Music Play

I got some pretty sweet presents yesterday. Two pounds of chocolate (half is really an early present for Tamara), Spam bandaids, dozens of snickerdoodles, new gloves, pens, favorite candies, The Prince of Persia DVD, a Perry the Platypus shirt (insert platypus sound here), and two Rock Band™ games for Wii ™ + the Beatles™ Rock Band™ Wii™ controllers...™.

I think my favorite moments so far have been seen my kids play the faux drums. Emersynne is cute, and Trevor was a surprise. He actually nailed a pretty tricky song playing for the (ready, Angie?)... First. Time. Ever.

I wish I could be home today when the munchkins arrive from school and make the long faces when Mommy says that it's homework time, not Rock Band™ time.

(from Randall Munroe at xkcd)
 Not to worry though, folks, the kids will be getting plenty of brain-rotting video game action in the near future if I have anything to do with it.


Creative Play

Trevor almost missed the bus this morning because he was playing in his room instead of getting ready for school. After everyone left I went upstairs wondering what mess of toys I was going to find. I chuckled when I found this scene all set out.

I can't wait to hear the story behind this one!


My little young man

Earlier this month Anthony turned twelve. What a big milestone! He got to celebrate with some friends by going rock climbing AND have a family party on his birthday.

His request for his birthday dinner was homemade Chinese food so we made yummy pot stickers and fried rice and ended the meal with ice cream sundaes.

I think for Anthony the highlight of all the birthday celebrations was being ordained a Deacon and passing the Sacrament for the first time. I was sitting at the organ and looked up as he turned with the sacrament tray and he had a huge grin on his face.

Since turning twelve Anthony has started working on his biking merit badge with the young men, started euphonium lessons, selected his classes for middle school next year, and babysat for us when we went to stake conference meetings and cheesecake factory after wards with some friends. I'm proud of my little young man!

Actual Eye of the Dark Lord may vary

Tamara and I had such a blast at the Cheesecake Factory on Saturday. This makes three times that we have met with there some other couple or couples from our ward after the adult session of stake conference. We stayed too late, but had such a good time chatting with our friends. We even got to see Sam and Brie Scott that just recently moved out of our ward. I hope we do this in another six months.