Sunday, August 29, 2010

Race Weekends

First of all THANK YOU to those who responded to my last post. I intend to address some questions/issues that were brought up in my next post, but I need to get on here & document our past couple weekends.

2 weekends ago (the 21st), we headed down to Richfield so I could do the Red Hills Triathlon with my sis-in-law Kim. I hadn't really done any training since my last tri, but it ended up being just a really fun triathlon. There were only like 70 people in it, so that was probably my favorite part - small! It was my first pool triathlon - and they did it in reverse order - run, bike, swim, so I was a bit out of my element, but like I said, it was great to just be out there with my sis-in-law and enjoy a beautiful morning. It was Kim's first triathlon. She had only gotten a few weeks of training in & at the last minute had some bike problems, so she had to use her hubby's big mtn bike, but I think she did AWESOME and I can't wait to do it with her (AND my hubby AND the St. George Hamiltons - ya that's right - I'm calling you guys out! :) next year!








Yesterday, my dad & I ran the Hwy 89 Half-marathon in Logan.
What? You haven't heard of that race? Oh... maybe that's because it's brand new this year. It's only for those elite people who had already paid for non-refundable hotel rooms only to find out that the TOU Half was full.
Incidentally, I ended up winning the WHOLE race! 1st place! And my dad got 2nd. And we each won our age divisions - and we got medals!
Ok, so... yeah. My dad & I got our hotel rooms before we signed up for the Top of Utah Half Marathon - and then we found out it was full! It was a bummer, but we had a choice. We could either bag the whole deal & lose out on the $ for the hotel room, or we could go & not run, or we could go & run our own course. So - we ended up choosing "C". It was actually pretty nice - we didn't have to wake up as early (thank GOODNESS because the night before in the hotel room was nothing short of a nightmare) and we didn't have to take shuttles or fight crowds. Hwy 89 is every bit as scenic as the Hardware Ranch Rd and much more peaceful (minus the large trucks). At any rate, my dad was a speed demon with his Garmin watch and paced us really fast. Yes, people, I have a hard time keeping up with my old man. He was cruisin' - pushin' 7:30-7:50 min/miles! It was all I could do to keep up. At mile 10, he was complaining about his knee, so he told me to go on. I ended up finishing in 1:43, which I was really happy about - being 3 minutes faster than 2 years ago when I did it. My dad came in a few minutes after me & unbeknown to me, my dad had arranged for engraved medals for us - and running shirts, too! Thanks, dad, for the run, the medal, the shirt & the example!! And thanks always to my ever-supportive hubby, mom & girls. It was fun! Afterwards, we swam in the hotel pool & headed for some Aggie ice cream.






Fun couple weekends!

Friday, August 27, 2010

Would you pay someone to Homeschool your child?

I am asking for EVERYone's opinion, so please leave a comment!
My sister & I have been thinking, talking, researching...
and we're wondering:

Would you pay someone to home school your child?

I know it sounds weird - and you may wonder if it's even legal (it is), but think about it. If you, like me, have major concerns about the public education system (lack of funding, apathetic teachers, too many kids in a classroom with varied needs, etc), but there's no way you could afford $800+/mo. for private education, and you don't think you could handle homeschooling your children yourself (and in my case, my daughter learns so much better from other people), this is something that could take care of some of those issues.

This is how it might work: Your child would be going to a designated home where the group home-school would be taught. They would be part of a 10-15 student class, meeting for an approx. 6-hour day. The parent would be invited to be actively involved in their child's education, including deciding on field trips, uniforms, curriculum, calendar, etc. This would be a Christian/LDS-based school where high morals are taught & expected.

Would you or someone you know pay $350/child for this per month? (not including materials or lunches)
If you were interested, would it matter to you to have the teacher someone with a degree - or would an experienced homeschooling mom be enough?

We're trying to get a feel for this before we really jump into it and so your input is highly appreciated. Thanks in advance!

Friday, August 20, 2010

Oh... who are the people in your neighborhood?

