him he would just have to remember next time and he was happy again and looking forward to being assigned another prayer.

– Jared

Snow Days & Sledding

25 01 2009


Last Sunday was the second week in a row that church was canceled due to weather. Grant and Tanner were both disappointed not to get to go to Primary, but we spent the day snow blowing, shoveling and in Tanner’s case, playing his own version of chess. I had Monday off as well for Martin Luther King, Jr. and so we got to enjoy sledding out the back as well.

– Jared

Want to hear some music?

25 01 2009


During one of my days off during the holidays I showed Jenn a woodworker’s blog post about a beautiful wooden mallet for adjusting plane irons. Granted wanted to see too and immediately wanted me to make one for him as well. After a few more days asking I decided it would be a good way to practice some wood turning, so I used some scrap pieces of maple and walnut and turned the handle and built a couple mallets for the boys. When I made them almost a month ago I figured they’d be lucky to last three months. They’re in pretty rough shape now, but they might last longer than I originally thought.

This week I read another blog post by a woodworker, writer and educator that included a fitting observation:

“Want to hear some music? Give kids saws and hammers. The music is divine.”

The boys have been making plenty of music in the basement recreating the barn raising scene from Seven Brides for Seven Brothers.

– Jared


Christmas Concert

11 01 2009


The only time I play the sax these days is at Christmas. The year we got to have a whole concert because the boy’s grandmother sent them each a drum, a saxophone, bells, and a harmonica (which we gave them a week later). The boys both found notebooks to use as music books and alternated playing along with their drums and saxophones. It was noisy, but fun and they boys have had a great time with their new instruments.

Every fall their is a large marching band competition at Dover High which is down the road. For the past two years we’ve brought the boys and they enjoy listening to the bands. Since Christmas they have been prettending to be in the marching band whenever they are playing their instruments.

Another related story: The boys don’t wake up with Santa anticipation yet and so instead of rushing downstairs to their stockings on Christmas morning they played in their room for a bit while Jenn and I were in bed listening to them. After a bit we heard Grant pick up his drum and say with glee: “I’m going to play a wake-up song!”

– Jared