Saturday, February 24, 2018

A new view on life

I present to you...Caleb with his glasses. Rewind a week and a half ago, I asked Caleb to tell me the time.  He had to get up and go to the clock to see it.  It was then that it all came out. How he had been having trouble at school, trouble seeing road signs.  He was sad to acknowledge that just maybe he needed glasses.  Fast forward to yesterday.... we picked up his glasses and :
He was AMAZED at all he could see! He is definitely a fan of his new vision. He is now doing experiments all over the house with things he could not see, and now he can.  Yesterday upon arriving home he said, "I am going to see if I can read the clock? WHOA, it is 4:04!" So thankful for his ability to see clearly again. Another quote recently heard..."Whoa, look at all this detail I was missing out on!"
 He is one good looking kid

Science Fair

I am going to transport you back in time for a moment... back to Christmas.  When my only wish for a present was for these boys to be done with science fair projects.....They did an amazing job and made my wish come true.
Peter's flower project.
Caleb's water purification project.
Back to this week.  Peter did such a great job at the school level that he won!  He was selected to go to District Science Fair!  
 The night he presented he won this cool little thing.  Unfortunately, he did not advance to state.  But for a 6th grade kid in his first science fair, going to district was terrific!  Good job, Peter!
 Now, my Caleb!  Awesome, Caleb!  He won 9th grade science fair, 1st place!  Wahoo!  So, he went to district to represent his school.  Caleb felt pretty good after his interview.  Yesterday at school it was announced: Caleb is moving on to State!!!  Yea!  Out of 24 spots open to our district for State Science Fair, 22 of those spots went to West Jordan Middle School, and Caleb is one of those awesome kids!  Way to go!

I am so proud of both Peter and Caleb!  Peter did not want to do the science fair, but he went ahead with it anyway, and he went to district.  Caleb, continues to improve every year.  These boys are terrific!

Sledding!!!!

HORRAH!  It finally snowed!  As in, it finally snowed enough to play in it without it melting soon afterwards!  AWESOME!  We took the kids for a short sledding trip on President's Day.  It was super fun!  We are however, unprepared in the sled department.  I took some cardboard thinking that would work.  Well, it only worked for Rob and Haley.  There was this nice family that let us borrow one of their many sleds, so the boys could have more fun too!  It was great!

 Haley had so much fun sledding down the hill with Rob!
 At first Haley was nervous.  But after one run, you could not stop her from going down!  She was a master at that little piece of cardboard!
 Thankfully the boys were able to have a super fun time on their borrowed sled.
Yea for snow!!!


Peter's big day: 12!

Peter is such a terrific kid!  Sometimes hard to understand, sometimes tricky with his emotions, but once you get one on one with him, he is amazing!  Peter is such a deep thinker.  He can ask the most profound questions, that can lead you into terrific conversations.  He has really developed a zeal for reading the Book of Mormon and he has also become more service minded.  Also, he is so caring and concerned with how my life is going.  He is always wanting to make sure I, as his mom, am happy.  Such a sweet boy!
So, we celebrated him and all of his terrific qualities!
First up: the actual day...
He received the priesthood on his birthday. Caleb was pretty jealous.  Such a neat boy with so much to add to the world.
Then, the next day (Monday) we headed to a new aquarium, SeaQuest, to check it out and experience some new things.  This is an aquarium where you can touch the animals, feed them and interact with them.  It was a super neat time.
We got to touch these cool lizards and iguanas.
There was this giant tortoise that just roamed all around.  Walking from here to there and the kids were able to feed him too.
A very cool chameleon.
This crazy, loud and full of cool birds area where the kids got to go inside.  You could either just sit there and watch or get a little cup of seeds and feel the birds.  As you can see, the birds flocked to the food and the kids were not quite sure how to take it all.
There was also this really nice worker there named Christian.  He found out we were there for Peter's birthday and he got out a snake for Peter to hold.  Pretty cool experience. 
There is so much here that I am not showing.  The kids got to feed a monitor lizard, an octopus and see so many other cool things! After the reptile area we headed to the water area.  There was a large tank where you could watch manta rays, horseshoe crabs, little sharks...these really cool silver fish...it was a feast for the excited eyes and exciting to interact with all the creatures.  The kids all had these little fish sucking on their hands.
 The horseshoe crabs were large.
 And it was fun to watch is swim upside down.
 Feeding the rays
 Feeding the sharks.  
It was a terrific time!  Such a fun way to be together as a family and celebrate such a wonderful kid!
Happy Birthday, my Peter!








Thursday, January 25, 2018

A little bit girly...

After I took these pictures this morning Haley asked, "are you going to put them on the computer?"
So, here we go...
 After 7 years I may have succeeded in a fancy girlish hairdo.  Of course, it is not perfect.  We are talking before school here.  But she was happy with it.  Probably took me way more bobbie pins than I really needed, but I am not anywhere close to expert.  Peter of course called her Princess Leia, which she was not happy with.  They are roses, Peter. At least that is what we are calling them.
Sweet little girl. Sometimes I can be a successful mom to a girl.

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Hat Trick!

Boastful mom moment....I think he surprised us all last night, including himself!  He had an incredible game of indoor soccer last night!  He played field the whole game, instead of keeper for half.  Good thing too, Caleb scored 3 goals for his team last night!  Yes, Caleb Gray.  Can you just imagine my cheering?!?!?  The poor lady that decided to talk on her phone right as Caleb scored his second goal, she was not ready for me. :)  And then to get a third!  He was in the right place at the right time and totally in the zone!  I loved it!  Unfortunately we were playing a really good, fast, physical team, so we lost 5-10.  But three of those goals were by this awesome kid, Hat Trick!  He was a pretty happy kid!

An Eagle in the house

 This AMAZING kid!
 Robert Caleb Gray
Eagle Scout
 Yes, I made this in honor of his Eagle.  Hopefully I get to use it again in a year or so. 
 We had a live eagle come for the Court of Honor.  It was so cool!!  Nick Harris was the man that brought the eagle and he shared so many interesting facts about the eagle, all tying in back in to scouting.  The eagle, Liberty, was very vocal that night, and always seemed to be looking in the direction of Caleb and Haley.  It was a really neat experience for us all.
After he received the Eagle Rank and Charge.  We could not be more proud of him and all he is accomplishing, plus his great example.  And he is not even done. Has one more merit badge (maybe 2) he wants to earn and will receive his first palm at the end of this month.  Love you, Caleb!