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2. We started our holiday celebrations early. Last night Drew and I went to a friend's house and watched the BYU bowl game. It was amazing!! I LOVE football. It was Van Noy's night! Two touch-downs by the defensive back! Plus numerous other things that I will not bore you with. He was totally amazing! The game was completely boring until the fourth quarter and then we made some adjustments and just exploded. It was AWESOME! Go COUGS!!
The big boys went and hung out with some friends and watched a late showing of the Hobbit. They didn't get home until after midnight. Because we were all up late, we slept in just a little and everyone was late for everything this morning!! The big boys got up grumbling for family prayer and went straight back to bed. I forgot that Smiley had a class performance this morning. Yes, he was late, and because I was late taking everyone everywhere, I didn't get to see him perform. Drew had him sing his little song for us in the car as we were driving. He wasn't too happy about that because it was a solo instead of a class performance. Needless to say, not a great start to the day. I think we should have just cancelled today and started the holiday last night.
5. Swimming. Just an updated report on our swimming expeditions: We have not been swimming as much as we were in the summer, but we have continued once or twice a month. Smiley is dog-paddling!!! Woohoo!! He still will not float on his back or his face, but he is almost confident enough that I will not have to worry about him too much in the pool, though I would be a lot more comfortable if he would just choose to float! We will keep working on it! Shorty is all over the pool and so is Sun! Yea!! I was so worried about how we were going to teach them all to swim and how we were going to pay for it!!
That was another prayer answered. The only pool we have open is a 20 minute drive, so the time, plus the gas, plus the number of times we would need to go to be proficient, plus the lessons, for the number of people-----OY! I didn't know how we could possibly manage that. So since last summer I have been thinking and praying about how we could do it some other way---maybe a hotel in the area would rent me some pool time?? Heavenly Father had a better answer. A friend who is investigating the church and has children my children's ages, moved to a complex with a pool. They were allowed to bring friends. We made a weekly play-date at the pool. The kids learned to swim and we talked about how to apply the gospel to your life. Win-win all around----temporally for us, and safety issues, eternally changing for them. Gotta love it when the Lord's plan is so much better than yours!!
Here is Heather's five things today!!