Tuesday, May 26, 2009
*May 22 was our last day of school. YAHOO!! The kids and I are so excited for the break.
~We bought a used swimming pool--3 1/2 feet deep and 14 inches in diameter. When we filled it in the back yard we noticed that land is not as level as we thought. So we drained the near 3000 gallons of water in the backyard and I'm digging a 14 x 14 whole, 4 inches down so we can level the ground and try again. It should be ready to be refilled TONIGHT!
>We have been living in a hotel room since Friday. Ken was called out of town last week and we followed him when school was out. We are going home today.
! I've been informed that bull snakes will most likely show up in my back yard this summer. If you know me AT ALL, you might know that this is a deal breaker and I will NOT be living in this home for a very long time. I asked the neighbor how to get rid of them and she said we just have to kill them with a shovel. Everyone pray that if a snake shows up, it is when Ken is HOME. I do not consider myself helpless. I can handle A LOT infact, but I do not do snakes. (I just tried to pull a site up to link to the type of snake but a picture popped up and seriously freaked me out. Look them up on your own if you're interested!)
+ I am surprised to tell you that I do not hate baby cats. Don't get confused into thinking that I like them, but I don't hate them! When we get home today their eyes shold be open. The kids are excited for that. I'm looking forward to giving them away in 5-7 weeks. Does anyone want a little orange furball? 3 boys and 2 girls are available.
Monday, May 25, 2009
Nicole had DARE Graduation a few weeks ago. Below is the video of what she wrote about herself and the pictures of are of Nicole and her 5th Grade Teacher, Ms. Shelton. (The best teacher on the PLANET!)
Monday, May 18, 2009
Thursday, May 7, 2009
Nicole won 2nd place in the Powder Puff race. There were 6 cars total. She was excited and loves her pink trophy.
Matthew's car during the race. There are no other cars in the picture because he was so far ahead...
Nicole's car barely ahead in the final race.
Kiddos with their trophies. Congrats to ALL the participants on the derby this year.
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
This post is to wish my little brother Adam a HAPPY belated BIRTHDAY!!!
Adam is #6 out of 8. I am #4 so we have 1 sibling (a brother) between us. This is how my first memory of Adam goes...
I was sitting on the couch with my Mom and Dad and they were telling me that I was going to have a new baby brother. One of them said I wasn't going to be the baby anymore. (They were talking about Garen.) The next thing I know, Garen has been in my life forever (I don't remember when he was born OR being the youngest.) and I was sent to the Cherry's. (A family in the ward) While I was there, either right before bed or right when I woke up, I got a call from my Dad telling me Gina was NOT born, it was a boy and his name is Adam. YEA! No little sisters yet! (see 4 years later :) )
Other memories I have of my 2nd little brother...
When we lived in Vancouver and Adam lived in Long Beach he would come over fairly often for breakfast or lunch. If he was ever in the area, he'd stop by. I LOVED this because we haven't lived near family in over 8 years and I MISS that so much. One specific day Adam came into town and we went to OMSI after the kids went to school. That place is WAY MORE FUN withOUT the kids.
Since I am scared of losing this post yet AGAIN, it is going to be shorter.
Adam, 3 days after your birthday I want to tell you that I love you! I'm glad you're my brother. I love hanging out with you and talking to you on your commute. I'm so happy for you and Cassie! Your new baby is beautiful and I know you'll be a great Dad. I hope your birthday was everything you wanted!
sorry, no pics, blogger is LAME!
Tuesday, May 5, 2009
I like to tease my kids...ALOT. Often times at night when we are saying good night, one of the kids will tell me they love me and then I will responds, I love you...nicorns! or ukuleles, unicycles, Uhauls, US Airforce...you get the idea. Last night when I telling Matthew good night he said, "I love Ukulele's, Unicycles, Uhauls and Dad and YOU! I in return said I love Matthew-hauls. This is how the rest of our conversation went...
Me:I'm going to start calling you Matthew-S-Airforce.
Matthew: Can't you just call me Math Wizard?
I laughed and agreed and have been calling him Math Wizard as often as I remember.
My next story is not so funny and sadly not a story, but an on going saga for the last 2 weeks or so...a saga I fear will last for the next 7 or 8 years....
Nicole is discovering I don't know everything and I'm not as smart as she once thought I was. It started when I didn't know what was going to happen during the cat's labor. I just told her I don't know, she'll probably cry alot and then start pushing out kittens. (This seemed good enough to me!) Although the cat hasn't even gone into labor yet, she is certain it is going to be glamorous and that the minute the babies are born, she will hold them and take them out to play.
