Sunday, May 7, 2017


I can hardly believe it!  My sweet Mirielle Ilana turned 12 last Sunday!   She is turning into a beautiful, sweet and smart young woman.  It seems just yesterday she was a little toddler learning, growing and about to undergo heart surgery:

Or a young girl, excited for Christmas:

And now she is almost finished with elementary school, beginning young women's and entering such an exciting and busy time of life:
The night before her birthday, I took her out for ice cream at Menchies:
 On her actual birthday, Michelle and I were gone all morning because Michelle was competing in the Utah National History Day competition.  She and 3 friends had created a website about the internment camps.  I signed up to be a judge for the group performances at the competition.  A couple of the groups from Michelle's class will go on to compete at the national level this summer.  Michelle was disappointed that her group didn't go on, but I am pleased with how hard she worked and all that she learned.

That evening, we went to dinner at Pizza Rev (Ella's choice) and went to a movie (Boss Baby).  Then we had cake at home.  It was a fun opportunity to be together as a family and to celebrate our sweet Ella!
Alfredo bought Ella this cute outfit.  Other than that, her gift is to go on our trip together this summer!
 Twelve reasons Ella is excited to be TWELVE:
*Young women's program
*She can sit in the front seat of the car.
*She'll get a phone when she starts 7th grade.
*Girls camp.
*Activities for young women's program
*Going on a trip with Mom to Church History sites
*Being 1 year older
*Going to the temple
*Finishing elementary school
*She can babysit now.
*She got money for her birthday from several family members/friends.
*Personal progress

Twelve foods/treats Ella likes:
*ice cream
*Einstein brothers bagels
*toscana soup
*sugar cookies
*freeze dried yogurt bites

Twelve Songs She Likes:
*Most Girls by Hailee Steinfeld
*Simple Things by Brooklyn and Bailey
*Something Like This by Coldplay
*Halo by Beyonce
*Blank Space by Taylor Swift
*Good for You by Selena Gomez
*Water Under the Bridge by Adele
*Run and Hide by Sabrina Carpenter
*Scars to Your Beautiful by Alessia Cara
*Eyes Wide Open by Sabrina Carpenter
*Stand By You by Rachel Platten
*I Was Made For Loving You by Tori Kelly

We love you, sweet Ella!

Saturday, May 6, 2017


Somehow life got busy and I never posted about Easter.

We decorated eggs:

We had dinner and an egg hunt with Alfredo's family. Unfortunately, the photos of the egg hunt were taken on my phone and my phone broke this past week.  I lost most but not all of my photos when my phone broke.  So I have a few photos from our visit at Patty's house but none of the egg hunt.

Teacher Appreciation Week

I seriously have the cutest and sweetest class ever this year!  I am going to be really sad to send them on to 4th grade.  They have been genuinely FUN to teach!

This past week was Teacher Appreciation Week.  I received several thoughtful gifts and notes.  But my favorite part was that my room parent had the students fill out a thank you form to give me which she put into a darling book with a vinyl owl and my name and the year.  Here are some of the responses on the forms:

My favorite thing about my teacher is...
she's always sweet to others when she is mad at another student (I guess this means I don't punish all the students for one student's misbehavior?)
she is really nice.
if she wants to do something, she does it.
that she is a great writer.
she is fun and very challenging.
she teaches us.
she reads books to us.
she reads to us.
she makes things fun.
she makes us laugh.
she is kind.
she always does cliff hangers (when reading aloud).
She is nice, so fun and is always in a good mood.
she does fun math games.

My teacher always says...
Write, write, write.
Did you do your homework?
Write, write, write up a storm.
Good morning every day.
kind and happy things.
Solve problems.
Keep up the good work.
Let me hear four things you learned today.
You can do it.  Don't give up.
That's a move on the noise level meter.
Keep up the good work.
Don't give up.  Be happy.
Write, write, write.  I want to see your hand moving across your paper.

What I am going to miss most is...
the other students and my teacher.
my class and the math games.
her saying, "Good morning!"
our character traits.
her love for owls.
Mrs. Panameno.
her jokes.
how fun she is and nice.

My favorite memory is...
the Snake math game.
I don't have a favorite memory.  They are all so great.
the first day of school when I met Mrs. Panameno.
that she helps me with math and makes me feel happy.
reading Bunnicula.
the pajama party.
when you started being my teacher.
my great teacher.
when I helped the teacher.
getting Arnie the Doughnut to read.
her reading to us.

Don't you wish you had my job?  Aren't these kids the cutest and sweetest ever?

Monday, April 17, 2017

Bonneville Shoreline Trail...Bear Canyon Loop

 Knowing that my spring break was during a week that my girls had school, I asked my friend Annette if she wanted to go on a hike on either one of the Saturdays or right after school on the Friday that I was off.  Friday worked well for her so we did part of the Bonneville Shoreline Trail.  It was a pretty easy trail (with one part going down with sliding rocks where Michelle slipped and bruised her wrist/hand) and the weather was perfect for this trail.  My girls often moan about going for a hike but all three were excited to go (maybe we are all really ready for spring/summer and getting outside more!).  Ella and Michelle were such great helpers with Davlynn.  Davlynn declared all of us "grils" the best buddies ever!

 We crossed 3 bridges on this hike.  This was the first bridge and wasn't very far along the trail.

 All of the kids enjoyed getting photos between these two huge boulders...all of the kids, that is, except Drake.  He didn't want his photo taken at all.

The weather was beautiful...cloudy and cool, but not cold.  Toward the end, we worried it might rain but it didn't.  It was a perfect day for this hike.

Michelle took several photos of Ella jumping in order to get this perfect shot!

Isn't she beautiful?  And better yet, she is kind and smart and sweet. She genuinely cares about others and shows love to them.

One of the things that I liked about this hike was that you could see the Salt Lake Valley as you's such a pretty city!

It was a wonderful way to spend a spring afternoon!