Tuesday, December 20, 2016
Monday, December 19, 2016
More advent fun!!! Watching Prep and Landing, the movie.
Red and Green dinner.
Such a fun time as a family!!!
Continuing with the advent activities....
Wednesday, December 14, 2016
It is so hard to see the detail, but one of my favorite Christmas decorations that we have, and I made it. Too bad it is only for the 12 days before Christmas.
We started last night. So much fun.
Gingerbread houses have been made. Lots of candy was consumed but no one got a tummy ache, that is a win.
Last night we had our Christmas party. Really, it is just dinner made fun with games and silly shenanigans. Haley had such a hard time waiting all day for the party to start.
See, silliness. They loved the little headband things. Some pink lemonade may have been spilled with craziness. But it was fun.
They all loved this game. Put a paper plate on your head and someone tells you what to draw. You are not supposed to peek (although a few kids did), but just try your best to draw. It was silly and fun. We also did puzzles. Haley was not even into helping, she just kept playing the paper plate drawing game on her own. But the rest of us, even though some struggled (aka, Diedre's/Haley's puzzle was really confusing), did great on our puzzles.
And slightly hidden behind Peter, the vacuum tree lives on. We decorated it last night. So, for the next week....until I decide to undecorate, we will go without vacuuming the house. But the sacrifice is worth it, such a fun tradition.
Today's activity was deemed as less exciting. It is a day of service. But hopefully we can pull some fun out and make it great!
Saturday, December 10, 2016
And dive into 44 minutes full of adrenaline, excitement, pride and determination.
Caleb had a game this morning, 6:30am, be there at 6:15am! It was against a very tough team, Razzia. What a ride! Caleb was keeper first half. He did incredible! Even the parents on the other team were commenting on his great performance. At half the score was 1-2. We were down by one but because of Caleb they had only scored 2. As I heard the other team's parent put it, "we should be ahead 10-1!" They had taken 38 shots on Caleb in that first half. Caleb's defense was terrific! I mean, those boys know how to back each other up!!! So, first half is done. I was shaking so bad! All that adrenaline. All that cheering, stat keeping, and motherly/team pride. Caleb was supposed to be on field second half.........
But beginning of second half, he still had the keeper jersey on.........
He was walking out on the field with his gloves still on.......
He Was Still Keeper!
Oh the anxiety in my heart. Oh the pride in my heart. Oh the pressure on those shoulders. He walked out there confident, determined and they all played like champions! Caleb made terrific saves. I have now coined several phrases for Caleb. Sticky hands. Keeper stance. And today, Glory Jump! He did it all. He got the high balls, he charged when he needed to, he played with zero fear. I could hear the other team's parents saying what a great keeper he was, how he knew when to time things. He made me so proud today. In the end though, they lost by 1. 1 freaking goal! Glory ended with 3 goals and Razzia had 4. Caleb ended up taking 60 shots on goal, with 39 saves and 4 misses. Did you read those stats? Caleb was holding back the tears because his team did not bring home the win. But those boys, not one of them played with anything less than their whole heart. They did not stop until that final buzzer, they did not even stop then. They scored a goal, after the time had run out! Caleb's defense was awesome! Caleb played with everything he had. And at the team huddle, Coach commented that "Caleb is the reason we kept it so close and why we almost won." I actually heard the team cheer when Coach said that. Thank you, Coach. Thank you team for supporting each other. Thank you, Caleb. For pushing yourself to be better than you thought and for making it so Razzia walks away, remembering who Utah Glory is, and that you are a great goal keeper.
Thursday, December 8, 2016
Well, thankfully that is done! For those of you who do not know yet, in October Caleb decided what he wanted to do for his Eagle. He would choose a local assisted living center (Beehive Homes), have some Christmas decorations made by our ward and family, then go with some of our ward and decorate the living center and sing some Christmas carols to them. How did it go?
Caleb was not feeling too well that day, head cold and pinched nerve that gave his right leg pain, but the show still happened. Caleb did great! As Rob put it, "For a service project run by a 13 year old, it was great!" Caleb feels that it went really well. I think that the residents enjoyed the singing. I, Diedre, hope that there are enough decorations to make their home look cheery for the holidays and that we did enough. You know, basic mom worries of, "Did we do enough?" Peter said this, "Mom, I think that the people there just liked having us come and spend time with them." Peter speaks the truth.
So, an Eagle project. The scout is supposed to learn leadership skills and serve his community, "help others at all times." I hope Caleb learned some of that while doing all the work for this project. He did not enjoy me reminding him of things here and there. He did not enjoy the footwork of approaching strangers and asking for their help or donations. The paperwork is still to come, so I am sure there will be more nagging to get that done. However, my hope is that Caleb had JOY in his service to others. Also, that this small piece of service helps the people at Beehive Homes feel special and cared for.