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School is in Session!!!!

Friday, September 5th, 2008

Yep that is right, the two boys are in school all day- 8:45-3:25 and I am enjoying just having the girls.

Matt just finished out his first week of Kindergarten with Mrs. Moore. He loves it and is in a class with quite a few other children we know. When I asked him his favorite thing about the class, he told me it was the carpet- it is the same one as was in his Pre-school class last year. Aaahhh, the important things in life πŸ™‚ On Matt’s First Day last week it was about an hour and a half when the parents went with the students. We all got a tour of the school, Matt was chosen as Line Leader and got to hold Timmy the Turtle the class Mascot since Mrs Moore’s class is known as the Terrific Turtles.

Matt on his first Day

Matt on his first Day

Line Leader Matt

Line Leader Matt

Matt's First Day at School

Matt

Mrs. Moore, Matt and Phoebe in line on the 'Purple Feet'

Mrs. Moore, Matt and Phoebe in line on the

Andrew is finishing out his second week of second grade with Mrs. Warnick. He likes being back in school but it has been an adjustment for him. Mrs Warnick is a firm believer in HW and sends home an hour worth each night- a few worksheets, phonics reading aloud (which is not necessary for him, but I want him to know the work is necessary whether or not he feels it is worth his time or not), and reading 25 minutes a night to himself. Since when we walk home we arrive at home roughly at 1600 and dinner is at 1700, Andrew gets virtually no time off for anything fun or to unwind on school days.

Andrew on his First Day

Andrew on his First Day

Andrew attends 2nd Grade at Hillfield Elementary

Andrew attends 2nd Grade at Hillfield Elementary

Andrew excitedly waiting for Second grade to commence

Andrew excitedly waiting for Second grade to commence

Andrew in his class- right in the middle back turned

Andrew in his class- right in the middle back turned

Our trip to the aquarium

Tuesday, August 19th, 2008

So we went on one of our field trips to the aquarium in South Salt Lake a few weeks ago and the kids had a blast and were well behaved and we got some really great shots of the animals there. Evelyn was desperate to pet something since she isn’t big enough to get the rays that Matt and Andrew did. Rora was thrilled to see the fish and just watch them through the glass. This summer we have discovered that she is OK with animals in general but ducks, some birds and fish REALLY capture her attention.

Totally Happy with her fish :)

Totally Happy with her fish πŸ™‚

Can I pet him Mom???

Can I pet him Mom???

All four- one shot!!!

All four- one shot!!!

"Yook mom, fishies!"

"Yook mom, fishies!"

The all important Moray Eel

The all important Moray Eel

Yes this is a real shot of these Jellies!!!

Yes this is a real shot of these Jellies!!!

The OCTOPUS

The OCTOPUS

Rora and Evelyn admiring the Octopus- at their eye level :)

Rora and Evelyn admiring the Octopus- at their eye level πŸ™‚

Matt petting the sea stars

Matt petting the sea stars

The Tiger Shark

The Tiger Shark

What Cute Kids!!!

What Cute Kids!!!

"Mommy, me Fishy"

"Mommy, me Fishy"

Rora Loves these brightly colored fish!

Rora Loves these brightly colored fish!

Andrew is our photographer, what do you think?

Andrew is our photographer, what do you think?

Rora

Sunday, July 27th, 2008

Rora is so fun lately. she is making this kissing/smacking lip sound lately and then she cracks up- she thinks she is so funny (and I agree). She is pulling up to a stand on anything and everything and mostly on mom. While we are glad that she is doing so well, she is also very fast and sometimes when I have to set her down, she pulls to a stand onto me before I can get up to get the phone or whatever I am having to do and then she is upset when I ‘abandon her’ to get something done. She is great though and yesterday she stood unsupported all by her self for 30 seconds!!!She is the funnest and sweetest baby that I remember having (of course she is the only one that is a baby right now so I am likely not remembering the others). outputmvi_7182

Evelyn

Sunday, July 27th, 2008

Evelyn has started to talk so much more lately and it is getting more understandable all the time. She has also been working on her sign language. She has signs that we all recognize but aren’t the same as official ASL. She loves and misses Robert so much she has started wandering around telling people “Daddy me Handsome, Me Daddy’s Princess.” Here she is with her ‘I Love You’ sign.outputmvi_66041

4th of July week in Arizona!!

