Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Spring Break

Road Trip to Kirtland, OH then to Gettysburg, PA and ending in Wahington, DC

 At the Johnson Farm where section 76 of the Doctrine and Covenants was received.
 We woke up to this in Gettysburg. 

 We arrived in Washington DC at the same time as most of the 8th graders in the country were on their history field trips.  It was also Cherry Blossom festival, although none of the trees were blooming yet, Spring Break for a large number of people, and a week of controversial Supreme Court cases.  So, there were a ton of people!!!
 Taking the metro with a wheelchair is quite an experince.  I took this picture on an empty ride, which only happened once.
 The Jefferson Memorial at night is such a beautiful sight.
 What a treat - the changing of the guards at the Tomb of the Unknwn Soldier - then the surprise of the playing of "Taps".  Rachel's bonus of the trip...

 We made sure we were back at the hotel computer in time for Rachel to sign up for her housing next year at BYU.
 The Washington DC temple is so majestic - the kids had a special experience doing baptisms.

 Twinners with FDR.

 3 of us like to know where we are on the map  - Megan and Rachel just go where we lead them!
 The White House as close as you can get to it right now.
The college basketball games were going on here - just down the street.  Megan was quite upset we wouldn't dish out the money for her to go to a game.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

March 2013

 Nathan had his first skiing experience last month.  For all you mountain-dwellers, the slope is not significant, but we work with the landscape the midwest has to offer. 

 Here is Megan's typical look these days.  She can't put any weight on her right leg which means she can't fix food for herself, shower without assistance, or carry anything anywhere.
Here is the look of the leg - Megan was hoping for a more substantial scar!!!
Rachel now carries 2 backpacks, 2 instruments and any other additional projects, books, PE clothes, etc. that might be needed for 2 highschoolers to get through the day.  I am the school bus providing rides to and from school on a daily basis.

Below are videos of the three kids doing their solo and ensemble performances.  First is Rachel's solo - the first 20 seconds are her scales, then the piece begins.
Next is Megan performing in a seated position..
Nathan got a perfect score on his piece:
Rachel and her 2 trumpet buddies playing a trio: 
... with me accompanying all of them. :)

Catching Up

 Cutting down our own Christmas tree - I have such fond memories of doing this as a kid. Perhaps this will now be a new tradition.....
 Christmas morning laughter - there is never a dull moment with the kids!
 Our kitchen table seems to be overtaken with puzzles during Christmas break, so we find other places to eat our meals.
 Lauren turned 20 years old on January 7th - then went back to her life at BYU.
 Rachel and I off to Utah for her school of music tryout.  We had fun traveling with just the 2 of us.
 A girls lunch at Brick Oven in Provo - I sure miss these fun sisters and their cute families.
 Wandering up the beautiful canyon to take pictures was a highlight.  There is nothing like Utah mountain air and views.
My nephew Christopher is off to serve a mission in Paraguay - I won't see him again for awhile.  He is the life of the party and will be an awesome missionary!