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.

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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

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Baby’s Heartbeat

31 01 2009

On Friday we all went to Jenn’s checkup so we could listen to baby’s heartbeat. Tanner got to hold the speaker and baby was cooperative so we all got to listen. It’s a special experience to hear a baby’s heartbeat racing along. It isn’t really surprising, but even though Grant and Tanner know there is a baby growing inside their mum’s tummy, they didn’t seem to understand that we were hearing baby’s heartbeat. They did however get a kick out of hearing my heartbeat after they both turned down the doctor’s offer to use the microphone to listen to their hearts.

— Jared





Clearing the roof

31 01 2009
Out the window to clear the roof

Out the window to clear the roof

Wednesday brought yet another snow storm. Work closed at three o’clock so I was home in time to help with the snowblowing and to shovel the walk. The snow was wet during the whole storm and it turned into rain at the end. With so much snow we’ve been having trouble with ice damns and water coming in again this year even after a brand new roof was put on. After the last storm I had to chop away about three inches of ice in front of our dormer window to allow the water to drain off the roof instead finding its way inside.

After the snow turned to rain, I went out on the roof to clear off most of the snow so it wouldn’t hold the water and cause more problems once it started to melt. The ice damns made a decent ledge that I used to brace myself against while shoveling.

Soaked, but almost done

Soaked, but almost done

One additional benefit of cleaning off the roof is that we’ve had much less ice build up on our steps which is also nice. I do have to say that it was easier getting out and moving along the roof than it was getting back inside.

— Jared





Happy Australia Day!

26 01 2009

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australia-day-5Our Australia Day celebration was a blast. Jenn made her delicious pumpkin soup which she normally only makes once a year and Mike and Ariane brought a yummy brownie trifle for dessert. The trifle was heavy, but we couldn’t tell exactly how much it weighed because the only scale in the house is a food scale that only goes up to seven pounds and it was more than that. While Jenn and I were finishing up dinner Ariane had a good time photographing Grant and Tanner in front of the Australian flag in the living room. She has several other photos on her blog. We also played animal wack which the boys always enjoy and lit sparklers (and then quickly ran back inside.)

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Grant and Tanner's photo session with Ariane

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Grant playing Animal Wack

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Tanner taking his turn

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Tanner observing his sparkler

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Ariane and Jenn with their sparklers

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Grant showing off his sparkler

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Grant, Ariane and Mike messing around before dessert

— Jared





Chocolates Too Good to Eat

25 01 2009

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Our neighbors gave us these chocolates for feeding their cat while they were away for New Year’s. They were bought from a shop in Portsmouth, but are made in Portland, Oregon by a company called Moonstruck Chocolates. I had to take a picture of them before we ate them.

– 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

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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