Saturday, December 29, 2007
Molly was all happy when we got there. Did very well for the x-rays they took so they could have updated ones. Clapped when they were done. Grinned and was all happy up until the point where they gave her the numbing shot before giving her the sedative. She really did not like that at all. But the sedative worked quickly and I went out to the waiting room while they worked. They came out to get me sooner than I expected. She woke up pretty fast and kept trying to sit up so they couldn't do any more work on her. They said if I reschedule with certain dentists, I will get in sooner, but will likely have to come back two more times. If I reschedule with the owner/dentist, it will be longer before I can take her back, but will only have to take her once. Russ thinks we should opt for the sooner and two more times. I'm not sure because I don't know that I want to put her through this two more times, but I can see the advantages of going in sooner and being able to come home a little sooner than if we go for the one. Obviously, I haven't rescheduled yet. They had me move the car to the back door so I could carry Molly out of the recovery area and straight to the car, so I didn't go by the front desk.
Molly kept asking when we could go home when we were in the recovery area. She's still a bit loopy. They had her eat some of a popcicle and drink some water and waited about 10 minutes to make sure she could keep it down. Of course, she hurled on the way home. But she's happier at home. Just have to take it easy for a bit today.
Sunday, December 23, 2007
A few days later, I came down with the cold I have previously mentioned. That worried me. I was to sing the soprano part of the duet. When I have a cold, I really can't sing all that high. And for the last verse, the music called for me to go up to a higher note. I joked that since Stacey would be down, I could always have her sing for me. The cold got better and I just have an occasional cough left and in my practicing at home found that I could hit that note. Not quite sure how good it sounded, but I could hit it nonetheless. Last week at this time the only way I could hit it is if I cleared my throat first, which doesn't really sound good in the middle of a song.
Well, today was the Christmas program. We have Sacrament meeting last in my ward, and during Sunday School I found myself getting nervous, even though we met early before church to practice some of the program. The choir sang background for the second verse of the song with loos and las. They wanted to practice that part because it wasn't quite as straightforward as it sounds. I pretty much did a solo for the practice while they did that and did fine, so I wasn't quite as nervous. Then it came time for me to sing during Sacrament meeting.
Let's just say that I'm glad my voice didn't shake as much as my hands. I should have left my music at my seat since I knew all of the words, but I wanted it in case I ended up needing it. Didn't use it, but I'm sure others could see the papers shake with my hands. Despite my nervousness, I think I did okay. A couple of people told me I sounded really nice. One said that it sounded "more beautiful with each note." So I guess it turned out fine that I didn't say no, but I still sometimes think I really should learn to say no.
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
Saturday, December 15, 2007
Tuesday, December 11, 2007
The girls were thrilled. It was a present! They wanted to help open it! The present was nicely wrapped, complete with a card and a felt-ribbon bow. I decided to open the card first. Since surely the guy gave it to the wrong Cindy. The card was a simple card with a lamb on a hill overlooking Bethlehem and the star. The inscription inside read, "May the quiet peace and gentle love of the first Christmas be yours today and always." Not that the inscription really has anything to do with the story. Just thought I'd tell you what it said. Anyway, someone had written in the card, "Merry Christmas Cindy. We hope this fits. From Secret Friends."
I decided to go ahead and let the girls help open it. Emma and Lyssa each took one end of the ribbon to untie the bow and then Molly untied the knot. They eagerly watched as I unwrapped the paper to find a JC Penney clothing box. I opened that to find a very nice black skirt and a white turtleneck sweater. Lyssa started jumping around and asked if it were for her. Even started trying to take off her shirt so she could try it on. I took them downstairs to where Russ was sitting at the computer and showed him. I then took them and tried them on. They fit quite nicely, actually.
The point of this whole thing is to say that people are nice. Yes, I do wonder who did it, but I also know that part of the fun is in the not knowing. Even though I'm sure I'll spend some time trying to think of who it could possibly be (don't have a clue at this point). So if anyone who reads this is the person(s) who did it, thank you very much.
Monday, December 10, 2007
We had taken the kids over to Bowman's earlier to see Santa (Santa comes on one Saturday and they give free pictures...we pick them up Wednesday), but they were still excited to see Santa there. Lyssa wasn't though. She wasn't thrilled about sitting on Santa's lap at Bowman's. She was actually better sitting on Santa's lap at the party. At Bowman's she wouldn't even look at Santa and pretty much frowned the whole time. Could be that she was better at the party because I told her that Santa had a small gift for her.
Anyway, here are a couple of pictures from the party.
