Sunday, November 19, 2017

Two Weeks’ Worth of Memories in One Entry

We didn’t get to the blog last Sunday as we were having too much fun with extended family! So you get a two weeks in one entry. Wish we could say that meant more photos and stories, but it doesn’t. Anyway, here’s our past fortnight in 1,000 words or less.

Week ending 11/12:
Mike has done a lot of traveling the last few weeks. Good thing he has a rewards number. He was in California to start the week, flying back on Monday. Hallie was sure happy to have another adult at home again! As far as the rest of Mike’s week was concerned, it was pretty routine. More meetings are filling up his days.

Eliza made a small drum in her Monday after-school music enrichment class. Both she and Landon had school. Landon, however, ended up spending a couple of days home sick with whatever Hallie had contracted the weekend before.

We got Eliza’s score back from her meet. She placed first overall with consistent second place finishes in all her events.  Go, girl!

We had intended to go down to Cedar City over the weekend for the temple open house, but we had to change plans at the last minute. Instead, on Friday night we watched Cars 3 after Landon got home from gymnastics.

On Sunday at church, Mike got called to co-teach with Hallie. That means the four of us are in Primary now! In the evening, we got together with Hallie’s local-area cousins in Orem for a big holiday dinner. There were around 15 kids in attendance, and they all got along pretty darn well for most of them just meeting. Everyone pitched in with food, and it was sure good to the taste buds. It was fun seeing some cousins we haven’t seen in close to seven years.

Week ending 11/19:
On Monday, Eliza went to the eye doctor, and now she will wear glasses full-time. She found some really cute ones!

Eliza also finished up her music enrichment classes this week. She made a guitar from a cereal box. This same day Eliza had an eye appointment. Signs have been blurry to her and so we thought it may be time to move from readers to something else. The eye doctor confirmed our suspicions and any day her new glasses will be ready to wear.

Hallie and Eliza spent time at the end of last week and for a lot of the time on Monday evening gathering names for our Butter Braid fundraiser with Airtime Training Center. Mom is in charge of the fundraising, and Eliza wanted to earn money to help pay for expensive sport. Landon was not interested in earning money, so he did not go out, and so Mom made sure Eliza got all of the money. Eliza was brave and did a majority of the talking at all of the doors we went to, most of which belonged to homes of people she had never met.

Tuesday evening Hallie had a fundraising meeting at Airtime and then came home to pick up Mike and dinner. We then headed back to Airtime to pick up the kids a bit early from practice so we could head off to a concert. Last year Marilyn and Dwight had told us what an amazing concert the Michael W. Smith, Amy Grant, and Jordan Smith concert was. So, when Hallie heard they were coming to town and she found a good deal on Groupon we decided we all should go. It took a bit of time to get into the venue, and thank heavens they postponed the concert until a lot of people got into the venue. Landon loved the full orchestra, and Hallie loved all the singing of songs both old and new.



Mike and Eliza went to the kick-off of Westside Elementary's WatchDOGS program, Dads and Donuts.

On Thursday nights Hallie babysits at gymnastics. The kids are becoming more used to her and a lot less crying is happening which makes for a better night for everyone. Phew! But when Mike travels we all get home very late, which means homework does not usually get done, and it is hard to get the kids up the next morning. Hopefully with Thanksgiving this week we can get back on to a bit of a schedule.

Fergus thinks he needs a seat at the table.

Hallie and the kids watched the Emoji movie and had pizza which is our normal Friday routine. It was supposed to snow in the valleys three inches, but we did not see one flake. You can see it all over the mountains. It will be here soon enough. The kids can’t wait! 

Landon has just three weeks before his first meet of the season. It is called Cold Turkey, and it will be in Woods Cross, UT. He knows it is coming up, but is already quite nervous.

A bit of cleaning happened while Mike was in Denver at a conference from Thursday through Saturday. The kids are never quite fond of helping Hallie with the chores, but Eliza jumped up and was super willing to help where needed.
FYI, Santa has been spotted at Denver's City and County Building. 

The crispness  in the air tells us that fall is waning and winter is approaching. Makes for pleasant Sunday walks to and from church. Mike likes teaching with Hallie!

Sunday, November 05, 2017

While Dad’s Away, Mom Gets Sick

This last weekend wasn’t the greatest for Hallie with Mike gone. She was feeling under the weather while Mike was out in California enjoying a bit of warm weather.

Hallie and the kids returned Monday from visiting family. Mike picked them up after work. He didn’t get to visit for long (just that night and the morning) before it was time for him to make his own trips.

Mike traveled to California not once, but twice this week, first to Oakland for a conference, then to SoCal for some advising and visiting with family.

