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First day of school….

Trevin and Emalee were both bright-eyed and bushy tailed this morning. They were excited to start a new school year, see their friends and meet their new teachers. 

  

I picked both of them up from school and we headed to Em’s Brain Balance appointment . On the way there, they both proceeded to tell me about their day. It dawned on me how much I love picking them up and having those few moments with them after school each day.  

Later in the evening, Trevin had soccer practice at Grant Elementary. At the same time, Andy and Emalee went to Tae Kwon Do. Fall is back in full force!

Jaron on the other hand got to go to the Copenhagen, Denmark temple today.  Lucky guy!

  

Leader, Advancements and Recognition

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The day started early for sweet Trevin.  He got up at 5:30 this morning so he could be out the door by six.  He was hand selected by the principal to represent Vista Elementary at a Leader in Me Symposium.  I “think” he even slept in his dress clothes because he was so excited.

His school integrated the Leader in Me program three years ago.  Trevin was one of six children selected to greet guests from all around the world who came here to learn about this program.  Most are looking to adopt this program into their own schools.  He did a great job and really enjoyed himself.  When the bus arrived at his school (full of guests), he helped greet and welcome them, along with other children.  They did a program (run completely by the children) and helped their guests understand how this program has effected the entire school.

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When Ashlyn got home from school, she presented me with this letter from her school.  It stated that Ashlyn is eligible to be a part of the National Honors Society.  She has a 3.9 grade point average and is VERY diligent in her attendance and work.  So proud of her!

Ashlyn and Trevin had their piano lessons today….Ashlyn had basketball practice with the Young Women.  I made dinner and even chocolate chip cookies for dessert.  Ashlyn was asked to bring a story from her family history tonight to Young Women (as part of their activity).  I wanted to include the complete story here for future reference (this is the story of Mimi’s great grandmother….or Ashlyn’s great-great grandmother):

Frederikke Claudina Ahlefeldt Laurvigan was born of 12 January, 1845, in the little town of Vennsel, about 35 miles from Copenhagen, Denmark. She was the daughter of Vilhelm Valdemar Ahlefeldt Laurvigan, a count in Danish Royalty, and Anna Maria Abrahamsen, a commoner. Vilhelm fell in love with Anna Maria, but because of the custom surrounding Danish Royalty, a count could not marry a commoner. His parents had chosen a girl of nobility for him to marry, but he refused to marry her. He was practically disowned. On the Danish birth records, Frederikke was recorded as the daughter of Jacob Severin Bolvig, a life long friend of the Count.

The Count was a wealthy man in his right and had most anything that money could buy at the time. He enjoyed sports of all kinds and especially loved to hunt with his beautiful horses and dogs that he kept for that purpose. Anna Maria and the Count never did live together. Their daughter, Frederikke, lived with her father in a home of luxury and comfort.

As the winters were very cold in Denmark, the servants didn’t do much washing. They would spend weeks in the spring, washing and cleaning everything. Frederikke was very small for her age, and could easily pass for a girl of 9 when she was 13 years old. She went to the village school and was usually taken there by the servants in a carriage. One morning Frederikke and a girl friend were out walking and as they were going through the cemetery, she was kidnapped by her Mother and Stepfather and taken on board a vessel or ship, which was sailing for America. Her Mother had heard the Gospel from a humble Mormon Elder and she had joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and was coming to Utah. She couldn’t bear to go so far away and leave her little girl in Denmark. The method she used seemed to only way of getting her. Her Father was heartbroken at the turn of events and went on board to try and get her back, but was unable to do so.

They were 13 weeks crossing the ocean in the sailing vessel and went through all the hardships you could expect on a trip like that. The family consisted of the Stepfather, Mr. Jacobsen, the Mother, Anna Maria, a half brother, Lawrey and half sisters, Minnie and Annie Jacobsen, and Frederikke. They came to Pleasant Grove, Utah in 1858. There they lived on a small farm where Frederikke’s life was much different from what it had been in Denmark. Here she learned to do housework, weaving, knitting, and other sewing, besides helping with outside chores.

She had the chance to work for a family in Sanpete County. Her Mother paid a family who was already going there to take her with them. After the trip was started, they made Frederikke get out of the wagon and walk every step of the way. All she received to eat were the crusts left from their meal, which they threw to her like they would a dog. She could never talk of this incident without shedding tears. She worked for a Dr. Rogers. He had two wives and his first wife, Vinnie taught school and she hired Frederikke to do her part of the housework and take care of the children. Dr. Rogers was a hard master, stern and often cruel to his family, but he soon learned that although Frederikke’s early training taught her to always be courteous and polite, and always bear the stamp of culture, still she was not afraid to stand up for her rights. While in Sanpete, she met a young man to whom she became engaged.

