Monday, May 25, 2015

March Misc. Things

When we bought our house, I did NOT like the front door.  At all.  I knew that I wanted to replace it but never had the time to address it.  Until now.  After a couple of estimates, my new door was averaging $3200!!  Then I took a step back and realized that I didn't like the foyer being dark and yellow all of the time.  That's when I decided that the glass was the problem and I could live with the door.  As long as we repainted it.  The glass and installation was averaging around $500.  That price point was definitely better until Jeremiah had an idea.  He recommended that we order the glass and he install it.  So that's what we did!  

I ordered the glass and we were so excited!  Out of dozens of glasses to choose from, I was down to three.  Flemish, rolled gluechip, and taffeta.  In the end I chose flemish.  It was clear like we wanted but still gave us the privacy that we needed.  Jeremiah took one of the glass panels out to see what the foyer would like without the yellow lead glass.  The natural clear sunlight was beautiful.  On 3/18/15 we had the exterior door painted brown to match the rest of the house.

The pictures on the left are the "before".  The right side are the "after".  Goodbye yellow lead glass and hello clear flemish glass!!  So much light comes into the foyer now!  It took a few days to adjust to the new lighting.  I kept asking "who left the front door open?!"  We took the hardware  off the front door of our previous house because we loved it so much.  That front door looks great now!  

Sophia was learning to go up the stairs.  We used her favorite toy to motivate her.  Her physical and occupational therapists use the stairs as part of her therapy.  I'm guessing that she never went up on this day because I would've gotten a picture of that!  

I was cooking dinner one night and suddenly, I had THREE pairs of eyes watching me.  I knew Sophia was there but Scarlett and Savannah decided to join her.  I was tickled that they made themselves all comfy and cozy...just to watch me cook dinner.  Love my sweeties!

Sunday, May 24, 2015

February Summation

 Savannah's Valentine's Day party at school.  Don't know what her facial expression is about but I love it!

Scarlett's spring concert at school.  There are four classes in her pod and this is her pod, Pod A.

The first snow day of the year!  The girls couldn't WAIT to go outside.  They made several snow angels and had a blast doing it!

Snow angels in the making!

When Jeremiah came home, he joined the girls outside.  Of course!

It wasn't long before he placed the girls in a rubbermaid container and sent them flying down the driveway!

On another snow day, Sophia fell asleep while she was playing...sitting up.  Then, the girls wanted to play in the show with bare feet because daddy did it.  Finally, the girls and Jeremiah had a snowball fight.  He thought it would be hilarious if he threw snowballs at me while I was watching him.  I would've been fine with it except that he was throwing them so hard.  You should've heard the bass from those things!  I just knew he was going to break my window.  After a few hours of fun, everyone went down for naps!

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Sophia's 3rd Birthday

Sophia turned 3 years old on February 9, 2015!  We love this girl SO much!!  We are also very thankful that she is still here with us.  It's been quite the journey and she has been worth it!  We celebrated her birthday all day long!  

We took a lot of pictures!

For dinner it was TGIFriday's!  The waiters and waitresses sang happy birthday to her and she just LOVED it!  Afterwards, we went home for more singing and birthday cake for the birthday girl!  It was a great day!  

The next morning, we celebrated the fact that she was officially home longer than she was in the hospital.  18 months and one day.  Don't judge us.  We celebrate EVERY one of this girl's milestones!  

Friday, May 22, 2015

Sophia's New Wheelchair

On January 23, Sophia's wheelchair arrived!  In order for her to go to school, she needed a wheelchair so that she could ride the bus.  We (Sophia's physical therapist, nurse, and I) spent a few hours selecting a style.  Then it took me a while to decide on a color.

I had all these colors to choose from.  It didn't take long for me to realize that I wanted a purple chair.

Then it took me forever to pick a purple.  Seriously?!  How many shades of purple could I choose from?!  Oh, the agony!  The agony!!