This first one was actually the best picture we could get. Only one where they were all at least sort of looking toward the camera.
Put this on as an example of another where only Jimmy was looking at the camera.
This one was supposed to be of the kids in line to sit on Santa's lap, but Lys came running up as I took the picture so it didn't quite turn out like I hoped. They never were quite in line like that again.
Thursday, December 6, 2007
I rescheduled for 2 weeks for the 19th. And I'm hoping she is better by then. But at least this way I should have the dental card when I go and won't have to make another trip to the dentist to give them that.
Wednesday, December 5, 2007
I also broke down and put up some Christmas lights today. Didn't feel like getting up on the ladder and putting them along the roof line like usual, so I just put the ones that we have for the bushes and a shorter strand along the porch. It seems that when I find one thing, I lose something else though. I now can't find my thingamajig that you screw in where the porch lightbulb goes that has the places to plug in power cords so I can plug in the lights and control them with the switch. I know I have two of the things since I couldn't find the one last year and bought a new one and found the old one as soon as I got home with the new one. So while I have the lights put up, they aren't plugged in or anything. Ah, well. Maybe Russ will know where they are. And maybe I can get him to help put up the Christmas tree today. I'm thinking both are unlikely, but worth a shot, right?
Thanks again to Mom and Myrna for taking our kids overnight when Russ had his work party. It was much appreciated.
Saturday, December 1, 2007
This last one is just for fun. This is the picture Russ took that was mentioned in the earlier post about the joys leading up to and after Emma's party. (Photo has been cropped from the original.)
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
Here's a picture of her putting a marble in her jar. The next picture is just because I thought it was a funny one of Lys. Still haven't gotten the film developed from Emma's party. That will come. Eventually.
Saturday, November 24, 2007
The mishaps (not quite the right word, but I'm sticking with it) began last night. After getting the kids to bed, I took the opportunity to decorate the cake while Russ went down and painted the figures to go on it. It started out well enough. But in the middle of making my frosting, my Kitchenaid mixer died on me. Just would not turn at all. So I had to finish making the frosting with my hand mixer, which really didn't go that well. The frosting was a little thin but adding more powdered sugar didn't seem to help much. But it was thick enough to use. Just tried sliding down the sides a little bit. Although I will say I think the cake turned out well despite this.
It was after I finished decorating the cake and thought that I would take a picture of it before the figures were put on that I realized that the camera was nowhere to be found. I did a quick search in the likely places and couldn't find it but thought it wasn't a problem, I could find it in the morning. Then morning came.
No luck in finding the camera. Searched everywhere I could think of. Even searched through the car. No luck. Unfortunately, I remember doing something with it. I found it by the computer the other day after Jimmy used it (keep telling him he's not allowed and putting it up, but he still doesn't listen). I deleted the video and pictures he took (why on earth would I want a picture of a stuffed animal SpongeBob?) and seem to remember taking it with me when I left the room. Everything after that point is a complete and total blank. So I ran to the store and bought a disposable one. Which is why there are no pictures at the moment. Need to take it somewhere and get it developed. Made record time running to the store, however.
The time for the party to start was fast approaching. I decided I would start to make some balloon animals to put out on the railing and mailbox like I usually do. Bought a new pump for the balloons when I bought the stuff for her party. Mostly because I didn't feel like searching for the pump when I knew the kids had played with it. Unfortunately, the pump wasn't worth half of what I paid for it. Thing wouldn't blow up a single balloon. And then the top broke off. Luckily, I had a general idea where the old pump was and after some searching, found it. By then some of the kids had arrived, so I wasn't able to do the decorating thing like I planned.
From that point, the party went generally fine. One boy was afraid of Xena so didn't want to play the games. We put her outside and he was a little happier, but still just wanted to watch. He did eventually join in with the pinata though. He also said he didn't want any cake because he didn't like pink (I frosted the cake white but had pink bones lining the bottom and little pink pawprints across top and a few bigger ones on the sides). He did eat some though. Even had the pink ice cream.
At this point, I can hear Jimmy still yelling at Russ. Russ came running in here a minute ago with Jimmy chasing him, crying. Russ told me that Jimmy was painting one of his sister's fingernails so he took a picture of it. Jimmy is not happy about it at all. As you could tell if you were here and listening to the way Jimmy is still going on about it. And on...and on...and on....
Can I go back to bed now?