They were soon to be married and she decided to go home for a visit. Before she left, her young man did something that displeased her. While on her visit home, she met Charles Henry West and in three weeks they were married on 17th of August, 1867. “Marry in haste and repent at leisure”, is an old saying, but if it was true in this case she gave no sign. She was always loyal and true to the man whom she had cast her lot. Imagine the surprise of the young man from Sanpete, when he came for her and found her to be the wife of another man.

They made their home in Pleasant Grove, Utah in the old Harry Wadley place. All of their 13 children were born in Pleasant Grove and Lindon. Their 5th child was born, Lester Gay on 2nd January, 1876. When he was 3 days old, he was not expected to live and so was given a name and a blessing by his grandfather, David West. Through the blessings of the Lord, he recovered. When he was just a few weeks old the family moved to String- town, later known as Lindon. See Lester Gay West history for what life was like for them. When Frederikke’s father, Vilhelm was 85 years old, he wrote to her and her husband and all of the family and asked them to come back to Denmark and visit him. He told them he would send them all first class tickets with all expenses paid both by land and sea if she would come and stay with him the rest of his days. If she would, then she could have all that he owned and if she didn’t, he wouldn’t leave her a cent. Her husband refused to go and she didn’t feel like undertaking the trip like that with a large family and without the help of her husband, so she missed this opportune- ity. Her Father, true to his word, left her nothing.

Of the 13 children born to Frederikke and Charles, only 5 lived long enough to marry and raise families. So many deaths were a great shock to her but she never lost her great faith in the gospel. She often mentioned her gratitude to her Mother for accepting the Gospel and bringing her up in the Church. She accepted many callings in the Church, especially in the Relief Society, where she was a counselor to Cordelia Thorne at the time of her death. After a 5 month illness, she died on 3 March, 1910.

Trevin, on the other hand, had his Pack Meeting.  He advanced to the rank of Webelos.  He also earned one activity badge for sports.  We have to sew the patch on his uniform but here is the mother’s pin….  I’m one proud mama!

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{Gingerbread fun}

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Today I helped Trevin’s class make gingerbread houses.  I was in charge of making royal icing.  What a pain!  Getting the icing into the squeeze bottles was terrible. In the end ot all worked out but it was no easy task gettingvthe right consistency. 

{Skiing with the 4th grade}

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Trevin was soooooooo excited to go to school today.  His class has been planning to go up to Brighton ski resort for the day.  It’s an opportunity given to all the 4th graders in Salt Lake.  Well, he’s all bundled up….ready to go.  Just don’t break a leg Trev!

ADDITIONAL NOTE: I asked Trevin when he got in the car after school if he enjoyed skiing. He smiled and said, “Yep. Do you know the best thing that ever happened to me?”

“No….what’s that Trevin?” I asked.

“You know how we were suppose to bring a snack from home? Well, we were all eating our snacks and Haley Monson finished her snack and asked if she could throw her wrapper in with my garbage….and I got to touch her hand for a second. It was so cool.”

{Monopoly madness}

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Trevin had a class party at school today.  They earned a game party and everyone could bring a board game from home and a snack or treat that starts with your child’s first name.  Trevin chose to bring “taffy”. 

I came to Trev’s class to help out.  I love how he lights up when he sees me.  I love seeing him!

Trevin’s favorite board game right now is Monopoly.   I guess it is a favorite for some of his friends because eight or nine kids brought the game from home too.

Trevins’ s good friend, Bronson, didn’t end up coming to school today because he was sick.  So we made him a plate of goodies and took it to him after school so he could have it once he was feeling better. Those are the days that kids really want  to go to school and NOT be absent. 

{Day one is here!}

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Scriptures read, check.  Beds made, check.  Lunches made, check.  We are ready for a new school year!  Trevin and Emalee start 2nd and 4th grade…..watch out!

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Emalee’s teacher, Mrs. Lopez getting ready to take her class inside.

{Mill Hollow 2013}

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Back in April, we signed Trein and Ashlyn up to attend a school-based summer camp called Mill Hollow (Ashlyn went last year).  Ash got Trevin so excited to go he could hardly stand it.  He had a hard time sleeping last night.

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Trevin was even more excited to learn that one of his good friends,  Roman,  would be coming along….oh, happy day.

Here they are loading the bus….

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“We’re ready to go already mom….leave us be!”  Okay, so they didn’t say that but their body language did.