Example 2...We mismarked the time of Nicole's Spring Concert. When I say we, I mean Nicole did, but that little bit of info didn't come up! A few Sundays ago I drove her to the HS for the 3 o'clock show and NO ONE was there. I figured we were a week early. As we were going home she was really upset, certain it was that day. At one point I said to her that I will be glad to know that we were a week early so she wouldn't be sad anymore. She asked me why I say things to hurt her feelings!! AHH! Who is this girl and what has she done with my girl? I explained that I hope we missed the day so that would mean she didn't miss the concert. Once we got home I told her to change out of her clothes and it was then she let me know, (THIS IS A DIRECT QUOTE, caps are when she was shouting) "IF I MISS THIS CONCERT IT WILL BE ALL YOUR FAULT!! (BOLD is to show you when her loud voice was not enough emphasis!) I asked her why it was my fault if we got the date wrong. (in a nice lower case, unbolded voice) Her reply?? I DON'T KNOW, BUT IT WILL BE!! Later on in the day when her teacher called and said it started at 2, I was disappointed but broke the news to her. She was over it! Blasted little girl! I asked her if it was really my fault and she said no. I coaxed her into an apology and RE-informed her that Mom's have feelings too and that under no circumstances was she to ever speak to me that way again.
*sigh* ...once for the day when it happened and again for right now when I'm reliving the verbal slashing!
In the end, I know how she feels, being frustrated. I was a young girl once also. HOWEVER, I never thought my mom was stupid. A little bossy at times but never anything else. *sigh* again...just for fun. It's special to rethink the good ole' days of teenage/adolecence. Ready or not, here come my kids!
Monday, May 4, 2009
Sunday, May 3, 2009
I'm also feeling a little burnt out on blogging for the time being. I'm not quitting and I AM going to update, I just need to find some time that I can do it at Ken's office with a good computer and faster internet.
Now that I've griped, here are some goings on at the Cheney's...
1. I made Nicole a new dress tonight. I was going through all of my fabric tonight and she asked if I would make her a spring dress. I of course said yes and then didn't have a pattern to use, so I made one up. It's a rather cute dress but the problem with using remnant fabrics and not using a pattern is sometimes you resemble a court jester's girl friend...that it was this dress looks like. She loves it though. If she wears it tomorrow and I can get over my pride, I'll post a picture of my little jester in training. I actually think it would make a nice Halloween Costume...yikes!
2. Summer break starts in 19 days!!
3. Ken was offered a new job in a town about 4 hours from here. Although it would have been a step up from the job he has now, we have prayed about it and he has turned it down. It looks like Great Bend is stuck with us until further notice.
4. I slept in my contacts again today during my nap...BAD IDEA.
5. My kids have rebelled against bedtime...little free thinkers! (Stinkers) They've been up until sometime between 9 and 10:30 everynight this week. That's a far cry at 7:30!
6. Today is my little brother's birthday. Adam is 27 I think...I'll check with him. I'm going to add an extra dose of lame and wait until tomorrow to write his special birthday blog. Since my kids didn't sleep until 10:30, and I'm falling asleep writing this, I've lost my window for writing AWESOME blogs.
Until tomorrow! ttfn.
Friday, May 1, 2009
We went bowling while we were there. We all got really low scores and I think we made over 30 gutter balls collectively in the hour that we played. BUT, we all had good sportsmanship and it was as fun as bowling can be! The kids and Ken loved it, I enjoyed watching the gutter get so many of the balls.
On Saturday night we were in a Tornado warning. Luckily none of them touched down where we were, although there was some damage about 50 miles east. Sunday morning we were in the clear but Great Bend was woken up at 6am by the sirens. I was grateful that I was NOT there for that. Sadly, we did have to drive home through the storms. We were really blessed thoguh. IT seemed like the beat each storm by 10 or 15 minutes. They were just south of us, or we somehow missed them. Nicole took a video of some of the rain while I was driving. Ken was in front of us. The only reason I could see anything was because he had his hazards on (I had mine on for the car behind me and so forth) AND thank goodness for the solid white line on the side of the road. Once the trucks decided to pull over and wait the storm out it was less stressful, but still a scary drive for about 50 miles...sorry if the video makes you a little dizzy. p.s. I just watched the clip and I can actually see the road better on this video than I could when I was driving...
I'm just glad we made it home safe! It was a super fun trip.
More posts to come...I think 4 more. They'll be here by the end of the weekend. ttfn