Friday, October 23, 2009

Beauty is...

Marissa and Danielle entered their schools Reflection program. Marissa has loved doing these artistic creations every year since she was in Kindergarten. This year Dani had a chance to enter now that she's in Kindergarten, too. They both did entries under several categories to the theme "Beauty is..." Marissa did a picture for visual arts, a pillow for 3D art, a puppet show for theatre, and took a picture of some fall leaves for photography. Dani also entered a painting in visual arts, 3 little pigs for 3D art, a puppet show for theatre, and wrote a story for literature. Dani received a metal for "Best in Grade" for each of her visual art, 3D art, and literature entries. Marissa and Dani both received a trophy for "Best in Division" for their theatre entries. That means their puppet shows will be continuing on to the District level to be judged, winners will continue on to Region where they will then be judged for State. We're so excited for them and are glad they have enjoyed this opportunity to be creative!!

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Family Stay-cation

For our vacation this year we desided to do something local. We found a Connect Pass that allowed us to visit 13 places in 1-3 days. We didn't make it to all of them, but we had a blast going to many of them. We started out Tuesday going to the Hogle Zoo in the morning, then for the afternoon we went to the U of U Museum of Natural History. Wednesday we went to This is the Place in the morning, The Lion House Pantry for lunch, Gateway Discovery for the afternoon and caught a show of BUGS at Clark's Planitarium in the evening. Thursday we headed south to Thanksgiving Point where we saw their beautiful gardens and the Museum of Life Science. On the way home we stopped by the Living Planet Aquarium in Sandy. It was a great opportunity to go to a lot of places I've been wanting to check out for some time. What a lot of fun things we can do right here locally! ( go to

Busy Birthdays

Wow! These past few months have flown by for us! We only had three weeks vacation while the kids were out of school. Then right after Pioneer Day we were back to school. Allee is finishing up her last year of preschool this year and didn't actually start until September. But we found a neighbor who is in her class this year and Yeah for carpooling! She also had her birthday in August and is 4 years old, one of the youngest in her year of school. Allee and Dani had a joint birthday party at Grandma Young's and went and visited with Grandma Grundvig the same weekend. So they had lots of birthday partying! Dani turned 6 years old this year, the year I let them have friends over for a party. We had a lot of fun thanks to all the friends who came to her party. We dressed up with animal masks (found at the $ store 3 in a package!) and we played our own version of Fruitbasket. We had one kid sit in the middle who would call out one of the animals or "It's a Zoo!" and the kids would trade places. Surprisingly they fought over that middle position...I guess they all wanted to have a turn to call out the animals! Then we gave them all glo-in-the-dark wands and swords and played Duck Duck Goose with them. It wasn't dark, but they had a blast with them anyway. Of course I had to get a picture of them all dressed up! It was a lot of fun:)

Allee and her new Curious George.

Butterfly wishes and Animal faces
at Dani's Party