Friday, November 23, 2007
Monday, November 19, 2007
Take this morning, for example. I was doing my usual morning chatting with family (today it was Mom, De, and Stacey). A little while into the chat, Stacey pretty much said, "Oh, yeah, I didn't tell you that Chris (or was it Daniel?) was sick and throwing up again last night. I said something along the lines of, "And yet you're online?!" She did say he seemed better this morning. The rest of the chat went along as it usually does. But then it happened soon after I picked up Emma from school and had just given the girls their lunch.
The phone rang. Looking at caller-id, it was the elementary school. I knew what they were going to say before I even answered it. And I was right. It was one of the ladies in the office calling to say that they had Jimmy back in the nurse's room saying he felt like he was going to hurl. My first thought went to Stacey and her statement about her sick child. I thought, "That was fast." I also couldn't help but thinking of earlier online conversations about this online virus. Most notably when I was pregnant with Alyssa and Di got on and said that she wasn't going to get on when I was on anymore because she seemed to catch everything I had.
So online chatters beware...
Saturday, November 17, 2007
Anyway, I liked the movie. It was predictable, but I thought it was cute. There were a few things I thought while watching the movie. 1. Michelle Pfeiffer is gorgeous. 2. At one point after Russ had leaned over to me to tell me he liked one of the prince's hair (yes, it was longer), and after the main character's hair gets longer (if you've seen the trailers, it does show this) I thought that his hair looked somewhat similar to Russ'. Only his didn't flip out like Russ'. Not sure Russ found that thought as funny as I did. 3. I don't think I would mind owning this movie when it comes out on dvd. And 4. The title always gets Nat King Cole's song of the same title stuck in my head. But then, it doesn't take much to get songs stuck in my head.
It was nice to get home and find all of the kids asleep. Elise told us they went to bed pretty easily. Except Molly gave her a little bit of trouble, which didn't surprise me. Molly is the one that always has a harder time going to sleep. This morning they all said they had fun with her. Well, Jimmy said he didn't. He wanted to stay up later.
That's pretty much the extent of our movie date night. I would recommend the movie if you haven't seen it. If you have, well, then I don't need to recommend you see it, now do I?
Thursday, November 15, 2007
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
Anyway, Emma's went fine. She said she's a "good little girl that gets along well with others. Knows most of her letters, sounds and numbers." She then added, "There's just one little thing we have a problem with." Asked Emma if she could tell me and Emma just grinned. Apparently Emma doesn't do her work. She will sit and look around at everyone instead of working. She will have to be reminded several times to start working (and she will usually grin when she's told to start working but still just sit there). Some things she starts immediately with and gets done really fast. She just seems to get distracted easily, and there is a lot to look at in the room. So her teacher is going to start giving her stickers every day (sound familiar, Stacey?) according to how well she does her work. Green for doing it really well, yellow for so-so, and red for not well. For our part to try to help encourage her, we are going to do the marble reward jar (again, sound familiar, Stacey?) and she will get to add a marble for every green sticker she brings home. In the short time we were talking with her teacher, Emma got distracted several times, so hopefully this will help keep her on task.
Jimmy's went fine, too. His teacher wrote "Jimmy is a great student! He strives for quality work." He is reading on a 4th grade level. He does have three areas of difficulty, but those are part of his current reading level. He is nearly at a 4th grade level for math, but has no areas of difficulty with math. I find it kind of funny that his reading level is higher than his math when he got a better grade in math than language arts. Anyway, I asked his teacher about her opinion with the Full-Time Spectrum. She asked me how interested he is. I said he really doesn't want to leave his friends. She said to have him take the test regardless of if he will go in it or not. Said we would really have until almost the end of the summer to decide for sure and even if we put him in it and he hated it, there would be no reason we would have to keep him there. His goals for this next term involve memorizing part of the times tables and keep practicing cursive lettering. And to do his homework.
That pretty much sums up the conferences. It actually wasn't that bad taking all 4 today. Except that Emma's teacher gave them each a snack and the whole time with Jimmy's teacher Lyssa was trying to get me to open hers. Ah, well.
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
The kids really liked watching the donuts being made and laughed at the ones that didn't quite turn out right. When you go in there like that, they often give you a free donut just for going in. And that seemed to be what a lot of the people there had gone for...the free donut. They also got a paper hat while they were there.
Anyway, here are a couple of pictures of the kids once we got home.
Saturday, November 10, 2007
I think it's neat that he has done so well. Guess Russ and I need to decide if we want to apply for the program for him. He would have to go to a different school for the program, which doesn't make him very happy. He'd rather stay where he is and with the friends he has. I would have to drive him to and from school every day and that would make for an interesting year with Emma still going to Columbia. Wonder what she would think of having her brother go to a different school. Of course, there is the chance that he wouldn't be accepted.