Well, we've been here for about 3 months now - and it's looking like we'll be here for a while longer. Jason switched jobs - he's working at Zions now (he's been trying to get into Zions for a year and a half so we are SO excited!)- and while he is loving it, it looks like we'll still be in transition mode for a bit longer.
We have enjoyed our time here, though, and have met some wonderful people!
As I've settled in & started making routines, I have noticed some interesting people, places & things.
Like....

The check-out guy at Smiths. I don't know why I always end up getting in his lane to check out, but he cracks me up. I call him the "gamer check out guy." The first time I got him, it was kind of annoying. He didn't even acknowledge my existen
ce. He was busy blabbering on to the bagger about this new video game. And, I mean, this kid WENT ON. He was enthusiastically (with hand motions) talking about the super-powers of one hero and the mind meld option you could utilize if you so chose. So
yeah... he really didn't even speak one word to me. The 2nd time, I wanted to laugh out loud. I didn't even realize I had gotten the same kid until I got to the checkout stand & realized he was talking video games again. Only this time, the bagger was a girl. And she could care less. His monologue went something like this "... and he could throw fire and incorporate the powers of the unseen... Oh, but I don't want to ruin it for you if I tell you more..." 5 seconds goes by "... but I think I will because I'm just like that! Ok - so he blasts his superpowers at the evil one and holds this orb that sucks out the memory of anyone that touches it" (hand actions included). At any rate, I looked at this poor girl & gave her a sympathetic smile on the way out.

The people on Jordan River Parkway. My parents live pretty close to the parkway & I've done a lot of my training there. I go enough at the same time that I see many of the same people. And, believe me, there is quite a variety of people out there on Jordan Parkway. Like... the older lady with the boat shoes who is hunched over in concentration, the guy on the bike with a tiny dog he keeps in the front basket, the middle-aged balding man who - no matter how many times I smile and wave - will not acknowledge my existence, the two loud African women in authentic garb, the hippie guy riding a bike and wearing bell-bottoms that are greased at the bottom from rubbing against the chain, the guy who is bald on top but decided to grow the rest of his hair long, the quiet Indian couple, and the Hispanic guy wearing neon that I couldn't catch up to for the life of me.
Running past them (or having them run past me) every day makes me wonder a bit. I wish I could find out each one of their stories. I bet some of them really have tales to tell.

The swimming pool. There are quite a few interesting people that go to the pool, too - but my favorite thing is this sign:
"You wouldn't drink the water you bathe in, so don't drink the water you swim in."
It makes me laugh because #1: The only kids who have the habit of drinking swimming water probably WOULD drink the water they bathe in, too.
#2: Also - the ages of kids who mostly do this are probably not old enough to read the sign anyway.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Potts Family "Stay"cation

I put the "stay" in quotes because I view the past week of Potts family fun as more of a "go-go-go" cation. It was busy!! My dad got the Connect Pass vouchers that are good for a bunch of places along the Wasatch Front - and he, being the money-conscious person that he is, wanted to get the most out of the money spent. Plus, we added a few activities in there that were not on the pass just for the heck of it. So, here's some things we did last week:

-Guys Day Out-Shootin' (Girls Babysit)
-Girls Day Out-Shopping & Pedis (Guys Babysit)
-Games at Trisha's place
-Water Park at Kearn's Rec Center
-WJ Park
-Family Pictures @ Murray Park
-This is the Place Monument
-Zoo
-Snowbird fun
-Aquarium
-Lions House for lunch
-discovery gateway
-IMAX Show-Star Show
-Thanksgiving point - Dino Museum & Children's Gardens

Wheeeew! Can you say B-U-S-Y? Jason couldn't take time off work, but he joined us for evening activities. Let me just say that to get 3 girls + yourself + stuff (snacks, water, diapers, extra clothes, stroller) ready for a day of fun is a LOT of work! We had fun, though, and the girls even got to have sleepover with their cousins EVERY night! Thanks mom & dad for a week of fun!

I took a bajillion pictures, but I've only included my VERY favorites here. Of course, they will be in my monthly slideshow, too.