The wheelchair finally arrived and we all loved it!  We loaded her up as if we were about to travel and everything fit.  I love that her name is embroidered on the seat!

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Christmas 2014

Christmas pictures after church.  Sophia was in a mood but finally smiled for me.  Then her mood returned.  One day, I'll get my "perfect Prickett picture".  Until then I'll just enjoy us the way we are!

 Christmas morning!  Let the unwrapping begin!!

Savannah is still into Spiderman and Scarlett still loves Hello Kitty!

The aftermath of opening gifts in the playroom.  A few hours later my parents and siblings came over.  Then, we had Christmas all over again in the downstairs living room. 

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Kesha Rogers & Ian Overton

On December 15, 2014, Kesha Rogers (politician), and Ian Overton,(husband and campaign manager) stopped by for a visit.  She ran for the U.S. Senate and was defeated.  Anyway, I was eating lunch and preparing to pick Scarlett up from school when the doorbell rang.  It was these two!  
We visited for a few minutes until I had to leave.  Jeremiah came home and asked me about my day.  I told him Kesha stopped by and he said "Kesha who?  Who's Kesha?"  I told him Kesha Rogers.  He was so surprise and very disappointed that he missed them.  Jeremiah is WAY more into politics than I am and I'm not sure how he found out about her.  We went to one of Kesha's town hall meetings and Jeremiah became a supporter.  Then he missed their visit.

I told them I needed TONS of pictures for Jeremiah because he was not going to believe this.  They happily obliged!  

Monday, May 18, 2015

Savannah's 4th Birthday

Savannah turned 4 years old on December 12, 2014!  There are so many things that I love about this girl.  One second she can have a mean streak.  The next second she is equally sweet.  If anyone falls asleep, she will find a blanket and cover them.  She gives me random kisses and will stroke my face so tenderly.  It's the sweetest thing EVER.  When we are out and about, she always think of Scarlett.  If someone gives her something, she'll say, "may I have one for my sister?"  She is so independent and doesn't need much help with most things.  She's helpful around the house, too!  She loves to conduct FHE as well as teach the lesson and prepare the activity.  She is great about saying her prayers.  I could on and on about this girl but let's get on with her day.  And it was quite a day, too!

The day started with a class birthday party in her honor.  Mrs. Talley, her teacher, pretty much did everything.  The only thing I did was show up with cupcakes.  Love her!  Then, Jeremiah made a surprise visit and Savannah was all smiles!  She is a daddy's girl 100%!  She was SO excited and it completely made her day!

One of her birthday requests was to go to the park.  After I picked Scarlett up from school, that's where we headed.  She LOVES being outside and going to the park.  In the bottom two pics of her by herself, she slid right off the slide and hit the ground.  Her response?  She laughed at herself and I loved it!

To wrap up her day, she requested dinner at TGIFridays!  The staff sang to her and she received a HUGE serving of ice cream.  As a bonus, Scarlett received free ice cream, too...just because.  OH!!  I think our waiter hooked us up with it.  He is awesome and we usually request him when we go to TGIFridays.  Good lookin' out my friend :o)

Friday, May 1, 2015

Thanksgiving Class Party

Scarlett had a Thanksgiving party at school.  The room mom caught the flu at the last minute.  Then, through a series of events, I ended up being in charge of the party.  It was a pretty good party considering I only had 12 hours to pull it off.  Most of the planning was done.  The only thing that I had to do was make it all come together.

 Chick-fil-A for lunch.

Scarlett helping Savannah with her craft.

Craft finally finished!

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Halloween 2014

Better late than never.  Halloween 2014!  We attended our ward's annual trunk or treat and went trick or treating on Halloween. 

 Scarlett has always been sensitive to the sun.  Nevertheless, the girls were so excited and ready to go!


Saturday, March 21, 2015

Fitness Challenge

October 24, 2014 was Scarlett's Fitness Challenge at school!  These kinders did so well and much fun was had.