They are having a Parent Information Night in a few weeks about it. Might be a good thing to go to.
Friday, November 9, 2007
Emma has mostly 4's for the alphabet and some sight words. She does have a couple of 1's with parts of the alphabet (like the sound for q...she has gotten it before so I'm not concerned, but should review the letters with her a little more. Plus looking at some that she got a 1 on, she told me just this morning the sound it makes). Not surprising, she got a 2 for speaking under communication (the 2 stands for beginning) and for participation. I would have been surprised had she gotten any higher on those. She has a few 3's scattered in there, but mostly has 4's as well. Guess I should mention that for the standards part of her report card, she got three 2's (two of which I mentoined, the other is assignments...she tends to bring home a lot of unfinished work). Other than that, she has mostly 4's, with the bulk of her 3's coming under the language section, which (again) doesn't surprise me at all. She is a very quiet child, after all. But good to know she does at least a little. With both Emma and Jimmy, I'm sure I will find out more on how they are doing at the SEP Conferences next week.
Jimmy has already started to ask if we can go to Krispy Kreme though. They give one free donut for each 4 (or A on actual letter grades), up to 6 if the kids bring in their report cards. And they let them pick out which kind of donut they get. Jimmy says he wants all jelly filled donuts. Emma will probably want at least one chocolate sprinkled donut. May break down and take them over there one of these days. Just don't feel like doing it when Russ isn't home to go over with me....although they do have fun watching the donuts being made.
Tuesday, November 6, 2007
I started to think of other shows that I have enjoyed watching that didn't last long. Two of those are Jack & Bobby and Studio 60. I still kind of miss the shows, but at least they both ended in a way that gave closure to the shows. (Although I do find it funny that Russ noticed that Rob Lowe's character on Brothers & Sisters is the same as Bobby's in Jack & Bobby-Robert McCallister-where I didn't. And he didn't really watch the show with me. From what I understand, the names being the same is intentional.)
Of course, with the current writer's strike, my worry about the shows I like is probably a wasted worry. If it continues, we won't have new episodes of almost any show (excluding the "reality" shows). Wonder if that will mean there's hope for the shows I like that are close to being cancelled. Somehow, I doubt it.
Feel free to comment about shows you like or have liked. (If you've tried to comment before but weren't able to because of the member issue, I got rid of the not being able to post unless you're a member on my blog.)
Monday, November 5, 2007
Decided it's Molly's turn for a post about her. Molly loves to sing. Makes up songs all the time. One time I took her to the bathroom during church and she sang, "I love you, Mommy..." I thought it was funny. One time she even made up a song about a dinosaur. She likes to sing "Love is Spoken" a lot and will ask me to sing it with her. (Of course, I much prefer that to her deciding to play on the organ and say, "Sing the song I'm playing!")She is good at drawing for her age. One time she drew a horse hoof on the porch with sidewalk chalk and I told her it was better than I could have drawn (for some reason the hoof is hard for me....). Now if I could only get her to remember to only draw on paper and not the walls or herself..
Yesterday she was excited to let Xena back in the house and went running to let her in. She fell when she got to the stairwell and hit her chin hard on the tile floor there. At first I was afraid she had split her chin open for the third time. She didn't, but it still looked very sore. Her whole chin was swollen and where it wasn't bright purple and bruised, it was red. This is a picture showing the bruise this morning. I took one yesterday when it was still red but Jimmy somehow managed to delete it from the camera. (Really need to get him to leave the camera alone.) Today it doesn't look quite as sore as it did yesterday, but you still get an idea of how bad it looked (even though it looks worse in person).
Friday, November 2, 2007
As they were walking, Russ was telling Jimmy that someday he'll like girls. Jimmy said, "Who'd want to date me?" Russ told him that he's good-looking like he is and that he'll have to learn to use his looks for good and not for bad and that if he uses his looks for bad, "The Big Guy" will make him ugly. Jimmy asked, "Who's the Big Guy?" Russ replied, "The Man Upstairs." Jimmy said, "Who's the Man Upstairs?" Russ said, "Heavenly Father." He told me that Jimmy thought about this for a moment then said, "Is that what happened to you?"
