This past week (Feb. 27-March 4, 2017) I was able to go visit my AJ, Brandon and Max in North Carolina. Brandon has been attending Duke's MBA program and, is in his final stretch before graduating this May. It's always great to go out and visit them, especially Max who is at a very fun age. We were able to attend Duke's final home game for the season against FSU. We went to a few parks, the Duke gardens and watched a few movies. We mostly just hung out and let Max entertain us.
Jude decided to play basketball this year. His best buddies, Cooper and Jackson encouraged him to pick it up and he's enjoyed it very much. During the short season he's made great strides. I credit his coach (Bert Keele) for this. All 9 year olds want to score points but what we've really challenged Jude to focus on is rebounds. Most games, Jude is the tallest kid on the court. With this height advantage we challenge him to get the most rebounds. I didn't keep track of his rebounds for all the games but for the last three he had 5, 12 and 8. The stat line for his last game was 4 points, 8 rebounds, 2 assists and 1 block. I'm very happy with his progress and hope he continues with it.
For Christmas we were fortunate to have Brandon, AJ and Max in Utah. Katie, Bryce and Josie were going to travel to Utah from Idaho but weather permitted that from happening. We were also lucky to have Grandpa Dutch join us. And of course Ed and Karri joined us. We received snow on Christmas morning which made the day that more magical for the kids. Jude received an Amazon Kindle. Both Abbey and Penny received a Critters doll house set. And of course, they were all spoiled rotten. We did a Christmas Even Party where we had a photo booth set up. Below are the pictures from that.
I also put together a little Christmas video
The month of July has been a busy one. And it's still not over. I should say it will be busy for Shauna. She spent July 2-10 in Florida with her family. She also dropped off Jude who will be working for his Grandpa and Grandma's business for the next month. Shauna will then leave to San Francisco with her Mother and Sister from July 18-22. She will come home only to leave again and attend Stake Girls Camp from July 26-29. With all her traveling I've turned into Mr. Mom. Luckily I've had my sister AJ around to keep me company. Of course Abbey and Penny keep me busy as well.
We had a fun day on the 4ourth of July. We ran in the sprinklers with friends, did a BBQ and of course set off fireworks in the evening.
Abbey has been taking piano lessons for eight months now. Tonight (May 23, 2016) she had her spring recital. She played two songs, Enchanted Mermaid and Candy Corner. She did such an excellent job and we were so proud of her. We're even happier that both Brandon and AJ were able to attend the performance. They just flew in from North Carolina and will be staying with us for a few weeks. Of course they brought Max and our kids are couldn't be happier to have a cousin around. Good job Abbey, keep playing!
On Saturday morning (May 14, 2016) we woke up to all three kids being sick. Jude and Abbey were running fever's and Penny was throwing up. We packed them all up and took them to the Urgent Care. All three were diagnosed with strep throat. Needless to say it's been a weekend full of crying, whining and tired kids. Kids are never fun when they're sick. On top of that they all have to take an antibiotic that causes their stomachs to hurt. They also hate taking it so twice a day all we hear is complaining about the medicine. We should of just done the shot.
This past Sunday (May 8) we celebrated Mother's Day. Jude, Abbey and Penny couldn't have a better mother. Shauna pushes each of our kids to be better, be creative and be smart. The kids showed their love to their mother with gifts, hugs and kisses.
Shauna and Penny went to Florida a few weeks ago (April 25 - May 4). They went there to visit Shauna's family. I was left behind with Jude and Abbey. We were able to do some fun activities while they were gone.