Sunday, February 28, 2010

Final Good- bye to Cinder

We found out Friday night that Nana and Papa's beloved Sinder was lossing her battle with her back leg. They had decided that it was time to help her feel no more pain and let her run with Shena in Heaven. Yes we believe that all loved dogs go to heaven.
How do you tell your kids that a dog they have grown to love and seen almost weekly for last 2 years was going to die?
Some like Mason are hard to read. With Mason's disabilities I new he would just go with it.
Marcus is our tough guy so he was going to be OK.
On the other hand Miles who is a little older and has a better understanding was not going to do as well. We broke the news to the kids on the way home from getting a family treat (99 cent rootbeer floats). Sweets always make it a little easier to handle bad news. Cinder was really special to Madison. As when we moved back to Wyoming Madison was just a little 2 year old and Cinder would not jump on her and knock her over. I was not prepared at how hard our little 4 year old was going to take the passing of her Cinder. Madison Prayed and prayed all the way home from Arctic Circle that Sinder would not die. When we went to go inside she fell to her knees in tears out side our home. Begging thatCinder would not go. As a mom this tears at all your heart strings. Unable to talk Madison sat in my arms sobbing at the realization that Cinder was going to die. Knowing that it was going to be a hard day for Nana and Papa Hungerford we decided that we needed to go and help in any way we could and let the kids say good-bye to a dog that was more than family.
We know that Nana and Papa's hearts are filled with sadness at the loss of a kid (I mean dog). Cinder was there for my mom threw all her seizures and troubles. May the memory of her live on in our hearts for ever. May Goldie understand why her best friend is gone. Our hearts and prayers go out to my parents at this time of loss.

Friday, February 19, 2010

We found some snow . . . Sleding at Grandma's

After a fun school Valentine's parties we loaded all the kids up on Thursday and took a trip to find some snow. We found it in Star Valley Utah. It is always fun to go to Star Valley and see Jim's family there. We are very grateful to Jim's mom who was willing to watch all 4 kids why we went to Idaho Falls to go to the temple on Friday. It was a wonderful day except for the white out snow on the way to the temple. I wish we could go more often. On Saturday we took the kids out to play in all the snow. It was the perfect weather. Around 30 out side and sunny. the snow was starting to melt which made it harder to climb the hills but the kids were determined.
My crazy Husband. Jim thought it would be fun to jump and roll down the hill. This is how he turnned out at the end. When asked if he wanted to do it again. He said "No Way" I think he must be getting old.
Madison really loved the snow. Some of the kids did not mind getting a full face of snow at the end of a ride, Like Madison and Marcus ended up with most of the time. Marcus after getting a full face of snow. He was already up the hill again by the time he brushed his face off.
"Help, I don't want to go"
Mason was one of the first kids up the hill but did not really want to ride a sled down. So after he had hung out there for sometime Jim decieded that he needed to go down. So we was loaded up on a tube and sent down the hill. To bad he jumped the second bump that was meant to stop the kids at the end. He ended up with a the air being knocked out of him and a few bruises on his back side. Poor Kid. We all felt bad for him as he really did not want to go.
After about 10 minutes he had shaken it off and was ready to play with the sled motorcycle going down the small bump over and over again why the other kids played on the big hill.
What do you think is going to happen? Miles is on the green sled as 2 of his cousins are on the other sled. You are probably right. They crashed mid hill. Miles was also the only other kid to jump the small bump at the end and end up with a bruise or 2. Mason is at the top of the hill cheering them on. This was before his scary ride down.
After playing at the snow hill for a few hours and warming up at Grandma's we went over to Jace's birthday party and the kids darned their snow gear to be pulled behind the 4-wheeler on sleds. They all had a bast. There was 10 kids in all being pulled. All in all it was a wonderful weekend in the snow. The kids had fun and mom and dad were able to go to the temple.

Valentines 2010

Happy Valentine's Day 2010
Better late than never. Life has been kinda busy so I have not been on as much. The kids had a great Valentines party at their schools on Thursday, February 11th. I really enjoy going to all the kids parties and seeing what they do. I was unable to go to all their Christmas Parties as I was in charge of Mason's Class Party. This time around my goal was to hit all 3 parties in 45 minutes. I was only able to stay for 15 minutes at each place but I feel like the kids were happy to see Madison and mom there. I will not be able to attend their end of the year parties (one of my favorite one as little Mylee will be here about the same time). In the picture above Marcus was asked a simple math question and if he got the answer right he would get a squirt of cool whip in his mouth.
Marcus's class also had ice cream sundee's and exchanges some Valentines why I was there.
When I made it to Miles' class they were playing musical ball were if you got stuck with the ball you had to answer a silly question Like sing a simple song or hop around the circle. Very entertaining. The kids were all laughing so hard. Then their class was joined by another 4th grade class and had ice cream sundae's. Have to love Miles' alien space ship that is holding his valentines.
Madison and I made it to Mason's class first almost before the party started. They were still finishing up the 100th day of school fun. But we were able to be there and watch all these 5 year olds try to pass out valentines for the first time. How confusing. Madison loves attending her brother's parties. She had just had her own Valentine party at pre-school. After we left Mason was able to play bingo and frost sugar cookies. All in all school Valentines parties were a success. The kids had a blast and way to much sugar.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Swimming Lessons take 2

This would be round 2 of swimming lessons in our family. Madison and Mason are still in level one and Marcus is level 2 and Miles is level 3. They were all super excited to start again. With any luck Mason and Marcus might advance up. I am not so sure Madison is ready for level 2. We will have to see. I like their teachers this time. I think that they are doing a little more and the kids love it. We are hoping with any luck to be able to do swimming lessons until the end of April. By them hopefully the kids will be great swimmers and ready for a summer at the Lake and fun at the parks.
Miles oh so thrilled about mom taking his picture.

Monkey Business

Monkey Business
We always say it is a zoo around her.
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Gota love Rachael Ray