Monday, July 28, 2014

Pool Date

We spent some time this afternoon with the Hanosek's.  They are such a sweet family and I love their kids. So friendly and caring.  I'm grateful that we got to be friends.
Rachel's mad skills:
Hannah knows how to relax!
Sean's first time jumping off a diving board.  He is HOOKED!
Even Jake ventured out to the deep end!
He even fell in but stayed calm.  Baby steps :/

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Sunday Treat

Today's treat...Carmel popcorn!  Yummy. It's the first time I've ever made it and it was so easy!

Saturday, July 26, 2014


I picked up most of Jake's curriculum today. Look at that pile!  Jake seemed undaunted...that's good because I am very EXCITED!

Hannah Turns 3!

Hannah turned three yesterday! This is a throwback to her beginning days...she's adorable.
I bought Hannah a cute shirt to represent three. She thought the present was strange and then I couldn't get her to cooperate with a photo in her new shirt.
We then headed to the zoo. She LOVES to see the animals.  Here are a couple of my favorite photos:
Jake's first attempt at a selfie :)
When we came home we made a chocolate cake. For months when I asked Hannah what she wanted for her birthday she would say chocolate cake.
When Neil came home from work we went to dinner and came home for cake.
We had a wonderful day celebrating Hannah's birthday! She is an amazing little girl that has blessed our lives. She is independent but likes to play with others. She has an infectious smile and she is so smart. She is beautiful on the inside and out and we love her so very much! Happy Birthday sweet Hannah!

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Bye, bye Miss Tina

Rachel has one week of summer school left but today was Miss Tina's last day. We love Miss Tina.  In a complicated school year with unfortunate circumstances, she was our one constant.  We will miss her! She is amazing, sweet, fun, caring and the list can go on. Thank you Tina for loving Rachel, taking good care of her and teaching her so much!
Sweet treats for the class. We are going to miss theses guys!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Those Mean Doctors

Today we spent the morning getting school physicals for Virginia (a lot more in depth then any school district we've been in!). Rachel enjoyed coloring on the paper on the bed...
Hannah had to get a vaccination. She was not too pleased and said, "Those doctors hurt me!"  Her eyes read, why did you let that happen!?!  Sweet girl. She definatly earned these Cheetos at our next stop to get the oil changed.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Close Call

It was a very rain soaked day today. I love days like today, it reminds me of Seattle. I miss Seattle.  The main difference is when it rains here it doesn't cool off, it stays hot and humid.  
Anyway, the girls and I were on an errand to the recycle center and we were following a pick-up truck that was towing a trailer with two large pieces of what looked like granite. Anyway, the trailer started to sway back and forth and I slowed down. Then it really rocked violently back and forth and I noticed one of the tires on the trailor had blown. Suddenly the trailer came unhooked from the truck and twisted far to one side and went across oncoming traffic and off the road! I can't believe it didn't fall over! I also feel blessed that the girls and I were protected. It could have been bad if the trailer had jerked a different way. Counting my blessings!
I took this photo on my way back from the recycle center. I saw the pickup truck up in town at a tire store. Crazy business!

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Line Up!

When you read about characteristic beahviors of children with autism, lining things up is something kids with ASD do. When I went into Rach's room tonight she had all these cars lined up. I asked her if she had lined up her cars and she said, "No Mom, they are in a traffic jam!"  I love her growing ability to communicate and help us understand how she thinks. She really is quite amazing.


Jake has not always been very positive about wearing a tie. Since he has turned 12 and received the Priesthood he has been very compliant about wearing a tie to church. Now, he's got it all figured out and ties the tie himself.  Such a handsome boy...

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Rachel Day!!!

Rachel has been very excited to go to Planes Fire and Rescue since she found out it was being made. The movie made her sad and she was upset most of the movie.  She LOVES Dusty and didn't like seeing him so upset and hurt throughout the movie.  After the movie we went to her friend Audrey's birthday at the lake. Audrey and Rachel are besties at school. So cute. I think the lake helped her feel a bit better.  Soon after the cake was served she looked at me and said, "I need to go home."  She was sad in her room for awhile but seems to have recovered. Poor sweetie...I love her!

Friday, July 18, 2014

Friday FUN Day

Today is Friday and we all needed to have some fun.  I took the children to the zoo, later we went swimming and Neil came home with pizza and Rio 2.  It was a fun day. I love these four!