 The event started with a run.  Next, it was on to mountain climbers.  We practiced those at home on the days I didn't go to the gym.  It was fun working out with my munchkin.  Savannah got in on the action, too.  Then they went inside for sit ups.  Scarlett was selected to show everyone how to do a sit up properly.  Finally, it was time for crab kicks.

Personally, I love the step!  It was my first love...regarding working out that is.  Everyone did so well.

The event ended with an obstacle course.

Scarlett did a fantastic job AND went to bed early that night.  Double, yay!!  Whew!  What a day :o)

Fall Break 2014

October 13-17 was "fall break" for Scarlett.  No school for one week, yes!  One day I took them to Putt Putt and we had so much fun.  We were the only ones there and we went at our own speed.  It was great!  We ended up going the following Saturday as a family :o)  

After a while, Scarlett got down on her knees and rolled the ball in the holes with her club!  Silly girl!

Savannah started rolling her ball in the holes with her hand!  Their giggles were priceless!

I spent that beautiful fall day with my beautiful girls!

When school resumed that following Monday, Scarlett was quickly reminded that playtime was over and it was back to business!  When we got home after I picked her up from school, she came into the house and feel asleep in the middle of the living room floor!  Apparently, the first day back was exhausting!  Other parents said that their kids did the same thing.

Liz's 1st Dance

Liz attended her first dance on September 20, 2014.  She was very excited and so were we.  The bottom left hand picture made me laugh SO hard!  Jeremiah was teaching her how to "properly" dance with a boy.  She needed to stand that far back, only touch him with two fingers, turn her head away from the boy...WITH her eyes closed!  I'm pretty sure Liz was saying "what the heck, dad?!"  I was trying to make him smile but nothing was working.  He kept staring into space and couldn't believe his little girl was off to her first dance.  He makes me laugh, too!

At one point, the camera went off and accidentally took a picture of Jeremiah genuinely smiling.  I didn't see that picture until days later.  I love me some candid shots.  Then it was time to go and Scarlett waved goodbye until they were out of sight.

Monday, February 2, 2015

Grandparents Day

Grandparents Day was on 9/7 but Scarlett's school celebrated it on 9/12.  The grandparents came for lunch and Scarlett was SO thrilled!  I'm so glad that my parents are still around to do this kind of stuff with their grandkids.  Since this party was for grandparents only, I excused myself and went to volunteer in the cafeteria :o)

Friday, January 2, 2015

Scarlett's Kindergarten Days

These are just some things that I want to remember about Scarlett in 20 years.

Scarlett's first homework assignment was to learn to write her name in a handwriting style called d'nealian.  It was a little challenging for her to get use to it because she had her own style.  Her d'nealian handwriting isn't perfect but it is definitely improving.  This was on the second day of school.

A month after school started, she had to do an "All About Me"project.  Parents could assist but the students had to do everything themselves.  My favorite part was her putting "I love Jesus" on there first :o)

This one tickles me!  For several days in a row, Scarlett would come home and tell me how she wasn't the line leader for that day.  It made her so sad.  So, I gave her a little advice.  I told her that she needed to run even faster to her teacher.  She did and for several days she was always line leader and was SO happy.  I told her that it was okay to let someone else be line leader, too.  Then Scarlett told me that another girl was really struggling to be line leader.  Do you know what my child did?  She let this girl be line leader a few times.  I loved that!  I'm loving kindergarten just as much as Scarlett is.  Anyway, I managed take to this picture through the window one day when I pulled into the carpool lane.  There she is.  First in line!  Love it!

Volunteering at school is a breeze since younger siblings are welcomed.  I always pack a lunch for Savannah so that the two of them can eat lunch together.  Savannah is a huge hit with Scarlett's class.  Those kids crack me up giving her hugs.  Savannah and Scarlett's teacher even hug each other.  You'd thought she was actually in Scarlett's class!  Good times!