Thursday, August 5, 2010

July 2010 Recap

Sorry I've been a posting slacker. I've been working on like 3 different posts, but something always gets in the way!
The slideshow is massively long, but it includes a lot of things - 4th of July celebrations, Ireland's bday parties, my triathlon, the girls' swimming lessons, 24th Idaho pictures & pics from the hospital.

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McKINLEY:

-One day, McKinley said “I wish Dora was my sister & Boots was my brother cuz he can talk”

-We were talking about re-doing McKinley’s morning chores. Mom asked her what chores she would like to do. McKinley thought for a minute & said “hmmm – I know! Going to the zoo!”

-McKinley has been big into maps this past month. She drew a map & showed where we lived. She talked about the earth and countries.

-We’ve been reading James & the Giant Peach this past month & then we watched the movie. The book was definitely better. It was a fun read since it was one of mom’s favorite books growing up. She earned enough reading points with the library to get 3 prizes!

-McKinley lately has talked about going to heaven & seeing Jesus. She talks about how sad she’ll be if we get separated as a family. One day she said “Mom! I know! If we’re making a chain (holding hands) when we’re walking to the store & a car hits us, then we’ll all go to heaven as a family!”

-We were driving back from swimming lessons & Mom was talking to McKinley about not growing up too fast & how much she’ll miss her when she grows up & moves away. McKinley said “But Mom! I’ll be your neighbor! I promise mom!”

-McKinley did really well in her swimming lessons. She is really starting to swim by herself! She practices big scooping arms & can do monkey-airplane-soldier really well. More than that, she has fun meeting new friends & she loved her teacher. She also loved jumping off the diving board & going doing the slide.

-We got a library book that had a story involving Ireland, which was fun, but McKinley wanted one about Mount McKinley, so we rented a book about Alaska with beautiful, big pictures of Mount McKinley. When people ask McKinley her name, she’ll often reply “McKinley! I was named after a beautiful, strong mountain!”

-Mom is somehow always the last one out of the room after we say goodnight to the girls & inevitably, McKinley says before mom shuts the door “Mom! Mom! I have to tell you something!” One night she said this & mom said “yes, McKinley?” She said “Mom – you know that one in heaven?” Mom: “umm – Jesus?” Mc: no, the other one. Mom : Heavenly Father? Mc: No – the other one. Mom: The Holy Ghost? Mc: yeah. What’s his name mom? Mom: Umm. The Holy Ghost. Mc:But mom, what’s his NAME? Mom: Ummm. I don’t know, sweetie. We just call him “Holy Ghost.” That girl never stops thinking & wondering.

-McKinley has been really big into inventions & experiments lately. She will bring us interesting “inventions” consisting of cups, toys, utensils, paper, etc all wrapped in tape, or we will walk into the kitchen & find one of her many “experiments” with food. She is a natural-born scientist!

-McKinley loves her cousin Michael SO SO much (she tells me so). She keeps trying to think up ways of us moving into their house or them moving here. We keep telling her it just won’t work, but she’s determined to find a way.

IRELAND:

-Ireland saw a 4th of July float when we were driving to Richfield. She said “look mom! It’s Christmas inside!” which it did look pretty Christmas-y with sparkles all over.

-HAPPY 3rd BIRTHDAY IRELAND! We told her that they were doing fireworks and having a parade to celebrate her big day since it was held on her birthday this year. She got wonderful gifts, including a walkie-talkie, cute clothes, and puzzles. It was a fun birthday and she loved getting sung to and blowing out her candles.

-Ireland is still infatuated with socks. We can see why she still wants them on her feet because she has the sweatiest hands & feet known to mankind, but does she really NEED them on her hands? We find socks all over the house.

-TA-DA...! Ireland is POTTY TRAINED! She still has accidents once in a while, but she is doing SO WELL! She had a potty-party day with her cousin Joshua & got to open presents when she went in the potty. After potty training, we went to Arctic Circle to celebrate Ireland & Joshua being a big boy & girl!