Thursday, July 17, 2014


My favorite thing about moving is going through everything and getting rid of stuff we don't use anymore.  These four were troopers and helped, even having to let go of a few things that they wanted to hold on to. We still have more work to do but a DQ run was much deserved!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014


It has been a very crazy time at our house but we are moving again!  Off to the DC area again.  We found a town home.  It's smaller but we will be saving a bit of money to put in our "buy a house and never move again" account.  The closer we get to retirement the more exciting that prospect gets!  I am also homeschooling Jake this next year.  It's going to be an amazing experience and I think he will really benefit.  It should be exciting!  Meanwhile, I'm going to miss this amazing view...

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Jake's First Trip to the Temple

On Friday, March 21, 2014, Jake was able to go to the temple for the first time.  He had a great time.  Neil went with him and the bishopric made sure that everything ran smoothly.  Jake said about the experience, "He felt all feelings except the bad ones."  I really appreciate how hard our ward works to make these important milestones good ones.  Jake has made so much progress and I am so proud of him.  He is saluting in the pics and I am not sure why.  The first pic is the getting ready photo...

Monday, March 17, 2014

FOD and a Leprechaun

Neil had FOD (Field Officer of the Day) on Sunday through Monday morning.  It's not an's extra duty.  Neil goes in, stays the night in his office.  Meanwhile he does checks and writes a report of the checks he did.  It was very rainy and cold.  Poor Neil was FREEZING!!!  The kids and I stayed home from church because I was sick and so was Rachel.  We needed to get a break from the house so we brought cookies to Neil.  It was fun to see him...he really is the BEST!!!
 Neil doesn't like it when I take his picture so he sticks out his tongue...real mature ;)
 Later that night our leprechaun was nice and didn't make a mess because the kids and I didn't set a trap.  Although Jake did get up earlier than me and saw there was no mess and made a mess.  The kids think it's so funny to have things such a mess.  Even Hannah noticed.  I will have to post pictures later of my Irish reds. Grandma (Mccolley) Schillen would love our little reds representing the IRISH!!!

Monday, March 10, 2014


It's Monday!  The day I recover from the business of the weekend.  Today Hannah and I are hanging out and playing until an IEP meeting.  Two this week!  I'm have to admit, I am getting a little weary of fighting the fight.  Luckily Rachel's new teacher (another change a couple of weeks ago) knows what she is doing and is amazing!  Here is my sweet Hannah enjoying some sun with Rachel's Lego's (shh don't tell Rachel we spend almost everyday in her room playing!).

Friday, March 7, 2014

Dr. Seuss Night

The second grade at West Pine Elementary did an amazing show honoring the creations of Dr. Seuss.  It was such a delight to see Rachel perform.  She is quite an amazing little girl. Rachel is in the front row in a blue dress.  I know most won't be able to tell but I can hear her sweet voice distinctly.  Love her.


Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Last Week...

Last week was a bit crazy and busy.  So much happened and I didn't get any of it posted!  We started Monday off with a storm during the day (Tornado Watch).  The kids were at school and so I didn't have to pretend that these storms don't FREAK me out.  Luckily, it wasn't too bad, just some wind...
These chairs are always the focus of my photos...they have been through so much!  After school I took the kids to see the new Lego Movie.  It was quite clever and we had a fun time.

That night we had the missionaries for dinner.  It was a full day!  After school the next day was Sean's first soccer practice of the season.  They played their first game on Saturday and tied.  The boys were not too happy after an undefeated season last year.  Here is a shot from our first practice:

Wednesday was the pinewood derby.  I'm sorry to admit it (not really sorry at all) but I HATE the pinewood derby.  It feels like chaos.  Sean prepares SO much and he honestly builds in own car (some guidance with scary tools from Neil), and he never wins.  I know it's not about winning but to him it is.  He didn't do as bad this year as in years past.  He never got third place in any race.  That is saying something!  He held it together for the night.  Jake did an amazing job of supporting him.  The next morning though...the floor dropped out from under him and he was a mess.  Why didn't I get a trophy (9 or the 15 boys got a trophy)?  Why, why, why?  I wasn't as patient as I ought to be and I hate starting the morning off with tantrums.  Oh well, he went to school and pulled of a rather acceptable day.  I love that much passion.  Oh, I took a few photos of me weighing his car at the grocery store to check it's weight.  I'm crazy...I know.

Thursday and Friday were full of things I needed to catch up on.  Friday, Neil and Jake went to a merit badge clinic which finished up on Saturday (it took ALL DAY Saturday).  Jake was a trooper and earned two merit badges!  Saturday for me was Sean's soccer game and taking Sean and Rach to their social group.  Crazy, fun week that makes up fun (and stressful) memories.  I love these five people!