Friday, June 27, 2008

Spotlight on Jessica

Here are some interesting photos and tidbits about how Jessica is doing. The above picture was taken in front of the Palmyra Temple on a recent family trip to see the Hill Cumorah Pageant and some of the sites. (more about that later)

Jessica has become an AWESOME reader. Sadly, I have to admit that I did not read as much with her as I did with Courtney. (The first kid always gets the most one on one attention, right?...please say "right"...) Anyway, Jessica does not seem to have suffered very much for it. She has grown by leaps and bounds in her reading skills this year. She doesn't mind reading now, although she would much rather play. When we read scriptures, she sounds out words that I don't think I knew when I was her age. She continues to amaze us! She reads to Ally a lot and Ally loves it!

She is very active right now. She has a hula hoop that she uses for jumping with, like a jumprope. She's getting pretty good at it.

She just got her hair cut a few weeks ago. She likes to get it short when summer comes. I don't blame her, I like short hair in the summer better too. We all have such thick long hair that becomes a pain to deal with in the summer. It either gets put up in pony tails or cut. Here are some pictures...before and after. I wasn't happy with the way the Supercuts lady did her bangs and she pinned them back after cutting them, so the after picture is not right after. We waited until it looked a bit better. It doesn't look like a major haircut from the pictures but it was significant.

She is our little missionary. Since kindergarten she has talked about different things she can do to tell her friends about the church. She wanted to have one friend over for Family Home Evening. (I'm embarrassed to say we never got to that.) During the school year, she decided to start a "Missionary club" in her class and she said lots of kids were in it, but she hadn't really done much in it. Now, when she has friends over or goes to their house, she has a little "Mormon museum". One day she set all kinds of things in front of and on her dresser. When the two kids that I babysit came over 2 weeks ago, she invited them to come in to the "Mormon museum". The display consisted of her scriptures, the Primary songbook, many different pass-along cards, a picture of a temple, and a few other things I can't remember right now. The kids (ages 9 and 5) were so sweet to sit and listen, even Courtney played along. I don't know if anything will happen with these two kids and their mom as far as the church goes, but we are planting a seed. No....Jessica is planting seeds! All over the place! We are so proud of her and hope be as good as she is with our missionary work!
This sunflower picture was taken in Rochester, NY, when we stayed with Julie's cousin Rebecca Matheson for the pageant. We love sunflowers in our family.

I really had hoped another daughter would fall asleep during the Pageant that started at 9:15 pm. Jessica made it through all but the last 10 minutes or so.
We visited the Joseph Smith homes in Palmyra, this is the log home, a replica, and the room, where Moroni visited Joseph Smith that night.
We took a walk through the Sacred Grove in Palmyra...such a beautiful, peaceful place.

This summer Jessica is just trying to keep busy with swimming, playdates, trips to the library and the zoo, the AMC $1 movies, a book club with some friends, and playing with her sisters. She can't wait for the mail to come in late August to find out who her teacher for 2nd grade will be! She's excited to be a 2nd grader! WOW!

That's Jessica!

Friday, June 20, 2008

Spotlight on Allyson

So, a week or so ago, I took the markers from the front room, where the kids were able to access them whenever they wanted, and put them in my room to keep Allyson from getting them...she wants to create fun body art masterpieces, or wall murals. Well, Jessica had borrowed the markers from my room and put them in her room, on the dresser right next to the baby's bed. I swear Allyson turns into Elasti-girl when she's alone in her room. I have no idea how she reaches some of the things on the dresser...we try to put things out of arm's reach but she still gets them. Anyway, two days ago, I heard Ally make some noise like she might be waking up from her nap. Then she got quiet so I thought she was going back to sleep. About 20 minutes later, she was making noises again for me to come get her. I went in and.... Ta DA!

She not only had drawn all over herself, but all over her crib sheet, some of the crib and some of the wall. (I should have taken a picture of that.) Thank goodness most of the markers were washable. We were able to clean off the crib quite easily, the wall almost as easily, but Ally was decorated for a day after that. Even after a bath. Oh, well!

(I tried posting a video of Ally showing some of the many signs that she knows, but the video won't load. I'm sorry....I'm quite annoyed about it. Again, my lack of expertise with the blogging world may be to blame, but it seems like it should be pretty easy...I'm just missing something. Maybe someday I'll figure it out.)