Friday, July 11th, 2008

Well we went down to Arizona on June 30th and arrived at Uncle Dan’s house around 4AM on the 1st July. What a long trip with the 4 kids. Thankfully my cousin Lance was coming with us and we were able have him help by driving so I could sit in back and pay attention to the kids. Evelyn had diarrhea on the way down and the boys couldn’t stop for bathroom breaks when we were at a bathroom nor at the same time as each other so Matt learned that he could ‘paint the countryside with his urine’. It was so unique of a trip. We had a blast once we got down there though. We got to visit Grandfather all of the days we were down there save one, and the kids got to pick stories for Grandfather to read to them and we videotaped it so we could see it again whenever we want to. All the kids loved the pool in Uncle Dan’s backyard. Andrew eventually became comfortable in the water and began to practice the crawl stroke.outputmvi_65871 outputmvi_6598Matt was a little daredevil jumping in by himself and asking the Vandermark boys to throw him and wait until he came back to the surface to help him. Evelyn was thrilled to be in the water as well since she has been forbidden when the boys are in swim lessons. She would jump to anyone who would catch her and dunk her own head to get ‘wet hair’.outputmvi_6599 outputmvi_6604 She is silly. Rora liked the water as well and the first time she was in she was splashing her arms and kicking her legs doing the doggy paddle almost by herself, but she got cold faster than the others so got to spend considerably less time in the pool. Besides visiting with Aunt Marilyn and Uncle Dan, Grandfather, and Lance, Uncle Jack and all of that Vandermark family came, also Aunt Pam and Daniel and we even got to see Grandfather’s brother Uncle Jerry and his wife Aunt Lupee and one of their sons Lee and his three children Ryan, Gracie, and Adell. It was a blast but I am sure that many people was trying for poor Aunt Marilyn. We are all glad she was willing to let us come, but also glad to be home again.

Evelyn is potty Training

Sunday, June 29th, 2008

Sweet smile of successThe Princess Underwear!!!!\"come out!\"

Yep, she will officially be my earliest trained. Evelyn is doing so well, today she just had her first success at a bowel movement in the toilet. And she told me by herself several times that she wanted to go to the bathroom adn held it until we got there! We had no accidents today adn we are almost at the end of week three (I think- could be two weeks). Most of the time I ask her every so often, but the fact that she is telling me she needs to go tells me we are close!!! I am thrilled and so is she because now she can wear her princess underwear πŸ™‚ She is so fun to take to the bathroom because she is so fast (none of that wait for ten minutes or so until they finally decide to go) and she tells me ” It’s coming” and then it does! It is very cute and she gets this darling smile after she does it.

It must be summer

Sunday, June 29th, 2008

Matt\'s KneeMatt\'s Other KneeEvelyn\'s legsAndrew\'s Knee

Well it has to be summer, three of my four children have skinned knees. I have been told that is what happens when kids play outside all the time and wear shorts. I don’t know, we have been through two boxes of band aids and a goodly amount of Neosporin in the past few weeks. I just thought I would share the joys of the summer in the Mayo home.

I had another scrap night!

Sunday, June 29th, 2008

Well it is fun to get some scrapbooking done and I am thrilled with how things are turning out lately, Thanks to some good advice and another mind to bounce ideas off of. Tell me what you think!

Rora’s Got IT!!!

Friday, June 20th, 2008

Yep this week Rora put it all together, the rocking, the motions and the idea of mobility all finally came together and now she is MOBILE. Check her out, it is so cute. I was on the phone, so ignore what i am saying, but watch how cute she is:) OK, I will have to figure out how to shrink the size of a video clip, then I will add that part.

Matt’s Birthday Party

Friday, June 6th, 2008

Well I pulled it off (with TONS of help) ! MAtt had his party today (his real bday is tomorrow) and he had fun and I think so did all of the other kids. All of the moms commented on it how great it was and how we went all out etc. It is kind of nice to hear since I have been working on it for a week straight with nothing else able to happen but preparations for the party. This year’s them was superheroes. More specifically, Spiderman, Batman, and Superman. We had lots of games and three cakes and Matt got a lot of fun toys. We played Pin the S on Superman, Superhero Tag, a ball game where the two teams pass the ball under then over and back until one team wins, climbing the spider web, using a zipline like Batman, practiced throwing our batarangs into holes (like a beanbag toss but with batarangs), and a game similar to hot potato except with a glow stick (kryptonite). The web and the zipline were by far the favorites of the day. Matt had eleven friends attend and with siblings that participated we had 24 kids not including any babies or their moms. It was a zoo, but a fun one. The kids that were Matt’s friends all got a party favor in a spiderman bag of a reversible batman/superman cape-which was quite popular.
The homemade Spiderman bagthe storebought Spiderman Bagthe BatarangThe over under ball gameThe over under ball game again- new teamsHot Potato Kryptonite gameThe WebEvelyn on the WebMatt playing 'Pin the S on Superman'Superhero Tag- Zoe, Fox, MattMatt speeding down the ziplineMatt’s three cakesBlow out the candlesMatt's favoriteBrotherly Love and sacrifice