Thursday, November 1, 2007
When they got back, Jimmy nicely put his sack on the couch. Emma and Molly immediately dumped their candy on the floor and started to pick through it. As did Lyssa and Jimmy. I think Lyssa forgot about her sack and just saw their candy. A few minutes later, a neighbor stopped by with little sacks of candy for the kids and told them she knew her house was too far for them to go, so she brought the candy to them. Her husband brings a bag of candy to church every week. Kind of funny to see all of the kids run up to him as soon as church is over and get some candy.
I had fun staying home and handing out candy. Xena seemed to have fun helping me. Someone would knock or ring the doorbell and she would jump up, bark twice, then look at me and wag her tail like, "Aren't you going to open it?" She tried to sniff everyone who came to the door. I was actually surprised that she didn't seem to scare anyone with her size. As soon as the door was shut, she'd run to the kitchen all excited, expecting me to give her a treat for being good.
Here are pictures of the kids in their costumes. And of Russ walking with them as they started out.
Wednesday, October 31, 2007
Anyway, here are some pictures of the kids with their pumpkins. Jimmy actually has a second pumpkin he got from Scouts yesterday and has since carved, I just haven't had a chance to take a picture of him with it yet.
Monday, October 29, 2007
Jimmy tells us that he wants to be an author when he grows up. He's made little books about a fish named Henry. He will sometimes even draw pictures of Henry and his friend Bob for his sisters to color. He once made some "posters" and put them up around the house announcing that a new Henry book would be coming out soon. You know, I don't think he ever wrote those ones. Some nights at bedtime, he will make up stories and tell them to his sisters to help get them to bed.
He is cute the way he takes his sisters out on the tramp and plays games with them. He will take Emma out and they will play for hours. Wonder what they are going to do when it gets too cold. Maybe he'll actually do his reading homework.
Lyssa loved throwing leaves on everyone and here she's about to throw some on me.
Saturday, October 27, 2007
I don't think I've ever seen Russ jump out of bed so quickly. He went to the door and flipped on the outside light and opened it. She had kind of been hiding off to the side and he said, "Oh, I didn't see you at first." She said, "I didn't really want you to see me." She quickly explained what happened and Russ said he'd be over to help. I grabbed a robe of mine and handed it to Russ to give to her. In the meantime, she went into her backyard and hid behind a rose bush (which she later said made her feel like Eve hiding in the bushes). Russ handed her the robe, which she was grateful for. She had left her bedroom window open, so Russ climbed up and in through her window and opened the door for her.
She kept telling us that she would like to have us over for dinner to thank us and Russ would always say, "You don't need to do that." She insisted and kept telling us to think of a few other couples to invite. Russ would practically name half the ward. I ended up telling her the ones he would repeat and she set a day to have it. Russ got stuck in traffic and was a half hour late. One of the other couples came late because the husband also got stuck in traffic. They showed up just after Russ.
The dinner was very good and we all had a fun time chatting and eating. She started us out with a salmon chowder (now I'm not one who usually likes seafood, but this tasted pretty good), followed by a green salad. The main course was a stuffed and breaded chicken. We had creme brule (or however you spell that) for dessert. Everyone knew the story of the reason she had the dinner, so one couple brought her a gift of a garbage sack they glued jewels to for her to use the next time she locks herself out without clothes on.
Being just a couple's dinner, we asked a neighbor girl if she could tend the kids. After we got home, Jimmy said, "I don't ever want to go to Grandma's again! I want you to have her tend us every time!" They all had a lot of fun with her. She also had a lot of fun tending them. All in all, it was a fun evening.
Friday, October 26, 2007
Hehehe...now I feel silly. I went out and walked around and found the package hiding behind my garbage can.
Thursday, October 25, 2007
Here's the quote: The Constitution of the United States only guarantees the American people the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself. -Benjamin Franklin
She seems to be doing really well in school. Today she brought home her 6th reader book and sat down and read it all by herself. (She's supposed to read it three times before she turns it back in. She would actually be on her 8th or 9th, but forgot to turn them back in a couple of times.) She is still her quiet self (told me she doesn't talk at school), but seems happier or something since being in school. One night she told me her stomach hurt and I said she might have to stay home from school if it still hurt in the morning. She panicked. Did not want to stay home from school at all. Said she was fine from that point on. I thought it was funny.
Today was the exception of her seeming as happy when I picked her up. I finally figured out it was for two reasons. One being that I walked to get her instead of drive. I've been driving lately because it seemed to make my knee stop hurting to not walk to the school. She really liked being picked up in the car, apparently. But she wasn't really telling me what the other reason was. I kept asking her if she had a good day. When she didn't answer, I asked if it was a bad day. A neighbor was walking behind me and talking to her son and the boy who lives behind us. We heard her son tell her that they had a fire drill today. Emma pointed back at him, indicating that it was about what he said. I eventually got out of her that the fire drill scared her. I mentioned this to my neighbor, who laughed and said that her son cried when they did the fire drill today. So I guess Emma wasn't the only one it scared. She was happier after I figured out that she got scared today.