Have fun kiddos…I’ll miss you!

{Awards Assembly for the third grade}

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Trevin received a citizenship award today at school.  He also has perfect attendance.  So proud of him!

{Espanolandia}

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Our day started out early.  Trevin and I headed off at 6:30 a.m. to BYU’s language fair called Espanolandia.  Each child was assigned a partner and we headed off to Provo.

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Once we arrived we, along with thousands of other students, were greeted by those organizing the event.  They gave us instructions and we proceeded to “Espanolandia”….a land of Spanish speaking fun.  Each child was given a passport and once they filled it out, they proceeded to customs.

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Here, Trevin and his friend are being directed to a certain customs booth. (You can see his teacher in the background, Emilee Russell)

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Here, custom officials quizzed the boys on the purpose of their stay (always answering in Spanish).  Each booth provides a stamp in their passport once they finish conversing at each stop.

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The next booth was the bank.  Each child received a certain amount of pesos and could use their own money to get more.

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The first stop after the bank was the metro.  Everyone was required to purchase a metro pass.

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From there, they were able to visit any of the booths. They were required to visit a minimum of seven booths. Some of the booths the boys visited were the post office, the market, the bread store, the souvenir shop and the bakery.

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Here he and his friend just purchased sombreros.

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One of the booths they visited was the post office.  Trevin wrote a postcard to Mimi about his morning….and then took it to the post office to mail it.

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Then he purchased a water….he had two pesos left over before leaving.

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Here our group was waiting for the bus driver.

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Afterwards, our group stopped by the Museum of Natural History.  It was really neat.  When we were done there, we headed off to a park to eat lunch.

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Back to school!

{Trev has a dream…..}

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Trevin’s teacher sent home a paper he wrote for Martin Luther King’s birthday.  It reads, “I wish that I could be a dentist….so all the kids of the world’s teeth can be clean and healthy and nice.  I wish that the world wouldn’t liter…and be nice. ..and they wouldn’t have to fight.”

{Let the Valentine-making begin}

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One of the best parts of Valentine’s is making your own.  Each of my kids like to approach Valentine-making in their own special way.  They also decide on a treat or small trinket to include in their envelopes.  Jaron’s Valentine holder is ready to go.  He msde it completely out of Legos and at the top edge of the container it spells out LOVE using Lego pieces….pretty creative.

{Gumballs, BUG lunch and snowballs in trees}

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Trevin did it.  He passed off all of his multiplications up to 12.  In fact, he was the fastest out of everyone in his class and so he got to choose a prize.  Not just any prize, but “the” coveted gumball machine.  He was thrilled out of his mind and SO excited to tell me about it….AS SOON as he got in the car.  It was cute.

Emalee wasn’t going to be out-shined.  She informed me her teacher had selected her to go to B.U.G. lunch (an acronym for “Been unusually good”.  Once a month a teacher will select a child for B.U.G. lunch and that child will go to the principle’s office for lunch….food donated by local businesses.  She and some other students will get B.U.G. lunch this coming Monday.  Good job Em!

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After the kids got home from school, they decided to have another snowball fight.  This time they really got creative.  Ashlyn decided to use the neighbors house as her “base”.  She would try and make the snowballs really fast and store them in the neighbors tree to get a stockpile going.  I never would have thought to do that….

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Pretty creative, huh?

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{You’ve got 5 seconds Trev!}

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I am the room mom for Trevin’s class this year and some parents and myself helped put together a small Christmas party for the kids.  At my station, I had a small gift wrapped three or four times and each child had five seconds to try and unwrap it with gloves on.  It was tougher than they thought it would be.  Whoever ended up with the gift when it was completely unwrapped got to keep it.  Here is Trevin “trying” to get that present opened in five seconds….  What a cutie!

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P.S. – By the way, the hat he is wearing is from being a lunch server.  He was so excited to have a turn serving lunch today, that he wore his hat all day long.

{School Christmas Program – Trevin}

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Trevin had his school Christmas program this morning.  Emmy had her program (two songs) at 9:00 a.m. this morning and Trevin’s program was scheduled for 10:30 a.m.  When Emmy’s program ended in ten minutes, I was bummed.  I didn’t realize it would be so short.  Mimi was able to come, so we chatted for a while until Trevin’s program started…since we had close to an hour and a half to kill.

Here is Trevin’s grade singing, “Jingle Bell Rock”

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{Being honest}

I love this little paper Trevin brought home from school today.  It reads, “Honest means to tell what you stole.  Pretend that I stole a toy from my brother.  My brother cries so I gave it back.  Everything has a consequence.”