The Preslar Family

The Preslar Family
December 2017

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Springtime Updates

Once again, I'm doing some catch-up mass blogging. Despite the fact that I seem to be having trouble keeping up on regular blogging, I'm not giving up! I will blog!

Here's some stuff that we did over the past couple of months:

In March our school hosted a Medievil Feast for the 6th graders. Luckily I was able to use costumes from my friend's awesome collection in her basement, so I could help Bitty get a really cool dress.  I ended up with a pretty cool one myself. I couldn't help it. Alert - nerd parent on the loose!

Bitty won a prize for her awesome dancing skills.

The kids got to eat a very Medievally feast of roast chicken, cubed cheese, whole loaves of bread and grapes, all with their hands. Oh, and about a gallon each of ginger ale, which they drank out of goblets they fashioned themselves.

Also in March, our neighborhood celebrated the 100th birthday of a seriously awesome lady by the name of Velma. We had two celebrations - one smaller group of just the church ladies and then one whole-church gang including anyone who had ever lived here and loved Velma. What's amazing is that Velma is still just as sharp as a tack, no kidding. She's getting pretty bent over, but she doesn't miss a thing, still lives at home, cared for by the residents of her home which has been divided into apartments. What an example of a life well lived.

What other major holiday besides Troy's birthday happens in March? Why, St. Patty's day, that's what! I'm terrible at celebrating this day. I know many moms have very elaborate holidays with leprechaun footprints and treats or gifts or whatever. I just can not muster the energy for that kind of thing, which is ok. Last year, if you remember, all I managed to do was make some green pancakes and that did nothing but cause my little Skippidy to start dry-heaving on sight. This year I was super excited because I actually rounded up some green clothing for each child. It was a St. Patrick's Day miracle I tell you! Not only did I actually do something, but each child liked what they got and wore it that day happily.

Last month Cap finally broke up with his cello, seemingly for good. Maybe in years to come he'll revisit the cello, but for now, he's done. I'm sad about this, but we told him he had to choose another hobby to pursue. He picked the guitar. I love how much happier he is. He is loving the fact that he's becoming what he has called "a stereotypical teenager." He has a guitar, a tarantula and posters in his room. He's hoping to add an amp and an electric guitar at some point. Teenagery indeed, and awesome.

The girls are spending a ton of time outside perfecting their skills on their wheels.

 Skippidy got invited to a cute friend's baptism, and it made her pretty excited about her own upcoming baptism.

My dear dad had an art show that was very succesful. I had the great pleasure that evening of hanging out at the park outside the library and meeting a giant dog I thought about dog-napping but I didn't think I could sneak him away without being noticed. Louie, in my heart, you're my dog.

My girls had a great time participating in the Storybook Character Day at school. It was one of those super fun days that I totally forgot about until the morning of, when the girls STARTED talking about who they wanted to portray. Luckily, we were able to throw together some quick costumes and I thanked my lucky stars that both girls were happy with their five-minute ensembles. Skippidy played a young dragon sitter, and Bitty played one of my favorite fantasy characters, Harry Crew from The Blue Sword. That made my day. Thankfully she thought Cap's old Ben Kenobi costume was a close enough look to make her happy. Yay!

The 4th, 5th and 6th graders at Wasatch were able to put on a Dr. Seuss play. Bitty, as always, loved every second of her rehearsals and performance. She just loves the stage. They were able to perform on the stage of the local middle school, which was great because the seats had much better viewing and were much more comfortable. Great night!

So there you go. More stuff that kept us really busy. It's been a good spring, to say the least.

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