Thursday, October 18, 2007
With Emma in school, she and Molly play cute together. They were crawling around the house this morning meowing as they were pretending to be cats. I think Molly was the "baby cat" and Lys was the "mama cat." Which doesn't surprise me since sometimes Lys will come up to me and say, "I'm the mama, you're the baby." (Although I'll say, "Okay, hi mama," to her and she frowns and says, "No, I Lyssa.") She's just growing up too quickly.
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
Which way do any of you see it going first? At first I could only see it going counter-clockwise. It wasn't until after I voted on the poll thing that I saw it go the other way.
Guess since I started a post I might as well do the usual rambling thing....
Russ worked late last night. Not totally sure what he had to do. He just complained that he doesn't know why they have to do it after work instead of sometime during work. He also works late tomorrow and Friday doing inventory. He said something one time about maybe having to go in Saturday if they don't finish on Friday, but hasn't said anything else about that, so I don't know if it's still a possibility or not.
I thought Jimmy and Emma were funny this morning. It was raining hard, so I kind of expected to drive them to school. Nope, they wanted to use the umbrella Mom gave me for Emma to use when it was supposed to storm on the day they had a walking field trip. Of course, they argued a little about who got to hold it. I just wonder who got to take it once they got to school, since they don't come home at the same time.
Monday, October 15, 2007
Since his wife is in poor health and he can't leave her alone anymore, Brother Neville requested that we go out at the same time as our neighbors so he doesn't have to make lots of trips out there. Unfortunately, the best time for my neighbors to go was before Russ got home from work. He has fun helping the kids pick out pumpkins. Although in discussing when we would go, Russ did say that he thought we should go as early as we could to make it easier for Brother Neville. He kind of expected to not be home in time anyway. His only real complaint was that I didn't grab a pumpkin for him, just for the kids.
The kids had a good time picking out their pumpkins. Lyssa cried when I put her in her carseat to leave. Not sure how much of it was because she had fun picking out a pumpkin or the fun she had chasing the ladybugs that were around. After picking out her pumpkin, Emma sat on it to make sure everyone knew it was hers. I think hers is the biggest they picked out.
One last thing I will say about it: Don't wear a white shirt if you are going to be picking out and carrying pumpkins with your children. Just so you know.
Tuesday, October 9, 2007
So now he's in charge of an account and ordering and keeping them stocked on caulks and tools. Maybe he should have started to work for Dal a long time ago.
Monday, October 8, 2007
Got everything set up and called and left a message on Russ' cellphone saying that I was over at the school and had a chair for him when he got there. Saw a neighbor and told her she could use Russ' chair. Being outside, it wasn't the easiest to see the kids all in their rows. Kind of fun with each grade having a certain color for their t-shirts. The kids sang their school song (I even noticed that Emma was singing), then they had a letter read from Jake Garn. Then some of the older kids put on a couple of skits about things that were popular when the school opened in 1982. Like records. And Thriller. They even did some of the Thriller dance. It was kind of funny. The kids then sang a song called "A New Day," which I thought went on for a very long time, but didn't have much to the lyrics. Russ showed up just as they were explaining how things were going to work for the kids to set off some rockets. The kind with the 2 liter bottles and using water and pumping air into them. All of the kids seemed to really like that part.
Afterward, we bought some pizza from there and some drinks. Russ then went to the playground with the kids while I stood in line for the cinnamon rolls. Really long line. Emma and Molly had said they wanted a cinnamon roll instead of pizza. Of course, while I was in line, Molly ate my pizza. Finally were able to get the cinnamon rolls and then we headed home. Unfortunately, dropped some of the cinnamon rolls.
Jimmy kept saying it was the most fun he'd had at a party. Probably just because of playing at the playground, but that's okay. Here are a couple of pictures from it.
If you look, you can see Jimmy. He's the one in the lime green just right of center, looking to the left with another kid looking at him.
Emma is on the front row, right about center.
Jimmy with his bottle, waiting in line.
Emma with her bottle right after shooting it off.
Alyssa and MOlly sitting in t heir chairs, waiting for the program to start.
Just threw this one in as proof that Russ actually made it for part of it. Note, he stopped and changed into his shirt that matches Jimmy's.