-When Ireland does have an accident, it’s hard to get mad, because she will run to you & sign & say “Sorry mom! I peeped!”

-Grandma Potts put Ireland in Kezi’s jumper just for fun & now Ireland wants to get in it all the time. She just jumps up & down & gets a lot of energy out!

-We’ve been reading James & the Giant Peach this past month & then we watched the movie. The book was definitely better. It was a fun read since it was one of mom’s favorite books growing up. She earned enough reading points with the library to get 3 prizes!

-One day, Ireland says “Mom – will you help me with my D-D-D-Dora shoes?” (think in your mind of the Dora theme song J

-Ireland continues to have one bump or bruise after another. One day while jumping on the tramp, she fell against the bar & got a huge goose egg & bruise.

-Ireland recognizes & writes the letter I for Ireland! We signed her up for preschool at the Little Blue Schoolhouse down the road – the same one her cousin Joshua will be going to. We’re excited for her!

-In our FHE, we were talking about names. We went through everyone’s first, middle & last name. We got to daddy & said “what’s his first name?” both girls: “Jason!” good job. “what’s his middle name?.....pause…. it starts with a D….” Irleand: DADDY!

-Ireland did SO well in her swim lessons & we are both so proud of her. Mom was kind of worried about it since she JUST turned 3. She got distracted quite a bit, but she never got out of the pool without the teacher telling her to & she tried to do what the teacher said. Her teacher said she’ll be an awesome breaststroker if she stays with it!

-whenever we get home or whenever she wakes up, she runs through the house yelling “Grandma! Grandma!” She’s so excited to see her Grandma!

-For some reason, Ireland has started eating her pizza upside-down. As in… all the toppings fall in her lap.

-There were some flies in the house & dad said we needed to shoo them. Ireland said “Yeah! Shoot them daddy! Shoot them!”

-Whenever Ireland talks about swimming, it comes out “schwimming.” “mom- I wanna go shwimming!” “I can’t find my shwimming suit!”

-If you ask her to do something, Ireland says “I will, I will!”

-Ireland has learned a trick from her big sister: when she gets in time-out, automatically she says she needs to go potty!

-Mom was fixing Ireland’s hair one day & apparently brushing too hard. Ireland said “Mom – you’re owie-ing me!”

KEZIA:

-Kezi had a rough month with being in the hospital for 4 days. All the shots, poking, prodding, checking, and being always hooked up to the machines was pretty traumatizing for her, but she did pretty well & all the nurses & doctors went on & on about how adorable she was. She even gave smiles when they were hurting her. She sure slept and acted better once she was home, though. There were lots of prayers said on her behalf & we are all so thankful that she is going to be OK.

-Kezia has some new tricks this month – she loves to click her tongue, pop her mouth, and shake her head. She’s a cutie!!

-She is quite the copy-cat and will try and mimic whatever facial expression or sound you make.

-Kezia can put her hand over her mouth & say “ba-ba-ba-ba!”

-She says ma-ma, da-da, & hi!

-Whenever Kezia wakes up from a nap or in the morning, mommy brings her to the top of the stairs & lifts her up to play peek-a-boo with whoever is up there. She loves this game.

-Kezi is crawling all over, pulling up on everything & has started to let go of things & stand by herself for a second or two. She has had a couple falls this month – once from the hospital bed to the linoleum floor – and got quite a bruise on her head.

-She is interacting with her sisters more & more each day. She wants to be with them & loves it when they include her in their games.

-One day Kezia was outside & her cousin, Michael, brought her to mom & said “Ummm… here’s your baby. I think she needs to be milked”

-She still is having a hard time sleeping through the night. About every other night, she is up for an hour or more.

-She doesn’t like her medicine that much, but she takes it OK.

-Kezi LOVES to hang out with mom & dad on their bed & crawl from one parent to the other & babble on with her cute baby talk. We love it, too.

-Kezia still doesn’t like baby food that much & would rather eat pretzels, yogurt, crackers, cookies & especially popsicles.

-Kezia loves singing & she will wave her arm around like she’s leading music. It’s so, so cute!