This meant that he missed Halloween fun with the rest of the gang. The use of that word may depend on your perspective. While the kids had fun, Hallie didn’t quite feel the same way. The kids participated in parties and a parade at school before going trick-or-treating around the neighborhood in the evening (gymnastics got canceled).




Mike returned home on Wednesday night, got some shut-eye, and then went up to BYU for meetings and other work before heading back to the airport some 20 hours later for his second flight.

Hallie got to spend even more time with the kids as the single caregiver for the rest of the weekend. She’ll need a vacation once Mike gets home!

On Saturday, Eliza had her second meet of the season. She did quite well, improving on her performance overall from her last meet. Proud of you, Girlie-O!



Hallie started feeling ill after eating some sweet treats from a local bakery, but she wasn’t sure if it was the food or something else. Landon started showing signs of illness Sunday night. Let's hope Eliza doesn't follow suit.

This weekend marked the 50th anniversary of the Simi Valley LDS Stake, so it was a bit of old home with visitors coming back to town to remember and celebrate. As Mike’s mom is involved in family history, she was asked to help set up a display recounting temple and family history work in the stake. Several rooms in the stake center had similar displays with photos and artifacts recounting the history of church programs and activities over the last half century. Mike kept his mom company while people walked in and visited as they toured the exhibits. In the evening, the stake held a fireside where former and current leaders reminisced about all has transpired as residents of the Simi Stake have striven to build a Zion community.

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Birthday Trip for Mom and the Kids

Hallie and the kids took a brief trip out to California over the weekend while Mike kept the home fires burning. He’s due to travel most of next week, and we have a fur baby at home to look after. We’ve also enjoyed watching the World Series this week. Landon says watching baseball is more fun than playing it, especially when Dad’s into the action.

We celebrated Landon’s birthday some more on Monday at gymnastics with pizza and donuts. When you consider that they burned the calories off prior to the party, the junk food wasn’t quite so bad. Landon's coach Isaac made him and Israel nested birthday cards.






Landon got a LEGO watch in the mail from Grandma and Grandpa Dorey Fablehaven books from Diamond and Caleb. This is one happy boy!

While Landon was at gymnastics on Wednesday, the other three of us went to the Springville Museum of Art for its annual Halloween Party. Eliza dressed up as a zombie bride this year. She got a lot of compliments. Good job, Mom, on your amazing makeup job! Dad’s wondering where sweet little Dorothy went.








"You will be rich," said the psychic. Cool if it happens!

On Thursday after school, the kids had a bit of time to hit the gym before Mike took the trio to the airport. Eliza lost her other top front tooth, so now she speekths with a lispth.


Hallie must have had quite the sugar rush and crash with her zombie Frappuccino before the flight and Krispy Kreme afterwards. The kids definitely enjoyed the tasty treats.
"Braaains!" . . . Freeze


Go, Dodger Blue! 

Mike kept busy Friday volunteering at the kids’ school. When asked (multiple times), “Why didn’t you go too?” he replied, “Someone’s gotta look after the cat.” Ha, ha. He saw some of Eliza's art, so he took some pics.


He spent the rest of the day on BYU campus before coming home to watch the World Series.

In California, Hallie and the kids spent a very busy Friday visiting school friends at Las Posas and gymnastics friends at Victory.

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Mike spent all day up at BYU Saturday trying to get some work done. Trying is the operative word. At least the environment was well-suited for work. Had he thought about it early enough, he could have walked up and watched the football game. At least we’re two wins in. As it is, he did some creative work too.
Graphic design doesn't pay, but it's fun!

Hallie and the kids spent Saturday with more visits, including more time at Victory and with Victory friends and with Grandma and Grandpa O. and Alie in the afternoon.







Is that a lion or Shep?


All this time on the go-go-go finally caught up to Eliza. Landon stayed overnight at his friend Dietrich’s house.


Mike had a too-quiet Sunday at home with Fergus, who was his constant companion, before going to church and being a substitute teacher for Hallie’s Primary class.

Hallie and the kids did some more visiting with friends and family. Mike hasn’t got many details from Hallie and the gang, and she doesn’t have a computer, so no specifics. Just pictures. Eliza looks really into the LEGO Vampire set she got from Grandpa O. Another little builder in the making! 


Visiting with Dietrich's family.


Back at Papa and Grandma M.'s for a bit, . . .

. . . then off for a visit to the Hopkins cousins!

While Mike likes his furry buddy Fergus, he looks forward to seeing everyone when they come back Monday. Of course, then it will be his turn to take to the air! 
This little guy spent the whole time Mike was around purring. 

And this World Series? Bananas!