May 30, 2008

Day 4 of my "get Amy fit" program... 1.8 miles in 20 minutes.

Home Teaching the Sanfords...

It's the end of the month- time for everyone to get their home teaching done. Wednesday night, Scott and Dave went and did their visits. Last night Tyler and Justin came by for our visit. Despite my messy house, we had a very enjoyable time being "home taught." This is what it looks like to come home teaching at the Sanford's home...
Notice his perfect form? Believe me, it came at a high price. The poor Wii was called many names by the time our fit friend had completed his 6 push-ups and side planks. As it turned out, Tyler's Wii Fit age was 43. Maybe he needs to add more protein to his diet.

About Justin's form, hmmm, let's talk. Okay, let's not. Just keep in mind, his Wii Fit age was 50! Oh goodness, what old friends we have.

After several reps, he was able to improve his form and managed to score higher than Tyler did with his "perfect" form.
Our apologies to their wives, Kim and Michelle, for keeping them out well past the kids bedtimes, but we HAD to be home taught.

Guess who learned how to ride a bike?

After hours and hours of practice, Scott was finally able to remove his training wheels and ride his Barbie bike up and down our street. As a wife and mother, I would have felt much better about his accomplishment if he would have been wearing his helmet and pads.

Fortunately, Jade had her helmet and knee pads on when she took a spin on her Barbie bike for the first time. Which is important since I am a bit of a worry-wart. She was a little frightened during the whole experience, but she stuck to it. The first few times she would start to lose her balance, she would just let go of the handlebars. She learned after a few times that that just wasn't the way to go.

After a few laps up and down the street, she was able to do it on her own. As she finished her final lap, she turned to the drive way, pushed back to brake and fell to the ground. Luckily, her knee pads protected her from any harm and she was excited to ride a bike and no tears were shed. She just grinned and gave us high five's.

Finally, a picture of our triumphant biker.

Scott will be adding some video soon. :)
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May 28, 2008


Jade doing the tree pose. Notice the yellow circle with the red circle smack dab in the middle of it. Talk about knowing her core!

And again beautifully balanced on the other side as well. I may have a yoga buddy as well as a running buddy.

Now, Ivy's approach is totally different. Stand, drink, smile, get off, get back on. Pretty much whatever she wants to do. The best part is the trainer yelling at her every time she gets off. Well, one day she'll get it. But until then...

we can let her run "in place" chasing the dog on the short run. By the way, "in place" for Ivy means all over the family room.

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Day 3 of my "get Amy fit" program... 1.6 miles in 20 minutes

May 26, 2008

A Rainbow, A Rainbow

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My Little Runner....

Those of you who know me, know I don't run. Well, I've decided it is time I start doing something to get into shape- and running gets to be part of that new me. I've now gone "running" twice. So, I really really stink at it. But I'm going to keep trying. Today, as I was stretching for my "run," Jade asked me if she could come with me. I told her no. She said, "After all, today is a Mommy/ Daddy day." She got to come. She actually did really well and loved yelling, "come on slow poke!"

Well, wish me luck on this running endeavor. By the way, swimming and Wii Fit are the other components of getting Amy fit.

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Disappearing Girls and a Purple Monster

Day 2 of my "Get Amy Fit" program- 1.6 miles 24 minutes with Jade

May 24, 2008

Saturdays at the Park

I love Saturdays when we get to start out the morning playing with the boys. The girls are so excited to get ready for the day and they are happy the rest of the day and tired by bedtime. This morning we went down to the park at Cooper's Hollow. It was a pleasant walk with Jade on her scooter and Ivy in her wagon. I packed peanut butter and brown sugar sandwiches as well as peanut butter and honey ones. I always fear that we're going to get all excited about an activity and something is going to foil the plans. Fortunately, the past two weekends that has not happened.

All four of the kids had a blast and didn't want to stop. But, alas, it was time for Ivy's nap. So we packed up the wagon and the scooter in the pack of Grandpa's truck and headed home.

If Scott is riding, this is my perfect Saturday morning.

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Those are some muddy boys!

It's Memorial Day weekend. Last Memorial weekend we painted the living room and the playroom. This time we aren't going to be productive at all. We're just going to play.

Scott and the boys, (Mike, Trevor and Mark) got up early and headed out west for some riding that is closer than the Sand Dunes. (And much less crowded for a holiday weekend). They prepared for rain and cold. As you can tell, they had no rain. They did have a lot of mud. All in all, they had a really good time.

I'm really glad that all four of the guys brought additional clothes so that the inside of my car doesn't look like their faces and the four wheelers. Mud is pretty fun to ride in, but not so much fun to have to clean up. And after a mud day- there is A LOT of clean up.
This is a great way to start off a holiday weekend. I'm really glad the guys had fun and didn't get rained on.

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May 23, 2008

May 22, 2008

Cute girls like to share Lemonheads

Jade got a box of Lemonheads from school today. We got the camera out- expecting some great sour faces. Instead it was "Hmmm, I like these. I really like these." Jade and Ivy shared the whole box and they shared lots of giggles.

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Jade's Last Day of Preschool

Jade started preschool at Learning Dynamics this past fall. They have a very good program there and I'm thrilled with Jade's progression. She can read now and is doing pretty well with math too. It's fun to have her tell us stories about science and how things work. We are so proud of our little school girl.
On Tuesday she realized that today would be her last day of school. She was so crushed about it, that all day she was clingy and quiet. She's very sad about not seeing her friends anymore. - none of them will go to her kindergarten. She's also sad that they won't have circuses at her new school. (Today the teachers were dressed up as clowns).
Hopefully once she starts having fun this summer she won't feel quite as sad.
CONGRATS JADE on finishing preschool. We love you!

Jade and Mrs Haygood

Jade's Congratulations present
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Our Newest Toy...

6 years ago, we bought a video camera. During 6 years, we have filled about 4 tapes worth of activities and cute moments of our girls. But... We never watch them. We rarely edit them. We always forget to use it. We've recorded over some of the video we did take. We've had little hands pull apart a tape (which is tragic when you only have 4). So we decided it was time for a change. A change for the better...

We are putting aside our old video recorder and picking up our new Sony HDR- SR11 with a 60 GB hard drive. No more worries about recording over something, or wondering what tape Jade's first steps was recorded on. No more fast forwarding or rewinding. WE'VE GONE DIGITAL! I'm so excited.

Last night, I came home from work, to a dance concert in my family room. The music was blaring and the camera was rolling. The girls had a blast and we got to relive it at the touch of a button. (Okay, I know you watch a video right after, but you have to rewind it and guess if you are in the right spot yet). We'll have to post some of the action soon.

PS- Here is one of the few edits Scott did many years ago. Look forward to new videos soon.

May 20, 2008

How did you spend your Saturday?

This weekend we decided to divide and conquer.

Scott went down to the sand dunes with Mark, Cody and Mike. They had a fantastic time and NO ONE got hurt. They did have a quad that required some work, but handy Scott and Cody were able to take it apart and put it back together during lunch. It really is great to have such a handy husband.

Mom, Kat and the boys came over for some Slippery Slide, trampoline and blow-up pool action. The kids had a blast together and NO ONE got hurt.

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Orlando- Lenovo Sales Conference

For Lenovo's Sales Kick-off, we did service for the Children's Village by building care packages, painting, cleaning and scrubbing.

We enjoyed some of the amusement parks and rode go-carts. In between the playing, we worked the both, did some trainings for each of the sectors and had a fun time getting to know the Lenovo reps better.

But, I would have preferred to be home celebrating my anniversary with Scott.